Save the Date:
October 1 - October 3, 2014
Chase Park Plaza
212 N Kingshighway Blvd
St Louis, MO 63108
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An 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
email@example.com 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 Conference - Advocacy Breakout Session Strand Announced!
MISSOURI CHARTER SCHOOLS CONFERENCE 2014
THIS JUST IN!!
We are pleased to announce the addition of........
THE ADVOCACY BREAKOUT SESSION STRAND!
This year, on
Thursday, October 2nd, a strand of breakout sessions will focus on the issues/challenges charter schools encounter!
- Missouri's Pension Systems and the Right to Choose the Best Plan!
- The Education and Fair Assessment of Alternative Student Populations!
- Charter School Funding in Missouri: Inequity in Action!
- Facility Acquisition: Public School Buildings and the Rights of Public Charter Schools!
Each session will take a deep dive into the issue, current research/data and the changes necessary to bring equitable treatment to Missouri's charter schools. These sessions all lead to the MCPSA Members' Council Meeting on October 3rd when our membership will determine the 2015 legislative priorities agenda.
You don't want to miss out on the exploration, determination, and strategizing around issues impacting your school(s) daily!
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!
National Charter Schools Week
President Obama Declares This Week - National Charter Schools Week
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today is the first day of National Charter Schools Week. In celebration of the week, President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation declaring May 4 – 10, 2014 National Charter Schools Week. President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan are both strong supporters of public charter schools and regularly promote the innovation and opportunity charter schools bring to our schools and students.
The proclamation notes:
During National Charter Schools Week, we pay tribute to the role our Nation's public charter schools play in advancing opportunity, and we salute the parents, educators, community leaders, policymakers, and philanthropists who gave rise to the charter school sector. As independent public schools, charter schools have the ability to try innovative approaches to teaching and learning in the classroom. This flexibility comes with high standards and accountability; charter schools must demonstrate that all their students are progressing toward academic excellence. Those that do not measure up can be shut down. And those that are successful can provide effective approaches for the broader public education system. They can show what is possible -- schools that give every student the chance to prepare for college and career and to develop a love of learning that lasts a lifetime...
I commend our Nation's charter schools, teachers, and administrators, and I call on States and communities to support high quality public schools, including charter schools and the students they serve.
Click here to read the full presidential proclamation.
Since 2010, all but one independent research study has found that students in charter schools do better in school than their traditional school peers. For example, one study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University found that charter schools do a better job teaching low income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center for Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood.
For more information about Charter Schools in Missouri and National Charter Schools Week, please visit
Our thanks to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools for providing this information.
FY 2014-2015 Budget Information
Charter School Leaders,
We have received inquiries regarding whether there is information available yet as to what the charters should consider in their per pupil assumptions for FY14-15 in the following areas?
1) State allocation (WADA):
2) Federal Title I:
3) Prop C
Below is a communication received today from Roger Dorson with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education School Financial and Administrative Services division.
"We (MODESE) have not yet made projections on the amount per WADA for charters. Title I you would need to contact Pat Kaiser. As far as Prop C is concerned I have copied an entry to our monthly memo which should be informative.
The Governor’s Budget has projected an increase in Proposition C revenue for the 2014-15 fiscal year which is $34,400,000 above last year’s estimate of $793,100,000. The 2014-15 Proposition C Sales Tax payment will be paid on the 2013-14 weighted average daily attendance (WADA).
With statewide ADA basically holding constant and the assumption that summer school will do the same, it is predicted that Proposition C Payment WADA will be in the vicinity of 897,000 in FY14. If the Revenue Estimate of $827,500,000 is achieved, it would mean a WADA payment of approximately $922. While it appears this level of collection is achievable, caution should be used as determination of budget estimates are made."
Given the above communication there are a few important points to note:
- For Federal Title I information you should contact Pat Kaiser. Pat's email is
- The Governor's Budget has not yet been approved by either the Senate or House. it has be Truly Agreed and Finally Passed by 6 p.m. Friday May 9th and the Governor has until June 30 to sign, veto or withhold;
- As Roger notes, the Proposition C Payment is an estimate based on projected revenue (in a yet to be approved budget) thus caution should be exercised in making your individual school budget estimates.
As we receive more information we will be sure to provide it to each of you.
Association of American Educators
Association of American Educators Offers Pro-Charter, Professional Option for MCPSA Member Educators
As Missouri emerges as a leader in the public charter school movement, it’s critical to empower and protect our state’s dedicated educators. Teachers have valuable input to add to the reform dialogue, and the Association of American Educators (AAE) is listening!
Proudly partnered with the Missouri Charter Public School Association, The Association of American Educators is the largest national, non-union, professional educators’ organization, providing a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy.
Focused on student-centered reforms, and promoting the charter school movement here in Missouri and nationwide, AAE provides critical professional benefits with the school choice initiatives and the charter school teacher in mind. For just $15 a month, AAE members receive the highest quality benefits and services including:
• $2,000,000 individual professional liability insurance
• Access to legal counsel
• Professional development and scholarship & grant opportunities
• Communications resources
• A national voice on education policy
Missouri is leading the country in education reform by offering choices to students. There is no better way to continue the innovation than joining the Association of American Educators.
AAE’s Director of Membership and Outreach Jill Newell is available to answer questions about the non-union option for teachers. AAE believes the time is now to let teachers know they have a choice. If you’re interested in speaking with Jill about a presentation in your school, email her at
AAE is laser focused on promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda. Don’t forget to protect your career by securing professional educator liability insurance. Join AAE today! For more information about AAE in Missouri, visit:
Achieve3000®--The Leader in Online Differentiated Instruction
MCPSA is excited to announce we have partnered with Achieve3000 to bring even greater benefits to our member schools. Achieve3000 is the leader in online differentiated instruction, serving millions of students nationwide. For over 14 years, the company has been helping students dramatically accelerate their Lexile® reading gains.
Achieve3000's online solutions deliver engaging nonfiction content that supports core curriculum, Response to Intervention, English language learning, special education, and other instructional models.
KidBiz3000® (for grades 2-5),
TeenBiz3000® (for grades 6-8),
Empower3000™ (for grades 9-12),
Spark3000® (for adult learners), and
eScience3000® (for grades 6-8) —are aligned with Common Core State Standards for English language arts, as well as state standards. Achieve3000 supports 21st century education initiatives across content areas and is raising student performance across the country.
How our solutions work:
- Students take LevelSet™ to determine their baseline Lexile® reading level.
- Students receive differentiated, grade-appropriate, nonfiction passages at their just-right reading level.
- Regular assessments measure each student's understanding of the reading material .
- The system auto-adjusts, increasing the rigor of the text as students improve.
- Real-time monitoring and reporting enables educators to track student progress.
To schedule a free demo, please contact Susan Ryan at 636-795-5547 or
For more information about Achieve3000, visit
* Be sure to mention you are a member of the Missouri Charter Public Schools Association for special pricing.
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!
Please mark your calendar for the Federal Program Spring Workshop.
The following items are on the agenda:
You may send an email to Bette Morff if you have suggestions of additional topics.
- Charter School Highly Qualified Teacher guidance recently distributed;
- Title I flexibility using Schoolwide or Schoolwide Pool option;
- Community Eligibility Provision for the School Foods Program,
- Tiered Monitoring Process;
- Other general requirements of federal programs.
Kansas City - Tuesday, June 3, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
University Academy, 6801 Holmes Road, 64131
St. Louis - Thursday, May 29, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Construction Training School, 1224 Grattan Street, 63104
Presentation materials will be made available prior to the workshops. If a school has a conflict with the scheduled workshop dates, contact Bette and she can work with schools individually. There will be additional meetings scheduled in June, but they will be centered around helping with the budget submissions.
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.
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!
Date: Thursday, May 8th
Time: 8:30 - 11:00 AM
Location: 209 Rue St. Louis St. Florissant, MO 63031
Date: Tuesday, May 20th
Time: 8:30 - 11:00 AM
Location: University Academy, Mayerberg Room, 6801 Holmes Rd
Kansas City, MO 64131
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.
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
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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!
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!
- 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.”
To Register, Click 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:
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
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 -
St. Louis Seminars -
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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
For complete details, including information on early bird pricing and on-line registration,
please download the flyer.
Pathway Academy Charter School
If you have any questions about registration or the camps in general, please contact Kelley Barnes at
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!
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:
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.
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!
Grant, Loan and Scholarship Opportunities
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.