July 14, 2010: More than 4,000 teachers, advocates, policy makers, charter leaders, education reformers and donors gathered at the 10th annual National Charter Schools Conference, held June 28-July 1 in Chicago. In addition to hearing from Microsoft founder and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Co-Chair Bill Gates; Netflix CEO and CCSA Board Member Reed Hastings; U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; and Host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Joe Scarborough, conference attendees had the opportunity to share innovative ideas and be inspired.
Some of the brightest minds in education, philanthropy, business and public policy presented at the conference, including leaders from charter schools across California and CCSA's expert staff, who offered three breakout sessions:
"Assessing Charter School Effectiveness Using a Similar Students Measure," a session by members of CCSA's Accounability and School Achievement Data teams. Vice President of Accountability Dr. Ting Sun, Research Director Dr. Aisha Toney, and Accountability Manager Samantha Brown Olivieri co-presented.
"New School Development: Building Quality from the Start," co-presented by CCSA Senior Vice President of School Development and Support Myrna Castrejón and representatives from FOCUS (Washington, D.C.), the New York City Charter Center, and the Colorado League of Charter Schools
"Membership at its Core," co-presented by CCSA Director of Membership Services Brianna Swartz and representatives from the Colorado League of Charter Schools and the Arizona Charter Schools Association
A complete overview of the week's activities, including presentation handouts, can be found at www.nationalcharterconference.org.