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.
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
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
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.
Goal: Provide school leaders and teachers with best practices for individualized and online learning programs.
Audience: School Leaders, Administrators, Developers, Teachers
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
Goal: Provide outstanding content regarding best practices for classroom teachers
Audience: Teachers, School Leaders, Administrators
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
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.
Sessions targeted to the needs of math teachers.
Teaching Middle School
Sessions targeted to the needs of middle school teachers.
Goal: Provide outstanding content for charter school professionals working with special education students.
Audience: Teachers, School Leaders, Administrators, Board Members
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
Goal: Provide outstanding content regarding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs.
Audience: Teachers, School Leaders, Administrators
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Disaster Planning; School Safety; Playtime Safety; Bullying; Risk Management; Building Codes; Permits; Traffic Management
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
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
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 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.