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Daily Schedule - Monday, July 1, 2019


8:00 am–5:30 pm - Registration


9:30 am–10:30 am - General Session

Title:General Session I – Sal Khan
Description:Sal Khan is the founder of Khan Academy, a nonprofit organization with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone anywhere. Khan Academy's content and mastery learning platform has over 71 million registered users from all over the world and has been localized into over 30 languages. Sal holds three degrees from MIT and an MBA from Harvard. He has been profiled by 60 Minutes, was the only non-profit leader ever profiled on the cover of Forbes and recognized as one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Oceanside Ballrooms
Time:Monday 7/1, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM


10:15 am–5:30 pm - Exhibit Hall Open


10:30 am–11:00 am - Coffee Break

Title:Coffee & Networking
Description:Head on over to the Exhibit Hall for your chance to recharge (gotta love caffeine!), network, chat and recharge between sessions.
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Exhibit Hall
Time:Monday 7/1, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM


11:00 am–12:00 pm - Breakout Sessions 1

Title:Are You Governing for Growth?
Content Area:Govern
Description:As a high-performing charter school organization, the growing community demand—or your growing waitlist—feels like a mandate to expand to serve more students who need you. However, governance capabilities must evolve at the same pace as the capabilities of the rest of the organization. Alongside the CEO’s growth mindset, the board should be governing for growth. In this session, you will learn what that looks like and how to make it happen.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon A/B
Time:Monday 7/1, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Available Funding through Medicaid for your Special Needs Students and Programs!
Content Area:Operate
Description:Are you accessing all the available funding for your special needs students and programs? Medicaid has set aside funding in addition to other grants for assistance with your special needs students. Let us show you how you can add an additional line of revenue, for services you probably are already providing. Medicaid Reimbursement solutions, at no upfront cost to you.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon L
Time:Monday 7/1, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Early Childhood Education, Lasting Success Part 1
Content Area:Advocate
Description:Early childhood education is foundationally important to the development of active learners. By establishing in young children a desire to learn, you are setting them up for success over the long-term.

This first of a two-part session provides a primer on national and state policy and advocacy for early childhood education, with an emphasis on making early learning more accessible to charter schools.

Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon E/F
Time:Monday 7/1, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Education Philanthropy in 2019 and Beyond
Content Area:Lead
Description:One of the most important and time-consuming roles for school leaders and board members is developing, cultivating, and sustaining relationships with philanthropists and philanthropic institutions. Hear directly from major funders of the charter school movement who are committed to supporting high-quality schools and programs that move the needle on academic achievement for all students. Learn what it takes to impress funders at all giving levels and what our experts see as the new frontier in K12 education.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay J
Time:Monday 7/1, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Facilities Financing: Selecting the Best Option for Your Charter School
Content Area:Operate
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 taxable and tax-exempt bonds, New Markets Tax Credits (NMTCs), and bank loans. Participants will also learn about real-world examples from IDEA Public Schools and other charter schools that have used these financing methods. Wyatt Truscheit, CFO of IDEA Public Schools, a premier charter school network in the U.S., will be one of the panelists discussing IDEA’s financing experiences and presenting case studies.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon C/D
Time:Monday 7/1, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Hacking the Future: Technology, Civics, and the Fate of the Free World
Content Area:Educate
Description:Join Sal Khan of Khan Academy and Stefanie Sanford of The College Board for a rousing discussion about how technology is shaping public life and what teachers can do about it. Both Khan Academy and the College Board have new tools to help students master the principles of civics and technology. At a time of declining trust in government, business, and almost all institutions, students need the confidence to shape the big forces affecting their lives. Join us for an optimistic look at how educators can save democracy.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay F
Time:Monday 7/1, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Highlighting Successful Virtual Charter Schools and Discussing What We Should Learn from Them
Content Area:Advocate
Description:Cybercharter schools in America are under increased scrutiny for their low academic performance. Recent studies by groups like CREDO and Mathematica show cybercharter school students falling behind their peers. States from Indiana to New Mexico have been cracking down on cybercharters for their lack of performance. This session will provide an overview of the virtual charter school challenge and introduce participants to some of the cybercharters in America that are demonstrably delivering results for students and families. This session will provide examples of both practices and policies that effective cybercharter schools use, while offering recommendations for improvements to the sector.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay E
Time:Monday 7/1, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Learning to Read While Reading to Learn
Content Area:Educate
Description:What difference would it make if our youngest readers built content knowledge while learning to read? Learn how K-2 students can do this simultaneously through Geodes ™, a unique approach to combining a specific decoding scope and sequence with content and vocabulary knowledge, resulting in wonderfully accessible, rich books for primary level readers. You’ll hear firsthand how ReNEW charter network in Louisiana used topically-related books to inspire and fascinate emerging readers, creating an insatiable curiosity in students about the world around them. You’ll have the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue around research in the field of early literacy and the implications for instruction. This session is relevant for practitioners of all levels, chief academic officers, curriculum specialists, and charter board members looking to improve early literacy.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers K/L
Time:Monday 7/1, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Local School Performance Frameworks in the Age of ESSA and Multiple Authorizers
Content Area:Govern
Description:Many leaders express the need to better identify which schools are working in a city or district and which ones are not in a way that would allow system leaders or parents to make good decisions. Although ESSA calls for state measures, a locally developed common school performance framework may have more buy-in, may have more robust measures, and may be more transparent on how lowest performing schools were identified. This session will explore frameworks in cities like Denver and Chicago, and help charter school leaders and others advocate for better performance frameworks in their community.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Reef C
Time:Monday 7/1, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Looking Ahead to 2020: Are charter schools a Republican or Democratic ideal?
Content Area:Lead
Description:The polarized times in which we live have catapulted charter schools to the forefront of the news. To help us better understand what voters want and how to talk about our issue in ways that appeal to them, join two well-known political experts: Mike Murphy and Joel Benenson. This session will not only educate and entertain but will give you a different frame in which to think and talk about charter schools to win hearts and minds.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay H
Time:Monday 7/1, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Opportunity Pathways: Connecting K-12 and Career
Content Area:Educate
Description:Imagine a world in which there are no dead ends for young people graduating from high school. Forward-looking charter school leaders, workforce leaders, and industry associations have the opportunity to work together to give students career exploration and exposure opportunities starting in K-12 settings and extending into adulthood. Join this expert panel to learn the role charter schools can play in reimagining the career skills that students can gain during their K-12 experience that will empower them to create and dynamically navigate their own journeys—weaving together education and work throughout their lives in ways that work for them and provide family-sustaining income.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay I
Time:Monday 7/1, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Put Me on the Growth Track: A Primer on Using Working Capital Financing, Loans, and Bonds
Content Area:Operate
Description:The session will address growth situations school leaders typically face, including new openings, enrollment ramp-up, and new facilities situations when growth capital is required. We will introduce different methods (working capital, loans, and bonds) leaders may utilize to meet their needs. We will provide an overview of each and discuss pros and cons. Panelists, such as Dr. Alan Seay, CEO of International Leadership of Texas Schools, will share stories about how they grew their networks using these tools. Participants may request feedback regarding their specific situations in this interactive session.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay K
Time:Monday 7/1, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Renewal Starts the Moment A Board Receives Its Charter
Content Area:Govern
Description:Many schools and boards wait until the year the charter is up for renewal to understand the obligations of the authorizer and to take a hard look at data - both academic and non-academic. For many schools, this is too late and they run to catch up on what they should know. In this session, board members will learn how to prepare for renewal from the day it receives its charter. This session will discuss the importance of data collection, succession, planning, and the board's role in the renewal process.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon I/J
Time:Monday 7/1, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:School Advocacy Through Parent Empowerment
Content Area:Advocate
Description:The session is for independent charter schools and developing CMOs who are looking to create strong relationships with elected officials through parent leader advocacy. Parents are the direct constituents of the school and elected officials; therefore, empowered and engaged parents are the lifeblood of successful advocacy. Excellence Community Schools leaders will share political successes that include securing over $1 million in state bonding and 2 new charters in an anti-charter climate. This session will provide role clarity, SMART goals, and tools in creating an advocacy plan that ensures the entire school community is engaged in the political process.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Reef D/E
Time:Monday 7/1, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:School-Wide Mental Health Screenings
Content Area:Lead
Description:Implementing school-wide mental health and behavioral risk screenings is a proactive solution for school safety and student success. All students should be regularly screened for mental health concerns and behavioral risks at high-stress points during the school year so students needing help can be identified and treated before acting out. Early identification and treatment will result in savings to the school by increasing ADA, improving grades and graduation rates, and reducing the number and length of interventions a student may require over an academic career. We will discuss the process and results from recent screenings at a charter middle school in Orange County, CA.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay L
Time:Monday 7/1, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Special Education Policy: Key Challenges and Opportunities
Content Area:Advocate
Description:This session will focus on identifying and drilling down on the core policy issues that impact our ability to effectively serve the needs of students with disabilities in charter schools. These include accessing charter programs, funding, counseling out, restraint and isolation, approaches to discipline, and more.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon H
Time:Monday 7/1, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Surprising Governmental Support for Facilities
Content Area:Advocate
Description:Learn about some surprising initiatives that increased state and local district support for charter school facilities and develop a game plan for your state or district. We can continue to find ways to access buildings, state funds, and state grant programs.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers E/F
Time:Monday 7/1, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:The Changing Political and Policy Environment Facing Public Charter Schools
Content Area:Advocate
Description:As the Republican Party becomes the Party of Trump and the Democratic Party moves further to the left, it is increasingly difficult for advocates to hold the center and build a bipartisan coalition to support public charter schools. Come to this session and find out how public charter schools fared in the 2018 elections and the 2019 state legislative sessions, and discuss what can be done to better protect these schools and their students in the 2020 sessions and elections.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers A/B
Time:Monday 7/1, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Think, Act, Impact: Empowering Students with Project-based Learning (PBL) and the National Geographic GeoChallenge
Content Area:Educate
Description:The GeoChallenge, National Geographic's newest 4th-8th grade academic competition, prompts student teams to create solutions to plastic pollution in our waterways. Students examine real-world problems and develop real-world solutions. In this conference session, participants will engage in tackling plastic pollution, learn different models for implementing the GeoChallenge in a variety of educational sessions, and get tips from educators who have implemented the GeoChallenge with their students. Explore PBL strategies for guiding students as they take on this pressing planetary health issue and act to solve problems in their community and around the world.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers C/D
Time:Monday 7/1, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Transform Your Learning Environment to Ignite Curiosity, Deepen Understanding, and Foster Belonging for All Learners
Content Area:Educate
Description:Developing learners who imagine, create, and think outside of the box does not happen by chance! Join us as we share very practical tips and strategies for students and teachers to work together in co-designing and setting up classroom spaces, co-creating procedures and routines that foster meaningful inquiry-based experiences, and co-authoring community agreements that foster belonging so that young learners present and honor diverse ideas without fear of rejection or judgement.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon G
Time:Monday 7/1, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Winning or Losing: The Real Truth about Personalized Learning
Content Area:Lead
Description:Having invested millions of dollars in helping launch new schools on the leading edge of innovation, the Silicon Schools Fund has enjoyed a front-row seat as personalized learning spread across the country. With seven years of experience and more than fifty schools, we will reveal what is working in classrooms and what hasn’t lived up to the hype. We will feature straight talk to help funders, schools, and advocates think about what’s next in education, mistakes to avoid, and lessons we’ve learned working with some of the most interesting schools in the world.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers I/J
Time:Monday 7/1, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


11:00 am–1:30 pm - Charter Talks

Title:The Fight for the Best Charter Public Schools in the Nation
Content Area:Advocate
Description:According to several gold standard studies, Boston has the highest performing charter public schools in the country. Why? Dr. Cara Stillings Candal will share insights from her book, "The Fight for the Best Charter Public Schools in the Nation," which explores the policies and implementation factors that helped shape the charter sector in Massachusetts. Participants will walk away with do’s and don’t's for their states and a copy of the book.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Charter Talk Stage (Exhibit Hall)
Time:Monday 7/1, 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM


Title:The Life and Times of an Independent Charter School Operator
Content Area:Lead
Description:This session will be an informative and interactive workshop that encourages independent charter operators under 5 years old to engage in a journey of a charter school operator's ups and downs in developing a successful program. The goal would be to have the charter leaders to reflect on their school programs and compare their practices to these 6 key focus areas that help assure the success of a school: management/compliance, curriculum, school culture, operations, staff/team development, and parent culture.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Charter Talk Stage (Exhibit Hall)
Time:Monday 7/1, 11:30 AM - 11:45 AM


Title:College for All: A Personal Odyssey
Content Area:Lead
Description:More and more conversation has sprung up in recoil to the notion of “college for all”—challenging whether or not college truly is “for everyone.” This charter talk will retrace the steps of the presenter, a first-generation college student and now successful school leader, reminding us about the transformative nature of the college experience. Be inspired by the story and by three proven methods to increase student outcomes in college acceptance, enrollment, persistence, and graduation.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Charter Talk Stage (Exhibit Hall)
Time:Monday 7/1, 11:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Noon–1:30 pm - Lunch


1:45 pm–2:45 pm - Breakout Sessions 2

Title:Accelerating Teacher Practice through Peer-Led PD
Content Area:Lead
Description:How do you turn isolated pockets of excellence into a network of high achievement? We believe that one way is to create the space for teachers to learn from each other. Join us to learn how we did this, including bargaining to revise our school calendar, identifying and developing teacher leaders, and supporting them to implement high-quality professional development for their peers. You will leave not only with our story, but also with tools and an initial plan you can use to develop your own teacher leadership structures and peer-led PD.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Reef C
Time:Monday 7/1, 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM


Title:Beyond Test Scores: Marketing Your Culture, Leadership, and Engagement for Your Brand
Content Area:Operate
Description:Let’s face it: we live in a world where “brand” rules. Whether you are Nike, Apple, or a charter school, your brand matters. And simply marketing your school based on something tangible like test scores isn’t enough. Your families need to know more about the intangibles your school provides. We'll look at case studies and break this down into bite-sized chunks in order to learn how your brand can benefit and ultimately grow by promoting your intangible assets.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon A/B
Time:Monday 7/1, 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM


Title:Compliance, Response, and Investigation: A Roadmap for Handling Serious Misconduct at School
Content Area:Operate
Description:Educational institutions face significant challenges when addressing serious misconduct at school, and charter schools are no exception. Sexual and other serious misconduct can inflict immeasurable harm on victims and jeopardize an entire educational institution. In this session, two experienced former state and federal prosecutors will provide practical guidance on compliance to prevent misconduct, effective initial responses when misconduct occurs, and proven strategies for fairly and thoroughly investigating such misconduct. The session will feature interactive case studies and updated examples based on cases and trends in 2018 and 2019. Participants will have the opportunity make decisions and offer feedback on several scenarios.
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Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon C/D
Time:Monday 7/1, 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM


Title:Condition Critical: How CMOs Can Combat the Rising Costs of Employee Health Benefits
Content Area:Operate
Description:The first-ever national CMO health insurance survey conducted by BuyQ in 2018 shows that 60% of CMOs are limiting investments in mission-critical areas in order to pay for ever-increasing health insurance costs, yet only 35% of CMOs have a plan in place to manage these costs over the long term. In this moderated roundtable session, CMO leaders will share the challenges they face in addressing unsustainable health insurance cost increases, learn what strategies other large employers are using to control costs without shifting more costs to employees, and discuss ways to engage their leadership in the development of long-term solutions.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers A/B
Time:Monday 7/1, 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM


Title:Early Childhood Education, Lasting Success Part 2
Content Area:Educate
Description:Early childhood education is foundationally important to the development of active learners. By establishing in young children a desire to learn, you are setting them up for success over the long-term. This second of a 2 part session will focus on how models, tools, or partners can help connect early learning to charter schools, and examples of what is being done.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers K/L
Time:Monday 7/1, 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM


Title:From the Classroom to the Capitol
Content Area:Advocate
Description:Stakeholder voices are critical to any discussion about education and the needs of students. Across the country, we’ve seen educational clashes intensify at the school board, statehouse, and federal levels. Learn from former educator, state government official, and current College Board Senior Director of Teacher Outreach, Julie Harris-Lawrence, on why she became an advocate and ways to galvanize educators, get students to turn out at meetings, create a media presence, and engage elected officials.

Attendees will go through an "Advocacy 101" bootcamp and listen to a panel of teachers who adapted advocacy strategies to enact change in their communities.

Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Reef D/E
Time:Monday 7/1, 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM


Title:If We Build It They Will Come - Or Will They?
Content Area:Operate
Description:Charter schools are about choice. Often schools, especially those using a common recruitment application, spend less time on enrolling students than they should believing parents will choose their school. Charter schools must be diligent in enrolling students and have a strong ongoing plan to ensure they can fill every seat.
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Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers C/D
Time:Monday 7/1, 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM


Title:Rethinking Regulation, Modeling Accountability
Content Area:Govern
Description:Promising freedom from stifling bureaucracy and regulation, chartering attracted people eager to blaze trails and challenge the status quo. Now boards and school leaders are becoming frustrated with a multi-layered regulatory system that never seems to be satisfied. Authorizers are being pressured to stop chartering and becoming risk averse. If you’re ready for this to change, come learn how the movement can push back against this regulatory onslaught and model the way for true performance-based accountability.
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Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay E
Time:Monday 7/1, 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM


Title:Safety and Security Guidelines: A Roadmap to Implementing a Layered and Tiered Approach
Description:Today’s school safety and security challenges are multi-faceted and complex. There is no single action that will, by itself, make our schools safe. Protecting students and staff is a tremendous moral and legal responsibility that requires a comprehensive approach to these challenges. When it comes to security, school administrators are faced with two difficult questions: “what do we do?” and “how do we prioritize?” We will share guidelines and tools regarding how to effectively evaluate safety and security infrastructure already in place, prioritize investments and maximize safety and security gained by leveraging available resources and best practices.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay H
Time:Monday 7/1, 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM


Title:Talking Social Justice: Discussions That Matter
Content Area:Educate
Description:In this interactive session, participants will explore structures for facilitating class discussions on complex, controversial texts and topics in the classroom. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a collaborative discussion and plan for how to incorporate these techniques into their own curricula.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay F
Time:Monday 7/1, 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM


Title:The BA Breakthrough: How KIPP, Noble, and Uncommon are Fighting to End the Diploma Disparity
Content Area:Lead
Description:Drawing on research from his just-published book, journalist and author Richard Whitmire will discuss with panelists the lessons learned at three charter networks around improving college graduation rates for their alumni. These three networks, having researched and implemented evolving strategies over the last decade, are among the national leaders in both shepherding their alumni to degree attainment and sharing their lessons learned. For charter operators who are just beginning to send their graduates to college, these lessons are invaluable. Copies of Whitmire's book will be available for participants.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay I
Time:Monday 7/1, 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM


Title:Unit Unpacking to Methodically Drive Student Achievement
Content Area:Educate
Description:Take your unit unpacking to the next level. Identify and plan strategies to address the key prerequisite skill gaps that your students may have and the potential misconceptions they may develop. Work through the protocol and leave with strong tools you can use in your schools.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Reef A/B
Time:Monday 7/1, 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM


1:45 pm–3:45 pm - Intensive Workshops

Title:Building an Evidence Base: Accessing Funds to Support Implementation, Research, and Evaluation
Content Area:Lead
Description:Are you ready to tell your charter schools’ story? During this interactive session, participants will learn about funding opportunities that charter schools can access to support and evaluate program implementation, identify opportunities to address challenges and amplify strengths, and generate data to help you tell your charter school's story. Together, we will discuss what it takes to prepare for grant proposals, learn strategies to develop strong proposals that are responsive to your schools’ needs, and unpack key aspects of the evaluation process such as logic models and implementation/evaluation design.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay K
Time:Monday 7/1, 1:45 PM - 3:45 PM


Title:From the Brink of Closure! How to Use High-Impact Coaching to Dramatically Improve Student Learning. Lessons from a Successful School Turnaround
Content Area:Lead
Description:Participants will learn (from an independent evaluation conducted by WestEd) that high impact coaching helped an independent charter school in DC – on the brink of closing due to low performance – build a coherent, coordinated system of improvement leading to dramatic gains in student learning. They will explore barriers to change that may exist in their own schools, discuss how they can overcome those barriers, and identify ways they can use the model to systemically improve leadership capabilities and teachers’ instructional practices, and ultimately, impact student achievement at their own schools.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers I/J
Time:Monday 7/1, 1:45 PM - 3:45 PM


Title:Future-Proofing Our Students: Expert Advice and Practical Strategies for Preparing Lifelong Learners for the Age of Agility
Content Area:Lead
Description:The Age of Agility requires schools to prepare learners to solve problems unthought using technologies uncreated in professions that don't exist yet. But screaming for "transformation" and "reimagination" does not give leaders the "how" to make these urgent shifts. This session will lead participants through this "how" by hearing big ideas from critical thinking experts; learning practical lessons from three charter leaders across the country who are making this shift in Title I schools in DC, Phoenix, and LA; and applying these lessons to your own schools in our redesign workshop.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon H
Time:Monday 7/1, 1:45 PM - 3:45 PM


Title:No More #MeToo: Sexual Assault Prevention Education
Content Area:Educate
Description:With sexual assault and the #MeToo movement being prevalent topics in our society, we have an opportunity to add something crucial to our students' education. At our charter schools, we have provided our female students with a combination of classroom curriculum and physical skills designed to teach young women how to protect themselves against sexual harassment and assault. To support our boys, we have educated them on social cues, boundaries, and consent, and have given our young men a safe, supportive space to discuss such topics and feelings. We want to share how we have made this education work in our school and help others integrate it into their programming.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay L
Time:Monday 7/1, 1:45 PM - 3:45 PM


Title:Replicating Success: Expanding USDA Financing Opportunities for Rural Charter Schools
Content Area:Operate
Description:This session presents lessons learned from over 10 years and 150+ USDA and charter school transactions in a format designed to support the variety of school leaders, finance professionals, and policy leaders involved in rural charter school financing. The session is organized around key findings from the Replicating Success research project (funded through the Alliance’s Facility Center), with implications for schools and finance professionals explained by USDA national office leadership and experienced charter school finance professionals. We will provide practical information for schools seeking facilities finance support in the near-term, as well how to keep informed in light of future opportunities.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon E/F
Time:Monday 7/1, 1:45 PM - 3:45 PM


Title:Secrets to Analytics that Google Won't Tell You
Content Area:Operate
Description:Join us for Google Analytics lessons from an former Google team member! Participants will learn how to use Google Analytics to drive more enrollments and the core principles of marketing analytics. We will cover configuration and administration, data collection, reporting metrics, and measuring return on investment. Make sure to bring your computer and Google username and password.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon I/J
Time:Monday 7/1, 1:45 PM - 3:45 PM


Title:Teacher Leadership: Fostering a Culture of Adult Learning
Content Area:Lead
Description:How can teacher leadership help you tackle the most challenging issues your school or network faces? Teacher leadership is more than a title and task, more than a microphone for announcements, or a monitor for compliance; it is the essential ingredient for transforming a school's culture from one of doing to one of learning. Join this session to learn how to maximize the potential of your most effective teachers. A charter executive, a charter school teacher leader, and a leadership coach will share and unpack tools and strategies you can use to develop your network of teachers to lead change.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon G
Time:Monday 7/1, 1:45 PM - 3:45 PM


Title:The School Discipline Fix: Why Traditional School Discipline Fails Our Most Challenging Students
Content Area:Educate
Description:Traditional school disciplinary strategies tend not to work with the students to whom they are most applied and are associated with significantly increasing risk for dropout and juvenile justice involvement. Punitive discipline is also disproportionately applied to students of color and students with trauma histories. This session will introduce an approach to transform school discipline called Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). CPS has been proven to help educators reduce challenging behavior, build helping relationships with students, and help them develop flexibility, problem solving, and emotion regulation skills. CPS provides a practical, evidence-based process for trauma-informed and equitable school discipline.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers E/F
Time:Monday 7/1, 1:45 PM - 3:45 PM


Title:The Use and Misuse of Social Media in Schools
Content Area:Operate
Description:With an increased reliance 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. Participants 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.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon K
Time:Monday 7/1, 1:45 PM - 3:45 PM


Title:Trauma-Informed Teaching
Content Area:Educate
Description:Working in a variety of school settings, it’s important to have an understanding of how to support students who have dealt with trauma. Trauma is the #1 risk factor for young people to develop a mental illness. This workshop will define trauma as a normal reaction to an abnormal situation, teach educators ways to support students struggling to cope with past trauma, and leave educators with an understanding of how to connect students with appropriate self-help, peer-to-peer, and professional resources.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay J
Time:Monday 7/1, 1:45 PM - 3:45 PM


Title:Why Are Schools So Afraid of Black Men and Boys?
Content Area:Lead
Description:Teachers have the highest job turnover rate and black and brown teachers are leaving at twice the rate of white teachers. Brothers Empowered to Teach and urban educational researcher Dr. Lisa Green Derry have learned firsthand that men do want to teach but are consistently bombarded with the same marginalization that young black boys face daily in school. If we want to increase the achievement of black boys, we need to see black men being respected and leading in classrooms.
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Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers G/H
Time:Monday 7/1, 1:45 PM - 3:45 PM


3:00 pm–4:00 pm - Breakout Sessions 3

Title:Bridging Social Divides: Harnessing the Collective Purpose and Potential of Charter School Boards
Content Area:Govern
Description:Americans today struggle forging compromise, finding connection, and engaging in constructive dialogue across differences. Nonprofit boards are a powerful way to bridge these social divides and be a civic force for good. Charter school boards, authorizers, education leaders, and funders have an important opportunity to promote civil discourse, enable schools to authentically engage with the communities they serve, and bring together citizens from different backgrounds who are all focused on the pressing mission of improving educational opportunities for students. Come join this urgent discussion about how charter school board members can build a stronger, more civil society for today’s adults—and tomorrow’s.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay I
Time:Monday 7/1, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Title:Championing Geographic Knowledge through the National Geographic GeoBee
Content Area:Educate
Description:For over 30 years, the National Geographic GeoBee has inspired and rewarded student curiosity about the world. Each year nearly 10,000 schools across the U.S. participate in the GeoBee, an annual competition for students in 4th-8th grades. Students answer questions about geography, cultures, physical features, history, earth science, and more. With three levels of competition - school, state, and nationals - students compete for a chance to win cash prizes and college scholarships. In this session, you’ll learn how you can bring geography to life through games and competition, while challenging yourself in our National Charter School Conference mini-GeoBee event.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers K/L
Time:Monday 7/1, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Title:Charter School Deserts: How Can We Enhance Opportunities for Growth in Poor Communities?
Content Area:Advocate
Description:This session will present the findings of the Fordham Institute’s report, "Charter School Deserts: High-Poverty Neighborhoods with Limited Educational Options," which analyzes the distribution of charter elementary schools across the country. We find that 39 of 42 charter states have at least one “charter school desert”— areas of three or more contiguous census tracts with high poverty and no charter elementary schools. We’ll discuss the need for the charter sector to move beyond city boundaries, the policy and practical barriers that keep charters from locating where they are needed, and the need for officials to adopt more supportive policies.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Reef A/B
Time:Monday 7/1, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Title:Communicating in Any Color: Messaging and Advocacy Strategies That Work
Content Area:Advocate
Description:Despite decades of success, charter schools are under attack. In this session, advocates, educators, and school leaders will learn how to craft and promulgate useful messaging that will work in nearly any political environment. Based on both quantitative and qualitative work by communications professionals with decades of charter advocacy experience across the political spectrum, participants will leave this session ready to develop short- and long-term communications, messaging, and advocacy strategies to defend their schools from a resurgent opposition and carry on the critical work of promoting student achievement.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers A/B
Time:Monday 7/1, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Title:Federal Update: How the New Congress Impacts Charter Schools and Other Hot Topics
Content Area:Advocate
Description:How will charter schools fare under new Congressional leadership? Are charters still a bipartisan issue? What is the latest on charter school facility funding? Have any rules changed for federal weighted lottery requirements? Get answers to these questions and bring your own to this discussion of the latest federal policy developments in Washington, D.C.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers C/D
Time:Monday 7/1, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Title:Has the Success of Charter Schools Come at the Expense of Traditional Public Schools?
Content Area:Advocate
Description:Research demonstrates that charters outperform traditional public schools. But what if this success comes at the expense of traditional public schools? This session will discuss the findings from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s report "Charter Market Share and Student Growth," which compares academic growth in communities with varying levels charter enrollment. The report's results suggest that a higher proportion of charter schools in a district is associated with an increase in ELA growth – and at least some benefits come from improved performance in traditional public schools. We will revisit what makes for choice-friendly environments, and how spillover effects might impact performance.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon A/B
Time:Monday 7/1, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Title:How to Develop an Effective SRO Program
Description:Trained School Resource Officer (SRO) Programs are an important part of a schools overall safety strategy. In order for these programs to be effective, they must be based on proper collaboration between the school and the local law enforcement agency It is imperative that officers for these programs be carefully selected and specifically trained to work in the educational environment. Join us for this session to learn the hallmarks of an effective SRO program.
Presenter(s):
  • Mo Canady National Association of School Resource Officers
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay H
Time:Monday 7/1, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Title:Mission: Character! How Top Schools Infuse Character Education into Closing the Opportunity Gap
Content Area:Lead
Description:From Pre-K through high school, character education is an important foundation, but it can be challenging to effectively support character formation while driving outstanding academic outcomes. In this session, charter leaders will share innovative, culturally relevant, mission-aligned approaches to character education. These school leaders will highlight how policy can help promote effective character education practices that will result in better outcomes for all children.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Reef C
Time:Monday 7/1, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Title:National Best Practices in Hiring
Content Area:Lead
Description:Finding the best people for your team can be a challenge. This session will provide you with access to national best practices around hiring to ensure that you have equitable systems in place so you can hire the right people at the right time.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Reef D/E
Time:Monday 7/1, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Title:Next Generation Development for the Teachers of Tomorrow
Content Area:Lead
Description:More than 90 percent of teachers wish there were more opportunities to further their career and professional skills while remaining in the classroom. Where are these opportunities? We’re a group of nonprofit leaders who provide professional development, idea generation and school incubation opportunities for future leaders. Part panel, part meet-and-greet, in this session you’ll learn about our organizations and what participation could mean to your future as an education change-maker.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon L
Time:Monday 7/1, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Title:Setting a Long-Term Facilities Strategy
Content Area:Operate
Description:From attracting top talent to providing predictability to the families and children you serve, a permanent school facility allows you to maximize your investment in your community. Led by two accomplished and seasoned school leaders, this session will discuss what is required to successfully acquire, finance, and construct your permanent school facility.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay E
Time:Monday 7/1, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Title:What Parents Want: A Research-Based Approach to Attracting and Retaining Families
Content Area:Lead
Description:The days of “if you build it, they will come” are over for charter schools in most communities. Integrated student recruitment and student retention strategies have become critical for building enrollment in areas with strong competition. The foundation for those strategies is understanding what families are looking for in a new school and how they engage with that school after they’ve enrolled their child. Join us for a conversation that highlights the latest parent mindset data, provides national research and a community-based perspective, and helps you build a practical plan for understanding what your families want in a school.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon C/D
Time:Monday 7/1, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Title:With Us, Not to Us: Community-Centered Reform
Content Area:Lead
Description:This panel focuses on community centered reform that involves hearing from communities to better inform education reforms and 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. This panel explores those voices (parents, students, leaders) and offers tangible solutions to engage and partner with communities to inform decisions for advocacy, as well as parent and student engagement within the charter movement.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay F
Time:Monday 7/1, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


4:15 pm–5:30 pm - Happy Hour

Title:Exhibit Hall Happy Hour
Description:Join us for a cocktail, connections and conversation on Monday from 4:15pm - 5:30pm in the Exhibit Hall! Mix and mingle throughout the space, with appetizers and drinks provided. Get to know our knowledgeable and friendly exhibitors, many of whom have solutions to your everyday problems.
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Exhibit Hall
Time:Monday 7/1, 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM




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