21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference Highlights

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The 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference, held March 3-6, 2014 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, was host to nearly 3,000 charter leaders, supporters, advocates and parents. This year's conference theme was "Achievement through Innovation." Cultivating innovation and sharing best practices were celebrated at the event for a movement rich in diversity and committed to accountability.

General Sessions

General Session Emcees included:

  • Ref Rodriguez, founder and CEO, Partners for Developing Futures
  • Corri Ravare, director, parent engagement, CCSA
  • Jim Scheible, Superintendent of St. HOPE Public Schools, Sacramento, CA

Keynote addresses by:

  • Jed Wallace, president and CEO, California Charter Schools Association
  • Reed Hastings, founder and CEO of Netflix
  • Lisa Leslie, four time Olympic Gold Medalist, former WNBA player, co-owner of the LA Sparks, author, and charter school advocate

Student Performances by:

Susan Steelman Bragato Scholarships

CCSA awarded $2,000 individual college scholarships to five deserving high school graduates at Association member charter schools. The scholarship is named in honor of Susan Steelman Bragato, the co-founder of the first charter school in California and the founder of the California Network of Educational Charters (which was renamed the California Charter Schools Association in 2003).

Hart Vision Awards

The Hart Vision Awards were established in 1995 in honor of Gary K. Hart, retired California State Senator and former California Secretary of Education. While serving as state senator, Hart sponsored the legislation that established California charter schools. The goals of the Hart Vision Awards are to recognize and honor annually individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in education. Seven awards were presented this year. Watch videos about the winners here.

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