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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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Preston Castille

Preston Castille

Partner, Taylor Porter
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 University... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jesse Watson

Dr. Jesse Watson

Principal, KENNER DISCOVERY HEALTH SCIENCES ACADEMY
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... 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 operations... 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 Teachers... 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 Michael Mizzoni

Michael Mizzoni

Director of Business Development, BoardOnTrack
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... 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... 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... 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... 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 state’s... 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... 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 Mathes Brierre Architects

Mathes Brierre Architects

Principal, Mathes Brierre Architects
Mathes Brierre Architects, a full-service New Orleans based architecture firm, has an expertise in new construction, renovations, interiors, landscape architecture, and master planning for higher and lower educational facilities. Our portfolio includes projects for the NOCCA campus... Read More →
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... 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... 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 has taken her knowledge and experience to other states to ensure parents have option... 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... 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... 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&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... 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 firm... Read More →
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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... 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 brings the experience of more than 20 years to her role. She joined Teach For America and taught middle school in New York City. She has held leadership positions with a number of exceptional institutions, including the New York State Education Department, Teach For America New... 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... 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... 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
avatar for Brandon Davis

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... Read More →
avatar for Joseph "Joe" Hoffer

Joseph "Joe" Hoffer

Partner, Schulman, Lopez, Hoffer & Adelstein, L.L.P.
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 contracting, False... 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
avatar for Kristie Bardell

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... Read More →
avatar for Healthy School Food Collaborative

Healthy School Food Collaborative

Executive Director, Healthy School Food Collaborative
The Healthy School Food Collaborative was created in response to the national obesity epidemic with a shared belief among partners that Louisiana schools have a unique position to institutionalize healthy lifestyles through nutritional standards, nutritional education and increased... 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... 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 Principal's... 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 Teachers... 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... 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 state’s... 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... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Willingham

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... 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... 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... 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... 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 authorizing... 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... 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
avatar for Michael Marsh

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... 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
avatar for Gasper Magallanes

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... 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
avatar for Michael Mizzoni

Michael Mizzoni

Director of Business Development, BoardOnTrack
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... 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
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 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... 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
avatar for Andrew Henry

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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Liz Marcel

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... Read More →
avatar for Chris Roe

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... 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.
avatar for Jamie Wong

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
avatar for Paul McDonald

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... 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
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... 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 state’s... 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

Co-Founder and Executive Director, F&L Organizational Support Services, Inc.
Belinda is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of F&L Organizational Support Services, Inc. (F.L.O.S.S.), a non-profit organization providing human resource management, financial management, and board governance support to non-profits, small businesses and charter schools. With... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 brings the experience of more than 20 years to her role. She joined Teach For America and taught middle school in New York City. She has held leadership positions with a number of exceptional institutions, including the New York State Education Department, Teach For America New... 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... 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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Jaimmé A. Collins

Partner, Adams & Reese
Honored by many national and regional organizations for both her service to clients and her diversity work, Adams and Reese Partner Jaimmé A. Collins counsels clients on corporate governance, contractual and general business matters and government regulatory compliance issues. Ms... 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... 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... 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... Read More →