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Wednesday, December 13
 

3:00pm

6:00pm

6:00pm

Welcome & Awards Reception
Moderators
avatar for Michelle Craig

Michelle Craig

Co-Founder | Chief Litigation and Labor & Employment Counsel, Transcendent Legal
Michelle D. Craig serves as Co-Founder and Chief Litigation and Labor & Employment Counsel of Transcendent Legal, a newly formed law firm and Co-Founder of Prosquire, a legal project management software. With over 13 years of Am200 law firm experience, she was a partner with Adams and Reese LLP in New Orleans before starting her own firm. She holds dual degrees including a Juris Doctorate and a Bachelor of the Civil Law (B.C.L.) from the Louisiana State University (LSU) Law Center... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Preston Castille

Preston Castille

Board Chairman, New Schools Baton Rouge
I am a partner at the Taylor Porter law firm and member of the management board of MSI Global International, a network of 250 law and accounting firms in more than 100 countries. I’m also Board Chairman for New Schools for Baton Rouge and National President of the Southern Uni... Read More →
avatar for Caroline Roemer

Caroline Roemer

Executive Director, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
Caroline Roemer has more than 20 years of experience organizing, developing and managing corporate and political communications strategies and public policy initiatives with an emphasis on message development and coalition building. Born and raised in Bossier City, Louisiana, Caroline left her home in 1991 to work around the country on political campaigns, eventually founding her own consulting firm, Roemer Bell, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Clients have included mayors, congressmen, governors and Fortune 500 companies. Returning to Louisiana in 2005, Caroline became the first executive director for the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools in the fall of 2007. LAPCS currently represents more than 90 percent of charter schools in Louisiana and is recognized as the leading advocacy organization on behalf of charter schools in the... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Transcendent Law Group

Transcendent Law Group

Transcendent Legal is the law firm for the modern educational landscape. Our team has a long history of working with educational institutions, including charter schools, school boards, and universities. Our attorneys are heavily involved in the charter school movement and frequently speak on issues related to school administration, school policy, and education law. We have represented and/or consulted with a variety of charter schools across the state and have worked tirelessly to keep them compliant with applicable laws, policies, and procedures. Additionally, Transcendent Legal has created a new model of the practice of law by providing transparency across the board in rates, timelines, milestones and status updates. Our unique structure provides our educational clients with consistent, expedient service that adapts to all budgets. We do not have a billable hour requirement. Instead, we are incentivized to be efficient. Our goal is to work in the background... Read More →


 
Thursday, December 14
 

7:00am

7:30am

8:00am

Kickoff Networking Breakfast & Keynote Speaker
Moderators
avatar for Caroline Roemer

Caroline Roemer

Executive Director, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
Caroline Roemer has more than 20 years of experience organizing, developing and managing corporate and political communications strategies and public policy initiatives with an emphasis on message development and coalition building. Born and raised in Bossier City, Louisiana, Caroline left her home in 1991 to work around the country on political campaigns, eventually founding her own consulting firm, Roemer Bell, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Clients have included mayors, congressmen, governors and Fortune 500 companies. Returning to Louisiana in 2005, Caroline became the first executive director for the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools in the fall of 2007. LAPCS currently represents more than 90 percent of charter schools in Louisiana and is recognized as the leading advocacy organization on behalf of charter schools in the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jack Bedell

Jack Bedell

Poet Laureate, State of Louisiana
Louisiana's 2017-2019 Poet Laureate is Jack Bedell. Governor John Bel Edwards selected Dr. Jack Bedell of Hammond to serve as poet laureate from 2017 to 2019. Bedell is the author of nine books, including Call and Response (with Darrell Bourque, 2010), Come Rain, Come Shine (2006), What Passes for Love (2001), Bone-Hollow, True: New... Read More →


9:00am

Building Political Power For Your School
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
avatar for Dana Henry

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
avatar for Kenneth Campbell

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 →
avatar for Eva Kemp

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 →
avatar for Dr. Jesse Watson

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 →


9:00am

10 years of Case Studies - A Parade of Blunders
FRAUD AND INCOMPETENCE! This session will provide real-life examples of challenges faced by charter schools nationwide, information as to how to recognize financial fraud and poor financial practices, and best practices for avoiding problems (and prison time).

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Carollo

Melissa Carollo

Finance & Operations Director, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
Melissa Carollo, a native of New Orleans, is the finance & operations director of LAPCS. She graduated from Loyola University New Orleans and is certified in nonprofit finance by the Kellogg School of Management. Prior to joining LAPCS, Melissa was the founding director of operat... Read More →
avatar for Paul O'Neill

Paul O'Neill

Co-Founder, Senior Fellow, Natl. Center for Special Ed. in Charter Schools
Paul O'Neill is an education attorney and advisor focusing on school reform, special education, charter schools and policy. He is co-founder of the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools, a partner at Cohen Schneider & O'Neill LLP and an adjunct professor at Tea... Read More →


9:00am

Get on Board! Making Room for Parents
Actively hearing from stakeholders is essential to running a great organization. Come to this lively interactive session to hear the lessons learned to incorporate parents on your charter school board. Topics: 1) The notion of the “parent-representative.” -2) How to effectively recruitment of parents. 3) The percentage of board seats that should be held by parents. 4) The on-boarding of parent board members. 5) Navigating the governance-management line with parent trustees. We’ll make sure you leave this session with tangible tools and practical tips you can put to use right away.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Mizzoni

Mike Mizzoni

Director, Business Development, Board On Track
Mike joins the BoardOnTrack team with professional experience in higher education, board governance, law, and state and local politics. Most recently, Mike worked for the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, where he served as the Director of Trustee and Community Relations and formerly as Deputy General Counsel. Mike began his career as a Legislative Aide at the Massachusetts State House while attending law school full-time. In addition to his professional experience, Mike volunteers for a variety of organizations. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Town of Littleton School Committee, on the Board of Directors of the Freedom Summer Collegiate, an education non-profit that he co-founded, and as an active member of the UMass Lowell Young Alumni... Read More →


9:00am

Let's talk about the "A" Word - Accountability
Let's talk about Accountability. It's one of the core principals of charter schools but how has it become a dirty word. This session is guided by insightful education leaders and will dive into the concept of accountability and why it has become a polarizing issue. It's a complicated relationship, but we're ready to have the honest conversation. 

Speakers
avatar for Caroline Roemer

Caroline Roemer

Executive Director, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
Caroline Roemer has more than 20 years of experience organizing, developing and managing corporate and political communications strategies and public policy initiatives with an emphasis on message development and coalition building. Born and raised in Bossier City, Louisiana, Caroline left her home in 1991 to work around the country on political campaigns, eventually founding her own consulting firm, Roemer Bell, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Clients have included mayors, congressmen, governors and Fortune 500 companies. Returning to Louisiana in 2005, Caroline became the first executive director for the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools in the fall of 2007. LAPCS currently represents more than 90 percent of charter schools in Louisiana and is recognized as the leading advocacy organization on behalf of charter schools in the... Read More →


9:00am

Unwrapping A Decade of Litigation Case Studies
Authorizers. Employees. Unions. SPLC. NLRB. NAACP. There certainly has not been a shortfall of legal attacks against Louisiana's charter schools within recent years. This panel of local and national legal experts will reflect on major and minor litigation that have impacted our schools over the past ten years, as well as discuss their predictions of what legal issues still lay ahead so that schools can best prepare.

*Participants will earn a 1-hr CLE credit for this session.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Higgins

Mike Higgins

Attorney, Shulman, Lopez, Hoffer & Adelstein, LLP
Charter school lawyer Mike Higgins has extensive experience working with the Louisiana Department of Education and teachers across the state. A former educator himself—and father of two girls, one of whom is a charter school student—Mike's mission is to minimize risk at schools so educators can focus on helping kids excel.The go-to law firm for Texas charter schools, Schulman Lopez... Read More →
avatar for Patty McMurray

Patty McMurray

Shareholder | Attorney, Baker Donelson
Patty has worked with many charter schools on education issues and has been instrumental in the developing area of charter school law. Her other significant contributions include assisting with the opening and operation of many charter schools in Louisiana as additional avenues to improve public education for the state. | | Patty is part of Baker Donelson's Real Estate Group. Patty focuses her practice on all types of commercial transactions, forestry, real estate and education law. Patty is also an experienced litigator in the bankruptcy, creditors' rights and general commercial... Read More →
avatar for Lee Reid

Lee Reid

Partner | Litigation Practice Group Leader, Adams & Reese LLP
Lee Reid joined Adams and Reese in 1999 and practices in the areas of education, government relations, economic development, aerospace, and litigation. Lee has been at the forefront of charter school law in Louisiana since the beginning of the movement. Now considered one of the... Read More →
avatar for Renita Thukral

Renita Thukral

Senior National Advisor for Legal Affairs, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Renita Thukral is the Senior National Advisor for Legal Affairs for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, where she leads and grows the Alliance of Public Charter School Attorneys; addresses civil rights, fiscal equity, and labor/employment issues confronting charter schools; assists with federal legal questions challenging the charter school community; provides legal technical assistance to state partners considering litigation; and offers support to state partners seeking to improve their regulatory and authorizing environments. Prior to her work with the National Alliance, she was the policy director at the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools and, prior to that, the director of policy and advocacy at New Schools for New... Read More →


9:00am

Keys to a Successful Master Plan for Fundraising
Join the experts from Mathes Brierre Architects who will guide you through best practices to develop landscape and site master plans for recreational facilities and playgrounds for your campus. Learn important procedures to deliver a segmented budget, creating a plan that can develop over time, and develop strategies about how to break apart a project for fundraising potential.

Speakers
avatar for Alisa Davillier Dupre

Alisa Davillier Dupre

Director of Admissions & Operations, Audubon Charter
Alisa Dupre has been an active member of Audubon Charter School since 2005 when, as an Audubon parent, she helped Audubon secure its original charter and served as the Montessori Parent Representative on the Board. In June 2006, Alisa was hired as the Operations Manager to oversee and manage the two current facilities and... Read More →
avatar for Angela Morton

Angela Morton

Principal, Mathes Brierre Architects
I'm an Architect and LEED Accredited Professional, and have been with Mathes Brierre since 2005. My experience includes educational facilities at many levels including early learning, PK-8, and university. Most recently proud to have completed the PK-8 at North Kenilworth Park... Read More →


9:00am

It's Time to Have the Talk. Race & Politics in the Classroom
National anthem kneeling. Charlottesville protests. Trump. If adults are talking about it, then your students are too! Learn how to address difficult conversations with students without disrupting the school day as well as how to create and maintain a tolerant school culture.

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Vandergriff

Sarah Vandergriff

Policy & Legal Director, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
Sarah Vandergriff, a New Orleans native, received her bachelor’s degree from Sewanee: The University of the South in religion and psychology. After briefly teaching at her alma mater, the Academy of the Sacred Heart, she then earned a dual J.D./M.A. from Loyola University of New... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lindsay Baach

Lindsay Baach

Associate Regional Director - South Central Region, Anti-Defamation League
Lindsay Baach Friedmann is the Associate Regional Director for the Anti-Defamation League's South Central Region serving Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas.  Over the last four years Lindsay has focused on increasing anti-bias and anti-bullying related training and resources available to educators and community partners within the region through the following ADL programs: No Place for... Read More →


10:00am

10:00am

10:45am

Creating a New Normal: Parent Advocacy
Hear firsthand from parents about what they want and how they want to be involved in their school's success.

Speakers
avatar for Colleen Cook

Colleen Cook

Director, National Board, Public School Options
Colleen serves as a Director on the National Board of Public School Options.org.  Colleen understands how advocacy impacts the lives of students and their families. She has been an active advocate in Oklahoma, where her children have attended different schools of choice, and she... Read More →
avatar for Dana Wade & LaToya Douglas

Dana Wade & LaToya Douglas

Parent Advocate, The Advocators
We are parents who work to empower and educate parents in using their voice for in bettering their child’s education. The future of quality, quantity and high functioning education in the United States is at an all-time low. We have taken a vow to start with our state of Louisiana to ensure all scholars have a selection of a high-quality education.We are... Read More →
avatar for Christin Kaiser

Christin Kaiser

Parent Advocate, Public School Options
Born and raised in Westwego where I currently reside with my three children: | Mary-Grace (14) a 7th grader in her fourth year of virtual learning; Kole (12) a 6th grader at Jefferson Rise Charter School; and Lydia (7) a 1st grader attending Laureate Academy Charter School. I became involved in school choice advocacy after attending... Read More →


10:45am

Marketing Strategies for Charter Schools in a Digital Age

The best place to hide a dead body is page two of Google search results. Learn from digital marketing experts that have worked with charter schools to ensure their website and digital footprint are ready for modern search engines and social media sites. You’ll get practical tips, tools, and recommendations to ensure your school is where it needs to be across the web.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Barber

Michael Barber

Founder, Barber and Hewitt
Michael Barber is the founder of barber&hewitt, an agency dedicated to helping brands craft solid creative ideas that continuously engage customers and flawlessly orchestrate their execution across channels and partners. He began his career at Mighty Interactive, the digital shop founded by Jay Baer. Mighty was one of the first agencies to leverage the future email behemoth ExactTarget, ultimately helping the organization develop its ad agency offering before it was acquired by Salesforce for $2.5 billion. Michael went on to lead strategy and planning at Sitewire, Nomadic Agency, and COHN, before founding... Read More →


10:45am

They're Here! The New Legislative Auditor Standards
 An expert auditor will discuss key points in the new standards and identify what changes schools should be making as well as answer your specific questions, so you don't get dinged. 
Got an Auditor Question? EMAIL IT HERE.

Speakers
avatar for John Goodwin

John Goodwin

Senior Accountant, Daigrepont and Brian, APAC
John Goodwin began his career as a staff accountant with Daigrepont and Brian, APAC in 2008.  John currently serves as a Senior Accountant with the firm and manages compilation & bookkeeping services as well as being very active in the audit management and tax practices of the... Read More →
JJ

Jeremy Jones

Chief Financial Officer, 4th Sector Solutions
Jeremy Jones currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for 4th Sector Solutions. In this role, he provides accounting and payroll oversight, is responsible for annual financial reporting, and partners with school leaders and operations managers to ensure the financial strength and stability. Before joining the 4th Sector team, he served as the Compensation Manager at LSU, an Assistant Director of Human Resources at FSU and the Director of Finance and Administration for a private school system. He was instrumental in streamlining business operations for multiple campuses and secured multi-million-dollar funding to finance the construction of new high school facilities. A native of South Louisiana, Jeremy received a BS in Accounting from Louisiana State University. TWITTER... Read More →


10:45am

People, Purpose, and Potential: Diverse Governance in Action
Governing a charter school is not an individual effort. Boards require teamwork: a group of committed citizens who bring a variety of skill-sets and perspectives to the task of overseeing a public nonprofit entity responsible for student outcomes. Research shows that more diverse teams produce better results. This session will reveal the benefits of diversity, equity, and inclusion on charter school boards. Participants will be led through activities that will support them in engaging multiple stakeholders including families, school-based staff, community members, and board members to identify ways to unlock the benefits of approaching board work from this perspective.

Speakers
avatar for Lucy Castillo

Lucy Castillo

Chief Governance and Equity Officer, Charter Board Partners
Lucy Castillo was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ. After graduating from Seton Hall University, Lucy joined Teach for America and taught fourth and fifth grades in New York City. Lucy was active on several school and district committees while a teacher and pioneered an after-school math camp and coached the cheerleading team. Lucy has held leadership positions with a number of exceptional institutions, including the New York State Education Department, Teach for... Read More →
avatar for Carrie Irvin

Carrie Irvin

CEO & Co-Founder, Charter Board Partners
CEO and Co-Founder Carrie Chimerine Irvin has an extensive background in education policy and school reform, focusing on preK-12 education for economically disadvantaged students and communities. In 2013, Carrie delivered a TEDx talk about Charter Board Partners' innovative work to improve the quality of public education. In addition, CBP's work has been featured in Education Week, Education Next, The Washington Post, and NPR. Previously, Carrie was a consultant for Education Resource Strategies, a nonprofit that works with urban districts to help them redirect resources to improve student achievement; held a leadership position at New American Schools; held positions as a policy researcher and analyst at Policy Studies Associates, and taught eighth grade at the American School in Japan. Carrie is a Pahara-Aspen Institute Education Fellow, a prestigious and selective program designed to "strengthen and sustain diverse, high potential leaders who are reimagining public... Read More →


10:45am

Quality Schools for All, but what does it really mean?
Speakers
avatar for Caroline Roemer

Caroline Roemer

Executive Director, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
Caroline Roemer has more than 20 years of experience organizing, developing and managing corporate and political communications strategies and public policy initiatives with an emphasis on message development and coalition building. Born and raised in Bossier City, Louisiana, Caroline left her home in 1991 to work around the country on political campaigns, eventually founding her own consulting firm, Roemer Bell, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Clients have included mayors, congressmen, governors and Fortune 500 companies. Returning to Louisiana in 2005, Caroline became the first executive director for the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools in the fall of 2007. LAPCS currently represents more than 90 percent of charter schools in Louisiana and is recognized as the leading advocacy organization on behalf of charter schools in the... Read More →


10:45am

What To Do When ICE Comes Knocking?
Do you know what to do if the Department of Labor audits your school's HB-1 Visa documentation? Can you be fined as an employer for issues related to your immigrant employees? Do you have to let Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents into your school? Do school field trips put your undocumented students at risk? Can ICE agents pick up your parents in the carpool line? Learn the answers to these questions and more as two legal experts review charter school responsibilities and liabilities under federal immigration laws. Remember: ignorance is not a defense.
*Participants will earn a 1-hr CLE credit for this session.

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Vandergriff

Sarah Vandergriff

Policy & Legal Director, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
Sarah Vandergriff, a New Orleans native, received her bachelor’s degree from Sewanee: The University of the South in religion and psychology. After briefly teaching at her alma mater, the Academy of the Sacred Heart, she then earned a dual J.D./M.A. from Loyola University of New... Read More →

Speakers
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Brandon Davis

Partner, Phelps Dunbar
Brandon Davis practices in the areas of labor and employment and business, employment-based and family-based immigration. His employment litigation practice includes representing employers in the defense of employment-related claims, alleging retaliation, discrimination, and workplace harassment under federal and state statutes. He also handles EEOC charges and other administrative complaints through the administrative and judicial... Read More →
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Joe Hoffer

Managing Partner, Schulman, Lopez, Hoffer & Adelstein, LLP
Joseph “Joe” Hoffer’s practice areas include: (1) civil litigation; (2) labor and employment; (3) board governance including due process hearings and grievances, open meetings act, and public information act; (4) business transactions including public procurement and contra... Read More →


10:45am

Empty Plate: The Secrets to a Successful School Lunch

The Louisiana Public Health Institute entered into a partnership with Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation and The Healthy School Food Collaborative (HSFC) to evaluate the impact of a multi-component intervention and policy change intervention at three charter schools in New Orleans, Louisiana. After an in-depth plate waste study of more than 20,000 school lunches conducted in 2014, we have consistently found students consuming half their lunch. Research suggests that environmental factors and school policies may be associated with under consumption of school food. During the 2015-2016 school year, LPHI, HSFC, and Propeller implemented a multi-component intervention and a no-cost policy intervention designed to increase consumption of school lunch among charter school students in New Orleans. This session will explore environmental factors in schools and the impact of school policies on consumption.

 



Speakers
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Kristie Bardell

Associate Director of Family Health Portfolio, Louisiana Public Health Institute
Kristie Bardell has over a decade of experience in child health designing and implementing prevention initiatives in Louisiana. Kristie is the Associate Director of the Family Health Portfolio at the Louisiana Public Health Institute where she works to improve sustainability of school-based health centers, build capacity of schools to support the development of healthier school environments, and implement adolescent risk reduction initiatives. She works with schools and community based organizations to build capacity around programming and policy change to develop strategies to address child and adolescent health at a systems level. Before joining LPHI, Kristie worked with the Louisiana Department of Health to improve child health by designing and implementing statewide prevention initiatives... Read More →
avatar for Kristine Creveling

Kristine Creveling

Food Program Manager, Propeller
Kristine manages Propeller’s Food Sector accelerator and strategy. This includes managing the LPHI Healthy School Food Collaborative Evaluation Study, spearheading the New Orleans Healthy Corner Store Collaborative, and advocating for local food systems as a tool for economic development. Reach out to her if you are interested in pitching your food related start-ups at PitchNOLA, if you want to apply for the Accelerator Program, or if you are interested in collaborating on food access related projects. As a clinic manager in Malawi, Africa and a nutrition volunteer in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Kristine has been involved with food and nutrition research around the world. Here in New Orleans, she has worked on research studies related to food access, obesity prevention, and nutritious foods in schools. Kristine is an executive member of the New Orleans Dietetic Association and also serves on the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee. Kristine has a... Read More →
avatar for James Graham

James Graham

Executive Director, Healthy School Food Collaborative
James Graham serves as the Director of Federal Programs and Contracts at KIPPNew Orleans, where he acts as an expert interface between schools to negotiate and solve contractual and business-related issues. James received his J.D. from Loyola University of Law, and an MBA and MEd from the University of New Orleans... Read More →
avatar for Krista Patrick-Brown

Krista Patrick-Brown

Principal, ARISE Academy
Krista Patrick-Brown has served in the role of Principal of ARISE Academy, a K-8 charter school located in the Upper 9th Ward of New Orleans, for the past three school years. Prior to accepting this role, Krista was the Assistant Principal at ARISE. Krista was a Relay National Pr... Read More →


10:45am

Data Doesn't Lie: Student Discipline
What are the school-wide and network-wide data points that are the best indicators of effective and equitable discipline, and what can you do to keep those indicators healthy? Learn how to use data to assess your school's disciplinary actions and limit behavioral problems.

Speakers
avatar for Paul O'Neill

Paul O'Neill

Co-Founder, Senior Fellow, Natl. Center for Special Ed. in Charter Schools
Paul O'Neill is an education attorney and advisor focusing on school reform, special education, charter schools and policy. He is co-founder of the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools, a partner at Cohen Schneider & O'Neill LLP and an adjunct professor at Tea... Read More →


12:00pm

Keynote Speaker & Luncheon
Moderators
avatar for Caroline Roemer

Caroline Roemer

Executive Director, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
Caroline Roemer has more than 20 years of experience organizing, developing and managing corporate and political communications strategies and public policy initiatives with an emphasis on message development and coalition building. Born and raised in Bossier City, Louisiana, Caroline left her home in 1991 to work around the country on political campaigns, eventually founding her own consulting firm, Roemer Bell, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Clients have included mayors, congressmen, governors and Fortune 500 companies. Returning to Louisiana in 2005, Caroline became the first executive director for the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools in the fall of 2007. LAPCS currently represents more than 90 percent of charter schools in Louisiana and is recognized as the leading advocacy organization on behalf of charter schools in the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lee Reid

Lee Reid

Partner | Litigation Practice Group Leader, Adams & Reese LLP
Lee Reid joined Adams and Reese in 1999 and practices in the areas of education, government relations, economic development, aerospace, and litigation. Lee has been at the forefront of charter school law in Louisiana since the beginning of the movement. Now considered one of the... Read More →
avatar for Superintendent John White

Superintendent John White

State Superintendent of Education, Louisiana Department of Edcuation
John White was named Louisiana State Superintendent of Education in January of 2012. That year he launched Louisiana Believes, the state’s plan to ensure every child is on track to college or a professional career. In the time since, White has worked to unify the state’s fragmented early childhood system, to modernize expectations and curriculum for all students, to professionalize the preparation of educators, to provide pathways to prosperity for all high school graduates, and to provide families with expansive school options irrespective of their financial means. As a result of this work, students across Louisiana are performing at levels never seen before... Read More →
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Daniel Willingham

Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia
Professor Willingham is described as putting the funk back in functional brain imaging and the psycho in psychometrics. Daniel T. Willingham (born 1961) is a psychologist at the University of Virginia, where he is a professor in the Department of Psychology. Willingham's research focuses on the application of findings from cognitive psychology and neuroscience to... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Adams and Reese

Adams and Reese

Adams and Reese is a multidisciplinary law firm with offices in Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Washington, DC.  We provide legal services in areas including charter school and education law, labor and employment law, government relations, corporate transactions, real estate, intellectual property, public finance and economic... Read More →


1:45pm

Bridging the Divide: District Charter Relations
As the charter school sector continues to grow in cities and states around the country, we will hear from ways in which districts and authorizers are working to create better partnerships with the charter schools in their districts.

Moderators
avatar for Kenneth Campbell

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Chris Meyer

Chris Meyer

CEO, New Schools for Baton Rouge
Chris is a former educator who has been involved in local reform efforts in instrumental ways before founding New Schools for Baton Rouge in 2012. Chris led the Recovery School District’s Office of Portfolio and served alongside State Superintendent Paul Pastorek, where he pioneered efforts to turn around underperforming schools and shaped the legislative and regulatory framework to enable school transformation and charter school expansion. Chris began his career in education with Teach For America in New Orleans. Chris was also a member of the 2008-2009 White House Fellowship class, where he served as Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert... Read More →
avatar for Scott Pearson

Scott Pearson

Executive Director, DC Public Charter School Board
Scott Pearson is the Executive Director of the DC Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB). Since joining DC PCSB in 2012, Mr. Pearson has implemented significant reforms in how the Board approves and oversees charter schools, making it a national model for charter school... Read More →
avatar for Joe Siedliecki

Joe Siedliecki

Associate Commissioner, Texas Education Agency
Joe Siedlecki is the Associate Commissioner for School Improvement, Innovation, and Charters at the Texas Education Agency. Before joining TEA, he spent ten years with the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation where he leads their Quality School Options initiative to advance the portfolio strategy and grow great schools. He has also worked for the White House Office of Management and Budget and Deloitte Consulting. Joe graduated from Lyndon B. Johnson School at the University of Texas at Austin and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania... Read More →


1:45pm

Pitching PR: How to Hit a Home Run for your School

If you are a charter school leader or public relations professional, odds are you have, at one point or another, tried to pitch your story to a media organization. This session will give you insider tips on how to make a perfect pitch and break through the clutter when journalists get 100's of pitches daily. Michael Marsh has an extensive background as a journalist and as a communications director for a charter school. Attendees will learn how to get journalists attention, create memorable moments,  and explore ways to ensure your pitch will be read.


Speakers
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Michael Marsh

Student Services Team/Former Communications Director, University View Academy
Michael Marsh is a former award-winning journalist with more than 30 years of TV News experience in markets from New Orleans, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Charlotte. Eleven years ago he returned to his home state of Louisiana to take an opportunity at WBRZ TV in Baton Rouge, where he started his career in TV News.  During his time at WBRZ, the newscasts were voted twice Best in the State by the Associated Press.  He began with University View Academy as Communications Director in 2016 and is now part of the Student Services and Enrollment team and acts as school spokesman. The school broke away from Connections Education to become a non-profit school and he was on the ground floor of creating a marketing and public relations campaign and a new... Read More →


1:45pm

Managing Finances in Uncertain Times

Over the last few years, charter schools nationally have seen an increase in funding levels, juxtaposed against some states where charter school funding is being constitutionally challenged.    Given the uncertainty around future funding and rising costs, charter schools will face tough decisions around building sustainable budgets. Participants will hear about practical strategies for maximizing revenues, evaluating expenses, and strategically managing reserves that will be useful both in Louisiana and abroad.



Speakers
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Gasper Magallanes

Sr. Director of Client Management and Development, EdTec, Inc.
Gasper Magallanes (gasper@edtec.com) is the Senior Director of Client Management & Development at EdTec (www.edtec.com), a national charter school back-office and financial consulting firm. Over the past decade in his role at EdTec, Gasper has had the opportunity to work 50+ different charter schools and charter developers in 11 different states including here in Louisiana.  He is knowledgeable about charter school finance both nationally and locally. He is a frequent conference presenter on various topics including financial management, audit preparation, financial decision making, board governance best practices, and charter school facility... Read More →


1:45pm

Don't Be That Board! Strategy Matters
A charter school board should have a set of clear, measurable, annual board goals. These are separate from your CEO’s goals and clearly define how the board will be adding value to the organization in the year ahead. These goals should clearly map to the promises you made to your charter authorizer. Come to this lively interactive session and start developing (or improving) your board’s goals. You will learn: 1) How to create effective board goals and the role of the full board, committees and your CEO in developing them. 2) How to track these goals throughout the year and hold each other accountable to delivering tangible results. This is an action-oriented session. You will have the chance to start creating your board goals (or refining them) on the spot and leave the session with some concrete next steps.

Speakers
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Mike Mizzoni

Director, Business Development, Board On Track
Mike joins the BoardOnTrack team with professional experience in higher education, board governance, law, and state and local politics. Most recently, Mike worked for the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, where he served as the Director of Trustee and Community Relations and formerly as Deputy General Counsel. Mike began his career as a Legislative Aide at the Massachusetts State House while attending law school full-time. In addition to his professional experience, Mike volunteers for a variety of organizations. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Town of Littleton School Committee, on the Board of Directors of the Freedom Summer Collegiate, an education non-profit that he co-founded, and as an active member of the UMass Lowell Young Alumni... Read More →


1:45pm

Understanding Louisiana in a National Legal Landscape
Are charter schools public schools? Are we political subdivisions of the state? Does ERISA apply to us? Are or aren't these questions already answered--and does that matter? Through a conversation with a national legal expert, Renita Thukral from the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools, learn more about the role Louisiana charter schools are playing in national debates--not just between states but also between the states and federal authorities like the IRS and Dept. of Labor. And more importantly, learn what type of risks these sorts of issues create for our schools and who has final say.

*Participants will earn a 1-hr CLE credit for this session.

Moderators
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Sarah Vandergriff

Policy & Legal Director, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
Sarah Vandergriff, a New Orleans native, received her bachelor’s degree from Sewanee: The University of the South in religion and psychology. After briefly teaching at her alma mater, the Academy of the Sacred Heart, she then earned a dual J.D./M.A. from Loyola University of New... Read More →

Speakers
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Renita Thukral

Senior National Advisor for Legal Affairs, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Renita Thukral is the Senior National Advisor for Legal Affairs for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, where she leads and grows the Alliance of Public Charter School Attorneys; addresses civil rights, fiscal equity, and labor/employment issues confronting charter schools; assists with federal legal questions challenging the charter school community; provides legal technical assistance to state partners considering litigation; and offers support to state partners seeking to improve their regulatory and authorizing environments. Prior to her work with the National Alliance, she was the policy director at the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools and, prior to that, the director of policy and advocacy at New Schools for New... Read More →


1:45pm

The Promise of IDEA – The Journey Beyond Monitoring to Improved Performance
In today’s rapidly changing K-12 Special Education environment, it is challenging for educators, administrators and service providers to deliver high-quality education services via systems that impede collaboration around work processes and visibility into performance.  We will discuss the implications of the fact that viable, cost-effective solutions which generate sustained improvement in school performance require stakeholder collaboration in ways that are extremely difficult to accomplish without optimized processes, accurate data and timely execution.   

We will discuss the need for the following responses to the challenges:

1.     Alignment of LEA and SEA objectives

2.     The ability to collaborate online - easily and as often as necessary 

3.     Standardization and automation of the necessary work processes

4.     Availability of required data, in context

5.     Accountability via appropriate performance measurement

6.     Comprehensive, insightful and flexible reporting at multiple levels



Moderators
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Andrew Henry

Founder & President, Red Cedar Solutions Group
Andrew is the founder of Red Cedar. He is passionate about employing design thinking, technology, data and innovation to address some of our most challenging issues: educating our children and managing rapid, complex change in organizations. Prior to founding Red Cedar in 2006, Andrew played many roles in the education community: teacher; school district technology coordinator; education technology researcher; state director for educational data; and chief officer for research and development at a national education laboratory. Andrew is also a board member of EduGuide, a nonprofit organization whose focus is on building student passion and... Read More →

Speakers
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Liz Marcel

Executive Director, New Orleans Therapeutic Day Program
As the founding Executive Director of the New Orleans Therapeutic Day Program (NOTDP), I am responsible for the design, launch, and day to day operations of NOTDP, a joint collaboration among the Recovery School District, Orleans Parish School Board, and Tulane Medical School’s D... Read More →
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Chris Roe

Former CEO | Parent of Two Special Needs children in NOLA Public Schools, California Stem Learning Network | Parent Advocate
Chris Roe is an advocate for high quality, inclusive education for all students. Roe most recently served as president and Chief Executive Officer of the California STEM Learning Network, where his organization helped implement new science and engineering standards, expand computer science education, and secure major new funding for these efforts. Roe also previously served as Deputy Director for the Business-Higher EducationForum (BHEF) and managed an education research center at Stanford University. He also co-founded Foundation for a College Education, which recently marked 20 years in helping first-generation college-going students attend college and attain their degrees.Roe received a Masters in Public Policy from University of California, Berkeley and aB.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He recently relocated to NewOrleans with his family, including two young boys with special... Read More →
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David Strauss

Special Education Director, University View Academy
I have worked in special education for more than 35 years as a teacher and administrator. I have also taught at LSU, Southern University, and Southeastern Louisiana University.
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Jamie Wong

Special Education Policy Director, Louisiana Department of Education


1:45pm

Understanding and Improving Student Behavior

Understanding and Improving Student Behavior - The purpose of this interactive session is to explore best practices as they relate to supporting struggling learners coping with behavioral challenges.  Using a Professional Learning Community (PLC) influenced format, the audience will be (re-)introduced to the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework that spans the broad continuum of supports ranging from those within the purview of general education to referral for special education.  By necessity, rules and regulations governing special education identification as well as other populations (e.g., 504 plans) in the State of Louisiana will be covered.  Given the broad spectrum of the topic areas, board members, school leaders, and instructional staff are all invited to participate.



Speakers
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Paul McDonald

Executive Vice President of Program Development, Western Region, Futures Education
Paul McDonald joined the Futures team in 2014 after spending 21 years in the field of education as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, special education director, district behavior specialist, and as an elementary and middle school teacher. Through his experiences, Paul has implemented professional learning communities, response to intervention, and positive behavior intervention supports.  With his knowledge and expertise in special education, Paul has analyzed and restructured special education programming to improve student achievement within several districts.  He was a member of the Arizona Department of Education Solutions Team where he reviewed underperforming schools and recommended best practice to enhance teaching and learning.  As a member of the Futures team, Paul has worked with over 30 public and charter school districts in Arizona and Louisiana.  He has presented professional development, assisted in program improvement, coached and mentored special education directors and participated in programmatic reviews in Arizona and Louisiana school districts.  Paul has presented at both state and national conferences, including the Council for Exceptional Children... Read More →


3:00pm

3:00pm

3:30pm

Plotting a Path for Type 2's
This session is designed to update the current status of pending litigations surrounding Type 2 & MFP Funding. It will be a strategy session with key stakeholders to outline next steps and assess the current landscape. 

Moderators
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Caroline Roemer

Executive Director, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
Caroline Roemer has more than 20 years of experience organizing, developing and managing corporate and political communications strategies and public policy initiatives with an emphasis on message development and coalition building. Born and raised in Bossier City, Louisiana, Caroline left her home in 1991 to work around the country on political campaigns, eventually founding her own consulting firm, Roemer Bell, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Clients have included mayors, congressmen, governors and Fortune 500 companies. Returning to Louisiana in 2005, Caroline became the first executive director for the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools in the fall of 2007. LAPCS currently represents more than 90 percent of charter schools in Louisiana and is recognized as the leading advocacy organization on behalf of charter schools in the... Read More →

Speakers
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Lee Reid

Partner | Litigation Practice Group Leader, Adams & Reese LLP
Lee Reid joined Adams and Reese in 1999 and practices in the areas of education, government relations, economic development, aerospace, and litigation. Lee has been at the forefront of charter school law in Louisiana since the beginning of the movement. Now considered one of the... Read More →
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Sarah Vandergriff

Policy & Legal Director, Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools
Sarah Vandergriff, a New Orleans native, received her bachelor’s degree from Sewanee: The University of the South in religion and psychology. After briefly teaching at her alma mater, the Academy of the Sacred Heart, she then earned a dual J.D./M.A. from Loyola University of New... Read More →


3:30pm

Board Advocacy: Building a Better Community
What part do charter school board members play in ensuring that the schools they are governing are best placed to be good stewards of public dollars including how they can best work with the community.

Moderators
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Belinda Fly

Executive Director, F&L Organizational Support Services
Belinda Gail V. Fly is a graduate of the University of New Orleans where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources. Fly has worked in non-profit administration, operations, and management for more than 20 years.  Her attention to detail, logical and critical thinking approach, landed her coordinator, manager and director-level positions in Administrative Services and Operations. She has combined her hands-on experience and knowledge with former co-worker and consulting partner Monica Landry to... Read More →

Speakers
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Gregory St. Etienne

Board of Directors, Firstline Schools
Gregory M. St. Etienne is accomplished in the areas of banking, finance and operations management. While he has held executive positions in city government, wealth management and technology engineering firms, the bulk of Mr. St. Etienne’s career has been in the banking industry. From the Spring of 2005 to the Fall of 2006, he served as Vice-Chairman and CEO of First Independence Bank in Detroit, Michigan. He began his banking career at Liberty Bank and Trust Company in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1985, where he served most of his twenty year stint as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating... Read More →
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Robert Fulton

Board Member, IDEA Public School
Robert E. Fulton is a Senior Financial Executive with a track record of leadership success within publicly-traded corporations and charter school management organizations. Fulton currently serves as a board member for the IDEA Public School which opens in 2019. Before this role, he served as the chief financial officer for the Jefferson Parish School Board for three years, after serving three years as the chief financial officer for the Recovery School District and three years as the chief financial officer and interim chief executive officer of the Algiers Charter... Read More →
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Dr. Erica Murray-Boseman

Board Chair, Audubon Charter School
Dr. Erica A. Murray, serial entrepreneur, author, mentor, educator, former syndicated radio show host, and keynote speaker. For over 20 years, she has worked diligently as a serial entrepreneur, consummating business transactions globally and establishing an impressive clientele in business. She possesses’ very strong business acumen coupled with structure and discipline, which has guided both her business and personal life. Erica has become a well sought after global business consultant because of her distinguished, exceptional, and innovative business techniques. Dr. Murray has been recognized by her colleagues for havingextraordinary determination and is known for her creativity, motivation and herability to secure a deal. In addition, her syndicated global radio show peaked iHeartRadio as a “Top Hit” two days after debuting. She is also the author of the literary work entitled, “CEO to the Power of You”.Dr. Erica A. Murray academic accomplishments are as follows: Doctoral degree inInternational Business (Dissertation: Resource Challenges for theInternationalization of SMEs); Master’s degree in Public Administration fromWebster University, Webster Groves, Missouri and a Bachelor’s degree in PoliticalScience with a minor in History from the Southern University system.She is the proud board chairperson of Audubon Schools (Audubon Charter School~ French Immersion; Audubon Charter School ~ Montessori; and, AudubonGentilly ~ French and Montessori... Read More →


3:30pm

When It all Hits the Fan - Crisis Management in Real Time

Knowing what to do in a crisis can be the difference between chaos and calm. To be an expert in crisis communications, you have to move your organization at the speed of Twitter. Planning is the best way to meet the pressures and complexities of a crisis and knowing how to work with news media effectively is essential to delivering crucial information about the crisis to parents and the community. Ken Jones is a former journalist with decades of experience and is a key member of the Shell Oil Americas Response Team dedicated to responding nationally to environmental incidents. 



Speakers
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Ken Jones

External Relations Advisor, Shell Oil
Ken Jones was born on the south side of Chicago.  He graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Radio and Television Journalism.  Ken has worked for seven news operations across the country; the last was WDSU from 1996 to 2010 as weekend anchor and reporter.  Ken left TV in 2010 to become Director of Communications for the Recovery School... Read More →


3:30pm

Know Your Blindspots - Employment and Operational Struggles
The devil is in the details. This has never been truer for charter schools. Employing good staff and great leaders means nothing if practical, proactive processes are not in place. Join us, as we discuss matters that are often overlooked in all the rush of opening and growing. We will cover 1) Employment best practices 2) Contract negotiations with vendors  3) Must have legal necessities that are often overlooked 4) Staff satisfaction and engagement 5) Creating productive board/school leader experiences

Dealing with employment and operational issues before they are problems saves time and expense and ultimately determines whether your charter thrives in this ever-changing landscape.

Speakers
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Michelle Craig

Co-Founder | Chief Litigation and Labor & Employment Counsel, Transcendent Legal
Michelle D. Craig serves as Co-Founder and Chief Litigation and Labor & Employment Counsel of Transcendent Legal, a newly formed law firm and Co-Founder of Prosquire, a legal project management software. With over 13 years of Am200 law firm experience, she was a partner with Adams and Reese LLP in New Orleans before starting her own firm. She holds dual degrees including a Juris Doctorate and a Bachelor of the Civil Law (B.C.L.) from the Louisiana State University (LSU) Law Center... Read More →


3:30pm

Strategic Leadership: How Boards & School Leaders Share the Responsibility
Leadership is a shared responsibility between the school CEO and the board. The long-term success and sustainability of our schools depend on leadership being developed at both the board and executive levels. But how to do it? How to create a balance between the CEO and the board? Who leads when? These are questions that every organization must ask. Join as we explore these questions and more. The board and the school CEO each have unique contributions to make to a school’s success. We will consider how to tap the full potential of each.

Speakers
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Lucy Castillo

Chief Governance and Equity Officer, Charter Board Partners
Lucy Castillo was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ. After graduating from Seton Hall University, Lucy joined Teach for America and taught fourth and fifth grades in New York City. Lucy was active on several school and district committees while a teacher and pioneered an after-school math camp and coached the cheerleading team. Lucy has held leadership positions with a number of exceptional institutions, including the New York State Education Department, Teach for... Read More →
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Carrie Irvin

CEO & Co-Founder, Charter Board Partners
CEO and Co-Founder Carrie Chimerine Irvin has an extensive background in education policy and school reform, focusing on preK-12 education for economically disadvantaged students and communities. In 2013, Carrie delivered a TEDx talk about Charter Board Partners' innovative work to improve the quality of public education. In addition, CBP's work has been featured in Education Week, Education Next, The Washington Post, and NPR. Previously, Carrie was a consultant for Education Resource Strategies, a nonprofit that works with urban districts to help them redirect resources to improve student achievement; held a leadership position at New American Schools; held positions as a policy researcher and analyst at Policy Studies Associates, and taught eighth grade at the American School in Japan. Carrie is a Pahara-Aspen Institute Education Fellow, a prestigious and selective program designed to "strengthen and sustain diverse, high potential leaders who are reimagining public... Read More →


3:30pm

Student & Staff Liabilities in the Age of Selfies
Teacher selfies with students at recess. Staff offering to drive students home if they missed the bus. Confiscating student cell phones. Staff accepting student/parent social media requests. What are all of the ways your employees' behaviors are creating real liabilities for your school (regardless of their intentions) and what you need to do about it? 
*Participants will earn a 1-hr CLE credit for this session.

Speakers
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Jaimme Collins

Partner, Adams & Reese
Chair, Diversity Committee. Jaimmé Collins provides general corporate governance advice and handles related litigation for clients. She counsels clients on contractual and general business issues as well as compliance issues related to government regulatory agencies. She has inve... Read More →


3:30pm

Solving the Puzzle of Benefit Options
Come learn, from a trio of benefits experts, everything that's possible in the world of Employee Benefits. We'll cover traditional, voluntary, as well as perk benefits. Keep your teachers happy.

Speakers
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Glenn Hayes

Area Vice President, Gallagher Insurance
Glenn Hayes joined Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc. in December of 2016. He began his career in the Health & Wellness industry in 2004 and moved into Employee Benefits that year. Before joining the Gallagher Benefit Services Metairie office, Glenn worked as a consultant for Group Insurance... Read More →
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Chris Hines

Chief Operating Officer, Crescent City Schools
Christopher Hines is the Chief Operating Officer at Crescent City Schools. Chris graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and began his career in education as a Teach for America corps member in 2002. As a corps member, Chris taught 3rd and 5th grades at Tull Waters Elementary School in Atlanta and served as the grade level chairperson... Read More →


3:30pm

Opening Doors for ELL Learning
What does a "sound educational approach" for English Language Learners (ELLs) really mean? Do you need specialized ELL staff? What about ELL student access to extracurricular activities? And what's required of schools when it comes to parents? For all of these questions and much more, Our Voice/Nuestra Voz is here to help schools better serve an ever-growing student population from North Louisiana to the Gulfshore and from the Texas border to the Mississippi Delta. Even if you don't have an ELL student today, you will most likely have one in the near future.

Speakers
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Mary Moran

Co-Founder | Executive Director, Our Voice | Nuestra Voz
Mary Moran is a member of Education Leaders of Color and the co-founder of Our Voice Nuestra Voz (OVNV), an education advocacy and parent organizing start-up in New Orleans. In addition to developing OVVN, she also provides strategic and tactical development on issues and local political campaigns in Louisiana and writes for Education... Read More →