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MCPSA Weekly Bulletin
April 28, 2014
In This Issue

Final Week - Early Bird Conference Registrations

Unsorted - A Metro Theater Company Presentation

Teacher Education Day

Association of American Educators

Governing Board Model Policies

Supporting Struggling Readers with Complex Text

Charter School Benefit Structures

Alternative Education Forum

Quarterly Networking Meetings

Ed Ops School Leader Meetings

MCPSA Governing Board Seminars

Summer Curriculum Camps

Common Core in the News

Dow Teacher Challenge

Excellence in Education Awards

School Grants for Healthy Kids

Grant, Loan, and Sponsorship Opportunities

 
Quick Links

MCPSA Consultants

Federal Programs Consulting
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Special Education Consulting
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Conference 2014
 
Save the Date:
October 1 - October 3, 2014

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212 N Kingshighway Blvd
St Louis, MO 63108
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Final Week to Receive Early-Bird Rate for Conference Registrations!
This year's conference will be held Wednesday, October 1st through Friday, October 3rd at the beautiful Chase Park Plaza hotel in St. Louis.

Early bird registration for member schools will run through Friday, May 2nd!  Full-price conference registrations will be accepted through Friday, August 15th.

To register for conference, please click here. 

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.

Keep watching this section of the newsletter for exciting conference updates including speakers, sessions, and special events!
 
Unsorted - A Metro Theater Company Presentation at the MCPSA Annual Conference

The Missouri Charter Public School Association is excited to announce the Metro Theater Company will be presenting a performance of UNSORTED at our Annual Conference. The performance will take place on Friday, October 3 at 9:15am as part of our morning general session for all attendees including teachers. UNSORTED is a student production and includes "themes of personal identity, belonging, acceptance and self-worth offering rich opportunities for thoughtful discussion about the ways we sort ourselves and each other, the dangers of labeling and exclusion, and the right all of us have to claim who we are." 

MCPSA is excited to bring this production to you and working toward funding to make this production available to every charter school over the next year. - See more at: http://metrotheatercompany.org/performances/touring-productions/sorting-unsorted/#sthash.mqx3g9nw.dpuf. For the Annual Missouri Charter Schools Conference click here to register.

Below is a description of the performance from the Metro Theater Company.

"Clothes are the characters in a playful world where everyone must be sorted, according to the bully-boss known as ‘Jacket.’ Separate and divided? No way! These mixety characters want to hang out with each other. Distinctly separate categories make no more sense to the clothes than they do in our world.  But Jacket is in charge. The sorting must be done…or else!"

Audiences will have fun watching this lively story tangle, unravel and re-weave toward hopeful possibility. After the play, themes of personal identity, belonging, acceptance and self-worth offer rich opportunities for thoughtful discussion about the ways we sort ourselves and each other, the dangers of labeling and exclusion, and the right all of us have to claim who we are.
 
MCPSA Teacher Education Day - October 3, 2014!


Teacher Breakout Sessions have now been finalized.  To see the full schedule, click here!
 
Association of American Educators

MCPSA is pleased to bring your attention to an organization that is a beneficial addition to the charter school community in Missouri and a recent partner with MCPSA, the Association of American Educators (AAE)!

What is AAE?

  • AAE is a non-union professional organization, the largest national organization of its kind with members in all fifty states;
  • AAE is meant for teachers, administrators, and support staff;
  • AAE provides numerous professional benefits (see below);
  • AAE supports charter schools, the only teacher organization in the state to do so as a professional association and not a union;
  • AAE is affordable;
  • AAE does not collectively bargain, nor are they involved in partisan politics.

In short, AAE is everything that you would want in a truly professional association.

Benefits of AAE membership include:

  • $2 million professional liability insurance;
  • Access to legal counsel at the onset of workplace issues;
  • Supplementary insurance benefit plans;
  • Teacher scholarships and classroom grants – up to $500;
  • Professional development resources;
  • Updates on federal education policy and changes in education law

The individual dues for your staff to join AAE are reasonable at $15 a month. Dues are never used for non-education political issues. We view AAE as a tremendous partner as MCPSA represents and supports your charter school and AAE supports the individuals in the building.

In these coming months AAE Director of Outreach and Membership, Jill Newell, a veteran educator, will reach out to you to share more about AAE. I encourage you to meet with her first and, at your discretion, allow her to meet with your school employees. Providing this option allows teachers to receive the benefits of belonging to a professional association while the board and directors don’t have to deal with the negative consequences of unionization

Jill will begin to contact each of you to request a meeting starting in May. As you speak with her I believe you will find it worthwhile to make some time for her to visit the school. Jill can be reached via email at jill@aaeteachers.org or on her cell at 202.679.3377.

 
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!

 
Charter School Benefit Structures

Charter School Leaders,

In our efforts to research benefit structures, interest in benefit cooperatives, and to advise and inform new school development groups MCPSA is working in conjunction with member school KIPP:Inspire to determine the types of benefits member charter schools are offering and the extent to which governing boards are funding benefits.

We would appreciate you or your business manager taking a few minutes in the next week to complete this brief survey (http://bit.ly/1maJk2G). Once we have received all of the data collected it will be summarized and shared with our members. As helpful as this data will be for us we believe it will also be informative for each of you as you consider your school's benefit structure.

In advance, thank you very much for your assistance.

Doug

Please submit these responses to MCPSA by May 30, 2014!

 
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!

St. Louis:
Date:
Thursday, May 8th
Time: 8:30 - 11:00 AM
Location: 209 Rue St. Louis St. Florissant, MO 63031
RSVP: DThaman@mocharterschools.org

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.

 
Kansas City Networking Meetings

On the agenda for the Upcoming KC Networking Meetings:

1. Open discussion
2. A legislative update on the transfer bill

Please join us for light refreshments, and lots of networking.

KC Governing Board Chair Networking Meeting:
Date: May 5, 2014
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Location: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center.
RSVP:  kbarnes@mocharterschools.org by May 1st!

KC School Leader Networking Meeting:
Date: May 6, 2014
Time: 9:00-10:30am
Location: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
RSVP: kbarnes@mocharterschools.org by May 1st!

 
EdOps School Leader Seminars

Kansas City
Date: May 7th
Time: 9:00-10:30am
Location: Kauffman foundation Conference Center
RSVP: kbarnes@mocharterschools.org

St. Louis
Date: May 21,2014
Time: 9:00-10:30 am
Location: St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, Cafe West Room
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.
 
Common Core in the News

The Common Core Makes Simple Math More Complicated. Here's Why.

http://www.vox.com/2014/4/20/5625086/the-common-core-makes-simple-math-more-complicated-heres-why

 
Take the Dow Teacher Challenge

The Center for Science of Teaching and Learning (CSTL) and Dow have come together to support STEM education in our schools. STEM education is absolutely vital for our children and our future. We need to encourage children to pursue science, technology, engineering and math related fields. Our real challenge lies in how to achieve our goal of improving STEM education.

We would like to introduce the STEM THE GAP Teacher Challenge.

Teachers of all fields are invited to submit their ideas for increasing STEM education in the classroom. The top 25 entries will earn a $1,000 grant to be used in the classroom!

Visit www.dow.com/education to submit an entry. The deadline for all submissions is May 16, 2014.

Together we can build a STEM-strong future!

 
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
 
Excellence in Education Award
St. Louis Magazine is creating a new program called Excellence in Education and its mission is to recognize and reward the outstanding teachers in the St. Louis area.

The award program is based on an open nomination process.  Please encourage your faculty and students to go online to http://stlmag.com/education and nominate a teacher or administrator in elementary, junior or high school who they think is deserving of this special award.  The winners will be featured in the fall issue of SLM's St. Louis Family and treated to surprises and award recognition.

Please note, applications are due by May 12, 2014!
 
School Grants for Healthy Kids

Action for Healthy Kids welcomes schools to apply for 2014 -2015 School Grants for Healthy Kids. The grants are funded by their partners CSX Transportation, Kellogg Company, Kellogg’s Corporate Citizenship Fund (and more!) and will range from 500 to 5,000 dollars.

In addition to financial support, AFHK will provide the roughly 1,000 chosen schools with significant in-kind contributions in the form of programs, school breakfast and physical activity expertise and support to engage volunteers. We’ll also give schools management expertise and support to develop strong alternative and universal breakfast or physical activity programs.

Award amounts will be based on building enrollment, project type, potential impact, and a school’s ability to mobilize parents and students around school wellness initiatives. Applications must be filed by May 2, 2014

Grant available for ALL STATES – School breakfast program pilot and/or expansion – to include alternative breakfast programs (i.e., breakfast in the classroom, grab and go breakfast, breakfast after 1st period, breakfast on the school bus) and universal breakfast programs. Average grant size is $1,400 per school.

IMPACT: Schools must realize an increase in daily ADP of school breakfast program by 25%, and must provide information to students/parents on nutrition and caloric content of foods available. Schools must also join the celebration during Every Kid Healthy Week by hosting a family-friendly health-promoting event during April 2015. (Note: Multiple schools within a district are encouraged to apply. Schools must participate in the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program; and must have a free/reduced priced meal eligibility greater than 50% to be eligible. Priority selection will be given to schools with student enrollment greater than 500 students).

If you’re interested for your school, an archived hour-long introductory webinar session is available to learn how to apply.

 
Grant, Loan and Scholarship Opportunities
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.