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Daily Schedule - Wednesday, June 20, 2018


8:00 am–9:00 am - Breakout Sessions 9

Title:Charter Board 101
Content Area:Govern
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Description:Congrats! You just joined a charter school board. But what’s next? What exactly is your role? What is your responsibility and what isn’t? Join us for a deep-dive into the role of a board member and how to be a great one!
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 15
Time:Wednesday 6/20, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Title:Enough Talk–Show Me the Money!
Content Area:Operate
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Description:With charter schools, on average, only receiving 71 cents on the public dollar when compared to district schools, funding is tight. Successful school leaders understand key fundraising principles to grow innovative programs and support financing facilities. Not sure how to get started with fundraising? Spend an hour with fundraising thought leaders to learn tips and tricks you can implement at your school to get dollars in the door.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 12 A/B
Time:Wednesday 6/20, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Title:Good Governance: Putting Schools on the Path to Excellence
Content Area:Govern
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Description:Schools will only be as good as the leadership that they possess, including the board of directors. We will reveal additional resources and strategy that one authorizer is pursuing to ensure that the leadership of the school has resources and information to govern effectively.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 16 A
Time:Wednesday 6/20, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Title:Racial Isolation in Public Charter Schools
Content Area:Advocate
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Description:Charters tend to enroll racially identifiable student bodies, whether predominately white, black, or brown students. For charter advocates, this fact is irrelevant to learning and is caused by independent factors such as residential patterns and parental choice. The naysayers charge us with "re-segregating" the public schools. Let's dissect this issue legally and politically. We'll learn to talk about it well, both in the court of law and in the court of public opinion.
Presenter(s):
Location:Hilton Austin, 616 A/B
Time:Wednesday 6/20, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Title:Research on Parents as Consumers: Time for Real Choices in Education
Content Area:Advocate
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Description:Groundbreaking research on parents as consumers shows they want distinct education choices that fit their child’s learning style and interests. The findings reveal what parents feel is ideal for their children and why. This is the information school choice advocates need to move to the next level: providing real choices in education that help parents achieve their aspirations and increase their satisfaction with education while maximizing the talent this country has in its young people.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 16 B
Time:Wednesday 6/20, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Title:Solving the Talent Problem: Working to Identify Opportunities and Strategies
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Charters face special challenges when it comes to teacher hiring and retention. To solve for this problem, many must identify innovative solutions. Join us for an engaging conversation about what’s working, what isn’t, and where to go next when it comes to addressing the talent problem. We’ll break into groups to brainstorm and then share strategies and hear perspectives from national organizations. You’ll leave with concrete ideas to implement back at your school.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 17 B
Time:Wednesday 6/20, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Title:Stop Putting Out Fires and Govern!
Content Area:Govern
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Description:Too often governing boards develop dysfunctional patterns that focus on day-to-day urgencies, putting out fires as they occur. Participants will benefit from an authorizer and trainer perspective on effective governance. This conversation will equip you with tools to recruit diverse members, create training plans, and know the right questions to ask your school leader. We'll also discuss the documentation you should seek to be a part of the conversation rather than just the fire extinguisher.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 18 A/B
Time:Wednesday 6/20, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Title:Strategic Decision-Making: How to Prevent Chasing the “Shiny Thing”
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Too often organizations get distracted by the “shiny thing." This could be grant dollars, new technologies or initiatives, or pet projects of stakeholders, which can lead organizations towards misalignment and off-mission. Strategic decision-making is easy to say but hard to do. This hands-on session will teach you how to create a process for good, strategic decision-making that enables you to capitalize on great opportunities without losing focus or overcommitting organizational resources.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 17 A
Time:Wednesday 6/20, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


9:30 am–10:45 am - Breakout Sessions 10

Title:Advancing Your Mission: Preparing and Executing Fundraising Strategies
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Charters schools have a unique opportunity to develop additional revenue streams to supplement traditional government funding. We will outline the process for developing a strong, aligned strategy for fundraising that will reduce funding gaps, increase the viability for expansion, and provide support for special programs.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 17 B
Time:Wednesday 6/20, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM


Title:Bringing a DEI Focus to the Boardroom
Content Area:Govern
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Description:Diversity, equity and inclusion are critical for governing boards to understand and operationalize in their work as board members. Research confirms that diversity matters, yet many organizations are not intentional about their pursuit of a diversity agenda. How can board members ensure they are intentionally creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive boardrooms? We will address why a DEI focus is an imperative and discuss practical ways to intentionally foster a diverse and inclusive governance model.
Presenter(s):
Location:Hilton Austin, Salon F
Time:Wednesday 6/20, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM


Title:Courts: Friends or Foes of Charter Public Schools?
Content Area:Advocate
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Description:Are you in a state where charter schools are being sued? There is about a 50% chance you are; in about 20 states, charter school opponents have raised various legal challenges that threaten the existence of the sector. Join the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools' Legal Team to determine how these cases may affect your charter community and develop strategies to protect access to high-quality charter schools.
Presenter(s):
  • Rob Reed National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
  • Renita Thukral National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Location:Austin Convention Center, 14
Time:Wednesday 6/20, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM


Title:Data Driving You Crazy? How to Get Control of Your Data Before It's Too Late
Content Area:Lead
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Description:Discerning when to let your data be a voice in the conversation and when it needs to be the driver is a challenging task. How can under-resourced schools optimize their culture and infrastructure in a way that doesn’t passively slip into just one mode or another? Our conversation will explore this challenge and the tools needed for educators to turn empirical evidence into strategic action.
Presenter(s):
Location:Austin Convention Center, 17 A
Time:Wednesday 6/20, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM


Title:Facilities Wizards: Speed Dating with Experts on Facility Financing
Content Area:Operate
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Description:The five “wizards” give a quick intro on their expertise: construction, financing, and co-locations. Participants will be able to meet with at least 3 of the 5 “wizards” and ask questions in a speed dating format. In addition to specific questions answered, you'll learn about national resources for facility expertise and the basics of underwriting. Feel “safe” asking questions you typically don’t ask in a panel workshop. We'll also share links to resources and tools to calculate affordability.
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Location:Hilton Austin, Salon J
Time:Wednesday 6/20, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM


Title:Grassroots Mobilization
Content Area:Advocate
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Description:The most effective advocates you have are the students, parents, and communities that you serve. Learn from experts about how to help them become effective voices for charter schools in your statehouse and in the halls of Congress.
Presenter(s):
Location:Hilton Austin, 616 A/B
Time:Wednesday 6/20, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM


Title:How to Connect Your Class to the World
Content Area:Educate
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Description:Rapidly expanding internet access makes it possible for students to connect across countries, socio-economic backgrounds, and ideologies. Through first-person accounts from teachers, explore how online peer-to-peer learning is changing the way that students understand the world, practice languages, and share perspectives. We’ll review the latest collaborative learning tools, explore data that connects global education to positive learning outcomes, and examine how students’ experiences broaden their perspectives and form the foundation for a more collaborative planet.
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Location:Austin Convention Center, 16 B
Time:Wednesday 6/20, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM


Title:Is There a Shelf Life to Leadership?
Content Area:Govern
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Description:It takes dynamic leadership and drive to start a new school. Oftentimes, that founder is appreciated as the embodiment of the school, the key to bringing together the board, staff, students and families. But is there a shelf life to to this type of leadership? How can founders stay "in it" long-term? How can boards effectively assess founders, and either support their development or create succession plans that ensure the ultimate success of their schools?
Presenter(s):
Location:Austin Convention Center, 18 A/B
Time:Wednesday 6/20, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM


Title:Promising Practices for Students with Disabilities in the Charter Sector
Content Area:Educate
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Description:Charter schools have the opportunity to innovate, test, refine and expand promising new practices that can better meet the needs of students who may not be well-served in traditional public school settings. Learn from charter school leaders whose schools have been profiled as "Centers of Excellence" by the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools because they have leveraged their autonomy particularly well to benefit students with disabilities.
Presenter(s):
Location:Austin Convention Center, 16 A
Time:Wednesday 6/20, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM


Title:Telling the Story of Your School
Content Area:Operate
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Description:How you choose to tell your school’s story influences whether—and which—families choose your school (and which philanthropists, policymakers and elected officials support you). Senior communications pros from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Teach for America, and the U.S. Department of Education will help you distill the essence of your school into a compelling narrative that resonates with the heart and not just the head. We’ll also discuss a variety of ways to share that story.
Presenter(s):
Location:Hilton Austin, Salon G
Time:Wednesday 6/20, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM


Title:Training Your Board to Be Better Fiduciaries
Content Area:Operate
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Description:You rely on your board to keep you fiscally strong and viable. Business officers must effectively communicate financial data to a diverse group of stakeholders. We'll provide insight into how to inspire a deeper level of learning for board members. We'll cover the key considerations in training your board so members are better positioned to understand the financials, identify and track meaningful leading indicators, and ensure adequate control mechanisms.
Presenter(s):
Location:Austin Convention Center, 12 A/B
Time:Wednesday 6/20, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM


11:00 am–12:00 pm - Closing Session




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