May 23, 2014


State Rep. Van Taylor (center) visited Lumin Education last Tuesday. Lumin Education, formerly East Dallas Community Schools, is a Montessori charter school with a focus on children from birth to age nine. Also pictured with a Lumin student are Stuart Williams (Director of Development) and Terry Ford (Superintendent).

Vote  Don't Forget -- Vote in the Primary Run Off!

Today is the last day for early voting in the primary run off, and Tuesday is voting day. It's important to make your voice heard! See who's on the ballot. To do a polling place search, you may select one of three methods: search by: 1. your Texas driver's license number, if you provided it when you applied for voter registration; 2. your Voter Unique Identifier (VUID), which appears on your voter registration certificate; or 3. your first and last name.  

Time to recharge and find new ideas to take back to your charter school. Join us at the National Charter Schools Conference June 29-July 2. You never know who you're going to meet. Whether it's a young principal running a brand new charter school or a veteran charter school advocate who has worked to pass pro-charter legislation in his or her state Legislature, you will be impressed by the depth of knowledge and dedication of attendees. The people who attend the National Charter Schools Conference can be great resources to you once you get back to school in the fall, and we hope you'll take advantage of these networking opportunities. REGISTER 

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Department of Education Everything You Need to Know About the President's Education Awards Program
Each year, thousands of elementary, middle, and high school principals participate by recognizing deserving students. The school principal determines the number of qualifying students based on program criteria and verifies the order for awards. There is no limit on the number of awards, as long as students meet the criteria for each award. Award orders can only be placed by a school administrator. READ MORE and APPLY.

Join Thinkery Austin for FREE EdExchange 

Participants will be introduced to creative implementations of modern technology, engage in hands-on training, and collaborate with Thinkery staff to dream up ways to incorporate technology into classrooms and programs. Participants will work with like-minded educators from a variety of backgrounds while learning new skills and developing curriculum ideas. This professional development series will introduce the following topics: Practical Technology, Tinkering and Making, Digital Fabrication, and Robotics. Choose one session, or choose all four. LEARN MORE and APPLY. 


Nominate businesses that support employee volunteerism in public schools 
Does your school district partner with a local business that provides mentoring, donations or volunteer efforts in your schools? Would you like to recognize this outstanding partner with a state award? The State Board of Education (SBOE) is currently accepting applications for the 2014 Employers for Education Excellence (EEE) Award. Texas employers who encourage and support employee participation in school activities are eligible to be nominated.  Any Texas employer is eligible, including private businesses, nonprofit organizations and governmental and educational entities that meet the criteria. The EEE program requires a business to email or postmark an application to the Texas Education Agency by June 27  

Registration ends soon for theNetwork's Charting the Course Summer Summit in Austin -- June 16-17, 2014.
The Network
is sponsoring a state-wide Summit June 16-17, 2014, "Charting the Course."  This 1-1/2 day event features keynote speaker Mark McLeod and more than 45 breakout sessions on the standards of Operations, Finance, Governance, and Education. Charter school experts from the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Charter School Association and Education Service Centers, as well as leaders of charters in Texas will provide timely and valuable professional development. 

Visit the event page for more information about registration, hotel and to see the online sessions schedule.

East Austin Coll Prep5th Annual Globey Awards for Excellence in Game Design 
Thursday, May 27, 2014,  6:30 - 8:30 pm
5800 E. MLK Blvd, Austin, 78721

This year middle and high school students at East Austin College Prep's Globaloria Lab invented, designed, programmed and published educational web games using Globaloria--the nation's first and largest social learning network for game design. Join us to celebrate the next generation of STEM innovators! No RSVP Necessary! Contact Nyssa Arcos with questions: ph. 512-605-8955. 

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TCSA Houston Board Training Summit -- 6 Credit Hours
Saturday, June 14, 2014; 8:30AM--3:00PM
Neighborhood Centers: Chase Opportunity Center
6500 Rookin, Houston, Texas 77074
We are heading to Houston! TCSA invites you to participate in this high powered and dynamic presentation for charter school board members in the Houston area.  LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

TCSA Publishes 2014-2015 Training Catalog, Available for Download
Couldn't attend the Member Council Meeting? Don't worry! Be on the lookout for additional copies arriving at your local campuses. In the meantime, you can download a copy here and begin planning your staff development for the upcoming year! To request additional hard copies, please contact Art Serna, Director of Training Services.

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Need help predicting your 2014 State Accountability Rating?

STAAR student performance reports will be back soon. TCSA is happy to assist schools in predicting their Index scores for the 2014 Accountability Ratings. TCSA's hourly rate of $85/hour applies. For more information, contact Toni Templeton, TCSA Data Analyst. 


The Texas Charter Schools Association Charter School Business Officer Certification (CSBOC) program takes the diverse, complex and ever changing responsibilities of a Charter Business Officer and creates an environment where you learn the responsibilities, competencies and strategic vision to ensure your charter school is viable, stable, fiscally sound and has a foundation of continuous improvement and growth. The certification program is a combination of online courses, live training days, and documentation workshop days. All training classes are open to everyone and fulfill required credit hours. Trainings also count toward the program if you choose to pursue certification.   

Starting a Charter School Advanced Workshop 
Friday, July 11, 2014; 9AM--5PM
TCSA Training Room 
700 Lavaca Street, Austin, Texas 78701  
This session will provide attendees with a better understanding of the legal, operational, and educational considerations that need to be considered to apply for a charter school in Texas, in light of the changes brought by Senate Bill 2 this past year. Ideal for individuals/teams seeking Texas specific information about the charter application process and selected categories of the application submitted to TEA, who meet the state criteria to apply for a Generation 20 charter and are in a position to submit an application (e.g., 501(c)(3) determination letter, fund raising, etc.). REGISTER 

Charter Application Consulting Services for Generation 19-20 Charter Applications -- TCSA Deadlines 
 
Charter Application Interview Preparation Services for Generation 19 Applicants - Be Prepared Today!
TCSA's team of charter school experts breaks down the dos and don'ts of the TEA and SBOE interview process. We provide you with the best in class support for your team to prepare a compelling message for your final stage in the charter application process. (Service fees apply) Written intent to enroll in services due to TCSA by June 23, 2014 -- email Art Serna to indicate interest. By June 23, you must have completed the online application

Charter Application Development Support Service for Generation 20 Applications - OPEN NOW! 
In this full service process (e.g., 6-9 months), TCSA's charter school experts work with the charter hopeful in a series of strategic one-on-one training and application development support sessions to help the applicant create the best application possible for Texas requirements. Real-time feedback and steering during the application development process - do it right the first time. (Service fees apply) Written intent to enroll in services due to TCSA by July 25, 2014 -- email Art Serna to indicate interest. By July 25, you must have completed the online application.     
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Guidance for Rider 71 Temporary Teacher Retirement System Contribution Assistance for Fiscal Year 2015  Read the letter. 

TEA Help Desk Now Available for Grant-Related Questions
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