Don’t you wish there could be a one-stop shop to receive excellent professional training, earn Commissioner Credit hours, listen to inspiring speakers, learn about the latest educational tools, and enjoy world-class accommodations and food?  Stop wishing – you can get all of that and more at the 2019 TCSA Conference October 28th-30th in San Antonio

The 2019 Conference will feature two inspiring keynote speakers, Laura Vanderkamm and Richard Whitmire.  There will be professional learning opportunities with 74 breakout sessions divided into eight learning strands – Student Success and Learning, Leadership and Coaching, Advocacy and Communications, Finance and Operations, Governance and Law, Marketing and Engagement, Strategic Planning, and Safety and Security. Each session will award Commissioner’s Credit training hours in one of the seven credit categories as spelled out in 19 TAC 100.1102-1105, and school leaders can receive their complete 15-hour training credit update through their attendance at the conference sessions. 

In addition, on Tuesday October 29th we will feature our popular 6-hour board workshop where board members can meet their annual training credit requirement, with targeted governance training in School Finance, Academic Accountability, the Charter School Performance Framework, Health and Safety, Special Populations, and Superintendent Evaluations; all with an emphasis on updates from the 86th legislative session.  Also on Monday afternoon we will provide a two-hour Superintendent Workshop to address hot-button topics directly related to maximizing your effectiveness as a school leader.

A special thanks goes out to our hard-working conference committee members:  Chair Dustin Cox, Harmony; Brenton White, A+ Charter Schools; Julia Wright, MeyerPark Charter School; Jerry Lager, Ki Charter; Christopher Mayes, BMI; Tod Nix, Richard Milburn Academy; Carmen Darville, YES Prep; Don Mills, Braination; and Fred Clarke, Manara Academy.  This esteemed group spent countless hours reviewing breakout session proposals and met on June 11th to finalize their selections.  

We strongly suggest that you register now especially as on-site accommodations are limited.   Stay tuned for further updates and the rollout of the best-ever 2019 TCSA Conference mobile app! 

Something New: EISO Training

Many member schools have inquired about the 3-hour SB 1566 Evaluating and Improving Student Outcomes (EISO) training that is required for ISD elected trustee boards by September 1, 2018.  This training is not required for charter boards; however, it is excellent training for any charter governance board as the training allows boards and CEOs to:

  • Understand student outcomes and why they matter
  • Develop SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-Focused, and Timebound) goals linked to measurable student outcomes with an identified baseline, target, population, and deadline.
  • Develop a system of Progress Monitoring to evaluate progress towards goal attainment
  • Understand the latest changes in the A-F Accountability System and how the EISO process can facilitate improved student performance

TCSA is one of only a handful of Authorized Providers who are eligible to provide this training. TEA has mandated that this training be conducted “live” so no on-demand course option is available.  If you are interested, contact Dr. Bruce Marchand to make plans to provide this 3-hour training for your board.

Upcoming TCSA Professional Development Opportunities

Below are upcoming training opportunities for TCSA members:

May 15th Deadline - Conference Call for Proposals

Time is running short for you to submit a conference session proposal for the 2018 TCSA Conference.  Proposals are due May 15th.  Proposals can be in one or more of the following strands - Innovation, Advocacy, Finance, Governance, Leadership and Coaching, Operations, Student Success and Learning, School Law, Growth, Safety and Security, Strategic Planning, Marketing, and Communication.  Schools and individuals may submit multiple proposals.  Contact Dr. Bruce Marchand if you have any questions.

April 26th Member Council Reminder

Be sure to make time to attend the Member Council Meeting next Thursday, April 26th at 9:00 a.m. in Austin.  The agenda is robust with a focus on charter advocacy and getting your voice heard as we rely on your input to craft legislative priorities for the 86th Legislative session.  A virtual attendance option is available for those unable to attend in person.

We Need Your Input on Training

TCSA has in-person and on-demand training available for governance boards, CEOs, leadership staff, and campus administrators that can be customized to meet your needs.  Contact me and let me know how we can meet your training needs!

The Call for Proposals to present a professional development session at the 2018 TCSA Conference is open now through May 15th.  Whether you are a CEO or CFO, involved in curriculum and instruction, operations, personnel management, communications, school safety, or a host of other areas, there is a conference training category that will help to define your idea and assist attendees as they choose sessions.  That said, your proposal should link to one or more of the professional development strands promoted by TCSA:  Innovation, Advocacy, Finance, Governance, Leadership and Coaching, Operations, Student Success and Learning, School Law, Growth, Safety and Security, Strategic Planning, Marketing, and Communication. 

You may be thinking that you don’t want to spend the time developing a proposal unless you have a pretty good idea that it will be selected by the conference committee.  Here’s a secret to increase the odds for selection: make sure your proposal is PERFECT!  In other words, your proposal should have the following characteristics:

  • Portability – the information provided can be used and applied by other member schools
  • Explicitness – what you present should be clear and understandable to your audience
  • Relevance– the topic should be applicable to the current Texas charter environment
  • Fidelity –current law, rules, and policy ideas should be linked to your presentation
  • Excellence - research-based best practices are shared with your audience
  • Creativity – the topic presented addresses an important issue or theme in a unique and different manner
  • Tonality – your session should be interesting and interactive – not a boring lecture!

All of us at TCSA marvel at the wonderful practices we see when we have the opportunity to visit our member schools.   The strength of the charter movement in Texas is found in its charter holders and the great things you do every day to promote student success.  Please consider taking the time to share those successes through a 2018 TCSA conference session proposal.  Please contact me if you have any additional questions related to the proposal process.  We have a significant opportunity to thrive and grow as a movement when we share our best practices with our fellow school leaders! 

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