All Clear for Take-Off: Know What You Need To Know for School Start-Up

Wednesday, March 13, 8:15 am–9:30 am
Sacramento Convention Center - 315


There is so much to do and to know when preparing your new school for take-off – but sometimes the hardest part is knowing what you don’t know! Participants will learn strategies for navigating funding, facilities, governance, personnel, and student recruiting that will allow them to successfully lift-off and reach cruising altitude.

Topic: Starting New Schools
Additional Audience(s): Board Members, New Charter School Developers, Charter School Leaders
Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Grade Level: Multiple Grade Levels

Presented by

Kristin Dietz Kristin Dietz, EdTec, Inc.

Kristin Dietz has worked with charter schools for over 25 years. She has served in roles of auditor, CFO of a charter management organization operating eight schools, and founder and CEO of a high-quality back office organization. In June 2014, her company merged with EdTec, Inc. an exceptional back-office service provider that has been serving charter schools since 2001. Kristin serves as VP of Client Management and Fiscal Compliance at EdTec’s Los Angeles Office working with charter schools in California and Nevada. Kristin holds a BS in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in California.

Mallory Dwinal Mallory Dwinal, Oxford Day Academy

Mallory Dwinal is the Co-founder & CEO of Oxford Day Academy, a multicultural social leadership academy serving high school students in East Palo Alto, CA. Mallory graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University, completed a Ph.D. in Education from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and additionally, finished an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mallory was a 2011 Teach for America corps member, serving as a high school Spanish teacher in the Anacostia Ward of Washington, DC. She now lives with her husband, Chase, and with their cat and dog, Spartacus and Huckleberry, in Alameda, CA.

Shara Hegde Shara Hegde, Alpha Public Schools

Ms. Hegde serves as Chief Schools Officer for Alpha Public Schools, a K-12 network of charter schools in San Jose, CA, focused on preparing students for college and career. In this role, she supports school leaders across four school sites and provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the organization. Ms. Hegde received her Bachelor’s Degree in History from Brown University in Providence, RI and has her Masters Degree in Education Policy, Organizations, and Leadership Studies from Stanford University. She also has an additional Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership from the Reach Institute for School Leadership in Oakland, CA.

Robert Moore Robert Moore, Valley International Preparatory High School

Mr. Moore’s professional experience in education includes serving as an Attorney and Consultant, an Advisor on educational matters to Governor Jerry Brown, Executive Director of the California Postsecondary Education Commission, member of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, representing California as a Commissioner on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), member of the Association of State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), teaching business law at Glendale Community College, and chairman of the California Employment Training Panel. He was a Founding Director of VIP and currently serves as the Business and Finance Manager for the school.