The Charter Blog

D.C. as a Classroom - at the National Museum of American History

Every four years on January 20th, Washington, D.C. transforms to host the Inauguration of the President of the United States. This American tradition is celebrated by hundreds of thousands of people who come to Washington to witness history in the making. The history of the presidency and the storied past of how the United States came to be is encapsulated in the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History.

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Washington, D.C. as a Classroom - The National Air and Space Museum

Washington, D.C. is more than a center of political power- it is also a vibrant and diverse city with a rich history. Our nation’s capital has limitless learning opportunities and as an educator, I hope you will immerse yourself in the historic sites, nature centers, and theaters while you’re here for our National Charter Schools Conference in June. Bringing Washington, D.C. into your classroom is a great way to add excitement and adventure to your lesson plans.

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Branding Your School for Success

We all know that charter public schools are unlike district-run public schools in that we’re able to focus on a specific educational objective. We also know that being a charter school means that the structure and funding is different as well, often setting up challenges for us to be able to attract both top-notch teachers and students.

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Come to our Conference - to 'Unconference'!

We are adding a new professional development opportunity to the 2016 National Charter Schools Conference schedule: unconferencing! Unconferencing, also known in the education community as ‘EdCamps’ puts power in the hands of conference attendees. The concept is growing more popular, with EdCamps popping up all over the country.

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Announcing NCSC16 Speaker: Andre Agassi

We are thrilled to announce tennis superstar and charter champion Andre Agassi will be a speaker at the 2016 National Charter Schools Conference.

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Nashville Tops the List of Destination Cities

Nashville is a vibrant and lively place, living up to its Music City nickname. This city is so hot that Travel + Leisure Magazine named Nashville its 2015 Destination City of the Year. And it’s not just their opinion—Lonely Planet, TripAdvisor Conde Nast, USA Today, and Budget Traveler, are singing Nashville’s praises too.

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Data Show that Charter Schools in Nashville, Host City to NCSC16, Are Narrowing Achievement Gap

As you probably already know, Nashville, Tenn., is home to this year’s National Charter Schools Conference. There was a clear draw for us to select this destination citythe music, the food, the culture—but the promise of Nashville, and Tennessee as a whole, for the charter movement was perhaps most appealing. Music City is not only hosting NCSC16 this year, but it is home to some of the top schools closing the achievement gap. When the Education Equality Index (EEI) report came out last week with its rankings of which states and cities are closing the achievement gap between students from low-income families and their more advantaged peers, the national overall message is clear: the achievement gap is growing and there is more that we need to do to shrink the gap so that every student receives a great education. That being said, there are a number of schools that are making great strides to narrow the achievement divide. Each city highlighted in the EEI recognizes up to 10 schools for closing the achievement gap, and in Nashville, six of those are charter schools:   

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Conference Madness: Making the Case for NCSC16

We continue the March Madness following our “Brackettology” campaign, featuring our Keynote speaker Dr. Mark Brackett of Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence, by bringing our NCSC16 charter school conference bracket to your attention.

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Big Ideas for a Brighter Future: Join Us for the National Charter Schools Conference

This coming June, more than 4,500 members of the charter school movement will convene for the 16th annual National Charter Schools Conference (NCSC16). After a boisterous, informative, and inspiring conference in New Orleans last summer, we are bringing the National Charter Schools Conference to Nashville, TN to celebrate our movement’s many accomplishments throughout the past 25 years and to begin thinking about the next 25.

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Ashley Judd to Speak at 15th Annual National Charter School Conference

Actor, activist and humanitarian Ashley Judd will address the National Charter Schools Conference general session in New Orleans on Monday, June 22. Best known for her performances in Ruby in Paradise, Kiss the Girls, Double Jeopardy, De-Lovely and most recently the Divergent franchise, Judd is a longstanding advocate and supporter of education.

A devoted humanitarian, Judd is committed to telling personal stories and being the voice of the underprivileged locally as well as internationally. Her remarks at National Alliance’s conference will focus on the power of political activism and the ability of education to empower young people and defy poverty – two principles closely aligned with the charter schools movement.

The National Charter Schools Conference, which runs from June 21-24, is the largest annual gathering of charter school teachers, leaders, administrators, board members and advocates from across the country. The two and a half day event will provide keynote sessions, breakout sessions, and numerous networking opportunities for more than 4,500 charter school professionals and policymakers.

For conference agenda details, visit http://www.publiccharters.org/involved/conference-2015/schedule/

 

 

 

 

 

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