May 26,2017 - Get Insights From America’s Classrooms, Without Leaving D.C.!

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Hi James,

As an expert on education policy, you know what a profound impact charter schools have on public education in America. But how often do you get to speak with the teachers, principals, and other leaders who are doing the work in the schools and classrooms? Here’s your chance.

The 2017 National Charter Schools Conference will be in Washington, D.C., from June 11-14.

Each year, the conference welcomes more than 4,000 teachers, principals, charter school
leaders, authorizers, and advocates from around America. What better way to get a frontline perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing America’s educators today, and learn how education practitioners are adapting to the policies coming from D.C. and state capitals?

This year’s conference will feature Netflix CEO and charter school supporter Reed Hastings,
energetic charter school founder Dr. Steve Perry and elected officials from across the country.
We’ll also have dozens of panels and workshops on issues vital to public education, led by the educators and innovators who are shaping the future of American education.

You can register for the 2017 National Charter Schools Conference today by clicking here. Come for all four days, or just stop by when you can. Either way, this is a tremendous opportunity to explore what’s happening in the field–right in your own backyard!

Let us know if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Amy Wilkins
Senior Vice President, Advocacy
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

May 24, 2017 - Registration Deadline Quickly Approaching!

Don’t miss out on this year’s Educators Connect for Success conference—registration deadline is May 31—that will bring together educators from across the country to learn, network, and collaborate on this year’s theme: Embracing Hope, Purpose, and Joy in Our Schools.

There’s something for everyone, with more than 100 learning sessions organized into the following learning strands:

Check out our event program with complete details on our sessions and presenters. Visit our conference website for information.

Registeration deadline is May 31, 2017

 

Hotel Accommodations:
Still need a hotel room? We recommend the Hilton Columbus Downtown. For information, click here.

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Questions? E-mail us at cfs@bfk.org.

May 8, 2017 - JOIN US FOR THE 2017 OHIO SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT INSTITUTE!

May 5, 2017 - Special Education Updates

 

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Gifted Operating Standards effective July 1

 

On March 6, 2017, the Joint Committee for Agency Rule Review (JCARR) approved the revised gifted operating standards, Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15. These rules, effective July 1, 2017, provide districts with increased flexibility while also ensuring quality education to students who are gifted.

These standards are available here. Please send any questions related to the 2017 gifted operating standards to gifted@ed

Accessible Education Materials

For some students, printed instructional materials can be a barrier to participation and achievement in the general education curriculum. Accessible educational materials (AEM) remove that barrier. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, state and local education agencies must ensure that children with disabilities who need AEM in the four specialized formats (audio, braille, digital text, and large print) receive those materials in a timely manner, which is defined in Ohio as the delivery of the accessible materials to a student at the same time as their peers receive their materials.
 
The Assistive Technology and Accessible Educational Materials Center (AT & AEM Center) works with school districts to locate AEM for students with print disabilities through their onsite collection, the annual Federal Quota Registration of Blind Students, and other sources. The AT and AEM Center assists Ohio school district personnel in accessing National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) electronic files, adapting the NIMAS files into the four specialized formats, assigning the NIMAS files to accessible media producers, and/or producing the accessible materials for eligible students. To request AEM for students who can benefit from specialized formats, complete and return a Materials Request form. Now is the time to send in requests for AEM for the 2017-2018 school year to the AT & AEM Center.
 
Please share this information with the appropriate personnel in your district. Questions regarding submitting an AEM request can be directed to Kelly Houston at 614-410-1039 or kelly_houston@ocali.org; Judy Siens at 614-410-1041 or judy_siens@ocali.org.

May 2, 2017 - One Month Left to Register!

Leading Transformational Schools
Presenter: Neil Gupta, Worthington City School

In order to provide rigorous and relevant experiences to meet the demands and needs for our students today, schools need to transform. Transformational schools need transformational leaders. Join our presenter, as he shares insights and lessons learned on the research in key strategies to lead transformational schools. Participants will walk away with time to reflect on their current practices as well as develop an action plan to implement for positive changes right away.

Cornerstones of Effective Classrooms: Creating Ideal Learning Environments for All
Presenters: Harvey Silver and Susan Kreisman, Silver Strong & Associates

In order to provide rigorous and relevant experiences to meet the demands and needs for our students today, schools need to transform. Transformational schools need transformational leaders. Join our presenter, as he shares insights and lessons learned on the research in key strategies to lead transformational schools. Participants will walk away with time to reflect on their current practices as well as develop an action plan to implement for positive changes right away.

The iBelieve Impact: Building a Network of Hope in Appalachian Youth
Presenters: Patrick Klein, Christopher Dutton, Marissa Phipps, and Jordan Moseley, The iBelieve Foundation

The iBelieve Foundation is a growing nonprofit dedicated to providing unique educational opportunities to student leaders. With roots in Ohio, iBelieve has expanded to provide an accessible program to West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky, serving more than 1,000 students at no cost. The program is designed to help students of Appalachia develop 21st century skills such as problem solving, communication, and leadership. This session will be an engaging model of the Foundation’s creative approach to inspire and encourage students to pursue higher education.

SPECIAL CONFERENCE HOTEL RATES ARE ENDING MAY 7.
Be sure to book your room today!

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Questions? E-mail us at cfs@bfk.org.

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