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

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012


7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.: Registration Open


8:30–9:45 a.m.: Breakout Sessions

Teachers

Title:How to Start an Afterschool Program Operated by a Charter School
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This presentation will serve as a guide to the basics of establishing an after school program at a charter school including: reasons that charter schools have opted to include an after school component, community collaborations and after school offerings, a summary of operating requirements and staff member/teacher qualifications for state-funded after school programs, strategies for effective after school program management, and after school program funding options.
Presenter(s):Carlyn Obringer (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:316, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Performance Management

Title:Transforming Schools Through Purposeful Walkthroughs
Strand:Performance Management
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary
Description:A Milken National Award-winning principal will lead you through a powerful walkthrough structure that connects research and practice. You’ll be amazed at the quantity and quality of evidence-based information gathered with this three-minute protocol. Learn to use focused feedback to create effective classroom environments, implement rigorous standards-based curriculum, facilitate quality instruction, and promote assessment that drives instruction. Through dynamic video clips, leadership anecdotes, and handouts, you’ll leave with a repertoire of skills to use immediately.
Presenter(s):Linda Fisher (Learning Headquarters)
Location:302/303, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Title:What Charter Schools Need to Know About Credentialing
Strand:Performance Management
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This session will provide information to individuals who are responsible for ensuring that teachers employed in core academic areas in charter schools hold the appropriate credential, certificate, permit, or waiver. Topics to be covered include the functions of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, guidelines for the submission of applications for teaching documents, credential hierarchy, Commission website resources, online application features, basic credential information, and communication with the Commission.
Presenter(s):Dixy Howard (Commission on Teacher Credentialing), Erin Skubal (Commission on Teacher Credentialing)
Location:201, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Accountability

Title:Meeting and Exceeding Academic Progress Goals: PCSG
Strand:Accountability
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Meeting and Exceeding Academic Progress Goals: Strategies to ensure a school can meet or exceed Academic Progress Index growth targets and Adequate Yearly Progress targets. Include strategies for implementing the following practices:Professional development, teaching training,using data to inform instruction and to evaluate programs and professional staff, using varied instructional strategies to engage all students.
Presenter(s):Alice Miller (California Charter Schools Association), Dr. Michael Moody (Insight Education Group, Inc.), Jason Stricker (Insight Education Group, Inc.)
Location:304, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Special Education

Title:It Begins with a Partnership: Going All-In for Student Success
Strand:Special Education
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:By coupling strategic behavioral and academic supports, a linkage too often overlooked within the tiered Response to Intervention framework, Education for Change Public Schools, in partnership with Seneca Center, has created and implemented a systematic approach for raising outcomes for diverse learners. Join in to explore how this methodology has changed teacher and leader talk across campus and gain access to multidisciplinary tools that integrate research-verified strategies with observable data.
Presenter(s):Ken Berrick (Seneca Center), Lihi Rosenthal (Seneca Family of Agencies), Hae-Sin Thomas (Education for Change Public Schools)
Location:310, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Legal

Title:Bullying, Harassment and Free Speech: The Balancing Act
Strand:Legal
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Bullying and harassment have become hot-button issues for all schools in recent years. Attendees will explore the obligations and options that a charter school has in responding to complaints of harassment and bullying within the student discipline system. In addition, participants will learn about the new laws passed by the California legislature regarding cyber-bullying and free speech. Finally, we will discuss how charter schools can be proactive, instead of having to be reactive, to these situations.
Presenter(s):Michael Hersher (Middleton, Young & Minney, LLP)
Location:313, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Title:Expulsions and Suspensions: This Isn't How We Did It at the District!
Strand:Legal
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:School districts must follow detailed statutory procedures for student suspensions and expulsions. Charter schools are exempt, hence the charter petition element concerning suspension and expulsion procedures. But many charters attempt to follow Education Code procedures, creating unnecessary administrative challenges. Charters are free to develop policies and procedures catered to each school's circumstances. This session will discuss useful and creative options for charters.
Presenter(s):John Lemmo (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP)
Location:308, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Human Resources

Title:Employment Policies: Your First Step to Protecting Your School
Strand:Human Resources
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Too many employers develop their employment policies only after they have had a problem and then it is often too late. This session will provide you with an understanding of what policies your school needs to maximize employee efficiency and to protect your school, your students and your other employees. It will also include some sample policies.
Presenter(s):Hollis Peterson (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP), Wendy Tucker (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP)
Location:306, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Fund Raising

Title:Casting Your Net: Diversified Fund Raising Strategies for Sustainability
Strand:Fund Raising
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Fiscal security for your school in these challenging times depends on executing a diversified funding plan. In this session, get the tools to develop a strategic roadmap for funding sustainability. Using backwards planning, presenters from both small first year elementary and large successful 6-12 schools will share their successes in creating diversified funding plans. Participants will learn how to map the school’s priorities and best practices to specific fundraising strategies as well as how to build internal staff capacity to save time and money.
Presenter(s):Amanda Confer (Capitol Collegiate Academy), Cyndi Muylle (The Preuss School UCSD), Jill Wells (EdTec Inc.)
Location:305, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Budget and Cash Flow

Title:Charter School Audits from Preparation to Resolution
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:Audit season can be a stressful time. Learn tips to avoid pitfalls, proactively prepare before the auditors arrive, and respond to and resolve any audit exceptions or deficiencies. Does your school promote and maintain systems of accountability? Participants will learn about the revised IRS Form 990 requirements now in effect. If you follow our guidelines properly, you can be sure to have happy auditors and stress-free field work.
Presenter(s):Sarah Kollman (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP), Wade McMullen (Vicenti, Lloyd & Stutzman LLP), Tammy Stanton (ExED), Walter Wallace (Granada Hills Charter High School)
Location:315, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Title:Moving Your Charter School from Red to Black
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:This presentation will highlight how New West Charter Middle School and Inner City Education Foundation worked through near closures to long-term fiscal solvency for New West, and a path to financial recovery for ICEF. New West achieved a $1M swing from red to black in two years following a simple financial plan. New West is a high-performing California Distinguished School with an Academic Performance Index score of 913. ICEF operates 14 schools with over 4,500 students and is currently in the process of financial recovery.
Presenter(s):Marshall Mayotte (ExED), Carrie Wagner (ExED), Sharon Weir (New West Charter Middle School)
Location:205, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Governance

Title:Confessions of a Recovering School Leader: How to Survive School Leadership
Strand:Governance
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Join nationally recognized charter school author/speaker and recovering school leader, Dr. Brian L. Carpenter, for an unusual session on how school leaders can survive the stresses of school leadership using five slightly unconventional strategies. Each participant will receive a free 8-page content-rich handout (not a copy of some PowerPoint slides!).
Presenter(s):Brian Carpenter (Carpenter & Associates, LLC)
Location:204, Sacramento Convention Center,
204, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Wednesday 2/29 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Title:Scaling Up: Managing Multiple Charter Schools
Strand:Governance
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Your first school is a success. How should your organization grow? Add grade levels? Open a new charter? Create a new corporation? How does growth affect your board(s), finances, staff, authorizer oversight and legal structures? Discuss successful strategies with a successful multi-charter, multi-state nonprofit charter CEO, back-office financial services company founder and experienced charter school attorney.
Presenter(s):Linda Dawson (SIATech, Inc.), Sandro Lanni (Charter School Management Corporation), Gregory Moser (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP)
Location:203, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Advocacy

Title:State Budget Update: Overview and Outlook on the Education Budget
Strand:Advocacy
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This session will present a panel of state budget experts to discuss the state of California's budget and the outlook for education finance. Experts from the Legislative Analyst's Office, Department of Finance and the State Legislature share their experience and perspectives on the budget situation and its impact on charter schools.
Presenter(s):Jennifer Kuhn (Legislative Analyst's Office), Amy Rutschow (Assembly Republican Caucus), Nicolas Schweizer (California Department of Finance)
Location:307, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Communications/Public Awareness

Title:Jump on the Social Brand Wagon!
Strand:Communications/Public Awareness
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Come learn all about marketing, communication management and building your brand using social media tools to your best advantage. Does your charter school organization speak the language of today's digital natives? Come learn how simple, low cost communication strategies can connect your school community in innovative and exciting ways! Build your culture, communicate your mission, and accomplish your goals using social media tools available to everyone. We will show you how!
Presenter(s):Carrie Birchler (Oxford Preparatory Academy)
Location:309, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Authorizer Relations

Title:Avoiding the Break-up: Preparing for Renewal and Avoiding Revocation
Strand:Authorizer Relations
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Got a good thing going that you want to protect? We want to help you avoid non-renewal and revocation. We have 18 years of experience in defending charter schools against revocations and supporting charter schools through renewal. We will outline the top 15 reasons charter schools are revoked or non-renewed and discuss real-life examples, taking the lessons from each. We will also discuss the legal steps for renewal of the charter and critical tips for submitting a renewal petition.
Presenter(s):Lisa Corr (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP), Paul Minney (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP), Janelle Ruley (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP)
Location:311, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Individualized Learning

Title:1-1 Triple Play: Engage Students, Empower Staff and Differentiate Your School
Strand:Individualized Learning
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Learn how one charter school made a 1:1 triple play by engaging students, empowering staff while at the same time differentiating their school through a 1:1 laptop program. This session will showcase how a successful 1:1 program was developed during a difficult economic time and will discuss the exciting benefits and hidden challenges facing a 1:1. This presentation includes an interactive Q&A panel to answer specific teacher and administrator questions.
Presenter(s):Laura Badillo (Santa Rosa Academy), Kim Ciabattini (Santa Rosa Academy), Joseph Clevenger (Santa Rosa Academy), Terry Loftus (Santa Rosa Academy)
Location:301, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Title:Inexpensive, Free or Open Source: But Wait, There's More!
Strand:Individualized Learning
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:An emerging California Charter Schools Association tradition, this invited panel moderated by Mark Miller will demonstrate emerging low cost yet compelling technology solutions for charters. Online creativity and productivity, cloud-based collaboration and sharing, outstanding free content and more will be illustrated and discussed. Foster 21st century skills despite painful budget cuts! Successful educators in the audience will be drawn in for candid assessments of how they use these tools and which work best at their schools.
Presenter(s):Mark L. Miller, Ph.D. (Learningtech.org)
Location:314, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Developing New Charter Schools

Title:Developing Sound and Defendable Charter Petition Budgets
Strand:Developing New Charter Schools
Type:Breakout
Audience:Developers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:The petition budget can be a major stumbling block for developers because it is a concrete area that authorizers can target for denial. Without a sound budget based on solid assumptions, otherwise great petitions will likely be denied approval. Learn about budgeting and assumptions, developing accurate cash flow projections, and common pitfalls throughout the process. Co-presenters from single-site and Charter Management organizations will offer their perspectives and experience in presenting and defending petition budgets.
Presenter(s):Kathleen Brown (New Spirit Charter School,), Dawn Evenson (SCVi Charterschool/iLEAD Education Corporation), Claudia Flores (Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC Schools)), Amber Raskin (SCVi Charter School/iLEAD Education Corporation), Kelly Theofanis (EdTec Inc.)
Location:318, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Online Learning

Title:Developing a Blended Model in Middle School
Strand:Online Learning
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Middle School
Description:Downtown College Prep Alum Rock is a new, 6-12 charter school that opened its doors in August 2011 with grades 6-7. DCP Alum Rock serves primarily low-income students who are the first in their families to go to college. Participants will learn how we developed our blended learning model, what successes and challenges we faced, and how we are iterating our development of blended learning.
Presenter(s):David Herrera (Downtown College Prep Alum Rock), Greg Klein (Downtown College Prep Alum Rock)
Location:312, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Title:Motivating the Math Mind: Oakland Unity High School and the Khan Approach
Strand:Online Learning
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Oakland Unity High School is the highest performing 9-12 high school in Oakland, CA. While our school has experienced a four-year API growth trend of 140 points, our students continue to struggle with math. We have turned to technology to awaken the math mind of our students.Learn about our Summer Success and Learning Lab classes, and how we are effectively using the Khan Academy to motivate students.

Khan presentation available at http://prezi.com/7mjf0_bvaitn/overview/

OUHS presentation available at http://prezi.com/ig79oxs_o3vx/oakland-unity-high-school-and-the-khan-academy-pilot-motivating-the-math-mind/

Presenter(s):Kallie Berg (Oakland Unity High School), David Castillo (Oakland Unity High School), Peter McIntosh (Oakland Unity High School), Maureen Suhendra (Khan Academy)
Location:319, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

9:15 a.m.: Exhibit Hall Opens


9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.: Parent Summit

Parent Summit

Title:Parent Social: Getting to Know Other Charter Parents
Strand:Parent Summit
Type:Breakout
Audience:Parents
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Join Families That Can in welcoming ALL to the opening of Parent Summit 2012. Come meet other charter families across the state, get an overview of the day and events at Parent Summit, and meet the Families That Can team. This is an opportunity to network and strengthen your knowledge of the charter school movement.
Presenter(s):Corri Ravare (Families That Can)
Location:202, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Specialty

Title:Cyber Café in the Exhibit Hall
Strand:Specialty
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Description:Need to use a computer? Want to stay in touch with your school or office?
Head to the Cyber Café for all your computer and Internet needs. You can even plug
in your own laptop! The Cyber Café will be open in the Exhibit Hall during the following
hours: Tuesday 9:30 am–6:30 pm and Wednesday 9:30 am–2:30 pm.
Sponsored By The Miller Institute and Visions in Education
Location:Exhibit Hall ABC, Sacramento Convention Center,
Exhibit Hall ABC, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Tuesday 2/28 9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday 2/29 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

9:45–10:45 a.m.: Break, Exhibit Hall

Specialty

Title:Wednesday Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall
Strand:Specialty
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Description:Free coffee is provided during the Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall for one hour before the general session. Also see poster sessions in Part 1 of the Facility and Operations Expo in the Exhibit Hall, sponsored by Robert W. Baird & Co.
Location:Exhibit Hall ABC, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Facilities & Operations Expo

Title:A How-To Guide on Green Charter School Facilities
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Business Managers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:How do you construct, renovate and finance a green building? This how-to session will demonstrate ways of greening a leased or owned facility. It will focus on the economic, environmental and social rationale for K-12 green schools. Hear the school perspective about how greening impacts their teachers, staff, students, parents and community. The discussion will also include financing options to encourage more cost-effective, sustainable schools.
Presenter(s):Jennifer Afdahl Rice (NCB Capital Impact)
Location:Poster 7, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 7, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:A Survival Guide: Finding Your Facility
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Your facility is a key component to the success of your charter school. Come learn about the DOs and DON’Ts when it comes to finding either your first or your next facility. Find out what you should be looking for in your next facility. Hear about the best ways to assemble your facility team, how to work with cities, and key items to look for before signing your lease.
Presenter(s):Benson Sainsbury (InSite Charter School Services)
Location:Poster 8, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 8, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Bonds 101
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Business Managers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Bonds 101 will provide a basic introduction to charter school facility financing using tax-exempt bonds. Charter schools are increasingly gaining access to bond financing as a long-term facilities financing solution in California. A bond attorney, charter CFO and bond finance professional will address such questions as: Why use tax-exempt bonds? Can my school access the capital markets? What kinds of projects can I finance? What is the process and timing of a bond transaction?
Presenter(s):Eugene Clark-Herrera (Orrick, Herrington &Sutcliffe LLP), Bill Wildman (RBC Capital Markets)
Location:Poster 9, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 9, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:California Charter Building Fund: Helping Charters Own/Improve Facilities
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Whether you are looking to purchase land, build a charter school from the ground up or make renovations to an owned or leased facility, come hear how the California Charter Building Fund can launch your project successfully. The CCBF can help finance difficult projects including those that involve state bond money, Proposition 39 sites and/or leased property.
Presenter(s):Virginie Arnaud Le Pape (NCB Capital Impact), Joe Harrington (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:Poster 3, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 3, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Cracking the Code: Conceptual Budgeting for Charter Developers
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Developers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Bringing your vision for a school into focus involves multiple hurdles. One of the most challenging obstacles for developers is creating a conceptual budget that makes the vision tangible. Panelists will share their expertise in charter school budgeting and provide snapshots of school spending benchmarks. During this session, participants will use these benchmarks to begin the process of creating a preliminary planning budget.
Presenter(s):Stacie Ivery (Yav Pem Suab Academy), Gasper Martinez (EdTec Inc.), Judy Morales (Language Academy of Sacramento)
Location:Poster 11, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 11, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Effective Employee Development and Management
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Looking for coaching, counseling and disciplinary procedures that will help you build a productive team? Too many schools allow marginal performers to languish. This program will help you understand the benefit of constructive criticism and active communication with low and non-performing staff members. When you gain the confidence you need to engage in meaningful performance discussions, your employees will be better equipped to meet your expectations.
Presenter(s):Sharon Stull (CCSA Insurance JPA c/o Community Risk SolutionsC)
Location:Poster 18, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 18, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:ExED Charter School Facilities New Market Tax Credit Financings, 2005-2011
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Business Managers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This workshop will present how New Market Tax Credits, affordable financing for charter school facilities, has been used to build over 8800 seats (19 schools) operating in very low-income communities in Los Angeles. We will provide detailed examples of how commercial banks and community development financial institutions have harnessed the NMTCs. We will discuss new tools to leverage different capital sources such as 1D or Prop 55 with NMTC or subsidies from local districts.
Presenter(s):Mike Keeley (ExED), Anita Landecker (ExED), Louise Manuel (ExED)
Location:Poster 12, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 12, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Facility Financing Fundamentals for Charter School Leaders
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Business Managers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:The decision to acquire, build or renovate a school facility often requires financing with debt held by public investors. This presentation will provide basic information on the credit metrics that investors and the rating agencies find most important when evaluating the credit profile of a charter school. Learn what it takes to achieve an investment grade rating, the steps necessary to keep it and how to make your school’s bonds more attractive to institutional investors.
Presenter(s):Rich Harmon (Ziegler), Carlotta Mills (Standard & Poor's), Paula Permenter (Ziegler Investment Banking)
Location:Poster 13, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 13, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Five Alternative Approaches to Getting It Built: Building, Financing, Access
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Lend Lease and Sally Swanson Architects will discuss financial models of creating charter schools including public/private partnerships, design-build, lease/lease-back, and construction manager at risk which guarantees a charter school within a targeted budget. Alternative approaches can include financing from entitlement to close out. School modernizations will be covered, with disability access code compliance an important factor. Also discussed will be involving students for future building careers through internships during the process.
Presenter(s):Charles Robitaille (Lend Lease), Sally Swanson (Sally Swanson Architecture)
Location:Poster 17, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 17, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Health benefits + HR compliance = STRESS! Get the facts without the fluff!
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Charter schools are wondering what the future of employer provided benefits holds and what it all REALLY means. Legislative, regulatory and market changes in 2012 will continue to reshape your benefits and compensation plans in the coming year. The details of National Health Care Reform will unfold and the economic landscape will drive more employers to re-evaluate what they offer. We will provide strategies for benefit cost containment, risk management practices for HR professionals, and access to resources needed to improve HR operations, benefits offerings, and fiscal accountability.
Presenter(s):Tony Lee (Dickerson Employee Benefits), Diana Miller (CCSA EWBT and Dickerson Employee Benefits)
Location:Poster 5, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 5, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Nutrition Services Programs and Charter Schools
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Staff from the California Department of Education Nutrition Services Division and experienced charter school leaders will discuss recent changes in federal meal program requirements and issues unique to operating a compliant and successful food service program at your charter school.
Location:Poster 6, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 6, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Present and Future Perfect: Site Planning, Selection, and Acquisition
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Plan a charter campus ready to accommodate your learning program. Access funding that builds affordable facilities using existing resources. Working with Districts or on your own, concisely evaluate the site acquisition options of land purchase versus existing buildings. Envision best uses of existing buildings to create a responsive, contemporary learning environment. Employ “bridge the gap” strategies that take your school from existing to new campus, maintaining quality education programs and crafting your unique campus identity.
Presenter(s):Gaylaird Christopher (Architecture for Education, Incorporated), Cindy Petersen (Gateway Community Charters), Rick Piercy (Academy for Academic Excellence)
Location:Poster 15, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 15, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Selecting the Best Facility Financing Source for Your Charter School
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:With state budgets constrained, minimizing the impact of your facility expense is more important than ever. Understanding the various types of facility financing available to charter schools, their characteristics, qualifying criteria, and whether or not they involve a subsidy can help you choose the least-cost financing available and keep dollars in the classroom.
Presenter(s):John Buck (Buck Financial Advisors LLC), California Charter School Operator (TBD), Brian Colon (Robert W. Baird & Co.), Gregory Moser (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP), Member of the Association (California Charter School Association)
Location:Poster 16, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 16, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Subsidizing Facility Financing with Tax Credits
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Business Managers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Interactive discussion of federal tax credit financing programs being used by charter schools to reduce debt payments on permanent facilities to as little as $250,000/year for a $10,000,000 project. Discussion will cover how to qualify for financing and how to structure financing. Audience questions will be encouraged.
Presenter(s):Dante Gumucio (Public Economics, Inc.), Carly Simard (Public Economics, Inc.)
Location:Poster 14, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Title:The Architect Is In
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Developers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Bill Gould, one of the leading architects for charter school facilities in the South Bay, is available to share his experience with over a dozen sites. He has been involved with charters through the entire facility evolution, from incubation site to transition sites to permanent facilities. You have facility questions; he has expertise and case studies to share. Take advantage of his knowledge and see if he can assist with your approach to facility challenges.
Presenter(s):Vanessa Williams (Artik Art & Architecture)
Location:Poster 10, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 10, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:The Big Three: Common Environmental Issues Facing Schools
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Three topics your teams should know inside and out are: asbestos, mold, and water incursion. If you cannot answer the following questions, we’d expect to see you in this presentation. Are we are really installing asbestos containing materials in our schools built today? Asbestos is illegal in the U.S., isn’t it? Was the term “black mold” actually invented by the media? Am I really breathing mold spores in every breath I take? Can some flood water contain dangerous chemical and biological contaminants?
Presenter(s):Derrick Denis (Clark Seif Clark, Inc), Egan Forino (Clark Seif Clark, Inc.)
Location:Poster 19, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 19, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:The CIVICS Campaign: California Informed Voters in Charter Schools
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:General Ed/Stakeholders
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Learn how to increase civic participation at your school during this election year. We'll share resources on integrating civics into your curriculum and tips for organizing non-partisan, volunteer-based voter registration, voter education, and get-out-the-vote initiatives in your community. Public education is the foundation of our democracy!
Presenter(s):Laura Kerr (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:Poster 4, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 4, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:The Desert Sands Compliance System: Eight Years, Zero Audit Exceptions
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Non-Classroom Based
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Desert Sands Charter is a personalized learning charter school in Lancaster, CA. In 2003, DSCHS created a simple, yet effective, system to ensure the integrity of their annual audits. Eight years later, the system has produced perfect audits every year. In this presentation, attendees will learn about the DSCHS compliance system and how to implement it at their non-classroom based charter school, hopefully ensuring perfect audits for decades to come!
Presenter(s):Robert Berry (Desert Sands Charter High School), Renee Chaussee (Desert Sands Charter High School), Avery Giannoulis (Desert Sands Charter High School)
Location:Poster 1, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 1, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:The Three-legged Stool: Authorizer, Service Provider and Charter School
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:General Ed/Stakeholders
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:An outstanding working relationship between the charter-school authorizer, the school’s board, and the school’s educational service provider requires clear, frequent and open communications, and clearly delineated roles and responsibilities. Cooper Chair in Public School Administration Rossier School of Education Guilbert Hentschke with the University of Southern California joins President Gene Eidelman of Mosaica Education, the ESO for Mercury Online Academy of Southern California, in discussing key considerations in establishing and maintaining effective three-way relationships, and stronger schools.
Presenter(s):Gene Eidelman (Mosaica Education, Inc.), Guilbert Hentschke (University of Southern California)
Location:Poster 2, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 2, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Workers' Compensation: General Overview of Rights and Responsibilities
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:The presentation will offer a general overview of the employer's rights and responsibilities for new and existing employees. It will explain the importance of timely reporting of injuries from the standpoint of regulatory compliance. The program will address the exposure that schools have Workers' Compensation lawsuits arising from retaliation and "serious and willful" violations. Participants will learn the top 10 reasons for charter school employee injuries.
Presenter(s):Susan Bedard (CCSA Insurance JPA c/o Community Risk Solutions)
Location:Poster 20, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

9:45–10:45 a.m.: Facilities & Operations Expo (Part 1), Exhibit Hall

Specialty

Title:Wednesday Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall
Strand:Specialty
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Description:Free coffee is provided during the Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall for one hour before the general session. Also see poster sessions in Part 1 of the Facility and Operations Expo in the Exhibit Hall, sponsored by Robert W. Baird & Co.
Location:Exhibit Hall ABC, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Facilities & Operations Expo

Title:A How-To Guide on Green Charter School Facilities
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Business Managers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:How do you construct, renovate and finance a green building? This how-to session will demonstrate ways of greening a leased or owned facility. It will focus on the economic, environmental and social rationale for K-12 green schools. Hear the school perspective about how greening impacts their teachers, staff, students, parents and community. The discussion will also include financing options to encourage more cost-effective, sustainable schools.
Presenter(s):Jennifer Afdahl Rice (NCB Capital Impact)
Location:Poster 7, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 7, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:A Survival Guide: Finding Your Facility
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Your facility is a key component to the success of your charter school. Come learn about the DOs and DON’Ts when it comes to finding either your first or your next facility. Find out what you should be looking for in your next facility. Hear about the best ways to assemble your facility team, how to work with cities, and key items to look for before signing your lease.
Presenter(s):Benson Sainsbury (InSite Charter School Services)
Location:Poster 8, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 8, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Bonds 101
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Business Managers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Bonds 101 will provide a basic introduction to charter school facility financing using tax-exempt bonds. Charter schools are increasingly gaining access to bond financing as a long-term facilities financing solution in California. A bond attorney, charter CFO and bond finance professional will address such questions as: Why use tax-exempt bonds? Can my school access the capital markets? What kinds of projects can I finance? What is the process and timing of a bond transaction?
Presenter(s):Eugene Clark-Herrera (Orrick, Herrington &Sutcliffe LLP), Bill Wildman (RBC Capital Markets)
Location:Poster 9, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 9, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:California Charter Building Fund: Helping Charters Own/Improve Facilities
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Whether you are looking to purchase land, build a charter school from the ground up or make renovations to an owned or leased facility, come hear how the California Charter Building Fund can launch your project successfully. The CCBF can help finance difficult projects including those that involve state bond money, Proposition 39 sites and/or leased property.
Presenter(s):Virginie Arnaud Le Pape (NCB Capital Impact), Joe Harrington (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:Poster 3, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 3, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Cracking the Code: Conceptual Budgeting for Charter Developers
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Developers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Bringing your vision for a school into focus involves multiple hurdles. One of the most challenging obstacles for developers is creating a conceptual budget that makes the vision tangible. Panelists will share their expertise in charter school budgeting and provide snapshots of school spending benchmarks. During this session, participants will use these benchmarks to begin the process of creating a preliminary planning budget.
Presenter(s):Stacie Ivery (Yav Pem Suab Academy), Gasper Martinez (EdTec Inc.), Judy Morales (Language Academy of Sacramento)
Location:Poster 11, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 11, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Effective Employee Development and Management
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Looking for coaching, counseling and disciplinary procedures that will help you build a productive team? Too many schools allow marginal performers to languish. This program will help you understand the benefit of constructive criticism and active communication with low and non-performing staff members. When you gain the confidence you need to engage in meaningful performance discussions, your employees will be better equipped to meet your expectations.
Presenter(s):Sharon Stull (CCSA Insurance JPA c/o Community Risk SolutionsC)
Location:Poster 18, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 18, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:ExED Charter School Facilities New Market Tax Credit Financings, 2005-2011
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Business Managers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This workshop will present how New Market Tax Credits, affordable financing for charter school facilities, has been used to build over 8800 seats (19 schools) operating in very low-income communities in Los Angeles. We will provide detailed examples of how commercial banks and community development financial institutions have harnessed the NMTCs. We will discuss new tools to leverage different capital sources such as 1D or Prop 55 with NMTC or subsidies from local districts.
Presenter(s):Mike Keeley (ExED), Anita Landecker (ExED), Louise Manuel (ExED)
Location:Poster 12, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 12, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Facility Financing Fundamentals for Charter School Leaders
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Business Managers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:The decision to acquire, build or renovate a school facility often requires financing with debt held by public investors. This presentation will provide basic information on the credit metrics that investors and the rating agencies find most important when evaluating the credit profile of a charter school. Learn what it takes to achieve an investment grade rating, the steps necessary to keep it and how to make your school’s bonds more attractive to institutional investors.
Presenter(s):Rich Harmon (Ziegler), Carlotta Mills (Standard & Poor's), Paula Permenter (Ziegler Investment Banking)
Location:Poster 13, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 13, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Five Alternative Approaches to Getting It Built: Building, Financing, Access
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Lend Lease and Sally Swanson Architects will discuss financial models of creating charter schools including public/private partnerships, design-build, lease/lease-back, and construction manager at risk which guarantees a charter school within a targeted budget. Alternative approaches can include financing from entitlement to close out. School modernizations will be covered, with disability access code compliance an important factor. Also discussed will be involving students for future building careers through internships during the process.
Presenter(s):Charles Robitaille (Lend Lease), Sally Swanson (Sally Swanson Architecture)
Location:Poster 17, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 17, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Health benefits + HR compliance = STRESS! Get the facts without the fluff!
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Charter schools are wondering what the future of employer provided benefits holds and what it all REALLY means. Legislative, regulatory and market changes in 2012 will continue to reshape your benefits and compensation plans in the coming year. The details of National Health Care Reform will unfold and the economic landscape will drive more employers to re-evaluate what they offer. We will provide strategies for benefit cost containment, risk management practices for HR professionals, and access to resources needed to improve HR operations, benefits offerings, and fiscal accountability.
Presenter(s):Tony Lee (Dickerson Employee Benefits), Diana Miller (CCSA EWBT and Dickerson Employee Benefits)
Location:Poster 5, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 5, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Nutrition Services Programs and Charter Schools
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Staff from the California Department of Education Nutrition Services Division and experienced charter school leaders will discuss recent changes in federal meal program requirements and issues unique to operating a compliant and successful food service program at your charter school.
Location:Poster 6, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 6, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Present and Future Perfect: Site Planning, Selection, and Acquisition
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Plan a charter campus ready to accommodate your learning program. Access funding that builds affordable facilities using existing resources. Working with Districts or on your own, concisely evaluate the site acquisition options of land purchase versus existing buildings. Envision best uses of existing buildings to create a responsive, contemporary learning environment. Employ “bridge the gap” strategies that take your school from existing to new campus, maintaining quality education programs and crafting your unique campus identity.
Presenter(s):Gaylaird Christopher (Architecture for Education, Incorporated), Cindy Petersen (Gateway Community Charters), Rick Piercy (Academy for Academic Excellence)
Location:Poster 15, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 15, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Selecting the Best Facility Financing Source for Your Charter School
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:With state budgets constrained, minimizing the impact of your facility expense is more important than ever. Understanding the various types of facility financing available to charter schools, their characteristics, qualifying criteria, and whether or not they involve a subsidy can help you choose the least-cost financing available and keep dollars in the classroom.
Presenter(s):John Buck (Buck Financial Advisors LLC), California Charter School Operator (TBD), Brian Colon (Robert W. Baird & Co.), Gregory Moser (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP), Member of the Association (California Charter School Association)
Location:Poster 16, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 16, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Subsidizing Facility Financing with Tax Credits
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Business Managers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Interactive discussion of federal tax credit financing programs being used by charter schools to reduce debt payments on permanent facilities to as little as $250,000/year for a $10,000,000 project. Discussion will cover how to qualify for financing and how to structure financing. Audience questions will be encouraged.
Presenter(s):Dante Gumucio (Public Economics, Inc.), Carly Simard (Public Economics, Inc.)
Location:Poster 14, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Title:The Architect Is In
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Developers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Bill Gould, one of the leading architects for charter school facilities in the South Bay, is available to share his experience with over a dozen sites. He has been involved with charters through the entire facility evolution, from incubation site to transition sites to permanent facilities. You have facility questions; he has expertise and case studies to share. Take advantage of his knowledge and see if he can assist with your approach to facility challenges.
Presenter(s):Vanessa Williams (Artik Art & Architecture)
Location:Poster 10, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 10, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:The Big Three: Common Environmental Issues Facing Schools
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Three topics your teams should know inside and out are: asbestos, mold, and water incursion. If you cannot answer the following questions, we’d expect to see you in this presentation. Are we are really installing asbestos containing materials in our schools built today? Asbestos is illegal in the U.S., isn’t it? Was the term “black mold” actually invented by the media? Am I really breathing mold spores in every breath I take? Can some flood water contain dangerous chemical and biological contaminants?
Presenter(s):Derrick Denis (Clark Seif Clark, Inc), Egan Forino (Clark Seif Clark, Inc.)
Location:Poster 19, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 19, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:The CIVICS Campaign: California Informed Voters in Charter Schools
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:General Ed/Stakeholders
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Learn how to increase civic participation at your school during this election year. We'll share resources on integrating civics into your curriculum and tips for organizing non-partisan, volunteer-based voter registration, voter education, and get-out-the-vote initiatives in your community. Public education is the foundation of our democracy!
Presenter(s):Laura Kerr (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:Poster 4, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 4, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:The Desert Sands Compliance System: Eight Years, Zero Audit Exceptions
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Non-Classroom Based
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Desert Sands Charter is a personalized learning charter school in Lancaster, CA. In 2003, DSCHS created a simple, yet effective, system to ensure the integrity of their annual audits. Eight years later, the system has produced perfect audits every year. In this presentation, attendees will learn about the DSCHS compliance system and how to implement it at their non-classroom based charter school, hopefully ensuring perfect audits for decades to come!
Presenter(s):Robert Berry (Desert Sands Charter High School), Renee Chaussee (Desert Sands Charter High School), Avery Giannoulis (Desert Sands Charter High School)
Location:Poster 1, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 1, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:The Three-legged Stool: Authorizer, Service Provider and Charter School
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:General Ed/Stakeholders
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:An outstanding working relationship between the charter-school authorizer, the school’s board, and the school’s educational service provider requires clear, frequent and open communications, and clearly delineated roles and responsibilities. Cooper Chair in Public School Administration Rossier School of Education Guilbert Hentschke with the University of Southern California joins President Gene Eidelman of Mosaica Education, the ESO for Mercury Online Academy of Southern California, in discussing key considerations in establishing and maintaining effective three-way relationships, and stronger schools.
Presenter(s):Gene Eidelman (Mosaica Education, Inc.), Guilbert Hentschke (University of Southern California)
Location:Poster 2, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 2, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Workers' Compensation: General Overview of Rights and Responsibilities
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:The presentation will offer a general overview of the employer's rights and responsibilities for new and existing employees. It will explain the importance of timely reporting of injuries from the standpoint of regulatory compliance. The program will address the exposure that schools have Workers' Compensation lawsuits arising from retaliation and "serious and willful" violations. Participants will learn the top 10 reasons for charter school employee injuries.
Presenter(s):Susan Bedard (CCSA Insurance JPA c/o Community Risk Solutions)
Location:Poster 20, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

10:45 a.m.–Noon: Wednesday General Session

Specialty

Title:Wednesday 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 Wednesday General Session is sponsored by NobleHour and will feature a student performance, announcements of the Hart Vision Supporter of the Year, Leader of the Year and School of the Year Awards, and keynote Kevin Johnson. The Wednesday General Session will be held in Halls D and E of the Sacramento Convention Center and begins promptly at 10:45 a.m.
Location:Halls D and E, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

10:45 a.m.–2:30 p.m.: Coffee Cart, Exhibit Hall

Specialty

Title:Wednesday 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 Wednesday General Session is sponsored by NobleHour and will feature a student performance, announcements of the Hart Vision Supporter of the Year, Leader of the Year and School of the Year Awards, and keynote Kevin Johnson. The Wednesday General Session will be held in Halls D and E of the Sacramento Convention Center and begins promptly at 10:45 a.m.
Location:Halls D and E, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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

Specialty

Title:Wednesday Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
Strand:Specialty
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Description:Free lunch is provided in the Exhibit Hall. Sponsored by: Ziegler
Location:Exhibit Hall ABC, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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

Specialty

Title:Wednesday Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
Strand:Specialty
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Description:Free lunch is provided in the Exhibit Hall. Sponsored by: Ziegler
Location:Exhibit Hall ABC, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

12:45–1:30 p.m.: Facilities & Operations Expo (Part 2), Exhibit Hall

Budget and Cash Flow

Title:Achieving High Quality Meal Programs that are Sustainable under the Current State Budget
Strand:Budget and Cash Flow
Type:Breakout
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Description:With all the budget cuts, many schools are leaving money on the table that could
be going to their students. Join Revolution Foods for an open discussion on how schools and healthy food partners can collaborate to create healthy fresh and tasty breakfast, lunch, and after school meal programs for students covered by state and federal funds.
Presenter(s):Carl Cade (Revolution Foods), Maureen Sedonaen (Revolution Foods)
Location:Presentation Area 1, Exhibit Hall A
Presentation Area 1, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Facilities & Operations Expo

Title:A How-To Guide on Green Charter School Facilities
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Business Managers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:How do you construct, renovate and finance a green building? This how-to session will demonstrate ways of greening a leased or owned facility. It will focus on the economic, environmental and social rationale for K-12 green schools. Hear the school perspective about how greening impacts their teachers, staff, students, parents and community. The discussion will also include financing options to encourage more cost-effective, sustainable schools.
Presenter(s):Jennifer Afdahl Rice (NCB Capital Impact)
Location:Poster 7, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 7, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:A Survival Guide: Finding Your Facility
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Your facility is a key component to the success of your charter school. Come learn about the DOs and DON’Ts when it comes to finding either your first or your next facility. Find out what you should be looking for in your next facility. Hear about the best ways to assemble your facility team, how to work with cities, and key items to look for before signing your lease.
Presenter(s):Benson Sainsbury (InSite Charter School Services)
Location:Poster 8, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 8, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Bonds 101
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Business Managers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Bonds 101 will provide a basic introduction to charter school facility financing using tax-exempt bonds. Charter schools are increasingly gaining access to bond financing as a long-term facilities financing solution in California. A bond attorney, charter CFO and bond finance professional will address such questions as: Why use tax-exempt bonds? Can my school access the capital markets? What kinds of projects can I finance? What is the process and timing of a bond transaction?
Presenter(s):Eugene Clark-Herrera (Orrick, Herrington &Sutcliffe LLP), Bill Wildman (RBC Capital Markets)
Location:Poster 9, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 9, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:California Charter Building Fund: Helping Charters Own/Improve Facilities
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Whether you are looking to purchase land, build a charter school from the ground up or make renovations to an owned or leased facility, come hear how the California Charter Building Fund can launch your project successfully. The CCBF can help finance difficult projects including those that involve state bond money, Proposition 39 sites and/or leased property.
Presenter(s):Virginie Arnaud Le Pape (NCB Capital Impact), Joe Harrington (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:Poster 3, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 3, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Cracking the Code: Conceptual Budgeting for Charter Developers
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Developers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Bringing your vision for a school into focus involves multiple hurdles. One of the most challenging obstacles for developers is creating a conceptual budget that makes the vision tangible. Panelists will share their expertise in charter school budgeting and provide snapshots of school spending benchmarks. During this session, participants will use these benchmarks to begin the process of creating a preliminary planning budget.
Presenter(s):Stacie Ivery (Yav Pem Suab Academy), Gasper Martinez (EdTec Inc.), Judy Morales (Language Academy of Sacramento)
Location:Poster 11, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 11, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Effective Employee Development and Management
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Looking for coaching, counseling and disciplinary procedures that will help you build a productive team? Too many schools allow marginal performers to languish. This program will help you understand the benefit of constructive criticism and active communication with low and non-performing staff members. When you gain the confidence you need to engage in meaningful performance discussions, your employees will be better equipped to meet your expectations.
Presenter(s):Sharon Stull (CCSA Insurance JPA c/o Community Risk SolutionsC)
Location:Poster 18, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 18, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:ExED Charter School Facilities New Market Tax Credit Financings, 2005-2011
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Business Managers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This workshop will present how New Market Tax Credits, affordable financing for charter school facilities, has been used to build over 8800 seats (19 schools) operating in very low-income communities in Los Angeles. We will provide detailed examples of how commercial banks and community development financial institutions have harnessed the NMTCs. We will discuss new tools to leverage different capital sources such as 1D or Prop 55 with NMTC or subsidies from local districts.
Presenter(s):Mike Keeley (ExED), Anita Landecker (ExED), Louise Manuel (ExED)
Location:Poster 12, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 12, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Facility Financing Fundamentals for Charter School Leaders
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Business Managers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:The decision to acquire, build or renovate a school facility often requires financing with debt held by public investors. This presentation will provide basic information on the credit metrics that investors and the rating agencies find most important when evaluating the credit profile of a charter school. Learn what it takes to achieve an investment grade rating, the steps necessary to keep it and how to make your school’s bonds more attractive to institutional investors.
Presenter(s):Rich Harmon (Ziegler), Carlotta Mills (Standard & Poor's), Paula Permenter (Ziegler Investment Banking)
Location:Poster 13, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 13, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Five Alternative Approaches to Getting It Built: Building, Financing, Access
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Lend Lease and Sally Swanson Architects will discuss financial models of creating charter schools including public/private partnerships, design-build, lease/lease-back, and construction manager at risk which guarantees a charter school within a targeted budget. Alternative approaches can include financing from entitlement to close out. School modernizations will be covered, with disability access code compliance an important factor. Also discussed will be involving students for future building careers through internships during the process.
Presenter(s):Charles Robitaille (Lend Lease), Sally Swanson (Sally Swanson Architecture)
Location:Poster 17, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 17, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Health benefits + HR compliance = STRESS! Get the facts without the fluff!
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Charter schools are wondering what the future of employer provided benefits holds and what it all REALLY means. Legislative, regulatory and market changes in 2012 will continue to reshape your benefits and compensation plans in the coming year. The details of National Health Care Reform will unfold and the economic landscape will drive more employers to re-evaluate what they offer. We will provide strategies for benefit cost containment, risk management practices for HR professionals, and access to resources needed to improve HR operations, benefits offerings, and fiscal accountability.
Presenter(s):Tony Lee (Dickerson Employee Benefits), Diana Miller (CCSA EWBT and Dickerson Employee Benefits)
Location:Poster 5, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 5, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Nutrition Services Programs and Charter Schools
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Staff from the California Department of Education Nutrition Services Division and experienced charter school leaders will discuss recent changes in federal meal program requirements and issues unique to operating a compliant and successful food service program at your charter school.
Location:Poster 6, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 6, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Present and Future Perfect: Site Planning, Selection, and Acquisition
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Plan a charter campus ready to accommodate your learning program. Access funding that builds affordable facilities using existing resources. Working with Districts or on your own, concisely evaluate the site acquisition options of land purchase versus existing buildings. Envision best uses of existing buildings to create a responsive, contemporary learning environment. Employ “bridge the gap” strategies that take your school from existing to new campus, maintaining quality education programs and crafting your unique campus identity.
Presenter(s):Gaylaird Christopher (Architecture for Education, Incorporated), Cindy Petersen (Gateway Community Charters), Rick Piercy (Academy for Academic Excellence)
Location:Poster 15, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 15, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Selecting the Best Facility Financing Source for Your Charter School
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:With state budgets constrained, minimizing the impact of your facility expense is more important than ever. Understanding the various types of facility financing available to charter schools, their characteristics, qualifying criteria, and whether or not they involve a subsidy can help you choose the least-cost financing available and keep dollars in the classroom.
Presenter(s):John Buck (Buck Financial Advisors LLC), California Charter School Operator (TBD), Brian Colon (Robert W. Baird & Co.), Gregory Moser (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP), Member of the Association (California Charter School Association)
Location:Poster 16, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 16, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:The Architect Is In
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Developers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Bill Gould, one of the leading architects for charter school facilities in the South Bay, is available to share his experience with over a dozen sites. He has been involved with charters through the entire facility evolution, from incubation site to transition sites to permanent facilities. You have facility questions; he has expertise and case studies to share. Take advantage of his knowledge and see if he can assist with your approach to facility challenges.
Presenter(s):Vanessa Williams (Artik Art & Architecture)
Location:Poster 10, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 10, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:The Big Three: Common Environmental Issues Facing Schools
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Three topics your teams should know inside and out are: asbestos, mold, and water incursion. If you cannot answer the following questions, we’d expect to see you in this presentation. Are we are really installing asbestos containing materials in our schools built today? Asbestos is illegal in the U.S., isn’t it? Was the term “black mold” actually invented by the media? Am I really breathing mold spores in every breath I take? Can some flood water contain dangerous chemical and biological contaminants?
Presenter(s):Derrick Denis (Clark Seif Clark, Inc), Egan Forino (Clark Seif Clark, Inc.)
Location:Poster 19, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 19, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:The CIVICS Campaign: California Informed Voters in Charter Schools
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:General Ed/Stakeholders
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Learn how to increase civic participation at your school during this election year. We'll share resources on integrating civics into your curriculum and tips for organizing non-partisan, volunteer-based voter registration, voter education, and get-out-the-vote initiatives in your community. Public education is the foundation of our democracy!
Presenter(s):Laura Kerr (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:Poster 4, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 4, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:The Desert Sands Compliance System: Eight Years, Zero Audit Exceptions
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Non-Classroom Based
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Desert Sands Charter is a personalized learning charter school in Lancaster, CA. In 2003, DSCHS created a simple, yet effective, system to ensure the integrity of their annual audits. Eight years later, the system has produced perfect audits every year. In this presentation, attendees will learn about the DSCHS compliance system and how to implement it at their non-classroom based charter school, hopefully ensuring perfect audits for decades to come!
Presenter(s):Robert Berry (Desert Sands Charter High School), Renee Chaussee (Desert Sands Charter High School), Avery Giannoulis (Desert Sands Charter High School)
Location:Poster 1, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 1, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:The Three-legged Stool: Authorizer, Service Provider and Charter School
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:General Ed/Stakeholders
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:An outstanding working relationship between the charter-school authorizer, the school’s board, and the school’s educational service provider requires clear, frequent and open communications, and clearly delineated roles and responsibilities. Cooper Chair in Public School Administration Rossier School of Education Guilbert Hentschke with the University of Southern California joins President Gene Eidelman of Mosaica Education, the ESO for Mercury Online Academy of Southern California, in discussing key considerations in establishing and maintaining effective three-way relationships, and stronger schools.
Presenter(s):Gene Eidelman (Mosaica Education, Inc.), Guilbert Hentschke (University of Southern California)
Location:Poster 2, Exhibit Hall A
Poster 2, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Google Chromebooks for Education
Strand:Facilities & Operations 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:Wednesday 2/29 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:How to Report Claims to the California Charter Schools Association Insurance JPA
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:The JPA provides many lines of insurance coverage including General Liability, Automobile, Employment Practices Liability, Workers' Compensation, Student Accident, and Property. This session will provide you with the resources and instructions necessary for filing a claim. The presenter will be able to answer your questions and provide additional resources to facilitate the management of insurance claims within your organization.
Presenter(s):Susan Bedard (CCSA Insurance JPA c/o Community Risk Solutions)
Location:Poster 20, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Title:Summer Construction Projects: Tenant Improvement
Strand:Facilities & Operations Expo
Type:Poster Session
Audience:Non-Classroom Based
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Discussion of projects that charters can undertake during the summer months to improve the school facility. Topics will include project scoping, timelines, costing, planning around school operations, and obtaining necessary approvals. Presentation will include a look at summer projects completed by Pacific Charter School Development and a discussion of project hurdles and accomplishments.
Presenter(s):Eli Kennedy (Pacific Charter School Development), Ramiro Viramontes (Pacific Charter School Development)
Location:Poster 14, Exhibit Hall A
Time:Wednesday 2/29 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

1:30 p.m.: Main Raffle in the Exhibit Hall

Parent Summit

Title:LifePrep Academy™ College Career and Life Planning
Strand:Parent Summit
Type:Breakout
Audience:Parents
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Parent college readiness is designed to guide parents and guardians through the opportunities and challenges of post-secondary school. This session provides information and support regarding college access, college success and college funding.
Presenter(s):Eric Moore (Educate California)
Location:203, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Title:Speak Out Online: Blogging and Social Media for Parent Advocates
Strand:Parent Summit
Type:Breakout
Audience:Parents
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, High School
Description:In our Web 2.0 era, you have a lot of ways to speak out, from online forums to blogs to Twitter and Facebook. It’s not only fun to be part of the online conversation, it’s a great way to support your school and get out the good word about charters. We’ll highlight some great websites and tools, as well as creative ways that charter parents from across the state are making their voices heard.
Presenter(s):Sierra Jenkins (California Charter Schools Association), Vicky Waters (California Charter Schools Association), Music Watson (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:202, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Specialty

Title:Main Exhibit Hall Raffle
Strand:Specialty
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Description:Don't Miss Your Chance to Win: Participate in the Exhibit Hall Raffle! To participate, simply fill out the coupons in the Exhibit Hall Raffle Coupon Book included in your registration materials. Drop them off at the booths listed on the front of the coupons by 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday. You could win prizes such as an iPod, Kindle, gift cards, or even two round trip airline tickets to London, Paris, or Munich! Make sure to turn in your coupons by 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday. THEN, head to the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. to see if you are one of the lucky winners. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to have fun and win a FANTASTIC prize in the Exhibit Hall! Winners announced Wednesday, February 29, at 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall at the CCSA Booth (#800).
Location:Exhibit Hall ABC, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

2:00–3:15 p.m: Breakout Sessions

Teachers

Title:Making Whole Class Instruction as Powerful as One-to-One
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:The research and data is very clear. We know what works in the classroom. Instruction is KEY! Based on the research of Bloom, Carroll, Guskey, Marshall, Hunter, and others there are key conditions that teachers have control over in the classroom. We will discuss those conditions and how teachers can maximize Academic Learning Time. Want to learn the non-negotiables for high quality instruction? Direct Interactive Instruction will unlock the door to student engagement. There are more than a few take-aways from this session.
Presenter(s):Jason Willoughby (Action Learning Systems, Inc)
Location:301, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Title:Prezi: Empowering Students to Creatively Present Their Ideas
Strand:Teachers
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Prezi provides a free, creative extension of student learning; where they compile, arrange, and share their learning. All students can be creative whether they choose a template or design their own presentation. Being online makes all presentations portable allowing sharing to a limitless audience. Prezi also makes a sharp presentation to parents at Back to School Nights, to administrators in conferences, and to your school board with your newest project.
Presenter(s):Sherri LaPlante (Literacy First Charter School)
Location:316, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Performance Management

Title:How Implementing Professional Learning Helped Us Achieve an Academic Performance Index of 963!
Strand:Performance Management
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Implementing Professional Learning Communities provided a critical new element we needed to move academic performance at our schools to the next level. In our fourth year, we teachers and administrators have made fundamental, second-order, changes to our classroom practice, teams and whole-school collaboration. This session will share our journey and provide participants with both the conceptual changes and the concrete examples of how we are doing it!
Presenter(s):Wendy Mitchell (Rocklin Academy), Dr. David Patterson (Rocklin Academy), Laura Regan (Rocklin Academy), Robin Stout (Rocklin Academy)
Location:317, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Title:The School Leader’s Toolbox: Strategies for Growing Great Teachers
Strand:Performance Management
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:The School Leader’s Toolbox is a repository of successful strategies and practical resources that charter schools can draw on to create effective human capital policies, with the aim of creating sustained, scalable models for effective instruction. Participants of this session will gain a high-level understanding of the site’s content and engage in an in-depth review of best practices specific to teacher recruitment, evaluation, and building a professional culture to support effective teachers.
Presenter(s):Kate Brenan (The New Teacher Project), Leslie Krol (The New Teacher Project), Jen Moon (The New Teacher Project), Sarah Silverman (The New Teacher Project)
Location:302/303, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Accountability

Title:Learning to Love Accountability
Strand:Accountability
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:The session supports a clear understanding of the relationship between responsibility and accountability, supporting the ideal that effective accountability systems enable the tracking of progress and determination of next steps. There will be focus on professional efficacy, progressive/developmental systems for teacher/principal evaluation, and the cycle of internal development and improvement. The presentation will explore the role of board members in holding leaders to account. There will be emphasis on strategic planning, review, monitoring and self-evaluation.
Presenter(s):Jo Cheadle (Cambridge Education)
Location:304, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Special Education

Title:YOU Can Do Behavior Response-to-Intervention: Enjoy a Year Without Suspensions
Strand:Special Education
Type:Breakout
Audience:Teachers/Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary
Description:Schools that aim for academic success are schools that proactively address student behavior. This session will describe how Behavior Response-to-Intervention promotes achievement on multiple levels; students with behavior challenges receive individualized support, teachers add to their toolkit, and school leaders use data to shape and adjust the school-wide plan.
Presenter(s):Bonnie Brimecombe (Aspire Public Schools), Sandy Hsu (Aspire Public Schools)
Location:310, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Legal

Title:An Ounce of Prevention: Keeping up with Changes in the Charter Law
Strand:Legal
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Every year, there are new statutes, regulations, court decisions, and CDE policies that affect charter schools. Based on 19 years of experience defending and advising California charter schools, Middleton, Young and Minney, LLP will help you cut a path through that thicket so you can understand your evolving rights and responsibilities and avoid costly legal problems in the future.
Presenter(s):Michael Hersher (Middleton, Young & Minney, LLP), Michelle Lopez (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP), Janelle Ruley (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP)
Location:313, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Title:Avoiding Personnel Landmines: Hiring, Firing and Evaluation
Strand:Legal
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Unfortunately, employment liabilities (many of which are preventable) end up costing charter schools invaluable time and enormous resources to defend. Take charge of your personnel system and prevent problems before they occur or escalate. Learn from expert legal practitioners how to best hire, fire and evaluate charter school staff to minimize exposure to legal liability for preventable mistakes. Start-ups to seasoned charter schools will benefit from this presentation.
Presenter(s):Chastin Pierman (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP), James Young (Young, Minney & Corr, LLP)
Location:308, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Human Resources

Title:Leaves and Accommodations for Employees with Illnesses and Disabilities
Strand:Human Resources
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School
Description:Learn what your legal obligations are to grant leaves of absences or make accommodations for your employees with illnesses and disabilities. This complicated area of Human Resources is currently a source of many claims or lawsuits. This breakout seminar will help you to minimize your school's risk.
Presenter(s):Hollis Peterson (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP), Wendy Tucker (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP)
Location:306, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Fund Raising

Title:Using Technology to Enhance Fund Raising: How Your Charter School Can Take Advantage
Strand:Fund Raising
Type:Breakout
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Description:Recent technological advances have improved how charter schools can engage their supporters and raise donations. Given the difficult financial outlook for California public schools, fundraising can be a prominent alternative. Come to hear an expert panel discuss "crowdfunding" and other ways to maximize online and mobile giving. We encourage leaders representing charter schools of all shapes and sizes to attend.
Presenter(s):Joe Harrington (California Charter Schools Association), Erica Labovitz (IndieGoGo), Jonas Lamis (Rally.org), Jay Owens (Larchmont Charter School)
Location:305, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Budget and Cash Flow

Title:Bridging the Gap: Understanding Cash Flow Options in the Midst of Deferrals
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:The state budget crisis has made an already difficult school revenue stream even more challenging. Participants will learn about the current apportionment schedule and how it compares to the timing of school expenses. School leaders will share their proven strategies to keep school cash flow positive. The session will also examine methods of acquiring financing to bridge gaps in cash flow, and provide a blueprint for how to evaluate the different options available.
Presenter(s):Karla Branch (R.A.A.M.P. Charter Academy), Bryce Fleming (EdTec Inc.), Brian Prater (Low Income Investment Fund), Dr. Nicolas Retana (Ezequiel Tafoya Alvarado Academy)
Location:319, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Title:Lessons Learned from Charter School Fraud and Mismanagement
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:Fraud is prevalent; especially during these tough economic times. Are you a steward of policies and procedures designed to limit fraud? Does your school promote and maintain systems of accountability? Participants will hear real life examples of fraud and financial mismanagement found in California charter schools. Participants will also learn how to set up proper segregation of duties and do their part in preventing fraud in their organization.
Presenter(s):Neal Millard (Musick, Peeler & Garrett LLP), Matt Miller (Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Co), Tammy Stanton (ExED), Luis Viramontes (ExED), Carrie Wagner (ExED)
Location:315, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Facility Planning and Financing

Title:Civic Partnerships
Strand:Facility Planning and Financing
Type:Breakout
Audience:Business Managers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School
Description:No longer satisfied with leaving education reform to school districts, cities across the state are either actively seeking to partner with and assist charter schools to procure facilities or at least open to the idea. In addition, many cities are also interested in how charter schools can be partners in revitalizing urban areas. This session will explore the issues that may arise in such proposed civic partnerships and how charters should go about engaging city representatives.
Presenter(s):Eli Kennedy (Pacific Charter School Development)
Location:314, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Title:Nuts and Bolts of Facility Financing: What’s Best for Your School
Strand:Facility Planning and Financing
Type:Breakout
Audience:Developers
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Levels:201 (Schools/Teachers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Financing options to secure a permanent site are numerous, fairly complex, and figuring out which one will work best for your school takes time and experience. The session will look at a variety of tools, from straight debt to bonds and New Market Tax Credits, focusing on general pros and cons of each structure, practical tips, potential issues and lessons learned. The session will emphasize the perspective of schools of various sizes and stages that have gone through the process of securing such financing.
Presenter(s):Cecile Chalifour (Low Income Investment Fund), David Feinberg (Launchpad), Greg Lippman (ACE)
Location:201, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Authorizer Relations

Title:An Update on Reform Initiatives in Los Angeles Unified School District
Strand:Authorizer Relations
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:301 (Veteran Leaders)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Please join us for a candid conversation with Matt Hill, representing senior leadership at Los Angeles Unified School District, to learn more about the latest reforms playing out in LAUSD and to understand how you can best position your school to be a critical lever in increasing student achievement for all.
Presenter(s):Allison Bajracharya (California Charter Schools Association), Matt Hill (The Los Angeles Unified School District)
Location:307, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Title:Authorizer Relations
Strand:Authorizer Relations
Type:Breakout
Audience:Administrators
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:Successful charter development, renewals, and Memorandum of Understanding negotiations require understanding the legal, political and practical aspects of charter operations. We will discuss what authorizers look for, how to organize for success, what MOUs are and whether you need one, common misunderstandings regarding these processes, and the legal aspects of authorizer relations.
Presenter(s):Gregory Moser (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch, LLP), Dr. David Wilson (King-Chavez Neighborhood of Schools)
Location:311, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Developing New Charter Schools

Title:Year Zero and Beyond: Know What You Don't Know
Strand:Developing New Charter Schools
Type:Breakout
Audience:Developers
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:New school leaders and founding boards are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work involved during school start-up. More often than not, these challenges are due to a lack of internal capacity. In other words, start-up teams "don't know what they don't know." Attendees will learn specific strategies in governance, personnel, student enrollment, and financial planning to prepare the board and leadership team not only to survive, but to thrive, in year one.
Presenter(s):Kate Agostinelli (Foley and Lardner, LLP), Amber Raskin (SCVi Charter School/iLEAD Education Corporation), Jill Wells (EdTec Inc.)
Location:318, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

2:30 p.m.: Exhibit Hall Closes

Parent Summit

Title:Developing Effective Parent Leadership
Strand:Parent Summit
Type:Breakout
Audience:Parents
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This session is designed to take parental engagement to the next level by becoming a leader within the charter movement! This breakout session will teach you tips on how to use your personal story to effectively advocate for your school and students across California. Also, learn the unprecedented need for solidarity amongst California charter school parents today
Presenter(s):Kisheen Tulloss (Families That Can)
Location:202, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Title:Developing Effective Parent Leadership
Strand:Parent Summit
Type:Breakout
Audience:Parents
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This session is designed to take parental engagement to the next level by becoming a leader within the charter movement! This breakout session will teach you tips on how to use your personal story to effectively advocate for your school and students across California. Also, learn the unprecedented need for solidarity amongst California charter school parents today.
Presenter(s):Fiorella Del Corpio (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:204, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Title:Developing Effective Parent Leadership
Strand:Parent Summit
Type:Breakout
Audience:Parents
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Levels:101 (Developers)
Grade Levels:Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description:This session is designed to take parental engagement to the next level by becoming a leader within the charter movement! This breakout session will teach you tips on how to use your personal story to effectively advocate for your school and students across California. Also, learn the unprecedented need for solidarity amongst California charter school parents today.
Presenter(s):Ainye Long (California Charter Schools Association)
Location:203, Sacramento Convention Center,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

3:45–5:00 p.m.: Capitol Rally

Specialty

Title:The 2012 Charter School Funding Equity Rally
Strand:Specialty
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Description:IT IS TIME FOR THE CHARTER SCHOOL MOVEMENT TO SPEAK WITH ONE VOICE!
Join us for the 2012 Charter School Funding Equity Rally at the State Capitol Building! Charter school students are public school students and should have access to the same levels of funding. We will make our voices heard on the north steps of the State Capitol Building! With nearly 1,000 charter schools in operation in California, our time has come!
WHERE: The north steps of the California Capitol Building, L Street, between 10th and 12th.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 3:45 p.m.
WHY: Because California’s charter school students deserve better!
Location:North Steps, The State Capitol Building, L Street between 10, Offsite,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

5:00–7:30 p.m.: Charter School PAC Fundraiser, 1200 K St.

Specialty

Title:Charter School PAC Fundraiser
Strand:Specialty
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Description:Sponsored by CCSA Advocates
Location:Tequila Museo Mayahuel (1200 K St.), Offsite,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

8:00–11:00 p.m.: Wednesday Evening Event

Specialty

Title:Annual Evening Event: An Extra Day to Celebrate!
Strand:Specialty
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Description:Join CCSA to celebrate as we LEAP into fun at our Annual Evening Event! Sponsored by Revolution K12
Location:The Park Ultra Lounge (1116 15th St. @ L), Offsite,
Time:Wednesday 2/29 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM





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