FCSC 2017

Breakout Sessions

Dates and times may change.


Thursday, November 2, 2017 • 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.


Panel Discussion: How to Leverage Technology at a Charter School

Join us in this interactive panel discussion to talk with instructional technology, IT infrastructure, and cyber security experts and learn about the latest solutions in technology and education. A panel of specialists will tackle tough questions about the decision making process of purchasing, maintaining, and protecting the school's network and devices.
Leadership > School Leadership
School-based Administrators
> K-12


Human Trafficking Awareness: The Responsibility of Protecting Florida's Youth

This presentation will provide an overview of available K-12 trainings and resources, while showcasing the need for training and education to combat this crime against humanity.
Instruction > General
General
> K-12


Reducing On-Site Review Findings

The presenter will review the requirements of state and federal civil rights laws for public schools, including notifications of nondiscrimination; grievance procedures; applications and admissions; counseling services; closing achievement gaps; disproportionate enrollment in CTE and advanced courses; disproportionate discipline; gender equity in athletic programs; and compliance with ADA accessibility standards.
Business > Personnel
General
> K-12


Authorizer/Operator Relationships

This presentation will provide participants with the importance of Authorizer and Operator collaboration and how this benefits students.
Authorizing > School Leadership
General
> K-12


Improving Instructional Practices through Online Professional Development

Presenters will review strategies for improving instructional practices that include effective use of teacher evaluations and alignment of professional development with evaluation results. Presenters will show how aligning professional development to the FEAPs is essential to improving instructional practices and how the FCPCS PD system is tied to the FEAPs.
Business > Professional Development
School-based Administrators
> K-12


The Role of Insurance for Charter Schools

Charter Schools face very unique exposures to risk on a daily basis. Ignorance of these exposures is not a valid legal defense. Therefore it is crucial to understand the methods to minimize or transfer the risks your school is facing.
Business > School Operations
School-based Administrators
> K-12


High Expectations = Positive School Culture: Strategies for Success

This presentation will provide participants with a successful step-by-step process utilized to create a school environment focused on high expectations, which in turn will create a positive school culture.
Leadership > School Culture
General
> K-5


Great Schools Need Great Boards

Charter Board Partners will share their Standards for Highly Effective Charter School Boards that answer the question "Now that I'm on the board, what do I DO?" This interactive, case-based presentation will dive into the standards, share strategies for creating and sustaining effective boards, and help board members learn how to play their role well.
Leadership > Governance
Governing Board Members
> K-12


Beyond the Code: How to Bring Coding and Robotics to Your School

So you've heard a lot about coding these days and understand its importance in the classroom; however, you just haven't quite figured out how it fits into YOUR specific classroom. This workshop takes you beyond the basics of coding and introduces you to real-life examples of how coding and robotics can become a daily part of almost any classroom and any subject area.
Instruction > Instructional Technology
General
> K-12


I Need a New Facility for My School. Now What?

Charter schools face expansion challenges, especially in adequate facilities. This discussion will center on what charter leaders should be thinking about in planning for a new facility or expanding an existing one.
Business > Facilities
Business Managers
> K-12


Thursday, November 2, 2017 • 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.


Title I, Part A: ESSA About Time

Review of the new Every Student Succeeds Act Program Requirements. FDOE staff will discuss elements of the Title I, Part A ESSA Program Requirement.
Leadership > General
School-based Administrators
> K-12


Educator Misconduct: The Charter School's Responsibility to Investigate and Report Certified Educators Who Violate Adopted Standards of Conduct

Did you know Florida law requires charter schools to investigate alleged misconduct by Florida certified educators and to report substantiated violations to FDOE? Join us for this informative presentation on identifying, investigating and reporting educator misconduct.
Leadership > General
General
> K-12


Monitoring Excellence

Learn how the On-Site Programmatic Review process is utilized by Broward County to monitor charter schools academic program compliance while respecting the school's autonomy and protecting student rights.
Authorizing > Monitoring
District Authorizers
> K-12


ESE & Charter Schools 101: How to Become an ESE Expert

This interactive and hands-on presentation is designed to provide the charter school community with IDEA requirements, hot topics, best practices, and access to useful information in support of our work to effectively serve students with disabilities in the state of Florida.
Leadership > School Leadership
School-based Administrators
> K-12


An Overview of the Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Program

Participants will receive an overview of the Youth Mental Health First Aid course and learn about FREE training opportunities funded by USF's FL AWARE grant to become certified First Aiders. The program teaches how to respond to different types of mental health challenges and illnesses common among adolescents.
Business > Professional Development
General
> 5-8


Excellence in Advocacy

By sharing responsibility, all stakeholders can ensure the success of their charter school and of the Florida charter school movement by learning about to educate others and advocate to decision makers about the excellent education that charter schools can offer.
Leadership > Community and Parent Involvement
General
> K-12


Building Relationships Within Your Community

Collaboration within a community instills pride in the community and helps the school improve facilities, school gardens, health and wellness programs, mentoring and/or volunteering for activities. Many fundraisers can evolve from community partners but mostly it is about the community partners getting a chance to give back. Local businesses such as Home Depot and Fed Ex to organizations like the Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs create opportunity for unique volunteers and help establish "family-like" community connections.
Leadership > Community and Parent Involvement
School-based Administrators
> K-8


No More Band-aid Programs: Classroom Management that Works!

This presentation will share five pillars of classroom management, and give examples of techniques that can be implemented in classrooms tomorrow. Throughout the presentation, the audience will be asked to help demonstrate techniques, act out roll-plays, think-pair-share, group discussions, and possibly create their own take home "teach-to" if time allows.
Instruction > Classroom Management
School-based Administrators
> K-12


Finding the Right Match: Excelling in Facility and Finance Navigation

Join a panel of facility and financial experts to drive your own navigation through the sometimes confusing pathway of figuring out what type of facilities financing fits you best and determining the best resources that match your financial needs. From knowing your credit worthiness to managing expectations and maintaining your financial health throughout facilities planning, acquisitions or securing financial capital support, the panelists will discuss pitfalls of a bad fit with the variety of resources available as well as giving tips for keeping one's head above water in the sea of ongoing proof of solvency and solid operations. The session will conclude with suggestions for maintaining a good relationship with various partners throughout the journey.
Business > Finance
General
>


Thursday, November 2, 2017 • 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


The Charter Schools Program (CSP) Budget Tool

This presentation will guide CSP grant subrecipient schools through the process of accurately reporting grant expenditures against their approved budgets. The proper use of the CSP Charter Schools Project Tracking System (Budget Tool) and the submissions of required reports (Itemized Expenditure Reports and Inventory Reports) will be demonstrated. This is a highly recommended session for all CSP grant subrecipients.
Business > Budgeting
Business Managers
> K-12


School Grades

This presentation will provide an update on Florida's school grades and school improvement rating methodologies and results for the 2016-17 school year for Florida's charter schools.
Leadership > Accountability
General
> K-12


Charter School Funding Through the Florida Education Finance Program

This presentation is an introductory overview of the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP), which is the primary source of operating funds for all K-12 public schools in Florida. Other topics covered will be the reporting of full-time equivalent (FTE) students, new legislation, class size reduction funding, class size compliance and the charter revenue worksheet.
Business > Finance
General
> K-12


Monitoring Board Accountability for High Quality Schools

This interactive session will review and discuss board practices that provide effective oversight to schools. Authorizers (and others) will explore what evidence to look for and monitor at the board level to ensure these practices are being implemented and, together, discuss what to do if it isn't.
Authorizing > General
District-based Administrators
> K-12


Create Customized PD Paths for Schools with Microcredentials and Badging

Join in this presentation for administrators and school leaders to discover ways to improve teacher practice and student learning outcomes through personalized professional development. Discussion will focus on systems to create customized school/district programs that combine formal and informal PD experiences and on methods that prioritize impact and deep learning through mastery of competencies and skills.
Leadership > School Leadership
School-based Administrators
> K-12


Empowering Teachers and Administrators with G Suite for Education

Participants will leave with knowledge in how to create documents, sheets, and presentations and how to share these files using Google Drive. They will also learn how to create and distribute Google Forms, and how to use Gmail and Google Calendar to organize and manage events.
Leadership > General
General
> K-12


Branding Excellence: How to Use Parent Engagement, Social Media, and Advertising to Fill Seats, Recruit Teachers and Expand Your Brand

Recruiting students and teachers requires much more than placing an ad in your local paper or hanging a banner on your building. This presentation will help give you a competitive advantage by teaching you how to develop a branding and marketing strategy to recruit quality teachers and fill seats.
Leadership > Community and Parent Involvement
General
> K-12


The Leading Edge: How Collaboration Between Charter Schools and a University is Changing Paradigms

Through a partnership between the University of North Florida, students, teachers and administrators from four charter schools (Putnam Edge High School, River City Science Academy, Global Outreach Charter Academy and Tiger Academy) have received leadership development from UNF students and graduate faculty. The schools have made significant gains in areas of teacher retention, student achievement and external accreditation.
Leadership > School Leadership
School-based Administrators
> 9-12


Differentiate Instruction to Turbo-Charge Vocabulary Development

In this fun and engaging presentation, research-based strategies and instructional practices for improving spelling, vocabulary development, reading comprehension, writing skills to boost academic success and FSA performance for all students at all grade levels including at risk, English Language Learners, struggling readers and Gifted and Talented Students will be shared and modeled.
Instruction > Reading
General
> K-12


The Road from Leasing to Owning: Charter School Facilities

Finding a permanent home for a charter school is one of the most complicated tasks the school will face. Options abound for the facility itself and the financing of those facilities. A panel of presenters including school leaders, lenders, and support agencies will explain the vast array of options available.
Business > Facilities
School-based Administrators
> K-12


Thursday, November 2, 2017 • 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Charter Schools Program (CSP) Grant: Mapping Out Fiscal Responsibilities

This presentation will clarify fiscal responsibility roles of CSP Sub-recipients, the District as the fiscal agent, and the CSP Program Office.
Authorizing > Budgeting
District Authorizers
> K-12


Getting FTE Correct and Preparing for an FEFP Audit

This presentation will review the state reporting requirements addressing FTE reporting and certification and steps to be taken to prepare for state FEFP audits. The presentation will also address audit timelines, how to prepare for a state audit, how to coordinate with the district Sponsor, how to respond to audit findings, and audit appeals.
Business > Finance
School-based Administrators
> K-12


ESE & Charter Schools 101: How to Become an ESE Expert

This interactive and hands-on presentation is designed to provide the charter school community with IDEA requirements, hot topics, best practices, and access to useful information in support of our work to effectively serve students with disabilities in the state of Florida.
Leadership > School Leadership
School-based Administrators
> K-12


Crimes, Custody, and Charters

How do you comply with family court orders and cope with criminal investigations without overburdening the school's staff and administration? Participants will learn that in most instances they are doing far more work than necessary under Florida law.
Business > Legal Issues
General
> K-12


It's More than Just Paint Color: School-wide Learning Space Design Initiatives

Join in this presentation designed specifically for administrators and school leaders looking to mobilize on school-wide learning space design initiatives. Discover ways to purposefully connect capacity-building environments with innovations and pedagogies through thoughtful methods and systemic frameworks. Specific tech tools for design will be demonstrated and resources will be shared.
Leadership > School Leadership
School-based Administrators
> K-12


We are Better Together: The Benefits of Co-Teaching in an Inclusive Classroom

This presentation informs and teaches how to effectively use a co-teach inclusion model and departmentalization to maximize student growth. Participants will learn about structuring academics to provide direct instruction, small group work, and intensive interventions to best meet the needs of all students.
Instruction > Exceptional Student Education
Classroom Teachers
> K-5


Excellence in Intervention: Data-driven After-school Tutoring Program

Trying to find ways to help struggling students reach their potential? One method that has been successful for Edward W. Bok Academy is with our tutoring program. Using FSA data to target low preforming students, internal progress monitoring, and cross curriculum plans, we have seen growth in Math, ELA and writing.
Instruction > Tutoring
General
> 5-8


Charter Schools and the Law

The role of charter schools, in American education, is rapidly evolving. This professional development provides administrators, management companies, directors, principals, board members and potential charter owners with the opportunity to explore the real impact that legislation and policies are having on charter schools.
Business > Legal Issues
General
> K-12


Friday, November 3, 2017 • 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


Legal Update for Florida Charter Schools

This presentation will cover significant cases and legal changes in Florida impacting the operation of charter schools, including a discussion of significant legislative changes. We will also discuss charter school legal highlights from other states that may be relevant to Florida.
Business > Legal Issues
General
> K-12


The Charter Schools Program (CSP) Budget Tool

This presentation will guide CSP grant subrecipient schools through the process of accurately reporting grant expenditures against their approved budgets. The proper use of the CSP Charter Schools Project Tracking System (Budget Tool) and the submissions of required reports (Itemized Expenditure Reports and Inventory Reports) will be demonstrated. This is a highly recommended session for all CSP grant subrecipients.
Business > Budgeting
Business Managers
> K-12


Do you have SWAG? (Students/Staff With Academic Goals)

Join us as we share how we implemented goal-setting as a key component to our data-driven culture. Learn from our mistakes, and leave with tools in hand to implement a strategic goal-setting initiative on your campus.
Leadership > School Improvement Plans
General
> K-5


A Blended Learning Model for College Counseling

Secondary school counselors are overwhelmed with trying to provide comprehensive services to students. Participants will learn how Xceed Preparatory is providing college counseling services utilizing a web platform and mobile app, in addition to in person counseling.
Leadership > Accountability
School-based Administrators
> 9-12


Stewardship: Leading Your School to Excellence Through Shared Responsibility

School leaders will participate in a presentation where they will learn about the importance of stewardship in schools. Additionally, participants will learn about responsible planning and management of resources in a limited budget setting with a special focus on promoting a positive school culture.
Leadership > School Leadership
General
> K-12


How to Find More Time in the Day?

Integration, Differentiation, Intervention, and Technology is all used for more effective and efficient use of time in the classroom.
Instruction > Standards and Assessment
Classroom Teachers
> K-5


District Authorizers Networking

Bring your breakfast and join your fellow district authorizers for a discussion on important topics.
Authorizing > General
District-based Administrators
> K-12


Friday, November 3, 2017 • 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


Florida Department of Education Update

Representatives from FLDOE will provide an update on changes, legislative and otherwise, affecting Florida charter schools.
Leadership > General
General
> K-12


Automating Application and Lottery Management: Why It Makes Sense for Your Growing Charter School

The stakes are high. Parents want a school best suited to their children. Schools want an application process that yields the most applicants and is equitable and efficient. If you are interested in hitting your enrollment targets, enhancing your parent experience, and improving compliance, this presentation is for you.
Business > Public Relations & Marketing
School-based Administrators
> K-12


Replacing Exclusionary Discipline with Positive Alternatives to Improve School Behavior

This presentation will provide an overview of the critical components of Tier 1 PBIS, along with examples and resources for implementation. Participants will also learn how to obtain in-depth training on multi-tiered PBIS systems from their statewide PBIS project free of charge.
Leadership > School Leadership
School-based Administrators
> K-12


Scaffolding to Excellence: ELA Scaffolding for Compound Skill Deficits

In this interactive presentation, participants will learn concrete strategies for scaffolding students with compound skill deficits to mastery of both grade level ELA standards and grade level texts. Participants will experience a sample lesson, conduct guided analysis, and receive concrete steps and tools they can apply immediately in classroom practice.
Instruction > Language Arts
Classroom Teachers
> Middle School, High School


Sketchnoting: Not Your Grandma's Note Taking

Admittedly, most educators hear the word sketchnotes and are immediately scared off because of the "I can't draw" fear. The beautiful thing about sketch notes is that artistic ability really isn't a driving factor. This presentation explains the rationale behind the latest trend in visual/kinesthetic learning as well as how to use it in the classroom.
Instruction > General
Classroom Teachers
> K-12