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

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012


7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.: Registration Open


8:30–9:30 a.m.: Opening General Session

Specialty

Title:Opening 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 Opening General Session is sponsored by Piper Jaffray & Co. and will feature a student performance, announcement of the Hart Vision Teacher of the Year and School of the Year Awards, and keynote Dr. Howard Fuller. The Opening General Session will be held in Halls D and E of the Sacramento Convention Center and begins promptly at 8:30 a.m.
Location:Halls D and E, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

9:15 a.m.: Exhibit Hall Opens


9:45–10:45 a.m.: Coffee Break, Exhibit Hall


9:45–10:45 a.m.: Blended Learning/Technology Expo (Part 1), Exhibit Hall

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Title:Tuesday Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall
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Description:Free coffee is provided during the Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall for one hour following the general session. Also see poster sessions in Part 1 of the Blended Learning/Technology Expo in the Exhibit Hall, sponsored by Google.
Location:Exhibit Hall ABC, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Blended Learning/Technology Expo

Title:Adaptive Assessments Promoting Student Engagement and Personalization
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Learn how Northwest Evaluation Association’s computer adaptive assessments support reflective teacher practice, student engagement and personalized learning. This presentation will demonstrate through videos, tools, and models a process for teachers and students to improve student learning by utilizing NWEA assessment data for student goal setting, academic planning, personalized instruction, and student self-assessment. Models for students to monitor goal area growth and develop academic learning plans based on learning statements from NWEA will also be shared.
Presenter(s):Dr. Tamika Chambers (Northwest Evaulation Association - NWEA), Raymond Mitchell (NWEA)
Location:Poster 20, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 20, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Adding Online Courses for More Robust, College-Prep Education
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Today’s competitive marketplace demands more robust, higher quality education for college-prep students. Yet, today’s economy forces charter schools to address these needs in the face of difficult funding challenges. By supplementing traditional with online courses, schools can offer a wider selection of high-quality options, deliver these even when one or a few students enroll, and do so cost-effectively. Learn how this hybrid approach is improving student opportunities in charter schools today.
Presenter(s):Gene Eidelman (Mosaica Education, Inc.)
Location:Poster 19, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 19, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Balancing Learning and Security in a Web 2.0 World
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:From online resources to communication and participatory learning, Web 2.0 offers valuable educational benefits. But with those benefits come content and security risks. Discover how you can help give users the advantages of Web 2.0 learning, collaborative tools and dynamic content while maintaining network security, user safety, and Children's Internet Protection Act compliance. You'll see powerful, easy-to-use solutions for Web 2.0 learning, discuss challenges as a group, and learn how districts are meeting those challenges by balancing learning and security on their networks.
Presenter(s):Jesse McNaughton (Lightspeed Systems)
Location:Poster 1, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 1, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Bring Classroom Lessons to Life
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Come witness the most cost-effective and comprehensive digital media management solution for classrooms, taking course instruction to the most engaging, yet simplified, experience possible. This solution will help schools manage their classroom technology, build digital curricula, integrate with software applications, moderate and share user-content and broadcast instruction directly into homes and all forms of mobile devices. You’ll leave with a new appreciation and excitement for the potential of a digital curriculum.
Presenter(s):Dana Magenau (SAFARI Montage)
Location:Poster 8, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 8, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Building Community in an Online School Environment
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Creating authentic connections within a school community is often cited as a challenge when students attend school online. Learn more about how to combine both technology and socialization so that students can optimize their educational experience without sacrificing relationships. Hear from a successful virtual school on how it builds relationships between teachers, students, and parents which contributes to overall achievement.
Presenter(s):William Crockett (California Connections Academy Schools), Penny Reeves (California Connections Academy Schools)
Location:Poster 15, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Title:CaliQity: Free e-Learning Platform
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:CaliQity is a free Learning Management System and Learning Object Repository, designed specifically for the K-12 environment. Thanks to a strategic partnership between K-12 High Speed Network and IQ Innovations, California schools now have free access to CaliQity’s LMS and the free content hosted in its repository. Districts may also choose to procure commercial content, including online courses which can be used for credit recovery, at very reasonable prices through CaliQity.
Presenter(s):Gail Desler (Imperial County Office of Education)
Location:Poster 17, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 17, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Can You MOBI Now? Tools of a Digital Classroom
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Discover how the MOBILITY of using the MobiView changes classroom instruction through this interactive presentation. The MobiView in combination with CPS Clickers and ExamView is a teacher’s best tool in a 21st century classroom. Formative assessment is foremost on the minds of teachers. Ask a question to your class, and then see ALL the students’ responses directly on the Mobi’s data screen. The result is increased student engagement and teachers adjusting lessons accordingly.
Presenter(s):JIm Hudson (Digital Edge Learning)
Location:Presentation Area 2, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Title:Challenges in Developing Interactive Courses for Online Classes
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:High School
Description:Online classes have to be participatory so that students rapidly interact with the teacher and learn simultaneously in an asynchronous environment. Building interactive learning content within fixed timelines and shoestring budgets is an arduous task. This session would introduce educational tools that help in building interactive eLearning content which is visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Interaction based learning content encourages and motivates students to engage and helps retain long term memory through games, quizzes, videos, etc.
Presenter(s):Janhavi Padture (Harbinger Knowledge Products Inc.)
Location:Poster 16, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 16, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Creating an Online-Rich School Environment
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This presentation will focus on how a charter school can create and utilize an internet domain, which allows the students and teachers to access the endless online tools that support: communication, teaching, inquiry, marketing, organization, and school identity. The presentation will demonstrate how this environment is created using google apps. as the central foundation for staff and students, which includes: shared calendar, email, document creation and storage, web tools, etc. ETAA students (k-8) are engaged in a strong technological foundation for active learning.
Presenter(s):Matt Retana (Ezequiel Tafoya Alvarado Academy (ETAA))
Location:Poster 10, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 10, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Employing 3D Technology in Your Classroom
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:There are more and more schools around the country using 3D to engage their students like never before. However, there are many questions that arise when considering integrating 3D into the classroom such as which 3D technology to choose? What kinds of content are available? Who is using 3D in their classrooms now? Does 3D really increase retention? We will endeavor to answer these questions and explain how to successfully implement 3D in today’s classroom and take advantage of its proven educational benefits.
Presenter(s):Mike Lynch (AVRover)
Location:Poster 23, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 23, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Free Data Tools and Performance Management Resources
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Many schools struggle with finding ways to measure their performance or compare their performance to other schools. To help schools better manage, analyze, and utilize publicly available student achievement data, the California Charter Schools Association has compiled a set of free data and performance management resources. With easy to generate charts and graphs, these tools help schools tell their story of achievement and performance. Stop by this poster session to learn more about these free data tools.
Presenter(s):Tracey Katz (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:Poster 7, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 7, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Interactive, Customizable, Free: Using Open FlexBooks® Digital Textbooks
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Middle School, High School
Description:This presentation will introduce participants to the high-quality, standards-aligned digital resources provided at no-cost by CK-12 Foundation. The interactive demonstration will cover customizing FlexBooks® digital textbooks by subject, language and level of difficulty, giving teachers the flexibility to create tailored content. The session will also introduce FlexConcepts®, an interactive platform that uses multimedia simulations and adaptive exercises to help students learn individual concepts.
Presenter(s):Tatiana Rostovtseva (CK-12 Foundation)
Location:Presentation Area 1, Exhibit Hall A
Presentation Area 1, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Learn How Hybrid Learning Supports Delta Charter Succeed in Forensics
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Middle School, High School
Description:For five years in a row, Delta Charter School has sent its students to compete at the national level in what is billed as the world’s largest academic competition. Delta’s performance at state and national competition have now placed this hybrid/online charter school in the top 10 percent of speech and debate teams nationwide recognized by the National Forensic League. Proving online/hybrid learning can support success in competition typically dominated by site-based schools.
Presenter(s):Reed Niemi (Delta Charter School), Bill Redford (Delta Charter School)
Location:Poster 9, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 9, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Online Instruction: Lessons Learned About Effective Online Instruction
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School
Description:CalStateTEACH is a California State University System wide Teacher Preparation program that provides an alternative pathway to earning a multiple subject (elementary) teaching credential. The program is totally field based, and teacher candidates share ideas through web-based “class discussions,” without attending traditional college classes. Instead, the curriculum is delivered using a self-study format online and teacher candidates receive professional feedback through on-site coaching.
Presenter(s):Dr. Chris Foster (California State University - CalStateTEACH)
Location:Poster 6, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 6, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Online Learning’s Promise, Potential, and Pitfalls
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Middle School, High School
Description:How is online learning disrupting education, why do schools and students choose online courses, how should you prepare, and what are the drawbacks of adopting eLearning too quickly? How do virtual schools perform and how can you ensure that online courses are high quality? This session will review the current state of online education, explain the reasons for its dramatic growth, and review how schools should prepare to include eLearning as an option.
Presenter(s):Brian Bridges (California Learning Resource Network)
Location:Poster 2, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 2, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Quick and Easy Governance Training by the Experts
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Does your board spend too much of its time on compliance and board meeting logistics? Would you like to learn how to be a more effective board member, but have really limited time for "training?" If you answered "yes", stop by The High Bar poster sessions to see how a High Bar Membership might be able to help you harness the power of your volunteer board to achieve real results!
Presenter(s):Marci Cornell-Feist (The High Bar), Coley Perry (The High Bar)
Location:Poster 4, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 4, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Save Time and Optimize Your Registration and Application Process with infosnap
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:infosnap is the only provider of custom online Registration and Application solutions, for PreK-12 charter schools, with data management capabilities, and custom data delivery for many databases. See how other schools are streamlining their expensive, time-consuming and error-prone paper registration and application forms processes. Save valuable time, reduce the costs of paper enrollment and admissions processes with powerful, dynamic online forms. Provide the most efficient, safe and accurate way to consume mission-critical information from your families.
Presenter(s):Anna Oedegaard (infosnap, inc.)
Location:Poster 21, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 21, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Teaching and Learning in New Ways with PLATO Online
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Many California Charter Schools across the state are seeing great academic success using PLATO! We will show you how your colleagues have implemented our technologies, leveraged teacher training, and impacted student achievement. PLATO has the tools to help you effectively practice Response To Intervention in K-8, over 85 online courses for high schools including College and Career Readiness courses, plus assessment solutions. We will highlight our new vCourses for starting your own virtual school or online program.
Presenter(s):Katherine Del Carlo (PLATO)
Location:Poster 13, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 13, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Teaching at the Speed of Learning: Why iPads are Changing Our World
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:General Ed/Stakeholders
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:After Johannes Gutenberg invented movable type, it took Europe 150 years to stabilize. Now hand-held computing devices are doing it again! Connected directly to the world’s information, enhanced with real-time video, cameras, text, and GPS tools, these devices are entering our classrooms! If you are looking for ways to jump-start student achievement, capture parent interest plus save money, bring your smart phone and get ready to learn! This is a bring your own device session.
Presenter(s):Warren Dale (Mulholland Middle School)
Location:Poster 12, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 12, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Technology Migration from Copper to Fiber Optic
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Business Managers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Visit with representatives from Time Warner Cable as we present a poster session about how to use ERATE funding for technology migration and other network issues.
Presenter(s):Maria Frew (Time Warner Cable)
Location:Poster 22, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 22, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:The Perfect Marriage: Harnessing the Partnership of Google Apps and Moodle
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Come explore our school’s journey implementing Moodle and Google Apps to support our teachers and 4,000 students in grades K-12. We will share our personal experiences leveraging these FREE tools to improve teaching, learning and productivity. Participants will explore real life activities, model lessons, and best practices for integrating Moodle, Google Docs, Forms, Presentations, e-portfolios, quizzes, and more. Attendees will leave with free access to a training site filled with Google Apps training materials.
Presenter(s):Sarah McFarland (Visions In Education), Christina McKinnis (Visions In Education)
Location:Poster 3, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 3, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Tracking Standards Mastery in Moodle 2.1
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Wouldn't it be great to know which standards students have mastered so you can customize instruction? Heritage Digital Academy, with the help of the Girard Foundation, has developed programming to allow you to track mastery of standards in Moodle 2.1. See how it works and how you can access the programming for use at your school at no charge.
Presenter(s):Jennifer Cooper (Heritage Digital Academy)
Location:Poster 18, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 18, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Using Streamed Media in the Classroom
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Teachers will be shown how to use streamed media for 21st Century learning to enhance the classroom and homework experience. Learn to search databases by subject, keyword, and state standards, create playlists and slide shows with the ability to save video and audio files for later use, upload custom resources, create student activities, multimedia assignments and quizzes, and virtually “push” shared content to specific grade levels or subject areas.
Presenter(s):Steve Finch (AIM Education)
Location:Poster 14, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 14, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Virtual Libraries: Information Broadcasting for Digital Natives
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Digital natives still need authentic information that school library media centers have assembled and customized for their learning communities. Schools now use open source, cloud-based, Web-based technology to assemble broadcast and insinuate knowledge in collaborative teaching and learning experiences. This program will focus on actual implementations that illustrate how these goals have been achieved without substantial funding.
Presenter(s):Harry Chan (Media Flex - OPALS)
Location:Poster 11, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 11, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:www.MyBoE.org: Where California Charter School Educators Get Connected
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Collaboration is critical in today’s education environment. Now, more than ever, we should share best practices, discuss issues challenging our students, and gain access to proven instructional resources. The California Department of Education introduced Brokers of Expertise (www.myboe.org) to accomplish these goals. You’re invited to learn strategies for connecting with educators, within your own charter school or across the state, and finding a wealth of information and resources to meet the needs of all students.
Presenter(s):Jon Knolle (Butte County Office of Education), Jose Ortega (California Department of Education)
Location:Poster 5, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 5, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

10:45 a.m.–Noon: Breakout Sessions

Teachers

Title:At the Intersection of State Standards and Project-Based Learning
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Middle School, High School
Description:Camino Nuevo Charter High School, based in Los Angeles, serves the unique needs of an urban demographic. Teachers will discuss their experiences utilizing project-based learning while maintaining the integrity of California Content Standards. We will share how projects can be purposefully designed for engaging students in authentic “discovery learning” through the process as opposed to using projects as a means of showcasing students' existing knowledge.
Presenter(s):Roberto Auchterlonie (Camino Nuevo High School), Kenneth Chang (Camino Nuevo High School), Jeannemarie DeQuiroz (Camino Nuevo High School), Michelle Lee (Camino Nuevo High School)
Location:317, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Title:Integrating Music into the Elementary Classroom
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary
Description:This session includes practical techniques that incorporate California state music curriculum standards for the everyday elementary classroom. This session will incorporate music curriculum that can be used by non musical teachers or music specialists. Concepts of rhythm, pitch, harmony, melody, multicultural music, and music technology will be integrated into other elementary core subjects. “Music is a language without barriers, and it creates a community that's a model for humanity.”
Presenter(s):Frank LaGuardia (Meadow Arts and Technology Elementary School)
Location:305, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Title:Transformative Mentoring: Inspiring Excellence Through Blended Peer Coaching
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:High School
Description:This interactive session explores how the Alliance and Aspire Public Schools are transforming teaching, learning, and teacher leadership through blended peer-to-peer coaching. The initiatives grew out of each organization’s urban teacher residency program, which embed teacher preparation within their schools. Mentors from both programs will share personalized case studies, and lead breakout sessions analyzing blended coaching methodologies. Participants will leave with the knowledge and materials to begin establishing similar teacher leadership pathways in their own schools.
Presenter(s):Katherine Clemmer (Loyola Marymount University), Shari Dickstein (Urban Teacher Residency United), Allison Leslie (Aspire Public Schools), Robin Manly (The Alliance College-Ready Public Schools)
Location:314, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Performance Management

Title:Leading for Change: A Framework for Instructional Leadership
Strand:Performance Management
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:What constitutes effective instructional leadership? What specific leadership practices make a real impact on teaching and learning? How should instructional leaders begin the complex task of engendering school improvement? This interactive session provides answers to these and other questions facing school leaders today. Participants will explore and discuss the innovative resource, Leading For Change, and discover a practical framework for effective instructional leadership.
Presenter(s):Dr. Michael Moody (Insight Education Group, Inc.), Jason Stricker (Insight Education Group, Inc.)
Location:311, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Accountability

Title:Western Association of Schools and Colleges: The Details for Charter Schools
Strand:Accountability
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:We will discuss how a charter school can embrace and use the Western Association of Schools and Colleges process to enrich student learning. You will learn the specific do's and don'ts of writing a successful self study, how to work with the WASC visiting team and what to do after the team leaves.
Presenter(s):Dr. David Brown (WASC), Dr. Lee Duncan (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), Joe Eldred (WASC)
Location:304, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Special Education

Title:It Takes a Village: Working with Stakeholders and Building Charter Networks
Strand:Special Education
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This workshop will describe an effort to assess special education services in Los Angeles Unified School District charter schools, identify strengths and challenges, and leverage strengths across charters to build special education capacity in both charter schools and traditional district schools. A panel of stakeholders—representing charters, the district, and parents, will share what they learned and how they built a new level of networking and collaboration to better serve all students.
Presenter(s):Alice Parker (Cross & Joftus, LLC), Virginia Simon (Cross & Joftus, LLC)
Location:308, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Title:Literacy and Comprehension Strategies for Students Struggling to Read
Strand:Special Education
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Difficulty reading and comprehending is one of the primary reasons students are referred to special education programs. This session will focus on hands-on strategies to improve students' reading fluency and comprehension. The presenters will share lists of strategies successful readers use before, during, and after reading and demonstrate how to teach key strategies to students who struggle the most. Educators will walk away with ideas they can implement in their classrooms immediately.
Presenter(s):Caroll Brant (PCI Education), Jill Haney (Saddleback Educational Publishing)
Location:310, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Legal

Title:The Laws Regarding Student Outreach, Admissions and Lottery Preferences
Strand:Legal
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Charter law in the area of student outreach and admissions is filled with complex and confusing statutory inconsistencies. Further, the admissions process, especially regarding the application of preferences and the administration of public random drawings, can be overwhelmingly daunting. This session will critically examine these admissions and outreach requirements and offer viable solutions for meeting your charter school's goals while maintaining a lawful process.
Presenter(s):Lisa Corr (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP), Paul Minney (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP)
Location:205, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Human Resources

Title:Attracting, Developing and Retaining High-Performing Faculty
Strand:Human Resources
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:High School
Description:Research shows that nothing ensures a high-performing school better than high performing teachers. This interactive session will give attendees an opportunity to learn how Summit Public Schools attract, develop and retain high performing faculty. Key components discussed: consensus decision-making model; merit-based compensation structure; differentiated teacher development cycle; full faculty, scenario based hiring process; and resiliency through leadership and career lattice.
Presenter(s):Todd Dickson (Summit Preparatory Charter High School), Diane Tavenner (Summit Public Schools)
Location:306, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Title:Unions and Charter Schools 101
Strand:Human Resources
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Union organization in California charter schools is a growing trend. This workshop explores the rights and obligations of charter schools in responding to union campaigns and in effectively managing a relationship when employee groups are represented. Leading experts in this field with extensive charter school collective bargaining experience will share tips and helpful examples to assist charter schools with avoiding common mistakes and maintaining positive labor relations.
Presenter(s):Chastin Pierman (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP), James Young (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP)
Location:203, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Facility Planning and Financing

Title:Charter Facilities: A How-To Guide (non-Prop 39)
Strand:Facility Planning and Financing
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Facilities are one of the major barriers to opening, scaling and sustaining quality charter schools. This interactive session will cover and demystify the major issues around finding and securing appropriate facilities, zoning/permitting/occupancy, funding source opportunities and limits, site selection, and getting it done right by building the best team for your school.
Presenter(s):John Lemmo (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP), Dr. David Wilson (King-Chavez Neighborhood of Schools)
Location:313, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Governance

Title:The Worst Board Meeting Ever
Strand:Governance
Type:Breakout
Audience:Board Members
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Back again after its successful premiere in 2011, watch a charter school board suffer through the most common dilemmas in a fast-paced comedy of errors. Watch it all unfold and see if you can identify the trouble they make for themselves under the Brown Act, Public Records Act and conflict of interest laws. Gain strategies for avoiding these issues from a panel of legal experts and veteran charter school leaders.
Presenter(s):Anita Landecker (ExED), Gregory Moser (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP), Alison Schoenbeck (California Charter Schools Association), Jerry Simmons (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP), Julie Umansky (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:202, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Advocacy

Title:Capitol Update
Strand:Advocacy
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This session provides current information on advocacy efforts in the State Capitol, with information about the current legislative session, state budget proposal, recent and upcoming regulatory proposals and other statewide issues affecting charter schools. This session includes a review of the 2011 legislative session and focuses on the 2012 session underway in Sacramento.
Presenter(s):Tanya Hoffman (California Charter Schools Association), Michelle Low (California Charter Schools Association), Rand Martin (Rose & Kindel), Moira Topp (Sloat, Higgins, Jensen & Associates)
Location:307, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Title:Election 2012: Election Day! Non-Partisan Get out the Vote
Strand:Advocacy
Type:Breakout
Audience:General Ed/Stakeholders
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Charter-friendly elected officials can be a tremendous ally for your school. Learn what volunteers can do to increase the number of charter school parents, teachers, and supporters that cast ballots in your local election. This session will focus on non-partisan strategies for increasing voter turnout in the 2012 Election, including tips for successfully registering voters, educating them about the ballot, and turning them out the polls.
Presenter(s):Laura Kerr (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:201, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Communications/Public Awareness

Title:Crisis Communications: The Five Biggest Mistakes to Avoid
Strand:Communications/Public Awareness
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Do you have a plan for when the cameras show up at your front door? You never know when a crisis can negatively impact your school. Telling your story in an adverse situation with all audiences, including the news media, can be the difference between a school thriving or closing.
Presenter(s):Gary Larson (Larson Communications)
Location:301, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Developing New Charter Schools

Title:Becoming a Charter School: A Teacher-Led Effort
Strand:Developing New Charter Schools
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:High School
Description:The teachers behind the effort to bring the first large high school conversion to Northern California will share their experience with the conversion petitioning and approval process. Hear how this group developed overwhelming community support through social media, community meetings and old fashion boots on the ground.
Presenter(s):Chase Davenport (California Charter Schools Association), Neil McChesney (Clayton Valley Charter School), Pat Middendorf (Clayton Valley Charter School), Jenny Orlick (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:318, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Title:Community-Benefit Schools: Innovations in School and Community Reform
Strand:Developing New Charter Schools
Type:Breakout
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This panel discussion will explore the ‘community-benefit schools’ concept—a unique breed of public charter school that understands the nexus between public education and community transformation. The panel will highlight the work of those few California public charter schools that have begun to use the charter model as a lever for broader community transformation in order to remove the various social and economic barriers of that stand between a child and a high-quality education.
Presenter(s):Jean Driscoll (Vincent Academy), Kate Nichol (Vincent Academy), Carlyn Obringer (California Charter Schools Association), Ana Ponce (Camino Nuevo Charter Schools), Jeff Sands (California Charter Schools Association), Irene Sumida (Fenton Charter Public Schools)
Location:204, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Online Learning

Title:Things to Consider when Considering a Blended and Hybrid Program
Strand:Online Learning
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Learn how to dream about, design and launch a blended learning program. The Alvo Institute founders, Rebecca Tomasini and Russ Ballati, who have supported Rocketship, Summit Public Schools and KIPP, and Alvo alum Jose Salas, Founding Principal of Grimmway Academy’s blended K-5 program, share experience, video case-studies, achievement data and interactive exercises to introduce participants to pre-design readiness, as well as critical design and implementation steps and tools, often overlooked, to launch blended programs.
Presenter(s):Russ Ballati (The Alvo Institute), Jose Salas (Grimmway Academy), Rebecca Tomasini (The Alvo Institute)
Location:312, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

A Commitment to Serving the Underserved Student

Title:African American Student Performance in Charter Schools
Strand:A Commitment to Serving the Underserved Student
Type:Breakout
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School
Description:"Chartering and Choice as an Achievement Gap-Closing Reform" is a research report detailing the performance and enrollment trends of African American students in charter public and traditional public schools. The results show African American students are experiencing better outcomes in the state's charter schools. Dr. Aisha Lowe, the author of the report, will guide the audience through the report's key findings and an interactive discussion about best practices for serving African American students.
Presenter(s):Dr. Aisha Lowe (STAND UP)
Location:309, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

10:45 a.m.–5:00 p.m.: A Commitment to Serving the Underserved Student

Teachers

Title:At the Intersection of State Standards and Project-Based Learning
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Middle School, High School
Description:Camino Nuevo Charter High School, based in Los Angeles, serves the unique needs of an urban demographic. Teachers will discuss their experiences utilizing project-based learning while maintaining the integrity of California Content Standards. We will share how projects can be purposefully designed for engaging students in authentic “discovery learning” through the process as opposed to using projects as a means of showcasing students' existing knowledge.
Presenter(s):Roberto Auchterlonie (Camino Nuevo High School), Kenneth Chang (Camino Nuevo High School), Jeannemarie DeQuiroz (Camino Nuevo High School), Michelle Lee (Camino Nuevo High School)
Location:317, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Title:Integrating Music into the Elementary Classroom
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary
Description:This session includes practical techniques that incorporate California state music curriculum standards for the everyday elementary classroom. This session will incorporate music curriculum that can be used by non musical teachers or music specialists. Concepts of rhythm, pitch, harmony, melody, multicultural music, and music technology will be integrated into other elementary core subjects. “Music is a language without barriers, and it creates a community that's a model for humanity.”
Presenter(s):Frank LaGuardia (Meadow Arts and Technology Elementary School)
Location:305, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Title:Transformative Mentoring: Inspiring Excellence Through Blended Peer Coaching
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:High School
Description:This interactive session explores how the Alliance and Aspire Public Schools are transforming teaching, learning, and teacher leadership through blended peer-to-peer coaching. The initiatives grew out of each organization’s urban teacher residency program, which embed teacher preparation within their schools. Mentors from both programs will share personalized case studies, and lead breakout sessions analyzing blended coaching methodologies. Participants will leave with the knowledge and materials to begin establishing similar teacher leadership pathways in their own schools.
Presenter(s):Katherine Clemmer (Loyola Marymount University), Shari Dickstein (Urban Teacher Residency United), Allison Leslie (Aspire Public Schools), Robin Manly (The Alliance College-Ready Public Schools)
Location:314, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Performance Management

Title:Leading for Change: A Framework for Instructional Leadership
Strand:Performance Management
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:What constitutes effective instructional leadership? What specific leadership practices make a real impact on teaching and learning? How should instructional leaders begin the complex task of engendering school improvement? This interactive session provides answers to these and other questions facing school leaders today. Participants will explore and discuss the innovative resource, Leading For Change, and discover a practical framework for effective instructional leadership.
Presenter(s):Dr. Michael Moody (Insight Education Group, Inc.), Jason Stricker (Insight Education Group, Inc.)
Location:311, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Accountability

Title:Western Association of Schools and Colleges: The Details for Charter Schools
Strand:Accountability
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:We will discuss how a charter school can embrace and use the Western Association of Schools and Colleges process to enrich student learning. You will learn the specific do's and don'ts of writing a successful self study, how to work with the WASC visiting team and what to do after the team leaves.
Presenter(s):Dr. David Brown (WASC), Dr. Lee Duncan (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), Joe Eldred (WASC)
Location:304, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Special Education

Title:It Takes a Village: Working with Stakeholders and Building Charter Networks
Strand:Special Education
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This workshop will describe an effort to assess special education services in Los Angeles Unified School District charter schools, identify strengths and challenges, and leverage strengths across charters to build special education capacity in both charter schools and traditional district schools. A panel of stakeholders—representing charters, the district, and parents, will share what they learned and how they built a new level of networking and collaboration to better serve all students.
Presenter(s):Alice Parker (Cross & Joftus, LLC), Virginia Simon (Cross & Joftus, LLC)
Location:308, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Title:Literacy and Comprehension Strategies for Students Struggling to Read
Strand:Special Education
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Difficulty reading and comprehending is one of the primary reasons students are referred to special education programs. This session will focus on hands-on strategies to improve students' reading fluency and comprehension. The presenters will share lists of strategies successful readers use before, during, and after reading and demonstrate how to teach key strategies to students who struggle the most. Educators will walk away with ideas they can implement in their classrooms immediately.
Presenter(s):Caroll Brant (PCI Education), Jill Haney (Saddleback Educational Publishing)
Location:310, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Legal

Title:The Laws Regarding Student Outreach, Admissions and Lottery Preferences
Strand:Legal
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Charter law in the area of student outreach and admissions is filled with complex and confusing statutory inconsistencies. Further, the admissions process, especially regarding the application of preferences and the administration of public random drawings, can be overwhelmingly daunting. This session will critically examine these admissions and outreach requirements and offer viable solutions for meeting your charter school's goals while maintaining a lawful process.
Presenter(s):Lisa Corr (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP), Paul Minney (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP)
Location:205, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Human Resources

Title:Attracting, Developing and Retaining High-Performing Faculty
Strand:Human Resources
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:High School
Description:Research shows that nothing ensures a high-performing school better than high performing teachers. This interactive session will give attendees an opportunity to learn how Summit Public Schools attract, develop and retain high performing faculty. Key components discussed: consensus decision-making model; merit-based compensation structure; differentiated teacher development cycle; full faculty, scenario based hiring process; and resiliency through leadership and career lattice.
Presenter(s):Todd Dickson (Summit Preparatory Charter High School), Diane Tavenner (Summit Public Schools)
Location:306, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Title:Unions and Charter Schools 101
Strand:Human Resources
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Union organization in California charter schools is a growing trend. This workshop explores the rights and obligations of charter schools in responding to union campaigns and in effectively managing a relationship when employee groups are represented. Leading experts in this field with extensive charter school collective bargaining experience will share tips and helpful examples to assist charter schools with avoiding common mistakes and maintaining positive labor relations.
Presenter(s):Chastin Pierman (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP), James Young (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP)
Location:203, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Facility Planning and Financing

Title:Charter Facilities: A How-To Guide (non-Prop 39)
Strand:Facility Planning and Financing
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Facilities are one of the major barriers to opening, scaling and sustaining quality charter schools. This interactive session will cover and demystify the major issues around finding and securing appropriate facilities, zoning/permitting/occupancy, funding source opportunities and limits, site selection, and getting it done right by building the best team for your school.
Presenter(s):John Lemmo (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP), Dr. David Wilson (King-Chavez Neighborhood of Schools)
Location:313, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Governance

Title:The Worst Board Meeting Ever
Strand:Governance
Type:Breakout
Audience:Board Members
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Back again after its successful premiere in 2011, watch a charter school board suffer through the most common dilemmas in a fast-paced comedy of errors. Watch it all unfold and see if you can identify the trouble they make for themselves under the Brown Act, Public Records Act and conflict of interest laws. Gain strategies for avoiding these issues from a panel of legal experts and veteran charter school leaders.
Presenter(s):Anita Landecker (ExED), Gregory Moser (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP), Alison Schoenbeck (California Charter Schools Association), Jerry Simmons (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP), Julie Umansky (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:202, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Advocacy

Title:Capitol Update
Strand:Advocacy
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This session provides current information on advocacy efforts in the State Capitol, with information about the current legislative session, state budget proposal, recent and upcoming regulatory proposals and other statewide issues affecting charter schools. This session includes a review of the 2011 legislative session and focuses on the 2012 session underway in Sacramento.
Presenter(s):Tanya Hoffman (California Charter Schools Association), Michelle Low (California Charter Schools Association), Rand Martin (Rose & Kindel), Moira Topp (Sloat, Higgins, Jensen & Associates)
Location:307, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Title:Election 2012: Election Day! Non-Partisan Get out the Vote
Strand:Advocacy
Type:Breakout
Audience:General Ed/Stakeholders
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Charter-friendly elected officials can be a tremendous ally for your school. Learn what volunteers can do to increase the number of charter school parents, teachers, and supporters that cast ballots in your local election. This session will focus on non-partisan strategies for increasing voter turnout in the 2012 Election, including tips for successfully registering voters, educating them about the ballot, and turning them out the polls.
Presenter(s):Laura Kerr (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:201, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Communications/Public Awareness

Title:Crisis Communications: The Five Biggest Mistakes to Avoid
Strand:Communications/Public Awareness
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Do you have a plan for when the cameras show up at your front door? You never know when a crisis can negatively impact your school. Telling your story in an adverse situation with all audiences, including the news media, can be the difference between a school thriving or closing.
Presenter(s):Gary Larson (Larson Communications)
Location:301, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Developing New Charter Schools

Title:Becoming a Charter School: A Teacher-Led Effort
Strand:Developing New Charter Schools
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:High School
Description:The teachers behind the effort to bring the first large high school conversion to Northern California will share their experience with the conversion petitioning and approval process. Hear how this group developed overwhelming community support through social media, community meetings and old fashion boots on the ground.
Presenter(s):Chase Davenport (California Charter Schools Association), Neil McChesney (Clayton Valley Charter School), Pat Middendorf (Clayton Valley Charter School), Jenny Orlick (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:318, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Title:Community-Benefit Schools: Innovations in School and Community Reform
Strand:Developing New Charter Schools
Type:Breakout
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This panel discussion will explore the ‘community-benefit schools’ concept—a unique breed of public charter school that understands the nexus between public education and community transformation. The panel will highlight the work of those few California public charter schools that have begun to use the charter model as a lever for broader community transformation in order to remove the various social and economic barriers of that stand between a child and a high-quality education.
Presenter(s):Jean Driscoll (Vincent Academy), Kate Nichol (Vincent Academy), Carlyn Obringer (California Charter Schools Association), Ana Ponce (Camino Nuevo Charter Schools), Jeff Sands (California Charter Schools Association), Irene Sumida (Fenton Charter Public Schools)
Location:204, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Online Learning

Title:Things to Consider when Considering a Blended and Hybrid Program
Strand:Online Learning
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Learn how to dream about, design and launch a blended learning program. The Alvo Institute founders, Rebecca Tomasini and Russ Ballati, who have supported Rocketship, Summit Public Schools and KIPP, and Alvo alum Jose Salas, Founding Principal of Grimmway Academy’s blended K-5 program, share experience, video case-studies, achievement data and interactive exercises to introduce participants to pre-design readiness, as well as critical design and implementation steps and tools, often overlooked, to launch blended programs.
Presenter(s):Russ Ballati (The Alvo Institute), Jose Salas (Grimmway Academy), Rebecca Tomasini (The Alvo Institute)
Location:312, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

A Commitment to Serving the Underserved Student

Title:African American Student Performance in Charter Schools
Strand:A Commitment to Serving the Underserved Student
Type:Breakout
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School
Description:"Chartering and Choice as an Achievement Gap-Closing Reform" is a research report detailing the performance and enrollment trends of African American students in charter public and traditional public schools. The results show African American students are experiencing better outcomes in the state's charter schools. Dr. Aisha Lowe, the author of the report, will guide the audience through the report's key findings and an interactive discussion about best practices for serving African American students.
Presenter(s):Dr. Aisha Lowe (STAND UP)
Location:309, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

10:45 a.m.–5:00 p.m.: Coffee Cart, Exhibit Hall

Teachers

Title:At the Intersection of State Standards and Project-Based Learning
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Middle School, High School
Description:Camino Nuevo Charter High School, based in Los Angeles, serves the unique needs of an urban demographic. Teachers will discuss their experiences utilizing project-based learning while maintaining the integrity of California Content Standards. We will share how projects can be purposefully designed for engaging students in authentic “discovery learning” through the process as opposed to using projects as a means of showcasing students' existing knowledge.
Presenter(s):Roberto Auchterlonie (Camino Nuevo High School), Kenneth Chang (Camino Nuevo High School), Jeannemarie DeQuiroz (Camino Nuevo High School), Michelle Lee (Camino Nuevo High School)
Location:317, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Title:Integrating Music into the Elementary Classroom
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary
Description:This session includes practical techniques that incorporate California state music curriculum standards for the everyday elementary classroom. This session will incorporate music curriculum that can be used by non musical teachers or music specialists. Concepts of rhythm, pitch, harmony, melody, multicultural music, and music technology will be integrated into other elementary core subjects. “Music is a language without barriers, and it creates a community that's a model for humanity.”
Presenter(s):Frank LaGuardia (Meadow Arts and Technology Elementary School)
Location:305, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Title:Transformative Mentoring: Inspiring Excellence Through Blended Peer Coaching
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:High School
Description:This interactive session explores how the Alliance and Aspire Public Schools are transforming teaching, learning, and teacher leadership through blended peer-to-peer coaching. The initiatives grew out of each organization’s urban teacher residency program, which embed teacher preparation within their schools. Mentors from both programs will share personalized case studies, and lead breakout sessions analyzing blended coaching methodologies. Participants will leave with the knowledge and materials to begin establishing similar teacher leadership pathways in their own schools.
Presenter(s):Katherine Clemmer (Loyola Marymount University), Shari Dickstein (Urban Teacher Residency United), Allison Leslie (Aspire Public Schools), Robin Manly (The Alliance College-Ready Public Schools)
Location:314, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Performance Management

Title:Leading for Change: A Framework for Instructional Leadership
Strand:Performance Management
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:What constitutes effective instructional leadership? What specific leadership practices make a real impact on teaching and learning? How should instructional leaders begin the complex task of engendering school improvement? This interactive session provides answers to these and other questions facing school leaders today. Participants will explore and discuss the innovative resource, Leading For Change, and discover a practical framework for effective instructional leadership.
Presenter(s):Dr. Michael Moody (Insight Education Group, Inc.), Jason Stricker (Insight Education Group, Inc.)
Location:311, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Accountability

Title:Western Association of Schools and Colleges: The Details for Charter Schools
Strand:Accountability
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:We will discuss how a charter school can embrace and use the Western Association of Schools and Colleges process to enrich student learning. You will learn the specific do's and don'ts of writing a successful self study, how to work with the WASC visiting team and what to do after the team leaves.
Presenter(s):Dr. David Brown (WASC), Dr. Lee Duncan (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), Joe Eldred (WASC)
Location:304, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Special Education

Title:It Takes a Village: Working with Stakeholders and Building Charter Networks
Strand:Special Education
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This workshop will describe an effort to assess special education services in Los Angeles Unified School District charter schools, identify strengths and challenges, and leverage strengths across charters to build special education capacity in both charter schools and traditional district schools. A panel of stakeholders—representing charters, the district, and parents, will share what they learned and how they built a new level of networking and collaboration to better serve all students.
Presenter(s):Alice Parker (Cross & Joftus, LLC), Virginia Simon (Cross & Joftus, LLC)
Location:308, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Title:Literacy and Comprehension Strategies for Students Struggling to Read
Strand:Special Education
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Difficulty reading and comprehending is one of the primary reasons students are referred to special education programs. This session will focus on hands-on strategies to improve students' reading fluency and comprehension. The presenters will share lists of strategies successful readers use before, during, and after reading and demonstrate how to teach key strategies to students who struggle the most. Educators will walk away with ideas they can implement in their classrooms immediately.
Presenter(s):Caroll Brant (PCI Education), Jill Haney (Saddleback Educational Publishing)
Location:310, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Legal

Title:The Laws Regarding Student Outreach, Admissions and Lottery Preferences
Strand:Legal
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Charter law in the area of student outreach and admissions is filled with complex and confusing statutory inconsistencies. Further, the admissions process, especially regarding the application of preferences and the administration of public random drawings, can be overwhelmingly daunting. This session will critically examine these admissions and outreach requirements and offer viable solutions for meeting your charter school's goals while maintaining a lawful process.
Presenter(s):Lisa Corr (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP), Paul Minney (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP)
Location:205, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Human Resources

Title:Attracting, Developing and Retaining High-Performing Faculty
Strand:Human Resources
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:High School
Description:Research shows that nothing ensures a high-performing school better than high performing teachers. This interactive session will give attendees an opportunity to learn how Summit Public Schools attract, develop and retain high performing faculty. Key components discussed: consensus decision-making model; merit-based compensation structure; differentiated teacher development cycle; full faculty, scenario based hiring process; and resiliency through leadership and career lattice.
Presenter(s):Todd Dickson (Summit Preparatory Charter High School), Diane Tavenner (Summit Public Schools)
Location:306, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Title:Unions and Charter Schools 101
Strand:Human Resources
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Union organization in California charter schools is a growing trend. This workshop explores the rights and obligations of charter schools in responding to union campaigns and in effectively managing a relationship when employee groups are represented. Leading experts in this field with extensive charter school collective bargaining experience will share tips and helpful examples to assist charter schools with avoiding common mistakes and maintaining positive labor relations.
Presenter(s):Chastin Pierman (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP), James Young (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP)
Location:203, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Facility Planning and Financing

Title:Charter Facilities: A How-To Guide (non-Prop 39)
Strand:Facility Planning and Financing
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Facilities are one of the major barriers to opening, scaling and sustaining quality charter schools. This interactive session will cover and demystify the major issues around finding and securing appropriate facilities, zoning/permitting/occupancy, funding source opportunities and limits, site selection, and getting it done right by building the best team for your school.
Presenter(s):John Lemmo (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP), Dr. David Wilson (King-Chavez Neighborhood of Schools)
Location:313, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Governance

Title:The Worst Board Meeting Ever
Strand:Governance
Type:Breakout
Audience:Board Members
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Back again after its successful premiere in 2011, watch a charter school board suffer through the most common dilemmas in a fast-paced comedy of errors. Watch it all unfold and see if you can identify the trouble they make for themselves under the Brown Act, Public Records Act and conflict of interest laws. Gain strategies for avoiding these issues from a panel of legal experts and veteran charter school leaders.
Presenter(s):Anita Landecker (ExED), Gregory Moser (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP), Alison Schoenbeck (California Charter Schools Association), Jerry Simmons (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP), Julie Umansky (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:202, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Advocacy

Title:Capitol Update
Strand:Advocacy
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This session provides current information on advocacy efforts in the State Capitol, with information about the current legislative session, state budget proposal, recent and upcoming regulatory proposals and other statewide issues affecting charter schools. This session includes a review of the 2011 legislative session and focuses on the 2012 session underway in Sacramento.
Presenter(s):Tanya Hoffman (California Charter Schools Association), Michelle Low (California Charter Schools Association), Rand Martin (Rose & Kindel), Moira Topp (Sloat, Higgins, Jensen & Associates)
Location:307, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Title:Election 2012: Election Day! Non-Partisan Get out the Vote
Strand:Advocacy
Type:Breakout
Audience:General Ed/Stakeholders
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Charter-friendly elected officials can be a tremendous ally for your school. Learn what volunteers can do to increase the number of charter school parents, teachers, and supporters that cast ballots in your local election. This session will focus on non-partisan strategies for increasing voter turnout in the 2012 Election, including tips for successfully registering voters, educating them about the ballot, and turning them out the polls.
Presenter(s):Laura Kerr (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:201, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Communications/Public Awareness

Title:Crisis Communications: The Five Biggest Mistakes to Avoid
Strand:Communications/Public Awareness
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Do you have a plan for when the cameras show up at your front door? You never know when a crisis can negatively impact your school. Telling your story in an adverse situation with all audiences, including the news media, can be the difference between a school thriving or closing.
Presenter(s):Gary Larson (Larson Communications)
Location:301, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Developing New Charter Schools

Title:Becoming a Charter School: A Teacher-Led Effort
Strand:Developing New Charter Schools
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:High School
Description:The teachers behind the effort to bring the first large high school conversion to Northern California will share their experience with the conversion petitioning and approval process. Hear how this group developed overwhelming community support through social media, community meetings and old fashion boots on the ground.
Presenter(s):Chase Davenport (California Charter Schools Association), Neil McChesney (Clayton Valley Charter School), Pat Middendorf (Clayton Valley Charter School), Jenny Orlick (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:318, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Title:Community-Benefit Schools: Innovations in School and Community Reform
Strand:Developing New Charter Schools
Type:Breakout
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This panel discussion will explore the ‘community-benefit schools’ concept—a unique breed of public charter school that understands the nexus between public education and community transformation. The panel will highlight the work of those few California public charter schools that have begun to use the charter model as a lever for broader community transformation in order to remove the various social and economic barriers of that stand between a child and a high-quality education.
Presenter(s):Jean Driscoll (Vincent Academy), Kate Nichol (Vincent Academy), Carlyn Obringer (California Charter Schools Association), Ana Ponce (Camino Nuevo Charter Schools), Jeff Sands (California Charter Schools Association), Irene Sumida (Fenton Charter Public Schools)
Location:204, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Online Learning

Title:Things to Consider when Considering a Blended and Hybrid Program
Strand:Online Learning
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Learn how to dream about, design and launch a blended learning program. The Alvo Institute founders, Rebecca Tomasini and Russ Ballati, who have supported Rocketship, Summit Public Schools and KIPP, and Alvo alum Jose Salas, Founding Principal of Grimmway Academy’s blended K-5 program, share experience, video case-studies, achievement data and interactive exercises to introduce participants to pre-design readiness, as well as critical design and implementation steps and tools, often overlooked, to launch blended programs.
Presenter(s):Russ Ballati (The Alvo Institute), Jose Salas (Grimmway Academy), Rebecca Tomasini (The Alvo Institute)
Location:312, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

A Commitment to Serving the Underserved Student

Title:African American Student Performance in Charter Schools
Strand:A Commitment to Serving the Underserved Student
Type:Breakout
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School
Description:"Chartering and Choice as an Achievement Gap-Closing Reform" is a research report detailing the performance and enrollment trends of African American students in charter public and traditional public schools. The results show African American students are experiencing better outcomes in the state's charter schools. Dr. Aisha Lowe, the author of the report, will guide the audience through the report's key findings and an interactive discussion about best practices for serving African American students.
Presenter(s):Dr. Aisha Lowe (STAND UP)
Location:309, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

10:45 a.m.–5:15 p.m.: Board Member Best Practices Summit

Teachers

Title:At the Intersection of State Standards and Project-Based Learning
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Middle School, High School
Description:Camino Nuevo Charter High School, based in Los Angeles, serves the unique needs of an urban demographic. Teachers will discuss their experiences utilizing project-based learning while maintaining the integrity of California Content Standards. We will share how projects can be purposefully designed for engaging students in authentic “discovery learning” through the process as opposed to using projects as a means of showcasing students' existing knowledge.
Presenter(s):Roberto Auchterlonie (Camino Nuevo High School), Kenneth Chang (Camino Nuevo High School), Jeannemarie DeQuiroz (Camino Nuevo High School), Michelle Lee (Camino Nuevo High School)
Location:317, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Title:Integrating Music into the Elementary Classroom
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary
Description:This session includes practical techniques that incorporate California state music curriculum standards for the everyday elementary classroom. This session will incorporate music curriculum that can be used by non musical teachers or music specialists. Concepts of rhythm, pitch, harmony, melody, multicultural music, and music technology will be integrated into other elementary core subjects. “Music is a language without barriers, and it creates a community that's a model for humanity.”
Presenter(s):Frank LaGuardia (Meadow Arts and Technology Elementary School)
Location:305, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Title:Transformative Mentoring: Inspiring Excellence Through Blended Peer Coaching
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:High School
Description:This interactive session explores how the Alliance and Aspire Public Schools are transforming teaching, learning, and teacher leadership through blended peer-to-peer coaching. The initiatives grew out of each organization’s urban teacher residency program, which embed teacher preparation within their schools. Mentors from both programs will share personalized case studies, and lead breakout sessions analyzing blended coaching methodologies. Participants will leave with the knowledge and materials to begin establishing similar teacher leadership pathways in their own schools.
Presenter(s):Katherine Clemmer (Loyola Marymount University), Shari Dickstein (Urban Teacher Residency United), Allison Leslie (Aspire Public Schools), Robin Manly (The Alliance College-Ready Public Schools)
Location:314, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Performance Management

Title:Leading for Change: A Framework for Instructional Leadership
Strand:Performance Management
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:What constitutes effective instructional leadership? What specific leadership practices make a real impact on teaching and learning? How should instructional leaders begin the complex task of engendering school improvement? This interactive session provides answers to these and other questions facing school leaders today. Participants will explore and discuss the innovative resource, Leading For Change, and discover a practical framework for effective instructional leadership.
Presenter(s):Dr. Michael Moody (Insight Education Group, Inc.), Jason Stricker (Insight Education Group, Inc.)
Location:311, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Accountability

Title:Western Association of Schools and Colleges: The Details for Charter Schools
Strand:Accountability
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:We will discuss how a charter school can embrace and use the Western Association of Schools and Colleges process to enrich student learning. You will learn the specific do's and don'ts of writing a successful self study, how to work with the WASC visiting team and what to do after the team leaves.
Presenter(s):Dr. David Brown (WASC), Dr. Lee Duncan (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), Joe Eldred (WASC)
Location:304, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Special Education

Title:It Takes a Village: Working with Stakeholders and Building Charter Networks
Strand:Special Education
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This workshop will describe an effort to assess special education services in Los Angeles Unified School District charter schools, identify strengths and challenges, and leverage strengths across charters to build special education capacity in both charter schools and traditional district schools. A panel of stakeholders—representing charters, the district, and parents, will share what they learned and how they built a new level of networking and collaboration to better serve all students.
Presenter(s):Alice Parker (Cross & Joftus, LLC), Virginia Simon (Cross & Joftus, LLC)
Location:308, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Title:Literacy and Comprehension Strategies for Students Struggling to Read
Strand:Special Education
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Difficulty reading and comprehending is one of the primary reasons students are referred to special education programs. This session will focus on hands-on strategies to improve students' reading fluency and comprehension. The presenters will share lists of strategies successful readers use before, during, and after reading and demonstrate how to teach key strategies to students who struggle the most. Educators will walk away with ideas they can implement in their classrooms immediately.
Presenter(s):Caroll Brant (PCI Education), Jill Haney (Saddleback Educational Publishing)
Location:310, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Legal

Title:The Laws Regarding Student Outreach, Admissions and Lottery Preferences
Strand:Legal
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Charter law in the area of student outreach and admissions is filled with complex and confusing statutory inconsistencies. Further, the admissions process, especially regarding the application of preferences and the administration of public random drawings, can be overwhelmingly daunting. This session will critically examine these admissions and outreach requirements and offer viable solutions for meeting your charter school's goals while maintaining a lawful process.
Presenter(s):Lisa Corr (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP), Paul Minney (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP)
Location:205, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Human Resources

Title:Attracting, Developing and Retaining High-Performing Faculty
Strand:Human Resources
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:High School
Description:Research shows that nothing ensures a high-performing school better than high performing teachers. This interactive session will give attendees an opportunity to learn how Summit Public Schools attract, develop and retain high performing faculty. Key components discussed: consensus decision-making model; merit-based compensation structure; differentiated teacher development cycle; full faculty, scenario based hiring process; and resiliency through leadership and career lattice.
Presenter(s):Todd Dickson (Summit Preparatory Charter High School), Diane Tavenner (Summit Public Schools)
Location:306, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Title:Unions and Charter Schools 101
Strand:Human Resources
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Union organization in California charter schools is a growing trend. This workshop explores the rights and obligations of charter schools in responding to union campaigns and in effectively managing a relationship when employee groups are represented. Leading experts in this field with extensive charter school collective bargaining experience will share tips and helpful examples to assist charter schools with avoiding common mistakes and maintaining positive labor relations.
Presenter(s):Chastin Pierman (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP), James Young (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP)
Location:203, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Facility Planning and Financing

Title:Charter Facilities: A How-To Guide (non-Prop 39)
Strand:Facility Planning and Financing
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Facilities are one of the major barriers to opening, scaling and sustaining quality charter schools. This interactive session will cover and demystify the major issues around finding and securing appropriate facilities, zoning/permitting/occupancy, funding source opportunities and limits, site selection, and getting it done right by building the best team for your school.
Presenter(s):John Lemmo (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP), Dr. David Wilson (King-Chavez Neighborhood of Schools)
Location:313, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Governance

Title:The Worst Board Meeting Ever
Strand:Governance
Type:Breakout
Audience:Board Members
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Back again after its successful premiere in 2011, watch a charter school board suffer through the most common dilemmas in a fast-paced comedy of errors. Watch it all unfold and see if you can identify the trouble they make for themselves under the Brown Act, Public Records Act and conflict of interest laws. Gain strategies for avoiding these issues from a panel of legal experts and veteran charter school leaders.
Presenter(s):Anita Landecker (ExED), Gregory Moser (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP), Alison Schoenbeck (California Charter Schools Association), Jerry Simmons (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP), Julie Umansky (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:202, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Advocacy

Title:Capitol Update
Strand:Advocacy
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This session provides current information on advocacy efforts in the State Capitol, with information about the current legislative session, state budget proposal, recent and upcoming regulatory proposals and other statewide issues affecting charter schools. This session includes a review of the 2011 legislative session and focuses on the 2012 session underway in Sacramento.
Presenter(s):Tanya Hoffman (California Charter Schools Association), Michelle Low (California Charter Schools Association), Rand Martin (Rose & Kindel), Moira Topp (Sloat, Higgins, Jensen & Associates)
Location:307, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Title:Election 2012: Election Day! Non-Partisan Get out the Vote
Strand:Advocacy
Type:Breakout
Audience:General Ed/Stakeholders
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Charter-friendly elected officials can be a tremendous ally for your school. Learn what volunteers can do to increase the number of charter school parents, teachers, and supporters that cast ballots in your local election. This session will focus on non-partisan strategies for increasing voter turnout in the 2012 Election, including tips for successfully registering voters, educating them about the ballot, and turning them out the polls.
Presenter(s):Laura Kerr (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:201, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Communications/Public Awareness

Title:Crisis Communications: The Five Biggest Mistakes to Avoid
Strand:Communications/Public Awareness
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Do you have a plan for when the cameras show up at your front door? You never know when a crisis can negatively impact your school. Telling your story in an adverse situation with all audiences, including the news media, can be the difference between a school thriving or closing.
Presenter(s):Gary Larson (Larson Communications)
Location:301, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Developing New Charter Schools

Title:Becoming a Charter School: A Teacher-Led Effort
Strand:Developing New Charter Schools
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:High School
Description:The teachers behind the effort to bring the first large high school conversion to Northern California will share their experience with the conversion petitioning and approval process. Hear how this group developed overwhelming community support through social media, community meetings and old fashion boots on the ground.
Presenter(s):Chase Davenport (California Charter Schools Association), Neil McChesney (Clayton Valley Charter School), Pat Middendorf (Clayton Valley Charter School), Jenny Orlick (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:318, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Title:Community-Benefit Schools: Innovations in School and Community Reform
Strand:Developing New Charter Schools
Type:Breakout
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This panel discussion will explore the ‘community-benefit schools’ concept—a unique breed of public charter school that understands the nexus between public education and community transformation. The panel will highlight the work of those few California public charter schools that have begun to use the charter model as a lever for broader community transformation in order to remove the various social and economic barriers of that stand between a child and a high-quality education.
Presenter(s):Jean Driscoll (Vincent Academy), Kate Nichol (Vincent Academy), Carlyn Obringer (California Charter Schools Association), Ana Ponce (Camino Nuevo Charter Schools), Jeff Sands (California Charter Schools Association), Irene Sumida (Fenton Charter Public Schools)
Location:204, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Online Learning

Title:Things to Consider when Considering a Blended and Hybrid Program
Strand:Online Learning
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
Add to Planner: Add Item to Planner
Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Learn how to dream about, design and launch a blended learning program. The Alvo Institute founders, Rebecca Tomasini and Russ Ballati, who have supported Rocketship, Summit Public Schools and KIPP, and Alvo alum Jose Salas, Founding Principal of Grimmway Academy’s blended K-5 program, share experience, video case-studies, achievement data and interactive exercises to introduce participants to pre-design readiness, as well as critical design and implementation steps and tools, often overlooked, to launch blended programs.
Presenter(s):Russ Ballati (The Alvo Institute), Jose Salas (Grimmway Academy), Rebecca Tomasini (The Alvo Institute)
Location:312, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

A Commitment to Serving the Underserved Student

Title:African American Student Performance in Charter Schools
Strand:A Commitment to Serving the Underserved Student
Type:Breakout
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School
Description:"Chartering and Choice as an Achievement Gap-Closing Reform" is a research report detailing the performance and enrollment trends of African American students in charter public and traditional public schools. The results show African American students are experiencing better outcomes in the state's charter schools. Dr. Aisha Lowe, the author of the report, will guide the audience through the report's key findings and an interactive discussion about best practices for serving African American students.
Presenter(s):Dr. Aisha Lowe (STAND UP)
Location:309, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Noon–2:00 p.m.: Exclusive Exhibit Hall Hours

Specialty

Title:Tuesday Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
Strand:Specialty
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Description:Free lunch is provided in the Exhibit Hall. Sponsored by Dickerson Employee Benefits and PresenceLearning
Location:Exhibit Hall ABC, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Noon–1:00 p.m.: Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

Specialty

Title:Tuesday Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
Strand:Specialty
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Description:Free lunch is provided in the Exhibit Hall. Sponsored by Dickerson Employee Benefits and PresenceLearning
Location:Exhibit Hall ABC, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

12:45–1:45 p.m.: Blended Learning/Technology Expo (Part 2), Exhibit Hall

Blended Learning/Technology Expo

Title:Adaptive Assessments Promoting Student Engagement and Personalization
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Learn how Northwest Evaluation Association’s computer adaptive assessments support reflective teacher practice, student engagement and personalized learning. This presentation will demonstrate through videos, tools, and models a process for teachers and students to improve student learning by utilizing NWEA assessment data for student goal setting, academic planning, personalized instruction, and student self-assessment. Models for students to monitor goal area growth and develop academic learning plans based on learning statements from NWEA will also be shared.
Presenter(s):Dr. Tamika Chambers (Northwest Evaulation Association - NWEA), Raymond Mitchell (NWEA)
Location:Poster 20, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 20, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Adding Online Courses for More Robust, College-Prep Education
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Today’s competitive marketplace demands more robust, higher quality education for college-prep students. Yet, today’s economy forces charter schools to address these needs in the face of difficult funding challenges. By supplementing traditional with online courses, schools can offer a wider selection of high-quality options, deliver these even when one or a few students enroll, and do so cost-effectively. Learn how this hybrid approach is improving student opportunities in charter schools today.
Presenter(s):Gene Eidelman (Mosaica Education, Inc.)
Location:Poster 19, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 19, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Balancing Learning and Security in a Web 2.0 World
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:From online resources to communication and participatory learning, Web 2.0 offers valuable educational benefits. But with those benefits come content and security risks. Discover how you can help give users the advantages of Web 2.0 learning, collaborative tools and dynamic content while maintaining network security, user safety, and Children's Internet Protection Act compliance. You'll see powerful, easy-to-use solutions for Web 2.0 learning, discuss challenges as a group, and learn how districts are meeting those challenges by balancing learning and security on their networks.
Presenter(s):Jesse McNaughton (Lightspeed Systems)
Location:Poster 1, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 1, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Bring Classroom Lessons to Life
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Come witness the most cost-effective and comprehensive digital media management solution for classrooms, taking course instruction to the most engaging, yet simplified, experience possible. This solution will help schools manage their classroom technology, build digital curricula, integrate with software applications, moderate and share user-content and broadcast instruction directly into homes and all forms of mobile devices. You’ll leave with a new appreciation and excitement for the potential of a digital curriculum.
Presenter(s):Dana Magenau (SAFARI Montage)
Location:Poster 8, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 8, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:CaliQity: Free e-Learning Platform
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:CaliQity is a free Learning Management System and Learning Object Repository, designed specifically for the K-12 environment. Thanks to a strategic partnership between K-12 High Speed Network and IQ Innovations, California schools now have free access to CaliQity’s LMS and the free content hosted in its repository. Districts may also choose to procure commercial content, including online courses which can be used for credit recovery, at very reasonable prices through CaliQity.
Presenter(s):Gail Desler (Imperial County Office of Education)
Location:Poster 17, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 17, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Challenges in Developing Interactive Courses for Online Classes
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:High School
Description:Online classes have to be participatory so that students rapidly interact with the teacher and learn simultaneously in an asynchronous environment. Building interactive learning content within fixed timelines and shoestring budgets is an arduous task. This session would introduce educational tools that help in building interactive eLearning content which is visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Interaction based learning content encourages and motivates students to engage and helps retain long term memory through games, quizzes, videos, etc.
Presenter(s):Janhavi Padture (Harbinger Knowledge Products Inc.)
Location:Poster 16, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 16, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Creating an Online-Rich School Environment
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This presentation will focus on how a charter school can create and utilize an internet domain, which allows the students and teachers to access the endless online tools that support: communication, teaching, inquiry, marketing, organization, and school identity. The presentation will demonstrate how this environment is created using google apps. as the central foundation for staff and students, which includes: shared calendar, email, document creation and storage, web tools, etc. ETAA students (k-8) are engaged in a strong technological foundation for active learning.
Presenter(s):Matt Retana (Ezequiel Tafoya Alvarado Academy (ETAA))
Location:Poster 10, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 10, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Employing 3D Technology in Your Classroom
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:There are more and more schools around the country using 3D to engage their students like never before. However, there are many questions that arise when considering integrating 3D into the classroom such as which 3D technology to choose? What kinds of content are available? Who is using 3D in their classrooms now? Does 3D really increase retention? We will endeavor to answer these questions and explain how to successfully implement 3D in today’s classroom and take advantage of its proven educational benefits.
Presenter(s):Mike Lynch (AVRover)
Location:Poster 23, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 23, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Free Data Tools and Performance Management Resources
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Many schools struggle with finding ways to measure their performance or compare their performance to other schools. To help schools better manage, analyze, and utilize publicly available student achievement data, the California Charter Schools Association has compiled a set of free data and performance management resources. With easy to generate charts and graphs, these tools help schools tell their story of achievement and performance. Stop by this poster session to learn more about these free data tools.
Presenter(s):Tracey Katz (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:Poster 7, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 7, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Interactive, Customizable, Free: Using Open FlexBooks® Digital Textbooks
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Middle School, High School
Description:This presentation will introduce participants to the high-quality, standards-aligned digital resources provided at no-cost by CK-12 Foundation. The interactive demonstration will cover customizing FlexBooks® digital textbooks by subject, language and level of difficulty, giving teachers the flexibility to create tailored content. The session will also introduce FlexConcepts®, an interactive platform that uses multimedia simulations and adaptive exercises to help students learn individual concepts.
Presenter(s):Tatiana Rostovtseva (CK-12 Foundation)
Location:Presentation Area 1, Exhibit Hall A
Presentation Area 1, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Learn How Hybrid Learning Supports Delta Charter Succeed in Forensics
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Middle School, High School
Description:For five years in a row, Delta Charter School has sent its students to compete at the national level in what is billed as the world’s largest academic competition. Delta’s performance at state and national competition have now placed this hybrid/online charter school in the top 10 percent of speech and debate teams nationwide recognized by the National Forensic League. Proving online/hybrid learning can support success in competition typically dominated by site-based schools.
Presenter(s):Reed Niemi (Delta Charter School), Bill Redford (Delta Charter School)
Location:Poster 9, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 9, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Online Instruction: Lessons Learned About Effective Online Instruction
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School
Description:CalStateTEACH is a California State University System wide Teacher Preparation program that provides an alternative pathway to earning a multiple subject (elementary) teaching credential. The program is totally field based, and teacher candidates share ideas through web-based “class discussions,” without attending traditional college classes. Instead, the curriculum is delivered using a self-study format online and teacher candidates receive professional feedback through on-site coaching.
Presenter(s):Dr. Chris Foster (California State University - CalStateTEACH)
Location:Poster 6, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 6, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Online Learning’s Promise, Potential, and Pitfalls
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Middle School, High School
Description:How is online learning disrupting education, why do schools and students choose online courses, how should you prepare, and what are the drawbacks of adopting eLearning too quickly? How do virtual schools perform and how can you ensure that online courses are high quality? This session will review the current state of online education, explain the reasons for its dramatic growth, and review how schools should prepare to include eLearning as an option.
Presenter(s):Brian Bridges (California Learning Resource Network)
Location:Poster 2, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 2, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Quick and Easy Governance Training by the Experts
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Does your board spend too much of its time on compliance and board meeting logistics? Would you like to learn how to be a more effective board member, but have really limited time for "training?" If you answered "yes", stop by The High Bar poster sessions to see how a High Bar Membership might be able to help you harness the power of your volunteer board to achieve real results!
Presenter(s):Marci Cornell-Feist (The High Bar), Coley Perry (The High Bar)
Location:Poster 4, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 4, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Save Time and Optimize Your Registration and Application Process with infosnap
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:infosnap is the only provider of custom online Registration and Application solutions, for PreK-12 charter schools, with data management capabilities, and custom data delivery for many databases. See how other schools are streamlining their expensive, time-consuming and error-prone paper registration and application forms processes. Save valuable time, reduce the costs of paper enrollment and admissions processes with powerful, dynamic online forms. Provide the most efficient, safe and accurate way to consume mission-critical information from your families.
Presenter(s):Anna Oedegaard (infosnap, inc.)
Location:Poster 21, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 21, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Teaching and Learning in New Ways with PLATO Online
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Many California Charter Schools across the state are seeing great academic success using PLATO! We will show you how your colleagues have implemented our technologies, leveraged teacher training, and impacted student achievement. PLATO has the tools to help you effectively practice Response To Intervention in K-8, over 85 online courses for high schools including College and Career Readiness courses, plus assessment solutions. We will highlight our new vCourses for starting your own virtual school or online program.
Presenter(s):Katherine Del Carlo (PLATO)
Location:Poster 13, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 13, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Teaching at the Speed of Learning: Why iPads are Changing Our World
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:General Ed/Stakeholders
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:After Johannes Gutenberg invented movable type, it took Europe 150 years to stabilize. Now hand-held computing devices are doing it again! Connected directly to the world’s information, enhanced with real-time video, cameras, text, and GPS tools, these devices are entering our classrooms! If you are looking for ways to jump-start student achievement, capture parent interest plus save money, bring your smart phone and get ready to learn! This is a bring your own device session.
Presenter(s):Warren Dale (Mulholland Middle School)
Location:Poster 12, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 12, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Technology Migration from Copper to Fiber Optic
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Business Managers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Visit with representatives from Time Warner Cable as we present a poster session about how to use ERATE funding for technology migration and other network issues.
Presenter(s):Maria Frew (Time Warner Cable)
Location:Poster 22, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 22, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:The Perfect Marriage: Harnessing the Partnership of Google Apps and Moodle
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Come explore our school’s journey implementing Moodle and Google Apps to support our teachers and 4,000 students in grades K-12. We will share our personal experiences leveraging these FREE tools to improve teaching, learning and productivity. Participants will explore real life activities, model lessons, and best practices for integrating Moodle, Google Docs, Forms, Presentations, e-portfolios, quizzes, and more. Attendees will leave with free access to a training site filled with Google Apps training materials.
Presenter(s):Sarah McFarland (Visions In Education), Christina McKinnis (Visions In Education)
Location:Poster 3, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 3, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Tracking Standards Mastery in Moodle 2.1
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Wouldn't it be great to know which standards students have mastered so you can customize instruction? Heritage Digital Academy, with the help of the Girard Foundation, has developed programming to allow you to track mastery of standards in Moodle 2.1. See how it works and how you can access the programming for use at your school at no charge.
Presenter(s):Jennifer Cooper (Heritage Digital Academy)
Location:Poster 18, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 18, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Using Streamed Media in the Classroom
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Teachers will be shown how to use streamed media for 21st Century learning to enhance the classroom and homework experience. Learn to search databases by subject, keyword, and state standards, create playlists and slide shows with the ability to save video and audio files for later use, upload custom resources, create student activities, multimedia assignments and quizzes, and virtually “push” shared content to specific grade levels or subject areas.
Presenter(s):Steve Finch (AIM Education)
Location:Poster 14, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 14, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Virtual Libraries: Information Broadcasting for Digital Natives
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Digital natives still need authentic information that school library media centers have assembled and customized for their learning communities. Schools now use open source, cloud-based, Web-based technology to assemble broadcast and insinuate knowledge in collaborative teaching and learning experiences. This program will focus on actual implementations that illustrate how these goals have been achieved without substantial funding.
Presenter(s):Harry Chan (Media Flex - OPALS)
Location:Poster 11, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 11, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:www.MyBoE.org: Where California Charter School Educators Get Connected
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Collaboration is critical in today’s education environment. Now, more than ever, we should share best practices, discuss issues challenging our students, and gain access to proven instructional resources. The California Department of Education introduced Brokers of Expertise (www.myboe.org) to accomplish these goals. You’re invited to learn strategies for connecting with educators, within your own charter school or across the state, and finding a wealth of information and resources to meet the needs of all students.
Presenter(s):Jon Knolle (Butte County Office of Education), Jose Ortega (California Department of Education)
Location:Poster 5, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 5, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Google Chromebooks for Education
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Breakout
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Description:Google will introduce California Charter Schools to Chromebooks in these hands on demonstration sessions. Attend and get the chance to win a free Chromebook. Chromebooks are built and optimized for the web. This means that Chromebooks can seamlessly access the Google Apps suite of productivity and collaboration tools (which is free for schools), as well as apps available in the Chrome Web Store, the Google Apps Marketplace, and content across the entire web. Chromebooks run your favorite flash-based educational tools.
Location:Presentation Area 4, Exhibit Hall A
Presentation Area 4, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Title:Interventions in a Virtual Environment
Strand:Blended Learning/Technology Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:A virtual school environment allows students to maximize their learning potential, but at the same time those who need additional support may be a challenge to identify and assist. Multiple methods of tracking student metrics, combined with creative technology based intervention strategies can alleviate this challenge. Hear from teachers how earlier identification and intervention is helping to keep students from "falling through the cracks" and is promoting student success outside of traditional classroom walls.
Presenter(s):Lauren Cunningham (California Connections Academy Schools), Allyson Curtis (California Connections Academy Schools), Penny Reeves (California Connections Academy Schools)
Location:Poster 15, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

2:00–3:15 p.m.: Breakout Sessions

Teachers

Title:Achieving Student Engagement Through Great Lesson Design
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:How can schools ensure high expectations and academic rigor using Common Core or state standards without stifling the innovative nature of the teaching profession? In this highly engaging and interactive workshop, participants will learn about a process that empowers teachers and administrators to address this critical question. Participants will learn to use research-based strategies and resources: Bloom’s Taxonomy, a standards analysis process and the Common Core standards, for developing authentic learning experiences in a standards-based system.
Presenter(s):Dr. Michael Moody (Insight Education Group, Inc.), Jason Stricker (Insight Education Group, Inc.)
Location:313, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Title:Differentiating Instruction in Reading to Meet the Needs of All Children
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary
Description:According to the research, no more than four to six percent of our children should ever struggle with learning to read; the rest are “instructional casualties.” Simply putting struggling readers in easier materials is not the answer. Teachers need to think and teach diagnostically, which requires a skillful and knowledgeable administrator leading the charge. This session will address how to differentiate instruction, providing a template for understanding the reading process, forming skills-based groups, and delivering effective instruction.
Presenter(s):Ardas Wachter-Grene (Rowland Reading Foundation)
Location:316, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Title:Essay Writing for High School Language Learners/Struggling Students: How?
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:High School
Description:Participants will receive instruction, demonstrations, research, and participate in hands-on activities for methods successful in a pilot of the Talk/Write program with English Language Learners at a high school in Barstow, California. Focus will be on student persuasive writing skills. Topics include: appropriate teacher routines, a sequence of skills needed by independent writers, methods for building student confidence and independence, and brain based methods and activities that accommodate auditory processing and language difficulties.
Presenter(s):Laura Chapman (3D Educational Solutions), Maria Davis-Perkins (3D Educational Solutions)
Location:317, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Title:Get Going with STEM!
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” initiative encourages students to pursue education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Unlike other sectors of the economy, STEM-related job openings outnumber qualified applicants, a gap that will increase in the coming decade. To succeed in the workplace and compete globally, our students need 21st century skills. Learn what works at other schools, plan for STEM adoption, explore in-class versus after-school, and find grants and avoid pitfalls.
Presenter(s):Len Erickson, Ph.D. (Learningtech.org), Mark L. Miller, Ph.D. (Learningtech.org)
Location:201, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Performance Management

Title:Creating Excellence through Multilingualism and Academic Rigor
Strand:Performance Management
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary
Description:The Norton Space and Aeronautics Academy is a Dual Language Immersion School dedicated to academic rigor especially in the areas of science and language. Students study in English, Spanish and Chinese with the goal of reaching high levels of bilingualism, biliteracy and academic success. We will share our unique instructional model that meets the needs of English Learners and students from an English Only background. Come hear about our innovative program!
Presenter(s):Jan Gustafson-Corea (Norton Space and Aeronautics Academy), Gordon Soholt (Lewis Center For Educational Research)
Location:302/303, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Title:Stress Reduction for Students, Teachers and Administrators
Strand:Performance Management
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:High School
Description:Based on the most current and relevant pedagogical research available, this brief lecture will address physiological and emotional stressors that inhibit students from learning. It will also help teachers and administrators in gauging and creating their proactive and innovative curriculum which focuses both on student success and profound academic achievement.
Presenter(s):Rick Woodward (Palisades Charter High School)
Location:301, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Title:Teacher Leadership in Evaluation, Development and Support Innovation
Strand:Performance Management
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Innovative teacher evaluation systems are being designed and implemented in California’s charter schools. Attendees will gain insight into how teachers play a leadership role to ensure critical supports for teachers that lead to improved student performance.

This session will utilize audience response technology to pose polling questions and generate in-the-moment data. These data points will be used to facilitate an interactive discussion with the audience to showcase examples of best practices at other charter schools/CMO’s.

Presenter(s):Chris Bertelli (The College-Ready Promise), John Lee (Teach Plus Los Angeles), Jeanette Marrone (Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools)
Location:312, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Accountability

Title:Portrait of the Movement: Assessing and Accelerating the Impact of Charters
Strand:Accountability
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:The California Charter Schools Association is leading efforts to measure how charters are adding value to their students’ education, regardless of the gifts and challenges their students face. CCSA will present trends using the CCSA Accountability Framework, which combines CCSA’s proxy value-add metric, the Similar Students Measure, with measures of academic status and growth over time. We will assess the charter movement and describe efforts to establish Minimum Criteria for Renewal that are rigorous while giving schools credit for growth and for taking on the challenge of serving traditionally disadvantaged students well.
Presenter(s):Samantha Brown-Olivieri (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:304, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Special Education

Title:Special Education and Charter Schools: Building a Budget
Strand:Special Education
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:A team of experts from the El Dorado Charter Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) will help you navigate the complex world of special education funding and provide you with tips on building your budget. This session is especially appropriate for charters with Local Education Agency status or those interested in becoming a LEA charter for special education.
Presenter(s):Dr. Vicki Barber (El Dorado County Office of Education), Francie Heim-Goode (El Dorado County Office of Education), Emi Johnson (El Dorado County Office of Education), Tammy Watson (El Dorado County Office of Education)
Location:310, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Legal

Title:Education Law 101: What Laws Apply to Charter Schools?
Strand:Legal
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:While charter schools are exempt from "laws governing school districts" under the Charter Schools Act, there are a multitude of critical laws, regulations and agency rulings which are applicable to charter schools. We will also review recent legislative, regulatory and court cases effecting charter schools. Whether you are a charter school beginner or veteran, make sure you know what laws are applicable to you, so you can audit your program and/or prioritize areas in need of refinement. Learn to tackle issues before they become costly legal problems.
Presenter(s):Paul Minney (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP), James Young (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP)
Location:308, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Human Resources

Title:Merit Pay: Incentivizing All Teachers to be High Performers
Strand:Human Resources
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Middle School, High School
Description:Seven years in the making, Summit Public Schools has a merit pay system that helps to attract, develop and retain high performing teachers; leading directly to our students' success. The system, designed and supported by teachers, is a key factor in an annual teacher retention rate of nearly 90%. We will examine the process for designing and implementing a merit pay system, the elements of the system, lessons learned, potential pitfalls and relevant research.
Presenter(s):Todd Dickson (Summit Preparatory Charter High School), Diane Tavenner (Summit Public Schools)
Location:306, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Budget and Cash Flow

Title:Annual Business Managers Meeting
Strand:Budget and Cash Flow
Type:Breakout
Audience:Business Managers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School
Description:Questions on the new budget proposal and how the state's financial situation will impact your school? Look no further than the Business Managers meeting! We will cover the current funding rates, updates on proposed changes, details on new deferrals and the budget trigger, information on state and federal categorical programs - plus legislative and regulatory updates.
Presenter(s):Alice Miller (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:315, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Facility Planning and Financing

Title:Facility Funding Opportunities: State Agency Presentation
Strand:Facility Planning and Financing
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:There are numerous state and federal programs that provide funding opportunities for charter school facilities. This panel will provide advice and direction on specific programs directly from the agencies which administer them, including the California Department of Education, the Office of Public School Construction, the State Allocation Board, and the California School Finance Authority. The panel will discuss the status of funding for each program and how schools can advocate for themselves when it comes to facilities and provide time for Q&A with representatives from each state agency.
Presenter(s):Katrina Johantgen (California School Finance Authority), Kathleen Moore (California Department of Education), Bill Savidge (State Allocation Board)
Location:314, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Title:How to Get There From Here
Strand:Facility Planning and Financing
Type:Breakout
Audience:Developers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Panel of noteworthy charter school experts shares experiences in developing effective educational facilities. No matter where you are in the process of finding an appropriate facility, understanding the challenges you are up against and the options you have will be an important resource moving forward. Learn from those who have experience on how to surpass the location, funding, and PR challenges that come with developing a successful charter school facility plan.
Presenter(s):Stephen Fiss (Communitas Charter High School), Alicia Gallegos Fambrini (San José Charter School Consortium), Shawn Gerth (Downtown College Prep & ACE Charter School), Laura Kozel (Launchpad Development Company), Elizabeth Sanborn (Benchmark Realty Advisors), Linda Stevenin (Summit Public Schools), Vanessa Williams (Artik Art & Architecture)
Location:307, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Governance

Title:Building a Dashboard Report for Results-Based Management
Strand:Governance
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Charter school leaders need accurate, timely and relevant information to make data-based decisions and measure outcomes in an increasingly complex landscape. In this session, Nonprofit Finance Fund and ExEd will share dashboard templates developed for this purpose. We’ll discuss Mission, Capacity and Financial indicators that can be included in a report for your school and how these metrics can be used to track progress toward stated goals and to communicate with stakeholders about your school’s desired outcomes, progress and resource needs.
Presenter(s):Jennifer Kawar (Nonprofit Finance Fund), Carrie Wagner (ExED)
Location:204, Sacramento Convention Center,
204, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Tuesday 2/28 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Title:Complying with California Conflict of Interest Laws
Strand:Governance
Type:Breakout
Audience:Board Members
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This workshop will review conflict of interest laws applicable to charter schools and discuss how to comply with these laws. We will also review recent enforcement actions by the Fair Political Practices Commission, compliance with the Form 700 obligations, and concerns raised by granting agencies that are leading to revocation and non-renewal of charter schools.
Presenter(s):Andrea Sexton (Middleton, Young & Minney, LLP), Jerry Simmons (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP)
Location:205, Sacramento Convention Center,
205, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Tuesday 2/28 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Title:Board Member: Your Fiscal Responsibility
Strand:Governance
Type:Breakout
Audience:Board Members
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Don't be surprised. Know what questions to ask when reviewing your school's financial position. You are ultimately responsible if your school is financially mismanaged. This interactive, hands-on session will provide you with unique facts about school finance and the skills needed to identify potential problems. This workshop will also include group discussion and review of sample school financial statements.
Presenter(s):Graham Dye (ExED), Tammy Stanton (ExED)
Location:203, Sacramento Convention Center,
203, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Tuesday 2/28 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Title:Get Fund Raising Results: Charter Leaders Explain How They Do It
Strand:Governance
Type:Breakout
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Description:Charter leaders representing schools with diverse organizational structures and student populations will discuss how they raise money even during these challenging financial times. In this interactive session, charter leaders will share proven strategies, best practices and useful resources to help charter schools raise money to enhance and sustain their programs.
Presenter(s):Debbie Beyer (Literacy First Charter School), Danny Corwin (California Charter Schools Association), Hrag Hamalian (Valor Academy), Meg Palisoc (Synergy Academies)
Location:202, Sacramento Convention Center,
202, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Tuesday 2/28 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Communications/Public Awareness

Title:Rise Above the Noise
Strand:Communications/Public Awareness
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:High School
Description:What is the most effective way to communicate to your various audiences? Having a well-rounded communications strategy requires you send positive messages about your charter school in a variety of ways to ensure that people know what’s happening at your school and within the charter movement. Rise Above the Noise is a workshop conducted by the California Charter School Association's Communications Team to help you stand out by identifying strategies in communications, media relations, community outreach, and social media.
Presenter(s):Sierra Jenkins (California Charter Schools Association), Vicky Waters (California Charter Schools Association), Music Watson (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:305, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Authorizer Relations

Title:Charter Renewal Best Practices: Authorizer and School Perspectives
Strand:Authorizer Relations
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Participants will learn from both perspectives, the Charter Leader’s and the Authorizer’s, on how to approach and execute the charter renewal petition process. Areas covered will include: reviewing the original charter, evaluating the school program against authorizer criteria, analyzing school performance data, conducting an internal compliance audit, re-writing the charter reflecting past successes and future goals, creating ancillary documents, generating a sound renewal petition budget, and advocating the petition.
Presenter(s):José Cole-Gutiérrez (LAUSD Charter Schools Division), Jacqueline Elliot, Ed.D. (Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC Schools)), Dorothy Lee (EdTec Inc.), Jorge Lopez (Amethod Public Schools (Oakland Charter Academy & Oakland Charter High School))
Location:311, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Developing New Charter Schools

Title:Bulletproof Your Charter: Navigate the Approval Process
Strand:Developing New Charter Schools
Type:Breakout
Audience:Developers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Ensure you put your best foot forward for charter approval. We have over 18 years of experience assisting charter school developers to obtain approval at every level: school districts, county offices of education and the State Board of Education. Attendees will learn valuable drafting tips and how to aggressively manage the authorization process, and will receive a recommended list of supplemental materials for a complete charter school petition.
Presenter(s):Lisa Corr (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP), Janelle Ruley (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP)
Location:318, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Online Learning

Title:Using Innovative Technology to Systematically Develop Aspiring Charter School Leaders’ Learning
Strand:Online Learning
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:In summer, 2011, the Charter and Autonomous School Leadership Academy at California State University Dominguez Hills launched an online/hybrid university-based leadership development program in partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District. In this session, new and experienced charter school leaders will showcase cutting-edge distance learning technology to actively engage the first cohort of 28 aspiring charter school leaders. Using social media, video-conferencing and discussion platforms are a few of the ways that learners are connected and engaged.
Presenter(s):L. Remon Corley (Los Angeles Unified School District), Antonia Issa-Lahera (California State University Dominguez Hills), Francisco Parra (CSU Dominguez Hills)
Location:319, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

A Commitment to Serving the Underserved Student

Title:Common Challenges to Equitably Serving Underserved Students with Excellence
Strand:A Commitment to Serving the Underserved Student
Type:Breakout
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:How can the charter school movement lead the way in serving underserved students and have an impact on how traditional school systems address the achievement gap that persists nationwide? A panel of school directors, administrators and teachers will lead a discussion about where we are in this fight, where we need to be and how we are going to get there together.
Presenter(s):Janis Bucknor, Esq. (Culture and Language Academy of Success), Gene Fisher (Watts Learning Center), Rex Fortune (Fortune School of Education), Herinder Pegany (Fortune School)
Location:309, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

3:45–5:00 p.m.: Teacher Expo, Exhibit Hall

Teachers

Title:Cal Grant Application and Eligibility for High School Counselors
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:High School
Description:The Cal Grant program is the nation's largest state funded student financial aid program. Learn from the California Student Aid Commission how to make sure that your students meet all of the Cal Grant deadlines and application requirements for their transition from high school to college.
Presenter(s):Bryan Dickason (California Student Aid Commission)
Location:304, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:Supporting Students, Saving Lives: Working with LGBT Students
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Did you know that nearly nine out of 10 Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Transgendered youth are harassed at school? The drop out rate for these youth are nearly three times the national average. Even more concerning is that LGBT youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide and make up nearly 40 percent of the homeless youth population. Come hear the most recent data and real stories from California schools as well as effective strategies and resources you can use to create needed change on your campus.
Presenter(s):Vincent Pompei (CESCaL)
Location:318, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Performance Management

Title:Evaluation, Support, Compensation: Lessons from the College-Ready Promise
Strand:Performance Management
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:How do you align teacher supports and professional development to real, meaningful, multi-measured evaluations? How do you devise a teacher development system that provides a transparent career path for teachers? How do you use student academic growth in evaluations?
The Charter Management Organizations of The College-Ready Promise have spent two years pioneering large-scale teacher development systems across their 85 schools. We’ll share our plans, lessons learned and programs and preview what’s to come.
Presenter(s):Chris Bertelli (The College-Ready Promise), Derrick Chau (Alliance College-Ready Public Schools), James Gallagher (Aspire Public Schools), Philip Parker (Green Dot Public Schools), Jonathan Stewart (Partnership to Uplift Communities Schools)
Location:302/303, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Special Education

Title:Switching SELPAs: When Should My Charter School Consider This?
Strand:Special Education
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Throughout the state, charter schools are exploring a variety of ways of improving delivery of special education services. When should changing Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPA) be considered? What are the risks? What are the potential costs? What resources do I need? Is it legal? The panel will provide examples of successful transitions by charter schools and the practical and legal impediments they faced.
Presenter(s):Gregory Moser (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP), Gina Plate (CCSA), Franci Sassin (Connections Education, LLC)
Location:310, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Legal

Title:Mastering the Suspension and Expulsion Process and Responding to Disruptive Parents
Strand:Legal
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Avoid costly mistakes by learning the essential keys to establishing and maintaining an effective and legally compliant student discipline suspension and expulsion system. Specifically, attendees will learn what legal rules apply to charter schools with a special emphasis on how your school can carry out student discipline under California law. In addition, you will learn how to respond effectively to difficult parents and learn your legal options when a parent becomes disruptive.
Presenter(s):Michael Hersher (Middleton, Young & Minney, LLP), James Young (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP)
Location:308, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Human Resources

Title:Employment Practice Lawsuits: Bulletproof Your Charter School
Strand:Human Resources
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Claims and lawsuits arising from employment disputes are draining school resources and creating morale problems for many charter schools. This program will arm you with specific, practical tips that will enable you to more effectively hire, assess, discipline, promote and terminate employees. What does "at will" really mean? What perils lurk in layoffs? Why is it critically important to communicate and document an employee's shortcomings? When did "Wage" and "Hour" become bad words? Actual school cases will be used to illustrate the importance of effective personnel management.
Presenter(s):Sharon Stull (CCSA Insurance JPA c/o Community Risk SolutionsC), Mitch Tarighati, Esq. (Tharpe and Howell)
Location:306, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Budget and Cash Flow

Title:Advanced Charter School Finance
Strand:Budget and Cash Flow
Type:Breakout
Audience:Business Managers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This workshop is for professionals who understand the difference between the balance sheet and income statement but want to understand more complex charter finance issues. Participants will learn the difference between cash and accrual basis accounting, between governmental and nonprofit accounting, and how to understand the complicated statement of cash flows. Participants will learn how to forecast accurately on a monthly basis.
Presenter(s):Ryan Griffin (ExED), Wade McMullen (Vicenti, Lloyd & Stutzman LLP), Jessica Norman (ExED), Luis Viramontes (ExED), Carrie Wagner (ExED)
Location:315, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:Economies and Diseconomies of Scale: Growing Your Charter Intelligently
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:As a successful charter school, you may be thinking about expansion as a desirable next step. Growing your school to one or more additional sites or charters may bring some economies of scale, but is there a point of diminishing return, or worse, a loss? Join us as we examine several different growth scenarios, both real-life and hypothetical, and outline what to consider when developing your expansion strategy.
Presenter(s):Michael Bonino (EdTec Inc.), Gavin Kwong (Lighthouse Community Charter School), Gasper Martinez (EdTec Inc.)
Location:201, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:Universal Breakfast: A Win Win For All
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:Mom always said "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day." Multiple studies have shown a healthy breakfast every day increases student attentiveness, behavior and ultimately achievement. Learn how implementing Universal Breakfast is a win win for your students' learning and nutrition by hearing from schools that have done it successfully. AND BONUS, learn how it can be a win win for your school financially raising thousands of dollars a year for your program.
Presenter(s):Jacqueline Duvivier Castillo (PUC Schools), Jason Roberts (REAL Journey Academies)
Location:316, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:Weathering the Financial Storm
Strand:Budget and Cash Flow
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:A panel of charter school operators will share their ideas and strategies for dealing with the continued economic crisis. Strategies include: re-negotiating contracts and salaries, reviewing federal funding opportunities, fundraising ideas, and sharing our cost saving plans.
Presenter(s):Alice Miller (California Charter Schools Association), Susan Powers (Achieve Charter School), Frances Teso (Voices College-Bound Language Academy)
Location:309, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Facility Planning and Financing

Title:Facility Financing Without Credit Enhancement: Rocklin Academy, Case Study
Strand:Facility Planning and Financing
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:“We have accomplished what many considered the impossible just six months ago – A new school facility found, purchased, financed and built by September 6th!” says Dave Patteson, Executive Director, Rocklin Academy. This session will look at a turn-key facility development to predevelopment, bond process, construction/renovation, culminating in a new facility in just six months! This session will be the beginning of the facility finance process for other schools and will help them achieve the impossible.
Presenter(s):Wendy Boyd (Rocklin Academy), Eugene Clark-Herrera (Orrick, Herrington &Sutcliffe LLP), Jay Hromatka (Piper Jaffray), Dr. David Patterson (Rocklin Academy), Jeffrey Tamkin (Public Facilities Investment Corporation)
Location:313, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:How to Acquire Facilities Under Proposition 39
Strand:Facility Planning and Financing
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Understand your charter school's rights to reasonably equivalent facilities from your district under Proposition 39 and State Board of Education regulations. Charter school developers and operators can benefit from this session, whether conversion or start up, whether already in a district facility or not. This presentation will also assist schools under Proposition 39 in negotiating the best deal possible by including district facility use agreements and shared-use agreements, and by reducing pro rata share and oversight charges.
Presenter(s):Anne Lee (California Charter Schools Association), John Lemmo (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP), Paul Minney (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP), Julie Umansky (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:314, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:How to Get a State-of-the-Art Facility Financed, Constructed and Maintained
Strand:Facility Planning and Financing
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Opening a new charter school or expanding an existing one requires special attention and can be a very tedious process. A panel of five industry experts with experience in the charter school community will discuss the process of building charter schools including financing, design, construction, maintenance and operations. Your job is to worry about providing the best academics to the children in your community. Allow us to share our lessons learned to get you there.
Presenter(s):Scott Barnett (San Diego Unified School District), Yehudi Gaffen (Gafcon, Inc.), Eileen Logue (Charter School Management Corporation, Inc.)
Location:319, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Advocacy

Title:Meet the California Department of Education: A Q&A Session
Strand:Advocacy
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Charter Schools Division Director, Julie Baltazar, and key charter school division staff from the California Department of Education will be on hand to offer a face-to-face update of all CDE issues of importance to charter schools. What is the latest on the Public Charter School Grant Program, SB 740 Funding Determinations or Facility Grants, Charter School Revolving Loans or charter appeals? Come and meet the real person on the other end of those emails and learn more about the work CDE does to help support charter schools.
Presenter(s):Julie Baltazar (California Department of Education)
Location:307, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Authorizer Relations

Title:The Gates Foundation Compact Initiative in California
Strand:Authorizer Relations
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:The prevailing district-charter dynamic is often characterized by mistrust and missed opportunities. The Gates Foundation is supporting cities where school districts, charter schools, and community leaders are willing to transform the district-charter relationships to get better results for kids. Learn about these voluntary stakeholder agreements, the process for negotiating them, and the prospects for making real change. We'll highlight work in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Santa Clara County.
Presenter(s):Allison Bajracharya (California Charter Schools Association), Laura Kerr (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:317, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:Using Data to Ensure a Successful Renewal
Strand:Authorizer Relations
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Learn about effective ways to integrate student data into your charter renewal process. At renewal, data can not only help you demonstrate a sound academic program but also successful implementation of your charter. Topics addressed will include authorizer expectations, types of data, frameworks for analyzing data, data-driven decision-making, and data resources available through the California Charter Schools Association.
Presenter(s):Samantha Olivieri (California Charter Schools Association), Dr. Elizabeth Robitaille (California Charter Schools Association), Rosaline Top (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:311, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Individualized Learning

Title:Non-classroom Do's and Don'ts
Strand:Individualized Learning
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Are you ready to test your knowledge of non-classroom legal compliance? Each year non-classroom based programs lose millions of dollars in funding for technical violations of the independent study laws. Others lose average daily attendance in the Senate Bill 740 funding determination process. Did you know that violation of the laws related to independent study could lead to revocation? We will actively review non-classroom based legal compliance to avoid revocation and protect your charter school from future audit exceptions and lost funding.
Presenter(s):Lisa Corr (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP)
Location:301, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Online Learning

Title:KIPP Empower Academy: A Case Study of Blended Learning and Innovation
Strand:Online Learning
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:In an effort to provide students with a high-quality, personalized learning environment and mitigate the challenges of an increasingly difficult funding environment, KIPP Empower Academy in South Los Angeles uses an innovative rotational blended learning instructional model for its elementary students. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the benefits of this type of model as well as the key challenges and lessons learned in Year one of the school’s operation.
Presenter(s):Marcia Aaron (KIPP LA Schools)
Location:312, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:Using Technology to Effectively Differentiate Instruction
Strand:Online Learning
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Two programs developed by Education Program for Gifted Youth at Stanford University are changing the way K-8 teachers address the individual academic needs of their students in math and English Language Arts. As students work on these online programs, teachers can track student progress, identify areas where students need more targeted instruction in order to master important skills and content, and more accurately predict student performance on annual California Standardized Test exams. The results speak for themselves.
Presenter(s):Jeanette Cook (Stanford University EPGY), Jo Ann Shogan (Stanford University EPGY)
Location:305, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Teacher Expo

Title:Culturally Responsive Instruction That Works: Successful Practices to Use
Strand:Teacher Expo
Type:Breakout
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This session will define concretely what is culturally and linguistically responsive teaching and learning and then example three poignant responsive teaching activities, so participants will know with resolve what it means to validate, affirm, build and bridge for all students, in particular the underserved.
Presenter(s):Kelley Finch (Culture and Language Academy of Success), Dr. Sharroky Hollie (Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning), Kimberly Hyun (Culture and Language Academy of Success), Jessica Mellen (Culture and Language Academy of Success)
Location:Presentation Area 1, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:Extreme Math Home Makeover: Creating a Family Math Night
Strand:Teacher Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary
Description:This session will provide teachers with an outline of how to successfully implement a Family Math Night. Participants will receive an extensive handout with games and activities.
Presenter(s):Erika Simono (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Location:Poster 1, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:For Learning, The Pencil is Mightier than the Keyboard
Strand:Teacher Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary
Description:New research affirms what many teachers know the simple act of handwriting activates regions of the brain that control recall and learning, regions of the brain not activated by keyboarding. The California Common Core Commission acknowledged this importance by adding penmanship to the California Common Core Standards. Come experience fun activities to enhance your handwriting instruction. Discover why handwriting is critical for learning and what effective handwriting instruction should look like. Learn today, Implement tomorrow.
Presenter(s):Allison Williams (Zaner-Bloser)
Location:Poster 4, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:Get Students to College with Technology-Driven Summer Academy
Strand:Teacher Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:High School
Description:Helping 98 percent of students graduate and go to college is no easy task. At Granada Hills Charter High School this percentage is an ongoing reality in part thanks to a mandatory Summer Transition Academy. Through technology-based assessments of all incoming freshman and a targeted Skills for Success class focusing on students’ academic weaknesses, the school is able to quickly provide students with the remediation they need in order to achieve success their freshman year.
Presenter(s):Indra Ciccarelli (Granada Hills Charter High School), Ranie Lambe (Revolution K12)
Location:Poster 9, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:Google Chromebooks for Education
Strand:Teacher Expo
Type:Breakout
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Description:Google provides a wide array of innovative products and tools to transform teaching and learning. Google's Chromebooks for Education offer intuitive, easy-to-manage and simple-to-scale netbook computers designed to power learning while delivering the power of the web. Google Apps for Education provides powerful online collaboration tools for teachers and students. Google supports teachers in their efforts to empower students and expand the frontiers of human knowledge.
Location:Presentation Area 4, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:History: From Boring to Soaring
Strand:Teacher Expo
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Middle School, High School
Description:Looking for ways to incorporate thought provoking class discussions and writings, engage students through role playing simulations, and let their creativity loose using a number of different technologies? Learn proven techniques that put the "story" back into "history".
Presenter Brian Straka has enjoyed extraordinary success bringing to life US History in his 8th grade class. New West Charter is a high performing middle school with an Academic Performance Index score of 930 and 84 percent proficiency in history.
Presenter(s):Brian Straka (New West Charter Middle School)
Location:Presentation Area 2, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:Level II/Clear Education Specialist and General Education Credential Program
Strand:Teacher Expo
Type:Poster Session
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:The El Dorado Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Induction Program provides opportunities for eligible education specialist and general education teachers to expand and deepen their teaching knowledge and skill as they complete the requirements for a California clear credential. In this two year induction program, all candidates are partnered with a trained, job-alike education specialist support provider to support their work. Program Advantages:online classes and seminars fulfilling all clear credential requirements, concentrated program requiring only 60 hours induction work, and university credit is available.
Presenter(s):Angie Lind (El Dorado County Office of Education)
Location:Poster 2, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:Providing Equity, Access and Opportunities for Advanced Placement
Strand:Teacher Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Middle School, High School
Description:Participants will examine “best practices” from various charter schools and school districts which promote, recruit and sustain advanced placement programs for all students. Participants will also assess the components for developing and sustaining a college-going culture, survey proven activities and processes that encourage equity and open access and identify strategies to address barriers and challenges to AP for all.
Presenter(s):Donald Mitchell (College Board)
Location:Poster 8, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:Reach Gifted Learners with Individualized Projects
Strand:Teacher Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Non-Classroom Based
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School
Description:Looking for an exciting way to reach gifted learners? Let the students do all the work! At Hickman Charter School, our Gifted and Talented Education program not only provides our gifted students with individualized projects, more importantly, it provides them the opportunity to take charge of their own learning. Walk away from this session with handouts and ideas to implement a practical and low-cost GATE program for a single student, class, school, or district.
Presenter(s):Marie Reynosa (Hickman Charter School)
Location:Poster 3, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:The School Newspaper
Strand:Teacher Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Middle School, High School
Description:Beginning and maintaining a student/school newspaper is an excellent way to reinforce English skills, communication skills, and school-wide excellence. The student/school newspaper can be an excellent tool for use in promoting the good things that occur within the school setting, how that relates to the community, while reinforcing academic excellence and school pride.
Presenter(s):John Berge (John Muir Charter School)
Location:Poster 6, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:Thinkfinity: Free and Engaging Educational Resources
Strand:Teacher Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Struggling to embed 21st century skills into the curriculum? Find free educational resources aligned to the Common Core Standards and California Standards with Thinkfinity! In this session, attendees will learn how to access thousands of free K-12 lesson plans and student interactives. These amazing free resources are provided through a partnership between the Verizon Foundation and 11 of the most trusted names in education, including National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian and more.
Presenter(s):Gail Desler (Imperial County Office of Education)
Location:Poster 5, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

3:45–5:15 p.m.: Breakout Sessions

Teachers

Title:Cal Grant Application and Eligibility for High School Counselors
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:High School
Description:The Cal Grant program is the nation's largest state funded student financial aid program. Learn from the California Student Aid Commission how to make sure that your students meet all of the Cal Grant deadlines and application requirements for their transition from high school to college.
Presenter(s):Bryan Dickason (California Student Aid Commission)
Location:304, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:Supporting Students, Saving Lives: Working with LGBT Students
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Did you know that nearly nine out of 10 Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Transgendered youth are harassed at school? The drop out rate for these youth are nearly three times the national average. Even more concerning is that LGBT youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide and make up nearly 40 percent of the homeless youth population. Come hear the most recent data and real stories from California schools as well as effective strategies and resources you can use to create needed change on your campus.
Presenter(s):Vincent Pompei (CESCaL)
Location:318, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Performance Management

Title:Evaluation, Support, Compensation: Lessons from the College-Ready Promise
Strand:Performance Management
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:How do you align teacher supports and professional development to real, meaningful, multi-measured evaluations? How do you devise a teacher development system that provides a transparent career path for teachers? How do you use student academic growth in evaluations?
The Charter Management Organizations of The College-Ready Promise have spent two years pioneering large-scale teacher development systems across their 85 schools. We’ll share our plans, lessons learned and programs and preview what’s to come.
Presenter(s):Chris Bertelli (The College-Ready Promise), Derrick Chau (Alliance College-Ready Public Schools), James Gallagher (Aspire Public Schools), Philip Parker (Green Dot Public Schools), Jonathan Stewart (Partnership to Uplift Communities Schools)
Location:302/303, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Special Education

Title:Switching SELPAs: When Should My Charter School Consider This?
Strand:Special Education
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Throughout the state, charter schools are exploring a variety of ways of improving delivery of special education services. When should changing Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPA) be considered? What are the risks? What are the potential costs? What resources do I need? Is it legal? The panel will provide examples of successful transitions by charter schools and the practical and legal impediments they faced.
Presenter(s):Gregory Moser (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP), Gina Plate (CCSA), Franci Sassin (Connections Education, LLC)
Location:310, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Legal

Title:Mastering the Suspension and Expulsion Process and Responding to Disruptive Parents
Strand:Legal
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Avoid costly mistakes by learning the essential keys to establishing and maintaining an effective and legally compliant student discipline suspension and expulsion system. Specifically, attendees will learn what legal rules apply to charter schools with a special emphasis on how your school can carry out student discipline under California law. In addition, you will learn how to respond effectively to difficult parents and learn your legal options when a parent becomes disruptive.
Presenter(s):Michael Hersher (Middleton, Young & Minney, LLP), James Young (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP)
Location:308, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Human Resources

Title:Employment Practice Lawsuits: Bulletproof Your Charter School
Strand:Human Resources
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Claims and lawsuits arising from employment disputes are draining school resources and creating morale problems for many charter schools. This program will arm you with specific, practical tips that will enable you to more effectively hire, assess, discipline, promote and terminate employees. What does "at will" really mean? What perils lurk in layoffs? Why is it critically important to communicate and document an employee's shortcomings? When did "Wage" and "Hour" become bad words? Actual school cases will be used to illustrate the importance of effective personnel management.
Presenter(s):Sharon Stull (CCSA Insurance JPA c/o Community Risk SolutionsC), Mitch Tarighati, Esq. (Tharpe and Howell)
Location:306, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Budget and Cash Flow

Title:Advanced Charter School Finance
Strand:Budget and Cash Flow
Type:Breakout
Audience:Business Managers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This workshop is for professionals who understand the difference between the balance sheet and income statement but want to understand more complex charter finance issues. Participants will learn the difference between cash and accrual basis accounting, between governmental and nonprofit accounting, and how to understand the complicated statement of cash flows. Participants will learn how to forecast accurately on a monthly basis.
Presenter(s):Ryan Griffin (ExED), Wade McMullen (Vicenti, Lloyd & Stutzman LLP), Jessica Norman (ExED), Luis Viramontes (ExED), Carrie Wagner (ExED)
Location:315, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:Economies and Diseconomies of Scale: Growing Your Charter Intelligently
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:As a successful charter school, you may be thinking about expansion as a desirable next step. Growing your school to one or more additional sites or charters may bring some economies of scale, but is there a point of diminishing return, or worse, a loss? Join us as we examine several different growth scenarios, both real-life and hypothetical, and outline what to consider when developing your expansion strategy.
Presenter(s):Michael Bonino (EdTec Inc.), Gavin Kwong (Lighthouse Community Charter School), Gasper Martinez (EdTec Inc.)
Location:201, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:Universal Breakfast: A Win Win For All
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:Mom always said "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day." Multiple studies have shown a healthy breakfast every day increases student attentiveness, behavior and ultimately achievement. Learn how implementing Universal Breakfast is a win win for your students' learning and nutrition by hearing from schools that have done it successfully. AND BONUS, learn how it can be a win win for your school financially raising thousands of dollars a year for your program.
Presenter(s):Jacqueline Duvivier Castillo (PUC Schools), Jason Roberts (REAL Journey Academies)
Location:316, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:Weathering the Financial Storm
Strand:Budget and Cash Flow
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:A panel of charter school operators will share their ideas and strategies for dealing with the continued economic crisis. Strategies include: re-negotiating contracts and salaries, reviewing federal funding opportunities, fundraising ideas, and sharing our cost saving plans.
Presenter(s):Alice Miller (California Charter Schools Association), Susan Powers (Achieve Charter School), Frances Teso (Voices College-Bound Language Academy)
Location:309, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Facility Planning and Financing

Title:Facility Financing Without Credit Enhancement: Rocklin Academy, Case Study
Strand:Facility Planning and Financing
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:“We have accomplished what many considered the impossible just six months ago – A new school facility found, purchased, financed and built by September 6th!” says Dave Patteson, Executive Director, Rocklin Academy. This session will look at a turn-key facility development to predevelopment, bond process, construction/renovation, culminating in a new facility in just six months! This session will be the beginning of the facility finance process for other schools and will help them achieve the impossible.
Presenter(s):Wendy Boyd (Rocklin Academy), Eugene Clark-Herrera (Orrick, Herrington &Sutcliffe LLP), Jay Hromatka (Piper Jaffray), Dr. David Patterson (Rocklin Academy), Jeffrey Tamkin (Public Facilities Investment Corporation)
Location:313, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:How to Acquire Facilities Under Proposition 39
Strand:Facility Planning and Financing
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Understand your charter school's rights to reasonably equivalent facilities from your district under Proposition 39 and State Board of Education regulations. Charter school developers and operators can benefit from this session, whether conversion or start up, whether already in a district facility or not. This presentation will also assist schools under Proposition 39 in negotiating the best deal possible by including district facility use agreements and shared-use agreements, and by reducing pro rata share and oversight charges.
Presenter(s):Anne Lee (California Charter Schools Association), John Lemmo (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP), Paul Minney (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP), Julie Umansky (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:314, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:How to Get a State-of-the-Art Facility Financed, Constructed and Maintained
Strand:Facility Planning and Financing
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Opening a new charter school or expanding an existing one requires special attention and can be a very tedious process. A panel of five industry experts with experience in the charter school community will discuss the process of building charter schools including financing, design, construction, maintenance and operations. Your job is to worry about providing the best academics to the children in your community. Allow us to share our lessons learned to get you there.
Presenter(s):Scott Barnett (San Diego Unified School District), Yehudi Gaffen (Gafcon, Inc.), Eileen Logue (Charter School Management Corporation, Inc.)
Location:319, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Advocacy

Title:Meet the California Department of Education: A Q&A Session
Strand:Advocacy
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Charter Schools Division Director, Julie Baltazar, and key charter school division staff from the California Department of Education will be on hand to offer a face-to-face update of all CDE issues of importance to charter schools. What is the latest on the Public Charter School Grant Program, SB 740 Funding Determinations or Facility Grants, Charter School Revolving Loans or charter appeals? Come and meet the real person on the other end of those emails and learn more about the work CDE does to help support charter schools.
Presenter(s):Julie Baltazar (California Department of Education)
Location:307, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Authorizer Relations

Title:The Gates Foundation Compact Initiative in California
Strand:Authorizer Relations
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:The prevailing district-charter dynamic is often characterized by mistrust and missed opportunities. The Gates Foundation is supporting cities where school districts, charter schools, and community leaders are willing to transform the district-charter relationships to get better results for kids. Learn about these voluntary stakeholder agreements, the process for negotiating them, and the prospects for making real change. We'll highlight work in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Santa Clara County.
Presenter(s):Allison Bajracharya (California Charter Schools Association), Laura Kerr (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:317, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:Using Data to Ensure a Successful Renewal
Strand:Authorizer Relations
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Learn about effective ways to integrate student data into your charter renewal process. At renewal, data can not only help you demonstrate a sound academic program but also successful implementation of your charter. Topics addressed will include authorizer expectations, types of data, frameworks for analyzing data, data-driven decision-making, and data resources available through the California Charter Schools Association.
Presenter(s):Samantha Olivieri (California Charter Schools Association), Dr. Elizabeth Robitaille (California Charter Schools Association), Rosaline Top (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:311, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Individualized Learning

Title:Non-classroom Do's and Don'ts
Strand:Individualized Learning
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Are you ready to test your knowledge of non-classroom legal compliance? Each year non-classroom based programs lose millions of dollars in funding for technical violations of the independent study laws. Others lose average daily attendance in the Senate Bill 740 funding determination process. Did you know that violation of the laws related to independent study could lead to revocation? We will actively review non-classroom based legal compliance to avoid revocation and protect your charter school from future audit exceptions and lost funding.
Presenter(s):Lisa Corr (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP)
Location:301, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Online Learning

Title:KIPP Empower Academy: A Case Study of Blended Learning and Innovation
Strand:Online Learning
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:In an effort to provide students with a high-quality, personalized learning environment and mitigate the challenges of an increasingly difficult funding environment, KIPP Empower Academy in South Los Angeles uses an innovative rotational blended learning instructional model for its elementary students. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the benefits of this type of model as well as the key challenges and lessons learned in Year one of the school’s operation.
Presenter(s):Marcia Aaron (KIPP LA Schools)
Location:312, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:Using Technology to Effectively Differentiate Instruction
Strand:Online Learning
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Two programs developed by Education Program for Gifted Youth at Stanford University are changing the way K-8 teachers address the individual academic needs of their students in math and English Language Arts. As students work on these online programs, teachers can track student progress, identify areas where students need more targeted instruction in order to master important skills and content, and more accurately predict student performance on annual California Standardized Test exams. The results speak for themselves.
Presenter(s):Jeanette Cook (Stanford University EPGY), Jo Ann Shogan (Stanford University EPGY)
Location:305, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Teacher Expo

Title:Culturally Responsive Instruction That Works: Successful Practices to Use
Strand:Teacher Expo
Type:Breakout
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This session will define concretely what is culturally and linguistically responsive teaching and learning and then example three poignant responsive teaching activities, so participants will know with resolve what it means to validate, affirm, build and bridge for all students, in particular the underserved.
Presenter(s):Kelley Finch (Culture and Language Academy of Success), Dr. Sharroky Hollie (Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning), Kimberly Hyun (Culture and Language Academy of Success), Jessica Mellen (Culture and Language Academy of Success)
Location:Presentation Area 1, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:Extreme Math Home Makeover: Creating a Family Math Night
Strand:Teacher Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary
Description:This session will provide teachers with an outline of how to successfully implement a Family Math Night. Participants will receive an extensive handout with games and activities.
Presenter(s):Erika Simono (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Location:Poster 1, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:For Learning, The Pencil is Mightier than the Keyboard
Strand:Teacher Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary
Description:New research affirms what many teachers know the simple act of handwriting activates regions of the brain that control recall and learning, regions of the brain not activated by keyboarding. The California Common Core Commission acknowledged this importance by adding penmanship to the California Common Core Standards. Come experience fun activities to enhance your handwriting instruction. Discover why handwriting is critical for learning and what effective handwriting instruction should look like. Learn today, Implement tomorrow.
Presenter(s):Allison Williams (Zaner-Bloser)
Location:Poster 4, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:Get Students to College with Technology-Driven Summer Academy
Strand:Teacher Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:High School
Description:Helping 98 percent of students graduate and go to college is no easy task. At Granada Hills Charter High School this percentage is an ongoing reality in part thanks to a mandatory Summer Transition Academy. Through technology-based assessments of all incoming freshman and a targeted Skills for Success class focusing on students’ academic weaknesses, the school is able to quickly provide students with the remediation they need in order to achieve success their freshman year.
Presenter(s):Indra Ciccarelli (Granada Hills Charter High School), Ranie Lambe (Revolution K12)
Location:Poster 9, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:Google Chromebooks for Education
Strand:Teacher Expo
Type:Breakout
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Description:Google provides a wide array of innovative products and tools to transform teaching and learning. Google's Chromebooks for Education offer intuitive, easy-to-manage and simple-to-scale netbook computers designed to power learning while delivering the power of the web. Google Apps for Education provides powerful online collaboration tools for teachers and students. Google supports teachers in their efforts to empower students and expand the frontiers of human knowledge.
Location:Presentation Area 4, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:History: From Boring to Soaring
Strand:Teacher Expo
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Middle School, High School
Description:Looking for ways to incorporate thought provoking class discussions and writings, engage students through role playing simulations, and let their creativity loose using a number of different technologies? Learn proven techniques that put the "story" back into "history".
Presenter Brian Straka has enjoyed extraordinary success bringing to life US History in his 8th grade class. New West Charter is a high performing middle school with an Academic Performance Index score of 930 and 84 percent proficiency in history.
Presenter(s):Brian Straka (New West Charter Middle School)
Location:Presentation Area 2, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:Level II/Clear Education Specialist and General Education Credential Program
Strand:Teacher Expo
Type:Poster Session
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:The El Dorado Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Induction Program provides opportunities for eligible education specialist and general education teachers to expand and deepen their teaching knowledge and skill as they complete the requirements for a California clear credential. In this two year induction program, all candidates are partnered with a trained, job-alike education specialist support provider to support their work. Program Advantages:online classes and seminars fulfilling all clear credential requirements, concentrated program requiring only 60 hours induction work, and university credit is available.
Presenter(s):Angie Lind (El Dorado County Office of Education)
Location:Poster 2, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:Providing Equity, Access and Opportunities for Advanced Placement
Strand:Teacher Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Middle School, High School
Description:Participants will examine “best practices” from various charter schools and school districts which promote, recruit and sustain advanced placement programs for all students. Participants will also assess the components for developing and sustaining a college-going culture, survey proven activities and processes that encourage equity and open access and identify strategies to address barriers and challenges to AP for all.
Presenter(s):Donald Mitchell (College Board)
Location:Poster 8, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:Reach Gifted Learners with Individualized Projects
Strand:Teacher Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Non-Classroom Based
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School
Description:Looking for an exciting way to reach gifted learners? Let the students do all the work! At Hickman Charter School, our Gifted and Talented Education program not only provides our gifted students with individualized projects, more importantly, it provides them the opportunity to take charge of their own learning. Walk away from this session with handouts and ideas to implement a practical and low-cost GATE program for a single student, class, school, or district.
Presenter(s):Marie Reynosa (Hickman Charter School)
Location:Poster 3, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:The School Newspaper
Strand:Teacher Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Middle School, High School
Description:Beginning and maintaining a student/school newspaper is an excellent way to reinforce English skills, communication skills, and school-wide excellence. The student/school newspaper can be an excellent tool for use in promoting the good things that occur within the school setting, how that relates to the community, while reinforcing academic excellence and school pride.
Presenter(s):John Berge (John Muir Charter School)
Location:Poster 6, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Title:Thinkfinity: Free and Engaging Educational Resources
Strand:Teacher Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Struggling to embed 21st century skills into the curriculum? Find free educational resources aligned to the Common Core Standards and California Standards with Thinkfinity! In this session, attendees will learn how to access thousands of free K-12 lesson plans and student interactives. These amazing free resources are provided through a partnership between the Verizon Foundation and 11 of the most trusted names in education, including National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian and more.
Presenter(s):Gail Desler (Imperial County Office of Education)
Location:Poster 5, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Tuesday 2/28 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

5:00–6:30 p.m.: Happy Hour in Exhibit Hall

Specialty

Title:Happy Hour in the Exhibit Hall
Strand:Specialty
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Description:Everyone will have a good time at this mid-conference event! It’s a chance to socialize and network in a relaxed atmosphere. Sponsored by DriversEd.com
Location:Exhibit Hall ABC, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

6:00–7:00 p.m.: Regional Meetings

Specialty

Title:Regional Meetings
Strand:Specialty
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Description:Each year the regional Member Council representatives and CCSA staff host regional meetings for conference attendees. These sessions provide you with the opportunity to discuss critical issues specific to your region and network with other charter charter leaders from your area while enjoying wine and cheese.

Who Should Attend?
Charter school leaders, charter school management organizations, business
managers, board members and community partners.

Northwestern California Meeting (Regions 1, 4 and 5)
Room 310
Counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Lake, Humboldt, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Trinity

Northeastern California Meeting (Regions 2 and 3)
Room 308
Counties: Alpine, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Yolo, Yuba

Central Valley Meeting (Regions 6 and 7)
Room 309
Counties: Amador, Calaveras, Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolomne

Ventura/Santa Barbara Meeting (Region 8)
Room 305
Counties: Kern, San Luis Obispo, Ventura, Santa Barbara
Host: Doreen Learned Camarillo Academy for Progressive Education , Camarillo

Greater San Diego Meeting (Region 9)
Room 307
Counties: Imperial, Orange, San Diego

Inland Empire Meeting (Region 10)
Room 301
Counties: Inyo, Mono, Riverside, San Bernardino,

Greater Los Angeles Meeting (Region11)
Room 306
County: Los Angeles

Location:Rooms Vary, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

6:30 p.m.: Exhibit Hall Closes






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