Florida Charter School Conference

Conference Sessions


Monday, November 14, 2011
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
How to Start a Charter School in Florida
This workshop is an overview of the process and requirements to start a charter school in Florida. If you have ever wondered what it takes to start a charter school, then this workshop is for you. It will include discussions from a panel of charter school operators that have been through the application and approval process and are excited to share their experiences.  This workshop is NOT the statutorily required training for newly approved charter schools. The dates for 2011 approved applicants have not been established yet. Dates will be posted at http://www.floridaschoolchoice.org/information/charter_schools as soon as they are known.
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Charter School Strategic Planning: Why and How
Strategic planning is often intimidating to charter school leaders. Volunteer board members often feel like they don't have the time as do paid administrators. It is just one more huge project on the plate. Come find out how you can improve your strategic planning process and come up with a useful plan in less time than you thought you could.
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How to Use the Science of Employee Selection to Put the Right Person in the Principals Job
The decision about who to hire or promote into a Principal position has far-reaching effects, impacting student achievement and school performance. Yet half the time the decision is not optimal. How can you get it right? Learn how to apply the science of selection to principals.
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Principals Networking
Ever wish you had time to brainstorm with your colleagues at a conference? Here's your chance to interact with fellow principals. Share what is working at your school or ask how other schools solved the problem you are tackling. Make connections with other principals before the conference starts to help get the most of the sessions and exhibit hall.
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CSP Grant Training
This is a two part workshop required for all current grant recipients. We recommend the principal and one board member attend. Part I: The Want Money Waltz Game to Select the Right Forms and Create an Approvable Budget for Your Next Project Phase. Part II: Award Letter Relay Game Move Your Paperwork Quickly Through the Approval Process. Come ready to move!
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Monday, November 14, 2011
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting
Want to know where the future of charter schools is going? Want to be part of that future? Hear from charter school leaders and legislators the state of charter schools in Florida. Also hear from selected legislators regarding potential legislative agenda items for 2012. Special guests include: TBA.
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The Power of Positive Principaling
Presented by a Miami-Dade Principal of the Year, this session will demonstrate the positive effects achieved by creating the right school culture geared to faculty innovation, creativity, and collaboration. Highlighted will be effective delegation, visibility, trust building, caring, respect, and recognition strategies.
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Online Tools For Leaders
This presentation will highlight one charter school leader’s tips for utilizing online tools to effectively manage, communicate and collaborate with teachers, parents, and the Board. Most of the tools discussed will be administrative tools for school leaders, not necessarily educational tools for classroom use, although some will be both.
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An Introduction to a Multi-tiered System of Student Supports
Since 2006, Response to intervention has been recognized in Florida as an effective evidence-based process for supporting students with academic and behavioral needs (http://www.fldoe.org/ese/pdf/y2006-8.pdf), and a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) is the foundation for providing this academic and behavioral support. MTSS will serve as the terminology for describing the integration of RtI for academics and behavior as the state continues to improve upon and support statewide implementation of RtI and utilize the RtI framework for aligning and integrating policies and practices.
In this presentation, school leaders will be provided an overview of MTSS and ways to support one school-based problem-solving team that plans for, monitors, and evaluates implementation of multi-tiered services to address both academic and behavior needs among students. We will discuss what core curriculum supports should be in place for all students, supplemental supports for some students, and intensive supports for a few students. Participants will also learn about resources available through districts to support the development and implementation of this multi-tiered system of support in their schools.
URL: http://flpbs.fmhi.usf.edu/

Handout: Kincaid.pptx
CSP Grant Training
This is a two part workshop required for all current grant recipients. We recommend the principal and one board member attend. Part I: The Want Money Waltz Game to Select the Right Forms and Create an Approvable Budget for Your Next Project Phase. Part II: Award Letter Relay Game Move Your Paperwork Quickly Through the Approval Process. Come ready to move!
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Monday, November 14, 2011
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
School Tour of Bok Academy
Bok Academy, part of the Lake Wales Charter School system, is creating a digital culture while immersing Renaissance Thinkers with the tools and technology of today; bringing forth global citizens prepared to face future challenges with a willingness to serve all. Visiting Bok is an opportunity to a school that demonstrates strategic and tactical ways to incorporate digital experiences for student learning.
The purpose of creating a digital culture is to employ technology in a way that improves teaching and learning through increased student engagement. Students have access to a blend of technology including iPads, iPods and MacBooks. The school has seen an enhanced level of student interest, motivation, and engagement to learn. The focus of the day is to visit classrooms and meet with students and teachers to experience first-hand how classrooms change when access to technology is ubiquitous.
Consider sending a team consisting of the Superintendent, Director(s) of Instruction, Board Member(s), Principal(s) and Teachers. This event includes round-trip transportation from the conference hotel and lunch.
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Authorizing 101
Presented by Florida Association of Charter School Authorizers
The Florida Association of Charter School Authorizers (FACSA) will provide a one-day Authorizing 101 training for District Charter Authorizers. This workshop will provide a forum for both experienced and new charter authorizers to work collaboratively to share best practices, especially in the areas of Application Review Processes and Appeals, Renewal Processes and Appeals, Financial Monitoring, Report Monitoring, and How to Implement New Legislative Changes, including Virtual Charter Schools and High Performing Charter Status.
This workshop is for district charter authorizing staff only.
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Monday, November 14, 2011
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Promethean & Channel One News Interactive Partner to Bring You Quality Interactive Content and Daily Professional Development
Come and see how Promethean has partnered with Channel One Interactive to get all of your teachers using their technology daily in more robust ways through interactive news for 3-12 grades, daily professional development, on-demand resources for every subject, and seamless integration and formative assessment for LRS devices.
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SMART Technologies: A Solution to Differentiation and Accountability
Are you looking for new was to provide differentiation in your classrooms? Is assessment a topic that is keeping you up at night? Learn how SMART Technologies can help facilitate differentiation multi-level classrooms and meet accountability requirements through the use of their unique assessment and reporting tools.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Must Have Classroom Technology Tools
A wide variety of classroom technology equipment has being created and purchased today. Some of these technology tools are excellent and some are not. This session will sift through and highlight the technology tools that are the most vital and cost effective in positively impacting the teaching/learning process.
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SMART Technologies: Supporting Collaboration in a Technology Enriched Environment
We all know collaboration is important, but have you ever wondered how to support it with all the new products that are in the classroom? Come learn why collaboration is more important than ever  and how SMART products can support it.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Building Quality Budgets for Strong Community Schools
Learn to build a budget for your charter school. Find out how to: use the DOE Revenue Estimator, make necessary assumptions, match your budget to enrollment, deal with changes, and incorporate Florida Redbook. You’ll receive an Excel workbook with percentage guidelines for budget categories. Make the budget your blueprint for economic sustainability!
URL: http://www.charterschoolconference.com/2011/handouts/Saulo.pdf

Handout: Saulo_BudgetWorkbook.xlsx
District-based Staff Networking
This presentation is to help district-based staff members network with their colleagues and learn how different districts support and serve their charter schools.
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iPads in Education
The iPad is transformative tool for the classroom. During this hands on session you will experience the iPad as a tool for teaching and learning. You’ll explore various apps being used in language arts, math, science, and social studies. If you’ve been wanting to understand the use of the iPad in education than this session is for you.
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Teaching Strategies, not Stories
Any educator can learn to teach reading strategies, not stories, to improve student comprehension. Participants will learn four research-based reading strategies of metacognitive thinking, reciprocal teaching, RAFT, and QAR. Ready to use hand-outs will be provided. These strategies are cross-curricular and can easily be implemented by anyone.
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Make-n-Takes that Strengthen Skills and Reach all Students
Fill a portfolio full of beach-themed projects that teach the skills. All subjects, grade levels, and abilities, love to practice basic facts, science notes, writing skills, reading vocabulary, and more. Make a beach-tote portfolio, filled with projects that teach the skills, all new from The Bag Ladies.
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Charter School Legal Update
An update and review for Charter Schools and Authorizers of current legal issues impacting charter schools primarily in Florida, but also from around the country.
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Handout: Woodring.pdf
Technology Planning, CIPA and E-Rate
Technology is an integral part of modern education. Find out how to create a plan to guide your school's technology, how to comply with CPIA(Children's Internet Protection Act), and how to participate in the E-Rate program which can provide funding for your technology needs.
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Promethean & Channel One News Interactive Partner to Bring You Quality Interactive Content and Daily Professional Development
Come and see how Promethean has partnered with Channel One Interactive to get all of your teachers using their technology daily in more robust ways through interactive news for 3-12 grades, daily professional development, on-demand resources for every subject, and seamless integration and formative assessment for LRS devices.
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SMART Technologies: Mixed Reality and 3D Technologies with the SMART Document Camera
Cumbersome chemistry models cluttering your storage closest? Bulky anatomy models collecting dust? Come learn how to SMART's latest document camera can help bring lessons to life and teach abstract concepts with the use of 3D models and Mixed Reality.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Turnaround in Action: The Story of Stetson Middle School and Aspira Inc.
The School District of Philadelphia created its Renaissance School Program to turn over seven of its most challenged schools to outside charter managers. Aspira Inc took on Stetson Middle School- a school with a high percentage of struggling students with historically low reading and math scores. This session will review the first year of operation at Stetson – where the Aspira team is leading a significant turnaround in student achievement and student engagement.
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Reaching all Learners
Apple has been a pioneer in developing solutions for all learners and we've continued to drive accessibility innovation with iPad. In this session, we will investigate how the iPad can transform learning for all students. This hands on session will provide administrators with the opportunity to experience the iPad. You'll explore an in-depth overview of the iPad, the revolutionary design features, iOS software, built in applications, and third party applications developed for students with unique learning needs.
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From Installation to Integration: A Technology-rich Learning Community
You have the tools, now what? Charter schools recognize the importance of technology infused classrooms to promote learning in a 21st century environment. Learn how to integrate technology across your campus and your curriculum while preparing Digital Natives for successful navigation in the global community.
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Scaling Charters in High Need Areas
The Florida Charter School Growth Fund is interested in working with charter organizations to expand their impact to students in high need communities. This session will provide an overview of the newly created Fund to help grow and scale the impact of charters across the state.
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Charter School Appeal Process
This presentation will provide an overview of the process for appealing the denial of a charter school application.
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ESE Curriculum that Works for Moderate/Severe Impaired Students in PK-5
Finding the most appropriate currculum for students with moderate to severe impairments who take the FAA can be very difficult, especially assuring that the curriculum is aligned to the Florida ESE SSS and Access Points. We will demonstrate a variety of curriculums for core subjects that have shown excellent results.
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Must Have Classroom Technology Tools
A wide variety of classroom technology equipment has being created and purchased today. Some of these technology tools are excellent and some are not. This session will sift through and highlight the technology tools that are the most vital and cost effective in positively impacting the teaching/learning process.
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Blended Learning: Tools and resources for building a community of learners.
Attendees at this session will explore tools and resources learners use to extend learning beyond the classroom. Numerous digital tools and examples of students projects will be shared. All attendees will receive a link to download a digital book in PDF and ePub formats on this topic.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
DOE Update
This presentation will provide a brief update on the Department’s Race to the Top activities, as well as an overview of the recent legislative changes associated with the 2011 Legislative Session. The Legislative update will primarily focus on Senate Bill 1546 (high-performing charter schools).
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FEFP: How Charter Schools are Funded
This presentation explains the major components and calculation of the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP) which is the basis for public school funding in Florida. It will outline the reporting responsibilities of the charter school and assist charter schools with revenue projections for budgeting purposes.
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Educator Certification
Department staff will provide an overview of Florida educator certification. The presentation will include the steps to certification and the various pathways to becoming a certified teacher. These pathways include traditional and non-traditional (alternative) options.
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Computer-Based Testing
This presentation will give an overview of statewide assessment requirements and the transition to computer-based testing in Florida.
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30 Apps in 60 Minutes!
The education applications available for the Apple iPad are almost limitless.  During this presentation you will see and experience apps for elementary, middle, and high school in a variety of content areas. Administrative use of the iPad in education is also soaring because it can be used very effectively as a productivity tool. This presentation will have something for everyone. If you've wondered how the iPad is being used in education, this is the presentation for you.
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Effective Math Instruction
Presenter will demonstrate a variety of instructional techniques and best practices that significantly improve math achievement. Activities include vocabulary building through rhythm, high-interest lessons and research-based strategies.
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How to Prepare to Talk to Your Bank
Sooner or later most charter schools need to obtain a facilities loan. Schools can greatly increase their chances of successfully securing a loan by knowing what to expect and being prepared. This session will prepare school leaders and board members with what to expect when meeting with bankers.
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Strong Partnerships between Government Officials and School Administrators Develop Model Citizens
Creating a strong partnership between municipal government officials and school administrators is a key factor in the development of model citizens. This session will expose participants to the strategies implemented in a successful charter school whose governing board is composed of municipal government leaders.
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CYO* for Community Engagement
Learn how to use powerful social media to strengthen family-community-school connections. We take the mystery out of social marketing and provide clues, cautions and clips so you can get up and running quickly and safely. Charter schools can create their own online community using existing tools to build community and parental support. *See you online
URL: http://vossandassociates.net

Handout: Conklin.pdf
Promethean ActivExpressions
Effectively use ActivExpressions to provide a prescriptive approach to student mastery of skills. Educators can come see how an effective implementation of ActivExpressions can improve student achievement in an everyday classroom environment. Also see how ActivExpressions can help guide direct instruction of the classroom teacher.
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SMART Technologies: A Solution to Differentiation and Accountability
Are you looking for new was to provide differentiation in your classrooms? Is assessment a topic that is keeping you up at night? Learn how SMART Technologies can help facilitate differentiation multi-level classrooms and meet accountability requirements through the use of their unique assessment and reporting tools.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
IDEA Funding Distribution to Charter Schools
An overview of the Federal and Florida requirements for IDEA funding/services distribution to charter schools will be presented. Panelists will discuss examples of best practices for both school districts and charter schools in facilitating this distribution and ensuring compliance with Federal and Florida laws.
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Florida School Accountability Reporting Update
This session will include an overview and update of accountability reporting systems for Florida schools, focusing on the Florida school grading system, high school grades, and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reporting in compliance with ESEA requirements.
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Charter School Facilities Funding
This presentation provides an overview of state-appropriated capital outlay funding available to certain charter schools.
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Acquiring or Leasing, Financing and Insuring School Facilities
This presentation will provide current practical information about acquiring a facility, negotiating the lease, arranging financing and insuring the facility. After the successful completion of the charter school application there is nothing more difficult than securing a suitable facility whether by lease or by purchase.
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iPads in Education
The iPad is transformative tool for the classroom. During this hands on session you will experience the iPad as a tool for teaching and learning. You’ll explore various apps being used in language arts, math, science, and social studies. If you’ve been wanting to understand the use of the iPad in education than this session is for you.
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Differentiated Instruction: Focusing on Students Strengths
Renzulli Learning is a web-based learning and teaching software that makes differentiation easy and encourages engagement. Students first take a profile that determines their interests, expression styles and learning styles, and when they search our database, they receive sites that are correlated to their interests and styles. Teachers can search the database and send different students interesting sites, and can create assignments and projects that have already linked-in sites for students to research. Renzulli’s database includes thousands of online resources that are safe, age-appropriate, advertising minimized, and customized to the student’s unique profile.
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How to Involve Staff in Making Budget Cuts
With dramatic cuts in school funding, our school involved the entire staff in creating a balanced budget. The staff had never been involved in budget decisions, so the process of shared decision making was a new concept. We will share the process utilized in reducing our budget by $250,000.
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Charter Dissemination Grant Panel Presentation
The purpose of the panel discussion is to give an overview of three schools which implemented dissemination grant projects. Each participant will provide a brief description of the grant activities, the outcomes achieved, and successes or challenges encountered throughout the grant period.
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Implementing Response to Intervention in Charter Schools
Charter schools face both advantages and disadvantages to the implementation of Response to Intervention (RtI). This presentation will discuss the strengths of charter schools in creating successful approaches to intervention. We will also explore the barriers that charters may face in implementing RtI and suggest some strategies that can help schools to overcome these obstacles.
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Handout: Lazega.pptx

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Student Success Act (SB736)
The 2011 Florida Legislature passed the Student Success Act (SB736) which requires school districts and charter schools to design and implement teacher and principal evaluation systems that use student performance data as a primary component of the evaluation. Department staff will provide an overview and update on the Student Success Act.
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Power Curriculum
Dr. Tim Kitts has designed an instructional/professional development model that has helped Bay Haven's schools earn an A every year. The school's synergistic Power Curriculum system is practical and innovative. No one else in the country uses this unique approach. You will walk away knowing what the model is an how to implement it.
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What New Schools Need to Know About HR, Insurance and School Accounting
Join Bruce Ficalora, Carol Siegel and Dean DiPaolo as they share their experience and expertise after helping over one hundred of Florida's charter schools through their first years of operation. Learn how to avoid common mistakes and how to give your school a strong foundation for growth.
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Digital Learning in the Classroom
More and more, schools are adopting comprehensive education reform models to realize greater academic gains for students. These models support changes in the way teachers teach so that students have optimal chances of success in the classroom. This panel discussion will focus on how various charter schools across the state are implementing Apple's technologies to develop a digital learning environment for the classroom.
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Brain Based Learning for All Students
Do you dream of a research-based software solution that can meet the needs of all your K-12 students, 24/7/365? CompassLearning Odyssey meets the needs of the range of learners in the classroom and supports a variety of instructional approaches using innovative, interactive technology based on Common Core and state standards.
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Implementing Title I Programs in Charter Schools
Charter schools are eligible to participate in Title I programs on the same basis as other schools in Florida school districts. This presentation will cover the eligibility and implementation requirements for Title I programs in charter schools. Included in the presentation will be a discussion about Supplemental Educational Services, which are required in schools that do not make Adequate Yearly Progress for two or more consecutive years.
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Update on Differentiated Accountability
This presentation will review the implementation of Differentiated Accountability (DA) and describe the changes to DA that were introduced through the passage of the HB 991 and subsequent changes to the Charter Schools Strategy and Support document adopted by the State Board of Education.
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Bullying Can Be Stopped
Bullying was alive and well in our middle school. No clear process was in place for reporting and handling these issues that plague our youth. Our school developed a program with full student input and administrative creativity that has reduced incidents of bullying by over 60% in just 3 months.
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Hire Tough for a Long Term Investment
Hiring the right person requires quality hiring practices before the job offer is final. Learn what a high performing charter school uses. Robert Marzano’s The Art and Science of Teaching shares the most impact on student learning is a highly effective instructor. A tough hiring practice is the first step!
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Science and Environmental Education Teacher Professional Development Opportunities
Science and Environmental Education: Multidisciplinary professional development opportunities that provide content knowledge for teachers and engaging hands-on, minds-on activities for students
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Florida's Value-Added Model
This presentation will provide an overview of the model developed by Florida educators to measure student learning growth on FCAT in teacher evaluations.
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Using Software to Enhance Students Gains
Schools around the country are looking for effective strategies to meet the demands of improving instruction for all students through the use of technology. Many charter schools in Florida are embracing the use of technology to help monitor and evaluate student’s progress. During this session attendees will learn how instructional technology such as SuccessMaker helped to monitor student progress.
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Developing a Digital School
Join your peers in a discussion on the development of a digital school. This panel discussion will focus on best practices of implementing mobile technologies in the classroom from MacBooks to iPads with appropriate software and apps.
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Ensuring Transportation (or lack thereof) is NOT a Barrier to Equal Access
In today's economy, finding a way to get to school is a challenge for many students (and schools). Let's discuss creative ways to eliminate transportation barriers so your students can get to school and back home safely at the lowest reasonable cost.
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Making Title I a Success for both Charter Schools and Districts
Learn how one district works with its charter schools to make it a success for both the district and the schools. A panel of district leaders will share their best practices.
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Optimizing Reading Instruction
This interactive presentation will focus on using data and reading strategies to improve reading instruction.
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Sexting, Cyberbullying and Social Networking
Sexting, cyberbullying, and social networking have serious implications in the school setting. Current legislation does not adequately address these technologies. School administrators must balance these issues while simultaneously considering the rights of students and employees. This session will review these rising concerns in the educational setting, relevant case law and how we, as educators, should respond.
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