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Daily Schedule - Monday, June 18, 2018


7:00 am–5:00 pm - Registration Open


8:00 am–9:00 am - Breakout Sessions 1

Title:Building a High-Performing, Responsive Charter School from the Ground Up
Content Area:Lead
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Description:New Haven’s Booker T. Washington Academy scholars performed in the top 2 percent of schools in Connecticut in mathematics and in the top 20 percent in reading, outperforming some of the state’s wealthiest school districts while serving an 85 percent free and reduced lunch population. The school’s leaders will share their blueprint for meeting the needs of all learners while providing access to a high-quality education that prepares students for success in college and career.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 17 B
Time:Monday 6/18, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Title:Candor, Drive, and Motivation
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Build a foundation of providing impromptu feedback that moves teacher practice in a growth mindset way. Get insight into practical ways to tier direct reports into one of three categories -- Rock Star, Decent, or Time -- for an overhaul. Come away with how to best support your direct reports in the types of instructional and classroom management communication and feedback, and observation those direct reports should receive.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 17 A
Time:Monday 6/18, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Title:Creating Pathways to Opportunity: Supporting Undocumented Students
Content Area:Lead
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Description:There are 11.2 million undocumented individuals residing in the US – 1.1 million of them are under 18. These families face tremendous challenges like securing housing, accessing healthcare, and financing education. As educators, how do we ensure that all students, including this population feels supported, safe, and welcome in our schools? Join this session to learn more about the barriers undocumented students face, policy changes, and the do’s and don’ts of supporting them as educators.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 18 C
Time:Monday 6/18, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Title:Dean of Students: Dean of Students Best Practices
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Join the Teach Like a Champion team for our newest content around best practices for the dean of students. We will give school leaders (principals and deans) tools to support them in two key parts of supporting school culture: "public" and "private" deaning. We will explore and practice how the day to day interactions between teachers, leaders and students boost student investment in school culture. We'll study ways that teachers and leaders can build and reinforce character values in their students. We'll use video analysis and practice, so you can see these tools in action and begin to develop models you can share with your teachers, deans, and leadership teams. You will have several opportunities throughout the session to step back and analyze the material as a leader in order to make decisions about the role of discipline and culture at your school.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 9 A/B/C
Time:Monday 6/18, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Title:Exploring CMO Geographic Expansion: National Trends and Local Case Studies
Content Area:Operate
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Description:Join us as we explore the current geographic expansion trends in the charter market and seek answers to questions such as: What’s driving established CMOs to leave existing markets? What factors are attracting operators to new markets? What are some of the challenges and lessons learned? Hear from charter operators who are at the forefront of these geographic expansion trends, and bring your own experiences and questions to share!
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 12 A/B
Time:Monday 6/18, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Title:Measuring the Model: Authentic Ways to Measure Student Outcomes
Content Area:Govern
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Description:Multiple case studies highlight ways that schools can work with their authorizer to articulate and measure what makes their school distinctive. From a rural Montessori school and a suburban Waldorf school to an urban alternative school for pregnant teens, this panel will engage the audience to share and develop novel ways to measure and communicate school outcomes. Walk away with recommendations and guidelines for how to measure your model beyond traditional accountability measures.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 15
Time:Monday 6/18, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Title:Strategies for Supporting Families to Overcome Barriers to School Choice
Content Area:Advocate
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Description:Choice policies alone don’t ensure equal access to charters. Underserved families face myriad barriers to school choice, from making sense of school information to keeping track of schools’ application requirements and deadlines. Learn from two organizations based in Camden, NJ and Washington, DC that provide families with high-touch, differentiated supports throughout the application process. Participate in Q&A and take away ideas for improving choice access for hard-to-reach families.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 16 A
Time:Monday 6/18, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Title:Techno-Palooza: Technology Unites Us All
Content Area:Educate
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Description:It’s all the rave! Come to our Edutainment Digital Carnival (EDC) and join this exclusive RAVE technology session! Let us inspire you to design an innovative tech integration model, thoughtfully curate lesson collections, and provide students with a way to showcase their personal flair. As we share the passion for preparing students for the Digital Jobs (DJ) of the future, we answer the ultimate question: What technological abilities do your students need to be competitive?
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 11 A/B
Time:Monday 6/18, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


9:15 am–10:15 am - General Session I


10:15 am–6:00 pm - Exhibit Hall Open


10:15 am–11:00 am - Coffee, Croissants, and Networking


11:00 am–12:30 pm - Book Signings

Title:Preparing For and Surviving the First 90-Days of the Principalship
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Are you an assistant principal who is ready to lead your own campus? Are you a first-year principal who is curious about the best way to start your new journey? If so, join Dr. Waters for a book signing based on his bestseller "Preparing For and Surviving the First 90-Days of the Principalship" in which you will learn how to create and implement your 90-day plan as a school leader.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall - Book Signing
Time:Monday 6/18, 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM


Title:Adversity to Advantage: Stories of Transforming Obstacles into Opportunity
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Every person deals with adversity in life. The question becomes: How do you use adversity to your advantage? Authors Tim Chhim and Taylor Tagg answer this question with three different and thought-provoking perspectives. Tim's harrowing journey leaves you excited about achieving your dreams.Taylor's tales of overcoming defeat give you reason to move forward no matter the circumstances. And they share the story of fellow author Tom Cunningham's path through physical pain that gives new meaning to the resiliency of the human spirit.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall - Book Signing
Time:Monday 6/18, 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM


Title:3D Printing Made Easy
Content Area:Educate
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Description:Are you looking to get started with 3D printing but are not sure how? Wondering how to get students interested in 3D printing? Think it's still too far out of your budget? Think again -- 3D printing is here and transforming classrooms! Learn about these and more topics.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall - Book Signing
Time:Monday 6/18, 11:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Passionate Warrior: My Charter School Journey
Content Area:Lead
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Description:The charter school journey is not for the faint of heart. But with the right attitude, obstacles are overcome and tremendous student outcomes are achieved by developers and staff whose mantra is "Failure is not an option." Come be inspired by the journey of a 31-year veteran in public education who has spent the past 23 years in the charter world, including 20 years developing a successful network of charter schools in California.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall - Book Signing
Time:Monday 6/18, 12:00 PM - 12:15 PM


11:15 am–12:30 pm - Breakout Sessions 2

Title:Adversity to Advantage: Stories of Transforming Obstacles into Opportunity
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Every person deals with adversity in life. The question becomes: How do you use adversity to your advantage? Authors Tim Chhim and Taylor Tagg answer this question with three different and thought-provoking perspectives. Tim's harrowing journey leaves you excited about achieving your dreams.Taylor's tales of overcoming defeat give you reason to move forward no matter the circumstances. And they share the story of fellow author Tom Cunningham's path through physical pain that gives new meaning to the resiliency of the human spirit.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall - Book Signing
Time:Monday 6/18, 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM


Title:Coding and Robotics -- Oh My!
Content Area:Educate
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Description:Recent research found that more than 90% of parents want their children to learn computer science. Join us to learn how teachers, regardless of prior experience, can bring state-of-the-art coding and robotics experiences into their classroom. Engage in computational thinking activities ranging from no-tech to high-tech that can be easily replicated in their daily instructional practice. These hands-on activities will help you build a strong knowledge of computer science principles while developing the fundamental skills of collaboration, problem solving, and persistence that enhance lessons in all subjects.
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Location:Hilton Austin, 616 A/B
Time:Monday 6/18, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Creating the Leadership Pipeline: Who, What & Why?
Content Area:Lead
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Description:It’s been reported that the growth of charters schools has slowed. Part of the challenge is finding the next leaders. How do you identify, train, and grow them? Should the emphasis be on creating new schools or creating a bench for existing schools? Hear from local and national leadership development organizations, each with a different emphasis, on how they go about their process and what they’ve gotten right and what they’ve gotten wrong.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 18 C
Time:Monday 6/18, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Deconstructing Colonialism: Developing Cultural Bias Awareness
Content Area:Lead
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Description:While an important strategy of diversifying schools is recruiting more black and brown teachers, it is just as important for white teachers and school leaders to diversify their thinking in a way that helps them connect and reach their students from diverse backgrounds. We will provide you with the tools and strategies to disrupt your own unconscious biases and establish a culturally responsive instructional practice and leadership mindset.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 16 A
Time:Monday 6/18, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Digital Transformation for New and Growing Charter Schools
Content Area:Operate
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Description:Through a digitalization of the learning experience, both teachers and students are able to improve their skills to create a more engaging and effective education process. We will discuss the ways that a comprehensive digital transformation approach is dramatically shifting education in today's classrooms. The approach includes initiatives around classroom innovation, change management, workflow and enterprise content management, cloud/IT considerations, and information governance and cyber security.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 16 B
Time:Monday 6/18, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Financial Best Practices: A Decision Guide for Operational Excellence
Content Area:Operate
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Description:Join us for an engaging discussion of best practices for charter finance professionals when making difficult financial decisions to achieve operational excellence. We will begin with an interactive discussion of best practices for budgeting, establishing reserves, and facility financing with audience participation using smartphone polling. Participants will take part in a group case study discussion simulating difficult board discussions related to these topics.
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Location:Hilton Austin, Salon K
Time:Monday 6/18, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Financing a Charter School: Case Studies and Lessons Learned
Content Area:Govern
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Description:The panel will discuss and incorporate “real world” case studies with charter school leaders and industry professionals. We will discuss lessons learned during various "case study" financings, including resources available to school leaders to better prepare and understand various financing requirements and resources needed, and alternative financing options that exist. Join us for an interactive session where panelists will provide the characteristics of various success stories, including the pitfalls to avoid.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 17 B
Time:Monday 6/18, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Is It Time for Charters to Start Taking Responsibility for Districts' Success?
Content Area:Advocate
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Description:Education systems leaders are mired in debates on the relative merits of traditional district vs. charter schools, limiting their ability to expand access to high-quality schools. But bold district leaders are overcoming entrenched obstacles, increasing the number of and access to high-quality charter schools, and demonstrating how charter and district leaders can work together on behalf of all kids. Learn about their strategies and the three principles key to advancing choice: equitable access; equitable funding; and transparent indicators of quality.
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Location:Hilton Austin, Salon F
Time:Monday 6/18, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:K-12 Knowledge Building Tools
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Join us to learn about tools to build student background knowledge. During this session, you will explore and practice the role that knowledge plays in boosting ratio and student engagement, as well as teacher planning and preparation. We'll study ways that teachers can build and reinforce background knowledge including knowledge organizers, retrieval practice, background reading, and vocabulary. This session includes video analysis and practice, so you can see these tools in action and begin to develop models you can share with your teachers. In this "train the trainer" workshop, you'll have the opportunity experience the content as a teacher would, with several opportunities throughout the session to step back and analyze the material as a leader in order to make decisions about the role of knowledge building and training at your school.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 8 A/B/C
Time:Monday 6/18, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Lessons from the Best Schools in the World
Content Area:Lead
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Description:William Minton spent a year traveling to some of the best schools across five continents. During interviews with teachers, principals, and students, he learned that these exceptional schools all credit their success to the same set of priorities -- priorities that are often overlooked in the United States. In this session, William shares stories from these schools, explores their common practices, and challenges attendees to discuss what these ideas can look like in their own schools.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 9 A/B/C
Time:Monday 6/18, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Meet Me in the Middle: Ensuring College Readiness in Middle and High School
Content Area:Lead
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Description:The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (BLSYW) is a single-sex public charter school serving more than 400 students in 6th-12th grades. BLSYW students represent every zip code in Baltimore City and enter the school at varying levels of proficiency. One hundred percent of the school’s graduates were accepted to college. We will highlight key instructional practices and college readiness strategies implemented in middle and high school to promote college readiness while decreasing the need for remediation.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 15
Time:Monday 6/18, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Moving School Culture to Positive Student Impact
Content Area:Lead
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Description:It's one thing to talk about a positive school culture and another to achieve that positive school culture. Once you are there, how do you take it to the next level to impact students, their learning, and their academic and social outcomes? Learn from experts who will share their success and you will leave with tools to make it happen in your school.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 17 A
Time:Monday 6/18, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Right Match for the BIG Dream: Empowering the Facilities and Finance Fit
Content Area:Operate
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Description:A panel comprised of a school leader, a school developer, an educational finance professional, and a former authorizer/facilities researcher will help you navigate the confusing pathway of facilities financing. The panelists will help you dream BIG with shared downloadable tools scoring fiscal health, avoid pitfalls of a bad match through a live case study and interactively experience how expectation management empowers a facilities dream team. Come prepared to have the panel analyze your project.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 14
Time:Monday 6/18, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Rigor Ceiling: Intrinsic Investment
Content Area:Educate
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Description:Most teachers value student investment. It’s crucial for higher order rigor and learning, yet, many educators struggle to invest in students intrinsically. Students have to be intrinsically motivated before they’ll persevere through challenges and help each other. How does one motivate people to the point that their desire to achieve comes from internal as opposed to external factors?
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Location:Hilton Austin, Salon G
Time:Monday 6/18, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:The Art of Lobbying
Content Area:Advocate
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Description:State legislatures and Congress can be bewildering and frustrating. These bodies have arcane languages and byzantine processes of their own. It can seem that they do everything possible to keep average citizens from understanding and impacting public policy. Come learn how to decode the language and work the process to make progress for your schools, your students and your families.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 11 A/B
Time:Monday 6/18, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:The End of OSS: Transitioning from a "No Excuses" to a Restorative Model
Content Area:Lead
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Description:A safe and orderly learning environment is a key characteristic of an academically successful school; high out-of-school suspension (OSS) numbers are a contributing factor to poor academic performance and student attrition. How do schools ensure safe and productive learning environments with reduced discipline? Learn how City on a Hill Schools, one of the first charter public schools, is transitioning from a high-consequence "no excuses" model to a restorative, reduced-consequence one.
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  • Paul Hays City on a Hill Charter Public School
Location:Austin Convention Center, 18 A/B
Time:Monday 6/18, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:The Intersection of Governance and Finance: What Every Board and Management Team Should Know
Content Area:Govern
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Description:Strong charter schools have strong boards supporting them as well as a focused management team. A well-rounded board and school management will understand the importance of achieving financial strength and have the expertise to guide its charter school through any financial challenges that may arise. We will discuss what board members and school management should understand to ensure the financial well-being of their school and if they need to engage industry professionals. Join us to discover what you need to know about ensuring a successful financial future for your charter school.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 18 D
Time:Monday 6/18, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions: Latent Legal Threats
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Your school has rich curriculum, engaging teachers, and empowered students. Your educational practices yield extraordinary results but outside forces may kill your school in a “death by a thousand paper cuts.” Well-intentioned efforts at quality or actors with bad intent have slowly limited independence and innovation of charter schools and created latent legal issues even in the best chartering environments. Let’s review the magnitude of that threat and how to best insulate your school.
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Location:Hilton Austin, Salon J
Time:Monday 6/18, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Walton’s Approach to Charter School Supply: Growing & Diversifying
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Over the past two decades, the Walton Family Foundation has supported 2,200 new charter schools. Led by moderator Emma Pengelly, senior fellow at Walton, our discussion will explore Walton’s approach to starting new charter schools: We believe that “more” is not enough - -a diversity of school models and leaders that put students first is essential. Hear from a panel of Walton grantees who are catalyzing innovation in the charter sector in order to better prepare all students for college, career, and life.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 19 A
Time:Monday 6/18, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Writing Winning Grants
Content Area:Operate
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Description:Local, state, and federal funds are crucial to our sustainability as a sector. Come to this session to explore winning strategies in identifying, applying to, and successfully winning grants of various scopes and sizes.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 12 A/B
Time:Monday 6/18, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


12:30 pm–2:00 pm - Lunch and Explore the Exhibit Hall


2:00 pm–3:15 pm - Breakout Session 3

Title:Charter School Growth Fund’s Student Recruitment Playbook: Leading Practices from the Nation's Top Charter Networks
Content Area:Operate
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Description:Full enrollment is critical to your mission and your budget. Learn the leading student recruitment practices compiled from across the Charter School Growth Fund’s portfolio of high-performing CMO’s, including creating an integrated student recruitment strategy, generating interest in your school, and ensuring your newly enrolled students actually show up. Digital copies of the Student Recruitment Playbook will be available.
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Location:Hilton Austin, Salon K
Time:Monday 6/18, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:Engage the "Whole Student" by Understanding Their Aptitudes
Content Area:Educate
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Description:In today's classrooms, students are often defined by standardized test scores that measure a narrow view of their talents. We will share best practices and tools being used to capture a broader perspective of a student's natural abilities. By understanding the whole student, school leaders and counselors can better guide students into their best-fit career pathways. Join us for discussion, examples, data, tools, and stories from KIPP, Noble Charter Schools Network, and Dr. Rich Feller, a renowned leader in career counseling.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 11 A/B
Time:Monday 6/18, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:Fighting Founder's Syndrome: How to Build a School that Can Outlive You
Content Area:Govern
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Description:Your school is achieving success with a strong founding leader -- hurray! But, is your board prepared for the inevitable moment of leader transition? Are you confident that the outcomes you have achieved will survive the baton pass? Great boards maintain a laser focus on the future and sustaining success. Join us as we discuss essential ingredients for smart succession planning and walk attendees through a self-assessment to reveal how you are doing on planning for the future.
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Location:Hilton Austin, Salon J
Time:Monday 6/18, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:Lessons from Texas: What Can Other States Learn from Texas Charter Policy?
Content Area:Advocate
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Description:Join our panelists for a conversation about Texas charter policy and what other states might learn from its history and its future. We will take a look at charter approval rates and authorization policy, and discuss using Title I set-aside funds for expanding charter schools. As always, we look forward to hearing your questions, too.
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Location:Hilton Austin, Salon F
Time:Monday 6/18, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:Rigor Ceiling: Thinking Beyond the Classroom
Content Area:Educate
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Description:If one half of rigor is investment, the other is thinking and problem-solving. Time is the enemy of the rigorous classroom. How does one balance the opposing forces of getting through all the material AND ensuring deep, masterful understanding? How do we solve the time vs. mastery problem? Building on our work with intrinsic investment, the solution lies in empowering students to learn without us. We’ll introduce key tenets of a classroom model that ensures rigor as the norm and learning quality that transcends normal class time.
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Location:Hilton Austin, Salon G
Time:Monday 6/18, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:The Human Capital Toolbox: Solving Your Biggest Talent Challenges
Content Area:Operate
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Description:Your charter school’s success depends upon having the right team. In this “speed-dating” session, you will rotate through the 4 micro-sessions below for quick, actionable hiring techniques. These include Fixing the Leaky Pipeline: Recruiting for Talent Year-Round; Culture Shock: 3 Recruiting Downfalls That Turn Away Candidates of Color; Crafting a Candidate Experience to Make Joining Your Team Irresistible; and Non-Instructional Hiring: You’re Doing it All Wrong.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 18 A/B
Time:Monday 6/18, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:Top Five Financial Mistakes Charter Schools Make…and How to Avoid Them
Content Area:Operate
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Description:Whether your school is growing student enrollment, expanding facilities, or implementing new educational programs, we can all agree that a school’s financial wellness is one of the most important aspects of running a successful charter organization. Without sound financial wellness, schools close, regardless of how successful they were at educating students. Get armed with the right knowledge, techniques, and materials to ensure financial success and learn how to avoid the pitfalls that may cause trouble.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 12 A/B
Time:Monday 6/18, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:Using Neuroscience to Create Trauma-Responsive Teachers, Classrooms, and Schools
Content Area:Lead
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Description:This workshop will focus on moving beyond the responsive classroom approach to empowering teachers and school leaders to adopt a trauma-responsive practice to implement behavior management systems based on neuroscience, cognitive-based therapeutic strategies, and culturally responsive pedagogy.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 9 A/B/C
Time:Monday 6/18, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


2:00 pm–4:00 pm - Intensive Breakout Sessions 1

Title:Charter School Business Leaders Roundtable
Content Area:Operate
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Description:In this first-of-its-kind, invitation-only roundtable, senior charter school business leaders from large charter schools and charter school networks will share and address common challenges. C-level to Director-level leaders in the areas of operations, finance, procurement and HR will showcase successful projects and exchange ideas on topics ranging from effective change management to health insurance cost containment strategies. Join us to learn from each other’s successes and challenges and to develop relationships you can rely on long after the conference concludes.
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Location:Hilton Austin, 616 A/B
Time:Monday 6/18, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Title:Creating Gender-Inclusive Schools
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Now more than ever, student gender-diversity is an area charter schools must account for. But what does it look like to create conditions that honor the unique gender of every child in your school community? Learn concrete strategies and tools for establishing a more welcoming environment. With their autonomy, charter schools have the opportunity to enact approaches leading to a gender-inclusive educational environment for all. Here’s how to get there!
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 18 C
Time:Monday 6/18, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Title:Cultivating Curiosity: Engagement and Critical Thinking in the Classroom
Content Area:Educate
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Description:Are you looking for ways to engage your students more deeply in their own learning? Do you want to challenge your students to become better critical thinkers and get more out of your content? Join us to learn about tools to authentically engage student curiosity in higher levels of critical thinking while staying true to your course scope and sequence.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 17 A
Time:Monday 6/18, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Title:Culture, Character, and College: IDEA’s Bet on Academics and SEL for College
Content Area:Educate
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Description:IDEA Public Schools, Education First, and InsideTrack have teamed up to design, pilot, and scale a 6th-12th grade selected set of “college identity” social and emotional development interventions to increase college completion rates for our 99% of alumni in college. In this session, IDEA and Education First will share briefly what led to this focus, and engage you in reviewing a set of tools to be piloted over five years on IDEA campuses.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 14
Time:Monday 6/18, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Title:If Anti-Bullying Doesn't Work, What Does?
Content Area:Educate
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Description:LGBTQ+ students' school performance is often adversely affected by bullying and harassment. Delve into the research on anti-bullying to discover what works and what doesn't, and then create a research-based action plan to foster a learning environment where all students can be successful.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 16 A
Time:Monday 6/18, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Title:Increasing Latino Representation on Boards: A Solvable Problem
Content Area:Govern
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Description:A recent study found 7% of nonprofit board members in public education identify as Latino compared to the 40% of students served. While this statistic is troublesome, there are strategies that can be implemented to ensure more Latino leaders are serving on school and nonprofit boards. During this session, you will address misconceptions about why Latino leadership is missing in the boardroom and brainstorm tactics to increase the number of Latinos on your board.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 8 A/B/C
Time:Monday 6/18, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Title:Moving on Up: Using Formative Data to Drive Change
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Join us for an interactive session to learn about two approaches for systematically ensuring equity for all students. Understand how these approaches are designed to empower leaders, teachers and CMO staff to principles of improvement science, and how they may be used to take your PLCs or common planning to new levels.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 15
Time:Monday 6/18, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Title:No More #MeToo: Proactively Combating Harassment on School Campuses
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Despite numerous examples of sexual harassment in secondary schools and on college campuses, few are preparing students to navigate the complex and sometimes ambiguous realities of sexual relationships, affirmative consent, and personal boundary setting. Join Bright Star Schools to learn about their Beyond Defense program and find out how they’ve integrated mixed gender classes on sexual assault and sexual harassment prevention. Walk away prepared to start the conversation with your staff and students.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 17 B
Time:Monday 6/18, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Title:Rethinking Student Discipline to Strike the Right Balance
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Research has found that far too often a disproportionate number of African American students are suspended and expelled from school. A robust approach to achieving educational equity should include a dialogue between students, families, and a school's leadership about discipline policies, as well as a thoughtful look at discipline data. This interactive session will give you the tools you need to address disparities and rethink discipline in your school or in your charter sector.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 18 D
Time:Monday 6/18, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Title:School Daze: Navigating the Facility Financing Maze
Content Area:Operate
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Description:Is your school planning a construction or renovation project? Join us to learn the key elements of planning a successful facilities project. A panel of experts will introduce the critical elements of project planning and creditworthiness. Following the panel, we will guide you through estimating project costs, calculating what your school can afford to spend, and comparing financing options. You will walk away with the tools to plan a successful facilities project.
Presenter(s):
Location:Austin Convention Center, 19 B
Time:Monday 6/18, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Title:Sentence Crafting: Art of the Sentence and Sentence Expansion
Content Area:Educate
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Description:Join us for some of Teach Like a Champion's newest work! Sentences are the fundamental building block of writing, yet instruction often focuses on the paragraph or essay level. Learn and practice two approaches for developing students' syntactic control through Art of the Sentence and Sentence Expansion. Embedded in rich content, these two techniques improve students' reading, writing, discussions, and thinking.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 16 B
Time:Monday 6/18, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Title:Teacher Career Pathways: Creating a Clear Career Ladder
Content Area:Operate
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Description:Once you've found and hired the right people, the real work to support their growth and retain them begins. In this session, you will examine the research on and practice of retaining top teacher talent and investigate IDEA Public Schools' Teacher Career Pathways model to identify changes to your approach to teacher retention and development.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 19 A
Time:Monday 6/18, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


3:30 pm–4:45 pm - Breakout Session 4

Title:Connecting Dots and Aligning Visions: HBCU and Charter School Partnership
Content Area:Advocate
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Description:Join us to think through the need to explore data and research that speaks to the long-term success of African Americans attending HBCUs. We will amplify the current relationships between CMOs and HBCUs and speak to the overlap of supports offered by schools to best serve low-income, first-generation African American students.
Presenter(s):
Location:Hilton Austin, Salon F
Time:Monday 6/18, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM


Title:Empowering Students to Reach for College
Content Area:Educate
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Description:Charter schools and families don’t need to go it alone when preparing students for college and careers. Join the College Board in exploring free online resources available through its digital opportunity pathway—from official SAT practice on Khan Academy, to college search and planning tools available on Big Future and career exploration available through Roadtrip Nation. We will equip attendees to support student access and success in college.
Presenter(s):
Location:Austin Convention Center, 12 A/B
Time:Monday 6/18, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM


Title:Hazard and Threat Management Emergency Communications in Schools
Content Area:Operate
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Description:We will provide school leaders with a holistic overview of emergency management communications. Gain a better understanding of the critical role communication plays during emergencies. Become familiar with your roles and responsibilities as it pertains to communicating pertinent information during hazardous situations and managing possible threats. Gain a better understanding of how to coordinate school-wide safety initiatives and collaborate with key stakeholders to ensure safety and reduce risk at school.
Presenter(s):
Location:Hilton Austin, Salon J
Time:Monday 6/18, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM


Title:How IDEA Schools Close the Reading Gap in Grades 3-8
Content Area:Educate
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Description:A large number of grade 3-8 students attending IDEA Public Schools are coming in with gaps of two or more years in reading. We will demonstrate how utilizing research based intervention programs with ongoing staff development, in-class coaching, responsive data monitoring, and strong administrative support resulted in two years of growth in one school year for more than half the target students.
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Location:Hilton Austin, Salon K
Time:Monday 6/18, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM


Title:Is Your Charter School Protecting Its Student Data?
Content Area:Operate
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Description:We will provide a broad look at the privacy law and data security compliance issues that arise in the context of education programs. Join us for an update on the recent flurry of state legislative activity on privacy law as well as data-security concerns and the implications of state sunshine laws for public institutions, among other topics.
Presenter(s):
Location:Austin Convention Center, 18 A/B
Time:Monday 6/18, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM


Title:Move Your Board from Reactive to Strategic
Content Area:Govern
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Description:Frequently, even very successful charter boards lose sight of their long-term focus, in favor of dealing with the here and now. In order to do this, a charter school board should have a set of clear and measurable annual board goals. These are separate from your CEO’s goals and clearly define how the board will be adding value to the organization in the year ahead. These goals should clearly map to the promises you made to your charter authorizer. Come to this lively, interactive session and start developing (or improving) your board’s goals.
Presenter(s):
Location:Austin Convention Center, 9 A/B/C
Time:Monday 6/18, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM


Title:Rigor Ceiling: Seeing It in Action
Content Area:Educate
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Description:We’ll put together our previous rigor foundations of intrinsic investment and teaching how to think via video examples of rigorous classrooms. We’ll see the tenets of our discussion-based model in action along with commentary and reflection across multiple subject areas.
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Location:Hilton Austin, Salon G
Time:Monday 6/18, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM


Title:Rural Charter Schools and USDA Financing
Content Area:Operate
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Description:Over the past decade, USDA Rural Development has provided hundreds of millions of dollars for rural charter school facilities financing. We'll how the financing works and provides schools (and other interested parties) with information on eligibility criteria, "typical" transactions, and resources for accessing financing.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 11 A/B
Time:Monday 6/18, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM


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