Florida Charter School Conference

Conference Sessions


Teaching & Learning Theater Sessions
Monday, November 8, 2010, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Interactive Mathematics using SMART
Learn how to use new Math Notebook Tools and online Math Curriculum to create an engaging and interactive experience for the classroom.
URL: http://www.education.smarttech.com/
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Room: T&L Theater West
The ActivClassroom: The Complete Solution for Increased Student Achievement K-12 and College and Career Readiness
Come see how the ActivClassroom solution is improving student achievement and creating college and career ready students by addressing multiple learning styles, making current best practices for teaching more powerful, using formative assessment to provide immediate feedback and encourage higher order thinking, working with other programs and websites to prepare students for a 21st century career, and being a highly effective tool for teaching state or common core standards.
URL: http://www.prometheanworld.com/
Handout:
Room: T&L Theater East
Take an Exciting Journey Through The ActivClassroom
Come learn about student, parent, and teacher engagement in an open atmosphere. Presentations will be ongoing and will offer opportunities to explore free resources and interactive solutions such as: learning response systems, slate technology that enhances teacher mobility, and various methods of establishing a dynamic eco-learning environment within the classroom where every student is engaged and owns their own educational experience.
URL: http://www.prometheanworld.com/
Handout:
Room: Promethean ActivBus

Breakout Session 1
Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
National School Lunch Program
This presenation provides assistance to Charter Schools with required document checklist items. This assistance will be provided to schools that attend the October National School Lunch Program Training.
URL: http://www.fldoe.org/FNM/natlschoollunch/
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Room: Dade/Florida Keys
Professional Learning for Charter School Leaders and Teachers
An overview of the features of DOE supported professional learning websites for school leaders and classroom teachers and an explanation of the state’s Protocol standards for District Professional Learning Systems.
URL:
Handout: moore.pdf
Room: Palm Beach/Broward
Florida School Accountability Systems Update
This presentation provides an overview of Florida School Grades, Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reporting, and school improvement ratings for alternative schools, with emphasis on the new high school grading components.
URL:
Handout: croft.pdf
Room: Cape Canaveral/Volusia
Where's The Money Going? 10 Things You Should Know about Internal Controls and Fraud
Internal controls play an important role in the prevention and detection of fraud. This presentation will provide tools administrators need to employ strong internal controls and risk assessment techniques to help them manage their school’s financial risk and reputation.
URL:
Handout: jamesmooreco.ppt
Room: Indian River
The Data Don't Lie
Data is at the forefront of continuous improvement and monitoring of student achievement. Data can be collected in many different ways including assessments, surveys, and observation. This presentation is designed to assist school administrators and teachers in gathering appropriate data and the uses of data once it has been disaggregated.
URL: strader.pdf
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Room: Pinellas/Hillsborough
Digital Navigators
It's a multiliterate world. Traditional literacies, information literacy, visual literacy, and technological literacy are fusing at the speed of light in today's digital age. How do we embed these literacies in our classrooms? And on a budget? Take a look at one charter school's solution.
URL: http://digitalnavigators.weebly.com/
Handout: riddle.zip
Room: Sarasota/St. Johns
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 iPad and iTunes are igniting education.
URL:
Handout:
Room: Duval
Clean Hands-on Science using SMART
Learn how to use SMART Response and Web-based Science activities to create an engaging and interactive classroom experience.
URL: http://www.education.smarttech.com/
Handout:
Room: T&L Theater West
Do Emergencies Happen at Your School?
Audio Enhancement’s proven classroom audio technology is incorporated into a dependable, high quality and high performing solution for schools. Now, the SAFE System has been added to the amplifier/receiver system to create SAFE schools for every student.
The SAFE System integrates the Ultimate IISE system with the teardrop microphone’s added function button, which sends a silent alert to the Monitoring Station in the front office (MS-1000) over the school’s network backbone. An optional Panasonic network camera (EX: BB-HCM581) can send additional audio and visual data. The silent alert along with the optional audio/visual data, then notifies the appropriate staff so that the right response can be determined.
URL: http://www.audioenhancement.com
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Room: T&L Theater East
The Road to Student Success: Empowering Teachers and Students through the InterActivClassroom Experience
The ActivClassroom is something every educator needs. The interactive board enhances lessons and engages students. ActiVotes and ActivExpressions make test taking fun and provides educators immediate feedback in order to re-teach or move ahead. By using the slate, educators are free to move around the room to monitor students and keep them focused. Students and teachers are fully engaged and involved in the teaching and learning process – and, it’s FUN!
URL: http://www.prometheanworld.com/
Handout: moses.pdf
Room: Promethean ActivBus

Breakout Session 2
Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Charter School Transportation 101
This presentation addresses potential challenges relating to initiating and/or maintaining a safe and efficient school transportation operation.
URL:
Handout: mccallister.ppt
Room: Dade/Florida Keys
Leading Change in Challenging Times: Florida’s Exceptional Student Education
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:
Room: Palm Beach/Broward
Charter School Facilities Funding
This presentation provides an overview of state-appropriated capital outlay funding available to certain charter schools.
URL:
Handout: fontaine.ppt
Room: Cape Canaveral/Volusia
Workin’ at the Car Wash: PDT, a Vehicle for Improving Teacher Quality
Do you have new teachers, teachers with one to three years of experience, struggling teachers, teachers experiencing a drastic change in assignment, alternative certification teachers, veteran teachers who are admittedly plateaued and in need of new strategies? Learn how a Professional Development Team addresses the needs of these diverse groups as well as student data.
URL:
Handout: bayhaven.pptx
Room: Indian River
Rising to the Challenge of Teaching Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and Fluency!
Rise to the challenge of teaching comprehension by arming yourself with strategies and activities supported by the Common Core Standards and the National Reading Panel to improve student achievement. Vocabulary and Fluency are components in the comprehension picture and activities that require little prep time but will make a big difference in your instruction will be shared. Materials and handouts provided.
URL:
Handout:
Room: Pinellas/Hillsborough
Google Apps for Education in Charter Schools
Google Apps offers schools absolutely free online tools for email, document creating, spreadsheets, presentations and so much more. Learn more about these amazing free tools and how they can be used to more effectively run a charter school.
URL: https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dhktvdvb_173cngsbrfg
Handout:
Room: Sarasota/St. Johns
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:
Handout:
Room: Duval
Do Emergencies Happen at Your School?
Audio Enhancement’s proven classroom audio technology is incorporated into a dependable, high quality and high performing solution for schools. Now, the SAFE System has been added to the amplifier/receiver system to create SAFE schools for every student.
The SAFE System integrates the Ultimate IISE system with the teardrop microphone’s added function button, which sends a silent alert to the Monitoring Station in the front office (MS-1000) over the school’s network backbone. An optional Panasonic network camera (EX: BB-HCM581) can send additional audio and visual data. The silent alert along with the optional audio/visual data, then notifies the appropriate staff so that the right response can be determined.
URL: http://www.audioenhancement.com
Handout:
Room: T&L Theater West
SuccessMaker Collaborate Rises to Your Students' Challenges
SuccessMaker Collaborate will feature lessons spanning a variety of subjects, including the first series of lessons targeting vocabulary instruction, which offers group activities for mastering key language concepts and building reading comprehension. With SuccessMaker Collaborate, we're bringing together a strong research base and the powerful engagement for which our K-8 one-on-one software program SuccessMaker is known and we've combined it with content and activities designed to maximize the effectiveness of the interactive whiteboard as a learning and teaching tool. The program is designed to encourage teamwork while supporting the development of students' oral, written and nonverbal communication skills. Come see and use the software during our presentation in the Promethean Teaching and Learning Theater.
URL: http://www.pearsonschool.com
Handout:
Room: T&L Theater East
The Road to Student Success: Empowering Teachers and Students through the InterActivClassroom Experience
The ActivClassroom is something every educator needs. The interactive board enhances lessons and engages students. ActiVotes and ActivExpressions make test taking fun and provides educators immediate feedback in order to re-teach or move ahead. By using the slate, educators are free to move around the room to monitor students and keep them focused. Students and teachers are fully engaged and involved in the teaching and learning process – and, it’s FUN.
URL: http://www.prometheanworld.com/
Handout: moses.pdf
Room: Promethean ActivBus

Breakout Session 3
Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
FEFP: How Charter Schools are Funded
This presentation explains the major components and calculation of the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP) which is the basis for public school funding in Florida. It will outline the reporting responsibilities of the charter school and assist charter schools with revenue projections for budgeting purposes.
URL:
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Room: Crown Citrus Ballroom
CSP Grant Budgets: 101, It’s the Magic Number
There are several different forms related to the CSP Grant, each with its own form number and purpose. This presentation will focus specifically on the DOE 101, or Budget Narrative Form. CSP Grant Specialists will discuss allowable grant expenditures and provide hand-on experience describing these expenses on the DOE 101. This presentation is a must for anyone involved in creating CSP grant budgets in order to expedite funding and avoid time consuming errors.
URL:
Handout: pond_1037.ppt
Room: Dade/Florida Keys
The Changing Face of Leadership in RtI
This presentation will focus on the changing role of administrators under the RtI model. It will also cover how administrators can begin to effectively transition their schools into an RtI/Problem Solving structure.
URL:
Handout: simmons.pptx
Room: Palm Beach/Broward
Charter School Appeals
Learn about the Charter School appeal process, including the sponsor's decision, Charter School Appeal Commission review and recommendation and State Board decision.
URL:
Handout: hand.pdf
Room: Cape Canaveral/Volusia
A Roadmap to Take a Project from Inception to Groundbreaking and Beyond
How does a Charter School progress from an idea about how to educate children, to the realization of an institution’s own campus? Using the case study of a Charter School that is getting ready to break ground on their facility, we will describe the steps necessary to achieve that goal.
URL:
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Room: Indian River
Differentiated Strategies to Support Struggling Readers and Writers
Join twins Pat and Pam in this energetic presentation loaded with use-it-tomorrow activities! Learn engaging differentiated strategies that have a great impact but require little preparation. These techniques provide a pathway of hope and success for students who have struggled for months and even years with reading and writing! This presentation focuses on K-8 teachers, administrators, and curriculum directors.
URL:
Handout: terry.pdf
Room: Pinellas/Hillsborough
Sexting, Cyberbullying and Social Networking
Sexting, cyberbullying, and social networking have serious implications in the school setting. Current legislation does not adequately address these technologies. School administrators must balance these issues while simultaneously considering the rights of students and employees. This presentation will review these rising concerns in the educational setting and relevant case law.
URL:
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Room: Sarasota/St. Johns
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 iPad and iTunes are igniting education.
URL:
Handout:
Room: Duval
Language Arts is at the Heart of SMART
Learn how to use SMART Response, SMART Document Cameras, and online resources to promote collaboration and sharing in the Language Arts Classroom.
URL: http://www.education.smarttech.com/
Handout:
Room: T&L Theater West
The ActivClassroom: The Complete Solution for Increased Student Achievement K-12 and College and Career Readiness
Come see how the ActivClassroom solution is improving student achievement and creating college and career ready students by addressing multiple learning styles, making current best practices for teaching more powerful, using formative assessment to provide immediate feedback and encourage higher order thinking, working with other programs and websites to prepare students for a 21st century career, and being a highly effective tool for teaching state or common core standards.
URL: http://www.prometheanworld.com/
Handout:
Room: T&L Theater East
Take an Exciting Journey Through The ActivClassroom
Come learn about student, parent, and teacher engagement in an open atmosphere. Presentations will be ongoing and will offer opportunities to explore free resources and interactive solutions such as: learning response systems, slate technology that enhances teacher mobility, and various methods of establishing a dynamic eco-learning environment within the classroom where every student is engaged and owns their own educational experience.
URL: http://www.prometheanworld.com/
Handout:
Room: Promethean ActivBus

Breakout Session 4
Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Update on Differentiated Accountability
This presentation will review the implementation of Differentiated Accountability (DA) and describe the changes to DA that were introduced through the passage of the HB 991 and subsequent changes to the Charter Schools Strategy and Support document adopted by the State Board of Education.
URL:
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Room: Dade/Florida Keys
Transition to Computer-based Assessments
Utilization of computer-based assessments has the potential to provide all stakeholders faster access to high-quality data. As the state of Florida embarks on the movement toward computer-based assessments, it is essential that all stakeholders understand the benefits and challenges. In addition, schools and districts need to develop plans that will support the successful implementation of computer-based assessments. This presentation will focus on the various aspects, such as access to computers, bandwidth, and training, in addition to district and school readiness for computer-based assessments.
URL:
Handout: black.pdf
Room: Palm Beach/Broward
Charter School and Authorizers Legal Update
Hear an update on legal topics of current interest to charter schools and authorizers, focusing on recent changes in Florida laws and rules, significant Florida cases, and important legal issues from around the country impacting charters.
URL:
Handout: woodring.pdf
Room: Cape Canaveral/Volusia
Financial Strategies for Every Stage of the Charter School Life Cycle
Drawing on organizational life cycle theory and real life examples, the presentation examines how financial strategies must change at the different stages along a charter school's life cycle.
URL: http://www.csmci.com
Handout: herring.pptx
Room: Indian River
Facilities Financing 101: How to Budget for Your Facility
In this interactive presentation, an experienced charter schools loan officer will help board members and administrators determine how much their schools can spend on facilities. Attendees will learn the step-by-step process for creating accurate revenue projections, determining their schools’ costs, and budgeting for rainy days.
URL:
Handout: saltzman.ppt
Room: Pinellas/Hillsborough
The Art of Playing: How to Play with our Children while Enhancing the 21st Century Life Skills
Come learn about tools to enhance your students' thinking skills and life skills, using a series of Internationally-acclaimed strategy games. Mind Lab has developed a unique approach that fills the gap between school education and real life challenges by teaching students how to think rather than what to think. During the presentation game strategies are applied to real life situations, allowing transference of thought processes from game to real life and vise versa.
URL:
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Room: Sarasota/St. Johns
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:
Handout:
Room: Duval

Breakout Session 5
Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
DOE Update: Race to the Top
This presentation focuses on the status of Florida's Race to the Top reform efforts. Information will be provided on current initiatives, including District and State lead efforts. Updates on competitive grant opportunities will also be provided.
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Room: Crown Citrus Ballroom
CSP Grant Practices: A Little Help From Your Colleagues
The Charter School Program Grant monitoring visits for many of the schools in Florida have been completed and a variety of successful practices have been identified that schools are implementing. This presentation will focus on the pitfalls and best practices of the first years of a new charter school with a little help from a few of the 2009 Sub-grantee Schools.
URL:
Handout: pond_1038.ppt
Room: Dade/Florida Keys
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.
URL:
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Room: Palm Beach/Broward
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.
URL:
Handout: edwards.ppt
Room: Cape Canaveral/Volusia
Free Curriculum Management and Assessment System!
The Villages Charter School has developed an online curriculum management and assessment system specifically tailored to the Florida Next Generation Standards. At this presentation we will provide an overview of the system and explain how all charter schools will have free access to the system.
URL: http://tvcs.org/
Handout: mcdaniel.pptx
Room: Indian River
Your Students are Just a "Click" Away From Their Future!
This presentation will cover two valuable resources available for secondary students and their parents.
Florida CHOICES Planner is our state's career information delivery system on the Internet at www.flchoices.org that is a free resource for all!
Got ePEP? This year all public school students in grades 7-10 must have en ePEP (electronic Personal Education Planner) with FACTS.org. Join this presentation to learn about state requirements each school should be delivering to these students, learn about district training opportunities and best practices to help your program succeed!
URL: http://www.FLCHOICES.org
Handout: & http://www.FACTS.org
Room: Pinellas/Hillsborough
Putting the Brakes on Unnecessary Discipline Referrals
If discipline referrals worked, a principal would never see the same student twice for disciplinary matters. This presentation for campus administrators will shed light on what research indicates about classroom management and discipline. Participants with learn proven strategies and techniques that can put the brakes on unnecessary discipline referrals.
URL: http://www.timetoteachnow.com/
Handout: fernley.pdf
Room: Sarasota/St. Johns

Breakout Session 6
Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Charter Dissemination Grant Panel Presentation
The purpose of the panel discussion is to give an overview of three schools currently implementing dissemination grant projects. Each participant will provide a brief description of the proposed grant activities, the outcomes that will be achieved, and any successes or challenges experienced thus far.
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Room: Dade/Florida Keys
Optimizing Reading Instruction
This presentation will focus on using data and reading strategies to improve reading instruction.
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Room: Palm Beach/Broward
Data Base Happenings Affecting the Reporting of Charter School Data
This presentation focuses on changes to the DOE Information Data Base which will impact information reporting for charter schools.
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Room: Cape Canaveral/Volusia
Principal Networking Wrap-up
Principals who attended the pre-conference workshop are encouraged to attend this wrap-up presentation.
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Room: Indian River
Charter Schools Profit from College and University Collaboration
Florida's charter schools can earn additional FTE without significant costs, serve high achieving and career-oriented students better,increase state accountability scores,extend professional development opportunities, share facilities,grow volunteer programs, connect with specialized resources and exhibits, and improve recruitment of students and teachers through relationships with colleges and universities.
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Room: Pinellas/Hillsborough
Best Practices in Charter School Authorizing
An effective charter school authorizing process is a critical component in ensuring high quality charter schools for Florida’s students and families. This presentation examines the critical components of a high quality authorization process for consideration by district sponsors.
URL:
Handout: mchugh.pptx
Room: Sarasota/St. Johns

Pre-Conference Workshops
Monday, November 8, 2010,
Five Habits of Successful School Administrators
Successful leadership and knowing what it takes is the most important aspect of school management and is often the least thought about. Unfortunately, many schools do not reach their potential because the leaders often neglect focusing on climate and culture. This workshop will incorporate real situations and examples from the education world as well as from business. References will be included from book sources as well as journals to emphasize key points.
URL:
Handout: bonilla.pdf
Room: Cape Canaveral/Volusia

 

 

 

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