|3rd Annual Louisiana Charter Schools Conference|
Registration is open for the 3rd Annual
Louisiana Charter Schools Conference to be held October 15-16 at the
Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans
Special conference rates at the hotel are $149/nt. (Limited
availability; Rate available until September 10th). Click HERE
to reserve a room.
Award Ceremony Nominations
We are pleased to
announce the 2nd Annual LAPCS Charter School Awards.
These awards are designed to recognize the contributions of school
leaders, teachers, board members, schools, and community leaders in
their efforts to advocate for, support, or enhance Louisiana's public
charter schools. Nominate a charter school leader, board, teacher,
student, and champion to be honored at this year's event. Also, we
have added a "vendor" category this year so you can share with your
fellow charter schools who the best company in Louisiana is that you
work with! Click HERE to access the online submission form. Deadline for nominations is September 15, 2010. _____________________________________________________________________
Exhibit / Sponsor
We are officially sold out! If you would like to be placed on a waiting list in the event that we have cancellations, please contact Elizabeth Garrett (contact info below.)
Below are just a few of the topics that will be presented at the conference.
Understanding the MFPRoles & Responsibilities of Charter School BoardsHigh Poverty, High PerformanceNational Challenges in the Charter School MovementValue Add AccountabilityFacilities 101A Framework for Self-AssessmentTrust & Transparency in Charter SchoolsPensionsHow to speak AuthorizerCommunity EngagementChallenges with Enrollment in Charter SchoolsBuilding Aligned TeamsThe Challenges of TurnaroundsSurviving an AuditSpecial Educationand much more.......
*Special Saturday Teacher strand sponsored by Leading Educators
Senator Mike Johnston, Colorado, & Founder, Peter Groff, President, National Alliance for
Public Charter Schools
Donald Hense, Founder, Friendship
Public Charter Schools
New Leaders for New Schools
Stay tuned for more keynote speakers and presenters!
Questions? Contact Elizabeth Garrett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-274-3651
On Tuesday, September 14th (time to be determined) at the Board of Elementary and
Secondary Education's monthly meeting, Superintendent Pastorek will make his
recommendation regarding the return of RSD charters and direct operated schools
to the Orleans Parish School Board. This decision will impact ALL New Orleans
Type 5 charter schools. BESE UPDATE
BESE will meet Tuesday, September 14th to Thursday, September 16th.
While a final decision by BESE won't be made
until later in the year, we expect there will be much discussion on the issue
including laying out the process BESE will go through to make their decision.
We will keep you updated on the results of this meeting.
|Fordham Institute Names New Orleans Most Reform Friendly City In U.S.|
In a study released today entitled "America's Best (and Worst) Cities for School
Reform: Attracting Entrepreneurs and Change Agents" conducted by the Thomas B.
Fordham Institute, New Orleans was named the top city for school reform in the
The study evaluated 30 major cities in the U.S. on the following
- Human Capital
- Financial Capital
- Charter environment
- Quality Control
- District Environment
- Municipal Environment
The study pointed to New Orleans' strong human capital pipelines, including
programs like The New Teacher Project and New Leaders for New Schools. It also
noted the city's strong financial capital, the positive charter environment, and
the quality control mechanisms in place as pro-reform characteristics of New
Orleans. The absence of a collective bargaining agreement and Mayor Landrieu's
support for education reform also helped push the city to the top.
New Orleans was joined by cities like Washington D.C., New York City,
Denver, Jacksonville, Charlotte, Austin, Houston, and Fort Worth in the top
cities for reform. Cities that were ranked as the worst cities were San Jose,
San Diego, Albany, Philadelphia, Gary, and Detroit.
To read the entire report or learn more about the study, click HERE.
|5th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina Sparks National News on New Orleans Education Reform|
Kids Face Differing Realities In New Orleans Schools
August 24, 2010
New Orleans Schools Seize Post-Katrina Momentum
August 24, 2010
New Orleans Education System Remade After Hurricane
August 24, 2010
Region's Schools Turn Storm's Havoc Into Transformation
August 25, 2010
Necessity Is the Mother of Invention
August 26, 2010
Post-Katrina, New Orleans Rescues a Drowning Public School System
August 27, 2010
Public Schools See Post-Katrina Turnaround
August 27, 2010
Students After Katrina
August 27, 2010
After Katrina, How Charter Schools Helped Recast New Orleans Education
Christian Science Monitor
August 29, 2010
After the Deluge, A New Education System
Wall Street Journal
August 30, 2010
|Job Listings On LAPCS Website|
|Please note that the LAPCS website now has a statewide job vacancy posting page on our website. Please let your HR or recruiting staffer know that this resource is available. To access the page, click HERE.
The Eastbank Collaborative of Charter Schools also has a New Orleans job vacancy page available. To access this site, click HERE
The LAPCS is pleased to bring you a comprehensive list of grant opportunities that may be of interest to Louisiana's charter schools. The list is updated daily with new and interesting grant opportunities, so check back often! To visit the list click HERE.
NOMINATE AN OUTSTANDING YOUTH FOR
A 2010 YOUTH CHANGE MAKER AWARD
The Gulfsouth Youth Action Fund, a youth philanthropy initiative
that engages youth as leaders and empowers them with the resources to make
strategic investments in their peers and their communities, is seeking
nominations for the 2010 Youth Change Maker Awards. These prestigious awards
honor outstanding young people, ages 7 through 25, who have shown exemplary
leadership in recovery, education, entrepreneurship and community service
initiatives in the Gulfsouth region. If you are or know of a young person who
fits these and the following criteria, please fill out and return the
nomination form HERE. Self-nominations are accepted.
|School Leadership Center Response to Intervention supported by Differentiated Instruction |
Date: October 19-20, 2010 - Elementary Educators
Presenter: Melissa Dickson,
Staff Development for Educators
Date: October 21, 2010 - High School
Presenter: Judy Stoehr, Staff Development for Educators
Congregation Gates of
4000 W. Esplanade Avenue
To register, you must complete and mail your check and
registration form (Click HERE) to SLC by Sept.
18, 2010. Limited Seating-First Come First Serve Basis. You May Fax
(504-267-7243) A Copy Of Your Registration Form To Notify Us That Your Check
& Registration Is In The Mail.
|Charter School Board Training on Special
Education: What Board Members Need to Know|
Date: Tuesday, September
Location: Uptown Square, 200 Broadway St, Suite 108A
RSVP: Please RSVP to Beth Giovannetti at
*We urge every school to send at least one
of their board members to attend to report back to their full boards.
Orleans Center for Creative Arts
College Fair For Students
Arts Conservatories, Colleges & Universities From Across The Nation Offer
Information To Students From Across The Region
New Orleans Center for
Creative Arts (NOCCA) invites public, private, parochial and homeschool high
school students to attend a special Arts College Fair on Wednesday-October 13, 5 PM, at NOCCA, 2800
Chartres Street, New Orleans-70117. The event will serve as a resource center
for students as they make decisions on their next steps of education and
post-secondary opportunities in the arts and academics. The NOCCA College Fair
is free and open to the public.
institutions have confirmed their participation at the College Fair.
The American Musical
& Dramatic Academy
California Institute of
Florida State University
Jackson State University
Kansas City Art
University College of Music & Dramatic
University Visual Arts Department
Mannes College The New
School for Music
College of Art
The New School for Jazz
& Contemporary Music
University John Folse Culinary
University of Louisiana
Oberlin Conservatory of
Academy of Fine Arts
Chicago College of Performing Arts
College of Art & Design
Tisch School of
the Arts New York University
University of New
Orleans Department of Film, Theatre &
University of North
Carolina School of the Arts
At the fair,
institutional view books, college applications, and general information will be
available to guests. Colleges will also be offering information on financial aid
and scholarship opportunities as well as providing art portfolio review
Interested students are
encouraged to visit www.nocca.com or
call 504.940.ARTS for more
1st Annual Green Schools National Conference
October 24-26, 2010
We are proud to
announce Philippe Cousteau, Environmental Activist, chief spokesperson for K-12
Environmental Education for Discovery Education and is the host for OCEANS
Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Planet Green will be a Keynote Speaker. Philippe will also be working with our high school students who will be
attending the GreenSchool Student
Summit. Please take
advantage of discounts by registering by September 12th as we have established an Early Bird
registration rate for teachers/parents/university student at the rate of
$215.00. Individual rate for administration and other school personnel is
We have also established a
special discount code for Green Charter Schools Network members. To join the GCSN please log onto www.greencharterschools.org
By joining the GCSN the rate for teacher/parent/university student is
$195.00 which is $20 off the lowest rate.
Individual rate for administration and
other school personnel will be $195.00 which is $85 off the lowest rate.
We are encouraging both comprehensive and
emerging Green Schools from across the United
States to participate in this Green
Schools historic event. The Green Charter
Schools National Network is hosting the 1st Annual Green Schools National
Conference, October 24-26,
2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Please check out the conference website at http://www.greenschoolsnationalconference.org
the time is right for this groundbreaking event to bring together
public, public charter, independent school leaders, educators, students,
business, community leaders and policymakers to focus on the overall topic of
greening our nation's schools.
The theme of the conference is "Growing
Green Schools Across America" This event will provide a unique forum and opportunity for the national K-12
education community to meet, network, learn and share ideas around greening our
nation's schools. The projects and experiences shared at this event will
lay the groundwork for preparing future generations of green citizens who will
make the world a better place to live in.
We are encouraging all comprehensive and emerging Green Charter Schools to
participate in this inaugural event. Green Schools have developed and
implemented models that can be replicated in all schools. They have
developed sustainability models for their schools by reducing energy
consumption resulting in reduction of operating expenses. Sustainability
for their students by providing Green & Healthy facilities which include
healthy eating programs, along with sustainability for our Earth; by recycling,
reducing waste and Earth restoration projects.
For general conference questions please email:
|"NOLA: Charter Issues 2.0"|
August 2nd, 2010
Post by Sarah Newell Usdin and Neerav Kingsland, New Schools New
Orleans) Five years ago, New Orleans was perhaps America's worst school
system. The FBI convicted over twenty district officials for stealing
from kids. A valedictorian of a local high school failed the high
school exit exam. Five times. Her school had failed her. Her district
had failed her. Her school board had failed her. At every level, the
system was broken.
"How to Close the Achievement Gap"Newsweek
August 16, 2010
All over the world, your chances of success in school and life depend
more on your family circumstances than on any other factor. By age
three, kids with professional parents are already a full year ahead of
their poorer peers. They know twice as many words and score 40 points
higher on IQ tests. By age 10, the gap is three years. By then, some
poor children have not mastered basic reading and math skills, and many
never will: this is the age at which failure starts to become
"Results in National School-Reform Contest Spark Complaints"
August 25, 2010
While celebrations were breaking out in Massachusetts, New York,
Hawaii, Florida, Rhode Island, the District of Columbia, Maryland,
Georgia, North Carolina, and Ohio after the 10 were named winners of
round two of the Obama administration's national education-reform
competition, Race to the Top, controversy was mounting over some of the more surprising winners and losers.
"Region's Schools Turn Storm's Havoc Into Transformation"
August 25, 2010
When Hurricane Katrina swept through the Gulf Coast town of Pass
Christian, Miss., wiping away an elementary and a middle school,
community leaders used the destruction as a chance for a new start.
The mission of the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) is to increase student achievement by supporting, promoting, and advocating for the quality charter school movement.
WHO WE ARE
Caroline Roemer Shirley, Executive Director
Andrea Chen, Membership & Programs Director
Elizabeth Garrett, Communications Director
|GOOD NEWS! |
|New Schools for New Orleans receives federal i3 grant|
NSNO will receive a $28 million grant to continue work in New Orleans and expand to Memphis and Nashville. Read More...
ACSA awarded grant for teaching American History
Algiers Charter School Association was awarded a grant by the DOE to improve the quality of teaching American history in our nation's schools. Read More...
Hynes Charter School breaks ground on new building
|View the FOX 8 video on the groundbreaking HERE.|
NOLA Law Firm donates 200 uniforms to New Orleans College Prep
Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C. continues their philanthropic relationship with the charter school by donating uniforms to the schools 200 new students Read More...
Warren Easton Charter High School to open Warren Easton Health Clinic
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined Oscar-winning actress,
Sandra Bullock, to announce the opening of the Warren Easton High
School health clinic on Sunday, August 29. Read More...
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