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MCPSA Weekly Bulletin
May 19, 2014
In This Issue

Advocacy Updates

MCPSA Conference Update

MCPSA Conference - Nina Rees

Teacher Education Day

BAFC Consulting

Edmentum

Governing Board Model Policies

Federal Programs

Common Core in the News

Missouri School Improvement Program 5

Alternative Education Forum

National Charter Schools Conference

Annual Missouri Department of Education Cooperative Conference for School Administrators

DESE Transition Institute

Ed Ops School Leader Meetings

MCPSA Governing Board Seminars

Supporting Struggling Readers with Complex Texts

Summer Curriculum Camps

Grant, Loan, and Sponsorship Opportunities

 
Quick Links

MCPSA Consultants

Federal Programs Consulting
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Bette Morff

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Special Education Consulting
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Katie Uldall Welch

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Conference 2014
 
Save the Date:
October 1 - October 3, 2014

Chase Park Plaza
212 N Kingshighway Blvd
St Louis, MO 63108
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Charter schools have unique technology needs. To help meet those needs CDW-G and the Missouri Charter Public School Association have partnered together to provide charter school members with extensive product and service offerings, along with expert advice and customer support. Tight budget? No problem. With exclusive contract pricing, we make purchasing easy as can be.

For more information on CDW-G's services, contact Tony Oquendo at:
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Advocacy Upates
Missouri General Assembly Legislative Update - May 17, 2014

The 2014 Legislative Session has closed. What a week! Click here for a recap of the education Bills with impact on charter public schools in Missouri.
 
MCPSA Conference Update
This year's Annual Conference schedule is coming together and we are excited to bring to you and your staff terrific, thought provoking, educational break out sessions, an opportunity to network with colleagues across the State of Missouri, and a chance to participate in ADVOCATING FOR MISSOURI'S CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS!

Information regarding the Annual Conference (October 1st - 3rd) can be accessed via our website at mocharterschools.org. As breakout sessions are added the schedule is updated.

In addition to a greater conference focus on ADVOCACY, Sessions include:

  • Ensuring Teachers Master Core Skills Through Effective Practice;
  • Leading With Data;
  • Diversity Planning for Charter Schools;
  • Facilities Acquisition, Development and Management;
  • Developing a Real Estate Strategy;
  • Charter School Funding: Inequity Expands;
  • Missouri Legislative Session 2015: Priorities for Charter Schools;

The schedule for the October 3rd teacher professional development sessions has been completed and in addition to the Conference Premiere of Metro Theatre's Unsorted, includes:

  • Common Core Essentials: Assessment and Grading Systems;
  • Common Core and Special Education: Addressing Unique Needs;
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder and Applied Behavioral Analysis;
  • Common Special Education Compliance Questions and Answers;
  • Increasing College Retention and Graduation Rates Through 'Cohorting';
  • Digital Platforms for RTI;
  • Rigorous Response to Intervention Model for K-1;
  • Critical Components for Teaching with Project Based Learning

Several of Missouri's Sponsors have alerted the Association they've extended an offer to schools in their portfolio to cover all or a portion of teacher registration costs. This is a FANTASTIC offer from the Sponsors and we greatly appreciate their support of quality professional development for teachers!

LET US KNOW YOU'RE COMING! Registering more than 5 people but not sure exactly who? No problem! Send an email to dthaman@mocharterschools.org indicating the number of people and we will hold those spaces! In addition, we will provide you with an invoice, register a place holder for you, and you can let us know the names later!

If you know who will be attending and would rather register online, you can do so here.

Do you have a student group whom you would love to see participate in this year's October 2nd Student Showcase? Let me know and we will work with you to ensure they are included and have the opportunity to showcase their talents!

Discount hotel rooms are available at a cost of $154.00/night at the Chase Park Plaza through September 10th.  To reserve one or more of these rooms, please contact the Chase directly toll free at 877-587-2427 or locally at 314-633-3000 and please note that you are part of the Missouri Charter Public School Association annual conference.

You and your team are important to the Missouri Charter School Sector! We want you to attend Conference and join the collective voice of quality charter school education in the State of Missouri!

 
MCPSA Keynote Speaker - Nina Rees

MISSOURI CHARTER SCHOOLS CONFERENCE 2014 - 
THIS JUST IN!!

We are pleased to announce that Nina Rees has agreed to serve as one of our keynote speakers at the MCPSA annual conference! Nina Rees is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the leading national nonprofitorganization committed to advancing the charter school movement.

Rees has over 20 years of experience in Washington, D.C., most recently as Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives for Knowledge Universe, a leading global education company with investments in early childhood education, before- and after-school programs and online instruction.

Prior to her tenure at KU, she served as the first Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education. In this capacity, she oversaw the administration of 28 grant programs, supporting 1,300 projects and was responsible for spearheading innovative federal programs and policies such as school choice, charter schools, alternative routes to teacher certification and school leadership. She also helped coordinate the implementation of several provisions of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Prior to joining the Education Department, Rees served as Deputy Assistant for Domestic Policy to Vice President Dick Cheney.

Rees has also served as the senior education analyst at the Heritage Foundation where she authored more than two dozen policy briefs and served as the foundation's chief spokesperson on education. She has appeared on various news outlets including CNN, C-Span and PBS's NewsHour and her articles and opinions have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

Rees currently serves on the board of advisors of the Education Policy and Governance Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. She also writes a weekly blog for U.S. News and World Report.

Rees holds a B.A. in Psychology from VA Tech and a master’s in International Transactions from George Mason University. She lives in McLean, VA with her husband and daughter.  MCPSA is very excited that Ms. Rees will be joining us in October!

 
MCPSA Teacher Education Day - October 3, 2014!


Teacher Breakout Sessions have now been finalized.  To see the full schedule, click here!
 
BAFC Consulting

BAFC Consulting - Experience and Commitment to Help Charter Schools Succeed

MCPSA is excited to announce we have partnered with BAFC Consulting to bring even greater benefits to our member schools.  The experienced team at BAFC Consulting understands the unique challenges facing Missouri charter schools, and our consultants have the experience and expertise needed to meet those challenges head on.

BAFC provides a broad range of services to help charter schools succeed, including:

  • Human Resources and Employee Recruitment
  • Financial Planning and Management
  • MOSIS and Core Data
  • Social Media
  • Information Technology
  • State and Federal Programs
  • Facilities Management
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Continual Improvement
  • School Turnaround
  • Special Education

Since its formation in 2012, BAFC Consulting has supported the diverse needs of dozens of schools and school districts throughout Missouri. Their team of consultants includes a broad range of experienced educators with decades of experience in virtually every area of organizational management. BAFC consultants include former superintendents, chief financial officers and senior administrators from some of the most celebrated schools and school districts in Missouri.

Pricing:

BAFC Consulting works with clients to determine a pricing plan that meets the needs of each organization. Our pricing structure can include hourly rates for individual consultant services as well as flat rates for specific projects.

Contact Us:

To learn more or to arrange a consultation with our team, contact us at (314) 255-2299 or by email at info@bafcconsulting.com. For more information about BAFC Consulting in general, visit us at www.bafcconsulting.com.

* Be sure to mention you are a member of the Missouri Charter Public Schools Association for special pricing.

 
Edmentum

Edmentum - Online Learning Programs

At Edmentum, our goal is to provide industry-leading digital solutions that empower educators and students. Our programs provide personalized learning that engages students and continuously measures student progress. We are dedicated to partnering with charter schools to dramatically improve achievement for every student.

Designed by educators, for educators, our programs provide the flexibility you need to easily fit into your school’s existing curriculum and programs. Edmentum partners with you to deliver comprehensive service offerings and expertise to ensure program success and drive student achievement.
Plato Courseware: K-12  grade
  • Standards-based curriculum aligned to the new Missouri Learning Standards
  • High-quality content for original credit, supplemental learning, credit recovery, unit recovery, and extended learning
  • Robust flexibility to customize courseware to meet your unique needs
Study Island: K-12 grade
  • Standards mastery and test preparation built from the new Missouri Learning Standards
  • Interactive lessons and activities that reinforce and reward learning achievement
  • Real-time progress monitoring that identifies student strengths and areas needing improvement
  • Technology-enhanced item types built on the Depth of Knowledge (DOK) guidelines promote higher order thinking and inquiry
To learn more about Edmentum’s Missouri solutions please visit:
www.edmentum.com/missouri

Click here  to learn how Missouri’s own Portland Elementary School raised MAP scores with Study Island.
MCPSA Members Only:
  • Edmentum is delighted to offer 25% off Study Island and Plato Courseware programs to MCPSA members!
  • Edmentum also offers a free Trial of Study Island to MCPSA members.
Click here to learn more about Plato Courseware and to sign-up for a free demo!

Click here to learn more about Study Island and to sign-up for a free trial!
For more information and special pricing please contact:
James D. Mayfield Smith
Ed Consultant & Territory Manager
(816) 645-2600
james.mayfieldsmith@edmentum.com


*Make sure to mention you are a MCPSA member!
 
Governing Board Model Policies

On The Horizon - Model Governing Board Policies for Missouri Charter Schools!

MCPSA, in partnership with our legal counsel Stinson Leonard Street, are in the process of developing a set of model governing board policies for Missouri's charter school governing boards. Whether a new or existing school these policies will provide you the templates for everything you need to govern a charter school in the State of Missouri.

We anticipate having these available in June and will be offering a special, reduced rate for our member schools! If you're in the process of researching the purchase of model governing board policies we hope you'll consider 'holding off' until the MCPSA policy suite is ready for you!

 
Federal Programs Update

MCPSA will host a Spring NCLB Federal Program Workshop with Federal Programs Consultant Bette Morff.

The following are objectives of the workshop:

  1. Discuss the charter school Highly Qualified Teacher requirements
  2. Discuss the Community Eligibility Provisions for the School Foods program
  3. Explain the differences between Title I targeted programs, school wide programs and use of the school wide pool option
  4. Discuss the flexibility allowed when using the school wide pool option
  5. Discuss the importance of the needs assessment in the school wide plan detailing Title I uses of funds
  6. Discuss allowable costs for each NCLB federal program
  7. Discuss the tiered monitoring process
  8. Provide information about the payment process for Federal programs (i.e., payment requests, timelines, timing of draw downs, and CMIA)
  9. Discuss various NCLB Federal compliance areas such as parental involvement, required policies, etc.

Workshop materials will be emailed prior to the workshop to all member charter schools.

To register please email Bette Morff (bmorff@mocharterschools.org). Please plan to attend one of the NCLB Federal Program Spring Workshops

St. Louis Charter Schools
Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Time: 8:30 through 12:30
Location: Construction Training School
6301 Knox Industrial Drive
St. Louis, MO 63139
314-644-1525

Kansas City Charter Schools
Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Time: 9:00 through 1:00
Location: University Academy, Mayerberg Room
6801 Holmes
Kansas City, MO 64131

 
NCLB Consolidated Budget Application Workshops

The Federal Compliance Section of DESE will be hosting regional workshops this year. They are free of charge and open to all schools. The objective of these workshops is to provide assistance in completing the NCLB Consolidated Budget Application.

Several charter schools have asked if they need to attend one of these workshops if they plan to attend MCPSA's Federal Program Workshop. During the scheduled Federal Programs Workshops (St. Louis, May 29 and Kansas City, June 3), Bette plans to discuss the NCLB Consolidated Budget application process. But that will not be the main focus of the workshop. 

If these workshops fit your schedule and you want the opportunity to meet with Donna Cash or another Federal Program supervisor, then we encourage you to attend. Otherwise, Bette is available to provide assistance in completing your school's NCLB Consolidated Budget Application.

She can provide assistance in a variety of ways. If you want direct assistance, please contact her at bmorff@mocharterschools.org providing proposed dates and times and she will try to accommodate your needs. If you would like assistance over the phone, she can be reached at 573-291-9814 and is available at any time. If you simply want your budget application reviewed before you submit it, just email Bette and she will review it and provide suggestions, if needed.

 
IDEA Part B Payment Requests

Districts may now request 100% of their approved budgeted amount of IDEA Part B funds beginning with the June school payment as indicated on the payment request schedule located at: http://dese.mo.gov/financial-admin-services/special-education-finance/part-b-funding-and-allocations. Payment requests must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the first day of the month in order to be processed in that month's school payment.

Districts with proportionate share obligations must ensure they leave sufficient funds to cover any unexpended proportionate share obligation amounts. These funds must carry over into the next fiscal year. If sufficient funds are not left, a Part B refund may be necessary.

Questions may be directed to spedfunding@dese.mo.gov or 573-751-0622.

 
2014-15 Part B Budget Application Now Open

The 2014-15 Part B Budget Application is now open for data entry and is due on July 1, 2014. Applications submitted before July 1 will be substantially approved as of July 1, while applications submitted July 1 and after will be substantially approved as of the submission date. Districts may only start obligating IDEA Part B funds after the substantially approved date of the application.

The FY15 IDEA Part B allocation amount is shown as the funds available link at the top of the Part B Budget Application grid in ePeGs. FY15 IDEA Part B allocation amounts are also posted at http://dese.mo.gov/financial-admin-services/special-education-finance/part-b-funding-and-allocations. Please note that FY14 IDEA Part B carryover and proportionate share carryover amounts are NOT part of the FY15 allocation amounts.

To assist districts in budgeting the current year obligation of proportionate share funds prior to the approval of the 2013-14 Part B FER, the Special Education Finance Section has calculated an estimated current year proportionate share obligation amount for each eligible district. A spreadsheet with the estimated current year proportionate share obligation amounts is posted at http://dese.mo.gov/financial-admin-services/special-education-finance/part-b-funding-and-allocations. Districts with an estimated current year proportionate share obligation must budget this amount on their initial 2014-15 Part B budget application. After the 2013-14 Part B FER is approved, a 2014-15 budget revision can be created to budget the final current year and carryover proportionate share amounts. More information regarding budgeting proportionate share funds can be found at http://dese.mo.gov/communications/webinar/budgeting-and-releasing-proportionate-share-funds.

Some districts may also have an opportunity to reduce Maintenance of Effort (MOE) in 2014-15 by taking the adjustment to MOE. A spreadsheet indicating which districts are eligible for this option along with a guidance document providing information about this opportunity and describing how the adjustment to MOE is tied to using Part B funds for Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS) are posted at http://dese.mo.gov/financial-admin-services/special-education-finance/part-b-funding-and-allocations.

New charter schools will show a zero FY15 Part B IDEA allocation until the Special Education Finance Section calculates estimated allocations in November 2014. Existing charter schools with significant expansion will have their FY15 Part B IDEA allocations recalculated in November 2014 as well.

A training guide for completing and submitting the 2014-15 Part B Budget Application will soon be available at http://dese.mo.gov/financial-admin-services/special-education-finance/part-b-funding-and-allocations.

Please contact the Special Education Finance Section with any questions at (573) 751-0622 or spedfunding@dese.mo.gov

 
Common Core in the News

When the Circus Descends

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/18/opinion/brooks-when-the-circus-descends.html?_r=1

 
Missouri School Improvement Program 5 (MSIP 5) Adds Jobs Skills Measure

MSIP 5 Adds ACT WorkKeys®

In support of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's goal that all students graduate ready for college and career, the Department has announced ACT WorkKeys® as an additional academic measure that districts and charter schools can use to gauge students' proficiency as they graduate from high school. This assessment is focused on the practical application of literacy, mathematics, and the ability to efficiently access information.

Reading for information, applying mathematical calculation and problem solving, and locating information are skills employers say are critical to job success. Use of the assessment can help students identify their current career skills as well as identify areas that need improvement as they plan for their futures. Students who succeed on the assessment qualify for ACT's National Career Readiness Certificate.

"One of our primary goals is to make sure students graduate ready to succeed in college and career," said Dennis Cooper, assistant commissioner in the Office of Quality Schools. "Including the use of the WorkKeys® assessment as an option for districts and charter schools helps us do that, and it gives students, parents and teachers another way to see how well students are learning."

ACT WorkKeys® is a component of Missouri's Certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC) initiative. The state was one of seven in the country chosen to participate in CWRC. The initiative is a voluntary effort guided by community leaders to align workforce and education to meet the economic needs of the state and local communities.

 
TOMORROW - Alternative Education for the Middle and High School Student - Important Forum for MCPSA Members!

Alternative Education for the Middle and High School Student

Member schools and sponsors with or anticipating the addition of a middle school or high school student population are invited to The Alternative Education Discussion Forum!

Kansas City:
Date: Tuesday, May 20th
Time: 8:30 - 11:00 AM
Location:  University Academy, Mayerberg Room, 6801 Holmes Rd
Kansas City, MO 64131
RSVP: DThaman@mocharterschools.org

There are MANY challenges in educating nontraditional/alternative middle and high school students. These challenges are compounded in the State of Missouri where the expectations and assessment of alternative students are the same as for any student. For our charter schools, whom often have a high percentage of alternative students enrolled, the question becomes how to meet the academic needs of these students while the school's total performance is compared to that of schools with a more traditional student population.

MCPSA and ACE Learning Centers invite you to an Alternative Education Discussion Forum. The intent of this Forum is important as we will take a deep dive into:

  • Defining exactly what/who an alternative student is;
  • Evaluating the current Missouri landscape and what the the Missouri Statutes say about alternative students and education;
  • Considering the challenges of educating alternative students in the public school arena;
  • Learning about the ACE Learning Centers model for educating alternative students;
  • Considering the 'ideal'
    • What are the best models for educating alternative students?
    • What statutory changes need to happen to meet the true educational needs of alternative students?
  • Strategizing toward next steps regarding policy and accountability changes

If interested in attending, please RSVP to Doug at dthaman@mocharterschools.org.

 
National Charter Schools Conference

Each year, the National Charter Schools Conference brings together more than 4,000 charter school teachers, leaders, and advocates to learn practices and policies that make a difference in our classrooms.

JOIN US THIS YEAR IN VEGAS

With more than 120 breakout sessions on the hottest topics impacting charter schools, the National Charter Schools Conference is one of the best professional development opportunities of the year for charter school professionals. Join over 4,000 over your colleagues under one roof at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center, located in the heart of the famous Vegas strip.

SCHOOL LEADERS

  • Find out how your peers recruit top talent and learn other useful practices by attending the Talent Development series,
  • Get real advice and insight on lessons learned from high-performing rural charter schools, the unintended consequences of going digital, and how to provide and receive staff feedback

TEACHERS

  • Earn up to 20 CEU credit hours (additional fee)
  • Take national best practices for student success back to your classroom
  • Learn how you can leverage your autonomy to create custom programs for exceptional students

ADMINISTRATORS

  • Get advice from others at the Administrator’s Front Desk networking lounge or at the COO/Business Manager’s Roundtable
  • Gather best practices for all areas of your work—learn how to recover from a financial crisis, respond to school violence, or how to use operational assessments to plan for the future

BOARD MEMBERS

  • Meet other charter school board members from across the country in the Board Room Networking Lounge
  • Get the information you need on fundraising, financial management, understanding student data, and strategic planning

EAT, DRINK, NETWORK!

  • Connect with your peers at the welcome reception and strand-specific happy hours; problem-solve and share best practices at the networking lounges and peer-to-peer coffees. Get extra time to talk directly with expert presenters during “Office Hours.”
The National Charter Schools Conference is one of the best professional development opportunities of the year for charter school professionals and we hope to see you there!

To Register, Click Here!
 
Save the Date - 53rd Annual Missouri Department of Education Cooperative Conference for School Administrators

The 53rd Annual Missouri Department of Education Cooperative Conference for School Administrators will take place July 27-29 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. More information regarding speakers, events and registration will be available at a later date. Read more here!

 
DESE Transition Institute

Registration is now open for the DESE Transition Institute to be held June 23-25, 2014. The theme this year is Engagement: Parent, Student, Community.

Participants will be given opportunities to receive valuable, up-to-date information on how to improve engagement for students, their parents, and increase positive school and community engagement. Keynote speakers and breakout sessions will focus on parent involvement in their child's educational career; dropout prevention strategies for school personnel, agency personnel, and parents; technical assistance in transition action planning; and, agency involvement in engaging students.

To register follow this link: http://dese.mo.gov/special-education/effective-practices/workshops-presentations.

This year's institute will be held at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 I-70 Drive SW, Columbia, MO 65203. Registration fee will be $15 per person. The fee may be paid in advance or at the time of registration. Payment may be check or money order to be made out to Treasurer, State of Missouri. No purchase orders will be accepted. Registration fee is nonrefundable but substitutes will be allowed. If mailing your registration fee in advance, mail to: Lina Browner, Office of Special Education, DESE, P. O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Please indicate the name(s) of all registrants(s) for whom the check is paying. Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 23. Opening session begins at 12:00 p.m. (noon).

Registrants will be responsible for their lodging costs and all other expenses. Lunch will be provided on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Registrants will be responsible for all other meals during the Institute. There will be a list of area restaurants in your packets for your convenience. The room rate for this event is $64.20 per night with one and two bed rooms available. You must contact the hotel directly to reserve rooms. Reservations can be made by calling the Holiday Inn Executive Center at 573-445-8531, toll free at 888-465-4329, or online at http://goo.gl/6qJTHA (whether calling in or reserving online, use Event Code "UMM" to receive the discounted rate).

The agenda will be uploaded by May 15, 2014.

 
EdOps School Leader Seminars

Kansas City
Date: May 21, 2014
Time: 9:00-10:30am
Location: Kauffman foundation Conference Center
RSVP: kbarnes@mocharterschools.org

St. Louis
Date: TBD
Time: 9:00-10:30 am
Location: TBD
RSVP:  kbarnes@mocharterschools.org

 
MCPSA Governing Board Seminars - Dates and Topics Announced through December, 2014
Don't Forget to Register for these Upcoming 2014 Governing Board Seminars.  The topics include:
  • May - Fiduciary Responsibility and Charter School Financial Management
    • St. Louis - May 7, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
    • Kansas City - May 21, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
  • June - Safe Schools Act and Student Discipline
    • St. Louis - June 12, 2014 -6:00-8:00 pm
    • Kansas City - June 19, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
  • July - The Governing Board and School Leadership Relationship - Governing vs. Managing
    • St. Louis - July 10, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
    • Kansas City - July 24, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
  • August - Your Board Toolkit: Committee Structure, Policy Development, Dashboards, By-Laws - A Roundtable Event
    • St. Louis - August 14, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
    • Kansas City - August 21, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
  • September - Media Management and Strong Communication Structure
    • St. Louis - September 11, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
    • Kansas City - September 4, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
  • October - When a Board Member Doesn't Play by the Rules
    • St. Louis - October 9, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
    • Kansas City - October 14, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
  • November - Meeting Expectations: Vision, Mission, Goals and Core Values
    • St. Louis - November 13, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
    • Kansas City - November 6, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
  • December - Managing and Engaging Stakeholders
    • St. Louis - December 11, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
    • Kansas City - December 4, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm

St. Louis trainings will be held at the St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, 5600 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110.

Kansas City trainings will be held at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, Mo 64110 in the Brookside Room.

Cost:  Cost is $40.00/board member per training session.

Please note:  Attendance at these sessions applies toward State/Sponsor governing board member training requirements.

For more information on these upcoming sessions, or to register, please visit the appropriate link below.

Kansas City Seminars - http://bit.ly/1ojKhHc
St. Louis Seminars - http://bit.ly/1nyPDS4

 
Supporting Struggling Readers with Complex Text
 
2014 MCPSA/Write Brained Learning Curriculum Camps
Write Brained Learning, in partnership with MCPSA, is excited to announce dates and locations for our 2014 Summer Curriculum Camps. Each week-long experience gives your school the training, tools, and time to develop a Common Core aligned, inquiry-based, and rigorous curriculum that contains all of the curricular components required by DESE.

We promise an engaging and productive week, but don't just take our word for it:

"Each day of the 5 day session, teachers and leaders focused on one part of the unit design process with ample time for reflection and focused conversation about the process and product. As a result, teachers walked away with high quality units ready to use with students. The collaborative nature and embedded work time made for a very productive week for our teachers and leaders!"

-Melissa Blevins, Director of Achievement
Pathway Academy Charter School

For complete details, including information on early bird pricing and on-line registration, please download the flyer.

If you have any questions about registration or the camps in general, please contact Kelley Barnes at kbarnes@mocharterschools.org.
 
National Proofpoint Day - May 30th

My father was the first generation in our family to graduate from college. I still remember going to his ceremony at the Blackham Coliseum and taking him out to dinner later. He studied business administration and we gave him a beautiful leather briefcase with a customized nameplate as his gift. My father's college attainment meant that I was always thinking about where I would go to college (granted my early choices were all based on NCAA teams). This has also meant that my elementary-school aged children assume that college is a normal part of their education. As a career educator, I know how powerful visibility and messaging is for our students to envision a different future for themselves. They are the reason that I choose to serve on the national advisory of First Generation Initiative (FGI).

FGI is launching National #proofpoint Day, May 30th, to inspire more of our youth to be the first in their families to complete a college degree. I really value your voice and would be honored if you could champion the #proofoint message within your community. Whether you were the first in your family or can tell the story of your family's first, help us demonstrate to this next generation that they have supporters and cheerleaders across the country.

Join hundreds of thousands of FG’s; future FG’s and FG allies in wearing green on Friday, May 30th to serve as a vocal and visible proofpoints--- influence the way a kid and their family dreams about their future.

If you're interested in learning more about First Generation Initiative, there is a toolkit that you can download at their website: http://www.proofpointday.org/

Join hundreds of thousands of FG’s; future FG’s and FG allies in wearing green on Friday, May 30th to serve as a vocal and visible proofpoints--- influence the way a kid and their family dreams about their future.

Thank you,
Rhonda Broussard
Executive Director
St. Louis Language Immersion Schools
 
Grant, Loan and Scholarship Opportunities

What Would You Do With $500? Apply for an Association of American Educators Scholarship or Grant Today

Here’s some good news for educators this spring: You could receive up to $500 from the Missouri Charter Public School Association partner, the Association of American Educators, for professional development or for classroom supplies. You don't have to be an AAE member to apply and the application is online. What do you have to lose?

You can host a field trip, attend a conference, buy new calculators, or pay for a graduate course. In fact, use it for any number of items or activities that will help your students learn more effectively:

Teacher Scholarships:
Up to $500 for tuition, books, travel expenses, conferences, workshops, registration fees, other expenditures.

Classroom Grants:
Up to $500 for books, software, calculators, lab materials, math manipulatives, art supplies, audio-visual equipment, other materials.

Teachers from across the country have received these awards. Lisa Bender, a marketing teacher from Maryland, used the money design a project exposing students to entrepreneurial concepts. Similarly, Maureen Barrett, a teacher from New Jersey, received a scholarship to supplement the cost of attending a national professional development conference. The application is simple, the awards are worth it!

AAE’s goal is to support educators so that they most effectively educate our students. Applications are due on October 1st. Apply online today: www.aaeteachers.org.

 
Scholarship Central

Scholarship Central is a free, online system through which any student in the St. Louis area can easily learn about and apply to St. Louis area scholarship and interest-free loan programs.

To see a list of available scholarships, please click here.