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14TH Annual

PROGRAM & EXHIBITOR GUIDE

NATIONAL CHARTER SCHOOLS CONFERENCE APP

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TABLE OF CONTENTS GENERAL INFO

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Welcome • Governor of Nevada, the Honorable Brian Sandoval • Nina Rees, President & CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

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About the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools • Board of Directors

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Thank You • Program Committee • Production Team • National Alliance Staff

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Schedule at a Glance Navigating the Conference • Maps • Registration Hours and Location • Getting Around Las Vegas

NETWORKING & EVENTS

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Networking Opportunities • Networking Lounges • Dine-Arounds • Networking Tips • Conference Culture

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Peer-to-Peer Networking Sessions

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Special Events • Welcome Reception • Networking Happy Hour • After-Hours Hangout

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State Meetings

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Distinguished Speakers • Monday, June 30 Sal Khan, Steven Michael Quezada, Nina Rees • Tuesday, July 1 Frank Luntz, Punam Mathur, Deborah McGriff, Bruce Reed • Wednesday, July 2 Campbell Brown, Matthew Peterson, Lisa Diaz, Michael Hayes, Dan Quisenberry

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Hall of Fame Inductees

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Student Performance

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Movies at the Conference

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General Session: Monday, June 30

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Sessions: Monday, June 30

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General Session: Tuesday, July 1

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Sessions: Tuesday, July 1

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General Session: Wednesday, July 2

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Sessions: Wednesday, July 2

EXHIBITORS & SPONSORS

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Sponsors

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Exhibit Hall • Hours, Raffle, Map

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Exhibitor Listing • By Organization • By Booth Number • By Product Class

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Exhibitor Directory

CONFERENCE CONTENT

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Featured Sessions

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Session Series

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Save the Date: National Charter Schools Conference 2015 Join us in New Orleans for the 2015 National Charter Schools Conference

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June 30, 2014 Dear Charter Supporter: Welcome to the 2014 National Charter Schools Conference! My colleagues at the National Alliance and I are thrilled that you’re joining us for three days of informative, educational and practical dialogue — and also plenty of fun and networking. We meet at a time of great importance for the public charter school movement. More and more evidence is showing that the numbers add up for charter schools and charter school students. Students in your classrooms are making huge academic strides, overcoming achievement gaps and laying the foundation for lifelong learning and success. This success is spurring increasing demand for a charter school education. More than one million names are on waiting lists for charter school enrollment. Millions of parents want their children to have access to the opportunities available in charter schools — and it’s our job to make that happen. Despite the success of charter schools and the demand for more choices, some states and districts around the country still don’t allow charter schools or allow only a limited number. In other places, like New York City, the tremendous success charters have enjoyed over the past decade faced a serious political risk this spring. And of course we’re still fighting an uphill battle when it comes to convincing elected officials to ensure equitable funding and treatment of charter schools around the country. That’s why it is so important that you’re here. The only way we’ll make progress and serve even more students is by working together. We need everyone in the charter school community — from single-school operators to large networks, and from the inner cities to the rural plains — to band together and tell our story of success, opportunity and hope. One of our top priorities is to inform parents, the broader education community, the media and policymakers at every level of government about the great results charter schools are achieving on behalf of our students. Make sure you stop by the National Alliance’s booth to join our network of charter school advocates. We’ll keep you informed about the decisions elected officials are making that will affect your work and let you know when it’s time to make your voice heard in state capitals and the halls of Congress. Most important, I hope you get everything you can out of this conference. Our inspiring and informative speakers and our timely and relevant panels and breakout sessions are designed to help you learn from professionals around the country, while sharing your own experiences and innovative ideas to help others. This is going to be a great event! I look forward to seeing you, hearing your stories and updating you on the National Alliance’s efforts around the country. I know that by the time we leave Las Vegas, we’ll be reinvigorated and inspired for a great school year ahead. Sincerely,

Nina Rees President & CEO National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

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ABOUT US The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the quality, growth and sustainability of charter schools.

What We Do The National Alliance speaks and advocates for the millions of students attending and hoping to attend a charter school. We provide assistance to state charter school associations and resource centers, develop and advocate for improved state and federal policies, and serve as the united voice for a large and diverse movement at the state and national levels. Learn more about the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools at publiccharters.org.

High-Quality Options for Parents and Students We believe that every child deserves a great education and that parents should have the opportunity to choose a public school that meets their child’s specific needs. Charter schools are unique public schools that provide families with a new set of options. These schools foster a partnership among parents, teachers and students. They create an environment in which parents can be more involved, teachers are allowed to innovate and students are provided the structure they need to learn. When given the option, parents increasingly are choosing to enroll their children in charter schools. In most communities, the demand for charter schools is far outpacing the supply. What began as a small movement in a couple of states has grown into a major force in education reform. Today there are more than 6,400 charter schools in 42 states and Washington, D.C., educating more than 2.5 million students. 6

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We focus on key policy priorities such as increasing the federal support for the startup of new charter schools, replicating and expanding high-quality charter schools, lifting arbitrary “caps� on charter school growth, and closing the funding gap between charters and other public schools. The foundation of all our work is a commitment to: Quality All children should have access to a high-quality public school. We support strong charter school authorizing practices that will ensure schools that open will do a great job teaching students. Innovation Charter schools have proven themselves to be incubators of new ideas and effective school practices. We seek out these innovations and share them. Equity Charter schools are public schools and the students who attend them should have access to the same amount of funding and support that follows children to traditional public schools.

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NATIONAL ALLIANCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ Board of Directors is comprised of the most respected and experienced names in the charter school world, including representatives from national and state associations, foundations, charter school networks and support organizations. We strongly believe that to serve and advance this movement, the board must understand its complexities and reflect its great diversity. Sara Steinhardt Berman Foundation Trustee, The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life

Deborah McGriff, Chair Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund

Jeb Bush, Jr. Managing Partner, Jeb Bush and Associates, LLC

Christopher Nelson Managing Director, Doris & Donald Fisher Fund

The Honorable Tim Hutchinson Former United States Senator from Arkansas; Senior Advisor, Dickstein Shapiro LLP

Carol Quillen President, Davidson College

Brian Jones Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Strayer University

Dan Quisenberry President, Michigan Association of Public School Academies

John Katzman Founder and CEO, Noodle Education

The Honorable Jane Swift Former Governor of Massachusetts; CEO, Middlebury Interactive Languages

John Lock President, Kaplan Higher Education Campuses

Gene Wade Founder and CEO, UniversityNow

Lydia Logan Managing Director, Chiefs for Change

Jed Wallace President and CEO, California Charter Schools Association

Dr. Michael Lomax President and CEO, UNCF

Fernando Zulueta President, Academica Corporation

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WE CAN’T DO THIS WITHOUT YOU—THANK YOU! 2014 National Charter Schools Conference Program Committee

National Alliance Team

Lisa Diaz, Insignia Partners, Co-Chair Caprice Young, Education Growth Group, Co-Chair Seth Andrew, Democracy Preparatory Charter School Rachel Bennet-Yanof, Phoenix Collegiate Academy Ken Campbell, Black Alliance for Educational Options Steve Canavero, Ph.D, Nevada Department of Education Tamika Chambers, Northwest Education Assessment Angela Christophe, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Carrie C. Irvin, Charter Board Partners Robin Lake, Center on Reinventing Public Education Erica Lepping, Larson Communications Lyman Millard, Breakthrough Schools Jill Poppe, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Jon Rolle, Friendship Public Charter School Jill E. Shahen, Northeast Charter Schools Network

Nina Rees, President & CEO Susan Aud, Senior Director of Research & Evaluation Katherine Bathgate, Senior Manager of Communications & Marketing Angela Christophe, Senior Director of Programs Starlee Coleman, Vice President of Communications & Marketing Natalie Ethridge, Senior Director of Finance & Operations Olivia Franklin, Events Intern Nick Fickler, Staff Assistant Wentana Gebru, Research Analyst

Conference Production Team Conference Production National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Angela Christophe Jill Poppe Olivia Franklin Katherine Bathgate Starlee Coleman Andrew Schantz Event Planning Concepts Derek Jenks, CMP Gabi Mahn, CMP Jayme Washam, CMP Collaborative Communications Group Terri Ferinde Dunham Erin Leonard Julie Newport Exhibitor and Registration Services University of Oregon Academic Extension Van Cohen Jennifer Forbes Gretchen Heberling Cameron Hertel

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Paul Katz Sarah Kennedy Andy McCornack Brittany Parvi Melissa Sanders Caitlin Snyder Cheri VanDomelen Emily VanDomelen Graphic Design REACTOR design studio Clifton Alexander Julie Sebby Chase Wilson Show Decoration T3 EXPO Chrissy Donovan Andy Trask Chris Valentine Audio-Visual PSAV Terry Broadbent Steve Dukes Photography Services Panayiotou Photography Peter Panayiotou

Lisa Grover, Senior Director of State Advocacy Laura Katzin, Director of Special Projects Nora Kern, Senior Manager of Research & Analysis Kim Kober, Government Relations Coordinator Gina Mahony, Senior Vice President of Government Relations Eric Paisner, Chief of Staff Jill Poppe, Programs Coordinator Andrew Schantz, Communications & Marketing Coordinator Russ Simnick, Senior Director of State Advocacy Renita Thukral, Vice President of Legal Affairs Marlene Voelker, Executive Assistant Christy Wolfe, Senior Policy Advisor Todd Ziebarth, Senior Vice President of State Advocacy & Support Thank you to the National Alliance staff for your work and support in planning the National Charter Schools Conference.

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

AT A GLANCE

All events take place on Level 2 of the South Convention Center at Mandalay Bay

Sunday, June 29

1:00 pm - 7:00 pm Registration Open 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Welcome Reception

Registration Level 2, Mandalay Bay South Convention Center

Monday, June 30 8:30 am - 5:30 pm 8:45 am - 9:45 am 10:00 am - 11:00 am 10:45 am - 4:15 pm 10:45 am - 6:15 pm 11:15 am - 12:30 pm 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm 3:45 pm - 4:15 pm 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Registration Open Peer-to-Peer Networking General Session 1 Concessions Open Exhibit Hall Open Breakout Sessions 1 Lunch Intensive Workshops Breakout Sessions 2 Break Breakout Sessions 3 Networking Happy Hour

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Registration Open Peer-to-Peer Networking General Session 2 Concessions Open Exhibit Hall Open Breakout Sessions 4 Lunch Intensive Workshops Breakout Sessions 5 Breakout Sessions 6 State Meetings

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Tuesday, July 1 8:30 am - 5:30 pm 8:45 am - 9:45 am 10:00 am - 11:15 am 10:45 am - 3:00 pm 10:45 am - 3:00 pm 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Wednesday, July 2 8:15 am - 9:15 am 9:30 am - 10:45 am 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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NAVIGATING THE CONFERENCE Free WiFi Thanks to the generosity of Imagine Schools, we are able to offer complimentary wireless internet in all public spaces and meeting rooms on the second floor of the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center. To access it, select the “NCSC14” WiFi Network and enter the password “Imagine10”

Charging Stations Phone out of juice? Need to recharge? Swing by our complimentary charging stations located across from Surf B. Sponsored by Connections Learning by Pearson.

Conference App Plan your schedule, get important updates, message other attendees and access presenter bios in the conference app. To download on your smartphone, search for “confservices” in the app store and download the first option. Then enter the password “NCSC2014” to access the app. Sponsored by Funding the Gap.

Business Center 1st Floor, South Convention Center 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Daily

Registration Pick up your registration materials and official conference bag at the registration desk located in the Mandalay Bay Foyer on Level 2 of the South Convention Center at Mandalay Bay.

FedEx Express® and Ship Center is located in the South Convention Hall. Take advantage of this convenience for your printing and shipping needs. They can be reached at (702) 262-5320.

Sunday, June 29 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) CEU certificates reflect the number of contact hours completed by the attendee. Hours are earned for attendance in educational and professional advancement sessions held throughout the conference. CEUs, while not academic credit, act as verification of participation in a professional development activity.

Monday, June 30 8:30 am - 5:30 pm Tuesday, July 1 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

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Certificates are $45.00, and attendees can earn up to 20 CEUs during the conference. You may sign up to receive CEUs during registration or post-conference in response to an email that will be sent to all attendees. If you have any questions, please visit registration or email natlcharterconf@ce.uoregon.edu.

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GETTING AROUND The concierge at Mandalay Bay can assist you with booking transportation to and from Mandalay Bay, answer questions about stops and pricing for public transportation and offer assistance with any other related needs. For additional information on transportation options, please contact the concierge at (702) 632-4760, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm. Airport Shuttle National Alliance has set up a discount with SuperShuttle for booking your airport shuttle at $7 each way to/from McCarran International Airport (LAS). Call 1-800-BLUE-VAN (258-3826) or go to supershuttle.com to reserve your space and mention code N2FYQ. Non-stop and economy shuttle services are also available thorugh LASXpress, by calling (702) 878-4141. Taxi Information Taxi cabs are always available at the hotel. Just step right out and a bellman will assist you in hailing a cab.

Parking Both self- and valet parking are complimentary. The main self-parking structure is located on the west side of the building and can be accessed via Hacienda or Frank Sinatra Way. The Convention Center lot is located on the south end of the building and can be accessed via Las Vegas Boulevard or Russell Road.

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NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

EAT, DRINK, NETWORK!

We know you come to the NCSC not just for content but to make connections. This year we’ve upgraded the opportunities for you to meet with your peers, get your questions answered and collaborate. Networking Lounges

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There will be five lounges, one for each strand, where can sit, relax, recharge, network and meet Adminattendees Brochure with peers throughout the conference. The lounges will also host office hours, during which presenters will host small-group dialogues and in-depth Q&A following their breakout sessions. We encourage you ure to use this opportunity to get practical advice you can use right away — and connect with our presenters to learn more than was covered in their sessions. Lounge sponsors will make informative 20-minute n Brochure presentations, twice per day. Come by to continue your learning and networking. Movies Stop by Mandalay Bay K on Monday and Tuesday afternoon for movie viewing parties. The movies are all about education and are very informative. Popcorn and soda will be provided so all you have to do is relax and enjoy the show! See page 45 for more information. Dine-Arounds

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Networking Lounges Networking Lounges open after the general session and close after the last session. Find the Networking Lounge that best fits your interests in the Mandalay Bay Foyer. Each Networking Lounge is color coded to match its corresponding strand and has a designated symbol as listed below: Principal’s Office Networking Lounge Leadership Strand Board Room Networking Lounge Governance Strand Teachers’ Lounge Networking Lounge Instruction Strand Front Desk Networking Lounge Operations Strand

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Networking is so much more than exchanging business cards — it’s a chance to learn from the other attendees and create connections that will help you solve workplace challenges all year round.

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Networking Tips Conference Culture Our schools put so much effort into creating great cultures, and we want the same thing for the conference. Help us create an atmosphere dedicated to professional development by following the NCSC cultural norms: The Law of Two Feet You’re here for your own learning. If a session isn’t right for you, use your feet and head somewhere else. Never Sit Alone Always sit next to someone else in a session and at meals. Don’t be shy! Always Introduce Yourself You don’t know who you don’t know. Maybe you’ll be able to solve someone else’s challenge or meet your next colleague. Ask Tough Questions We’ve brought the best of the movement to present. Make them go deep into their topics by asking hard questions that make everyone think. Every Interaction is a Learning Opportunity You’ll learn something new from every person you talk with and every session you go to if you’re open minded.

Be a Pro Networker Follow these five tips to become a top-notch networker and meet people who can help you succeed. 1. Establish a Networking Goal Pick one thing that you want to learn from your peers. When you introduce yourself, introduce your goal. 2. Don’t Be a Wallflower! Approach others and join conversations. 3. Pass People On Sometimes you’ll meet two people at an event who have the answers to each other’s questions. Connect those two and hopefully they’ll return the favor! 4. Use the Exhibitors Exhibitors are the real pros when it comes to networking. Introduce yourself and ask if they can help connect you with people who can help you achieve your goal. 5. Follow Up This is by far the hardest part of networking, but with high potential payoffs. Keep in touch with your new connections by sending them an email after the conference.

Additional Tips • Store business cards behind your name badge so you don’t need to dig through pockets or a purse to pass one on. • Use our stickers to help to dress up your name badge and help others get to know you. Are you a veteran or a newbie? Teacher or a policymaker? What makes you cool and interesting? Show it off.

• Wear a colorful tie or outfit to help others pick you out in a room. • Try to always learn what other people’s goals are — the more you help someone out, the more likely they are to help you. • Branch out and try to meet people whose jobs are totally different from yours — they might have some great new insights for you.

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NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES Peer-to-Peer Networking Attendees tell us every year that some of their favorite conversations emerge out of these networking sessions. Grab a cup of coffee and discuss the challenges you face in your job with peers. Every session is casual and collaborative, designed to give attendees a chance to share their knowledge and experience with one another.

Tuesday, July 1 8:45 am - 9:45 am Benefits Solutions for Today’s Employer Challenges Operations

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Ginger Panepinto, MetLife Harness Research to Inform Data-Driven Hiring and Increase Student Success Operations

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50 Ideas to Raise Revenues, Cut Costs and/or Save Time Operations ••• Surf B Lori Clement and Raj Thakkar, Charter School Business Management Inc.

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Anne Herr and Steven Taylor, Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS) Turning Special Education Upside Down: Going All-In for Student Success Governance

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Christine Culver, EdNexus Advisors, LLC; Matthew Grundy, Rocket Learning; Helen LevyMeyers, Athena’s Workshop; Kameelah ShaheedDiallo, The Mind Trust

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Perpetual Governance: Building Your Board’s Culture Governance ••• Surf A Lincoln Fillmore, Endeavor Education

School Policies and Procedures on Safety and Security Issues Governance

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Lou Schimenti, New Jersey School Boards Association Securing a Healthy Financial Future for You Operations

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Help Wanted: Why Your Charter Community Needs a Data Intern Program

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Teacher Jeff Hyer and his ninth-grade U.S. History class at Sturgis Charter Public School (Hyannis, Mass.) Photo Credit: Nora Kern

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SPECIAL EVENTS

Welcome Reception Level 2, Mandalay Bay Foyer, South Convention Center Sunday, June 29 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a welcome reception to kick off the conference – your nametag is all you .27” forneed Admin Brochure to bring! One complimentary drink ticket is included with your name badge. Our dmin Brochure welcome reception is a great way to begin an exciting week. Come network with your fellow 7” for Admin Brochure attendees!

NETWORKING HAPPY HOUR Mandalay Bay, Exhibit Hall: Shoreline AB Monday, June 30 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm Join us for wine and cheese to network with our exhibitors. They help make the conference possible and have services and products you need. Also meet your colleagues from across the country!

AFTER-HOURS HANGOUT Your sessions are through for the day, now what? Continue conversations with your peers in a more relaxed, fun setting. We’ve found some cool bars in the Mandalay Bay property for you to hang out in with your colleagues Monday and Tuesday evening.

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Microsoft in Education

At Microsoft, we are committed to helping students and educators throughout the world realize their full potential. We believe technology has the power to inspire and motivate students to learn, and the ability to empower teachers to prepare students. We also recognize technology alone is not the answer and that teachers are central to helping students succeed. By working with schools and key partners in the education industry, we are driven to deliver on this belief. From device to advice, we are committed to education and to ensuring both students and educators have the tools they need to succeed. www.microsoft.com

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STATE MEETING SCHEDULE All State Meetings take place on Tuesday, July 1 from 5:00 pm to 6:15 pm

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FEATURED SESSIONS Featured Session

Parent Advocacy in Education Reform: Lessons from New York Monday, June 30 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm Policy

Featured Session

To College and Beyond: Charter Schools That Ensure Students Matriculate to College Monday, June 30 11:15 am – 12:30 pm Instruction

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Though many charter schools are defying the odds by ensuring that all of their students are prepared to enter college, many are now also taking on the added responsibility of ensuring that their students graduate from college on time. This panel will feature charter school leaders who are raising the bar on addressing what it will take to prepare students for the challenges of college and college presidents who are standing ready to accept our students and what it will take to truly prepare first-generation college students for the challenges of college and life. Alexandra Bernadotte, Beyond K12; Phillip Garza, IDEA Public Schools; Deborah McGriff, NewSchools Venture Fund; Carol Quillen, Davidson College

Raising the Roots Monday, June 30 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

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Policy ••• Mandalay Bay IJ For too long, decisions regarding the policies and practices of the U.S. system of schools have been issued in a topdown manner, with far too many children and parents suffering the consequences. Through educational choice, parents are empowered to create a bottom-up system that benefits children first. This session will discuss the importance of engaging parents on the grassroots level and empowering parents to rise up into effective advocates and leaders for change.

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In light of the ongoing tension over the future of charter schools in many communities, there are huge opportunities to organize community support and parents to improve education for all children. Families for Excellent Schools will demonstrate how to organize parents and community allies to ensure every child has access to an excellent education, including its efforts to protect New York City charter schools over the last year. Starlee Coleman, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools; Shamona Kirkland, Families for Excellent Schools Parent Advocate; Jeremiah Kitteridge, Families for Excellent Schools

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Beyond Common Core: Preparing Students to Compete in the Global Marketplace Tuesday, July 1 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Leadership

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We know our 21st-century students aren’t just competing against local peers for positions in higher education and the workforce. In this panel, you’ll learn about the OECD Test for Schools—an international benchmarking assessment that measures students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills. Charter high school leaders will share how they’ve used the results to make instructional decisions that ensure their students are truly receiving the highestquality education in the world. Attend to find out how your school can participate in next year’s OECD Test for Schools too. Eric Heiser, Sturgis Charter Public School; Nora Kern, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools; Carolyn Trager Kliman, America Achieves; Michael Mann, North Star Academy College Preparatory High School

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U.S. Mayors: Fighting for Influence in the Education Reform Fray

From Recovery to Achievement: Charter Schools in Overhauling School Systems

Tuesday, July 1 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm Policy

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While mayors are not often associated with education reform, a growing group of mayors are flexing their muscles and engaging on the issue in creative ways. This panel will explore the growing roles of mayors in the education reform movement and address how they are attracting more families to stay in their cities by leveraging reforms such as charter schools to revitalize their cities. Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor of West Sacramento, CA; David Harris, The Mind Trust; Jim Horne, The Horne Group; Francis Slay, Mayor of St. Louis, MO

Tuesday, July 1 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Instruction

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Meet the leaders that are taking charter schools and their promise to a new level by demonstrating the power of charters in overhauling school districts. Can these reforms be replicated in other states and what will it take to get there? Robin Lake, Center on Reinventing Public Education, UW Bothell; Elliot Smalley, Achievement School District, TN; Andy Smarick, Bellwether Education Partners; Michael Stone, New Schools for New Orleans

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SESSION SERIES Build in-depth knowledge of topics that matter to you with one of our session series. Attend as many of the sessions in any series as you’d like and get ready to bring new ideas, resources and strategies back to your community. We’ve developed the series Governing to Greatness, Board Member Training 101; Ed Tech; Data; Advocacy; Common Core; Communications; Special Education; Finance and Talent Development to get to the heart of some of the issues and topics that interest our attendees the most. You can find descriptions for each session, organized by date and time, on pages 48 through 79.

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BOARD MEMBER TRAINING 101

The Importance of a Board Chair: Excellent Boards Need Excellent Leaders

Charter School Board Service 101: What to Do and How to Do it Well

Monday, June 30 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Monday, June 30 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Governance

Governance

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Strengthening Board Governance: Using Data Dashboards to Drive Decisions and Ensure Accountability for Performance

Constructive Partnerships Between Board and School Leaders

Tuesday, July 1 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Governance

Governance

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Strengthening Your Organization Through Strategic Planning Tuesday, July 1 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Governance

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It’s the Little Things that Mean a Lot: Building School/Community Relations

Monday, June 30 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Governance

Monday, June 30 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Governance

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Governance or Management? You Decide!

Cultivating Leadership: Strategic Board Composition Governance

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Committees Not in Name Only

Tuesday, July 1 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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SESSION SERIES ED TECH Blended Learning: A Hands-On Approach to Leverage Technology Investments

The Fabulous Unintended Consequences of Going Digital

Monday, June 30 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Tuesday, July 1 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

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Preparing Students with Multilingual Skills for a Global Society

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Reimagine Teaching and Learning Using the Magic of Free Microsoft Tools for Relevant Technology Integration

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Tuesday, July 1 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

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#ChoppedEDU Monday, June 30 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

#MyHighSchoolDoesntSuck

Instruction

Tuesday, July 1 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

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Getting Smarter About SPED: Five Blended Learning Decisions and Implications Monday, June 30 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Instruction

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SESSION SERIES DATA

ADVOCACY

What Boards Really Need to Know About Student Achievement Data

The Advocates: Engaging and Elevating Teachers in the Charter Movement

Tuesday, July 1 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Monday, June 30 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Governance

Policy

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The CIS Model: Using Data to Drive Results

Breakers AB

Tuesday, July 1 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Blue State Strategies for Growing Support in the Legislature

Leadership

Monday, June 30 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

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Policy Making Data Work for Parents (and Other Normal People)

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Tuesday, July 1 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Parent Advocacy in Education Reform: Lessons from New York

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Checking for Understanding Like a Champion with Uncommon Schools

The Power of Advocacy in the Movement for Great Schools

Tuesday, July 1 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Monday, June 30 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

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Effectively Promoting Charter Schools to Elected Officials Tuesday, July 1 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Policy

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Organizing the Charter Community for Political Purposes Tuesday, July 1 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm Policy

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2014 State Legislative Gains, Losses and Emerging Policy Trends Tuesday, July 1 2:30 pm– 3:45 pm Policy

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Charter School Alumni: Developing StudentLed Advocacy for Quality School Options Tuesday, July 1 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Policy

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Equitable Funding for Idaho Charters: A Political Journey Wednesday, July 2 9:30 am – 10:45 am Policy

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SESSION SERIES COMMON CORE

COMMUNICATIONS

Increase the Rigor of Lessons to Meet Today’s Standards

Demystifying Social Media for Charter Schools

Monday, June 30 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Monday, June 30 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Instruction

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Teach Thinking Explicitly: PARCC and Smarter Balanced Test Prep That Works

Media and Public Relations Workshop

Monday, June 30 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Operations

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Brand Impact Workshop: Assessing the Power and Effectiveness of Your Brand Tuesday, July 1 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Operations

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High Standards for ALL: Writing IEPs Aligned to Common Core Tuesday, July 1 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Instruction

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Common Core Literacy Instruction: Recipes for Action Instruction

Monday, June 30 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

The Media Messaging of School Choice: Always Important, Frequently Ignored Tuesday, July 1 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Operations

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Measuring Success in the Transition to Common Core Tuesday, July 1 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Instruction

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SPECIAL EDUCATION Special Ed Linkages: Working Together to Better Serve Special Needs Kids Monday, June 30 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Operations

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Meeting the Needs of Every Learner in Project Based Learning Tuesday, July 1 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm Instruction

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Special Education: Successes in Service Delivery in California Charter Schools Wednesday, July 2 9:30 am – 10:45 am Policy

Reef AB An eleventh-grade student in her Theory of Knowledge class at Sturgis Charter Public School (Hyannis, Mass.). Photo Credit: Nora Kern

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SESSION SERIES FINANCE From Red to Black: Rebuilding After a Financial Crisis

Essential Questions about Facility Finance

Monday, June 30 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Operations

Operations

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Tuesday, July 1 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Monday, June 30 11:15 am – 12:30 pm Breakers HG

Facilities Financing Overview and Best Practices: Tax-Exempt Bonds Monday, June 30 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm Operations

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Reducing Operations Costs Without Weakening Instruction

The Future of Charter School Facilities Funding Operations

Tuesday, July 1 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

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Systems and Strategies for Fundraising Success Tuesday, July 1 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Operations

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Financing: Speed Date Your Lender

Financing Growth: A Conversation with Innovative CMOs

Monday, June 30 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Tuesday, July 1 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Operations

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TALENT DEVELOPMENT Teacher Career Pathways: Building Advancement Opportunities

Collaborating to Build the Talent Pipeline Needed to Transform Schools

Monday, June 30 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Tuesday, July 1 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

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Succession Planning: Empowering the Next Generation of Charter Leaders

How to Find Leadership and Management Talent to Enhance Your Success

Monday, June 30 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Tuesday, July 1 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Governance

Leadership

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So the First Year Counts: Research-Based Strategies for New Teacher Growth Tuesday, July 1 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm Leadership

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DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS Monday, June 30

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Sal Khan Founder & Executive Director, Khan Academy

Sal Khan is the founder of the Khan Academy (khanacademy.org), a nonprofit with the mission of providing free, high-quality education for “anyone, anywhere” in the world. Sal was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and graduated from MIT in 1998 with three degrees: two Bachelor of Science degrees in mathematics and electrical engineering/computer science; and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering. He began his career working in technology and later earned his MBA at Harvard Business School. Sal then became an analyst at a Boston based hedge fund, which later relocated to Palo Alto in 2005. In 2004 as a side project, Sal began tutoring his young cousin in math, communicating by phone and using an interactive notepad. By 2006, word got around and Sal was tutoring 15 family friends and cousins as a hobby. To better scale, he began writing software to give his cousins practice and feedback in mathematics. To complement this software, he also began posting videos of his hand-scribbled tutorials on YouTube. Demand took off, and in 2009, when the practice problems

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and instructional videos were reaching tens of thousands of students per month, he quit his day job to commit himself fully to the not-for-profit Khan Academy. The Khan Academy website now provides a self-pacing guided learning experience with more than 100,000 practice exercises and 5,000 instructional videos covering everything from basic arithmetic to college level science and economics. It’s the most-used library of educational lessons on the web, with more than 10 million unique students per month, more than 300 million lessons delivered, and more than a billion exercises completed. More than 100,000 educators around the world are also using Khan Academy to help build student mastery of topics and to free up class time for dynamic project based learning. Sal has been profiled by 60 Minutes, featured on the cover of Forbes Magazine, and recognized as one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World”. In late 2012, Sal released his book The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined.

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FEATURED SPEAKER Nina Rees President and CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Nina Rees is the president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Nina has over 20 years of experience in Washington, DC, most recently as senior vice president for strategic initiatives for Knowledge Universe, a leading global education company with investments in early childhood education, before- and after-school programs, and online instruction. Previously, she served as the first assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement at the U.S. Department of Education. In this capacity, she oversaw the administration of 28 grant programs supporting 1,300 projects and was responsible for spearheading innovative federal programs and policies such as school choice, charter schools, alternative routes to teacher certification and school leadership. She also helped coordinate the implementation of several provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act. Prior to joining the Education Department, Nina served as deputy assistant for domestic policy to Vice President Dick Cheney. Nina has also served as the senior education analyst at the Heritage Foundation, where she authored more than two dozen policy briefs and served as the foundation’s chief spokesperson on education. She has appeared on various news outlets including CNN, C-Span and PBS’s NewsHour and her articles and opinions have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. Nina currently serves on the boards of advisers of the Education Policy and Governance Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. She also writes a weekly blog for U.S. News & World Report. Nina holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Virginia Tech and a master of arts degree in international transactions from George Mason University. She lives in McLean, Virginia, with her husband and daughter.

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Steven Michael Quezada Actor, “Breaking Bad�; Secretary, Board of Education, Albuquerque Public Schools Steven Michael Quezada portrayed DEA Agent Steven Gomez on the Emmy Award winning television series Breaking Bad. Steven has kept himself very busy since wrapping Breaking in the spring - he recently performed stand-up comedy on The Arsenio Hall Show and also worked on the feature film La Vida Robot starring and produced by George Lopez. Steven also hosts his own late-night talk show, The After After Party with Steven Michael Quezada on the CW network. Steven is dedicated to his community and to finding ways to improve the education of our children. He serves as Secretary for the Board of Education for Albuquerque Public Schools in New Mexico. After serving as VicePresident of the Governing Council for the Public Academy for the Performing Arts charter school, Steven was elected to the Board of Education, Albuquerque Public Schools where he serves as Secretary. He is married to Cherise Quezada and has four children. Steven has been involved with a wide array of fundraising and public awareness endeavors in the Albuquerque community for over 30 years, including scholarships, motivational speaking, mentoring and teaching, and through the years has earned the distinction as one of the most charitable celebrities in New Mexico.

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DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS Tuesday, July 1

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Frank Luntz Founder, LuntzGlobal; Political Consultant, Pollster and Communications Strategist Frank Luntz is one of the most honored communication professionals in America today. Pioneer of the “Instant Response” focus group technique, Dr. Luntz has written, supervised and conducted more than 2,000 surveys, focus groups, ad tests and dial sessions in more than two-dozen countries and four continents within the past decade. He’s become the go-to consultant when Fortune 100 companies and their CEOs need communication and language guidance, and the most sought-after expert over other political pollsters when media outlets look to understand the hopes and fears of Americans. Frank graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in history and political science, and received his Doctorate in Politics from Oxford University.

Punam Mathur Executive Director Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation Punam Mathur has spent nearly 25 years sitting in different chairs around the public policy and philanthropy tables in Nevada. She’s worked at the policy-setting level, having been appointed by Nevada’s last four governors to task forces and commissions to address issues such as welfare reform, tourism and public education. She’s served on countless boards of nonprofit organizations, including several stints as chair. Professionally, she was most recently a senior officer at NV Energy, the statewide utility, overseeing Human Resources and Community Engagement. Prior to that, Punam spent 14 years in the gaming industry as officer and SVP of MGM Resorts, leading their nationally-acclaimed community, government and corporate diversity efforts. Currently, in addition to speaking, she is Executive Director of the Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation. Her proudest endeavor, however, is her role as mom to three amazing sons and a spectacular daughter.

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Deborah McGriff Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund; Chair, National Alliance Board of Directors Deborah McGriff, Ph.D., is a partner with the NewSchools Venture Fund in San Francisco, CA. Deborah focuses primarily on quality teaching and investment strategy and assists with management of portfolio ventures. Previously, Deborah worked as the executive vice president and chief relationship officer of Edison Schools. She was the first public school superintendent to join Edison Schools in 1993. At Edison, she held numerous positions, including president of Edison Teachers College and executive vice president of charter schools. Prior to Edison, Deborah served as the first female general superintendent of the 200,000-student Detroit Public Schools, where she successfully opened 25 schools of choice and expanded decentralization. Crain’s Detroit Business named her newsmaker of the year for 1992. Before that, she was the first female assistant superintendent in Cambridge, MA, and the first female deputy superintendent in Milwaukee, WI. Deborah is a former president of the Education Industry Association and both a founder and national board member of the Black Alliance for Educational Options.

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Bruce Reed President, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation Bruce Reed is the first president of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, where he works closely with foundation chairman Eli Broad to oversee the foundation’s investments and efforts to improve K-12 public schools. Mr. Reed joined the foundation after serving as assistant to President Obama and chief of staff to Vice President Biden. A 30-year veteran of Washington politics, Mr. Reed has worked on a range of economic and domestic issues including deficit reduction, the fiscal cliff, entitlement and tax reform, education reform and gun safety. He was previously policy director and later CEO of the Democratic Leadership Council. Mr. Reed has also served as domestic policy advisor to President Clinton, deputy campaign manager for policy for the 1992 Clinton-Core campaign and Sen. Al Gore’s chief speechwriter. An accomplished writer, Mr. Reed and then-U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel co-authored The Plan: Big Ideas for Change in America, and he helped draft the bestselling book about President Clinton’s agenda, Putting People First.

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DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS Wednesday, July 2

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Campbell Brown Writer and Award-Winning Journalist Campbell Brown is a writer and award-winning journalist who has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast and Slate. Brown is best known for her investigative journalism at CNN where she hosted the primetime nightly news program, Campbell Brown. She also spent 11 years at NBC News where she served as White House Correspondent and as the primary substitute anchor for Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News. Campbell also hosted the Weekend Edition of the Today Show. Campbell is a passionate advocate for school choice and education reform and is the founder of the Parents’ Transparency Project, a watchdog group that investigates and reports on failure and inequity in the public education system; as well as the Partnership for Educational Justice, a non-profit dedicated to supporting impact litigation and other efforts on behalf of public school parents challenging the system. Campbell serves on the boards of Success Academy Charter Schools and the Jewish Community Project, a preschool and community center in Lower Manhattan. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

FEATURED SPEAKER Matthew Peterson, Ph.D. Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Scientist, MIND Research Institute Matthew oversees the engineering sales, marketing, development and education service activities for the MIND Research Institute. He leads a team in developing math learning environments that initially convey sophisticated concepts visually, rather than verbally, enabling students to gain a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics regardless of language proficiency. As a child, Matthew struggled with traditional language-based instruction due to dyslexia. He later created MIND’s ST Math® software to enable students to learn math through his unique non-languagebased visual approach. The revolutionary ST Math software has proven to raise students’ math scores on standardized tests and currently reaches over half a million students. Matthew has spoken at numerous national and international math and education conferences, before the National Mathematics Advisory Panel and recently was featured at TEDx Orange Coast. After completing his undergraduate degrees in biology, electrical engineering and Chinese language and literature from UC Irvine, he went on to obtain his Ph.D. in visual neuroscience from UC Berkeley. 38

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Lisa Diaz Senior Vice President, Insignia Partners; Co-Chair, National Charter Schools Conference Program Committee 2014 Lisa Diaz is co-founder of Insignia Partners, a consulting firm that helps organizations grow, think and act more strategically. Since its launch in 2013, Insignia Partners has helped dozens of organizations across the county define the strategies that bring their mission to life. Lisa has extensive experience translating strategy into tangible results. She has worked with teams to make strategic decisions and create implementation plans that can be measured and managed. For more than a decade, she led the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA) to become a mature, sustainable and effective organization. There she developed, led and implemented countless initiatives that allowed MAPSA’s annual budgets to grow from $100,000 to almost $6.5 million. In addition to her experience with nonprofits, Lisa has a background in leading alumni grassroots organizing efforts and major gift fundraising for higher education institutions. Lisa has a B.S. degree in Political Science and Economics and a Master’s degree in Education Administration, both from Central Michigan University. She resides in Michigan with her loving husband and three rambunctious boys.

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HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is proud to honor the following distinguished inductees into the National Charter Schools Hall of Fame, which was established to recognize individuals and organizations for their contributions in the following areas: •

Pioneering efforts in the development and growth of charter schools

Commitment and contributions to charter schools and education

Innovative ideas and successful implementation of those ideas

Inspiration to others in the charter school movement

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Chester “Checker” Finn, Jr. President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute Chester “Checker” Finn, Jr. is a scholar, educator and public servant who has been at the forefront of the national education debate for 35 years. He was born and raised in Ohio and received his doctorate from Harvard in education policy. President of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, he is also a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and chairman of Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education. Checker is the author of 20 books and more than 400 articles; his work has appeared in publications such as The Christian Science Monitor, Education Week, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and The Weekly Standard. Checker is the recipient of many awards and holds an honorary doctorate from Colgate University. He and his wife, Renu Virmani, a physician, have two grown children and three adorable granddaughters. They live in Chevy Chase, MD.

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Lisa Graham Keegan Linda Moore Walton Family Foundation

City Academy High School Jim Griffin Eric Mahmoud Jon Schroeder

Donald Hense Joel Klein Jim Peyser

Josephine Baker KIPP Charter Schools Don Shalvey

Linda Brown Yvonne Chan Ember Reichgott Junge

Howard Fuller Sonia Gutierrez Ted Kolderie John Walton

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Eva Moskowitz Founder & CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools Eva Moskowitz, a long-time Harlem resident and mother of three, is founder and chief executive officer of the Success Academy Charter Schools, which opens and manages the highest-performing charter schools in New York City. In 2006, Eva launched her first school in Harlem and in just eight years, her network has grown to 22 schools serving more than 6,800 children in Harlem, the South Bronx, the Upper West Side and Brooklyn. The Success Academy schools serve a high poverty population, yet they consistently outperform New York’s most affluent school districts. The flagship Harlem school was chosen as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2012, one of 219 across the country, by the U.S. Department of Education. Eva’s leadership in education reform began with her service as a member of the New York City Council. As Chair of the Council’s Education Committee she visited hundreds of city schools and was known for her investigatory hearings: no aspect of public education – from lighting quality to teacher practice – was too insignificant or too controversial to be explored. Success Academy’s distinctive school design, teaching and curriculum grew out of those experiences, as did her forceful advocacy for national reform. Eva has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in American History from Johns Hopkins University.

Doris & Donald Fisher Fund

The Fisher Fund seeks to ignite the transformation of American public education by investing in entrepreneurs and organizations whose ideas, programs and policies raise student achievement, foster choice and competition, or otherwise disrupt the educational status quo. The Fisher Fund aims to increase student achievement and attainment among low-income children, increase quality publicly-funded school options for low-income families, and create examples of and conditions for the broader transformation of the K-12 public education system. Over the next decade, the Fund hopes to make meaningful contributions to the closing of the achievement gap at home and improving our economic competitiveness abroad. The Fisher Fund supports the creation and replication of high-performing public charter schools, innovative human capital programs, advocacy initiatives at the local, state and federal levels, and new school models that integrate technology to personalize learning, support teaching and improve outcomes. The Fisher Fund’s grantees include groundbreaking organizations such as KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) and Teach For America, among many others.

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STUDENT PERFORMANCE Doral Academy Elementary Honor Choir Performing at the Welcome Reception, Sunday, June 29 The Doral Academy of Nevada is a charter school that just opened for the 2013-2014 school year. The school is an “Arts Integrated� school whose mission is to teach all academic areas through and with the arts. Affiliated with Doral Academy Florida, teachers attend trainings with clinicians from the Kennedy Center. The school collaborates with the Smith Center, Nevada Ballet Theater, the Las Vegas Philharmonic and local artists and musicians. The students at Doral are offered a variety of electives: theater, music, physical education, dance, visual arts, media production, Spanish, French and violin. In addition, students may participate in a myriad of after school clubs, which include basketball, choir, band, student government, recycling, drama, art, writing and more. The Doral Academy Elementary Honor Choir, under the direction of Diane Camilleri, is an after school club for fourth and fifth graders that meets once a week. There are typically 60-65 students in the group. In their short year together, the Doral Honor Choir has performed for two school assemblies, the school Opening Ceremony (with Governor Brian Sandoval in attendance), the Las Vegas Philharmonic Fundraising dinner held at the Aria Hotel and the UNLV Elementary Choral Festival. In addition, the group was recently honored with a $5,000 grant from Siegfried and Roy who had been in attendance at the Aria Hotel performance.

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PANEL DISCUSSION

Beyond College Readiness: Bringing Accelerated College to Charter High School Students Monday, June 30th from 11:15am 12:30pm Mandalay Bay Hotel, Room Breakers KL

A huge opportunity exists for public charter high schools to partner with accredited colleges and universities to offer accelerated college programs. Beyond college readiness, this allows charter students to complete transferable college courses while enrolled in high school, earning up to an Associate’s degree by the time they graduate high school. This panel’s experts have successfully designed, implemented, and researched such programs. Public charter school operators will benefit from lessons learned in implementation, including funding strategies and outcomes, and leave with data they can share with decision-makers and stakeholders. MODERATED BY

Gene Wade CEO, UniversityNow; Board Member, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Gene has spent his adult life focused on creating access to education. Gene founded UniversityNow, a social venture that operates affordable, online, selfpaced universities. Previously, Gene was co-founder and CEO of both Platform Learning (a tutoring company that served tens of thousands of low-income students) and LearnNow (which operated a network of charter schools).

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PARENT COMPANY OF

Our mission is to make a quality higher education affordable and available to everyone. Patten University offers Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degree programs on a breakthrough self-paced, online learning platform. We offer students a personalized learning experience, supported by committed faculty and adaptive learning software. Tuition is structured so that no student has to borrow to afford college.

Patten University is accredited by The Accreditation Commission for Senior Colleges, Universities of The Western Association of Schools and Colleges

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MOVIES AT THE CONFERENCE All movies are in the Mandalay Bay K room with the “movie essentials:” popcorn and soda

Monday, June 30

Tuesday, July 1

11:15 am - 12:30 pm

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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(During Breakout Session 4)

Facing Forward (66 minutes)

Two Short Films:

Charismatic but troubled Tyree fights the odds of academic failure at a strict new inner city school (E Prep, a Breakthrough School). As teachers struggle to help this seventh grader succeed, life outside the classroom door soon puts everyone to the test.

(During the end of lunch and Breakout Session 2) (120 minutes)

We all have had a teacher who’s shaped us, inspired us, even scared us - and whom we can credit with having empowered us to become who we are today. In his third documentary to look at education in America, Davis Guggenheim brings us TEACH, which asks the question: what does it take to be a teacher?

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Charter school founders are pioneers of education reform, staking their claim by opening new schools in many historically underserved communities. What can the best charter school leaders teach the rest? 

The Blame Game

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

TEACH

Unchartered Territory

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The discourse around education reform— especially on issues involving teachers— lacks nuance, thoughtfulness and, often, commonsense. Simplistic “pro-“ and “anti-“ teacher rhetoric is distracting from efforts to improve teacher quality.

2:00 pm - 3:45 pm (During the end of lunch and Breakout Session 5)

We the Parents (100 minutes) We the Parents follows the first group of parents to use California’s controversial “Parent Trigger” Law to transform their failing school.

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TELLING OUR STORIES: THE NUMBERS ADD UP

Nina Rees President & CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Distinguished Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Lydia Logan Managing Director, Chiefs for Change

Sal Kahn Founder & Executive Director, Khan Academy

Hall of Fame Inductee

Steven Michael Quezada Actor, Breaking Bad and Member, Board of Education for Albuquerque Public Schools

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SESSIONS AT A GLANCE

MONDAY

SPONSOR

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GOVERNANCE LEADERSHIP

OPERATIONS

POLICY

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Breakers

Charter School Board Service 101: What to Do and How to Do it Well

Avoiding the Death Spiral

Committees Not in Name Only

Breakers

DC Public Charter School Board Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Constructive Partnerships Between Board and School Leaders

Authorizer Performance Management Systems: Good or Bad for School Autonomy?

Breakers

Beyond College Readiness: Bringing Accelerated College to Charter High School Students

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Charter Performance Program: Integrating Proven Tools to Optimize Performance Family and Community Partnerships for Digital Learning Success

Lagoon

Increase the Rigor of Lessons to Meet Today’s Standards

Lagoon

Putting STEAM into STEM Through Creative Technology Integration

Mandalay Bay

Blended Learning: A HandsOn Approach to Leverage Technology Investments

Mandalay Bay

Charter Growth in an Era of School Closure: Can We Get it Right?

Mandalay Bay

To College and Beyond: Charters that Ensure Students Matriculate to College

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INTENSIVE 2:30 pm- 4:30 pm Accelerating Learning and Closing the Achievement Gap

Preparing Students with Multilingual Skills for a Global Society

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Teach Thinking Explicitly: PARCC and Smarter Balanced “Test Prep” That Works

Succession Planning: Empowering the Next Generation of Charter Leaders

Getting Smarter About SPED: Five Blended Learning Decisions and Implications

INTENSIVE 2:30 pm- 4:30 pm

Demystifying Social Media for Charter Schools

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Common Core Literacy Instruction: Recipes for Action

What Would You Do if You Weren’t Afraid to Recruit? Financing to and Through College

The F Word: Giving and Receiving Feedback

INTENSIVE 2:30 pm- 4:30 pm #ChoppedEDU

Raising the Roots

Nuts and Bolts of Federal Civil Rights Laws: Implementing School-Level Practices to Ensure Access and Equity For All Students

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The Power of Advocacy in the Movement for Great Schools

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Breakers

The Advocates: Engaging and Elevating Teachers in the Charter Movement

The Biggest Decisions You Will Ever Make

The Recipe for Replication: Plan. Prepare. Execute.

Breakers

Leveraging Operational Leadership to Support Student Achievement

Breakers

The Future of Charter School Facilities Funding

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PTA: How Does it Fit into Today’s Educational Landscape at Every Level?

The Importance of a Board Chair: Excellent Boards Need Excellent Leaders

INTENSIVE 2:30 pm- 4:30 pm The Elephant in the Room: Why Race Matters in Education Reform

Business and Operations Leaders/ Managers Roundtable

Lagoon

Challenges and Best Practices of Replications

Financing: Speed Date Your Lender

Lagoon

Charter Schools as Catalysts for Community Development

Media and Public Relations Workshop

Special Ed Linkages: Working Together to Better Serve Special Needs Kids

Lagoon

From Red to Black: Rebuilding After a Financial Crisis

Beyond the Bell: Expanding Learning Opportunities through Afterschool

Responding to School Violence: School Threat Analysis and Response

Lagoon

Going to the Chapel: The Advantages and Challenges of Charter School Mergers

Facilities Financing Overview and Best Practices: Tax-Exempt Bonds

Beyond the Affordable Care Act: Rethinking Charter School Employee Benefits

Mandalay Bay

Teacher Career Pathways: Building Advancement Opportunities

Reef

Blue State Strategies for Growing Support in the Legislature

Discipline: What’s Your Policy?

Reef

Inner Ring Suburbs: The Next Frontier of Charter Growth

Breakthroughs in Learning: Next-Generation Public Charter School Models

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Small Enough to Lead: Championing School Choice in Rhode Island

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Urban Charter Schools: Aid or Band-Aid?

INTENSIVE 2:30 pm- 4:30 pm Put a Stop to Bullying and Build a Culture of Respect in Your School INTENSIVE 11:15 am- 4:45 pm

Play to Engage: Teaching Through Community Engagement Games

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11:15 am – 12:30 pm Beyond College Readiness: Bringing Accelerated College to Charter High School Students Leadership

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A huge opportunity exists for charter high schools to partner with universities to offer accelerated college programs. Beyond college readiness, this allows students to complete transferable college courses while enrolled in high school, earning up to an Associate’s degree by high school graduation. This panel’s experts have designed, implemented and researched such programs. Public charter school operators will benefit from lessons learned in implementation, including funding strategies and leave with data they can share with stakeholders.

Challenges and Best Practices of Replications Operations

Scaling up a high-performing charter while retaining a strong academic and character-driven culture can be challenging, particularly when trying to navigate complex funding challenges and ever-changing state charter laws. This session will cover valuable best practices from successfully expanding charter systems around the country. Chastity Lord, Achievement First; Mukta Pandit, National Charter School Resource Center; Ref Rodriguez, Partners for Developing Futures Charter Growth in an Era of School Closure: Can We Get it Right? Leadership

Blended Learning: A Hands-On Approach to Leverage Technology Investments Instruction

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Using an online world language program as an example, participants will experience, explore and discuss different models of blended learning programs. Aline Germain-Rutherford, Middlebury Interactive Languages

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California is home to nearly 1,100 charter public schools and represents a quarter of overall charter school enrollment nationwide. Learn how charter advocates are leveraging recent voter-backed governance and electoral reforms to advance an aggressive legislative package and achieve a pro-charter majority in a Democratically controlled legislature. Nicole Bautista and Carlos Marquez, California Charter Schools Association

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This session will examine how school closure decisions in cities around the country are affecting charter expansion plans. Cities as diverse as New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Chicago have recently closed a large number of schools and the resulting backlash has created challenges for charter school growth. Andrew Broy, Illinois Network of Charter Schools; Danielle Floyd, School District of Philadelphia; Scott Pearson, DC Public Charter School Board; Adam Porsch, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Leadership

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Are you looking to optimize your school’s performance? Would you like to zero-in on professional development? Do you want to set standards for digital learning and accountability? Join this interactive session to learn how adopting a Charter Performance Program can help you meet the unique demands of your education strategy and optimize the performance of your students and staff. Kelly Hoce, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Beginner Intermediate Advanced

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Charter Performance Program: Integrating Proven Tools to Optimize Performance

Blue State Strategies for Growing Support in the Legislature Policy

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Charter school governance experts from Charter Board Partners will share their Standards for Highly Effective Charter School Boards that answer the question ‘’Now that I’m on the board, what do I DO?’’ This interactive, case-based session will dive into the standards, share strategies for creating and sustaining effective boards and help board members learn how to play their role well. Carrie Irvin and Simmons Lettre, Charter Board Partners Charter Schools as Catalysts for Community Development

Demystifying Social Media for Charter Schools Instruction

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A hands-on session that will teach charter schools the tactics and tips for using social media as a communications and marketing tool to help build your school’s online presence and better engage with prospective families. Join Noodle’s Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Herbst to learn social media best practices! Jeff Herbst, Noodle

Family and Community Partnerships for Digital Learning Success Instruction

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Learn how to develop digital learning partnerships with families and communities that increase digital access and Operations ••• Lagoon IJ literacy; advance student-owned learning that connects The facility challenge that every charter school faces is not them to their passions, peers, communities and careers; just a problem to be solved - it can also be an opportunity improve collaboration among teachers, students, families and for engagement in the community. Participants in this community organizations; and create more opportunities for session will hear from several leaders who have led efforts learning that transcend traditional school walls. to create charter school facilities that are transformational Michael Robbins, SPAN Learning & for their neighborhoods and cities. Collaborative Communications Group Richard Berlin, Harlem RBI/Dream Charter School; Michael Duffy, Great Oaks Foundation; Carmen Maldonado, From Red to Black: Rebuilding After a Financial Crisis Canyon-Agassi Charter Facilities Fund; Riccardo Stoeckicht, Community Education Building Operations Lagoon K

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We will share and discuss academic, financial and community best practices and lessons learned from a case study on the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB), one of the oldest charter authorizers in the country overseeing more than 100 schools serving more than 36,000 students. The case study is expected to be published mid-2014. Tomeika Bowden, Naomi DeVeaux and Lin Johnson, DC Public Charter School Board; Alex Doty, FSG

Talking about finances isn’t sexy, but it’s a necessary conversation for all schools. In the early 2000s, ICEF Public Schools in South Los Angeles launched an aggressive growth campaign and fell into financial difficulties that nearly led to the network’s closure. Learn what led to the near disaster and how strong leadership, school-based budgeting and strategic planning have stabilized ICEF. Greg Brendel, ICEF Public Schools Going to the Chapel: The Advantages and Challenges of Charter School Mergers Operations

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An increasing number of charter operators are partnering with other charters to serve more children and ensure long-term sustainability. While this innovation has a lot of advantages, managing the process of bringing together strong, entrepreneurial leaders is fraught with challenges. Learn from leaders currently managing this process and learn from their mistakes and successes. Jacqueline Elliot, PUC National; Ravi Gupta, RePublic Schools; Alan Rosskam, Breakthrough Schools

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MONDAY

June 30

11:15 am – 12:30 pm continued

Instruction

Increase the Rigor of Lessons to Meet Today’s Standards Instruction

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The new generation of standards have significant requirements for increasing the amount of higher order thinking and the depth of knowledge that students must obtain with content. Learn how to help students think logically and go beyond acquisition of knowledge and skills and explore strategies for consistently incorporating higher order thinking across lessons. Toni Enloe, National Consultant

INTENSIVE 11:15 pm- 4:45 pm

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This workshop will help educators think through how playful community engagement can impact learning inside and outside the classroom. Educators will be guided through the affordances of games and play for both learning and reflective civic action taking, as well as how to create, implement and evaluate games and playful engagements to impact coursework ranging from science to social studies. Jedd Cohen and Stephen Walter, Engagement Game Lab at Emerson College Putting STEAM into STEM Through Creative Technology Integration

Inner Ring Suburbs: The Next Frontier of Charter Growth Policy

Play to Engage: Teaching Through Community Engagement Games*

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Instruction

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Charter schools are largely concentrated in urban, low income areas; however, first ring or inner suburbs are often populated by similarly high-need families. This discussion will focus on the unique challenges and opportunities of starting schools here. School leaders and charter advocates from Illinois and California will share experiences and invite stories from participants.

In the 21st Century, presentation and packaging are almost as important as content. Infusing STEM with the arts fires up student creativity. Through the creative and artistic use of technology, students craft their message and target their audience while demonstrating understanding. Learn how some of the nation’s leaders in classroom creativity are putting the STEAM into STEM through technology.

C. Allison Jack, Illinois Network of Charter Schools; Mikala Rahn, Public Works; Rahul Sharma, Perspectives Charter Schools; Jeffrey Shapiro, Albert Einstein Academies for Letters, Arts and Sciences

Joshua Batenhorst, ArtSpace Charter School & NC A+ Schools; Steve Lipe, ArtSpace Charter School

Leveraging Operational Leadership to Support Student Achievement Operations

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Building off of the Uncommon Schools dual leadership model, participants will explore a framework for operational decision-making and execution. Participants will have the opportunity to dissect high-level operations planning through a case study and week-in-the-life of an Uncommon Principal and Director of Operations. All participants will walk away with a toolkit of strategies to implement immediately at their schools to improve operations. Mike D’Auria and Jeannemarie Hendershot, Uncommon Schools New York City

Small Enough to Lead: Championing School Choice in Rhode Island Policy

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Rhode Island could create the nation’s first statewide proof point for the transformational impact of school reform. RI-CAN Executive Director Christine Lopes Metcalfe will highlight the ways organizations committed to advocacy, public charter schools, mayoral academies and talent development are coordinating to build on existing momentum to dramatically improve outcomes for students while reframing the policy landscape to support and reach everyone. Jen LoPiccolo, Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy; Michael Magee, Rhode Island Mayoral Academies; Christine Lopes Metcalfe, RI-CAN

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11:15 am – 12:30 pm continued Teacher Career Pathways: Building Advancement Opportunities Leadership

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Teaching is frequently viewed as a static job with few opportunities for growth or advancement. Come learn how Achievement First, Aspire and IDEA Public Schools are creating teacher career pathways in order to value, retain and support the development of their teachers. They will share lessons learned and tips for those embarking upon or continuing teacher career progression work. James Gallagher, Aspire Public Schools; Sarah Coon Rosskamm, Hendy Avenue Consulting; Melissa Scheinfeld, IDEA Public Schools; Genna Weinstein, Achievement First

To College and Beyond: Charters that Ensure Students Matriculate to College Instruction

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Though many charter schools are defying the odds by ensuring that all of their students are prepared to enter college, many are now also taking on the added responsibility of ensuring that their students graduate from college on time. This panel will feature charter school leaders that are raising the bar on what it will take to prepare students for the challenges of college, college presidents who are standing ready to accept our students and what it will take to truly prepare first generation college students for the challenges of college and life. Alexandra Bernadotte, Beyond K12; Phillip Garza, IDEA Public Schools; Deborah McGriff, New Schools Venture Fund; Carol Quillen, Davidson College

The Advocates: Engaging and Elevating Teachers in the Charter Movement Policy

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Teachers are uniquely powerful advocates for their students and schools. Learn how California’s charters are leveraging their teachers’ talents and perspectives to help shape education policy through advocacy efforts. Explore how to deepen teacher understanding of the charter movement, build a network of teacher advocates, increase teacher prominence in policy debates and influence elections. Keith Dell’Aquila, California Charter Schools Association

The Future of Charter School Facilities Funding Operations

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Join experts from Green Dot Public Schools, Dougherty & Company and Charter School Capital to learn steps you should take to realize your school’s facility needs. Our presentation and panel discussion will help school administrators gain valuable insights into the future of facilities financing and best practices. We will highlight how to tap into funding sources to build and operate schools as well as approaches to funding new construction and modernization of existing facilities. Bring your facilities issues and questions for this session for real-time discussion. Sabrina Ayala, Green Dot Public Schools; Stuart Ellis, Charter School Capital; Richard Ward, Dougherty & Company Senior Graduation at the University Laboratory School (Honolulu, Hawaii) Photo Credit: Nora Kern

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MONDAY

June 30

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Governance

Avoiding the Death Spiral Governance

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When charter schools struggle, patterns of financial mismanagement, low performance and poor planning can manifest in a loss of enrollment, and ultimately, a loss of funding. These patterns produce an identifiable ‘’Death Spiral’’ that sets the school on an inescapable and unrecoverable path to demise. Come to this workshop to identify the warning signs and learn how to make timely corrections. Jennifer Dauzvardis, Peak to Peak Charter School; Nora Flood, Colorado League of Charter Schools Beyond the Bell: Expanding Learning Opportunities Through Afterschool Policy

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Afterschool programs provide kids with opportunities to participate in engaging, hands-on learning activities in a safe, welcoming space. It’s critical that schools, communities and local officials work together to provide before school, afterschool and summer programs that creatively complement the school day. Learn how to leverage partnerships to support out-of-school time programs and policy.

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Learn the fundamental principles for creating a partnership with school leaders, including open communications, building respect and trust and accountability on both sides. Use your weekly check-in time wisely, giving and receiving constructive feedback. Avoid hostile topics and an imbalance of power. This is the backbone of a strong governance board! Madyson Lubba and Jill Shahen, Northeast Charter Schools Network; Discipline: What’s Your Policy? Policy

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Charter schools have autonomy to create their own policies and/or adopt best practices from other schools or the district. Does this work for discipline policies? Does your school leader, board and staff know what they are obligated to do under your policy? Surprisingly (or maybe not so) many do not know until it’s too late to modify the policy. It’s time to evaluate what you have in place. Genie DePolo, Manhattan Charter School; Paul O’Neill, National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools; Sonia Park, New York City Department of Education; Arthur Samuels, MESA Charter High School Facilities Financing Overview and Best Practices: Tax-Exempt Bonds

Erik Peterson, Afterschool Alliance Breakthroughs in Learning: Next-Generation Public Charter School Models Policy

Constructive Partnerships Between Board and School Leaders

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As the movement turns the corner on its 20th anniversary, there are a growing number of ‘’next-generation’’ public charter school models that are innovating with the use of time, people and technology to reach a larger number of students with high-quality instruction. Come to this session to learn more about these cutting-edge efforts and how to support more of them! Jon Bacal, Venture Academy; Gillian Locke, Public Impact; Joel Rose, New Classrooms; Ray Schleck, Match Next

Operations

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Charter school finance officers will discuss best practices and lessons learned about tax-exempt bond financing for facilities in a panel presentation moderated by leading market professionals. Topics include: benefits of the bond market; credit and performance requirements; innovative solutions for startups, expansion and networks; real estate and project planning; and ‘’living through a bond deal.” Eugene Clark-Herrera, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; David Hyun, Alliance for College Ready Public Schools; Avani Parikh, Standard & Poor’s; Bill Wildman, RBC Capital Markets

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2:30 pm – 3:45 pm continued Financing To and Through College Leadership

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This panel will describe the development, implementation and lessons learned from a unique partnership to help KIPP graduates tackle the challenge of financing their college education. This unique partnership between KIPP, UNCF and Citi Foundation incentivizes savings, provides matching funds and additional support for making the right choice and successfully making it to and through college. Sekou Biddle and Lu Duong, United Negro College Fund; Tevera Stith, KIPP DC Financing: Speed Date Your Lender Operations

Policy

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As you build your charter school, you will implement strategies to ensure access and equity for your students and families. During our session, we will detail the major civil rights laws applicable to charter schools: explaining what they are and how they are enforced. We will discuss enrollment/recruitment, special education, serving English Learners, weighted lotteries and Title IX and provide a self-assessment to assist the development of your policies, practices and everyday decision-making. Lauren Baum, Law Office of Lauren E. Baum, PC; Douglas Hibbard, Program Legal Group; Renita Thukral, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

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Which lender is right for your school’s needs? Back by popular demand, this session is a chance to discuss your charter school financing questions and projects directly with lenders. This interactive session will provide a brief summary of organizations, including NCB Capital Impact, LISC, LIIF, Self-Help and Ziegler. Then, you’ll have an opportunity to speed date your lender. William Fossel, Ziegler; Amy Laughlin, Low Income Investment Fund; Molly Melloh, The Reinvestment Fund; Angela Stephenson, Raza Development Fund, Inc.; Abigail Suarez, Capital Impact Partners Media and Public Relations Workshop Operations

Nuts and Bolts of Federal Civil Rights Laws: Implementing School-Level Practices To Ensure Access and Equity For All Students

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At this workshop, you’ll hear from three public relations veterans about the importance of creating a communications plan for your school or organization, what goes into a communications plan and how to plan for dealing with the media in a crisis situation. Whether it’s a shooting, sexual assault or just a really bad academic year that puts your charter at risk, when scandal hits, media follows. Beyond getting advice, we’ll make it real for you immediately by helping you create an outline of your own communications plan that you can take back to work and put into practice right away. Grab your laptop or tablet and join us for an informative, practical session that will give you the tools you need to build a communications plan.

Preparing Students with Multilingual Skills for a Global Society Instruction

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Today’s students need language skills to succeed in tomorrow’s economy. Come learn how KIPP Houston has leveraged technology to strengthen language learning skills to increase student global competencies. We’ll share how we are using online language programs and are preparing our students to compete in the world economy. Jenn Fraizer, Rosetta Stone; Eric Schmidt, KIPP: Houston PTA: How Does it Fit into Today’s Educational Landscape at Every Level? Policy

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The Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) is as American as apple pie, but where does it fit into today’s education landscape? In 2012, National PTA amended its position statement related to public charter schools to support giving entities other than local school boards the right to approve charter schools. Find out how PTA came to this position and how today’s PTA is working to improve family engagement for all children. Otha Thornton, National Parent-Teacher Association

Starlee Coleman, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools; Erica Lepping, Larson Communications; Lyman Millard, Breakthrough Schools

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MONDAY

June 30

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm continued Raising the Roots Policy

What Would You Do if You Weren’t Afraid...to Recruit? Leadership

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For too long, decisions regarding the policies and practices of the U.S. system of schools have been issued in a top-down manner, with far too many children and parents suffering the consequences. Through educational choice, parents are empowered to create a bottom-up system that benefits children first. This session will discuss the importance of engaging parents on the grassroots level, and empowering parents to rise up into effective advocates and leaders for change. Kenneth Campbell, Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO); Kevin Chavous, American Federation for Children; Steven Michael Quezada, Actor, “Breaking Bad” and Board Member, Albuquerque Public Schools

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Many charter schools are strained to compete for the best and brightest teaching talent due to increasing competition from neighboring schools, limited charter industry branding and increasing certified teacher shortages. Join this session to hear from successful CMOs and independent schools - and learn their best practices for creating a robust talent pipeline for teaching vacancies. We will also discuss a charter school human resources roundtable to foster long-term collaboration. Karen Callender, Louisiana State University, College of Human Sciences and Education; Kara Maguire, Uncommon Schools; Bryan Rueger, Charter Schools USA; Dottie Smith, The New Teacher Project; Jennifer Smith, National Heritage Academies

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Teach Thinking Explicitly: PARCC & Smarter Balanced “Test Prep” That Works Instruction

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How often do we ask students to think? Are we sure they know exactly what we want them to do? Explore some recently released items from the PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments to see what will be required of your students, and learn to explicitly teach effective thinking routines that will do more to prepare them for these cognitively-demanding tests than traditional “test prep” can.

In this high-energy, interactive session, participants experience research-proven cooperative learning strategies that boost academic gains, close the achievement gap, foster social skills and reduce discipline referrals. Participants receive management tips, ways to differentiate instruction and content/grade level adaptations for each strategy as well as an invaluable implementation guide.

Cynthia Millinger, Charter School Essentials

Rick Duval, Kagan Professional Development

The Biggest Decisions You Will Ever Make

#ChoppedEDU

Governance

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Charter boards often make big decisions that affect their organizations for years: e.g., hiring/firing a new school leader or CEO, adding a high school, replicating at a new location or market or adding facility debt. Our panel of experienced charter leaders will discuss lessons learned from making these decisions and offer guidance to help you make the best big decision possible. Patricia Brantley, Friendship Public Charter School; Joe Keeney, 4th Sector Solutions; Adrian Morgan, Algiers Charter School Association;

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This workshop-style session will provide a brief introduction to blended learning implementation and the six decisions of blended learning. Participants will be broken into groups to work together to design K-8 or 9-12 models using components of blended and personalized learning. Teams will then email their model for judging and one group from each school category will be selected as the #ChoppedEDU winners by our blended learning expert panel. Woody Paik, Curriculum Associates; Tom Vander Ark, GettingSmart.com

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2:30 pm – 4:30 pm continued Common Core Literacy Instruction: Recipes for Action Instruction

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What does it take to meet and exceed the Common Core Literacy Standards? This two hour intensive explains how to teach 1) the comprehension process and four key critical reading skills and 2) from argument vs. evidence to effective writing. Participants will walk away with more than a dozen practical tools to strengthen literacy instruction across the curriculum. Sarah Tantillo, Teacher, Writer, Consultant and Author of The Literacy Cookbook Getting to Escape Velocity: What Schools That Close the Achievement Gap Do Differently Leadership

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Are you struggling with closing the achievement gap? Pat Ryan, a nationally recognized social entrepreneur and founder of the Accelerate Institute and founder of the Alain Locke Charter School on Chicago’s West Side, will share how he transformed his school into one with the highest gains in the history of Illinois’ ISAT standardized test, and recognized by the Department of Education as one of seven schools that are best at ‘’Closing the Achievement Gap.’’ Inspired by their own experience and frustrated by the fact that too few charter schools have successfully and dramatically closed the achievement gap, Ryan and the Accelerate Institute studied what schools closing the achievement gap do differently and why it works. Ryan will share the Accelerate Framework for closing the achievement gap in this engaging presentation. Pat Ryan, Accelerate Institute

The Elephant in the Room: Why Race Matters in Education Reform Leadership

This intensive session will examine how the issues of race, equity and social justice continue to be resounding concerns for those who lead in urban or underserved communities. This session will offer a safe environment where participants can openly and publicly talk about the complex and often unspoken issues regarding race. Angela Bass, Partners for Developing Futures; Nina Gilbert, Ivy Preparatory Academy; Ref Rodriguez, Partners for Developing Futures

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm Authorizer Performance Management Systems: Good or Bad for School Autonomy?

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Bullying is a big problem. Address this complex issue from the inside-out, capturing the heart to change the culture. Learn how to identify, prevent and respond to bullying in this highly informative session. Filled with real-life scenarios, this session will get participants talking and collaborating as they address the issue of bullying through stories, discussion and role-play. This session will also address antibullying campaigns and analyze if they actually work. You will learn three key components every school must have in order to create a calm, relationally harmonious, academic environment for the 21st century student.

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Governance

The charter model is meant to strike a balance between autonomy and accountability. But are authorizers’ attempts to systematize accountability stifling autonomy or promoting it? Members of the authorizing and school communities will discuss the key parts of accountability systems; debate their impact on autonomy; and talk about how authorizers and schools have worked together to strike a balance. Cliff Chuang, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; Whitney Spalding Spencer, National Association of Charter School Authorizers Beyond the Affordable Care Act: Rethinking Charter School Employee Benefits Operations

Put a Stop to Bullying and Build a Culture of Respect in Your School

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In this session, experts in health insurance policy and practice with extensive charter school experience will discuss the current employee benefits landscape and provide tactics to transform your school’s benefits program into a strategic strength that attracts and retains the best employees. Gary Clark, HUB International Insurance Services; Marco Rafanelli, Momentum Ventures LLC

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Kent Fahrenbruck, Character First!; Genevieve Peters, Peters Procedures: A Protocol of Conduct; Virginia Smith, Character First Education/Strata Leadership LLC www.publiccharters.org/conference

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MONDAY

June 30

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm continued Business and Operations Leaders/Manager Roundtable Operations

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Charter school business and operations professionals face enormous challenges, especially in the current fiscal climate, and during each stage of their charters. Struggles related to financial planning, managing to budget and achieving financial and operational efficiencies in alignment with mission will be discussed by a panel including a CFO of a network, a Director of Finance & Human Resources of a school that recently replicated and specialists who have helped hundreds of schools around the country. They will share how challenges were overcome as well as provide guidance on attendees’ questions. Taylor Bernal, Manhattan Charter School & Manhattan Charter School 2; Lori Clement, Charter School Business Management Inc.; Jim Ford, Ford Research & Solutions, Inc.; Anand Kesavan, KIPP Austin Public Schools; Raj Thakkar, Charter School Business Management Inc.

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Blended learning is a powerful teaching and learning model that can significantly improve outcomes for students with special needs. During this presentation, attendees will hear from industry experts and charter school leaders on the benefits of this model for special education and the planning, technology and support considerations needed to implement it in their charter school.

In light of the ongoing tension over the future of charter schools in many communities, there are huge opportunities to organize community support and parents to improve education for all children. Families for Excellent Schools will demonstrate how to organize parents and community allies to ensure every child has access to an excellent education, including its efforts to protect New York City charter schools over the last year. Starlee Coleman, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools; Shamona Kirkland, Families for Excellent Schools Parent Advocate; Jeremiah Kitteridge, Families for Excellent Schools Responding to School Violence: School Threat Analysis and Response Operations

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Participants will discuss the types of school violence and the most common security breaches that impact the overall safety of the school community, as well as ways to reduce security risks.

Special Ed Linkages: Working Together to Better Serve Special Needs Kids Operations

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Charter schools nationwide are developing innovative, successful models for pooling efforts in order to effectively serve kids with disabilities, meet compliance requirements and attend to costs. Co-ops, risk sharing insurance models, cohort trainings and CMO/EMO offerings - the methods vary. This session, led by experts in the field, will be an interactive exploration of options and viable approaches. Meghan Fitzgerald, Uncommon Schools; Elizabeth Giovannetti, Educational Support Systems; Lauren Morando Rhim and Paul O’Neill, National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools

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Having substantive, strategic committee work occur in between full board meetings is essential for an effective board. Come to this lively, interactive session and learn which committees your board should have, who should be on them and the key strategic things they should be focused on. You’ll walk away with lots of concrete tips you can put into action right away.

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Parent Advocacy in Education Reform: Lessons from New York Featured Session

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4:15 pm – 5:15 pm continued Succession Planning: Empowering the Next Generation of Charter Leaders Governance

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For many successful schools, the original founders and first leaders are about to retire or are ready to transition to another venture. How can your school prepare to transition from founder to the next generation in a way that will be a celebration of the school’s success and reinvigorate the core vision and mission? A panel of charter founders will share their experiences with succession. Christine Ferris, Our Community School; Yvette King-Berg, Youth Policy Institute Charter Schools; Myranda Marsh, James Jordan Middle School; Meg Palisoc, Synergy Academies

The Power of Advocacy in the Movement for Great Schools Policy

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In this session, 50CAN Senior Vice President of States Vallay Varro will discuss the pivotal role that advocates play when it comes to changing policy to support high-quality school choices. Varro will focus on the education reform advocacy talent pipeline, using examples from 50CAN’s network of campaigns to show how to identify and leverage stellar leaders in the movement to close achievement gaps. Jason Botel, MarylandCAN; Derrell Bradford, NYCAN; Christine Lopes Metcalfe, RI-CAN; Daniel Sellers, MinnCAN; Vallay Varro, 50CAN The Recipe for Replication: Plan. Prepare. Execute. Governance

The F Word: Giving and Receiving Feedback Leadership

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Join us for a frank panel discussion about the best ways to provide feedback in an educational setting. Three superb network leaders, Michelle Jasso, Malka Borrego and Hrag Hamalian will share their strategies and advice. This session will highlight best practices for teacher feedback and coaching conversations, how to give feedback to noninstructional staff that is still mission-driven and motivating, and how to provide feedback to top level leaders of schools and networks to support their development (especially when they have no in-network peers). Malks Borrego, Equitas Academy; Hrag Hamalian, Bright Star Schools (Valor Academies); Michelle Jasso, Endeavor College Prep; Rachel Bennet Yanof, Phoenix Collegiate Academy The Importance of a Board Chair: Excellent Boards Need Excellent Leaders Governance

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Does your board elect its chair just because he/she is the only person willing to do it? Board chairs have a specific set of criteria and standards, learn them to help develop a job description and recruit your best possible board chair. Great school boards need great leaders, learn the qualifications for a great board chair.

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The demand for quality schools is greater than the supply. But the desire isn’t limited to quality schools, there’s a growing demand for great schools. So here’s the question: is your team ready and able to replicate great schools? Come learn from two of the charter school movement’s veteran leaders as they share the principles, disciplines and strategies leading organizations use to grow and serve more students, while staying true to what made them great in the first place. You’ll come away with new ideas for expanding your impact and a practical tool you can use to assess if your organization is truly ready to replicate. James Goenner, National Charter Schools Institute; Sheree Speakman, CIE Learning Urban Charter Schools: Aid or Band-Aid? Policy

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Among the priorities that charter schools are to advance, those of school choice and academic rescue intersect in urban charter schools. Expectations are especially high for urban charters because of their targeted clientele and the opportunities that are at stake for their children. CREDO will use our recent analyses to describe the range of schools, their student enrollment profiles, distributions of academic quality and other interesting similarities and differences among the largest urban charter markets across the country. Edward Cremata, Macke Raymond and James Woodworth, CREDO at Stanford University

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Achievement First We salute the three CMOs in the running for the 2014 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools

IDEA Public Schools KIPP Foundation

Join us at the July 1 general session for the announcement of the 2014 winner.

The Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools honors the public charter management organization that has demonstrated the most outstanding overall student performance and improvement among the country’s largest urban CMOs in recent years while reducing achievement gaps among lowincome students and students of color. www.broadprize.org

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Managing Director, New Schools Venture Fund

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Frank Luntz Founder, LuntzGlobal; Political Consultant; Pollster and Communications Strategist

Bruce Reed, president of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, will announce the winner of the $250,000 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. Join us as we celebrate this year’s top CMOs: Achievement First, IDEA Public Schools and KIPP Foundation.

For biographies of our distinguished speakers see pages 34-46.

Hall of Fame Inductee

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Punam Mathur Executive Director, Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation Chester “Checker” Finn, Jr. President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute www.publiccharters.org/conference

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Fundraising: Taking Your Board to the Next Level

Strengthening Board Governance: Using Data Dashboards to Drive Decisions and Ensure Accountability for Performance

It’s the Little Things that Mean a Lot: Building School/ Community Relations

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Pursuing Excellence: What and Who Can Change to Improve Access and Equity

Making Data Work for Parents (and Other Normal People)

Designing, Implementing and Managing Teacher Evaluation Systems

INTENSIVE 2:30 pm- 4:30 pm Strengthening Your Organization Through Strategic Planning INTENSIVE 2:30 pm- 4:30 pm

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What if Closure is the Best Option for the Kids?

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High Standards for ALL: Writing IEPs Aligned to Common Core

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Measure Student Success in Alternative Programs

Planning for a Permanent Facilities Acquisition or Improvements

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We Can Do Better: Reforming School Discipline and Accountability

Checking for Understanding Like a Champion with Uncommon Schools

Reimagine Teaching and Learning Using the Magic of Free Microsoft Tools for Relevant Technology Integration

Cultivating Leadership: Strategic Board Composition

Building a Collaborative Response to Intervention Program for Your School

How Charter Schools Are Redefining Public Education by Defying Poverty

INTENSIVE 2:30 pm- 4:30 pm Brand Impact Workshop: Assessing the Power and Effectiveness of Your Brand

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2:30 pm – 3:45 pm Reducing Operations Costs Without Weakening Instruction

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Effectively Promoting Charter Schools to Elected Officials

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Not Your Average Lemonade Stand

Charter School Growth Strategies - Start-Up, Expansion, Maturity

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Essential Questions About Facility Finance

Collaborating to Build the Talent Pipeline Needed to Transform Schools

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#MyHighSchoolDoesntSuck

For Better or For Worse: Fundraising Partnerships

Lessons from America’s High-Performing Rural Charter Schools

Preventing the Summer Melt: Supporting Scholars To and Through College

So the First Year Counts: Research-Based Strategies for New Teacher Growth

Town Meeting: Effective Weekly Assemblies in Your Urban High School

U.S. Mayors: Fighting for Influence in the Education Reform Fray

From Recovery to Achievement: Charter Schools in Overhauling School Systems

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The Media Messaging of School Choice: Always Important, Frequently Ignored Financing Growth: A Conversation with Innovative CMOs

Charter School Alumni: Developing Student-Led Advocacy for Quality School Options How to Find Leadership and Management Talent to Enhance Your Success

City-Based Strategies for New School Incubation

Beyond Common Core: Preparing Students to Compete in the Global Marketplace

Authorizer Accountability: What to Do When the Authorizer Doesn’t Have High Standards

Lessons Learned from Working with State Governors

Alternative and Dropout Recovery Charters Accountability Policy Update

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Organizing the Charter Community for Political Purposes

Charter Schools Serving a Diverse Student Body: The Next Wave in Education Reform

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2014 State Legislative Gains, Losses and Emerging Policy Trends

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TUESDAY July 1 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Authorizer Accountability: What To Do When the Authorizer Doesn’t Have High Standards Governance

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Some states have improved their authorizing practices over time while others struggle with the impact of authorizers with low standards. Join this session to learn what you can do to pursue excellence despite an authorizer’s low standards.

Close Reading in Action Instruction

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What does close reading look like in action? In the era of the Common Core, it’s more important than ever for students to be able to effectively access, analyze, evaluate and synthesize to gain a deeper understanding of complex texts. This session will engage participants in several close reading strategies to encourage active, critical thinking, focused writing and thoughtful learning. Tammy Ledenko, Scholastic Education

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We know the reality for our 21st century students is that they aren’t just competing against local peers for positions in higher education and the workforce. In this panel, you’ll learn how charter high school leaders have used results from the OECD Test for Schools an international benchmarking assessment that measures students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills against international peers to make instructional decisions that ensure their students are truly receiving the highestquality education in the world. Eric Heiser, Sturgis Charter Public School; Nora Kern, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools; Carolyn Trager Kliman, America Achieves; Michael Mann, North Star Academy College Preparatory High School City-Based Strategies for New School Incubation Leadership

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This session will discuss how school leaders can be developed to fit a city’s needs through the lens of the Education Entrepreneurs Fellowship, which trains experienced school leaders to transform Tennessee’s lowest performing schools into high-performing charter schools. You will hear about how TCSC recruited, developed and prepared leaders to open both new start and turnaround schools. Michelle Doane and Rebecca Lieberman, Tennessee Charter School Center

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Congressional Update: Charter Schools and Capitol Hill, What You Need to Know Policy

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This session will provide you with an update on key education legislation that is pending before Congress, including legislation to reauthorize the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP), as well as the status of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This session will also inform participants about new competitions for SEA, CMO and facilities grants in FY2015. Gina Mahony and Christine Wolfe, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Effectively Promoting Charter Schools to Elected Officials Policy

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Advocating for charter schools with policymakers is critical to the long-term success of the charter school movement. Come hear from elected officials at the federal, state and local levels about how you can best communicate with them on issues that are important to your school or organization. Lawmakers will tell you directly what does and doesn’t work when you want their support and how to get their attention when you’re competing with dozens of other priorities. You’ll also get examples of effective advocacy campaigns that you can take back to your community. Starlee Coleman and Lisa Grover, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools; Congressman Joseph Heck, D.O.

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In this straightforward and information-rich session, four charter school lenders will answer the most common, and the most important, questions about facility financing. Hear what schools should be asking as they prepare for a facility project and bring your own questions for the panel’s discussion. Jane Ellis, Self-Help Credit Union & Ventures Fund; Amy Laughlin, Low Income Investment Fund; Molly Melloh, The Reinvestment Fund; Joseph Palazzolo, New Jersey Community Capital

High Standards for ALL: Writing IEPs Aligned to Common Core Instruction

How can you keep standards high for special education students while creating IEPs tailored to their needs? Examine specific ways to accommodate special ed students without changing the standards or lowering expectations. Explore an interactive case study and learn strategies that work to increase rigor for all students by aligning instruction to the ELA Common Core. Cynthia Millinger and Brooke Workman, Charter School Essentials Measuring Success in the Transition to Common Core Instruction

Fix Your Board Meetings, Strengthen Your Board Governance

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Board meetings should be focused, strategic, efficient and engaging. But very few charter school board meetings can be described in these terms. If you want to learn how to dramatically improve the effectiveness of your overall governance by improving your board meetings, come to this lively, interactive session. You’ll get lots of helpful tips you can put to use right away.

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This session will provide specific, actionable tools and examples of how high-performing charter schools are holistically measuring success. To support a successful transition to Common Core, participants will break into small groups to experience first-hand the kinds of highquality information schools are using to guide instruction and to share with parents, authorizers and the public.

Marci Cornell-Feist, The High Bar

Elizabeth Robitaille, California Charter Schools Association; Frances Teso, Voices College-Bound Language Academy; Priscilla Wohlstetter, Teachers College, Columbia University

For Better or For Worse: Fundraising Partnerships

Not Your Average Lemonade Stand

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Local philanthropic partnerships can leverage resources to attack big problems but they are challenging to create. A panel experienced with building, participating and advising partnerships will lay out pitfalls and best practices. We’ll cover: city examples of funding partnerships, best practices in funding alliances, what happens when things change and leadership and governance strategies.

This session is designed for organizations looking to understand how to turn their strategic priorities into income for their organization or school. Participants will learn whether to approach foundations, individuals or look to earned revenue to execute their strategy. The session will focus on making strategic financial decisions that lead to a sustainable, mission-driven organization.

Ingrid Ellerbe, MIND Research Institute; Tom Vander Ark, GettingSmart.com

Lisa Diaz and Marisol Logan, Insignia Partners

Fundraising: Taking Your Board to the Next Level Governance

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An engaged board is critical to the success of an integrated fundraising strategy. Fundraising is also an essential element in the fiduciary responsibilities of a highfunctioning board. Learn battle-tested strategies for building this critical strategic capacity in your charter school board.

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TUESDAY July 1 11:30 am – 12:30 pm continued Preventing the Summer Melt: Supporting Scholars To and Through College Leadership

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Responsible charter networks know that on high school graduation day, their job has just begun. It’s not enough to navigate scholars through the college admission process because right now, 20% of students who plan to enroll in college never even show up. The charter sector must build a support system that prevents the summer melt and that neutralizes the alarming freshman dropout rate. Firstgeneration college students are 400% more likely to drop out of college in their first year. Our priority - our duty - is to support those scholars to and through college. Stephanie Fiorelli, Alumni Revolution Pursuing Excellence: What and Who Can Change to Improve Access and Equity Policy

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It’s true, “all” means all. How can we ensure charters truly serve all students? This candid roundtable discussion will address common challenges to achieving equity and offer ideas to solve problems. Diverse stakeholders will engage the audience in a discussion of outreach, recruitment, lotteries, discipline, as well as services and enrollment for SPED, ELL and FRPL students. Cliff Chuang, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Sustaining Progress by Engaging Diverse Communities in Education Reform Policy

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In communities where many of the education reform efforts are centered, long-standing concerns about race, class and power lurk beneath the surface of conversations and interactions and threaten to derail education reform efforts before they are able to truly take hold. Reformers and policymakers must seek to understand and develop strategies for engaging members of the communities we serve. Kenneth Campbell, Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO); Jeremiah Grace, Northeast Charter Schools Network; Rebeca Nieves Huffman, Democrats For Education Reform; Jamilah Prince-Stewart, ConnCAN

The CIS Model: Using Data to Drive Results Leadership

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The mission of Communities In Schools (CIS) is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Communities In Schools positions a dedicated staff member - a site coordinator inside partner schools. In this pivotal role, the coordinator works with school staff to identify students at risk of not graduating and assesses the needs. Gary Chapman, Communities In Schools The Fabulous Unintended Consequences of Going Digital Leadership

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Learn how the effort of moving classrooms to digital brings a deep and immediate connection to learning for more students. For generations, students lived with textbooks with ‘’print DNA:” linear, undifferentiate and nondynamic. Now new resources arrive with cloud-based media DNA: fluid, differentiated, embedded, individualized and rich as the web. Frank Florence, Discovery Education Using Operational Assessments to Plan for the Future Operations

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Are you ready to renew, expand, replicate or develop a strategic plan? The operational assessment is a process that reviews operations, implementation, academic achievement, organizational results, fiscal heath and board development. Find out how you can use this process to determine if you are ready to take the next step as an organization. Elisa Falco, Georgia Charter Schools Association What Boards Really Need to Know About Student Achievement Data Governance

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Charter school boards must govern for high student achievement. Yet many boards do not use data to drive decisions. This action-oriented session shares strategies and tools from an innovative partnership in DC that helps boards determine what data to examine, key questions to ask and how the right dashboards and structures can translate oversight into high student achievement. Anne Herr and Steven Taylor, Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS); Simmons Lettre, Charter Board Partners

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11:30 am – 12:30 pm continued What if Closure is the Best Option for the Kids? Governance

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Low-performing schools present a challenge - and sometimes closure is the only option. However, closing a school does not always have to mean that families are displaced and student learning is disrupted. Learn how DC’s charter authorizer works with board members of lowperforming schools to create seamless closure or turnaround experiences for students. Naomi DeVeaux, John “Skip” McKoy, Scott Pearson and Nicole Streeter, DC Public Charter School Board

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm #MyHighSchoolDoesntSuck Leadership

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Hear from students around the country who went from hating high school in a traditional setting, finding learning irrelevant and boring, to discovering innovative new blended charter schools where personalized learning, choice, engagement, collaboration and technology make learning relevant and motivating. Learn firsthand about their “Version 2.0” schools. Mickey Revenaugh, Connections Academy; Panel Students from Nexus Academy, Flex Academy and Odyssey Charter School 2014 State Legislative Gains, Losses and Emerging Policy Trends Policy

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While the upcoming fall elections for 36 governors and approximately 6,000 legislators complicated efforts to pass charter school legislation this year, there was still plenty of legislative activity for charter schools in statehouses across the country. This session will provide a summary of this year’s activity as well as discuss the potential implications of the 2014 elections on charter school legislation in 2015. Lisa Grover, Russ Simnick and Todd Ziebarth, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Charter School Growth Strategies - Start-Up, Expansion, Maturity Operations

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Charter schools face a variety of challenges at each stage of growth. We will outline the stages of growth from startup to expansion to maturity and highlight the challenges schools experience at each stage. Our panel of experts will offer best practices garnered from their schools’ success through these growth stages. Stuart Ellis, Charter School Capital; Marshall Emerson, ICAN Schools; Caprice Young, Education Growth Group Checking for Understanding Like a Champion with Uncommon Schools Instruction

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Ensure all students master rigorous content through a systematic and effective “Check for Understanding.” This session will equip teachers to engineer their classrooms to expose student misunderstandings intentionally and respond to error productively. Topics covered include: data gathering through questioning and observation, rejecting self-reporting, normalizing error and teaching the error. Paul Powell, Uncommon Schools, Troy Prep

Collaborating to Build the Talent Pipeline Needed to Transform Schools Operations

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In Memphis, Shelby County Schools and the Achievement School District are working collaboratively with school operators, national talent organizations and local funders to develop a portfolio of approaches to retain, develop and recruit the effective teachers required to transform Memphis schools and neighborhoods. We invite you to learn more about the “Teacher Town” initiative in Memphis. Chris Barbic, Superintendent of the Achievement School District, TN; Dorsey Hopson, Superintendent of Shelby County Schools, TN

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TUESDAY July 1 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm Lessons from America’s High-Performing Rural Charter Schools Leadership

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There are about 800 rural charters schools in operation, comprising 15% of all charters nationwide. These schools enroll almost 300,000 students but very little is ever said about their work, challenges or impact. This session hopes to give voice to rural charters. Carissa Godwin, KIPP Delta Public Schools; Michael Hayes, Crestone Charter School; Kylie Holley, Pataula Charter Academy; Terry Ryan, Idaho Charter School Network; Sue Smith, Upper Carmen Public Charter School Lessons Learned from Working with State Governors Policy

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What have charter leaders from Georgia, Hawaii, Maine and other states learned about working with their state governors? How did they develop relationships? How did they build on these relationships to improve state laws and allow for more quality charter public schools? This session will highlight practical, realistic and proven strategies. Lynn Finnegan, Hawaii Public Charter Schools Network; Judith Jones, Maine Association for Charter Schools; Joe Nathan, Center for School Change; Tony Roberts, Georgia Charter Schools Association Making Data Work for Parents (and Other Normal People) Operations

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We’re inundated with data, but information from states and districts often doesn’t answer the key questions parents are asking. How do parents use (or not use) data and what drives their school choices? This session looks at research on how information impacts parent school choice behavior and draws out practical strategies that you can use to tell your story and reach parents. Bring your laptops or tablets and play along.

Measure Student Success in Alternative Programs Leadership

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For those students who have previously failed in the traditional school model, an alternative model is needed. We will share an alternative model where we mix authentic academic instruction with credit recovery alongside life skills instruction. We will also share how we track students data by creating and tracking measurable benchmarks and use a Student Achievement Plan to track success over time Katherine Devinna, R.J. Guess, and Mike Wegner, John Muir Charter School Meeting the Needs of Every Learner in Project Based Learning Instruction

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Charter school special education teachers have the exciting task of individualizing education for students with disabilities. In this workshop, you will be provided with creative and engaging learning strategies to help students with disabilities experience academic achievement and become college and career ready! Stephanie Boncher and Lindsay Ferry, John Dewey Academy of Learning Organizing the Charter Community for Political Purposes Policy

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The charter school movement will gain power when political leaders see a groundswell of support for them. We are encouraging that support through grassroots organizing in the charter community. Specifically, we will speak about our strategies in developing local political action committees, organizing parents through an innovative model and engaging teachers and board members in advocacy. Gary Davis, Keith Dell’Aquila and Tyler Whitmire, California Charter Schools Association

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2:30 am – 3:45 pm continued Reducing Operations Costs Without Weakening Instruction Operations

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In the ever-changing charter school funding environment, schools must find practical ways to cut costs without undermining the strength of their academic programs. Learn ideas to reduce expenses, evaluate how effectively your budget reflects your students’ needs and balance your competing priorities. Ravi Gupta, Nashville Prep Charter School; Jacob Mnookin, Coney Island Prep Charter School; Marco Rafanelli, Momentum Ventures LLC; Jill Shahen, Northeast Charter Schools Network; Raj Thakkar, Charter School Business Management Inc.; Kim Wechtenheiser, SchoolWorks

So the First Year Counts: Research-Based Strategies for New Teacher Growth Leadership

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Come to this session to experience many free tools from Microsoft and LEARN how to use them them to engage students in relevant learning activities. You will take away student-centered, technology-rich unit plans along with numerous student-centered activities based on Common Core state standards and knowledge to create your own activities to enhance teaching and learning. Bring your own computer for hands-on practice, but you’ll also get to experience some of the newest Windows 8 devices and this magical new operating system. This session will also introduce you to the total new look of Windows and how the start screen can be customized for your students based on the classes they take or for teachers based on the units they teach. You will see some of the latest apps for education from the Windows Store as well as other free applications from the Partners in Learning Network.

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Charter school boards are ultimately accountable for the performance of a school and its students, yet many boards struggle with how to measure and monitor this performance across a variety of fronts. With pressure intensifying on charter schools and their boards to improve quality, it’s never been more important for boards to understand and manage performance at their schools. Boards must regularly review both broad and deep sets of data about academic, financial and operational performance to ensure that their school is on track and make important decisions that lead to either sustained success or necessary improvement. Most charter school boards face real challenges in developing dashboards to present this data; they need help identifying what data they need, how much of it, how to get it, how often and from whom. This session will dive into this critical area of board leadership. Katie Herman, TenSquare; Carrie Irvin, Charter Board Partners; Gasper Martinez, EdTec Inc.

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TUESDAY July 1 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm continued U.S. Mayors: Fighting for Influence in the Education Featured Session Reform Fray Policy

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While mayors are often not associated with education reform, an increasing group of mayors are flexing their muscles and engaging on the issue in creative ways. This panel will explore the growing roles of mayors in the education reform movement and address how they are attracting more families to stay in their cities by leveraging reforms such as charter schools to revitalize their cities. Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor of West Sacramento, CA; David Harris, The Mind Trust; Jim Horne, The Horne Group; Francis Slay, Mayor of St. Louis, MO We Can Do Better: Reforming School Discipline and Accountability Leadership

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Nationally, schools are using harsh disciplinary policies and practices that are leading to negative educational outcomes for children. Safe, nurturing learning environments can be created without exclusionary discipline practices. This session will explore effective discipline policies, practices and alternatives and give participants tools to implement successful strategies in their schools. Troi Bechet, Center for Restorative Approaches; Dwanna Nicole, Advancement Project; Russ Skiba, Equity Project; Renita Thukral, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Brand Impact Workshop: Assessing the Power and Effectiveness of Your Brand Operations

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This interactive session will invite participants to examine their organization’s brand and identify ways to stimulate growth and raise awareness. After a brief branding overview, participants will dive into an intensive brand impact rating exercise and identify goals to help them elevate their existing brand to a more compelling and dynamic presence. Clifton Alexander, Emily Gairns and Chase Wilson, REACTOR Design Studio Governance or Management? You Decide! Governance

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Come to this lively, hands-on session and we will take on the age-old governance conundrum of governance versus management. We’ll roll up our sleeves, tackle real charter school case studies and make sure you leave with concrete tools you can bring back to help your own board find its way through the inevitable governance-management tussles. Marci Cornell-Fiest, The High Bar Strengthening Your Organization Through Strategic Planning Governance

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This workshop session will lead organizational leaders (primarily CSOs) through the elements of a strong strategic plan, encompassing the process itself, metrics and measuring success, designing an organizational structure for plan implementation and how to troubleshoot and course correct along the way. Lisa Diaz and Marisol Logan, Insignia Partners The Four Dimensions of Instructional Leadership Leadership

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This highly interactive session invites participants on a journey into four critical dimensions of instructional leadership. Through large and small group work, participants will engage in a research-based framework that identifies the highest impact leadership practices on teaching and learning and provides specific guidance for on-going leadership work. A third-grade student at the University Laboratory School (Honolulu, Hawaii) practices portraiture Photo Credit: Nora Kern

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4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Alternative and Dropout Recovery Charters Accountability Policy Update Policy

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Last year Secretary Duncan called for charters to pioneer solutions for educating overage students and assessing non-cognitive skills. What’s happened over the last 12 months to promote accountability for alternative charters? Join the conversation about how to support high quality dropout recovery charter schools. Ernie Silva, SIATech; Tony Simmons, Studio 4/High School for Recording Arts; Nelson Smith, National Association of Charter School Authorizers Building a Collaborative Response to Intervention Program for Your School Instruction

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In this session, lessons from the field will be shared on how to structure a school-wide system for Response to Intervention (RTI) to meet the needs of all students. Tips will be shared about how to get your team invested in RTI, systems and procedures that you’ll need to have in place in order to facilitate school-wide RTI and logistical information for creating a streamlined process. Colleen Colarusso and Sara Covino Tucker, Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy Charter School Alumni: Developing Student-Led Advocacy for Quality School Options Policy

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Anti-reform advocates have crafted a clear narrative around the charter school movement that speaks contrary to the experiences of thousands of charter students. Explore how to empower charter school alumni and families to reclaim the narrative, build public support and gain legislative wins through grassroots advocacy campaigns. Hear from charter school alumni and advocates who worked to pass charter school legislation in Washington and pro-student policies in California.

Charter Schools Serving a Diverse Student Body: The Next Wave in Education Reform Policy

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By including a broader population of students, integrated charter schools offer a wider range of educational models, leverage the peer effect and change the minds of skeptical voters. Attendees will learn about the current movement toward charter school diversity and the many pros and cons. Daniel Rubenstein, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School Cultivating Leadership: Strategic Board Composition Governance

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Getting the right people on your school board is essential, and planning board composition strategically is critical to success. Learn how to design and use effective onboarding and “off-boarding” processes that will establish a culture of high expectations and ensure that your board is composed entirely of highly competent individuals who are committed to serving as champions for your work. Makiyah Moody, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools; Adrian Morgan, Algiers Charter School Association Designing, Implementing and Managing Teacher Evaluation Systems Leadership

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This session focuses on how to structure a teacher evaluation system that reflects your school goals. From the initial decision-making phase to selecting the models and tools that work best for your school; you will learn how to implement the process with fidelity, combine multiple measures, maximize your data, know when to outsource and analyze the impact of varying purposes of evaluation. Julie Durham, Michigan Association of Public School Academies

Sergio Jara Arroyos, Community Action Project; Karen Montufar-Federico, Students for Education Reform; Macy Olivas, The Patricia & Christopher Weil Family Foundation

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TUESDAY July 1 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm continued Financing Growth: A Conversation with Innovative CMOs Operations

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Charter school management organizations represent a significant part of the recent growth in the public charter school sector. As individual CMO networks expand the number of students they serve and the number of schools they operate, issues such as availability of funding and facilities present challenges. In this session, representatives of three CMOs from three different geographic regions will discuss strategies they’ve employed in confronting these challenges, and unique solutions they’ve developed to finance the growth of their networks. Eugene Clark-Herrera, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; David Hyun, Alliance for College Ready Public Schools; Anand Kesavan, KIPP Austin Public Schools; Kay McElrath, High Tech High Foundation From Recovery to Achievement: Charter Schools in Overhauling School Systems Featured Session Instruction

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Meet the leaders that are taking charter schools and their promise to a new level by demonstrating the power of charters in overhauling school districts. Can these reforms be replicated in other states and what will it take to get there? Robin Lake, Center on Reinventing Public Education, UW Bothell; Elliot Smalley, Achievement School District, TN; Andy Smarick, Bellwether Education Partners; Michael Stone, New Schools for New Orleans How Charter Schools Are Redefining Public Education by Defying Poverty Instruction

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Charter schools are producing exceptional results serving low-income students. Only 2% of the traditional public schools on Newsweek’s 2012 List of Best High Schools serve predominantly low-income students; in contrast, 35% of the listed charters do. A study correlating state test results reveals a similar pattern. We will discuss the strategies that successful charters are using to level the educational playing field. Fernando Zulueta, Academica Corporation

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How to Find Leadership and Management Talent to Enhance Your Success Leadership

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Quality teachers are crucial for improving student results, but so are quality leaders and managers outside the classroom. This session will address what type of talent is especially needed in charters, supported by research Education Pioneers conducted with Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Leaders from successful charter school organizations will share advice for recruiting and retaining top talent. Miecha Forbes, Koya Leadership Partners; Jimmy Henderson, EdFuel; Derwin Sisnett, Gestalt Community Schools; Julayne Virgil, Education Pioneers

It’s the Little Things That Mean a Lot: Building School/ Community Relations Governance

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School board members and leaders need to develop key relationships in the schools and communities they serve. Learn the appropriate ways to connect with your community and school leaders, build strong relationships and avoid pitfalls. Who other than the school leader should you get to know? Do you know your principal’s birthday? Hint: you should. Howard Fuller, Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University Planning for a Permanent Facilities Acquisition or Improvements Governance

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Are you planning for acquisition of a permanent site for your school or to improve your current campus, technology and infrastructure? This session will share planning tips, do’s and don’ts, and common financialrelated requirements for preparing your school to access different types of financing capital for a site acquisition, development or improvements, to include options for bridging to a capital campaign. The three presenters bring a combined total of more than 30 years of direct charter school facilities lending, bond financing and facilities financial planning experience to the session; and they will be prepared to address specific questions you have about your permanent facilities and infrastructure needs Eric Duran, D.A. Davidson & Co; Jim Ford, Ford Research & Solutions, Inc.; Raj Thakkar, Charter School Business Management Inc.

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4:00 pm – 5:00 pm continued State Role in Developing and Implementing Effective Charter School Policy Policy

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Leaders at the state level play a critical role in strengthening and implementing charter school policy to improve quality and better serve students. This panel of state-level policymakers will discuss their recent efforts to revise their state’s charter laws and their work to ensure effective implementation. Panelists will share their unique perspectives from dealing with the politics of passing charter school legislation, to equity issues, to building stakeholder groups to support policy development and implementation. Cliff Chuang, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; Tom Desjardin, Office of Governor Paul LePage; Sam Duell, Oklahoma State Department of Education; Paul O’Neill, National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools; Cortney Rowland, National Governors Association Systems and Strategies for Fundraising Success Operations

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Public funding constraints don’t have to translate into lower quality instruction or giving up on promising and exciting programs. Learn the systems you need in place to identify funding needs, find revenue sources from grants both private and public, build a case for support and get the grant! Discover strategies for before and after the grant to build meaningful relationships with donors. Jessica Cohen, Friends of Breakthrough Schools

The Media Messaging of School Choice: Always Important, Frequently Ignored Operations

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Media coverage of the charter school movement has an immense effect on the public demand for growth in the sector. Positive portrayals can affect every aspect of the participant chain - increased demand from parents, more charter applicants, better dispositions of authorizers for approvals and friendlier charter laws from legislators. And yet, charter schools and CMOs often ignore this piece. Bob Bowdon, Choice Media; Andrew Campanella, National School Choice Week; Joy Pullman, School Reform News Town Meeting: Effective Weekly Assemblies in Your Urban High School Operations

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City on a Hill Charter Public High School in Boston executes a weekly all-school assembly called Town Meeting that serves as an essential cornerstone to the school’s academic and cultural program. This traditional New England style town meeting, run by students following Robert’s Rules of Order builds community and celebrates academic achievement. Learn how we run and maintain our program. Paul Hays, City on a Hill Charter Public School

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CLOSING SESSION WEDNESDAY July 2 | 11:00 am Mandalay Bay Ballroom IJ Emcee Lisa Diaz Co-Chair, National Charter Schools Conference 2014 Program Committee;

Co-Founder, Insignia Partners

Dan Quisenberry President, Michigan Association of Public School Academies

Michael Hayes Director, Crestone Charter School, Crestone, Colorado

Distinguished Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Matthew Peterson Ph.D Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Scientist, MIND Research Institute

Campbell Brown Writer and Award-Winning Journalist; Founder, Parents Transparency Project and Partnership for Educational Justice

For biographies of our distinguished speakers see pages 38-39.

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Who’s Driving the Bus? The Board’s Role in School Turnaround

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Teacher Evaluation: Doing it the Charter School Way

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Avoiding Causes of Dysfunction

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A Cinderella Story: Turnaround Dreams do Come True

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Building the Revolution: Empowering Families to Improve School Performance

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Charter School Funding: Inequity Expands

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Special Education: Successes in Service Delivery in California Charter Schools

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Equitable Funding for Idaho Charters: A Political Journey

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Healthy Food, Healthy Economics

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WEDNESDAY July 2 9:30 am – 10:45 am A Cinderella Story: Turnaround Dreams do Come True Leadership

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Do you think the fairy tale is too good to be true? Changing culture and improving teacher effectiveness leads to successful schools, transcending demographics and closing the achievement gap to demonstrate increased student achievement. Two schools went from the bottom 5% of schools to rewards schools in just two years! The numbers add up when you find the glass slipper with a perfect fit for your school. Jamie Klebe and Sherry Lambertson, Institute for Excellence in Education Building the Revolution: Empowering Families to Improve School Performance Leadership

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Parent leaders from two of the nation’s leading family empowerment organizations will provide tangible strategies for school leaders, boards and teachers to harness parent power. Learn successful and unconventional strategies from practitioners to improve school performance and transform communities. Dan Clark and Princess Lyles Wiggins, Democracy Prep Public Schools; Gwen Samuel, Connecticut Parents Union

Equitable Funding for Idaho Charters: A Political Journey Policy

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Two political amateurs tackle major charter policy change in a rural red state. We will detail the ups and downs of negotiating with other advocacy groups, changing the message and arriving at a compromise that actually worked. For the first time in Idaho history, the state is directly funding facilities. Ken Burgess, Veritas Advisors; Alan Millar, Forrest Bird Charter School Healthy Food, Healthy Economics Operations

Charter schools can face obstacles to providing healthy, cost-effective nutrition to their students. This session will describe creative foodservice models that have been successfully employed by charter schools and discuss how to implement a foodservice program that provides healthy food to students and a healthy bottom line to the school. Jacqueline Duvivier, Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC); Emily Hufft, Joe Keeney and Alli Zimmermann, 4th Sector Solutions Leveraging Autonomy to Create Exceptional Programs for Exceptional Students Instruction

Charter School Finances 101: Board Roles and Responsibilities Governance

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Learn the basics of charter school budgeting, including: how to read a budget, what financial information the school board should be receiving and reviewing and what questions you should be asking about financing. Lori Clement and Raj Thankkar, Charter School Business Management Inc.

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Enrolling and educating students with disabilities presents unique issues in autonomous charter schools. Yet, with autonomy comes opportunity. This session will briefly examine the factors that shape special education in the charter sector and introduce emerging trends and promising practices through the lens of national experts, a school leader and a student with a learning disability. Lauren Morando Rhim and Paul O’Neill, National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools

Charter School Funding: Inequity Expands Policy

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Findings from the third charter school revenue study for 30 states and the District of Columbia will be discussed, as well as long-term trends in funding and a return on investment calculation.

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9:30 am – 10:45 am continued Maximizing Impact Using Systematic Process Operations

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How does a small organization manage a large-scale federal grant? How does a non-profit grow while managing long-term sustainability? How does a school improvement team focus efforts while minimizing risk in high-stakes outcomes? Attendees will learn the value of using systematic process for smart investment, smart growth and achieving impactful outcomes. Limited resources will be maximized! Angi Beland and Becky Carlton, Michigan Association of Public School Academies Preparing Our Students for Social Success: High Performance Charter School Social Work Instruction

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Preparing students for social and emotional success at a young age is key to a child’s development. Teachers and administrators striving toward cooperative classroom learning can benefit by emulating a parent with a wellfunctioning family as a model. During a child’s growing years parents provide the emotional ingredients necessary to meet unfolding needs while the ghild gains the intellectual stimulation important for acquiring skills and basic knowledge of the world around her/him. Working with ‘’the negative’’ is fundamental to cooperation in the classroom, and this session will focus on how the school social worker/teacher can utilize the negative transference in order to remove maturational blocks to learning. Amier Carmel, Citizens Academy Special Education: Successes in Service Delivery in California Charter Schools Policy

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In California, charter schools are demonstrating a new level of success in serving students with special needs. This sessions will explore two successful models for service delivery and sharing of risk. This panel discussion will include the structures in place, the relationship with the authorizer and current trends in student outcomes resulting from these models.

Teacher Evaluation: Doing it the Charter School Way Leadership

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Feel lost in a sea of teacher evaluation mandates? Join us to learn about the successful creation and implementation of a charter-focused, state-recognized teacher evaluation tool. Made for charters, by charters, this evaluation model helps schools grow and thrive in a tightly regulated environment. In this session we will dive deeper into the overall picture of what teacher evaluation looks like and best practices. Abby Sterensis, observe4success; Cynthia Trevino-Aversa, Indian River Charter High School Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Avoiding Causes of Dysfunction Leadership

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Charter school practitioners Perry Daniel (principal) and Michael Hicks (counselor) engage participants on the nuances in developing cohesive and effective charter school faculties. They highlight five areas that leaders and their teams should address to avoid falling prey to causes of dysfunction. Perry Daniel and Michael Hicks, Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy Who’s Driving the Bus? The Board’s Role in School Turnaround Governance

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When Seven Hills Charter Public School saw a decline in achievement, the board of trustees partnered with the superintendent and staff to conduct a rigorous study of best practices of high-performing charter schools across the country, resulting in remarkable academic gains and renewed community-wide excitement about preparing students for success from kindergarten to college, career and beyond. Krista Piazza, Seven Hills Charter Public School

Brian Bauer, Granada Hills Charter High School; Sharyn Howell, Los Angeles Unified School District; Parker Hudnut, ICEF Public Schools; Gina Plate, California Charter Schools Association

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ADVERTISER INDEX 3 Oaks Resource Group International............ 128

Lawson Financial Corporation..........................36

American Federation for Children....................81

LearnSprout.....................................................80

Association of American Educators.................26

LittleBird..........................................................35

AXA ................................................................. 19

Microsoft Education.........................................20

Capital Impact Partners...................................84

Middlebury Interactive Languages..................99

Champions.......................................................37

National Alliance Advocacy..............................43

Charter Board Partners.................................. 127

NCSC 2015.................................................... 134

Charter School Capital, Inc............................ 135

National Heritage Academies..........................23

Curriculum Associates..................................... 74

Noodle.............................................................95

D. A. Davidson.................................................46

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP...................92

Dougherty & Company LLC.............................29

Piper Jaffray & Co............................................25

Education Next.............................................. 133

Robert W. Baird & Co.......................................77

Element Architects..........................................39

Scranton Products......................................... 108

Great American Insurance Group....................33

Staples Advantage......................................... 119

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt............................... 17

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation..............60

Imagine Schools..............................................42

UniversityNow, parent of Patten University.....44

InfoSnap, Inc.................................................... 76

WriteSteps.......................................................32

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Don’t miss your chance to win: Play the Exhibit Hall Raffle Game!

Monday, June 30

10:45 am – 6:15 pm

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Tuesday, July 1

10:45 am – 3:00 pm

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12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

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Raffle Winner Announcements

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Tuesday at 2:15 pm, Booth #1400 To play, fill out the coupons in the Exhibit Hall Raffle Game coupon book, included in your registration materials. Drop off completed coupons at the booths listed on the front of each by 1:30 pm on Tuesday, July 1. You could win a prize such as an iPad, Amazon Kindle, or a gift card! Coupons must be dropped off by 1:30 pm on Tuesday to be eligible to win. Visit the National Alliance booth (#1400) at 2:15 pm to find out if you are one of the lucky winners!

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EXHIBITOR LISTING BY ORGANIZATION NAME Exhibitor Name Booth 3 Oaks Resource Group International 1642 501(c) Agencies Trust 1247 A&M Church and School Furniture 1447 Abrakadoodle 1821 Academic Resource Solutions 1135 ACT, Inc. 1120 Aerohive Networks 1625 Afinia/iDesign/Vex Robotix 1832 Alma 1102 American Bus Sales 1245 American Charter Development, LLC 1904 American Federation for Children 1502 American Philanthropic, LLC 1004 American Public University 1800 AMG Time 1006 Amplify 1316 Applerouth Tutoring Services 1727 Arizona State University Online 1110 Aspex Solutions | AppliTrack 1816 Association of American Educators 1031 ATD - American 1542 AXA 1512 Ball State University 1350 Barnes & Noble, Inc. 1435 Barney & Barney, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company 1342 BB&T Capital Markets 1331 Better 4 You Fundraising 1117 Big Timber Media 1911 Blended Schools Network 1611 BOK Financial 1118 Booksource 1708 Boost Promotions 1801 BrainPOP 1610 BrainWare SAFARI 1649 Building Hope 1017 BYU Independent Study 1626 C-SPAN Networks 1443 Capital Impact Partners 1413 Castle Learning Online 1817 CDI Computer Dealers, Inc. 1824 CDW-G 1010

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Exhibitor Name Booth Central Michigan University’s Global Campus 1003 Certica Solutions 1802 Champions 1204 Character First 1633 Charter and Autonomous School Leadership Academy (CASLA) 1251 Charter School Capital, Inc. 1302 Charter School Property Solutions 1852 Charter School Uniforms 1237 Charter Schools Development Corporation 1116 CharterBenefits.com 2036 CharterSAFE 1033 Classroom School Uniforms 1230 Classroomsmart 1617 CollegeOnTrack 1933 Connections Learning by Pearson 1409 CPI 1540 CPW Education 1243 Creative Learning Systems 1124 CSMC 1536 Curriculum Associates 1504 D.A. Davidson 1005 Dallas Midwest, LLC 1643 Damand Promotions 1835 Data Business Systems of Colorado, Inc. 1008 Dickerson Employee Benefits Insurance Services 1327 Dougherty & Company, LLC 1509 E-RATE ONLINE 1520 E-Therapy 1826 E&I Cooperative Services 1019 Easy Grammar Systems 1931 EBIS - Part of Tribal 1508 EBS (Educational Based Services) 1600 ECR4Kids 1130 Edlio, Inc 1317 EdTec, Inc. 1208 Educational Health Care Exchange 1235 Educational Networks 1229 Element Architects 1441 epluno 1700 esped.com, Inc. 1731 Evanced Solutions, LLC 1336 2014 National Charter Schools Conference

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Exhibitor Name Booth Everlast Climbing 1920 Excel Dryer, Inc. 1701 EyeQue 1111 FDIC Community Affairs 1223 Fierce, Inc. 1640 Frog Publications 1629 Funding The Gap, LLC 1325 George K. Baum & Company 1112 Global Village Concerns 1711 Gradelink 1705 Great American Insurance Group 1201 GuidedPath 1722 Hake Publishing, Inc. 1534 Hamilton Buhl 1430 Harrison Middleton University 1942 Hazelden 1219 Hertz Furniture 1651, 1752 Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd. 1320 Hobsons 1210 HoodaMath.com 1128 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1308 Huntington Learning Center 1025 Ideal Uniforms 2003 InfoSnap, Inc. 1217 Innovative Modular Solutions 1424 Insight Systems Exchange 1538 Inst. for Excellence in Writing 1946 Ironwill Kids 1804 JB Edward Uniforms/ SchoolUniformsForLess 1740 Kagan Publishing & Professional Development 1132 KeepnTrack/Alexandria/ Textbook Tracker 1841 Keystone Purchasing Network 1750 Kids Adventures Complete 1012 Kimochis - Plushy Feely Corp 1935 KISS Institute for Practical Robotics 1830 Lawson Financial Corporation 1205 LearnSprout 1232 Lincoln Interactive 1603 Little Bird 1500 Local Initiatives Support Corporation 1428 LoTi Connection 1834 Low Income Investment Fund 1503 Lumos Technologies 1241

Exhibitor Name Booth Math Olympiads 1729 MealTime/The CLM Group 1419 Measurement Incorporated 1805 Mediscan Staffing Services 1905 MetLife Premier Client Group 1510 Microsoft Education 1408 Middlebury Interactive Languages 1819 Midwest Transit Equipment 1641 Mimio 1113 MIND Research Institute 1900 Mobilease Modular Space, Inc. 1746 Movie Licensing USA 1133 Nancy Larson Science 1140 Nasco 1742 National Alliance for Public Charter Schools 1400 National Charter School Resource Center at Safal Partners 1720 National Charter Schools Institute 1836 National Right to Work Foundation’s Charter School Initiative 1225 National Student Clearinghouse 1433 Netchemia 1529 New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau 1604 NobleHour 1352 Nonprofit Finance Fund 1903 Noodle 1513 Northwest Evaluation Association 1645 Novel Ideas, Inc. 1324 NP Solutions, Inc. 1623 NTA Life 1929 observe4success 1710 Odysseyware 2040 Paxton/Patterson 1527 Peace Hill Press 1138 Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology 1346 Peters Procedures Training 1532 Pioneer Eclipse 1423 Piper Jaffray & Co. 1300 Platinum Visual Systems 1719 Play & Park Structures 1922 PlayCore 1918

Exhibitor Name Booth Preferred Meal Systems, Inc. 1426 Quatro Solutions 1439 Raza Development Fund, Inc. 1341 RBC Capital Markets, LLC 1405 Reaching Individual Goals Through Online Readiness 1011 Read Naturally, Inc. 1823 Really Great Reading 1531 Rediker Software, Inc. 1637 Remedia Publications, Inc. 1828 Renaissance Learning 1216 Robert W. Baird & Co. 1501 Rosetta Stone Ltd. 1202 S&S Worldwide, Inc. 1401 SafeSchools Security Systems, a Legal Age Company 1630 Scantron 1440 Scholar Partners 1037 Scholastic Inc. 1104, 1203 School Check IN 1734 School Excess, Inc. 1847 School Mate 1718 School Outfitters 1332 School Pathways, LLC 1913 School Safety Advocacy Council 1744 School Specialty 1728 School Tech Supply 1808 SchoolAdmin 1343 SchoolReach Instant Parent Contact 1421 Schoolzilla 1635 Scranton Products 2002 Screenflex Portable Room Dividers 1416 Second Step by Committee for Children 1119 Securly, Inc. 1725 Shiffler Equipment Sales LLC 1843 Shurley Instructional Materials, Inc. 1227 Singapore Math, Inc. 1131 SkoolLive, Inc. 2024 SNAG Golf (Starting New At Golf) 1236 SOS Personnel 1329 SpedTrack 1522 Speech Rehab Services, LLC 1803 ST Learning/ Aug That 1916 Standard & Poor’s 1612 Staples Advantage 1103 www.publiccharters.org/conference

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EXHIBITOR LISTING BY BOOTH NUMBER Booth Exhibitor Name 1003 Central Michigan University’s Global Campus 1004 American Philanthropic, LLC 1005 D.A. Davidson 1006 AMG Time 1008 Data Business Systems of Colorado, Inc. 1010 CDW-G 1011 Reaching Individual Goals Through Online Readiness 1012 Kids Adventures Complete 1013 Waltz Management Group 1017 Building Hope 1019 E&I Cooperative Services 1021 SunGard K-12 Education 1023 USMEPCOM 1025 Huntington Learning Center 1031 Association of American Educators 1033 CharterSAFE 1037 Scholar Partners 1102 Alma 1103 Staples Advantage 1104 Scholastic, Inc. 1108 Warren Charter Law, PLC 1110 Arizona State University Online 1111 EyeQue 1112 George K. Baum & Company 1113 Mimio 1116 Charter Schools Development Corporation 1117 Better 4 You Fundraising 1118 BOK Financial 1119 Second Step by Committee for Children 1120 ACT, Inc. 1124 Creative Learning Systems 1128 HoodaMath.com 1130 ECR4Kids 1131 Singapore Math, Inc. 1132 Kagan Publishing & Professional Development 1133 Movie Licensing USA 1135 Academic Resource Solutions 1136 USC Rossier School of Education 1138 Peace Hill Press 88

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Booth Exhibitor Name 1140 Nancy Larson Science 1144 The FundEd Consulting Group 1201 Great American Insurance Group 1202 Rosetta Stone Ltd. 1203 Scholastic, Inc. 1204 Champions 1205 Lawson Financial Corporation 1208 EdTec, Inc. 1210 Hobsons 1216 Renaissance Learning 1217 InfoSnap, Inc. 1219 Hazelden 1221 Walden University 1223 FDIC Community Affairs 1225 National Right to Work Foundation’s Charter School Initiative 1227 Shurley Instructional Materials, Inc. 1229 Educational Networks 1230 Classroom School Uniforms 1232 LearnSprout 1235 Educational Health Care Exchange 1236 SNAG Golf (Starting New At Golf) 1237 Charter School Uniforms 1241 Lumos Technologies 1243 CPW Education 1245 American Bus Sales 1247 501 (c) Agencies Trust 1251 Charter and Autonomous School Leadership Academy (CASLA) 1300 Piper Jaffray & Co. 1302 Charter School Capital, Inc. 1308 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1316 Amplify 1317 Edlio, Inc 1320 Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd. 1322 Teachers-Teachers.com 1324 Novel Ideas, Inc. 1325 Funding The Gap, LLC 1326 Wilson Language Training Corp 1327 Dickerson Employee Benefits Insurance Services 1329 SOS Personnel 1331 BB&T Capital Markets 2014 National Charter Schools Conference

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Booth Exhibitor Name 1332 School Outfitters 1336 Evanced Solutions, LLC 1340 Virco, Inc. 1342 Barney & Barney, a Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC Company 1343 SchoolAdmin 1344 thereNow 1346 Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology 1350 Ball State University 1352 NobleHour 1400 National Alliance for Public Charter Schools 1401 S&S Worldwide, Inc. 1405 RBC Capital Markets, LLC 1408 Microsoft Education 1409 Connections Learning by Pearson 1413 Capital Impact Partners 1416 Screenflex Portable Room Dividers 1419 MealTime/The CLM Group 1421 SchoolReach Instant Parent Contact 1423 Pioneer Eclipse 1424 Innovative Modular Solutions 1426 Preferred Meal Systems, Inc. 1428 Local Initiatives Support Corporation 1430 Hamilton Buhl 1433 National Student Clearinghouse 1435 Barnes & Noble, Inc. 1437 The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice 1439 Quatro Solutions 1440 Scantron 1441 Element Architects 1442 TeacherMatch 1443 C-SPAN Networks 1447 A&M Church and School Furniture 1500 Little Bird 1501 Robert W. Baird & Co. 1502 American Federation for Children 1503 Low Income Investment Fund 1504 Curriculum Associates

Booth Exhibitor Name 1505 UniversityNow, parent of Patten University 1508 EBIS - part of Tribal 1509 Dougherty & Company, LLC 1510 MetLife Premier Client Group 1511 The Reinvestment Fund, Inc. 1512 AXA 1513 Noodle 1516 Superkids by Rowland Reading Foundation 1520 E-RATE ONLINE 1522 SpedTrack 1527 Paxton/Patterson 1529 Netchemia 1531 Really Great Reading 1532 Peters Procedures Training 1534 Hake Publishing, Inc. 1536 CSMC 1538 Insight Systems Exchange 1540 CPI 1541 Therapy Source, Inc. 1542 ATD - American 1600 EBS (Educational Based Services) 1602 Wye River Group 1603 Lincoln Interactive 1604 New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau 1608 Ziegler 1610 BrainPOP 1611 Blended Schools Network 1612 Standard & Poor’s 1617 Classroomsmart 1619 Troops To Teachers 1621 The SoyNut Butter Company 1623 NP Solutions, Inc. 1625 Aerohive Networks 1626 BYU Independent Study 1628 University of Phoenix 1629 Frog Publications 1630 SafeSchools Security Systems, a Legal Age Company 1631 Stoneware, Inc. 1633 Character First 1635 Schoolzilla 1637 Rediker Software, Inc. 1640 Fierce, Inc. 1641 Midwest Transit Equipment 1642 3 Oaks Resource Group International 1643 Dallas Midwest, LLC

Booth Exhibitor Name 1645 Northwest Evaluation Association 1649 BrainWare SAFARI 1651 Hertz Furniture 1700 epluno 1701 Excel Dryer, Inc. 1702 TeacherReady 1703 WebWise Tutors 1705 Gradelink 1708 Booksource 1710 observe4success 1711 Global Village Concerns 1713 WriteSteps 1717 Teacher’s Discovery 1718 School Mate 1719 Platinum Visual Systems 1720 National Charter School Resource Center at Safal Partners 1722 GuidedPath 1725 Securly, Inc. 1727 Applerouth Tutoring Services 1728 School Specialty 1729 Math Olympiads 1731 esped.com, Inc. 1733 Wisconsin Innovative Schools Network 1734 School Check IN 1735 Student TV Central 1736 The STEM Academy, Inc. 1737 The Institute for Excellence in Education 1740 JB Edward Uniforms/ SchoolUniformsForLess 1742 Nasco 1744 School Safety Advocacy Council 1746 Mobilease Modular Space, Inc. 1750 Keystone Purchasing Network 1751 The Neenan Company 1752 Hertz Furniture 1753 Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance 1800 American Public University 1801 Boost Promotions 1802 Certica Solutions 1803 Speech Rehab Services, LLC 1804 Ironwill Kids 1805 Measurement Incorporated 1808 School Tech Supply 1810 World’s Finest Chocolate www.publiccharters.org/conference

Booth Exhibitor Name 1816 Aspex Solutions | AppliTrack 1817 Castle Learning Online 1818 Time Warner Cable Business Class 1819 Middlebury Interactive Languages 1821 Abrakadoodle 1823 Read Naturally, Inc. 1824 CDI Computer Dealers, Inc. 1826 E-Therapy 1828 Remedia Publications, Inc. 1830 KISS Institute for Practical Robotics 1832 Afinia/iDesign/Vex Robotix 1834 LoTi Connection 1835 Damand Promotions 1836 National Charter Schools Institute 1841 KeepnTrack/Alexandria/ Textbook Tracker 1843 Shiffler Equipment Sales, LLC 1847 School Excess, Inc. 1852 Charter School Property Solutions 1900 MIND Research Institute 1903 Nonprofit Finance Fund 1904 American Charter Development, LLC 1905 Mediscan Staffing Services 1909 WriterKEY.com 1911 Big Timber Media 1913 School Pathways, LLC 1916 ST Learning/ Aug That 1918 PlayCore 1920 Everlast Climbing 1922 Play & Park Structures 1929 NTA Life 1931 Easy Grammar Systems 1933 CollegeOnTrack 1935 Kimochis - Plushy Feely Corp 1942 Harrison Middleton University 1946 Inst for Excellence in Writing 2002 Scranton Products 2003 Ideal Uniforms 2016 WhiteBox Learning 2024 SkoolLive, Inc. 2036 CharterBenefits.com 2040 Odysseyware

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21st Century Skills BrainPOP CDW-G Charter and Autonomous School Leadership Academy (CASLA) Creative Learning Systems Evanced Solutions, LLC Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd. Ironwill Kids Kimochis - Plushy Feely Corp KISS Institute for Practical Robotics Lincoln Interactive Local Initiatives Support Corporation LoTi Connection Math Olympiads Mimio Paxton/Patterson Renaissance Learning School Specialty ST Learning/Aug That Student TV Central The Neenan Company The STEM Academy, Inc. University of Phoenix WriteSteps Administrative & Business Services Academic Resource Solutions AMG Time BOK Financial Building Hope EdTec, Inc. Educational Health Care Exchange GuidedPath Ideal Uniforms Scholar Partners Schoolzilla Administrative Software & Products Alma AMG Time Aspex Solutions | AppliTrack Certica Solutions CharterBenefits.com CollegeOnTrack EBIS - part of Tribal

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EdTec, Inc. Gradelink GuidedPath InfoSnap, Inc. Kagan Publishing & Professional Development LearnSprout Live School National Charter Schools Institute Netchemia NP Solutions, Inc. observe4success Rediker Software, Inc. Scantron SchoolAdmin School Check IN Schoolzilla Securly, Inc. SkoolLive, Inc. Stoneware, Inc. SunGard K-12 Education TeacherMatch Associations & Public Service Organizations American Federation for Children Association of American Educators E&I Cooperative Services Wisconsin Innovative Schools Network Athletic/Playground Equipment 3 Oaks Resource Group International A&M Church and School Furniture ECR4Kids Everlast Climbing Keystone Purchasing Network Nasco PlayCore Play & Park Structures School Outfitters Shiffler Equipment Sales, LLC SNAG Golf (Starting New At Golf)

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At-Risk Student Services Connections Learning by Pearson EyeQue Hazelden LearnSprout Live School LoTi Connection Northwest Evaluation Association Peters Procedures Training Renaissance Learning School Safety Advocacy Council Audio-Visual Materials & Equipment 3 Oaks Resource Group International A&M Church and School Furniture CDI Computer Dealers, Inc. Classroomsmart Dallas Midwest, LLC Hamilton Buhl Lumos Technologies Platinum Visual Systems School Excess, Inc. School Outfitters Shiffler Equipment Sales, LLC Books, Magazines & Printed Materials Applerouth Tutoring Services Big Timber Media Booksource Boost Promotions EyeQue Hake Publishing, Inc. Inst for Excellence in Writing Math Olympiads Nancy Larson Science Peace Hill Press PlayCore Remedia Publications, Inc. Scholastic, Inc. School Mate Shurley Instructional Materials, Inc. Superkids by Rowland Reading Foundation WriteSteps

Brokerage Development American Charter Development, LLC Charter School Property Solutions Building Maintenance & Grounds Equipment D.A. Davidson Pioneer Eclipse Shiffler Equipment Sales, LLC Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance Career & Technical Education Connections Learning by Pearson Creative Learning Systems Fierce, Inc. KISS Institute for Practical Robotics Microsoft Education Nasco NobleHour Paxton/Patterson The STEM Academy, Inc. WhiteBox Learning Colleges & Universities Arizona State University Online Ball State University BB&T Capital Markets BYU Independent Study Central Michigan University’s Global Campus Charter and Autonomous School Leadership Academy (CASLA) Everlast Climbing GuidedPath Harrison Middleton University NobleHour Noodle Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology TeacherReady University of Phoenix UniversityNow, parent of Patten University WebWise Tutors

Communications Equipment & Services Aerohive Networks Classroomsmart CPW Education Global Village Concerns Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd. Lumos Technologies Student TV Central The FundEd Consulting Group thereNow Time Warner Cable Business Class Compliance & Student Information CSMC EBIS - part of Tribal EdTec, Inc. esped.com, Inc. LearnSprout National Student Clearinghouse School Check IN School Pathways, LLC Schoolzilla Securly, Inc. Speech Rehab Services, LLC SunGard K-12 Education Computers & Electronic Equipment 3 Oaks Resource Group International Afinia/iDesign/Vex Robotix AMG Time CDI Computer Dealers, Inc. CDW-G CPW Education Hertz Furniture Insight Systems Exchange Lumos Technologies Quatro Solutions School Excess, Inc. School Tech Supply SkoolLive, Inc.

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Counseling & Conflict Resolution Character First CPI Fierce, Inc. Hazelden Kimochis - Plushy Feely Corp Curriculum & Instructional Materials Amplify Applerouth Tutoring Services Blended Schools Network BrainPOP Cambridge Educational Services Castle Learning Online CDI Computer Dealers, Inc. Character First Connections Learning by Pearson Creative Learning Systems C-SPAN Networks Curriculum Associates Easy Grammar Systems Evanced Solutions, LLC EyeQue Fierce, Inc. Frog Publications Hake Publishing, Inc. Hazelden Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Inst. for Excellence in Writing Ironwill Kids Keystone Purchasing Network Kimochis - Plushy Feely Corp KISS Institute for Practical Robotics Lincoln Interactive LoTi Connection Math Olympiads Microsoft Education Middlebury Interactive Languages Mimio MIND Research Institute Nancy Larson Science Northwest Evaluation Association Novel Ideas, Inc. Odysseyware Paxton/Patterson PlayCore

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orrick charter school finance group The Orrick public finance team has been providing sophisticated legal assistance through the myriad of local, state and national laws and regulations to develop financing structures and secure necessary funds for charter schools. Orrick has assisted a wide variety of charter schools throughout the United States, developed innovative school bond financings and participated in policy and legislative activities designed to meet unique challenges and achieve a comprehensive range of purposes. Orrick has assisted with the financing and refinancing of a wide variety of charter school projects, including working capital projects such as teaching specialists, administrative staff, internet access, afterschool and summer programs, pupil transportation, kindergarten programs, extra-curricular offerings, information technology, athletic and musical opportunities, as well as capital projects such as the acquisition and construction of new campuses, the renovation of existing campuses, the furnishing and equipping of facilities and infrastructure improvements. Orrick public finance lawyers have handled thousands of public finance transactions, including an increasing number of tax-exempt, tax credit and taxable financings for charter schools.

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Curriculum & Instructional Materials (continued) Reaching Individual Goals Through Online Readiness Read Naturally, Inc. Really Great Reading Scantron School Mate Second Step by Committee for Children Shurley Instructional Materials, Inc. Singapore Math, Inc. Staples Advantage Superkids by Rowland Reading Foundation The STEM Academy, Inc. WhiteBox Learning WriterKEY.com WriteSteps Data Management, Network Administration, & Backup Services Aerohive Networks AMG Time CPW Education esped.com, Inc. Gradelink InfoSnap, Inc. Insight Systems Exchange LearnSprout National Charter Schools Institute Reaching Individual Goals Through Online Readiness Rediker Software, Inc. School Tech Supply Schoolzilla SkoolLive, Inc. Stoneware, Inc. Time Warner Cable Business Class Distance Education/Online Learning American Public University Applerouth Tutoring Services Ball State University BYU Independent Study Cambridge Educational Services Castle Learning Online

Central Michigan University’s Global Campus CollegeOnTrack Connections Learning by Pearson Harrison Middleton University Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd. HoodaMath.com Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Lincoln Interactive Microsoft Education Odysseyware Reaching Individual Goals Through Online Readiness School Pathways, LLC Singapore Math, Inc. Stoneware, Inc. TeacherReady Therapy Source, Inc. University of Phoenix UniversityNow, parent of Patten University Walden University WebWise Tutors WhiteBox Learning Educational Technology Afinia/iDesign/Vex Robotix Alma Aspex Solutions | AppliTrack Big Timber Media BrainPOP Castle Learning Online CDI Computer Dealers, Inc. CDW-G Central Michigan University’s Global Campus Charter and Autonomous School Leadership Academy (CASLA) Classroomsmart CollegeOnTrack Curriculum Associates Data Business Systems of Colorado, Inc. Edlio, Inc Educational Networks esped.com, Inc. Evanced Solutions, LLC Hamilton Buhl

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Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd. HoodaMath.com Houghton Mifflin Harcourt InfoSnap, Inc. Insight Systems Exchange Lincoln Interactive Lumos Technologies Measurement Incorporated Middlebury Interactive Languages Mimio MIND Research Institute Netchemia NobleHour Noodle observe4success Quatro Solutions Reaching Individual Goals Through Online Readiness Rediker Software, Inc. Renaissance Learning SafeSchools Security Systems, a Legal Age Company School Check IN School Outfitters School Pathways, LLC SchoolReach Instant Parent Contact School Specialty School Tech Supply SpedTrack ST Learning/ Aug That Stoneware, Inc. Teacher’s Discovery Teachers-Teachers.com The FundEd Consulting Group Therapy Source, Inc. thereNow The STEM Academy, Inc. UniversityNow, parent of Patten University WriterKEY.com Education Policy & Advocacy American Federation for Children D.A. Davidson Ideal Uniforms Local Initiatives Support Corporation National Charter School Resource Center at Safal Partners

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Education Recruitment Aspex Solutions | AppliTrack Noodle SOS Personnel TeacherMatch Teachers-Teachers.com USC Rossier School of Education Employee Benefits & Human Resources 501(c) Agencies Trust Academic Resource Solutions Aspex Solutions | AppliTrack Barney & Barney, a Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC Company CharterBenefits.com CharterSAFE CSMC Educational Health Care Exchange Great American Insurance Group Little Bird National Right to Work Foundation’s Charter School Initiative observe4success SOS Personnel Teachers-Teachers.com Extracurricular & Offsite Programs Huntington Learning Center Kids Adventures Complete NobleHour SNAG Golf (Starting New At Golf) Facilities Design/Construction/ Equipment A&M Church and School Furniture American Charter Development, LLC Building Hope Charter School Property Solutions Creative Learning Systems Element Architects Everlast Climbing Excel Dryer, Inc. Funding The Gap, LLC Innovative Modular Solutions Midwest Transit Equipment Platinum Visual Systems Scranton Products

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Staples Advantage The Neenan Company Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance Waltz Management Group Facilities Financing American Charter Development, LLC BB&T Capital Markets BOK Financial Building Hope Capital Impact Partners Charter School Capital, Inc. Charter School Property Solutions D.A. Davidson Dougherty & Company, LLC Funding The Gap, LLC Lawson Financial Corporation Local Initiatives Support Corporation Low Income Investment Fund Nonprofit Finance Fund Piper Jaffray & Co. Raza Development Fund, Inc. RBC Capital Markets, LLC Robert W. Baird & Co. The Neenan Company The Reinvestment Fund, Inc. Waltz Management Group Warren Charter Law, PLC Wye River Group Financial Services Academic Resource Solutions AXA BB&T Capital Markets BOK Financial Capital Impact Partners Charter School Capital, Inc. Charter School Property Solutions CSMC Dougherty & Company, LLC EBIS - part of Tribal Educational Health Care Exchange FDIC Community Affairs Funding The Gap, LLC George K. Baum & Company Great American Insurance Group Low Income Investment Fund

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MetLife Premier Client Group Midwest Transit Equipment Nonprofit Finance Fund NP Solutions, Inc. RBC Capital Markets, LLC Scholar Partners Standard & Poor’s Warren Charter Law, PLC Wye River Group Ziegler Fitness, Health & Wellness Services CharterBenefits.com Ironwill Kids Kids Adventures Complete Little Bird PlayCore SNAG Golf (Starting New At Golf) The SoyNut Butter Company Food Service Equipment, Management, & Suppliers Dallas Midwest, LLC Data Business Systems of Colorado, Inc. MealTime/The CLM Group Preferred Meal Systems, Inc. The SoyNut Butter Company Fundraising Programs & Services American Philanthropic, LLC Better 4 You Fundraising Big Timber Media Boost Promotions epluno Global Village Concerns MIND Research Institute NP Solutions, Inc. Rediker Software, Inc. School Mate Student TV Central The FundEd Consulting Group UniversityNow, parent of Patten University World’s Finest Chocolate

Proud Sponsor of School Choice

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Furniture 3 Oaks Resource Group International A&M Church and School Furniture ATD - American Dallas Midwest, LLC ECR4Kids Hamilton Buhl Hertz Furniture Keystone Purchasing Network Nasco Platinum Visual Systems School Excess, Inc. School Outfitters School Specialty Screenflex Portable Room Dividers Shiffler Equipment Sales, LLC Staples Advantage Virco, Inc. Insurance, Retirement Benefits, & Risk Management 501(c) Agencies Trust Academic Resource Solutions Barney & Barney, a Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC Company CharterBenefits.com CharterSAFE Dickerson Employee Benefits Insurance Services Educational Health Care Exchange Great American Insurance Group Little Bird MetLife Premier Client Group NTA Life IT Services, Design & Maintenance Aerohive Networks CDW-G Classroomsmart CPW Education Educational Networks Gradelink Insight Systems Exchange Quatro Solutions School Tech Supply

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Legal Services & Consulting National Right to Work Foundation’s Charter School Initiative Warren Charter Law, PLC

Office Supplies & Equipment Leasing Dallas Midwest, LLC Staples Advantage

Management & Consulting Services American Philanthropic, LLC Building Hope CPI CSMC EBIS - part of Tribal EdTec, Inc. Element Architects E-RATE ONLINE Kagan Publishing & Professional Development National Charter School Resource Center at Safal Partners National Charter Schools Institute NP Solutions, Inc. Peters Procedures Training School Safety Advocacy Council The FundEd Consulting Group The Institute for Excellence in Education

Parent Education & Resources Alma Damand Promotions Frog Publications Microsoft Education Remedia Publications, Inc. Scholastic, Inc. Speech Rehab Services, LLC ST Learning/Aug That

Modular Classroom Design/ Construction American Charter Development, LLC Edlio, Inc. Element Architects Innovative Modular Solutions Keystone Purchasing Network Mobilease Modular Space, Inc. The Neenan Company Waltz Management Group Music & Fine Arts Hertz Furniture News & Media C-SPAN Networks D.A. Davidson Student TV Central

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Reading & Literacy Amplify Big Timber Media Booksource Central Michigan University’s Global Campus Curriculum Associates Evanced Solutions, LLC Frog Publications Hake Publishing, Inc. Hamilton Buhl Huntington Learning Center Inst. for Excellence in Writing Ironwill Kids Kids Adventures Complete Microsoft Education Novel Ideas, Inc. Read Naturally, Inc. Really Great Reading Remedia Publications, Inc. Scholastic, Inc. Superkids by Rowland Reading Foundation Wilson Language Training Corp

School Security & Student Safety Character First CharterSAFE Element Architects KeepnTrack/Alexandria/Textbook Tracker Midwest Transit Equipment Peters Procedures Training SafeSchools Security Systems, a Legal Age Company School Check IN School Safety Advocacy Council Securly Inc Special Education Service BB&T Capital Markets CPI EBS (Educational Based Services) esped.com, Inc. E-Therapy Mediscan Staffing Services Midwest Transit Equipment Really Great Reading SNAG Golf (Starting New At Golf) Speech Rehab Services, LLC SunGard K-12 Education Therapy Source, Inc. WebWise Tutors Staffing/Professional Development Amplify Arizona State University Online Blended Schools Network Character First CharterSAFE CPI EBS (Educational Based Services) Fierce, Inc. Kagan Publishing & Professional Development LoTi Connection Mediscan Staffing Services Middlebury Interactive Languages Netchemia Northwest Evaluation Association

Novel Ideas, Inc. observe4success Peters Procedures Training SOS Personnel Speech Rehab Services, LLC TeacherMatch TeacherReady Teachers-Teachers.com Therapy Source, Inc. thereNow Troops To Teachers University of Phoenix Teaching Aids/Learning Materials Boost Promotions BrainPOP C-SPAN Networks Damand Promotions EyeQue Frog Publications HoodaMath.com Huntington Learning Center Inst. for Excellence in Writing Kagan Publishing & Professional Development Kids Adventures Complete Kimochis - Plushy Feely Corp KISS Institute for Practical Robotics MIND Research Institute Nasco Noodle Novel Ideas, Inc. Paxton/Patterson Read Naturally, Inc. Remedia Publications Inc. Singapore Math, Inc. ST Learning/ Aug That Teacher’s Discovery The Institute for Excellence in Education thereNow WhiteBox Learning WriteSteps

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Testing & Assessment ACT, Inc. Amplify Applerouth Tutoring Services Cambridge Educational Services Castle Learning Online Certica Solutions CollegeOnTrack Curriculum Associates HoodaMath.com Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Huntington Learning Center Math Olympiads Measurement Incorporated Northwest Evaluation Association Really Great Reading Renaissance Learning Scantron SunGard K-12 Education TeacherMatch Teacher’s Discovery WebWise Tutors Uniforms & Clothing Charter School Uniforms Classroom School Uniforms epluno Global Village Concerns Ideal Uniforms U.S. Government Activities & Services FDIC Community Affairs Local Initiatives Support Corporation National Charter School Resource Center at Safal Partners School Safety Advocacy Council Troops To Teachers

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3 Oaks Resource Group International 1642 www.3oaksgroup.com 1.855.362.5747 mail@3oaksgroup.com

ACT, Inc. 1120 www.act.org 1.319.333.8424 amy.putty@act.org

3 Oaks is a single source purchasing organization specializing in Charter School FFET&S. We provide customized service, which builds strong and long-term relationships with clients – we are driven by saving you time and money. We would love the opportunity to meet you so you can discover what our clients already know.

ACT is a trusted provider of data-driven, next-generation assessments that determine college and career readiness and offer the most advanced measures of workplace skills.

501 (c) Agencies Trust 1247 www.501ctrust.org 1.800.442.4867 sfuentes@501c.com 501(c) Agencies Trust - America’s leading unemployment program - has 1,400 nonprofit members (including more than 100 schools) who collectively save more than $20 million dollars on unemployment costs. To see if your school qualifies for Trust membership, stop by our booth and visit www.501ctrust.org for a free analysis form. Abrakadoodle 1821 www.abrakadoodle.com 1.703.860.6570 rosemarie@abrakadoodle.com Abrakadoodle is a standards-based art education program for schools. Integrated into your school day, we provide a qualified teacher, a curriculum that exceeds the National Standards for Visual Arts Education and art materials. A turnkey solution for schools, we offer a full art program while building creativity in children! Academic Resource Solutions 1135 www.academicresourcesolutions.com 1.225.329.2501 emcnorton@academicrresourcesolutions.com

Aerohive Networks 1625 www.aerohive.com 1.866.918.9918 info365@aerohive.com Aerohive helps simplify networking for K-12 and higher education providers by reducing the cost and complexity of campus deployments with award-winning, cooperative control, cloud-enabled Wi-Fi, routing and switching solutions. Afinia/iDesign/Vex Robotix 1832 www.afinia3d.com 1.952.556.1600 sales@afinia.com Afinia will be showing its award winning 3-D printer and a full line of ABS filament. Our H series 3-D printer was voted “Best Overall Experience” in the recent Make Magazine 3-D Printer shootout. Live 3-D printing demonstrations will be held continuously throughout the day. Alma 1102 www.getalma.com 1.503.477.4936 info@getalma.com Alma is a freemium school management system for K-12 schools. Alma combines school administrative functions with learning management and productivity tools designed to work the way educators naturally work. Alma’s core features are 100% free to schools, enabling significant savings over legacy SIS and LMS products.

ARS focuses on the business of running a school, so that school leaders can focus on what matters most: student learning. With decades of experience, we create systems and processes to save time and money - money that can be reinvested in the education of our children and professional development for their teachers.

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A&M Church and School Furniture 1447 www.churchandschoolfurniture.net 1.888.630.7691 info@churchandschoolfurniture.net

American Philanthropic, LLC 1004 www.americanphilanthropic.com 1.302.635.7354 doug@americanphilanthropic.com

A&M Church and School Furniture is a family owned and operated company specializing in school furnishings. We pride ourselves on our customer service and product knowledge. Our 18 years of industry experience will guarantee your ordering process will be one that is both pleasant and cost effective.

American Philanthropic offers strategic consulting and services for nonprofit organizations and philanthropies. Services include strategic and development planning, prospect research, writing (grant writing and direct mail), design and more. We maintain offices in the Seattle, Phoenix and Philadelphia regions, and work with a broad range of clients nationwide, including many schools and educational organizations.

American Bus Sales 1245 www.americanbussales.net 1.918.205.5000 Info@americanbussales.net American Bus Sales is a premier fleet solutions provider. We assist fleet operators of all types: school districts, contractors, public utilities, municipalities, churches and other miscellaneous private fleets with products and services that enable them to maintain and operate their vehicles in a safe and efficient manner. American Charter Development, LLC 1904 amercd.com 1.801.489.9535 admin@amercd.com American Charter Development (ACD) is one of America’s premier charter school developers. At no initial cost, ACD provides 100% financing and turnkey development of custom facilities for start-up and existing charter schools. ACD’s experience enables us to handle everything from financing and land/building acquisition to permitting and construction. American Federation for Children 1502 www.federationforchildren.org 1.202.280.1990 jnikkila@federationforchildren.org The American Federation for Children (AFC) is a national advocacy organization promoting educational choice. AFC and its affiliated organizations advocate for educational choice laws in state legislatures, support and oppose state-level candidates for elected office, and promote the benefits of educational choice.

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American Public University 1800 www.apus.edu 1.571.209.7306 cbindig@apus.edu American Public University is the second largest online university in the United States with more than 120,000 students enrolled. The university offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and is considered the best value in post-secondary education. AMG Time 1006 www.amgtime.com 1.323.254.7448 talia@amgtime.com AMG Time is a leading provider of time and attendance products and services. Schools are switching to our biometric solutions to keep things simple and automated. Payroll becomes a breeze, so you can say goodbye to buddy punching for good! Amplify 1316 www.amplify.com 1.800.823.1969 info@amplify.com Amplify is reimagining the way teachers teach and students learn. Our products and services lead the way in data-driven instruction, one-to-one mobile learning and next-generation digital curriculum and assessment. Amplify has provided innovative technology to the K-12 market for more than a decade.

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Applerouth Tutoring Services 1727 www.applerouth.com 1.404.728.0661 tcadenhead@applerouth.com

ATD-American 1542 atdamerican.com/charter 1.866.523.2300 ext. 2234 awilson@atd.com

For over a decade, Applerouth Tutoring Services has helped students around the world improve their ACT and SAT scores through our specialized and innovative learning platforms. With more than 200 top tutors nationwide, we can match each student with a tutor whose personality, background and teaching style fit the student’s needs.

ATD-AMERICAN has been selling furniture to the education market for 80 years. Our experienced staff will help with space planning, specifying products, preparing budgets and project management. As a national distributor of educational furniture, we represent more than 200 manufacturers. From a classroom to a campus call 800523-2300 or visit www.atd.com.

Arizona State University Online 1110 educationonline.asu.edu 1.480.884.1525 asuonlineinfo@asu.edu

AXA 1512 www.axa.com/us 1.201.743.6733 linzee.whilden@axa.us.com

Arizona State University (ASU) offers more than 70 degree programs online including graduate degree and certificate programs in Education. ASU is a Tier 1 Research University, recognized within the top 100 Universities in the world. Our graduate degree programs in education are ranked #18 in the nation and taught by internationally acclaimed faculty.

AXA understands the challenges in preparing for retirement and we are committed to helping individuals through every stage of life. Whether our clients are beginning their career, changing jobs, or nearing retirement, they can count on AXA as a retirement planning partner.

Aspex Solutions | AppliTrack 1816 www.aspexsolutions.com 1.847.475.2283 keith@aspexsolutions.com

Ball State University 1350 www.bsu.edu/online/charterleadership 1.800.872.0369 online@bsu.edu

The AppliTrack One Talent Management platform is the #1 system in the United States for K-12 schools to manage talent, from hire to retire! Paired with K12JobSpot.com, the #1 K-12 job board in the US, AppliTrack can truly transform the way you manage your people. Solutions: AppliTrack Recruiting, TeacherFit and AppliTrack HR Files.

Ball State University is a mid-sized public institution located in Indiana. Among more than 30 online graduate programs, Ball State’s nationally ranked Teachers College offers a Charter School Leadership Certificate for current administrators or educators wishing to move into administrative positions at a charter school.

Association of American Educators 1031 www.aaecharters.org 1.877.385.6264 info@aaeteachers.org

Barnes & Noble, Inc. 1435 www.barnesandnoble.com 1.800.962.6177 customerservice@bn.com

The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the largest national, non-union, professional educators’ organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy, as well as promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. We operate nearly 700 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).

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Barney & Barney, a Marsh & McLennan 1342 Agency, LLC Company www.barneyandbarney.com 1.858.587.7161 pedror@barneyandbarney.com Whether you run a multi-national corporation or a small nonprofit, Barney & Barney has the insurance solution. We have been providing premier insurance, risk management and employee benefits solutions since 1909. With offices in San Diego, Orange County and the Bay Area, we offer a full range of services and coverage. BB&T Capital Markets 1331 bbtcapitalmarkets.com 1.614.506.1976 rharmon@bbandtcm.com BB&T Capital Markets offers an integrated platform of investment banking, equity research, sales and trading and corporate banking. Our commitment to industry expertise, combined with our resources as one of the nation’s largest financial institutions, enables BB&T Capital Markets to build lasting relationships and contribute measurably to the long-term success of each client. Better 4 You Fundraising 1117 b4yfund.com 1.818.341.1407 scanthal@b4yfund.com We are charter school advocates and understand the importance of generating revenue beyond state and federal funding. Our organization will make managing your fundraising practically effortless by helping you set financial goals, choosing the products and price points that best suit your community, and utilizing an electronic ordering system with a built-in communication plan. Big Timber Media 1911 www.bigtimbermedia.com 1.855.425.4146 info@bigtimbermedia.com

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Blended Schools Network 1611 www.blendedschools.net 1.814.932.5075 mgensimore@blendedschools.net Blended Schools Network is the nation’s largest notfor-profit corporation dedicated to helping schools adopt and implement online and blended learning by providing learning management technologies, K-12 online curriculum aligned to the Common Core State Standards, professional development and a rich community network. BOK Financial 1118 www.bokfinancial.com 1.918.588.6728 mneilson@bokf.com BOK Financial Corporation, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a financial services company. Stop by our booth to find out how we can help you through financial services. Booksource 1708 www.booksource.com 1.800.444.0435 service@booksource.com Booksource makes it easy to build, grow and organize your classroom library! From the Common Core State Standards to custom collections of authentic, leveled literature, Booksource offers more than 30,000 titles, making it easy to match trade books to your curriculum. Boost Promotions 1801 boostpromotions.com 1.909.231.5837 michelle@boostpromotions.com Our unique Brag Tag rewards program recognizes students for their achievements, increases participation and promotes school spirit. Stop by our booth for more information!

Big Timber Media provides high-quality content to K-12 educational institutions and libraries. We partner with industry-leading publishers to offer superior books in all formats: library bound, hosted eBook, hardcover and paperback. Stop by our booth for more info and enter to win free books or an iPad Mini!

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BrainPOP 1610 www.brainpop.com 1.212.574.6036 sashap@brainpop.com

Callender Law Group, LLC callenderlawgroup.com 1.440.299.8500 jamie@callender.com

BrainPOP creates animated, curricular content for use in school, at home and on mobile devices. Our awardwinning resources include BrainPOP Jr. (K-3), BrainPOP Español™, BrainPOP ESL™, GameUp™, BrainPOP Mobile and BrainPOP Educators. We welcome you to visit us at our booth!

Callender Law Group’s charter school focus allows us to provide the highest quality advocacy for new, existing and potential charter schools in Ohio. We serve as lobbyists, attorneys and consultants for some of Ohio’s strongest schools, sponsors and management companies. Visit www.callenderlawgroup.com to join our list of clients.

BrainWare SAFARI 1649 www.mybrainware.com 1.773.250.6466 RStark@MyBrainWare.com

Capital Impact Partners 1413 www.capitalimpact.org 1.703.647.2323 ASuarez@capitalimpact.org

Award-winning BrainWare SAFARI is the leader in cognitive skills development software in education. It develops students’ capacity to learn by strengthening foundation skills including attention, executive function, working memory and visual-spatial skills, thinking, and logic and reason skills in a comprehensive and integrated manner. It combines transdisciplinary techniques with videogame technology, supported by peer-reviewed published research.

Capital Impact Partners, formerly known as NCB Capital Impact, is a leader in financial and social innovation for communities. A nonprofit organization and certified CDFI, we bring our roots in cooperative development, diverse network of partners and problem solving to connect communities to capital and capabilities that come together to create social change.

Building Hope 1017 www.buildinghope.org 1.202.457.1990 info@bhope.org

Castle Learning Online 1817 www.castlelearning.com 1.800.345.7606 nhall@castlelearning.com

Building Hope is a non-profit organization that supports high quality public charter schools in Washington D.C., Florida, Idaho and other states by providing technical and financial assistance for the acquisition, renovation, construction, and financing of educational facilities.

Castle Learning Online is an online review and assessment tool tied to Common Core and is used by teachers to differentiate instruction, as well by students who receive instant instructional feedback. Castle Learning Online covers all core subjects for grades K-12 including math, science, social studies, English, French, Spanish, ESL/ELL and SAT/ACT.

BYU Independent Study 1626 www.elearn.byu.edu 1.800.914.8931 indstudy@byu.edu

CDI Computer Dealers, Inc. 1824 cdicomputers.com 1.888.226.5727 tholmes@cdicomputers.com

BYU Independent Study offers more than 400 high school, middle school and university online courses that help students make up credit, graduate on time, enhance their curriculum, or earn university credit. Students can sign up anytime and work at their own pace. We help all students receive a high-quality, affordable education.

CDI helps schools put more computers in front of more students for less money. For charter schools we offer: flexible payment plans, guaranteed cost of ownership, aggregated purchase arrangements, e-rate compliance, deployment/configuration services and Tier 1 tech from network to classroom. We provide dedicated, expert account managers.

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CDW-G 1010 www.cdwg.com 1.312.705.9097 ericwil@cdwg.com

Character First 1633 www.characterfirst.com 1.405.815.0001 kfahrenbruck@characterfirst.com

CDW-G is a leading provider of technology solutions to K-12 schools. Our solution architects offer expertise in designing customized solutions, while our advanced technology engineers assist customers with the implementation and long-term management of those solutions. For more information call 800.808.4239 or visit CDWG.com.

Character First Education curriculum provides practical lessons that K-12 teachers can use to teach specific character qualities to their students. Our new characterbased bully prevention curriculum, Engage, provides scenarios and lessons to educate students about bullying and character lessons to help prevent bullying. Stop by for a sample.

Central Michigan University’s Global Campus 1003 global.cmich.edu 1.877.268.4636 tree1qm@cmich.edu

Charter and Autonomous School 1251 Leadership Academy (CASLA) 1.310.243.2590 aissalahera@gmail.edu

Central Michigan University’s Global Campus has more than 50 locations across North America offering local and online higher education options that fit the busy schedules of working adults. More than 70,000 graduates have learned firsthand that CMU’s adult-friendly format and excellent student services can make their educational goals a reality.

We are an organization preparing LEADERS for Charter Schools in California. Our leaders complete our program and are READY TO LEAD. Come hear about our comprehensive and innovative program.

Certica Solutions 1802 www.certicasolutions.com 1.877.255.4515 Info@CerticaSolutions.com Certica Solutions provides performance management solutions to K-12 schools and districts. TestWiz™, Certica’s assessment solution, provides educators with the ability to create, administer, score and report on a range of assessments, including Common Core-aligned assessments, enabling educators to better target instruction and track student progress. Champions 1204 www.discoverchampions.com 1.619.206.8359 KSchrader@klcorp.com Champions®, is a leading provider of before- and afterschool learning programs and break-time camps. Every day, Champions is proud to bring our high-quality programs filled with fun and learning for more than 15,000 students. We support 400 school sites in 17 states and District of Columbia. Find out more about how we can work with your schools! 104

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CharterBenefits.com 2036 www.charterbenefits.com 1.866.203.4577 info@charterbenefits.com Charter schools are our specialty! CharterBenefits.com has provided health, dental, vision, life and disability programs to the charter schools community for more than 16 years. We have added workers compensation and Liability Products to our portfolio as well. Our mission is Simplified Administration – One Company! One Team! One Call! CharterSAFE 1033 www.chartersafe.net 1.888.901.0004 ext. 10 insurance@chartersafe.net CharterSAFE provides insurance and risk management services designed specifically for California’s charter schools. The CharterSAFE package program offers significant cost savings, broader coverage, higher limits and rate stability over time. Participating schools receive training to prevent and minimize losses to help control insurance costs and to keep their schools safe.

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Charter School Capital, Inc. 1302 Classroom School Uniforms 1230 charterschoolcapital.org www.classroomuniforms.com 1.877.272.1001 brose@charterschoolcapital.org  1.818.671.2100 abeattie@strategicpartners.net To be successful, charter schools need two foundational elements - financial stability and the freedom to focus on education. Charter School Capital ensures both key elements happen every day by providing access to the funding schools need to thrive. We empower charter school growth by providing vital working capital and facilities financing options. Charter School Capital is the leading financial partner for charter schools and has provided $700M in funding support to more than 400 charter schools serving 400,000 students across the country.

At Classroom we understand the charter school mission and how uniforms can help your students succeed. A national leader in school uniforms and dress code apparel, we provide schools with styles kids love and parents approve in sizes from toddler to adult. Classroom school uniforms – real world tested! Classroomsmart 1617 www.classroomsmart.com 1.888.769.7923 info@classroomsmart.com

Charter School Property Solutions will display its latest products and services.

ClassroomSmart is a technology design and consulting firm specializing in the educational industry. We have helped more than 100 schools nationwide with everything from installing network infrastructure to enhanced wireless, interactive classrooms, ongoing IT support, etc. We can help you create a successful technology plan to best fit your school’s needs.

Charter Schools Development Corporation 1116 csdc.org 1.443.561.1280 achisholm@csdc.org

CollegeOnTrack 1933 www.collegeontrack.com 1.855.268.2771 sales@collegeontrack.com

The Charter Schools Development Corporation, a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation and a Community Development Financial Institution, promotes innovation and excellence in education by financing and developing facilities for great public charter schools nationally.

CollegeOnTrack is a collaborative college and career readiness platform plus Learning Management System. Students plan courses, research colleges and see admissions requirements and deadlines, complete assignments, build digital portfolios and write essays. Educators assess students, create lessons and homework, grade results and submit transcripts. It’s simple, elegant and easy.

Charter School Property Solutions 1852 www.csps.us.com 1.888.596.1110 ext. 104 info@csps.us.com

Charter School Uniforms 1237 www.charteruniforms.com 1.972.296.2657 mmurphy@charteruniforms.com Charter Uniforms may be a new name in school uniforms, but it is backed by 80 years of industry experience. Charter is a division of Parker School Uniforms, a respected name in school uniforms and apparel since 1931. Charter offers an excellent selection of updated uniforms that are durable, comfortable and affordable!

Connections Learning by Pearson 1409 www.pearsonschool.com/virtuallearning 1.602.696.8445 solutions@connectionslearning.com Connections Learning by Pearson is a provider of targeted blended and virtual learning solutions to K-12 schools and districts. Bringing personalized and flexible learning to students everywhere, our products combine a proven curriculum, the latest instructional tools, certified teachers skilled in online instruction and state-of-the-art technology.

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CPI 1540 www.crisisprevention.com 1.800.558.8976 info@crisisprevention.com

C-SPAN Networks 1443 www.c-spanclassroom.org 1.800.523.7586 educate@c-span.org

CPI trains educators to safely manage disruptive and assaultive behavior. To date, more than eight million individuals have participated in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program. CPI also offers on-site training, DVDs, posters and books.

C-SPAN Classroom, www.c-spanclassroom.org, is our site for social studies teachers with an archive of searchable and clippable videos, lesson ideas, bell ringers, latest education news and teacher giveaways. All resources are offered free of charge, and are designed to enhance your social studies curriculum by using our public affairs programming.

CPW Education 1243 www.thecpw.com 1.805.377.5857 Jeremyh@thecpw.com CPW Education is a leading reseller of new and refurbished IT equipment in conjuncture with the Smarter Balanced standards. We provide classrooms with everything from 1:1 devices to projectors and monitors. Creative Learning Systems 1124 creativelearningsystems.com 1.303.772.6400 gnelson@creativelearningsystems.com SmartLabs provide an integrated, hands-on approach to STEM education. Imagine a curriculum designed to encourage problem solving and exploratory learning while reinforcing academic topics in a multidisciplinary context. Discover how Creative Learning Systems can help your school engage all learners in STEM, digital media arts and 21st century skills. CSMC 1536 www.csmci.com 1.951.526.6074 sholguin@csmci.com CSMC, one of the oldest providers of charter school back office financial services, currently serves more than 150 schools throughout the country. CSMC’s mission is to remove the day-to-day operational challenges school administrators face, and empower those charter schools leaders to create and lead successful and innovative charter schools.

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Curriculum Associates 1504 www.curriculumassociates.com 1.800.225.0248 info@cainc.com Curriculum Associates is an education company committed to making classrooms better places for teachers and students. Our research-based, award-winning products, including i-Ready®, Ready®, BRIGANCE® and other programs provide teachers and administrators with flexible resources that deliver meaningful assessments and data-driven, differentiated instruction for children. D.A. Davidson 1005 davidsoncompanies.com 1.303.764.6053 nnunez@dadco.com D.A. Davidson & Co. specializes in financing projects for communities across the United States. From securing funding for new elementary schools building to structuring multi-million dollar project financings for professional athletic facilities, we are committed to strengthening infrastructure, expanding businesses and enriching the lives of the people in our communities. Dallas Midwest, LLC 1643 www.dallasmidwest.com 1.972.764.2210 teresad@dallasmidwest.com Dallas Midwest has been an industry leader since 1950, servicing schools nationwide. We offer a huge product selection in a wide range of categories. Our exclusive Ships Today program allows us to deliver your products quickly! We offer a price match guarantee and all products carry a 25 year warranty.

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Damand Promotions 1835 damand.com 1.858.663.5129 Danmc10@aol.com

Duane Morris LLP www.duanemorris.com 1.312.499.6700 LTScruggs@duanemorris.com

The Parent’s Homework Dictionary is designed to empower parents with knowledge to help their children succeed in school. This book is published in 10 languages for the major subject areas. This is an excellent reference for all parents but particularly those in Title I and ESL programs.

Duane Morris LLP is a law firm with more than 700 attorneys across the United States and internationally. The Firm includes a dedicated group of education industry lawyers who represent numerous universities, colleges, postsecondary schools, charter, private and traditional public schools, education management organizations, school districts, reform groups and businesses involved in education.

Data Business Systems of Colorado, Inc. 1008 www.databusys.com 1.855.210.8232 ben.gruchow@databusys.com Data Business Systems is your premier K-12 software provider for all of your school and district needs. We provide best-in-class software solutions for online payment, food service point-of-sale, student information and records management, school stores and much more. Dickerson Employee Benefits Insurance Services 1327 www.dickerson-group.com 1.323.662.7200 lorraine@dickerson-group.com DEB provides unique employee benefits solutions and insurance services for charter schools looking to maximize their budgets by identifying plans that take care of their employees, retain, and attract the best staff at affordable levels. Products include fully and self insured programs and private exchanges. Dougherty & Company, LLC 1509 www.doughertymarkets.com 1.612.376.4159 dward@doughertymarkets.com Dougherty & Company, LLC is a diversified investment banking firm with 30 years of underwriting and financial advisory experience. A pioneer in financing charter schools, we are able to provide cost-effective financing options designed to meet the unique educational needs of our clients.

Easy Grammar Systems 1931 www.easygrammar.com 1.800.641.6015 jenny@easygrammar.com Dr. Wanda Phillips, author of Easy Grammar® teaching series, is known for her prepositional approach. She also has written Daily GRAMS: Guided Review Aiding Mastery Skills® series, ten-minute daily reviews of capitalization, punctuation, grammar and sentence combining. Her Easy Grammar Ultimate Series® (EGUS) are ten-minute, 180-lesson, high-school teaching texts. EBIS - part of Tribal 1508 www.ebisforschools.com 1.888.637.7775 ebis@tribalgroup.com EBIS [Evidence-Based Improvement Solutions] is a suite of school improvement solutions developed by Tribal Group for schools, authorizers and districts. The suite focuses on increasing the Return on Investment for your schools; whole-school self-review and consultancy to drive school improvement; and the use of external reviews to instigate change. EBS (Educational Based Services) 1600 www.ebsschools.com 1.800.578.7906 specialed@ebsschools.com EBS is the largest school-based consulting, management and training practice. We bring more than 30 years of success in assisting schools with program implementation. EBS partners with districts nationwide to deliver direct services, customized trainings, individualized programs and educational services to the special needs population.

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ECR4Kids 1130 www.ecr4kids.com 1.855.327.4543 amcelravy@ecr4kids.com

Educational Networks 1229 www.educationalnetworks.net 1.866.526.0200 contact@educationalnetworks.net

ECR4Kids is committed to developing and distributing the highest quality classroom furniture and equipment. Our focus and commitment continues to be centered on valueadded features, functionality and performance with our products while providing optimal service.

Educational Networks builds highly interactive and easy-to-update websites for K-12 schools. Our websites are custom designed to today’s standards and powered by our advanced software, SchoolSitePro, requiring no technical knowledge to update. Charter schools can easily recruit students, communicate with parents, conduct public relations and accept donations directly through their websites.

Edlio, Inc. 1317 www.edlio.com 1.310.204.7300 info@edlio.com We have our own unique, web-based CMS, designed specifically for charter schools and CMOs. With absolutely no templates, we work with you to develop and design a fully customized website that is a true reflection of your school’s culture and vision. Recruit and communicate with your community in real-time! EdTec, Inc. 1208 www.edtec.com 1.510.663.3500 mark@edtec.com

E&I Cooperative Services 1019 www.k12.eandi.org 1.800.283.2634 SPeters@eandi.org E&I is the nation’s leading not-for-profit buying cooperative focused exclusively on education. E&I cooperative contracts deliver savings on products and services K-12 institutions use every day. Element Architects 1441 www.elementarchitects.com 1.713.874.0775 graham@elementarchitects.com

EdTec is a social venture founded in 2001 to develop, support and advance quality charter schools. We have provided expertise and support to more than 325 charter schools and development teams across a comprehensive range of services, including: back-office/business services, charter petition development and school software solutions

Element Architects (EA) brings value to your project by protecting your interests while delivering a quality product. We are LEED Accredited Professionals and licensed to practice architecture in Texas, Nevada, Louisiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. We are NCARB qualified and can be registered in other states in a reasonable amount of time.

Educational Health Care Exchange 1235 www.eduhx.org 1.610.994.2125 info@eduhx.org

epluno 1700 www.epluno.com 1.800.249.5275 info@epluno.com

If a National Affordable Health Care Platform that offers quality benefits, efficient claims management, customized HRIS technology, and employee wellness programs is what you’re looking for, you need to visit the Educational Health Care Exchange(EDUHX®)booth. EDUHX®, is a Private Health Insurance Exchange established specifically for Educational Institutions.

epluno is a new way for schools to create custom e-commerce solutions for all their school and gym uniform needs. There’s no cost to the school and we handle all the details (source your uniforms, create an online shop, payment, customer service, samples, etc.) - welcome to epluno!

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E-RATE ONLINE 1520 www.erateportal.com 1.203.445.9577 sales@erateportal.com

Everlast Climbing 1920 www.everlastclimbing.com 1.651.665.9131 info@everlastclimbing.com

We are a seasoned team of experts with one common goal: to garner the maximum funding possible for the benefit of your school. With in-depth program knowledge, industry insights and a consultative approach, we understand your unique opportunities and desired results and work seamlessly with you to reap those benefits that you deserve.

Everlast Climbing™ is committed to improving youth fitness with dynamic and innovative climbing walls that engage children and inspire physical activity. The comprehensive line includes traverse walls, top rope walls, a poolside climbing wall, accessories and on-site staff trainings. Call 800-4767366 or visit www.everlastclimbing.com.

esped.com, Inc. 1731 www.esped.com 1.978.701.6923 sales@esped.com Leading developer of state-specific Special Education Data Management Solutions, esped.com, Inc. provides innovative, high-performance applications designed with education professionals in mind. Created by educators for educators, our easy-to-use eSTAR™ applications pave the way for evaluating, planning, reporting, monitoring, translating and electronically storing student data in compliance with all regulations. E-Therapy 1826 www.electronic-therapy.com 1.928.814.4990 diana@electronic-therapy.com E-Therapy is a leading educational technology services company that provides a high-quality innovative solution, “Teletherapy,” to deliver speech, occupational and physical therapy services to schools and their students nationwide. E-Therapy provides consistent and high-quality services via Teletherapy or on-site to schools all over the United States including Alaska.

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Excel Dryer, Inc. 1701 www.exceldryer.com 1.413.525.4531 edevoie@exceldryer.com Excel Dryer, Inc. will display its latest products and services. EyeQue 1111 www.eyequepaper.com 1.816.529.4941 angie@eyequepaper.com EyeQue, the home of the G-O-Card. The G-O-Card is the most versatile learning and instructional tool in education today. Our graphic organizing system significantly improves thinking and learning skills. Our system gets students motivated to learn and parents involved. Teachers love G-O-Cards because they help students become responsible, organized learners. FDIC Community Affairs 1223 www.fdic.gov/moneysmart 1.703.254.2237 joythomas@fdic.gov FDIC Community Affairs will display its latest products and services.

Evanced Solutions, LLC 1336 evancedkids.com 1.317.275.2700 info@evancedkids.com

Fierce, Inc. 1640 www.fierceinc.com 1.206.787.1100 stacey@fierceinc.com

After working in libraries for more than a decade, Evanced Solutions has also developed Wandoo Planet, a new online reader engagement platform that empowers kids ages 6 and up to discover their keenest interests and find relevant books and other content via a powerful recommendation engine. Learn more at wandooplanet.info.

Fierce in the Schools (FITS), provides educators with professional development that brings high levels of personal authenticity, integrity and a genuine respect for others to school leadership teams, staff and the students that are served. We know that changing the conversations in schools improves the educational outcomes for the students.

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Frog Publications 1629 www.frog.com 1.800.777.3764 customerservice@frog.com

Gradelink 1705 www.gradelink.com 1.800.742.3083 service@gradelink.com

Ready-to-use, self-checking and hands on classroom learning centers. Instant parental-involvement, homework and test-preparation program that lasts the entire year. Make old skills easy to remember and new skills easy to grasp with Drops in the Bucket© daily review. Critical thinking, dual language, reading, math & social studies.

Gradelink is the award-winning Student Information System you’ve been craving. Designed for schools large and small, we’ve optimized Gradelink for ease, flexibility, and power to handle your biggest school administration tasks. Bring parents, teachers, principals and even superintendents together under one centralized, userfriendly system.

Funding The Gap, LLC 1325 www.fundingthegap.com 1.480.442.0407 icarroll@fundingthegap.com Funding the Gap provides facilities financing solutions for charter school operators/developers. Our goal is to provide the best financing option for your school moving the task of searching for a lender off of your desk and onto ours. Utilizing our strategic lender relationships we can solve your financing needs. George K. Baum & Company 1112 www.gkbaum.com 1.303.292.1600 deangelis@gkbaum.com Founded in 1928, the investment-banking firm of George K. Baum & Company (GKB) is one of the nation’s financing experts. We consistently rank among the top ten underwriters of negotiated K-12 financings. GKB has a reputation for securing credit ratings, developing capital improvement plans and generating substantial savings through debt-refinancing. Global Village Concerns 1711 globalvillageconcerns.com 1.888.501.1577 ssorensen@go2gvc.com Global Village Concerns is proud to bring you our award-winning B1self program. This unique branding and e-commerce platform helps raise school affinity, community support and critical funds for school programs. Our goal is to help build, grow and monetize support communities around their most important cause - the students.

Great American Insurance Group 1201 www.charterchampion.com 1.800.438.3398 directconnectteam@gaig.com Great American Insurance Group’s Annuity Division, a trusted leader in the 403(b) and 457 markets, is a financial services company dedicated to providing retirement solutions to school employees. As a financially strong, American-owned company, Great American provides opportunities and programs to help educators in and out of the classroom. GuidedPath 1722 www.guidedpath.net 1.720.465.8555 cyndy@mycca.net GuidedPath - your single source for college planning. Students and advisors alike love how easy GuidedPath is to use to guide through the college/career preparation and planning process. Enter our drawing for an Amazon gift card and learn more about using the new, dynamic, easy to use GuidedPath at your school. Hake Publishing, Inc. 1534 www.hakepublishing.com 1.800.965.0543 info@studygrammar.com Grammar and Writing is a comprehensive language arts curriculum that covers English grammar, writing, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary development spanning grades 4-8. Grammar and Writing provides incremental development and continual review exercises, along with embedded content from other subject areas, while teaching superior English language skills.

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Hamilton Buhl 1430 www.hamiltonbuhl.com 1.800.631.0868 msopata@hamiltonbuhl.com

Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd. 1320 us.hitachi-solutions.com/starboard 1.619.362.4800 kroberts@hitachi-solutions.com

Hamilton Buhl manufacturers for the education market since 1933 of products including headphones, listening centers, media players, bluetooth accessories, induction audio, Apple™ accessories, PA systems, projector screens, carts, tablet and computer storage and more.

Hitachi Solutions America is a leader in interactive presentation technology and touch software solutions. Hitachi’s StarBoard Software is licensed across multiple touch platforms to enable remote collaboration in real time, immediate access to relevant content and annotation capabilities over digital media.

Harrison Middleton University 1942 www.hmu.edu 1.877.248.6724 information@hmu.edu

Hobsons 1210 www.hobsons.com 1.513.746.2305 alice.heidtman@hobsons.com

Harrison Middleton University is a great books, great ideas, great conversations, distance learning university that offers undergraduate and graduate education in the humanities with concentrations in imaginative literature, natural science, philosophy and religion, and social science. Bachelors and Masters completion programs are available in addition to continuing education units in humanities.

Hobsons helps educators, administrators, students and families maximize success through every stage of the learning lifecycle. Hobsons’ personalized learning, academic planning, post-secondary enrollment, and student support solutions serve millions of students across more than 7,500 schools, colleges and universities worldwide. www.hobsons.com

Hazelden 1219 www.hazelden.org 1.651.213.4672 nmittelsteadt@hazelden.org

HoodaMath.com 1128 hoodamath.com 1.612.437.9977 admin@hoodamath.com

Hazelden provides proven, effective addiction treatment, recovery and prevention books, videos and curricula to individual consumers, treatment programs, schools, hospitals, mental health agencies, correctional facilities, churches and human resources programs. Hazelden publications focus on helping people recognize, understand and overcome addiction and co-occurring disorders.

Visit our booth to try out our free online math games. For more than 5 years we have been providing free online math games and tools at www.hoodamath.com. New this year, Hooda Math is proud to introduce www.hoodamath.com mobile that works on all mobile browsers.

Hertz Furniture 1651, 1752 www.hertzfurniture.com 1.800.526.4677 dmocton@hertzfurniture.com Hertz carries furniture for every room in your charter school from 125+ vendors. Our added 25-year/limited-lifetime warranty is always included plus complimentary design services. Contact us for more information about buying on contract, exclusively for charter schools, saving you time and money. Hertz Furniture, the school furniture experts.

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Huntington Learning Center 1025 www.huntingtontutoringpartnerships.com 1.800.737.2700 huntingtonses@hlcmail.com

Innovative Modular Solutions 1424 www.innovativemodular.com 1.630.972.0500 info@innovativemodular.com

Huntington, the leader in the tutoring industry, has partnered with schools and districts for more than a decade, through federal funding and grants, to bring academic support to students in grades K-12. Huntington also brings Exam Prep courses to school campuses to help students prepare for the SATŠ and ACTŠ.

Innovative Modular Solutions (IMS) is the leading provider of temporary and permanent modular buildings. With personalized service, IMS quickly solves your education space issues by providing award-winning solutions from single classroom and purpose built rooms to entire multistory wings or turnkey buildings.

Ideal Uniforms 2003 www.idealuniform.com 1.718.252.5090 lorimor26@aol.com

Insight Systems Exchange 1538 www.insightinvestments.com 1.855.812.9335 tcarroll@insightinvestments.com

Ideal Uniforms is the largest school uniform supplier in the New York area. Family owned and operated for more than 80 years, Ideal services charter schools around the country. Ideal has two New York locations: 1816 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11210 and 1271 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY 11003.

Insight Systems Exchange (ISE) is a leading supplier of certified, refurbished IT equipment and a service provider for IT hardware. Partnering with some of the largest technology manufacturers, ISE accompanies schools and organizations through the entire IT life cycle from acquiring affordable equipment to deployment and reimaging at affordable prices.

Imagine Schools www.imagineschools.com 1.703.527.2600 rhonda.cagle@imagineschools.com

Institute for Excellence in Writing 1946 www.iew.com/schools 1.800.856.5815 schools@iew.com

Imagine Schools is a national family of 69 public charter schools educating more than 36,000 students in 11 states and the District of Columbia. Imagine Schools partners with parents and guardians to educate their children, providing high quality schools that prepare students for lives of leadership, accomplishment and exemplary character.

The Institute for Excellence in Writing educates teachers in a structured, sequential writing methodology, which builds on the principles of learning by imitation. Students develop cohesive writing, reading comprehension, vocabulary and critical thinking skills. Yes, we are aligned with the Common Core!

InfoSnap, Inc. 1217 www.infosnap.com 1.512.375.4500 sales@infosnap.com

Ironwill Kids 1804 www.ironwillkids.com 1.201.503.0031 Catherine@ironwillkids.com

InfoSnap, Inc., is the leading provider of cloud-based enrollment management solutions, including online application, school choice/lottery and new and returning student enrollment and staff registration, designed specifically for Pre-K-12 independent, charter and traditional public schools. InfoSnap was founded in 2000 and serves a growing client base of 650+ clients globally.

Ironwill Kids is a leader in health education. Its PowerUp! program was created in collaboration with Teachers College, Columbia University to promote the knowledge and skills that young people need to succeed in the real world. PowerUp! merges nutrition with English Language Arts, Math and Science, thereby improving academic outcomes.

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JB Edward Uniforms/SchoolUniformsForLess 1740 www.schooluniformsforless.com 1.888.960.6433 cservice@schooluniformsforless.com

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JB Edward Uniforms, Boston’s leading school uniform supplier represents “webstore” schooluniformsforless.com, committed to bringing school communities excellent value and personalized customer service. We offer Royal Park Uniforms and have taken the most popular styles and colors and offer them at competitive prices.

Kids Adventures is your complete before- and after-school program provider. Our outstanding childcare services are the beginning of what becomes a wonderful fullday experience for your whole student population! Our mission is to help create that experience with our strategic partners.

Kagan Publishing & Professional Development 1132 www.kaganonline.com 1.949.545.6320 Bridget@kaganonline.com

Kimochis - Plushy Feely Corp 1935 www.kimochis.com 1.415.578.1100 education@kimochis.com

Kagan works with educators to implement scientifically proven strategies that increase academic gains, create positive social relations and foster a love for learning among all students. Make learning come alive; visit Kagan’s booth stocked with books, SmartCards, software and other resources. Let Kagan boost engagement and learning in your class!

Kimochis...Toys With Feelings Inside®., an award-winning social and emotional learning tool and powerful way for children to identify and express their feelings. The Kimochis® Educator’s Tool Kit will change the way your school communicates! Learn more at www.kimochis.com.

KeepnTrack/Alexandria/Textbook Tracker 1841 www.companioncorp.com 1.888.342.2446 sales@companioncorp.com School safety is serious business. Learn how KeepnTrack ensures school safety while at the same time providing tracking for student late arrivals/early dismissals, visitors, volunteers, vendors and staff. Keystone Purchasing Network www.thekpn.org 1.570.523.1155 ext. 2130

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The Keystone Purchasing Network (KPN) offers nationally publicly bid contracts that save members time and money in acquiring various products and services. Contracts cover furniture, vehicles, athletic surfaces, athletic lighting, athletic equipment, athletic seating, playground equipment, indoor flooring and much more. It’s no cost to join and we offer a simple membership application process.

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KISS Institute for Practical Robotics 1830 www.kipr.org, www.botball.org 1.405.579.4609 sgoodgame@kipr.org The Botball® Educational Robotics Program engages elementary, middle, and high school students in a teamoriented robotics competition, and serves as a perfect way to meet today’s new common core standards. Kutak Rock, LLP www.kutakrock.com 1.480.429.4833 dane.fernandes@kutakrock.com Kutak Rock, LLP has been providing sophisticated legal assistance to charter schools across the nation since the mid-1990s, assisting them in finding innovative, timely and cost-effective solutions to their financing needs. Our lawyers have participated in more than 250 charter school financings in aggregate of more than $2.3 billion in principal.

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Lawson Financial Corporation 1205 www.lawsonfinancial.com 1.602.381.8588 robert.lawson@lawsonfinancial.com

Local Initiatives Support Corporation 1428 www.lisc.org 1.212.455.9820 cstewart@lisc.org

Since 1984 Lawson Financial Corporation has worked with borrowers to build financing packages custom tailored to meet their needs. Our unique distribution and vast experience will help your school accomplish its financing needs while keeping your school’s best interest first.

Access to high-quality public education sets the foundation for a healthy neighborhood. Yet, attaining sufficient facilities stands as the biggest hurdle for new and existing public charter schools. With initial support from the Walton Family Foundation, LISC established the Educational Facilities Financing Center (EFFC) in 2003 to undertake a threepronged approach to addressing the facilities challenge.

LearnSprout 1232 www.learnsprout.com 1.916.741.7644 paul@learnsprout.com LearnSprout is a free service for K-12 schools and districts that turns raw, abstract data into actionable information. Use LearnSprout to reveal patterns and trends that are hidden within your Student Information System and understand which students require immediate assistance. Lincoln Interactive 1603 www.lincolninteractive.org 1.866.990.6637 sara.baronzzi@gmail.com

LoTi Connection 1834 www.loticonnection.com 1.760.522.8567 fred@loticonnection.com LoTi Connection is an educational consulting firm specializing in the integration of 21st Century skills into K-12 classrooms. LoTi provides consulting services, online/ onsite professional development, content benchmarking and staff evaluations focused on Digital Age Best Practices and student H.E.A.T.® (Higher order thinking, Engaged learning, Authentic connections and Technology use).

Lincoln Interactive, the nation’s leading K-12 online curriculum used by tens of thousands of students who learn through traditional and online classrooms. The dynamic courses are standards-based and utilize a variety of traditional and technology-enabled approaches such as simulations and virtual reality environments to help students reach their fullest academic potential.

Low Income Investment Fund 1503 www.liifund.org 1.415.772.9094 info@liifund.org

Little Bird provides HR expertise exclusively for charter schools. It’s all under our wing—fully integrated, easyto-use, cloud-based HR Technology; a wide selection of first rate employee benefits via our online benefits store; friendly, expert compliance support. Little Bird eliminates the pain of HR so you can focus on students.

Lumos Technologies 1241 golumos.com 1.435.313.1660 shane@golumos.com

The Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) is a leading national nonprofit charter school lender. LIIF has invested $396 million in high-performing schools. LIIF helps schools operate stable, sustainable learning environments by Little Bird 1500 providing flexible, affordable working capital and facilities littlebird.hr financing options for educational organizations and school 212.786.7900 gfoster@littlebird.hr developers.

Introducing the Lumos™ Smart Hub - An integrated Classroom Audio/Video solution. At Lumos™ we understand that each school is unique in its approach to implementing technology in the classroom. Our Smart Hub allows teachers to seamlessly interact with the classroom using whatever technology you choose to implement, from iPads to PC’s.

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Math Olympiads 1729 www.moems.org 1.516.781.2400 office@moems.org

MetLife Premier Client Group 1510 www.metlife.com/mlr 1.980.949.3159 shaessly@metlife.com

Mathematical Olympiads is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to stimulating enthusiasm, fostering creativity and strengthening intuition in mathematical problem solving. Using monthly contests, teams of up to 35 students explore mathematical concepts while developing flexibility in non-routine problem solving. Last year more than 120,000 students in grades 4-8 participated worldwide.

MetLife can deliver a host of competitive products and services that can help charter schools optimize employee benefits packages. These include defined contribution plans and financial protection products and services. Our services and solutions are delivered through comprehensive financial education programs and one-onone professional guidance.

MealTime/The CLM Group 1419 www.mealtimeclm.com 1.800.755.0904 clmsales@mealtimeclm.com Manage your breakfast and lunch programs with MealTime mPower, the comprehensive web-based software suite. Modular design lets schools implement just the capabilities they need, including point of sale, free/reduced applications, back office reporting, online payment processing and application submission. We provide full training, implementation and support. Measurement Incorporated 1805 www.measurementinc.com 1.919.683.2413 ktimberlake@measinc.com Measurement Incorporated™ is a full-service educational company that provides achievement tests and scoring services. PEG Writing™, our web-based writing program, is designed to help students develop effective writing skills and maximize teacher instruction. Educators and students can access custom writing prompts, graphic organizers, instant feedback, portfolios and interactive student tutorials. Mediscan Staffing Services 1905 www.mediscan.net 1.877.630.2044 therapy@mediscan.net

Microsoft Education 1408 www.microsoft.com/education 1.800.642.7676 EDUmergency@microsoft.com Microsoft’s innovative teaching practices, along with access to technology, supports student acquisition of 21st century skills. Those skills can mean the difference between being successful in school and having a career, or struggling every day and simply getting a job. Middlebury Interactive Languages 1819 www.middleburyinteractive.com 1.800.596.0910 cschaedler@middleburyinteractive.com Middlebury Interactive, the recognized leader in digital world language instruction, offers courses in Spanish, French, Chinese, German and Latin. Flexible implementation models available for grades K-12. Midwest Transit Equipment 1641 www.midwesttransit.com 1.800.933.2412 stephen.ball@midwesttransit.com We offer new and used school bus sales, parts and service and have seven locations to serve you! Midwest Transit Equipment is the largest bus dealer in the United States. We also offer childcare, church, limo, charter and commercial buses.

Established in 1995, Mediscan emphasizes integrity, commitment and excellence while providing the highest quality of educational staffing services for our employees and our clients. Our mission is to be the placement agency of your choice and your career development center.

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Mimio 1113 mimio.com 1.617.902.2040 colleen.burns@mimio.com Mimio® is a global leader in interactive teaching technologies that offer a better way to learn and an empowering way to teach. The Mimio product line includes innovative and affordable educational hardware technologies and award-winning software that increase teacher effectiveness and student engagement in classrooms. MIND Research Institute 1900 mindresearch.net 1.949.345.8641 mlimon@mindresearch.net MIND is a neuroscience and education nonprofit that applies its distinctive visual approach to the development of math instructional software. MIND helps local schools create a blended learning environment to create a culture of critical thinkers for the next generation of STEM leaders. MIND’s ST Math® programs reach 500,000 students in 1,780 schools. Mobilease Modular Space, Inc. 1746 mobileasemodular.com 1.888.649.6007 pete@mobileasemodular.com Mobilease Modular Space is a leading provider of modular classroom space to charter schools throughout the country. We offer lease, purchase or lease purchase options utilizing our like new inventory or Design Build services including pre-planning and budget development. Financing is available. Movie Licensing USA 1133 k12.movlic.com 1.877.321.1300 abunch@movlic.com

Nancy Larson Science 1140 www.nancylarsonscience.com 1.916.768.6880 lynda.dasmann@nancylarsonpublishers.com Nancy Larson® Science is a science program for elementary schoolchildren that provides a balance of direct, explicit instruction interwoven with age-appropriate inquiry. The lessons incorporate reading and writing strategies. Challenging topics, innovative strategies and hands-on activities make this program a very effective and enjoyable learning experience for teachers and students. Nasco 1742 www.enasco.com 1.209.545.1600 modestosales@enasco.com Nasco offers a wide range of affordable products for all ages. Nasco provides over 80,000 educational resources in areas such as health, nutrition, family & consumer science, physical activities, arts & crafts, special education, math, science, and reading. To see our full line of products, please visit eNasco.com or call 1-800-558-9595. National Charter School Resource Center 1720 at Safal Partners www.safalpartners.com 1.713.422.2434 info@safalpartners.com The National Charter School Resource Center, funded through the U.S. Department of Education, creates and provides a wide range of high-quality resources to support the charter school sector. Safal Partners, a Texas-based education consulting firm, is leading the center with subcontractors including AIR, CLCS, NCSECS, NACSA, the National Alliance and PI.

Movie Licensing USA offers a Public Performance Site License, representing most of the major Hollywood studios, to K12 schools so they can legally show movies for non-teaching activities such as Family Movie Nights, After-School Programs, Rewards, Holiday Events and more. The license provides protection against noncompliance with U.S. Copyright Law.

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National Charter Schools Institute 1836 www.charterinstitute.org 1.989.317.3510 info@nationalcharterschools.org

Netchemia 1529 www.netchemia.com 1.800.490.9686 chris.dunlap@netchemia.com

The National Charter Schools Institute is committed to helping educational organizations achieve breakthrough performance through our products, programs and services for authorizers, charter school boards, charter school leaders and education management companies. The Institute’s products include Epicenter, web-based software that helps charter organizations manage their operations and school performance.

Designed specifically for K-12, TalentEd delivers innovative, affordable talent management solutions for applicant tracking and hiring (TalentEd Recruit & Hire™), performance evaluation (TalentEd Perform™) and records management (TalentEd Records™) to more than 2,000 educational institutions nationwide. TalentEd frees school leaders to concentrate on developing and facilitating effective teachers and staff.

National Heritage Academies www.nhacareers.com 1.616.222.1700 mycareer@nhaschools.com

New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau 1604 www.neworleanscvb.com 1.504.566.5063 ravery@neworleanscvb.com

National Heritage Academies (NHA) partners with local school boards to build and manage no-cost public charter schools. NHA’s system of schools is designed to eliminate the achievement gap and provide a public school choice to families so that their children are prepared for success in high school, college and beyond.

A timeless city with a unique way of life, New Orleans is steeped in European traditions and Caribbean influences. The picturesque Big Easy calls curious minds to sweet sounds of jazz and the enchanting aroma of savory spices. New Orleans is an enticing, culturally rich haven…a sensory overload…an authentic experience.

National Right to Work Foundation’s 1225 Charter School Initiative www.nrtw.org 1.800.336.3600 legal@nrtw.org

NobleHour 1352 www.noblehour.com 1.888.982.9859 conferences@noblehour.com

The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization that provides free legal aid to teachers and employees whose human or civil rights have been violated by compulsory unionism abuses. National Student Clearinghouse 1433 www.studentclearinghouse.org 1.703.742.4200 service@studentclearinghouse.org Do you know if your students succeed in college? We maintain the only national enrollment and degree database covering 93% of all U.S. higher education students. StudentTracker provides you with actual data on where they enroll, how they persist and when they graduate.

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NobleHour® is cloud-based software that empowers community engagement. Track hours for service learning, volunteering or internships with ease; generate and share robust reports in one click to see your impact; find and post events, opportunities and news; share content with your network; customize your own online community and manage members; and connect with community partners. Nonprofit Finance Fund 1903 nonprofitfinancefund.org/education 1.212.457.4700 NY@nffusa.org Nonprofit Finance Fund unlocks the potential of missiondriven organizations through tailored investments and strategic advice. Founded in 1980, NFF is a national leader in providing innovative financial solutions to charter schools and providing loans for working capital and facilities, new market tax credits and technical assistance to more than 200 schools.

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Noodle 1513 www.noodle.org 1.646.289.7800 info@noodle.org

NTA Life 1929 www.ntalife.com 1.972.532.2100 kari.grady@ntalife.com

Noodle is the world’s most comprehensive education site, helping every learner make more informed education decisions and find the right path. Noodle offers trusted advice from a community of experts and a wide variety of education choices, from charter schools and colleges to tutors and beyond.

NTA Life specializes in offering supplemental plans that complement an individual’s major medical coverage or employer’s primary benefits package. The supplemental plans provided by NTA Life pay in addition to any other insurance and directly to the policyholder. NTA Life products include Heart, Cancer, Accident, Disability Income and Life Insurance.

Northwest Evaluation Association 1645 www.nwea.org 1.503.624.1951 tamika.chambers@nwea.org Founded by educators nearly 40 years ago, Northwest Evaluation Association™ (NWEA™) is a global not-for-profit educational services organization known for our flagship interim assessment, Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). Educators trust our assessments, professional development offerings and research to help advance all students along their optimal learning path. Novel Ideas, Inc. 1324 www.novelideas-inc.com 1.250.652.9704 terrydilit@yahoo.com Novel Ideas, Inc. offers products based on current research in instruction in language and writing. Our Literature Based Direct Instruction™ model is used in Reading for Success/ Series Launchers - an explicit instructional approach for teaching reading using proven teaching methods with variety of children’s literature to help students become fluent readers and to develop sophisticated vocabulary, comprehension and literary analysis skills. NP Solutions, Inc. 1623 www.npsol.com 1.951.351.3113 bill@NPSol.com If your charter school could benefit from integrated or stand-alone, server-based or “cloud”-based fund accounting, fundraising and grant management software then we can help. For 20+ years we have been helping charter schools implement systems to increase revenue and reduce expenses. Talk with us, meet with us and hear what other charter schools have to say about us. 120

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observe4success 1710 www.observe4success.com 1.877.743.3430 abby@observe4success.com observe4success loves charter schools! With the foundational belief that no two charter schools’ needs are the same, observe4success’ easy-to-use, fully customizable, web-based classroom observation and teacher evaluation software system fits your school’s unique culture. Meet state requirements and provide meaningful, actionable and instant feedback to improve teacher effectiveness! Odysseyware 2040 www.odysseyware.com 1.877.795.8904 info@odysseyware.com Odysseyware ® provides smarter online curriculum for grades 3-12. Thousands of schools trust Odysseyware for customizable core, elective and CTE courses and assessment and remediation. Odysseyware is ideal as a stand-alone curriculum or for blended learning – for use with credit recovery, RTI, alternative and special education, 1:1 and more. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP www.orrick.com 1.415.773.5700 ech@orrick.com The Orrick public finance team has been providing sophisticated legal assistance through the myriad of local, state and federal laws and regulations to develop financing structures and secure necessary funds for charter schools for more than ten years.

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Paxton/Patterson 1527 www.paxtonpatterson.com 1.877.243.8763 bud@paxpat.com

Pioneer Eclipse 1423 www.pioneereclipse.com 1.336.372.8080 strickland@pioneer-eclipse.com

Paxton/Patterson offers a blended curriculum model combining the benefits of cloud-based computing with hands-on experience. We offer products you can use anywhere, anytime and on any device! Individualized learning with a personal digital tutor using predictive analytics and real-time remediation achieve extraordinary results in STEM, health science, construction and FACS.

Pioneer Eclipse™ manufactures the industry’s leading floor care and general cleaning products. Our wide range of floor care coatings, cleaning equipment and dispensing systems are ideal for education facilities.

Peace Hill Press 1138 www.welltrainedmind.com 1.804.829.5043 pattie@welltrainedmind.com “Classical education for the next generation.” Founded by the creators of the bestseller “The Well-Trained Mind,” we have spent the past 13 years making high-quality curricula in history, geography, grammar, reading, and writing. We aim to produce the best materials for classical education the world has ever seen. Pepperdine University Graduate School 1346 of Education and Psychology gsep.pepperdine.edu 1.866.503.5467 gsep-recruitment@pepperdine.edu The Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology offers a variety of master’s and doctoral degrees in the fields of education and psychology. Many of our programs are designed for the working professional with classes that meet during the evenings, online and occasionally on weekends. Peters Procedures Training 1532 www.mspeters.com 1.310.595.4180 mspeters@mspeters.com Successful schools create cultures of growth and harmony. Peters Procedures: A Protocol of Conduct is a company that provides training of a transformative conduct system. This proven system creates predictable, sustainable success for both teacher and student by increasing student skill sets of leadership, service, harmonious interaction and concentration.

Piper Jaffray & Co. 1300 www.piperjaffray.com 1.612.303.1776 bruce.e.sorensen@pjc.com Do you want to be your own landlord? Piper Jaffray is a national leader in charter school finance. We help charter schools by providing them with the funds to acquire/ construct/renovate their school facilities. Together we can help build America’s next generation of schools. Please come and visit us at booth 1300. Platinum Visual Systems 1719 pvsusa.com 1.800.498.2990 tbrantley@pvsusa.com PVS a worldwide leader in visual display products, featuring Writanium™ surfaced markerboards, chalkboards, tackaboards and sliding display systems, all with a lifetime warranty. We have reversible boards, floor to ceiling wallcovering material, glass enclosed bulletin, trophy and display cases, and executive conference cabinets. We offer design services and custom capabilities – and are proudly manufactured in America since 1964. PlayCore 1918 www.playcore.com 1.877.762.7563 info@playcore.com PlayCore® helps build stronger communities around the world by advancing play through research and programming. We infuse this learning into our complete family of brands. We combine best practice planning and education programs with a comprehensive array of products to create solutions that match the needs of each community we serve.

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Play & Park Structures 1922 www.playandpark.com 1.800.727.1907 info@playandpark.com Play & Park Structures provides commercial playground equipment for ages 2-5 and 5-12 that encourages imagination while building key developmental skills. Our ability to offer complete, turnkey solutions will ensure that your playground is everything you need it to be. Preferred Meal Systems, Inc. 1426 www.preferredmeals.com 1.800.886.6325 ext. 9900 sales@preferredmeals.com Preferred Meals is the leading national provider of nutritious and affordable component meals. Preferred’s full service program provides quality meals that meet or exceed federal regulations. Preferred is committed to providing healthy meals that students truly enjoy. Quatro Solutions 1439 quatro-solutions.com 1.407.790.6449 info@quatro-solutions.com Quatro Solutions provides affordable tablet PC’s to the education industry, as well as the support services necessary for device implementations. Our eBOLT (Equipment for Better Operations, Learning and Teaching) devices are designed to be both functional and affordable for classrooms. RBC Capital Markets, LLC 1405 www.rbccm.com/charterschools 1.855.722.2663 john.snider@rbccm.com RBC Capital Markets (RBCCM) is a full-service investment banking firm with a group of 10 bankers who specialize in financing charter school facilities. RBCCM has financed more than 100 charter school projects for more than 60 organizations raising more than $1.25 billion for acquisition, construction, renovation, leasehold improvements and related costs of these projects. RBCCM assists charter schools with navigating the entire bond finance process; from developing a plan of finance, to assembling and coordinating a financing team and, finally, to financing execution and funding. RBC Capital Markets finds optimal solutions to the facilities funding challenges faced by charter schools. 122

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Reaching Individual Goals Through 1011 Online Readiness www.rigorendofcourse.com 1.832.540.0173 pnich25bab@yahoo.com Reaching Individual Goals Through Online Readiness (RIGOR) is an online e-learning readiness program curriculum and coursework for all end-of-course middle and high schools of core subjects. RIGOR’s mission is to focus on all learning styles and platforms. Read Naturally, Inc. 1823 www.readnaturally.com 1.800.788.4085 info@readnaturally.com Read Naturally provides supplemental reading programs for struggling readers. The flagship program has successfully improved reading fluency and comprehension skills in students nationwide for more than 20 years by combining teacher-modeling, repeated reading and progress monitoring. Read Naturally also provides programs for reading assessment, phonics, vocabulary and ELL students. Really Great Reading 1531 www.reallygreatreading.com 1.866.401.7323 info@reallygreatreading.com Really Great Reading provides a comprehensive set of tools to help literacy professionals identify, group and teach students with decoding difficulties. The approach works great in a Tier 2 and Tier 3 RTI environment. Rediker Software, Inc. 1637 www.rediker.com 1.800.213.9860 sales@rediker.com Rediker Software, Inc. has been providing school administrative software solutions for 35 years. As a leader in educational technology systems, our company serves all kinds of schools in all 50 states and 115 countries. We pride ourselves in supplying schools with the finest quality software and unsurpassed technical service.

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Remedia Publications, Inc. 1828 www.rempub.com 1.800.826.4740 cheryl@rempub.com

S&S Worldwide, Inc. 1401 www.ssww.com 1.800.243.9232 national@ssww.com

Remedia Publications specializes in educational materials for today’s differentiated classroom: special and regular education, Common Core State Standards, Title I & inclusion, speech and language, ESL/ELL and reading intervention.

We take EASY to a whole new level for our nation’s charter schools. Everyday comprehensive account management, personalized service, and national pricing. S&S is YOUR PreK-12 classroom and school supplies partner for sports and PE equipment; arts supplies and craft kits; teacher resources; science, technology, and math resources; and much more!

Renaissance Learning 1216 www.renlearn.com 1.715.424.3636 answers@renlearn.com Renaissance Learning™ is a leading provider of cloudbased assessment and teaching and learning solutions that fit the K-12 classroom, improve school performance and accelerate learning for all. Renaissance Learning enables educators to deliver highly differentiated and timely instruction while driving personalized student practice in reading, writing and math every day. Robert W. Baird & Co. 1501 www.rwbaird.com/charterschools 1.303.270.6335 bcolon@rwbaird.com Baird’s National Charter School Facilities Financing team has assisted charter schools and CMO’s on 100+ charter school financings, obtaining more than $1.5 billion in funding for construction, land purchase, renovations and other capital projects. These financings have been accomplished utilizing bond issues, new markets tax credits and other long-term financing sources. Rosetta Stone Ltd. www.rosettastone.com/k12 1.800.788.0822

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SafeSchools Security Systems, a Legal 1630 Age Company www.safeschoolssecurity.com 1.800.779.4945 kwhite@legalagesoftware.com SafeSchools Security System is a comprehensive student safety campus management system allowing teachers and administrators to better control and manage their school environment. The system includes the capability to monitor student attendance, visitor management, events and transportation management, field trips and other important functions utilizing advanced ID and scanning technology. Scantron 1440 www.scantron.com 1.800.473.4572 info@scantron.com Are you data-rich, but information-poor? Scantron provides intelligent assessment and analytics solutions that help learners, educators and leaders. Effective instructional decisions depend on reliable and meaningful data. Scantron software, scanners and forms turn raw data into actionable results that maximize educational outcomes. See what Scantron can do for you today! Scholar Partners 1037 www.scholarpartners.com 1.312.420.3196 cpatel@scholarpartners.com Scholar Partners offers group purchasing solutions, tailored procurement and management services for charter schools. Our goal is to help our member schools save significantly on operating and capital expenditures, create purchasing process efficiencies and improve business processes. Sign-up for Scholar Partners for free at our booth.

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Scholastic Inc. 1104, 1203 www.scholastic.com 1.212.343.6100 a@scholastic.com

School Mate 1718 www.schoolmate.com 1.800.516.8339 planner@schoolmate.com

Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children’s books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys.

We offer many School Folders and Student Planners for grades Pre-K-12 that will fit any budget. Many options are available to customize. Plus, learn about our fundraising program that earns 50% profit with no risk. New this year: publish your own classroom book with School Mate Publishing.

SchoolAdmin 1343 www.schooladmin.com 1.855.872.6228 info@schooladmin.com Charter SchoolAdmin is a customized solution for admissions and registration. Collect applications online, run the lottery and organize data effectively. Families can complete registration forms in a secure online Parent Portal. Eliminate data entry and improve communication with families using integrated mass emails and letter generation. School Check IN 1734 www.schoolcheckin.com 1.813.962.7264 info@schoolcheckin.com

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School Outfitters 1332 www.schooloutfitters.com 1.800.260.2776 sales@schooloutfitters.com School Outfitters has been furnishing great places to learn since 1998. We strive to make buying school furniture easy by providing the best products, prices and service. School Pathways, LLC 1913 schoolpathways.com 1.866.200.6936 kathleen@schoolpathways.com

School Check IN is a school security system. Check in/ out students, faculty and staff, volunteers, visitors, parent/ guardians and always know who is on your campus. We also offer OffenderCHECK, which scans each visitor’s driver’s license and performs and instant sex offender search.

Ready to experience amazing education? School Pathways’ Personalized Learning SIS is one cohesive system with multiple solutions. Stop purchasing specialized outside systems and choose one cloudbased, real-time SIS. We offer data assessment, online registration, classroom management, personalized learning, a parent/student portal, scheduling, Common Core, integrated (LMS) – and the list continues. We proudly support blended learning programs!

School Excess, Inc. 1847 www.schoolexcess.com 1.972.606.6100 sales@schoolexcess.com

SchoolReach Instant Parent Contact 1421 www.schoolreach.com 1.800.420.1479 sales@schoolreach.com

School Excess, Inc. is the market leader in recycled school furniture, classroom technology and equipment. We provide alternative ways to outfit learning institutions with manufacturer surplus, premium seconds and gently used. We embrace budget-conscious schools and forwardthinking institutions. Save big with Excess!

SchoolReach is the leading automated parent notification provider to charter schools. Use SchoolReach to send messages by phone, email and text. Charter leaders extend the power of SchoolReach beyond emergencies to increase attendance, go green, increase parent involvement and reduce expenses. Call 1-800-420-1479 or visit www.schoolreach.com to learn more.

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School Safety Advocacy Council 1744 www.schoolsafety911.org 1.888.485.2440 admin@schoolsafety911.org

Scranton Products 2002 www.scrantonproducts.com 1.800.445.5148 mknapp@scrantonproducts.com

SSAC works with schools across North America to provide professional school safety vulnerability assessments, one-to-one technology rollout safety assistance and school safety training. SSAC partners with the USDOJ/NIJ (National Institute of Justice) to provide free school safety resources to schools and law enforcement agencies nationwide.

Scranton Products manufactures a premium line of American-made solid plastic toilet, shower and dressing partitions, lockers, benches and vanities. These industryleading products are resistant to mildew, odor and graffiti plus they never need painting. All Scranton products come with a 25 year warranty.

School Specialty 1728 www.schoolspecialty.com 1.888.388.3224 customercare@schoolspecialty.com Offering the most complete range of educational solutions, services and products, School Specialty® can support your school’s vision for 21st century education. Save time and money with our Projects by Design® no-cost turnkey service and let our experts help you select the right products and solutions for your learning community. School Tech Supply 1808 www.schooltechsupply.com 1.818.495.2219 laura.bavetz@schooltechsupply.com School Tech Supply has been providing schools with more technology for less money since 1999. Our trained consultants can assist charter schools with their Common Core technology requirements. We offer low-cost computer solutions bundled with tech support, Wi-Fi and CIPA-compliant solutions for one low monthly fee. Schoolzilla 1635 schoolzilla.org 1.510.239.3330 support@schoolzilla.com Schoolzilla turns the “data-driven” dream into reality through a best-in-class data warehouse, analytics and reports platform. Developed at Aspire Public Schools - and trusted by Rocketship Education, KIPP and other leading schools across the country - Schoolzilla solves your data problem, seamlessly delivering powerful insights to stakeholders across your organization.

Screenflex Portable Room Dividers 1416 www.screenflex.com 1.800.553.0110 rmaas@screenflex.com USA-made portable, acoustical walls will help you make your facility do more for you. We offer products that are tackable, versatile and economical. www.screenflex.com says it all in seconds! Thank you! Second Step by Committee for Children 1119 www.cfchildren.org 1.206.343.1223 info@cfchildren.org The research-based Second Step program from Committee for Children teaches kids the skills they need for social and academic success in early learning through grade 8. Each grade level features engaging, developmentally appropriate ways to teach key socialemotional skills like empathy, emotion management and problem solving. Learn more at cfchildren.org. Securly, Inc. www.securly.com 1.855.732.8759 ext. 110

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Securly is the only school web filtering solution to allow single sign on and per-Org Unit policies using Google applications for education. We are 100% cloud-based for K-12 school use only and support all devices including Chromebooks. Easy to set-up and manage: no appliance, no proxy!

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Shiffler Equipment Sales, LLC 1843 www.shifflerequip.com 1.800.547.1539 h.paytosh@shifflerequip.com

SNAG Golf (Starting New At Golf) 1236 www.snaggolf.com 1.866.946.5092 info@snaggolf.com

Shiffler was founded more than 40 years ago by Bill Shiffler, a former school teacher, and remains a familyowned business offering thousands of SKUs in ten key product categories: furniture, glides and casters, restroom, locker, visual boards and accessories, classroom accessories, buildings and grounds, custodial, lighting and safety and security.

SNAG® Golf (“Starting New At Golf”) is the world’s leading first-touch program to teach golf to people of all ages and ability levels. SNAG® is used in more than 10,000 schools and 42 countries worldwide. Detailed instruction manuals and safe equipment allows golf to be played anywhere indoors or out.

Shurley Instructional Materials, Inc. 1227 www.shurley.com 1.800.566.2966 shurley@shurley.com Innovative, interactive, engaging: Shurley English is a comprehensive ELA curriculum with dynamic digital components that will revolutionize your ELA classroom. Singapore Math, Inc. 1131 www.singaporemath.com 1.503.557.8100 school@singaporemath.com Singapore Math, Inc. is dedicated to bringing the highestquality educational resources to the US and Canada. To date more than 2,500 schools, including many charter schools, have implemented our Singapore Math® programs with great success. We welcome you to come by our booth or visit us online at www.singaporemath.com. SkoolLive, Inc. 2024 www.skoollive.com 1.310.387.9738 jgerard@skoollive.com SkoolLive creates interactive, digital solutions for schools to increase connectivity between administrators and their students.

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SOS Personnel 1329 www.sossubs.org 1.267.237.3244 sossubs@gmail.com SOS Personnel is the nation’s leading provider of substitute teachers. Our mission is to build confidence and love of learning when the regular classroom teacher is away. Our on-call service is second to none. So when your school is in distress, call SOS. SpedTrack 1522 www.spedtrack.com 1.417.823.8449 summer.allison@spedtrack.com SpedTrack™ is a web-based IEP software that revolutionizes the management of your special education program. SpedTrack centralizes your information and processes into one user-friendly application, easing the burden of managing special education for both teachers and administrators. Speech Rehab Services, LLC 1803 www.speechrehabservices.com/CS.php 1.561.994.6590 FBlackman@SpeechRehabServices.com Speech Rehab Services, LLC provides comprehensive speech pathology services to charter and traditional public schools. Our services include hearing/speech/language screening, testing and therapy. Our expertise in therapy delivery is based on clear understanding of state and district guidelines. We specialize in comprehensive, costeffective direct therapy services, administrative and ESE support.

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Standard & Poor’s 1612 www.standardandpoors.com 1.312.233.7018 gwendolyn_ross@sandp.com Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services is the world’s leading provider of independent credit risk research and benchmarks. With more than 1,400 credit analysts in 23 countries and more than 150 years’ experience of assessing credit risk, we offer a unique combination of global coverage and local insight. Staples Advantage 1103 www.staplesadvantage.com 1.479.530.9973 jennifer.sachs@staples.com Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., offers business supplies to organizations of 20 or more employees up to the Fortune 1000, including global businesses, government, healthcare organizations and educational institutions. ST Learning/ Aug That 1916 www.augthat.com 1.732.536.1286 shara.newman@gmail.com ST Learning/Aug That provides an infusion of augmented reality/3-D imaging and rigorous academic curriculum that allows students to not only strive for and achieve their academic goals but to bring the learning process alive. Visit us at www.augthat.com to see our product line and resources we can provide to your educational facility. Stoneware, Inc. 1631 www.stone-ware.com 1.888.473.9485 sales@stone-ware.com Stoneware’s webNetwork delivers a UnifiedCloud platform to access a local drive, data center, or any public cloud. With a single sign-on, users have secure access from any device, private or school owned, for true BYOD capability. The integrated LanSchool program enables teacher interaction, monitoring, and control of each student computer.

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Student TV Central 1735 studenttvcentral.com 1.818.832.4640 pat@studenttvcentral.com

TeacherReady 1702 teacherready.org 1.850.432.7051 sarah.miller@studenteducation.com

Student TV Central provides schools with the tools needed to create and broadcast videos on personalized websites supplied by Student TV. School events (concerts, basketball games, field trips, assemblies) become available for sharing with the school community 24/7 via the internet. Participating schools increase fundraising, parental involvement and communications.

TeacherReady® is a nine-month online teacher certification program. If you are currently teaching, field experiences are completed in your classroom. If not, we help you find a mentor in a nearby school. Upon completion, students receive a Florida professional teacher certificate and can use reciprocity to get certification in another state.

SunGard K-12 Education 1021 www.sungardk12.com 1.866.905.8989 phil.rickenbach@sungardps.com SunGard K-12 Education software solutions serve one out of six students nationally for student information, curriculum and assessment, special education and financial and human resource management. Learn how you can lead without limits in your charter school! Visit us at sungardk12.com.

Teacher’s Discovery 1717 www.teachersdiscovery.com 1.800.832.2437 sgiroux@teachersdiscovery.com Teacher’s Discovery, the leader in supplemental items for classrooms, now offers a collection of Voces® eTextbooks for Spanish, English and Social Studies that are better than the rest and cost thousands of dollars less.

Superkids by Rowland Reading Foundation 1516 www.superkidsreading.org 1.866.370.7323 info@rowlandreading.org Rowland Reading Foundation publishes the Superkids Reading Program, a core reading program designed just for kindergarten through second grade that teaches all aspects of reading seamlessly integrated with the language arts. Happily Ever After is the Foundation’s motivating, literature-based reading readiness program. TeacherMatch 1442 www.teachermatch.org 1.888.312.7231 info@teachermatch.org TeacherMatch was created for educators by educators. Our research consortium represents some of the highest caliber talent and thinking in the field of K-12 education. TeacherMatch offers the benefits of cutting-edge research and breakthrough tools that will make hiring and developing the best teachers for your schools and districts easy.

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Teachers-Teachers.com 1322 www.teachers-teachers.com 1.877.812.4071 ext. 91 ljansen@teachers-teachers.com

The FundEd Consulting Group 1144 www.getfunded.net 1.480.473.5785 john.egan@getfunded.net

Teachers-Teachers.com can help your school harness the power of the internet in recruiting the most qualified educators. The service offers the ability to post job vacancies, search a database of more than 600,000 candidates, and send targeted emails to specific pools of candidates.

The FundEd Consulting Group is committed to enhancing the K-12 education experience by providing the funding for the optimal infusion of technology as a tool for learning, teaching and administrative leadership and management.

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation www.broadeducation.org 1.310.954.5000 Founded by entrepreneur Eli Broad and his wife Edythe, both graduates of Detroit Public Schools, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation is a philanthropy that seeks to ensure that every student in an urban public school has the opportunity to succeed. Bringing together top education experts and practitioners, the foundation funds system-wide programs and policies that strengthen public schools by creating environments that allow good teachers to do great work and enable students of all backgrounds to learn and thrive. For more information, visit www.broadeducation.org and Facebook and Twitter @broadfoundation. For more information about The Broad Prize, visit www.broadprize.org. The Friedman Foundation for Educational 1437 Choice www.edchoice.org 1.317.681.0745 keri@edchoice.org

The Institute for Excellence in Education 1737 www.excellenceined.org 1.989.317.3510 msimon@excellenceined.org The Institute for Excellence in Education is a nonprofit professional learning and development organization that provides educational coaching services to primary, middle and secondary schools. We work with schools, in schools, to provide student-centered teaching, learning and leading—the most effective school environment for K-12. The Neenan Company 1751 www.neenan.com 1.970.493.8747 don.weidinger@neenan.com Charter schools often have limited budgets, and we work with you to create value for every dollar. The Neenan Company’s design-build model provides early cost and scope guarantees to plan ahead. Bob Schaffer of Liberty Common says, “Neenan designs/builds the best charter schools in the country.” Financing services also available.

The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, Inc., is the legacy foundation of Milton and Rose Friedman and the Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation, which was established in 1996 to promote universal school choice as the most effective and equitable way to improve the quality of K-12 education in America.

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Therapy Source, Inc. 1541 www.txsource.net 1.866.783.5301 info@txsource.net

The STEM Academy, Inc. 1736 www.stem101.org 1.480.381.9437 russell.mickelson@stem101.org

Therapy SourceÂŽ is the premier national therapy provider of in-person and online staffing services and solutions for educational clients. Through a large network of highlyqualified speech, occupational, physical, and related services therapists, we provide rapid placement and work hard to reduce your administrative burdens to keep you in compliance.

The STEM Academy, Inc. is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving STEM literacy for all students. Our meta-disciplinary, state and national standards-based K-16 STEM curriculum creates student pathways for industry and post-secondary advancement. We represent a national, next-generation, high-impact academic model, which targets all schools and is for all students.

The Reinvestment Fund, Inc. 1511 www.trfund.com 1.215.574.5892 molly.melloh@trfund.com The Reinvestment Fund (TRF), a national leader in financing neighborhood revitalization, has invested more than $1.3 billion in Mid-Atlantic communities since 1985. TRF finances housing, community facilities, supermarkets, commercial real estate and energy efficiency projects. TRF has invested more than $276 million in 78 charter schools that together educate more than 38,000 students. thereNow 1344 therenow.net 1.801.589.6356 ryan@therenow.net thereNow video technology is used to provide meaningful feedback to teachers. Explore the use of remote coaching, in-ear coaching, the use of contextualized feedback to increase the impact, availability, and ease with which teachers can engage in effective learning processes. The SoyNut Butter Company 1621 www.soynutbutter.com 1.800.288.1012 mlevitt@soynutbutter.com The SoyNut Butter Company provides peanut- and tree nut-free spreads and granolas that are safe for those with peanut or tree nut allergies. Our products are used nationwide by schools, camps and childcare centers as a safe, delicious and nutritious alternative to peanut butter – learn more at our booth!

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Time Warner Cable Business Class 1818 www.twc.com/business 1.562.677.0325 peter.yen@twcable.com Time Warner Cable Business Services, a division of Time Warner Cable, offers a full complement of business communications tools to small, medium and enterprisesized companies under its Time Warner Cable Business Class brand. Its internet, voice, television, network and cloud services are enhanced by award-winning customer service and local support teams. Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance 1753 www.tremcoroofing.com 1.216.292.5000 dteffer@tremcoinc.com Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance and WTI are leading providers of roofing systems; maintenance; and replacement, restoration and repair services and innovators of other roofing and building envelope solutions. We can provide your facility with a watertight, leak-free environment. For more information call 1-800892-1872 or www.tremcoroofing.com. Troops To Teachers 1619 www.proudtoserveagain.com 1.800.231.6242 info@troopstoteachers.net Troops to Teachers (TTT) helps recruit quality teachers for schools that serve students from low-income families throughout America. TTT helps relieve teacher shortages in math, science, special education and other critical subject areas and assists military personnel transition to second careers in teaching.

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University of Phoenix 1628 www.phoenix.edu 1.312.659.8475 renee.lewis@phoenix.edu

Virco, Inc. 1340 www.virco.com 1.310.533.0474 info@virco.com

University of Phoenix provides charter schools access to higher education opportunities that enable teachers and staff to develop knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their professional goals, improve the productivity of their schools and provide leadership and service to their communities. Talk with a Workforce Solutions Advisor at Booth 1628.

Virco’s industry-leading furniture and equipment selection for K-12 schools includes: the ergonomically contoured ZUMA®, Sage™ and Metaphor® seating collections for healthy movement in the classroom; technologyready TEXT® tables; and Parameter® desks and workstations for teachers and administrators. For largescale furniture purchases, Virco’s complimentary, hasslefree PlanSCAPE® service delivers on-time, on-budget solutions.

UniversityNow, parent of Patten University 1505 www.unow.com 1.415.354.5684 emily@unow.com UniversityNow’s mission is to make a quality higher education available to all through its school, Patten University, which is regionally-accredited by WASC Senior. Patten offers undergraduate degree programs on UniversityNow’s breakthrough self-paced online learning platform, which offers students a personalized learning experience, supported by committed faculty and adaptive learning software. USC Rossier School of Education 1136 rossieronline.usc.edu 1.213.234.2814 lfoster@2u.com The USC Rossier School of Education offers select degree programs delivered online, including the Master of Education in Teacher Leadership and the EdD in Organization Change and Leadership. Programs feature live, online classes and field experiences completed in students’ own school or organizational setting. Learn more at RossierOnline.usc.edu/information. USMEPCOM 1023 www.asvabprogram.com 1.800.323.0513 theodore.j.hagert.civ@mail.mil The ASVAB Career Exploration Program is a tool designed to help tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade and postsecondary students make career decisions. This free program includes a multi-aptitude test battery and interest inventory. Students learn where and how to obtain career information that matches their interests, abilities and preferences.

Walden University 1221 www.waldenu.edu 1.760.201.7150 aaron.peasley@waldenu.edu Get an online bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree in education. Check out our website and find the best degree for you. With Walden University, you get a higher degree with a higher purpose. Waltz Management Group 1013 www.waltzmgmtgroup.com 1.480.759.9622 alyce@waltzconstruction.com Based in Tempe, Arizona, Waltz Management Group is an ensemble of professionals dedicated to ensuring charter schools succeed. The founders created this center of excellence to advise charter school boards in all aspects related to real estate, design and construction. Warren Charter Law, PLC 1108 warrencharterlaw.com 1.480.222.2045 twarren@warrencharterlaw.com Warren Charter Law helps charter schools obtain commercial or bond financing to purchase quality educational facilities. The firm handles document preparation, transaction coordination, negotiations, legal review and regulatory requirements and can assist with post-bond financing compliance. Visit www. warrencharterlaw.com or call Terry Warren at 480-222-2045.

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WebWise Tutors 1703 www.webwisetutors.com 1.818.631.5964 deb.jonsson@webwisetutors.com

World’s Finest Chocolate 1810 www.worldsfinestchocolate.com 1.800.366.4601 contactus@wfchocolate.com

WebWise Tutors is the premier online tutoring provider in the industry—a trusted educational resource for parents and students alike. Our singular goal is that all students become the most they can be, while enjoying the journey in realizing their full potential.

Chicago based, World’s Finest® Chocolate has more than 60 years of experience crafting premium chocolates. Known and loved for its fundraising products, World’s Finest® Chocolate has helped youth organizations raise more $3 billion. World’s Finest® Chocolate student fundraisers pack delicious variety and are sure to help you reach your goals.

WhiteBox Learning 2016 www.whiteboxlearning.com 1.800.592.3460 ext. 1 graham@whiteboxlearning.com Whitebox Learning is a complete standards-based applied STEM learning system. Our Gliders2.0, Structures2.0, Green Car2.0, Rockets2.0, Dragster2.0, MousetrapCar2.0, Prosthetics2.0 and Rover2.0 allow students to simulate their designs and compete “virtually,” 24/7, all around the world - how cool is that? Wilson Language Training Corp 1326 www.wilsonlanguage.com 1.800.899.8454 info@wilsonlanguage.com The Wilson Reading System®, Wilson Just Words® Wilson Fundations® and Wilson Fluency® are multisensory, structured reading and spelling curricula to address prevention, intervention and intensive instructional needs. Wisconsin Innovative Schools Network 1733 www.innovativeschoolsnetwork.com 1.608.509.8387 heather@innovativeschoolsnetwork.com

WriterKEY.com 1909 writerkey.com 1.203.648.6789 dsilver@writerkey.com WriterKEY® is a web-application designed to help writing teachers give better formative feedback to students efficiently. Every comment to students is connected to supportive content. Teacher comments feed the rich data analytics that guide instruction and monitor progress. Just released, WriterKEY® connects to PublishKEY’s powerful, personal portfolios. WriteSteps 1713 writestepswriting.com 1.800.689.1408 info@writestepswriting.com WriteSteps is an evidence-based K-5 writing program with complete lesson plans that meet 100% of the Common Core State Standards in writing to prepare students for testing and a lifetime of confident writing! WriteSteps also offers customized professional development to enhance implementation. Visit us at WriteStepsWriting.com.

A nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization led by a group of professional educators, the Wisconsin Innovative Schools Network (WISN) supports the establishment and growth of high-quality, research-based innovative schools by providing professional training and guidance, and ensuring that educators can easily collaborate, connect and learn from one another.

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Wye River Group 1602 www.wyeriver.com 1.410.267.8811 kquinn@wyeriver.com

Ziegler 1608 ziegler.com 1.414.978.6576 srolfs@ziegler.com

Wye River Group provides financial advisory, capital financing and investment advisory services to educational institutions. We specialize in tax-exempt bond financings for charter schools.

Ziegler is a recognized leader in the U.S. educational sector. We continue that tradition with our dedicated services to the charter school market nationally. Ziegler is one of the few financial services firms in the country that has a dedicated team of charter school finance professionals.

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