CCSA: California Charter Schools Association
The 19th Annual California Charter Schools Conference

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Thursday, March 1, 2012


8:30–11:00 a.m.: Registration Open


9:00–10:15 a.m.: Breakout Sessions

Teachers

Title:CA Spoken Word: Language Arts on FIRE
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:High School
Description:Brad Koepenick-producer (SHAKESPEARE HIGH), teacher and regional director of GET LIT's First Annual Los Angeles CLASSIC SLAM, will take you through exercises, strategies and lesson plans and introduce you to an innovative online digital platform for teens that will enhance your school culture and bring literature TO LIFE at your school! Brad is the Director of Communications at CHAMPS CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL, was named Innovator of the Month by the PTN and the recipient of the 2006 HART VISION AWARD for CA CHARTER TEACHER OF THE YEAR.
Presenter(s):Brad Koepenick (CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts and Media)
Location:201, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Thursday 3/1 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Title:Common Core State Standards Update
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:In this session, you will have the opportunity to look more closely at the content of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English-language arts and mathematics and engage in collegial conversations regarding the standards and how their full implementation is likely to affect both teaching and learning. You will also receive an update about California’s CCSS implementation plan, including the latest information and resources regarding instructional materials and assessments.
Presenter(s):Thomas Adams (California Department of Education), Cynthia Gunderson (California Department of Education)
Location:204, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Thursday 3/1 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Title:Detracking to Improve Students' Achievement and Access to College
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:High School
Description:With an Academic Performance Index score of 899, an 83% college enrollment rate and a Top 100 ranking in Newsweek for five consecutive years, The Preuss School is highly successful in improving low-income students' achievement and preparing them for college. Our "detracking" model is responsible for this success, a college-prep curriculum accompanied by an extensive system of academic and social supports. Our record suggests that detracking can propel students from low-income households to college and serve as a model for other schools.
Presenter(s):Scott Barton (The Preuss School UCSD), Bud Mehan (UC San Diego)
Location:203, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Thursday 3/1 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Title:Enrichment Instruction
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:The session will discuss how to effectively incorporate “Enrichment Instructors,” professionals related to your school’s focus, in order to increase engagement, academic achievement and the overall quality of the educational experience. Enrichment Instructors serve as an invaluable resource by inspiring students to creatively apply their academic knowledge through a variety of artistic outlets. This program will focus on how Enrichment Instructors, using spoken word, song writing and music, inspire excellence.
Presenter(s):Aaron Brisbane (one. Charter- Academy of Visual & Performing Arts), Jonathan Michelsen (one. Charter- Academy of Visual & Performing Arts), Gabriel Perez (one. Charter- Academy of Visual & Performing Arts)
Location:316, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Thursday 3/1 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Performance Management

Title:Leading Change with Data You Can Use
Strand:Performance Management
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Learn about Northwest Evaluation Association's computerized adaptive assessments and resources helping educators measure and easily understand individual student achievement, needs and growth. These highly formative assessments are aligned to each state and/or common core standards, connect to instructional content and provide immediate results that include national norms and proficiency probabilities for state assessments. Also shared will be importance of growth as an academic metric and tools to plan instruction that informs a student’s “Zone of Proximal Development”.
Presenter(s):Dr. Tamika Chambers (Northwest Evaulation Association - NWEA), Raymond Mitchell (NWEA)
Location:302/303, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Thursday 3/1 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Title:Using a Learning Cycle to Develop and Evaluate Teachers
Strand:Performance Management
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Middle School, High School
Description:How can administrators balance coaching and evaluation of teachers? How will teachers react to a new evaluation process? This presentation will explain how a startup charter high school developed a standards-based teacher professional development and evaluation process. Participants will be provided with a framework for the development of their own coaching and evaluation process. Led by the principal and a teacher, participants will also learn practical tips on the implementation of this process.
Presenter(s):Derrick Chau (Alliance College-Ready Public Schools), Akua Ducard (Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School)
Location:315, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Thursday 3/1 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Accountability

Title:The Impact of Charter Schools on Dropout Recovery
Strand:Accountability
Type:Breakout
Audience:General Ed/Stakeholders
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:High School
Description:Charter schools lead the dropout recovery efforts in California. These schools provide an option for students who are far below grade level and have dropped out of traditional high schools. Some exclusively focus on former dropouts. Others include dropout recovery in their mission to serve at-risk students. Leaders will describe their successful methods; discuss how the movement benefits from their success; highlight recent policy gains; and present resources for improving dropout recovery effectiveness.
Presenter(s):Phil Matero (Youth Build Charter Schools), Cindy Petersen (Gateway Community Charters), Ernie Silva (School for Integrated Academics and Technologies)
Location:304, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Thursday 3/1 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Special Education

Title:Avoiding Special Education and Section 504 Pitfalls
Strand:Special Education
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Half the battle is avoiding the punch! Hypothetical situations will be explored to identify the most common pitfalls for charter schools with regard to compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. In each situation, we will discuss tips for prevention and options for resolution. This session is appropriate for all levels of expertise.
Presenter(s):Lisa Corr (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP), Michael Hersher (Middleton, Young & Minney, LLP)
Location:313, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Thursday 3/1 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Title:Designing and Implementing Cross Curricular Units
Strand:Special Education
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:In this breakout session teachers will explore the benefits of utilizing cross curricular units and instruction in their classrooms. The session will go in depth into unit development, benefits, core skills and strategies implemented to maximize instructional time and student growth. Participants will go through every level of unit development and will also be given strategies to avoid and/or deal with potential issues and struggles of unit implementation.
Presenter(s):Martin Eisen (Granada Hills Charter High School), Archer Nishioka (Granada Hills Charter High School), Kristi Vazquez (Granada Hills Charter High School)
Location:310, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Thursday 3/1 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Legal

Title:Do You Think You're Ready to File a Lawsuit?
Strand:Legal
Type:Breakout
Audience:Veterans
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:The California Charter School Association’s Legal Advocacy Team will present steps you should take before initiating litigation, including how to document your issues, hire legal counsel, and prepare your school community for the legal battle. We'll offer practical protocols that your charter school might implement in its dealings in an effort to preserve the best outcome, and consider atmospheric issues that may affect whether the time is right to take your issue to court. Bring your hypothetical issues to discuss.
Presenter(s):Phillipa Altmann (California Charter Schools Association), Anne Lee (California Charter Schools Association), Ricardo Soto (California Charter Schools Association), Julie Umansky (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:308, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Thursday 3/1 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Title:Employee Performance and Conduct: Policies, Documenting and Investigation
Strand:Legal
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Unchecked employee performance and misconduct interfere with a school's mission, disrupt instruction and create opportunities for lawsuits. Performance evaluations and progressive discipline can be effective tools to correct behavior, motivate employees and achieve goals. Employer and employee rights and responsibilities unique to charter schools regarding counseling, discipline and coaching are explained, including concrete guidelines and examples of effective policies, practice, implementation, investigation of misconduct and necessary documentation.
Presenter(s):Laura Marabito (Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo)
Location:305, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Thursday 3/1 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Human Resources

Title:STRS/PERS and 403bs: How to Plan for Retirement in Today's Economy
Strand:Human Resources
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:How does today’s economic climate impact an educator’s retirement? Will STRS/PERS be enough for me? Come find out how the 403b retirement plan works, who it might be beneficial for, and how to start saving properly to help you or your school's employees get on a more efficient path to retirement. No matter what your tenure is, this will be a very insightful presentation to any and all members of the educational community.
Presenter(s):Reis Rosenbledt (First Investors Corporation)
Location:309, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Thursday 3/1 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Title:Working with the Union?: Know Your Rights as an Employer
Strand:Human Resources
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Even if your school is not unionized, you may still have to work with a union. This session will review the Employer's rights in dealing with union solicitation, a unionization campaign, collective bargaining and employee discipline or termination in the union context.
Presenter(s):Hollis Peterson (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP), Wendy Tucker (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP)
Location:306, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Thursday 3/1 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Budget and Cash Flow

Title:Measuring Up: Using and Understanding Benchmarks for Budgeting
Strand:Budget and Cash Flow
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Ever wonder what other schools are spending? This session will feature a comparative analysis of averages, ranges, and patterns in charter school expense data that provides valuable perspective to the budgeting process. Presenters will demonstrate how to support decision-making through examining statewide data, broken down into sub-groups by demographics, region, and years in operation. Discussions will focus on interpreting and analyzing data, and on how schools can use benchmarking to make better informed budget decisions.
Presenter(s):Bryce Fleming (EdTec Inc.), Gavin Kwong (Lighthouse Community Charter School), Kelly Theofanis (EdTec Inc.)
Location:319, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Thursday 3/1 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Facility Planning and Financing

Title:Can Our School Afford a Permanent Facility?
Strand:Facility Planning and Financing
Type:Breakout
Audience:Business Managers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Given the current economy, is a permanent facility affordable? This interactive presentation will allow attendees to participate in the budgeting, development and financing of a charter school facility project. It will follow a project from concept through construction. Discuss with experts from NCB Capital Impact, ExED and Bouma Construction strategies for cost saving and feasibility issues, including leasehold improvements and Proposition 1D. Attendees will be provided forms and checklists to help them with their project.
Presenter(s):Jennifer Afdahl Rice (NCB Capital Impact), Greg Brendel (Bouma Construction), Louise Manuel (ExED)
Location:205, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Thursday 3/1 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Title:Extraordinary Teamwork: Bond Sale, Design Build, Occupancy in Six Months!
Strand:Facility Planning and Financing
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Middle School, High School
Description:School leadership dedicated to success; a developer who found the money; an architect with experience and vision; and a design build general contractor and construction manager who worked hard to get the job done. This is what it takes to purchase and build a charter school in six months on a tight budget. The Western Sierra Rocklin Academy case study will amaze and delight the audience with what is possible when the right team comes together and makes a commitment to success.
Presenter(s):Wendy Boyd (Rocklin Academy), Craig Jamison (Rudolph and Sletten), JoAnn Koplin (TFO Architecture), Dr. David Patterson (Rocklin Academy), Jeffrey Tamkin (Public Facilities Investment Corporation)
Location:202, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Thursday 3/1 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Advocacy

Title:Charter School Funding Equity and School Finance Reform
Strand:Advocacy
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:In this session we discuss research and evaluation of the funding gaps between charter and traditional public schools and possible solutions to achieve greater funding equity. We will also discuss recent proposals to reform the state's overall education finance system and how charter schools may fit into those proposals.
Presenter(s):Jeimee Estrada (Legislative Analyst's Office), Colin Miller (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:311, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Thursday 3/1 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Title:Why the 2012 Elections Matter
Strand:Advocacy
Type:Breakout
Audience:General Ed/Stakeholders
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:The 2012 elections will impact California's policy environment for years to come. This will be the first election held after voter approved initiatives creating an independent redistricting commission and establishing an open primary. Current estimates are that half of the State Assembly could be new members. How will these new laws affect this year's elections? How will the presidential election impact races in California? What will the impact of ballot measure campaigns be?
Presenter(s):Dominic DiMare (DiMare, Van Vleck, & Brown LLC), Paul Mitchell (Redistricting Partners), Matt Rexroad (Meridian Pacific)
Location:307, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Thursday 3/1 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Developing New Charter Schools

Title:Petitioning a First-Time Authorizer: What’s the Plan?
Strand:Developing New Charter Schools
Type:Breakout
Audience:Developers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:For most charter petitioners, it will be their first time submitting a charter. But what happens when it is the authorizer’s first time as well? The panel will share experiences and lessons learned submitting charters to first time authorizers, navigating the approval process and beyond. From working on MOUs to facilities to Special Education to budget reviews, audience members will learn what to watch for and how to plan ahead.
Presenter(s):Victor Diaz (REALM Charter Schools), Gasper Martinez (EdTec Inc.), Jill Ogorsolka (Almond Acres Charter Academy), Laura VanAcker (New Day Academy)
Location:318, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Thursday 3/1 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Title:Public Charter School Grant Q&A with California Department of Education Staff
Strand:Developing New Charter Schools
Type:Breakout
Audience:Developers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:An opportunity to meet with California Department of Education staff and have all your questions addressed by the Charter School Division consultants. Particular attention will be paid to the work plan requirements for the Public Charter School Grant. A short presentation will be followed by a lengthy opportunity to address this CDE panel of experts.
Presenter(s):Linda Lownes (California Department of Education), Alice Miller (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:317, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Thursday 3/1 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Online Learning

Title:Choosing an Online Curriculum: What the Vendors Don’t Want You to Know
Strand:Online Learning
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Adopting online curriculum without thoughtful due diligence can compromise your program's quality and integrity. How do you determine your needs? What features should you adopt and avoid? How do you measure effectiveness? We will dig into the “fine print” vendors hope you will overlook. Facilitated by former online providers, this candid session will give you the tools and information you need to ensure you choose the right online content provider for your school.
Presenter(s):Russ Ballati (The Alvo Institute), Rebecca Tomasini (The Alvo Institute)
Location:312, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Thursday 3/1 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

10:30–11:30 a.m.: Closing General Session

Specialty

Title:Closing General Session
Strand:Specialty
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Description:General Sessions bring the charter school community together to celebrate with keynote speeches, award presentations and student performances - don't miss them! The Closing General Session will feature announcements of Susan Steelman Bragato Scholarship award and Hart Vision Authorizer of the Year Award, and a Q&A panel with California education leaders. This Closing General Session will be held in Hall D of the Sacramento Convention Center and begins promptly at 10:30 a.m.
Location:Hall D, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Thursday 3/1 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM





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