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Daily Schedule - Wednesday, July 3, 2019


9:00 am–10:00 am - General Session

Title:General Session III – Clifton Taulbert
Description:Clifton Taulbert, the author is recognized and embraced from South Africa to Australia. His first book, Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored, became a requested gift for Nelson Mandela upon his release from prison. He has since written fourteen books and produced a major motion picture. He is a Pulitzer nominee, business owner and an international lecturer. Taulbert a member of Phi Beta Kappa was educated through high school in the Delta and now serves as a Trustee for the University of Tulsa. Taulbert has been inducted in the Enlisted Airman Hall of Fame and serves on the Eudora Welty Advisory Board. He resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma with his wife Barbara Jackson-Taulbert.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Oceanside Ballrooms
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


10:15 am–11:15 am - Breakout Sessions 7

Title:Because I Said So: The Young People's Briefing
Content Area:Advocate
Description:Michelle Harvey, seasoned educator and school developer, and Bill Toomey, Chief Innovation and Development Officer, will interview three diverse young people from Learn4Life public schools who led a voter registration drive that signed up 4,800 new voters. These students have strong ideas about what education could and should look like now and a generation from now. This is your chance to ask them the questions you are afraid to ask your students and to return to your school educated.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay E
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM


Title:Can't Take My Eyes Off of You: Laser Focus on Academics
Content Area:Govern
Description:When the school leader and the board are together laser-focused on academics, both students and schools benefit. Presenters from School Works, Charter Board Partners, a charter school leader, and a board member will share insights on how best to partner to ensure strong academic goals are set, monitored, and discussed at the board level.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers C/D
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM


Title:Evaluating Observation-Based Evaluation Models: An Argument for a Professional Learning Community-Based Evaluation System
Content Area:Lead
Description:Are you stuck in an evaluation rut? Do you believe or have evidence that your current teacher evaluation system is not producing results for adult learning or student achievement? Do you feel as though you are constantly observing teachers, providing feedback, writing up your observations and discussing lessons you have seen? There is a better way to garner more gains in student achievement and increase adult professional learning, a PLC based evaluation system designed to increase teacher collective efficacy and increase student achievement. It is time we start evaluating teachers on what matters, their ability to perform within a PLC.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay J
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM


Title:How to Use Virtual Platforms to Reimagine Professional Development and Collaboration
Content Area:Lead
Description:New technology and online platforms have created the opportunity to reimagine what professional development and collaboration look like in education. There is no reason why educators’ access to professional development should be confined to specific rooms during specific periods of time. In this session, participants will learn how to create high-quality virtual PD sessions that can be accessed anytime from anywhere. These virtual PDs can then free up in-person time to focus more on application and collaboration. We will also provide a detailed survey of the necessary materials, audio/visual equipment, software, and online platforms necessary to create these sessions on a budget.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon C/D
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM


Title:Igniting Teacher Learning: Strengthening Facilitation and Expanding Your Toolkit
Content Area:Educate
Description:As teachers, we lead learning for our students every day. As teacher-leaders, we are charged with facilitating learning for our adult colleagues. While some learning design principles transfer from classroom to staff room, there are specific adult learning principles and facilitation moves we can leverage to make our PD delivery more engaging, more challenging, and more impactful. Join us to learn ways to take your adult facilitation to the next level!
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay K
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM


Title:Navigate a Tumultuous Chartering Climate by Mastering 3 Critical Areas of Focus
Content Area:Govern
Description:This session will help participants understand three strategic areas that require school boards' and leaders’ focus in order to navigate the risks and opportunities within the tumultuous climate of the charter movement. This is a work session for a school team to dig deep on the following issues: what risks and opportunities can impact your school; what is in your control and what is not; practical ways for your board and leadership team to build understanding and to make sound decisions; and strategies to improve your school's execution, storytelling, and ability to stay ahead of regulatory problems.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon E/F
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM


Title:Ready, Set, Open: A Start-Up Survival Guide
Content Area:Operate
Description:Congratulations on your recently approved charter petition! Now that your educational program is in place, it's time to tackle some of the other monsters lurking behind the curtain: finance, data, compliance, infrastructure, and community relations, to name a few. Leave this session armed with a master school opening checklist including suggested completion dates and a list of resources to help get you moving in the right direction on all things non-instructional. The master checklist will be provided to participants as an Excel file so it can be fully customized by developer teams and filtered as needed by dates and departments.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers G/H
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM


Title:School Daze: Navigating the Facility Financing Maze
Content Area:Operate
Description:Are you a school that is planning a facilities expansion or renovation? Join us to learn the key to planning a successful facilities project. During our session a panel of experts will introduce the critical elements of project planning and creditworthiness. Following the panel, experts will guide schools through estimating project costs, calculating what a school can afford to spend, and comparing financing options. Participants will walk away with the tools to solve their facilities challenges.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon G
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM


Title:Student Outcomes, School Boards, and You
Content Area:Govern
Description:Charter systems exist to improve student outcomes. Accountability for student outcomes starts and ends with you. That is, student outcomes don't change until adult behaviors change. This session will examine distinguishing among inputs, outputs, outcomes, student outcomes, and student outcome goals; defining the role of the board and the superintendent in improving student outcomes; delineating the role of the board in creating and monitoring student outcomes goals; detailing the role of the superintendent in reporting progress towards achieving outcome goals; and restructuring the board meeting so the board meeting focuses on what matters most: student outcome goals.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon I/J
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM


Title:The Money Tree is Empty! Learning to Live Within Your School's Budget
Content Area:Govern
Description:We all know charter schools receive less money. We also know some charter schools live outside of their means. Key design features, facilities, increasing healthcare costs, staffing, and recruitment all take big chunks out of the budget. It’s always surprising when a board or governing council doesn’t understand the promises in the charter agreement or has failed to budget accordingly. It is critical to the mission and vision of any charter school to budget according to those promises.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers K/L
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM


Title:Understand the Differences: Navigating the Innovative School Models that Bring the Choice to School Choice.
Content Area:Govern
Description:Considering a different school model? Having trouble getting your authorizer to understand your school model and how it will impact school assessment? With new research detailing varied charter school models, we will highlight innovative school models that reimagine education. We’ll analyze various model growth trends, defining characteristics, where they are located, and foster a conversation around articulating and promoting educational models in a way that excites parents and funders while also mollifying the concerns of authorizers. Participants will examine the strengths and weaknesses of models in terms of student achievement and be better prepared to defend these models to stakeholders.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay L
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM


Title:What Can 4,000 Kids Teach Us About School?
Content Area:Lead
Description:Do your students think their assignments are engaging or worthwhile? Come discover what 4,000 students think and what TNTP learned after spending a year in schools around the country observing more than 1,000 hours of instruction, rating more than 5,500 assignments, and gathering more than 28,000 real-time student surveys. Learn more about the quality of students’ daily assignments, how students perceive those assignments, and how schools can improve the quality of student experiences with curriculum and instruction, diagnosing the quality of daily assignments and setting benchmarks for improvement. Walk away with essential tools you can use to study and improve your own students’ daily academic experiences.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers E/F
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM


10:15 am–12:15 pm - Intensive Workshops

Title:Because I Said So: The Young People's Briefing
Content Area:Advocate
Description:Michelle Harvey, seasoned educator and school developer, and Bill Toomey, Chief Innovation and Development Officer, will interview three diverse young people from Learn4Life public schools who led a voter registration drive that signed up 4,800 new voters. These students have strong ideas about what education could and should look like now and a generation from now. This is your chance to ask them the questions you are afraid to ask your students and to return to your school educated.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay E
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM


Title:Can't Take My Eyes Off of You: Laser Focus on Academics
Content Area:Govern
Description:When the school leader and the board are together laser-focused on academics, both students and schools benefit. Presenters from School Works, Charter Board Partners, a charter school leader, and a board member will share insights on how best to partner to ensure strong academic goals are set, monitored, and discussed at the board level.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers C/D
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM


Title:Evaluating Observation-Based Evaluation Models: An Argument for a Professional Learning Community-Based Evaluation System
Content Area:Lead
Description:Are you stuck in an evaluation rut? Do you believe or have evidence that your current teacher evaluation system is not producing results for adult learning or student achievement? Do you feel as though you are constantly observing teachers, providing feedback, writing up your observations and discussing lessons you have seen? There is a better way to garner more gains in student achievement and increase adult professional learning, a PLC based evaluation system designed to increase teacher collective efficacy and increase student achievement. It is time we start evaluating teachers on what matters, their ability to perform within a PLC.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay J
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM


Title:How to Use Virtual Platforms to Reimagine Professional Development and Collaboration
Content Area:Lead
Description:New technology and online platforms have created the opportunity to reimagine what professional development and collaboration look like in education. There is no reason why educators’ access to professional development should be confined to specific rooms during specific periods of time. In this session, participants will learn how to create high-quality virtual PD sessions that can be accessed anytime from anywhere. These virtual PDs can then free up in-person time to focus more on application and collaboration. We will also provide a detailed survey of the necessary materials, audio/visual equipment, software, and online platforms necessary to create these sessions on a budget.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon C/D
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM


Title:Igniting Teacher Learning: Strengthening Facilitation and Expanding Your Toolkit
Content Area:Educate
Description:As teachers, we lead learning for our students every day. As teacher-leaders, we are charged with facilitating learning for our adult colleagues. While some learning design principles transfer from classroom to staff room, there are specific adult learning principles and facilitation moves we can leverage to make our PD delivery more engaging, more challenging, and more impactful. Join us to learn ways to take your adult facilitation to the next level!
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay K
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM


Title:Navigate a Tumultuous Chartering Climate by Mastering 3 Critical Areas of Focus
Content Area:Govern
Description:This session will help participants understand three strategic areas that require school boards' and leaders’ focus in order to navigate the risks and opportunities within the tumultuous climate of the charter movement. This is a work session for a school team to dig deep on the following issues: what risks and opportunities can impact your school; what is in your control and what is not; practical ways for your board and leadership team to build understanding and to make sound decisions; and strategies to improve your school's execution, storytelling, and ability to stay ahead of regulatory problems.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon E/F
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM


Title:Ready, Set, Open: A Start-Up Survival Guide
Content Area:Operate
Description:Congratulations on your recently approved charter petition! Now that your educational program is in place, it's time to tackle some of the other monsters lurking behind the curtain: finance, data, compliance, infrastructure, and community relations, to name a few. Leave this session armed with a master school opening checklist including suggested completion dates and a list of resources to help get you moving in the right direction on all things non-instructional. The master checklist will be provided to participants as an Excel file so it can be fully customized by developer teams and filtered as needed by dates and departments.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers G/H
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM


Title:School Daze: Navigating the Facility Financing Maze
Content Area:Operate
Description:Are you a school that is planning a facilities expansion or renovation? Join us to learn the key to planning a successful facilities project. During our session a panel of experts will introduce the critical elements of project planning and creditworthiness. Following the panel, experts will guide schools through estimating project costs, calculating what a school can afford to spend, and comparing financing options. Participants will walk away with the tools to solve their facilities challenges.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon G
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM


Title:Student Outcomes, School Boards, and You
Content Area:Govern
Description:Charter systems exist to improve student outcomes. Accountability for student outcomes starts and ends with you. That is, student outcomes don't change until adult behaviors change. This session will examine distinguishing among inputs, outputs, outcomes, student outcomes, and student outcome goals; defining the role of the board and the superintendent in improving student outcomes; delineating the role of the board in creating and monitoring student outcomes goals; detailing the role of the superintendent in reporting progress towards achieving outcome goals; and restructuring the board meeting so the board meeting focuses on what matters most: student outcome goals.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon I/J
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM


Title:The Money Tree is Empty! Learning to Live Within Your School's Budget
Content Area:Govern
Description:We all know charter schools receive less money. We also know some charter schools live outside of their means. Key design features, facilities, increasing healthcare costs, staffing, and recruitment all take big chunks out of the budget. It’s always surprising when a board or governing council doesn’t understand the promises in the charter agreement or has failed to budget accordingly. It is critical to the mission and vision of any charter school to budget according to those promises.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers K/L
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM


Title:Understand the Differences: Navigating the Innovative School Models that Bring the Choice to School Choice.
Content Area:Govern
Description:Considering a different school model? Having trouble getting your authorizer to understand your school model and how it will impact school assessment? With new research detailing varied charter school models, we will highlight innovative school models that reimagine education. We’ll analyze various model growth trends, defining characteristics, where they are located, and foster a conversation around articulating and promoting educational models in a way that excites parents and funders while also mollifying the concerns of authorizers. Participants will examine the strengths and weaknesses of models in terms of student achievement and be better prepared to defend these models to stakeholders.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay L
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM


Title:What Can 4,000 Kids Teach Us About School?
Content Area:Lead
Description:Do your students think their assignments are engaging or worthwhile? Come discover what 4,000 students think and what TNTP learned after spending a year in schools around the country observing more than 1,000 hours of instruction, rating more than 5,500 assignments, and gathering more than 28,000 real-time student surveys. Learn more about the quality of students’ daily assignments, how students perceive those assignments, and how schools can improve the quality of student experiences with curriculum and instruction, diagnosing the quality of daily assignments and setting benchmarks for improvement. Walk away with essential tools you can use to study and improve your own students’ daily academic experiences.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers E/F
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM


11:30 am–12:30 pm - General Session

Title:A New Way to Credential Students: The Innovation Diploma
Content Area:Educate
Description:Come learn about new ways to rigorously assess students in the skills, mindsets, and responsibilities needed for them to be innovators. Participants will also learn about how Design Tech High School supports this work, as well as how they leveraged their partnership with Oracle to develop innovative students.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers A/B
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Charter School Facility Financing: Where to Go to Access Support
Content Area:Operate
Description:Facilities are one of the biggest, most expensive challenges facing charter schools especially those in the early stages of operation. Whether leasing, renovating, or building a new facility, competitive terms are key to securing affordable financing. Credit-enhanced financing helps less established charter schools secure more competitive terms and interest rates for their facility needs. Learn about the U.S. Department of Education’s Credit Enhancement for Charter School Facilities Program and the financial institutions that provide capital and development services to charter schools to assist with their facility needs.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers C/D
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Non-Academic Accountability: Moving Beyond a Checklist
Content Area:Govern
Description:In a time of greater accountability and increased requirements on charters, authorizers and regulators fall back on boilerplate language and checklists to determine operational and governance health. The California Charter Schools Association is piloting a different type of accountability process that is principled and peer-driven. Come learn about the flexible frameworks and processes and be part of a conversation about the inherent need, challenges and benefits of holding ourselves accountable to high standards in fiscal, operations, governance practices in absence of clearly defined law.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Breakers I/J
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Recruiting, Retaining, and Rewarding High-Quality Teaching
Content Area:Advocate
Description:Recruiting, retaining, and rewarding high quality teaching is essential for student success. While charter schools are free from traditional teacher employment policies, we know little about how this autonomy influences compensation and retention practices. This session presents findings that evaluate the connections between teacher effectiveness, retention, and compensation in charter schools and real-world examples of how charter schools can leverage these findings in practice. Our findings suggest that retention and compensation practices are related to teacher effectiveness among other working conditions and teacher characteristics. This session will also feature time for Q&A and sharing of best practices.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon H
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:What Are the Enabling Conditions Required to Ensure Equity for Students with Disabilities?
Content Area:Educate
Description:We know we can do better at supporting a more diverse range of needs and producing better outcomes. To move the needle, we have to accept that the complex challenges to supporting students with disabilities require cross-stakeholder investment. How do we ensure authentic inclusion and access by improving tier 1 instruction? How do we refine discipline policies and practices to disrupt disproportionality? With a shortage of special educators, how do we maximize resources and build all staff capacity to strengthen the edges? This panel moves us beyond buzzwords to focus on building results.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon L
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Title:Who is Teaching the Students in Your School? A Very Frank Discussion About Teachers of Color
Content Area:Educate
Description:There is a saying that in order to "be me," a child must first "see me" - and that is more important than ever when, for example, only 2 percent of public school teachers are African-American male. As charter schools work on being intentionally diverse in their student population, what are we doing to be just as diverse in our teaching corps? Join us for a very real and direct dialogue about the problem and the needed solutions.
Presenter(s):
Location:Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Mandalay I
Time:Wednesday 7/3, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM




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