2018 Session Schedule

Sessions are organized below by time slot, and include a room name, as well as an intended audience. This session schedule will also be included in printed materials at the Symposium. Build your ideal conference agenda now! 

*You can find a map of the conference session rooms at the bottom of the page. 

 

WEDNESDAY SESSIONS

>> 10-11:30 AM

>Selling your charter school’s professional culture to new recruits (Salon A)

Kristina Campa-Gruca & Kelly Gleischman, edfuel

Audience: Leaders, management companies

SESSION RESOURCES

Why do staff join your school and why do they stay? Attendees will define and leverage your school's unique differentiator to recruit and retain the best teachers in this session. Expose your charter school’s unique differentiators that attract and retain high-quality teacher professionals to your building! In this session, you will learn how to identify core pillars of your school’s employee value proposition (mission and fit, culture, compensation and rewards, and professional growth) and how to amplify these unique differentiators to competitively recruit and retain top talent. Discover best practices in teacher recruitment and retention strategies and walk away with an immediately actionable draft or refined Employee Value Proposition!

>Charter Leader “Secrets” of creating the Teacher Career Lattice (Salon B & C)
Keith Palz, Atlantic Research Partners

Audience: Leaders, management companies

SESSION RESOURCES

In this session, uncover the "secrets" to teacher career lattice opportunities in your school to focus on retaining master teachers in instructional roles with students, but also giving them more responsibility and authority throughout your building. Learn strategies on how to embed opportunities within your charter model for your instructional staff to apply their professional knowledge, skills and experience, all while you gain valuable insight from the input of your master teachers. Discover tips on how to create a process for career advancement within your organization and how it will increase your staff retention rate.

>Empathy Transforms Educators Into Rockstars (Salon G & H)
John Ball & Lisa Goyette, Creating Hope LLC

Audience: Leaders, teachers

It goes without saying that the challenges that students along with their families face can sometimes seem insurmountable. Offering empathy to students along with their families can go a long ways in transforming an average educational experience into an exceptional one. Empathy is essential for those who work with school populations at risk and those with special needs. In this session, attendees will gain specific tools which can be used to cultivate an environment that creates a positive and rewarding educational experience for the student, their families and for your school’s staff!

>Transformational Leadership: Michigan Charter's Innovative Educators (Niles)
Kayla Campbell, Creative Technologies Academy
Cora Christmas, Henry Ford Academy
Pat Cwayna, West Michigan Aviation Academy 

Audience: Leaders, teachers, authorizers, management companies

SESSION RESOURCES

Hear from a panel of Michigan Charter School award winners on innovative practices within their perspective programs and learn new strategies and ideas from high-performing school leaders. This session will provide an opportunity to ask questions to key charter leaders within the movement to learn how to impact your school and programming.

>Michigan’s Charter School Performance: How do we measure up? (Dennison I & II)
Macke Raymond, Stanford University

Audience: Management companies, authorizers

SESSION RESOURCES

It is time to change the narrative about charter schools. Opponents of charter schools are finding traction with carefully crafted attacks, often reversing messaging developed in favor of charters. Looking at the evidence from recent studies, this session aims to reframe the dialog about charter schools to help school leaders, charter advocates and policymakers reinforce the importance of charter schools in the local and national education landscape.

 

>> 1-2:30 PM

Telling Your Charter School Story Matters (Salon A)
Becky Carlton, MAPSA

Audience: Leaders, management companies

SESSION RESOURCES

In an ever-changing world of technology and new marketing strategies, ensuring you are utilizing the best tactics to attract new students and create positive messaging for your school is vital. In this session, you will learn how you can drive enrollment and create buzz about your school in your community through the use of storytelling tactics including social media, press and videos. Learn the difference between various media types and storytelling approaches and uncover the role of social media and other community strategies when telling your story.

>Parent Engagement Equates to School Success (Salon B & C)
Moneak Parker, Detroit Voice for School Choice

Audience: Leaders, management companies

SESSION RESOURCES

Get parents pumped at your school with new strategies to increase parent engagement and create shared responsibility with student achievement. Learn approaches to impact positive relationships and clear communication between schools and parents while being culturally competent. In this session, regain an understanding of the barriers to parent involvement such as scheduling, transportation, school culture and teacher relationships to maximize parent involvement with your students!

>Charter Leader “Secrets” of creating the Teacher Career Lattice (Salon G & H)
Keith Palz, Atlantic Research Partners

Audience: Leaders, management companies

In this session, uncover the "secrets" to teacher career lattice opportunities in your school to focus on retaining master teachers in instructional roles with students, but also giving them more responsibility and authority throughout your building. Learn strategies on how to embed opportunities within your charter model for your instructional staff to apply their professional knowledge, skills and experience, all while you gain valuable insight from the input of your master teachers. Discover tips on how to create a process for career advancement within your organization and how it will increase your staff retention rate.

>25 Years into the Michigan Charter School Movement (Niles)

Dan Quisenberry, MAPSA
Jim Goenner, National Charter Schools Institute
Buzz Thomas, Thomas Consulting Group

Audience: Leaders, teachers, authorizers, management companies

Learn about pivotal points in Michigan's charter school history and uncover stories about where we currently are as an education reform movement. Attendees will gain an understanding on where the movement still has work to do and what the potential future of public education could look like.

>Teaching & Learning in an Increasingly Diverse Charter Classroom (Dennison I & II) 
Aquan Grant, Arbor Preparatory Academy

Audience: Leaders, teachers

Charter schools are continually serving diverse student bodies across the state. In this session, discover the true meaning of “diverse” and how race, socio-economic status, and oppressed populations impact classroom dynamics. Also, learn classroom and school-wide strategies to utilize in these diverse settings to increase empathy and understanding in your school’s staff. Lastly, attendees will develop a strong sense of how to work with students who don’t always look like their perspective teachers to become a culturally responsive school.

 

>> 2:45-4:15 PM

>Utilizing best practice frameworks to enhance school strategic planning (Salon A)
Brian McMillian & Natalia Bovkun, EdOps

Audience: Leaders, management companies

SESSION RESOURCES

Many school organizations engage in the practice of strategic planning, but few have a simple, rigorous framework that guides their strategic planning process. In this session, school leaders will learn how to enhance their strategic planning process and then work through useful frameworks used by leading companies that have been adapted for use in your local education context. You will discover how to incorporate your target family profiles into your strategic objectives and use as a framework for day-to-day decision-making in your school. Also, attendees will learn how to use these tools as a foundation when refining their school's unique story for key stakeholders.

>Selling your charter school’s professional culture to new recruits (Salon B & C)

Kristina Campa-Gruca & Kelly Gleischman, edfuel

Audience: Leaders, management companies

SESSION RESOURCES

Why do staff join your school and why do they stay? Attendees will define and leverage your school's unique differentiator to recruit and retain the best teachers in this session. Expose your charter school’s unique differentiators that attract and retain high-quality teacher professionals to your building! In this session, you will learn how to identify core pillars of your school’s employee value proposition (mission and fit, culture, compensation and rewards, and professional growth) and how to amplify these unique differentiators to competitively recruit and retain top talent. Discover best practices in teacher recruitment and retention strategies and walk away with an immediately actionable draft or refined Employee Value Proposition!

> Cultivating A Culture of Care In The Educational Environment (Salon F)
John Ball & Lisa Goyette, Creating Hope LLC

Audience: Leaders, teachers

Stories touch the heart and they transform lives. Every individual student along with their families carry with them extensive experiences that have shaped their lives. Some of those experiences have brought a great deal of joy while many of those experiences have brought pain, challenge and struggle. As an educator, you become a part of that story. Effective educators and care providers understand the value of embracing the stories of those they care for while seeking to be sensitive and understanding of the entirety of the journey that an individual along with their family has faced. In this session discover ho honesty, empathy and vulnerability are essential qualities in building bonds with the families.

>Discover the Interconnected Web of Personalized Learning (Dennison I & II)
Jin-Soo Huh & Jennifer Ferrari, Distinctive Schools

Audience: Leaders, teachers

SESSION RESOURCES

Distinctive Schools will share its journey in transforming their schools from a traditional model to an innovative, student-centered one. Leaders will share what prompted the change and what experiences and research informed their decisions. The group will also give an overview of how they piloted the model at one campus and what were quick wins and lessons learned from the experience. Distinctive Schools will discuss how they built upon one school’s experience to scale and evolve these innovations to the entire network.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2018 (9AM-12PM)

The 3-hour professional learning workshop on Thursday will take the knowledge and information learned from Wednesday and provide an opportunity to reflect with intentional time to process and develop a plan that will best impact your school. When registering, choose from four workshops offered on Thursday, December 6:

>Create a personalized learning plan connected to each of your students (Dennison III & IV)
Jin-Soo Huh & Jennifer Ferrari, Distinctive Schools

SESSION RESOURCES


Join Distinctive Schools leadership to discover the personalized learning transformation by using design thinking processes to identify anchors for your school and generate prototypes you can iterate on. You will be able to replicate this session with your team to transform your schools!

>Develop a Charter School INBOUND Marketing Plan (Dennison I & II)
Becky Carlton, MAPSA

SESSION RESOURCES


Uncover common barriers to successful school marketing plans and discover cost-effective strategies to reel in prospective families. Leave this session with a knowledge on inbound marketing tactics, social media best practices and exposure to successful school marketing models.

>Learn Engaging Parent Engagement Strategies for Your School (Salon G & H)
Moneak Parker, Detroit Voice for School Choice

SESSION RESOURCES

Hear from current parents about their thoughts on public school models and school choice and how your school can shape an effective engagement strategy to increase student retention. Leave this session with best practices that can be implemented in your school and an analysis of your current strategy.

 >Identify Your Competitive Advantage for Strategic Planning (Salon B & C)
Brian McMillian & Natalia Bovkun, EdOps

SESSION RESOURCES 

Why should a family enroll their children in your school instead of the competition's? In this session, you will define your school's unique value proposition using a variety of frameworks that map out your strategic context and school offerings from the perspective of the families you aim to serve.

 

Conference Map

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