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Table of Contents 4 Welcome Letter - Dr. Robert Landry, Chairman of the Board 5 About - N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools 6 NC Alliance Board of Directors 7 Grassroots Network - N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools 8 Keynote and Special Speakers 9 Superintendent’s Debate Speakers 10 Conference Layout 11 Vendors by Table Number 12 Conference Sponsors 14 Diamond Sponsor – Charter Day School 15 Diamond Sponsor – Phoenix Academy 16 Platinum Sponsor – Team CFA 17 Platinum Sponsor – Columbus Charter School 22 Conference Overview 24 Opening General Session 25 Breakout Session 1 26 Breakout Session 2 Thank you for attending, 27 Breakout Session 3 we hope you have a great conference! If you have questions or 28 Breakout Session 4 need assistance: 29 Breakout Session 5 Call: 919-900-8951 30 Superintendent’s Debate Email: info@ncchartersall.org 31 Monday Afternoon & Evening Visit: www.ncchartersall.org 32 Tuesday Morning Sessions Participate in Live Tweet Hashtag: #nccharters 33 Breakout Session 6 Follow: twitter.com/nccharters 36 Vendors by Category Like: facebook.com/nccharters 38 Vendors Alphabetical Join - www.NCChartersAll.org

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Welcome Letter

Dr. Robert Landry, Chairman of the Board

Dear Charter School Supporter, Welcome to the 2012 Charter Schools Conference! This year’s theme is “Stronger Schools Build Stronger Communities” -- a statement we believe embodies the heart of the public charter school movement. Last year’s passage of Senate Bill 8, which lifted the cap on public charter schools in North Carolina, was truly historic. We are now seeing the effects of the cap being lifted: 27 applications were received for the “Fast Track” option to open for the 2012–2013 school year, and over 60 applications were received for charter schools that would open in the 2013-2014 school year. We have a great 2012 conference – our best to date! The conference begins with a reception Sunday night for early arrivals. Monday is packed full of useful information in our break-out sessions, which are geared toward board members, administrators, teachers and new charter prospects and applicants. You will have the opportunity to learn about financial and legal issues, accountability, classroom techniques, the new common core standards, and more. Monday’s highlights include remarks from Dr. William Harrison, Chairman of the State Board of Education, Kate Walsh, President of National Council on Teacher Quality, Senator Howard Lee, and Representative Thom Tillis, Speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives. Monday will also feature a debate between Dr. June Atkinson and her opponent for N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction, either John Tedesco or Richard Alexander, who are competing in a second primary election on July 17. Tuesday’s media panel and break-out sessions will provide you with even more valuable information to take back with you to your charter schools. We will have raffle giveaways, and both days include plenty of time to network with other members of North Carolina’s charter school community. We will also unveil new plans for Alliance networking; boards, administrators and teachers. If you are a charter school veteran, your experience and insight will be an inspiration to new members of the charter school community. On behalf of the N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools, we are glad you are here! We appreciate your dedication to our mission of advancing quality educational opportunities for all of North Carolina’s children, and we hope that this conference will enable you to collaborate, learn, and share your resources and talents. Sincerely,

Dr. Robert Landry Chairman, N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools

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NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools We’re pressing on... the children of North Carolina are ultimately who we work for, and they deserve our best. We don’t plan to let them down. We have regrouped and reorganized and are stronger and more focused than ever. We are charter school leaders and supporters who are volunteering time and resources to create a statewide grassroots network, school by school, region by region, to the state capital and beyond.

Charter School Growth is Unprecedented This is an unprecedented time to be involved in American education. Bipartisan supported state laws are driving the momentum upward for all charter schools. Charter Schools Nationally (2012)

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The North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools (“Alliance”) is a 501 (c) (3), nonprofit, non-partisan organization with a mission of advancing quality educational opportunities for all North Carolina children by supporting and expanding successful public charter schools. North Carolina passed its first charter law in 1996 but only removed the 100 school cap in 2011. Fewer than half of the counties in N.C. have a charter school, but that’s about to change. Charter schools are bursting with promise. But obstacles are sometimes tough without help. We know about charter schools, from a day-to-day persepective, and sharing information is half the battle. We are stronger together. As Nina Rees, President of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools said, “If we don’t define our message, our opposition will.” So let us go forth united with a clear message to meet the challenges ahead for the children and citizens of North Carolina: Stronger Schools Build Stronger Communities. Join - www.NCChartersAll.org

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Structure

N.C. Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Dedicating to Improving Education The all-volunteer N.C. Alliance Board of Directors includes charter school administrators, directors, and former public school officials as well as other professionals dedicated to improving education in North Carolina. Nearly 100 years of charter operation experience are represented cumulatively on the Alliance board. With significant national policy experience and charter school expertise, our goal is to provide resources for common charter school issues and to provide a united voice for charter school leaders.

Board of Directors NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools Dr. Robert Landry – Board Chair Dr. Robert Landry has volunteered to bring his extensive experience in both the education system and in the private sector to the Alliance. The Virginia Tech graduate recently retired as Superintendent of the Davie County School System after 36 years in the public school system. Some of Dr. Landry’s many achievements and appointments include:  Professor at Garner Webb University and Winston-Salem State University; Hispanic Philanthropic Board member, Howard N. Lee Institute founding board member, appointed as a member of N.C. Public-Charter School Advisory Council; appointed as a Commissioner to the Education Commission of the State; appointed to the  Superintendent Advisory Technology Committee. His focus now is training principals, administrators, and teachers for leadership positions and improving the state’s education system for all children.

Leslie W. Merritt, Jr. – Treasurer Les Merritt served as State Auditor of North Carolina from 2005 until 2009.  As State Auditor, Mr. Merritt served on North Carolina’s Council of State, as a member of the Local Government Commission and led an agency with more than 200 employees. Prior to being elected State Auditor, Les was a managing partner in privately held accounting firms for over twenty years.  While in private practice, Les audited many charter schools for their LGC audits and became very familiar with the financial and compliance challenges that charter schools face.  The Alliance is fortunate to have a CPA of Les’ experience on its Board. Les earned degrees in accounting and economics from North Carolina State University.  He served as a Wake County Commissioner from 1994 through 1998; and as a volunteer in community organizations. Les is a past president of the Zebulon Elementary School PTA, Zebulon Rotary Club, and Zebulon Lions Club. He also served as a member of the  Zebulon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Gail Scott Taylor – Vice Chair

George Ragsdale

Gail Scott Taylor is the Principal of Carter Community School in Durham, N.C. Prior to joining, Gail Taylor worked as a Charter School Consultant at North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction.  In her role as a consultant, Gail worked with public charter schools to ensure compliance with state and federal law.

George Ragsdale is the Principal of the Wrennovation Companies, a Real Estate Holding and Management Company based in Jamestown.   He, His wife Jenny and their Children Wrenn and Katherine are active in the Greater Jamestown Community.  George serves on the boards of Hospice of the Piedmont, Family Service of the Piedmont and the GTCC Foundation Board.  

 

Baker A. Mitchell Jr. – Secretary Baker Mitchell has a Master’s degree in electrical engineering and retired from his computer engineering firm to found two public charter schools in North Carolina.  These two award-winning K-8 schools have grown from 53 students in 2000 to now serve over 1,500 students from six coastal counties. Interests include research-based instructional methods and applied behavior analysis. Mr. Baker holds two patents and authored 36 engineering publications including chapters in two textbooks.

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Brandon Smith Brandon Smith  served as the executive director of East Wake First Charter and Superintendent of East Wake Academy. As chief administrator of the school in developing and implementing policies, programs, curriculum activities and budgets, Brandon promoted the educational development of each student and the professional development of each staff member. Prior to his role at East Wake, Brandon worked in the traditional public school system.

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We invite ALL to be part of this grassroots network GRASSROOTS NETWORK It works both ways, we send you the information you want from the latest around the state, as it happens, and you let us know what’s going on in your school - let us help promote your students accomplishments. And when legislative action needs vocal support we can all work together as one voice. EFFECTIVE ADVOCACY We promote a policy agenda that fosters charter school growth by securing equitable funding, establishing fair accountability, and encouraging new sustainable, high quality charter schools. Monitoring legislative actions, the Alliance fosters a bipartisan approach to support our advocacy agenda. TRAINING The Alliance is developing training programs to help current and prospective charter school leaders manage their schools more effectively, have the greatest impact in the classroom, and be more effective advocates for public charter schools.

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MEMBER SERVICES Partnerships that save member schools money and ensure compliance is top priority for our members. The Alliance has developed partnerships with screened vendors that work on a regular basis with charter schools in the state. We are also developing board and administrator training, legal consultation with licensed school law attorneys, and model charter board policies for charter school operations.

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Conference Speakers Keynote and Special Speakers Dr. William C. Harrison, Ed. D., — Chairman, State Board of Education  Dr. Harrison was appointed to the State Board of Education by Governor Beverly Perdue in March 2009. A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Harrison has served North Carolina public schools throughout his career. In addition to more than 11 years as Superintendent in Cumberland County, he also has served as Superintendent in Orange County and in Hoke County. He has also served as an Assistant Superintendent in Brunswick County Schools and as a principal and teacher. Dr. Harrison is an adjunct assistant professor at North Carolina State University. His experience includes serving on numerous state commissions, most recently as Co-Chair of the Education Lottery Oversight Committee and as Vice-Chair of the Military Child Education Coalition. Dr. Harrison holds a bachelor’s degree in Intermediate Education from Methodist College - Fayetteville, a master’s degree in Educational Administration and an Education Specialist degree in Education Administration from East Carolina University, and an Educational doctorate in Education Administration from Vanderbilt University.

Thom Tillis — Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives Thom Tillis, age 51, and his wife of 24 years, Susan, and their children Lindsay and Ryan, have lived in the North Mecklenburg area for 13 years. Thom and his family relocated from Fairfax, Virginia to Cornelius in 1998. Thom’s management consulting career has provided him with a deep understanding of fiscal management, policy making, and transformation of complex organizations. Thom was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the world’s largest accounting and management consulting firms, which sold its management consulting practice to IBM in 2002. In 2006, Thom was elected by the 98th District to the North Carolina House of Representatives, and was re-elected in 2008. Thom left IBM in 2009 to focus his attention on serving in the North Carolina House of Representatives and leading the 2010 House Republican Caucus Campaign Committee as the Chairman. Thom’s efforts as Committee Chairman helped Republicans win a majority in the NC House for the first time in over a decade. After the 2010 elections, Thom was elected Speaker-Designate by the members of the House Republican Caucus. When the House convened in January 2011, Thom was elected the Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives. He is only the second Republican to serve as House Speaker. He led the House to one of the most efficiently productive sessions in recent memory, and led the fight in the House for removal of the cap on our schools.

Kate Walsh — President, National Council on Teacher Quality Kate Walsh has served as the president of the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) since 2002. Before coming to NCTQ, she worked for The Abell Foundation in Baltimore, the Baltimore City Public Schools, and the Core Knowledge Foundation. Her work has tackled a broad spectrum of educational issues, with a primary focus on the needs of children who are disadvantaged by poverty and race. Among her accomplishments, she started and ran a boarding school in Kenya, East Africa to educate at-risk boys from Baltimore and also developed one of the nation’s premier programs in mathematics and science for middle and secondary public school students, a program that has yielded numerous Intel Talent Search winners. She also started the first alternative certification program for teachers in Maryland, a project which led to her strong interest in teacher quality. Walsh has since authored many papers on teacher quality, with a particular interest in the impact of the policies and practices of institutions, including states, unions, districts and teacher preparation programs, on the teaching profession. A long-time resident of Baltimore, Ms. Walsh also serves on the Maryland State Board of Education.

Pat McCrory — Former Charlotte Mayor and candidate for NC Govenor Pat McCrory was raised in Guilford County and attended Catawba College in Rowan County, where he earned degrees in Education and Political Science. Pat was elected Mayor of Charlotte in 1995 and went on to serve a record seven terms. When Pat was elected as Mayor, Charlotte was on the cusp of an explosion of growth, and he was just the visionary needed to help take Charlotte to the next level to become one of America’s great cities. Mayor McCrory tackled and showed great leadership on Charlotte’s major issues like economic development, infrastructure, transportation, public safety, and education. Pat has testified before Congress and has been an expert guest on several national media broadcasts, including National Public Radio, ABC World News, Lehrer News Hour, CBS This Morning, MSNBC News, CNN, CNBC and Fox News, among others. Pat works for the firm Moore & Van Allen on energy issues, economic development, and strategic initiatives and serves on the corporate boards of Lending Tree and Kewaunee Scientific Corporation. He resides in Charlotte with his wife Ann and their dog, Mo.

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Conference Speakers Superintendent’s Debate Dr. June St. Clair Atkinson — N.C. State Superintendent of Public Instruction June St. Clair Atkinson was elected as the North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction in November 2004 and re-elected in 2008. Dr. Atkinson is North Carolina’s first woman elected to this position. She heads the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, an agency which she served for nearly 28 years as a chief consultant and director in the areas of business education, career and technical education, and instructional services. As a former business education teacher, Atkinson has been involved in instruction and curriculum development throughout her career. She is past president of the National Business Education Association, Southern Regional Education Board’s High Schools that Work, and the National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium. Atkinson is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and Phi Delta Kappa and was inducted into East Carolina University’s College of Education Educator Hall of Fame in 2008. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Education from Radford University in 1969, a Master’s degree in Vocational and Technical Education from Virginia Tech in 1974, and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from North Carolina State University in 1996. The debate opponent has not been determined by the printing of this program so we included both candidates running for the office. Only the winner will debate the incumbent Superintendent.

John Tedesco — possible candidate for N.C. State Superintendent of Public Instruction The oldest of six, John grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and attended Thiel College earning a degree in Political Science. John, his wife, Jennifer, and their son, Gabriel, live in Garner where they attend Victory Church. John has served in senior executive posts with a national educational foundation, major university, non-profit organizations and as a city manager. He is the President of The N.C. Center for Education Reform and serves on the Wake County Board of Education where he has been a force for student achievement.

Richard Alexander — possible candidate for N.C. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard Alexander has a B.S. degree from the University of Missouri and is a former military officer and small business owner. Richard has been a teacher for the past 16 years and currently teaches special education. He has served on the Union County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, Union County Gang task force and the Union County Education Foundation Steering Committee. Richard was also past VP of the Foster and Adoptive Parent Association, and former Board member of Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Richard has one son, Shane, and will soon be married adding a wife and two children.

Moderated by: Howard N. Lee — The Howard E. Lee Foundation Senator Howard N. Lee is the founder and President of the Howard N. Lee Institute, which he created to organize and mobilize North Carolina communities to ensure all students are successful regardless of the schools they attend. In 1969, Lee was elected and served three terms (1975) as Mayor of Chapel Hill. In 1976, he was a candidate for Lieutenant Governor, but lost in a second primary run-off election. In 1977-1981, he served as Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Community Development. Lee has recently released several inspirational writings, and his biographical memoir, entitled: “The Courage to Lead, One Man’s Journey in Public Service.” In his memoir, Lee shares his life story and sheds light on how he achieved those goals. In 1990, Lee was elected to the North Carolina Senate where he served for 13 years. He fought for higher teacher salaries, increased funding for public and higher education and advocated for raising teacher and student standards. In addition, he sponsored or co-sponsored several major pieces of educational legislation which included Smart Start, More at Four (a Pre-kindergarten program), the Excellent Schools Act for school reform, and the Safe Schools Act. In 2003-2009, Lee was elected to his position as Chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Education and a member of the North Carolina Utilities Commission. Howard Lee has been a successful entrepreneur. March 2009-September 2011, Lee served as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Education Cabinet having been appointed by Governor Beverly Eaves Perdue.

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Vendor Tables by Number Bringing Everyone Together The Alliance is actively bringing resources together to better improve the climate for charter schools in the state of North Carolina. We are constantly looking for ways to improve conditions for the students of our schools and make it more economical and cost-effective for charter schools to operate. 1 The Professional Educators of North Carolina 2 Saxon Publishers, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 3 Lisle Architecture & Design, Inc. 4 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Holt McDougal 5 Insurance People 6 Measurement Incorporated (NC Write) 7 Elliott Davis PLLC 8 Camcor, Inc. 9 YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly 10 M SPACE

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Kaplan Early Learning Company Steve Joyner Consulting Services 501 ( c) Agencies Trust

14 GPS Management Services Snack Break Sponsor 15 Mobile Modular - Silver Sponsor 16 Team CFA - Platinum Sponsor 17 Team CFA - Platinum Sponsor 18 Pearson - Monday Reception Sponsor 19 Insight Architects, PC 20 Therapy Source, Inc. 21 Little 22 Contrax Furnishings 23 Lakeshore Learning Materials 24 Davis Publications

25 Zaner-Bloser, The Language Arts and Reading Company 26 Expense Reduction Analysts  27 Speechcenter, Inc. 28 The Young Group 29 Easy Grammar Systems 30 Prudential Retirement  31 Shurley Instructional Materials, Inc. 32 Color ID 33 NC Literacy Resources 34 Innovative Modular Solutions, Inc. 35 E-Rate Advantage 36 McGraw-Hill Education 37 S&S Worldwide 38 Edlio Inc. 39 Hertz Furniture Systems

40 Ziegler - Snack Break Sponsor 41 Barker Jones CPA Breakout Room Sponsor 42 PETWAY MILLS & PEARSON, PA Monday Lunch Sponsor 43 Charter School Capital Monday Dinner Sponsor 44 Kaplan Early Learning Company— Breakout Room Sponsor 45 Lexercise 46 Mimio 47 F.E. Braswell Co. Inc.

Door Prizes We know many of you have given up vacation days to attend this conference. As a token of our appreciation, we will draw for door prizes among those present at the end of each meal. At Monday’s opening session, lunch, and dinner, an Apple iPad will be given away, and at Tuesday’s lunch the grand prize features a new 13” MacBook Aire. Good luck and thank you for your support. 3- Apple iPads 13” MacBook Aire Given Away Monday Given Away Tuesday Join - www.NCChartersAll.org

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Conference Sponsors Thank You Charter Sponsors Without the help and support of these organizations we wouldn’t be meeting. This annual conference is an important gathering for charter leaders. It’s imperative we learn from each other to strengthen our alliance. And nothing beats meeting face-to-face with like minded charter school supporters. Diamond Sponsor

Acadia NorthStar

Diamond Sponsor

Charter Day School

Diamond Sponsor

Phoenix Academy

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Platinum Sponsor

Team CFA

Platinum Sponsor

Columbus Charter School

Platinum Sponsor

National Heritage Academies

Silver Sponsor

Mobile Modular

Badge/Lanyard Sponsor

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Conference Sponsors Monday Night Dinner Sponsor

Charter School Capital

Breakout Room Sponsor

Barker Jones CPA

Breakout Room Sponsor

Kaplan Early Learning Company

& Alphabest Education  Monday Lunch Sponsor

PETWAY MILLS & PEARSON, PA

Monday Reception Sponsor

Pearson

 Sunday Welcome

Seablue Development

Reception Sponsor

Snack Break Sponsor

Charter School USA

Snack Break Sponsor

GPS Management

Snack Break Sponsor

Ziegler

Tote Bag Sponsor

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Conference Sponsors Charter Day School - Diamond Sponsor While academics always come first, the school also offers unique extra-curricular programs that fit hand-in-hand with the student’s school work. Like most charter schools, funds are limited and funding activities for children strain the budget. But through the school’s booster club fundraising efforts and sponsorships from local businesses, Charter Day School has developed some unique programs that are getting our students well deserved attention. Cheerleading Competition Teams – These are no ordinary cheerleaders, these are serious athletes that are dedicated, hard working, and follow the leadership of their volunteer coaches. Among the numerous awards throughout the years, one of this year’s squads took home the highest honor – National Champions. After winning the Pop Warner National Championship as well as the “Spirit of Sport Award” for sportsmanship, the team was invited to be honored at the state capitol by both the House and Senate. Charter Day School also supports a world ranked Archery team, football teams through Coastal PopWarner, a middle school basketball team, competition singing and chorus, HAM Radio club, Cub Scouts troops, as well as other extra-curricular activities to keep students engaged. All done without a campus gymnasium or concert hall and organized almost entirely by volunteers. If you would like to learn more about how Charter Day School implemented these programs, please call or email us.

Charter Day School is a tuition-free, open enrollment K-8

public school in southeastern North Carolina. Since 2000, Charter Day School has focused on quality education and is a premier performance-driven year round school. The school has built a reputation for dedicated and highly qualified teachers that give students a strong and proven academic foundation. Charter Day School has received numerous awards, including the designation of being a Top-25 School for Academic Growth and of Excellence in the state of North Carolina. Charter Day School is managed by The Roger Bacon Academy.

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Conference Sponsors Phoenix Academy - Diamond Sponsor “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.” - Goethe Located in High Point, N.C., Phoenix Academy is the city’s only charter school and has been recognized as a North Carolina Honor School of Excellence. The school is publicly-funded and privately managed, with a unique philosophy of educating the whole child. We currently teach kindergarten through 5th grade and are located off Highway 68 in High Point. Phoenix Academy has chosen its name and symbol with great purpose. The mythological bird represents: “Soaring to Excellence” This representation is self-evident in an educational setting. We provide our children with a safe, small, structured environment that promotes and fosters excellence, wisdom, integrity and perseverance. These are proven methods of enhancing learning and performance. The first three years of a child’s education is the foundation for a lifetime of learning. At Phoenix Academy, our focus is on the individual student. We challenge the minds of our youngest students by focusing on their individual needs. With our smaller classrooms, students thrive as they build a solid foundation for life. Students practice their skills in small groups and with the one-on-one attention that we feel each and every student deserves. Smaller groups also lend themselves to better communication in the classroom environment. Students are more willing to ask questions and express themselves. At each of the different elementary grade levels, our staff guides the students’ growth toward critical and creative thinking, while fostering their emotional and social growth developing into becoming compassionate young people.

Contact: Kimberly K. Norcross. MA Ed. 336-869-0079

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Conference Sponsors Team CFA - Platinum Sponsor Who we are: TeamCFA is a growing national network of public charter schools dedicated to the mission of student achievement, academic excellence, measurable results, and bringing school choice to more students and their families. There are currently eight TeamCFA schools on ten campuses in three regions serving more than 3,700 students.   What we stand for: Together each achieves more summarizes our belief that the success of each student takes the active participation, communication, and commitment of the teacher, student, and parent working in collaboration. By fostering a continuous partnership between all the stakeholders we build a strong culture of expectation, achievement, and results.   Our approach: We offer a structured and rigorous academic program that includes a committed partnership between the student, teacher, and parent. Our schools follow a guide to coherent content from grade to grade designed to encourage steady academic progress as students build their knowledge and skills from one year to the next. Students become capable and motivated learners. At TeamCFA we strive to do whatever it takes to ensure that our students learn, progress, and succeed on their path to higher education.   The students we serve: TeamCFA provides a proven educational model that is adaptable and is succeeding in rural, suburban, and inner-city settings, serving: At-risk youth, Students with special needs, Gifted and talented students, Students of culturally diverse backgrounds, Students in search of a challenging curriculum, Students who could not find success in a traditional setting, English-language learners.   Data Drives the Dream: We consistently use data to evaluate and improve our accountability for student achievement and the education we provide. TeamCFA students are expected to exemplify the values, behaviors, and study habits conducive to learning at the highest level.

Contact: Matthew Clark mclark@teamcfa.org 602-759-7326

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Conference Sponsors Columbus Charter School - Platinum Sponsor Columbus Charter School is a tuition-free, open enrollment public school in Whiteville, North Carolina. Since 2007, Columbus Charter School has focused on quality education and is a premier performance-driven year round school.   Our Mission: Our understandings of humankind and our universe are expressed and communicated through all of our arts and sciences. Each method of expression – language, painting, music, mathematics, and science – has its rules and techniques for effectively communicating these ideas and understandings. Therefore to accomplish this mission, our curriculum is structured to teach the established rules and to develop the skills for using the tools for expression – whether a word-processor for literature, a paint brush for art, a chisel for sculpture, or an experiment for science. By accomplishing our mission, our students will truly be prepared to become globally competitive citizens in any endeavor they choose to undertake. We endeavor to inculcate the four classical virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance and the three attributes of faith, hope, and charity. Each person associated with an Academy – student, faculty, and staff – is accountable for ensuring that his or her actions exemplify, and are in accord with these virtues. Through the guidance and direction of the adults at each school, the children develop those character-building skills — self-motivation, self-discipline, respect, obedience, self-reliance, and trustworthiness — necessary for growing into valued citizens and leaders in their communities. Columbus Charter School is a model of replication and added a new middle school this year. Starting from K-2 and adding a grade every year - the school is now up to seventh grade. Charter Day School is managed by The Roger Bacon Academy.

Contact: Steve Smith stevesmith@rogerbacon.net 910-641-4042

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Conference at a Glance Sunday, July 22 Sunday July 22

3:00-5:00 PM

Conference Registration

6:00-8:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Lobby Sponsored by: Seablue Development

Rotunda

Monday, July 23 7:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:00-9:00 AM Opening Session

Introduction - Dr. Robert Landry, Chairman, N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools Welcome Address - Dr. William Harrison, Chairman, N.C. Board of Education Special Guest Presentation - Kate Walsh, President, National Council on Teacher Quality

9:15-10:05 AM Breakout Session 1

Monday Morning July 23

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10:3511:25 AM Breakout Session 2

Managing Cash Flow 101 - John Helgeson and Jon Dahlberg

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Compliance / Legal Audit for Charter Schools – Les Meritt

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Opening General Session OPENING GENERAL SESSION Monday, July 23 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Meeting Room E Networking Breakfast - 7:30 a.m.

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Dr. Robert Landry, Chairman,

N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools

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Dr. William Harrison, Chairman,

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Introduction of Special Guest

Baker Mitchell, Secretary,

N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Special Guest Presentation

Kate Walsh, President,

National Council on Teacher Quality

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Breakout Session 1 BREAKOUT SESSION 1 Monday, July 23 9:15 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.

BREAKOUT SESSION 1 Monday, July 23 9:15 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.

Managing Cash Flow 101

STEM Programming Drives Revenue

John Helgeson and Jon Dahlberg Charter School Capital Breakout Room A Finance

Shane Vander Kooiand John C. Smith Garden School of Technology Art and Green Mouse Academy Breakout Room H Instruction/ Finance

Charter schools are a business, the business of educating our kids, but a business nonetheless. As a result, cash flow is king for keeping charter schools operating well. Just as important, managing cash is a team sport. Doing it well requires participation at all levels of an organization. This presentation will help you understand how to think about managing cash and provide practical steps to get you on your way to a more productive cash plan.

All in a Days Work: Implementing Job Embedded Professional Development Tina Mitchell, EdD and Renea Boles, Educational Empowerment Group, LLC Breakout Room D Administration Teacher professional development that focuses on teaching and learning enhances student achievement. Such learning is most valuable when it occurs within the context of the school day when teachers are interacting with their students and peers.   This interactive presentation will define Job-Embedded Professional Development (JEPD) and its value to teachers, students and schools.  We will also discuss strategies for implementing JEPD while creating a culture of learning throughout the school community.

Blended Learning Support Tools for Struggling Readers Sandie Blackley, MA/CCC and Chad Myers, Lexercise Breakout Room G Instruction Many English language learners and children with language processing problems struggle with reading and writing skills. In this session we will describe Lexercise, a 21st Century, research backed, eLearning system that helps schools provide structured and coherent, blended learning intervention for struggling readers. Case studies will illustrate how Lexercise works. Participants will be able to describe and differentiate the two main types of reading disorders and explain blended learning approaches for each.

The barrier to implementing new STEM programming always seems to be limited budgets and scarce resources. Charter schools have the freedom to be creative thinkers and there are solutions to these challenges. What if investing in STEM programming drove revenue rather than drained it? Learn about how a new STEM-focused charter school launched last year with no money is now modeling robotics, animation, digital art, exergaming and video game design programming for schools nationwide.

State of NC Charters: National View Bradley S. Barth, The Roger Bacon Academy Breakout Room I Advocacy Conversations in Minneapolis: NC at the National Conference. What a great honor to represent North Carolina and the N.C. Alliance at the 2012 National Charter Schools Conference. The board was right, it was crucial that the Alliance be represented in this venue – we sent a message, not only to N.C. charter school leaders, but also National charter school leaders that the N.C. Alliance is stronger and better than before! My task was not only to represent our fine state, but bring back nuggets of wisdom, and gauge the tenor of the charter school movement across the nation. A recap of the event will be shown with a slide and video presentation.

Teachers Teaching Teachers Trish Williams, Mary Keenan, Novice/Master/Colleague Connections Breakout Room J Instruction You’ve Got a Friend! This is an immersion induction framework embedded into implementation of Common Core Standards. This is an organization module to train and retain new teachers and empower master teachers while raising student achievement.

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Breakout Session 2 BREAKOUT SESSION 2 Monday, July 23 10:35 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.

BREAKOUT SESSION 2 Monday, July 23 10:35 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.

Oh Bee-have!

990 Basics for Charter Schools, Creating Trust Through Transparency and Accountability

Kim Norcross and Heather McNees Phoenix Academy Breakout Room A Teachers / Principals To Bee or Not To Bee, that is the question… Is your hive out of control?  Tired of no one listening to the Queen Bee?  Are your worker bees not pollinating up to their potential?  Buzz on over to our hive and hear Oh Beehave! Our beekeepers will address how the use of Positive Behavioral Techniques in the classroom and school can increase the productivity of your class and change the environment.  Learn about the positive reinforcement program being used at Phoenix Academy in High Point, North Carolina that has everyone buzzing.  We will talk about techniques used for everyday application in class and school, how to adapt your program for different grade levels, and for more challenging students. Takeflight with the honey that you need to get your bees best sweet behavior and to Oh! Behave! Bzzzz! Bzzzz!

Of Course it’s True; I Found it on the Internet!: Teaching Students to Skillfully and Effectively Determine the Reliability of Internet Source Sheryl Dwyer National Center for Teaching Thinking Breakout Room D Instruction As schools make the shift toward digital data, today’s students must learn to navigate through vast amounts of evolving information. Studies suggest technology saturation disrupts one’s ability to make thoughtful decisions. Learn how to teach students to identify the most reliable sources of information, specifically those found on the internet. Discover dynamic lesson ideas that will teach students how to use what they find on the internet to make better decisions and solve problems skillfully.

Leveraging the Internet to Promote Your School Frank Williams, Pioneer Strategies Breakout Room G Marketing Seasoned public relations practitioner Frank Williams will show current and future charter school leaders and board members how to utilize social media and other online tools to spread the word about their public charter schools. This session will touch on Facebook, Twitter, email marketing, developing an effective website and more.

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Denise P. Hill, CPA, Elliott Davis Breakout Room H Finance Did you know that Form 990 is the most visible means of communicating transparency and accountability to the public and potential donors? This session will be a primer to help Charter Schools stay on top of the important tax issues and filing requirements that are necessary to ensure that their constituents and board members are fully informed.

Teaching Strategies to Improve Retention of Complex Vocabulary Dr. Rebecca Shore, UNC Breakout Room J Instruction This presentation is based on a study conducted at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte involving middle school science students. Different instructional strategies designed using cognitive science principles were implemented to over 500 seventh graders. Results showed that having students engage in more active strategies using the science vocabulary improved retention, particularly with low readers. This session proposes a variety of practical strategies for a more brain-based approach to teaching vocabulary.

Evaluating Interventions and Tutoring Protocols: Do they actually produce results? Baker Mitchell, The Roger Bacon Academy Breakout Room I Management Usually when we are pleased with the growth exhibited by a group of students having received an intervention, we tend to say that the intervention “worked.” But did this group of students progress more than they would have without the intervention, and if so, how much? Conventional statistical techniques suggest that we randomly divide our students into two groups and give the intervention to one group and not to the other group; then we compare the two groups. But this method deprives the control group of a possibly beneficial treatment. A method called regression discontinuity design (RDD) allows all students to receive the treatment or intervention, yet can dramatically show what effect the treatment had on the group. This session explains RDD and gives examples of its application.

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Breakout Session 3 BREAKOUT SESSION 3 Monday, July 23 1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

BREAKOUT SESSION 3 Monday, July 23 1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Charter School Legal Issues

Positive Behavior Support for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Emotional Disturbance, and At Risk Children

John Branch, Shanahan Law Group Breakout Room A Legal Charter schools face many of the same legal issues as other organizations including issues related to formation, governance, operations and potential litigation: properly forming a legal entity, board and governance issues, regulatory and compliance-related, employment matters, and dealing with any litigation that may arise. In addition, the unique dual-nature of charter schools as public entities with near autonomy creates additional regulatory and compliance issues. Shanahan Law Group has experience handling these types of issues for Charter Schools and we have experience representing clients in the education community. We will discuss our past success stories and share with you how to avoid the legal pitfalls of starting and operating a Charter School.

Middle School Math: The Critical Transition from Arithmetic to Algebra Tom Clark, VideoText Interactive Breakout Room D Instruction This educational and entertaining session will explore the reasons behind the difficulty in transitioning from Arithmetic to Algebra. Numerous topics will be discussed, and will include examples of the change in thinking that must occur for students to be successful in Algebra. Very simply, understanding “why” is the secret, not memorizing shortcuts and rules. Further, it provides for a much smoother transition to algebraic thinking, which naturally leads to success in other high-level math courses.

Meaningful Evaluation of Teacher Candidates Cary Andrews, The Roger Bacon Academy Breakout Room G Principals Fourteen teachers or instructional leaders with known performance records from our schools were administered an exam from the National Evaluation Series (NES) called “The Essential Components of Reading Instruction (104)” by Pearson. This threehour 150-question multiple choice test was administered on-line by a testing center in Wilmington, North Carolina. The purpose of testing these teachers was to determine if NES-104 had predictive value and might serve as a screening test to be used for hiring new teachers.

Angela Gardner-Street, LMSW, GPS Management Services Breakout Room H Management Implement Inclusion through Positive Behavior Support to decrease problematic behavior for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Emotional Disturbance, and At Risk in an educational setting. The session will teach System-wide Support Strategies, Group Contingencies, Positive Culture Enriched Interventions, and Comprehensive Attention to Social/Emotional well-being of all students. This model will teach students skills to behave appropriately, positively acknowledges students engaging in those behaviors, and provides consistency and stability in interactions among students and staff members.

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from the Common Core: Aligning Text and Task for Rigorous Instruction Julie Jackson-Forsberg and Kriko Michaels, Critical Thinking Works Breakout Room J Instruction As charter school teachers and leaders plan to implement the Common Core, they will need to think not only about curriculum alignment but also about the implications for instructional planning and execution embedded in the Common Core. This session explores these instructional planning and execution implications, engaging participants in an experience of an aligned lesson cycle. Participants will analyze and identify rigorous instructional practices in terms of the expectations and demands of the Common Core.

Maneuvering Through the Building Process – Panel Discussion John Shurley, AIA, Bo South, and Scott Rolfs; Insight Architects, Myers and Chapman, and Ziegler Breakout Room I Facilities The complexities associated with creating a school facility can be a challenge even for experienced building committees. Professionals experienced in financing, designing and constructing school facilities will share their expertise and answer questions related to the building process. We will discuss site/building selection, financing, space needs, budgeting, scheduling, design and construction, as examples.

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Breakout Session 4 BREAKOUT SESSION 4 Monday, July 23 1:50 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

BREAKOUT SESSION 4 Monday, July 23 1:50 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Compliance/Legal Audit for Charter Schools

Developing High-Level Oral Vocabulary through Fine Art Images, Photos, and Illustrations

Les Meritt, N.C. Alliance Treasurer Breakout Room A Legal

Teaching English Learners: What Does the Research Say? Ray Myrtle and Peggie Garcia, National Charter Resource Center Breakout Room D Instruction North Carolina has both an increasing number of charter schools and a growing population of English language learners. How can charter school educators in North Carolina best meet the needs of English language learners (ELLs) in their schools? Join us for an informative session that will help charter school educators who do not have a great deal of experience with ELLs better understand the characteristics of the ELL population, what the research says about instructional practices that are most effective with ELLs, and how teachers can provide ELLs with a variety of classroom supports to help them master the academic content and improve their language proficiency in English.

Comprehensive Digital Programs that prepare learners today for the world they will build tomorrow Elizabeth Jordan, Brett Craig, and Julia McCombs, Pearson Digital Learning Breakout Room G Instruction Nearly half of the US children enter kindergarten lacking the early literacy and math skills needed for long term academic success. Waterford and SuccessMaker, digitally driven, Kindergarten through 8th grade Reading and Math software solutions, can put these students on the road to academic achievement. Via engaging activities, curriculum is delivered in a customized learning path for each student. Student performance data needed to inform instruction, identify intervention and meet accountability requirements is a “click away.”

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Barbara Place, Davis Art Breakout Room H Instruction The session will share the research on high-level vocabulary and its correlation to reading comprehension. Participants will learn how to easily incorporate 4–6 new challenging vocabulary words each day in just ten minutes by using any available classroom images – fine art, illustrations, and photos. This approach was proven in a scientifically-based study to show significant improvements in overall vocabulary knowledge, comprehension, and using context clues. This approach has been used in K–6 classrooms.

Governing Board Training Senator Howard Lee and Dr. Robert Landry Breakout Room I Boards This session is to commence discussion on what charter school governing boards need to become effective.  Senator Howard N. Lee is the former Chair of the State Board of Education and Dr. Robert Landry was a superintendent - both presenters have worked with school boards for many years.

Real-time data driven instructional decisions Samantha Williams, The Roger Bacon Academy Breakout Room J Instruction Learn innovative ways to track your student data and have the freedom to make informed decisions for the best possible instruction. Using data on a daily basis you can track individual, grade, or instructional trends. Identify and target what is working and change what is not working immediately.

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Breakout Session 5 BREAKOUT SESSION 5 Monday, July 23 2:40 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

BREAKOUT SESSION 5 Monday, July 23 2:40 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

FASTAR: Drill and Thrill, Fun with Fluency

Using Telepractice to Provide Speech Therapy Services

Jesse Smith, Charter Day School Breakout Room A Instruction

Jacquelyn Taylor, M.S. , Therapy Source, Inc. Breakout Room H Instruction

Pit crews, qualifying races, and big trophies for the winners; no, it’s not stock car racing, it’s FASTAR® – an exciting academic competition for students at The Roger Bacon Academy. Each year, nearly 200 charter school student-racers and their crew chiefs – parents – accept the challenge of tuning their reading and math skills, qualifying for the big race event, and competing for trophies and gold medals while their classmates cheer them on to the finish line! Research shows that practicin g to the point of fast, smooth, nearly automatic response – fluency – has several benefits: memory of the skill is retained longer, the student is able to perform the skill for a longer time before getting tired, comprehension may be improved, complex tasks are easier with a stronger foundation in basic skills, and homework times may decrease.

Telepractice services for speech therapy is gaining momentum across the country. It is a cost effective way to provide speech and language services by overcoming the barriers caused by location and distance from qualified therapists. Telepractice uses real time teleconferencing platforms to provide audio and video feeds, as well as interactive materials to and from the speech therapist to target IEP goals and objectives relating to speech, as well as incorporating the student’s current curriculum.

N.C. Charter PEP Program Paul Norcross, The Howard Lee Institute Breakout Room D Management This presentation is to present new offerings which the Alliance will be bringing forth this coming year.  These programs are for teachers, administrators and governing boards. 

How to Prepare for a Financial Audit Kristen Hoyle, CPA, Jay Sharpe, CPA, CFE, and Amanda P. Habich, CPA, Thomas Judy Tucker Breakout Room G Instruction Charter schools are required to have an annual audit performed in accordance with government auditing standards and North Carolina State single audit standards. These standards require both financial and non-financial elements. Your school must be prepared for both aspects well in advance of the time the auditors arrive. This presentation will provide you with an overview of the most important financial and non-financial requirements that will help your school be prepared for an audit that will achieve the goal of having no findings or recommendations.”

What is New About Testing and Accountability? Dr. Tammy Howard, Department of Public Instruction Breakout Room I Testing In 2012-13, North Carolina will implement new assessments in English language arts, mathematics, and science as well as a new accountability model. Information on the new  item types, the transition to online delivery, and the READY accountability model design will be presented. Also included will be an overview of the transition to the SMARTER Balanced Consortium’s Assessments, slated for 2014-15.

An E-Rate Primer Jeannene Hurley and Barry Pace, Department of Public Instruction Breakout Room J Management NC Schools and Libraries are now applying for a record $130M in E-rate discounts. Learn how you may also take advantage of this program and discounts, including Priority 1 and Priority 2 requests, Tech Planning, Competitive Bidding, Gift Rules, NSLP and surveys, Eligible Services, CIPA Compliance, and BEAR vs SPI reimbursements. Forms discussion includes the 470, 471, 486 , 472/474 and Form 500.

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N.C. Superintendent Debate N.C. SUPERINTENDENT DEBATE AND LUNCH Monday, July 23 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Meeting Room E

Introduction and Welcome

Paul Norcross, Past Chairman,

N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Moderator

Sen. Howard Lee

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Debate

Dr. June Atkinson, Incumbent N.C. Superintendent and Republican Opponent for N.C. Superintendent

Sponsored by: PETWAY MILLS & PEARSON, PA CHARTER SCHOOL JOB FAIR Monday, July 23 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Meeting Room F With over 50 new charter applications and the current 100 charter schools growing and evolving, the N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools is adding a Job Fair to the already stellar program for the Conference. Member schools and new charter applicants will have the opportunity to display their school and their staffing needs. All prospective teachers are welcome to attend at no cost.

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Monday Afternoon & Evening AFTERNOON VENDOR BREAKOUT SESSIONS Monday, July 23 1:50 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Modulars: The Fast, Effective, Efficient Jumpstart to your Charter School Mobile Modular Breakout Room A Mobile Modular will be presenting an informative view point on modular construction, ability for quick and easy installation, lower overall initial costs, and how modulars can be a viable option for your charter school whether it is a temporary or permanent solution. Some topics being discussed are: Modular Construction, Site Necessities, Project Management, Project Planning, and the Finished Product. We look forward to seeing you there and answering any and all questions you may have.

Charter School Students Deserve to be Funded Equally Barker Jones CPA and Shipman & Wright, LLP: Breakout Room I

Local Education Agencies (LEA) appear to consistently underfund your Charter School students. Since the 2002 Court of Appeal’s case Francine Delany New School for Children v. Asheville Bd. of Educ., the courts have attempted to translate the legislature’s intent regarding the LEA responsibility for funding Charter Schools across the state of North Carolina. In recent years, the Sugar Creek cases have provided an outline for Charter Schools to follow in order to ensure that their students are receiving an equal amount available to other public school students. Learn how your school can protect its children from this injustice in student funding because without your proactive attention to this matter Charter Schools are being taken advantage of.

Putting the STEAM into STEM AlphaBest Education and Kaplan Early Learning: Breakout Room J K-8 students across the country are being empowered with STEAM, developing 21st century skills inside and beyond the classroom. Discover how they are building and designing robots, creating digital art, filming stop motion animation and programming their own computer games. Students shouldn’t be the only ones to have all the fun so we’ve included hands-on opportunities for you to try out some of these programs yourself!

MONDAY EVENING RECEPTION & BANQUET Monday, July 23 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Meeting Room E Reception Sponsored by: Pearson

Introduction and Welcome

Gail Scott Taylor, Vice Chair,

N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Keynote Speaker

Thom Tillis

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Banquet sponsored by: Charter School Capital

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Tuesday Morning Sessions MEDIA PANEL Tuesday, July 24 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Meeting Room E

Media Relations Tips from Professional Journalists

Local media personalities and journalists will share their insights on how you can more effectively deal with the media.  Moderated by Frank Willams

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION Tuesday, July 24 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Meeting Room E

Introduction

Baker Mitchell, Secretary

N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Special Speaker

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Pat McCrory

Candidate for N.C. Governor

Closing

Robert Landry, Chairman

N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools

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Breakout Session 6 BREAKOUT SESSION 6 Tuesday, July 24 10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

BREAKOUT SESSION 6 Tuesday, July 24 10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Teachers Teaching Teachers

Cure for the Common Core

Trish Williams, Mary Keenan, Novice/Master/ Colleague Connections Breakout Room A Instruction

Nick Ewen, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Breakout Room H Instruction

You’ve Got a Friend! This is an immersion induction framework embedded into implementation of Common Core Standards .This is an organization module to train and retain new teachers and empower master teachers while raising student achievement.

Forum on Charter Schools N.C. Alliance Board Members, Brad Barth, Moderator Breakout Room B Q&A

Research guides most decisions in our lives: what car to buy, what medicine to take, what investment to choose. So why do many common classroom practices fly in the face of research into how students learn? In this interactive session, participants will learn how proven instructional strategies and brain-based research in Saxon can meet the Common Core State Standards and increase student math achievement, including concrete suggestions for immediate application in the classroom.

Planning, Financing, & Designing Charter Schools

The N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools Board of Directors will conduct a Q & A Panel Discussion to answer all of your questions about the organization, or charter schools in general. The Board consists of current and previous charter school veterans and leaders in North Carolina.

Common Core + Middle School Math = Success for All Sherry Bailey, Holt McDougal Breakout Room C Instruction The new Common Core State Standards embrace new changes for both students and teachers.  Incorporating “Mathematical Practices”  with the content strands are exemplified in the new Standards.  Join us to experience some supporting authentic tasks that will ensure Success For All!

S. Joseph Bruno and Brad Noyes, Brailsford & Dunlavey Breakout Room I Facilities / Finance This session will discuss the challenges and potential solutions to development, design, construction, and funding. We identify factors that include: square footage requirements, economics of space, property control, expansion options, funding structures, and lease vs. own. Through case studies, we will demonstrate how to analyze and determine appropriate financing and design solutions. We will conclude by conducting an interactive session with the audience to build a financial model together.

Media Relations 101 Frank Williams, Pioneer Strategies Breakout Room J Marketing Seasoned public relations practitioner Frank Williams will provide current and future charter school leaders and board members with tips on how to effectively deal with the media. Topics covered will include writing and distributing press releases, preparing for interviews, and dos and don’ts of dealing with reporters and editors.

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Communications Equipment & Services Zaner-Bloser, The Language Arts and Reading Company

Insurance & Retirement Benefits Insurance People The Young Group

Computer Services & Equipment Steve Joyner Consulting Services Therapy Source, Inc.

Legal & Accounting Services Barker Jones CPA The Professional Educators of North Carolina PETWAY MILLS & PEARSON, PA, Tax Return Preparation Shanahan Law Group

Curriculum & Instructional Materials Davis Publications F.E. Braswell Co. Inc. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Holt McDougal Kaplan Early Learning Company Lakeshore Learning Materials McGraw-Hill Education Mimio NC Literacy Resources Shurley Instructional Materials, Inc. Zaner-Bloser, The Language Arts and Reading Company Easy Grammar Systems GPS Management Services Distance Education Lexercise Education materials & Software Davis Publications F.E. Braswell Co. Inc. Kaplan Early Learning Company Lakeshore Learning Materials McGraw-Hill Education Measurement Incorporated (NC Write) NC Literacy Resources Pearson Saxon Publishers, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Zaner-Bloser, The Language Arts and Reading Company Easy Grammar Systems

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Vendors Alphabetical Table 13 501 ( c) Agencies Trust 501ctrust.org Steven Fuentes - (408) 213-3532 sfuentes@501c.com

Table 32 ColorID www.colorid.com Diane Davis-Bond 704-897-1950 Diane.DavisBond@colorid.com

Table 7 Elliott Davis PLLC www.elliottdavis.com Tim Grow 803-256-0002 tgrow@elliottdavis.com

501 ( c) Agencies Trust - America’s leading unemployment program for 30 years -- annually saves members agencies over $20 million dollars on unemployment claiims. Members also receive unlimited access to the HR Hotline; free participation in PurchasingPoint - offering deep discounts from major vendors; and free educational webinars. Contact us today at 800631-2967 or trustmembership@501c.com

ColorID is one of the world’s leading identification solution suppliers to the K-12 education community. ColorID supplies a fulline of card production stations, ID printers, ID Software and accessories.

Elliott Davis - Founded in 1925, Elliott Davis PLLC is one of the largest accounting, tax and consulting services firms in the Southeast. The firm’s experience with not-for-profit organizations, specifically charter schools, along with its commitment to providing a comprehensive portfolio of services suited to their needs, enables them to render outstanding support. Visit www.elliottdavis.com.

Table 41 Barker Jones CPA www.barkerjonescpa.com Richard Pasquantonio - 910-509-0803 rpasquantonio@barkerjonescpa.com Barker Jones & Co. provides Certified Public accounting services and specializes in Certified Forensic Services, Certified Fraud Investigations, Litigation support services, and Tax representation before the Internal Revenue Service. Our Certified Fraud Examiners and Certified Forensic Accountants provide services to the legal, financial, insurance, educational, and private business communities. Table 8 Camcor, Inc. www.camcor.com Keith Holland - 800-868-2462 355 kholland@camcor.com Camcor provides instructional classroom technology such as SMART Boards, document cameras, iPad sync stations, projectors, headphones, and digital cameras.

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Table 22 Contrax Furnishings www.contrax.com Jason Zalewski - 828-808-1118 jzalewski@contrax.com Contrax Furnishings is a full-service and equipment supplier focused on the educational environment. In 1993, our firm focused efforts in the K-12 market. Since then, we have completed countless turnkey projects, including more than 250 complete schools. Our firm is nationally recognized as a highly experienced and reputable project-focused furniture company. Table 24 Davis Publications www.davisart.com Suzette Griffin - 8005332847 contactus@davisart.com For over 110 years, Davis Publications has created exemplary curriculum for art educators. Today we have curriculum and resources for pre-K through high school, including art, language arts, music, and afterschool. Table 29 Easy Grammar Systems www.easygrammar.com Dr. Wanda Phillips 480-502-9454 jenny@easygrammar.com Easy Grammar* texts, Grades 2 through Plus, incorporate innovative techniques for teaching concepts easily. Daily Grams* texts, Grades 3 through 7 include 180 daily, ten-minute reviews! Easy Grammar Ultimate Series*: high-school teaching texts with a ten-minute, daily lesson format. *reproducible Table 38 Edlio Inc. www.edlio.com Qiana Patterson - 310-204-7300 info@edlio.com We provide our schools a total solutions package that includes all the applications and services a school typically needs for its official website; from the creation of the initial website to the technical support for teachers and staff members.

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Table 35 E-Rate Advantage www.erateadvantage.com Benjamin Sniecinski - 908 894 5213 ben@ erateadvantage.com E-Rate Advantage LLC was founded on the premise that all schools should have an equal opportunity to secure the E-Rate funds to which they are entitled. We recognize schools have varying degrees of success with the program. Some succeed and get approved, some have filed and been denied, some simply become frustrated with the process and others have become hopelessly lost in the maze of PIA reviews, Selective Reviews, Program Compliance Reviews and Audits. Table 26 Expense Reduction Analysts  www.expensereduction.com  Amy Hankins - 704-839-3144  ahankins@expensereduction.com  We are experts in cost reduction and have assisted a number of schools with strategic expense control. ERA has specialized knowledge in overhead cost categories. We can get you better pricing from your most loyal vendors and find savings, even on signed multi-year contracts.  Table 47 F.E. Braswell Co. Inc. www.readinghorizons.com Dexter Stell - (919) 878-8434 dexterstell@earthlink.net We specialize in Orton-Gillingham method reading programs which are age appropriate. We also have career programs for special needs students.


Vendors Alphabetical Table 14 GPS Management Services www.gpsmgtsvcs.net Anthony Pendleton - 248-254-3066 a.pendleton@gpsmgtsvcs.net GPS Management Services (GPSM) is a full service educational management organization with a history of increasing the proficiences of at-risk urban students. GPSM partners with communities, families, and school boards to launch, revitalize, and manage charter schools. Table 39 Hertz Furniture Systems www.hertzfurniture.com Bob Hakakian - 866-459-4250 bobh@hertzfurniture.com HERTZ carries the furniture NC Charter Schools need for classroom, cafeteria, office, music room, library, locker room, science lab, auditorium, stage, storage & more, from 125+ vendors, with complimentary 25-year warranty. Ask us about buying on contract. Free custom furniture design. Free layout, design and planning services on all projects. Table 4 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Holt McDougal www.hmhco.com Kathryn Scovel - 919-345-0656 kathryn.scovel@hmhpub.com Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Holt McDougal provide innovative educational solutions for grades Pre K-12 that make learning fun and exciting. Table 34 Innovative Modular Solutions, Inc. www.innovativemodular.com Bob Spista - 800-357-4699 sales@innovativemodular.com Leading provider of temporary and permanent modular buildings. With personalized service, IMS quickly delivers award-winning designs for cost-effective new and used educational facilities.

Table 19 Insight Architects, PC www.insightarch.com John Shurley, AIA - 704.344.0445 jshurley@insightarch.com

Table 23 Lakeshore Learning Materials www.lakeshorelearning.com Courtney Miller - 800 421-5354 courtneymiller@lakeshorelearning.com

Insight Architects specializes in educational facility design. We help design 21st century schools- vibrant, energetic learning environments that emphasize personalization, multiple modes of learning, personal responsibility and achievement, while avoiding the atmosphere of mass produced education that accompanies so many other institutions. Like a well-designed tool, innovative schools can be a catalyst for stimulating student development and fostering a lifelong love of learning.

Since 1954, Lakeshore Learning Materials has been providing schools and educational programs with innovative products, training and customized materials that span the curriculum. Designed to meet state and national standards in early childhood and elementary education, our top-quality products reflect the latest research in teaching and child development.

Table 5 Insurance People www.inspeopleofnc.com Stephen E. Griffin - 919-383-0442 laura@inspeopleofnc.com Insurance People is one of the largest writers of Charter School insurance in the South East. We offer the best protection for your school at a very reasonable cost. Our Safety Group Dividend Program- with potential annual dividends of up to 15%- is available to all NC Alliance for Public Charter School Members. Table 44 Kaplan Early Learning Company www.kaplanco.com Cammie Webb - 336-712-3498 CWebb@kaplanco.com Kaplan is a leader in the field of early care and education, we bring to market innovative curriculums, cutting edge assessments, teacher resource materials and valuable professional development opportunities to early childhood and elementary school educators, caregivers and parents around the world. Table 11 Kaplan Early Learning Company www.kaplanco.com Art Guye - 800-334-2014 aguye@kaplanco.com Kaplan is a leader in the field of early care and education, we bring to market innovative curriculums, cutting edge assessments, teacher resource materials and valuable professional development opportunities to early childhood and elementary school educators, caregivers and parents around the world.

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Table 45 Lexercise www.lexercise.com Sandie Barrie Blackley - 888-603-1788 sandie@Lexercise.com Lexercise provides online services for struggling readers, writers or spellers. Our qualified clinical educators provide online languageprocessing evaluations and direct intervention that includes daily, individually customized, web-based practice camouflaged as video games. Our video games are a big part of Lexercise’s effectiveness because of the importance of structured, daily practice. Table 3 Lisle Architecture & Design, Inc. www.LisleArchitecture.com David Lisle - 910-763-6053 DavidL@LisleArchitecture.com Lisle Architecture & Design, Inc. has experienced annual growth since our doors opened in 1998. We are confident that our ability to listen to the client’s needs while shaping those needs into a functional environment with a superior design has directed our firm’s growth. With the annual increase in the number of projects and project size, our firm has established a stable financial footing providing continued opportunity for growth. Our current staff is comprised of a senior architect, two project designers and a business manager. Quality is ensured through our staff of ten people, and we have been enormously successful with our clients, project design, and project completion targets. Table 21 Little www.littleonline.com Tom Balke - 704-525-6350 tbalke@littleonline.com Little has proven experience in the design of school, college/university and civic facilities that improve the quality of community life. The firm fuses environmentally conscious design with innovative ideas and proven solutions to deliver collaborative spaces and superior performance for our clients and the people they serve.

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Vendors Alphabetical Table 36 McGraw-Hill Education www.mcgraw-hill.com  Kedrick Lewis and Jane Dennerlein 704-332-2949 kedrick_lewis@mcgraw-hill.com

Table 15 Mobile Modular www.mobilemodularrents.com Adam Atkinson - 704-519-4004

The McGraw-Hill School Education Group, a unit of McGraw-Hill Education, is a leading innovator in the development of 21st century teaching and learning solutions for K-12 education markets, offering traditional and digital instructional, assessment, and reference content and tools for teachers and students. The School Education Group addresses critical areas in primary and secondary education through Learning Solutions Centers focused on improving student learning outcomes and promoting digital innovation in literacy, STEM, college and career readiness, and intervention and special needs education. For more information, visit http://www.mhsegsolutions.com/.

Mobile Modular Management Corporation rents and sells modular classrooms and relocatable buildings. Our products make excellent solutions for both temporary and permanent space needs. Whether growing enrollment, modernization or budgets are driving your temporary building needs, Mobile Modular can help your school adjust to the demands of your student population. Your Project - Our Commitment.

Table 6 Measurement Incorporated (NC Write) www.ncwrite.com Trish Martin - 919-683-2413 tmartin@measinc.com

adam.atkinson@mobilemodularrents.com

Table 10 M SPACE www.mspaceholdings.com Ken Kalsch - 877-677-2231 Sales@mspaceholdings.com

NC Write allows students to practice their writing by using an online writing tool. It allows teachers to use the program as a formative assessment tool to improve writing instruction. Immediate feedback is given on students’ writing as both an overall score and in six basic traits of writing.

M SPACE is a nationwide modular general contractor specializing in efficient construction methods, custom designs and integrated solutions. M SPACE serves a wide range of industries and offers custom and traditional, permanent and temporary, new and pre-leased buildings. Flexible leasing, sale and financing options are available.

Table 46 Mimio www.mimio.dymo.com Steve Schwarz - 617-902-2040 steve.schwarz@mimio.com

Table 33 NC Literacy Resources http://benchmarkeducation.com Marian Shuttlesworth - 919-389-8134 marian@ncliteracyresources.com

Mimio® ITT is a global leader in interactive teaching technologies. Our MimioClassroom™ family of products is an integrated, easy-to-use assortment of interactive teaching tools and services designed to empower teachers and engage students. Now joined with Headsprout® adaptive instructional software, DYMO/Mimio products stand apart in the world of interactive teaching.

Literacy, Math, Science, and Social Studies resources for K-12 including Common Core resources, Leveled Text and Bookrooms, Classroom Libraries, ESL and Spanish materials, and Technology resources including Interactive Whiteboard Programs and ALEKS Web-based Math Assessment and Instruction .

Table 18 Pearson www.pearson.com Brett Craig - 919-616-5442 Brett.Craig@pearson.com Pearson is the world’s leading education company. From pre-school to high school, early learning to professional certification, our curriculum materials, multimedia learning tools and testing programmes help to educate millions of people worldwide - more than any other private enterprise. Table 42 PETWAY MILLS & PEARSON, PA www.pmpcpa.com Briggs Petway - 919-269-7405 briggspetway@pmpcpa.com Petway Mills & Pearson, PA, is a CPA firm dedicated to performing charter school audits with careful attention to regulatory requirements and the fair presentation of financial statements. PM&P staffers also strive to reduce stress and empathize with financial managers and administrators who often multitask and agonize over technical matters. Table 30 Prudential Retirement  www.ncplans.prudential.com  18 representatives state-wide. Log onto the website to locate one closest to you.  866-627-5267  ncplans@prudential.com  The NC401k and NC457 are supplemental retirement plans available to active members of the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System (TSERS). These plans offer a variety of conveniences to help you work towrad your retirement savings goals.  Table 37 S&S Worldwide www.ssww.com Andrew Kimball - 860-537-3451 akimball@ssww.com S&S Worldwide provides Classroom Supplies, Furniture, Sports & PE Equipment, and Arts & Craft Supplies to educators and learning institutions nationwide. We offer many services such as real time sourcing & procurement, innovative technology solutions & quality assurance and product testing to name a few. Contact us today to learn more!

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Vendors Alphabetical Table 2 Saxon Publishers, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt www.saxonpublishers.com Michael Hunt - 757-289-7436 michael.hunt@hmhpub.com

Table 16 and Table 17 Team CFA www.teamcfa.org Matthew Clark - 602-759-7326 mclark@teamcfa.org

Saxon publishes the nation’s best-selling and most thoroughly researched skills-based mathematics program for grades K-12 as well as classroom-tested phonics and spelling programs

Team CFA is a growing national network of public charter schools dedicated to the mission of student achievement, academic excellence, measurable results, and bringing school choice to more students and their families. There are currently nine Team CFA schools on eleven campuses in three states serving more than 4,000 students.

Table 31 Shurley Instructional Materials, Inc. www.shurley.com Jamie Causey - 800-566-2966 jcausey@shurley.com Shurley English is a rigorous curriculum that brings back student-teacher interaction, promotes higher-order thinking skills, and provides students with a successful base from which they can achieve mastery, retention, and enthusiasm for English. Table 27 Speechcenter, Inc. www.speechcenter.net Melissa Reavis - 800-323-3123 melissareavis@speechcenter.net Speechcenter is a private speech-language pathology practice serving unique needs of NC Charter Schools since 1982. We hire & empower only the most qualified & talented clinical staff to exceed expectations. Stop by the Speechcenter booth to receive important information about services to your school and students! www.speechcenter.com Table 12 Steve Joyner Consulting Services www.SteveJoyner.com Joyce Diggett - 910-540-6861 Joyce@SteveJoyner.com A full service technology consulting firm located in the Research Triangle Area of North Carolina. We provide analysis, planning, direction, and support so you make the right technology decisions and get the most value from your technology expenditures. Think Big. Do More. Spend Less.

Table 1 The Professional Educators of North Carolina www.pencweb.org Bill Medlin - 919-788-9299 bill@pencweb.org PENC is a state-based, independent and nonpartisan association that promotes education reform for all NC children while ensuring the recruitment, retention and development of qualified educators. Table 28 The Young Group theyounggroup.com Doug Young - 919-847-9798 doug@theyounggroupinc.com Insurance-related products and services including student/athlete accident, property/liability/ commercial insurance, section 125 employee insurance. Table 20 Therapy Source, Inc. Txsource.net Stacey Cartagenova - 866-783-5301 contact@txsource.net

Table 9 YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly www.Blueridgeassembly.org Danielle Tocaben - 828-210-8457 marketing@ymcabra.org YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly offers a 1,200 acre mountain classroom for affordable, educational, and fun school trips. We specialize in hands-on, experiential programs that foster teambuilding, leadership skills, and environmental awareness. Programs are customizable to fit your budget and needs. Come for the day or stay overnight. Table 25 Zaner-Bloser, The Language Arts and Reading Company www.zaner-bloser.com Shannon Parker-Hardee - 843-263-6606 shannon.parker-hardee@zaner-bloser.com Meet the Common Core State Standards with targeted, cost-effective, high-impact, and research-based literacy materials by Zaner-Bloser! We carry vocabulary, leveled libraries, process writing and digital resources for Handwriting and Spelling! We carry all of your Professional Development needs with implementing Common Core State Standards! Visit us today! Table 40 Ziegler www.ziegler.com Scott Rolfs and Michael Braun 414-978-6576 and 614-775-9340 srolfs@ziegler.com, mbraun@ziegler.com With more than 100 years of experience, Ziegler is a recognized leader in the educational sector throughout the U.S. We continue that tradition with our dedicated services to the charter school market nationally. Ziegler provides creative, tailored financial solutions that are just right for your organization. Ziegler is one of the few financial services firms in the country that has a dedicated team of charter school finance professionals.

Therapy Source, a premier therapy staffing and special education services provider, offers highly qualified speech, occupational, physical, behavioral health, psychological and related therapy services to educational organizations nationwide. TheraWeb, our real-time, online therapy delivery solution, enables cost containment, compliance, increased goal progression and flexibility.

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