FCSC 2018

Breakout Sessions


Wednesday, October 17, 2018 • 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


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.
Business > Personnel | School-based Administrators > K-12


If Instruction Isn't Engaging, I Quit

If students aren't engaged during instruction, they aren't learning at their highest level. Explore 10 research-based strategies that every teacher should immediately implement to increase student engagement. This highly interactive presentation is filled with music, movement and fun learning.
Instruction > Classroom Management | Classroom Teachers > K-5


The Four C's of Facility Financing

Facility and funding questions answered for all charter schools. New start to expansion to replication.
Business > Facilities | Governing Board Members > K-12


Navigating the Use of Social Media

Attorneys Gregg Morton and Terry Harmon will discuss the established law relating to social media and schools, including the constitutional protections applicable to social media and the type of employee statements that are legally protected. They will also discuss policies and other preventative measures that charter schools should consider to avoid problems.
Business > Legal Issues | General > K-12


Surviving an Active Shooter Situation

Are you prepared for an Active Shooter Situation? Experienced law enforcement officers will share tactics and self-defense principles to increase your chances of survival.
Leadership > School Safety & Security | School-based Administrators > K-12


Crisis Communications for All Situations

The easiest crises to manage are the ones you manage before they happen. If you don’t manage your reputation, someone else will. How you respond often means more than the crisis itself.
Leadership > Public Relations & Marketing | General > 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 Individuals with Disabilities Education (IDEA) Act requirements, district and charter school relations, 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


Wednesday, October 17, 2018 • 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


Scribbling, Drawing, Writing: Encoding for Learning

Internationally respected author and handwriting instruction expert Thomas Wasylyk discusses early childhood development as it relates to scribbling, drawing, and writing. He demonstrates his unique 3-step scaffolding approach for handwriting instruction, as well as pencil grip, fatigue, self-evaluation, common problems - corrective techniques. These research-based strategies can be implemented immediately.
Instruction > Language Arts | Classroom Teachers > K-5


Essential Steps for Facilities Financing

In this presentation, the speakers discuss the charter school facilities landscape and how to properly plan a facilities project. They touch on how to balance your team's facility dreams with your budget and even share some pitfalls you can avoid so you can take away actionable insights on what considerations you need to make when planning a facility project for your school.
Business > Facilities | Governing Board Members > K-12


Sponsor Support for Charter School Students through District-managed Services

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has five years of experience designing and delivering fee-based District-managed services to 91% of the Districts 93 charter schools. A focus on benefiting students during the design and refinement of services from year to year enables BCPS staff to provide support that is customized to the unique charter school environment. Presenters will share 5 years of trends and growth, from 14 services in year one to over 50 services going into the sixth year. Participants will learn how to design and deliver student centered district-managed services that benefit both charter schools and the authorizer.
Authorizing > Business & Finance Issues | District Authorizers > K-12


Flawed, Fraud or Just a Shade of Grey?

Operating a school means making a lot of decisions. Each decision forces school leaders to ensure their actions are in alignment with the law, policy, and ethical behavior. This panel and participants will explore a variety of scenarios to determine which category each scenario falls into.
Business > Legal Issues | School-based Administrators > K-12


Record Management Compliance and Going Paperless

The value to staff of having necessary records at their fingertips is immeasurable. Electronic documents provide secure instant access for staff to be able to do the job they were hired to do, eliminating the hurdles of paper documents. Save staff time, district money and be fully compliant with State and Federal record retention laws. This should be on your to do list!
Business > Student Information Systems | School-based Administrators > K-12


Stop! Collaborate and Listen.

A great school has effective teacher-leadership and thrives off teamwork. Teacher teams are at the heart of the success of The Seaside Neighborhood School (SNS). The staff there has created a culture where collaborative leadership and teacher-teams ensure that students meet their goals and teacher morale is high. SNS's teacher-leaders will share concrete strategies to create and support teacher-leadership teams and a blueprint for creating collaborative instruction and assessments.
Leadership > School Culture & Discipline | General > 5-8


Boards: How Healthy is Your School?

The board's role is to ensure the school is successful and sustainable, but how do you know? This presentation will help board members better understand what data they should be reviewing, questions they should be asking and what to do once they have that information. Participants will walk away with actionable steps to take back to their boards and work with their school leaders.
Leadership > Governance | Governing Board Members > K-12


Wednesday, October 17, 2018 • 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.


Changing Classroom Practice and Achievement Through STEM: STEM Teacher Certificates

Life-changing STEM outcomes are the result of purposeful instructional planning and delivery that integrates standards-based instruction and high impact STEM strategies. Effective, engaging and evidence-based, these doable strategies will transform your student outcomes. Get your STEM Teacher Certificate through NISE as you refine and demonstrate your understanding of the 15 STEM Teacher Actions.
Instruction > Science | Classroom Teachers > K-12


Not One-Size-Fits-All: Differentiating Between the Various Facility Financing Options

Facility financing is not one-size-fits-all. In this session we will walk through the various financing options available together, with the aim of helping you determine what approach best fits your needs.
Business > Facilities | Governing Board Members > K-12


Lifting Enrollment: How to Use Advertising, Social Media and Public Relations to Reach Potential Parents

The availability of school choice in Florida gives parents a menu of education options for their child. From district-run schools to voucher programs, magnets to charter schools, this rich education landscape is a boon for parents, but this has made it harder for school leaders or governing board members to recruit students and come up with an effective and affordable way to promote their programs. The presenters have experience developing solid student recruitment, enrollment and retention strategies for charter schools and will share these tools with participants.
Business > Student Enrollment | School-based Administrators > K-12


Professional Learning Communities are Key to Raising Student Academic Achievement

Participants will understand how PLCs can serve as fertile ground for the implementation of data-driven instruction and RtI. Examples will be offered for how to embed PLC meetings into the school schedule as well as for their planning and implementation. Research shows that PLCs can lead to improved student achievement.
Instruction > Professional Learning Communities | School-based Administrators > K-12


Improving School-wide Behavior through Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

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 Culture & Discipline | School-based Administrators > K-12


Section 504: 21 Myths and Realities

Charter school administrators and teachers play a pivotal role in meeting the needs of students with a Section 504 Plan. This engaging and interactive session will provide 21 explanations on myths and realities in the Section 504 process and implementation at a school.
Leadership > School Leadership | School-based Administrators > K-12


Wednesday, October 17, 2018 • 4:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m.


Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader Called Alexa? Smart Assistants and Other Cool EdTech Coding Tools in the Classroom

Come see how to enhance your lessons by integrating Amazon's Alexa in your instruction. The presenter will showcase a step-by-step guide of how to create your own Alexa skills. In addition, the presenter will share a number of affordable coding tools that teachers can use to integrate coding within the content areas.
Instruction > Instructional Technology | General > K-12


Effective Governance Oversight is Integral to Charter School Performance

Authorizers give the charter to the board, yet many authorizers have little to no contact with the boards, unless there is an issue. The board's role is critical to the success and sustainability of the school, yet far too often authorizers do not have the time nor the tools to assess where boards are and what they need to better operate. A board check up is much easier and more effective than a board emergency. This presentation will discuss and share how using a practical rubric for assessing governance is a necessary oversight tool.
Authorizing > Monitoring | District Authorizers > K-12


How to Save Your School Money by Going Digital

Dayspring Academy, a charter school out of Pasco County, shares how to plan for the future and to sustain a school, while also keeping staff on board. Former Chairman of Florida Education, John Legg and current CFO for Dayspring Academy, leads this discussion about implementing technology to give teachers more time to focus on students.
Business > School Operations | School-based Administrators > K-12


Turn Your Mission and Vision Statements into Clear Guiding Principles with a Colorful Graphic to Help Shape Your School Culture

This presentation will help school leaders to clearly align their school culture, planning, and decision-making with their school's mission and vision statements in an interactive discussion. Participants will leave with a clearer understanding of their school's mission and of how to communicate it to stakeholders.
Leadership > Strategic Planning | School-based Administrators > K-12


Lifting Students Up through a Peer Mentor Program

Students lifting up Students! Learn about a mentor program that provides growth and leadership opportunities for environment. Get your freshman up to speed immediately on what it takes to succeed within your school climate.
Leadership > School Leadership | General > 9-12


Thursday, October 18, 2018 • 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


Legal Update on Charter School Law

A 2018 legal update about changes to laws and rules impacting charter schools and related legal cases. The presentation focuses on Florida, but will also include significant legal developments from other states.
Business > Legal Issues | School-based Administrators >


Keeping Writing FUN and SIMPLE

Preparing students for the state writing assessment in a FUN and EASY way! Teach students a simple, fun and easy approach to writing using structure, organization and color coding. This session will show you how to use these strategies in the classroom and develop proficient writers.
Instruction > Writing | Classroom Teachers > K-12


School Counseling Programs Make a Difference for Students and Schools

School Counseling Programs Make a Difference for Students and Schools "Guidance" Counselors of yesteryear are today’s "School" Counselors. Learn about and how school counseling uses research-based prevention programs and interventions to support students for academic success, develop positive peer and social relationships, prepare for postsecondary, and promote a positive, respective school climate.
Leadership > School Culture & Discipline | School-based Administrators > K-12


Deciphering Data to Drive Instruction

Have you ever wondered what to do with the data given by the state after the annual assessments are completed? How does that drive instruction? Can you even decipher what has been shown you? This presentation will show what is included in state data and how to apply it in the classroom to improve student achievement.
Instruction > Standards & Assessment | General > 5-8


Creating The School Culture: Expectations, Goals and Accountability

Come learn how one school climbed out of a negative school culture to foster and grow a positive culture, as well as increased enrollment, by setting high expectations, establishing a system of goal-setting and accountability for both students and staff. In establishing these systems the school has been able to grow and achieve a positive school culture focused on what is best for students, as well as attract and retain quality teachers. Join us and leave with tips, ideas and strategies to immediately implement at your school.
Leadership > School Culture & Discipline | General > K-5


Thursday, October 18, 2018 • 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


Little Ideas for Teaching (LIFTs)

From collaborative group work to student discussion to grading to student engagement in assessments and more, these ideas will certainly have something for everyone. Takeaways include engaging students in course content and lectures, using assessment to promote student engagement and collaboration, using simulation games to increase engagement, and more!
Instruction > Instructional Technology | Classroom Teachers > 5-8


Improving Your School Climate: A Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Approach

Improving your school climate can lead to an increase in school achievement and better staff retention. In this presentation, we will provide information to support your school climate improvement efforts through the use of data collection tools and data based decision making. We will share how schools can use their school climate data to problem solve and address issues related to safety, teaching and learning, interpersonal relationships, and the school environment.
Leadership > School Culture & Discipline | School-based Administrators > K-12


Charter Support Unit: A Free Services to Charter Schools

Charter schools can take advantage of support services through the Charter Support Unit, a free service provided to charter schools by the State of Florida. This presentation will discuss the services that are available and how to take advantage of them. A significant amount of time will be devoted to a Q&A where new schools can ask their pressing questions, and to provide feedback on how the CSU can best support your school.
Leadership > General | General > K-12


So, You've Outgrown Your Charter School Facility, Now What?

Florida charter schools are finding that they're outgrowing facilities at a rate higher than anticipated, leading to being unable to efficiently support students and faculty. This discussion focuses on issues that Florida's charter school system is facing and what schools can do to combat these issues, such as outgrowing current facilities, timely project delivery, recruiting talent and more.
Business > Facilities | Governing Board Members > 9-12