More than 80 breakout sessions are scheduled for the 2019 TCSA Annual Conference on October 28th – 30th in San Antonio, each with assigned Commissioner Credit hours. Here are just a sampling of the many innovative professional development opportunities available:

· The Fireworks of Feedback – In this session presented by Michelle Callis, Heather Schoenfeld, and Melissa Dubke of Responsive Education Solutions, leaders will learn best practices for meaningful feedback in a variety of settings including lesson plans, classroom walk-throughs, teacher observations, coaching/conference sessions, and documentation memos. The presenters will also highlight best practices related to workplace engagement, work ethic, and how to build perseverance and passion in every employee. 60 minutes, Accountability Other

· Board Governance: Financial Perspective – Amy Michie and Drew Madsen of Sutton, Frost & Cary LLP along with Brenton White of A+ Charter Schools will discuss the fiduciary responsibilities of board members as it relates to best practices and sound policies. In addition, they will identify potential pitfalls affecting nonprofit charter schools and wrap up with a lively discussion of financial analysis, liquidity, and sustainability to help readers of nonprofit financial statements understand what to look for to satisfy their fiduciary responsibility. 60 minutes, School Finance

· The Breakfast Club: Student Discipline: New laws and requirements impacting charter schools, effective disciplinary investigations, and providing due process – Joe Hoffer and Allen Keller of Schulman, Lopez, Hoffer & Adelstein, LLP will discuss evolving laws, expectations and new requirements, including what works and what doesn’t in regards to student investigations and reinforce the importance of due process requirements in order to respect student rights and stay in compliance. 60 minutes, School Law

· Media Relations: What Charter Leaders Need to Know – Manny Rivera of Rally Communications will provide participants with a 101 overview on how to effectively engage with the media to tell their charter story, including advocacy as well as health and safety crisis events. The Media Relations presentation will help schools and charter organizations understand the basics of engaging and communicating with the media—from pitching press to drafting basic media-facing materials. 60 minutes, Health and Safety

All of the breakout sessions will provide Commissioner Credit hours, so if you need a 15-hour annual update as a charter officer or 5 or 10 hours as a campus administrator, you’re covered!

Charter governance board members, don’t forget that we have a special training just for governance board members on Tuesday that will allow returning board members to receive their required 6-hour annual update all one day, all in one sitting. In addition to some familiar topics such as updates on school finance, accountability for public funds, health and safety and academic accountability to provide three of the required six hours of credit, we have three new one-hour sessions that we’re really excited about – created based on your feedback including 86th Legislature Update, Best Practices for CEO Evaluation and Advocacy Tools for Charter Governance Board Members. Questions about the conference breakout sessions? Contact Dr. Bruce Marchand, TCSA Director of Training. Registration questions? You can email our conference staff or call 1-855-389-8723. See you in San Antonio!

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