The 2014 National Charter Schools Conference will be held at the end of this month on June 29 through July 2 in Las Vegas. This conference is a great professional development opportunity to learn to become a more effective school operator or board member. Here are some recommended sessions to attend for each session strand.
- The Biggest Decisions You Will Ever Make
Presenters: Joe Keeney 4th Sector Solutions, Patricia Brantley Friendship Public Charter School, Adrian Morgan Algiers Charter School Association
Time: Monday 6/30, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
- Governance or Management? You Decide!
Presenter: Marci Cornell-Feist The High Bar
Time: Tuesday 7/1, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
- Checking for Understanding Like a Champion with Uncommon Schools
Presenter: Paul Powell Uncommon Schools - Troy Prep
Time: Tuesday 7/1, 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
- Getting Smarter About SPED: Five Blended Learning Decisions and Implications
Presenters: Tom Vander Ark Getting Smart, Doug Haynes Rocky Mount Prep, and Sydney Quon Los Angeles Unified School District SELPA
Time: Monday 6/30, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
- Teacher Career Pathways: Building Advancement Opportunities
Presenters: Melissa Scheinfeld IDEA Public Schools, James Gallagher Aspire Public Schools, Sarah Coon Rosskamm Hendy Avenue Consulting, and Genna Weinstein Achievement First
Time: Monday 6/30, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Book of The Month
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't
In Good to Great Collins, the author of Built to Last, concludes that it is possible, but finds there are no silver bullets. Collins and his team of researchers began their quest by sorting through a list of 1,435 companies, looking for those that made substantial improvements in their performance over time. They finally settled on 11--including Fannie Mae, Gillette, Walgreens, and Wells Fargo--and discovered common traits that challenged many of the conventional notions of corporate success.