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Director’s Note Read a Welcome Letter from our new Executive Director, Rhonda Dillingham


Conference Agenda The full conference schedule can be found here.


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Director’s Note Welcome to the 2017 North Carolina Charter Schools Conference! I am thrilled and humbled to serve as your new Executive Director of the North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools, and I am as equally excited for our conference to be held in my hometown. Our theme this year, The Gateway to Charter School Success, is inspired by the fact that Greensboro is nicknamed the “Gate City.” Its historical role as a major railway hub attracted economic development, particularly in textiles and furniture, to the Piedmont Triad. Greensboro is also the home of eight innovative charter schools, serving over 4,500 families by providing a choice in their children’s educations. Effective educators know that reflection is the key to success. That same philosophy applies to the success or failure of school choice. Throughout the conference you will be guided through the past, the present, and the future gateway of North Carolina’s charter school movement, from our invigorating breakout sessions to our inspiring speakers. On Monday, Shane Goodridge, former Duke professor, will discuss the historical influences leading to the emergence of charter schools, and Marcus Brandon of NC CAN will share the outcomes of this year’s legislative session. Dave Machado will provide an update from the Office of Charter Schools, and Lt. Gov. Dan Forrest will offer his vision for North Carolina charter schools. Monday evening will provide an opportunity for us to honor our teachers at a special reception off-site at The Public. Enjoy music from the father of beach music, Jackie Gore, while sipping our signature cocktail, the “Professional Development.” On Tuesday, students from Millenium Charter Academy will reveal how their school has influenced their futures. Deborah Wood, Charter School Teacher of the Year, Derrell Bradford, vice president of 50 CAN, and Bryan Setser, Entrepreneur in Residence at rpk GROUP, will unlock the gate to the future by challenging us to set a daring course forward. Our charter-friendly business supporters have paved the way for this year’s productive conference. As you visit their booths, please be sure to thank them. At the conclusion of our Tuesday closing session, we will draw for five amazing prizes: a one-year subscription to Castle Learning; an Acco digital whiteboard and an Ergotron stand-up teacher desk, both donated by Staples; a Riviera Nano Cam Drone from Office Depot; and grand prize is the F400-S 3D Printer from Fusion3. Collect points toward our drawing by playing “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” while visiting the sponsors’ booths. Thank you, teachers, school administrators, board members, vendors, parents, students, and supporters for being here. Your attendance sends the powerful message that we are united. We believe that laboratories of innovation are what is best for students, for students represent the future. The gate that was opened in 1996, allowing for the first charter schools, was just the beginning. In the words of Khalil Gibran, “Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.” For charter school success, I am

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2017 Conference Schedule Sunday, July 30, 2017 3:00pm


Check-in & Vendor Set up



Sunday Night Reception

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Monday, July 31, 2017 7:00am




Check-in (Guilford Pf. 3) Continental Breakfast (Guilford B) Breakout Session 1 Governing for Greatness Dr. Jim Goenner National Charter Schools Institute (Auditorium IV) Building a Sense of Community in Your School Katie Stewart Union Academy (Auditorium II)



Office of Charter Schools: Past, Present and Future Dave Machado & Dr. Deanna TownsendSmith (Auditorium III) The Gateway to Achieving Educational Equity: A Holistic Approach Tori Kendrick & Katanna Conley Public Consulting Group (PCG) (Colony C)

Budget Training Justin Matthews Mountain Island Charter School (Auditorium II)








One School’s Journey Through the Data Collection Challenges Lori Tryon Whale Shark Software (Colony A) School Improvement Online Tool (NCStar) Alessandro Montanari NCStar (NCDPI) (Colony B)

Breakout Session 2 Starting STEM from Scratch in Elementary Jocelyn Remington & Abbie Locklear The Academy of Moore County (Auditorium IV)


Need Money? A Capital Campaign Could Be the Answer! Rick Kiernan Convergent Nonprofit Solutions (Auditorium III) Safety & Risk Management Essentials For NC Public Charter Schools Ronald R. Allen R.R.A. Risk Management Services (Colony C)

How the Financing Process Works for the Charter School Sector Bert Newsome & Rich Harmon BB&T Capital Markets (Colony A) School Improvement Online Tool (NCStar) (cont.) Alessandro Montanari NCStar (NCDPI) (Colony B)

Breakout Session 3 Every Principal Communicates, Few Connect Tom Miller Leaders Building Leaders (Auditorium IV)

Build A Strong Charter School Brand Matt Cheuvront Proof Branding (Auditorium III)

Internal Controls 101 for Charter Schools Lynn Kroeger & Ann Walters Union Academy (Auditorium II)

Active Learning Beth Rushing & Anna Hughes Union Academy (Colony C)

GENERAL SESSION / Lunch Exhibit Hall

Maximizing Your Students’ Educational Experience Karin Hoffman & Julie Underhill Sonshine Educational Tours (Colony A) Teacher Evaluation Process and Online Tool Setup Heather Stewart North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) (Colony B)

(Guilford B)

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Breakout Session 4 The Charter Application and Renewal Process Alex Quigley & Joe Maimone PAVE Schools & Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy (Auditorium IV)

Math In Motion Kara Root Chatham Charter School (Auditorium III)

Developing Messaging Grounded in Core Values to Advance your Mission Ember Reichgott-Junge Office Depot (Colony A)

Free Leadership Program Only You Are YOU! Walter Finnigan Clover Garden School (Auditorium II)

Board Policies that Matter Don Cooper National Charter Schools Institute (Colony C)

Equitable Math: Reaching All Learners Robin Durrante Teach for America (Colony B)

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2017 Conference Schedule 4:00pm



Breakout Session 5 Best Practices for Hiring Effective Teachers and Leaders Alex Quigley PAVE Schools (Auditorium IV)

EC for EC: Excellent Collaboration for Exceptional Children Julie Franklin & Amy Odom Chatham Charter School (Auditorium III)

Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan: Time Management Tools, Tips and Tricks to Get More Done in Less Time Jeremy Turner EPIC Mission (Colony A)

Hands-on African Drumming: Integrating the Arts and Enhancing Diversity William Scheidt & Shaliah Haith Ince Living Rhythms (Auditorium II)

Recognizing Untapped Potential: Developing Leadership Capacity Within a Staff Dr. John Eldridge & Beth McCullough Chatham Charter School (Colony C)

The Great American Solar Eclipse Laurie Merlo Explore Learning (Colony B)


Monday Night Reception (The Public)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 7:00am




Continental Breakfast

Breakout Session 6

CSAB Meeting (Begins at 9:00) (Augusta B)





Hiring the Best Fit: Implementing the Statewide Job Board Successfully! Jeff Davenport & Bill Barry DavenportLawrence (Auditorium III)

Flight of THIS Phoenix Rick Mack, Nicolas Bracco, Barrow Koslosky, & India Adams RdM Architecture, synergyone, & Phoenix Montessori Academy (Auditorium II)

Offering Your Employees the NCFlex State Insurance Plans Robert Kelley NCFlex (Colony A)

Stick-E Learning: Incorporating Entrepreneurship into a STEAM Curriculum Jeremy Turner EPIC Mission (Auditorium IV)

Crafting Academic Conversations to Engage and Extend Today’s Learners Jamie Cox & LaTina Robinson One Stop Word Shop (Auditorium III)

Budget Training Justin Matthews Mountain Island Charter School (Auditorium II)

The Importance of Worksite Benefits and Free Youth Educational Programs Morris Powell Colonial Life (Colony A)

Breakout Session 8

CSAB Meeting (cont. Ends at 12:00) (Augusta B)


Focusing on the Most Meaningful Work Dr. Jim Goenner & Don Cooper National Charter Schools Institute (Auditorium IV)

Breakout Session 7

CSAB Meeting (cont.) (Augusta B)


(Guilford B)

Google Suite for Education Round Table Shawn Blanton Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy (Auditorium IV)

How to Drive Your Board Towards Action Tom Miller Leaders Building Leaders (Auditorium III)

Educating Legislators on the Merits of Education Choice Lennie Jarratt The Heartland Institute (Auditorium II)

Twelve Facility Planning Mistakes that Every Charter School Makes Patrick Beausoleil Highmark School Development (Colony A)


(Guilford B)

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Breakout Session Details Presentation Title & Presenter Governing for Greatness 7/31 8:309:20

7/31 8:309:20

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7/31 8:309:20

Dr. Jim Goenner

Need money? A capital campaign could be the answer. Rick Kiernan

One School's Journey Through the Data Collection Challenges Lori Tryon

Building a Sense of Community in Your School Katie Stewart Safety and Risk Management Essentials for NC Public Charter Schools Ronald R. Allen

7/31 8:309:20

7/31 8:309:20

School Improvement Online Tool Training Alessandro Montanari Starting STEM from Scratch in Elementary

7/31 9:40 10:30

Jocelyn Remington & Abbie Locklear


Office of Charter Schools: Past, Present and Future

9:40 10:30

Dave Machado & Dr. Deanna Townsend



Come learn the 5 leadership practices great charter schools boards and leaders use to earn credibility and achieve more for kids. This session is designed to equip boards with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to govern effectively and fulfill their organizational mission. Board members and leaders will also gain a deeper understanding of how to build a healthy relationship with their authorizer. This relationship, as well as a shared understanding of the goals in the charter contract, are essential in a smooth renewal process.

Auditorium IV

How would your school use an extra $1.6 million? That’s how much Roxboro Community School’s “Raise the Roof” capital campaign secured in private donations to build a combination gymnasium/auditorium. Using Roxboro as a case study, attendees will review the key elements of a successful capital campaign, discuss donor motivations, and identify the best ways to position their school to secure significant funding from their local community.

Auditorium III

With the requirements from both DPI and IDEA federal legislation for progress monitoring and reporting on IEP goals, EC teachers and administrators struggle with the challenges of gathering and managing the data. Our school will take you on our journey from where we started with data collection to how we have leveraged technology to assist us in meeting the data collection requirements, to create meaningful progress reports as well as having real-time data to drive educational and programming decisions and IEP meetings.

Colony A

Union Academy will share some of the ways we build community in our school. Share activities and resources for Family Reunion Day, Faculty Fun Day, Family Picnics, Community Carnival, etc.

Auditorium II

Charter Schools that develop comprehensive safety and risk management policies, procedures and processes are more likely to sustain higher student achievement and fiscal integrity throughout the school environment. During this session, school board members, administrators, teachers and others will learn practical and resourceful information on how to effectively develop and implement all-encompassing school-site assessment processes related to risk, safety and security. This interactive session will provide participants with a clear understanding of how to effectively develop and implement practical school safety, security and risk management plans that are proactive and include all students, teachers and visitors. Examples will be provided to each participant regarding some of the newest risk and safety exposures for Public Charter Schools. Additionally, each participant will gain knowledge of five essential elements of an effective risk and safety program.

Colony C

Participants will learn about the online tool that over 50 districts and 1,400 schools have chosen to use in North Carolina to manage their school improvement process. This is a quick introduction for those that are curious about the tool and not an actual in-depth training but all will receive information to access the tool.

Colony B

STEM is more than the latest educational buzz word. The demand for skilled workers in science, technology, engineering, and math is an undeniable part of our students' future. But what does that look like in elementary school? This presentation will show you our approach to incorporating STEM into K-5 classrooms and after school activities. We'll tell you about how to get started with project based learning, find the money for materials, and build a STEM program from nothing. You don't have to be a STEM certified school to teach your students important STEM skills like problem solving, critical thinking, the design process, and how to embrace failure.

Auditorium IV

The Office of Charter Schools will present on the historical context, current services and operations, and vision of the office moving forward.

Auditorium III

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Presentation Title & Presenter

7/31 9:40 10:30

How the Financing Process Works for the Charter School Sector Bert Newsome & Rich Harmon

Budget Training 7/31

Justin Matthews

9:40 10:30

7/31 9:40 10:30

7/31 9:40 10:30

The Gateway to Achieving Educational Equity: A Holistic Approach Tori Kendrick & Katanna Conley

School Improvement Online Tool Training (cont.) Alessandro Montanari Every Principal Communicates, Few Connect


Thomas Miller

10:50 11:40

7/31 10:50 11:40

Build A Strong Charter School Brand Matt Cheuvront Maximizing Your Students' Educational Experience

7/31 10:50 11:40

Karin Hoffman & Julie Underhill



As one of the top Charter School practices in the country, and as part of one of the largest and strongest banks in the country, come learn from us on how the financing process works for the Charter School sector. From early stage schools to those with proven track records, topics covered will include: What do the financing markets look like for an attractive Charter School? How do I prepare our school for financing? What are the key drivers for success, short term and long term? Participants-Who is involved? Common dos and dont's.

Colony A

Join the annual North Carolina budget summary review and training for charter schools! At this session, designed for charter school leaders and financial support personnel, updates on all current per pupil funding sources and constants will be provided, as well as a walkthrough of a standardized budget template designed to help charter schools accurately develop multiyear forecasts based on enrollment by county, staffing and operating expenses. Bring your laptop or tablet to this session for real time access to websites and documents that are infused into the training materials.

Auditorium II

North Carolina's socioeconomically and racially diverse student population makes educational equity a pressing issue for many charter school communities. PCG's approach to addressing the academic equity issue is to treat it holistically since no one solution can effect real change, but a comprehensive, systemic approach can. In this interactive presentation, participants will learn concrete strategies for addressing two issues related to educational equity, academics and behavior. Participants will be able to describe the current equity landscape, explain how it affects students in their schools, and learn a model for effecting real change using researchbased solutions.

Colony C

Participants will learn about the online tool that over 50 districts and 1,400 schools have chosen to use in North Carolina to manage their school improvement process. This is a quick introduction for those that are curious about the tool and not an actual in-depth training but all will receive information to access the tool.

Colony B

To be a successful, principals need to learn to communicate in a way that connects with others. When you connect with others your sense of community improves, your ability to create teamwork increases, and your influence skyrockets. Principals who connect with others have better relationships, experience less conflict, and get more things done than those who cannot connect. Principals who have learned the art of connection are able to communicate their ideas persuasively, establishing buy-in and attracting followers. During this session, you will learn the practices and principles of connecting.

Auditorium IV

Increase funding, recruit top-tier talent, and bolster enrollment through the power of your story. In this session, we'll look at the core components to building a strong charter school brand and will work together to define your own brand's Declaration, a clear and concise message that articulates what you offer, who it's for, and what you do best.

Auditorium III

Experiences are elements we carry through for the rest of our lives. Providing experiences that connect to our curricular objectives are the home run in education. Discover the creative ways to make science, technology, history, performing arts, or civics come alive for your students. These experiences will not only help shape their future interests and endeavors, but help provide added interest in their current studies. It is not difficult to be the teacher they will never forget. This session will allow you to set your creative genius free to maximize the education experiences for each one of your students.

Colony A

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Presentation Title & Presenter


Internal Controls 101 for Charter Schools 7/31

This session is designed to help charters develop a process of internal controls without losing your mind. Financial mismanagement is often cited as a major reason for charter school closure. The School's board of directors, management, and other key personnel need to design adequate internal controls to provide reasonable assurance regarding the achievement of objectives relating to: 1) Operations: including the effectiveness and efficiency of those operations and the safeguarding of assets necessary to carry out operations.2) Reporting: including the reliability, timeliness, and transparency of reporting, both internal and external, and both financial and non-financial. 3) Compliance with our regulatory environment.

Lynn Kroeger & Dr. Ann Walters

10:50 11:40

7/31 10:50 11:40

7/31 10:50 11:40

Active Learning Beth Rushing & Anna Hughes

Teacher Evaluation Process and Online Tool Setup Heather Stewart


The Charter Application and Renewal Process

2:50 3:40

Alex Quigley & Joe Maimone Math in Motion


Kara Root

2:50 3:40

Developing Messaging Grounded in Core Values to Advance your Mission Ember Reichgott-Junge 7/31 2:50 3:40

Free Leadership Program Only You Are YOU! 7/31 2:50 3:40

Watler Finnigan


Auditorium II

Participants will experience activities that will enrich their lessons and add a dimension of fun and novelty. The techniques presented will support emotional and social learning and require mandatory engagement in all areas of academics. Participants should expect to be able to use the activities immediately. Games will be shared that will enhance academic lessons and will increase social learning.

Colony C

In this session participants will learn about the NC Teacher Evaluation Process from an instructional leadership perspective, review the steps in the evaluation cycle, understand the ratings on the continuum from developing to distinguished, and identify the important steps using the online tool.

Colony B

CSAB members will answer your questions on what the CSAB is looking for in new applicants, and what questions an existing school may face in the charter renewal process.

Auditorium IV

Are your students tired of doing worksheets and bookwork in math? Let's bring fun back to the math classroom. See how an upper level high school math teacher incorporates a variety of activities to get the students up and moving around the room while doing content-based assignments. You don't have to sacrifice rigor for fun. Differentiation is also an element of the experiences. Cross grade level interaction is another way to peak student interest. Even students that have forgotten they love math will remember how much fun it can be. This session will be applicable to any grade level.

Auditorium III

There is nothing more powerful than a clear, concise message grounded in core values that connects people to you and your cause. Imagine a reporter asking you: “Why do you teach at a charter school? Can you answer in 30 seconds? And is your answer one that inspires others to support the work you do? This session will help attendees to create better messaging, think in values language, articulate values to fend off hostile questions, and connect to different audiences. Too often education leaders are so immersed in daily operations that they respond with “jargon” and fail to connect to the values that motivate their passion each day. This session will help develop messaging grounded in core values to advance your mission. Presenter Ember Reichgott Junge is the former Minnesota state senator who authored the first charter school law in the nation, and the book Zero Chance of Passage: The Pioneering Charter School Story. She is a national speaker and trainer on chartering, messaging, governance and nonprofit leadership.

Colony A

YouthMAX Plus Leadership program inspires and equips young people to value themselves and others, by developing and maintaining a positive self-image, showing compassion to others, persevering in the midst of adversity, and creating a daily routine of successful attitudes and behavior. This engaging and interactive session facilitated for you is appropriate for your students ages 8-18. They will learn how self-leadership allows them to be a positive influence with their family, teachers and peers. John C. Maxwell, founder of The John Maxwell Team and YouthMAX program, says, "Youth are not the generation of tomorrow, they are the generation of today!"

Auditorium II

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Presentation Title & Presenter Board Policies that Matter 7/31

Don Cooper

2:50 3:40

Equitable Math: Reaching all Learners 7/31

Robin Durrante

2:50 3:40


Best Practices for Hiring Effective Teachers and Leaders

4:00 4:50

Alex Quigley

7/31 4:00 4:50

7/31 4:00 4:50

EC for EC: Excellent Collaboration for Exceptional Children Julie Franklin & Amy Odom

Hands-On African Drumming: Integrating the Arts and Enhancing Diversity William Scheidt & Shaliah HaithInce


Recognizing Untapped Potential: Developing Leadership Capacity Within a Staff

4:00 4:50

Dr. John Eldridge & Beth McCullough

7/31 4:00 4:50

Plan your Work, Work your Plan: Time Management Tools, Tips, and Tricks to Get More Done in Less Time Jeremy Turner



Legally vetted and practically tested charter school board policies are essential to a successful school. They keep you in compliance with applicable law, while guiding your school's operations. Unfortunately, all too often policies are an afterthought and only looked at once there's trouble"�and by then it's too late! This session will focus on best practices in writing and maintaining useful and relevant policies. We will discuss the core policies that every charter school should have, offer tips for maintaining your policies manual, and advice on how to make them relevant to guide key operating decisions.

Colony C

This session will offer educators solutions to motivate students to learn and find creative and meaningful ways of incorporating them into their math classrooms. These strategies have been implemented by me as a parent, teacher and instructional coach for the last 11 years. Every child is capable of learning given a teacher who is able to differentiate the content, process, product, and environment. This success is according to the student's readiness, interest and learning profile. This session contains best-practices for content strategies for differentiating secondary mathematics, inventive methods for students with learning differences, and teaching with technology.

Colony B

This session will provide tangible strategies, techniques, and resources to strengthen your hiring practices. Participants will walk away with specific methods to easily implement in order to improve the quality of their selection process.

Auditorium IV

The Exceptional Children's (EC) Team at Chatham Charter School gives a general overview of its K-12 program including accessing statewide resources and contacts, addressing scheduling challenges, collaborating with general education teachers, transitioning to the Multi-Tiered System of Support and Students with Disabilities (MTSS), and meeting individualized education needs in a college prep charter school. During the session K-12 EC and regular education teachers, administrators, and parents can benefit from the opportunity to delve into aspects of EC in a collaborative setting.

Auditorium III

With an instrument provided for every attendee to play during the session, this presentation will model the high-energy process of using African drumming to enhance school diversity and integrate the arts into the Common Core. The session will highlight research on the relationships between diversity, the arts and student academic achievement. Topics will include: Neurological research on the effects of the arts on brain development, Sociological research on the link between cultural boundaries and academic achievement, Educating culturally diverse students and enhancing diversity through practical uses of the arts, Integrating the arts with Common Core.

Auditorium II

Gone are the days when running a school is from the top down. Charter schools face unique challenges functioning in school and central office roles. Learn how Chatham Charter's administration identifies skillsets in staff to empower them to be visionary, innovative, and the best versions of themselves---sometimes at levels they never envisioned. From the hiring stage to helping veteran staff find untapped ability, administration fosters an atmosphere where learning to take risks and developing ideas is applauded (even expected). The goal is to strengthen every aspect of the school with balanced ownership. Take away ideas for yourself and your school.

Colony C

Time is the most precious resource we have, and yet most of us feel like there are never enough hours in the day to accomplish everything on our to-do lists. In fact, the real problem lies with how we manage the time we have. In this session, Jeremy Turner of EPIC Mission will offer an introduction to the Pareto Principle and the 4 Quadrants of Time Management while sharing tools, tips and tricks for a better understanding of how to plan your daily work, improve delegation and prioritization, protect yourself from time robbers and stay in your lane doing the things for which you are best suited.

Colony A

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Presentation Title & Presenter

7/31 4:00 4:50

The Great American Solar Eclipse

Colony B

There is no work more meaningful than helping students learn, grow, and reach their full potential. That's why you chose to serve on the board of directors of a charter school. As a board member, your work will be most impactful for kids and personally satisfying if you stay focused on what matters most. Learn practical tips from experts at the National Charter Schools Institute on how to your board's work so that it is focused on student and organizational success, empower and evaluate school leadership, and keep your school's team united and moving forward for kids.

Auditorium IV

One of the biggest challenges charter schools face is finding and hiring highly qualified teachers and employees. We now have a powerful solution that is funded and provided by the NC DPI (Department of Public Instruction)!: Features: Over 60,000 applicants are utilizing this state job board, Over 80 public school districts are live in the system, Over 60 Charters are live in the system, Thousands of positions posted with thousands of positions filed. Attend this session to understand how to engage your school in utilizing of the NC School Jobs Applicant Management solution!

Auditorium III

Faced with notice terminating their lease in 6 months, Phoenix Montessori Academy had to react quickly or jeopardize what they had spent years building. This is the success story of school leadership facing a mountain of challenges and developing a partnership with the team leadership of RdM Architecture and synergyone construction. You will hear about the journey to success and the single sourced turnkey solution that included pursuit of a successful Conditional Use Permit; negotiating a flexible lease; buying property; and providing planning, architectural, and construction services.

Auditorium II

Learn what NC Flex Benefit Program has to offer your staff from an HR Benefits Consultant from the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources

Colony A

We have all heard the word entrepreneurship, but there still exist a good many misconceptions about what it actually is, why it’s important to our society’s ideal future and how we can begin to intentionally incorporate eship education into current curriculum with little to no extra effort. By offering a connection between standard course curriculum and real-life application outside the classroom, an additional or alternate reason to attend college, an alternative route to life success other than college, or simply how to turn a passion or skill into local, national or global impact, students from all walks of life will benefit from e-ship education, even if the student never becomes an entrepreneur. In this interactive presentation, Jeremy Turner of EPIC Mission will clarify the misconceptions, offer action steps, share resources, highlight the many student-centered benefits and facilitate a discussion of how e-ship education is the glue that binds together lessons across all disciplines through a focus on practical application, leading to more engaged students, stickier lessons and a brighter future for our next generation.

Auditorium IV

Don Cooper & Dr. Jim Goenner


8/1 8:309:20

Hiring the Best Fit: Implementing the Statewide Job Board Successfully! Jeff Davenport & Bill Barry

Flight of THIS Phoenix 8/1 8:309:20

8/1 8:309:20

Rick Mack, India Adams, Barrow Koslosky & Nicolas Bracco

Offering Your Employees the NC Flex State Insurance Plans Robert Kelley Stick-E Learning: Incorporating Entrepreneurship into a STEAM Curriculum Jeremy Turner

8/1 9:4010:30


Are You Ready for the Solar Eclipse of 2017? Join us to find out what, when, how and why! Science, Literacy, Safety discussions will help support your understanding of why the total solar eclipse event on August 21st, 2017 is such a rare treat for us in or near to this spectacular event! Eclipse facts and simulations will be incorporated while learning about the differences between lunar/solar eclipse, total vs partial eclipse, penumbra vs umbra, why solar glasses and more! All will receive access to Gizmos simulations to share with family & students and a pair of solar glasses!

Laurie Merlo

Focusing on the Most Meaningful Work 8/1


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Auditorium III

Join the annual North Carolina budget summary review and training for charter schools! At this session, designed for charter school leaders and financial support personnel, updates on all current per pupil funding sources and constants will be provided, as well as a walkthrough of a standardized budget template designed to help charter schools accurately develop multiyear forecasts based on enrollment by county, staffing and operating expenses. Bring your laptop or tablet to this session for real time access to websites and documents that are infused into the training materials.

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Learn how to keep and retain valued employees and provide valued benefits at no cost from one of Colonial Life’s District General Agents.

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This session will begin with a short Google Presentation on the different applications available to teachers and students in GSuite. Then we will move into a question and answer session and try to cover email, contacts, docs, sheets, presentations, forms, drawings and sites.

Auditorium IV

To be a successful charter school principal you need to know how to do two things well: 1. Be a good follower 2. Drive your board towards action. Charter school leaders who do not learn to navigate these two laws become frustrated with being "under authority." This might be why over 50% of the charter school principals have turned over in the last five years. Come to this session and what what great charter school principals do differently!

Auditorium III

Lawmakers deal with a wide range of constituents and legislation. By engaging them with personal stories, interesting content, and best practices within North Carolina and from around the country, you can grab their attention and put focus on education choice. Town hall meetings, phone calls, social media, rallies, and personal letters are some of the many ways in which legislators can be reached. It is important to recognize the advantages and disadvantages in each of these ways. A successful engagement campaign includes understanding how and when to use the appropriate communication channel.

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Undertaking a facility development , acquisition or construction project for your permanent school home is a BIG deal. And most charter founders and boards do it only once (if at all). This session will show you the 12 most common and often devastating mistakes schools make in their planning. Participants will leave with the practical tools to avoid these mistakes.

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Details Rich, robust vocabulary opens doors of opportunities for students. This workshop will show how to create an immediate bridge between student's casual home language and advantageous school language. We turn researched-based strategies into engaging, systematic daily practices. Highly interactive, participants will experience engagement tools that extend students' academic word understanding and use. Explore which words give leverage and effective ways to get them to stick. Participants will receive handouts with specific, researched and classroom based strategies. Immediate application ideas including games to adhere meaning to words, content notebook tips and systematic word rich environments. Participants will leave with a host of enriching activities to extend student's ability to both understand and apply scholarly words to reading, writing and speaking.

12 Facility Planning Mistakes that Every Charter School Makes Patrick Beausoleil

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INSTITUTIONAL Omega Construction, Inc. is a privately owned General Contracting firm and has been serving the construction needs of the Southeastern U.S. for 40 years. Omega has proven to be a uniquely versatile company with its wide-ranging portfolio, concentrating in the hospitality, industrial/distribution, retail, and institutional/commercial markets.

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Special Pricing Offer for North Carolina Charter Schools! Convergent Nonprofit Solutions manages feasibility studies and capital campaigns for nonprofit organizations like charter schools across North Carolina. Our fundraising campaigns typically range from $500,000 to $10,000,000 and fund bricks and mortar projects like gymnasiums, auditoriums, classrooms, sports fields, etc. as well as operations and endowments. North Carolina Charter School Clients • • • •

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With our diverse team of more than 30 professionals, we provide industry-leading expertise in all areas of fundraising.

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8 out of 10 schools in North Carolina choose Carolina Thomas for the best in quality, service, parts and body shop services.

We sell the best buses in the industry - Thomas Built Buses - backed by the most experienced team of bus professionals in North Carolina.

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Founded in Durham in 1924, family owned and operated Brame provides quality products and services to a broad customer base throughout the Carolinas and Virginia. Our suppliers include some of the most recognizable names in the industry. Our diversity of products allows us to service a wide variety of customer needs. We are a full line distributor of:  school and office supplies

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HMH is proud to sponsor the 2017 North Carolina Public Charter School Conference Our effective, dynamic, and engaging resources can help instructors teach with greater confidence—turning your charter vision into student achievement. It’s education that’s tailored for the individual . . . and supported by a community! Contact your local Account Executive Kelly Haydt today! 704.614.1638 • 800.225.5425 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ® and HMH ® are registered trademarks of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. © Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved. 05/17 WF45182

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Mobile Modular

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

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Raymond James combines the strength and stability of a national firm with the advantage of regional expertise. Backed by a powerful distribution platform and strong capital base, we work with individual charter schools as well as national operators to finance new schools and to acquire or refinance existing schools through a variety of financing arrangements, including private placements, publicly offered bonds and USDA loans, among others.

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Living Rhythms, an arts-in-education program of TTM Winston-Salem, provides a lasting and meaningful educational experience that no one in your school will soon forget! We provide a fleet of imported African drums, and our flexible programs easily fit into existing school schedules. We can come for a day visit, or stay for weeks at a time! Our award-winning school programs are designed around state curriculum requirements and are easily integrated into music, art, social studies, English, foreign language, math, and PE curricula. We work closely with teachers to create tailor-made programs to fit the curricula and themes of our hosts. Hertz Furniture has innovative furniture to match your teaching style, curriculum, and budget for every room in your school, including Classroom, Commons Area, Lab, Media Center, cafĂŠ, and more, all with Lifetime Warranties.

Charter Success provides financial, building and student information services. Our services provide security for charter school boards and administration through sound fiscal and student information management, allowing you to focus on student instruction. Everything we do is rooted in providing the highest level of customer service. Visit CFS is the fastest growing provider of accounting services to NC charter schools and is the ONLY provider focused exclusively on NC charter schools. Led by partners with over 25 years of combined experience with NC charter schools, the CFS model is based on providing NC charter schools a choice when it comes to selecting an accounting service provider. CFS has partnered with industry-leader ADP to give NC charters an alternative for Human Resources compliance, expertise, payroll processing, and benefits administration. Our exclusive partnership has NCDPI approval, allowing you to comply with all reporting requirements.

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Charter School Health Alliance Coffee & Snack Sponsor

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The Charter School Health Alliance exists to provide solutions for all your insurance needs. Furthermore, by partnering with TriNet, we are able to provide unparalleled payroll and HR solutions as well. By switching to the Charter School Health Alliance, you will receive the best care in the industry, from an organization with your interests in mind. As the largest manufacturer of educational furniture in the United States, Virco Inc. is committed to providing the best selection of classroom, training and hospitality furniture for the education market. Virco employs over 600 people in our two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities located in Torrance, CA, and Conway, AR. As a company, Virco is dedicated to outstanding sales support, product training, space planning and promotional literature. For more information please visit Lexia Learning is committed to helping all students become proficient readers and confident learners. Lexia empowers the literacy educators who are essential to student success with research-driven adaptive assessment and personalized instruction.

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VESTA Modular offers modular buildings for sale or lease as well as turnkey services across North America. VESTA targets customers who demand a higher standard of service and better quality modular building. With its partners, VESTA offers turn-key, short and long-term solutions for workforce housing, office, education, storage, and operations with an emphasis on quality, comfort, and safety for customers. Whale Shark Software offers an application that allows your special- and general-education teachers to easily collect IEP goal progress and accommodation use data with the click of a button. Developed with input from EC teachers and specialists, EC-AID (Exceptional Children Accommodation & IEP Data) allows your team to drive decisions based on data collected in class as it happens. EC-AID generates graphs that will display a student's growth over time. Our student-centered model allows all teachers, specialists and therapists to collect and record data points to ensure progress-monitoring compliance.

Acadia NorthStar is the most widely-used Financial Management and Student Information Services provider for Charter Schools in North Carolina. They work with 2 out of 3 operating charter schools in North Carolina assisting Acadia Northstar these Schools in achieving and maintaining superior financial performance as well as successfully navigating the myriad of rules, regulations and compliance standards imposed on every operating Charter School in the state. Constantly improving and changing to meet the needs of NC charters, Acadia Northstar has recently added an Monday General Session Lunch Sponsor Information Technology Support Contract to its long list of services offered. Since its founding in the early years of the charter school movement, Acadia NorthStar has developed a proven system that integrates sound accounting, compliance and governance practices into everything they offer. With over 750 clean charter school audits behind them, it’s no surprise why a former NC State Auditor refers to Acadia NorthStar as “The Go To Guys” in charter school financial and information management. Fusion 3

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Description R.J. Leeper Construction LLC established its foundation in the construction industry in 1993 and since then has become one of the most reputable contractors in the southeast. Licensed in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, R.J. Leeper Construction has completed over 230 construction projects totaling more than $650 million. R.J. Leeper Construction is a reliable contractor with a record of integrity, customer satisfaction, and excellence. R.J. Leeper Construction has been an outstanding firm completing complex projects for institutions throughout the Carolinas. For over 25 years we have excelled at providing services for institutions that have difficult renovations or new construction projects. Some of our clients include Lincoln Charter School, Mountain Island Charter School, and Lincoln County Schools, along with various public and private universities. R.J. Leeper Construction also has assisted Charlotte Mecklenburg County Schools with Construction Manager Agency Services for the past 20 years. During the 20 years our team has supervised over $2 billion in school construction.

Fusion3 is a manufacturer of affordable, high performance 3D printers. Located in Greensboro, NC and founded in 2013 by CEO Chris Padgett, Fusion3's mission is to provide world-class additive manufacturing capabilities to customers at best-in-class prices. Our mission is to strive to build 3D printers that delight the end-user and demonstrate value to the purchasing executive through: continual improvement, features over flash, and customer satisfaction. Fusion3's 3D printers excel in providing performance, ease of use, safety, and durability to educational and business markets all across the globe. NC E-Procurement is a free enterprise-wide, internet-based purchasing system used by State agencies, community colleges, and school systems across the State of North Carolina. NC E-Procurement online catalogs provide users with an online shopping experience similar to many online ordering systems. The catalogs offer users with quick and easy access to Statewide Term Contract prices. Additionally configurable electronic approval flows replace traditional or paper-based requests. NC-E-Procurement users also have access to a centrally maintained database of more than 52,000 vendors, and the eQuote tool provides an efficient method for requesting quotes. Visit our website at

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Educational Outfitters

Educational Outfitters of Raleigh is a full service uniform company that specializes in providing the latest in uniform and dress code apparel that is created with modesty and comfort at the core. We offer 3-4 on-site Fit Days a year to ensure the best possible fit and convenience to the customers. OUr customer service is second to none as we offer phone ahead ordering, Fit Sample Packs (which allows the customer to get sizing samples, then place their order), text, online ordering plus access to our 7,000 square foot storefront. We are here when and where you need us.

Insight Architects

Insight Architects specializes in innovative educational design. We believe that there is a strong and profound connection between the design of learning environments and student development. Like a well-designed tool, innovative schools can enhance the teaching environment, stimulate student performance and foster a lifelong love of learning.

Orgs Online LLC

Orgs Online services make it easy for schools to conduct school business online. Services include: Lottery Signups, Registration Forms, Lunch Ordering, Field Trip Signups, Enrichment Class Registrations, Event Signups, After School Care Billing, Online School Store, Spirit Wear Sales, plus Sports Registrations. Built-in bookkeeping to accept an manage online payments is included with each of these services as well as the ability to create custom forms to collect other miscellaneous school fees.

Amplify Coffee & Snack Sponsor

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Amplify is reimagining the way teachers teach and students learn. Our products and services lead the way in datadriven instruction and next-generation curriculum and assessment. Amplify has provided innovative technology to the K-12 market for more than a decade. Amplify's top-rated Core Knowledge Language Arts elementary literacy curriculum is devoted to eliminating the achievement gap by closing the knowledge gap, teaching today's rigorous ELA standards in the context of content knowledge, shown to be critical to reading comprehension and success in college, career and life. Amplify's early literacy suite also features leading assessment and intervention technologies. As a global leader in lifelong learning, we're delivering interactive, results-driven education solutions to more than 50 million students in more than 150 countries. We combine cutting-edge research, editorial excellence and technological innovation to make learning more dynamic, engaging and effective – for life.

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RdM Architecture / synergyone Tuesday Closing Session Lunch Sponsor

BB&T Capital Markets

EPR Properties provides financing solutions for the development and acquisition of charter school facilities. EPR Properties understands that safe, attractive, purpose-built facilities are vital to the success of your school. As leaders in the financing of charter schools, we’re able to meet your unique needs, including land acquisition and new construction, property acquisition and renovation, and acquisition of existing schools with leases already in place. We provide 100% of the financing and are 100% committed to bringing your school to life on time, on budget, and with passion. Visit to learn more. Providing architectural planning and construction management services for almost 30 years, RdM Architecture and its leadership created synergyone construction company in 2008 to support is Integrated Project Delivery approach. Our growing list of repeat clients will attest to the benefit of having a single source of responsibility on their projects. Whether it’s an architectural design or planning challenge, construction needs or total project development, we work hard to find creative and cost-effective solutions for your capital improvements. Question the question. Call us at (704) 987-9727 Collaborate. Create. Construct Our Education Finance Group provides capital structure planning and execution for charter schools, private K-12, higher education facilities, and public school systems. With a robust bond distribution platform and resources of one of the nation’s strongest financial institutions, we serve the needs of this sector with focus and expert execution.

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For 75 years, Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company has had one mission: to help America’s workers preserve and protect the vitally important things they work so hard to build. Headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, we offer a wide range of financial protection options, helping more than 3 million people in nearly 80,000 companies. In addition to our personal benefits counseling expertise, we’re a pioneer of payroll deduction and innovator of enrollment technology. OUr end-to-end capabilities and commitment to going above and beyond enable us to provide unmatched customer service. With more than 10,000 sales representatives and more than 1,000 home office professionals, we’re here to help during life’s most challenging times. The NCFlex State Insurance Plans is administered by the NC Office of State Human Resouces, allowing State employees to purchase benefits on a pre-tax basis. NCFlex has a long history of providing quality benefits with excellent customer service and offers combined enrollment with the NC State Health Plan. Offerings include Dental, Vision, Spending Accounts, Critical Illness, Cancer, AD&D, Term Life, and TRICARE Supplement. NCFlex also offers a Core AD&D plan and a Core Vision plan, both of which are at no cost to employees. For more information please visit

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AXA Monday Night Reception Sponsor

American Book Company

Description At AXA, redefining standards isn’t just our motto – it is who we are. Since our company’s inception, we have had our customers’ interests and concerns at heart. That commitment continues today with our singular focus on being attentive, available, and reliable. In working with clients, we tailor our services to specifically meet the needs of our plan sponsors and their participants. Our philosophy on saving for retirement and our approach to helping our clients achieve their financial goals encompasses the following: we are committed to providing first-rate customer service and diversified investment options to meet the needs of all our clients. American Book Company, Inc., co-founded in 1996 by educators and a university professor with a doctorate in education, is a publisher committed to instructional content excellence. We specialize in standards-based resources and have helped over five million students achieve academic success.

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Pierce Insurance Agency Breakfast Sponsor

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Preferred Meals has spent decades serving the needs of foodservice operators. We are constantly developing innovative offerings, with programs designed to control food costs while placing a high priority on quality and great taste. Preferred delivers real, nourishing meals that kids enjoy and charter schools, families and the community can trust. Pierce Insurance is a family-owned company founded in 1955. Lonnie and Wanda Pierce were pioneers in the employee benefit arena. Our first client in 1955 is still with us, even as we have grown to service over 500,000 insureds. Today, our staff has over 500 combined years of experience. We provide customized solutions for you and your employees. With 3 distinct workplace generations (Gen X, Gen Y, Boomers), in 3 distinct personal life stages, it is increasingly important to meet diverse benefit needs. From managing benefit costs to meeting changing employee financial needs we are Your Source for Benefit Solutions. Leaders Building Leaders is an organization led by charter school leaders that provides coaching, consulting, and teaching services in the areas of governance, leadership, academics and operations. We intentionally teach school leaders how to identify the cause of the problem, develop a solution, and execute a plan towards sustainability.

Tote Bag Sponsor


Providing one place to source supplies needed throughout your Charter School is a main focus of Staples Business Advantage. With dedicated account management, custom pricing, product experts and excellent customer service, you have access to a program focused on K12 and making your workday easier. Classroom supplies, paper and toner, janitorial supplies, tech items, copy & print services, promotional products, event supplies, and more are included in this program. If you aren’t ordering through this program on, you aren’t taking full advantage of this business-to-business program created just for Charter Schools. Contact for more information.


Office Depot offers office and classroom essentials, breakroom and janitorial, copy and print, promotional items, furniture and technology. Office Depot also has an initiative called “Committed to Learning.” The initiative is founded Office Depot on the company’s core beliefs of equity; skills mastery; and collaboration between teachers, students, and parents; Monday General Session Lunch Sponsor for successful learning outcomes. “Committed to Learning” integrates Office Depot’s education-focused contract division with a wealth of best-in-class partners across the instructional ecosystem of people, classrooms, content, data and materials.


Sonshine Educational Tours is a family owned-operated company serving educators throughout the nation. We are committed to custom-designing each educational tour to meet the specific curricular objectives. Destinations Sonshine Educational Tours include but not limited to: Raleigh, Charleston, Savannah, Washington DC, Williamsburg, New York City, Boston, Monday General Session Lunch Sponsor Philadelphia, Chicago, Orlando, Colorado, Grand Canyon, and more. Each tour includes a security-cleared tour guide to ensure you and your students make the most out of your educational experience. Our tours are all-inclusive, with deluxe charter buses, wonderful accommodations, delicious meals, and engaging attractions. Each tour is guaranteed to make great memories that will last a lifetime.



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We are your Charter School IT Department! We help you design, implement, maintain and budget for your school technology systems-computers, networks, phones, copiers/printers. Our team currently partners with 15 Charter Schools across the state. Based on a recent survey 100% of the administrators/directors/principals at our schools would recommend us to you! We speak Education and we ONLY work with Charter Schools. We even VOLUNTEER our services for schools that are just getting started! Talk to us at our booth or visit Strawbridge Studios is one of the fastest growing school portrait companies in the U.S. plus we are a North Carolina based company. Our business model and employees are what set us apart. Our focus is on your schools, your community and the entire picture day experience. Our photographers are a one-stop shop, to meet your sales, customer service and business support needs. We assign the same photographer to your schools each year and the schools only need one point of contact. No more hassles and miscommunications about changes and picture date. Our dedicated staff is here to meet any requirements you may have, the same way we have been operating for over 93 years. We will be one of the easiest decisions you can make, just call us to discuss how we might be able to help.

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Description For over 17 years, ANCGroup has been providing IT solutions to clients in the education market. These services are designed to proactively manage an organization's IT assets - from infrastructure to data security and beyond. Our passion and commitment to the customer experience is the foundation of our team. With offices in North Carolina and South Carolina, we are a North and South Carolina State Contract Approved Vendor, listed on NCDPI, USETPA, and The Tennessee Education Broadband Consortium E-Rate Goods and Services Contract, as well as the NASPO contract (formerly WSCA). Camcor provides audio visual and instructional technology solutions. Solutions include 3D printers, Interactive Touch Displays, TVs, STEM tools, Projectors, Video Gear, Headphones, Cameras, and more! Camcor also offers free onsite demonstrations on many of our products. Contact us at 800-868-2462 or

Lotterease is an online Lottery and Parent Communication System that saves charter schools time and money. It ensures that charter schools are compliant with NC lottery laws so that they are protected from claims of lottery fraud. It include a NC Surname module. Lotterease automatically manages siblings, preference groups and waitlists and parents can apply and confirm attendance online. If you are still using paper or excel based lotteries, save yourself the headache and get Lotterease! Measurement Incorporated (MI) is a leading provider of customized educational assessment services and delivers quality education products and services. Our online formative assessment writing program, NC Write is a web-based learning environment and formative assessment program that helps your students grow into proficient writers. Specifically designed to address North Carolina writing standards, NC Write employs the PEG® automated essay scoring (AES) engine to give your students the practice and immediate feedback they need to excel. NC Write offers unlimited access to writing prompts, electronic graphic organizers, portfolios, and interactive tutorials. Founded in 2003, Netchex has become one of the industry’s fastest growing HCM providers, serving clients in all 50 states. Netchex’s single-source solution is a cloud-based, end-to-end platform for managing the employee life-cycle from hire to retire. Netchex currently services over 3,000 clients and is headquartered in Mandeville, La with offices throughout the country. Visit for more information. Since 1997, Insurance People has helped over 100 charter schools with the specialized property and casualty insurance needed to protect school assets, board members, staff and volunteers. We also offer a unique dividend program which has paid out over $500,000 to charter schools during the past 10 years, and the complete library of Safe Schools online training courses to improve school safety and meet compliance requirements at very little or no cost. Ask Steve Griffin or John Ramsey how Insurance People can help your school control property/liability costs, workers compensation claims and in-service training time. Or call 800-825-0442. Convergent manages capital campaigns for charter schools and other nonprofits. Our fundraising campaigns raise $250,000 to $20,000,000 and more from individuals, families, foundations, and corporations. This funding can be used for capital projects (gymnasiums, auditoriums, playing fields, etc.), endowments, and operations. Contact your counterparts at Roxboro Community School, Vance Charter, Southern Wake Academy, and Arapahoe Charter School to learn more about working with us. Silent Auction Pro provides event management software for charitable fundraisers. Simplify every aspect of running a fundraising event! Eliminate check-in / check-out lines, store credit cards, sell tickets, online, mobile, paper, live auction bidding options. Manage contacts, track donations, create auction bundles and printed material, write thank you letters and more. Simple, affordable and powerful event management software for any organization. Includes FREE phone support, FREE night of event support, video tutorials and more. We've helped raise over $40 million dollars for schools, churches, national charitable organizations and more. Let us help you make your next fundraiser a huge success! From temporary classrooms and purpose-built rooms to turnkey buildings, IMS has extensive experience working with charter schools to provide high-quality, timely, and cost effective educational space solutions.

With 1,100+ members in North Carolina, CAI helps employers build an engaged, well-managed and low-risk workplace. Our VEA! Background Checking Service is fast, easy to use and cost-effective, allowing you to customize reports to suit your needs. All you have to do is enter your applicant’s information online, and our Background Checking Team will quickly begin a thorough investigation. Once complete, you will be notified via email that your report is ready to be viewed. Contact Kevin von der Lippe at or 336-899-1150.

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DeVos Dedication to Charter Schools Is Deeply American Shane M. Goodridge Guest Columnist The Herald Sun February 12, 2017 DURHAM-I have been teaching courses centered on American education history-school choice in particular-for almost five years at Duke University. Few things have surprised me as much as the level of vitriol a discussion of the charter school movement generates in almost any setting. For those who don’t spend their time mulling over education policy, charter schools are publicly funded schools of choice that are often designed to emphasize academic or cultural themes; these schools are created to reflect the unique needs of the communities in which they are nested. Recently, a handful of former students stopped me on my way across the quad, and the conversation quickly turned to the nomination of Betsy DeVos, a well¬-known charter school enthusiast, for Secretary of Education. They railed that, if confirmed, DeVos would launch an al l¬out assault on public education through the widespread expansion of charter schools, while, simultaneously, working to dismantle traditional public education. This, they reasoned, was simply un-¬American. Tuesday, by the narrowest possible margin, DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education, resulting in a divisive administration becoming even more so. I’m not heartened by DeVos’ grasp of the finer points of American education policy; however, this particular handwringing over charter schools is one I find uniquely puzzling. In a society that becomes increasingly divisive with each succeeding electoral cycle, ideological factions clash over whose vision for the republic is more “American.” In many policy contexts, the rancor that arises from this question does more to obfuscate than clarify. Fortunately, in the case of charter schools, I think we can clear away just enough trees to catch a glimpse of the forest! While DeVos’ competency is underwhelming as the next Secretary of Education, her devotion to charter schools is not “un¬American.” In fact, I would argue just the opposite. Starting almost immediately, the early years of the republic shaped the development of American education in surprising ways. As the young nation emerged from its revolution battered and factionalized, the classic liberal philosophy that moved the colonists to wage a war for independence was compromised in favor of a civic pragmatism. To survive ¬¬ never mind thrive ¬¬ American policy makers embarked on a mission of social engineering in the form of compulsory education. The journey to the common school was undertaken decades before the celebrated appearance of Horace Mann. American founder Benjamin Rush, an early architect of American schooling, felt a common education was needed to “render the mass of the people more homogenous” and thus, one imagines, more governable. This of course involved minimizing the transmission of values not endorsed by the state.

As it goes, this was all well enough, and makes a certain amount of sense ¬¬ at some point, the poetry of revolution had to give way to the prose of governing ¬¬ but aside from being counter-intuitive for a nation baptized in natural rights, common education was intended for whites only. Throughout the American experience, from cycles of rejection and cruelty following the Civil War, through Reconstruction and onto the horrors of the Plessy era, communities of African¬ Americans experienced little agency by way of the common school experience. Even the Brown decision, while outlawing state-¬sponsored segregation, did little to enhance educational equity. It was Polly Williams and the advent of the 1990 Milwaukee school voucher program, responding to the dismal conditions in Milwaukee’s public schools, that provided the gateway for the inaugural charter school legislation in Minnesota in 1991, and a way forward for minority students and their families. The charter school model resonates with the historical DNA of the republic. Families being able to choose schools based on their children’s unique needs as opposed to being sorted into a box like so many identical eggs, feels…well… it feels American. As our population becomes increasingly diverse and families nurse unique normative values, these schools will become increasingly popular. Conceptually, charter schools work to return equilibrium to the relationship between the individual and the state. People may have good faith objections to the movement’s ability to improve learning outcomes for children ¬¬ that’s certainly fair game ¬¬ but that doesn’t make the movement un-American. Really, the only way you can sustain an argument that charter schools are un-American is to do away with the ethos of the founding all together, and interpret the American experience from 1840 on; then, I suppose, you have a case. Shane Goodridge is assistant dean of curriculum and course development for Duke University’s Trinity College of Arts & Sciences. He has taught educational policy courses in the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Program in Education.

" I am excited and appreciative of what I had encountered as a child because it has awarded me the passion to guide our future leaders." - Genesia Newsome

UpROAR Leadership Academy is a quasi-military charter school in Charlotte, NC which currently serves grades 5th-8th with adding a grade per year until 12th. We are able to provide a private school military type education at no cost to our families. We also are able to provide free transportation to those residing in the Charlotte area and Concord.

There are Seven Core Components that are in place to assist our cadets to graduate as productive citizens: Accelerated Academics, Vocational Skills, Life Skills, Healthy Living, Physical Fitness, Community Service and Productive Citizenship.

Our school day starts at 0730 and ends at 1730 which allows us to have supplemental instruction incorporated within our school day. Supplemental instruction is in place to help those that did not master what was taught during the day in which tutoring becomes automatic. Cadets are able to be promoted to higher ranks and earn merits based off of how well they ROARed that day. ROAR stands for Responsibility, Outstanding Citizenship, Accountability, and Respect. .

Although, we are a quasi-military school focused on academics, we do have a outstanding sports program in which we require cadet-athletes to uphold a 3.0 GPA to participate. Our first year, we are able to offer cross country, baseball, soccer, basketball, volleyball, track/field, flag football, and fine arts.

RALEIGH, NC – Torchlight Academy Charter School in Raleigh achieves number one in student growth index in Math and Reading among all charter schools in the state of North Carolina, according to statistics from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. “I am absolutely humbled by this number one student achievement,” said Dr. Cynthia McQueen, Principal of Torchlight Academy. “We celebrate our academic success, but we must maintain perspective and remember that some very important things can’t be measured by a test, such as character, work ethic and integrity. These attributes are unquantified each year but are an equally important part of student development towards reaching the ultimate goal of making productive global citizens from our student population.”

Achieving Growth in High Poverty Schools Torchlight Academy’s accomplishment is noteworthy given that over 90 percent of its student population is economically disadvantaged, as defined by eligibility for free and reduced lunch. Studies conclude that poverty may reduce a child’s brain function and that economical disadvantaged children suffer from reduced brain activity, according to a 2015 report from the North Carolina Reading Association Institute. In addition,” poor children are three times less likely to have a parent read to them; less likely to have nutritional meals each day which would enhance the child's ability to learn; less likely to recognize all of the letters of the alphabet, count to 20, or be able to write their first name before kindergarten; less likely to complete homework and come to school prepared; and more likely to transfer from one school to another,” the report stated. Children who come from impoverished homes are likely to have impoverished vocabularies (Allington, 2012; Cummingham, 2009). In a study conducted by Hart and Risley (1995), it was determined that by the time the children were 3-years-old, parents who were poor said fewer words to their children. Children from professional families know 1,100 words by age 4. Children from family of poverty only know 500. This is largely why schools with high-poverty predominantly minority student populations tend to get lower grades (D or F) than those with wealthier, oft-times, white students.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work Achieving such results, Dr. McQueen said, was due to the support of the Torchlight Academy Board and due to the remarkable diligence and coordination of the school’s faculty, students, parents and staff – all participating as cocreators in student success.

"We couldn’t have had this significant growth without EACH member of our Torchlight family. No one person is responsible for our success. It indeed was the hard work, dedication, passion and belief of all our stakeholders," McQueen continued. Teachers successfully used a data-driven instructional framework which is a known best practice, particularly for atrisk students who often transfer into Torchlight one, two sometimes three years behind grade level.

“All North Carolina educators, in both charter and traditional, schools should be applauded for their dedication, sacrifice and commitment to student growth, even if their score was lower than they expected. We are grateful to God for our success in student growth, however, we sincerely believe that one exam, on one day, does not adequately capture the depth and breath of our students intellect and talents, nor does it define the quality of education of a school," said Don McQueen, Executive Director of Torchlight Academy. "We need a more inclusive way of assessing character development and academic achievement."

About Torchlight Academy Charter School Torchlight Academy Charter School is a free, public charter school in Raleigh, N.C. Torchlight has separate gender classrooms, uniforms for staff and students, 50 percent male teachers, and offers lessons in Mandarin, Arabic, Spanish and English. Led and operated since 2002 by Mr. Don McQueen and Dr. Cynthia McQueen, Torchlight serves over 500 grade K-8 minority students, over 90% of whom are impoverished.

What Charter School Teachers Make “I mean, you’re a teacher. Be honest, what do you make?” In 2002, as a high school sophomore, I was flipping through the channels on the television and discovered a new series entitled Def Poetry Jam. As a voracious devourer of poetry, this program would become a personal custom after hearing teacher-poet Taylor Mali’s “What Teachers Make.” Since that night, I have committed many slam poems to my mind, but only that one to my heart. Even as a high school student, I already knew what teachers make – a difference in our world. They always have. Don’t believe me? Some of history’s most influential people have been teachers. Confucius, Aristotle, John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, Noah Webster, Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, Booker T. Washington, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Helen Keller, Ayn Rand, Henry Kissinger, Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Brian May, Teller, Gene Simmons, Steve Wozniak, Barack Obama, and Hugh Jackman were all educators at some point in their lives. In case you missed it, that list includes at least one of each of the following: philosopher, author, dramatist, poet, chemist, physicist, cognitive scientist, politician, American diplomat, President of the United States, computer programmer, magician, actor, and rock star. These educators have shaped our society in tremendous ways, but all teachers, every single one molds the world by lighting the flames of thought and passion in their pupils. Don’t try to tell me that teachers don’t make a difference. Furthermore, don’t try to use George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman (or, at least, Woody Allen’s Annie Hall) when the profession of teaching arises in conversation, and snarkily chastise educators by saying, “He who can, does; he who cannot, teaches.” People don’t enter the education field because they would fail in the “real world,” but because a “real world” must be built on the backs of educators. Successive generations pursue their interests, hobbies, fields, and passions because someone taught them to chase after their dreams. Bill Gates, for example, credits his math and drama teachers as guiding forces in his life, and says, “There’s no way there would have been a Microsoft without what they did.” Without those who “teach,” there can be no one who “does.” Maybe G.B. was disillusioned with formal education because of his experiences as a schoolboy between 1865 and 1871, but the institutions of education and the educators themselves have changed since the mid-nineteenth century. Schools and teachers are no longer “prisons and turnkeys in which children are kept to prevent them disturbing and chaperoning their parents.” Educators are not your children’s jailers; they are, often, the ones who provide your children with the key to unshackle their minds so that they may explore the boundless beauty of our universe. At least, that’s what the role of schools and educators should be. The history of education in the United States has been tumultuous, to say the least. Americans have always believed in public education, but we haven’t always agreed about what that means. Since the founding of this country, government-supported and free public

schools have been part of our cultural landscape. A public education has been seen not as a luxury, but as a human right. In fact, by 1870, all states had free elementary schools, and just twenty-two years later, the NEA recommended that all children should receive a dozen years of education. By 1918, school was compulsory for young Americans, and in 1954, all schools were fully integrated. Almost one century after the induction of compulsory education, here we are. All public schoolchildren are required to be in the system until they are eighteen years old. All students are expected to learn the same content, taught to them by people who take classes designed to instruct these educators about how to teach said content, in the same manner and at the same moments in their lives. To paraphrase Kurt Vonnegut, “It is the year 2017, and everybody is finally equal…nobody is smarter than anybody else.” What a travesty. Much of the beauty of the educational experience has been masked by rampant standardization. English, science (environmental, biological, chemical, and physical), math (algebra, geometry, and calculus), and social studies (American history, world history, and civics) are the crux of every pupil’s development – a pedestrian decade filled with mind-numbing facts and figures. Why is this the only way to be taught? The simple answer: it isn’t. Don’t misread me, I think everyone should learn the same things – namely how to learn and to love learning – but I do not think there is only one means to attain that end. Personally, I am fascinated by just about anything academic, but not everyone is. Most people will not be transfixed by the rhythmic meter of Catullus, but I am. As a classicist – having made a life out of studying the ancient Greco-Roman civilizations – I learn literature best by finding modern connections to ancient sources. Maybe you are mathematically-driven, and learn grammar best by relating it to the order of operations. Whatever the case may be, there is little room in traditional public schools for individualized, passion-driven, subject-focused education because of the strictures in place. Enter the charter school. Charter school teachers, many of you have taken these posts (along with a pay cut) because you know that there are better ways to educate our youth. You are permitted to create a passiondriven difference in education of which many others can only dream. Teach children to love learning so that they will love doing because their financial, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual futures all depend on this critical relationship with wisdom that they are beginning now. Do not be dissuaded from a passion that burns in you to share knowledge, to discuss ideas, and to shape future generations just because someone else is judging you based on “what you make.” As charter school teachers, we can “make children think harder than they ever thought they could,” and that is how we will make an undeniable difference – that is what we make. By Jarrid Looney, Ph.D. Educator at Piedmont Classical High School

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2017 North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools Conference  

2017 Conference Magazine