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2017 NACSA Leadership Conference

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SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

Monday, October 16
10:00 am – 4:30 pm **NOW SOLD OUT**
Pre-Conference Workshop: New Authorizer Boot Camp
3:00 – 7:00 pm Registration Open
6:00 – 8:00 pm Welcome Reception
Tuesday, October 17
7:30 am – 4:00 pm Registration Open
7:00 – 8:30 am Breakfast
9:00 – 10:15 am Opening Plenary
10:15 – 10:45 am Morning Break
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Breakout Sessions 1
12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 2:45 pm Breakout Sessions 2
2:45 – 3:15 pm Afternoon Break
3:15 – 4:30 pm Breakout Sessions 3
4:45 – 5:30 pm Membership Meeting
Wednesday, October 18
7:30 am – 4:00 pm Registration Open
7:00 – 8:30 am Breakfast
9:00 – 10:15 am General Session
10:15 – 10:45 am Morning Break
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Breakout Sessions 4
12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 2:45 pm Breakout Sessions 5
2:45 – 3:15 pm Afternoon Break
3:15 – 4:30 pm Breakout Sessions 6
Thursday, October 19
7:00 – 8:30 am Breakfast
9:00 – 11:30 am Workshops & Other Offerings

FULL SCHEDULE

Monday, October 16

Authorizing 101 Bootcamp– New to authorizing? Join us for a half-day interactive session where you can front-load your Conference experience by learning the basics of authorizing practice, as well as everything you need to know to get the most out of the NACSA Leadership Conference.

GENERAL SESSIONS

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2017

Breakout Sessions 1 (10:45 am – 12:00 pm)

Topic/Room Title Confirmed Speakers Materials
 

Next Level Practices

Acacia

 

Authorizing Restarts: The Promise and the Practice Scott Pearson (DCPCSB)
Tim Field (Public Impact)
Bryan Hassel (Public Impact)
DawnLynne Kacer (School District of Philadelphia)
 

Ed Reform

Bougainvillea

 

 

New Ways to Think About School Quality Nelson Smith (NACSA)
 

Policy

Honeysuckle

 

 

ESSA 1.0 Amanda Fenton (NACSA)
Fundamental Practices

Eucalyptus

Planning a Quality Process for Charter School Application Decisions Morgan Felts (State Charter School Commission of Georgia)
Alyssa Hopkins (Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education)
Olivia Roser (NACSA)
Marian Schutte (Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board)
 

Fundamental Practices

Sierra 1

 

 

Academic Frameworks from A to Z Lyria Boast (Public Impact)
Mark Modrcin (Tulsa Public Schools)
Katie Poulos (New Mexico Public Education Department)
 

Management and Leadership

Sierra 2

 

 

How to Build and Leverage Relationships to Get Stuff Done Bonnie Holliday (State Charter School Commission of Georgia)
Terry Croy Lewis (Colorado Charter School Institute)
Carol Swann (Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools)
 

Management and Leadership

Sierra 3

 

 

Monitoring Board Accountability for High Quality Schools Debbie Lister and Lucy Castillo (Charter Board Partners)

Breakout Sessions 2 (1:30 pm – 2:45 pm)

Topic/Room Title Confirmed Speakers Materials
 

Ed Reform

Acacia

 

Upholding the Promise: Ensuring Equitable Access to Quality Charter Schools Dina Wilson (Los Angeles County Office of Education)
Dana Abbott (South Carolina Public Charter School District)
 

Ed Reform

Bougainvillea

 

 

The Role of Authorizers in Growth: Passive, Active, or Assertive Jarett Fields, moderator
Adam Hawf (Orleans Parish School Board)
Marian Schutte (Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board)
Elliot Smalley (South Carolina Public Charter School District)
 

Next Level Practices

Honeysuckle

 

 

Authorizing the Whole: From Individual School Decisions to Systematic Improvement and Impact Lyria Boast (Public Impact)
Karega Rausch (NACSA)
Elizabeth Robitaille (CCSA)
Barbara Zeile (Central Michigan University)
 

Policy

Eucalyptus

 

 

Federal Policy Overview: Where are We, and Where are We Going? Alex Medler (NCSRC)
Christy Wolfe (NAPCS)
Amanda Fenton (NACSA)
 

Management and Leadership

Sierra 1

 

 

Change Management Mary Bradley (Chicago Public Schools)
Colleston Morgan (Orleans Parish School Board)
Katie Poulos (New Mexico Public Education Department)
 

Next Level Practices

Sierra 2

 

 

Making District-Charter Collaboration Work in Newark and Beyond Samantha Tweedy and Crystal McQueen-Taylor (Uncommon Schools)
 

Fundamental Practices

Sierra 3

 

 

Financial Frameworks 101 Ben Aase (CliftonLarsonAllen LLP)
Brian Dickey (Indianapolis Mayor’s Office)
Whitney Spalding Spencer (NACSA)


Breakout Sessions 3 (3:15 pm – 4:30 pm)

Topic/Room Title Confirmed Speakers Materials
 

Next Level Practices

Acacia

 

Charter Authorizers and Community Engagement: Strategies and Considerations Elisa Botello (Chicago Public Schools)
Joshua Halsey (Washington State Charter School Commission)
 

Next Level Practices

Bougainvillea

 

 

Attracting High Quality Operators to Your Community Earl Simms (Kentucky Division of Charter Schools)
Elliot Smalley (South Carolina Public Charter School District)
Kathryn Mullen Upton (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
 

Ed Reform

Honeysuckle

 

 

What is the Authorizer’s Role in National Issues Affecting Charter Students? Steven Baratte (CCSA)
Jarett Fields
 

Management and Leadership

Eucalyptus

 

 

The Quality Practice Project: What We Have Learned from Authorizers with Strong Portfolios Miles Caunin (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Sean Conlan (NACSA)
Alyssa Hopkins (Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education)
Carol Swann (Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools)
Rashida Young (DC Public Charter School Board)
 

Fundamental Practices

Sierra 1

 

 

Annual Reporting: Taking it to the Next Level Bridgett Abston (Indiana State Charter School Board)
Erin Kupferberg (DC Public Charter School Board)
Guerschmide S. Smith (NYC Department of Education)
 

Fundamental Practices

Sierra 2

 

 

Will a New Charter School Fail? Look at the Application  

Anna Nicoterra (Basis Policy Research)
Erin Reddy (NACSA)
Catherine Watt (South Carolina Public Charter School District)

 

Next Level Practices

Sierra 3

 

 

Deconstructing Management Agreements Gregg Stephens (State Charter School Commission of Georgia)
Elisa Westapher (NACSA)

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2016

Breakout Sessions 4 (11:00 am – 12:15 pm)

Topic/Room Title Confirmed Speakers Materials
 

Fundamental Practices

Acacia

 

Using Replication and Expansion to Build a High-Quality Portfolio Theda Sampson (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Rashida Young (DC Public Charter School Board)
 

Ed Reform

Bougainvillea

 

 

Benefits and Boundaries: Diversity and Authorizing Kriste Dragon (Citizens of the World Charter Schools)
Sonia Park (Diverse Charter Schools Coalition)
Elliot Smalley (South Carolina Public Charter School District)
 

Ed Reform

Honeysuckle

 

 

What is Autonomy, and How Should it be Preserved? Terry Croy Lewis (Colorado Charter Schools Institute)
DeAnna Rowe (BASIS Schools, Inc.)
 

Policy

Eucalyptus

 

 

ESSA 2.0: Finding Stability in the Strain – Handling ESSA Changes (Advanced) Paula Barney and Brian Darrow (Rhode Island Department of Education)
DawnLynne Kacer (School District of Philadelphia)
Cindy Schumacher (Central Michigan University)
 

Management and Leadership

Sierra 1

 

 

Project Management 101 Erin Kupferberg (DC Public Charter School Board)
Shenita Johnson (Illinois Charter School Board)
Rich Richards (South Carolina Public Charter School District)
 

Fundamental Practices

Sierra 2

 

 

Virtual School Oversight Gregg Stephens (State Charter School Commission of Georgia)
Rebecca Wilkinson (Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board)
 

Fundamental Practices

Sierra 3

 

 

EL Oversight: Tools for Authorizers Katie Dammann (DC Public Charter School Board)
Lauren Baum and Renita Thukral (Civil Rights Solutions)

Breakout Sessions 5 (1:45 pm – 3:00 pm)

Topic/Room Title Confirmed Speakers Materials
 

Management and Leadership

Acacia

 

How CARSNet Models the Way for Connecting Small Authorizers Gail Greely (CA Charter Authorizing Professionals)
Teresa Kapellas & Dr. David Patterson (Alameda County Office of Education)
Debby Pearson (Pacific Research Associates)
 

Next Level Practices

Bougainvillea

 

 

Authorizer’s Role in Restart: Let’s Debate! Rich Haglund (Illinois Network of Charter Schools)
Katie Piehl (NACSA)
David Greenberg (Audubon Center of the North Woods)
 

Next Level Practices

Honeysuckle

 

 

Alternative Charter School Accountability Molly McGraw-Healy (University of St. Thomas)
Binky Michelle Jones (Ombudsmen Educational Services)
Ryan Marks (Colorado Charter School Institute)
 

Fundamental Practices

Desert Willow

 

 

Getting the Job Done: Closing Schools Effectively and with Empathy Trish Krajniak (Colorado Charter School Institute)
Lenora Robinson Mills (DCPCSB)
Jasmine Burditt (Indianapolis Mayor’s Office)
 

Fundamental  Practices

Sierra 1

 

 

The Art and Science of Effective Due Diligence Gregg Stephens (State Charter School Commission of Georgia)
Elisa Westapher (NACSA)
Mary Bradley (Chicago Public Schools)
 

Management and Leadership

Sierra 2

 

 

Building Capacity Through Intern Recruitment Bonnie Holliday (State Charter School Commission of Georgia)
Shannon Bauer (NACSA)
 

Ed Reform

Sierra 3

 

 

Workshop with Your Peers: Problems of Practice Kristen Forbriger, moderator (NACSA)
David Frank (New York State Education Department)
Emily Kleinschmidt (Education One)

Breakout Sessions 6 (3:30 pm – 4:45 pm)

Topic/Room Title Confirmed Speakers Materials
 

Fundamental Practices

Acacia

 

Accountability Protocols and Practices:  Intervene for Improvement David Greenberg (Audubon Center of the North Woods)
Shenita Johnson (Illinois Charter School Board)
Johanna Medina (Arizona State Board for Charter Schools)
 

Next Level Practices

Bougainvillea

 

 

Understanding Before Being Understood: Authorizing Indigenous and Tribal Charter Schools Joseph Escobedo (Albuquerque Public Schools)
KC Holder (Northern Michigan University)
Sione Thompson (Hawaii State Charter School Commission)
 

Ed Reform

Honeysuckle

 

 

The Myth of Quality Options Without Access: Authorizing, Access, and High Market Share Daniela Doyle (Public Impact)
Adam Hawf (Orleans Parish School Board)
Karega Rausch (NACSA)
 

Next Level Practices

Eucalyptus

 

 

AZ In-Depth: Relationship Building for Sector Success Ashley Berg (Arizona State Board for Charter Schools)
Whitney Chapa (Arizona Chamber of Commerce)
Kate Gottfredson (Arizona Charter Schools Association)
 

Next Level Practices

Sierra 1

 

 

Rethinking Regulation and Performance Contracting  Dr. James Goenner (National Charter Schools Institute)
 

Fundamental
Practices

Sierra 2

 

 

Building Your Case: Best Practices for Renewal Ryan Marks (Colorado Charter School Institute)
Gina Post (Maine Charter School Commission)
 

Management and Leadership

Sierra 3

 

 

Navigating Your Role in Monitoring Diversity and Inclusivity on School Boards Debbie Lister and Lucy Castillo (Charter Board Partners)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2016

Workshops (9:00 am – 11:30 am)

Topic/Room Title Confirmed Speakers Materials
 

Management and Leadership

Sonoran Sky 1

 

Coaches on Call Meet one-on-one with an expert in the field of authorizing to discuss challenges you’re facing in your work. Experienced Coaches will be on hand for individual coaching sessions on management, leadership, and quality authorizing. Space is limited; please sign up for a time slot here.
 

Management and Leadership

Sonoran Sky 2

 

Cultivating Leadership Resiliency Gail Greely
Amy Ruck Kagan (Highmark)
Kasey Miller (NACSA)
 

Management and Leadership

Sonoran Sky 3

 

Special Education Oversight: Tools for Authorizers  

Kate Dove (CCSA)
Anvi Patel-Murray (DC Public Charter School Board)
Paul O’Neill

 

Workshops & Other Offerings

Sunrise Desert Hike – Our conference resort is next to the South Mountain Park and Preserve, a 16,000 acre desert landscape with miles of hiking trails. NACSA President and CEO Greg Richmond will lead a three-hour outing in the preserve, with about two hours of hiking and an hour of discussion on education. The group will depart the resort on Thursday at 7:15 AM and return by approximately 10:15 AM. Space is limited; reserve a spot in advance here.