Conference speakers and session content for the 2018 TCSA Charter Schools Conference have been finalized and will be available soon for you to view on our conference webpage and the conference app. The 2018 TCSA conference will convene national and state charter school innovators, reformers, and leaders to the Houston Marriott Marquis on October 24-26, 2018. 

Here are a few presentations that we are excited to see at the conference this year:

Effective Charter School Board Governance presented by Dr. Alan Seay, CEO of International Leadership of Texas.  Research on effective charter schools continues to point to the critical role of charter school governance boards in the overall operation of the school. This session will highlight the Six Standards for Highly Effective Charter School Board Governance and provide charter school CEOs and Board members information for becoming highly effective.

Legal Options for Charter School Emergency Operations Plans, Prevention and Post-Incident Response presented by Joe Hoffer and Denise Pierce, partners with Schulman, Lopez, Hoffer & Adelstein, L.L.P.  Participants will be able to prepare effective policies and procedures for emergency situations, learn how to react to active and dangerous situations at school safely and effectively to protect students, and learn about ways to support student recovery following emergency incidents at school

HR Best Practices: From Entrance to Exit presented by Matthew Sherman, Business & Operations Officer, Odyssey Academy.  This session will discuss best practices related to the hiring process (job descriptions, interviewing, new hire documentation), coaching and evaluating employees (formal and informal evaluations, documentation related to poor performance), and exiting employees. Sample forms and documentation will be provided.

Teacher-Led Professional Learning: Growing High Impact Teacher Leaders presented by Burak Yilmaz, Project Director, Harmony Public Schools.  Building an effective learning organization requires increasing the collective capacity of teachers and providing them with opportunities to lead and extend their impact beyond their own classrooms. Research shows that teacher-led professional learning is the least expensive and most professionally rewarding way to improve schools. In this session, participants will see how Harmony PS partnered with TeachPlus to grow effective teachers into teacher leaders and scale teacher-led professional learning across its statewide network of schools.

Do You Have IT? presented by Ericka A. Johnson-Allen of Responsive Education Solutions.  What is your Why? Do you have a leadership plan? What promise are you willing to make to those you lead? Do you have IT? Participants will be challenged to discover their IT factor. Participants will explore the importance of passion when working with diverse student populations, and the realities of a culture that may not be their own. Come discover your purpose and recover your passion for leading the great work! Hear how school leaders have a responsibility to provide a promise based on passion, purpose and a plan. Participants will leave inspired to do the great work and inspire others to reveal their purpose and plan for student success, because our kids can’t wait to learn.

You will soon be able to review all of the sessions that will be presented at this year’s conference in the TCSA Conference App. We encourage you to register today and plan on seeing you at the beautiful Marriott Marquis in October!