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Daily Schedule - Tuesday, June 19, 2018


7:00 am–5:00 pm - Registration Open


8:00 am–9:00 am - Breakout Sessions 5

Title:Cracking the Code: Your Guide to Financial Statements
Content Area:Govern
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Description:Do you dread the part of the board meeting when it is time to review and discuss the financial statements? Do you think they are speaking in code? We will decode the fundamentals of accounting and budgeting so that you are prepared to effectively engage in financial discussions. Through group exercises, you will acquire the language, analytic tools and insights needed to evaluate your organization’s fiscal health.
Presenter(s):
Location:Austin Convention Center, 17 B
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Title:Data-Driven Restorative Practices: Lessons on Implementation Rooted in Data
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Restorative justice is not new, but its popularity in education is on the rise. The power of this practice is often told through anecdotes and not through evidence and actionable steps. Learn proven strategies and hear multiple perspectives on the lessons of building a restorative justice program, and how data has been key to an effective and growing program.
Presenter(s):
Location:Hilton Austin, Salon H
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Title:How Learning Happens: Policy and Practice for Social, Emotional, and Academic Development
Content Area:Advocate
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Description:Join a conversation with the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development as they work to develop policy and practice recommendations to ensure each and every student receives quality educational experiences grounded in our growing understanding that learning happens across social, emotional, and cognitive domains. Members of the Commission will share draft recommendations and invite attendees to provide thoughts and feedback.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 19 A
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Title:Is Transportation of Students Driving You Crazy?
Content Area:Operate
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Description:While many charter schools rely on district or public transportation for their students, coordination and risk transfer of field trips, sports teams and even international travel are growing concerns for administrators. Transportation of students to and from campus, school-sponsored activities, and sometimes for medical care all represent potential liability to your school’s reputation and assets. Keeping, training, and qualifying drivers is a big challenge to school resources. Grants may also be available to help begin programs.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 12 A/B
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Title:Level Up! Board Governance for the Seasoned Charter
Content Area:Govern
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Description:As organizations mature, there comes a time to renew, reset the clock with fresh energy, and level up practices. Even the most seasoned and successful charter schools require ongoing training in order to maintain high-functioning governing boards. Come share in a conversation exploring accountability structures, training practices, and resources that produce high-quality results for governing boards of mature organizations.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 9 A/B/C
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Title:Pensions Under Pressure: Charter Innovation in Teacher Retirement Benefits
Content Area:Operate
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Description:As teacher pension costs in traditional state plans have risen, charter schools have applied their innovative management approach by providing alternative plans for teachers in 19 states where charters may opt out and develop their own plans. These alternative plans can provide portability of benefits, a wider range of investment options, reduced costs and greater control over total compensation. Researchers and charter leaders will discuss how the plans may contribute to the recruitment and retention of teachers.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 18 C
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Title:Where’s the Innovation? Independent Charter Schools Must Lead the Way
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Chartering was intended to inject entrepreneurism into a sclerotic public educational environment and has been a disruptive and positive force. But are charter schools truly living up to their innovative promise and, if not, why not? Join us for a deep dive into what encourages and what deters school innovation, and a lightning round of innovation pitches from attendees. Guaranteed to bring out the inner entrepreneur inside every school leader!
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 18 A/B
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Title:You Can Do It! Launching a Career and Technical Education Charter
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Charter educators across the country are discovering the promise of career and technical education, launching new CTE schools or adding robust CTE to their existing offerings. Come hear a panel of people who’ve done it talk about how they handled unique challenges: crafting a curriculum that combines technical topics and traditional academic subject matter, finding an employer partner to sponsor interns, and raising money for the extra expense of career and technical education.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 17 A
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


9:00 am–2:00 pm - Exhibit Hall Open


9:00 am–10:00 am - Coffee in the Exhibit Hall


9:00 am–12:30 pm - Charter Talks

Title:Daily Motivators: Simple but Powerful Activities for Fostering Student Grit
Content Area:Educate
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Description:Learn about powerful yet easy-to-implement activities for classrooms and larger school assemblies that inspire students to embrace their studies with tenacity. This interactive, multimedia-infused session will feature daily and weekly rituals that align with recent neuroscience and originate from the classrooms of the Community Charter School of Cambridge, a nationally recognized Title I, grade 6-12 school in the Boston area.
Presenter(s):
Location:Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall - Charter Talk Stage
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM


Title:Bridging the Gap from High School to College
Content Area:Advocate
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Description:It is essential for students to be academically prepared to enter college. However, academic preparation alone is not enough. Students must also be prepared for the culture of college to experience success. This is essential for all students, put particularly first-generation college students. Advocacy efforts are needed to ensure first-generation students are prepared if we truly want to bridge the gap between high school and college for these young people.
Presenter(s):
Location:Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall - Charter Talk Stage
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM


Title:HOLD - Microsoft Charter Talk
Content Area:Educate
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Location:Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall - Charter Talk Stage
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 9:30 AM - 9:45 AM


Title:Why Don't We All Know Kung Fu? We Should All Be Students
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Why are we not taking advantage of educational opportunities available around us everyday to better ourselves as students, as teachers, and as people? In this 21st century world, where learning almost anything is only a keystroke or screen tap away, why do people not make more time to expand their knowledge? Have we lost the drive to better ourselves, or are we simply driven by the wrong things?
Presenter(s):
Location:Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall - Charter Talk Stage
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 10:00 AM - 10:15 AM


Title:STOP Misguiding Women & Minorities Away from High-Demand Careers
Content Area:Advocate
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Description:Your students have the talent for high-demand careers in industries such as technology, manufacturing, and health care. Come hear groundbreaking research on the gender bias and workforce impact caused by current school-based career guidance.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall - Charter Talk Stage
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM


Title:Closing the Critical Thinking Gap by Thinking Like A Lawyer
Content Area:Educate
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Description:Critical thinking is the essential 21st century skill, but it is still a luxury good, typically reserved for the most elite students at the most elite schools. But what if we could close this gap by helping educators teach critical thinking the way it's been taught for thousands of years? Thinking like a lawyer is a powerful framework to help teachers in all subjects and grade levels push our students from "what" and "how to" to "why" and "what if."
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Location:Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall - Charter Talk Stage
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 10:45 AM - 11:00 AM


Title:Trust is the Foundation of High Expectations
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Most schools tend to confuse responsibility with compliance. But after visiting top-ranked schools across more than a dozen countries, William Minton discovered that the best schools in the world have a different understanding of responsibility. At school after school, principals emphasized the importance of creating opportunities for students to develop responsibility by being given real power. Minton shares stories from those schools, including a Swiss school where the students are left unsupervised for three days.
Presenter(s):
Location:Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall - Charter Talk Stage
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM


Title:The IDEA Story: Scaling with Quality and Betting on People
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Since 2001, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school with 150 students to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free, Pre-K through 12th grade public charter schools in the United States. In this Charter Talk, JoAnn Gama of IDEA Public Schools will tell the IDEA story and focus on how IDEA bets on–and wins with–growing its own leaders.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall - Charter Talk Stage
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 11:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Advocating for Student Success
Content Area:Advocate
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Description:Stakeholder voices are critical to discussions about education and serving the needs of all students, especially as debates intensify in cities, school boards and statehouses across the country. Learn from the current College Board Senior Director of Teacher Outreach, a former educator and state government official, on why she became an advocate and the ways to galvanize educators and students to turn out at meetings, speak up in the media, and engage elected officials.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall - Charter Talk Stage
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 12:00 PM - 12:15 PM


Title:Changing Paradigms: Moving from Fixing Children to Transforming Adults
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Leaders dedicated to improving student outcomes always consider strategies that accelerate academic growth. Dr. Williams will share her successful strategies and turnaround story of how she dropped a low-performance status to become a promising school in her district. By systematically shifting the focus from fixing kids to transforming teachers the campus realized significant gains. Learn how to inspire administrators who understand the urgency of now when it comes to ensuring student outcomes.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall - Charter Talk Stage
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 12:15 PM - 12:30 PM


10:00 am–11:00 am - Breakout Sessions 6

Title:50 Ways to Lose Your Leader: What Leaders Need from Boards to Survive and Thrive
Content Area:Govern
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Description:School leaders are the most important factor for school success. And charter school boards want exceptional leaders. However, in order to execute on their most important priorities, even the best school leaders need a multi-tier, wraparound system of support and feedback including evaluation systems, coaching and apprenticeship from the private sector, and peer support. In this session, a board member, a superintendent, and thought leaders discuss providing the support school leaders need and want.
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Location:Hilton Austin, Salon J
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Title:Beyond Recruitment and Retention: Nurturing Culture That Helps Teachers of Color Thrive
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Teacher turnover is one of the biggest challenges for charter schools, particularly when it comes teachers of color (which can average over 40% a year in some places). We will focus on sharing highly successful recruitment and retention practices that center on the development of agency, autonomy, empowerment and culture as strategies to reduce teacher turnover and develop teacher-leaders.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 9 A/B/C
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Title:Charter School Budgeting Best Practices: Don’t Just Survive -- Thrive!
Content Area:Operate
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Description:Since the opening of Charter School Capital 10 years ago, we’ve reviewed thousands of charter school budgets. Year after year, we see common mistakes many charter schools make when budgeting for their academic year. Hear from charter school finance experts as they give you a breakdown of budgeting best practices to help you have a financially successful academic year. Don’t just survive -- thrive!
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 12 A/B
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Title:Facilities Financing: Selecting the Best Option for Your Charter School
Content Area:Operate
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Description:Learn different methods to finance or refinance land acquisition, facility construction, renovation, and equipment costs. Panelists will discuss the basics of various financing options such as tax-exempt bonds, new markets tax credits, and bank loans. Attendees will also learn from real-world examples of charter schools that have used these financing methods. A finance leader from a premier charter school network in Texas will be one of the panelists discussing their financing experiences.
Presenter(s):
Location:Hilton Austin, Salon F
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Title:Parents Engaging Parents: Are Advocates Listening?
Content Area:Advocate
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Description:Parent engagement is an essential component of advocacy in education reform. Parents are important partners in advocacy work, but are advocates and school leaders truly listening to parent concerns? Are current parent engagement efforts sustainable? We will examine successful “bottom up” ideas to parent empowerment. Examples include large-scale parent mobilization for rallies, registering 3,000 new voters in a city, and statewide participation in our annual Parent Summit.
 
Presenter(s):
Location:Hilton Austin, 616 A/B
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Title:The All-Charter District: Reflections on New Orleans 2010-2017
Content Area:Advocate
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Description:CREDO evaluated the "Charter Restart Model," an i3-funded initiative in New Orleans and Tennessee, over the course of 7 years. While we found small pockets of success, we also found that districtwide charter reform driven by state turnaround districts carries particular pitfalls with clear implications for districts and regions looking to install charter turnaround strategies. In particular, the presence of a harbormaster emerged as crucial to success, as did intentionally engineered solutions to protect systemwide equity of access and quality.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 17 A
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Title:Using the Charter Model to Transform Districts: Lessons from the Front Line
Content Area:Advocate
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Description:The Alliance’s market share study shows charters are now educating more students than districts in places like Detroit, Flint, and New Orleans. This shift in students and the money that follows them is forcing policymakers and educators to grapple with how to deal with districts that enter the “death spiral” that leads towards insolvency. Come learn how the charter model is being used to create policy and practice solutions for addressing these complex situations.
Presenter(s):
Location:Hilton Austin, Salon G
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Title:What Do the 2018 Elections Mean for School Choice?
Content Area:Advocate
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Description:Join us for a discussion about the upcoming 2018 elections and their potential impact on school choice policies nationwide. We will take a deep dive into critical states and also look at these elections from a national perspective, discussing how they might influence education policies over the next several years. Presenters include state-level advocates and political strategists.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 8 A/B/C
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


10:00 am–12:00 pm - Intensive Breakout Sessions 2

Title:Activating Generation E: Growing Students' Entrepreneurial Mindset
Content Area:Educate
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Description:Participants will learn about 8 domains of the entrepreneurial mindset (EM), how EM skills prepare students for college and 21st century careers, and how teachers can help students develop EM skills. We will introduce a learning model that integrates project-based learning and Lean Startup to grow students' EM skills. Participants will participate in a hands-on entrepreneurial investigation and learn about techniques for growing students' EM with a NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) teacher, alumni, and volunteer.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 16 B
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Active Shooter: Are You Ready?
Content Area:Operate
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Description:In this workshop we will review lessons learned about how to prepare for, respond to, and prevent such incidents. We will focus on identifying leading indicators of violence, early intervention, counseling and monitoring via threat assessment protocols and best practices to prevent individuals from carrying out attacks. Using an actual incident as a case study, we will discuss practices for mainstream and social media communication, medical care and psychological counseling for victims, proper restoration and cleanup and tort immunity issues.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 16 A
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Be a Fortune 500 School District
Content Area:Lead
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Description:You can be the lead driver of excellent educational outcomes and performance for your entire organization and at the same time create a culture of teamwork that embodies caring about your staff. You do not have to become a ruthless and unbending leader of the race to reach your goals. It is not a trade off. Become an Amazon or a Tesla in education. Lead the charge!
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 18 D
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Digital Marketing: Hacking Google Analytics
Content Area:Operate
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Description:For schools and organizations that have marketing plans in place, we will learn how to set up Google Analytics live. Leaving this session, you'll be able to use Google Analytics and Search Console to track more sales from your website and understand how to use the data to benefit your school. We will cover set-up, planning, best practices, data collection, and measuring return on investment. Bring your computer, website login, and Google login.
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Location:Hilton Austin, Salon K
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:How to Lead Effective Professional Learning
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Job-embedded professional learning works...sometimes. The success of collaborative learning teams and instructional coaching strategies depends on intentional planning to create an infrastructure that supports high-quality professional learning and the transfer of learning to the classroom. In this session, a team of trainers and school leaders from a New Orleans charter school will demonstrate how to design, plan and implement an effective weekly meeting to support professional learning by following 5 steps for effective learning.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 19 B
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:I’ve Got the Governance Blues
Content Area:Govern
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Description:Recruiting, retaining, and/or engaging your board got you down? We can help! This highly interactive session will allow for shared problem solving and idea sharing around the meaty topic of school governance. Although the facilitators bring a deep understanding of the issue, we will harness the collective brainpower and experiences of the participants in the room; allowing all participants to walk away with clearly defined solutions on how to address your governance issues.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 14
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Let Them Talk! Build the Culture of Classroom Discourse
Content Area:Educate
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Description:The culture of classroom discourse is essential for an effective classroom, helping teachers to build a conducive learning environment with respect, engagement, effective communication and critical thinking. We'll help participants build sets of standards for children to respectfully state their opinions, propel each other, support their ideas with evidence, listen attentively, and evaluate their own work. Learn best practices, analyze real classroom examples, and gain tools to be used for every grade level.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 11 A/B
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Make Way for the New Principal: Developing Teacher Leaders
Content Area:Operate
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Description:Change the culture of your school by empowering teachers and providing opportunities for teacher leadership. Learn about our schools' approach to retooling professional development and how you can do the same! We provide opportunities for teachers to shine by developing relationships, visiting innovative charter schools, and conducting transformative action research. This cohort-style professional development transforms teaching and creates a culture of learning where everyone benefits. Hear our journey from a teacher, administrator, and school leader.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 19 A
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Observe, Debrief, Collaborate, Repeat: Building a New Supervision Framework
Content Area:Lead
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Description:This interactive session starts with the simple premise that classroom observations should be frequent, short, and unannounced. Administrators then provide same-day debriefs with immediate teacher feedback, appreciation, and fine-tuning of instructional strategies, followed by brief written action items. In this framework, the observation and feedback cycle powers each teacher’s ongoing individual professional growth plan to track progress and goals, leading to a potent mix of feedback, reflection, and growth as the catalysts for student learning.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 18 A/B
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Smart Growth Through Strategy, Talent, and Operations
Content Area:Lead
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Description:In this intensive workshop, examine your own approach to strategic growth through hearing from IDEA Public Schools senior leaders about lessons learned and their current approach to creating ideal external conditions for growth, finding and developing the right talent, and creating and managing the operating systems necessary to fuel expansion.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 18 C
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Strengthening Your Vision and Implementation for Math Instruction
Content Area:Educate
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Description:Is your math program aligned to a college-ready bar? Examine your instructional model by engaging in math problem solving! We will unpack a rigorous problem and engage in mathematical discourse as students. We will then examine Achievement First's math program and how shifts to a more rigorous math program have led to strong results. Reflect on your current instructional vision for math. We'll also show you how to access AF’s math materials online.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 15
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Trans 101 for Educators: Relevant Legal Issues and Best Practices
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Would you be prepared if a transgender student came to enroll in your school or you learned that a student or staff member was transitioning? We will provide a doorway into the lived experiences of trans people and explore the unique legal issues faced by transgender people in the school context. We'll also provide you with best practices for ensuring you are prepared to address these issues in your own educational institution.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 17 B
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


11:15 am–12:30 pm - Breakout Sessions 7

Title:Charter Schools and School Improvement Under ESSA: What Have We Learned So Far?
Content Area:Advocate
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Description:Under ESSA, states can leverage 7% of Title I funds for school improvement. Which states are leveraging charter schools and what have they learned? Hear from Texas and other states about what they have learned in their first year of implementation.
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Location:Hilton Austin, 616 A/B
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:ELLs, ELD, DLI, Oh My: Helping English Learners Succeed
Content Area:Educate
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Description:English language learners are one of the fastest-growing student demographics in the country. Nearly one-quarter of US children currently speak a non-English language, and that number is expected to grow in the coming decades. Come hear expert educators explain how to support ELLs’ linguistic and academic development in dual immersion or English as a Second Language settings.
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Location:Hilton Austin, Salon J
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Facilities Independence: Financing Techniques for Expanding Charter Schools
Content Area:Operate
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Description:We will discuss on the many financing techniques utilized by charter schools with particular focus on tax-exempt bond financing. The advantages, disadvantages, and costs of each will be discussed and an outline for relating your school’s financing needs, objectives, and constraints to its financing alternatives will be provided. Hear from finance officers from KIPP DC, credit rating analysts from Standard & Poor’s, and independent financial advisors from Wye River Group.
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Location:Hilton Austin, Salon F
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Governance from the Authorizer Perspective
Content Area:Govern
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Description:Charter schools often say they don't understand what the authorizer wants from them. We will focus on governance from the authorizer perspective and provide participants with in-depth feedback on what a school authorizer is looking for.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 8 A/B/C
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:How Do I Even Start? Engaging in Controversial Conversations Schoolwide
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Join a panel of experts in civil discourse, culture building, and community engagement in a rousing discussion of how to broach and support sensitive conversations with teachers, parents, and students. Our expert panel will discuss how using historical context, parent-teacher partnerships, and critical conversation resources strengthens your students and your school community.
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Location:Hilton Austin, Salon H
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Innovation in Compensation: Rewarding Commitment and Contribution
Content Area:Operate
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Description:Is your school's compensation model motivating the behavior and results you want to see from your staff? Are you struggling with issues of internal equity or teacher retention? Come learn about compensation models that work -- and don't work -- and why. Explore cutting-edge strategies and research-based best practices, and leave with action steps you can take in your own school to strategically leverage compensation to improve staff and student performance.
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Location:Hilton Austin, Salon G
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Investing in the Next Generation of Education Reform Advocates
Content Area:Advocate
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Description:To maintain momentum and progress of education reform, it is vital that we grow the number of local policymakers who support our issues. Otherwise, reform is unsustainable. Success requires increasing the number of next-generation Black and Latinx pro-reformers in the pipeline. Not only are community-based leaders uniquely essential to the sustainability of charters and reform, local leaders who support reform values are essential to long-term success. With Shavar Jeffries, Tomeka Hart, Cardell Orin and Tenicka Boyd.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 17 A
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:The Class of 2030
Content Area:Lead
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Description:What are the aspirations, expectations, and experiences of young people in relation to school, life, work, and beyond? We will draw from current research and extensive experience working with schools and systems globally, and introduce frameworks for sustaining improvement and generate conversation.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 12 A/B
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:The Cost of Poverty: Economically Relevant Pedagogy in the Classroom
Content Area:Educate
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Description:Many charter schools serve students, particularly black and Latino children who have been ensnared in poverty for many generations. One strategy teachers and schools can use to empower students to break the cycle of generational poverty is to integrate the fundamentals of economics across the curriculum. Join us to learn concrete strategies and demonstrations of this approach and practice in the classroom.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 9 A/B/C
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Trust is the Foundation of High Expectations
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Most schools tend to confuse responsibility with compliance. But after visiting top-ranked schools across more than a dozen countries, William Minton discovered that the best schools in the world have a different understanding of responsibility. At school after school, principals emphasized the importance of creating opportunities for students to develop responsibility by being given real power. Minton shares stories from those schools, including a Swiss school where the students are left unsupervised for three days.
Presenter(s):
Location:Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall - Charter Talk Stage
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM


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


2:00 pm–3:15 pm - Breakout Sessions 8

Title:Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: A Mindset of Ethical Decision Making for Administrators
Content Area:Lead
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Description:School leaders must make decisions every day. However, competing priorities, resource distribution, or even bad actors present leaders with ethical dilemmas requiring a delicate balance between board demands and their own ethics. What happens when a board’s expectations could impact the school negatively? What happens when the budget doesn’t support an essential safety upgrade? We will provide leaders with a framework, interactive exercises, and expert advice on how to select the best ethical alternative.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 14
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:Equity and Access in the Real World: How Apply Houston Challenges the Status Quo
Content Area:Advocate
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Description:Recently released data from the fall 2017 launch of Houston’s common application for charter schools will shed light on its impact on school-level and citywide application growth, parent awareness of and participation in choice, and the ease through which families are navigating their marketplace of school options. We will provide concrete considerations on why a common application may be the route to greater equity of access to schools of choice in your city.
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Location:Hilton Austin, Salon H
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:Federal Update: Hot Topics and Burning Issues for Charter Schools
Content Area:Advocate
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Description:Come learn about what the National Alliance is doing on behalf of charter schools in Congress and the Administration. What are the most pressing federal issues impacting charter schools? What does a possible infrastructure bill mean for charters? What questions do you have about federal legislation and programs? Come with questions, leave with answers.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 8 A/B/C
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:Fireside Chat with Mike Morath, Texas Commissioner of Education
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Description:Come hear directly from the Texas Education Commissioner on how Texas is leading the nation in education reform. Join Stacy Hock, education philanthropist, in an intimate conversation with Commissioner Morath.
Location:Hilton Austin, Salon J
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:From Barrier Words to Bridges: Is Language Impeding Your Diversity Recruiting Efforts?
Content Area:Operate
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Description:Research from CCSA shows that language like "application" and "lottery" are barrier words insinuating competition or pre-requisites. These words may deter ELL and SED families from enrolling in our charter schools. Explore how Summit Public Schools changed its approach to student recruitment and enrollment to remove these perceived barriers and encourage all families to apply. We will also develop step-by-step strategies that participants can employ to identify and overcome barriers to meet recruitment goals.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 15
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:Hacking Medical Practice: Using Peer Review to Improve Teaching
Content Area:Lead
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Description:This workshop will focus on sharing one school's innovative use of medicine's periodic peer review conferences to help develop early career teachers, improve instructional practice for seasoned vets, and promulgate highly effective and innovative pedagogy across the instructional team.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 18 C
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:How Hybrid Charter Networks are Producing Exceptional Results
Content Area:Lead
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Description:The Stanford CREDO CMO study identified “hybrid” organizations as a special class. Hybrid CMOs have strategic collaborations with educational service providers. Hybrids are achieving exceptional results educating minority and low-income students. Students at these schools earn more than an extra 100 days of learning in reading and math. Schools with 80% "hybrid" enrollment will present their practices and methods.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 18 A/B
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:Moving Beyond Parental Involvement and into Family Engagement
Content Area:Educate
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Description:Have you wondered what is the difference between parental involvement and family engagement? We will explore the difference and discuss how teachers and families can work together as genuine partners to maximize student learning. We will explore how family engagement efforts can be aligned to learning and designed to build a classroom community where families can feel connected to their teacher and other families.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 17 B
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:Policies that Govern Your Board: Bylaws, Discipline, and Retention
Content Area:Govern
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Description:As a board member, you are required to know and understand your school's policies. Are you taking on the right things? How do you know?
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 16 A
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:Preventing and Responding to Sexual and Other Serious Alleged Misconduct
Content Area:Operate
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Description:Sexual and other serious misconduct can inflict immeasurable harm on victims and jeopardize an entire educational institution. Two experienced prosecutors will provide practical guidance on preventing such misconduct through compliance, identifying red flags, best practices for investigating allegations, and the legal requirements for response. We will combine a lecture with an interactive case-study exercise based on real cases. Attendees will learn practical steps to avoid the missteps that have plagued many institutions.
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Location:Hilton Austin, Salon G
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:Reimagining Traditional Role of Counselors to Reach 100% Graduation Rate
Content Area:Lead
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Description:In 2017, Drew Charter’s first graduating class achieved a 100% graduation and college acceptance rate and collectively earned more than $5M in scholarships. These outcomes are due in large part to the College and Career Readiness Office’s dexterity in navigating the traditional demands of school counselors while addressing the social-emotional and college advising needs of all students. We will offer strategies for replicating this approach, including reallocating resources, leveraging partnerships, and redefining counselor roles.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 17 A
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:Rural Charter Schools and Their Significance in American Politics
Content Area:Advocate
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Description:There are 900+ rural charter schools serving 300,000 students spread unequally across America. Rural charters strengthen the political position of states’ charter efforts, while their absence makes politics harder. Are charters truly a national reform strategy if their growth is city-centric? We will explore the question from several angles: looking at the numbers, hearing from those in the middle of the political debates, and discussing why rural shouldn’t be ignored by charter advocates.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 11 A/B
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:STEM Deserts: Expanding Access to Rigorous Coursework
Content Area:Educate
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Description:Millions of students across the country live in what we call STEM deserts – school communities without access to rigorous and engaging math and science courses. Lack of STEM access is a critical equity issue in education, particularly for students in urban and rural communities, where access to high-level math and science courses is often out of reach. Learn what is being done to eliminate STEM deserts through scaling proven education programs that work at the local level to affect lasting improvements in student access, engagement and performance in rigorous STEM courses.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 12 A/B
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:Stronger Together: How Austin-Area Charters Teamed Up to Advocate for Change
Content Area:Advocate
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Description:These charter leaders from the Austin-area area played a critical role in convincing the Texas legislature to provide facilities funding for charter schools for the first time ever in 2017. The team includes small and mid-size charters and large CMOs working together. Learn how local Austin-area charter leaders partner for policy change here in the Texas capital. We'll highlight our efforts with the Texas state legislature and the City of Austin.
Location:Austin Convention Center, 9 A/B/C
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:Student Outcomes, School Boards, and You
Content Area:Govern
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Description:Accountability for student outcomes starts and ends with you. We'll examine how School Boards are accountable for monitoring student outcomes. We'll investigate what is and is not the function of school boards, how school boards work, how parents (and others) can advocate for what they want to see, and the difference between inputs, outputs, and outcomes.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 19 A
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:The Use and Misuse of Social Media in Schools
Content Area:Lead
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Description:With an increased reliance on and use of social media by individuals and organizations to communicate, research and connect with friends, family, colleagues, business associates, stakeholders and the general public, the creation of social media policies and adoption of consistent practices -- especially in an educational setting -- is more important than ever. We will review legal and operational issues related to the use and misuse of social media to help develop and enforce policies and procedures in an educational setting.
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Location:Hilton Austin, Salon F
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:When Closure Isn’t An Option: Charter School Receivership
Content Area:Govern
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Description:Increasing numbers of authorizers are unable to immediately close schools that have either failed to meet performance standards (academic, operational, or financial) or when they are faced with an unforeseen crisis. In these instances, a court-appointed or authorizer-appointed receiver can take over for a specific period of time. We will walk through a case study of a receivership from initial policy creation to the day-to-day operations of a school. We will also discuss how the authorizer, receiver, and school community work together in the best interest of students and families in this unique situation.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 16 B
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


Title:With Us, Not to Us: Community-Centered Reform
Content Area:Lead
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Description:This panel focuses on community-centered reform which involves hearing from communities to better inform equitable education reforms and school policies. In an era of “data-driven decision making,” it is imperative that charter reforms and community engagement are substantiated by the lived experiences of the community. We will explore those marginalized voices (parents, students, leaders) and offer solutions to engage and partner with communities to inform decisions for advocacy and parent/student engagement within the charter movement.
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Location:Hilton Austin, Salon K
Time:Tuesday 6/19, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


3:30 pm–4:45 pm - General Session 2


5:00 pm–6:15 pm - State Meetings


6:30 pm - Group Meetings & Events (All events not hosted by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools are to be scheduled Tuesday, June 19th at or after 6:30pm)




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