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PROGRAM & EXHIBITOR GUIDE

AUSTIN, TEXAS AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER JUNE 17-20, 2018


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

ABOUT THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS What We Do Connect with National Alliance Staff Board of Directors & CEO

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SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE MAPS EXHIBIT HALL HIGHLIGHTS New This Year

WELCOME TO AUSTIN!

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SPECIAL EVENTS

SESSIONS: Tuesday, June 19 CLOSING SESSION: Wednesday, June 20 SESSIONS: Wednesday, June 20 SPONSORS EXHIBIT HALL INFO Hours

EXHIBITOR LISTING By Organization Name By Booth Number

Experience Austin

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GENERAL SESSION: Tuesday, June 19

Floor Plan

Charter Talks

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SESSIONS: Monday, June 18

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EXHIBITOR DIRECTORY THANK YOU Program Committee Conference Production Team

Welcome Reception

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Coffee, Croissants, and Networking Lunch in the Exhibit Hall Exhibit Hall Happy Hour State Meetings

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SPEAKERS MONDAY, JUNE 18 Nancy Lublin, Gregory McGinity, Nina Rees TUESDAY, JUNE 19 Moctesuma Esparza, Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr., Marc Sternberg

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S A G E V LAS JUNE 30 – JULY 3, 2019

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 Andrew Broy, Sydney Chaffee, Mike Embry, Mike Marriner

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Dear Friends, Welcome to Austin and the 2018 National Charter Schools Conference! We have a ton of great programming on the agenda, all designed so you can be Empowered to Dream Big when you head back to your schools and your students. This year’s Empowered to Dream Big theme inspires our participants to get back to our Charter School roots and think outside the box. Our sessions and speakers will challenge you to leverage your autonomy to re-imagine the way we educate students and lead public education into the future. It’s also an homage to our host state where everything is BIGGER! You’ll want to hear each day’s keynote speakers in our general sessions, and you’ll find dozens of breakout sessions that offer new ideas on topics vital to your work as a teacher, school leader, board member, or charter school advocate. Of course, some of your most rewarding moments this week will come in between sessions, making new friends, running into old acquaintances, and engaging in the peer-topeer networking that makes each of us a better professional. It’s also a great time to be meeting in Texas—one of the nation’s oldest and most vibrant charter school sectors. Just this past summer, a study from Stanford University’s Center for Research on Educational Outcomes (CREDO) found that on average, public charter school students in Texas experience stronger annual growth in reading (gaining an additional 17 days of learning) and similar growth in math compared to the educational gains of their matched peers who enroll in the district schools the charter school students would otherwise have attended. Some of the country’s largest and most celebrated networks were founded here—IDEA, Harmony, and YES Prep. And Texas is home to several nationally ranked smaller schools and networks, including Young Women’s Leadership Academy, Westlake Academy Charter School, and Uplift Education. Don’t forget to step outside and enjoy some of the unique venues, artists, and culture that make Austin “weird.” This is going to be a great conference—and it’s because of you! Your participation makes NCSC the premier national charter school gathering each year. Thanks for joining us in Austin, and I hope to see you at the conference. Warmly, Warmly,

Nina Rees President & CEO National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

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The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national non-profit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement.

WHAT WE DO The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national non-profit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement. We work to empower parents to send their children to a school that best fits their needs and help seed the growth of high-quality schools. We also fight for funding equity and aim to protect the autonomy of charter schools while ensuring that we reflect the diversity of our students.

ADVOCATE We are the leading force in Washington, D.C., in state legislatures, and in the court of law advocating for the creation, support, and replication of high-quality charter schools.

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CONNECT WITH US @charteralliance /charterschools @charteralliance publiccharters.org

We are a leading voice for the charter school movement, cultivating a positive image of charter schools and ensuring that all Americans understand what charter public schools are and where charter schools fit within the larger fabric of education.

EDUCATE We are a central information source—a clearinghouse of relevant data and research on the movement giving parents, educators, the media, and policymakers access to essential facts about charter schools.

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CONNECT WITH NATIONAL ALLIANCE STAFF Have a team that you need to meet with to discuss important issues? Have questions only our staff can answer? Join us for office hours at the National Alliance booth (Booth #1306)! Monday, June 18

Tuesday, June 19

11:00am – 1:00pm

Federal Team

11:00am – 1:00pm

Research/Data Team

1:00pm – 3:00pm

State Team

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Communications and Legal Teams

CHECK OUT OUR SESSIONS! TUESDAY | 8:00am – 9:00am

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TUESDAY | 11:15am – 12:30pm

Pensions Under Pressure: Charter Innovation in Teacher Retirement Benefits

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Charter Schools and School Improvement Under ESSA: What Have We Learned So Far?

As teacher pension costs in traditional state plans have risen, charter schools have applied their innovative management approach by providing alternative plans for teachers in the 19 states where charters may opt out and develop their own plans. These alternative plans can provide portability of benefits, a wider range of investment options, reduced costs, and greater control over total compensation. Researchers and charter leaders will discuss how the plans may contribute to the recruitment and retention of teachers.

Under ESSA, states can leverage 7% of Title I funds for school improvement. Which states are leveraging charter schools and what have they learned? Hear from Texas and other states about what they have learned in their first year of implementation.

Kevin Hesla, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools; Christopher Hines, Crescent City Schools; Becki Krueger, LEAD Charter Schools; Michael Podgursky, University of Missouri, Columbia

TUESDAY | 2:00pm – 3:15pm

TUESDAY | 10:00am – 11:00am

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What Do the 2018 Elections Mean for School Choice? Join us for a discussion about the upcoming 2018 elections and their potential impact on school choice policies nationwide. We will take a deep dive into critical states and also look at these elections from a national perspective, discussing how they might influence education policies over the next several years. Presenters include state-level advocates and political strategists. Dave Carney, Norway Hills Associates; Lea Crusey, Allies for Educational Equity; Scott Jensen and Shaka Mitchell, American Federation for Children; Jonathan Nikkila, 50CAN Action Fund; Todd Ziebarth, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

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Mohammed Choudhury, San Antonio Independent School District; Joe Siedlecki, Texas Education Agency; Christine Wolfe, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Room 8 A/B/C

Federal Update: Hot Topics and Burning Issues for Charter Schools Come learn about what the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is doing on behalf of charter schools in Congress and the Administration. What are the most pressing federal issues impacting charter schools? What does a possible infrastructure bill mean for charters? What questions do you have about federal legislation and programs? Come with questions, leave with answers. Amy Wilkins and Christine Wolfe, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools WEDNESDAY | 9:30am – 10:45am

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Courts: Friends or Foes of Charter Public Schools? Are you in a state where charter schools are being sued? There is about a 50% chance you are; in about 20 states, charter school opponents have raised various legal challenges that threaten the existence of the sector. Join the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ Legal Team to determine how these cases may affect your charter community and develop strategies to protect access to high-quality charter schools. Rob Reed and Renita Thukral, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

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NATIONAL ALLIANCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS & CEO The Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is comprised of some of the most respected and experienced names in the charter school community, including former elected officials, state associate association executives, representatives from foundations, and other supportive organizations. We strongly believe that to serve and advance this movement, the board must understand its complexities and reflect its great diversity. Paul Pastorek, Chair Former Louisiana State Superintendent of Education

John Katzman Founder & CEO Noodle Education

Deborah McGriff, Ph.D., Vice Chair Partner NewSchools Venture Fund

The Honorable Mary Landrieu Former United States Senator Senior Policy Advisor Van Ness Feldman, LLP

Brian Jones, Treasurer President Strayer University Jeb Bush, Jr., Secretary Managing Partner Jeb Bush & Associates Andrew Broy, Chair – State Leaders Council President Illinois Network of Charter Schools Moctesuma Esparza, CEO Maya Cinemas North America, Inc.

Carol Quillen, Ph.D. President Davidson College Gene Wade Founder & CEO UniversityNow Jed Wallace President & CEO California Charter Schools Association Nina Rees (ex-officio) President & CEO National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

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SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE

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SUNDAY, JUNE 17 1:00pm – 7:00pm Registration Open In the Solar Atrium Convention Center, Level 1 6:00pm – 8:00pm Welcome Reception Banger’s Sausage House 79 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

MONDAY, JUNE 18 7:00am – 5:00pm Registration Open In the Solar Atrium Convention Center, Level 1 8:00am – 9:00am Breakout Sessions 1 See Page 48 9:15am – 10:15am General Session 1 Grand Ballroom D Convention Center, Level 4 10:15am – 6:00pm Exhibit Hall Open Exhibit Hall 5 Convention Center, Level 1 10:15am – 11:00am Coffee, Croissants, Exhibit Hall 5 and Networking Convention Center, Level 1 11:00am – 12:30pm Book Signings See Page 15 11:15am – 12:30pm Breakout Sessions 2 See Page 49 12:30pm – 2:00pm Lunch and Explore Exhibit Hall 5, the Exhibit Hall Convention Center, Level 1 2:00pm – 4:00pm Intensive Breakout Sessions 1 See Page 53 2:00pm – 3:15pm Breakout Sessions 3 See Page 52 3:30pm – 4:45pm Breakout Sessions 4 See Page 55 5:00pm – 6:00pm Happy Hour Exhibit Hall 5, Convention Center, Level 1

TUESDAY, JUNE 19 7:00am – 5:00pm Registration Open In the Solar Atrium Convention Center, Level 1 8:00am – 9:00am Breakout Sessions 5 See Page 62 9:00am – 2:00pm Exhibit Hall Open Exhibit Hall 5 Convention Center, Level 1 9:00am – 10:00am Coffee in the Exhibit Hall See Page 23 9:00am – 12:30pm Charter Talks See Page 16 10:00am – 11:00am Breakout Sessions 6 See Page 63 10:00am – 12:00pm Intensive Breakout Sessions 2 See Page 64 11:15am – 12:30pm Breakout Sessions 7 See Page 66 12:30pm – 2:00pm Lunch and Explore Exhibit Hall 5, the Exhibit Hall Convention Center, Level 1 2:00pm – 3:15pm Breakout Sessions 8 See Page 68 3:30pm – 4:45pm General Session 2 Grand Ballroom D Convention Center, Level 4 5:00pm – 6:15pm State Meetings See Page 23

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 8:00am – 9:00am Breakout Sessions 9 See Page 75 9:30am – 10:45am Breakout Sessions 10 See Page 77 11:00am – 12:00pm Closing General Session Grand Ballroom D Convention Center, Level 4 2018 National Charter Schools Conference | ncsc.publiccharters.org

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GET SOCIAL Connect with NAPCS and other attendees online! Tag us in your posts and tweets about your favorite speakers, sessions, and moments from NCSC18! Twitter and Instagram - @charteralliance #NCSC18 • Facebook - facebook.com/charterschools

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EXHIBIT HALL HIGHLIGHTS

GET EXCITED! We’ve made some BIG changes to our exhibit hall this year— creating more engaging content, more high-level networking opportunities, and more dynamic activities.

EXHIBIT HALL HOURS Monday, June 18 Live Music in Exhibit Hall Hub (Booth #1454) Coffee, Croissants, and Networking

10:15am – 6:00pm

Tuesday, June 19 Live Music in Exhibit Hall Hub (Booth #1454)

10:15am – 6:00pm

9:00am – 2:00pm 9:00am – 2:00pm

Coffee

9:00am – 10:00am

10:15am – 11:00am

Charter Talks

9:00am – 12:30pm

Book Signings

11:00am – 12:30pm

Lunch and Explore the Exhibit Hall

Lunch and Explore the Exhibit Hall

12:30pm – 2:00pm

12:30pm – 2:00pm

Happy Hour

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Raffle Coupon Drop-off Deadline 12:45pm Raffle Winner Announcements 1:30pm

— Golden Opportunity winners drawn hourly! —

NEW CONTENT IN THE EXHIBIT HALL: BOOTH SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS Our exhibitors are experts in their fields and are here to help you accomplish your goals. This year we’re featuring two very special organizations—the recipients of our inaugural “Get in the Program” booth scholarship—who will be hosting sessions and creating engaging learning environments right in their booths. Be sure to stop by and learn a little more about these great companies!

LEADERALLY (BOOTH #817) Leaderally presents expert professional development for the professional educator by focusing on microlearning, social learning, and one-to-one coaching in the areas of leadership, communication, management, and strategy. After taking a course that focuses on leadership, communication, management, or strategy, learners will have gained insight and new skills that are directly applicable to their professional roles. A learner might take a course on vision and values for the classroom and, upon completion of the course, have an outline of their own classroom vision for implementation upon return to school. A certificate of completion, including PDP hours, will be offered for each course.

SOUTHERN SCIENCE SUPPLY (BOOTH #1610) Using exciting language to teach vocabulary, teach concepts, and help students understand the deep meaning of things is to empower them to become oral artists. Showing teachers and students that the world is absurd, hilarious, terrifying, and mystifying, but always infinitely worth observing, is invaluable. Living Science Poetry is truly alive. Students see and hear the language performed by Brod Bagert and have the opportunity to perform it themselves and interact with each concept through hands-on activities. Brod’s passion for language and his love of learning are contagious to students of all ages.

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GOLDEN TICKET GAME — YOUR GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE Our exhibitors have the resources you need to help you solve your problems. But did you know that they can also help you get to Las Vegas for NCSC19? Visit exhibitors to gather knowledge and to get your golden opportunity to win big! Here’s how to play: Each exhibitor has a special supply of golden tickets to distribute to attendees. While quantities are limited, visit any and all exhibitors to gather knowledge about their products, and to get as many golden tickets as possible. There are no limits on the number of tickets you can collect! Drop off your completed tickets at the Exhibit Hall Hub (#1454) for your chance to win hourly prizes and for your chance to win our grand prize— a VIP trip to NCSC19! One grand prize winner will receive: • Two (2) complimentary registrations for NCSC19 • A hotel suite for the duration of the 2019 conference

• Two (2) tickets to Michael Jackson One at Mandalay Bay • Two (2) invitations to a VIP reception

A full list of hourly prizes will be available at the Exhibit Hall Hub (#1454).

EXHIBIT HALL HUB

(BOOTH #1454)

We’ve created the Exhibit Hall Hub—an all-new center of activity where you can enjoy music, network, grab a coffee, take professional photos, and more...right in the heart of the exhibit hall. Don’t miss these special activities to network, engage, and have some fun!

HEADSHOT LOUNGE Come visit the headshot lounge in the Exhibit Hall Hub and have your professional headshot photo taken—on us! We’ll have an expert photographer on hand to snap your image, which will be emailed after the conference or available for download at the booths of our Headshot Lounge Sponsors. Perfect for your LinkedIn or other social pages, an updated (and professional) headshot is a must! Sponsored by:

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NETWORKING PAVILION Birds of a feather—here’s your opportunity to meet and interact with others who share a common interest during our focused networking breaks! These are casual, scheduled meeting times for attendees with a shared interest, to gather in the Exhibit Hall Hub and make lasting connections. Join us for some food, drink, and casual conversation in the Networking Pavilion. Monday, June 18

Tuesday, June 19

11:15am – 12:15pm

Chief Academic Officers

10:00am – 11:00am

COO/Facilities

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Administrators

11:15am – 12:15pm

Teachers

2:00pm – 3:00pm

School Leaders

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Human Resources

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Board Members

LIVE MUSIC & SPECIALTY COFFEE BAR Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World and we would be remiss if we did not take advantage of the abundance of talent in this great city. Join us at the Exhibit Hall Hub to hear from some great local artists in a coffeehouse environment—we’ve even opened a specialty coffee cart for you to purchase your favorite espressos, lattes, and more!

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BOOK TALKS & SIGNINGS

CHARTER TALKS STAGE IN EXHIBIT HALL Monday, June 18, 11:00am – 12:30pm

New this year! Book Talks will be held Monday, June 18 at the Charter Talk Stage in the Exhibit Hall from 11:00am – 12:30pm. Similar to Charter Talks, authors will give brief 15-minute overviews of their books from the Charter Talk Stage, sharing key points, highlights, and more about themselves and their story. Books will be available for sale near the Charter Talk Stage before and after Book Talks. Meet the author, learn something new, and take home a new autographed book—or several!

11:30am – 11:45am

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Preparing For and Surviving the First 90-Days of the Principalship

15-minute break, explore the Exhibit Hall!

Are you an assistant principal who is ready to lead your own campus? Are you a first-year principal who is curious about the best way to start your new journey? If so, please join Dr. Waters for a book signing based on his bestseller “Preparing For and Surviving the First 90-Days of the Principalship,” in which you will learn how to create and implement your 90-day plan as a school leader.

11:45am – 12:00pm 3D Printing Made Easy Are you looking to get started with 3D printing but are not sure how? Wondering how to get students interested in 3D printing? Think it’s still too far out of your budget? Think again—3D printing is here and transforming classrooms! Learn about these and more topics!

Dionel Waters, International Leadership of Texas, Arlington K-8

Pete Dulany, Dulany Consulting, Inc.

11:15am – 11:30am Adversity to Advantage: Stories of Transforming Obstacles into Opportunity

12:00pm – 12:15pm

Every person deals with adversity in life. The question becomes: How do you use adversity to your advantage? Authors Tim Chhim and Taylor Tagg answer this question with three different and thought-provoking perspectives. Tim’s harrowing journey leaves you excited about achieving your dreams. Taylor’s tales of overcoming defeat give you reason to move forward no matter the circumstances. And they share the story of fellow author Tom Cunningham’s path through physical pain that gives new meaning to the resiliency of the human spirit. Timothy Chhim, Allstate Insurance; Taylor Tagg, Sunrise CareerLife Services

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Passionate Warrior: My Charter School Journey The charter school journey is not for the faint of heart. But with the right attitude, obstacles are overcome and tremendous student outcomes are achieved by developers and staff whose mantra is, “Failure is not an option.” Come be inspired by the journey of a 31-year veteran in public education who has spent the past 23 years in the charter world, including 20 years developing a successful network of charter schools in California. Jacqueline Elliot, PUC National

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CHARTER TALKS

CHARTER TALKS STAGE IN EXHIBIT HALL Monday, June 18, 11:00am – 12:30pm

Back for a second year, Charter Talks will be held Tuesday, June 19 at the Charter Talk Stage in the Exhibit Hall from 9:00am – 12:30 pm. We think of Charter Talks as the NCSC version of TED Talks. Each presenter will share a 15-minute compelling presentation with a story arc that shares a big idea, is a tech demo, delves into an issue, or shares a small idea with a big impact. Charter Talks pack a punch, so come ready to learn a lot in a small amount of time from interactive, engaging presenters!

9:00am – 9:15am

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Daily Motivators: Simple but Powerful Activities for Fostering Student Grit

Why Don’t We All Know Kung Fu? We Should All Be Students

Learn about powerful, yet easy-to-implement activities for classrooms and larger school assemblies that inspire students to embrace their studies with tenacity. This interactive, multimediainfused talk will feature daily and weekly rituals that align with recent neuroscience and originate from the classrooms of the Community Charter School of Cambridge, a nationally recognized Title I, grade 6-12 school in the Boston area.

Why are we not taking advantage of educational opportunities available around us everyday to better ourselves as students, as teachers, and as people? In this 21st century world, where learning almost anything is only a keystroke or screen tap away, why do people not make more time to expand their knowledge? Have we lost the drive to better ourselves, or are we simply driven by the wrong things?

Henry Seton, Community Charter School of Cambridge

Todd Cowden, Village Tech Schools

9:15am – 9:30am Bridging the Gap from High School to College It is essential for students to be academically prepared to enter college. However, academic preparation alone is not enough. Students must also be prepared for the culture of college to experience success. This is essential for all students, put particularly first-generation college students. Advocacy efforts are needed to ensure firstgeneration students are prepared if we truly want to bridge the gap between high school and college for these young people.

10:00am – 10:15am STOP Misguiding Women and Minorities Away From High-Demand Careers Your students have the talent for high-demand careers in industries such as technology, manufacturing, and health care. Come hear groundbreaking research on the gender bias and workforce impact caused by current school-based career guidance. Richard Feller, National Career Development Association 10:15am – 10:30am

JoAnn Mitchell, Mission Achievement and Success Charter School 9:30am – 9:45am Importance of STEM Education You know that STEM education is important, but do you know why? Learn why and how it helps student development through introducing computational thinking as a new pedagogical model; education for the modern world; and career skills, equity, and employability.

Closing the Critical Thinking Gap by Thinking Like a Lawyer Critical thinking is the essential 21st century skill, but it is still a luxury good, typically reserved for the most elite students at the most elite schools. But what if we could close this gap by helping educators teach critical thinking the way it’s been taught for thousands of years? Thinking like a lawyer is a powerful framework to help teachers in all subjects and grade levels push our students from “what” and “how to” to “why” and “what if.” Colin Seale, thinkLaw

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11:45am – 12:00pm

10:30am – 11:15am Break Explore the Exhibit Hall, talk to knowledgeable, friendly exhibitors and try to score a golden ticket (prizes hourly!). Join us back at the Charter Talk Stage for more sessions at 11:15am. 11:15am – 11:30am Trust is the Foundation of High Expectations Most schools tend to confuse responsibility with compliance. But after visiting top-ranked schools across more than a dozen countries, William Minton discovered that the best schools in the world have a different understanding of responsibility. At school after school, principals emphasized the importance of creating opportunities for students to develop responsibility by being given real power. Minton shares stories from those schools, including a Swiss school where the students are left unsupervised for three days. William Minton, CanopyEd 11:30am – 11:45am Online Reviews on Charter Schools and Strategies to Positively Impact Reputation There is no doubt about the tremendous power of online reviews. Reviews play a substantive role in the public perception of a school’s quality and reputation. Through the opinions of others, behavior of where to educate your child is affected, thereby directly impacting student enrollment and the community outlook on the charter school system. Online reputation studies further show direct implication to business and school revenue. Increasing your online reputation goes a long way to positively impacting the growth of your school. Alton Baird, CGI Communications, Inc.

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The IDEA Story: Scaling with Quality and Betting on People Since 2001, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school with 150 students to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free, Pre-K through 12th grade public charter schools in the United States. In this Charter Talk, JoAnn Gama of IDEA Public Schools will tell the IDEA story and focus on how IDEA bets on— and wins with—growing its own leaders. JoAnn Gama, Co-Founder, President & Superintendent, IDEA Public Schools 12:00pm – 12:15pm Advocating for Student Success Stakeholder voices are critical to discussions about education and serving the needs of all students, especially as debates intensify in cities, school boards, and statehouses across the country. Learn from the current College Board Senior Director of Teacher Outreach, a former educator and state government official, about why she became an advocate and the ways to galvanize educators and students to turn out at meetings, speak up in the media, and engage elected officials. Julie Harris-Lawrence, The College Board 12:15pm – 12:30pm Changing Paradigms: Moving from Fixing Children to Transforming Adults Leaders dedicated to improving student outcomes always consider what strategies accelerate academic growth. Dr. Williams will share her successful strategies and turnaround story of how she dropped a low-performance status to become a promising school in her district. By systematically shifting the focus from fixing kids to transforming teachers the campus realized significant gains. Learn how to inspire administrators who understand the urgency of now when it comes to ensuring student outcomes. Deirdre Williams, Harris County Department of Education

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NAVIGATING THE CONFERENCE

STAY CONNECTED REGISTRATION

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Conference Center Level 1 Pick up your registration materials and official conference bag at the registration desk located in the foyer outside of the Exhibit Hall.

Thanks to the generosity of the American Federation for Children, we can offer complimentary wireless Internet in all public spaces and meeting rooms in our convention center space. To access it, select the “NCSC18” network and enter password “schoolchoice”.

Sunday, June 17

1:00pm – 7:00pm

Monday, June 18

7:00am – 5:00pm

Tuesday, June 19

7:00am – 5:00pm

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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. Certificates are $45.00 and attendees can earn up to 15.25 CEU credits during the conference.

CONFERENCE APP Plan your schedule, get important updates, message other attendees, and access presenter bios in the conference app. To download on your smartphone or tablet, search for “NCSC18” in the app store and Google Play. Sponsored by:

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 the registration desk or email natlcharterconf@ce.uoregon.edu.

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Welcome to Texas! Our conference is hosted at the Austin Convention Center, located at 500 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78701. Additional sessions are located on the 6th Floor of the Hilton Austin, located at 500 E. 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701. Not only is Austin the capital of the Lone Star State, it’s also home to some of the world’s best live music, food, and nightlife. And this year’s conference is in the heart of it all. It’s a city full of creators and innovators, musicians and software engineers, migas and chicken fried steak, legislators and college kids, Lone Star beers and Tito’s vodka, and vegan restaurants and Texas barbecue. Austin offers a little something for everyone and its ethos is entirely its own. After just a few days here, you’ll have no problem understanding the Austinites’ need to “Keep Austin Weird.”

EAT

EXPLORE

DOWNTOWN BITES

Texas State Capitol – Free tours!

Iron Cactus – Tex Mex and margaritas

Bat watching sunset cruise

Easy Tiger – Craft beer and bites in a cool atmosphere, must try: beer cheese and pretzels

Barton Springs Pool

Voodoo Doughnuts

Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike Trail

Uncle Julio’s

Paddleboarding on Lady Bird Lake

Eureka!

HOPE Outdoor Gallery

STAPLES & DIVES

Jo’s Coffee Shop – Check out the “I Love You So Much” Instagram-famous mural!

Juan in a Million

Zilker Park

The Hoffbrau

Blanton Museum of Art

South Congress Bridge

Torchy’s Tacos P. Terry’s Burger Stand

PLAY

LATE NIGHT

Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar

Magnolia Café – Open 24 hours!

Handlebar

Roppolo’s Pizzeria

Firehouse Lounge – Speakeasy

FEELIN’ FANCY? Eddie V’s Seafood Péché Lonesome Dove Mattie’s at Green Pastures

Stubbs – Live music venue Antone’s – Live music venue Rainey Street bars – Too many to name! Coyote Ugly Broken Spoke – Learn how to two-step like a true Texan!

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NETWORKING

We know you are here to make connections and we want to help you build your community and share ideas. With more networking opportunities than ever before, take a moment to meet your peers, share your insights, get your questions answered, and make lasting connections. We recommend joining as many of these networking opportunities as possible to make the most of your conference experience!

EXHIBIT HALL HUB This year, we’re adding some excitement and engagement to the middle of our exhibit floor. The Exhibit Hall Hub will be the center of activity and will feature live music, a networking pavilion, headshot lounge, specialty coffee bar, and so much more!

NETWORKING LOUNGES Our networking lounges are a great place to connect with conference-goers who share your interests. Take a break, connect with your peers, and problem-solve in these convenient locations: Austin Convention Center • Networking lounge under escalators near Exhibit Hall • Weird Austin Lounge on Level 4 near Breakout Sessions Hilton • Networking lounge on Hilton 6th Floor across from Salons H and G Lounge Furniture Sponsored by:

GET SOCIAL Connect with NAPCS and other attendees online! Tag us in your posts and tweets about your favorite speakers, sessions, and moments from NCSC18! Twitter and Instagram - @charteralliance #NCSC18 • Facebook - facebook.com/charterschools

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MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR TIME AT NCSC18 MAXIMIZE YOUR TIME AT THE CONFERENCE • Visit the Exhibit Hall. Our exhibitors offer incredible information, services, and giveaways. Give yourself plenty of time to explore the hall and meet with our friendly and insightful exhibitors. • Attend a book talk and signing. New this year, authors will share brief 15-minute overviews of their books from the Charter Talk Stage on Monday from 11:00am – 12:30pm. Books will be for sale before and after book talks and autographed copies available for purchase. • Hear a Charter Talk. These new talks are brief, compelling presentations, hosted at the Charter Talk Stage in the exhibit hall on Tuesday from 9:00am – 12:30pm. Learn something new or hear about a cool innovation! • Visit the Exhibit Hall Hub and be in the center of the action on the exhibit floor! Get a new professional headshot taken, enjoy live music, order your favorite coffeehouse treat, and more! • Play the Golden Ticket game for chance to win hourly prizes and a VIP experience at NCSC19!

GET THE MOST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK • Plan your schedule in advance! Use our conference app (search “NCSC18” in the App Store and Google Play) to select your favorite must-attend sessions. Pro tip: Be flexible! Have alternate sessions picked out for each block in case the room hits capacity, which happens. • Engage key presenters and other participants. Make new connections and nurture existing ones to build your professional community of colleagues that you can bounce ideas off of and be a resource to. • Bring home resources from workshops, exhibitors, and other materials that could benefit colleagues who were not able to come to NCSC. Offer to share what you’ve learned with them so your organization can take advantage of NCSC18 too!

UTILIZE NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES • Don’t be a fly on the wall! Push yourself to interact with other participants and our presenters throughout the day. • Collect and pass out business cards! It’s a great way to keep track of all the interesting people you meet. Pro tip: Stay in touch after the conference by connecting on LinkedIn and sending a follow-up email. • Go to networking events and connect with others even when the time isn’t carved out. If you’re sitting in a session room 15 minutes before a session starts, introduce yourself to the people around you. Consider them potential friends and problem solvers!

ORGANIZE YOUR THOUGHTS AND NOTES • Take great notes and stay organized. • Document the session title, presenter contact information, notes, and ideas gathered from the session that would benefit you and your colleagues. This will help you retain information for reflection and prevent you from becoming overwhelmed by the new concepts you’re introduced to at the conference.

SCHEDULE REFLECTION TIME • Schedule time each day to process your thoughts. Review your notes on the most important things you learned or encountered. Determine the key takeaways and contacts. Plan immediate action items, put other ideas in a someday file, and then let the enthusiasm gained at the conference drive you toward your goals!

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SPECIAL EVENTS

WELCOME RECEPTION AT BANGER’S SAUSAGE HOUSE & BEER GARDEN

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Sunday, June 17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm | 79 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701 Rainey Street is one of the most popular streets for Austin nightlife. Kick off the conference at this great Austin hotspot—perfect for people watching, beer drinking, sausage eating, and, of course, more food options. Come with your dancing shoes on to dance to a great local band. You’ll also get to personalize your own cowboy hat or bandana, compete in games for prizes, and checkout this cool neighborhood that’s a short walk from the convention center. We’ll have a group departing the Convention Center Sunday at 5:45pm from Level 1, in the foyer alongside 4th street—near the entrance to the Exhibit Hall. Join us to walk as a group or meet us at the venue. How to get there: • It’s a 6-block, 12-minute walk from the Convention Center (0.5 miles) • Walk down Red River Street, passing the Convention Center towards E Cesar Chavez Street. • Cross E Cesar Chavez St. and continue on Red River Street for one block. • Take a left on Driskell Street. Walk one block and take a right on Rainey Street. •B anger’s is about two blocks down on Rainey Street, on the left side of the street. Parking on Rainey street is limited to street parking only. We recommend walking or taking Lyft. For those with mobility limitations, we’ll have a limited run shuttle available to take you to Rainey Street from the Convention Center.

COFFEE, CROISSANTS, AND NETWORKING

LUNCH IN THE EXHIBIT HALL

Monday, June 18, 10:15am – 11:00am

Monday, June 18, 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Need a Monday morning pick-me-up? Join us in the Exhibit Hall for coffee, croissants, and networking immediately following the general session.

Tuesday, June 19, 12:30pm – 2:00pm

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Head to the Exhibit Hall on Monday and Tuesday during the lunch hour to eat and mingle with exhibitors and other attendees. Sponsored by:

EXHIBIT HALL HAPPY HOUR

STATE MEETINGS

Monday, June 18, 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Tuesday, June 19, 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Mix and mingle throughout the exhibit hall, with appetizers and drinks provided. Get to know our knowledgeable and friendly exhibitors, many of whom have solutions to your everyday problems. Make new connections, and enjoy a little down time.

To find out if your state is hosting a meeting this year, please check the app or visit http://ncsc.publiccharters.org/statemeetings for more information.

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United to strengthen America’s pathways between education and employment.

Strada Education NetworkSM is a national nonprofit dedicated to improving lives by catalyzing more direct and promising pathways between education and employment. We engage with partners across education, nonprofits, business and government to focus relentlessly on students’ success throughout all phases of their working lives. Together, we address critical postsecondary education and workforce challenges through a combination of strategic philanthropy, research and insights, and missionaligned affiliates – all focused on advancing the universal right to realized potential we call Completion With a Purpose®.

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www.air.org

MAKING RESEARCH RELEVANT

Meeting the multitude of complex academic, administrative and regulatory challenges facing public charter schools requires the right approach and the right team. Our experts at the American Institutes for Research can help you navigate these challenges and apply the best research evidence

Learn more about AIR’s charter school work: www.air.org/charterschools

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SPEAKERS

MONDAY, JUNE 18

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

NANCY LUBLIN Founder & CEO, Crisis Text Line Founder, Dress for Success Social entrepreneur Nancy Lublin harnesses people, technology, and data to change the world, and was named by Fortune as one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.” During her 2013 TED Talk, Lublin launched Crisis Text Line, the world’s first 24/7, free, text message-based support service for people facing a range of issues, from depression and substance abuse to eating disorders and physical abuse. With over 64 million text messages processed, Lublin expanded Crisis Text Line nationally, allowing people to text in and get help. Using this data, Lublin launched a separate initiative called Crisis Trends to track when and where issues occur. In 2015, McGraw-Hill Education appointed Lublin to its Board of Directors. One of the Schwab Foundation’s 2014 Social Entrepreneurs of the Year, she was selected as a Young Global Leader by The World Economic Forum and named one of the NonProfit Times’ 50 Most Powerful Leaders three years in a row. She is the author of the bestseller Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business and has been featured on Oprah, 60 Minutes, CNN, and in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Economist.

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DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER

DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER

GREGORY MCGINITY

NINA REES

Executive Director, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation

President & CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Gregory McGinity is executive director for The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, which seeks to advance the public good in education, science, and the arts. McGinity has been with the foundation since 2003 and currently leads the foundation’s education grantmaking.

Nina Rees is the president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the leading national non-profit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement.

Prior to joining the foundation, McGinity was the senior education policy consultant to the California State Board of Education, where he worked on the creation of California’s academic content standards and assessment system. McGinity also previously worked on the staffs of two members of the United States Congress and served as a legislative liaison at the United States Department of Education. He was a senior fellow at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and took a leave from The Broad Foundation in 2005 to serve as chief of staff to the California secretary of education. In July 2017, McGinity was appointed to the Los Angeles County Board of Education.

Rees has over 20 years of experience in Washington, D.C., most recently as senior vice president for strategic initiatives for Knowledge Universe (KU). Prior to her tenure at KU, she served as the first Deputy Under Secretary for Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education and served as Deputy Assistant for Domestic Policy to the Vice President at the White House. Rees has appeared on various news outlets including Bloomberg, CNBC, C-SPAN, and PBS’s NewsHour. Her articles and opinions have been published in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. She also writes a regular column for U.S. News & World Report. Rees serves on the board of directors of the PIE Network, the advisory committee of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the advisory boards of Honored and the National Association of Charter School Authorizers.

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SPEAKERS

TUESDAY, JUNE 19

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

DR. BERNARD A. HARRIS, JR. Chief Executive Officer, National Math and Science Initiative As chief executive officer of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr. leads the organization’s efforts to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement in STEM education across the country. He has been involved in math and science education for more than 25 years through the Harris Institute & Foundation and as a founding board member for NMSI. A veteran astronaut, Harris has logged more than 438 hours and traveled over 7.2 million miles in space. He was the first AfricanAmerican to complete a space walk. While at NASA, he conducted research in musculoskeletal physiology and clinical investigations of space adaptation and developed in-flight medical devices to extend astronaut stays in space. Prior to NMSI, Harris was CEO and managing partner of Vesalius Ventures, Inc., a venture capital firm. Earlier in his career, he completed a residency in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic, a National Research Council Fellowship in endocrinology at the NASA Ames Research Center, and trained as a flight surgeon at the Aerospace School of Medicine, Brooks Air Force Base.

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EMCEE

DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER

MOCTESUMA ESPARZA

MARC STERNBERG

CEO, Maya Cinemas North America, Inc.

K-12 Education Program Director, Walton Family Foundation

An award-winning producer, entertainment executive, entrepreneur, and community activist, Moctesuma Esparza is well known for his contributions to the movie industry and commitment to creating opportunities for Latinos everywhere. A partner in the highly successful Esparza-Katz Productions with Robert Katz, he worked with stars such as Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez, Andy Garcia, Jimmy Smits, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, and Halle Berry. Esparza’s latest film Walkout for HBO, tells the true story of the Chicano student uprising in East Los Angeles in 1968, where dramatic walkouts were staged at high schools to protest academic prejudice and dire school conditions. Other films produced by Esparza include: Price of Glory (2000), Selena (1997), and many others. Esparza founded the Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise Charter School, is co-founder of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, co-founder of the Smithsonian Latino Center, and founding Member of the Cesar Chavez Foundation. He has served on the Corporate Board of Directors of the Motion Picture Television Fund, the Board of Directors of the Museum of Latin American Art, and as a Trustee of the California State University System. Additionally, Esparza served as a commissioner to the Los Angeles City Retirement System.

Marc Sternberg leads the foundation’s initiatives to improve K-12 education for all of our nation’s children by empowering parents with quality options. Before joining the foundation, Sternberg served as the senior deputy chancellor at the New York City Department of Education, where he directed the citywide portfolio planning efforts including new school development and placement, school improvement and accountability planning, and the Pre-K-12 enrollment team. Sternberg also served as senior advisor to the chancellor and the mayor’s office on education policy and strategy. Prior to his service as deputy chancellor, Sternberg was founder and principal of the Bronx Lab School, an unscreened high school on the Evander Childs High School campus. He also served as a Teach for America corps member in the South Bronx, and was selected as a 2009-2010 White House Fellow.

Esparza has received numerous awards and honors including an Academy Award nomination, a Golden Globe nomination, an Emmy award, a Clio award, an Alma award, a Cine Golden Eagle award, a Lifetime Achievement award by the Imagen Foundation, and was named one of the “Most Powerful and Influential Latinos” of 2008 and 2011 by The Imagen Foundation.

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SPEAKERS

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

MIKE MARRINER Co-Founder, Roadtrip Nation Mike Marriner is a co-founder of Roadtrip Nation, and leads Roadtrip Nation’s program management and strategic partnership efforts with organizations including KQED, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the College Board, The California Department of Education, AVID, and other national and statewide organizations that help bring the Roadtrip Nation Experience to millions of people. He is a co-author of all three Roadtrip Nation books, has been featured on national outlets such as NBC’s Today Show and Esquire’s “Best & Brightest” list, is an Ashoka Fellow, and a frequent public speaker.

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DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER

ANDREW BROY

SYDNEY CHAFFEE

President, Illinois Network of Charter Schools

2017 National Teacher of the Year

Andrew Broy is the president of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS), a statewide advocacy and charter school support organization serving 152 charter campuses in Illinois that collectively educate more than 60,000 public school students. Working directly with legislative leadership, INCS supported the enactment of the Illinois Charter School Quality Act of 2011, which established an independent charter school authorizer.

As a humanities teacher at Codman Academy Charter Public School in Boston, Chaffee takes risks every day to improve learning for all of her students. In the classroom, she strives to create lessons that demonstrate how education can be a transformative tool for social justice, and she encourages her students to see themselves as having the power to make change in the world based on lessons from the past.

Prior to joining INCS, Broy was the Associate State Superintendent for the State of Georgia. In that role, Andrew helped craft Georgia’s winning Race to the Top application and worked with legislative leadership to draft numerous education reform initiatives later enacted into law, including teacher evaluation reform, the Charter Commission Act, and elected school board reform. An attorney by training, Broy was a civil rights litigator in the Atlanta office of Sutherland from 2001-2006 and specialized in school finance disputes, desegregation cases, and charter school law. Broy serves on a number of local and national boards and began his career as a high school teacher and a member of Teach for America.

Chaffee tries to infuse the hard work of learning with joy, not only in her classroom but throughout the school. For example, she is the coordinator of a schoolwide Community Circle every Thursday where all students in the school come together to celebrate successes, share good news, and dig into serious conversations together. Chaffee has taught for the past 10 years, nine of which have been in her current role, and is a National Board Certified Teacher.

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DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER

MIKE EMBRY Associate Vice President of Program Development, InsideTrack Mike Embry brings over 30 years of experience in consulting, coaching, management, and program development to his passion of supporting students and institutions in “being the best they can be.� As Associate Vice President of Program Development at InsideTrack, an organization dedicated to improving student and institutional outcomes, Embry partners with high schools and colleges to provide solutions that help students thrive. In December 2017, IDEA Public Schools partnered with InsideTrack to support students in transitioning to college. With a focus on enhancing student support throughout the education and career journey, Embry works to close achievement gaps and help more students succeed in college and beyond.

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NATIONAL HERITAGE ACADEMIES proudly partners with charter school boards across the country to serve more than 57,000 students in 84 schools. Our belief is simple: set high standards, make expectations clear, provide meaningful instruction and watch children excel. With a commitment to hard work, good citizenship, and personal responsibility students experience a safe learning environment where achievement thrives.

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HALL OF FAME

2018 INDUCTEES

The National Charter Schools Hall of Fame was established to recognize individuals and organizations who have had a profound and lasting impact on the charter school movement. The 2018 honorees will join 35 esteemed inductees since the Hall of Fame’s inception in 2007.

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PAST HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES 2017

Malcolm Peabody Greg Richmond Caprice Young

2014

Chester “Checker” Finn, Jr. Doris & Donald Fisher Fund Eva Moskowitz

2011

Donald Hense Joel Klein Jim Peyser

2008

Linda Brown Yvonne Chan Ember Reichgott Junge

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2016

Bill Kurtz Roderick R. Paige Kim Smith

2013

Lisa Graham Keegan Linda Moore Walton Family Foundation

2010

Norman Atkins James Goenner John B. King, Jr.

2007

Howard Fuller Sonia Gutierrez Ted Kolderie John Walton

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Mary Landrieu Deborah McGriff Nelson Smith

2012

City Academy High School Jim Griffin Eric Mahmoud Jon Schroeder

2009

Josephine Baker KIPP Charter Schools Don Shalvey


CAMINO NUEVO CHARTER ACADEMY Camino Nuevo schools stand out for providing a full range of student and family support services and delivering an education tailored to the specific needs and demands of the neighborhoods they serve. Students have access to college-preparatory classes and afterschool programs including art, music, and dance. Families also have the option to enroll their children in a bilingual program. In 2015, Camino Nuevo earned the Bright Spot Award from the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics for closing achievement gaps between English learners and native English speakers. Camino Nuevo schools have also been recognized with the Title I Academic Achievement award, the California Association of Bilingual Education Seal of Excellence, and the California Distinguished Schools award.

DR. ANA PONCE CEO, Camino Nuevo Charter Academy Dr. Ana F. Ponce is the chief executive officer of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, a network of six charter schools and an early education center serving more than 3,600 students in central Los Angeles. Under her leadership, Camino Nuevo schools have won state and national awards for improving outcomes for low-income students and English learners. Her accomplishments prompted Forbes Magazine in 2011 to name her one of the top seven most powerful educators in the world. Ponce is the youngest daughter of Mexican immigrants and the first in her family to graduate college. She earned a full scholarship to Middlebury College in Vermont, a world away from Pico Union, the neighborhood where she grew up. Her first teaching job was a Teach for America assignment at a public school in South L.A. After three years in the classroom, she landed a fellowship at Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York, where she earned a master’s degree in bilingual education. Determined to close the achievement and opportunity gaps for low-income minority students, she returned to Los Angeles and helped open the first independent charter school in South L.A., where she taught for seven years before joining Camino Nuevo in 2001. At Camino Nuevo, she found herself working with families in the neighborhood where she grew up, investing them and their children in being College Ready, College Bound. Since then, Ponce has been instrumental in driving the success of the organization and championing high quality educational opportunities for kids. She has demonstrated that schools comprised almost entirely of English learners, in some of the city’s poorest and densest neighborhoods, can achieve extraordinary results and serve as models of excellence. At Camino Nuevo, 99% of seniors graduate and 70% of them earn admission to a four-year college. Ponce holds a second master’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a doctorate in educational leadership from Loyola Marymount University. A veteran of the charter schools movement in California, she serves on several boards and committees, including the Board of the California Charter Schools Association, the Educators of Color (EdLoc) Leadership Committee, and the L.A. County Commission on Local Government Services.

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HALL OF FAME

2018 INDUCTEES

IDEA PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS The mission of IDEA Public Schools is to prepare students from underserved communities for success in college and citizenship. IDEA believes a quality Pre-K-12 public education is the key to success in college and life and is 100% committed to helping every student achieve their own success. Since 2001, the network has grown to 61 schools in five regions of Texas serving 36,000 students and will expand to its sixth region, open 18 more schools, and welcome more than 12,000 new students in August of 2018. IDEA schools have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report and The Washington Post for their rigor and college-going culture. For 12 consecutive years, 100% of IDEA seniors have been accepted to college. The CREDO CMO analysis results indicate IDEA schools put their students on a new trajectory towards opportunity; the IDEA network produced the equivalent of 80 additional days of learning in math and 74 additional days of learning in reading. In 2016, IDEA won the coveted Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools, and in 2017 the The Washington Post’s latest rankings of America’s Most Challenging High Schools ranked all seven of IDEA’s eligible College Preparatory high schools in the top 100 high schools nationwide and in the top 50 in Texas. By 2022, IDEA will operate 173 schools in 10 regions educating 100,000 students on the road to and through college.

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JOANN GAMA Co-Founder, President & Superintendent, IDEA Public Schools JoAnn Gama was born and raised in the north side of Houston. After graduating from Sam Houston High School in 1993, Gama attended Boston University on a full scholarship. In 1997, she joined Teach For America, a national corps of high-achieving leaders who commit two years to teach in public schools in low-income communities. Upon moving to the Rio Grande Valley, Gama enrolled at the University of Texas-Pan American and earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership. In 1998, Gama co-founded the IDEA Academy within the Donna Independent School District with fellow Teach For America corps member, Tom Torkelson. In August 2000, they opened the IDEA Academy Charter School with 150 students. As co-founder, president, and superintendent of schools, Gama has helped lead the replication efforts of the original school. Currently, IDEA Public Schools educates more than 36,000 students in 61 schools across three regions—the Rio Grande Valley, Austin, and San Antonio. In 2009, Gama received the prestigious Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership and was appointed to former President Barack Obama’s White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics in 2010. Gama was named a Pillar of Success at the University of Texas Pan-American, and was an honoree at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship’s annual Business Leaders Lunch in October 2017. She currently serves as part of a board/committee member of Latinos for Education, was recently appointed by Governor Abbott to serve in the Continuing Advisory Committee for Special Education and is on the Board of Directors for the Texas Charter Schools Association.

TOM TORKELSON CEO & Founder, IDEA Public Schools Upon graduating from Georgetown University with a degree in economics in 1997, Torkelson joined Teach For America and taught fourth grade in Donna, Texas for three years, after which he successfully launched the IDEA Academy in 2000, serving as the first board president and founding principal. At 24 years of age, Torkelson was then Texas’ youngestever charter school founder. Since 2000, Torkelson has led the replication efforts of the original school. System-wide there are now more than 36,000 students enrolled in the 61 schools that comprise IDEA Public Schools in the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, and Austin. IDEA will launch schools in South Louisiana and El Paso in the 2018-2019 school year. Torkelson has been widely recognized in a variety of publications, including being featured in 2009 by Time magazine as Wendy Kopp’s pick for the 100 most influential global citizens. Torkelson is the recipient of the prestigious Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership (2009), University of Michigan Ross Business School’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2010), the Freddy Fender Humanitarian Award (2008), and served as Chairman of the 2007 National Charter Schools Conference. Tom is often called upon to provide expert testimony to state and local officials on issues of education policy and school choice.

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HALL OF FAME

2018 INDUCTEES

WASHINGTON YU YING PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL Year after year, Yu Ying continues to achieve high levels of academic and organizational success. A few of our accomplishments include International Baccalaureate (IB) World School status, Confucius Institute’s School of the Year (2015); and Washington, D.C.’s Best Elementary School. And last but not least, for four years in a row, Yu Ying was recognized as a tier-one or high-performing school by the D.C. Public Charter School Board. Their assessment results were among the highest in both traditional public schools and public charter schools. While these accolades are important, the smiles that students arrive with each morning are what matter most to Yu Ying. As Yu Ying has grown, it has become evident that it is more than a school—it is a community where our diversity is key to our success; where the sustainability of our community matters; and where our teachers and parents are collaborators. They are raising the next generation of culturally fluent and well-rounded global citizens. Yu Ying takes its name, which means nurturing excellence, from a groundbreaking girls’ school founded in 1911 in Beijing, China. Established by a former Imperial Lady-in-Waiting, Madame Tzen-Kuei Wang, the Yu Ying School offered classroom education at a time when the centuriesold tutorial system was still the norm in China. The school was a powerful force for educational change in China. In providing Chinese language immersion in a structured inquiry-based environment, our founders had a similarly ambitious goal in creating Washington Yu Ying. As parents and educators with a passion for quality public education and Chinese language and culture, the founders established Yu Ying on the belief that all Washington, D.C. children have the right to a quality education that opens doors to the future.

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MAQUITA ALEXANDER Executive Director, Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School Maquita Alexander is the Executive Director at Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School, the only Chinese Immersion, International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program school in Washington, D.C. Yu Ying is a high performing, inquiry-based school with a highly diverse student body. Yu Ying opened in the fall of 2008. Under Ms. Alexander’s leadership, Yu Ying has become one of the most sought after schools in the District of Columbia with its standardized test scores in the among the highest in the city. Alexander leads this mission-driven organization with passion and dedication. She is committed to ensuring that every student feels known and has a rich educational learning experience. She espouses the school’s mission that strives to inspire and prepare young people to create a better world by challenging them to reach their full potential in a nurturing Chinese/English educational environment. She leads these efforts by being an innovator and a change agent. At Yu Ying the question, “is it good for kids?” is where all conversations begin. Prior to becoming Head of School in 2012, Alexander served as the principal of the school from 2009. She has led the school’s educational effort to develop a first-of-its-kind Chinese immersion program and the school’s International Baccalaureate program. Alexander has honed a Chinese program team with whom she works closely to develop effective classroom management strategies for new immersion teachers. Alexander has over twenty years of teaching and administrative experience, including fifteen years in the Fairfax County, Virginia Public School system, seven of which she served as an elementary school teacher. She has a Master of Arts in Educational Technology Leadership from George Washington University, a Master of Teaching in Elementary Education from Virginia Commonwealth University, and an administrative certification in Curriculum and Administration from George Mason University. Alexander is a founding advisory board member of Chinese Early Learning Immersion Network and a trustee member of the D.C. Immersion Language Project. She has presented on Immersion Education at the National Chinese Language Conference and The American Council Teachers of Foreign Language multiple times. She co-authored a white paper on Parents as Partners in Their Children’s Chinese Immersion Education: Making Decisions and Providing Support for the Asia Society Center for Global Education.

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GENERAL SESSION

MONDAY, JUNE 18

GRAND BALLROOM D, 4th Floor 9:15am – 10:15am

STUDENT PERFORMANCE

MATER ACADEMY MIDDLE GLEE from Hialeah Gardens, Florida

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

NANCY LUBLIN Founder & CEO, Crisis Text Line Founder, Dress for Success

DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER

DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER

GREGORY MCGINITY

NINA REES

Executive Director, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation

President & CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

BROAD PRIZE FOR PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS ANNOUNCEMENT The winner of the $250,000 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools to be announced!

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SESSIONS AT-A-GLANCE

MONDAY, JUNE 18

8:00am – 9:00am These sessions are located in the Austin Convention Center.

ROOM 8 A/B/C ROOM 9 A/B/C ROOM 10 C

11:15am – 12:30pm K-12 Knowledge Building Tools

Dean of Students Best Practices

TWO DAY SESSION 9:00am – 3:00pm

Lessons from the Best Schools in the World Charter Growth Accelerator: High-Performing Leadership Teams (Day 1)

ROOM 11 A/B

Techno-Palooza: Technology Unites Us All

The Art of Lobbying

ROOM 12 A/B

Exploring CMO Geographic Expansion: National Trends and Local Case Studies

Writing Winning Grants

ROOM 14

Right Match for the BIG Dream: Empowering the Facilities and Finance Fit

ROOM 15

Measuring the Model: Authentic Ways to Measure Student Outcomes

Meet Me in the Middle: Ensuring College Readiness in Middle and High School

ROOM 16 A

Strategies for Supporting Families to Overcome Barriers to School Choice

Deconstructing Colonialism: Developing Cultural Bias Awareness

ROOM 16 B

Digital Transformation for New and Growing Charter Schools

ROOM 17 A

Candor, Drive, and Motivation

Moving School Culture to Positive Student Impact

ROOM 17 B

Building a High-Performing, Responsive Charter School from the Ground Up

Financing a Charter School: Case Studies and Lessons Learned

ROOM 18 A/B ROOM 18 C

The End of OSS: Transitioning from a “No Excuses” to a Restorative Model Creating Pathways to Opportunity: Supporting Undocumented Students

Creating the Leadership Pipeline: Who, What & Why?

ROOM 18 D ROOM 19 A

Walton’s Approach to Charter School Supply: Growing & Diversifying

ROOM 19 B HILTON 614

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Coding and Robotics—Oh My!

HILTON SALON F

Is It Time for Charters to Start Taking Responsibility for Districts’ Success?

HILTON SALON G

Rigor Ceiling: Intrinsic Investment

HILTON SALON J

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions: Latent Legal Threats

HILTON SALON K

Financial Best Practices: A Decision Guide for Operational Excellence

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GOVERN

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2:00pm – 3:15pm

LEAD 2:00pm – 4:00pm

OPERATE

ADVOCATE

3:30pm – 4:45pm ROOM 8 A/B/C

Increasing Latino Representation on Boards: A Solvable Problem Using Neuroscience to Create Trauma-Responsive Teachers, Classrooms, and Schools

Engage the “Whole Student” by Understanding Their Aptitudes

ROOM 9 A/B/C

Move Your Board from Reactive to Strategic

These are two-hour intensive sessions!

Top Five Financial Mistakes Charter Schools Make…and How to Avoid Them

ROOM 10 C Rural Charter Schools and USDA Financing

ROOM 11 A/B

Empowering Students to Reach for College

ROOM 12 A/B

Culture, Character, and College: IDEA’s Bet on Academics and SEL for College

ROOM 14

Moving on Up: Using Formative Data to Drive Change

ROOM 15

If Anti-Bullying Doesn’t Work, What Does?

ROOM 16 A

Sentence Crafting: Art of the Sentence and Sentence Expansion

ROOM 16 B

Cultivating Curiosity: Engagement and Critical Thinking in the Classroom

ROOM 17 A

No More #MeToo: Proactively Combating Harassment on School Campuses

ROOM 17 B

The Human Capital Toolbox: Solving Your Biggest Talent Challenges

ROOM 18 A/B

Is Your Charter School Protecting Its Student Data? Creating Gender-Inclusive Schools

ROOM 18 C

Rethinking Student Discipline to Strike the Right Balance

ROOM 18 D

Teacher Career Pathways: Creating a Clear Career Ladder

ROOM 19 A

School Daze: Navigating the Facility Financing Maze

ROOM 19 B HILTON 614 HILTON 616 A/B

Charter School Business Leaders Roundtable Lessons from Texas: What Can Other States Learn from Texas Charter Policy? Rigor Ceiling: Thinking Beyond the Classroom Fighting Founder’s Syndrome: How to Build a School that Can Outlive You Charter School Growth Fund’s Student Recruitment Playbook: Leading Practices from the Nation’s Top Charter Networks

These are two-hour intensive sessions!

Connecting Dots and Aligning Visions: HBCU and Charter School Partnership

HILTON SALON F

Rigor Ceiling: Seeing It in Action

HILTON SALON G

Hazard and Threat Management Emergency Communications in Schools

HILTON SALON J

How IDEA Schools Close the Reading Gap in Grades 3-8

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BREAKOUT SESSIONS

MONDAY, JUNE 18 Dean of Students Best Practices

8:00am – 9:00am

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Building a High-Performing, Responsive Charter School from the Ground Up Lead

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New Haven’s Booker T. Washington Academy scholars performed in the top 2% of schools in Connecticut in mathematics and in the top 20% in reading, outperforming some of the state’s wealthiest school districts while serving an 85% free and reduced lunch population. The school’s leaders will share their blueprint for meeting the needs of all learners while providing access to a high-quality education that prepares students for success in college and career. Laura Main and John Taylor, Booker T. Washington Academy Candor, Drive, and Motivation Lead

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Build a foundation on how to best give impromptu feedback that moves teacher practice in a growth mindset way. Get insight into practical ways to tier direct reports into one of three categories—Rock Star, Decent, or Time—for an overhaul. Come away with an idea of how to best support your direct reports in the types of instructional and classroom management communication and feedback, and observation those direct reports should receive. Morrise Harbour, Friendship Public Charter Schools Creating Pathways to Opportunity: Supporting Undocumented Students Lead

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There are 11.2 million undocumented individuals residing in the US and 1.1 million of them are under 18. These families face tremendous challenges like securing housing, accessing healthcare, and financing education. As educators, how do we ensure that all students, including this population feels supported, safe, and welcome in our schools? Join this session to learn more about the barriers undocumented students face, policy changes, and the do’s and don’ts of supporting them as educators. Alexandra Arroyo, Oscar Romano, and Nella Urban, YES Prep Public Schools

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Join the Teach Like a Champion team for our newest content around best practices for the dean of students. We will give school leaders (principals and deans) tools to support them in two key parts of supporting school culture: “public” and “private” deaning. We will explore and practice how the day-to-day interactions between teachers, leaders, and students boost student investment in school culture. We’ll study ways that teachers and leaders can build and reinforce character values in their students. We’ll use video analysis and practice, so you can see these tools in action and begin to develop models you can share with your teachers, deans, and leadership teams. You will have several opportunities throughout the session to step back and analyze the material as a leader in order to make decisions about the role of discipline and culture at your school. Kim Griffith, Teach Like a Champion; Hilary Lewis, Teach Like a Champion, Uncommon Schools Exploring CMO Geographic Expansion: National Trends and Local Case Studies Operate

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Join us as we explore the current geographic expansion trends in the charter market and seek answers to questions such as: What’s driving established CMOs to leave existing markets? What factors are attracting operators to new markets? What are some of the challenges and lessons learned? Hear from charter operators who are at the forefront of these geographic expansion trends, and bring your own experiences and questions to share! Kent Anker, Democracy Prep Public Schools; Sabrina Ayala, Green Dot Public Schools; Sarah Garrett, Low Income Investment Fund; Laura Kozel, Rocketship Education Measuring the Model: Authentic Ways to Measure Student Outcomes Govern

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Multiple case studies highlight ways that schools can work with their authorizer to articulate and measure what makes their school distinctive. From a rural Montessori school and a suburban Waldorf school to an urban alternative school for pregnant teens, this panel will engage the audience to share and develop novel ways to measure and communicate school outcomes. Walk away with recommendations and guidelines for how to measure your model beyond traditional accountability measures. Ryan Marks, Colorado Charter School Institute

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Strategies for Supporting Families to Overcome Barriers to School Choice Advocate

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Choice policies alone don’t ensure equal access to charters. Underserved families face myriad barriers to school choice, from making sense of school information to keeping track of schools’ application requirements and deadlines. Learn from two organizations based in Camden, NJ, and Washington, DC, that provide families with high-touch, differentiated supports throughout the application process. Participate in Q&A and take away ideas for improving choice access for hard-to-reach families. Colleen McCann, Center on Reinventing Public Education; Bryan Morton, Parents for Great Camden Schools; David Pickens, DC School Reform Now

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It’s all the rave! Come to our Edutainment Digital Carnival (EDC) and join this exclusive RAVE technology session! Let us inspire you to design an innovative tech integration model, thoughtfully curate lesson collections, and provide students with a way to showcase their personal flair. As we share the passion for preparing students for the Digital Jobs (DJ) of the future, we answer the ultimate question: What technological abilities do your students need to be competitive? Jessica Barr, Carrie Buck, Tara Fitzgibbons, and Ralph Krauss, Pinecrest Academy of Nevada

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State legislatures and Congress can be bewildering and frustrating. These bodies have arcane languages and byzantine processes of their own. It can seem that they do everything possible to keep average citizens from understanding and impacting public policy. Come learn how to decode the language and work the process to make progress for your schools, your students, and your families. Pete Kirkham, Red Maple Consulting Coding and Robotics—Oh My! Educate

Techno-Palooza: Technology Unites Us All Educate

The Art of Lobbying

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Recent research found that more than 90% of parents want their children to learn computer science. Join us to learn how teachers, regardless of prior experience, can bring state-of-the-art coding and robotics experiences into their classroom. Engage in computational thinking activities ranging from notech to high-tech that can be easily replicated in their daily instructional practice. These hands-on activities will help you build a strong knowledge of computer science principles while developing the fundamental skills of collaboration, problem solving, and persistence that enhance lessons in all subjects. Bryan Miller, Wonder Workshop Creating the Leadership Pipeline: Who, What & Why?

9:00am – 3:00pm

Lead

TWO DAY SESSION Charter Growth Accelerator: High-Performing Leadership Teams (Day 1) Lead

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Pre-Registration is required for this two-day intensive leadership training led by Tom Torkelson. Session is focused on increasing the effectiveness of school leadership teams to improve the quality of school outcomes. Topics include effective management structures and operating mechanisms; processes to manage change and talent management tools.

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18 C

It has been reported that the growth of charter schools has slowed, in part due to the challenge of finding the next leaders. How do you identify, train, and grow them? Should the emphasis be on creating new schools or creating a bench for existing schools? Hear from local and national leadership development organizations, each with a different emphasis, on how they go about their process and what they’ve gotten right and what they’ve gotten wrong. Brandon Brown, The Mind Trust; Christine DeLeon, Moonshot Edventures; Ashley Heard and Sonia Park, Diverse Charter Schools Coalition

Ryan Smith and Tom Torkelson, IDEA Public Schools

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BREAKOUT SESSIONS

MONDAY, JUNE 18

The End of OSS: Transitioning from a “No Excuses” to a Restorative Model Lead

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18 A/B

A safe and orderly learning environment is a key characteristic of an academically successful school; high out-of-school suspension (OSS) numbers are a contributing factor to poor academic performance and student attrition. How do schools ensure safe and productive learning environments with reduced discipline? Learn how City on a Hill Schools, one of the first charter public schools, is transitioning from a high-consequence “no excuses” model to a restorative, reduced-consequence one. Paul Hays, City on a Hill Charter Public School Deconstructing Colonialism: Developing Cultural Bias Awareness Lead

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16 A

While an important strategy of diversifying schools is recruiting more black and brown teachers, it is just as important for white teachers and school leaders to diversify their thinking in a way that helps them connect and reach their students from diverse backgrounds. We will provide you with the tools and strategies to disrupt your own unconscious biases and establish a culturally responsive instructional practice and leadership mindset. Kwadwo Gyase and Doron Townsell, Ember Charter Schools for Mindful Education; Bayyinah Jeffries, Ohio University Digital Transformation for New and Growing Charter Schools Operate

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16 B

Through a digitalization of the learning experience, both teachers and students are able to improve their skills to create a more engaging and effective education process. We will discuss the ways that a comprehensive digital transformation approach is dramatically shifting education in today’s classrooms. The approach includes initiatives around classroom innovation, change management, workflow and enterprise content management, cloud/IT considerations, and information governance and cyber security. Elisa Esposito and Deborah Scifres, Ricoh USA; John Stewart, mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc. (A Ricoh Company)

Financial Best Practices: A Decision Guide for Operational Excellence Operate

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Join us for an engaging discussion of best practices for charter finance professionals when making difficult financial decisions to achieve operational excellence. We will begin with an interactive discussion of best practices for budgeting, establishing reserves, and facility financing with audience participation using smartphone polling. Participants will take part in a group case study discussion simulating difficult board discussions related to these topics. Debra Boyd, S&P Global Ratings; Anand Kesavan, Charter Impact Fund; Amanda Subjinski, Faith Family Academy Charter School Financing a Charter School: Case Studies and Lessons Learned Govern

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17 B

The panel will discuss and incorporate “real world” case studies with charter school leaders and industry professionals. We will discuss lessons learned during various “case study” financings, including resources available to school leaders to better prepare and understand various financing requirements and resources needed, and alternative financing options that exist. Join us for an interactive session where panelists will provide the characteristics of various success stories, including the pitfalls to avoid. Richard Harmon, BB&T Capital Markets; Justin Matthews, Mountain Island Charter School; Paula Permenter, Choice Advisors; David Sifford, EPR Properties; Nick Taintor, BerganKDV Is It Time for Charters to Start Taking Responsibility for Districts’ Success? Advocate

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Hilton Salon F

Education system leaders are mired in debates on the relative merits of traditional district vs. charter schools, limiting their ability to expand access to high-quality schools. But bold district leaders are overcoming entrenched obstacles, increasing the number of and access to high-quality charter schools, and demonstrating how charter and district leaders can work together on behalf of all kids. Learn about their strategies and the three principles key to advancing choice: equitable access, equitable funding, and transparent indicators of quality. Tom Boasberg, Denver Public Schools; Lewis Ferebee, Indianapolis Public Schools; Mike Magee, Chiefs for Change; Pedro Martinez, San Antonio Independent School District; Kunjan Narechania, Louisiana Department of Education

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Moving School Culture to Positive Student Impact

K-12 Knowledge Building Tools Lead

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Join us to learn about tools needed to build student background knowledge. You will explore and practice the role that knowledge plays in boosting ratio and student engagement, as well as teacher planning and preparation. We’ll study ways that teachers can build and reinforce background knowledge including knowledge organizers, retrieval practice, background reading, and vocabulary. This session includes video analysis and practice, so you can see these tools in action and begin to develop models you can share with your teachers. In this “train the trainer” workshop, you’ll have the opportunity experience the content as a teacher would, with several opportunities throughout the session to step back and analyze the material as a leader in order to make decisions about the role of knowledge building and training at your school. Dan Cotton, Kim Griffith, and Hilary Lewis, Teach Like a Champion Lessons from the Best Schools in the World Lead

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9 A/B/C

William Minton spent a year traveling to some of the best schools across five continents. During interviews with teachers, principals, and students, he learned that these exceptional schools all credit their success to the same set of priorities—priorities that are often overlooked in the United States. In this session, William shares stories from these schools, explores their common practices, and challenges participants to discuss what these ideas can look like in their own schools. William Minton, CanopyEd

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The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (BLSYW) is a single-sex public charter school serving more than 400 students in 6th-12th grades. BLSYW students represent every zip code in Baltimore City and enter the school at varying levels of proficiency. One hundred percent of the school’s graduates were accepted to college. We will highlight key instructional practices and college readiness strategies implemented in middle and high school to promote college readiness while decreasing the need for remediation.

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It’s one thing to talk about a positive school culture and another to achieve that positive school culture. Once you are there, how do you take it to the next level to impact students, their learning, and their academic and social outcomes? Learn from experts who will share their success and you will leave with tools to make it happen in your school. Cameron Curry, The Classical Academies; Mark Reardon, Centrepointe Leadership Right Match for the BIG Dream: Empowering the Facilities and Finance Fit Operate

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A panel comprised of a school leader, a school developer, an educational finance professional, and a former authorizer/facilities researcher will help you navigate the confusing pathway of facilities financing. The panelists will help you dream BIG with shared downloadable tools to score fiscal health, avoid pitfalls of a bad match through a live case study, and interactively experience how expectation management empowers a facilities dream team. Come prepared to have the panel analyze your project. Darlene Chambers, National Charter Schools Institute; Christianna Fogler, Rocky Mountain Classical Academy; Robert Giordano, Renaissance School Services; Nathan Vallette, EPR Properties Rigor Ceiling: Intrinsic Investment Top Session from 2017! Educate

Meet Me in the Middle: Ensuring College Readiness in Middle and High School Lead

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Most teachers value student investment. It is crucial for higher order rigor and learning, yet many educators struggle to invest in students intrinsically. Students have to be intrinsically motivated before they will persevere through challenges and help each other. How does one motivate people to the point that their desire to achieve comes from internal as opposed to external factors? Tyson Kane, Noble Network

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BREAKOUT SESSIONS

MONDAY, JUNE 18

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions: Latent Legal Threats Lead

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2:00pm – 3:15pm

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Your school has rich curriculum, engaging teachers, and empowered students. Your educational practices yield extraordinary results but outside forces may kill your school in a “death by a thousand paper cuts.” Wellintentioned efforts at quality or actors with bad intent have slowly limited independence and innovation of charter schools and created latent legal issues even in the best chartering environments. Let’s review the magnitude of that threat and how to best insulate your school. Patricia Hennessy, Conrad O’Brien PC; Matthew Plain, Barton Gilman LLP

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19 A

Over the past two decades, the Walton Family Foundation has supported 2,200 new charter schools. Led by moderator Emma Pengelly, senior fellow at Walton, our discussion will explore Walton’s approach to starting new charter schools: We believe that “more” is not enough—a diversity of school models and leaders that put students first is essential. Hear from a panel of Walton grantees who are catalyzing innovation in the charter sector in order to better prepare all students for college, career, and life. Kasar Abdulla, Valor Collegiate Academies; Darryl Cobb, Charter School Growth Fund; Jonathan Johnson, Rooted School; Emma Pengelly, Walton Family Foundation; Jeff Wetzler, Transcend; Kelly Wilson, High Tech High Graduate School of Education Writing Winning Grants Educate

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12 A/B

Local, state, and federal funds are crucial to our sustainability as a sector. Come to this session to explore winning strategies in identifying, applying to, and successfully winning grants of various scopes and sizes. Lindsey Schaeffer, IDEA Public Schools

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Full enrollment is critical to your mission and your budget. Learn the leading student recruitment practices compiled from across the Charter School Growth Fund’s portfolio of high-performing CMOs, including creating an integrated student recruitment strategy, generating interest in your school, and ensuring your newly enrolled students actually show up. Digital copies of the Student Recruitment Playbook will be available. Vanessa Barry, IDEA Public Schools; Lyman Millard, Bloomwell Group

Walton’s Approach to Charter School Supply: Growing & Diversifying Lead

Charter School Growth Fund’s Student Recruitment Playbook: Leading Practices from the Nation’s Top Charter Networks

Engage the “Whole Student” by Understanding Their Aptitudes Educate

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11 A/B

In today’s classrooms, students are often defined by standardized test scores that measure a narrow view of their talents. We will share best practices and tools being used to capture a broader perspective of a student’s natural abilities. By understanding the whole student, school leaders and counselors can better guide students into their best-fit career pathways. Join us for discussion, examples, data, tools, and stories from KIPP, Noble Charter Schools Network, and Dr. Rich Feller, a renowned leader in career counseling. Richard Feller, National Career Development Association; Armando Garza, YouScience; Chris Grapes, KIPP Foundation; Matt Niksch, Noble Network of Charter Schools Fighting Founder’s Syndrome: How to Build a School that Can Outlive You Govern

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Hilton Salon J

Your school is achieving success with a strong founding leader—hurray! But, is your board prepared for the inevitable moment of leader transition? Are you confident that the outcomes you have achieved will survive the baton pass? Great boards maintain a laser focus on the future and sustaining success. Join us as we discuss essential ingredients for smart succession planning and walk participants through a selfassessment to reveal how you are doing on planning for the future. Kate Essex, Charter Board Partners; Soenda Howell, Charter School Growth Fund; Makiyah Moody, La Piana Consulting

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Lessons from Texas: What Can Other States Learn from Texas Charter Policy? Advocate

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Hilton Salon F

Join our panelists for a conversation about Texas charter policy and what other states might learn from its history and its future. We will take a look at charter approval rates and authorization policy, and discuss using Title I set-aside funds for expanding charter schools. As always, we look forward to hearing your questions. Chris Barbic, Achievement School District; Sam Duell, ExcelinEd; Christi Martin, Martin Consulting Group; Stephanie Matthews, Texas Public Policy Foundation

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If one half of rigor is investment, the other is thinking and problem-solving. Time is the enemy of the rigorous classroom. How does one balance the opposing forces of getting through all the material and ensuring deep, masterful understanding? How do we solve the time vs. mastery problem? Building on our work with intrinsic investment, the solution lies in empowering students to learn without us. We’ll introduce key tenets of a classroom model that ensures rigor as the norm and learning quality that transcends normal class time. Tyson Kane, Noble Network

Using Neuroscience to Create Trauma-Responsive Teachers, Classrooms, and Schools Lead

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Your charter school’s success depends upon having the right team. In this “speed-dating” session, you will rotate through the 4 micro-sessions below for quick, actionable hiring techniques. These include Fixing the Leaky Pipeline: Recruiting for Talent Year-Round; Culture Shock: 3 Recruiting Downfalls That Turn Away Candidates of Color; Crafting a Candidate Experience to Make Joining Your Team Irresistible; and NonInstructional Hiring: You’re Doing it All Wrong. Roger Conner, Alexz Cormier-Hill, Jenna Marositz, and John Troy, WorkMonger

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This workshop will focus on moving beyond the responsive classroom approach to empowering teachers and school leaders to adopt a traumaresponsive practice to implement behavior management systems based on neuroscience, cognitive-based therapeutic strategies, and culturally responsive pedagogy. Dechantal C. V. Monatano and Alisashie A. NukatorSmith, Ember Charter School for Mindful Education

The Human Capital Toolbox: Solving Your Biggest Talent Challenges Operate

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Whether your school is growing student enrollment, expanding facilities, or implementing new educational programs, we can all agree that a school’s financial wellness is one of the most important aspects of running a successful charter organization. Without sound financial wellness, schools close, regardless of how successful they were at educating students. Get armed with the right knowledge, techniques, and materials to ensure financial success and learn how to avoid the pitfalls that may cause trouble. Tricia Blum, Charter School Capital; Margie Montgomery, Desert Star Academy

Rigor Ceiling: Thinking Beyond the Classroom Lead

Top Five Financial Mistakes Charter Schools Make… and How to Avoid Them

2:00pm – 4:00pm Charter School Business Leaders Roundtable Operate

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In this first-of-its-kind, invitation-only roundtable, senior charter school business leaders from large charter schools and charter school networks will share and address common challenges. C-level to Directorlevel leaders in the areas of operations, finance, procurement, and HR will showcase successful projects and exchange ideas on topics ranging from effective change management to health insurance cost containment strategies. Participants will be encouraged to learn from each other’s successes and challenges and develop relationships you can rely on long after the conference concludes. Marco Rafanelli, BuyQ

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MONDAY, JUNE 18 Increasing Latino Representation on Boards: A Solvable Problem

Creating Gender-Inclusive Schools Lead

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Now more than ever, student gender diversity is an area charter schools must account for. But what does it look like to create conditions that honor the unique gender of every child in your school community? Learn concrete strategies and tools for establishing a more welcoming environment. With their autonomy, charter schools have the opportunity to enact approaches leading to a gender-inclusive educational environment for all. Here’s how to get there! Joel Baum, Gender Spectrum Cultivating Curiosity: Engagement and Critical Thinking in the Classroom

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A recent study found 7% of non-profit board members in public education identify as Latino, compared to the 40% of students served. While this statistic is troublesome, there are strategies that can be implemented to ensure more Latino leaders are serving on school and non-profit boards. During this session, you will address misconceptions about why Latino leadership is missing in the boardroom and brainstorm tactics to increase the number of Latinos on your board. Amanda Fernandez, Latinos for Education; Carrie Irvin, Charter Board Partners

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Are you looking for ways to engage your students more deeply in their own learning? Do you want to challenge your students to become better critical thinkers and get more out of your content? Join us to learn about tools to authentically engage student curiosity in higher levels of critical thinking while staying true to your course scope and sequence. Megan Freeman, Peak to Peak Charter School Culture, Character, and College: IDEA’s Bet on Academics and SEL for College Educate

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IDEA Public Schools, Education First, and InsideTrack have teamed up to design, pilot, and scale a 6th-12th grade selected set of “college identity” social and emotional development interventions to increase college completion rates for our 99% of alumni in college. In this session, IDEA and Education First will share briefly what led to this focus and engage you in reviewing a set of tools to be piloted over five years on IDEA campuses. Adam Brumer and Cristina Munoz, Education First Consulting; Cheryl Clark and Phillip Garza, IDEA Public Schools If Anti-Bullying Doesn’t Work, What Does? Educate

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LGBTQ+ students’ school performance is often adversely affected by bullying and harassment. Delve into the research on anti-bullying to discover what works and what doesn’t, and then create a researchbased action plan to foster a learning environment where all students can be successful.

Moving on Up: Using Formative Data to Drive Change Lead

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Join us for an interactive session to learn about two approaches for systematically ensuring equity for all students. Understand how these approaches are designed to empower leaders, teachers, and CMO staff to principles of improvement science, and how they may be used to take your PLCs or common planning to new levels. Taishya Adams, Linda Cavazos, Dawn Dolby, Allison Gandhi, Heidi Goertzen, Zena Rudo, and Carrie Scholz, American Institutes for Research; Heather Mauze, Texas Education Agency; Lauren Morando Rhim, National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools No More #MeToo: Proactively Combating Harassment on School Campuses Lead

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Despite numerous examples of sexual harassment in secondary schools and on college campuses, few are preparing students to navigate the complex and sometimes ambiguous realities of sexual relationships, affirmative consent, and personal boundary setting. Join Bright Star Schools to learn about their Beyond Defense program and find out how they’ve integrated mixed gender classes on sexual assault and sexual harassment prevention. Walk away prepared to start the conversation with your staff and students. Michael Hoover, Melissa Kapaln, Dawn North, Bright Star Schools

Miriam Morgenstern, History Unerased, Inc.

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Teacher Career Pathways: Creating a Clear Career Ladder

Rethinking Student Discipline to Strike the Right Balance Lead

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Research has found that far too often a disproportionate number of African American students are suspended and expelled from school. A robust approach to achieving educational equity should include a dialogue between students, families, and a school’s leadership about discipline policies, as well as a thoughtful look at discipline data. This interactive session will give you the tools you need to address disparities and rethink discipline in your school or in your charter sector.

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Once you’ve found and hired the right people, the real work to support their growth and retain them begins. In this session, you will examine the research on and practice of retaining top teacher talent and investigate IDEA Public Schools’ Teacher Career Pathways model to identify changes to your approach to teacher retention and development. Audrey Cisneros, Sam Goessling, Leticia Molina, Melissa Scheinfeld, and Natalie Tyrell, IDEA Public Schools

Amber Audrain, The Mind Trust; Tomeika Bowden, DC Public Charter School Board; Mike Jacobs, Center City Public Charter School

3:30pm – 4:45pm

School Daze: Navigating the Facility Financing Maze Operate

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Is your school planning a construction or renovation project? Join us to learn the key elements of planning a successful facilities project. A panel of experts will introduce the critical elements of project planning and creditworthiness. Following the panel, we will guide you through estimating project costs, calculating what your school can afford to spend, and comparing financing options. You will walk away with the tools to plan a successful facilities project.

Connecting Dots and Aligning Visions: HBCU and Charter School Partnership Advocate

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Join us to think through the need to explore data and research that speaks to the long-term success of African Americans attending HBCUs. We will amplify the current relationships between CMOs and HBCUs and speak to the overlap of supports offered by schools to best serve low-income, first-generation African American students.

Dru Damico, Building Hope; Anand Kesavan, Charter Impact Fund; Molly Melloh, Reinvestment Fund; Sara Sorbello, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Sekou Biddle and Michael Lomax, United Negro College Fund; Khalia Murray, DC Prep; Kathryn Procope, Howard University Public Charter Middle School of Mathematics and Science; Kevin Rome, Fisk University

Sentence Crafting: Art of the Sentence and Sentence Expansion

Empowering Students to Reach for College

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Join us for some of Teach Like a Champion’s newest work! Sentences are the fundamental building block of writing, yet instruction often focuses on the paragraph or essay level. Learn and practice two approaches for developing students’ syntactic control through the Art of the Sentence and Sentence Expansion. Embedded in rich content, these two techniques improve students’ reading, writing, discussions, and thinking. Dan Cotton, Kim Griffith, and Hilary Lewis, Teach Like a Champion

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Charter schools and families don’t need to go it alone when preparing students for college and careers. Join the College Board in exploring free online resources available through its digital opportunity pathway—from official SAT practice on Khan Academy, to college search and planning tools available on Big Future and career exploration available through Roadtrip Nation. This session will equip participants to support student access and success in college. Aaron Lemon-Strauss, The College Board

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MONDAY, JUNE 18 Move Your Board from Reactive to Strategic

Hazard and Threat Management Emergency Communications in Schools Operate

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We will provide school leaders with a holistic overview of emergency management communications. Gain a better understanding of the critical role communication plays during emergencies. Become familiar with your roles and responsibilities as it pertains to communicating pertinent information during hazardous situations and managing possible threats. Gain a better understanding of how to coordinate school-wide safety initiatives and collaborate with key stakeholders to ensure safety and reduce risk at school.

Frequently, even very successful charter boards lose sight of their long-term focus in favor of dealing with the here and now. In order to avoid this, a charter school board should have a set of clear and measurable annual board goals. These are separate from your CEO’s goals and clearly define how the board will be adding value to the organization in the year ahead. These goals should clearly map to the promises you made to your charter authorizer. Come to this lively, interactive session and start developing (or improving) your board’s goals.

Matthew Miraglia, CLPS Consultancy Group

Michael Mizzoni, BoardOnTrack

How IDEA Schools Close the Reading Gap in Grades 3-8

Rigor Ceiling: Seeing It in Action

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A large number of grade 3-8 students attending IDEA schools are coming in with gaps of two or more years in reading. We will demonstrate how utilizing research-based intervention programs with ongoing staff development, in-class coaching, responsive data monitoring, and strong administrative support resulted in two years of growth in one school year for more than half the target students. Lyn House and Kathy Madigan, National Institute for Direct Instruction; Tricia Lopez, IDEA Public Schools

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We will provide a broad look at the privacy law and data security compliance issues that arise in the context of education programs. Join us for an update on the recent flurry of state legislative activity on privacy law as well as data-security concerns and the implications of state sunshine laws for public institutions, among other topics. Michael Hawes, U.S. Department of Education; Kate Lee Carey and Randy Sabett, Cooley LLP; Amelia Vance, Future of Privacy Forum

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We’ll put together our previous rigor foundations of intrinsic investment and teach how to think via video examples of rigorous classrooms. We’ll see the tenets of our discussion-based model in action along with commentary and reflection across multiple subject areas. Tyson Kane, Noble Network Rural Charter Schools and USDA Financing Operate

Is Your Charter School Protecting Its Student Data?

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Over the past decade, USDA Rural Development has provided hundreds of millions of dollars for rural charter school facilities financing. We’ll explain how the financing works and provides schools (and other interested parties) with information on eligibility criteria, “typical” transactions, and resources for accessing financing. Jane Ellis, Colorado Charter Facility Solutions; Jim Griffin, Momentum Strategy and Research; Alton Kimura, USDA Rural Development; Cheryl Weathersby, Pataula Charter Academy

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More than 50,000 teachers and 1.5 million students in traditional and charter schools are benefitting from the National Math and Science Initiative’s support and partnership. The recipient of numerous Department of Education, Department of Defense and private grants alike, NMSI is trusted to transform teaching and learning across socio-economic and educational environments. Percentage Increase in AP® Qualifying Scores in Math, Science and English at Charter Schools after one year in NMSI’s College Readiness Program 91% 91%

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GENERAL SESSION

TUESDAY, JUNE 19

GRAND BALLROOM D, 4th Floor 3:30pm – 4:45pm

EMCEE

MOCTESUMA ESPARZA CEO, Maya Cinemas North America, Inc.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

DR. BERNARD A. HARRIS, JR. Chief Executive Officer, National Math and Science Initiative

DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER

MARC STERNBERG K-12 Education Program Director, Walton Family Foundation

2018 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES WASHINGTON YU YING PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL

CAMINO NUEVO CHARTER ACADEMY

IDEA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

MAQUITA ALEXANDER

DR. ANA PONCE

JOANN GAMA

CEO, Camino Nuevo Charter Academy

Co-Founder, President & Superintendent, IDEA Public Schools

Executive Director, Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School

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SESSIONS AT-A-GLANCE These sessions are located in the Austin Convention Center.

TUESDAY, JUNE 19

8:00am – 9:00am

10:00am – 11:00am

ROOM 8 A/B/C

What Do the 2018 Elections Mean for School Choice?

What Do the 2018 Elections Mean for School Choice?

ROOM 9 A/B/C

Level Up! Board Governance for the Seasoned Charter

Beyond Recruitment and Retention: Nurturing Culture That Helps Teachers of Color Thrive

ROOM 10 C

TWO DAY SESSION 9:00am – 3:00pm

Charter Growth Accelerator: High-Performing Leadership Teams (Day 2)

ROOM 11 A/B ROOM 12 A/B

Is Transportation of Students Driving You Crazy?

Charter School Budgeting Best Practices: Don’t Just Survive -- Thrive!

ROOM 17 A

You Can Do It! Launching a Career and Technical Education Charter

The All-Charter District: Reflections on New Orleans 2010-2017

ROOM 17 B

Cracking the Code: Your Guide to Financial Statements

ROOM 18 A/B

Where’s the Innovation? Independent Charter Schools Must Lead the Way

ROOM 18 C

Pensions Under Pressure: Charter Innovation in Teacher Retirement Benefits

ROOM 14 ROOM 15 ROOM 16 A ROOM 16 B

ROOM 18 D ROOM 19 A

How Learning Happens: Policy and Practice for Social, Emotional, and Academic Development

ROOM 19 B

These sessions are located on the 6th Floor at the Hilton.

HILTON 616 A/B

Parents Engaging Parents: Are Advocates Listening?

HILTON SALON F

Facilities Financing: Selecting the Best Option for Your Charter School

HILTON SALON G

Using the Charter Model to Transform Districts: Lessons from the Front Line

HILTON SALON H HILTON SALON J HILTON SALON K

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50 Ways to Lose Your Leader: What Leaders Need from Boards to Survive and Thrive


GOVERN 10:00am – 12:00pm These are two-hour intensive sessions!

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11:15am – 12:30pm

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Governance from the Authorizer Perspective

Federal Update: Hot Topics and Burning Issues for Charter Schools

ROOM 8 A/B/C

The Cost of Poverty: Economically Relevant Pedagogy in the Classroom

Stronger Together: How Austin-Area Charters Teamed Up to Advocate for Change

ROOM 9 A/B/C ROOM 10 C

Let Them Talk! Build the Culture of Classroom Discourse

The Class of 2030

Rural Charter Schools and Their Significance in American Politics

ROOM 11 A/B

STEM Deserts: Expanding Access to Rigorous Coursework

ROOM 12 A/B

Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: A Mindset of Ethical Decision Making for Administrators

ROOM 14

Strengthening Your Vision and Implementation for Math Instruction

From Barrier Words to Bridges: Is Language Impeding Your Diversity Recruiting Efforts?

ROOM 15

Active Shooter: Are You Ready?

Policies that Govern Your Board: Bylaws, Discipline, and Retention

ROOM 16 A

Activating Generation E: Growing Students’ Entrepreneurial Mindset

When Closure Isn’t An Option: Charter School Receivership

ROOM 16 B

Reimagining Traditional Role of Counselors to Reach 100% Graduation Rate

ROOM 17 A

I’ve Got the Governance Blues

Investing in the Next Generation of Education Reform Advocates Trans 101 for Educators: Relevant Legal Issues and Best Practices

ROOM 17 B

Moving Beyond Parental Involvement and into Family Engagement

Observe, Debrief, Collaborate, Repeat: Building a New Supervision Framework

How Hybrid Charter Networks are Producing Exceptional Results

ROOM 18 A/B

Smart Growth Through Strategy, Talent, and Operations

Hacking Medical Practice: Using Peer Review to Improve Teaching

ROOM 18 C ROOM 18 D

Be a Fortune 500 School District

ROOM 19 A

Student Outcomes, School Boards, and You

Make Way for the New Principal: Developing Teacher Leaders

ROOM 19 B

How to Lead Effective Professional Learning Charter Schools and School Improvement Under ESSA: What Have We Learned So Far?

These are two-hour intensive sessions!

HILTON 616 A/B

Facilities Independence: Financing Techniques for Expanding Charter Schools

The Use and Misuse of Social Media in Schools

HILTON SALON F

Innovation in Compensation: Rewarding Commitment and Contribution

Preventing and Responding to Sexual and Other Serious Alleged Misconduct

HILTON SALON G

How Do I Even Start? Engaging in Controversial Conversations Schoolwide

Equity and Access in the Real World: How Apply Houston Challenges the Status Quo

HILTON SALON J

ELLs, ELD, DLI, Oh My: Helping English Learners Succeed Digital Marketing: Hacking Google Analytics

HILTON SALON H

With Us, Not to Us: Community-Centered Reform

HILTON SALON K

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TUESDAY, JUNE 19 Level Up! Board Governance for the Seasoned Charter

8:00am – 9:00am

Govern

Cracking the Code: Your Guide to Financial Statements Govern

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Do you dread the part of the board meeting when it is time to review and discuss the financial statements? Do you think they are speaking in code? We will decode the fundamentals of accounting and budgeting so that you are prepared to effectively engage in financial discussions. Through group exercises, you will acquire the language, analytic tools, and insights needed to evaluate your organization’s fiscal health. Bryce Fleming, EdTec Inc.; Sarah Garrett, Low Income Investment Fund

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Jennifer Dauzvardis, Peak to Peak Charter School; Ben Lindquist, Colorado League of Charter Schools Pensions Under Pressure: Charter Innovation in Teacher Retirement Benefits

How Learning Happens: Policy and Practice for Social, Emotional, and Academic Development Advocate

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As organizations mature, there comes a time to renew, reset the clock with fresh energy, and level up practices. Even the most seasoned and successful charter schools require ongoing training in order to maintain high-functioning governing boards. Come share in a conversation exploring accountability structures, training practices, and resources that produce high-quality results for governing boards of mature organizations.

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Join a conversation with the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development as they work to develop policy and practice recommendations to ensure each and every student receives quality educational experiences grounded in our growing understanding that learning happens across social, emotional, and cognitive domains. Members of the Commission will share draft recommendations and invite participants to provide thoughts and feedback. Jennifer Brown Lerner, National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development

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As teacher pension costs in traditional state plans have risen, charter schools have applied their innovative management approach by providing alternative plans for teachers in the 19 states where charters may opt out and develop their own plans. These alternative plans can provide portability of benefits, a wider range of investment options, reduced costs, and greater control over total compensation. Researchers and charter leaders will discuss how the plans may contribute to the recruitment and retention of teachers. Kevin Hesla, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools; Christopher Hines, Crescent City Schools; Becki Krueger, LEAD Charter Schools; Michael Podgursky, University of Missouri, Columbia

Is Transportation of Students Driving You Crazy? Operate

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While many charter schools rely on district or public transportation for their students, coordination and risk transfer of field trips, sports teams, and even international travel are growing concerns for administrators. Transportation of students to and from campus, school-sponsored activities, and sometimes for medical care all represent potential liability to your school’s reputation and assets. Keeping, training, and qualifying drivers is a big challenge to school resources. Grants may also be available to help begin programs. Rustin Godfrey, Scholastic First Insurance/Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

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Where’s the Innovation? Independent Charter Schools Must Lead the Way Lead

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Chartering was intended to inject entrepreneurism into a sclerotic public educational environment and has been a disruptive and positive force. But are charter schools truly living up to their innovative promise and, if not, why not? Join us for a deep dive into what encourages and what deters school innovation, and a lightning round of innovation pitches from attendees. Guaranteed to bring out the inner entrepreneur inside every school leader! Richard Welles and Steve Zimmerman, Coalition of Community Charter Schools

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You Can Do It! Launching a Career and Technical Education Charter Lead

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10:00am – 11:00am 17 A

Charter educators across the country are discovering the promise of career and technical education, launching new CTE schools or adding robust CTE to their existing offerings. Come hear from a panel of people who’ve done it as they talk about how they handled unique challenges: crafting a curriculum that combines technical topics and traditional academic subject matter, finding an employer partner to sponsor interns, and raising money for the extra expense of career and technical education. Tamar Jacoby, Opportunity America; Duane Musser, National Roofing Contractors Association; David Noah, Comp Sci High; Tori Stephens-Shauger, Ace Leadership High School; Cate Swinburn, YouthForce NOLA

9:00am – 3:00pm

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School leaders are the most important factor for school success. And charter school boards want exceptional leaders. However, in order to execute on their most important priorities, even the best school leaders need a multi-tier, wraparound system of support and feedback, including evaluation systems, coaching and apprenticeship from the private sector, and peer support. In this session, a board member, a superintendent, and thought leaders discuss providing the support school leaders need and want. Luyen Chou, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School; Anissa Dickerman, Insight Education Group; Joseph Rendon, Por Vida Academy; Jessica Sutter, EdPro Consulting; Shereen Williams, Charter Board Partners The All-Charter District: Reflections on New Orleans 2010-2017

TWO DAY SESSION Charter Growth Accelerator: High-Performing Leadership Teams (Day 2) Lead

50 Ways to Lose Your Leader: What Leaders Need from Boards to Survive and Thrive

Advocate

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Pre-Registration is required for this two-day intensive leadership training led by Tom Torkelson. Session is focused on increasing the effectiveness of school leadership teams to improve the quality of school outcomes. Topics include effective management structures and operating mechanisms; processes to manage change and talent management tools. Ryan Smith and Tom Torkelson, IDEA Public Schools

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CREDO evaluated the “Charter Restart Model,” an i3-funded initiative in New Orleans and Tennessee, over the course of seven years. While we found small pockets of success, we also found that districtwide charter reform driven by state turnaround districts carries particular pitfalls with clear implications for districts and regions looking to install charter turnaround strategies. In particular, the presence of a harbormaster emerged as crucial to success, as did intentionally engineered solutions to protect systemwide equity of access and quality. Lauren Bierbaum and Sofoklis Goulas, CREDO at Stanford; The Honorable Mary Landrieu, Former United States Senator and Current Senior Policy Advisor, Van Ness Feldman, LLP Beyond Recruitment and Retention: Nurturing Culture That Helps Teachers of Color Thrive

CONNECT WITH US @charteralliance /charterschools @charteralliance

#NCSC18

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Teacher turnover is one of the biggest challenges for charter schools, particularly when it comes teachers of color (which can average over 40% a year in some places). We will focus on sharing highly successful recruitment and retention practices that center on the development of agency, autonomy, empowerment, and culture as strategies to reduce teacher turnover and develop teacher-leaders. Ansel Caceras, Rafiq R. Kalam Id-Din, and Ardnas Rashid, Ember Charter School for Mindful Education

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TUESDAY, JUNE 19

Charter School Budgeting Best Practices: Don’t Just Survive—Thrive! Operate

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Since the opening of Charter School Capital 10 years ago, we’ve reviewed thousands of charter school budgets. Year after year, we see common mistakes many charter schools make when budgeting for their academic year. Hear from charter school finance experts as they give you a breakdown of budgeting best practices to help you have a financially successful academic year. Don’t just survive—thrive! Matt Percin, Charter School Capital, Inc.; Spencer Styles, Charter Impact Facilities Financing: Selecting the Best Option for Your Charter School Operate

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Learn different methods to finance or refinance land acquisition, facility construction, renovation, and equipment costs. Panelists will discuss the basics of various financing options such as tax-exempt bonds, new markets tax credits, and bank loans. Participants will also learn from real-world examples of charter schools that have used these financing methods. A finance leader from a premier charter school network in Texas will be one of the panelists discussing their financing experiences. John Buck, Buck Financial Advisors LLC; Brian Colon, Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.; Stacey Lawrence, Uplift Education Parents Engaging Parents: Are Advocates Listening? Advocate

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Using the Charter Model to Transform Districts: Lessons from the Front Line Advocate

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The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ market share study shows charters are now educating more students than districts in places like Detroit, Flint, and New Orleans. This shift in students and the money that follows them is forcing policymakers and educators to grapple with how to deal with districts that enter the “death spiral” that leads towards insolvency. Come learn how the charter model is being used to create policy and practice solutions for addressing these complex situations. Jim Goenner, National Charter Schools Institute; Paul Pastorek, Pastorek Partners, LLC; Leonard Wolfe, Dykema What Do the 2018 Elections Mean for School Choice? Advocate

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Join us for a discussion about the upcoming 2018 elections and their potential impact on school choice policies nationwide. We will take a deep dive into critical states and also look at these elections from a national perspective, discussing how they might influence education policies over the next several years. Presenters include state-level advocates and political strategists. Dave Carney, Norway Hills Associates; Lea Crusey, Allies for Educational Equity; Scott Jensen and Shaka Mitchell, American Federation for Children; Jonathan Nikkila, 50CAN Action Fund; Todd Ziebarth, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Hilton 616 A/B

Parent engagement is an essential component of advocacy in education reform. Parents are important partners in advocacy work, but are advocates and school leaders truly listening to parent concerns? Are current parent engagement efforts sustainable? We will examine successful “bottom up” ideas to parent empowerment. Examples include large-scale parent mobilization for rallies, registering 3,000 new voters in a city, and statewide participation in our annual Parent Summit. Altorice Frazier, Better Education for Kids

10:00am – 12:00pm Activating Generation E: Growing Students’ Entrepreneurial Mindset Educate

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Participants will learn about eight domains of the entrepreneurial mindset (EM), how EM skills prepare students for college and 21st century careers, and how teachers can help students develop EM skills. We will introduce a learning model that integrates project-based learning and Lean Startup to grow students’ EM skills. Participants will participate in a hands-on entrepreneurial investigation and learn about techniques for growing students’ EM with a NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) teacher, alumni, and volunteer. Jenny Bradbury, NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship)

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How to Lead Effective Professional Learning

Active Shooter: Are You Ready? Operate

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16 A

INTENSIVE

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In this workshop we will review lessons learned about how to prepare for, respond to, and prevent such incidents. We will focus on identifying leading indicators of violence, early intervention, counseling and monitoring via threat assessment protocols and best practices to prevent individuals from carrying out attacks. Using an actual incident as a case study, we will discuss practices for mainstream and social media communication, medical care and psychological counseling for victims, proper restoration and cleanup and tort immunity issues.

Job-embedded professional learning works... sometimes. The success of collaborative learning teams and instructional coaching strategies depends on intentional planning to create an infrastructure that supports high-quality professional learning and the transfer of learning to the classroom. In this session, a team of trainers and school leaders from a New Orleans charter school will demonstrate how to design, plan, and implement an effective weekly meeting to support professional learning by following five steps for effective learning.

Joe Carrera, NYA Risks; Karalei Nunn, Meridian School; Edward Rivas, American International Group; Eric Smith, Wortham Insurance; M.L. “Sandy” Wall, Safariland Training Group

Faydra Alexander, Rene Carter, and Brian Young, Algiers Charter School Association; Vicky Condalary, National Institute for Excellence in Teaching I’ve Got the Governance Blues

Be a Fortune 500 School District Lead

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Ernestine Sanders, Cornerstone Schools Association

Recruiting, retaining, and/or engaging your board got you down? We can help! This highly interactive session will allow for shared problem solving and idea sharing around the meaty topic of school governance. Although the facilitators bring a deep understanding of the issue, we will harness the collective brainpower and experiences of the participants in the room, allowing all participants to walk away with clearly defined solutions on how to address your governance issues.

Digital Marketing: Hacking Google Analytics

Kate Essex, Charter Board Partners; Alex Medler and Mukta Pandit, National Charter Schools Resource Center; Marisol Rodriguez, Insignia Partners

You can be the lead driver of excellent educational outcomes and performance for your entire organization and at the same time create a culture of teamwork that embodies caring about your staff. You do not have to become a ruthless and unbending leader of the race to reach your goals. It is not a trade-off. Become an Amazon or a Tesla in education. Lead the charge!

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For schools and organizations that have marketing plans in place, participants will learn how to set up Google Analytics live. Leaving this session, you’ll be able to use Google Analytics and Search Console to track more sales from your website and understand how to use the data to benefit your school. We will cover set-up, planning, best practices, data collection, and measuring return on investment. Bring your computer, website login, and Google login. Steve Huskey, High 5 Promotions

Let Them Talk! Build the Culture of Classroom Discourse Educate

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The culture of classroom discourse is essential for an effective classroom, helping teachers to build a conducive learning environment with respect, engagement, effective communication, and critical thinking. We’ll help participants build sets of standards for children to respectfully state their opinions, propel each other, support their ideas with evidence, listen attentively, and evaluate their own work. Learn best practices, analyze real classroom examples, and gain tools to be used for every grade level. Robyn Nelson and Tarkan Topcuoglu, Hampden Charter School of Science

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TUESDAY, JUNE 19 Strengthening Your Vision and Implementation for Math Instruction

Make Way for the New Principal: Developing Teacher Leaders Operate

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INTENSIVE

19 A

Change the culture of your school by empowering teachers and providing opportunities for teacher leadership. Learn about our schools’ approach to retooling professional development and how you can do the same! We provide opportunities for teachers to shine by developing relationships, visiting innovative charter schools, and conducting transformative action research. This cohort-style professional development transforms teaching and creates a culture of learning where everyone benefits. Hear our journey from a teacher, administrator, and school leader. Vivian Price, Tamara Rose, and Ericka ZemmerRichmond, River Springs Charter School

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Kim Marshall, Marshall Memo; Nicholas Tishuk, Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter School Smart Growth Through Strategy, Talent, and Operations

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Stephanie Sluyter, Freedom Preparatory Schools; Laina Vlasnik Yip, Achievement First

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Would you be prepared if a transgender student came to enroll in your school or you learned that a student or staff member was transitioning? We will provide a doorway into the lived experiences of trans people and explore the unique legal issues faced by transgender people in the school context. We’ll also provide you with best practices for ensuring you are prepared to address these issues in your own educational institution. Nathan Arrowsmith, Osborn Maledon; Stevie Tran, Kirkland Productions

11:15am – 12:30pm Charter Schools and School Improvement Under ESSA: What Have We Learned So Far? Advocate

In this intensive workshop, examine your own approach to strategic growth through hearing from IDEA Public Schools senior leaders about lessons learned and their current approach to creating ideal external conditions for growth, finding and developing the right talent, and creating and managing the operating systems necessary to fuel expansion.

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Under ESSA, states can leverage 7% of Title I funds for school improvement. Which states are leveraging charter schools and what have they learned? Hear from Texas about what they have learned in their first year of implementation. Mohammed Choudhury, San Antonio Independent School District; Joe Siedlecki, Texas Education Agency; Christine Wolfe, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

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Is your math program aligned to a college-ready bar? Examine your instructional model by engaging in math problem solving! We will unpack a rigorous problem and engage in mathematical discourse as students. We will then examine Achievement First’s math program and how shifts to a more rigorous math program have led to strong results. Reflect on your current instructional vision for math. We’ll also show you how to access AF’s math materials online.

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This interactive session starts with the simple premise that classroom observations should be frequent, short, and unannounced. Administrators then provide same-day debriefs with immediate teacher feedback, appreciation, and fine-tuning of instructional strategies, followed by brief written action items. In this framework, the observation and feedback cycle powers each teacher’s ongoing individual professional growth plan to track progress and goals, leading to a potent mix of feedback, reflection, and growth as the catalysts for student learning.

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Trans 101 for Educators: Relevant Legal Issues and Best Practices

Observe, Debrief, Collaborate, Repeat: Building a New Supervision Framework Lead

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How Do I Even Start? Engaging in Controversial Conversations Schoolwide

The Cost of Poverty: Economically Relevant Pedagogy in the Classroom Educate

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Many charter schools serve students, particularly black and Latino children who have been ensnared in poverty for many generations. One strategy teachers and schools can use to empower students to break the cycle of generational poverty is to integrate the fundamentals of economics across the curriculum. Join us to learn concrete strategies and demonstrations of this approach and practice in the classroom.

Join a panel of experts in civil discourse, culture building, and community engagement in a rousing discussion of how to broach and support sensitive conversations with teachers, parents, and students. Our expert panel will discuss how using historical context, parent-teacher partnerships, and critical conversation resources strengthens your students and your school community.

Rafiq R. Kalam Id-Din, Ember Charter School for Mindful Education

David Bobb and Rachel Davison Humphries, Bill of Rights Institute; Benjamin Couch Payne, Savannah Classical Academy

ELLs, ELD, DLI, Oh My: Helping English Learners Succeed Educate

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English language learners are one of the fastestgrowing student demographics in the country. Nearly one-quarter of US children currently speak a nonEnglish language, and that number is expected to grow in the coming decades. Come hear expert educators explain how to support ELLs’ linguistic and academic development in dual immersion or English as a Second Language settings. Jodi Bossio, 1980; Crystal Felix-Clarke, DeKalb PATH Academy; Alicia Passante, Center City Public Charter Schools; Conor Williams, New America Facilities Independence: Financing Techniques for Expanding Charter Schools Top Session from 2017! Operate

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We will discuss the many financing techniques utilized by charter schools with particular focus on tax-exempt bond financing. The advantages, disadvantages, and costs of each will be discussed and an outline for relating your school’s financing needs, objectives, and constraints to its financing alternatives will be provided. Hear from finance officers from KIPP DC, credit rating analysts from Standard & Poor’s, and independent financial advisors from Wye River Group. Dane Anderson and Justin Ellis, KIPP DC; Brian Marshall, Standard & Poor’s; Kevin Quinn and Christopher Wienk, Wye River Group

Innovation in Compensation: Rewarding Commitment and Contribution Top Session from 2017! Operate

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Is your school’s compensation model motivating the behavior and results you want to see from your staff? Are you struggling with issues of internal equity or teacher retention? Come learn about compensation models that work—and don’t work—and why. Explore cutting-edge strategies and research-based best practices, and leave with action steps you can take in your own school to strategically leverage compensation to improve staff and student performance. Kelly Reeser and Sam Todd, Peak to Peak Charter School Investing in the Next Generation of Education Reform Advocates Advocate

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To maintain momentum and progress of education reform, it is vital that we grow the number of local policymakers who support our issues. Otherwise, reform is unsustainable. Success requires increasing the number of next-generation black and Latinx proreformers in the pipeline. Not only are communitybased leaders uniquely essential to the sustainability of charters and reform, local leaders who support reform values are essential to long-term success. Tenicka Boyd, Democrats for Education Reform The Class of 2030

Governance from the Authorizer Perspective Govern

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Charter schools often say they don’t understand what the authorizer wants from them. We will focus on governance from the authorizer perspective and provide participants with in-depth feedback on what a school authorizer is looking for. Barb Acenowr and Carrie Gee, SUNY Charter Schools Institute

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What are the aspirations, expectations, and experiences of young people in relation to school, life, work, and beyond? We will draw from current research and extensive experience working with schools and systems globally, and introduce frameworks for sustaining improvement and generate conversation. Mark Sparvell, Microsoft

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TUESDAY, JUNE 19 From Barrier Words to Bridges: Is Language Impeding Your Diversity Recruiting Efforts?

2:00pm – 3:15pm

Operate

Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: A Mindset of Ethical Decision Making for Administrators Lead

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School leaders must make decisions every day. However, competing priorities, resource distribution, or even bad actors present leaders with ethical dilemmas requiring a delicate balance between board demands and their own ethics. What happens when a board’s expectations could impact the school negatively? What happens when the budget doesn’t support an essential safety upgrade? We will provide leaders with a framework, interactive exercises, and expert advice on how to select the best ethical alternative. Patricia Hennessy, Conrad O’Brien PC; Beth Jones, Insight PA Cyber Charter School

Puja Dasari, Summit Public Schools

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Recently released data from the fall 2017 launch of Houston’s common application for charter schools will shed light on its impact on school-level and citywide application growth, parent awareness of and participation in choice, and the ease through which families are navigating their marketplace of school options. We will provide concrete considerations on why a common application may be the route to greater equity of access to schools of choice in your city. Rachael Dempsey and Colleen Dippel, Families Empowered; Recy Dunn, YES Prep Public Schools; Sam Harrington, SchoolMint; Thomas Toch, FutureEd Federal Update: Hot Topics and Burning Issues for Charter Schools Advocate

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Come learn about what the National Alliance is doing on behalf of charter schools in Congress and the Administration. What are the most pressing federal issues impacting charter schools? What does a possible infrastructure bill mean for charters? What questions do you have about federal legislation and programs? Come with questions, leave with answers. Amy Wilkins and Christine Wolfe, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

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This workshop will focus on sharing one school’s innovative use of medicine’s periodic peer review conferences to help develop early career teachers, improve instructional practice for seasoned vets, and promulgate highly effective and innovative pedagogy across the instructional team. Damien Dunkley, Rafiq R. Kalam Id-Din, and Ardnas Rashid, Ember Charter Schools for Mindful Education How Hybrid Charter Networks are Producing Exceptional Results Top Session from 2017! Lead

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The Stanford CREDO CMO study identified “hybrid” organizations as a special class. Hybrid CMOs have strategic collaborations with educational service providers. Hybrids are achieving exceptional results educating minority and low-income students. Students at these schools earn more than an extra 100 days of learning in reading and math. Schools with 80% “hybrid” enrollment will present their practices and methods. Fernando Zulueta, Academica Moving Beyond Parental Involvement and Into Family Engagement Educate

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Have you wondered what is the difference between parental involvement and family engagement? We will explore the difference and discuss how teachers and families can work together as genuine partners to maximize student learning. We will explore how family engagement efforts can be aligned to learning and designed to build a classroom community where families can feel connected to their teacher and other families. Sara Martinez, WestEd

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Hacking Medical Practice: Using Peer Review to Improve Teaching

Equity and Access in the Real World: How Apply Houston Challenges the Status Quo Advocate

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Research from CCSA shows that language like “application” and “lottery” are barrier words insinuating competition or pre-requisites. These words may deter ELL and SED families from enrolling in our charter schools. Explore how Summit Public Schools changed its approach to student recruitment and enrollment to remove these perceived barriers and encourage all families to apply. We will also develop step-by-step strategies that participants can employ to identify and overcome barriers to meet recruitment goals.

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Rural Charter Schools and Their Significance in American Politics

Policies that Govern Your Board: Bylaws, Discipline, and Retention Govern

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As a board member, you are required to know and understand your school’s policies. Are you taking on the right things? How do you know? Paul O’Neill, Tugboat Education Preventing and Responding to Sexual and Other Serious Alleged Misconduct Operate

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Sexual and other serious misconduct can inflict immeasurable harm on victims and jeopardize an entire educational institution. Two experienced prosecutors will provide practical guidance on preventing such misconduct through compliance, identifying red flags, best practices for investigating allegations, and the legal requirements for response. We will combine a lecture with an interactive case-study exercise based on real cases. Learn practical steps to avoid the missteps that have plagued many institutions. Ty Howard and Greg Marshall, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP Reimagining Traditional Role of Counselors to Reach 100% Graduation Rate Lead

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In 2017, Drew Charter’s first graduating class achieved a 100% graduation and college acceptance rate and collectively earned more than $5M in scholarships. These outcomes are due in large part to the College and Career Readiness Office’s dexterity in navigating the traditional demands of school counselors while addressing the social-emotional and college advising needs of all students. We will offer strategies for replicating this approach, including reallocating resources, leveraging partnerships, and redefining counselor roles. Tara Davis, Emily Herman, Rachel Kaney Weaver, Michelle Stinson, and Ashley Young, Charles R. Drew Charter School

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There are 900+ rural charter schools serving 300,000 students spread unequally across America. Rural charters strengthen the political position of states’ charter efforts, while their absence makes politics harder. Are charters truly a national reform strategy if their growth is city-centric? We will explore the question from several angles: looking at the numbers, hearing from those in the middle of the political debates, and discussing why rural shouldn’t be ignored by charter advocates. Lee Denney, USDA; Jim Griffin, Momentum Strategy and Research; Susie Miller Carello, SUNY Charter Schools Institute; Terry Ryan, Bluum STEM Deserts: Expanding Access to Rigorous Coursework Educate

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Millions of students across the country live in what we call STEM deserts—school communities without access to rigorous and engaging math and science courses. Lack of STEM access is a critical equity issue in education, particularly for students in urban and rural communities, where access to high-level math and science courses is often out of reach. Learn what is being done to eliminate STEM Deserts through scaling proven education programs that work at the local level to effect lasting improvements in student access, engagement and performance in rigorous STEM courses. Mike Franco, IDEA Public Schools; Jen LoPiccolo and Tammi Stewart, National Math and Science Initiative Stronger Together: How Austin Area Charters Teamed Up to Advocate for Change Advocate

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These charter leaders from the Austin-area played a critical role in convincing the Texas legislature to provide facilities funding for charter schools for the first time ever in 2017. The team includes small and mid-size charters and large CMOs working together. Learn how local Austin-area charter leaders partner for policy change here in the Texas capital. We’ll highlight our efforts with the Texas state legislature and the City of Austin. Matthew Abbott, Wayside Schools; John Armbrust, Austin Achieve Public Schools; Karalei Nunn, Meridian World School; Kathleen Zimmermann, NYOS Charter School

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TUESDAY, JUNE 19 With Us, Not to Us: Community-Centered Reform

Student Outcomes, School Boards, and You Govern

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Accountability for student outcomes starts and ends with you. We’ll examine how school boards are accountable for monitoring student outcomes. We’ll investigate what is and is not the function of school boards, how school boards work, how parents (and others) can advocate for what they want to see, and the difference between inputs, outputs, and outcomes. Jeff Allyn and Graham Frey, Sparked Govern; AJ Crabill, Texas Education Agency; Marcia McMahon, Teach2Learn The Use and Misuse of Social Media in Schools Lead

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Hilton Salon F

With an increased reliance on and use of social media by individuals and organizations to communicate, research, and connect with friends, family, colleagues, business associates, stakeholders, and the general public, the creation of social media policies and adoption of consistent practices—especially in an educational setting—is more important than ever. We will review legal and operational issues related to the use and misuse of social media to help develop and enforce policies and procedures in an educational setting.

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Kenya Adjekum Bradshaw, The New Teacher Project; Meredith Anderson, UNCF; Tyler Lewis, Leadership Conference Education Fund; Maya Martin, PAVE (Parents Amplifying Voices in Education); Naomi Shelton, UNCF

When Closure Isn’t an Option: Charter School Receivership

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Increasing numbers of authorizers are unable to immediately close schools that have either failed to meet performance standards (academic, operational, or financial) or when they are faced with an unforeseen crisis. In these instances, a court-appointed or authorizer-appointed receiver can take over for a specific period of time. We will walk through a case study of a receivership from initial policy creation to the day-to-day operations of a school. We will also discuss how the authorizer, receiver, and school community work together in the best interest of students and families in this unique situation. Patrick Gavin and Jason Guinasso, Nevada Public Charter School Authority; Josh Kern and Kathleen Padian, TenSquare

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This panel focuses on community-centered reform which involves hearing from communities to better inform equitable education reforms and school policies. In an era of “data-driven decision making,” it is imperative that charter reforms and community engagement are substantiated by the lived experiences of the community. We will explore those marginalized voices (parents, students, leaders) and offer solutions to engage and partner with communities to inform decisions for advocacy and parent/student engagement within the charter movement.

Cliff Schneider, Cohen Schneider Law, P.C.

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CLOSING SESSION

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20

GRAND BALLROOM D, 4th Floor 11:00am – 12:00pm

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ANDREW BROY President, Illinois Network of Charter Schools

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MIKE MARRINER Co-Founder, Roadtrip Nation

DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER

DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER

SYDNEY CHAFFEE

MIKE EMBRY

2017 National Teacher of the Year

Associate Vice President of Program Development, InsideTrack

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SESSIONS AT-A-GLANCE

GOVERN

These sessions are located in the Austin Convention Center.

EDUCATE

ROOM 12 A/B

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20

LEAD

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8:00am – 9:00am

9:30am – 10:45am

Enough Talk–Show Me the Money!

Training Your Board to Be Better Fiduciaries

ROOM 14

Courts: Friends or Foes of Charter Public Schools?

ROOM 15

Charter Board 101

ROOM 16 A

Good Governance: Putting Schools on the Path to Excellence

Promising Practices for Students with Disabilities in the Charter Sector

ROOM 16 B

Research on Parents as Consumers: Time for Real Choices in Education

How to Connect Your Class to the World

ROOM 17 A

Strategic Decision-Making: How to Prevent Chasing the “Shiny Thing”

Data Driving You Crazy? How to Get Control of Your Data Before It’s Too Late

ROOM 17 B

Solving the Talent Problem: Working to Identify Opportunities and Strategies

Advancing Your Mission: Preparing and Executing Fundraising Strategies

ROOM 18 A/B

Stop Putting Out Fires and Govern!

Is There a Shelf Life to Leadership?

HILTON 615 B

These sessions are located on the 6th Floor at the Hilton.

ADVOCATE

HILTON 616 A/B

Grassroots Mobilization

Racial Isolation in Public Charter Schools

HILTON SALON F

Bringing a DEI Focus to the Boardroom

HILTON SALON G

Telling the Story of Your School

HILTON SALON H

Data-Driven Restorative Practices: Lessons on Implementation Rooted in Data

HILTON SALON J

Facilities Wizards: Speed Dating with Experts on Facility Financing

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 Research on Parents as Consumers: Time for Real Choices in Education

8:00am – 9:00am

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Charter Board 101

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Groundbreaking research on parents as consumers shows they want distinct education choices that fit their child’s learning style and interests. The findings reveal what parents feel is ideal for their children and why. This is the information school choice advocates need to move to the next level: providing real choices in education that help parents achieve their aspirations and increase their satisfaction with education while maximizing the talent this country has in its young people.

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Congrats! You just joined a charter school board. But what’s next? What exactly is your role? What is your responsibility and what isn’t? Join us for a deep-dive into the role of a board member and how to be a great one! Jill Shahen, Northeast Charter Schools Network; John Troy, WorkMonger Enough Talk–Show Me the Money! Operate

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12 A/B

With charter schools, on average, only receiving 71 cents on the public dollar when compared to district schools, funding is tight. Successful school leaders understand key fundraising principles to grow innovative programs and support financing facilities. Not sure how to get started with fundraising? Spend an hour with fundraising thought leaders to learn tips and tricks you can implement at your school to get dollars in the door. Amy Holland, Blackbaud, Inc.; Joshua Kearns, Editorial Projects in Education, Inc. Good Governance: Putting Schools on the Path to Excellence Govern

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Schools will only be as good as the leadership that they possess, including the board of directors. We will reveal additional resources and strategy that one authorizer is pursuing to ensure that the leadership of the school has resources and information to govern effectively. Orlando Castellon, The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools Racial Isolation in Public Charter Schools Advocate

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Hilton 616 A/B

Charters tend to enroll racially identifiable student bodies, whether predominately white, black, or brown students. For charter advocates, this fact is irrelevant to learning and is caused by independent factors such as residential patterns and parental choice. The naysayers charge us with “re-segregating” the public schools. Let’s dissect this issue legally and politically. We’ll learn to talk about it well, both in the court of law and in the court of public opinion.

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Nora Flood and James Walton, Walton Family Foundation; Rich Neimand, Neimand Collaborative Solving the Talent Problem: Working to Identify Opportunities and Strategies Lead

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Charters face special challenges when it comes to teacher hiring and retention. To solve for this problem, many must identify innovative solutions. Join us for an engaging conversation about what’s working, what isn’t, and where to go next when it comes to addressing the talent problem. We’ll break into groups to brainstorm and then share strategies and hear perspectives from national organizations. You’ll leave with concrete ideas to implement back at your school. Crystal Harmon, TNTP; Georgia Heyward, Center on Reinventing Public Education Stop Putting Out Fires and Govern! Govern

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18 A/B

Too often governing boards develop dysfunctional patterns that focus on day-to-day urgencies, putting out fires as they occur. Participants will benefit from authorizer and trainer perspectives on effective governance. This conversation will equip you with tools to recruit diverse members, create training plans, and know the right questions to ask your school leader. We’ll also discuss the documentation you should seek to be a part of the conversation rather than just the fire extinguisher. Elisa Falco, Georgia Charter Schools Association; Kelli Peterson, Orleans Parish School Board

Denise Pierce, The Law Office of Denise Nance Pierce, P.C.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20

Strategic Decision-Making: How to Prevent Chasing the “Shiny Thing” Lead

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17 A

Too often organizations get distracted by the “shiny thing.” This could be grant dollars, new technologies or initiatives, or pet projects of stakeholders, which can lead organizations towards misalignment and off-mission. Strategic decision-making is easy to say but hard to do. This hands-on session will teach you how to create a process for good, strategic decisionmaking that enables you to capitalize on great opportunities without losing focus or overcommitting organizational resources. Lisa Diaz and Marisol Rodriguez, Insignia Partners

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Are you in a state where charter schools are being sued? There is about a 50% chance you are; in about 20 states, charter school opponents have raised various legal challenges that threaten the existence of the sector. Join the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ Legal Team to determine how these cases may affect your charter community and develop strategies to protect access to high-quality charter schools. Rob Reed and Renita Thukral, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

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Advancing Your Mission: Preparing and Executing Fundraising Strategies

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Advocate

Data-Driven Restorative Practices: Lessons on Implementation Rooted in Data

9:30am – 10:45am

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Courts: Friends or Foes of Charter Public Schools?

17 B

Charters schools have a unique opportunity to develop additional revenue streams to supplement traditional government funding. We will outline the process for developing a strong, aligned strategy for fundraising that will reduce funding gaps, increase the viability for expansion, and provide support for special programs.

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Hilton Salon H

Restorative justice is not new, but its popularity in education is on the rise. The power of this practice is often told through anecdotes and not through evidence and actionable steps. Learn proven strategies and hear multiple perspectives on the lessons of building a restorative justice program, and how data has been key to an effective and growing program. John Armbrust and Joe Ten Brook, Austin Achieve Public Schools; Trey Cowhig, Schoolrunner

Charles Pulliam and Matthew Slay, LifeSchool of Dallas

Data Driving You Crazy? How to Get Control of Your Data Before It’s Too Late

Bringing a DEI Focus to the Boardroom

Lead

Govern

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Hilton Salon F

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are critical for governing boards to understand and operationalize in their work as board members. Research confirms that diversity matters, yet many organizations are not intentional about their pursuit of a diversity agenda. How can board members ensure they are intentionally creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive boardrooms? We will address why a DEI focus is an imperative and discuss practical ways to intentionally foster a diverse and inclusive governance model.

17 A

Discerning when to let your data be a voice in the conversation and when it needs to be the driver is a challenging task. How can under-resourced schools optimize their culture and infrastructure in a way that doesn’t passively slip into just one mode or another? Our conversation will explore this challenge and the tools needed for educators to turn empirical evidence into strategic action. Bryant Rosenwinkle and Tim Valenti, Perspectives Charter Schools

Veronica Brooks-Uy, National Association of Charter School Authorizers; Anson Jackson, Uplift Education; Makiyah Moody, La Piana Consulting

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••• Beginner ••• Intermediate ••• Advanced Grassroots Mobilization

Facilities Wizards: Speed Dating with Experts on Facility Financing Operate

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Advocate

Hilton Salon J

The five “facilities wizards” will give a quick intro on their expertise: construction, financing, and colocations. Participants will be able to meet with at least three of the five “wizards” and ask questions in a speed dating format. In addition to specific questions answered, you’ll learn about national resources for facility expertise and the basics of underwriting. Feel “safe” asking questions you typically don’t ask in a panel workshop. We’ll also share links to resources and tools to calculate affordability.

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Hilton 615 B

The most effective advocates you have are the students, parents, and communities you serve. Learn from experts on the ways to help them become effective voices for charter schools in your statehouse and in the halls of Congress. Meg Ansara, 270 Strategies; Shree Medlock, Charter Schools Now; Marco Petruzzi, Green Dot Public Schools National

Jennifer Afdahl Rice, Pacific Charter School Development; Jane Ellis, Colorado Charter Facility Solutions; Anita Landecker, ExED; Emilie Linick, Capital Impact Partners; David Umansky, Civic Builders

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 Telling the Story of Your School

How to Connect Your Class to the World Educate

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16 B

Rapidly expanding internet access makes it possible for students to connect across countries, socio-economic backgrounds, and ideologies. Through first-person accounts from teachers, explore how online peerto-peer learning is changing the way that students understand the world, practice languages, and share perspectives. We’ll review the latest collaborative learning tools, explore data that connects global education to positive learning outcomes, and examine how students’ experiences broaden their perspectives and form the foundation for a more collaborative planet. Gary Kolenbrander, NYOS Charter School; Holly Pazos, Pearson Ranch Middle School; Jennifer Rubin, Brushy Creek Elementary School; Allison Starling, St. Gabriel’s Catholic School; Joe Troyen, PenPal Schools Is There a Shelf Life to Leadership? Govern

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18 A/B

It takes dynamic leadership and drive to start a new school. Oftentimes, that founder is appreciated as the embodiment of the school, the key to bringing together the board, staff, students, and families. But is there a shelf life for this type of leadership? How can founders stay “in it” long-term? How can boards effectively assess founders, and either support their development or create succession plans that ensure the ultimate success of their schools?

Top Session from 2017! Operate

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How you choose to tell your school’s story influences whether—and which—families choose your school (and which philanthropists, policymakers, and elected officials support you). Senior communications experts will help you distill the essence of your school into a compelling narrative that resonates with the heart and not just the head. We’ll also discuss a variety of ways to share that story. Natalie Laukitis, K.S. Brave Strategies and Kirk Scarbrough, KIPP Texas Training Your Board to Be Better Fiduciaries Operate

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Sally Bachofer, City on a Hill Charter Public Schools; John Buckley, AAFCPAs

Promising Practices for Students with Disabilities in the Charter Sector

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16 A

Charter schools have the opportunity to innovate, test, refine, and expand promising new practices that can better meet the needs of students who may not be well-served in traditional public school settings. Learn from charter school leaders whose schools have been profiled as “Centers of Excellence” by the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools because they have leveraged their autonomy particularly well to benefit students with disabilities. Kent Anker, Democracy Prep Public Schools; Lindsey Mattingly, Neighborhood Charter Schools; Lauren Morando Rhim, National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools; Andreya Sampy, KIPP Houston

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You rely on your board to keep you fiscally strong and viable. Business officers must effectively communicate financial data to a diverse group of stakeholders. We’ll provide insight into how to inspire a deeper level of learning for board members. We’ll cover the key considerations in training your board so members are better positioned to understand the financials, identify and track meaningful leading indicators, and ensure adequate control mechanisms.

Karen Drezner, Leveraging Leaders; Bobbi MacDonald, City Neighbors Network Schools; Sonia Park, Diverse Charter Schools Coalition

Educate

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NETWORK & LEARN! EXHIBIT HALL RAFFLE Don’t miss your chance to win: Play the Exhibit Hall Raffle Game! 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 coupon by 12:45pm on Tuesday, June 19. You could win a prize such as an iPad, Amazon Kindle, or a gift card! Coupons must be dropped off at participating exhibitor booths by 12:45pm on Tuesday to be eligible to win. Winners will be announced at the Exhibit Hall Hub (#1454) at 1:30pm on Tuesday!

EXHIBIT HALL HOURS Monday, June 18

10:15am – 6:00pm

Coffee, Croissants, and Networking

10:15am – 11:00am

Book Signings

11:00am – 12:30pm

Lunch and Explore the Exhibit Hall

12:30pm – 2:00pm

Happy Hour

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Tuesday, June 19

9:00am – 2:00pm

Coffee

9:00am – 10:00am

Charter Talks

9:00am – 12:30pm

Lunch and Explore the Exhibit Hall

12:30pm – 2:00pm

Raffle Coupon Drop-off Deadline 12:45pm Raffle Winner Announcements 1:30pm — Hub Golden Opportunity winners drawn hourly! —

ADVERTISER INDEX ACH of America................................................................... 42

IDEA ........................................................................................58

American Federation for Children...................................91

Kutak Rock, LLP.................................................................... 44

American Institutes for Research....................................25

Microsoft................................................................................ 77

Baird........................................................................................95

National Heritage Academies.......................................... 34

BB&T Capital Markets........................................................ 72

NMSI........................................................................................ 57

BuyQ....................................................................................... 79

Schulze School–U. of St. Thomas................................. 129

CGI Communications........................................................127

Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign......... 71

Charter School Capital, Inc................................................. 8

Strada Education Network................................................ 24

College Board......................................................................22

TenSquare.............................................................................88

Dougherty & Company, LLC.............................................35

The Wonderful Company.................................................. 72

EPR Properties................................................................... 128

Walton Family Foundation................................................131

HJ Sims.................................................................................. 32

Ziegler..................................................................................... 71

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt................................................ 43 82

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GOLDEN TICKET GAME — YOUR GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE Our exhibitors have the resources you need to help you solve your problems. But did you know that they can also help you get to Las Vegas for NCSC19? Visit exhibitors to gather knowledge and to get your golden opportunity to win big! Here’s how to play: Each exhibitor has a special supply of golden tickets to distribute to attendees. While quantities are limited, visit any and all exhibitors to gather knowledge about their products, and to get as many golden tickets as possible. There are no limits on the number of tickets you can collect! Drop off your completed tickets at the Exhibit Hall Hub (#1454) for your chance to win hourly prizes and for your chance to win our grand prize— a VIP trip to NCSC19! One grand prize winner will receive: • Two (2) complimentary registrations for NCSC19 • A hotel suite for the duration of the 2019 conference

• Two (2) tickets to Michael Jackson One at Mandalay Bay • Two (2) invitations to a VIP reception

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EXHIBITOR LISTING Exhibitor Name

Booth

1Government Procurement Alliance 1545 3 Oaks Resource Group International 1154 6crickets 609 Abrakadoodle 1627 Abrams Learning Trends 1547 ACH of America, Inc. 1107 ACT, Inc. 1410 AFT-Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff 1135 AGI Group 1155 AKJ Education 1468 Algebra Readiness Educators, LLC 1336 All Covered Education 1048 Alumni Classroom Furniture, Inc. 1722 American College of Education 1345 AmTab Manufacturing Corporation 1636 Association of American Educators 1007 B.E. Publishing 1632 Baird 1112 Bak USA 1269 BB&T Capital Markets 1422 BBVA Compass 1210 Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter 1316 Bill of Rights Institute 708 Blackbaud 1319 Blick Art Materials 1445 BoardOnTrack 816 BOK Financial 1343 Bookshare / Benetech 607 Booksource 1338 BOXX Modular 1069 BrainPOP 1349 Buck Financial Advisors LLC 1030 Building Hope 1113 Building Solutions 1470 BuyQ 1217 BYU Independent Study 922 Cambridge Assessment International Education 1436 Capital Impact Partners 1413 Carhuff and Cueva Architects, LLC 1619 Central Michigan University’s Global Campus 1443 Centripetal Press 1262 Certiport, a Pearson VUE business 1450 Champions 1106

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Exhibitor Name

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Charter First 802 Charter School Capital, Inc. 1307 Charter School Solutions 1449 Clemson University’s ThinkShopsTM 1736 CliftonLarsonAllen 1709 Colliers International 926 COMPREHEND 1738 CompuGroup Medical 1222 Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation 911 Connor Sports 1335 CPI 1510 Creative Learning Systems 823 Cyber Civics 1368 D.A. Davidson 1508 Digitalis Education Solutions, Inc. 1016 Disney Youth Programs 1170 Dougherty & Company, LLC 1418 DreamCatcher Curriculum™ 1032 Drexel University Online 1036 Duke University Talent Identification Program 1369 Dulany Consulting 1567 E-Therapy 1513 E&I Cooperative Services 710 Easy Grammar Systems 1371 EdChoice 1109 EdConnective 1444 Edlio, Inc. 1017 EdTec Inc. 1123 Educational Outfitters 1419 Eduporium 1271 Element Architects 1043 Elephango 1408 EMG 508 EPR Properties 1323 eReflect 1670 Fieldwork Education Limited 825 First Fidelity Brokerage, Inc. 1139 Florida Virtual School 1548 Flyer School App 1248 Follett 1737 French Toast Schoolbox™ 1724 Funding The Gap, LLC 1523 GARED 1550 Generation Genius 1451

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Booth

George K. Baum & Company 1339 Gerflor USA 909 Good-Lite Inc / EyeSpy 2020 1166 GradeCam 717 Great Minds 1324 Hake Publishing, Inc. 1337 Harris School Solutions 617 Hertz Furniture 906 HJ Sims 1406 Hope Bar Funding 1071 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1407 HoverCam® 1042 IDEA Public Schools 1119 Infinite Mind / EyeQ 1707 Infobase 1717 Innovative Modular Solutions 1023 Institute for Public School Initiatives University of Texas at Austin 1168 IRIS Center at Vanderbilt University 1569 Jupiter Ed 1432 Kaeden Publishing 1110 Kaplan Test Prep 827 KELLYBRADY 924 Keystone Purchasing Network 1438 Lands’ End School Outfitters 1633 Leaderally 817 Learning Without Tears 1455 Lexplore 1457 List Industries, Inc. 1250 Live Music Tutor 1463 Lone Star Learning 1034 Lotterease 1512 Low Income Investment Fund 1531 M&B Printing 1626 Mabel’s Labels 1370 Macy’s 1617 MaiaLearning 1525 MANGO Math 1334 Marginal Revolution University 1137 Math Teachers Press, Inc. 1144 Measure Education 611 Microsoft 1311 mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc., a Ricoh company 1206 MOEMS - Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools 1149 Multiple Measures, LLC 1461


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n2y 1038 National Charter School Resource Center at Safal Partners 813 National Geographic Learning / Cengage Learning 1554 National Institute for Direct Instruction 1708 National Life Group 1044 National Peanut Board 613 National Right to Work Foundation’s Charter School Initiative 1235 National School Choice Week 1151 National Society of High School Scholars 1735 New Plan Learning 1351 Northcentral University 1719 NWEA 1430 Oak Hall Cap & Gown 818 observe4success 1143 ORIGO Education 1148 Pearson 910 PenPal Schools 1442 PeopleAdmin 1506 Pitsco Education 1333 Play & Park Structures 1237 PNC Public Finance Group 1322 Possip 1551 PowerSchool 1245 Preferred Meal Systems, Inc. 1231 Qualtrics 1243 Radio ID Equipment 1630 Raymond James & Associates, Inc. 1625 RBC Capital Markets, LLC 1122 Read Naturally, Inc. 706 Really Good Stuff 1161 Reinvestment Fund 1267 Renaissance Learning 1330 Research Associates 1054 Responsive Classroom 1609 Robert J. Miller & Associates, Inc. 1448 RoboKind 1344 S&P Global Ratings 1527 S&S Worldwide, Inc. 1116 Sage Intacct, Inc. 1544 Salesforce.org 1212 Scholastic 1010 School Check IN 1146 School Food and Wellness Group 1424

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School Food Solutions, L3C 1611 School Outfitters 1466 SchoolBzz (Hive Digital Minds) 510 SchoolMint 1225 Schoolrunner 524 Scranton Products 1607 Script 1150 Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign 1313 Shmoop 1734 Singapore Math, Inc.® 1507 SKOOKII 1223 Smart Team Building 1342 SongLake Books 1409 Southeastern University 1025 Southern Science Supply 1610 Sovereign Insurance Group 1256 Specialized Data Systems 1710 SpedTrack™ 1518 Sport Court 907 Squar Milner, LLP 1133 Stand2Learn 1706 Staples Business Advantage 1216 STEMfinity 1013 Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated 702 TAESE/Utah State University 1163 Tagg Education, LLC 1571 TAP App Security by CLPS 1318 TappIT Technology d/b/a— Your Mobile School APP 703 Teachers Council, Inc. 1045 Teachers of Tomorrow 1260 TEQlease Education Finance 1446 The Great Books Foundation / Humanities & Sciences Academy 1239 The School Planner Company 918 The Wonderful Company 1325 thinkLaw® 811 TKOEDucation, a division of TKO Electronics, Inc. 1246 Torsh 1543 Traits The Book 1062 Transact 1142 Tri-C Publications, Inc. 1447 U.S. Army Recruiting Education Outreach 616

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UMB Bank, n.a. 1624 University of Pennsylvania / Graduate School of Education 1232 USMEPCOM 1145 Utica National Insurance Group 1049 VESTA Modular 1546 Virco, Inc. 1516 VOLY.org / Volunteer Now 1631 Voyager Sopris Learning 1711 West (SchoolMessenger solutions) 1533 Western Educational Equity Assistance Center-MSU Denver 1668 Whizz Education, Inc. 1317 William Howard Taft University 1011 WILSON Language Training Corp 1006 Wonder Media Group 719 Wonder Workshop, Inc. 1412 WorkMonger 1208 World’s Finest Chocolate® 1230 Wye River Group 1542 YouScience 1117 Zaner-Bloser 1347 Ziegler 1416

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508 EMG 510 SchoolBzz (Hive Digital Minds) 524 Schoolrunner 607 Bookshare / Benetech 609 6crickets 611 Measure Education 613 National Peanut Board 616 U.S. Army Recruiting Education Outreach 617 Harris School Solutions 702 Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated 703 TappIT Technology d/b/a— Your Mobile School APP 706 Read Naturally, Inc. 708 Bill of Rights Institute 710 E&I Cooperative Services 717 GradeCam 719 Wonder Media Group 802 Charter First 811 thinkLaw® 813 National Charter School Resource Center at Safal Partners 816 BoardOnTrack Leaderally 817 818 Oak Hall Cap & Gown 823 Creative Learning Systems 825 Fieldwork Education Limited 827 Kaplan Test Prep 906 Hertz Furniture 907 Sport Court 909 Gerflor USA 910 Pearson 911 Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation 918 The School Planner Company 922 BYU Independent Study 924 KELLYBRADY 926 Colliers International 1006 WILSON Language Training Corp 1007 Association of American Educators 1010 Scholastic 1011 William Howard Taft University 1013 STEMfinity 1016 Digitalis Education Solutions, Inc. 1017 Edlio, Inc. 1023 Innovative Modular Solutions 1025 Southeastern University 1030 Buck Financial Advisors LLC 1032 DreamCatcher Curriculum™ 1034 Lone Star Learning

1036 Drexel University Online 1038 n2y 1042 HoverCam® 1043 Element Architects 1044 National Life Group 1045 Teachers Council, Inc. 1048 All Covered Education 1049 Utica National Insurance Group 1054 Research Associates 1062 Traits The Book 1069 BOXX Modular 1071 Hope Bar Funding 1106 Champions 1107 ACH of America, Inc. 1109 EdChoice 1110 Kaeden Publishing 1112 Baird 1113 Building Hope S&S Worldwide 1116 1117 YouScience 1119 IDEA Public Schools 1122 RBC Capital Markets, LLC 1123 EdTec Inc. 1133 Squar Milner, LLP 1135 AFT-Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff 1137 Marginal Revolution University 1139 First Fidelity Brokerage, Inc. 1142 Transact 1143 observe4success 1144 Math Teachers Press, Inc. 1145 USMEPCOM 1146 School Check IN 1148 ORIGO Education 1149 MOEMS - Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools 1150 Script 1151 National School Choice Week 1154 3 Oaks Resource Group International 1155 AGI Group 1161 Really Good Stuff 1163 TAESE/Utah State University 1166 Good-Lite Inc / EyeSpy 2020 1168 Institute for Public School Initiatives - University of Texas at Austin 1170 Disney Youth Programs 1206 mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc., a Ricoh company 1208 WorkMonger 1210 BBVA Compass

1212 Salesforce.org Staples Business Advantage 1216 1217 BuyQ 1222 CompuGroup Medical 1223 SKOOKII 1225 SchoolMint 1230 World’s Finest Chocolate® 1231 Preferred Meal Systems, Inc. 1232 University of Pennsylvania / Graduate School of Education 1235 National Right to Work Foundation’s Charter School Initiative 1237 Play & Park Structures 1239 The Great Books Foundation / Humanities & Sciences Academy 1243 Qualtrics 1245 PowerSchool 1246 TKOEDucation, a division of TKO Electronics, Inc. 1248 Flyer School App 1250 List Industries, Inc. 1256 Sovereign Insurance Group 1260 Teachers of Tomorrow 1262 Centripetal Press 1267 Reinvestment Fund 1269 Bak USA 1271 Eduporium 1307 Charter School Capital, Inc. 1311 Microsoft 1313 Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign 1316 Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter 1317 Whizz Education, Inc. 1318 TAP App Security by CLPS 1319 Blackbaud 1322 PNC Public Finance Group 1323 EPR Properties 1324 Great Minds 1325 The Wonderful Company 1330 Renaissance Learning 1333 Pitsco Education 1334 MANGO Math 1335 Connor Sports 1336 Algebra Readiness Educators, LLC 1337 Hake Publishing, Inc. 1338 Booksource 1339 George K. Baum & Company 1342 Smart Team Building

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BY BOOTH NUMBER

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1343 BOK Financial 1344 RoboKind 1345 American College of Education 1347 Zaner-Bloser 1349 BrainPOP 1351 New Plan Learning 1368 Cyber Civics 1369 Duke University Talent Identification Program 1370 Mabel’s Labels 1371 Easy Grammar Systems 1406 HJ Sims 1408 Elephango 1407 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1409 SongLake Books 1410 ACT, Inc. 1412 Wonder Workshop 1413 Capital Impact Partners 1416 Ziegler 1418 Dougherty & Company, LLC 1419 Educational Outfitters 1422 BB&T Capital Markets 1424 School Food and Wellness Group 1430 NWEA 1432 Jupiter Ed 1436 Cambridge Assessment International Education 1438 Keystone Purchasing Network 1442 PenPal Schools 1443 Central Michigan University’s Global Campus 1444 EdConnective 1445 Blick Art Materials 1446 TEQlease Education Finance 1447 Tri-C Publications, Inc. 1448 Robert J. Miller & Associates, Inc. 1449 Charter School Solutions 1450 Certiport, a Pearson VUE business 1451 Generation Genius 1455 Learning Without Tears 1457 Lexplore 1461 Multiple Measures, LLC 1463 Live Music Tutor 1466 School Outfitters 1468 AKJ Education 1470 Building Solutions 1506 PeopleAdmin 1507 Singapore Math, Inc.® 1508 D.A. Davidson 1510 CPI

1512 Lotterease 1513 E-Therapy 1516 Virco, Inc. 1518 SpedTrack™ 1523 Funding The Gap, LLC 1525 MaiaLearning 1527 S&P Global Ratings 1531 Low Income Investment Fund 1533 West (SchoolMessenger solutions) 1542 Wye River Group 1543 Torsh 1544 Sage Intacct, Inc. 1545 1Government Procurement Alliance 1546 VESTA Modular 1547 Abrams Learning Trends 1548 Florida Virtual School 1550 GARED 1551 Possip 1554 National Geographic Learning / Cengage Learning 1567 Dulany Consulting 1569 IRIS Center at Vanderbilt University 1571 Tagg Education, LLC 1607 Scranton Products 1609 Responsive Classroom Southern Science Supply 1610 1611 School Food Solutions, L3C 1617 Macy’s 1619 Carhuff and Cueva Architects, LLC 1624 UMB Bank, n.a. 1625 Raymond James & Associates, Inc. 1626 M&B Printing 1627 Abrakadoodle 1630 Radio ID Equipment 1631 VOLY.org / Volunteer Now 1632 B.E. Publishing 1633 Lands’ End School Outfitters 1636 AmTab Manufacturing Corporation 1668 Western Educational Equity Assistance Center-MSU Denver 1670 eReflect 1706 Stand2Learn 1707 Infinite Mind / EyeQ 1708 National Institute for Direct Instruction 1709 CliftonLarsonAllen

1710 Specialized Data Systems 1711 Voyager Sopris Learning 1717 Infobase 1719 Northcentral University 1722 Alumni Classroom Furniture, Inc. 1724 French Toast Schoolbox™ 1734 Shmoop 1735 National Society of High School Scholars 1736 Clemson University’ ThinkShopsTM 1737 Follett 1738 COMPREHEND

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EXHIBITOR LISTING 21st Century Skills Alumni Classroom Furniture, Inc. Clemson University’s ThinkShopsTM Creative Learning Systems Cyber Civics Eduporium Leaderally MaiaLearning MANGO Math MOEMS - Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools PenPal Schools Pitsco Education Responsive Classroom RoboKind Strada Education Network The Wonderful Company thinkLaw® Transact Virco, Inc. Wonder Media Group

SPONSOR

BY PRODUCT/SERVICE

BuyQ-Awarded Vendors Booth Scholarship Recipients

Administrative & Business Services

Administrative Software & Products

1Government Procurement Alliance ACH of America, Inc. Building Hope BuyQ Clemson University’s ThinkShopsTM EdTec Inc. First Fidelity Brokerage, Inc. Harris School Solutions Measure Education National School Choice Week PowerSchool Research Associates School Check IN School Food and Wellness Group SKOOKII Smart Team Building Tagg Education, LLC

6crickets Edlio, Inc. Flyer School App Follett GradeCam Harris School Solutions Lotterease MaiaLearning National Charter Schools Institute observe4success PeopleAdmin Possip School Check IN SchoolBzz (Hive Digital Minds) SchoolMint Script SKOOKII Specialized Data Systems SpedTrack™ Tagg Education, LLC TAP App Security by CLPS VOLY.org / Volunteer Now West (SchoolMessenger solutions)

TenSquare is a national charter school support organization that works alongside schools, districts, state and federal agencies, and charter authorizers to make lasting and measurable change in public education. We operate in nine states plus the District of Columbia with offices in Washington, DC, Louisiana, and Nevada.

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VISIT US IN THE EXHIBIT HALL! Associations & Public Service Organizations AFT-Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff Association of American Educators E&I Cooperative Services National Peanut Board National Right to Work Foundation’s Charter School Initiative National School Choice Week National Society of High School Scholars Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign Walton Family Foundation

Athletic/Playground Equipment 3 Oaks Resource Group International Connor Sports GARED Gerflor USA Hertz Furniture List Industries, Inc. Play & Park Structures School Outfitters Sport Court

At-Risk Student Services National Heritage Academies ORIGO Education thinkLaw® Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign

Audio-Visual Materials & Equipment All Covered Education Digitalis Education Solutions, Inc. Generation Genius Keystone Purchasing Network Really Good Stuff School Outfitters Whizz Education, Inc.

Books, Magazines & Printed Materials AKJ Education Algebra Readiness Educators, LLC Booksource DreamCatcher Curriculum™ Follett Great Minds Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Infobase Kaeden Publishing Learning Without Tears

National Geographic Learning / Cengage Learning Robert J. Miller & Associates, Inc. Scholastic The School Planner Company Traits The Book Tri-C Publications, Inc.

Brokerage Development Colliers International

Building Maintenance & Grounds Equipment AmTab Manufacturing Corporation Building Solutions Gerflor USA

Career & Technical Education B.E. Publishing Bak USA Certiport, a Pearson VUE business Creative Learning Systems Drexel University Online MaiaLearning National Geographic Learning / Cengage Learning Northcentral University Pitsco Education Southern Science Supply STEMfinity Strayer University Teachers of Tomorrow USMEPCOM William Howard Taft University YouScience

Colleges & Universities ACT, Inc. American College of Education BYU Independent Study Cambridge Assessment International Education Central Michigan University’s Global Campus Drexel University Online HoverCam® Northcentral University Schulze School of Entrepreneurship University of St. Thomas Southeastern University Strada Education Network Strayer University The School Planner Company

BY PRODUCT/SERVICE

University of Pennsylvania / Graduate School of Education William Howard Taft University YouScience Ziegler

Communications Equipment & Services BoardOnTrack Edlio, Inc. Flyer School App mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc., a Ricoh company Possip SchoolBzz (Hive Digital Minds) SchoolMint TAP App Security by CLPS TappIT Technology d/b/a— Your Mobile School APP West (SchoolMessenger solutions)

Compliance & Student Information EdTec Inc. Measure Education Multiple Measures, LLC PowerSchool Squar Milner, LLP West (SchoolMessenger solutions)

Computers & Electronic Equipment 3 Oaks Resource Group International All Covered Education AGI Group Bak USA BuyQ Cyber Civics Eduporium mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc., a Ricoh company School Check IN Staples Business Advantage TKOEDucation, a division of TKO Electronics, Inc.

Counseling & Conflict Resolution CPI MaiaLearning YouScience

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EXHIBITOR LISTING Curriculum & Instructional Materials Abrakadoodle Abrams Learning Trends AKJ Education Algebra Readiness Educators, LLC American Institutes for Research Bill of Rights Institute Blick Art Materials Booksource BrainPOP BYU Independent Study Cambridge Assessment International Education Centripetal Press Certiport, a Pearson VUE business Clemson University’s ThinkShopsTM COMPREHEND Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation Creative Learning Systems Cyber Civics Digitalis Education Solutions, Inc. DreamCatcher Curriculum™ Easy Grammar Systems Elephango Fieldwork Education Limited Florida Virtual School Follett Generation Genius GradeCam Hake Publishing, Inc. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Infobase IRIS Center at Vanderbilt University Jupiter Ed Kaeden Publishing Kaplan Test Prep Learning Without Tears Lone Star Learning MANGO Math Marginal Revolution University Math Teachers Press, Inc. MOEMS - Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools Multiple Measures, LLC National Geographic Learning / Cengage Learning National Institute for Direct Instruction National Math & Science Initiative (NMSI) NWEA ORIGO Education Pearson PenPal Schools

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Pitsco Education PowerSchool Read Naturally, Inc. Really Good Stuff Renaissance Learning Responsive Classroom RoboKind Scholastic Shmoop Singapore Math, Inc.® SongLake Books Southeastern University STEMfinity Strada Education Network The Great Books Foundation / Humanities & Sciences Academy The School Planner Company thinkLaw® Traits The Book Tri-C Publications, Inc. Voyager Sopris Learning WILSON Language Training Corp Wonder Media Group Zaner-Bloser

Data Management, Network Administration & Backup Services CompuGroup Medical Good-Lite Inc / EyeSpy 2020 Harris School Solutions Jupiter Ed Measure Education mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc., a Ricoh company PeopleAdmin Qualtrics Salesforce.org Schoolrunner VOLY.org / Volunteer Now

Distance Education/ Online Learning American College of Education BrainPOP BYU Independent Study Central Michigan University’s Global Campus COMPREHEND EdConnective Elephango Florida Virtual School Infobase IRIS Center at Vanderbilt University Kaplan Test Prep

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BuyQ-Awarded Vendors Booth Scholarship Recipients Marginal Revolution University ORIGO Education Pearson Southeastern University Whizz Education, Inc. William Howard Taft University

Educational Technology 6crickets AGI Group All Covered Education American College of Education Bak USA Bookshare / Benetech BrainPOP Central Michigan University’s Global Campus Certiport, a Pearson VUE business Creative Learning Systems Digitalis Education Solutions, Inc. Dulany Consulting EdConnective Edlio, Inc. Eduporium Elephango eReflect Florida Virtual School Generation Genius GradeCam HoverCam® Infinite Mind / EyeQ Jupiter Ed Learning Without Tears Lexplore Live Music Tutor Lone Star Learning Marginal Revolution University Multiple Measures, LLC n2y National Charter Schools Institute NWEA ORIGO Education PeopleAdmin Possip PowerSchool Renaissance Learning RoboKind SchoolBzz (Hive Digital Minds) Schoolrunner Script Shmoop Southeastern University Southern Science Supply STEMfinity Tagg Education, LLC


VISIT US IN THE EXHIBIT HALL! Torsh Voyager Sopris Learning Whizz Education, Inc. Wonder Media Group

Transact University of Pennsylvania / Graduate School of Education Western Educational Equity Assistance Center-MSU Denver

Education Policy & Advocacy AFT-Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff American Institutes for Research American Federation for Children Association of American Educators Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter Cambridge Assessment International Education Capital Impact Partners CPI EdChoice Low Income Investment Fund National Charter School Resource Center at Safal Partners National Charter Schools Institute National Heritage Academies Strada Education Network TAESE/Utah State University

Education Recruitment Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter Cambridge Assessment International Education KELLYBRADY Northcentral University SchoolMint Tagg Education, LLC Teachers Council, Inc. Teachers of Tomorrow The Wonderful Company WorkMonger

Employee Benefits & Human Resources AFT-Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff

BY PRODUCT/SERVICE

Association of American Educators First Fidelity Brokerage, Inc. National Life Group National Right to Work Foundation’s Charter School Initiative observe4success Traits The Book

Extracurricular & Offsite Programs 6crickets Abrakadoodle Bill of Rights Institute Champions Clemson University’s ThinkShopsTM Disney Youth Programs Duke University Talent Identification Program Live Music Tutor MANGO Math MOEMS - Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools Script Wonder Media Group

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EXHIBITOR LISTING Facilities Design/Construction/ Equipment AmTab Manufacturing Corporation BOXX Modular Building Hope Building Solutions Carhuff and Cueva Architects, LLC Charter School Solutions CityBridge Education Connor Sports Element Architects Funding The Gap, LLC Gerflor USA List Industries, Inc. New Plan Learning Play & Park Structures Scranton Products Sport Court Staples Business Advantage VESTA Modular Virco, Inc.

Facilities Financing Baird BB&T Capital Markets BBVA Compass Buck Financial Advisors LLC Building Hope Building Solutions Capital Impact Partners Charter School Capital, Inc. Charter School Solutions CityBridge Education D.A. Davidson Dougherty & Company, LLC EPR Properties Funding The Gap, LLC HJ Sims Low Income Investment Fund New Plan Learning Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP PNC Public Finance Group Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Reinvestment Fund Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated Wye River Group Ziegler

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Financial Services Baird BB&T Capital Markets BBVA Compass Blackbaud BOK Financial Buck Financial Advisors LLC Building Hope Capital Impact Partners Charter School Capital, Inc. Charter School Solutions CliftonLarsonAllen CompuGroup Medical D.A. Davidson Dougherty & Company, LLC EdTec Inc. EPR Properties Funding The Gap, LLC George K. Baum & Company Harris School Solutions HJ Sims National Life Group PNC Public Finance Group Raymond James & Associates, Inc. RBC Capital Markets, LLC Robert J. Miller & Associates, Inc. Sage Intacct, Inc. School Food Solutions, L3C Script SKOOKII Squar Milner, LLP Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated TEQlease Education Finance UMB Bank, n.a. Wye River Group Ziegler

Fitness, Health & Wellness Services Connor Sports Hope Bar Funding School Food and Wellness Group Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign

Food Service Equipment, Management & Suppliers 3 Oaks Resource Group International AmTab Manufacturing Corporation Preferred Meal Systems, Inc. School Food and Wellness Group School Food Solutions, L3C Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign Transact

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BuyQ-Awarded Vendors Booth Scholarship Recipients

Foreign Exchange Student Services Hope Bar Funding

Fundraising Programs & Services Blackbaud Educational Outfitters Flyer School App Good-Lite Inc / EyeSpy 2020 Hope Bar Funding Live Music Tutor Mabel’s Labels Robert J. Miller & Associates, Inc. SKOOKII World’s Finest Chocolate®

Furniture 3 Oaks Resource Group International Alumni Classroom Furniture, Inc. AmTab Manufacturing Corporation Blick Art Materials BuyQ Hertz Furniture Keystone Purchasing Network List Industries, Inc. School Outfitters Stand2Learn Staples Business Advantage S&S Worldwide Virco, Inc.

Insurance, Retirement Benefits & Risk Management ACH of America, Inc. Association of American Educators Charter First CliftonLarsonAllen First Fidelity Brokerage, Inc. National Life Group Sovereign Insurance Group Utica National Insurance Group

IT Services, Design & Maintenance All Covered Education Bak USA Blackbaud CompuGroup Medical eReflect mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc., a Ricoh company TappIT Technology d/b/a— Your Mobile School APP VOLY.org / Volunteer Now


VISIT US IN THE EXHIBIT HALL! Legal Services & Consulting BoardOnTrack Cooley Kutak Rock LLP National Right to Work Foundation’s Charter School Initiative Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP Teachers Council, Inc.

Management & Consulting Services ACH of America, Inc. Buck Financial Advisors LLC Building Solutions CliftonLarsonAllen EdTec Inc. EMG First Fidelity Brokerage, Inc. KELLYBRADY Leaderally Measure Education National Charter School Resource Center at Safal Partners National Charter Schools Institute Research Associates Robert J. Miller & Associates, Inc. School Food and Wellness Group School Food Solutions, L3C Smart Team Building TAESE/Utah State University TenSquare Wye River Group

Modular Classroom Design/Construction BOXX Modular Charter School Solutions Element Architects Gerflor USA Innovative Modular Solutions Keystone Purchasing Network Pitsco Education VESTA Modular

Music & Fine Arts Abrakadoodle Blick Art Materials Disney Youth Programs Live Music Tutor

News & Media KELLYBRADY National School Choice Week

Office Supplies & Equipment Leasing BuyQ Staples Business Advantage S&S Worldwide TEQlease Education Finance

Parent Education & Resources ACT, Inc. American Federation for Children Bill of Rights Institute Bookshare / Benetech CPI Duke University Talent Identification Program Flyer School App National Heritage Academies Possip Scholastic SchoolBzz (Hive Digital Minds) SchoolMint Schoolrunner TappIT Technology d/b/a— Your Mobile School APP Traits The Book Transact

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School Security & Student Safety Cyber Civics Educational Outfitters Hope Bar Funding Radio ID Equipment School Check IN TAP App Security by CLPS West (SchoolMessenger solutions)

Special Education Services Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter Drexel University Online Eduporium Good-Lite Inc / EyeSpy 2020 IRIS Center at Vanderbilt University Learning Without Tears Lexplore Math Teachers Press, Inc. n2y National Heritage Academies National Institute for Direct Instruction Read Naturally, Inc. SpedTrack™ TAESE/Utah State University

Reading & Literacy Abrams Learning Trends AKJ Education Bookshare / Benetech Booksource eReflect Hake Publishing, Inc. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Infinite Mind / EyeQ Kaeden Publishing Lexplore Lone Star Learning n2y National Institute for Direct Instruction Pearson PenPal Schools Read Naturally, Inc. Really Good Stuff Renaissance Learning Scholastic SongLake Books S&S Worldwide The Great Books Foundation / Humanities & Sciences Academy Tri-C Publications, Inc. Voyager Sopris Learning WILSON Language Training Corp Zaner-Bloser

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EXHIBITOR LISTING Staffing/Professional Development Abrakadoodle ACH of America, Inc. ACT, Inc. AFT-Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff American Institutes for Research Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter Bill of Rights Institute Central Michigan University’s Global Campus Centripetal Press CityBridge Education CPI Drexel University Online Dulany Consulting EdConnective Follett Great Minds Institute for Public School Initiatives University of Texas at Austin IRIS Center at Vanderbilt University Leaderally National Institute for Direct Instruction National Math & Science Initiative (NMSI) observe4success Responsive Classroom Smart Team Building TAESE/Utah State University TAP App Security by CLPS Teachers Council, Inc. Teachers of Tomorrow The Great Books Foundation / Humanities & Sciences Academy The Wonderful Company Torsh Voyager Sopris Learning Western Educational Equity Assistance Center-MSU Denver WILSON Language Training Corp

Teaching Aids/Learning Materials Abrams Learning Trends AKJ Education Blick Art Materials Bookshare / Benetech Booksource BrainPOP Digitalis Education Solutions, Inc. DreamCatcher Curriculum™

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Duke University Talent Identification Program eReflect Florida Virtual School Generation Genius Great Minds Houghton Mifflin Harcourt HoverCam® Infinite Mind / EyeQ Infobase Kaeden Publishing Leaderally Lone Star Learning MANGO Math Marginal Revolution University Math Teachers Press, Inc. MOEMS - Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools n2y PenPal Schools Really Good Stuff Responsive Classroom Shmoop Southern Science Supply STEMfinity S&S Worldwide The Great Books Foundation / Humanities & Sciences Academy The School Planner Company thinkLaw® Tri-C Publications, Inc. Western Educational Equity Assistance Center-MSU Denver Whizz Education, Inc.

Testing & Assessment ACT, Inc. American Institutes for Research Certiport, a Pearson VUE business College Board COMPREHEND Duke University Talent Identification Program EMG Good-Lite Inc / EyeSpy 2020 GradeCam Infinite Mind / EyeQ Jupiter Ed Kaplan Test Prep Lexplore Math Teachers Press, Inc. Multiple Measures, LLC NWEA

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BuyQ-Awarded Vendors Booth Scholarship Recipients Read Naturally, Inc. Renaissance Learning Schoolrunner Shmoop USMEPCOM YouScience

Transportation CityBridge Education Radio ID Equipment

Uniforms & Clothing Educational Outfitters French Toast Schoolbox™ Lands’ End School Outfitters M&B Printing Mabel’s Labels Macy’s

U.S. Government Activities & Services BOXX Modular National Charter School Resource Center at Safal Partners National School Choice Week Teachers Council, Inc. USMEPCOM Western Educational Equity Assistance Center-MSU Denver


Facilities Financing Charter schools face unique challenges You deserve a partner with the experience and understanding to address them.

Our Charter School Facilities Financing Team has assisted in more than 170 financings for charter schools and CMOs nationwide, obtaining over $3.6 billion in funding for facilities and capital projects utilizing: • Tax-exempt and taxable bond issues • New Market Tax Credits • Alternative funding sources Contact Baird to put proven facilities financing expertise to work for your charter school. Brian Colon, Manager 303-270-6335 bcolon@rwbaird.com

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EXHIBITOR DIRECTORY 1Government Procurement Alliance 1545 www.1gpa.org 1.512.970.0179 jboyle@1gpa.org 1GPA is a national non-profit governmental purchasing cooperative that offers its members competitively bid contracts to assist in purchasing the goods and services they need from local and national vendors. 3 Oaks Resource Group International 1154 www.3oaksgroup.com 1.855.362.5747 mail@3oaksgroup.com 3 Oaks is a one-stop single source furniture, fixture, supply, and equipment purchasing company. We manage your purchasing from start to finish, performing all procurement steps. We provide highly competitive bid pricing negotiated with our numerous manufacturing partners and pass the savings directly to you, eliminating duplicate lengthy bid processes. 6crickets 609 www.6crickets.com 1.512.689.1148 michelle@6crickets.com 6crickets is an after-school program management platform that helps after-school activity coordinators bring the best programs to the school with minimal friction. Our platform gives you a free one-stop online registration for all classes, automatic payment directly to activity providers, centralized rosters across providers, and assistance with provider selection. Abrakadoodle 1627 www.abrakadoodle.com 1.703.860.6570 rosemarie@abrakadoodle.com Abrakadoodle is a turnkey solution for schools seeking a comprehensive primary art program. We provide standards-based curricula focused on elements of art, techniques, and styles as well as art history and the sequential development of skills. Programs are taught by specially trained, qualified, and pre-screened art teachers who use safe, non-toxic art materials. Abrams Learning Trends 1547 www.abramslearningtrends.com 1.800.227.9120 exhibits@abramslearningtrends.com Abrams Learning Trends is dedicated to supporting educators with innovative Pre-K through Grade 5 supplemental educational materials that provide targeted solutions for literacy, phonics, math, science, health, safety, and more.

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www.achcorp.com 1.407.788.7112 csiegel@achcorp.com ACH of America is a group of companies and service providers operating since 1972. We provide personnel administrative services in a cost-effective way to fit the needs of charters schools. It is the leading payroll and HR company in Florida’s charter schools. ACH offers insurance, benefits, and retirement plans.

ACT, Inc.

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www.act.org 1.319.383.1859 peggy.roush@act.org ACT is an international, mission-driven, non-profit organization with more than 50 years of experience generating data-driven assessments and research. As a trusted leader in the testing field, ACT is known for developing high-quality assessments that determine college and career readiness and provide the most advanced measures of workplace skills. AFT-Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff 1135 www.aftacts.org 1.202.879.4400 elundeen@aft.org AFT-Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff is a community of charter school employees organized by the American Federation of Teachers. The alliance works to mobilize charter school employees around issues of common concern, such as expanding professional development, in order to improve conditions of teaching and learning. AGI Group 1155 agigrouponline.com 1.724.838.1170 marketing@assetgenie.com Since its inception in 2000, AGI Group subsidiaries offer customers a wide range of services including Apple and Chromebook device repair and service parts, protection plans for iPad and MacBook devices and device buyback services. Our custom-tailored K-12 technology solutions support over 5,000 school districts across the United States.

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AKJ Education 1468 akjeducation.com 1.410.242.1602 salessupport@akjeducation.com AKJ Education is a provider of books, classroom libraries, and supplemental curricula that specializes in serving the individual needs of K-12 schools, school districts, literacy programs, and education companies throughout the U.S. Stop by our booth and walk away with free books! Algebra Readiness Educators, LLC www.algebrareadinesseducators.com 1.409.543.6755 klachance@AlgebraReadinessEducators.com

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American Federation for Children www.federationforchildren.org 1.202.280.1990 jnikkila@federationforchildren.org The American Federation for Children is a leading educational choice advocacy organization working to empower parents to choose the school that best meets the educational needs of their child. It accomplishes this through issue education, legislative advocacy, grassroots mobilization, and electoral engagement.

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Algebra Readiness Educators, LLC provides supplemental mathematics material to school districts. Our materials are created and published by teachers for use in classrooms to help students achieve their best performance in their current classroom and every math class beyond. All Covered Education 1048 www.allcovered.com/education 1.847.812.8383 ejoras@allcovered.com All Covered Education, the IT Services arm of Konica Minolta, implements technology designed to advance the mission of your school. We believe that all technology expenditures should have a positive impact on the learning environment and the teacherstudent relationship. We provide technology support, instructional technology, technology management, and planning services. Alumni Classroom Furniture, Inc. 1722 www.alumnicf.com 1.519.888.9300 pgodwin@alumnicf.com Alumni Classroom Furniture is a world leader in advanced, modern classroom solutions. Our goal is to assist in the learning process by contributing to an environment that allows for greater understanding, higher achievement, and significantly better results. American College of Education 1345 www.ace.edu 1.214.210.4031 Tony.Miller@ace.edu

www.air.org 1.202.403.5000 inquiry@air.org The American Institutes for Research (AIR)’s mission is to conduct and apply the best behavioral and social science research and evaluation towards improving people’s lives with a special emphasis on the disadvantaged. AmTab Manufacturing Corporation 1636 www.amtab.com 1.630.301.7600 Marketing@AmTab.com AmTab manufactures mobile cafeteria tables, mobile booth systems, folding tables, classroom tables, stages, and risers. We have been serving the education market since 1958. All of our products are proudly 100% made in the USA, carry a 15-year warranty, and are UL certified and are MAS Green certified. Association of American Educators 1007 www.aaeteachers.org 1.800.704.7799 info@aaeteachers.org The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the largest national, non-union, professional educators’ organization, providing a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy. Focused on student-centered reforms and promoting the charter school movement nationwide, AAE provides critical professional benefits for just $16.50 a month.

Founded by educators for educators, American College of Education is committed to providing graduate programs that are tailored to an educator’s budget. We offer high-quality relevant instruction at a reasonable cost so you can achieve your professional goals without financial worry. Go to www.ace.edu for more information.

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EXHIBITOR DIRECTORY B.E. Publishing 1632 bepublishing.com 1.888.781.6921 sue@bepublishing.com B.E. Publishing is a leading developer of learn-by-doing real-world classroom resources. The materials available focus on helping business, career, health science, and technology educators deliver exciting, real-world instruction to connect students to the real world. We offer a wide variety of educational tools and resources including textbooks and software.

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BBVA Compass

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www.bbvacompass.com 1.205.524.7122 Steve.Siple@bbva.com BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks, is recognized as a leading small business lender (fifth nationally), and earned the second place overall ranking in CFO Magazine’s Commercial Banking Survey. Stop by our booth, we would love to learn how we can assist your educational institution.

Baird 1112 www.rwbaird.com/charterschools 1.303.270.6335 bcolon@rwbaird.com Baird’s National Charter School Facilities Financing team has assisted charter schools and CMOs on 170+ charter school financings, obtaining over $3.5 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. Bak USA 1269 bakusa.com 1.716.248.0200 michael.seamans@bakusa.com Bak USA is a social enterprise that builds mobile computers in downtown Buffalo, New York. Committed to building computers, empowering people, and changing lives, the company is reinventing what it means to make it in America. Powered by Microsoft. Intel Inside®. Learn more at bakusa.com.

BB&T Capital Markets

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www.bsnbcs.org 1.718.666.5939 ntishuk@bsnbcs.org Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter School is a mom and pop K-8 school in New York City. Our holistic approach towards student learning includes building a healthy staff culture, high academic expectations, student and teacher creativity, regular family engagement, and building deep ties to our community in Brooklyn. Bill of Rights Institute 708 www.billofrightsinstitute.org 1.703.894.1776 arodriguez@billofrightsinstitute.org The Bill of Rights Institute is a non-profit educational organization that works to engage, educate, and empower individuals with a passion for the freedom and opportunity that exist in a free society. The Institute develops educational resources and programs for more than 50,000 educators and 30,000 students nationwide.

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bbtcapitalmarkets.com 1.303.305.5761 rharmon@bbandtcm.com BB&T Capital Markets Charter School Finance Group provides comprehensive capital structure planning and execution for charter schools. With the resources of one of the nation’s strongest financial institutions and an extensive financing platform, we help our clients navigate challenging financial markets while providing ongoing guidance and support.

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Blackbaud 1319 k12.blackbaud.com 1.202.669.7018 amy.holland@blackbaud.com Blackbaud is the world’s leading cloud software company powering the social good community with an integrated solution suite for charter schools including fundraising, fund accounting, and award-winning websites to drive growth, compliance, transparency, and financial sustainability.

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Blick Art Materials 1445 dickblick.com 1.800.447.8192 info@dickblick.com

BOXX Modular 1069 www.boxxmodular.com 1.972.492.4040 ddarden@boxxmodular.com

Blick Art Materials is the largest provider of artist’s supplies in the United States, with an extensive offering of art materials, classroom furniture, teaching aids, studio essentials, and more. Product selection, competitive prices, and superior customer service make Blick the clear choice for art educators, schools, and students.

We specialize in the sale, rental, and installation of modular buildings and ground level container offices as well as temporary job-site trailers and classroom buildings. We also do custom builds and turnkey projects.

BoardOnTrack 816 www.boardontrack.com 1.617.855.5347 mikemizz@boardontrack.com BoardOnTrack is a guided step-by-step program that builds better boards through a combination of expertise, training, and powerful web-based tools. BOK Financial 1343 www.bokfinancial.com 1.303.864.7236 kpapantonio@bokf.com BOK Financial’s Corporate Trust team has extensive experience in providing customized services for charter school debt financings. Our services include: guidance through the compliance reporting process, handling security filings, assistance with following state regulations, and providing smooth and integrated handling of debt obligations. Bookshare / Benetech 607 bookshare.org 1.650.644.3459 ChristineJ@benetech.org Bookshare® is a free ebook library for students with dyslexia, low vision, blindness, and other qualifying disabilities. With over 600,000 titles in audio, large font, and braille, students can read in ways that work for them. Booksource 1338 www.booksource.com 1.800.444.0435 service@booksource.com Booksource is a leading distributor of authentic literature for K-12 classroom libraries. Our customizable classroom library solutions make it easy and cost effective for educators to build, grow, and organize classroom libraries that support their curriculum and foster engaged reading in their schools.

BrainPOP 1349 www.brainpop.com 1.212.574.6032 arturog@brainpop.com BrainPOP creates cross-curricular digital content that engages students and supports teachers using animated movies, student creations and reflection tools, games, and quizzes to custom and playful assessments, lesson plans, and beyond. Our versatile resources include BrainPOP Jr. (K-3), BrainPOP (available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and French), and BrainPOP ELL. Buck Financial Advisors LLC 1030 www.buckfinancial.net 1.303.520.7942 john@buckfinancial.net Buck Financial Advisors, LLC is a municipal advisor specializing in charter school facility finance. We are not “married” to a single funding source. Rather we tailor a financing strategy to meet your school’s situation, needs, and objectives to keep more money in your classrooms.

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www.buildinghope.org 1.202.457.1981 info@bhope.org Building Hope, established in 2003, is a non-profit organization that supports high-quality charter school growth by providing charter school facility development, facility financing, incubator space, back-office business support, and financial advisory services to charter schools nationwide. Building Solutions 1470 buildingsolns.com 1.214.221.9145 wdillard@buildingsolns.com Building Solutions is a project leader, process manager, and technical advisor for charter school campus development programs, building assessments, and education facility problem-solving.

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EXHIBITOR DIRECTORY BuyQ 1217 www.buyq.org 1.720.281.8175 info@buyq.org BuyQ is a mission-driven group purchasing organization specifically for charter schools. We help charter schools save time and money by providing access to competitively bid group purchasing contracts with top national vendors negotiated based on the combined purchasing power of more than 5,000 charter schools. Register today at BuyQ.org. BYU Independent Study 922 is.byu.edu 1.800.914.8931 indstudy@byu.edu BYU Independent Study offers affordable online middle school and high school courses and curriculum. Instructors can blend the online curriculum into their classrooms or students can take individual courses to meet their specific needs. AP, honors, world language, and low-cost credit recovery courses are available any time of the year. Cambridge Assessment International Education www.cambridgeinternational.org 1.917.522.2140 aparajita.nandi@cambridgeinternational.org

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Cambridge Assessment International Education provides a learner-driven instructional system that aligns curriculum, teaching and learning, and assessment for Grades K-12. Cambridge International emphasizes critical thinking and inquiry-based learning for all students. We are a part of the University of Cambridge. Capital Impact Partners 1413 www.capitalimpact.org 1.703.647.2300 asuarez@capitalimpact.org A mission-driven Community Development Financial Institution, Capital Impact Partners is the largest non-profit charter school lender in the country. We support small schools and large networks delivering quality education to underserved communities. Through capital and commitment Capital Impact Partners helps people build communities of opportunity that break barriers to success.

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Carhuff and Cueva Architects, LLC 1619 www.cca-az.com 1.520.577.4560 pcarhuff@cca-az.com Carhuff and Cueva Architects, LLC (CCA) is a leader in charter school facility planning, design, engineering, and construction administration since 1999. In the past six years, the CCA team has expanded its project footprint nationally from Arizona to California, New York, Texas, and Colorado. Central Michigan University’s Global Campus 1443 global.cmich.edu 1.877.268.4636 cmuglobal@cmich.edu Central Michigan University, an innovator and leader in quality programs for adult learners, offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees tailored to the unique needs of working students. Founded in 1892, Central Michigan University is a major national university with nearly 27,000 students, top-ranked online programs, and nearly 215,000 alumni worldwide. Centripetal Press 1262 centripetalpress.com 1.512.808.0655 info@centripetalpress.com Centripetal Press exists to help schools implement premier science programs. We offer up-to-date masterybased science curriculum and resources designed to break the Cram-Pass-Forget cycle and replace it with a paradigm of Wonder, Integration, and Mastery. Also, our Summer Mastery Workshop is an excellent three-day seminar for science teachers. Certiport, a Pearson VUE business 1450 www.certiport.com 1.801.847.3186 nate.arnell@pearson.com Certiport, a Pearson VUE business, manages a sophisticated portfolio of leading industry certification programs including the official Microsoft Office specialist certification program, Microsoft technology associate certification, Microsoft certified educator program, Adobe® certified associate program, Autodesk certified user program, Intuit QuickBooks certified user program, and IC3 digital literacy certification.

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Champions 1106 www.discoverchampions.com 1.503.872.1300 twelch@kc-education.com Champions is your partner in creating year-round learning environments that inspire curiosity in school-age children. We are partners with over 470 schools in over 18 states impacting the lives of more than 19,000 students. Charter First 802 www.ajg.com 1.949.349.9871 brandon_cole@ajg.com We offer comprehensive insurance coverage at the lowest price! With over 1,500 charter schools in the program, our team has the experience to help all schools from startups to the largest CMOs, including property, directors and officers, employment practices, general liability, workers’ compensation, and more.

Charter School Capital, Inc.

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www.charterschoolcapital.org 1.877.272.1001 bsmith@charterschoolcapital.org We are the nation’s leading provider of growth capital and facilities financing charter schools. Over the last 10 years, we’ve put more than $1.6 billion to work for 600+ charter schools educating more than 800,000 students across the country.

Charter School Growth Fund www.chartergrowthfund.org 1.303.217.8090 info@chartergrowthfund.org The Charter School Growth Fund identifies the country’s best charter schools, funds their expansion, and helps increase their impact. As a national non-profit organization, we offer philanthropic funding and strategic support to help promising charter school networks expand by opening new schools in underserved communities around the country.

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EXHIBITOR DIRECTORY Charter School Solutions 1449 csstx.org 1.713.900.7173 info@csstx.org Charter School Solutions is a non-profit organization. Specifically, the purpose of the corporation is to support charter schools and educational organizations in order to facilitate charter school campus development projects, including designing, financing, and leasing the developments.

CityBridge Education www.citybridge.org 1.612.229.9970

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CityBridge identifies education innovators with the vision, talent, and drive to found new schools for students and families in Washington, D.C. We provide the earliest seed capital to potential school leaders selected into our portfolio, allowing them to spend concentrated time to develop their model. Clemson University’s ThinkShopsTM 1736 www.thinkshops.org 1.864.878.1103 mgmoore@clemson.edu ThinkShops™ is a division of the Youth Learning Institute (YLI) which operates out of Clemson University’s Research Division. We help individuals and organizations maximize performance through proven soft-skill training. We believe success begins with culture and a culture of achievement depends on each person acting with honor, respect, and clarity. CliftonLarsonAllen 1709 claconnect.com 1.612.376.4500 ben.aase@CLAconnect.com CliftonLarsonAllen is a professional services firm providing audit, accounting, tax, consulting, and outsourcing services. As dedicated industry professionals we provide solutions to your compliance, regulatory, and operational needs whether it includes audits, information technology security assessments, investment management, or outsourced operations.

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College Board www.collegeboard.org 1.212.373.8789 mdacosta@collegeboard.org The College Board is a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Each year, the College Board helps over seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success like the SAT and Advanced Placement program. Colliers International 926 www.colliers.com 1.206.695.4200 kristin.lewis@colliers.com Colliers International Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CIGI; TSX: CIG) is an industry-leading global real estate services company with more than 16,000 skilled professionals operating in 66 countries. Colliers professionals provide a full range of services to real estate occupiers, owners, and investors worldwide. COMPREHEND 1738 www.comprehend.org 1.469.251.7775 Sales@Comprehend.org COMPREHEND™ offers a true academic accelerator with dynamic, media-rich, eCurriculum in core and elective subjects. We base our precision, mastery-based learning on four teaching methods: Connectional, Elevational, Directional, and Positional.

CompuGroup Medical

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www.cgm.com/us 1.855.270.6700 customerservice.phoenix.us@cgm.com CompuGroup Medical is a leading global eHealth provider. Our software and communications solutions assist doctors, dentists, hospitals, pharmacists, associations, networks, and other service providers with workflow, diagnosis, and therapy. The platforms we provide facilitate the networking of all healthcare stakeholders and serve over 385,000 service providers worldwide.

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Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation 911 www.themedalofhonor.com 1.703.469.1861 nwall@themedalofhonor.com

Cyber Civics 1368 www.cybercivics.com 1.949.481.4319 dgraber@cyberwise.org

Inspire your students through the stories of heroes. Stop by the booth for a free copy of our full resource, including lessons and videos that will show your students examples of courage, commitment, and citizenship. All lessons are built to engage students in collaboration, critical thinking, and personal reflection.

We offer solutions that help students in 6th-12th grade use technology safely and wisely. Cyber Civics™ is an in-classroom middle school curriculum that covers digital citizenship, information literacy, and media literacy. Social Assurity™ is social media courseware that teaches high school students to use LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and more.

Connor Sports www.connorsports.com 1.847.290.9020

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Connor Sports Flooring is the leader in wood gym flooring and synthetic sports surfaces for a variety of applications. Our athletic surfacing experts have developed more DIN certified systems than any other sports surfacing manufacturer. Our complete line-up of products are perfect for gymnasiums and athletic facilities of all types.

Cooley LLP www.cooley.com 1.202.842.7800 rlanz@cooley.com For over 30 years, Cooley lawyers have been providing comprehensive legal services and counsel to the education industry. With the largest practice devoted exclusively to this sector, Cooley lawyers and professionals combine an exceptional depth of knowledge with extensive experience in the many substantive areas that characterize contemporary education. CPI 1510 www.crisisprevention.com 1.800.558.8976 info@crisisprevention.com CPI helps create safe and caring schools by training your staff to safely manage disruptive and assaultive behavior. Our training programs and comprehensive resources can minimize risk and help both teachers and students thrive. To date, more than 11 million individuals have participated in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training. Creative Learning Systems 823 www.creativelearningsystems.com 1.800.458.2880, ext. 122 jbooth@creativelearningsystems.com Creative Learning Systems provides turnkey STEM environments, called SmartLabs®, to effectively deliver school-wide STEM programming and to hone 21st century skills. We put relevant technology in the hands of all students and they become engaged with inquirybased learning that changes the way they learn for the rest of their lives.

D.A. Davidson 1508 www.davidsoncompanies.com/ficm 1.303.764.5750 mdeangelis@dadco.com D.A. Davidson invests in education by providing facility financing for charter schools. We are a full-service investment bank that provides financial advisory and underwriting services to charter schools. Since 1998, our education-focused approach has kept more money in classrooms where it belongs. Digitalis Education Solutions, Inc. 1016 digitaliseducation.com 1.360.616.8915 info@DigitalisEducation.com Digitarium® digital planetarium systems for portable or fixed domes make teaching astronomy and Earth science easy, effective, and engaging for students of all ages. Come explore the universe without leaving the exhibit hall! Disney Youth Programs 1170 www.disneyyouth.com 1.407.566.6519 jemal.a.taylor@disney.com There is nothing more magical than inspiring children to follow their passions, fulfill their dreams, and celebrate their accomplishments. Whether you are leading an instrumental ensemble, show choir, biology class, or Scout troop, there is a Disney Youth Programs experience that will enrich your students and spark their creativity.

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www.doughertymarkets.com 1.612.376.4159 dward@doughertymarkets.com Dougherty & Company provides cost-effective financing options designed to meet the unique educational needs of our clients. We have a successful track record originating and offering charter school revenue bonds, over 18 years of professional experience, and a volume exceeding $850 million for capital raised and/or refunded for charter schools.

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DreamCatcher Curriculum™ 1032 www.dreamcatchercurriculum.com 1.479.419.8080 hello@dreamcatchercurriculum.com

E-Therapy 1513 www.electronic-therapy.com 1.928.814.4990 diana@electronic-therapy.com

DreamCatcher Curriculum creates and designs engaging and informative college-prep materials in a range of critically researched topics including financial aid/literacy, study skills, and college readiness. DreamCatcher products are affordable, age appropriate, and ready to present to students at middle school through college levels.

E-Therapy is a leader in providing online tele-therapy including speech, occupational, and physical therapy, as well as counseling services to school districts and their students nationwide. E-Therapy is dedicated to providing the highest quality services to our schools/clients.

Drexel University Online 1036 www.online.drexel.edu 1.877.215.0009 DUonline@drexel.edu Drexel University’s School of Education is renowned for equipping graduates with the latest research and technological tools to be a force for change in schools and organizations. More than 30 online bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs are available in areas such as special education, educational administration, and more. Duke University Talent Identification Program 1369 www.tip.duke.edu 1.512.473.8400 tguidry@tip.duke.edu Duke TIP collaborates with educators and parents to identify academically talented students and support their educational and social development by providing them with advanced learning opportunities, challenging resources and programs, and special recognition of their achievements. A non-profit organization founded in 1980, we have since served over three million students. Dulany Consulting 1567 www.dulanyconsulting.com 1.630.430.2713 pete@dulanyconsulting.com Dulany Consulting, Inc. delivers customized, high-energy professional development workshops for schools across the country. We specialize in technology integration and offer sessions on Google Apps, Chromebooks, iPads, interactive whiteboards, 3D printing, STEM, and much more! Our trainers are Google Certified / Apple Teachers and have real classroom experience.

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E&I Cooperative Services 710 www.eandi.org 1.507.829.6917 Speters@eandi.org Serving school districts and institutions nationwide, E&I is the only member-owned, not-for-profit sourcing cooperative focused exclusively on education. E&I delivers cost savings on products and services K-12 institutions use every day to reduce costs and optimize supply chain efficiencies. Easy Grammar Systems 1371 www.easygrammar.com 1.800.641.6015 jenny@easygrammar.com Easy Grammar Systems® publishes the Easy Grammar® series, Daily GRAMS® series, and Easy Grammar Ultimate Series®. Author Dr. Wanda Phillips is recognized for her expertise in teaching grammar. Dr. Phillip’s texts, known for easy explanations, introduce concepts in a buildingblock manner and incorporate a cyclical approach that promotes mastery learning.

EdChoice 1109 www.edchoice.org 1.317.681.0745 keri@edchoice.org EdChoice is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing full and unencumbered educational choice as the best pathway to successful lives and a stronger society. The organization works at the state level to educate diverse audiences, train advocates, and engage policymakers on the benefits of high-quality school choice programs.

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EdConnective 1444 www.edconnective.com 1.804.464.8530 willmorris@edconnective.com

Eduporium 1271 www.eduporium.com 1.617.600.7230 ituule@eduporium.com

EdConnective provides instructional coaching when principals don’t have the time, money, or human resources. Our unique platform and process provides your teachers with increased access to personalized coaching delivered by master coaches. Our process accelerates teacher growth through actionable feedback and practice.

Eduporium is a one-stop shop and trusted source for charter school teachers to purchase EdTech. We work with teachers and schools to understand need and provide custom solutions. Through various time and money-saving efforts, including an educator discount and customizable tech bundles, we equip educators with technologies that transform learning.

Edlio, Inc. 1017 www.edlio.com 1.310.204.7300 info@edlio.com

Element Architects 1043 www.elementarchitects.com 1.713.874.0775 Graham@elementarchitects.com

Edlio makes communicating with parents simpler. Powering 7,600 school and district websites is Edlio’s own easy-to-use content management system (CMS). And our new parent engagement app, Sangha, is a gamechanger for personalized school-to-home communication. Stop by for a quick demo!

#YourVisionOurMission—Our mission is to successfully take a project from your vision to reality. Our team of architects and designers will work with you from concept to completion. We judge success by our outstanding quantity of repeat business and referrals from satisfied clients.

EdTec Inc. www.edtec.com 1.510.663.3500, ext. 329

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Elephango 1408 www.elephango.com 1.610.403.1168 jmorris@bridgewayacademy.com

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EdTec is a social venture founded in 2001 to develop, support, and advance quality charter schools. Our exceptional team provides unparalleled expertise and support to charter schools across a comprehensive range of services, including back-office/business services, charter application development, educational support, and school software solutions. Educational Outfitters 1419 www.educationaloutfitters.com 1.423.421.6614 julie@educationaloutfitters.com Educational Outfitters is the nation’s premier provider of school uniforms and dress code apparel. We have a wide selection of colors and styles to fit your school’s individual needs. We can match your existing uniform program or help you create one specifically tailored to your school.

Elephango.com is the industry leader in research based curriculum resources. The website consists of thousands of vetted resources, K-12, that were built on the neuroscience of learning. It was designed to assist teachers and improve overall student comprehension. You have found your one-stop curriculum companion. A charter school favorite. EMG 508 www.emgcorp.com 1.800.733.0660 KBurdette@emgcorp.com EMG is a leading architectural, engineering, and environmental consulting firm specializing in facility assessments and capital planning for K-12 schools.

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1.816.472.1700 davids@eprkc.com EPR Properties provides financing solutions for the development and acquisition of charter school facilities. Our financing is designed to meet your school’s unique needs, including land acquisition and new construction, property acquisition and renovation, acquisition of existing schools with leases in place, and more. Visit Booth 1323 for more information.

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eReflect 1670 www.ereflect.com 1.408.520.9803 elvijane@ereflect.com

Follett 1737 www.follettlearning.com 1.877.899.8550 customerservice@follett.com

eReflect is a tech company providing education and self-improvement software. The company is based in the United States with offices in Australia and the Philippines.

Follett offers books, reference materials, digital resources, eBooks, audiovisual materials, and pre-owned textbooks. We are a leading provider of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets. We offer digital learning tools for the classroom, inspiring collaboration, and focusing on student achievement.

Fieldwork Education Limited 825 www.fieldworkeducation.com 1.075.9507.3181 sandra.jones@fieldworkeducation.com Fieldwork Education has been improving learning in schools for more than 30 years. We offer a range of curriculum solutions from early years to middle school all shaped around the unique developmental needs of each age group and with the aim to strengthen children’s moral, social, and cultural development. First Fidelity Brokerage, Inc. www.ffbinsurance.com 1.212.933.9050, ext. 1801

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Total Risk Education Solution is an all-in-one comprehensive insurance program for charter schools. Our program delivers best in class coverages, optimal pricing, and unparalleled integration. We become your internal risk managers. Contact our managing director Brett Baker for a no-obligation proposal at 212.933.9050x1814 or bbaker@ffbinsurance.com. Florida Virtual School 1548 flvsglobal.net 1.407.529.6971 choward@flvs.net Founded in 1997, Florida Virtual School was the first statewide online public high school in the U.S. and now serves students in all 50 states and more than 65 countries. We use this experience to deliver rigorous digital courseware, a turnkey virtual school, and professional development. Flyer School App 1248 flyerschoolapp.com 1.720.336.9663 info@flyerschoolapp.com Flyer School is how charter schools and their families communicate, access resources, and complete tasks. We improve access for families by building connections via phone, web, social media, and email in their language.

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French Toast Schoolbox™ 1724 www.frenchtoastschoolbox.com 1.212.502.6037 matthew.buesing@ltapparel.com French Toast Schoolbox is your one-stop-shop for school uniforms and spiritwear. Our mission is to serve America’s schools and families by providing quality schoolwear at an incredible value. Funding The Gap, LLC 1523 www.fundingthegap.com 1.480.442.0407 icarroll@fundingthegap.com Funding The Gap provides facility financing solutions for expansions, acquisition and construction, short or longterm debt, and tax-exempt bonds. We are not a singlesource lender. We work directly for your school with the goal of helping structure the best financing possible using established lending relationships throughout the U.S. GARED 1550 www.garedsports.com 1.800.325.2682 sales@garedsports.com Incorporated in 1922, GARED is known as the sporting goods industry’s leader in the design and manufacture of basketball, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse, and football equipment. GARED has become an advocate for rebuilding communities by providing equipment solutions to schools, parks, churches, and recreation centers across the United States and worldwide. Generation Genius 1451 www.generationgenius.com 1.917.757.3667 mark@generationgenius.com Generation Genius produces and distributes entertaining and educational science videos featuring Dr. Jeff, The Dancing Scientist, who has appeared on such national TV shows as NBC’s Today Show. Generation Genius partners with NSTA to produce videos that support the most current standards in science education for elementary school students.

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George K. Baum & Company 1339 www.gkbaum.com 1.412.922.4464 appelt@gkbaum.com Founded in 1928, George K. Baum & Company (GKB) focuses on the borrowing needs of educational institutions nationwide. Since 2000, we have overseen more than 170 non-profit school financings throughout the country. GKB serves educational institutions as a financial adviser, bond underwriter, remarketing agent, derivatives consultant, and swap adviser. Gerflor USA 909 www.gerflorusa.com 1.847.394.3944 afrazier@gerflorusa.com Gerflor USA creates, manufactures, and brings to market innovative, decorative, and eco-responsible complete solutions for resilient floors, wall coverings, and accessories, from installation to finishings for commercial environments. Good-Lite Inc / EyeSpy2020 1166 www.eyespy2020.com 1.214.215.5407 baxter@eyespy2020.com EyeSpy2020 vision screening software is a computerized video game that takes less than three minutes and we screen for visual acuity, depth perception, and color blindness. To date we have screened over 800,000 students and average a 22% referral rate for a professional eye exam. GradeCam 717 gradecam.com 1.866.472.3339 rick@gradecam.com GradeCam is web-based software that works with web and document cameras to grade tests and provide you and your students with immediate feedback. Ask about our free teachers’ version. GradeCam automates data entry into all electronic grade books and makes it easy to share assessments and results in real time.

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www.greatminds.org 1.202.223.1854 sales@greatminds.org From Great Minds, the non-profit that created Eureka Math, is a K-8 English curriculum that brings the rich content everyone loves into your classroom. Wit & Wisdom helps you meet the expectations of the new standards while celebrating the joy of reading and writing with your students.

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Hake Publishing, Inc. 1337 www.hakepublishing.com 1.800.965.0543 sharon.moss@hakepublishing.com

Hope Bar Funding 1071 hopebarfunding.com 1.941.323.4786 dwighthavener@gmail.com

Grammar and Writing, from Hake Publishing, is a comprehensive English language arts curriculum for Grades 3-8. Students using the program will learn and remember the skills and concepts for them to be successful communicators. Grammar and Writing focuses on student success in English grammar, writing, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary development.

Hope Bar Funding is the first-ever monthly sustainable funding model used by charter schools to support PTAs, PSCs, and other school fundraising opportunities where monthly sustainability is the key. It is simple to use for students, parents, staff, and admin.

Harris School Solutions 617 www.harrisschoolsolutions.com 1.613.226.5511, ext. 2787 jhealey@harriscomputer.com We work with our clients closely and more completely than any other company in our industry. From implementation and training to support and service, every superintendent, principal, IT director, food service director, and HR director–every client with whom we work–knows their personal Harris contact’s name. Hertz Furniture 906 www.hertzfurniture.com 1.800.526.4677 dmocton@hertzfurniture.com Hertz is the leading charter school furniture dealer, with innovative turnkey solutions for flexible and collaborative spaces. Save time and money on small orders or large projects with our pre-negotiated contracts. We’ve helped many charter schools design and furnish outstanding spaces. We’re looking forward to turning your vision into reality.

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hjsims.com/education 1.952.683.7506 jhromatka@hjsims.com Established in 1935, HJ Sims is a full-service investment bank with education experts specializing in structuring and underwriting charter school financings. With more than $22 billion in completed financings, HJ Sims provides capital financing solutions, including tax exempt and taxable bonds, mezzanine loans, private equity, seed money, and bank financing.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1407 www.hmhco.com 1.800.225.5425 michelle.demille@hmhco.com Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) is a global learning company committed to changing lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. HMH creates engaging, dynamic, and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to K-12 and beyond the classroom serving more than 60 million students in more than 150 countries. HoverCam® 1042 www.thehovercam.com 1.858.750.3499 marketing@thehovercam.com HoverCam develops and manufactures technologies that empower teachers to better engage their students and to become active participants in the classroom. With the Solo 8 and Ultra 8, 8.0 megapixel, 30-frames-persecond high-definition document cameras that never lag, HoverCam is leading an education revolution powered by a USB 3.0 cord.

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www.ideapublicschools.org 1.956.377.8000 vanessa.barry@ideapublicschools.org IDEA Public Schools believes that each and every child can go to college. Since 2001, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school with 150 students to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free, Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States. Infinite Mind / EyeQ 1707 infinitemind.io 1.801.453.1700 clint@infinitemind.io Infinite Mind is a human performance company. Our goal is to change lives by creating products that enhance and inspire human potential at home, at work, and at school.

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Infobase 1717 www.infobase.com 1.800.322.8755 onlinesales@InfobaseLearning.com Infobase supports the school and library community with award-winning digital reference content, including online databases, eBooks, and streaming video. Its well-known brands include Facts On File, The World Almanac®, Films Media Group, Learn360, and The Mailbox® among others. Innovative Modular Solutions 1023 www.innovativemodular.com 1.630.972.0500 info@innovativemodular.com From temporary classrooms to complete turnkey school buildings, IMS has extensive experience working with charter schools to provide high-quality, timely, and costeffective educational space solutions. Institute for Public School Initiatives 1168 University of Texas at Austin ipsi.utexas.edu 1.512.232.4029 dacharya@ipsi.utexas.edu The Institute for Public School Initiatives (IPSI) at the University of Texas at Austin is a professional learning organization whose goal is to impact student learning by building capacity through customized educator development. IRIS Center at Vanderbilt University 1569 iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu 1.615.343.5610 amy.harris@vanderbilt.edu Funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and headquartered at Vanderbilt University’s celebrated Peabody College, the IRIS Center creates online resources about evidence-based practices to help improve the learning and behavioral outcomes of all children and students, particularly those with disabilities and struggling learners. Jupiter Ed 1432 jupitered.com 1.888.367.6175 marketing@jupitered.com Jupiter iO gives over 3.9 million users the ability to personalize lessons for students’ individual needs, test students online and instantly analyze results, track student progress in real time, and keep students and parents up to date on grades and homework. Jupiter iO is the all-in-one cloud-based gradebook-LMS-SISlearning analytics solution!

Kaeden Publishing

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www.kaeden.com 1.800.890.7323 gurmston@kaeden.com Kaeden Publishing™ specializes in leveled literacy materials for Grades K-4 and custom classroom libraries and collections for Grades K-8. We are also the sole source vendor for the Columbia University Reading/ Writing Project Teachers College Assessment collection. Kaplan Test Prep 827 www.kaptest.com/kaplanpartnersolutions 1.800.KAP.TEST christine.lilley@kaplan.com Kaplan Partner Solutions (KPS) is comprised of a team of experts with decades of high school experience, working to increase access for minority and marginalized students. We partner directly with institutions to ensure they have the best test preparation support and programs that their students need to be successful. KELLYBRADY 924 kellybrady.com 1.509.323.9666 darren@kellybrady.com We’re KELLYBRADY—a full-service advertising agency that has specialized in producing leads, enrollments, and students for over 40 years. We would love to provide a free media audit for your school group and show you how we deliver results. Stop by our booth; we would love to meet you. Keystone Purchasing Network www.thekpn.org 1.570.523.1155, ext. 2130

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The Keystone Purchasing Network (KPN) is a cooperative purchasing program operated by CSIU, serving schools, charter schools, and government. KPN establishes contracts through sealed public bid processes. Contracts include FieldTurf, Musco, GT Grandstands, Hertz Furniture, Promethean Whiteboards, playground equipment, modular classrooms, library supplies, and more. Visit us at www.thekpn.org to apply for free membership.

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EXHIBITOR DIRECTORY Kutak Rock, LLP www.kutakrock.com 1.480.429.4833 dane.fernandes@kutakrock.com With more than 300 charter school financings totaling more than $3 billion in principal, offices located coast to coast and a corps of attorneys dedicated to helping structure tax-exempt financings, Kutak Rock has the legal know-how, bench strength, and geographic reach to help charter schools realize their full potential. Lands’ End School Outfitters 1633 www.landsend.com/school 1.800.741.6311 school@landsend.com Lands’ End School Outfitters provides old-school value with new-school looks. Including uniforms, athletic wear, backpacks, and outerwear, Lands’ End School Outfitters has you covered from first bell to first snow and beyond. Leaderally 817 Booth Scholarship Recipient leaderally.com 1.973.355.6477 tara@leaderally.com Leaderally provides an online professional development platform for Pre-K-12 educators. On-demand microlearning courses, social learning opportunities, and coaching target four key skills of the professional educator: leadership, communication, management, and strategy. Needs assessment, progress monitoring, and leadership support are offered to schools and districts to ensure consistent, embedded development.

Learn4Life Learnfourlife.org 1.661.272.1225

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Learn4Life is a network of non-profit Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) partners. Our high school diploma program includes personalized learning, flexibility, one-on-one attention, and workforce readiness programs. Our WIOA partnerships make sure students are prepared for life after high school with job skills training courses.

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Learning Without Tears 1455 www.lwtears.com 1.301.263.2700 info@lwtears.com Learning Without Tears is an education company that offers a unique approach to teaching and learning, from crucial readiness skills in Pre-K to foundational writing skills in elementary school. Our programs support learners and teachers with engaging, effective products, and instruction. Lexplore 1457 www.lexplore.com 1.619.871.8300 melissa@lexplore.com Lexplore offers a simple and reliable method for analyzing the reading ability of children—with eye tracking and artificial intelligence. In less than two minutes, our results show reading ability on five different levels, including those at highest risk for reading failure. List Industries, Inc. 1250 www.listindustries.com 1.800.776.1342 info@listindustries.com Superior® Lockers by List Industries, Inc., has been manufacturing the world’s finest lockers for over 80 years. We offer metal, wood, phenolic, and plastic lockers designed to serve the needs of any facility, from health and sports clubs to schools, universities, professional sports arenas, and stadiums. Live Music Tutor 1463 www.livemusictutor.com 1.512.745.0804 staylor@livemusictutor.com Live Music Tutor provides online, real-time, interactive music lessons with a live instructor via our proprietary technology. Any instrument, including voice, anytime, anywhere in the world, 24/7. We offer individual, master, and group lessons where students can be in multiple locations simultaneously. Whole curriculum/supplemental lessons for current programs are offered. Lone Star Learning 1034 www.lonestarlearning.com 1.806.281.1424 carole@lonestarlearning.com Lone Star Learning is a curriculum development company offering unique, easy to use visuals and interactive digital and non-digital bulletin boards that give students specific practice needed to achieve mastery in math, science, and language arts. Proud to be Teacher Choice Award winners in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2018.

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Lotterease 1512 www.lotterease.com 1.888.414.3777 webinfo@lotterease.com

MaiaLearning 1525 www.maialearning.com 1.855.268.2771 info@maialearning.com

Lotterease is a lottery and parent communication system that saves charter schools time and money. Lotterease automatically manages siblings 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.

MaiaLearning engages K-12 students in planning their futures: discovering and exploring careers that fit their profiles; building academic, college, and career plans; creating portfolios that tell their stories; and managing commitments. Counselors use MaiaLearning to manage student college applications, submit documents, track results, and keep families involved.

Low Income Investment Fund www.liifund.org 1.415.772.9094, ext. 364

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MANGO Math 1334 www.mangomath.com 1.425.260.3221 Mary@mangomath.com

A leading national community development financial institution, the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) invests capital in low-income people and communities. LIIF has invested more than $518 million in high-performing schools to create and enhance 82,000 spaces for students and generate over $2.8 billion in increased earning potential for youth.

MANGO Math is a research-based, hands-on, gamebased curriculum that helps build strong math skills in a fun, creative way. Students work collaboratively to develop deeper understanding of mathematics. It’s easy to implement, as we have done all the work for you! Students in K-8th grade love playing with MANGO Math.

M&B Printing 1626 www.mandbscreenprinting.com 1.828.312.2218 matt@mandbscreenprinting.com

Marginal Revolution University 1137 mruniversity.com 1.520.465.9473 alexandra@mruniversity.com

M&B Printing specializes in screen printing and embroidery. M&B Printing puts quality, customer service, and price first for all of our customers.

Marginal Revolution University is a non-profit, online library of more than 900 free economics education videos and teaching resources. Whether you’re looking for a short video to kick off class, videos to use in a flipped classroom environment, or student study aids, we have the perfect resources for you!

Mabel’s Labels 1370 mabelslabels.com 1.866.306.2235, ext. 226 brandie.shields@mabelslabels.com Mabel’s Labels are waterproof, personalized labels that are a school essential! Encourage labeling to eliminate your lost and found and raise funds. Our stress-free label partnership offers direct delivery to parents—no sorting, distributing, or collecting funds. We do all the work! We offer free shipping on all orders. Macy’s 1617 macys.com 1.877.301.6400 mariamc@izoded.com Macy’s and Nautica have teamed up to supply a wide array of mix-and-match tops and bottoms, perfect for uniforms, dress codes, or any occasion that calls for a little dress up.

Math Teachers Press, Inc. 1144 www.movingwithmath.com 1.800.852.2435 info@movingwithmath.com Moving with Math® offers blended learning opportunities for Pre-K-12. The built-in assessment helps monitor achievement and progress. Explicit instruction and lesson plans are scientifically researched to meet the needs of the students. Online assessment, e-guides, and professional development are available. Measure Education 611 www.measureed.com 1.323.892.6038 cloo@measureed.com Measure Education is a data management advisory and implementation team. We partner with the nation’s best schools to plan and manage the implementation of data systems so that they are set up for operational success. We are experts in data compliance, student information systems, change management, and training.

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EXHIBITOR DIRECTORY Microsoft 1311 www.microsoft.com 1.425.707.8947 msusevnt@microsoft.com Microsoft Corporation is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices, and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft Education is the Education arm of the organization that is focused on empowering the students of today to create the world of tomorrow.

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www.mindshift.com 1.877.277.5054 info@mindSHIFT.com mindSHIFT Technologies, Inc. (a Ricoh company) is a certified E-Rate provider, delivering reliable IT outsourcing and cloud services to charter schools nationwide for more than 15 years. Our EdTech experts can help you evaluate your IT needs, implement the technology, and then maintain it over time. MOEMS - Math Olympiads for 1149 Elementary and Middle Schools www.moems.org 1.516.781.2400 office@moems.org MOEMS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to stimulating enthusiasm, fostering creativity, and strengthening intuition in mathematical problem solving. Through the use of five monthly contests, teachers and students explore and review mathematical concepts while developing flexibility in solving non-routine problems. Certificates, medals, or trophies are awarded to all participants. Multiple Measures, LLC 1461 www.k12multiplemeasures.com 1.530.295.1262 tech@multiplemeasures.net MMARS™, assessment data visualization and analytics, offers accurate, affordable web-based reporting for state, interim, and district tests. We provide multiyear pupil, aggregate, and subgroup charts, including fractional growth and improvement/decline metrics. We report any test, including SmarterBalanced, PARCC, English Learners, iReady, NWEA, StudyIsland, Renaissance, classroom-grades, and more in one place!

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n2y 1038 n2y.com 1.800.697.6575 info@n2y.com n2y is the leading developer of special education materials. Our products include News-2-You®, a weekly interactive current events newspaper in five reading levels, Unique Learning System®, an interactive, standards-based curriculum, and SymbolStix PRIME®, a web-based symbol search engine and materials creation platform with 94,000 symbol options. n2y makes instruction simple! National Charter School 813 Resource Center at Safal Partners www.charterschoolcenter.org 1.713.955.2727 info@safalpartners.com The National Charter School Resource Center (NCSRC) is dedicated to supporting the development of charter schools, provides technical assistance to sector stakeholders, and has comprehensive online resources addressing the challenges charter schools face. NCSRC is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and led by education consulting firm Safal Partners.

National Charter Schools Institute www.charterinstitute.org 1.989.317.3510 info@nationalcharterschools.org The National Charter Schools Institute’s mission is to transform public education and power performance, productivity, and accountability breakthroughs that help people win for kids. Through a range of services, we believe in the transformative power of education and want all people to have the opportunity to learn and grow. National Geographic Learning 1554 / Cengage Learning www.ngl.cengage.com/school 1.888.915.3276 schoolcustomerservice@cengage.com National Geographic Learning, a part of Cengage, provides quality Pre-K-12, Academic, and Adult Education instructional solutions for reading, science, social studies, mathematics, world languages, ESL/ELD, advanced, honors, and electives, career and technical education, and professional development. See our new catalog at www.NGL.Cengage.com/catalogs.

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National Heritage Academies www.nhaschools.com 1.616.222.1700 info@nhaschools.com National Heritage Academies (NHA) partners with community groups to build and operate public charter schools. Founded in 1995, today NHA partners with 83 K-8 schools in nine states serving more than 56,000 students. NHA’s system of schools is designed to eliminate the achievement gap and provide school choice to families so their children are prepared for success in high school, college, and beyond. National Institute for Direct Instruction 1708 www.nifdi.org 1.541.485.1973 bwickman@nifdi.org The National Institute for Direct Instruction specializes in providing training and implementation support to charter schools implementing the comprehensive DI model. Come by and learn how we can assist you in your efforts to maximize your effectiveness with all learners. National Life Group 1044 www.nationallife.com 1.214.638.9184 dkvapil@nationallife.com National Life Group is a leader in 403(b)/457(b) supplemental retirement plans for K-12 public, private, and charter schools across the country.

National Math & Science Initiative (NMSI) www.nms.org 1.401.871.6259 jlopiccolo@nms.org The National Math & Science Initiative is dedicated to ensuring all students can access and excel in the STEM education they need to thrive and reach their highest potential as problem solvers and lifelong learners. NMSI is increasing STEM teacher pipelines and supports today’s STEM teachers, students and their schools. National Peanut Board 613 nationalpeanutboard.org 1.678.424.5750 cwkaranja@nationalpeanutboard.org The National Peanut Board cares about those with peanut allergies, and since 2001 has contributed over $21 million in food allergy research, education, and outreach to help find a solution. In collaboration with food allergy advocates and healthcare professionals, NPB offers school resources for food allergy management at www.peanutallergyfacts.org.

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EXHIBITOR DIRECTORY National Right to Work 1235 Foundation’s Charter School Initiative www.nrtw.org 1.800.336.3600 legal@nrtw.org The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization providing free legal aid to employees whose human or civil rights have been violated by compulsory unionism abuses. National School Choice Week 1151 schoolchoiceweek.com 1.202.480.2927 sandy@schoolchoiceweek.com Held every January, National School Choice Week is the world’s largest annual celebration of opportunity in education. Schools can receive free National School Choice Week event supplies, including yellow fleece scarves, rally signs, posters, and more at www.schoolchoiceweek.com. National Society of High School Scholars 1735 www.nshss.org 1.404.235.5500 jessica.eisele@nshss.org The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) is a distinguished international honor society. NSHSS is advancing the goals and aspirations of students through unique learning experiences, scholarships, internships, international study, and peer networks. New Plan Learning 1351 www.newplanlearning.org 1.847.376.8404 bek@newplanlearning.org New Plan Learning (“NPL”) is a non-profit corporation and NPL’s sole mission is to support charter schools. NPL provides market research, acquisition, renovation, and lease of school buildings to community schools. NPL currently owns, directly or through subsidiaries, 13 facilities that are leased to charter schools.

NewSchools Venture Fund www.newschools.org 1.415.615.6860 info@newschools.org

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Northcentral University 1719 www.ncu.edu 1.480.253.3512 hmillward@ncu.edu Northcentral University educates professionals throughout the world and provides an accessible opportunity to earn a U.S. regionally accredited degree. Our focus is on bachelor’s completion-doctoral degrees. Northcentral mentors students one-to-one with highly credentialed faculty via advanced delivery modalities. NWEA 1430 www.nwea.org 1.503.624.1951 tamika.chambers@nwea.org NWEA is a research-based not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that measure growth and proficiency, providing insights to help tailor instruction. For 40 years, NWEA has developed assessments and professional learning offerings to help advance all students along their optimal learning path. Oak Hall Cap & Gown 818 www.oakhalli.com 1.540.387.0047 customerservice@oakhalli.com For over 128 years, Oak Hall has been a family-owned textile manufacturer. Our regalia and accessories are manufactured in one of our four sewing facilities in Southwest Virginia. Our company has established a reputation for delivering the highest-quality regalia, along with service that far exceeds our customers’ expectations. observe4success 1143 www.observe4success.com 1.877.743.3430 sales@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, meets state requirements, and provides meaningful, actionable, and instant feedback to improve teacher effectiveness.

NewSchools Venture Fund is a non-profit venture philanthropy that invests in promising teams of educators and entrepreneurs with the vision and skill to reimagine learning. We are committed to helping students finish high school prepared and inspired to achieve their most ambitious dreams and plans.

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ORIGO Education 1148 www.origoeducation.com 1.314.475.3061 c_pourchot@origomath.com

PeopleAdmin 1506 talentedk12.com 1.877.637.5800 talentedsales@peopleadmin.com

ORIGO Education provides an innovative range of mathematics products with quality professional learning. ORIGO Stepping Stones 2.0 (aligned to CCSS) delivers a world-class mathematics program that seamlessly blends digital and print materials.

TalentEd by PeopleAdmin delivers solutions that streamline K-12 education recruitment, assessment, hiring, onboarding, and records as well as contract management, absence management, evaluations, and professional development management.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP www.orrick.com 1.415.773.5700 ech@orrick.com Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP has been providing sophisticated legal assistance through myriad local, state, and national laws and regulations to develop financing structures and secure necessary funds for charter schools. We have assisted a wide variety of charter schools throughout the U.S., developed innovative school bond financings, and participated in poly and legislative activities designed to meet challenges and achieve a comprehensive range of purposes. Pearson 910 www.pearsonschool.com 1.800.848.9500 tricia.larson@pearson.com Pearson is the world’s learning company. We’re inspired by the way education transforms lives. We help K-12 educators create better learning across all disciplines with our products and services. We’re dedicated to improving student outcomes and helping learners prepare for college and careers because where learning flourishes, so do people. PenPal Schools 1442 penpalschools.com 1.802.999.8979 joe@penpalschools.com PenPal Schools connects students from over 150 countries to learn together through collaborative online projects. Students learn about topics ranging from human rights and environmental sustainability to robotics and literature, all while practicing essential reading, writing, digital literacy, and social-emotional skills. Learn more at penpalschools.com.

Pitsco Education 1333 www.pitsco.com 1.620.231.0000 sangermayer@pitsco.com Pitsco is your STEM resource. Every product we engineer, every activity we write, every curriculum we develop, and every solution we design is provided for the purpose of helping students around the world use their hands to engage their minds to learn and succeed in the classroom! Play & Park Structures 1237 www.playandpark.com 1.800.727.1907 info@playandpark.com Since 1976, Play & Park Structures has provided highquality playground products that inspire children’s imaginations and creativity through innovation and superior product design. Their colorful and innovative products are designed to engage a child’s creativity and keep their attention while interacting with their peers in creative yet challenging environments.

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www.pnc.com/en/corporate-and-institutional/capitalmarkets/charter-schools.html 1.215.585.4978 an.tran@pnc.com PNC Charter School Group has extensive charter school financing experience, utilizing a dual coverage model of bank and capital markets solutions. Our team consists of both relationship managers from PNCBank and investment bankers from PNCCapitalMarkets. Collectively, PNC has been involved with over $750 million in charter school financing since 2007.

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Possip 1551 www.possipit.com 1.615.712.3276 shani@possipit.com

Raymond James & Associates, Inc. 1625 www.raymondjames.com 1.804.225.1109 matt.palumbo@raymondjames.com

Possip taps into the positive power of parent gossip to give schools an easy platform to gather and respond to parent feedback. Parents get a weekly text-based survey and schools get weekly reports. Possip uses technology and partnership to put parents and schools on the same team through open communication.

Raymond James combines the strength and stability of a national firm with the advantages of regional expertise. With our strong distribution platform and capital base, we help charter schools finance and refinance the construction and acquisition of facilities through arrangements including publicly offered bonds, private placements, and USDA loans.

PowerSchool 1245 www.powerschool.com 1.877.873.1550 Sales@Powerschool.com PowerSchool is the leading K-12 education technology provider of solutions that improve the education experience for over 100 million users in over 70 countries around the world. We provide the industry’s first Unified Classroom solution, empowering teachers with best-in-class, secure, and compliant online solutions. Visit www.powerschool.com to learn more. Preferred Meal Systems, Inc. 1231 www.preferredmeals.com 1.800.886.6325, ext. 9900 sales@preferredmeals.com Preferred Meals has provided healthy, nutritious meals to school districts for 50 years; charter schools are our fastest-growing segment. Each decision we make is aimed at creating a meal experience that students will enjoy. Our menus, training, equipment, meals, and services are designed to adapt to your facility. Qualtrics 1243 www.qualtrics.com 1.801.374.6682 nathanw@qualtrics.com With over 15 years of experience in academics, Qualtrics provides school districts a platform to collect, analyze, visualize, and act on data and insights. In addition, we make it easy for districts to monitor, respond to, and improve every key moment along a school and customer experience journey. Radio ID Equipment 1630 www.carriderpro.com 1.502.223.1670 info@carriderpro.com

RBC Capital Markets, LLC

www.rbccm.com/charterschools 1.855.722.2663 john.snider@rbccm.com RBC Capital Markets is a full-service investment banking firm with a group that specializes in financing charter school facilities. RBC has financed over 150 charter school projects for more than 100 organizations raising over $2.3 billion. RBC finds solutions to the capital funding challenges faced by charter schools. Read Naturally, Inc. 706 www.readnaturally.com 1.800.788.4085 info@readnaturally.com Read Naturally provides research-proven reading interventions for struggling readers. The flagship program has been improving reading fluency and comprehension skills for over 25 years. The newest version, Read Live, is completely web-based and compatible with iPads and Chromebooks. Read Naturally also offers programs targeting specific skills like phonics and vocabulary. Really Good Stuff 1161 www.reallygoodstuff.com 1.203.261.1920 writeus@reallygoodstuff.com For over 22 years, Really Good Stuff has been a leading provider of education products, services, and solutions. With a collection of fun, hands-on, game-like supplemental curriculum, we can work together to bring excitement into the classroom, training room, and home!

Radio ID Equipment, Inc. is the developer of CarRiderPro®, the only automated car rider management system. The CarRiderPro® system integrates custom hardware and feature-rich software to help manage the task of your school’s afternoon car rider line. Developed in 2010, CarRiderPro® is now operating at schools across the country.

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Reinvestment Fund 1267 www.reinvestment.com 1.215.574.5892 molly.melloh@reinvestment.com

RoboKind 1344 www.robokind.com 1.972.331.7050 smurphy@robokind.com

Reinvestment Fund is a leading lender to charter schools that has invested over $383 million in school facilities to date. Loans are structured to support the opening of new schools, organic growth of early-stage schools, and expansion or stabilization of mature operators.

RoboKind offers a next generation visual coding and programming experience through robots4STEM: a comprehensive curriculum, customizable avatar, and a social humanoid robot. Aimed to provide universal access and opportunity to all users, robots4STEM advances computational and critical thinking skills while enhancing creativity, communication, and student collaboration.

Renaissance Learning 1330 www.renaissance.com 1.715.424.3636 answers@renaissance.com Renaissance® is the leader in K-12 learning analytics— enabling teachers, curriculum creators, and educators to drive phenomenal student growth. Renaissance’s solutions help educators analyze, customize, and plan personalized learning paths for students, allowing time for what matters—creating energizing learning experiences in the classroom. For more information, visit www.renaissance.com. Research Associates 1054 www.grantexperts.com 1.404.556.4338 ginny@grantexperts.com Since 1985 Research Associates has fostered the creation and successful implementation of 245 grant programs totaling more than $560 million in grant funding for partners. Please visit www.grantexperts.com for more details. Responsive Classroom 1609 www.responsiveclassroom.org 1.413.863.8288 angie@responsiveclassroom.org Responsive Classroom® is an evidence-based approach to elementary and middle school education that focuses on the strong link between academic success and social-emotional learning. The approach is associated with greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and improved school climate. We publish books for educators and provide professional development worldwide. Robert J. Miller & Associates, Inc. 1448 www.rjma.com 1.716.864.8100 rjma@rjma.com Robert J. Miller & Associates, Inc. (RJMA) is a full-service grants development consulting firm specializing in securing grants for charter schools and other K-12 educational services. RJMA also publishes the Monthly Education Grants Alert which provides the largest single listing of upcoming grant opportunities targeting elementary and secondary education.

S&P Global Ratings 1527 www.spratings.com/en_us/topic/-/render/topic-detail/u-spublic-finance-higher-education-charter-schools-not-forprofits 1.212.438.5060 anthony.ivancich@spglobal.com S&P Global Ratings, a division of S&P Global, Inc. (NYSE: SPGI), is the world’s leading provider of credit ratings. With more than one million credit ratings outstanding, approximately 1,400 credit analysts, and a presence in 26 countries, we offer a unique combination of global perspective and local insight.

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BuyQ-Awarded Vendor www.ssww.com 1.800.243.9232 national@ssww.com S&S Worldwide™ provides classroom supplies, physical education equipment, and art supplies for all ages. For over 100 years, we have provided quality products and unparalleled customer service. S&S is the charter school industry’s group purchasing partner that makes it easy to help your students play and learn. Contact us today! Sage Intacct, Inc. 1544 www.sageintacct.com 1.877.968.0600 info@intacct.com Sage Intacct is AICPA’s preferred provider of cloud financial management applications specializing in helping non-profits of all types. Our modern solution and open API streamlines grant, fund, project, and donor accounting while maximizing automation, visibility, and integration. We help non-profits strengthen stewardship, build influence, grow funding, and achieve mission success.

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EXHIBITOR DIRECTORY Salesforce.org 1212 www.salesforce.org 1.800.667.6389 events@salesforce.org

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School Outfitters 1466 www.schooloutfitters.com 1.800.260.2776 sales@schooloutfitters.com

Everyone who wants to change the world should have the tools and technology to do so. Salesforce.org gets our technology in the hands of non-profits and educators so they can connect with others and do more good. We’re here to help; visit us at Salesforce.org.

School Outfitters is your source for 21st century school furniture and equipment. Our easy-to-use website and custom sales support make it simple to create adaptable, collaborative learning spaces. You’ll find everything from classic products to the most recent classroom innovations, plus hundreds of top brands including School Outfitters exclusives.

Scholastic 1010 www.scholastic.com 1.212.343.6100 scholastic@scholastic.com

SchoolBzz (Hive Digital Minds) 510 www.schoolbzz.com 1.800.213.8915 info@schoolbzz.com

Scholastic Education is a leading provider of comprehensive literacy solutions that reinforce student achievement through instructional reading and writing, professional learning for teacher effectiveness, as well as family and community engagement.

SchoolBzz takes communication beyond the classroom by connecting everyone involved in a student’s learning journey. Simple to setup and flexible to the needs of each user, SchoolBzz transforms how schools share information making it relevant and accessible to all families. Come see what all the buzz is about!

School Check IN 1146 www.schoolcheckin.com 1.813.962.7264 info@schoolcheckin.com School Security, America’s favorite and easiest way to check in and out at school, is fast, dependable, and easy to use. Always know who is on your campus. OffenderCHECK scans each visitor’s driver’s license and conducts an instant sex offender search. We are a PowerSchool partner with data integration.

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www.sfwgroup.org 1.504.439.6060 echatelain@sfwgroup.org SFWG is a National consulting group that assists schools with finding local, healthy food vendors to provide meals that meet and exceed the National School Lunch regulations. SFWG helps schools manage state audits, submit monthly claims, process meal applications, conduct staff training and wellness policy review, and oversees overall program compliance. School Food Solutions, L3C 1611 www.schoolfoodsolutions.org 1.877.633.2373 info@schoolfoodsolutions.org

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www.schoolmint.com 1.415.500.2558 info@schoolmint.com SchoolMint streamlines all aspects of student enrollment including student registration management, application, lottery, as well as school choice management, digital forms, and document uploads. Available online and on mobile devices, SchoolMint integrates with leading student information systems (SIS) and transforms the end-to-end enrollment experience for school, staff, and parents. Schoolrunner 524 schoolrunner.org 1.720.638.2270 hello@schoolrunner.org Schoolrunner is the only education management platform that shows the whole story of student success. We make it seamless for school leaders, teachers, kids, and families to track and analyze the most important indicators of student achievement, uniting insights around academics and culture within one intuitive and integrated system.

School Food Solutions helps you provide healthy, economical meals so your students can perform at their best and you can spend your time on what is most important—student achievement.

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Schulze School of Entrepreneurship – University of St. Thomas stthomas.edu/NCSC 1.651.962.4200 ustbusiness@stthomas.edu The Schulze School of Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas helps students unlock their entrepreneurial potential to become morally responsible business leaders. Our students go on to challenge the status quo, craft better solutions, and create enduring value at their own startups and as innovation leaders within existing businesses. Scranton Products 1607 www.scrantonproducts.com 1.570.348.0997 mknapp@scrantonproducts.com Scranton Products manufactures a premium line of American-made, solid plastic toilet, shower, and dressing partitions, lockers, locker room benches, and vanities. These industry-leading products are resistant to mildew, odor, and graffiti, plus they never need painting. All Scranton products are warrantied for 25 years. Script 1150 scriptapp.com 1.727.465.4629 danny@scriptapp.com Script is an education technology company that believes in providing the best value for school administrators, teachers, and parents. We love to help our schools streamline their activities, parent purchases, and digital forms through an app! To learn more about Script, visit our website and book your demo today at www.scriptapp.com.

Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign

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nokidhungry.org 1.202.478.6518 bdoyle@strength.org When students eat breakfast they are ready to learn. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign partners with schools to ensure that students have access to breakfast during the school day. School breakfast is connected to better attendance records, math scores, and graduation rates. Learn more at NoKidHungry.org/breakfast.

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Shmoop 1734 schools.shmoop.com 1.602.316.4427 sales@shmoop.com

SongLake Books 1409 www.songlakebooks.com 1.888.588.6200 sarahenglish@songlakebooks.com

Shmoop is a digital publishing company whose goal is to take friction out of learning with fun and engaging test prep, online courses, college readiness, and remediation tools. We have over 15 million unique monthly users and license to thousands of schools and districts across the country.

SongLake Books thoughtfully selects and methodically organizes best titles from 15 top companies into leveled book collections for K-4 classrooms, ESSA, Title I, and bookrooms. Collections present a balance of fiction/ nonfiction, biographies, like topics, like titles, different version fairy tales/classics, and author studies. Diversity is our specialty!

Singapore Math, Inc.® 1507 www.singaporemath.com 1.503.557.8100 school@singaporemath.com Visit Singapore Math, Inc. at booth 1507 to see the brand new Dimensions Math® PK-5 Series, written by leading Singapore math educators and trainers. The program brings together the strengths of Singapore math updated for today’s students. We also still carry the original Singapore math, Primary Mathematics, and Dimensions Math 6-8.

SKOOKII 1223 www.skookii.com 1.844.438.766 ali@skookii.com SKOOKII is the first and only completely free online payment/finance system for schools and educational non-profits. Start collecting payments in 20 minutes via SKOOKII payment button and custom web/mobile apps. No merchant or software contracts to sign and zero cost ACH transactions.

Southeastern University 1025 online.seu.edu 1.561.251.7232 mkatz@seu.edu Southeastern University is your Christ-centered partner in higher education. Students enrolled in a degree program at Southeastern University will benefit from a faith-based education as they are immersed in a student-focused learning community. Our curriculum enables students to discover and develop a Spirit-led life, powered by learning and leadership. Southern Science Supply 1610 Booth Scholarship Recipient www.southernsciencesupply.com 1.210.887.0479 carol@southernsciencesupply.com Magnify what you do with the MicroSight and ProScope microscopes. These magnificent microscopes are available in USB and WiFi models and allow you to see the world in brilliant detail. Accessories and unique specimen observation kits, activity books, and lesson plan booklets available. Come scope us out!

Smart Team Building 1342 www.smartteambuilding.com 1.704.307.1736 tim@smartteambuilding.com

Sovereign Insurance Group 1256 www.sovinsurance.com 1.484.654.3393 jeffd@sovinsurance.com

Never neglect team building and staff appreciation again. With over 1,300 school members, we know team building is an ongoing process. We provide amazing, professional-level boosts every six to eight weeks, becoming your team building and morale department. Keep everyone smiling all year long and reduce expensive yearly staff turnover.

Sovereign Insurance Group is a boutique insurance firm that believes in approaching insurance, our insurance companies, and our clients with humility. Our philosophy guides us in taking talents, education, and industry knowhow to maximize them for our clients.

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Specialized Data Systems 1710 www.schooloffice.com 1.630.955.1990 maury@schooloffice.com Specialized Data Systems is the leading provider of financial and human resource software designed for charter schools. Included in the system is a full HR or payroll system with integrated time clocks and employee portal. Electronic PO requisitions, A/P, and A/R are also included! SpedTrack™ 1518 www.spedtrack.com 1.417.823.8449 ewilliams@spedtrack.com SpedTrack is web-based software that revolutionizes the management of special education programs (IEPs, evaluations, and section 504s) by allowing school districts to centralize information and processes into one comprehensive application. Sport Court 907 www.sportcourt.com 1.801.784.6442 mnordgren@sportcourt.com Sport Court has been building champions for over 40 years in more than 170 countries on all seven continents. From backyard game courts to high school gyms and facilities, Sport Court builds high-quality, safe courts designed to bring out your athletes’ potential. Squar Milner, LLP 1133 www.squarmilner.com 1.949.222.2999 lbolanos@squarmilner.com Squar Milner has significant experience serving charter schools. We are one of the largest audit and tax service providers and serve over 150 charter schools. Our reputation for providing quality professional services in an independent, objective, and ethical manner is key to our success as independent auditors. Stand2Learn 1706 www.stand2learn.com 1.800.207.2587 michele.klumb@varidesk.com Stand2Learn™ is the leader in research-based student desks. Our research, and others’, proves standing height desks improve student health by increasing calorie burn rates by 20% and also improve engagement times by 15% and standardized test scores by 5%! A health focused desk helps students focus!

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BuyQ-Awarded Vendor www.staplesadvantage.com 1.336.207.5554 shannon.bradford@staples.com The right supply program makes it easy to get the essentials your charter school needs. At Staples Business Advantage® our experts understand what it takes to run a charter school from your cafeteria to your nurse’s office, gymnasium, and more. Together we will build a program specific to your charter school’s needs! STEMfinity 1013 www.stemfinity.com 1.800.985.7836 support@stemfinity.com STEMfinity is a one stop STEM shop that includes the latest, vetted STEM products and services for Pre-K-12 students learning STEM, robotics, 3D printing, drone technology, alternative energy, computer science, rocketry, and beyond. STEMfinity provides STEM professional development and STEM product implementation for classroom, after school, makerspace, and summer enrichment programs. Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated 702 www.stifel.com 1.213.443.5209 ayassa@stifel.com At Stifel our team is committed to providing knowledgeable guidance and employing years of experience to securing favorable terms of borrowing for charter schools.

Strada Education Network stradaeducation.org 1.317.806.1200 message@stradaeducation.org Strada Education Network℠ is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to improving lives by catalyzing more direct and promising pathways between education and employment. We work with partners to address critical college to career challenges through strategic philanthropy, research and insights, and mission-aligned affiliates—all focused on advancing the universal right to realized potential we call Completion With a Purpose®.

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Strayer University www.strayer.edu 1.202.408.2400 washington@strayer.edu

TAESE/Utah State University 1163 www.taese.org 1.435.797.9009 Steven.Smith@usu.edu TAESE is a national leader in special education (IDEA), Section 504, Section 508 accessibility, and ADA with current contracts in 29 states and territories. TAESE is a partner in two federally funded centers. TAESE services include professional development, policies and procedures, program reviews, data drill downs, and stakeholder group facilitation. Tagg Education, LLC 1571 taggeducation.com 1.719.359.1235 taggeducation@gmail.com Introducing Tagg: an innovative solution for schools seeking to enhance the quality of their substitute teaching. Tagg uses web app technology to connect everyday community members to the classrooms that need them. From mothers to retired entrepreneurs, your classrooms will always be supervised by a trustworthy and dependable sub!

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TappIT Technology d/b/a 703 —Your Mobile School APP www.yourmobileschoolapp.com 1.877.264.9010 adam@tappittechnology.com We design and build custom mobile apps for schools to help with parent engagement, communication, and notifications. Everyone carries a mobile phone; TappIT helps bridge the link to engage parents, teachers, and students. We hope to see you here.

Strayer University is an institution of higher learning for working adult students, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. By deploying innovative teaching methods and technologies that enhance student learning outcomes, Strayer makes it possible for working adults to acquire the skills they need to succeed in today’s rapidly changing economy.

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Teachers Council, Inc. 1045 www.teacherscouncil.com 1.443.949.3263 info@teacherscouncil.com Teachers Council of Annapolis, Maryland, offers charter schools strategies and assistance in filling educator roles with qualified international teachers. Together with our highly motivated and energized network of educators, school officials, and legal professionals, we’ve placed over 1,000 international teachers nationwide in the most critical teaching positions since 2006. Teachers of Tomorrow 1260 www.teachersoftomorrow.org 1.888.668.3224 Jonathan@TeachersofTomorrow.org Teachers of Tomorrow™ is the leading alternative certification program provider, having certified over 7,000 hired teachers in 2016 and more than 46,000 hired teachers since its inception in 2005. Teachers of Tomorrow™ provides the most effective preparation for educators to make a meaningful difference in the lives of their students.

TenSquare www.thetensquaregroup.com 1.202.448.5030 wdc@thetensquaregroup.com TenSquare is a national charter school support organization that works alongside schools, districts, authorizers, and state and federal agencies to produce lasting and measurable change in public education. Our practice areas include: school performance, facility development, authorizer support, and talent services. TEQlease Education Finance 1446 www.teqlease.com 1.818.222.1006 mlockwood@teqlease.com TEQlease Education Finance is a nationwide provider of equipment lease financing solutions with a unique focus on providing solutions to educational institutions. Founded in 2000, the company is based in Calabasas, California.

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The Great Books Foundation 1239 / Humanities & Sciences Academy www.greatbooks.org 1.800.222.5870 matt.lemen@greatbooks.org

Torsh 1543 www.torsh.co 1.646.801.6229 contact@torsh.com

The Great Books Foundation is an independent, nonprofit educational organization that creates reading and discussion programs for students and adults. Through Shared Inquiry™ discussions of enduring literature, we advance social and civic engagement and help people of all ages think critically about their own lives and the world we share.

Torsh Talent is an online, cloud-based platform that enables schools and organizations to support educator growth throughout the entire development lifecycle of observation, assessment, goal-setting, feedback, and coaching. Talent helps schools and organizations increase teacher instructional capacity, improve the delivery of teacher professional development, and generate insights into teacher effectiveness.

The School Planner Company 918 www.schoolplanner.com 1.888.228.1016 customize@schoolplanner.com

Traits The Book 1062 traitsthebook.com 1.561.254.3227 traitsthebook@gmail.com

The School Planner Company is a global, leading producer of fully customized student and teacher planners serving over 2.5 million students in 2016. For nearly two decades we have been dedicated to working closely with schools to help evolve their school planners into a valuable learning resource.

I authored a book, “Traits” that will not only prepare students for the workplace, but for life in general. There’s also an amazing poster that needs to be displayed in every classroom!

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www.wonderful.com 1.310.966.5700 info@wonderfuleducation.org Wonderful Education, an extension of The Wonderful Company, currently serves 55,000 students in over 50 high schools across the Central Valley. Our mission is to enable a lifetime of career opportunities by significantly increasing the number of college graduates in the South San Joaquin Valley. thinkLaw® 811 www.thinklaw.us 1.702.318.7512 colin@thinklaw.us thinkLaw designs and delivers products and services to help educators teach critical thinking to all students using real-life legal cases. TKOEDucation, a division of TKO Electronics, Inc. 1246 www.tkoeducation.com 1.818.878.2233 teamedu@tkoelectronics.com TKOEDucation is the premiere refurbisher of computers in the country. In business since 1997, TKOED backs that bold statement with better than new warranties, including a lifetime parts replacement warranty on our PCs and laptops and a same as, or better than, new warranty on our refurbished Chromebooks.

Transact 1142 www.transact.com 1.425.217.9114 marketing@transact.com ESSA Parent and Family Engagement requirements are made easy and cost-effective with TransACT® Parent Notices: a district-wide online subscription to federally required, legally reviewed notices available on-demand in your priority languages. TransACT also offers 21CCLC data management for the 21APR, and performance analytics for food services departments. Tri-C Publications, Inc. 1447 summerskills.com 1.616.975.0060 carolyn@summerskills.com Our Summer Skills books have been helping students bridge the learning gap over the summer for over 27 years. Our math and language arts books have been used by millions of students nationally from pre-school through high school. We also offer Spanish and French reviews. U.S. Army Recruiting Education Outreach 616 www.goarmy.com 1.888.550.2769 Ina.J.Tyler2.civ@mail.mil From internships to test-prep tools, the Army has created a diverse portfolio of no-cost educational programs and resources for teachers, coaches, school administrators, and community organizations for use inside and outside the classroom. March 2 Success is a free website providing our users access to online study materials.

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UMB Bank, n.a. 1624 umb.com 1.405.239.5892 timothy.cook@umb.com

Virco, Inc. www.virco.com 1.310.533.0474, ext. 1517

UMB Bank has been a dependable provider of corporate trust services for more than 70 years, providing bond trustee and agency services to municipal and corporate issuers of taxable or tax exempt debt. We also provide escrow-related and custodial services to corporations, not-for-profits, and partnerships.

As the largest manufacturer of educational furniture in the United States, Virco offers a complete line of classroom, training, and hospitality furniture. Virco is dedicated to outstanding sales support, product training, space planning, and promotional literature. For more information contact Virco at 800-448-4726 or visit www.virco.com.

University of Pennsylvania 1232 / Graduate School of Education www.gse.upenn.edu/midcareer 1.215.746.6573 marthaw@gse.upenn.edu The Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership is an intensive, cohort-based, three year doctoral program. The program brings together diverse leaders from all sectors of Pre-K-12 education. They meet in Philadelphia for one weekend per month and one week each summer while continuing to work in their distinctive home communities. USMEPCOM 1145 www.asvabprogram.com 1.847.688.3680, ext. 7508 david.m.serra.civ@mail.mil The ASVAB Career Exploration Program is a tool designed to help 10th, 11th, and 12th grade and postsecondary students make career decisions. This free-of-charge 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. Utica National Insurance Group 1049 www.uticanational.com 1.800.274.1914 Michael.Centrone@uticanational.com The companies of the Utica National Insurance Group have provided specialized coverages, risk management, and claims services to school policyholders for over 40 years. VESTA Modular 1546 www.vestamodular.com 1.800.761.7264 info@vestamodular.com

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VOLY.org / Volunteer Now 1631 www.volnow.org 1.214.826.6767 mnix@volnow.org VolunteerNow® is a national provider of volunteer engagement and management software through VOLY.org®. VOLY.org is an easy-to-use web-based system that connects schools with volunteers through hundreds of opportunities to put their passion for education to work. Voyager Sopris Learning 1711 www.voyagersopris.com 1.800.547.6474 customerservice@voyagersopris.com Voyager Sopris Learning™ is an educational technology, curriculum, and services provider committed to partnering with schools and districts to increase student achievement. We offer research- and evidencebased assessments, professional development and school-improvement services, along with literacy and math blended and online solutions—comprehensive, intervention, or supplemental. To learn more, visit www.voyagersopris.com.

Walton Family Foundation www.waltonfamilyfoundation.org 1.479.464.1570 wffnews@wffmail.com Education has the power to expand opportunities and transform lives. The Walton Family Foundation is committed to improving K-12 outcomes for all students, especially those of limited means, by ensuring access to high-quality educational choices that prepare them for a lifetime of opportunity.

VESTA Modular provides modular buildings for sale or lease as well as turnkey services across North America. With its partners, VESTA offers turnkey, short, and longterm solutions for workforce housing, office, education, storage, and operations with an emphasis on quality, comfort, and safety for customers.

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West (SchoolMessenger solutions) 1533 www.schoolmessenger.com 1.888.527.5225 info@schoolmessenger.com West Corporation is the trusted provider of SchoolMessenger solutions. Thousands of schools and other educational institutions in all 50 U.S. states and Canada depend on SchoolMessenger products and services for community engagement in multiple languages and on any device. Western Educational Equity 1668 Assistance Center-MSU Denver www.msudenver.edu/weeac 1.303.615.2009 marqmich@msudenver.edu Under the direction of the U.S. Department of Education, the Western Educational Equity Assistance Center provides no-costs services to K-12 schools and agencies in 16 states and U.S. territories across the western region. The focus of services are educational issues related to race, sex, national origin, and religion.

Whizz Education, Inc.

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www.whizz.com 1.206.547.0434 nick.bright@whizz.com Whizz Education partners with parents, schools, and academy groups to raise achievement in math through virtual tutoring, teacher-led digital resources, and application of best practices. William Howard Taft University 1011 www.taft.edu 1.303.867.1155 admissions@taft.edu Taft University offers accredited, affordable, accessible education to every person striving to further their knowledge and career. We offer an Ed.D. in Charter School Administration, a Master of Education, MBA degrees, MST, and a DBA. All programs are online with no residency requirement. Check us out at www.taft.edu. WILSON Language Training Corp 1006 www.wilsonlanguage.com 1.800.899.8454 info@wilsonlanguage.com The WILSON Reading System速, WILSON Just Words速, WILSON Fundations速, and WILSON Fluency速 are multisensory, structured reading and spelling curricula to address prevention, intervention, and intensive instructional needs.

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Wonder Media Group 719 www.wondermediagroup.net 1.818.574.3550 contact@wondermediagroup.net

Wye River Group 1542 www.wyeriver.com 1.410.267.8811 kquinn@wyeriver.com

We love animation! We are a creative technology and production company dedicated to changing the way animation is created, produced, experienced, and used. We offer powerful classroom animation tools for Grades K-12.

Wye River is a nationally recognized, independent financial advisory firm specializing in project debt financing and related services for non-profit organizations and other tax-exempt borrowers. We are the nation’s leading independent financial adviser to private schools and are registered with the SEC and MSRB as an Independent Registered Municipal Advisor.

Wonder Workshop

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www.makewonder.com 1.408.876.0587 mike.lorion@makewonder.com Wonder Workshop’s award-winning Dash & Dot robots teach kids 6 and up how to code, igniting curiosity and confidence through play while learning essential 21st century skills. Wonder Workshop hosts Wonder League, a worldwide community of clubs inspiring the creators of tomorrow through robotics and coding.

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YouScience 1117 www.youscience.com 1.615.850.1830 sam@youscience.com YouScience is a revolutionary career guidance platform that guides students toward their best-fit careers based on real measures of aptitudes, and interests. Students receive positive personalized feedback which inspires hope, purpose and relevance. Counselors receive detailed reports to help guide students into their best-fit programs.

workmonger.com 1.512.710.4810 info@workmonger.com Tired of the old, painful way of jobseeking or hiring? WorkMonger is different. We’re not a job board or headhunter; we’re a profile-driven, job-matching service that connects employers and jobseekers for nonteaching roles in education. Fast and effective, all with a personal touch. Free for job-seekers and inexpensive for employers. World’s Finest Chocolate® 1230 fundraising.worldsfinestchocolate.com 1.888.821.8452 chocolate@wfchocolate.com For over 65 years, World’s Finest Chocolate has been the best value in fundraising. Our programs help raise more money in less time with maximum profits, easily managed programs, and exceptional variety. Exceed your fundraising goals today. Stop by to find out how!

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Zaner-Bloser 1347 www.zaner-bloser.com 1.800.505.5563 customerexperience@zaner-bloser.com Zaner-Bloser is an educational-solutions company that specializes in delivering explicit instruction and a solid academic foundation for Pre-K-8 students in reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, and other language arts. Our core digital and print resources include Superkids, Spelling Connections, Strategies for Writers, and ZanerBloser Handwriting. Visit www.zaner-bloser.com for more information.

Ziegler 1416 ziegler.com 1.414.978.6576 srolfs@ziegler.com With over 115 years of raising capital for communities, Ziegler is a recognized leader in the educational sector throughout the U.S. As one of the few financial services firms in the country that has a dedicated team of charter school finance professionals, Ziegler can offer unbiased advice to help advance your mission.

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2018 NATIONAL CHARTER SCHOOLS CONFERENCE PROGRAM COMMITTEE Angela Christophe, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Shaina Cook, Collaborative Communications Jake Custer, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Geoff Deigan, Prairie Crossing Patricia Guidetti, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Rafiq R. Kalam Id-Din II, Esq., Ember Charter School for Mindful Education, Innovation, and Transformation Dennis Lacewell, Urban Prep Erin Leonard, Collaborative Communications Aaron Listhaus, Hebrew Public Charter School for Global Citizens Paula Moeller, Ed. D., Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching Amelia Moore, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Paul O’Neill, Tugboat Education Emily Schultz, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Kara Schumacher, Crossroads Academy-Kansas City Ryan Smith, IDEA Public Schools Jill Shahen, Northeast Charter Schools Network Shawn Stelow Griffin, Collaborative Communications John Troy, WorkMonger Kathleen Zimmerman, NYOS

CONFERENCE PRODUCTION TEAM National Alliance of Public Charter Schools Angela Christophe Patricia Guidetti Amelia Moore Arata Expositions, Inc. Diane Rosen Megan Stainback Tom Arata JSAV - Audio & Visual Brian Gordon David Hubbard Kathy Keys Collaborative Communications Shaina Cook Erin Leonard Event Planning Concepts Derek Jenks, CMP Gabi Mahn, CMP Jayme Washam, CMP Justine Wood, CMP

University of Oregon Navit Berman Van Cohen Lisa Davis Kathryn Gustafson Cameron Hertel Paul Katz Rebekah King Andy McCornack Tom Pargeter Brittany Parvi Breah Little Maureen Scott Corie Shupe Caitlin Snyder Lisa Sorenson Cheri VanDomelen General Session Messaging Ed Walsh Panayiotou Photography Photography Services Peter Panayiotou

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NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS STAFF Nina Rees, President & CEO Angela Christophe, Producer, National Charter Schools Conference Elise Cranston, Manager, Federal Policy & Government Relations Jake Custer, Director, Human Resources & Operations Rebecca David, Manager, Research & Evaluation Natalie Ethridge, Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives Briana Gilchrist, Press Assistant Lisa Grover, Ph.D., Senior Director, State Advocacy Patricia Guidetti, Director, Programs Kevin Hesla, Director, Research & Evaluation Kim McCabe, Director, Digital Strategy Amelia Moore, Coordinator, Programs Jessica Morffi, Director, Policy & Government Relations Kelsey Nelson, Manager, Campaigns & Publications Eric Paisner, Chief Operating Officer Rob Reed, Senior Director, Legal Affairs Ron Rice, Senior Director, Government Relations Emily Schultz, Director, State Advocacy & Policy Nicole Sahbaee, Specialist, Communication & Marketing Fiona Sheridan-McIver, Manager, Federal Policy & Government Relations Russ Simnick, Senior Director, State Advocacy Michael Stanton, Manager, Development Kathryn Sullivan, Director, Advocacy Communications Melinda Tolliver, Manager, Digital Media Peri Lynn Turnbull, APR, Chief External Relations & Strategy Officer Marlene Voelker, Executive Assistant Jamison White, Manager, Data & Research Amy Wilkins, Senior Vice President, Advocacy Christy Wolfe, Senior Policy Advisor Todd Ziebarth, Senior Vice President, State Advocacy & Support


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