Below are the selected breakout presentations for our 2018 conference.   Thank you to everyone who submitted proposals!

(Presentations subject to change based on availability.)


Cultivating Wild Readers: Building a Love for Reading in the Elementary & Secondary Classroom

Courtney Samuelson
The Capitol Encore Academy

This session will describe transformative independent reading structures that get ALL students excited about reading!

Building Conceptual Understanding in Secondary Mathematics: How to Really Use Manipulatives

Mollie Routh & Lisa Schueren
ACE Academy Charter with National Training Network

This collaborative session combats misconceptions of manipulatives and demonstrates how critical they are in building conceptual understanding on the secondary level.


Digging Deeper: Questioning to Encourage Mathematical Thinking in the Elementary Classroom

Elisha Rearick & Valerie Thomas
ACE Academy Charter School with National Training Network

This interactive presentation will allow teachers to explore effective strategies for questioning students to increase students’ depth of math concepts.

Empowering Students and Communities with Critical-Skills for the Real World

Peter Kelpin & Yvette Medina

Teachers will learn about EVERFI’s DPI-approved, no-cost digital lessons focused on real-world topics like financial literacy, entrepreneurship, STEM exploration, and health & wellness.


Learning is Personal: Differentiating Learning for All Students

Amy Brown

Learn how to bridge students’ learning needs and the demands of grade-level standards without the usual barriers.

Teacher-Driven Feedback: A Critical Friends Approach

Thomas Miller & Katy Ridnouer
Leaders Building Leaders

Discover the tenets of a Critical Friends Group: a year-long opportunity to maximize feedback and teacher growth.


Working With Boys of Color

Dedrick Sims
Sims-Fayola Foundation

Educators will focus on increasing their understanding and capacity to work with young men of color.

Grief Can Be Harmful to Your Students

Carolyn Zahnow
The Shore Grief Center

Learn how you can help your child or student recover from grief caused by a death, a sudden change in their life, or other causes.


Featured Breakout from Keynote Speaker Alex Kajitani

Alex Kajitani
Kajitani Education, LLC

Learn the story of Alex Kajitani, the 2009 California Teacher of the Year, and a Top-4 Finalist for National Teacher of the Year.


Exceptional Children (EC) Panel Discussion

Lori Tryon
Southern Wake Academy

Charter school professionals will have an opportunity to ask a panel of charter school EC directors questions regarding special education.

A Hungry Child Can’t Learn, So How Do I Feed My Students?

Cathy Reed & Stacey Owens-Howard
LaVon Group & Z.E.C.A. School

Each participant will receive a list of thought-provoking questions required to make an educated decision on implementing a beneficial child nutrition program for their students.


Teaching That You Can Believe In

Amy Brown

Discover 16 lessons from the country’s top leaders that should be in all schools, helping to build a bridge between typical and exemplary status.

How Charter Schools Navigate in a #MeToo World

Lisa Gordon Stella
The Law Office of Lisa Gordon Stella PLLC

Attendees will learn the charter school obligations under Title IX, tools for handling these emotionally-charged situations, and Title IX’s intersection with FERPA and forms of student discipline.


Understand Dyslexia in Every Classroom

Donna Gargett & April Coggins
Blank Canvas Awareness Art, Inc

Professionals will experience a simulation to understand the importance of addressing dyslexia and self-esteem.

Beyond Our Borders: How Others Outside of NC are Building Bridges Between Sectors

Daniella Doyle
Public Impact

Explore how charter operators and districts are working together across the country, the challenges of doing so, and opportunities to do similar work in North Carolina.

Communication Habits for School Leadership Success

Tammy Barron & Scott Barron
School Growth

Participants will learn the first Law of the Grapevine, giving them techniques to improve faculty trust and engagement.

The Fear of Math: How do we change that?

De’Shaunda Hampton & Nicole Beck
Cabarrus Charter Academy & National Training Network

This session will provide opportunities to transform your school so that teachers become less fearful of math and value teaching math conceptually.

Giving Our Students GPS: Guidance & Protection through Substances

Kriya Lendzion
Evergreen Community Charter School

Learn how to identify factors that place students at risk for substance abuse problems, notice destructive behaviors long before they begin, strengthen students’ protective factors, and cooperate with families in steering adolescents through pressures, temptations and dangers.



Charter Schools: Long-Term Financing & Construction

Bert Newsome, Paul Lemley, & Portia Scott
BB&T Capital Markets, BC Construction, & Envision Science Academy

Learn more about the specifics of long-term fixed rate financing, constructing/renovating a charter school facility, and the issues and critical paths in each process.

Budget Training

Justin Matthews
Mountain Island Charter School

This session covers updates on all per-pupil funding sources.  Constants will be provided, as well as a walk-through of a standardized budget template designed to help school leaders accurately develop multi-year forecasts based on enrollment by county, staffing and operating expenses.


Coaching 101 for Leaders

Thomas Miller & Katy Ridnouer
Leaders Building Leaders

Participants will be lead through an entirely different level of understanding in positively coaching those who follow them by helping them exceed their existing performance levels and excel beyond their expectations.

The Challenges and Victories of Financing a New Charter School Facility

Nathan Vallette & Kelly Painter
EPR Properties & Bradford Preparatory School

Join us as we discuss the realities of starting a new charter school from both a financing and a school perspective.


Do Process! Rules and Tips for Student Suspension and Expulsion Due Process

David Hostetler, Esq.
Lexis School Law Services

David Hostetler, longtime education attorney and Founding Director of Lexis School Law Services, will explain Due Process and statutory requirements, and offer “best practice” tips and templates.

Exploring Charter School Facility Financing Options Through Case Studies

Matt DeAngelis, Eric Duran, & Jennifer Lucas
D.A. Davidson & Co. & Voyager Academy

Join us to learn about the different facility financing options available to charter schools including tax-exempt bond, USDA, bank and CDFI financing.


Hazard and Threat Management Emergency Communications for Schools

Matthew Miraglia
CLPS Consultancy Group

Participants will gain a better understanding of the critical role communication plays during a crisis, become familiar with their roles and responsibilities in sending and receiving information during emergencies, learn how to coordinate school-wide safety initiatives, and collaborate with key stakeholders to maintain safer learning environments.

Offering Your Employees the NCFlex State Insurance Plans

Robert Kelley

Learn what NC Flex Benefit Program has to offer your staff from an HR Benefits Consultant from the North Carolina Office of State Human Resources.


Office of Charter Schools: Past, Present and Future

Dave Machado & Ashley Baquero
NC Office of Charter Schools

The Office of Charter Schools will present on the historical context, current services and operations, and vision of the office moving forward.

The Four C’s of Facility Financing

Patrick Beausoleil, Bert Newsome, Paul Lemley, & Nathan Vallette
Highmark School Development, BB&T Capital Markets, & EPR Properties

Things to ask any funder, lender, architect, builder, real estate developer, or other company that uses these two “F words.” Facilities and Funding.


Insurance Hot Topics: Safety and Security

Stephen Griffin & Michael Centrone
Insurance People & Utica National Insurance Group

Learn today’s top exposures regarding school safety and security including the importance and methods of conducting a risk analysis at your school and tips for conducting emergency drills.

The Charter Application and Renewal Process

Alex Quigley & Joe Maimone
Healthy Start Academy & Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy

CSAB members will answer your questions on what the CSAB is looking for in new applicants, and what questions an existing school may face in the charter renewal process.


Facility Development Transparency: Learn to Earn the Best Value for your Facility Dollar

S.E. (Chip) Harp
Schoolhouse Development, LLC

Chip Harp of Schoolhouse Development, a national leader in charter school facility development since 2004, will “pull back the curtain” on the process and show you how to earn the best value for your charter school facility dollar.

Managing Leadership Teams

Alex Quigley
Healthy Start Academy

Participants will practice techniques and gain access to tools, and resources that will improve delegation, build relationships, and drive results across their school.

Maximizing your E-rate Discount

Jeannene Hurley & Rebecca Martin
NCDPI, School Connectivity Initiative 2.0

Participants will learn how to prepare for the final year of the FCC Modernization Order in which NCDPI SCI will make a final push to spend down the rest of the Category 2, $150 per student budget.

Charter School Regulation: Clarity and Compliance

Tom Miller & Katy Ridnouer
Leaders Building Leaders

This session will be the catalyst to a year-long collaboration among school leaders, partners of the NCAPCS, and state leaders in identifying areas in public charter school regulation and policies that need clarity, resources and additional support.

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2018 North Carolina Charter Schools Conference

Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center
75A Clubhouse Road
Sunset Beach, NC, 28468