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Welcome to LAPCS’ 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Louisiana Charter Schools Conference! Use this site to browse our sessions, speakers, and make your own schedule. Questions? Email us at info@lacharterschools.org
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Thursday, December 14 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Building Political Power For Your School

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How can school leaders develop political support and community buy-in? We will have a discussion with school leaders and advocates that will include both past successes and failures and techniques moving forward to help school leaders become better advocates for their school communities.

Moderators
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Dana Henry

New Orleans City Director, Stand for Children
As a native son of New Orleans, Dana Henry has engaged in advocacy full time as a family law and juvenile attorney in New Orleans since 2000. Since that time, Dana has also worked professionally as a management consultant and has served on several civic boards and commissions in New Orleans. His tenure on the Sci Academy/Collegiate Academies Board of Directors in 2010 served as the impetus for his transition from courtrooms to community organizing, outreach, and education advocacy for children. | As chairperson of the Community Outreach Committee on the Collegiate Academies Board, Dana was asked to engage the Carver/Desire community leaders and facilitate dialogue that would focus on the best educational opportunities for the Carver/Desire community scholars. Although at times terse and contentious, the conversations with the Carver alumni and community leaders slowly turned productive and have resulted in positive educational opportunities for the scholars at Carver Collegiate Academy and Carver Preparatory Academy. As a parent of two children who attend a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence-awarded public elementary school in New Orleans, Dana has firsthand knowledge of the positive impact that a quality, public education can have on children, parents, families, and the community as a whole.  | Dana is also active with the New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD) as a volunteer coach and organizer at Kenilworth Park. Dana is a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans, Howard University in Washington D.C., and the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge... Read More →

Speakers
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Kenneth Campbell

STEM Curriculum Specialist, Idea Public Schools
Ken is a native of Mississippi who has lived in Louisiana for the past 9 years, a respected education leader in Baton Rouge, and a national expert on quality charter school policy. Ken brings decades of experience creating exceptional education opportunities for children to his position at IDEA... Read More →
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Eva Kemp

Louisiana State Director, Democrats for Education Reform
Eva Kemp joined the DFER team after working as an education policy advisor to former United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu (D-LA). A native of Hammond, LA, Eva graduated from Louisiana State University in 2007 and began teaching fourth grade in Baton Rouge. She also worked as a literacy coach in East Feliciana Parish and ran for school board in Baton Rogue. Later, she served at the Louisiana Department of Education and the Recovery School District working on school turnaround policy, enrollment, desegregation policy and portfolio planning. After earning a... Read More →
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Dr. Jesse Watson

Founding Principal, Kenner Discovery
Distinguished as a vibrant and driven leader, Dr. Watson, received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA (SUBR) and later earned dual Master’s Degrees from SUBR, Master of Public Administration at Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Master of Education in Administration and Supervision. Dr. Watson earned his doctorate of philosophy degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas... Read More →