Florida Charter School Conference

Conference Sessions


Breakout Session 1
Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Reading in the Content Areas
Literacy is the gateway to learning and future success in a student's life. Therefore, this presentation aims to deliver school-wide as well as classroom strategies and practices that teachers and coaches can implement through the RtI team that will enhance literacy across the curriculum as well as across subject areas.
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Handout: diaz-garcia.pptx

Six Things You Can Do Tomorrow to Create an Exemplary School
Six simple but powerful strategies ready for implementation will be discussed during this presentation. They are: Increasing Visibility, Delegating the Strengths Way, Celebrating Everyday, Walk-throughs the Smart Way, Ask Don't Tell, Walk the Talk. The presenter is a former Miami-Dade Principal of the Year and current Leadership Coach.
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Handout: bonilla.pps

Easing the Pain of the Annual Audit Process
Having a comprehensive audit is not only required by law, it is good business. The presentation will address the advantages to having a good audit; what the law requires in regard to auditor selection; how to best prepare the school’s accounting records; and how to truly understand the audit report.
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Charting Florida's Course for Connected Classrooms
Technology has become a ubiquitous part of society, with the internet, laptop computers, and digital devices. Florida is charting a course for the implementation of a connected classroom, that entails seamless access to technology, trained educators, and accountability.
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Authorizing 101: What Do I Need to Know as an Authorizer Right Now?
Are you new to your role as authorizer? A school district that has never had a charter application, or a particular kind of charter application? Perhaps it has been a long time since you have gone through the renewal, application or contracting process.
This interactive presentation is designed to give authorizers instant tools to create workable processes and timelines specifically designed for districts with limited staff or authorizers who are wearing multiple hats. Handouts will include information in soft and hard copies so that all tools can easily be modified for use in your school district. Authorizers will also have small group time with experienced authorizers to address specific concerns or challenges. Come with questions and leave with specific answers and handouts to address application processes, contracts, monitoring, accountability plans, renewal, termination processes, etc. as well as contacts for authorizers who are willing to help and only a phone call away.
This presentation is an extended session that continues through Breakout Sessions 2 and 3.
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Healthy Schools, Healthy Kids, Healthy Families
Research illustrates that children with better nutrition and exercise habits have increased learning potential, as do those who learn through music and movement. This presentation showcases easily incorporated lessons and activities that get students up and moving, while also offering ideas to motivate children and their families to lead healthier lives.
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Legislative Update
This presentation will provide an update on changes to charter and other statutes impacting your school.
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iPods and iTunes in the Classroom: Opportunities Abound
This is a great time to be a student. Technology is making learning more exciting - and more fun. And, as usual, Apple is playing a major role. Learn how the iPod and iTunes are igniting education.
URL: http://www.apple.com/education/
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Exceptional Children in the Promethean Activclassroom: Engaging, Motivating, Teaching
Experience the Promethean Activclassroom from the perspective of an Exceptional Children Teacher and her students. Special Needs programs are discovering the very powerful connection that these students have with meaningful technology. Discover how an Activclassroom with tools like the Activboard, Activotes and assistive technologies ‘transforms Exceptional Children education and engages all participants like never before’ and can bring out the best in even the most reluctant participants.
URL: http://www.prometheanplanet.com
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Breakout Session 2: Lunch & Learn
Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Innovative Practices that Increase Mathematics Achievement
High-achieving students understand mathematics not merely memorize it. (Memorization requires extensive reviewing.) Place value is best learned through using the "math way" of number naming and overlapping place-value cards. Facts are best learned with visualizable strategies employing fives' groupings; story problems, with part/whole circles; and fractions, with linear fraction charts.
URL: http://www.alabacus.com/pageView.cfm?pageID=279
Handout: cotter.ppt

A Framework for Planning Meaningful Professional Development
Are you getting the most out of your professional development? Learn how to plan and deliver meaningful professional development that targets your school's needs. Administrators will walk away from this presentation with tips and tools that take their school's professional development to a new level.
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Handout: fernley.ppt

Creativity in the 21st Century Classroom
Apple is regularly asked how it stays on top with creativity. In this interactive presentation, you will learn some of the technology and non-technology tools that we use to lead.
URL: http://www.apple.com/education/
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Interactive Standards Review All Year Long!
Teach the standards, not the FCAT. Join me for interactive activities and strategies to aid students in maximizing academic achievement and mastering the Florida Sunshine State Standards. The focus will be strategies and cooperative learning activites for review of the standards all during the year. Handouts and key materials available for everyone in attendance.
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Technology Planning, CIPA and E-Rate
Technology is an integral part of modern education. Find out how to create a plan to guide your school's technology, how to comply with CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act) and how to participate in the E-Rate program which can provide funding for your technology needs.
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Innovative Assessment Solutions for School Improvement
There is a new era of innovation in assessment that places the power of informed instruction directly into the hands of teachers and students. With the recent revisions to Florida'’s curriculum standards, assessment is an even more integral component of good instruction. This presentation will review several innovative solutions from Pearson’s Educational Assessment Division designed to enable educators to differentiate instruction and drive school improvement efforts.
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FCIT: Free Resources for Teachers and Students
Learn how to access free resources from FCIT. Over 100,000 pieces of clipart, photos, primary source documents, 3D images, videos and audiobooks all accessible on the web for teacher and student projects.
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Breakout Session 3
Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools
Come learn what the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools can do for you! The mission of FCPCS is To provide a seamless system of support that promotes the establishment and operation of high quality Florida charter schools and supports the success of Florida's charter school movement at-large.
URL: http://www.floridacharterschools.org/public/eventsandconferences.asp
Handout: norman-teck.ppt

Save the Chair-throwers, Save the World: How Charter Schools Can Lead the Way to True Alternative Education for Older At-risk Students
This presentation maintains that charter schools are uniquely equipped to design and implement a program that addresses Florida Statute 1003.53 on dropout prevention and academic intervention programs. Currently, the only alternative program available to at-risk students is a combination of GED and FCAT. A program design will be discussed.
URL: http://www.4shared.com/dir/24748897/5a98f23a/sharing.html
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Facility Financing Workshop
Charter school leaders face the daunting task of juggling the academics and finances of their schools. Ease your apprehension by attending this hands-on budgeting presentation led by nonprofit financing experts. Learn the step-by-step process for making accurate projections, managing multiple revenue streams, budgeting for rainy days, and saving for capital expenditures. Topics and exercises will include:
• Identifying alternative financing sources
• Calculating how much your school can afford
• Preparing your school for financing (financial projections, enrollment, competition, etc).
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Handout: ellis.ppt

Lights, Camera, Action: Leading Change in Challenging Times!
This presentation provides an overview of exceptional student education (ESE) initiatives, including Florida's General Supervision System under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Response-to-Intervention (RtI) in the identification of students with disabilities, assessment, and other related topics.
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Handout: lockman.pdf

Success in Collegiate Environment
Chain of Lakes Collegiate Charter High School has developed several curricula components aimed at overall student success. School-wide initiatives have been implemented for CPT/FCAT/ACT/SAT prep, Work-based Learning Experience, and success in the collegiate environment. These initiatives are the direct result of stakeholder involvement, ongoing quality assurance, and the flexibility of being a charter school.
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Handout: fetter.pdf

Literacy Essentials and Reading Network (LEaRN)
Participants become familiar with LEaRN, a technology-based support system for Florida teachers, reading coaches and principals as they implement best practices in reading instruction. LEaRN provides video examples depicting research-based teaching strategies in real classrooms including support video resources for the Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading (FAIR).
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Handout: webster1.ppt & webster2.pdf

iLife in the Classroom: A Global Learning Tool
Organize your photos. Make movies. Design websites. And learn to play music. iLife ’09 is built into every Mac. That means Macs are ready and waiting for students and teachers to create cool stuff and showcase their global learning.
URL: http://www.apple.com/education/
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Can You Hear Me Now?
Listening is the cornerstone of our educational system. Students spend over 70% of their day engaged in listening activities. This session will illustrate why many of our students are not achieving as well as they could due to ambient noise inside and distractions outside of the classroom. Through the use of infrared Audio Enhancement technology, classrooms are being transformed across the country! Dramatic research findings will be shared that document the exciting impact Audio Enhancement is making on student achievement.
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Breakout Session 4
Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Building a Strong Governance Structure
Charter school boards have a big impact on the success of a charter school. This is an interactive presentation on how to build a board that will support the vision and mission of your school and support the academic and financial goals of the charter school.
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Handout: hodgens.ppt

Rethinking Autism: Preparation for Life After School
For high fuctioning youth with disabilities, an academic education is only a small part of ensuring post-secondary success. The 70% unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities has remained constant for almost 25 years. It's time to change the way we think about education for youth with disabilities. Time we taught to their strengths, not their disabilities. This presentation explores ways to enable, prepare, and support meaningful curriculum to allow for positive post-secondary outcomes. Topics to be discussed will include, self-determination, disability disclosure, and the use of the self-directed Individual Educational Plan.
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Statewide Implementation of Response to Intervention
Response to Intervention (RtI) is being implemented in all school districts in Florida. This presentation will present a brief overview of RtI, training and technical assistance available, implementation status and future directions.
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Handout: batsche1.ppt & batsche2.pdf

Our Business Partner is Our City: Starting and Implementing a Municipal Charter School System
Becoming a municipal charter school system has some distinct advantages. Learn how one city implemented a successful charter school system in a few short years.
URL: http://www.capecharterschools.org
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Update on School Grading and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Reporting
This presentation will include an overview of the measures for Florida school grades, AYP determinations, and school improvement ratings, with additional focus on the Next Generation school grading system for high schools starting in 2009-10.
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Handout: croft.ppt

iPods and iTunes in the Classroom: Opportunities Abound
This is a great time to be a student. Technology is making learning more exciting—and more fun. And, as usual, Apple is playing a major role. Learn how the iPod and iTunes are igniting education.
URL: http://www.apple.com/education/
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Throw Away the Books: Free Educational Resources from Thinkfinity
Supporting and encouraging integrated and differentiated lessons is a snap with Thinkfinity. Web resource that pull together content from nine educational partners that cover major curriculum areas will be shared. Stay up-to-date with MyThinkfinity Web 2.0 space.
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Breakout Session 5
Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Best Practices for Sound Fiscal Management
The presentation will specifically offer insight to school administrators regarding the preparation of financial statements, state regulations for financial reporting, and other fiscal obligations that must be met. The presentation will also cover the following topics:
• Preparing financial statements for facility financing
• Grant Restrictions/Funding
• Financial Forecasting

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Handout: bruno.ppt

Current Legal Issues for Charter Schools and District Authorizers
This presentation will be a discussion of current legal issues for charter schools and district authorizers.
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Handout: woodring.pdf

The Car Wash is Dead. Raising Money in Unconventional Ways!
The car wash is dead! This presentation will offer unconventional ways to raise money through various organizations serving your schooland explain how to set up annual schedules that reduce conflict, maximize dollars, reduce manpower exhaustion, and reduce parental burden.
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Handout: kitts.ppt

Implementing Title I Programs in Charter Schools
Charter schools are eligible to participate in Title I programs on the same basis as other schools in Florida school districts. This presentation will cover the eligibility and implementation requirements for Title I programs in charter schools. Included in the presentation will be a discussion about Supplemental Educational Services, which are required in schools that do not make Adequate Yearly Progress for two or more consecutive years.
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Handout: bacen.ppt

Successful Practices: A 10 Year Journey
The Villages Charter School (VCS) began as an idea 10 years ago. VCS has achieved tremendous success and parental satisfaction. VCS will discuss the successful practices that have lead to unprecedented student success.
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National School Lunch Program
This presentation will give an overview of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The NSLP is a federally funded program which provides reimbursements to sponsors for the number of complete meals provided to students based on their eligibility category.
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iLife in the Classroom: A Global Learning Tool
Organize your photos. Make movies. Design websites. And learn to play music. iLife ’09 is built into every Mac. That means Macs are ready and waiting for students and teachers to create cool stuff and showcase their global learning.
URL: http://www.apple.com/education/
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Beyond Multiple Choice: Taking Formative Assessment to the Next Level
Formative assessment is a powerful teaching tool that has a direct impact on student achievement. Come experience formative assessment opportunities that go beyond multiple choice and delve into higher order questioning, peer assessment, and so much more.
URL: http://www.prometheanplanet.com
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Breakout Session 6
Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Florida Association of Charter School Authorizers
This panel discussion presentation will provide an update and group discussion on where the Florida Association of Charter School Authorizers is in regards to best practices in charter authorizing. The audience will be for both authorizers and charter school operators.
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You can have a Successful Reading Program in Grades 1-3
This is an innovative reading program that provides proven reading strategies that will increase comprehension, fluency, and word attack. These strategies have been used with students in low-socioeconomic schools raising test scores in reading!
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Handout: williams.pptx

Decreased Classroom Problems = Charter School Success!
Every administrator and teacher has known the frustration of losing valuable instruction time due to behavior. Teachers need strategies to restore that time in a way that is simple, fair, and mutually respectful. These strategies will help restore the time teachers need to help students achieve and raise test scores!
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Charter Schools and the FEFP
This presentation will give an overview of the Florida Education Funding Program, with emphasis on funding for charter schools.
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Handout: haynes.ppt

Charter School Principal Networking
Ever wish you had time to brainstorm with your colleagues at a conference? Here's your chance to interact with fellow principals. Share what is working at your school or ask how other schools solved the problem you are tackling.
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Professional Development Program for Principals
Coordinated through the Florida Department of Education, the William Cecil Golden School Leadership Development Program uses a collaborative network of state and national leadership development organizations to support the needs of principals, principal leadership teams, and candidates for principal leadership positions. Resources provided by the program are available to current and aspiring school leaders in Florida through the www.floridaschoolleaders.org website.
URL: http://www.floridaschoolleaders.org
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Successful Reporting for Student Database Requirements
This presentation will focus on reporting information which is used in funding, compliance reporting, and other specialized areas.
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Handout: dukes.ppt


Breakout Session 7
Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Best Practices in Charter School Authorizing and Sponsorship
A fair, objective, and transparent authorizing process is a critical first step in ensuring the development of high quality charter schools for Florida's students and in developing a positive and collaborative working relationship between the sponsor and the potential charter school.
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Handout: mchugh.pptx

Best Practices for Charter School Management
Through a grant from the Florida DOE, the founder/directors of Gulf Coast Academy produced five entertaining and informative DVD videos to share best practices for charter school management. Free videos for attendees!
URL: http://www.smartercharter.org
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Pandemic, Budget or Natural Disaster: Are Your Students Ready to Learn from Home?
Are your teachers and students ready to work and learn from home in case of a pandemic, natural disaster or budget shortfall? Don't wait until it happens. Explore the use of Moodle, a free course management system, to deliver course content. Engage your students 24/7 with 21st century tools.
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Charter School Capital Outlay Funding
This presentation provides informative and technical assistance to certain charter schools that may be eligible for state-appropriated facilities funding.
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Handout: fontaine.pdf

Collegiate High School = Success for All
St. Petersburg Collegiate High School at St. Petersburg College and the Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College are charter high schools sponsored by school districts and operated by state colleges. The presentation will answer questions concerning: program demand, students served, student support, district reactions, benefits, and replicating collegiate high schools.
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Update on Differentiated Accountability
Presentation will review the implementation of Differenitiated Accountability (DA) as a pilot last year and describe the changes to DA that were introduced through the passage of the HB 991.
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Handout: vitti.pdf

 

 

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