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Daily Schedule - Monday, June 30, 2014


8:30 am–5:30 pm - Registration Open


8:45 am–9:45 am - Networking Coffee


9:00 am–5:00 pm - Speaker Ready Room Open


10:00 am–11:00 am - General Session I

Title:General Session I
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Description:Join us for a general session featuring Emcee Nina Rees, President & CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, along with Featured Speakers Eric Cantor, Majority Leader, United State House of Representatives; Congressman, Virginia’s 7th District and Steve Michael Quezada, Actor, Breaking Bad and Board of Education for Albuquerque Public Schools. Keynote Speaker Salman Kahn, Founder & Executive Director, Khan Academy, will discuss the future of education.
Location:Mandalay Bay, Mandalay Bay EFGH
Time:Monday 6/30, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


10:45 am–6:15 pm - Exhibit Hall Open


11:15 am–12:30 pm - Breakout Sessions 1

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Title:Beyond College Readiness: Bringing Accelerated College to Charter High School Students
Strand:Leadership
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Description:A huge opportunity exists for charter high schools to partner with universities to offer accelerated college programs. Beyond college readiness, this allows students to complete transferable college courses while enrolled in high school, earning up to an Associate’s degree by high school graduation. This panel’s experts have designed, implemented and researched such programs. Public charter school operators will benefit from lessons learned in implementation, including funding strategies and leave with data they can share with stakeholders.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay, Breakers KL
Time:Monday 6/30, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


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Title:Blended Learning: A Hands-On Approach to Leverage Technology Investments
Strand:Instruction
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Description:Using an online World language program as an example, participants will experience, explore and discuss different models of blended learning programs.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Mandalay Bay B
Time:Monday 6/30, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Blue State Strategies for Growing Support in the Legislature
Strand:Policy
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Description:California is home to nearly eleven hundred charter public schools and represents a quarter of overall charter school enrollment nationwide. Learn how charter advocates are leveraging recent voter-backed governance and electoral reforms to advance an aggressive legislative package and achieve a pro-charter majority in a Democratically controlled legislature.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Reef AB
Time:Monday 6/30, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Challenges and Best Practices of Replications
Strand:Operations
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Description:Scaling up a high-performing charter while retaining a strong academic and character-driven culture can be challenging, particularly when trying to navigate complex funding challenges and ever-changing state charter laws. This session will cover valuable best practices from successfully expanding charter systems around the country.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Lagoon G
Time:Monday 6/30, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Charter Growth in an Era of School Closure: Can We Get it Right?
Strand:Leadership
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Description:This session will examine how school closure decisions in cities around the country are affecting charter expansion plans. Cities as diverse as New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Chicago have recently closed a large number of schools and the resulting backlash has created challenges for charter school growth.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Mandalay Bay C
Time:Monday 6/30, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


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Title:Charter Performance Program: Integrating Proven Tools to Optimize Performance
Strand:Leadership
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Description:Are you looking to optimize your school’s performance? Would you like to zero in on professional development? Do you want to set standards for digital learning and accountability? Join this interactive session to learn how adopting a Charter Performance Program can help you meet the unique demands of your education strategy and optimize the performance of your students and staff. This session is sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Lagoon AB
Time:Monday 6/30, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Charter School Board Service 101: What to Do and How to Do it Well
Strand:Governance
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Description:Charter school governance experts from Charter Board Partners will share their Standards for Highly Effective Charter School Boards that answer the question "Now that I’m on the board, what do I DO?" This interactive, case-based session will dive into the standards, share strategies for creating and sustaining effective boards, and help board members learn how to play their role well.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Breakers CD
Time:Monday 6/30, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Charter Schools as Catalysts for Community Development
Strand:Operations
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Description:The facility challenge that every charter school faces is not just a problem to be solved—it can also be an opportunity for engagement in the community. Participants in this session will hear from several leaders who have led efforts to create charter school facilities that are transformational for their neighborhoods and cities.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Lagoon IJ
Time:Monday 6/30, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:DC Public Charter School Board Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Strand:Governance
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Description:We will share and discuss academic, financial and community best practices and lessons learned from a case study on the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB), one of the oldest charter authorizers in the country overseeing more than 100 schools serving more than 36,000 students. The case study is expected to be published mid-2014.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Breakers JI
Time:Monday 6/30, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


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Title:Demystifying Social Media for Charter Schools
Strand:Instruction
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Description:A hands-on session that will teach charter schools the tactics and tips for using social media as a communications and marketing tool to help build your school's online presence and better engage with prospective families. Join Noodle’s Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Herbst to learn social media best practices!
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Reef C
Time:Monday 6/30, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Facing Forward
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Mandalay Bay K
Time:Monday 6/30, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


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Title:Family and Community Partnerships for Digital Learning Success
Strand:Instruction
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Description:Learn how to develop digital learning partnerships with families and communities that increase digital access and literacy; advance student-owned learning that connects them to their passions, peers, communities and careers; improve collaboration among teachers, students, families and community organizations; and create more opportunities for learning that transcend traditional school walls.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Lagoon CD
Time:Monday 6/30, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:From Red to Black: Rebuilding After a Financial Crisis
Strand:Operations
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Description:Talking about finances isn’t sexy, but it’s a necessary conversation for all schools. In the early 2000s, ICEF Public Schools in South Los Angeles launched an aggressive growth campaign & fell into financial difficulties that nearly led to the network’s closure. Learn what led to the near disaster and how strong leadership, school-based budgeting and strategic planning have stabilized ICEF.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Lagoon K
Time:Monday 6/30, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Going to the Chapel: The Advantages and Challenges of Charter School Mergers
Strand:Operations
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Description:An increasing number of charter operators are partnering with other charters to serve more children and ensure long-term sustainability. While this innovation has a lot of advantages, managing the process of bringing together strong, entrepreneurial leaders is fraught with challenges. Learn from leaders currently managing this process and learn from their mistakes and successes.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Lagoon L
Time:Monday 6/30, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Inner Ring Suburbs: The Next Frontier of Charter Growth
Strand:Policy
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Description:Charter schools are largely concentrated in urban, low income areas; however, first ring or inner suburbs are often populated by similarly high-need families. This discussion will focus on the unique challenges and opportunities of starting schools here. School leaders and charter advocates from Illinois and California will share experiences and invite stories from participants.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Reef ED
Time:Monday 6/30, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


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Title:Leveraging Operational Leadership to Support Student Achievement
Strand:Operations
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Description:Building off of the Uncommon Schools dual leadership model, participants will explore a framework for operational decision-making and execution. Participants will have the opportunity to dissect high-level operations planning through a case study and week-in-the-life of an Uncommon Principal and Director of Operations. All participants will walk away with a toolkit of strategies to implement immediately at their schools to improve operations.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Breakers EF
Time:Monday 6/30, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


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Title:Play to Engage: Teaching Through Community Engagement Games
Strand:Instruction
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Description:This workshop will help educators think through how playful community engagement can impact learning inside and outside the classroom. Educators will be guided through the affordances of games and play for both learning and reflective civic action taking, as well as how to create, implement, and evaluate games and playful engagements to impact coursework ranging from science to social studies.

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Location:Mandalay Bay, Surf A
Time:Monday 6/30, 11:15 AM - 4:45 PM


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Title:Putting STEAM Into STEM Through Creative Technology Integration
Strand:Instruction
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Description:In the 21st Century, presentation and packaging are almost as important as content. Infusing STEM with the arts fires up student creativity. Through the creative and artistic use of technology, students craft their message and target their audience while demonstrating understanding. Learn how some of the nation's leaders in classroom creativity are putting the STEAM into STEM through technology.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Lagoon H
Time:Monday 6/30, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Small Enough to Lead: Championing School Choice in Rhode Island
Strand:Policy
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Description:Rhode Island could create the nation’s first statewide proof point for the transformational impact of school reform. RI-CAN Executive Director Christine Lopes Metcalfe will highlight the ways organizations committed to advocacy, public charter schools, mayoral academies and talent development are coordinating to build on existing momentum to dramatically improve outcomes for students while reframing the policy landscape to support and reach everyone.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Reef F
Time:Monday 6/30, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Teacher Career Pathways: Building Advancement Opportunities
Strand:Leadership
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Description:Teaching is frequently viewed as a static job with few opportunities for growth or advancement. Come learn how Achievement First, Aspire, and IDEA Public Schools are creating teacher career pathways in order to value, retain, and support the development of their teachers. They will share lessons learned and tips for those embarking upon or continuing teacher career progression work.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Mandalay Bay A
Time:Monday 6/30, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:The Advocates: Engaging and Elevating Teachers in the Charter Movement
Strand:Policy
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Description:Teachers are uniquely powerful advocates for their students and schools. Learn how California's charters are leveraging their teachers' talents and perspectives to help shape education policy through advocacy efforts. Explore how to deepen teacher understanding of the charter movement, build a network of teacher advocates, increase teacher prominence in policy debates, and influence elections.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Breakers AB
Time:Monday 6/30, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


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Title:The Future of Charter School Facilities Funding
Strand:Operations
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Description:Join experts from Green Dot Public Schools, Dougherty & Company and Charter School Capital to learn steps you should take to realize your school’s facility needs. Our presentation and panel discussion will help school administrators gain valuable insights into the future of facilities financing and best practices. We will highlight how to tap into funding sources to build and operate schools as well as approaches to funding new construction and modernization of existing facilities. Bring your facilities issues and questions for this session for real-time discussion.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Breakers HG
Time:Monday 6/30, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


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Title:To College and Beyond: Charters That Ensure Students Matriculate From College
Strand:Instruction
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Description:Though many charter schools are defying the odds by ensuring that all of their students are prepared to enter college, many are now also taking on the added responsibility of ensuring that their students matriculate from college on time. This panel will feature charter school leaders who are raising the bar on what it will take to prepare students for the challenges of college and college presidents who are standing ready to accept our students and what it will take to truly prepare first generation college students for the challenges of college and life.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Mandalay Bay IJ
Time:Monday 6/30, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


12:30 pm–2:30 pm - Lunch


2:30 pm–3:45 pm - Breakout Sessions 2

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Title:Accelerating Learning and Closing the Achievement Gap
Strand:Instruction
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Description:In this high energy, interactive session, participants experience research-proven cooperative learning strategies that boost academic gains, close the achievement gap, foster social skills, and reduce discipline referrals. Participants receive management tips, ways to differentiate instruction, and content/grade level adaptations for each strategy as well as an invaluable implementation guide.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Breakers KL
Time:Monday 6/30, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM


Title:Avoiding the Death Spiral
Strand:Governance
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Description:When charter schools struggle, patterns of financial mismanagement, low performance, and poor planning can manifest in a loss of enrollment, and ultimately, a loss of funding. These patterns produce an identifiable "Death Spiral" that sets the school on an inescapable and unrecoverable path to demise. Come to this workshop to identify the warning signs and learn how to make timely corrections.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Breakers CD
Time:Monday 6/30, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM


Title:Beyond the Bell: Expanding Learning Opportunities Through Afterschool
Strand:Policy
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Description:Afterschool programs provide kids with opportunities to participate in engaging, hands-on learning activities in a safe, welcoming space. It’s critical that schools, communities and local officials work together to provide before school, afterschool and summer programs that creatively complement the school day. Learn how to leverage partnerships to support out-of-school time programs and policy.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Lagoon K
Time:Monday 6/30, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM


Title:Breakthroughs in Learning: Next-Generation Public Charter School Models
Strand:Policy
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Description:As the movement turns the corner on its 20th anniversary, there are a growing number of "next-generation" public charter school models that are innovating with the use of time, people and technology to reach a larger number of to reach a larger number of students with high-quality instruction. Come to this session to learn more about these cutting-edge efforts and how to support more of them!
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Reef ED
Time:Monday 6/30, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM


Sponsored By:
Title:#ChoppedEDU
Strand:Instruction
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Description:This workshop style session will provide a brief introduction to blended learning implementation and the six decisions of blended learning. Participants will be broken into groups to work together to design K-8 or 9-12 models using components of blended and personalized learning. Teams will then email their model for judging and one group from each school category will be selected as the #ChoppedEDU winners by our blended learning expert panel.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Mandalay Bay C
Time:Monday 6/30, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM


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Title:Common Core Literacy Instruction: Recipes for Action
Strand:Instruction
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Description:What does it take to meet and exceed the Common Core Literacy Standards? This two hour intensive explains how to teach 1) the comprehension process and four key critical reading skills and 2) from argument vs. evidence to effective writing. Participants will walk away with more than a dozen practical tools to strengthen literacy instruction across the curriculum.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Lagoon EF
Time:Monday 6/30, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM


Title:Constructive Partnerships Between Board and School Leaders
Strand:Governance
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Description:Learn the fundamental principles for creating a partnership with school leaders, including: open communications, building respect and trust, and accountability on both sides. Use your weekly check-in time wisely, giving and getting constructive feedback. Avoid hostile topics and am imbalance of power. This is the backbone of a strong governance board!
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Breakers JI
Time:Monday 6/30, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM


Title:Discipline: What's Your Policy?
Strand:Policy
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Description:Charter schools have autonomy to create their own policies and/or adopt best practices from other schools or the district. Does this work for discipline policies? Does your school leader, board, staff know what they are obligated to do under your policy? Surprisingly (or maybe not so) many do not know until it's too late to modify the policy. It’s time to evaluate what you have in place.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Reef AB
Time:Monday 6/30, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM


Title:Facilities Financing Overview and Best Practices: Tax-Exempt Bonds
Strand:Operations
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Description:Charter school finance officers will discuss best practices and lessons learned about tax-exempt bond financing for facilities in a panel presentation moderated by leading market professionals. Topics include: benefits of the bond market; credit and performance requirements; innovative solutions for startups, expansion and networks; real estate and project planning; and ''living through a bond deal.”
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Lagoon L
Time:Monday 6/30, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM


Title:Financing: Speed Date Your Lender
Strand:Operations
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Description:Which lender is right for your school needs? Back by popular demand is a chance to discuss your charter school financing questions and projects directly with lenders. This interactive session will provide a brief summary of organizations, including Capital Impact Partners, LISC, LIIF, Self-Help and Ziegler. Then, you'll have an opportunity to speed date your lender.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Lagoon G
Time:Monday 6/30, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM


Title:Financing To and Through College
Strand:Leadership
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Description:This panel will describe the development, implementation and lessons learned from this unique partnership to help KIPP graduates tackle the challenge of financing their college education. This unique partnership between KIPP, UNCF and Citi Foundation incentivizes savings, provides matching funds and additional supports for making the right choice and successfully making it to and through college.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Mandalay Bay B
Time:Monday 6/30, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM


Title:Getting to Escape Velocity: What Schools that Close the Achievement Gap Do Differently
Strand:Leadership
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Description:Are you struggling with closing the achievement gap? Pat Ryan, a nationally recognized social entrepreneur and founder of the Accelerate Institute and founder of the Alain Locke Charter School on Chicago's West Side, will share how he transformed his school into one with the highest gains in the history of Illinois' ISAT standardized test, and recognized by the Department of Education as one of seven schools that are best at "Closing the Achievement Gap." Inspired by their own experience and frustrated by the fact that too few charter schools have successfully and dramatically closed the achievement gap, Ryan and the Accelerate Institute studied what schools closing the achievement gap do differently and why it works. Ryan will share the Accelerate Framework for closing the achievement gap in this engaging presentation.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Mandalay Bay A
Time:Monday 6/30, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM


Title:Media and Public Relations Workshop
Strand:Operations
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Description:At this workshop, you’ll hear from three public relations veterans about the importance of creating a communications plan for your school or organization, what goes into a communications plan and how to plan for dealing with the media in a crisis situation. Whether it’s a shooting, sexual assault or just a really bad academic year that puts your charter at risk, when scandal hits, media follows. Beyond getting advice, we’ll make it real for you immediately by helping you create an outline of your own communications plan that you can take back to work and put into practice right away. Grab your laptop or tablet and join us for an informative, practical session that will give you the tools you need to build a communications plan.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Lagoon IJ
Time:Monday 6/30, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM


Title:Nuts and Bolts of Federal Civil Rights Laws: Implementing School-Level Practices To Ensure Access and Equity For All Students
Strand:Policy
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Description:As you build your charter school, you will implement strategies to ensure access and equity for your students and families. During our session, we will detail the major civil rights laws applicable to charter schools – explaining what they are and how they are enforced. We will discuss enrollment/recruitment, special education, serving English Learners, weighted lotteries and Title IX and provide a self-assessment to assist the development of your policies, practices and everyday decision-making.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Reef C
Time:Monday 6/30, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM


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Title:Preparing Students with Multilingual Skills for a Global Society
Strand:Instruction
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Description:Today’s students need language skills to succeed in tomorrow’s economy. Come learn how KIPP Houston has leveraged technology to strengthen language learning skills to increase student global competencies. We’ll share how we are using online language programs and are preparing our students to compete in the world economy.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Lagoon AB
Time:Monday 6/30, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM


Title:PTA: How Does it Fit into Today’s Education Landscape at Every Level?
Strand:Policy
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Description:The Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) is as American as apple pie, but where does it fit into today’s education landscape? In 2012, National PTA amended its position statement related to public charter schools to support giving entities other than local school boards the right to approve charter schools. Find out how PTA came to this position and how today’s PTA is working to improve family engagement for all children.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Breakers EF
Time:Monday 6/30, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM


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Title:Put a Stop to Bullying and Build a Culture of Respect in Your School
Strand:Instruction
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Description:Bullying is a big problem. Address this complex issue from the inside-out, capturing the heart to change the culture. Learn how to identify, prevent and respond to bullying in this highly informative session. Filled with real-life scenarios, this session will get participants talking and collaborating as they address the issue of bullying through stories, discussion and role-play. This session will also address anti-bullying campaigns and analyze if they actually work. You will learn three key components every school must have in order to create a calm, relationally harmonious, academic environment for the 21st century student.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Reef F
Time:Monday 6/30, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM


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Title:Raising the Roots
Strand:Policy
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Description:For too long, decisions regarding the policies and practices of the U.S. system of schools have been issued in a top-down manner, with far too many children and parents suffering the consequences. Through educational choice, parents are empowered to create a bottom-up system that benefits children first. This session will discuss the importance of engaging parents on the grassroots level and empowering parents to rise up into effective advocates and leaders for change.

Sponsored by the American Federation for Children.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Mandalay Bay IJ
Time:Monday 6/30, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM


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Title:Teach Thinking Explicitly: PARCC and Smarter Balanced “Test Prep” That Works
Strand:Instruction
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Description:How often do we ask students to think? Are we sure they know exactly what we want them to do? Explore some recently released items from the PARCC & Smarter Balanced assessments to see what will be required of your students, and learn to explicitly teach effective thinking routines that will do more to prepare them for these cognitively-demanding tests than traditional “test prep” can.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Lagoon CD
Time:Monday 6/30, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM


Title:The Biggest Decisions You Will Ever Make
Strand:Governance
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Description:Charter boards often make big decisions that affect their organizations for years – e.g., hiring/firing a new school leader or CEO, adding a high school, replicating to a new location or market, adding facility debt. Our panel of experienced charter leaders will discuss lessons learned from making these decisions and offer guidance to help you make the best big decision possible.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Breakers AB
Time:Monday 6/30, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM


Title:The Elephant in the Room: Why Race Matters in Education Reform
Strand:Leadership
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Description:This intensive session will examine how the issues of race, equity and social justice continue to be resounding concerns for those who lead in urban or underserved communities. This session will offer a safe environment where participants can openly and publicly talk about the complex and often unspoken issues regarding race.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Breakers HG
Time:Monday 6/30, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM


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Title:What Would You Do if You Weren’t Afraid…to Recruit?
Strand:Leadership
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Description:Many charter schools are strained to compete for the best and brightest teaching talent due to increasing competition from neighboring schools, limited charter industry branding and increasing certified teacher shortages. Join this session to hear from successful CMOs and independent schools - and learn their best practices for creating a robust talent pipeline for teaching vacancies. We will also discuss a charter school human resources roundtable to foster long-term collaboration.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Lagoon H
Time:Monday 6/30, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM


3:45 pm–4:15 pm - Break


4:15 pm–5:15 pm - Breakout Session 3

Title:Authorizer Performance Management Systems: Good or Bad for School Autonomy?
Strand:Governance
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Description:The charter model is meant to strike a balance between autonomy and accountability. But are authorizers' attempts to systematize accountability stifling autonomy or promoting it? Members of the authorizing and school communities will discuss the key parts of accountability systems; debate their impact on autonomy; and talk about how authorizers and schools have worked together to strike a balance.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Breakers JI
Time:Monday 6/30, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM


Title:Beyond the Affordable Care Act: Rethinking Charter School Employee Benefits
Strand:Operations
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Description:In this session, experts in health insurance policy and practice with extensive charter school experience will discuss the current employee benefits landscape and provide tactics to transform your school’s benefits program into a strategic strength that attracts and retains the best employees.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Lagoon L
Time:Monday 6/30, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM


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Title:Business and Operations Leaders/Managers Roundtable
Strand:Operations
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Description:Charter school business and operations professionals face enormous challenges, especially in the current fiscal climate, and during each stage of their charters. Struggles related to financial planning, managing to budget and achieving financial and operational efficiencies in alignment with mission will be discussed by a panel including a CFO of a network, a Director of Finance & Human Resources of a school that recently replicated and specialists who have helped hundreds of schools around the country. They will share how challenges were overcome as well as provide guidance on attendees’ questions.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Lagoon G
Time:Monday 6/30, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM


Title:Committees Not in Name Only
Strand:Governance
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Description:Having substantive, strategic committee work occur in between full board meetings is essential for an effective board. Come to this lively, interactive session and learn which committees your board should have, who should be on them, and the key strategic things they should be focused on. You’ll walk away with lots of concrete tips you can put into action right away.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Breakers CD
Time:Monday 6/30, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM


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Title:Getting Smarter About SPED: Five Blended Learning Decisions and Implications
Strand:Instruction
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Description:Blended learning is a powerful teaching and learning model that can significantly improve outcomes for students with special needs. During this presentation, attendees will hear from industry experts and charter school leaders on the benefits of this model for special education and the planning, technology and support considerations needed to implement it in their charter school.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Lagoon CD
Time:Monday 6/30, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM


Title:Parent Advocacy in Education Reform: Lessons from New York
Strand:Policy
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Description:In light of the ongoing tension over the future of charter schools in many communities, there are huge opportunities to organize community support and parents to improve education for all children. Families for Excellent Schools will demonstrate how to organize parents and community allies to ensure every child has access to an excellent education, including its efforts to protect New York City charter schools over the last year.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Mandalay Bay IJ
Time:Monday 6/30, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM


Title:Responding to School Violence: School Threat Analysis and Response
Strand:Operations
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Description:Participants will discuss the types of school violence and most common security breaches that impact the overall safety of the school community, as well as ways to reduce security risks.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Lagoon K
Time:Monday 6/30, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM


Title:Special Ed Linkages: Working Together to Better Serve Special Needs Kids
Strand:Operations
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Description:Charter schools nationwide are developing innovative, successful models for pooling efforts in order to effectively serve kids with disabilities, meet compliance requirements and attend to costs. Co-ops, risk sharing insurance models, cohort trainings and CMO/EMO offerings - the methods vary. This session, led by experts in the field, will be an interactive exploration of options and viable approaches.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Lagoon IJ
Time:Monday 6/30, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM


Title:Succession Planning: Empowering the Next Generation of Charter Leaders
Strand:Governance
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Description:For many successful schools, the original founders and first leaders are about to retire or are ready to transition to another venture. How can your school prepare to transition from founder to the next generation in a way that will be a celebration of the school's success and reinvigorate the core vision and mission? A panel of charter founders will share their experiences with succession.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Lagoon AB
Time:Monday 6/30, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM


Title:The F Word: Giving and Receiving Feedback
Strand:Leadership
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Description:Join us for a frank panel discussion about the best ways to provide feedback in an educational setting. Three superb network leaders, Michelle Jasso, Malka Borrego and Hrag Hamalian will share their strategies and advice. This session will highlight best practices for teacher feedback and coaching conversations, how to give feedback to non-instructional staff that is still mission-driven and motivating, and how to provide feedback to top level leaders of schools and networks to support their development (especially when they have no in-network peers).
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Mandalay Bay B
Time:Monday 6/30, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM


Title:The Importance of a Board Chair: Excellent Boards Need Excellent Leaders
Strand:Governance
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Description:Does your board elect its chair just because he/she is the only person willing to do it? Board chairs have a specific set of criteria and standards, learn them to help develop a job description and recruit your best possible board chair. Great school boards need great leaders, learn the qualifications for a great board chair.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Breakers EF
Time:Monday 6/30, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM


Title:The Power of Advocacy in the Movement for Great Schools
Strand:Policy
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Description:In this session, 50CAN Senior Vice President of States Vallay Varro will discuss the pivotal role that advocates play when it comes to changing policy to support high-quality school choices. Varro will focus on the education reform advocacy talent pipeline, using examples from 50CAN’s network of campaigns to show how to identify and leverage stellar leaders in the movement to close achievement gaps.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Reef C
Time:Monday 6/30, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM


Title:The Recipe for Replication: Plan. Prepare. Execute.
Strand:Governance
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Description:The demand for quality schools is greater than the supply. But the desire isn’t limited to quality schools, there’s a growing demand for great schools. So here’s the question, “Is your team ready and able to replicate great schools?” Come learn from two of the charter school movement’s veteran leaders as they share the principles, disciplines and strategies leading organizations use to grow and serve more students, while staying true to what made them great in the first place. You’ll come away with new ideas for expanding your impact and a practical tool you can use to assess if your organization is truly ready to replicate.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Breakers AB
Time:Monday 6/30, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM


Title:Urban Charter Schools: Aid or Band-Aid?
Strand:Policy
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Description:Among the priorities that charter schools are to advance, those of school choice and academic rescue intersect in urban charter schools. Expectations are especially high for urban charters because of their targeted clientele and the opportunities that are at stake for their children. CREDO will use our recent analyses to describe the range of schools, their student enrollment profiles, distributions of academic quality and other interesting similarities and differences among the largest urban charter markets across the country.
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Location:Mandalay Bay, Reef ED
Time:Monday 6/30, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM


5:15 pm–6:15 pm - Happy Hour