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Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM: Breakfast
Session Track: For Everyone
Session Title: Breakfast
After you pick up your badge at the registration counter, join us for breakfast!
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Tri-State Ballroom
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
9:15 AM - 10:30 AM: Breakout Session Group 1a (1h15m)
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Dual Language - Bilingual Education
Greater Brunswick Charter School took on the challenge of adopting a bilingual program for its large ELL population while remaining true to its mission and vision to be a progressive independent public school. Come, hear about how the school implemented an innovative dual-language program over the past six years that capitalizes on its diverse Spanish and English speaking populations, the hurdles they overcame, the positive outcomes, and the current challenges.
Lead Presenter: Ms. Vanessa Jones, School Leader, Greater Brunswick Charter School
Co-Presenters:
Ms. Stephani Estrella, Dual Language Teacher, Greater Brunswick Charter School
Ms. Daniela Garay, Dual Language Teacher, Greater Brunswick Charter School
Mr. Hector Alvarez, Assistant Education Director, Greater Brunswick Charter School
Experience Level: Novice
Room: CAE: Room 323
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Access & Equity
Session Title: Special Education: What Teachers and School Leaders Need to Know
Participants will learn about the laws, regulations and key cases that impact special education students in charter schools. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of how to provide special education students with the services they need to be successful scholars, while adhering to Federal and State laws. Topics covered will include how to ensure FAPE, what child study teams need to know, Section 504 implications, student discipline, and dealing with difficult parents.
Lead Presenter: Ms. Cherie Lee Adams Esq., Attorney, Adams Gutierrez & Lattiboudere llc.
Co-Presenters:
Ms. Derlys Maria Gutierrez Esq., Attorney, Adams Gutierrez & Lattiboudere llc.
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Atlantic-Hudson
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Access & Equity
Session Title: Writing Effective IEPs
Developing a meaningful IEP is essential to a child's growth and development in special education. However, all too often, personnel "cut and paste" without adequate care for the differences between students and their circumstances. In addition, the daunting task is relegated to a child's case manager to complete by themselves, without any input from other members of the IEP team. IEP creation should be a collaborative, team effort, and all stakeholders -- parents, special and general education teachers, administrators, and CST personnel -- need to recognize the difference between effective and insufficient IEPs.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Mark Rynone, Executive Director, New Jersey Special Education Collaborative
Co-Presenters:
Ms. Lauren Krempecki, Program Coord, Special Populations, New Jersey Special Education Collaborative
Experience Level: Novice
Room: RTH: Essex
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Access & Equity
Session Title: Equitable Access for All
The New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Charter and Renaissance Schools, together with charter school leaders, will discuss best practices in access and equity and service of special populations. The Department will review expectations set forth in the Performance Framework and resources available to assist charter schools in serving all students equitably, and will then participate in targeted conversations with charter school leaders around Special Education, English language learners and economically disadvantaged students. Panelists will discuss where to find resources, how to develop a strong RTI, and enhancing school policies.
Lead Presenter: Ms. Julie Bunt, Planning Associate, NJDOE, Office of Charter and Renaissance Schools
Co-Presenters:
Dr. Ann Garcia, Executive Director, Millville Charter School
Ms. Monica Villafuerte, School Leader, Cresthaven Academy Charter School
Ms. Noreen Lazariuk, School Leader, Sussex County Charter School for Technology
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Black Box Theatre (SB08)
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Getting the Most From Instructional Coaching and Supervision
Research has shown that instructional coaching is the most effective source of professional growth for teachers. But why do some teachers benefit more from coaching than others? And what can teachers do to get the most from the coaching or supervision process? Participants in this interactive session will learn the attributes of "coachable" people; how to convey coachability when seeking and receiving feedback; the cause-effect nature of the coaching process; and how to communicate with coaches and supervisors so that they work for and with you.
Lead Presenter: Mr. David Ginsburg, Instructional Coach and Leadership Coach, Ginsburg Educational Consulting & Coaching, LLC
Co-Presenters:
Ms. Erin Rooney, Instructional Coach and Consultant, Ginsburg Educational Consulting & Coaching, LLC
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 105
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Advocacy / Law / Policy
Session Title: Politics of Engagement
Now more than ever it's critical for everyone involved in the charter school community to be engaged in advocacy. Charter schools are often misrepresented in the media, at public hearings and by anti-charter propaganda. All too often we hear myths from those who are threatened by charter schools and we don't know how to respond or if we should. A panel of advocacy experts will share their stories about how they became advocates and why it's critical for everyone to do the same. You will hear how each of these advocates have weathered opposition propaganda, negative op-eds, heated meetings and lack of support from elected officials.
Lead Presenter: Ms. Rena Youngblood, Director of Charter School Services, Association of American Educators
Co-Presenters:
Ms. Shelley Skinner, Executive Director, Better Education for Kids, Inc.
Ms. Jomayra Torres, Teacher, BelovED Community Charter School
Mr. Altorice D. Frazier, Education Reform Advocate and Board Member, KIPPNJ
Ms. Danielle West, Chief Academic Officer/Director, The Queen City Academy Charter School
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Bergen-Morris
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Educating for a Sustainable Future
Educating students to understand and take action around issues of sustainability will be a major focus for the 21st century. Hear from a panel of experienced school leaders who have developed and implemented schools devoted to diverse models of sustainability education in urban, suburban, and rural settings.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Steven King, Founder, The Urban Development Group International
Co-Presenters:
Mrs. Connie Sanchez, Executive Director, Unity Charter School
Mr. Miguel Brito, School Leader, Philip's Academy Charter School
Ms. Traci Pannullo, Administrator, Ridge & Valley Charter School
Ms. Lisa Masi, Integration Guide, Ridge & Valley Charter School
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 314
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM: Breakout Session Group 1b (2 hours)
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Essential Literacy Work
Which essential literacy skills should you teach/review to set students up for success in reading, writing, speaking, and listening -- and what should you do first? If you teach grades 2-12 (no matter what subject), this workshop provides a systematic approach and practical tools that you can use immediately with your students.
Lead Presenter: Dr. Sarah Tantillo Ed.D., Consultant, Sarah Tantillo, Ed.D., LLC
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room B07
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Demystifying Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Why a CRP Approach Is Necessary
Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (CRP) is an approach to teaching that "empowers students intellectually, socially, emotionally, and politically by using cultural referents to impart knowledge, skills, and attitudes." Given the current inequity in our education system, it is critical that educators understand and define their role in providing the best opportunities for all children. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of CRP in theory and practice through the review of a historical timeline of educational inequity in New Jersey.
Lead Presenter: Ms. Morgan Craig, Director, Teacher Leadership Development, Teach For America-New Jersey
Co-Presenters:
Ms. Erin Renz, Director, Teacher Leadership Development, Teach For America-New Jersey
Ms. Tahina Perez, Managing Director, Teacher Leadership Development, Teach For America-New Jersey
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 313
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Operations / Governance
Session Title: School Safety and Security: Best Practices and Challenges
School leaders are faced with keeping students safe and promoting a positive school climate. School safety has become the most important work of our time and everyone shares in this responsibility. The New Jersey Department of Education's Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning (OSPEP) has conducted more than 700 school security drill observations across the state. The purpose of these observations is to provide technical assistance and share best security practices. During this session, staff from OSPEP will share best practices for school security, lock-downs, situational awareness, and potential school hazards.
Lead Presenter: Dr. Thomas Gambino, Education Specialist, NJDOE Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning
Co-Presenters:
Mr. Jeff Gale, School Security Specialist, NJDOE Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 114
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Advocacy / Law / Policy
Session Title: Handling Disputes with Resident Districts
This past year has seen an increase in legal issues arising between resident districts and charter schools in such areas as residency verifications, transmitting funding, charter applications, and special education placements. This session will cover proactive strategies to avoid or mitigate such disputes if possible, the relevant legal procedures, and how to resolve any disputes should they arise.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Thomas O. Johnston Esq., Principal, Johnston Law Firm LLC
Experience Level: Novice
Room: RTH: Passaic
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Developing Critical Thought through Socratic Seminars
What's one skill that every college professor wishes her students had more of? The answer is critical, analytical thought. In this session, you'll learn how educators at People's Preparatory Charter School, a college prep charter school in Newark, use student-led Socratic seminars to engage students in rigorous discussions that develop skills necessary for success in college: the ability to think critically and to share that thinking clearly and persuasively.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Nathan Patton, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, People's Prep Charter School
Co-Presenters:
Ms. Manar Hussein, Teacher, People's Prep Charter School
Mr. Jacob Friedman, Teacher, People's Prep Charter School
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 202
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Great Habits, Great Readers (K-4 Reading): Part I
Part I of a two-part session. What does it take to make all of our students great readers -- especially now that the Common Core State Standards define reading at a higher degree of rigor than ever before? Based on the experiences of the highest-achieving early reading teachers, the Great Habits, Great Readers workshop answers this question and many more. The Reading model presented in this workshop is structured around the habits that consistently produce outstanding reading results -- actions that can be replicated in any school, by any teacher. It's not just about finding the right texts (though we'll cover that); it's not just about making discussions more text-dependent (though we'll address that, too). At its heart, the Reading-by-Habit model is about transforming that moment when a child gets something wrong into an opportunity to teach the habits that will help him or her get it right. Part II of this session is offered in the afternoon.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Adam Feiler, Associate Director of 3-4 Curriculum and Assessment, Uncommon Schools
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 317
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: A Framework for Analytical Writing
This session, developed and presented by Uncommon Schools, presents a framework for analytical writing applicable from grades 5 to AP English. Participants will have a chance to dissect and analyze the components of analytical writing and try each out themselves. Attendees will take home resources designed to capture the core components of analytical writing for use with their students.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Stephen Chiger, Director of 5-12 Literacy, Uncommon Schools
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Crystal Ballroom
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM: Breakout Session Group 2a (1h15m)
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Supporting and Sustaining Student-Directed Learning
Preparing students as learners and professionals in the 21st century demands educational experiences that harness students' skills in regard to collaborating with peers, tapping into their creativity, developing solutions to complex problems, and cultivating perseverance. In this session you will hear from three school leaders from charters based around the concept of student-directed learning. Topics addressed will include sustaining a culture and curriculum based around student-directed learning; assisting and supporting teachers in developing student-directed learning experiences; making student-directed learning authentic to enhance our schools, communities, and the world; the joys and challenges of leading a school based around student-directed learning; establishing partnerships with schools around the world for international collaboration on student-directed learning projects; developing a plan for your own school to implement student-directed learning projects; and, supporting a professional culture that values this type of work
Lead Presenter: Mr. Colin Hogan, Head of School, Learning Community Charter School
Co-Presenters:
Mrs. Connie Sanchez, Executive Director, Unity Charter School
Ms. Vanessa Jones, School Leader, Greater Brunswick Charter School
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Black Box Theatre (SB08)
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Inspiring Enthusiasm for Mathematics
Imagine students wanting to give up free time to work on math. Students every day struggle with math; inspiring students to achieve in mathematics requires getting them motivated. This workshop will be a hands-on learning experience in a proven innovative program that excites and motivates students to be high performers in math, encourages good behavior, builds character, and promotes learning.
Lead Presenter: Mrs. Dawn Cobb-Fossnes, Vice Principal of Instruction, Hope Academy Charter School
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Bergen-Morris
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Operations / Governance
Session Title: Facility Financing for Start-Up and Early Stage Charter Schools
Securing an adequate facility is one of the most significant challenges facing charter schools, and financing is critical in overcoming this obstacle. Find out how to plan for your first facility project and what lenders look for during the loan application process.
Lead Presenter: Ms. Molly Melloh, Loan Officer, K-12 Education, Reinvestment Fund
Co-Presenters:
Mr. Joseph V. Palazzolo, Lending Team Leader, Education & Early Care, New Jersey Community Capital
Experience Level: Novice
Room: CAE: Room 314
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Advocacy / Law / Policy
Session Title: Avoiding the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Students who are suspended or expelled are three times more likely to have contact with the juvenile justice system than their peers. When discipline policies remove the students from the classroom or the school, the results are less than ideal because time away from learning hurts a student's chance of success. Join our panel of experts to discuss the direct correlation between attendance and behavior policies and practices and students' academic success. Participants will leave this session with tools for addressing various issues that often lead to student suspension, expulsion, and interactions with law enforcement.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Lavar Young, Principal, Urban Talk USA
Co-Presenters:
Dr. Lynette Tannis, Adjunct Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Ms. Cynthia Rice, Senior Policy Analyst, Advocates for Children of New Jersey
Ms. Elan Drennon, Senior Manager of Student Equity, Camden City School District
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Atlantic-Hudson
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: How to Use DBQs with a Scaffolded PARCC Rubric as a Growth Measure for Teachers & Students
A Document Based Question (DBQ) is an essay constructed by students which integrates the student's knowledge combined with information drawn from several provided sources. Found on AP exams, DBQs are a great tool for simultaneously measuring student comprehension of content and writing skills. The scaffolded PARCC grading rubric provides students a path for improvement. This session will help teachers incorporate the effective use of DBQs in all disciplines.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Jarred Shaw, Director of Curriculum, Academy Charter High School
Co-Presenters:
Ms. Casey Kapalko, Foreign Language / English Teacher, Academy Charter High School
Mrs. Robin Patterson, English Teacher, Academy Charter High School
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 105
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Access & Equity
Session Title: From Compliance to Excellence: Going Beyond Special Education Regulations to Harness Student Potential
Special education regulations are complex and comprehensive, and an enormous effort goes into basic compliance. However, compliance does not ensure we are serving students well and that they are truly benefiting from their current services and programming. Movement toward Results Driven Accountability requires mastering federal and state regulations first, so you can move beyond compliance towards implementing best practices around progress monitoring.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Mark Rynone, Executive Director, New Jersey Special Education Collaborative
Co-Presenters:
Ms. Lauren Krempecki, Program Coord, Special Populations, New Jersey Special Education Collaborative
Ms. Amanda Lippa, Director, SPED & Therapeutic Services, KIPP NJ
Ms. Faith Ware, Director, SPED, KIPP NJ
Experience Level: Intermediate
Room: RTH: Essex
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: A Very Private Struggle: What Happens for Teachers in Classrooms
This workshop is for you if you find that after school you are drained and need to take a nap, or if you had a child in your class who left you exasperated and feeling like a failure. Through discussions, participants will explore the emotional dynamics of classroom life as they impact teachers and interfere with the teaching/learning process. The facilitators want to learn about your struggles and successes, and share theirs with you. Limited to 12 participants.
Lead Presenter: Ms. Claudia Zuorick, Director, Soaring Heights Charter School
Co-Presenters:
Ms. Joan Incognito, Departmental Teacher/Manager, Soaring Heights Charter School
Ms. Hilary Bowden, Teacher/Manager, Soaring Heights Charter School
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 323
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
12:00 PM - 1:45 PM: Lunch
Session Track: For Everyone
Session Title: Lunch
Join us for lunch, sponsored by SABIS
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Tri-State Ballroom
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM: Breakout Session Group 3a (1h15m)
Session Track: Advocacy / Law / Policy
Session Title: State and Federal Policies at a Crossroads
Times are changing nationally and in New Jersey. Join these panelists to discuss what the policy changes look like and what it means for charter schools. Panelists will discuss changes at the federal level and national trends, as well as what a new governor could mean for charter schools. What can NJ expect and what should we prepare for? Join this conversation if you want to know more about the state and federal landscapes and what to prepare for over the next four years.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Lavar Young, Principal, Urban Talk USA
Co-Presenters:
Ms. Danielle Alpert, Lobbyist, River Crossing Strategy Group
Mr. Ron Rice Jr., Senior Director, Government Relations, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Essex
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Operations / Governance
Session Title: Facility Financing Lessons from the Real World
Learn about charter school facility financing from leaders in the community development financial institute (CDFI) industry. A panel of CDFI experts will discuss the role that their organizations play in the larger financing market, solutions to common problems encountered when financing projects, and which tools are available for schools to make their facility plans a reality. The panel will include a heavy focus on real-life examples of successful charter school facility projects.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Joseph V. Palazzolo, Lending Team Leader, Education & Early Care, New Jersey Community Capital
Co-Presenters:
Ms. Molly Melloh, Loan Officer, K-12 Education, Reinvestment Fund
Mr. Sajan Philip, Director, Central Region and Washington, D.C., LIIF
Ms. Abigail Suarez, Loan Officer, Capital Impact Partners
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Passaic
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Social-Emotional Learning: 5 Keys to 21st-century Life Skills
This workshop will explain the 5 components of social-emotional learning and focus on hands-on classroom activities that teachers can implement to support them. The 5 components include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Workshop participants will learn the complete process for teaching one of the 5 components from introduction and action to debrief of the activity. Participants will receive a copy of the activity write-ups for each activity completed.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Roberto Gil, Jr. Esq., Director, Blairstown Campus, Princeton-Blairstown Center
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Black Box Theatre (SB08)
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: School Leadership
Session Title: Sustaining the LEAP Pipeline: Lessons and Best Practices
LEAP Academy in Camden has excelled for 20 years, sustaining a birth-to-college pipeline and building partnerships with universities, businesses, and community members to maintain a culture of teaching and learning geared towards students and families in one of the poorest cities in the country. Leaders will discuss how the different components of the pipeline model, including the Early Learning Research Academy, College Access, Parent Engagement, Health and Wellness (including an on-site pediatric practice), and the renowned Fabrication Lab have shaped an inclusive and supportive environment that empowers students and families to achieve academic, life, and career success.
Lead Presenter: Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago Ph.D., Rutgers Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor, Rutgers University - Camden
Co-Presenters:
Mr. Manuel Delgado, COO/Lead Person, LEAP Academy University Charter School
Ms. Marchelle Roberts, Director of College Access, LEAP Academy University Charter School
Dr. Velmina Rivera M.D., Chief Medical Officer, LEAP Academy University Charter School
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 105
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Use of Data
Session Title: Collaborative Instructional Rounds
Similar to medical rounds, instructional rounds (IR) is a collaborative process involving administrators and teachers. IR teams visit classrooms and collect data related to a chosen problem of practice. All collected information is vetted across team members to identify patterns, which are then shared with the entire faculty. Instructional rounds is a valuable tool for developing a culture of collaboration between administration and teaching staff, enabling the entire educational team to develop a common understanding of challenges the school faces and then address them.
Lead Presenter: Dr. Mary Jo McKinley, School Leader, Academy Charter High School
Co-Presenters:
Mrs. AnnaMarie Reiss, Math Teacher, Academy Charter High School
Mr. John Post, Social Studies Teacher, Academy Charter High School
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room B07
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: School Leadership
Session Title: What I Am Learning About Blame Since I Became a Supervisor
Blame always lands at the door of the person in charge. Join our discussion group with others in your position. Let's consider together the impact blame has on all of us as we seek ways to reduce the level of stress that blame can cause.
Lead Presenter: Ms. Claudia Zuorick, Director, Soaring Heights Charter School
Co-Presenters:
Ms. Joan Incognito, Departmental Teacher/Manager, Soaring Heights Charter School
Ms. Hilary Bowden, Teacher/Manager, Soaring Heights Charter SChool
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 323
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Teacher Friendly Approaches + Student Friendly Strategies
This session will focus on the Universal Guide to Essay Writing. Students will use the components learned in this guide as a foundation for highly effective writing. Whether the assignment is an opinion piece, an argumentative essay, a research paper, an analysis for a novel, or a personal statement, this guide provides students in the upper elementary and middle level grades with the tools needed to write for any task.
Lead Presenter: Ms. Kristen Turner, Lead Teacher, Lady Liberty Academy Charter School
Co-Presenters:
Ms. Mariann Jensen, Middle School ELA Teacher, Lady Liberty Academy Charter School
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 314
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Developing a Student-Centered Classroom to Increase Standardized Test Performance
This session assists educators in making an essential shift in their instructional practice towards a rigorous student-centered learning environment, using the science practices. Engaging in the practices of science in ALL content areas helps students understand how scientific knowledge develops. This direct involvement gives them an appreciation of the wide range of approaches used to investigate, model, and explain the world. The practices allow teachers to develop and facilitate classes in which students think critically, engage in argumentation from evidence, and make sense of knowledge while applying key ideas and concepts to real-world situations.
Lead Presenter: Mrs. Connie Sanchez, Executive Director, Unity Charter School
Co-Presenters:
Mrs. Amy Mercado, Technology Teacher, Unity Charter School
Experience Level: Novice
Room: RTH: Crystal Ballroom
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Use of Data
Session Title: Targeting Misconceptions through Deeper Assessment Analysis
Every assessment a teacher gives provides an abundance of data, but it is not always obvious how to spot the highest-leverage student misconceptions in that data. In this session, teachers will learn analysis techniques that allow them to spot those misconceptions and plan more effective and efficient re-teaching. Teachers will leave the session with their own electronic data analysis tool to facilitate future analysis at their own schools.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Nathan Patton, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, People's Prep Charter School
Co-Presenters:
Mr. Eric Oringer, Teacher, People's Prep Charter School
Mr. Jacob Xavier, Data Analyst, People's Prep Charter School
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Bergen-Morris
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Access & Equity
Session Title: The Journey to Leading an Anti-Racist Organization
Chances are you're aware of the relationship between power, privilege, and oppression. You may also be aware of how institutionalized and systemic racism impact the field of education. Yet, you may not be sure what it looks like for charter leaders to develop an anti-racist organization, until now. We will explain how Paul Robeson Charter School (Trenton, NJ) approached this work during the 2016-17 school year. You'll learn the characteristics of anti-racist organizations, reflect on your own school's practices, and explore ways to prioritize this work.
Lead Presenter: Ms. Rachel L. Willis, CEO & Founder, Elevating Equity
Co-Presenters:
Mr. John Amenda, Executive Director, Paul Robeson Charter School
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 202
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Advocacy / Law / Policy
Session Title: Hot Legal Topics Facing New Jersey Charter Schools
This wide-ranging discussion of pertinent legal issues is a perennial favorite at NJCSA conferences. Charter school attorneys will discuss a variety of topics, including the recent pattern of outside groups and resident school districts appealing charter decisions, the alleged segregative impacts from charter school operations, and disputes over resident district payment obligations.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Paul Josephson Esq., Partner, Duane Morris LLP
Co-Presenters:
Mr. Thomas O. Johnston Esq., Principal, Johnston Law Firm LLC
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Atlantic-Hudson
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
1:15 PM - 3:45 PM: Breakout Session Group 3b (2h30m)
Session Track: Use of Data
Session Title: Data, Data Everywhere: Using Data to Drive Teacher Development and Student Learning
Data, data everywhere, but what does it all mean? Data alone does not improve classroom instruction; instead, we need to focus on how we use that data. This session sheds light on what it means to have a clear communication plan with teachers on the connection between assessments, standards, and data, and identifies structures and opportunities to help teachers use data and standards together to improve their classroom instruction. Participants will analyze examples from other schools, identify what strong structures look like, and self-assess their implementation of a data-driven culture that encourages and supports teacher actions.
Lead Presenter: Ms. Teimosa Martin, Regional Vice President, The Achievement Network
Co-Presenters:
Ms. Andrea Walker, Director of Partnership Development, The Achievement Network
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 313
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Great Habits, Great Readers (K-4 Reading): Part II
Part II of a two-part session. What does it take to make all of our students great readers -- especially now that the Common Core State Standards define reading at a higher degree of rigor than ever before? Based on the experiences of the highest-achieving early reading teachers, the Great Habits, Great Readers workshop answers this question and many more. The Reading model presented in this workshop is structured around the habits that consistently produce outstanding reading results -- actions that can be replicated in any school, by any teacher. It's not just about finding the right texts (though we'll cover that); it's not just about making discussions more text-dependent (though we'll address that, too). At its heart, the Reading-by-Habit model is about transforming that moment when a child gets something wrong into an opportunity to teach the habits that will help him or her get it right. You are welcome to attend if you missed Part I.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Adam Feiler, Associate Director of 3-4 Curriculum and Assessment, Uncommon Schools
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 317
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM: Breakout Session Group 4a (1h15m)
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: A Very Private Struggle: What Happens for Teachers in Special Education Classrooms
This workshop is for you if you find that after school you are drained and need to take a nap, or if you had a child in your Special Education class who left you exasperated and feeling like a failure. Through discussions, participants will explore the emotional dynamics of classroom life as they impact Special Education teachers and interfere with the teaching/learning process. The facilitators want to learn about your struggles and successes, and share theirs with you.
Lead Presenter: Ms. Samantha Berman, Departmental Teacher/Manager, Soaring Heights Charter School
Co-Presenters:
Ms. Joanna D'Auria-Prokop, Special Education Teacher/Manager, Soaring Heights Charter School
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 323
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Advocacy / Law / Policy
Session Title: Engaging with the Media to Better Tell Your Story
This all-star panel of New Jersey's top reporters will discuss how public charter schools can best engage with the media. In addition, panelists will provide their own perspective on the state of education in New Jersey and what kind of stories they are interested in covering. The panel will also discuss the value of public transparency and engagement, and define how to leverage your school's positive results, activities, and events.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Matthew Frankel, Founder and President, MDF Strategies
Co-Presenters:
Mr. John Mooney, Editor, NJ Spotlight
Ms. Karen Yi, Journalist, Star-Ledger
Ms. Laura Waters, Journalist, NJ Left Behind
Ms. Naomi Nix, Senior Reporter, The 74 Million
Ms. Elana Knopp, Newark Reporter, TAPinto Newark
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 314
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Operations / Governance
Session Title: Performance Framework
The purpose of the learning session is to provide an understanding of how charter school tier rank is determined by the New Jersey Department of Education. Participants will learn about the categories and metrics in charter school performance reports and how they contribute to their ranking. The session will include anticipated changes (future and retroactive), point distribution for each metric, and alignment to ESSA. Participants will leave with an understanding of what it means to be rated a Tier 1, 2, or 3 charter school.
Lead Presenter: Ms. Katherine Czehut, Director, NJDOE, Office of Charter and Renaissance Schools
Co-Presenters:
Ms. Anne Nicole Fisfis, Data Analyst, NJDOE, Office of Charter and Renaissance Schools
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 105
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Keep Calm & Teach On
School climate is the most important variable to building and sustaining a high achieving school. Classroom management (or lack of) is also the leading reason why educators "burn out" and leave the profession. Participants will be able to immediately use these strategies in classrooms/schoolwide to create a calm, high-performing environment in which students can excel. Educators will gain more teaching time and feel less overwhelmed. Put an end to classroom management gimmicks, eliminate repeated warnings, and give your school the strategies and techniques it needs to turn a disruptive moment into a learning moment.
Lead Presenter: Mrs. Susan Lovato, Teacher, Delran Township School District
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Crystal Ballroom
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Next Generation Science
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are K-12 science content standards that set the expectations for what students should know and be able to do. These standards give educators the flexibility to design classroom learning experiences that stimulate students' interests in science and prepare them for college, careers, and citizenship. Join this session to learn more about NGSS, the state plan, what schools can and should do, and new trends in science education.
Lead Presenter: Dr. Katheryn Kennedy Ph.D., Manager of Professional Development Services, Stevens Institute of Technology
Co-Presenters:
Mr. Nihat Guvercin, CEO, iLearn Schools
Dr. Joseph Conway, Chief School Administrator, Camden's Charter School Network
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 202
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Operations / Governance
Session Title: Developing and Maintaining a School Policy and Regulation Manual
Participants will be provided with a list of mandated policies and regulations/procedures a charter school must have, along with samples that provide a format to be used in developing policies and regulations. Participants will be provided the legal source for many policies and regulations and see how charter school administrators develop policies and regulations from such sources. This session will also provide participants a thorough understanding of how to keep the school's policy manual up to date as statutes, administrative codes, and court decisions are revised.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Philip W. Nicastro Esq., Vice President, Strauss Esmay Associates, LLP
Experience Level: Novice
Room: RTH: Bergen-Morris
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Advocacy / Law / Policy
Session Title: Employment Law: A Year in Review
This session provides an overview of employment-related legal updates and the anticipated impacts on charter schools. The topics discussed will include trends in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and litigation filings, the current status of the U.S. Department of Labor's Final Overtime Rule, the EEOC Resource Document addressing leave as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the impacts of the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) recent decisions holding that the NLRB has jurisdiction over union representation at charter schools.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Kevin Michael McKenna Esq., Shareholder, Latsha Davis & McKenna, P.C.
Co-Presenters:
Ms. Christine Elizabeth Reilly Esq., Attorney, Latsha Davis & McKenna, P.C.
Ms. Nicole DiRado Snyder Esq., Attorney, Latsha Davis & McKenna, P.C.
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Essex
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Access & Equity
Session Title: Special Ed 360: Seeing the Special Education Process from Multiple Perspectives
A panel representing special education stakeholders -- parents, child study team members, special education teachers, general education teachers, administrators -- will engage in a discussion of the special education process, including challenges and opportunities, lessons to learn, socio-emotional dynamics that infuse the process, and other issues suggested by the audience.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Mark Rynone, Executive Director, New Jersey Special Education Collaborative
Co-Presenters:
Mr. Paul O'Neill, Co-Founder & Senior Fellow, National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools
Ms. Laura Trillo, Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant, Robert Treat Academy Charter School
Ms. Marninne Rejouis, School Social Worker, Robert Treat Academy Charter School
Mr. Paul Parada, Vice Principal, Robert Treat Academy Charter School
Ms. Alice Richardson, Charter School Parent, Robert Treat Academy Charter School
Ms. Lauren Krempecki, Program Coord, Special Populations, New Jersey Special Education Collaborative
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Black Box Theatre (SB08)
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Operations / Governance
Session Title: Hot Topics: Charter School Budgeting and SBA Roundtable
Budgeting and business practices in charter schools vary from school to school. Practices of the past may need to be updated in the future with possible policy changes on the horizon. SBAs are invited to join in an open discussion about such pressing topics as budgeting in uncertain times, expansion/growth, facilities financing, human resources management, and doing more with less. Discussion will be used as a starting point for developing closer relationships and increased sharing between schools; pertinent parts of the conversation will be transcribed/summarized and provided back to participants.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Brian Diamante, Director of Data Systems & Senior State Budget Analyst, New Jersey Charter Schools Association
Co-Presenters:
Mr. Glenn Richardson, School Business Administrator, Benjamin Banneker Preparatory Charter School
Mr. Paul Velelis, School Business Administrator, Jersey City Golden Door Charter School
Experience Level: Experienced
Room: RTH: Atlantic-Hudson
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Food Literacy Grows Healthy Schools
The Mission of EcoSpaces Education is to inspire and teach a holistic approach to Food Literacy Education that is instrumental in developing healthy relationships between children/families and food, so they may lead healthier lives and reach their full potential. In this session, we will discuss the reasons it is important to make Food Literacy Education a priority in schools. We will demonstrate the methodology of connecting interactive learning to core curriculum and why a holistic model can change the overall school culture.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Frank James Mentesana, Director, EcoSpaces Education, Philip's Education Partners
Co-Presenters:
Ms. Catkin Flowers, EcoSpaces Education Program Director, Philip's Education Partners
Experience Level: Novice
Room: CAE: Room 114
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Operations / Governance
Session Title: Your School Building: What You Need to Know to Get It Right
This session provides an overview of the New Jersey charter school facility landscape, exposing the raw data of what is "normal" for school buildings in the state and how New Jersey compares with other states. You will see real-world examples of what you can expect when dreaming about, searching for, planning, designing, and building your school building . . . and how to get it right!
Lead Presenter: Mr. Patrick Beausoleil, VP of Business Development, Highmark School Development
Experience Level: Novice
Room: RTH: Passaic
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Teaching and Leading that Makes Students and Families Bang at the Door to Get In
As educators and school leaders we face innumerable challenges in effectively delivering instruction and leading our schools to become hubs of innovation. This session will delve into how teachers at Learning Community Charter School develop lessons that increase student voice, build culture, and promote rich conversations in the classroom. It will also examine how to coach and sustain teachers in embracing this style of teaching. This session will be highly interactive -- come prepared to play games, share ideas, gain strategies, and connect with a PLN to support your work upon your return to school.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Colin Hogan, Head of School, Learning Community Charter School
Co-Presenters:
Ms. Natasha Tyjer, 5th Grade Math Teacher, Learning Community Charter School
Ms. Katie Goral, 8th Grade English Teacher, Learning Community Charter School
Ms. Megan Tainter, 4th Grade Teacher, Learning Community Charter School
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room B07
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM: Welcome Reception
Session Track: For Everyone
Session Title: Welcome Reception
Join us for refreshment in the Welcome Reception!
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Tri-State Ballroom
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM: 20-Year Salute to Charters
Session Track: For Everyone
Session Title: 20-Year Salute to Charters Event
The 20-Year Salute to NJ Charters is an exclusive celebration for the NJ charter school community to come together and celebrate two decades of excellence in New Jersey's public education. This program will begin in the Tri-State Ballroom promptly at 5:00 pm. The evening event will highlight recollections by some of our community's founders from the early days of the movement, its transformation and growth, and student voices whose lives were changed by the charter schools they attended. Join us for an unforgettable evening of looking back and looking ahead to the next 20 years of excellence.
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Tri-State Ballroom
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM: Breakfast
Session Track: For Everyone
Session Title: Breakfast
Join us for breakfast this morning!
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Tri-State Ballroom
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM: Plenary Session (1:00)
Session Track: For Everyone
Session Title: Plenary Session
Join us for this morning's Plenary Session. We're jumping off with student performances you won't want to miss, followed by a State of the State of Charter Schools address by Nicole Cole and an exciting Keynote by Dr. H. Richard Milner IV, Director of the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh.
Lead Presenter: Ms. Nicole D. Cole, President & CEO, New Jersey Charter Schools Association
Co-Presenters:
Dr. H. Richard Milner IV, Director, Center for Urban Education, University of Pittsburgh
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Tri-State Ballroom
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM: Breakout Session Group 5a (1h15m)
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Best Practices in Writing Instruction
Are your students skilled, proficient writers? Can they write for a variety of purposes and audiences? Do they enjoy writing and have writing stamina? This is an interactive session devoted to the exploration of research-based writing practices that inspire and empower writers.
Lead Presenter: Dr. Katy Cortelyou, Regional Director, Northeast, Center for the Collaborative Classroom
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 313
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Use of Data
Session Title: Data Matters: Understanding Assessment Data to Support Instructional Decision-Making
The way data is analyzed, communicated and preserved in New Jersey has undergone dynamic changes. Improving student achievement requires that schools systematically and routinely use data to guide instructional decision-making. In this presentation, we share how iLearn Schools has used an ongoing cycle of data collection from multiple sources, data interpretation to develop strategies to improve student achievement, and instructional decisions to implement these strategies and develop a data-driven culture within the schools.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Nihat Guvercin, CEO, iLearn Schools
Co-Presenters:
Ms. Lori Cobb, Chief Schools Officer, iLearn Schools
Ms. Yanivis Hage, Chief Academics Officer, iLearn Schools
Dr. Yasin Demir, Chief Innovation Officer, iLearn Schools
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Bergen-Morris
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: The Use of School-Based Therapy to Enhance Student Achievement
Schools have always been a place for students to receive a comprehensive education; however, these days, it's increasingly complex for educators and related school personnel to provide it. Many students are presenting with a range of emotional and behavioral issues and it's time for a better understanding of how to effectively address these factors that impact student success. Through the use of school-based therapy, students can begin to increase their capacity to thrive and school personnel can feel more attuned and equipped to handle these barriers that often get in the way of achievement.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Zachary Schwartz LCSW, Director of In-District Services, Sage Day
Co-Presenters:
Mr. Frank Harvey LCSW, Clinical Supervisor-Sage In-District Services, Sage Day/Great Oaks Legacy Charter School
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 317
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Speak For Success: Improving Spoken & Written English
Speak for Success is a blended in-class/online program that improves students' spoken and written English. Learn about the techniques and resources that can help your students communicate more effectively and accurately -- an essential skill for personal success.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Richard G. Berger, President, Speak For Success
Co-Presenters:
Mr. John Moore, CEO, USEED
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 114
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Making VR Together: Collaboration between Institutions of Higher Learning and Charter Schools
This sesson delves into a unique institutional collaboration to make custom storytelling experiences in virtual, projected, and augmented reality. Collaborators from Parsons MFA Design and Technology Program and Learning Community Charter School addressed different learning styles by allowing both graduate students and middle school students to create unique projects as they learned new ideas and technologies. An iterative production process addressed different modalities, styles, and speeds of learning with an emphasis on communication to mutually enrich the visual, storytelling, and computer programming skills of students. The team effort between both populations allowed for feelings of cooperative ownership of projects.
Lead Presenter: Ms. Tammy Walters, Board Member, Learning Community Charter School
Co-Presenters:
Dr. Anezka Sebek Ph.D., Asst. Professor of Media Design, Parsons School of Design
Mr. Colin Hogan, Head of School, Learning Community Charter School
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Black Box Theatre (SB08)
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: School Leadership
Session Title: What About the Arts: How to Successfully Implement a Title I Arts Program
The arts are just as important as academics, and in this session participants will learn how to successfully implement an arts program under ESSA. All session participants will take a journey with Queen City Academy Charter School as we revisit its implementation of a Title I-funded Arts Integration Program.
Lead Presenter: Ms. Danielle West, CAO/ Director, The Queen City Academy Charter School
Co-Presenters:
Mr. Robert Rucker, Music Teacher, The Queen City Academy Charter School
Ms. Charlene Jones, Business Administrator, The Queen City Academy Charter School
Ms. Michelle Jones, Title I Coordinator, The Queen City Academy Charter School
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 323
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Use of Data
Session Title: Failure Is Not an Option: Interventions for Success
This session will describe the evolution of PCSST's intervention period and how the school finally found a model that works. Participants will learn how to create a daily schedule that allows for an intervention period, and how data is used by teachers to identify students in need of intervention. Students and teachers will share their experiences and provide insight as to how the program has transformed PCSST.
Lead Presenter: Mrs. Amanda Leach, Humanities Curriculum and Supervision Director, Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology
Co-Presenters:
Mr. Antony Ghaly, Physics Teacher, Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology
Mr. Necmi Coskun, Director of STEM, Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology
Experience Level: Novice
Room: CAE: Room 202
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leadership
The session highlights conceptions and tools teachers and school leaders need to address and meet the needs of all students, especially students living below the poverty line, those whose first language is not English, those who are Black and Brown, and those who might experience outside-of-school challenges across the United States. Particular attention will be placed on student assets and teacher practices that support student academic and social success. Issues of race and poverty will be framed to help educators identify PreK-12 students experiences and educators' mindsets and practices that prevent and support students' opportunities to learn and succeed.
Lead Presenter: Dr. H. Richard Milner IV, Director, Center for Urban Education, University of Pittsburgh
Experience Level: Novice
Room: RTH: Atlantic-Hudson
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Breakout Session Group 5b (2 hours)
Session Track: School Leadership
Session Title: Time to Reboot?
Is there a sense that the commitment to your school's original vision is waning? Has complacency set in? Is there a crisis requiring restructuring? If you answer yes to any of these questions, it may be time to reboot. Constructive and fruitful rebooting is complicated and comprised of many intricate and interlocking pieces. In this program we will open the door to such conversations.
Lead Presenter: Dr. Irene Hall, School Leader, Discovery Charter School
Co-Presenters:
Mr. Douglas Hoffman, Consultant & Trainer, D Hoffman Consulting, LLC
Experience Level: Experienced
Room: CAE: Room 105
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Great Habits, Great Readers (K-4 Reading): Part I
Part I of a two-part session. What does it take to make all of our students great readers -- especially now that the Common Core State Standards define reading at a higher degree of rigor than ever before? Based on the experiences of the highest-achieving early reading teachers, the Great Habits, Great Readers workshop answers this question and many more. The Reading model presented in this workshop is structured around the habits that consistently produce outstanding reading results -- actions that can be replicated in any school, by any teacher. It's not just about finding the right texts (though we'll cover that); it's not just about making discussions more text-dependent (though we'll address that, too). At its heart, the Reading-by-Habit model is about transforming that moment when a child gets something wrong into an opportunity to teach the habits that will help him or her get it right. Part II of this session is offered in the afternoon.
Lead Presenter: Ms. Desiree Pratt, Principal, North Star West Side Park Elementary
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Crystal Ballroom
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM: Breakout Session Group 5c (1h15m)
Session Track: Advocacy / Law / Policy
Session Title: The History and Evolution of the Charter Funding Law and Charters
From the formation of charter schools in 1997, the growth and success of charters has brought both controversy and wide acceptance. In this session, experienced charter school business administrators will describe the travails of survival in the face of funding changes and challenges from boards of education, unions, and even the DOE.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Morton Marks, BA/Technology Director, Hoboken Charter School
Co-Presenters:
Mr. Nicholas Puzo, BA/CPA, The Ethical Community Charter School
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Essex
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Use of Data
Session Title: 5 Practical Solutions to Your Biggest Data Challenges
Participants will learn strategies for addressing data challenges, including: how to efficiently provide access to multiple measures; how to eliminate spreadsheets by using a Data Locker to collect rubric, performance task, and teacher-led assessments; the best ways to digitize existing paper-based tests and provide rich customized feedback; how to simplify/automate compliance mandates, renewal applications, and time-consuming tasks with custom reports; how to use data to best inform instruction and programmatic efficacy. Teachers and administrators from NJ Charter Schools will share their experience and participate in Q&A.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Chad Marcus, Chief Academic Officer, LinkIt!
Experience Level: Novice
Room: RTH: Passaic
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Operations / Governance
Session Title: Who Knew Volunteering Had So Many Rules?
Charter school trustees and administrators are obligated by law and charter accountability documents to be trained in their duties, comply with The School Ethics Act, board policies, and bylaws. This program will review these statutory obligations and review recent and/or important administrative or judicial decisions relating to them. In addition, we will provide information and guidance regarding the use of board policy and bylaws in day-to-day board governance.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Andrew B. Brown Esq., Partner, Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso LLC
Co-Presenters:
Mr. David C. Hespe Esq., Counsel
Experience Level: Novice
Room: CAE: Room 314
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Using Informational Text to Promote Rigorous Literacy in All Content Areas for All Students
Students in all schools and all classrooms -- regardless of their language skills, learning challenges, and literacy struggles -- need opportunities to tackle meaningful texts that engage them in critical thinking about real-world issues. We will present a practical model for doing so and discuss the rewards we have observed in a wide range of classes. In this interactive session, participants will work in small groups to put the strategies discussed into action and to discuss how to apply them in their own classrooms.
Lead Presenter: Ms. Susan Chenelle, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, University Academy Charter High School
Co-Presenters:
Dr. Audrey Fisch, Professor of English, New Jersey City University
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room B07
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch
Session Track: For Everyone
Session Title: Lunch
Join us for lunch and visiting a whole new batch of exhibitors set up in the lunchroom for Wednesday only!
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Tri-State Ballroom
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM: Breakout Session Group 6a (1h15m)
Session Track: Advocacy / Law / Policy
Session Title: How to Deal with Logistical and Political Challenges of Charter School Facility Solutions
New regulations, effective August 2017, tweaked the way charter schools can approach acquiring and maintaining facilities by broadening allowable lease terms. Is it any easier? Under perpetual time pressure, prospective facilities need to be scoped, analyzed, and compared before the right one can be selected. What techniques would make this process go more quickly? Even when charters have a site and facility in hand, anti-charter school special interests are using the local land use permitting process to prevent charter schools from opening. How can schools counter these tactics?
Lead Presenter: Mrs. Suzanne DiGeronimo, President, DIGERONIMO PC
Co-Presenters:
Mr. Nihat Guvercin, CEO, iLearn Schools
Ms. Brenda C. Liss Esq., Partner, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland Perretti LLP
Mr. Timothy White, Vice President, River Crossing Strategy Group
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 114
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: School Leadership
Session Title: SMART Employment Practices in an Age of Tenure Eligibility and Rising Unionization
Your policies and practices, and the words and actions of your leaders, create a narrative about the value your school places on your staff. Given the importance of your school's professional culture and the challenges in retaining high performing staff, it is critical that your staff experiences fair and consistent employment practices, that teachers are receiving clear, evidence-based feedback, and that employees feel invested in your school's future. This session will help you to assess your school's current state and articulate the steps needed to define/refine the staff culture in your school.
Lead Presenter: Ms. Leslie Diane Wade, Independent Consultant, Leslie Diane Wade
Co-Presenters:
Mr. Mark Valli, Former School Leader, Community Charter School of Paterson
Ms. Victoria Assal, Teacher, Community Charter School of Paterson
Experience Level: Novice
Room: RTH: Passaic
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: School Leadership
Session Title: NJCSA Ed Camp
Ed Camps are the most innovative and effective way for instructors and school leaders to openly discuss concerns and understand issues in greater depth while building a personal learning network. The agenda for this event will be set by you, the attendees, after learning a few, quick, Ed Camp protocols.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Colin Hogan, Head of School, Learning Community Charter School
Co-Presenters:
Ms. Marta Bergamini, Principal, The Ethical Community Charter School
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Black Box Theatre (SB08)
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Access & Equity
Session Title: Mentoring That Works! Building Schoolwide Mentoring Programming for Scholars of Color
Mentoring can look many different ways; this session will help schools identify how mentoring can look in their respective school. The session will also look at program design and implementation, as well as the benefits such a program will have for scholars.
Lead Presenter: Ms. Danielle West, CAO/ Director, The Queen City Academy Charter School
Co-Presenters:
Dr. Carl Bampoe, Assistant Director, The Queen City Academy Charter School
Ms. Dashua Hinton, Guidance Counselor, The Queen City Academy Charter School
Mr. Anibal Garcia, ELA Coach, The Queen City Academy Charter School
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 323
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Advocacy / Law / Policy
Session Title: The Budget Process & Latest Updates from the Statehouse
This session will provide an insightful overview of the budget process by a legislative insider. Timeline, players, challenges, and process will all be covered. The session will also include a discussion about potential funding changes and proposals by both candidates and current officials and legislators.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Brian Diamante, Director of Data Systems & Senior State Budget Analyst, New Jersey Charter Schools Association
Co-Presenters:
Mr. Chris Emigholz, Associate Executive Director/Budget Director, NJ Senate Republican Office
Ms. Liz Mahn, NJ Senate Majority Office
Experience Level: Intermediate
Room: RTH: Atlantic-Hudson
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: The New Definition of Smart: Preparing Students for Success in the 21st Century
What does it mean to be smart in today's world? More and more research is showing that social emotional learning (SEL) is a set of essential skills that can set kids up for better academics, better jobs, and better lives. Competence in SEL can improve students' social/emotional development, readiness to learn, classroom behavior, and academic performance. This session will provide an overview of 21st-century soft skills and SEL Competencies, the Career Ready Practices, and how schools and teachers can prepare their students for success.
Lead Presenter: Ms. Christy A. Tighe, Director, College and Career Readiness, Junior Achievement of New Jersey
Co-Presenters:
Mr. Mark Biedron, Immediate Past President, New Jersey State Board of Education
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room B07
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Access & Equity
Session Title: Issues to Avoid: The Top Five Citations from Charter Monitoring Reports
This session will explore the top five citations that charter schools have received from the consolidated monitoring process through the New Jersey Department of Education over the past five years. Participants will discuss possible root causes and facilitators will share practical solutions to improve student outcomes and reduce the number of monitoring citations.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Matthew Korobkin, Senior Advisor, Public Consulting Group
Experience Level: Experienced
Room: CAE: Room 317
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Operations / Governance
Session Title: Lead Person Evaluation
Join the panel of experts as they discuss the importance of the Lead Person Evaluation (LPE). This is one of the most important responsibilities of the board and requires substantial time and planning. Clear work plans must be established for the LPE process, so that appropriate data is available. Panelists will discuss the critical components of the LPE, including defined goals set for the organization and the lead person at the beginning of the year.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Harry Lee, Owner, HSL Education Consulting, LLC
Co-Presenters:
Mr. Misha Simmonds, Senior Portfolio Director, Newark Charter School Fund
Dr. Joseph Conway, Chief School Administrator, Camden's Charter School Network
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Essex
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Operations / Governance
Session Title: Finding, Recruiting, and Retaining Outstanding Charter School Board Members
Want to expand your board, but don't know how? Need new board members to bring valuable skills to your board? Have you tapped out all your board recruitment leads and don't know where to go next? Need some tips on how to build a strong board culture and keep your board engaged? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then this workshop is for you. This will be an interactive session and participants will get a number of handouts/tools they can use right away.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Michael Mizzoni, Director of Partnerships and Business Development, BoardOnTrack
Experience Level: Intermediate
Room: CAE: Room 105
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Our Rubric: Enlisting the Whole School in Measuring Writing Growth
Writing is the hardest skill to teach. It is subjective, abstract, and complex. Yet it is second only to reading as the most important skill for succeeding in college. In this session, you'll learn how educators at People's Prep, a college prep charter school in Newark, created a comprehensive nonfiction writing rubric to be used in all subjects, and how they use every teacher to measure writing growth in an objective and reliable way.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Brent Weber, Grade Team Leader, People's Prep Charter School
Co-Presenters:
Ms. Erika Doehler, Teacher, People's Prep Charter School
Mr. Anthony Francesco, Teacher, People's Prep Charter School
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Bergen-Morris
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Operations / Governance
Session Title: We Are Family: Improving Student Climate through Daily and Special Activities
In this session, we will look inside strategies implemented at Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology (PCSST) designed to improve student climate. Through the incorporation of a daily convocation of the entire school and special "Battle of the Classes" activities, PCSST has cultivated a culture that continuously supports students of all grades and celebrates their success. Participants will hear first-hand accounts of how these changes have improved the school's climate.
Lead Presenter: Mrs. Amanda Leach, Humanities Curriculum and Supervision Director, Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology
Co-Presenters:
Ms. Courtney McManus, Fine Arts Teacher/Student Council Advisor, Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology
Experience Level: Novice
Room: CAE: Room 202
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM: Breakout Session Group 6b (2 hours)
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Teaching the Whole Child: Integrating Social Emotional Learning and Powerful Literacy Instruction
This interactive session focuses on the important role of a growth mindset and the integration of social-emotional learning competencies as an essential part of our core literacy instruction.
Lead Presenter: Dr. Katy Cortelyou, Regional Director, Northeast, Center for the Collaborative Classroom
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 313
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Promoting Student Resilience and Building Community in Urban Schools
In addition to working on what we want to prevent in our schools (e.g., bullying, bias, violence), it is critically important to focus on what we want to promote as well. This highly interactive and engaging workshop focuses on two equally important and interrelated goals: increasing student resilience and improving school climate.
Lead Presenter: Dr. Christopher Irving, Executive Director, Ceceilyn Miller Institute for Leadership & Diversity in America
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 314
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Great Habits, Great Readers (K-4 Reading): Part II
Part II of a two-part session. What does it take to make all of our students great readers -- especially now that the Common Core State Standards define reading at a higher degree of rigor than ever before? Based on the experiences of the highest-achieving early reading teachers, the Great Habits, Great Readers workshop answers this question and many more. The Reading model presented in this workshop is structured around the habits that consistently produce outstanding reading results -- actions that can be replicated in any school, by any teacher. It's not just about finding the right texts (though we'll cover that); it's not just about making discussions more text-dependent (though we'll address that, too). At its heart, the Reading-by-Habit model is about transforming that moment when a child gets something wrong into an opportunity to teach the habits that will help him or her get it right. You are welcome to attend if you did not attend Part I.
Lead Presenter: Ms. Desiree Pratt, Principal, North Star Academy, West Side Park Elementary
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Crystal Ballroom
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM: Breakout Session Group 7 (1h15m)
Session Track: Operations / Governance
Session Title: Making Your Facility Energy Efficient with Incentives
This session will help identify potential energy savings and incentives to help pay for upgrades to your facilities. In some cases, the Clean Energy Program provides 70% of the project cost to improve lighting, HVAC, boilers and much more. Additionally, you will learn how even larger energy-related projects can be structured to fit within your budget.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Gary E. Finger, Business Ombudsman, NJ Board of Public Utilities / Office of Clean Energy
Co-Presenters:
Mr. Michael Thulen, ESIP Coordinator, NJ Board of Public Utilities
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 114
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Student Engagement & Motivation
Student engagement and motivation help educators maximize success for every student. In a world where teachers are expected to do more with less time, this training in differentiating instruction provides practical strategies that teachers can use to meet more students where they are. These strategies will help students connect and experience learning in a new, engaging way.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Eugene Brown, Consultant/Trainer, Destiny Consultants
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Passaic
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Instructional Practice
Session Title: Questions to Elicit Student Thinking
Teachers are asking as many as 300 to 400 questions a day in their classrooms. Are the questions we are asking in our classrooms fostering student understanding? In this session, participants will complete a task and have the opportunity to analyze the questions asked and how those questions elicit students to think about the mathematics they are doing.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Michael Morici, Manager of School Partnership, Carnegie Learning, Inc.
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Bergen-Morris
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Advocacy / Law / Policy
Session Title: Do's and Don'ts of Special Education Law
Led by attorneys experienced in special education law, this session will address common mistakes made by charter school staff in the area of special education. This session will address a charter school's obligations under the Individuals with Disabilities Act and New Jersey Administrative Code, as well as best practices regarding child find, evaluations, IEP development, out of district placements, related services, independent evaluations, discipline, and manifestation determinations. Participants will also learn strategies to ensure that a free appropriate public education is provided to all students with disabilities.
Lead Presenter: Ms. Sanu Dev Esq., Attorney, Capehart Scatchard, P.A.
Co-Presenters:
Mr. Joseph F. Betley Esq., Co-Chair, School Law Group, Capehart Scatchard, P.A.
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: RTH: Essex
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Operations / Governance
Session Title: Great Boards for Great Schools: Effective Charter School Governance
Great charter schools need great board members. However, no one goes to school to become a great charter school board member. Often for new board members, "onboarding" consists of being thrown right into the work without any training or background information. For many, being an effective board member is something they think you can just figure out along the way. But there is a body of governance best practice research that all board members can benefit from as they learn their responsibilities. This session will provide a framework and strategies for governing effectively, with examples and case studies throughout.
Lead Presenter: Ms. Shereen Williams, Chief Governance and Recruitment Strategy Officer, Charter Board Partners
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 105
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: School Leadership
Session Title: The Future Ready Schools - NJ Certification Program
Future Ready Schools - NJ, a coalition of the NJSBA, NJDOE, and NJIT, is a certification program designed to provide support, guidance, and resources to schools who are dedicated to fostering successful graduates in college, career, and citizenship. The program is based on the national Future Ready framework and the successful design of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. In this session, attendees will learn about the mission and vision of the certification program, how their schools and districts can get involved and benefit from the program, as well as the process for being certified as Future Ready.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Jeremy Reich, Project Coordinator, Future Ready Schools - NJ/NJIT
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room B07
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.
 
Session Track: Advocacy / Law / Policy
Session Title: Data Driven Stories
Constructing and sharing your narrative revolves around important data points, and is imperative to reach a wider audience. This sessions will cover everything from data collection, social media, encouraging others to share your story, and ensuring that your message is seen and heard in a a crowded digital environment.
Lead Presenter: Mr. Geoffrey David Borshof, Founder, Mosaic Strategies Group
Co-Presenters:
Ms. Deanna-Marie Norcross M.P.A., Associate, Mosaic Strategies Group
Ms. Francesca Larson, Partner, Mosaic Strategies Group
Experience Level: Good for all levels
Room: CAE: Room 202
This time slot is tentative and subject to change.