July 11, 2014

Bruce Reed (President, The Broad Education Foundation), second from left, and Nina Rees (President & CEO, The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools), right, congratulate KIPP Foundation representatives Stephen Mancini, left, Carissa Godwin, third from left, and Eric Schmidt, second from right. (Al Powers / Broad Foundation)
KIPP KIPP Schools Wins Third Annual Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools
July 1, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today at the National Charter Schools Conference, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation revealed that KIPP Schools has won the 2014 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. The prize honors the public charter school network that has demonstrated the most outstanding overall student performance and has helped close achievement gaps among low-income and minority students. The winner receives $250,000 to put toward college-readiness efforts for low-income students, such as scholarships, a speaker series, or campus visits. "Congratulations to KIPP Schools for winning this much-deserved award," said National Alliance President and CEO Nina Rees. "It comes at no better time than their 20th anniversary to recognize the high-quality education that KIPP has provided to tens of thousands of students across the country." Read the Press Release.

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Upcoming TCSA Training Opportunities
  • August 5 -- Technology Management Overview (Live Webinar) REGISTER 
  • August 7 -- Web Posting Compliance (Live Webinar) REGISTER 
  • August 19 -- (Dallas) Technology Erate, Long Range Planning & Web Posting Compliance REGISTER 
  • August 20 -- (Dallas) Documentation Workshop: Technology Planning and Compliance Manual REGISTER  
  • Sept 9 -- Live Webinar: Operations and Maintenance  REGISTER 
  • Sept 10,11,12 -- (Houston) In-Person Professional Development Series REGISTER multiple attendees for one or more days! 
    • DAY 1: Governance & Operations Summit, sponsored by Schulman, Lopez and Hoffer, LLP
    • DAY 2: Student Rights Summit, sponsored by Schulman, Lopez and Hoffer, LLP 
    • DAY 3: Academics & Instruction: Explicit Instruction, presented by The University of Texas at Austin (The Institute for Public School Initiatives) and sponsored by Hertz Furniture Calendar a Staff Development Day   
  • Sept 11 - Live Webinar: Safety  REGISTER 
  • Sept 16 -- Live Webinar: Emergency Disaster Planning  REGISTER 
  • Sept 18 -- Live Webinar: Risk Management  REGISTER 
  • Sept 19 -- (Austin) Starting a Charter School Beginner Workshop  REGISTER 
  • Sept 23 -- (Houston) Insurance, Contract Management, and Facility Lease Provision  REGISTER 
  • Sept 24 -- (Houston) Documentation Workshop: Risk Management Manual  REGISTER   

Please help us welcome TCSA's new Regional Training Team in Dallas and Houston! 

TCSA's new Regional Trainers in Dallas and Houston will deliver programs locally to strengthen critical areas of charter school performance. We have selected these four amazing trainers who have a demonstrated and proven skill set for presenting customized training solutions to address charter school needs and improve the leadership and staff within our members' charter organizations.  




We are still searching for regional training team members in San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley. If you are interested in applying or know someone who might be a candidate, please review or share the position description and requirements on the TCSA SchoolSpring application page


Call for Presentations Due Next Tuesday, July 15

The Texas Charter Schools 2014 Conference Committee is now ACCEPTING PRESENTATION PROPOSALS. TCSA is looking for engaging presenters and sessions that focus on quality practices in education and to engage attendees in dialogue about cutting edge trends, issues and solutions. Participation as a presenter will help attendees increase their leadership skills and professional competence, provide for an exchange of ideas and solutions and help attendees address the issues and challenges facing the Texas charter schools community.  


Calendar a Staff Development Day

Charter schools, especially those in Houston, are encouraged to calendar a Professional Development Day for their teaching staff and take advantage of our special $100 rate for each Teacher One-Day Pass to attend the workshop on Friday, December 12.  Visit the TEA website to learn more information about the expedited waiver process. 


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Fighting Childhood Hunger through School Breakfast
Did you know schools have the ability to feed every student breakfast every day? Students who eat breakfast have better school attendance, improved test scores, and less discipline issues than their counterparts who miss this beneficial meal. While many students have access to breakfast at home, breakfast at school is an additional option for those who would otherwise miss this meal. Learn more about Universal School Breakfast, and the unique programs that can be found in Texas schools.
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Anne Frank Inspire Academy
Educational Resource Center, Inc.
San Antonio, Texas


Job ID: 912104     Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: July 9, 2014     Starting Date: August 1, 2014
Job ID: 909292     Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: July 8, 2014     Starting Date: August 1, 2014
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Member Council Meeting

Friday, September 5, 2014
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Austin, TX 

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Deadline for Charter FIRST appeals is July 21st:
Official Notification of 2014 Preliminary Charter School FIRST Rating

Tuition Limits under the TEC, 25.0031 (2014) 

Couldn't attend the May Member Council Meeting? Don't worry! 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.