#CCSACon 17 Highlights: Conference Now Just Two Weeks Away. Register Today!

March 3, 2017

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The 24th Annual California Charter Schools Conference is now less than two weeks away. If you have not registered yet, there is one last chance to save. Register by this Friday, March 10 to receive the standard rate. The conference will be held March 20-23, 2017 at the Sacramento Convention Center. You can register here.

Why should you join us Sacramento? This is going to be a conference you don't want to miss.

Here are a few reasons why:

Keynote Speaker Andrew Solomon

Author, "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity."

Tuesday, March 21, 8 am

Memorial Auditorium

Acclaimed as a revolutionary feat of journalism, ``Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & and the Search for Identity'', is an examination of the means by which families accommodate children with physical, mental and social disabilities and how these unusual situations can be invested with love. Andrew spent ten years researching the book, interviewing more than 300 families and generating more than 40,000 pages of notes! NPR called the book "a work of genius" and Vanity Fair said, "Andrew Solomon's empathy, heart, and vast intelligence are in abundance in Far from the Tree." "One of the many virtues of Mr. Solomon's work -- perhaps its most important virtue -- is its fearlessness." --The New York Times

CCSA Advocates Conference Kickoff & Fundraiser

Monday, March 20, 7 - 9 pm

Sheraton Grand Hotel, Gardenia/Camellia

After the Welcome Reception at the Sacramento Convention Center, head over to the Sheraton Grand for the CCSA Advocates Conference Kickoff & Fundraiser. This event has been on Tuesday night in the past, but is moving to Monday for 2017. Last year, 76 candidates endorsed by CCSA Advocates were elected in California! Join us for this fun annual event, and keep the momentum going.

Register and donate at https://charterconference.org/2017PAC/. The donation levels for this political fundraiser range from $20 to $200.

The Wednesday Night Party: Club Superhero

Wednesday, March 22, 8 -11 pm

Sacramento Masonic Temple

Let's face it, the Wednesday Night Party at the California Charter Schools Conference may be the most fun you have all year. This year we will be at the Sacramento Masonic Temple. You can either relax in the lounge or dance the night away. We're calling it Club Superhero because we are encouraging attendees to come in costume as their favorite superhero. You don't have to dress up, but if you do you will be eligible for our costume contest. There will be prizes for best individual costume, best duo and best group costume.

Outstanding Breakout Sessions

We have more than 160 breakout sessions on our schedule focused on the issues most important to our schools. Below are just a few of the session on our schedule:

Facilities

Facilities Financing Options for Charter Schools

Laying the Groundwork: Preconstruction Legal Requirements

STEM

Building the STEAM Shop: Makerspaces in Public High Schools

Showcase Session: Expanding Computer Science in K12! Why? How? Help!

Special Education Summit

Meeting the Needs of Every Student Through Inclusive Practices

Special Education Finance: Moving the State Toward a More Coherent System

Funding

Making your LCAP's Annual Update Less Painful

Be Prepared: Non-Profit Charter School Financial Statements are Changing

Teacher Summit

Arts Within the Common Core: Exploring the Deeper Connections

How World Class Schools Establish a Clear Vision for Instructional Rigor

Civil Rights

DREAMING of Higher Ed: Working with Undocumented and DACAmented Students

I Am Who I Am: Promoting Inclusion of LGBTQ Individuals Within Our Schools

Governance Summit

The Best Board Meeting Ever: Illustrating Best Practices

Comprehensive Brown Act Training for Boards and Staff

Legal

Education Law 101: What Laws Apply to Charter Schools?

Navigating the Rough Waters of Charter Renewals, Appeals and Revocations

Advocacy

A Conversation About LAUSD Chartering: Substance and Process

Building Momentum for Legislative Engagement AND Combat Warfare: Legislative Threats to Charter Schools

We will also have a Teacher Expo, a Facilities & Funding Expo, an Operations & Compliance Expo and a Blended Learning/Tech/STEM Expo.

Please think again about joining us March 20-23, 2017 in Sacramento. We hope to see you there.

Thank you, The Conference Team