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Daily Schedule - Tuesday, July 2, 2019


8:30 am–5:30 pm - Registration


9:00 am–10:00 am - Breakout Sessions 4

Title:Charter School Grants: How to Save Time and Write a Better Grant
Content Area:Lead
Description:Change the way you think about grants! From identifying a shared vision to learning how to partner with donors to make a difference and figuring out how to see your grant proposal from the funder's perspective, this session provides the answers you need to write a successful grant proposal. Led by a grant writer and former charter school director, you'll learn how to craft your message to meet funders' needs, and then develop your program, find your grant donor, and write a proposal that works.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay J
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Title:Educating the Brain Without Embracing the Mind: Why We Can No Longer Ignore Mental Health in Schools
Content Area:Lead
Description:If 20% of children in a school were walking around with broken arms, every adult on campus would rush to help—and figure out why the injury happened. Why is the same not true for mental illness? One in 5 children struggle with mental health issues, yet many schools are not equipped to address the mental health of their students. Following this session, participants will be able to explain how mental health impacts student achievement, understand racial disparities in access to mental health services, and engage students, teachers, and families in mental health education using the ICEF model.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon C/D
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Title:Elevating Teacher Voice to Build a Strong School Culture
Content Area:Lead
Description:How do you improve the instructional culture in schools and why is it important? Hear from leaders who have utilized TNTP’s Insight survey to elevate the experiences of teachers and implement instructional leadership practices that support effective teacher retention and strong student outcomes. Engage in conversations with other school and network leaders about the shared challenges in building positive instructional culture and identify solutions that you can apply as you plan for the next school year. See a demo of Insight’s new interactive dashboard that helps leaders prioritize focus areas and measure progress to build a strong school culture.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Reef D/E
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Title:Friend or Foe: The Intersection of Charter School and Private School Choice
Content Area:Advocate
Description:In a choice-based K-12 landscape, can charter schools and private schools peacefully coexist, or are they destined to clash over accountability and regulation while families struggle to understand the options? This panel will lead an honest conversation exploring how both movements have evolved over time, how data and regulation have affected public opinion, and how charter and private school advocates can better work together while acknowledging their differences.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers A/B
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Title:Improving the Climate for Charter Schools in Rural Communities
Content Area:Govern
Description:Charter schools serving rural communities identify politics and relations with local districts a top concern and challenge to their success. Leaders from different segments of the charter community have undertaken proactive efforts to improve the charter school climate in rural communities. Presenters include a statewide non-district authorizer, representatives of charter support organizations and schools themselves. Receive materials including findings and observations from a national dissemination grant focused on local district authorizing in California, Colorado, and Florida.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay K
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Title:Our Friends are Afraid to Fight
Content Area:Lead
Description:Join three fearless charter school leaders Dr. Howard Fuller, Dr. Steve Perry, and Sharif El-Mekki for an unapologetic discussion on the state of the fight for the chartering process. We are seeing efforts to put moratoriums on charters, efforts to end the charter movement under the guise of "transparency and accountability," and, in a cruel irony truth use of "segregation" rhetoric to challenge good schools that are finally providing a quality education to children for whom the traditional school systems have failed for years. Join us for a candid discussion about the challenges facing our movement.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay F
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Title:Play It Safe! Understanding and Implementing the Key Layers of School Safety
Content Area:Operate
Description:Did you know that school safety, both emotional and physical, is linked to improved student and school outcomes? Our schools should be safe havens for teaching and learning, free of crime and violence. Are you unsure how to tackle your school’s safety and security issues? In this important session, we’ll address specific security challenges our schools face today and provide actionable advice and strategies you can implement right away. Join us to learn specific school safety measures you can implement, get emergency planning tips, understand how to assess threats, and more!
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay H
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Title:Practical Procurement: Proven Strategies to Save Your School Time and Money
Content Area:Operate
Description:A strategic approach to procurement can greatly reduce expenses and unlock hidden funds for mission-critical programs, yet many charter schools overlook this important function. This session will outline how to efficiently and effectively conduct procurement for goods and services while complying with state and federal guidelines. We will provide guidance on how to take a smart, efficient approach and answer oft-asked questions on topics including price vs. quality, when to RFP, and getting the most out of cooperative purchasing programs. Leave this session with the tools needed to create processes and policies to be used across all levels of purchasing.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Reef C
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Title:Redefining Career Pathways: The Key to Retaining High-Quality Educators
Content Area:Lead
Description:About 40 percent of teachers leave the profession within their first five years - and half of those who leave are among the most effective teachers. One reason for this high attrition rate is lack of opportunities for teachers to grow and lead. In this session, participants will learn how states and districts are redefining educator career pathways through micro-credentials. This information can help rethink pathway structures in your own district to support, grow, and retain high-quality educators.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay L
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Title:Redefining Student Success for the 21st Century Global Economy
Content Area:Lead
Description:Research and our economy point to a need to expand our definition of student success beyond academics. If we know that success in life relies on academic skills as well as health, social emotional, cognitive and identity development, how do we intentionally and rigorously help students develop these skills? This panel will explore the process that led to how they define student success and the opportunities and challenges to bringing their visions to life in practice, including how they train and support teachers, how they tackle measurement, and how they involve families and communities.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon A/B
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Title:Seeing It Firsthand: Witnessing How Charter Schools Serve Students with Disabilities
Content Area:Educate
Description:The Center for Reinventing Public Education and the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools have been on the road for months, visiting charter schools across the country and learning about their varying approaches to serving students with disabilities. In a fishbowl format, the school leaders and national experts leading this project will engage in an intensive discussion about shared challenges, opportunities, and promising approaches.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay E
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Title:Show Us the Money: Why Some Charter Schools Get Funding and Others Do Not
Content Area:Operate
Description:Ever wonder why "that" charter school seems to receive lots of financial support and your school does not? Join us and ask the people who fund charter schools, learn about these schools' activities and facility needs, and understand how you can make your high-performing school an entity that receives the same and more!
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon L
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


9:45 am–10:30 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:Tuesday 7/2, 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM


9:45 am–2:00 pm - Exhibit Hall Open

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:Tuesday 7/2, 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM


10:00 am–Noon - Intensive Workshops

Title:Anti-Racism as the Antidote to the "Achievement Gap"
Content Area:Lead
Description:Reform movements have utilized a number of different tactics and philosophies with the intention of addressing achievement gaps between white students and students of color. This session will address how systemic racism is a core cause of the "achievement gap." The session will focus on directly addressing how racism, and our ability and willingness to face it, impacts student performance and well-being in schools.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon I/J
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Classroom Observations that Improve At-Risk Student Performance
Content Area:Lead
Description:Providing teachers with specific information based on the rate, accuracy, and quality of student and teacher interactions has demonstrated positive impacts in at-risk student performance and an increase in teacher satisfaction. Using over 25 years of research and implementation refined in real classrooms in IDEA Public Schools with real students, learn about subject-based metrics for determining interaction goals developed for at-risk students. Understand how to collect low-inference data to share, analyze, and discuss with teachers. Create action plans and learn how to continue the observational cycle for student and teacher improvement.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Reef A/B
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Cultivating Leaders on Your Campus
Content Area:Lead
Description:You're a smart, capable leader, and everyone looks up to you. In fact, no one can picture the school without you, and pretty soon you are answering every teacher question and parents always want to go right to the top. This session helps strong leaders get stronger by thinking about and cultivating a strong second tier of leadership on your campus.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers K/L
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Leaders of the New School
Content Area:Lead
Description:This session is a call to all charter leaders building game-changing schools with game-changing instruction to lead to game-changing outcomes for our students of color. With 8-hour days, leaders are working harder than ever before, but the needs of marginalized students require that we be more strategic and thoughtful in our approach. This session assists leaders in drafting actionable school plans using a 4-pronged approach that drives academic success, culturally empowers students of color, and addresses the unique needs of our marginalized populations. If you are a game-changer and up for the challenge, join us!
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon G
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Lessons on Teacher Leadership from the National Teacher of the Year
Content Area:Educate
Description:As teachers, we champion our students’ limitless potential. But we don’t always have that same confidence in ourselves—especially when it comes to being teacher leaders. In this session, teachers will hear from Sydney Chaffee, 2017 National Teacher of the Year and the first from a charter school, about her journey from the classroom to the national stage. You’ll draft your own definition of teacher leadership, explore anxieties around stepping into leadership roles, and learn how to use storytelling as a powerful leadership tool. If you think you aren’t enough of a leader to sign up for this class, then it’s probably the perfect session for you.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers C/D
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Open Doors in Computer Science with Google’s CS First!
Content Area:Educate
Description:Learn about the importance of computer science (CS) for all students and the role of teachers in creating a learning environment where all students can learn equitably. Explore free lesson plans and other educator enrichment resources included in CS First, a curriculum designed for elementary and middle school students. Review the CS First curriculum, test drive a CS First class as both a student and a teacher, and walk away with a plan of action and strategies to teach CS First in the classroom. This is a Google-supported PD session facilitated by Five-StarTech.com.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers G/H
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Parent Organizing: Successful Models from Around the Country
Content Area:Advocate
Description:Building grassroots political strength is critical to the protection and success of the charter movement. Come learn from some of the strongest organizers from around the country how they are giving parents a voice.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon E/F
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Preparing for the Everyday Traps that Can Lead to Litigation
Content Area:Operate
Description:Think you know all that can go wrong in one day? Join us as we consider a case study drawn from actual charter school experiences that highlights common finance, governance, HR, and student legal problems. Charter school attorneys will be in the room facilitating small group discussions to help you recognize red flags and learn best practices to reduce your school's liability risks. Come see if you can spot the legal issues that can accrue in just one charter school day!
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon H
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Reimagining School Improvement: Strategies for Charter School Leaders
Content Area:Lead
Description:Guided by practitioners who have designed and led school improvement efforts, participants will increase their understanding of the design and implementation of school improvement plans and systems for sustaining improvement. Build your understanding of elements of successful schools, such as strong classroom instruction, reflective and supportive culture, collaborative professional learning, and strong leadership teams. Identify elements that need to be strengthened in your own school or those elements that are already strong, and learn strategies for improving both. Participants will leave with action steps for building effective strategies into their school improvement plan.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers I/J
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Understanding the Plight of Students Experiencing Anxiety - and What Educators Can Do to Help!
Content Area:Educate
Description:Anxiety is a persistent master. When it moves in, it takes over daily routines, learning, recreation, and social connection. This session brings a fresh and promising perspective to one of our most troubling and perplexing school problems. This dynamic interactive workshop is designed for educators who want to gain an understanding how anxiety impacts learning and behavior while emphasizing creative interventions focusing on cognitive-behavioral, biological, mindfulness, and family systems. Learn proven strategies that help students push through anxiety so they can move forward, learn, and reach their full potential.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers E/F
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Using Video in a Facilitated Teacher Inquiry Cycle to Improve Instruction
Content Area:Educate
Description:Session attendees will be presented with a detailed description of a structured, 8-week teacher inquiry cycle designed to allow content facilitators to support classroom teachers in making targeted, research-based improvements to instruction. We will share instruments and examples of implementation to illustrate the important features of the PD model. Participants will take part in discussion and Q&A to ensure understanding of the PD elements and the ability of attendees to implement the model in a diverse school settings.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon K
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Where Do I Start - I'm a One-Person Development "Team"!
Content Area:Operate
Description:How do you navigate when you are the sole person responsible for fundraising at your school or organization? Yes, you technically have your CEO/principal/executive director/board, but you're the grant writer, event planner, prospect researcher...it doesn't stop! And no one understands your challenges until the fiscal year is coming to a close. In this session, you'll learn some tools and strategies that can help maximize your organization's fundraising strengths, create efficiencies in documents that you will use repeatedly throughout the year, and get some peer feedback on writing a compelling story about why people should invest in your organization's work.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay I
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


10:00 am–Noon - Charter Talks Lounge

Title:Unleashing Opportunity and Creativity with Computer Science
Content Area:Lead
Description:Hadi Partovi, founder of Code.org and creator of the global Hour of Code campaign, talks about the importance of teaching computer science as part of the core academic curriculum in grades K-12, introducing creativity to the classroom, approaches to diversity in computer science, and implementation challenges in schools
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Charter Talk Stage (Exhibit Hall)
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM


10:45 pm–Noon - Breakout Session 5

Title:Building a Computer Science Pathway Across Your School or Network
Content Area:Lead
Description:Join Hadi Partovi, founder the Hour of Code and CEO of Code.org; Alice Steinglass, President of Code.org; and Hilah Barbot, Science, Technology, and Engineering Achievement Director from KIPP Foundation as they share their successes, challenges, and key learnings from building equitable computer science education programs across large and small public school districts including KIPP’s network of 225 charter schools. Learn why computer science is a critical part of equitable education today and take away practical steps for implementing a high-quality computer science pathway.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay F
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Changing the Charter School Narrative through Digital Communication Strategies
Content Area:Operate
Description:Change the charter school narrative in your community through digital communication strategies that impact student enrollment, increase teacher retention, and encourage public support. Parents, teachers, and community members who believe in charter schools are not being heard and opponents are overbearing in their objection to school choice. In this session, learn how to create buzz through clear, consistent, positive stories of student success utilizing digital tactics, including social media and videos, and uncover key messaging and branding guidelines to help promote your charter school.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay K
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:From Good to Great to Exemplary: The Pathway to Becoming an Exemplary Single-Site Charter School
Content Area:Lead
Description:Single-site charter schools face unique challenges and powerful opportunities. Southland College Prep, for example, is among the nation’s most successful and a model of schooling—recognized as the only charter high school in the state to receive the "exemplary" rating by the Illinois State Board of Education. Whether opening a single-site charter or leading an established one, join the conversation with Dr. Blondean Davis, the only African-American female leader in America who serves as CEO of a charter school district and superintendent of a public school district. Discover how any single-site charter school can ascend in multiple areas!
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon A/B
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Implementing the Common Core Instructional Shifts in Your School
Content Area:Educate
Description:How are you adjusting to the rigors of Common Core in math? Invest in the application of major standards, both for teacher development and student learning. Participants will leave this session with a clear protocol and tools to address the Common Core instructional shifts.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Reef C
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Leadership Mirror-Work: Improving Conditions for All Stakeholders
Content Area:Lead
Description:The complexity of growing, establishing, or maintaining high-quality schools requires that school leaders consistently engage in meaningful and thought-provoking learning and reflection on their own intentions, actions, and their influence. High-performing school leaders engage in this process naturally at times, and when they examine lackluster outcomes, they tend to re-engage this process and yield unintentional contributions they will avoid in the future. We will provide leaders with a framework that names this process of meaningful and thought-provoking learning and reflection so that it becomes replicable and participants can facilitate capacity-building for all school stakeholders that will lead to high-quality schooling.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon C/D
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:National Best Practices in Recruitment
Content Area:Lead
Description:This session will provide participants with best practices from across the country around building a diverse, high-quality candidate pool that will best serve students. Participants will have a chance to reflect, thought partner, and walk away with concrete strategies to apply in their own context.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay J
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Rethinking Teacher PD: Cycles of Professional Learning
Content Area:Educate
Description:Whenever we are leading professional development, we hope to see that our work - and our teachers’ work - makes a significant and positive impact on student learning. Yet, as we know from research, it’s actually quite rare that teacher practice shifts and student learning accelerates as a result of PD. The Cycles of Professional Learning model provides an alternative to traditional teacher PD, and show significant promise in transferring teacher learning to teacher practice and student achievement. Join us for a conversation about how to leverage this advanced model to strengthen teacher content knowledge and curricular expertise.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay L
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Student (Re)Engagement Metrics
Content Area:Educate
Description:Learn4Life Charter Schools, a network of charter schools serving 40,000 high-risk youth across three states, has partnered with Momentum Strategy & Research, experts in the field of research and development of accountability frameworks for schools not well measured by traditional accountability systems, to address the needs of this specialized set of schools. Together they will share how they use data to improve student learning and personal growth, and tell a compelling story of success by students whose needs exceed the scope of traditional schools.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon L
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:To Grow or Not to Grow: Decisions Made and Lessons Learned
Content Area:Lead
Description:This session will highlight the experiences of a set of leaders of color in the Charter School Growth Fund’s Emerging CMO portfolio. These leaders will share details around how their organizations made the decision to grow or not to grow and lessons they learned along the way. This session will provide participants the opportunity to hear from leaders at different stages of growth who will share their real life experiences.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay E
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:Trauma-Informed Teaching: Developing a Plan of Assessment, Advocacy, and Solutions
Content Area:Advocate
Description:Increasingly, school administrators, teachers, and school support personnel are confronted with providing a nurturing and challenging education to a growing population of children and families affected by trauma within their homes and neighborhoods. How do we teach an affected population that is suffering from a daily affliction that most elected officials on any level will not even acknowledge exists? Join us for a discussion about what can be done, should be done, and is being done in the charter movement to address this.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay H
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Title:When is It Time to Refer an English Language Learner for Special Education? Five Pitfalls to Avoid
Content Area:Educate
Description:When educating English language learners who seem to be struggling, how do you know when it is time to think about a special education referral? How can you be sure you are assessing ELLs fairly, not mixing up linguistic and cultural diversity with cognitive ability and intellectual functioning? This session will identify the five pitfalls to avoid in creating an overrepresentation of ELLs in your school site’s special education department.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers A/B
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Noon–1:30 pm - Lunch


1:45 pm–3:00 pm - Breakout Sessions 6


3:15 pm–4:30 pm - General Session

Title:General Session II - Hadi Partovi
Description:Hadi Partovi is a tech entrepreneur and investor, and CEO of the education non-profit Code.org.

A computer science graduate of Harvard University, Hadi began his career during the browser wars in the 1990s, when he led the Microsoft Internet Explorer team. In a second stint at Microsoft, he was General Manager of the MSN portal, delivering its first year of profit. As an entrepreneur, Hadi was on the founding teams of Tellme Networks and iLike, which were acquired by Microsoft and MySpace, respectively.

Hadi has served as an early advisor to numerous startups including Facebook and Dropbox, and as a tech investor his portfolio also includes Airbnb, Uber, SpaceX, Zappos, and others. Aside from his investments, Hadi also serves as a Director on the boards of Axon and Convoy.

In 2013 Hadi and his twin brother Ali launched the education nonprofit Code.org which Hadi continues to lead full-time as CEO. Code.org has established computer science classes in 25% of US classrooms, created the most popular curriculum platform for K-12 computer science, and launched the global Hour of Code movement that has reached over 100 million students.

Check out this recent New York Times profile of Hadi to get a sense of why we’re so excited to welcome him as a keynote speaker.

Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Oceanside Ballrooms
Time:Tuesday 7/2, 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM


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