2012 Annual Conference Breakout Sessions/ Presentation Downloads

2012 Annual Conference Breakout Sessions/ Presentation Downloads

Thursday, October 4th
SESSION 1:  10:45 am–Noon

Title:               Creating Culturally Considerate Schools: Educating Without Bias

Strand:           School Leadership

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon A

Presenters:    Bonnie M. Davis, Ph. D. and Kim L. Anderson, MSW, LCSW, ATR-BC

Psychotherapist Kim Anderson and veteran educator Bonnie Davis present an original eight-stage model of diversity development which provides educators with essential tools for building a sturdy foundation of mutual respect upon which schools without bias can be constructed. Participants will learn specific strategies for creating a school environment that best serves the total school community.

 

Title:               Developing Your Board

Strand:           School Governance

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon B

Presenters:    Leslie Peters and Jami Dix, Elements Partnership

What does a charter school board DO anyway? What’s its relationship with the school leader? What is THE BOARD’s responsibility and what’s the responsibility of individual board members? To whom is the board accountable? How does the board get (and keep) the right members? What training do board members need? We will explore these and other important questions about charter school governance and provide tools and resources that can be used at your school.

 

Title:               Model for Turnaround

Strand:           School Sponsorship

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon C

Presenter:      Russell Caldwell, D.A Davidson

Charter Schools may encounter bumps in the road as they grow and mature. Some bumps are earthquakes – a teacher sex scandal, an employee embezzling money, or a disruptive and argumentative charter board sending the wrong message to your market. How do charters survive these troubled times? Using the Brighton Collegiate Charter School in Colorado as an example, this session will document the critical players in the turnaround process including the role of lenders and bondholders who may have a mortgage on a building occupied by a “troubled charter”.

 

Title:               A Community Practitioner’s Guide to Multi-sector Resources

Strand:           Community Stakeholders

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon D

Presenter:      Alan DuBois, MCPSA Board Member

Is your resource development plan a reliable tool in achieving revenue objectives? Are board members securing resources needed to pursue your mission? Are students benefiting from community support as well as DESE funding? Capturing multi-sector resources is about creating relationships in the private, public, nonprofit, church and neighborhood sectors. Practices presented will be applied to participant concerns. Strategies were developed by Genesis School prior to Missouri’s adoption of charter schools; resulting in three awards from the President of the United States and Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Recognition.

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Title:               School Health Audit: Is Your School Minding its Operational Waistline?

Strand:           Business Operations

Room:             Empire Room

Presenters:    Kim Wechtenhiser and David Hartman, School Works

This session considers how to review your school’s operational health.  Facilitators from SchoolWorks will provide an overview of the process and guide participants through a mock evaluation of a school’s business and operations functions. SchoolWorks is a Massachusetts based education consulting company.

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Title:               NCLB Waiver and What it Means for You

Strand:           General Sessions

Room:             Regency Room

Presenter:      Becky Odneal

This presentation will provide an overview of the ESEA waiver provisions and the implications for Missouri public school districts. The primary focus will be on the relationship between the ESEA waiver and MSIP 5, as well as significant changes between fourth cycle MSIP and MSIP 5.  The presentation will provide planning guidance and tools for participants.

 

Thursday, October 4th
SESSION 2:  1:30–2:45 pm

Title:               School Improvement Plans: Nobody’s Perfect

Strand:           School Leadership

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon A

Presenters:    Kim Wechtenhiser and David Hartman, School Works

This session considers how to review your school and establish prioritized next steps for improvement. Through a case study and role play activity, facilitators from SchoolWorks will assist participants in using a school’s strengths and areas of concern to identify and address school improvement priorities. SchoolWorks is a Massachusetts-based education consulting company.

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Title:               The Critical Role of Board Governance in Being Able to Secure Facility Financing

Strand:           School Governance

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon B

Presenter:      Russ Caldwell, D.A. Davidson

Some 600 charter schools in the nation have been able to secure a municipal bond and another 500 have obtained community development loans. Today’s lenders and bankers have become highly focused on the quality of Charter School Boards and their Board policies and operating characteristics. Can your Board measure up? This session will reveal the 10 major features a banker will consider related to a Charter School’s Board. Board governance is becoming the critical point of credit analysis.

 

Title:               Closing a Charter School: The Process, The Pitfalls, The Outcomes. One Board’s Battle with the Closure Boogeyman

Strand:           School Sponsorship

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon C

Presenters:    Tomika Booker and Dana Cutler, Tippin Law Firm;

Deb Carr, PhD and Suzanne Love, University of Missouri–Columbia

This 75-minute presentation/panel discussion with Renaissance Academy Math & Science Charter’s (formerly known as Imagine Renaissance Academy for Math & Science) Board, Sponsor and Legal Counsel regarding the Board’s decision to NOT renew its Charter and the process it implemented for the first voluntary closure in the State of Missouri. Hear about the decision-making process from 3-points of view and the plans that came from the decision-makers and implementers.

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Title:               What Missouri’s New Charter School Statutes Mean for Schools and Sponsors

Strand:            Community Stakeholders

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon D

Presenters:    Earl Simms, MCPSA; Tricia Workman, Stinson, Morrison, Hecker

This session will highlight all of Missouri’s new charter school statutes enacted with the passage of SB 576 during the 2012 legislative session and explain how they affect your school, sponsor and governing board.

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Title:               Beyond Fundraising: Building Community

Strand:           Business Operations

Room:             Empire Room

Presenters:    Leslie Peters and Jami Dix, Elements Partnership

Do you need to raise money? For what purpose? Have you dabbled in fundraising, but aren’t really sure what you’re doing? What does it take to have a successful fundraising plan? What sort of campaigns or events could you be having? How many volunteers do you need? Can your parents help? How do you keep track of it all? We will touch on each of those topics, but we also want to hear from you about what sort of success or challenges you are having at your schools! If you’re curious about what your peers are doing or what sort of publications everyone uses, please bring some samples to share. Brochures, invitations, flyers, newsletters, letters or any other samples you’d like to bring and exchange would be great.

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Title:               College and Career Ready English Language Learners: Challenges, Strengths, and Strategies

Strand:           General Sessions

Room:             Regency Room

Presenter:      Erin Haynes, PhD, Charter School Resource Center

An increasing number of non-ESL teachers are encountering English language learners (ELLs) in their classrooms. This talk discusses the challenges of meeting ELLs’ academic needs while developing their language skills.  It shows how to capitalize on ELLs’ strengths and provides instructional strategies to ensure that they are able to meet standards for college and career readiness.

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Thursday, October 4th
SESSION 3:  3:30–4:45 pm

Title:               Securing Parent Support Through Strategic Parent Conferencing Using NWEA Reports

Strand:           School Leadership

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon A

Presenter:      Jim Emrich, NWEA

Planning, preparing and presenting are three key steps in structuring meaningful parent/teacher interaction. Parents are anxious to know how their children are progressing in their learning. Through the strategic use of NWEA reports, attendees will learn how to strengthen the relationship between parents and teachers as they partner to help every child learn.

 

Title:               Creating and Implementing Effective Committees

Strand:           School Governance

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon B

Presenter:      Gretta Forrester, Founding Board Chair, St. Louis Charter School

The workshop, after identifying when a committee is needed and when it is not, will discuss: kinds of committees, why they are important, their purpose and what is necessary for a committee to be effective, selection of committee members including recruitment and expectations of committee members, and what makes a committee meeting effective.

 

Title:               School Evaluation: It Doesn’t Have to Be a Four Letter Word

Strand:           School Sponsorship

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon C

Presenters:    Kim Wechtenhiser and David Hartman, School Works

This session explores differentiated school evaluation processes and their utility to charter school sponsors. Facilitators from SchoolWorks will lead a discussion on the appropriate conditions for each approach within the context of a sponsor’s responsibility to provide ongoing oversight, evaluation, and renewal decision-making. SchoolWorks is a Massachusetts-based education consulting company.

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Title:               How Do We Know a Charter School is Really Achieving?

Strand:           Community Stakeholders

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon D

Presenters:    Otoniel Lopez and Jing Zhu, Mettis Associates

The presentation will provide various approaches to evaluating the effectiveness of charter schools.  We will focus on rigorous research designs that will help establish an evidence base, including randomized controlled trial and well-matched comparison group designs.

Alternative designs that may better fit the unique circumstances of each constituency and address individual needs will also be presented.  All research designs will be illustrated with empirical examples of charter school evaluations using both quantitative and qualitative techniques.

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Title:               School Risk Management Techniques & Insurance 101–Avoiding the Pitfalls

Strand:           Business Operations

Room:             Empire Room

Presenter:      Mark Pullium, Bukaty Property & Casualty Companies

This presentation will highlight programs and processes that will help students, employees and visitors stay safe while on the school premises. It will also provide an outline of insurance coverage’s, the associated pit-falls by line of coverage, and what to consider when purchasing commercial insurance.  Various programs will be discussed providing administrators, supervisors, and employees with an understanding of various requirements related to federal, state, and local regulatory laws regarding the prevention of injuries, illnesses, and other emergencies. This guide will help generate an educational and a work environment to enhance safety and be conducive to all students.

 

Title:               Accessing Parents as Teachers

Strand:           General Sessions

Room:             Regency Room

Presenter:      Hillary Elliot, Parents as Teachers

The Parents as Teachers home visiting model, a federally recognized evidence-based program, supports a parent’s role in promoting school readiness and healthy development of children. This session will describe pathways for charter schools to access resources and support for providing Parents as Teachers services to children and families in your area.

 

Friday, October 5th
SESSION 4:  8:45 –10:00 am

Title:               How’s it Going? Rethinking Teacher Feedback

Strand:           School Leadership

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon A

Presenters:    Mike Malone and Kelli Best-Oliver, South City Prep

Many innovative schools are aggressively building professional school cultures that value perpetual feedback and improvement for teachers. Learn how the leadership team at South City Prep creates a culture of continual improvement through specific hiring practices, professional community-building that emphasizes daily dialogue on instruction and curriculum, and scheduling decisions that prioritize leadership bandwidth towards frequent observations and teacher feedback.

 

Title:               Facilities and Finance Planning Workshop

Strand:           School Governance

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon B

Presenter:      Jaclyn May and Paul Donovan, Cushman Wakefield

In this session, participants will hear from real estate advisors who regularly represent charter schools seeking facilities solutions. Participants will learn how real estate projects require collaboration of resources and details on how you plan for securing facilities and financing. The presenters will broadly highlight what you need to think about regarding facilities-providing real estate, financing, design and construction perspectives.

 

Title:               Making Sense of Growth Reports

Strand:           School Sponsorship

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon C

Presenter:      Jim Emrich, NWEA

Experience an overview of NWEA MAP reports with emphasis on data that will be help community members an sponsors understand what MAP reports really mean.

 

Title:               Building Family, School, and Community Partnerships

Strand:           Community Stakeholders

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon D

Presenters:    Anne Miller, North Side Community School and Tricia Buchanan, Cooperating School Districts

The presentation will include a discussion of the importance of family and community engagement in schools and why districts struggle with it.  We will share practices that schools and districts are using and develop a next step plan so schools can move beyond these practices and develop systems to support the engagement of families and community in their school. The presentation will include information about the pre-kindergarten program at North Side Community School, a charter pre-k through grade five, in north St. Louis. North Side has been successful in engaging parents when their children are young to ensure they are ready to excel in kindergarten and beyond.

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Title:               Effective Strategies to Support Sustainability

Strand:           Business Operations

Room:             Empire Room

Presenter:      Felice McClendon, WYMAN

Learn engaging strategies to build sustainable networks by effectively preparing your Charter School against market vulnerability. Discover resource support gained through implementing Evidence Based Practices needed to increase student achievement, professional development and capital growth.

 

Title:               Technology Innovation in Education

Strand:           General Sessions

Room:             Regency Room

Presenter:      Brian Williams, Toshiba

At Toshiba we are committed to improving the learning experience through the innovative use of technology. With our extensive range of products, including laptops, tablets, and multifunctional devices, you can improve communication, reduce cost and raise standards. In this seminar we will discuss proven applications of systems, software, and services that help decrease document-related expenses and increase productivity within your school— freeing time and resources so you can focus on the task of educating.

 

Friday, October 5th
SESSION 5:  10:15 –11:30 am

Title:               Building Capacity for CommonCore State Standards

Strand:           School Leadership

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon A

Presenter:      Karren Colbert, Write Brained Learning

What can I do now to pave the way for our school’s transition to the Common Core State Standards? In order to support teachers in the transition to the Common Core State Standards, principals must first embrace the standards and build capacity for the large-scale changes they require. Administrators will learn what steps in order to facilitate a smooth transition to the standards.

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Title:               Accounting 101

Strand:           School Governance

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon B

Presenter:      Brad Steele, Westbrook & Co.

This session will review the basics of Charter School accounting. We will cover account coding based on the Missouri Accounting Manual, how to calculate your WADA and how it affects your funding, retirement calculations and much more.

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Title:               Preparing Today for Renewal Tomorrow

Strand:           School Sponsorship

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon C

Presenters:    Deborah Carr, PhD and Suzanne Love, University of Missouri–Columbia

During this session, participants will receive the necessary tools to successfully navigate through the Charter School Renewal Process.  Topics include the steps in the renewal process, the timeline for renewal, and the criteria utilized in making renewal decisions. Presenters will discuss the purpose and importance of on-going data collection as evidence of school performance, accountability, and realization of the school’s mission. Model resources/tools to facilitate the renewal process will be shared.

 

Title:               Teacher Home Visits

Strand:           Community Stakeholders

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon D

Presenter:      Karen Kalish, Home Works!

Learn how teacher home visits have improved student academic achievement and attendance, and led to fewer discipline incidents by building a strong partnership between school and home.  HOME WORKS! provides training, tools and some funding for teachers to gain a greater understanding of the child’s home environment, engage parents/families/guardians, learn about their vision for their child’s future, and develop a plan with them that leads toward graduation from college or post-secondary education.

 

Title:               The Good, the Bad, and the Truth: Facility Financing for Charter Schools

Strand:           Business Operations

Room:             Empire Room

Presenters:    Andrea Underwood and Michelle Gleason, IFF

Financing for facilities construction projects pose unique challenges to charter schools, who struggle with limited facilities dollars.  During this session, participants will learn about the benefits and implications of a broad range of financing options including financing from community lending institutions, tax exempt bond financing, and New Markets Tax Credits.  The session will also outline general financing parameters, requirements, and special considerations for each financing options, providing case studies of successfully financed facilities projects.

 

Title:               Data–Nothing but Numbers Until You Come Along

Strand:           General Sessions

Room:             Regency Room

Presenter:      Carol Johnson, PhD, Renaissance Learning

Thanks to technology educators today have more data than ever before. The challenge is no longer getting data, but identifying that which is meaningful—that on which you can act. This session will help participants

1) know whether or not their diverse students, including English language Learners are on track for meeting English Language Arts Common Core State Standards, and

2) understand the number one intervention necessary for helping struggling students meet them.

 

Friday, October 5th
SESSION 6:  2:00 –3:15 pm

Title:               “WIIFM”: Answering the “What’s in it For Me” for Students – Top Strategies for Keeping Learning Real and Focused, While Motivating and Engaging All Learners

Strand:           Teachers

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon A

Presenter:      Stephaine Krauss, Shearwater Educational Foundation

Are you constantly looking for new ways to engage even your most reluctant learners? Do you find it difficult to keep the focus on learning when students are dealing with hard and distracting issues at home or on the streets? In this session, learn 3 key strategies for engaging and motivating all of your learners no matter the time of day, life situation or attention span.

 

Title:               Beginning to Understand the Common Core State Standards

Strand:           Teachers

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon B

Presenter:      Karren Colbert and Laura Legg, Write Brained Learning

Implementation of the Common Core State Standards will require significant changes in the way we plan and deliver instruction. This introductory session will cover six Mathematics paradigm shifts and six English Language Art shifts necessary for a successful transition to the Common Core. With these shifts in mind, participants will explore the standards and discuss their implications for planning, instruction, and curriculum development.

 

Title:               Classroom Management: Organization Strategies (K-5)

Strand:           Teachers

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon C

Presenter:      Becky Bone, Scholastic

Learn the fundamentals for classroom management and how to organize the classroom environment for maximum success. Strategies include organizing the space, seating arrangements, managing transitions, teaching rules and procedures, building trust, and encouraging a respectful environment.

 

Friday, October 5th
SESSION 7:  3:30 –4:45 pm

Title:               Rigor Without Rigor Mortis

Strand:           Teachers

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon A

Presenter:      Mary Kim Schreck, Educating for Change

This workshop will address the many myths of just what true rigor really is and is not. It will address the need for focusing on higher order thinking when questioning students, creating assignments, trying to provide choice and challenge. It will help teachers recognize that all students should be challenged and moved to the higher from the lower orders of thinking. We will demonstrate this by re-visiting Bloom’s

 

Title:               Taxonomy and its newly readjusted framework.  Beginning to Understand the Common Core State Standards

Strand:            Teachers

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon B

Presenter:      Karren Colbert and Laura Legg, Write Brained Learning

Implementation of the Common Core State Standards will require significant changes in the way we plan and deliver instruction. This introductory session will cover six Mathematics paradigm shifts and six English Language Art shifts necessary for a successful transition to the Common Core. With these shifts in mind, participants will explore the standards and discuss their implications for planning, instruction, and curriculum development.

 

Title:               Classroom Management: Organization Strategies (6-12)

Strand:            Teachers

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon C

Presenter:      Becky Bone, Scholastic

Learn the fundamentals for classroom management and how to organize the classroom environment for maximum success. Strategies include organizing the space, seating arrangements, managing transitions, teaching rules and procedures, building trust, and encouraging a respectful environment.

Title:               Systemic Changes Ensuring Quality Education for All

Strand:           General Sessions

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon D

Presenter:      Marian Brown and Tony Dickerson, Benjamin Banneker Charter Academy

Systems at work are:

1. Data Systems & Teaming

2. Teacher Leadership/Mentoring System

3. Diagnostic Systems

4. “Making “AYP” is Everybody’s Business”

In this session you will learn how to increase attendance and classroom participation. *How to teach utilizing results from a data driven system that works. *Teachers will learn how to develop/create individualized and class data dashboards or walls that can be implemented the 1st day of school or any day in between.

 

Saturday, October 6th
SESSION 8:  9:00 –10:15 am

Title:               RTI–An Overview

Strand:           Teachers

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon A

Presenter:      Suzy Gauzy

Come learn about the Philosophy of Response to Interventions, Technical Definition of RTI, Tiers and Interventions, Role of Special Education, Analysis of Current Status of Participants and consider a Quick Plan for “What do we do next?”

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Title:               The Data-Driven Curriculum

Strand:           Teachers

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon B

Presenters:    Chad Hull and Carissa Roller, South City Preparatory Academy

The South City Prep math department is currently creating a math curriculum to advance our students from a 3rd-4th grade level (where most of our 5th grade students enter) to Algebra I ready in 3 years.  We have developed a three (four) year scope and sequence that is aligned to the Common Core State Standards for grades 5-8 (with consideration of standards from 3rd and 4th grade) and also incorporates standards based grading.

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Title:               Creating Strategic Readers in the Content Areas (K-5)

Strand:           Teachers

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon C

Presenters:    Becky Bone, Scholastic

Participants will explore the principles of comprehension and learn how to scaffold content area instruction in whole-group, small-group, and independent practice. They’ll also learn hands-on activities and examine lessons that help students get the most out of content-area reading.

 

Title:               A Brain Based Learning and Differentiated Classroom Built with Technology

Strand:           General Sessions

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon D

Presenters:    Brain Karsbaek, Renaissance Learning

Join us for a lively and informative workshop on building a secondary mathematics program that gets results. Featured presenter Brian Karsbaek, a former high-school math teacher from Elgin, Illinois will explain how using brain-based learning and a differentiated classroom helped struggling math students led to phenomenal success in his classroom.

 

Saturday, October 6th
SESSION 9:  10:30 –11:45 am

Title:               Creating Strategic Readers in the Content Areas (6-12)

Strand:            Teachers

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon A

Presenters:    Becky Bone, Scholastic

Participants will explore the principles of comprehension and learn how to scaffold content area instruction in whole-group, small-group, and independent practice. They’ll also learn hands-on activities and examine lessons that help students get the most out of content-area reading.

 

Title:               A Comprehensive RTI Model

Strand:           Teachers

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon B

Presenter:      Tricia Buchanan, Cooperating School Districts

This presentation will provide steps that demonstrate how to integrate the academic RTI process with the behavioral components giving school administrators, teachers, and policymakers a common language and clear picture of how the two processes are merged into one.

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Title:               You’ve Got to Reach Them to Teach Them

Strand:            Teachers

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon C

Presenter:      Mary Kim Schreck, Educating for Change

Unless students are engaged, standards and rigor can’t guarantee achievement. Even when a teacher possesses the hard skills of the profession—knows the subject matter, knows pedagogy—research reveals that educators need mastery over a wide range of people skills (soft skills) to be effective. In this workshop, Mary Kim provides opportunities for educators to recognize and fine-tune these skills.  When these soft skills are present, classroom management problems decrease and learning increases.

 

Title:               So, You Want to Open a Charter School

Strand:           General Sessions

Room:             Lindell Ballroom Salon D

Presenter:      Dawn Finley, MCPSA

This session will take you through the process of bringing your dream of opening a charter school to fruition.  Learn about the application process, the timeline, and the ins and outs of starting a charter school as well as about MCPSA’s CharterStart program.

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