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2020 Leadership Summit Sessions
Monday, October 5

Session: Making a Good Online Impression
Strand: Success Despite Budgetary Limitations
Time: Monday, Oct 5 | 7:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Description: Let's face it; the start of the 2020-2021 school year has brought a whole new world of challenges to Charter Schools. Not only are our supply, transportation, and staffing budgets increasing, but our enrollment is decreasing. In Colorado, 42% of charters are predicting a decline in student enrollment this year. With traditional marketing options off the table (don't you miss the days of carnivals and open houses?), Charters need to adapt COVID-19 friendly methods of marketing and student recruitment. Enter the world of Online Marketing! In this session, Sammy Hansen, Operations Manager with Tatonka Education Services, will walk you through 10 ways to up your online marketing game and boost your enrollment. Join us on October 5th, 2020 at 7:00 am for practical techniques you can implement at your school today!
Presenter(s):Sammy Hansen, Tatonka Education Services

Session: Preparing for and Executing Facilities Projects in an Uncertain Funding Environment
Strand: Success Despite Budgetary Limitations
Time: Monday, Oct 5 | 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Description: It took nearly 10 years for PPR to recover to "par" from the Great Recession. This year, PPR decreased 5% from FY 20. What is the liklihood the state may do a mid-year recission? What are key considerations for a prudent 3-year budget?
Presenter(s): Patti Glock, Director of Business Services, Colorado League of Charter Schools | Eric Duran, D.A. Davidson, Matt DeAngelis,D.A. Davidson, Chad Miller, Pinnacle, Amy Nuanes, Montessori Peaks, Lori Olsen, Imagine Firestone

Session: Accelerated by Design: Addressing Foundation & Extension
Strand: Redesigned Education
Time: Monday, Oct 5 | 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Description: Transitioning to online learning last spring created a wide range of academic gaps in our students' learning. To accelerate our students' learning, to address both skill gaps and teach new content, educators will need to employ strategic instructional approaches. In this session, participants will begin to re-frame their thinking and consider ways to alter their instructional approach to address skill gaps while also providing extension opportunities to students.
Presenter(s): Kaci Coats, Executive Director, Collaborative for Exceptional Education

Session: Understanding Charter Law & Practicing Self-Advocacy when Launching a School, Especially During a Crisis
Strand: Launching New Schools With Today's Challenges
Time: Monday, Oct 5 | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Description: Colorado has one of the best charter laws in the nation - use it to your advantage! This session with feature guidance on how to apply understandings of charter law to self-advocate for your school and your future students with authorizers and stakeholders, especially during times of crisis.
Presenter(s): Jen Savino, Director of New School Development, Colorado League of Charter Schools | Alison Rausch, Associate Director of Local Advocacy, Colorado League of Charter Schools | Paola Paga, Senior Policy Consultant, Colorado Department of Education | Carleen Clark, Lawyer, The Law Offices of Carleen Clark, LLC

Session: Uncertain and Unclear Times: Leading in the NOW 
Strand: Leading Through Equity and Inclusivity
Time: Monday, Oct 5 | 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Description: Uncertainty. Challenges. Constant Change.  Leadership is demanded now more than ever. Join us as we learn, dialogue and share what Leading in the now means today!
Presenter(s): Trina Maull, Director of HR & Talent Services, Colorado League of Charter Schools

Session: Teacher Voice: How Authentically Engaging Teachers Can Strengthen Schools
Strand: Marketing & Enrollment in the Digital Age
Time: Monday, Oct 5 | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Description: In this session, we’ll share the Teacher Voice Toolkit, created by TNTP in partnership with NAPCS. Teachers are the lifeblood of successful schools. Yet in many schools, few have meaningful opportunities to shape decisions. This toolkit is rooted in the stories of schools, highlighting real-life leaders who prioritized and succeeded at breaking down barriers between teachers and school administrators. Attendees will reflect on current practices and leave with concrete ideas and resources on strengthening culture through increased teacher voice.
Presenter(s): Allison Deptula, Jennifer Harasim, George Parker

Session: Demystifying the E-Rate
Strand: Success Despite Budgetary Limitations
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Description: The E-rate program is a multi-billion annual, predictable and stable federal funding stream specifically designed to provide assistance to K-12 schools and public libraries to get connected to high speed broadband solutions. This webinar will provide information for the school community to learn: What networking solutions are eligible for E-rate support? How does a school apply for funds? How does a school get paid? What compliance issues are important to understand?
Presenter(s): Daniel Ladenburg, Peter Kaplan

Tuesday, October 6

Session: School SWAG: Promotional Products that Work to Recruit and Retain
Strand: Marketing & Enrollment in the Digital Age
Time: Tuesday, Oct 6 | 9:30 AM-10:45 AM

Description: School resources for promotional products are often limited. This session will educate you on how to best use promotional items and custom apparel to recruit, retain and reward students, staff and volunteers. Regardless of your school's budget, learn how you can realistically turn "SWAG" into real solutions for your marketing challenges.
Presenter(s): Holly Polston

Session: Maximize Time, Maximize Impact
Strand: Redesigned Education
Time: Tuesday, Oct 6 | 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Description: Leaders often have a limited amount of time and an infinite number of tasks to complete. During this session, leaders will explore strategies for organizing priorities to maximize time and ultimately maximize their impact.
Presenter(s): Kia Murray, Director of Academic Services, Colorado League of Charter Schools

Session: COVID – An Opportunity for Charter Schools to be Nimble and Grow
Strand: Success Despite Budgetary Limitations
Time: Tuesday, Oct 6 | 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Description: Contingency planning for any facilities project is critical. How does a pandemic impact your project?
Presenter(s): Patti Glock, Eric Duran, Matt DeAngelis, Mike Miles, Academy of Advanced Learning

Session: Legal Hot Topics
Strand: Navigating Policy and Advocacy
Time: Tuesday, Oct 6 | 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Description: Even in a normal environment it can be difficult to stay on top of legal changes involving education. Add in trying to open a school in the midst of a pandemic, and the situation becomes all but impossible. Attend this session to hear from two of Colorado’s most experienced charter attorneys and to get quickly up to speed on the latest legal developments impacting your school.
Presenter(s): Bill Bethke, Barry Arrington

Session: Local Politics Matters
Strand: Navigating Policy and Advocacy
Time: Tuesday, Oct 6 | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Description: Have you ever wanted to leverage frustrating issues or frustrated parents into wins for your school? Understanding the importance of local politics can help you harness the collective power of your staff and parent community to build a base of advocates into champions for your school.
Presenter(s): Brandon Hellwig, Associate Director of Organizing, Colorado League of Charter Schools | Alison Rausch, Associate Director of Local Advocacy, Colorado League of Charter Schools

Session: Guidance from the Accidental Experts: How to Launch a School During a Pandemic 
Strand: Launching New Schools With Today's Challenges
Time: Tuesday, Oct 6 | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Descriptions: New School Developers generally have bragging rights - they opened a school! Students came and learned and grew! Nobody got hurt! NSDers in this day and age, however, might have ultimate bragging rights for the next decade. Listen to this panel discussion of the trials, tribulations, and successes of these brave souls who persisted in their startup efforts during a global pandemic.
Presenter(s): Facilitator: Jen Savino, Director of New School Development, Colorado League of Charter Schools | Mia Coffing, Founding Team Member, Prospect Academy | Evelyn Cortez-Ford, Founder, Spacious Skies Charter School | Amy Schwartz, Founding Team Member, The STEAD School | Kelly Leid, Founding Team Member, The STEAD School 

Session: Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Leadership in the Presence of Pandemics and Systemic Racism
Strand: Leading Through Equity and Inclusivity
Time: Tuesday, Oct 6 | 12:30 PM-1:45 PM

Description: Was Diversity, Equity and Inclusion still your priority as we navigated COVID-19? Or is it something we added once the protests started after the killing of George Floyd? The answer to both these questions tells a story about whether our leadership is a performative act until the county and community calms down and/or whether we are truly committed to systemic change that moves beyond reform - a focus on restructuring. During this session, participants will engage in candid critical reflection and dialogue about action and inaction during COVID-19 to sustain or hinder Diversity Equity and Inclusion initiatives. In addition, participants will acknowledge the behaviors and actions that lead to organizational restructure in order to overcome and begin to eliminate intersectional organizational oppression. The key takeaway from this session is for participants to answer the following question: In what ways am I upholding our systems of inequity and oppression or actively working to dismantle them?
Presenter:Aaron J. Griffen

Session: Let's Talk D.E.I. - A Diversity Chat
Strand: Leading Through Equity and Inclusivity
Time: Tuesday, Oct 6 | 2:00 PM 3:15 PM

Description: So much has changed, COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, racial and social injustices. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (D.E.I)are the cornerstone of our school environment’s. Does your culture reflection inclusion and belonging? Do you make decisions with a D.E.I perspective? Are you ensuring your staff learning and have an avenue to talk, share and understand? Where does a leader start? And What do first? Come let’s chat from two perspectives Human Resources and Diversity. Join Dr. Aaron Griffen, is an author, speaker, consultant and panelist, with an active research interest and publishing agenda in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at DSST and co-founder of Prosperity Educators, LLC, an independent educational consulting company. And Trina Maull, Director of Human Resources and Talent, at the Colorado League of Charter Schools, experienced Diversity Leadership and Inclusive communication, creating and implementing affinity groups and HR thought partner as they have an authentic, relevant and engaging and lively conversation on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Presenters: Aaron J. Griffen, Trina Maull

Wednesday, October 7

Session: Funding Sources for Your Facility Project
Strand: Success Despite Budgetary Limitations
Time: Wednesday, Oct 7 | 7:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Description: There are many ways to fund your project; cash (reserves) short-term vs long-term debt, grants and fundraising.  What is the best match for your project?
Presenter(s): Patti Glock, Director of Business Services, Colorado League of Charter Schools | Angela Reali | Chad Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Pinnacle Charter School

Session: Branding Your School
Strand: Marketing & Enrollment in the Digital Age
Time: 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Description: Join the team from REACTOR for a discussion of how nonprofits (including schools) can use a brand perspective and should. While design is an important element of brand, it isn’t only about color, concept, message, feel, or logo. It’s about matching your vision and genuine truth to the way you portray yourself to the world and especially to the families, parents, students, teachers, and community. Reactor’s office space (A.K.A. The World Headquarters of Awesome) is located in the creative hub of Kansas City—the Crossroads Arts District—and also serves as a gallery space for local and international artists. This is our brand and you can check it out here: This isn’t your brand, it’s ours. But you can see that it is true to who we are. Reactor has worked with the League and with the National Alliance and is dedicated to supporting nonprofits, charter schools and choice. Join REACTOR on Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 from 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM for this session on Brands and how to increase your ability to connect with your own community.
Presenter: Clifton Alexander

Session: Engaging Lessons Across Learning Environments
Strand: Redesigned Education
Time: Wednesday, Oct 7 |
 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Description: As schools move in and out of in-person and distance learning models this fall, it is imperative that learning continues and students have access to a high quality education no matter what learning environment we find ourselves in. This session will identify best practices and quality indicators for instruction in the different learning environments and will provide resources to support teachers in their planning for engaging lessons.
Presenters: Kaci Coats, Executive Director, Collaborative for Exceptional Education | Kia Murray, Director of Academic Services, Colorado League of Charter Schools

Session: Expect the Worst: Using Creative Flexibility & Contingency Planning When Designing Your School
Strand: Launching New Schools
Time: Wednesday, Oct 7 | 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Description: School design and operation reality involves perpetual ambiguity. School design and operation best practice includes contingency-planning. While a future global pandemic was not likely to be on any school developer's mind within the past year, the reality is that one is here and the future appears more uncertain than it did before. Join this session to learn about how to contingency plan for just about everything and how to be creatively flexible when it comes to serving your future (and/or current) students best.
Presenter(s): Jen Savino, Director of New School Development, Colorado League of Charter Schools | Nate Kerr, Senior Director, School Design & Improvement, City Year, Inc. | Marcia Fulton, Executive Director, Compass Academy | John Sattler, President, Diversified Consulting Solutions, Inc., 

Session: Building a Race and Equity Lens in the Boardroom
Strand: Leading Through Equity and Inclusivity
Time: Wednesday, Oct 7
 | 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Description: Conversations about equity are happening around the education table, yet it is largely NOT happening in boardrooms. Equity is a DNA level challenge that boards are uniquely situated to address. To start, boards must be diverse, create inclusive cultures, policies, practices and focus on equity so ALL students are seen, loved, and perform at high-levels. This session will help leaders better partner and engage their boards in equity work. EBP will share examples, tools, and templates for leaders to use with their boards to ensure everyone is in sync.
Presenter: Debbie Lister, Chief Transformation Officer, Education Board Partners

Session: School Marketing in the age of COVID
Strand: Marketing & Enrollment in the Digital Age
Time: Wednesday, Oct 7
 | 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Description: Let’s face it, our current health crisis is having an enormous impact on our schools’ enrollment numbers. And these days, the old tricks aren’t going to cut it like they used to. Having an intentional school marketing plan is more important than ever before. With PPR numbers in flux and no guarantee what next year will bring, every student is more precious than ever when it comes to ensuring your school has the necessary resources to support your staff and school programs. Join Hive Digital Minds CEO and two-time charter school founder, Jennifer Larson for an hour session on school marketing best practices to help you recruit new students and retain current families. We’ll look at a traditional school marketing plan and share tips on what works best during these unprecedented times. Marketing templates and samples will be shared to ensure you go home with the tools you need to reach your school enrollment goals. Wednesday, October 7th, 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM.
Presenter: Jen Larson