January 22, 2021

 

Registration is now open for the 2021 National Charter Schools Conference! NCSC21 will take place over three days and offer you insights, tools, and most of all, community—a chance to interact with your peers from across the country. 

So, what's in it for you?

1. Meaningful Conversations

Our goal for the 2021 conference is to create an engaging experience for our attendees filled with opportunities to engage with presenters, workshop problems with your peers, and build community. More than ever, we understand the need for educators and leaders to share what is working in schools and how they can be tweaked and implemented across the country. We have a brand-new platform that will allow you to connect one-on-one or in group conversations with your peers about topics that interest you and consult on problems you are trying to solve. 

2. 50+ Conference Sessions 

In planning for the 2021 conference, we want to ensure that the content addresses the sector's changing needs. As we talked to leaders and educators across the country, three themes were constant: engage, educate, and innovate. So, we've organized this year's content under these three subthemes. Additionally, we've incorporated conversations on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion throughout all the tracks to address the ongoing and long-term impact of inequities exacerbated by the pandemic and address the continuing civil unrest around race relations and privilege.  

3. Access to content on-demand

Virtual events provide greater accessibility to a broader audience and allow for on-demand video options for those unable to attend the event live. With your NCSC21 registration, you will have immediate access to the NCSCvirtual on-demand library of over 30 and access to NCSC21 content post-conference. Without physical constraints you can watch and re-watch sessions at your convenience.

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Sindy Pierre-Noel is the senior manager of programs at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

January 18, 2021

 

In 2020, many charter school opponents made broadsided attacks on charter schools based on well-worn tropes that have never been true or were true fifteen years ago and are no longer true. But all of the criticisms neglected to speak to the high support these schools receive from the majority of communities that these schools serve and serve well by all non-partisan and data-based research: Black and Brown families in urban areas. Moreover, the criticism did not address equity and the growing number of charter schools led by people of color, and the potential for new schools that can be created by institutional organizations within these communities. What does the charter school ecosystem look like in terms of advocacy, and who runs highly successful schools in the next 10 years? 

Today, as we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I want to share four goals that I think charter school supporters, advocates, and funders, should consider in 2021 to build a society where equality for all is a reality and no longer a dream.

  1. Invest in proven, single-site charter schools led by people of color so that they can grow their models and potentially replicate and expand to other areas of the nation trying to close the achievement gap 
  2. Ally the leaders of the most successful charter schools led by people of color with non-allied advocacy organizations for student mentorship support, school board membership, etc., locally and nationally.
  3. Encourage institutions within the Black, LatinX, Asian, and Native American communities to create charter schools within their communities, especially education provider organizations like historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and education supporting membership organizations such as members of the National PanHellenic Council, the Links, the Boule, etc.
  4. Create regional fellowships to share best practices with those looking to start charter schools that will empower leaders with the information needed to develop a school that will be successful. 

Ron Rice is the senior director of government relations at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Check out 9 New Year's Resolution Ideas for Educators in 2021 from the Program Committee for the 2021 National Charter Schools Conference. 

December 17, 2020

 

Schools worldwide have been navigating uncertainty since the spring—setting up remote and hybrid learning structures, ensuring students have access to technology and food, and remaining agile to meet the needs of the moment. And while this year has been incredibly difficult, much has been accomplished. We are grateful for all the teachers, school leaders, and advocates who showed up for kids every day. 

As we look back on this past year, we're grateful for the opportunity to bring you content to meet the moment. Our team is busy planning for 2021 and look forward to providing you with more engaging and dynamic content to inspire your work. In the meantime, we want to share three videos from NCSCvirtual that we've made available to everyone. 

From all of us to you, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!

 

3 Things to Get Right in Remote Learning 

In this session, Doug Lemov uses video analysis of actual teacher lessons from schools across the U.S. to demonstrate how teachers can use and adapt three key ideas in remote classrooms.

Reopening Schools in a Time of Uncertainty: Insights for School Leaders

Four charter school leaders explore strategies for creating responsive reopening plans and how to provide a high-quality education for all students.

Equity in Education: Realities and Strategies for Change

In this session, hear from four education leaders on what schools can do to address longstanding issues and cultural biases that need to be changed to make educational equity a reality. 

Sindy Pierre-Noel is the senior manager of programs at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

December 4, 2020

 

The National Alliance and Amazon Business hosted a webinar highlighting the benefits of digitally transforming your school's purchasing process. Below are some key ideas from the webinar. 

The 2020-2021 school year forced schools to innovative unlike any other year: from teaching in a virtual environment, developing in-person learning strategies to meet students' needs, and ensuring the health and safety of staff and students. 

Operations personnel execute the vision, as school leaders align on school strategy, and are tasked with ensuring safety, well-equipped with classroom and operational supplies, driving efficiencies while remaining within budget. That is no small feat. 

Amazon Business works with education customers to identify pain-points and create solutions within purchasing and procurement, such as:

  • Driving visibility around spend and identifying cost savings opportunities
  • Reducing time spent searching for items, requesting products to decision-makers, and waiting on the delivery.
  • Free up staff's time by automating ordering and reconciliation processes 

Amazon Business benefits your school by digitally transforming your school's purchasing process-- chief among them is enabling your faculty and staff to focus on teaching and mentoring students. Simplifying the purchasing processes empowers faculty and staff to make smart purchasing decisions, save time and money, and process remote supply requests quickly. 

Many schools are transforming purchasing with Amazon Business including Vincent Moorehead, Head of Strategic Procurement and Supply Chain at Success Academy Charter Schools: 

"The challenges of providing an exceptional K-12 education to 20,000 children in some of the most vulnerable neighborhoods of New York City have been unprecedented. This month alone, we distributed tens of thousands of books, headphones, science, and art kits to ensure our kids' at-home learning experience was the best it could be. With Amazon Business, Success Academy has been able to simplify the purchasing process and improve efficiencies, while also identifying cost savings." 

We encourage you to watch the webinar and visit www.amazon.com/business to learn more.

Patricia Guidetti is the director of programs at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.