Florida Charter School Conference

Breakout Sessions

Dates and times may change.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Why Promethean? A Powerful Difference in the Digital Classroom
There are so many technology options available for the classroom these days, that it can be difficult to decide which ones to choose. Promethean is a company that was created by educators, for educators, and designs all of its solutions with K-12 education in mind. Come learn how Promethean's hardware, software, apps, and online community make it a unique solution and a wise long-term investment for the classroom.
Instruction > General
General
> Any Educational Organization

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The New Promethean ActivTable: Empowering Learning Through Collaboration
The new and improved Promethean ActivTable can be used to address Common Core standards, develop higher order thinking skills, and improve learning through student collaboration. This presentation will include a hands-on demonstration of the latest and greatest content and activities for the ActivTable.
Instruction > General
General
> Any Educational Organization

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Building a Growth Strategy
In this presentation we will map out the three stages of charter school growth from start-up to expansion/growth mode to a mature/sustainable school, discussing the different challenges at each stage.
Business > School Operations
Business Managers
> Any Educational Organization
FEFP: How Charter Schools are Funded
This presentation explains the importance of accurate full-time equivalent (FTE) student enrollment reporting and how FTE is used in the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP). It will outline the reporting responsibilities of the charter school and explain how class size reduction operating funds are calculated.
Business > School Operations
Business Managers
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12 Things EVERY Charter School Leader Should Know
12 Things Every Charter School Leader Should Know! is the information we wished we had when we opened our school back in 2003! This presentation will share many free or low-cost ideas, resources, and strategies for a successful educational program. Each participant will receive a packet of information with forms, links, contacts, and the knowledge necessary to implement various strategies at their own charter school.
Leadership > School Leadership
School-based Administrators
> Elementary School | Middle School | High School
Child Nutrition Programs: Are They a Good Fit for Your Charter School?
This presentation will provide a general overview of the benefits of participating in the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Afterschool Snack, and Summer Food Service Programs. Presenters will be addressing common questions and start up issues for charter schools, as well as providing information on basic requirements, eligibility and food purchasing options.
Business > School Operations
School-based Administrators
> Any Educational Organization
How To Communicate Your Charter School's Excellence: A Marketing and Public Relations Overview
You know you've got an excellent school. But do others know? Implementing a marketing and public relations plan is as important as getting your application approved and finalizing your contract. Learn how to communicate your school's excellence and effectively market your purpose, successes and innovations to parents, the community, and policy makers.
Leadership > Fundraising and Public Relations
School-based Administrators
> Elementary School | Middle School | High School
Building Bi-literacy through Bilingualism Using Effective "Technology"
The Academy for International Education (AIE), a tuition-free public charter school in South Florida/Miami-Dade, has implemented a language learning "technology" for students to build bilingualism through bi-literacy in Spanish and English. Student improvement has been realized through powerful instructional technology coupled with the synergy of effective blended learning classroom instruction.
Instruction > Instructional Technology
General
> Elementary School | Middle School
Data Isn't Just for Assessment Scores
Data isn't just for assessment scores, anymore. Ben Pacht from United Schools Network and Travis Cook from Achievement First Public Charter Schools will discuss how they use behavior data to analyze behavioral trends at the student, classroom, and school-level, plan and evaluate individualized interventions, and maintain a positive school climate.
Instruction > Classroom Management
School-based Administrators
> Any Educational Organization
Family and Community Engagement: The Key to Academic Success
Come hear illustrative stories from the frontlines and stirring statistics drawn from current research with essential information about the key components of successful family and community engagement: early literacy, family involvement, access to books, expanded learning, and mentoring partnerships.
Leadership > General
General
> Any Educational Organization
Zero Chance of Passage: The Pioneering Charter School Story
Reclaim the origins of chartering! Join the Minnesota lawmaker who authored the first charter school law over 20 years ago as she sets the historical record straight and dispels the myths about chartering. She candidly shares her challenging journey and provides tools, messages, and inspiration for today's Florida chartering pioneers.
Leadership > General
General
> Any Educational Organization
Using Technology for Effective Parent Communication
Parental support is essential in the foundation of student success. One of the ways to increase the support of parents is keeping them informed, which can be very time consuming. Learn about ways that not only help you easily communicate with parents on a regular basis but also saves you time in the process. A sure way to increase your parent involvement!
Instruction >
General
> Any Educational Organization
Networking for Governing Board Members
Ever wish you had time to brainstorm with your colleagues at a conference? Here's your chance to interact with board members from other charter schools. Share what is working at your school or for your Board and ask how other schools solved the problem you are tackling. Making connections and sharing ideas with other board members can make the whole conference more productive and worthwhile.
This presentation is for governing board members only.
Leadership > School Leadership
Charter School Board Members
> Any Educational Organization
Taking Learner Response to the Next Level: Engage, Assess, Empower, Teach
Promethean's ActivEngage app and ActivExpressions can easily add engagement, scaffolding, and higher order thinking to any lesson. Learner response is no longer just for assessment. Come see how Promethean's newest solutions can be used to empower students, facilitate collaborative learning, develop oral language skills, and teach higher order thinking skills that support Common Core standards.
Instruction > General
General
> Any Educational Organization

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

School Grades and Accountability Update
This presentation will include an introductory overview of the school grading system, a review of updates to school grades in 2012-13, and a review of changes scheduled to take effect in 2013-14 as a result of recent legislation and rule requirements.
Leadership > Accountability
District-based Administrators
> Any Educational Organization
Statewide Assessment Requirements and Updates
This presentation will provide an overview of Statewide Assessment requirements, as well as updates on policies, procedures, and resources for the 2013-14 school year.
Leadership > General
District-based Administrators
> Any Educational Organization
Preparing Learners to be Independent, Multilingual Citizens in a Global Society
The borders between nations and economies are disappearing. Even within our own borders, shifting demographics are leading to an increased need for multilingual talent. In order for today's students to succeed tomorrow, they need language skills. Explore in this presentation the language-learning successes and challenges impacting K-12 environments.
Instruction >
General
> Early Learning Middle School High School School Districts Any Educational Organization
Implementing High Effect Size Practices: What Works Best?
This highly interactive presentation will focus on high effect size practices as it relates to the work of leaders and teachers in Florida. Research from Robert Marzano and John Hattie will be highlighted, and participants will engage in learning activities that go from understanding to application of the information.
Leadership > General
School-based Administrators
> Any Educational Organization
Digging Deeper: The Art of Asking Questions
There is legitimate fear in giving the wrong answer to a given problem. Single answer solutions tend to focus on the final outcome. The greatest instructional strategy beyond simply knowing your students is creating an environment in which they feel confindent enough to fail, get back up, and try again. Discover the art of asking questions that spur students to dig deeper.
Instruction > Classroom Management
Classroom Teachers
> Elementary School
Building 21st Century Learning Skills with Animation
Educators face the challenge of transitioning into the Common Core Standards. In this presentation, educators will be inspired to create a 21st century learning environment that supports Common Core standards engaging all learners through Animation Discovery to increase cross curricular content understanding.
Instruction > Instructional Technology
General
> Any Educational Organization
Building the Culture
Join us in a presentation and authentic work session related to effective instructional aspects and implementation of inclusionary best practices for students with disabilities. Participants will be eligible for on-going professional development and support from master ESE teachers, as supported by IBP-SWD, FLDOE grant.
Instruction > Special Needs
Classroom Teachers
> Early Learning | Elementary School
If Instruction Isn't Engaging, I'm Quitting!
Learn eight strategies to engage the most reluctant reader. Reading benchmarks that correlate directly with the new Common Core standards will be brought to life with a variety of musical and bodily-kinesthetic exercises. This presentation is replete with ongoing audience participation.
Instruction > Reading
School-based Administrators
> Elementary School
An Update on Florida's Charter Schools Program (CSP) External Evaluation
The impact of the CSP grant is being examined, including: 1) analyzing the current CSP grant application and process improvements; 2) surveying school stakeholders and conducting site visits; and 3) examining the methods for selecting charter schools to fund (including assessing the validity and reliability of the selection procedure).
Leadership > Accountability
General
> Any Educational Organization
Classroom Technology Use: Measurement and Reporting
Making good decisions about technology in your school requires good information about readiness and professional development needs. This presentation will cover strategies for school leaders to evaluate technology use in classrooms using the Technology Integration Matrix, an evaluation system developed at USF.
Instruction > Instructional Technology
School-based Administrators
> Any Educational Organization
Colaborative Monitoring Roundtable Discussion
This presentation will provide information to authorizers and operators of charter schools on the monitoring process and how districts can work collaboratively and partner with charters schools to ensure state and federal compliance. Several districts will present information along with a charter school about how they work together to meet all of the requirements for operating a charter school.
Authorizing > Monitoring
General
> Any Educational Organization
FLDOE's Race to the Top: DOE Support in Meeting the Unique Needs of Charter School Students
This is an open forum to discuss FLDOE's RTTT approach to meeting the unique needs of charter school students. Evaluators need your thoughts on the successes and challenges of participation in the charter projects: Florida Turnaround Leadership Program (FTLP), Teacher/Principal Evaluation Systems, Transition to CCSS & Use of a LIIS. This discussion is for any school that has participated or is currently participating in RTTT projects.
Leadership > General
General
> Any Educational Organization
Why Promethean? A Powerful Difference in the Digital Classroom
There are so many technology options available for the classroom these days, that it can be difficult to decide which ones to choose. Promethean is a company that was created by educators, for educators, and designs all of its solutions with K-12 education in mind. Come learn how Promethean's hardware, software, apps, and online community make it a unique solution and a wise long-term investment for the classroom.
Instruction > General
General
> Any Educational Organization

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Title I, Part A Overview
This presentation provides a general overview of the Title I Part A program. It will outline the requirements for participating charter schools and the role of the school districts.
Leadership > General
General
> Any Educational Organization
Auditor General Update
Charter School Audit Report Reviews and Significant Financial Trends and Findings Identified in Charter School Audit Reports.
Business > Finance
General
> Any Educational Organization
Session for School Districts with CSP Grant Recipients
This presentation will cover the 1) reporting requirements for schools to move between grant phases (when reports are due, what detail level is necessary, and how the reports tie to future grant awards for active grant recipients), 2) program review process that the Charter Office conducts before awarding any grants and how that relates to the Charter Contract, the lease, non-profit documentation, procurement, and inventory policies, and 3) terminations of current or former CSP grant recipients (what reports and steps must be completed).
Business > Finance
District-based Administrators
> School Districts
Electronic Cultural Exchange to Stimulate Creative and Reflective Writing
Students at every K-12 grade level are fascinated with other cultures, especially those in Asia 10,000 miles from home. This presentation explores the use of an Electronic Cultural Exchange to stimulate critical thinking and writing from kindergarten through high school. The final product is a published book for all to see and read.
Instruction > Writing
Classroom Teachers
> Elementary School | Middle School | High School
Financial Aid for College
High school students and their parents are often intimidated by the financial aid process for higher education. This presentation discusses options available at the federal, state, institutional, and local level.
Instruction > General
General
> High School | School Districts | Any Educational Organization
Getting the Data Right...
This presentation will review the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP), addressing the specific data reporting requirements to insure that each charter school generates the correct FTE funding and complies with Class Size Reduction (CSR) requirements. Learn how your school's master schedule impacts your funding and how class size is calculated based on the data you enter. Steps needed to verify the school's data is accurate will be reviewed.
Business > Finance
School-based Administrators
> Any Educational Organization
Building on Success and Planning for Your Future
Your school is established, you are serving your kids well, now what? What should your school do to prepare for continued future success?
Leadership > General
Charter School Board Members
> Any Educational Organization
Supporting Charter School Transition to the Florida Standards
Public Consulting Group (PCG) has partnered with the Charter Schools Office in the Florida Department of Education to offer high quality professional development to governing board members, school administrators, and teachers. This presentation will help participants gain a deeper understanding of the changes and challenges charter schools will undergo as they adopt the new Florida College & Career Ready Standards in preparation for the 2014-2015 school year assessment.
Leadership > School Leadership
General
> Any Educational Organization
Expanding Learning through Promethean's Tools
Educators are always looking for ways to actively engage students and present lessons in a dynamic way. By using the Promethean board and Activexpressions this can be completed. Learn how to get immediate feedback and reteach, or enrich lessons and create energetic students.
Instruction > Instructional Technology
Classroom Teachers
> Elementary School | Middle School | High School
Creativity Challenge: Are Your Classrooms Fostering Innovation?
Creativity is valuable for both children and adults. While the visual arts offer a natural means to express imaginative ideas, creativity can be incorporated into many classroom experiences to foster curiosity, problem solving and originality. Join in on this creativity-boosting workshop and gain ideas and activities to benefit your students.
Instruction > General
School-based Administrators
> Elementary School | Middle School | Any Educational Organization
Taking Learner Response to the Next Level: Engage, Assess, Empower, Teach
Promethean's ActivEngage app and ActivExpressions can easily add engagement, scaffolding, and higher order thinking to any lesson. Learner response is no longer just for assessment. Come see how Promethean's newest solutions can be used to empower students, facilitate collaborative learning, develop oral language skills, and teach higher order thinking skills that support Common Core standards.
Instruction > General
General
> Any Educational Organization

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

School Improvement in Florida
This presentation will provide a general overview of current Florida Department of Education support structures for underperforming schools, recent shifts in practice, refinements made to FDOE's School Improvement Plan (SIP) template for 2013-14, and data analysis tools currently being developed in support of continuous improvement efforts at the school, district, and state levels.
Leadership > School Improvement Plans
School-based Administrators
> Any Educational Organization
Ensuring Transportation Success
What must charter schools do to provide safe, compliant, and cost-effective transportation services for students who require it? Knowing what questions to ask and where to find the answers is critical. Transportation is complex, but this presentation will arm you with the basics to avoid issues and surprises.
Business > General
School-based Administrators
> Any Educational Organization
Effective Math Instruction
Come learn a variety of instructional techniques and best practices that significantly improve math achievement. Activities include vocabulary building through rhythm, high-interest lessons and research-based strategies. Discover the value of establishing a student-centered classroom where students can construct their own knowledge.
Instruction > Math
Classroom Teachers
> Elementary School | Middle School
Governance in the Charter School Sector: Time for a Reboot
The public policies and practices that characterize charter school governance haven't kept pace with real-world changes in the charter sector that have emerged in the last twenty years. Governance needs a reboot. Join the discussion as we look for a balance between the founding vision of charter schooling while seeking economies of scale, efficiency, and uniformity to a sector of public education that is scaling up with multiple networks and innovative practices.
Leadership > Governance
General
> Any Educational Organization
Getting ALL Students to THINK and Helping It Make Sense: The McKeel Academy Journey!
Are you having a difficult time getting your students to critically think and communicate? Are you tired of the workbooks and worksheets? Learn how McKeel Academy utilizes a school-wide common visual language to assist ALL students with becoming Critical Thinkers and Communicators ready for the CCSS. Lots of student examples will be shown.
Instruction > General
General
> Any Educational Organization
The Year Round Charter School: Decompressing the Curriculum
As curriculum evolves and deepens, as testing proliferates and the stakes grow higher, strategies that create time for planning, teaching, and tutoring become essential educational tools. Charter schools have a powerful planning alternative that traditional public schools do not enjoy: the year-round school. Come learn how it is done.
Instruction > General
General
> Any Educational Organization
Strengthening the Reading Core
Practical tips and strategies for implementing Common Core into reading along with technology.
Instruction > Reading
Classroom Teachers
> Middle School | High School
Charter Support Unit
The Florida Department of Education, as part of the Federal Charter School Planning Grant, developed a state-wide "Charter Support Unit" to support schools in their first years of operation at no cost. Learn more about how to access the CSU, and what services charter schools can receive.
Business > School Operations
School-based Administrators
> Any Educational Organization
Tech Talk: K-8 Technology in the Classroom
Come experience the innovative technology used in Learning Gate Community School's original K-8 curriculum. Technology expands the learning experience both inside and outside the classroom making it more interactive and engaging. This presentation will encompass technology integration into all core subjects with the use of iPads, Smartboards, computers, and apps.
Instruction > Instructional Technology
General
> Elementary School Middle School

Thursday, November 21, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Charter School Legal Update
This presentation is an annual update about important legal cases in Florida, and legal highlights from around the country, that impact charter schools. Significant legislative and administrative changes applicable to Charter Schools will also be covered.
Authorizing > Legal Issues
School-based Administrators
> Any Educational Organization
Session for Newly Approved Charter School Applicants
This presentation will provide an overview of the Public Charter School Grant Program including the kinds of information needed to assemble your grant application, the two step grant application process, the independent peer review process, and general strengths and weaknesses of grant applications. This is NOT a grant writing seminar. The presentation leader cannot answer any questions about any current RFP's that may be active.
Business > Finance
New Applicant
> Early Learning Elementary School Middle School High School
Instructional Best Practices: Students with Disabilities
The UCP Institute has launched as a provider of professional development and special projects within the framework of UCP of Central Florida. The UCP Institute has secured a Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) two year Dissemination Grant (IBP-SWD) in order to scale up best practice of education for students with disabilities in Florida’s charter schools.
Instruction > Special Needs
General
> Any Educational Organization
CPALMS Charter: An Online Community Built by Charter Schools for Charter Schools
This presentation will familiarize users with content and procedures necessary to use CPALMS Charter, an online learning community for charter school teachers and leaders. The presenters will provide the opportunity to explore the site and all submission policies, as well as current content available to teachers and leaders.
Instruction > General
School-based Administrators
> Any Educational Organization
Using the School Improvement Model to Move Your School Forward
Attention all innovative principals and leadership teams! Are you eager to move your school forward? Are you having difficulty identifying where to focus your time, energy, and financial resources? This presentation will use your school data and joint brain power to guide you and your leadership team through the problem solving process. You will leave with the tools to continue the process with key stakeholders at your campus. Come prepared to pour over your data with your team as we work together to create the compelling why and a high quality action plan for implementation.
Leadership > School Improvement Plans
School-based Administrators
> Any Educational Organization
Can they Really Ask for That? Required Disclosures to the Public and Maintenance of Documents Under Florida and Federal Law
Increasingly, charter schools are receiving public records requests from the media and others. Responding to requests improperly or without thought can cause legal and public relations nightmares. Learn about public records, maintenance requirements, responding to requests from legal and public relations perspectives and what to do when the media calls.
Business > Legal Issues
General
> Any Educational Organization
Uncovering the Secret of One-to-One Teaching in any Environment
One-to-one teaching is possible no matter what the actual teacher-student ratios are. In today's myriad of complex educational theories, this presentation demonstrates how simple good teaching and learning can really be. It invites a unique, fresh way of thinking about teaching and learning.
Instruction > General
Classroom Teachers
> Any Educational Organization
100,000 Digital Building Blocks
When students are creating presentations, movies, websites, and other digital projects to demonstrate learning, they need access to copyright-friendly, high-quality digital assets. Explore FCIT's huge collection of photos, maps, video clips, illustrations, audiobooks, stereoviews, presentation elements, and audio files covering all grade levels and subject areas.
Instruction > Instructional Technology
Classroom Teachers
> Elementary School Middle School High School

Thursday, November 21, 2013
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

DOE Update
This presentation will provide a brief update on the Department's Race to the Top activities, as well as an overview of the recent legislative changes associated with the 2013 Legislative Session.
Leadership > General
General
> Any Educational Organization
Science, Technology, and Environment Professional Development Opportunities
The Office of Environmental Education offers free professional development (PD) opportunities for charter school teachers that focus on science, technology, and the environment. These PD opportunities align with both national and state standards and include multidisciplinary, hands-on activities. Learn how to setup one of these PD trainings at your school.
Business > Professional Development
School-based Administrators
> Any Educational Organization
Collaboration and Successful Charter School Openings
This presentation will focus on the applicant that has already been approved and getting ready to open. The key areas that need to get done prior to opening will be addressed. A focus will be on working in partnership with your school district.
Business > School Operations
General
> Any Educational Organization
A Blueprint for Building Better Sentences
Sentence variety in writing is a common problem with most students. This lesson will demonstrate a new way of teaching sentences - through scaffolds and mentor texts - that will make sentence variety easy for students to understand, imitate, and use in their own writing.
Instruction > Writing
Classroom Teachers
> High School
How to Dive in When the Water is Only Knee Deep: Critical Thinking Strategies for the Primary Grades
This presentation will give attendees the tools needed to create a Common Core classroom of inquiry. We will discover researched-based critical thinking strategies that ALL students can use with ANY passage or unit. Best of all, they are FUN!
Instruction > Reading
Classroom Teachers
> Elementary School
Parents and Charter Schools: Achieving Excellence through Innovation
Your parents are your best advocates! By working together, parents can help shape the future of your charter school and of the Florida charter school movement. Learn how to achieve excellence through innovation with your parents support, to make an impact locally or in the Capitol when charter school funding and legislative issues arise.
Leadership > Community and Parent Involvement
School-based Administrators
> Elementary School | Middle School | High School
An Innovation Sensation: Shifting Charter Schools from Traditional to Blended Learning Models
The presenters will explore current blended learning models for navigating charter schools away from conventional modalities of teaching and learning. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the teacher and the learner, the resources necessary for sustaining blended learning and application of the unique models.
Instruction > General
General
> Any Educational Organization
Turning Thoughts into Digital Actions
Turn students’ thoughts into digital telepathic powers! Engage students in neuroscience with the Emotiv EPOC Neuroheadset. Learn to use this innovative headset allowing students the opportunity to learn about the brain, convert their thoughts into digital actions, and discover ways of implementing this groundbreaking technology into everyday life.
Instruction > Science
Classroom Teachers
> Elementary School Middle School High School School Districts Any Educational Organization

Thursday, November 21, 2013
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Workshop for Current CSP Grant Recipients
All you need to know about your CSP Grant! Learn about the FLCSP.org website, how to move between grant phases, and the award letter process.
You will need your FLCSP.org User ID and Password to attend this workshop. This information will be verified at the door. Future Applicants should attend the presentation for Newly Approved Charter School Applicants at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 21, 2013.
Only CURRENT grant recipients will be admitted to this workshop.
The workshop is offered again on Thursday, November 21, 2013, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Business > Budgeting
Charter School Board Members
> Early Learning Elementary School Middle School High School

 

 

 

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