This year, our conference theme is Adjusting the Sails: Staying on Course for Success. The focus is how Louisiana charter schools can continue experiencing success by aiming to be even more innovative, efficient, and mindful of student needs.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Cocktails and h’ordeuvres at Juban’s, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Friday, September 13, 2013
Registration and Breakfast, 7:00am – 8:55am
(Registration will run all day, but begins at 7am. Continental-style breakfast available in vendor hall in the Premier Ballroom).
Welcome and Keynote, 9:00am – 10:30am (Cypress Room 2)
What are the material conditions that effect urban youth before they even step foot in our schools? What does it mean to develop educational environments that are relevant and responsive to these conditions? How should these educational spaces define success for students and educators?
This talk focuses on developing educators that are better equipped to create educational environments that understand and respond to the social toxins that emerge from inequality. The talk closely examines the types of social toxins that young people face in the broader society and discusses the impact of these conditions on student identities. Inside of this framing, Duncan-Andrade draws from his 20 years as an urban educator to explore the concept of hope, as essential for nurturing urban youth. He identifies three forms of “false hope”—hokey hope, mythical hope, and hope deferred—pervasive in and peddled by many urban schools. These false hopes give way to Duncan-Andrade’s conception of “critical hope,” explained through the description of three necessary elements of educational practice that produce and sustain hope and transformation. Through the voices of young people and their teachers, and the invocation of powerful metaphor and imagery, Duncan-Andrade proclaims critical hope’s significance for an education that relieves undeserved suffering in communities.
Block 1 Breakout Sessions, 10:45am - 12:15pm
Session 1: Employment & School Policy Best Practices (Target: HR Specialists, School Leaders)
This session is geared towards school Human Resources specialists, as well as school leaders. Michelle Craig, a lawyer specializing in school HR issues at Adams & Reese, will lead a discussion on best practices schools should consider adopting to both better serve their employees and to protect their school. At-will employment and employment handbook basics will be covered.
*Session 2: Becoming an Education Champion (Target: Legislators and Policy-Makers)
Targeted at legislators and policy-makers, this session will be led by a panel of education and political experts who will discuss the importance of politicians being engaged and well-informed on education, and the national trends within education politics.
Session 3: Roses in Concrete: A Discussion (Target: Teachers, School Leaders)
This session will be led by Jeff Duncan-Andrade as a follow-up to his keynote. He will take Q&A, and lead a dialogue regarding his presentation. Duncan-Andrade has almost 20 years of teaching experience and is an expert in how teachers and schools can better help the most at-risk students prosper and thrive by creating safe, supportive classrooms.
Session 4: The Future of Education in Louisiana (Target: School Leaders)
Neerav Kingsland, Executive Director of New Schools for New Orleans, will lead an open dialogue among school leaders about the future of education in Louisiana, and what role charter schools could or should have.
*Session 5: The Six Levels of Parent and Community Involvement (Target: Parents & Community Leaders)
Representatives from the organization Stand for Children will walk parents through Joyce Epstein's six levels of parent and community involvement. Stand for Children will empower parents in this session by providing examples of how parents can work with their schools and community to develop school-based parent involvement plans.
*Session 6: Becoming a Student Advocate (Target: High School and College Students)
Representatives from the organization, Students for Education Reform, will lead students in a workshop focused on empowering them to make their voices heard at their schools, in their communities, and among legislators & policy-makers.
Session 7: Board Dynamics (Target: Charter School Board Members)
William Mott, national expert on school and nonprofit boards, will help board members navigate board dynamics and relationships. This session will focus on building relationships, dealing with negativity and difficult personalities, and "the curse of executive sessions."
Block 2 Breakout Sessions, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Session 1: Unions & Charter Schools (Target: HR Specialists, School Leaders)
Alicia Urbain, Legal Director for the Michigan Charter School Association, will lead a discussion on employment best practices. She will also share her experiences with unionized charter schools in Michigan and what Louisiana can learn--the good, the bad, and the ugly! She will be joined by a local Louisiana labor attorney to answer questions regarding unions and labor laws here in our state.
Session 2: The Worst Board Meeting Ever (Target: Charter School Board Members)
Watch a charter school board suffer through some common and outrageous dilemmas in a fast-paced comedy of errors. As it unfolds, see if you can identify the troubles they make for themselves under the Open Meetings Law, the Public Records Act, and conflict or interest laws. Learn strategies for avoiding these common issues from a panel of legal and governance experts. Led by Michelle Craig, a lawyer specializing in school HR issues at Adams & Reese.
Session 3: Practical Anti-Bullying Strategies (Target: Teachers, School Leaders)
Educators from the Social Justice Education program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will lead a professional development opportunity focused on providing teachers with practical examples of how to positively interrupt bullying situations.
Session 4: Driving Teacher Performance--What Really Works? (Target: School Leaders)
Aimed at school leaders, this session will be led by national and local experts in the areas of merit pay, school culture, and teacher coaching. Find out what the research suggests are the best practices in these areas, as well as how they're working for charters.
Session 5: So, You Want to Start a Charter School? (Target: Individuals Interested in How to Start a Charter School) Interested in starting a charter school? Not sure where to start? Our panel of national and local experts will present on the process of applying for a charter, best practices, and a variety of "good-to-know" tips.
Session 6: The Leader In Me (Target: All)
"The Leader in Me" is a whole-school transformation model based on the "7 Habits of Highly Effective People." Learn more from the leaders at "The Leader in Me" about how this program could lead to higher academic achievement, fewer discipline problems, and increased community engagement at your school!
Session 7: Louisiana Connect Portal & Workforce Development (Target: All)
Come learn more about the Louisiana Connect portal. This portal provides an ever-increasing set of tools and resources to help students plan for life after high school, find colleges where they can experience success, and find rewarding careers. School counselors, parents, and teachers can use the portal to track dashboards and aid in communication with students about college and the workforce