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Monday, June 16
 

8:00am

Registration
Monday June 16, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Omni Conference Center

9:00am

Keynote - Positive Leadership
Join Mark as he helps leaders develop a more positive school climate with a focus on improving instruction and building relationships. Participants will learn simple, yet powerful strategies to help empower each adult and student at their school to reach his or her fullest potential. Expect to leave energized and inspired to become a more POSITIVE leader.

Speakers
MM

Mark McLeod

Keynote Speaker
Known for his dynamic and motivating presentations, Mark McLeod is a rare speaker who can speak to the heart of an educator.  He knows what it is like to "be in the trenches."  Recognized as one of Mississippi's top school administrators, Mark has shared his expertise at state and national conferences and conducted many workshops and keynotes for schools and districts throughout North America.   As a lifelong educator, his... Read More →


Monday June 16, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
Ballroom C and D

10:30am

Strategies to Motivate
Learn proven ways to motivate even the 'hardest-to-motivate' students and adults. Have you ever wondered why some motivational techniques work on certain people and not others? Join Mark as he shares how to choose your strategies to match the needs of each individual. Expect to leave this session with strategies that you will use for the rest of educational career.

Speakers
MM

Mark McLeod

Keynote Speaker
Known for his dynamic and motivating presentations, Mark McLeod is a rare speaker who can speak to the heart of an educator.  He knows what it is like to "be in the trenches."  Recognized as one of Mississippi's top school administrators, Mark has shared his expertise at state and national conferences and conducted many workshops and keynotes for schools and districts throughout North America.   As a lifelong educator, his... Read More →


Monday June 16, 2014 10:30am - 11:25am
Oaks Room

10:30am

A Practitioner's Guide to Understanding How Texas Funds Your Charter School
Like independent school districts, open-enrollment charter schools receive state funds based on the average daily attendance (ADA) of students. This process is administered through the Foundation School Program (FSP). Unlike independent school districts, however, open-enrollment charter schools do not receive funds from local tax revenue and do not have access to state facilities allotments. This session will breakdown the implications of how Texas funds charter schools from the perspective of a practitioner. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of how the current funding mechanisms for charters in Texas should inform leadership decisions and forecasting.

Speakers
TT

Templeton, Toni

Quality Initiatives Data Analyst, Texas Charter Schools Association
Toni's experience in education, having been a teacher, administrator, instructional specialist and school improvement specialist provide an important perspective to TCSA.  In her current role as Data Analyst for TCSA, Toni supports TCSA staff and members with up to date information on the most current school finance projections and changing accountability system.  Most recently, Toni testified as a witness in the school finance litigation for... Read More →


Monday June 16, 2014 10:30am - 11:25am
Ballroom E

10:30am

Compliance and Reporting 101

This session provides an overview of federal fiscal compliance and reporting requirements associated with federal funding.


Speakers
DH

Dina Hernandez

Manager of Federal Fiscal Compliance and Reporting, Texas Education Agency



Monday June 16, 2014 10:30am - 11:25am
Ballroom A

10:30am

Smooth Sailing through Chartered Waters

Attendees will develop an understanding of navigating through the new charter statutes. Highlights will include amendments, governance, renewals and revocations.


Speakers
HM

Heather Mauze

Director of Charter School Administration for Texas, Texas Education Agency
Heather Mauzé was born in Orleans, France and grew up in a military family.  She is the proud mother of two Baylor University graduates and lives in Elgin, Texas, east of Austin.  Much of her public schooling took place here in Texas while her father was stationed at Ft. Bliss, El Paso and Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio.  She landed in Kerrville to complete her Bachelor’s degree in English, with a minor in Education... Read More →


Monday June 16, 2014 10:30am - 11:25am
Ballroom B

10:30am

All about Instructional Materials and Ordering
This session will help Charters understand their Instructional Materials Allotment(IMA) and show them the EMAT system and how they will use it to order instructional materials using their IMA.

Speakers
KG

Kelly Griffin

Director of Distribution and Accessibility, Texas Education Agency
Kelly Griffin as worked at TEA for the past nine years in the Educational Technology area and moved over to the Instructional Materials area about 3 years ago. Prior to her work at TEA, she was a teacher and/or campus technologist for 15 years.



Monday June 16, 2014 10:30am - 11:25am
Ballroom F

10:30am

Board Training *  School Law – 60 Minutes: Charter School Law Overview
This session will cover the following topics - Laws Affecting Charter Schools, Responsibilities, Duties, and Restrictions on Board Members, and Delegation of Tasks by Governing Board. Art and Denise

Speakers
avatar for Pierce, Denise

Pierce, Denise

General Counsel, Texas Charter Schools Association
Denise Pierce is an attorney who joined the Association in February 2009 after 14 years of representing school clients including charter schools, traditional public schools, and community colleges. She also was an attorney with the Texas Association of School Boards and helped TASB develop member services. Denise is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and Texas A&M University.
avatar for Lindsey Gordon

Lindsey Gordon

Director of Legal and Policy Services, Texas Charter Schools Association
Prior to joining TCSA, Lindsey practiced with the law firm of Schulman, Lopez and Hoffer, LLP, representing charter schools, foundations and traditional public schools. Before returning home to Texas, Lindsey served as a Staff Attorney at Lawyers Alliance for New York, the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations in New York City, where she provided counsel to a large number and variety... Read More →
AS

Art Serna

Director of Training, Texas Charter Schools Association
Art Serna is the Director of Training Services for the Texas Charter Schools Association. He previously served as lead of contract policy and quality assurance operations at the Department of Family and Protective Services. Art was instrumental in developing various training programs for contract management staff throughout Texas to improve accountability and compliance in client service contract operations, as well as leading a dynamic team... Read More →


Monday June 16, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
SouthPark

11:25am

Luncheon
Monday June 16, 2014 11:25am - 12:25pm
Ballroom C and D

12:30pm

Board Training * School Finance – 60 Minutes: Charter School Finance Overview for Boards
This session will cover the following topics - The Role of Board Policies As An Internal Control, Audit of School Finances, and the Importance of PEIMS. Art and Denise and Toni

Speakers
avatar for Pierce, Denise

Pierce, Denise

General Counsel, Texas Charter Schools Association
Denise Pierce is an attorney who joined the Association in February 2009 after 14 years of representing school clients including charter schools, traditional public schools, and community colleges. She also was an attorney with the Texas Association of School Boards and helped TASB develop member services. Denise is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and Texas A&M University.
avatar for Lindsey Gordon

Lindsey Gordon

Director of Legal and Policy Services, Texas Charter Schools Association
Prior to joining TCSA, Lindsey practiced with the law firm of Schulman, Lopez and Hoffer, LLP, representing charter schools, foundations and traditional public schools. Before returning home to Texas, Lindsey served as a Staff Attorney at Lawyers Alliance for New York, the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations in New York City, where she provided counsel to a large number and variety... Read More →
AS

Art Serna

Director of Training, Texas Charter Schools Association
Art Serna is the Director of Training Services for the Texas Charter Schools Association. He previously served as lead of contract policy and quality assurance operations at the Department of Family and Protective Services. Art was instrumental in developing various training programs for contract management staff throughout Texas to improve accountability and compliance in client service contract operations, as well as leading a dynamic team... Read More →


Monday June 16, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
SouthPark

12:35pm

Overview of the 2014-2015 Student Assessment Program
An overview of the 2014-2015 Student Assessment program will be presented. An emphasis will be placed on the rules governing the implementation of the assessment program, the roles necessary to coordinate the administrations of the assessments, and the resources available to support charter district staff.

Speakers
LC

Lisa Cottle

Director of Test Administration, Texas Education Agency
Lisa has been working at the Texas Education Agency in the Student Assessment Division for the past three years as the Director of Test Administration. Prior to working for the agency, Lisa spent close to 30 years working for one of the largest school districts in Texas.  She served in a variety roles that include working as the district Director of Testing, Research, and Accountability; a middle school and a high school counselor; and as... Read More →



Monday June 16, 2014 12:35pm - 1:30pm
Ballroom E

12:35pm

Successful Practices of School Leaders
This session will explore strategies and techniques used to successfully lead a school. Some topics to be discussed include instructional supervision, teacher and student motivation, professional development, school rules and procedures, school climate, and proactive solutions to promote good citizenship. Participants will leave this session with many strategies, resources, and materials to use in their schools.

Speakers
MM

Mark McLeod

Keynote Speaker
Known for his dynamic and motivating presentations, Mark McLeod is a rare speaker who can speak to the heart of an educator.  He knows what it is like to "be in the trenches."  Recognized as one of Mississippi's top school administrators, Mark has shared his expertise at state and national conferences and conducted many workshops and keynotes for schools and districts throughout North America.   As a lifelong educator, his... Read More →


Monday June 16, 2014 12:35pm - 1:30pm
Oaks Room

12:35pm

State Accountability Overview
This session will provide an overview of the state accountability system including decisions regarding 2013-14 state accountability, system safeguards, and distinction designations.

Speakers
DJ

Diane J. Hernandez

Program Specialist VI, Texas Education Agency
Ms. Hernandez is a program specialist in the Division of Performance Reporting at the Texas Education Agency (TEA) with close to 20 years experience with accountability training, research, and analysis. She also provides policy assistance for administrators statewide.



Monday June 16, 2014 12:35pm - 1:30pm
Ballroom B

12:35pm

Changing Nightmares into Dreams: Taking the Stress Out of Data Gathering and PEIMS Reporting
Four times a year, districts become completely transparent to those who hold them accountable resulting in the stressful review of making sure their data is correct. Learn preventive measures in organization and data gathering to turn the PEIMS nightmare into a dream.

Speakers
avatar for J. Gavin Dickson

J. Gavin Dickson

Consultant, ESC 11
J. Gavin Dickson is a member of theNetwork and ESC Region 11 as Educational Consultant for Charter School Data Quality and PEIMS. Mr. Dickson has over fourteen years of educational experience including teaching, campus administration, and as District Director of PEIMS and Federal Programs. With his strong background of developing and implementing policies and procedures, Mr. Dickson now utilizes his experience in helping new Texas Charters... Read More →



Monday June 16, 2014 12:35pm - 1:30pm
Ballroom F

12:35pm

Cyber Crimes and Safety

 How do Internet Predators target children? What techniques do they use? What can you do to stop them? For many children and young adults there is a sense that what happens online can't hurt them.  Unfortunately, we are finding that many teens are posting personal information in chat rooms and on social networking sites making them easy prey for child predators. This presentaiton allows you to hear straight talk about the risks of online child predators and the steps all of us can take to pretect our children. This presentation also allows you hear straight talk about "sexting" and "cyber bullying".

Speakers
SE

Sergeant Ernest Rivera

Investigator, Office of Attorney General
Sergeant Rivera has been an investigator with the Office of the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit since 2004. He is responsible for conducting Internet facilitated child exploitation investigations, which includes online solicitation of minor cases and child pornography cases. | He began law enforcement career with the Cameron County Sheriff's Office in Brownsville, Texas | and has worked as an investigator with the Texas Lottery... Read More →


Monday June 16, 2014 12:35pm - 1:30pm
Ballroom A

1:35pm

Board Training * Open Meetings – 60 Minutes: Charter School Board Open Meeting Requirements
This session will cover the folowing topics - Overview of the Open Meetings Act, Preparing the Notice and Posting the Agenda, and Closed or Excecutive Sessions.

Speakers
avatar for Pierce, Denise

Pierce, Denise

General Counsel, Texas Charter Schools Association
Denise Pierce is an attorney who joined the Association in February 2009 after 14 years of representing school clients including charter schools, traditional public schools, and community colleges. She also was an attorney with the Texas Association of School Boards and helped TASB develop member services. Denise is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and Texas A&M University.
avatar for Lindsey Gordon

Lindsey Gordon

Director of Legal and Policy Services, Texas Charter Schools Association
Prior to joining TCSA, Lindsey practiced with the law firm of Schulman, Lopez and Hoffer, LLP, representing charter schools, foundations and traditional public schools. Before returning home to Texas, Lindsey served as a Staff Attorney at Lawyers Alliance for New York, the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations in New York City, where she provided counsel to a large number and variety... Read More →
AS

Art Serna

Director of Training, Texas Charter Schools Association
Art Serna is the Director of Training Services for the Texas Charter Schools Association. He previously served as lead of contract policy and quality assurance operations at the Department of Family and Protective Services. Art was instrumental in developing various training programs for contract management staff throughout Texas to improve accountability and compliance in client service contract operations, as well as leading a dynamic team... Read More →


Monday June 16, 2014 1:35pm - 2:35pm
SouthPark

1:40pm

Introduction to the Foundation School Program for Charter Schools
This session will provide an overview of the Foundation School Program (FSP) payment system for Charter Schools, the Estimate of State Aid Template, and the monthly payment and settle-up processes.

Speakers
NT

Nora T. Rainey

Program Specialist, Texas Education Agency
Ms. Rainey has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Texas State University and has been with the Texas Education Agency for 19 years.  Prior to working in the Division of State Funding, she was with the Division of Financial Audits for five years.  As the state funding charter school program specialist, she designed the FSP module for charter schools, and publishes the Estimate of State... Read More →


Monday June 16, 2014 1:40pm - 2:25pm
Ballroom A

1:40pm

'Special Ed. Legal Framework IDEA'
This session will focus on special education compliance areas as they relate to Texas Public Charter Schools, Disability, Laws, Referral, and the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Process.

Speakers
avatar for Brenda Cupps

Brenda Cupps

Special Education/Charter Schools Consultant, ESC 11
Brenda Cupps is a Special Education Charter School Consultant with the Education Service Center for  Region 11.  Brenda spent the majority of her career working in special education, as both a teacher and administrator in both the charter setting and ISD setting. Brenda now devotes her time providing support for charter school personnel with issues and training surrounding special education.


Monday June 16, 2014 1:40pm - 2:35pm
Ballroom E

1:40pm

Curriculum Update
This session provides updates on the latest general curriculum developments from TEA's Curriculum Division. Topics include recent action taken by the Texas Legislature and the State Board of Education, as well as updates to administrative rules related to curriculum programs.

Speakers
SR

Shelly Ramos

Curriculum Division Director, Texas Education Agency
JS

Jessica Snyder

Special Projects Manager, Texas Education Agency


Monday June 16, 2014 1:40pm - 2:35pm
Ballroom D

1:40pm

Hot Topics in Special Education Compliance
This session will discuss common findings of noncompliance in special education. Some of the most commonly cited areas in the last few years include accelerated instruction plans/intensive programs of instruction, specificity of frequency and duration of special education and related services, ARD committee membership, and personal graduation plans. The presenter will discuss what the common c findings have been and what the requirements are in relation to students who receive special education services.

Speakers
DW

Dawn White

Coordinator III, Special Education Support Services, Education Service Center Region 20
Dawn White is a Special Education Coordinator at ESC-20.  She has worked in Special Education since 1998, first at a Southwest ISD, in San Antonio, TX, and at ESC-20 since 2004.  She has been the PBMAS, Residential Facility, and general compliance contact at ESC-20 for all LEAs, both ISDs and charters, since 2008 and has done numerous presentations, as well as helped LEAs develop and implement Corrective Action Plans.


Monday June 16, 2014 1:40pm - 2:35pm
Oaks Room

1:40pm

Partners for Progress in Child Nutrition
This session will provide an overview of training and technical assistance provided by Education Service Centers. These resources are free of charge and available to all schools participating in School Nutrition Programs. We provide professional development that help achieve the goal of serving healthy school meals that reduce obesity and hunger and impact cognitive development for overall student success. This effort is in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture and the Texas Department of Agriculture with an emphasis on education, eating healthy school meals, and exercise: the 3 E's of healthy living. Charter Schools who wish to explore joining School Nutrition Program(s) will have the opportunity to ask questions during the session.

Speakers
KW

Kelly Waldron

Chef and Program Specialist, ESC Region 13
After graduating from The Culinary Institute of America, Chef Kelly Waldron spent the next several years honing her skills in several challenging New York City kitchens.  She has worked for Thomas Keller at Bouchon Bakery and for Kerry Heffernan at the Essex House Hotel.  Her culinary experience spans many different outlets, from fine dining to hotels to catering.  Her most recent position brought her here to Austin, where she held... Read More →


Monday June 16, 2014 1:40pm - 2:35pm
Ballroom F

1:40pm

Texas Charter School Law Basics
Attendees will receive an overview of the federal and state legal requirements applicable to Texas charters schools. The presentation will focus on areas that have historically been a challenge to charter leaders and those that lend themselves to misinterpretation. Participants will gain a general understanding of the dos and don’ts when operating a free open enrollment charter school in Texas.

Speakers
KL

Karen L. Johnson

Legal Counsel, Texas Education Agency
Karen L. Johnson has been practicing school law for over three decades providing advice/counsel / representation to colleges, administrators, teachers, school districts and charters.  Karen was born in Houston and attended college at Texas Tech University where she received a BS degree in Education and a Doctor of Jurisprudence.  Upon graduation she became the first person to hold the position of Legal Counsel for West Texas State... Read More →



Monday June 16, 2014 1:40pm - 2:35pm
Ballroom C

1:40pm

TEA's Texas Student Data System (TSDS) Update and TSDS studentGPS(TM) Dashboard demonstration
As TSDS has begun rolling out around the state more and more LEAs are enjoying the wealth of data available to them in the TSDS studentGPS(TM) Dashboards. Come see a demonstation of the powerful dashboards and find out when they can be available to your LEA.

Speakers
DE

David E. Butler

TSDS Training Manager, Texas Education Agency
Mr. Butler has presented all over the state of Texas at various conferences telling of the coming TSDS system. Presented to organizations like TASBO, TASA, TASB, ASCD, Charter School Conferences, TCEA, and others.


Monday June 16, 2014 1:40pm - 2:35pm
Ballroom B

2:25pm

Afternoon Break
Monday June 16, 2014 2:25pm - 2:55pm
Omni Conference Center

2:50pm

Board Training * Public Records - 60 Minutes: Public Record Requirements for Charter School Boards
This session will cover the following topics - Overview of the Public Information Act (PIA), Records Retention Act (RRA), and handling confidential student records.

Speakers
avatar for Pierce, Denise

Pierce, Denise

General Counsel, Texas Charter Schools Association
Denise Pierce is an attorney who joined the Association in February 2009 after 14 years of representing school clients including charter schools, traditional public schools, and community colleges. She also was an attorney with the Texas Association of School Boards and helped TASB develop member services. Denise is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and Texas A&M University.
avatar for Lindsey Gordon

Lindsey Gordon

Director of Legal and Policy Services, Texas Charter Schools Association
Prior to joining TCSA, Lindsey practiced with the law firm of Schulman, Lopez and Hoffer, LLP, representing charter schools, foundations and traditional public schools. Before returning home to Texas, Lindsey served as a Staff Attorney at Lawyers Alliance for New York, the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations in New York City, where she provided counsel to a large number and variety... Read More →
AS

Art Serna

Director of Training, Texas Charter Schools Association
Art Serna is the Director of Training Services for the Texas Charter Schools Association. He previously served as lead of contract policy and quality assurance operations at the Department of Family and Protective Services. Art was instrumental in developing various training programs for contract management staff throughout Texas to improve accountability and compliance in client service contract operations, as well as leading a dynamic team... Read More →


Monday June 16, 2014 2:50pm - 3:50pm
SouthPark

2:55pm

Curriculum Update
This session provides updates on the latest general curriculum developments from TEA's Curriculum Division. Topics include recent action taken by the Texas Legislature and the State Board of Education, as well as updates to administrative rules related to curriculum programs.

Speakers
SR

Shelly Ramos

Curriculum Division Director, Texas Education Agency
JS

Jessica Snyder

Special Projects Manager, Texas Education Agency


Monday June 16, 2014 2:55pm - 3:50pm
Ballroom D

2:55pm

The Flipped Classroom
This session will explore the innovative instructional trend of flipped learning. A model that liberates class time for hands-on student activities, student collaboration and opportunities for deeper subject area discourse, while giving teachers greater opportunities for interaction with students and assessment of their learning. Come and learn what it can look like and explore the possibilities for implementation in your own classroom.

Speakers
JW

Jennifer Woollven

Instructional Technology Education Specialist, ESC Region 13
Jennifer Woollven has 15 years of classroom teaching experience, including four years in a fully integrated PBL environment. She holds a masters in Educational Technology. For the past eight years she has been the Technology Liaison for the Central Texas Writing Project and has participated in a number of National Writing Project initiatives grounded in innovative teaching practices.


Monday June 16, 2014 2:55pm - 3:50pm
Oaks Room

2:55pm

Federal Fiscal Requirement: Maintenance of Effort (MOE) for Special Education
This session will review the basic fiscal requirements of Maintenance of Effort (MOE) for special education. This session will provide an up-to-date overview of TEA's revised guidance and methodology for determining compliance with this federal requirement.

Speakers
avatar for Denise Dusek

Denise Dusek

Federal Funding Specialist, ESC 20
Denise Dusek has been serving as Federal Funding Specialist for Education Service Center, Region 20 since December 2011. Previously, Denise was employed at TEA as Funding Team Lead for the Division of IDEA Coordination. Denise holds a Bachelor of Public Administration degree and a Master of Public Administration degree, both obtained from Texas State University.



Monday June 16, 2014 2:55pm - 3:50pm
Ballroom F

2:55pm

Introduction to the Foundation School Program for Charter Schools
This session will provide an overview of the Foundation School Program (FSP) payment system for Charter Schools, the Estimate of State Aid Template, and the monthly payment and settle-up processes.

Speakers
NT

Nora T. Rainey

Program Specialist, Texas Education Agency
Ms. Rainey has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Texas State University and has been with the Texas Education Agency for 19 years.  Prior to working in the Division of State Funding, she was with the Division of Financial Audits for five years.  As the state funding charter school program specialist, she designed the FSP module for charter schools, and publishes the Estimate of State... Read More →


Monday June 16, 2014 2:55pm - 3:50pm
Ballroom A

2:55pm

Texas Charter School Law Basics
Attendees will receive an overview of the federal and state legal requirements applicable to Texas charters schools. The presentation will focus on areas that have historically been a challenge to charter leaders and those that lend themselves to misinterpretation. Participants will gain a general understanding of the dos and don’ts when operating a free open enrollment charter school in Texas.

Speakers
KL

Karen L. Johnson

Legal Counsel, Texas Education Agency
Karen L. Johnson has been practicing school law for over three decades providing advice/counsel / representation to colleges, administrators, teachers, school districts and charters.  Karen was born in Houston and attended college at Texas Tech University where she received a BS degree in Education and a Doctor of Jurisprudence.  Upon graduation she became the first person to hold the position of Legal Counsel for West Texas State... Read More →



Monday June 16, 2014 2:55pm - 3:50pm
Ballroom C

2:55pm

TEA's Texas Student Data System (TSDS) Update and TSDS studentGPS(TM) Dashboard Demonstration
As TSDS has begun rolling out around the state more and more LEAs are enjoying the wealth of data available to them in the TSDS studentGPS(TM) Dashboards. Come see a demonstation of the powerful dashboards and find out when they can be available to your LEA.

Speakers
DE

David E. Butler

TSDS Training Manager, Texas Education Agency
Mr. Butler has presented all over the state of Texas at various conferences telling of the coming TSDS system. Presented to organizations like TASBO, TASA, TASB, ASCD, Charter School Conferences, TCEA, and others.


Monday June 16, 2014 2:55pm - 3:50pm
Ballroom B
 
Tuesday, June 17
 

8:30am

Child Find and IDEA 2004
Participants will learn what child find is, who is covered, why it is necessary, how it is implemented, and what it means to you.

Speakers
avatar for Brenda Cupps

Brenda Cupps

Special Education/Charter Schools Consultant, ESC 11
Brenda Cupps is a Special Education Charter School Consultant with the Education Service Center for  Region 11.  Brenda spent the majority of her career working in special education, as both a teacher and administrator in both the charter setting and ISD setting. Brenda now devotes her time providing support for charter school personnel with issues and training surrounding special education.


Tuesday June 17, 2014 8:30am - 9:20am
Ballroom D

8:30am

Additional Fund Sources for Your Special Education Population
This session will provide information on additional fund sources available for your special education population beyond your IDEA-B entitlement and state special education allotment. The session will provide a description of the optional fund sources available and information on how to apply for the funds.

Speakers
avatar for Denise Dusek

Denise Dusek

Federal Funding Specialist, ESC 20
Denise Dusek has been serving as Federal Funding Specialist for Education Service Center, Region 20 since December 2011. Previously, Denise was employed at TEA as Funding Team Lead for the Division of IDEA Coordination. Denise holds a Bachelor of Public Administration degree and a Master of Public Administration degree, both obtained from Texas State University.



Tuesday June 17, 2014 8:30am - 9:20am
Ballroom F

8:30am

Divisions of Grants Administration and Federal Fiscal Compliance and Reporting (sign up at registration)
The purpose of this session is to provide Charter schools an opportunity for a one-on-one session to ask specific questions, discuss pressing issues and inquire about other fiscal matters. Divisions of Grants Administration and Federal Fiscal Compliance and Reporting staff will be available to help Charter schools.

Tuesday June 17, 2014 8:30am - 9:20am
Conference Center

8:30am

Don't take it for Granted!
This session will focus on the basics of grant management, and will cover the following topics:1. How grant funding is generated.2. How to use grant funds in accordance with statutes, rules and regulations.3. TEA Grant Resources.

Speakers
AM

Annie Molina

Grant Manager Team Lead, Texas Education Agency
RP

Rebecca Patterson

Grant Manager Team Lead, Texas Education Agency
Rebecca currently serves as a Grant Manager Team Lead in the Division of Grants Administration at the Texas Education Agency (TEA). She joined TEA in 1991 as a technical writer with the Dropout information Clearinghouse, and has worked at TEA with the program and fiscal aspects of grant programs since 1994. Prior to joining TEA, Rebecca spent several years in the New York City communications industry, but saw the error of her ways and returned to... Read More →


Tuesday June 17, 2014 8:30am - 9:20am
Ballroom A

8:30am

Training Texas Charter School Boards for Compliance and High Performance
This session will identify the differences between traditional school district and charter school boards from a federal and state perspective. Charter school leaders and trainers who work closely with charter school boards in Texas will walk away with a practical and actionable understanding of the duties applicable to charter school board members so that they can better guide them on their responsibilities to the State.

Speakers
avatar for Pierce, Denise

Pierce, Denise

General Counsel, Texas Charter Schools Association
Denise Pierce is an attorney who joined the Association in February 2009 after 14 years of representing school clients including charter schools, traditional public schools, and community colleges. She also was an attorney with the Texas Association of School Boards and helped TASB develop member services. Denise is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and Texas A&M University.



Tuesday June 17, 2014 8:30am - 9:20am
Ballroom E

8:30am

Cyber Crimes and Safety

 How do Internet Predators target children? What techniques do they use? What can you do to stop them? For many children and young adults there is a sense that what happens online can't hurt them.  Unfortunately, we are finding that many teens are posting personal information in chat rooms and on social networking sites making them easy prey for child predators. This presentaiton allows you to hear straight talk about the risks of online child predators and the steps all of us can take to pretect our children. This presentation also allows you hear straight talk about "sexting" and "cyber bullying".

Speakers
SE

Sergeant Ernest Rivera

Investigator, Office of Attorney General
Sergeant Rivera has been an investigator with the Office of the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit since 2004. He is responsible for conducting Internet facilitated child exploitation investigations, which includes online solicitation of minor cases and child pornography cases. | He began law enforcement career with the Cameron County Sheriff's Office in Brownsville, Texas | and has worked as an investigator with the Texas Lottery... Read More →


Tuesday June 17, 2014 8:30am - 9:20am
Ballroom B

8:30am

Board Training * School Law - 60 Minutes: Fingerprinting and School Safety Health
Attendees will receive an introduction to the process for fingerprinting new employees and substitute teachers as they are hired, as required in Texas Education Code, (TEC) Chapter 22, Subchapter C. Part 2 deals with campus safety, which is a concern for leaders of schools, parents and students. Join us as we discuss best practices as well as tips to make your charter a safer place for learning through heightened awareness and shared practices.

Speakers
avatar for Keela McGraw

Keela McGraw

School Improvement/Charter Schools Consultant, ESC Region 11
Ms. McGraw is a graduate of Texas Christian University, and is an Accountability & Charter School Leadership consultant for the Education Service Center Region 11. She has over 15 years of experience in education serving various roles including teacher for hearing impaired students, college professor, assistant principal, principal, and consultant. She resides in Arlington, Texas with her husband and two children.
JT

Jeannie Tomasek

Fingerprint Manager, Texas Education Agency
Jeannie Tomasek has been the Fingerprinting Manager with the Texas Education Agency for just almost 7 years. Previous to this position, she served as a Certification Specialist with SBEC for 11 years, and a classroom teacher for 3 years.



Tuesday June 17, 2014 8:30am - 9:30am
SouthPark

9:30am

Creating a Culture of Leadership Across your Campus
Join us to discuss innovative ideas for having a schoolwide model that emphasizes a culture of student empowerment and helps unleash each child's full potential. Applying these leadership principles will nurture the skills students need for success in the 21st century.

Speakers
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Dee Ann Drummond Estlack

Field Service Agent, Education Service Center, Region 20
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Tom Osborn

Senior Client Partner, Franklin Covey


Tuesday June 17, 2014 9:30am - 10:20am
Ballroom C

9:30am

So You Want Flipped Classrooms? A 10-Step Plan for Administrators
How do we move from flipped classroom being a buzzword to leveraging this model for student achievement? Discover essential steps for successful implementation. Leave this session ready to talk-the-talk and walk-the-walk.

Speakers
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Thurman Nassoiy and Lori Fontenot

Education Specialists, ESC Region 4
Thurman Nassoiy began his career as a teacher and later became an administrator in the Houston Independent School District. His current focus at Region 4 Education Service Center is Project Share, an online ecosystem for students and teachers, powered by the Texas Education Agency. He has presented at conferences such as ISTE's Leadership Symposium, SXSWedu, and AERA on topics ranging from mentoring new teachers online to educational equity in... Read More →


Tuesday June 17, 2014 9:30am - 10:20am
Ballroom D

9:30am

TEKS Resource System: A Curriculum Toolbox
How are you managing the revisions to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)? Are you staying in your lane and teaching and assessing to the rigor of the standards? With the changes in the state standards, districts need resources to meet assist in meeting the requirements. Participants will learn about the TEKS Resource System, an online curriculum management system that is aligned to the state-adopted standards (TEKS). The system serves as a valuable instrument allowing teachers to focus their time on students in the classroom. It is designed to be used alongside district-approved instructional materials, and it is customizable to meet the needs of individual students.

Speakers
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Michelle Bateman

Educational Consultant, ESC Region 11
Michelle Bateman is an educational consultant at Education Service Center Region 11 and is responsible for directing, coordinating, and serving as a lead trainer of the TEKS Resource System. During her 26 years in education, she has served as an elementary and secondary teacher, instructional coordinator, curriculum coordinator, and as an educational consultant. Her experience has been among rural, urban, and suburban schools. Ms. Bateman is a... Read More →



Tuesday June 17, 2014 9:30am - 10:20am
Ballroom A

9:30am

Basic Fiscal Requirements
TEA Staff from the Division of Federal Fiscal Monitoring will discuss basic fiscal requirements applicable to federal funding sources.

Speakers
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Jose de la Garza

Manager of Federal Monitoring Review Unit, Texas Education Agency
Manager of Federal Monitoring Review Unit
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Mark Hernandez

Director of Federal Fiscal Monitoring, Texas Education Agency
Director of Federal Fiscal Monitoring
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Roger Hingorani

Manager of Federal Grants Review, Texas Education Agency
Roger Hingorani is Manager of Federal Grants Review Unit


Tuesday June 17, 2014 9:30am - 10:20am
Ballroom E

9:30am

Divisions of Grants Administration and Federal Fiscal Compliance and Reporting (sign up at registration)
The purpose of this session is to provide Charter schools an opportunity for a one-on-one session to ask specific questions, discuss pressing issues and inquire about other fiscal matters. Divisions of Grants Administration and Federal Fiscal Compliance and Reporting staff will be available to help Charter schools.

Tuesday June 17, 2014 9:30am - 10:20am
Conference Center

9:30am

Cyber Crimes and Safety

 How do Internet Predators target children? What techniques do they use? What can you do to stop them? For many children and young adults there is a sense that what happens online can't hurt them.  Unfortunately, we are finding that many teens are posting personal information in chat rooms and on social networking sites making them easy prey for child predators. This presentaiton allows you to hear straight talk about the risks of online child predators and the steps all of us can take to pretect our children. This presentation also allows you hear straight talk about "sexting" and "cyber bullying".

Speakers
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Sergeant Ernest Rivera

Investigator, Office of Attorney General
Sergeant Rivera has been an investigator with the Office of the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit since 2004. He is responsible for conducting Internet facilitated child exploitation investigations, which includes online solicitation of minor cases and child pornography cases. | He began law enforcement career with the Cameron County Sheriff's Office in Brownsville, Texas | and has worked as an investigator with the Texas Lottery... Read More →


Tuesday June 17, 2014 9:30am - 10:20am
Ballroom B

9:35am

Board Training * Accountability for Public Funds - 60 Minutes: How May a Charter School Use Public Funds
This session will cover the following topics - Duties and Liabilities of a Trustee under Texas Law, Constitutional Provisions around Use of Public Funds, Policies Relating to Use of Public Property, and Accountability of Public Funds.

Speakers
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Pierce, Denise

General Counsel, Texas Charter Schools Association
Denise Pierce is an attorney who joined the Association in February 2009 after 14 years of representing school clients including charter schools, traditional public schools, and community colleges. She also was an attorney with the Texas Association of School Boards and helped TASB develop member services. Denise is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and Texas A&M University.
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Lindsey Gordon

Director of Legal and Policy Services, Texas Charter Schools Association
Prior to joining TCSA, Lindsey practiced with the law firm of Schulman, Lopez and Hoffer, LLP, representing charter schools, foundations and traditional public schools. Before returning home to Texas, Lindsey served as a Staff Attorney at Lawyers Alliance for New York, the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations in New York City, where she provided counsel to a large number and variety... Read More →
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Art Serna

Director of Training, Texas Charter Schools Association
Art Serna is the Director of Training Services for the Texas Charter Schools Association. He previously served as lead of contract policy and quality assurance operations at the Department of Family and Protective Services. Art was instrumental in developing various training programs for contract management staff throughout Texas to improve accountability and compliance in client service contract operations, as well as leading a dynamic team... Read More →


Tuesday June 17, 2014 9:35am - 10:35am
SouthPark

10:20am

Morning Break
Tuesday June 17, 2014 10:20am - 10:35am
Omni Conference Center

10:35am

Turnaround Principles...Tap Into Your Potential
Session will focus on using the 7 Turnaround Principles to create an environment that promotes high energy and engaged stakeholders. Come TAP into your potential and become a leader people want to follow!

Speakers
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Perez, Lizzy

Administrative Specialist, ESC Region 20
Ms. Perez has a Bachelor's degree from Texas State University and a Master's in Education from A&M-Commerce. Her school administrator experience for 10 years was in Mesquite ISD, Wayne Township, Ben Davis HS-Indianapolis, and Alamo Heights ISD. Currently she serves on the Leadership Development team at ESC-20 as an administrative specialist.  She says, "We strive to cultivate educational leaders in all instructional settings to improve... Read More →
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Jill Rhodes

Administrative Specialist, School Leadership, ESC Region 20
Jill Rhodes is an Administrative Specialist and has been a member of the ESC-20 team since September 2012. She works with a variety of programs,including leadership development, NCLB/Title I, state compensatory education, and school improvement. After leaving a successful business career, she became an educator in 2003, serving as a CTE teacher, CTE department coordinator, and secondary adminisntrator in both rural and urban schools in Texas... Read More →



Tuesday June 17, 2014 10:35am - 11:25am
Ballroom D

10:35am

Divisions of Grants Administration and Federal Fiscal Compliance and Reporting (sign up at registration)
The purpose of this session is to provide Charter schools an opportunity for a one-on-one session to ask specific questions, discuss pressing issues and inquire about other fiscal matters. Divisions of Grants Adminstration and Federal Fiscal Compliance and Reporting staff will be available to help Charter schools.

Tuesday June 17, 2014 10:35am - 11:25am
Conference Center

10:35am

Federal Fiscal Requirement: Time Distribution Reporting (Time and Effort)
This session will review the basic federal requirements for time distribution reporting (time and effort) that is applicable to any employee whose payroll costs are paid in full or in part with federal funds.

Speakers
avatar for Denise Dusek

Denise Dusek

Federal Funding Specialist, ESC 20
Denise Dusek has been serving as Federal Funding Specialist for Education Service Center, Region 20 since December 2011. Previously, Denise was employed at TEA as Funding Team Lead for the Division of IDEA Coordination. Denise holds a Bachelor of Public Administration degree and a Master of Public Administration degree, both obtained from Texas State University.



Tuesday June 17, 2014 10:35am - 11:25am
Ballroom F

10:35am

Rethinking School Discipline for Texas Charter Schools - An Overview of Impact from 2014 ED and USDJ Changes to Charter School Practices
The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice (Departments) are issuing this guidance to assist public elementary and secondary schools in meeting their obligations under Federal law to administer student discipline without discriminating on the basis of race, color, or national origin. This session will provide an overview of how charters schools need to set up their systems to comply with the issued federal guidance, even while they have different requirements than traditional school districts under state law.

Speakers
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Art Serna

Director of Training, Texas Charter Schools Association
Art Serna is the Director of Training Services for the Texas Charter Schools Association. He previously served as lead of contract policy and quality assurance operations at the Department of Family and Protective Services. Art was instrumental in developing various training programs for contract management staff throughout Texas to improve accountability and compliance in client service contract operations, as well as leading a dynamic team... Read More →


Tuesday June 17, 2014 10:35am - 11:25am
Ballroom E

10:35am

Panel Discussion: Lessons Learned from Leaders of New Charters
Have you struggled with due dates not being met, staff mishaps or other challenges this year?  Hear from charter leaders who made it through their first year and advice they have for others.  This session will focus on a panel of charter leaders sharing their successes and challenges as well as resources used through this process.  Participants will walk away with varied perspectives on how to address barriers and create a network of peer support for future success!

Speakers
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Dr. Rebecca Good

Superintendent, Legacy PCA
Dr. Rebecca Good has spent 30 years as an educator in both ISDs and a charter district. Her last four years in Dallas ISD she supervised the operational and instructional systems in the lowest-performing middle schools and high schools. She was an Internal Monitor working closely with External Monitors from TEA as part of the state-mandated Campus Improvement Team (CIT). In 2010, she began to work on the educational vision of the Legacy... Read More →
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Dr. Lisa Stanley

Superintendent, Texas Education Centers
Dr. Stanley is completing her 13th school year with TEC, serving as campus principal, assistant superintendent and 3 years as superintendent. Dr. Stanley says, "I chose to work with these schools because I am passionate about setting high expectations for all students, regardless of their past mistakes, their economic deficiencies, or their special needs; our schools are filled with at-risk students who live in generational poverty. However... Read More →
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David Williams

CEO/Superintendent, Village Tech Schools
David Williams is the Superintendent/CEO of Village Tech Schools and one of the founding team members. Village Tech, located in Cedar Hill, TX, is an open enrollment, public charter school serving approximately 730 students in grades PK- 10. At the heart of Village Tech are great teachers. Village Tech utilizes design thinking strategies to develop students who create solutions with a goal of becoming leaders in their colleges, careers and... Read More →


Tuesday June 17, 2014 10:35am - 11:25am
Ballroom C

10:40am

Board Training * School Law - 60 Minutes: 'Special Ed. Legal Framework IDEA'
This session will focus on special education compliance areas as they relate to Texas Public Charter Schools, Disability, Laws, Referral, and the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Process.

Speakers
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Brenda Cupps

Special Education/Charter Schools Consultant, ESC 11
Brenda Cupps is a Special Education Charter School Consultant with the Education Service Center for  Region 11.  Brenda spent the majority of her career working in special education, as both a teacher and administrator in both the charter setting and ISD setting. Brenda now devotes her time providing support for charter school personnel with issues and training surrounding special education.


Tuesday June 17, 2014 10:40am - 11:40am
SouthPark

11:35am

TEKS Resource System: A Curriculum Toolbox
How are you managing the revisions to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)? Are you staying in your lane and teaching and assessing to the rigor of the standards? With the changes in the state standards, districts need resources to meet assist in meeting the requirements. Participants will learn about the TEKS Resource System, an online curriculum management system that is aligned to the state-adopted standards (TEKS). The system serves as a valuable instrument allowing teachers to focus their time on students in the classroom. It is designed to be used alongside district-approved instructional materials, and it is customizable to meet the needs of individual students.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Bateman

Michelle Bateman

Educational Consultant, ESC Region 11
Michelle Bateman is an educational consultant at Education Service Center Region 11 and is responsible for directing, coordinating, and serving as a lead trainer of the TEKS Resource System. During her 26 years in education, she has served as an elementary and secondary teacher, instructional coordinator, curriculum coordinator, and as an educational consultant. Her experience has been among rural, urban, and suburban schools. Ms. Bateman is a... Read More →



Tuesday June 17, 2014 11:35am - 12:25pm
Ballroom A

11:35am

Divisions of Grants Administration and Federal Fiscal Compliance and Reporting (sign up at registration)
The purpose of this session is to provide Charter schools an opportunity for a one-on-one session to ask specific questions, discuss pressing issues and inquire about other fiscal matters. Divisions of Grants Administration and Federal Fiscal Compliance and Reporting staff will be available to help Charter schools.

Tuesday June 17, 2014 11:35am - 12:25pm
Conference Center

11:35am

Smooth Sailing through Chartered Waters

Attendees will develop an understanding of navigating through the new charter statutes. Highlights will include amendments, governance, renewals and revocations.


Speakers
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Heather Mauze

Director of Charter School Administration for Texas, Texas Education Agency
Heather Mauzé was born in Orleans, France and grew up in a military family.  She is the proud mother of two Baylor University graduates and lives in Elgin, Texas, east of Austin.  Much of her public schooling took place here in Texas while her father was stationed at Ft. Bliss, El Paso and Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio.  She landed in Kerrville to complete her Bachelor’s degree in English, with a minor in Education... Read More →


Tuesday June 17, 2014 11:35am - 12:25pm
Ballroom B

11:35am

Changing Nightmares into Dreams: Taking the Stress Out of Data Gathering and PEIMS Reporting
Four times a year, districts become completely transparent to those who hold them accountable resulting in the stressful review of making sure their data is correct. Learn preventive measures in organization and data gathering to turn the PEIMS nightmare into a dream.

Speakers
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J. Gavin Dickson

Consultant, ESC 11
J. Gavin Dickson is a member of theNetwork and ESC Region 11 as Educational Consultant for Charter School Data Quality and PEIMS. Mr. Dickson has over fourteen years of educational experience including teaching, campus administration, and as District Director of PEIMS and Federal Programs. With his strong background of developing and implementing policies and procedures, Mr. Dickson now utilizes his experience in helping new Texas Charters... Read More →



Tuesday June 17, 2014 11:35am - 12:25pm
Ballroom F

11:35am

Fingerprinting Process for Charter School Employees Substitute Teachers
This topic will provide an introduction to the process for fingerprinting new employees and substitute teachers as they are hired, as required in Texas Education Code, (TEC) Chapter 22, Subchapter C. Includes a brief description of the process for uploading new employees and substitutes to the Educator Certiication Online System (ECOS) to initiate the fingerprinting process, scheduling appointments through the DSP contracted vendor, MorphoTrust, and reviewing background check results in the DPS Clearinghouse.

Speakers
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Jeannie Tomasek

Fingerprint Manager, Texas Education Agency
Jeannie Tomasek has been the Fingerprinting Manager with the Texas Education Agency for just almost 7 years. Previous to this position, she served as a Certification Specialist with SBEC for 11 years, and a classroom teacher for 3 years.


Tuesday June 17, 2014 11:35am - 12:25pm
Ballroom D