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Daily Schedule - Wednesday, July 3, 2013


7:45 am–8:45 am - Networking Breakfasts

Title:How can we better serve those with special needs?
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Location:DC Convention Center, 148
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM


Title:How do I become a better charter school advocate?
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Location:DC Convention Center, 144C
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM


Title:How do I manage stress?
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Location:DC Convention Center, 156
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM


Title:What are some ways to improve your team’s performance?
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Location:DC Convention Center, 141
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM


Title:Who should I have on my board, how do I find them, and what should they do?
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Location:DC Convention Center, 204B
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM


8:00 am–10:30 pm - Intensives

Title:From Closed Door to Collaborative: Using Professional Learning Communities for School Improvement
Strand:14884444
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Description:In this interactive workshop focused on the creation of Professional Learning Communities (PLC), teachers, coaches,and principals will discover their role in transforming their school culture from "closed door" to collaborative. Participants will engage in real-time PLC breakout groups to analyze student data, a professional text, or a problem of practice. The focus will be on practical tools for a reflective practice and immediate school-based application.
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  • Courtney McCall Center for Educational Innovation - Public Education Association
Location:DC Convention Center, 209
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM


Title:NASA STEM Education: Bringing NASA's BEST (Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology) into the classroom
Strand:14884440
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Description:The NASA’s BEST (Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology) project provides professional development for educators and curriculum support resources with a space exploration theme. Come join NASA educators in this hands-on, problem solving activity to design and build a Mars Rover and its landing system to arrive intact and upright on the remote surface. Introducing the Engineering Design Process in STEM for elementary and middle school classrooms.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 146C
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM


Title:Strengthening Your Organization Through Strategic Planning: the Good, the Bad and the Measured
Strand:14884442
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Description:This intensive session will guide organizational leaders through the elements of a strong strategic plan, encompassing the process itself, metrics and measuring success, designing an organizational structure for plan implementation and how to troubleshoot and course-correct along the way.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 201
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM


Title:Upping the Academic Rigor of Your Instruction
Strand:14884440
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Description:This practical session is designed for principals and teachers to help them set and follow-through on truly rigorous expectations for student learning. Participants will focus first on the rigor of their questioning and the tasks they assign students. We will then focus on increasing the rigor of our standards for student responses and ensure adequate support and accountability of those standards.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 144AB
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM


Title:Using Direct Instruction to Improve Student Achievement: The Partnership between IDEA Schools and NIFDI
Strand:14884440
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Description:IDEA Schools, Inc. has partnered with the National Institute for Direct Instruction (NIFDI) to improve the performance of students in 14 elementary schools in South Texas through the implementation of the full-immersion model of Direct Instruction (DI). This session explores technical aspects of the DI implementation, managing a DI implementation through an organizational partnership and building capacity in IDEA Schools to support the model. Participants will walk away with tools to use in their own schoosl and districts.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 147AB
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM


9:00 am–10:30 am - Breakout Session #7

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Title:Beyond CSP: Charter Schools’ Roles in Department of Education Grant Programs
Strand:14884448
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Description:This session will cover the work of charter schools in U.S. Department of Education non-CSP grant competitions. This session will allow for conversation and review of the work of charter schools in other grant programs at ED, such as Race to The Top-District and Investing in Innovation (i3), and the current and/or future dissemination of that work.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 102B
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM


Title:Building Your Local Charter Sector's Capacity to Effectively Educate English Language Learners
Strand:14884440
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Description:Raising the academic outcomes for English Language Learners (ELLs) continues to be a vexing issue for many charter schools despite their success in closing the achievement gap for poor and minority students. In this presentation, participants will learn strategies on how to develop their local charter sector’s capacity to address this issue through the creation of an English Language Learner consortium.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 140AB
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM


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Title:Finance 101 for Charter School Board Members
Strand:14884442
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Description:Don’t be surprised. Know what questions to ask when reviewing your school’s financial position. This interactive session will provide you with skills and unique facts about school finance, building on how to identify potential problems. Participants will gain hands-on learning through group discussion and review of sample school financial statements.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 202A
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM


Title:Growing the Grown-Ups: Models for Improving Teacher Development, Effectiveness and Sustainability
Strand:14884444
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Description:As leaders of our nation increase their focus on improving teacher quality, it's critical to understand how quality is truly defined. The facilitators will share research and models of evidence-based best practices that support the development and retention of great teachers. Participants will assess the current status of teacher development at their schools and determine next steps to grow and keep great teachers.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 146B
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM


Title:Innovation in Action: An in-Depth Look at a District-Charter Collaboration
Strand:14884444
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Description:What does it mean to move beyond co-location to rich and meaningful collaboration? Join us as we showcase the SKY Partnership, an innovative, three-way collaboration between Spring Branch ISD, KIPP Houston Public Schools and YES Prep Public Schools. We will discuss the efforts required to construct and support two school-within-a-school models, and reflect on lessons learned and milestones/outcomes achieved in the partnership’s first year.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 145AB
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM


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Title:Parting Ways with your Management Organization and Empowering Yourself to Independently Operate your School's Finances
Strand:14884448
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Description:Institutional partnerships are designed and marketed as support structures for schools, yet services are not always delivered as promised. School leaders and board members may feel overwhelmed by the idea of operating independently. This session is designed to demystify the financial responsibilities and show attendees how to empower themselves to handle this work on their own.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 101
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM


Title:Virtual School Tours: A Tool for Authentic Parent Engagement
Strand:14884440
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Description:DC School Reform Now's Virtual School Tours provide parents with greater access to make important comparisons about school quality, and then serve as tools for parents to become truly engaged advocates. Join this session to take a tour of some Tier 1 public charter middle schools in Washington, DC and find out how you can utilize this new tool for strong parent recruitment and engagement.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 143ABC
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM


Title:We Are All in This Together....Advocacy for Children: Leveraging Local, State and National Partnerships for Success!
Strand:14884446
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Description:This session will focus on how leveraging the partnerships and advocacy efforts of a charter school network, when combined with the unlikely collaboration of a public school district and elected officials, can produce transformational results.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 208
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM


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Title:You are What You Say: How to Create a Successful Communications Plan
Strand:14884448
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Description:A top-notch communications plan tends to be last on the to-do list of charter schools, authorizers and charter support organizations. But if you don't define who you are, others do it for you – and often badly. Learn some easy, basic communications best practices that will help recruit students and staff, promote transparency in authorizer oversight, engage the public in your mission and get noticed by reporters.
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Location:DC Convention Center, 102A
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM


10:45 am–12:00 pm - Closing Session

Title:Closing Session
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Location:DC Convention Center, 207AB
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM




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