25th Annual California
Charter Schools Conference

25th Annual California
Charter Schools Conference
2018 CCSACON Programming

About Breakout Session Topics

Breakout sessions provide an opportunity for a small group of attendees to learn about and discuss a specific topic presented by a subject matter expert. Breakout sessions are organized around broad programming and more specific topics and are developed for a particular audience based on their role and their level of expertise.


The breakout session program is organized by topics. Our presenters chose one of these topics when applying to present at the conference.

1. Student Achievement Topics

Topic 1A: Accountability/Performance Management

Goal: Provide charter schools with resources that promote (1) student learning through a clear vision, high expectations, and data-informed decision making at the school level, (2) measurable program goals and student learning objectives that increase the academic outcomes for all students, and (3) closing the achievement gap.

Audience: Teachers, School Leaders, Curriculum Directors and Authorizers

Subjects Include:

Data, Gathering Evidence from Multiple Sources, Value-Added Modeling; CCSA's Accountability Framework; NWEA Map Assessments; Benchmarking; Formative & Summative Assessments; High School Graduation and Persistence Rates; Reporting Student and School Progress to Stakeholders; LCAP; Determining Student Outcomes Using Multiple Measures of Assessment

Performance Management
Common Core and Smarter Balanced Assessments; Engaging Math Achievement Strategies; Second Language Learner Considerations in the Common Core; Post-Secondary Readiness; Using Data to Inform Instruction; Acceleration Learning Strategies for Students Below Grade Level; Best Leadership Academic Practices; School Turn-A-Round Best Practices; Coaching; Professional Development; Talent Development; Succession Planning; Principal Evaluations; Teacher Evaluations: Incentive Bonuses and Instructional Leadership.

Topic 1B: Individualized/Online Learning

Goal: Provide school leaders and teachers with best practices for individualized and online learning programs.

Audience: School Leaders, Administrators, Developers, Teachers

Subjects Include:

Independent Study; Parent Engagement; Technology; Personalized Learning; Legal Issues; Instructional Strategies for Individualized learning; Developing an Online Edu Program; Successful Hybrid Models; Introduction to Online Learning; How to Present an Online Class; Blended Learning; Implementing the New "Course-Based" Independent Study Model; Open Education Resources; Training for Teachers; Supporting Students in the Transition to Blended; Staffing Models; Implementation Challenges and Solutions; Success Stories; The Cost of Implementing Blended Learning; The Changing Policy and Regulatory Landscape

Topic 1C: In The Classroom/Teachers

Goal: Provide outstanding content regarding best practices for classroom teachers

Audience: Teachers, School Leaders, Administrators

Subjects Include:

In the Classroom
Literacy; Online Learning; Common Core Models and Best Practices; Math Education; Culturally Relevant Education; Backwards Instructional Design; Achievement Gap Strategies; Differentiation/Intervention Strategies; English Learners; Supporting Struggling Students; Multi-age Classroom Instruction; Common Core; Blended Learning; Teacher Evaluation; Smarter Balanced Assessments; Project Based Learning; Grading Systems

Teacher Leadership
Teaching Profession and Career Ladder including Support/Development/Compensation/Leadership opportunities

Teaching Elementary School
Sessions targeted to the needs of elementary school teachers.

Teaching High School
Sessions targeted to the needs of high school school teachers.

Teaching Math
Sessions targeted to the needs of math teachers.

Teaching Middle School
Sessions targeted to the needs of middle school teachers.

Topic 1D: Special Education

Goal: Provide outstanding content for charter school professionals working with special education students.

Audience: Teachers, School Leaders, Administrators, Board Members

Subjects Include:

Special Education Best Practices
Special Education Best Instructional Practices; Innovative Service Delivery Models; Universal Design for Learning; Inclusion of Students with Exceptional Needs; Collaboration and Co-teaching Models; Differentiating Instruction; Using Data to Inform Instruction; Measuring Success for Students with Exceptional Needs

Special Education Legal Issues
Laws and Legal Updates; Building Infrastructure to Serve a Full Continuum of Students with Exceptional Needs; Emerging Trends; Improving Access for Charter School Students and Preparing for LEA Status.

Special Education Budget Issues
Overview of Special Education Funding in California; Innovative Funding Arrangements with Authorizers/SELPAs; Special Education Budgeting

Topic 1E: STEM

Goal: Provide outstanding content regarding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs.

Audience: Teachers, School Leaders, Administrators

Subjects Include:

STEM programs at California Charter Schools; How to Create a STEM program at your school; STEM in a home-school setting; New models for STEM programs

2. Advocacy & Leadership Topics

Topic 2A: Advocacy & Leadership

Goal: Provide timely, relevant information to ensure charter school leaders, board members and administrators have a cogent understanding of the laws and regulations that govern charter schools and of best practices to aid in their roles as stewards of the movement.

Audience: School Leaders, Board Members, Administrators, Movement Veterans, Teachers, Authorizers

Subjects Include:

Building Political Power
Elections; Parent/Community Engagement; Holding Elected Officials Accountable; Leadership Development; Renewal Advocacy; Your Role in Sacramento: Working with State Agencies and Public Officials; Preparing for CCSA Advocacy Day

Organizing Parents; Students Advocating for Their Own Education; Building Support for Charter Schools at Your School

Vergara v. California - What's Next; LCAPS; What are they and how to be successful; Aligning LCAPS to Charter School Goals; LCFF; Serving Students with High Needs

Authorizer Relations; Authorizer Overreach; Strategies for Getting Authorized; Improving Authorizing Structures; Managing Appeals

School Culture
How Leaders Can Influence School Culture; Measuring and Improving School Culture; School Climate and Student Growth; Increasing Teacher Leadership; Teacher Residency Programs; Charter-Run BTSA Program

Topic 2B: Civil Rights

Goal: Provide content regarding the role of the education reform in the fight for civil rights for all.

Audience: School Leaders, Administrators, Board Members, Administrative Staff, Teachers, Developers

Subjects Include:

Building Political Power; Closing the Achievement Gap; Encouraging Diversity in the Charter School Movement; Culturally-Relevant Schools and Educational Programs and Civil Rights and Education Reform

3. Operations Topics

Topic 3A: Funding

Goal: Provide timely, critical information on charter school financial management, fiscal operations and fundraising best practices. To ensure the charter community is aware of and engaged in the ongoing work in DC and Sacramento to secure sustainable, equitable funding for charter school students.

Audience: School Leaders, Business Managers, Administrators, Board Members, Authorizers

Subjects Include:

Budget Projections and Cash Flow; Monitoring your Financial Statements; Cost-saving Success Stories; Audits; Finance Options for Charter Schools; Categorical Programs and Grants; Strategic Planning; Procurement; Local Control Funding Formula

Successful School-led Fundraising Events; Board Engagement in Fundraising Activities; Cultivating Relationships with Local/Regional Funders; Grant Writing; Effective Grants Management; Fundraising for New School Developers; Using New Technologies to Enhance Fundraising (e.g. crowdfunding, prospect research, etc.)

Legal Budget Issues
Audits; Can You Do That with Charter School Money?; School Expenses and Pupil Fees

Topic 3B: Facilities

Goal: Provide resources on the available funding and facilities options and update attendees of the ongoing work at the local and state level to ensure access to high quality, affordable, long term facilities options for all charter schools.

Audience: School Leaders, Developers, Board Members, Administrators, Authorizers

Subjects Include:

Facility Planning
Navigating the Zoning; Land Use and Permitting Process; Acquiring Facilities; Facility Master Planning; District Facility Options; Prop 39, Alternative Agreements and Surplus Property; SB 740; Charter School Facilities Financing; Hiring and Working with Brokers and Other Real Estate Professionals; Negotiating Leases; State and Federal Facilities Programs; Charters and School Districts Working Together on Local School Bond Programs

Legal Facilities Issues
Tax Exempt Facilities Financing; Prop 39; Commercial Space to School Use; Lease Negotiations

Topic 3C: Governance

Goal: Provide charter school board members with guidance regarding the most common and complex issues schools face across the state.

Audience: Board Members, School Leaders, Developers, Administrators, Administrative Support Staff, Authorizers

Subjects Include:

Financial Management for Board Members; Avoiding Conflict; Transparent Decision-making; Recruiting; Orienting and Retaining Effective Board Members; Mission and Vision; Evaluating Administrators; Finding the Right Leaders; Finding the Right Board Chair; Stages of Board Development; Managing Board Transition; Start-up Board to Long Term Board; Board Best Practices; Strategic Planning; Fundraising for Board Members; Board Capital Campaigns; Board Integrity; Great Principal/Board Relationships

Topic 3D: Legal

Goal: Provide charter school professionals with the knowledge they need to navigate the many legal challenges they face at their schools.

Audience: School Leaders, Board Members, Administrators, Administrative Support Staff

Subjects Include:

Corporate and Tax-Exempt Fundamentals
Best Practices for Open Meetings and Avoiding Conflicts of Interest; Laws Affecting Governance and Transparency in Charter Schools: Brown Act, Government Code 1090; Political Reform Act; Determining Which Governance and Public Transparency Laws Apply to Your School; Tax Exempt Facilities Financing; Prop 39; Commercial Space to School Use; Lease Negotiations; Compliance Related Legal Updates; HR Compliance; Pupil Fees; Student Privacy Laws; Student Expulsions and Dismissals; Admissions Practices and Lottery Preferences; Renewal; Revocation; Closure; Risk Management and Internet Safety

Topic 3E: School Operations

Goal: Provide charter school administrators with the critical, timely information necessary to carry out their duties in a professional, responsible and ethical manner with a focus on achieving student success.

Audience: School Leaders, Administrators, Business Managers, Authorizers

Subjects Include:

Administrative Support
Lottery best practices; Compliance Issues; Risk Management for Office Staff; Best Practices for School Offices: Working with Back Office Providers; Best Practices for School Assessments

Includes Telling Your Story; Social Media; Media Relations; Marketing

Compliance Related Legal Updates; HR Compliance; Pupil Fees; Student Privacy Laws; Student Expulsions and Dismissals; Admissions Practices and Lottery Preferences; Renewal; Revocation; Closure; Risk Management; Internet Safety

Human Resources
Employment Policies and Practices (hiring, firing, evaluations, and wage and hour issues); Collective Bargaining and Working with Unions; Workplace Policies Regarding Email Internet Privacy and Teacher/Student Interactions; Personnel Responsibility Particular to Public Schools and Teachers (FERPA, mandated reporter status, 4th and 5th amendment student rights, etc.); Workers' Compensation; Workplace Wellness; Avoiding Burnout; Best Practices for Employee Leaves; Appropriate Handling of Sexual Misconduct Allegations

School Safety
Disaster Planning; School Safety; Playtime Safety; Bullying; Risk Management; Building Codes; Permits; Traffic Management

Procurement/Technology Readiness
Preparing to Buy Products and Services; Deciding Whether to Bid Out Contracts; Internal Purchasing Approval Systems and Best Practices; Receiving Product + Managing Inventory; Evaluating Procure-to-Pay Systems; Obtaining Access to and Maximizing Use of High-Speed Broadband

4. Starting New Schools Topic

Topic 4A: Starting New Schools

Goal: Accelerate the growth of quality charter public schools by providing strategic advice, technical assistance, and best practices to teams that are starting new charter schools or replicating existing ones. Areas to be covered include board development, start-up funding and fundraising, and communications, building a culture of achievement, strategies for getting authorized, and compliance.

Audience: Developers, School Leaders, Administrators, Board Members, Teachers, Veteran Leaders, Authorizers

Subjects Include:

Starting a New School
Building A Founding Team (required skills, improving capacity); Developing a Founding Board; Tools and Strategies to Understand and Manage the Start-up Process; Financing New Charter Schools (understanding funding streams, preparing petition budgets, LCFF); Fundraising/Grant-Writing for School Developers; How to Start a Charter School; School Design

Replicating Great Schools
Developing a Green-Lighting Process; Developing a Leadership Pipeline; Solidifying Your Model before Replicating; Lessons Learned from Other Replications; Board Development; Overcoming Obstacles to Replications; Governance Structure for Successful Replications

Authorizer Relations
Authorizer Overreach; Strategies for Getting Authorized; Improving Authorizing Structures; Managing Appeals

The 25th annual conference will be held March 26–28, 2018 in San Diego, CA at the San Diego Convention Center.