FCSC 2018

Breakout Sessions


Tuesday, October 16, 2018 • 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


The Balancing Act of Compliance, PART I: Managing the Right Variables

PART I of the CSP Grant training that focuses on the foundational required actions and variables CSP sub-recipients must complete prior to the release of CSP funds. This is a CSP Grant specific presentation. The monitoring of CSP grant projects is the regular and systematic examination of sub-recipient schools administration and processing of their CSP funds. PART I of the CSP Grant training will be provided during this pre-conference workshop. *ALL active sub-recipients (principals, governing board member, budget manager, or management company) should attend this workshop! The presentation will focuses on the foundational required actions and variables CSP sub-recipients must complete prior to the release of CSP funds.
Business > School Operations | CSP Grant Recipients > K-12


So You Think You Can Collaborate...The Future of Collaboration, Today

Fast forward to 2030 and think about your schools, classrooms, and communities. What are you using to collaborate, better yet, what are your students going to be using in a world where digital technology changes direction faster than the wind? Empower your students to create the world of tomorrow. Embrace the power of cutting edge technologies, and many of them are FREE for your school to take advantage of today. Learn about the latest classroom technologies for educators, learners, schools and communities.
Instruction > Instructional Technology | General > K-12


Unlocking Student Potential with Amazing STEAM Technology in the Classroom

Participants of this dynamic presentation will learn how to combine different cutting edge technologies in their classroom in order to create gamified STEAM projects within the content areas.
Instruction > Instructional Technology | Classroom Teachers > K-8


Principal Connections

Charter school principals wear many hats and not many people understand all that we do. Let's take time to realize that we are not alone with our passion, our brilliance and our hard work making our charter schools shine every day. Principals, join your colleagues for this supportive networking opportunity.
This workshop is for active principals only.
Leadership > General | School-based Administrators > K-12


Building an Effective Tier 2 and 3 Tiered Support System to Meet The Needs of Youth Who Are At-Risk

This workshop will engage participants with a chance to learn how to improve their schools' tier 2 and 3 support systems for students at-risk. All participants will leave with free resources to identify students through screening, match students to effective interventions, and monitor progress for decision-making.
Leadership > School Culture & Discipline | General > K-12 |


20 Essential Points: Special Education

Charter school administrators play an important role in meeting the needs of Students with Disabilities (SWD). This engaging, hands-on and interactive session will provide guidance to school administrators to address 20 essential points that may ensure their schools can service SWD by providing the required IEP services, supports, and accommodations.
Leadership > School Leadership | School-based Administrators > K-12 |


New School Institute

Opening a new charter school is a monumental task. The Charter Support Unit is a free service available to new charter schools in the state of Florida, and will be sponsoring a series of trainings to help leaders of new schools. The series will kick off with a session at the Charter School Conference, and then plans to meet every other month to help groups opening a new school in August, 2019 or beyond. This presentation will cover topics school leaders should be thinking about now in order to be ready for a successful opening nine months from now.
Leadership > General | General > K-12 |


Finding, Growing, and Retaining New Teachers: KIPP Jacksonville's Baker Teaching Fellowship

Stressed about recruiting and retaining teachers in a competitive educational landscape? Curious about the effective methods to train and coach new teachers? Discover what one charter network is doing to create a bench of experienced and certified teachers available to their schools. KIPP Jacksonville presenters will share the strategies and practices that have been instrumental in supporting the creation of teachers dedicated to pursuing careers serving low-income student populations.
Business > Professional Development | General > K-8 |


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


The Four C's of Facility Financing

This presentation will answer facility and funding questions for charter school founders, school board members and administrators. Participants will learn the important questions to ask all parties involved in the development and financing of a charter school from new start to expansion to replication.
Business > Facilities | Governing Board Members > K-12


Educator Quality: Recruitment, Retention and Recognition of High Quality Teachers

This presentation will center on the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Educator Recruitment, Development and Retention's role in supporting charter schools and charter management organizations on a variety of educator quality topics, including the proposed changes to Florida’s professional development standards that are the core expectations for professional learning and form the foundation for our professional development systems. Other topics will include personnel evaluation systems, Best/Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program, and 2018 legislative updates including opportunities for charter schools to develop their own teacher/school administrator preparation programs.
Leadership > Teacher Recruitment and Retention | School-based Administrators > K-12 |


ESSA: All About the Data!

This presentation will focus on the importance of collecting and reporting data to school districts for Title I, Part A, funding purposes. The discussion will include state reporting timelines and an overview of the reporting process.
Business > School Operations | General > 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


Legislative Changes Affecting Charter School Sponsors

Several revisions to state laws that govern charter schools have implications for charter school sponsors. Representatives from the Florida Department of Education discuss those changes and provide technical assistance for those that authorize Florida charter schools.
Authorizing > General | District Authorizers > K-122


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


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


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.


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


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 |


Statewide Charter School Performance Framework

The Florida Department of Education is in the process of developing a model statewide performance framework for charter schools that measures a school's academic, financial, and organizational performance. Representatives will update stakeholders on where the framework is at and take feedback.
Leadership > General | General > K-12


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


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 |


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 |


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.


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 |


School Grades

This presentation will provide an update on Florida's school grades, school improvement rating methodologies and results from the 2017-18 school year for Florida's charter schools.
Leadership > General | School-based Administrators > 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 |


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


Florida Principles and Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing: A Primer

In 2014, a workgroup of charter school authorizers and charter school operators assembled for several meetings to draft what would become the gold standard for quality charter school authorizing. This presentation is suitable particularly for new staffers in district offices who are less acquainted with the principles and standards and would benefit from an overview.
Authorizing > Standards for High Quality Authorizing | District Authorizers > 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.


STEM/STEAM: Realizing the Dream

Effective and engaging strategies for charter school administrators to invigorate faculty, engage students and promote improvements in science assessment will be discussed with a respected charter school principal. From Kindergarten through 12th grade, we'll examine science solutions to help your school be the best!
Instruction > Science | General > K-12


The Balancing Act of Compliance, PART II: Managing the Right Variables

PART II of the CSP Grant training focuses on the established required tasks and variables CSP sub-recipients should complete after the release of CSP funds. This is a CSP Grant specific presentation. The monitoring of CSP grant projects is the regular and systematic examination of sub-recipient schools administration and processing of their CSP funds. PART II of the CSP Grant training will be provided during this breakout session. *ALL active sub-recipients (principals, governing board member, budget manager, or Management Company) should attend this session! The presentation focuses on the established required tasks and variables CSP sub-recipients should complete after the release of CSP funds.
Business > Budgeting | CSP Grant Recipients > K-12 |


Data to Dollars

The quality and understanding of charter school data has a direct impact on funding, accountability and public perception. This presentation will help you to better understand the reporting cycles and types of information required by the Florida Department of Education, along with how that data determines your school's funding.
Leadership > Accountability | Business Managers > K-12 |


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

Babcock Neighborhood School, a charter school out of Charlotte County, and 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. Babcock Neighborhood School Principal Shannon Treece and former Dayspring Academy IT Director and CEO of Script, Aaron White. We will discuss implementing technology to give teachers and administrators to save money and have more time to focus on students.
Business > School Operations | School-based Administrators > K-12


The Intersection of Board Governance & Finance: What every Board Member Should Know

This is not your average facilities financing discussion. This presentation provides board members with some of the best board governance practices, coupled with relevant financial metrics and concepts to proficiently guide their school to Lift All Students.
Leadership > Governance | Governing Board Members > 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 |


Navigating the Legislative and Regulatory Requirements for Financial Conditions and Emergencies for Charter Schools

Representatives from the Florida Department of Education walk through the various requirements in statute and in rule governing various financial conditions for charter schools. This presentation emphasizes the responsibilities a district has upon determining that a school is in a financial condition or financial emergency.
Authorizing > Business & Finance Issues | District Authorizers > 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


Raising the Bar for Learning with Technology

Raising the bar for learning with technology provides an exploration of how we leverage technology to help our students learn today and prepare them for a rapidly changing world. Participants will learn how the world is changing rapidly, and how students learning with technology provides them the tools necessary to change the world.
Instruction > Instructional Technology | General > K-12


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


FDOE Update

FDOE representatives will provide an update on changes — legislative and otherwise — affecting Florida charter schools.
Business > Legislative Issues | General > K-12


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 |


The Balancing Act of Compliance, PART II: Managing the Right Variables

PART II of the CSP Grant training focuses on the established required tasks and variables CSP sub-recipients should complete after the release of CSP funds. This is a CSP Grant specific presentation. The monitoring of CSP grant projects is the regular and systematic examination of sub-recipient schools administration and processing of their CSP funds. PART II of the CSP Grant training will be provided during this breakout session. *ALL active sub-recipients (principals, governing board member, budget manager, or Management Company) should attend this session! The presentation focuses on the established required tasks and variables CSP sub-recipients should complete after the release of CSP funds.
Business > Budgeting | CSP Grant Recipients > 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 |