Sponsored by: CSAN and ACCORD Education

Students first. Advocacy second. Support always.

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Welcome to the Charter School Association of Nevada’s Annual Conference at The Orleans Conference Center in Las Vegas.

On behalf of our dynamic and ever-growing family of high-quality charter schools in Nevada, we are pleased you have chosen to join other educators, parents, and charter school service providers in refreshing CSAN’s mission of “Chartering Better Education for Nevada.”  

This year’s conference theme of “Students first, advocacy second, and support always,” has guided our conference staff to assemble an array of inspirational and informative speakers and panelists in both the plenary and workshop sessions being offered.

You will also find ample time for networking with your peers and other school leaders. Venders and exhibitors will be pleased with the intimate conference setting at the Orleans that will put you in close contact with the conference attendees.

Thank you for your attendance and support. In the expanding charter school sector in Nevada–we are proud of not just being different, but of being better.

Your attendance at our 2017 CSAN Conference–is helping us to do just that.

Pat Hickey
Executive Director
Charter School Association of Nevada

CSAN Mission
The Charter School Association of Nevada is Established to support and expand the number of high-quality public charter schools available to all families in Nevada.

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School Leader Sessions

Session #1, 9:45-10:45 am

  • “Avenues to Charter School Authorization: Where to Start, How to Succeed?”
    • Dan Tafoya–CCSD Office of Charter Schools
    • Stacey Cooper–WCSD Office of Charter Schools
    • Patrick Gavin– Executive SPCSA
    • Rebecca Feiden, Director of Achievement School District
    • Moderator: Jason Guinasso, Chair SPCSA 
  • “Ensuring Quality Instruction in the Classroom: Preparing, Recruiting, Supporting and Retaining Good Teachers.”
    • Dr. Judy Mantle, Sanford College of Education
    • Sean Parker, Teach for America, Nevada
    • Lisa Ramirez, Teachers for Tomorrow
    • Moderator: Annette Dawson Owens–Fellow, Building Excellent Schools
  • “I am an Educator! What is the Best Business Management Model for My School?”
    • Nick Driver-CSMC
    • Nick Sarisahin-Coral Academy
    • Ryan Reeves-Academica
    • Adam Miller- EDTEC
    • Dusty Casey-Oasis

Session #2, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

  • “Protecting Civil Rights on Your Campus”
    • Julie Donley, Speech-Language Pathologist, CCSD
    • Ryan Reeves, Academica, Nevada
    • Amy Trombetti- Director of SPEDCO
    • Nya Berry, Education Program Professional, SPCSA
    • Moderator: Brian Scroggins, SPCSA
  • “Charter Schools Inequity Issue: Facilities Funding and Nevada’s SAGE Commission Recommendations”
    • John Guedry, SAGE Commission, Bank of Nevada
    • Bill Noonan, SAGE Commission, Metro Chamber
    • Dr. Nancy Brune, Guinn Center
    • Victor Salcido, Academica, Nevada
    • Moderator: Pat Hickey, CSAN
  • Why Nevada Needs [and how to get] More Successful Career and Technical Education (CTE) Charter Schools”
    • Leigh Bedrow, ACE Charter High School, Reno
    • Monte Bay, Former Principal West Career and Technical Academy, Las Vegas
    • Bret Scoggin, St. Albert Catholic School
    • Moderator: Dr. Rene Cantu, JAG Nevada
  • “Charter School Replication and Growth Planning: How Branding Can Help Charter Schools Grow”
    • Ted Fujimoto-Landmark
    • Melissa Mackedon- Charter Authorizing Board
    • Matt Avsar-Accord Education

Session #3, 1:45-2:45 pm

  • “Reviewing Nevada’s 2017 Legislative Session: What Does It Mean for Your School?”
    • Sen. Scott Hammond, Las Vegas
    • Sen. Mo Denis, Las Vegas Majority Leader
    • Tyrone Thompson, Assembly Education Chair
    • Matt Morris, Governor Sandoval’s Education Policy Director
    • Assemblywoman Jill Tolles, Reno
  • “Great Schools Need Great School Boards”: Learn How to make Yours One.”
    • Debbie Lister, Chief Governance Officer Charter Board Partners, Wash D.C.
  • “Charter School Facility Financing Options for Permanent Solutions: Hear from Experts Who’ve Succeeded.”
    • John Phan-Urban Futures
    • John Kim-Stifel
    • Phyllis Williams-EPR
    • Robert Giordano-ACD
    • Matt Avsar- Accord Education

Session #4, 3:00-4:00 pm

  • “The Challenges Posed by Virtual Online Charter Schools in Nevada: A Search for Solutions”
    • Meredith Levine, Guinn Center for Policy Priorities
    • Dr. Steve Werlein, Principal, Nevada Connections Academy
    • Russ Siminick, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
    • Moderator: Colin Seale, Chair of CSAN
  • “How to Create High-Quality Dual-Enrollment Program for Your High School”
    • Chika Adiele, Current Senior at Nevada State High School
    • Wendi Hawk, Chief Academic Officer at Nevada State High School
    • Melissa Mackedon, Executive Director Oasis Academy
    • Elissa Whal, Executive Director for RISE Resource Center
    • John Kinkella, Dean of Student Services at Western Nevada College
    • Moderator: Peter Guzman, President/CEO for the Latin Chamber of Commerce
  • “School Budget and Facility Development: Learn from Experts How to Succeed with Both”
    • Marisa Quintanar-Red Hook Capital
    • Ercan Aydogdu- Coral Academy of Science
    • Eric Duran- D.A. Davidson
    • Moderator: Irfan Erol, Accord Education

Teacher and Parent Sessions

Session #1, 9:45-10:45 am

  •  “Perfecting the Split: Get Clarity from an Infinite Campus Official on How to Navigate Your Database Responsibilities”
    • Denise Salyers–Nevada Account Executive, Infinite Campus
  • “Goodbye to Sit and Get: We No Longer Expect Our Students to Sit and Listen to Lectures…So, Why Not Train Our Teachers Differently?
    • Carrie Buck, Jessica LeNeave, Lisa Satory, Lucy Keaton, Michael O’Dowd, Gema Liberty, and Jessica Barr- Pinecrest Academy
  • “Students Know Best: Ask the Charter School Experts from this Student Panel”
    • Moderator: Felicia Ortiz-Nevada State Board of Education
  • “Get Classroom Management Tips Using Whole Brain Teaching, CHAMPS, and Best Practices”
    • Kathy Fogg, Bridget Morales, and Sarah Wilber- Coral Academy of Science
  • “Teaching Technology: No Computer Lab? No Problem”
    • John Hawk, Chief Operations Officer for Nevada State High School
  • “Guided Reading Within a Multi-Text Approach for Early Literacy to Support the Nevada Read By Grade 3 Initiative”
    • Jamie Hudson-National Content Consultant

Session #2, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

  • “Professional Development for Teachers: The art of Getting it Right”
    • John Hawk, Chief Operations Officer for Nevada State High School
  • “Engaging and Empowering Parents Leaders in the Cause of Pubic Charter Schools”
    • Heidi Wixom-Friends of Las Vegas Academy
    • Andrew Campanella-National School Choice Week, D.C.
    • Tanja McCey- Charter Smart, California
    • Moderator: Jana Wilcox, Executive Director, Opportunity 180
  • “That’s APPtastic! Participants Will Be Given Hands-On time to Explore, Practice and Refine Their Skills in APP Integration”
    • Carrie Buck, Jessica LeNeave, Lisa Satory, Lucy Keaton, and Michael O’Dowd-Pinecrest Academy
  • “How Take Care of Your Special Needs Students: Research-based Accommodations for the Most Common Disabilities in Our Classrooms”
    • Susan Houser and Bea Fallis- A.I.M Consulting
  • “Passion for Your Purpose: Reconnecting with WHY We Teach and Our Vision for Practice”
    • Jennifer Morrison-High Tech High, San Diego

Session #3, 1:45-2:45 pm

  • “Unpacking and Analyzing MAP Data: Learn to Use Your Data to Get an In-depth Look at Your Student’s Progress and Instructional Needs”
    • Jonathan Yutuc and Bethany Mickey- Coral Academy of Science
  • “Buddy Up to Problem Solve: Table Leaders at This Session Have Been Operating Top- Ranked Charter School Programs”
    • Facilitator: John Hawk, Chief Operations Officer for Nevada State High School
  • “Cultivate a Culture of Character in Order to be a Successful Learning Community: Presenters will Provide an Implementation Plan, Calendar of Events and Strategies”
    • Dr. Eve Breir, Imagine Schools, Mountain View
  • “Engagement, Where ART Thou: Join this Session to Learn Arts-Integration Strategies to Help Your Students Deepen Content Learning”
    • Bridget Phillips-Doral Academy of Nevada, Executive Director
  • “Engaging the Whole Body in Learning. Active Bodies Equal Active Minds: Learn How This Works.”
    • Caitlyn Scales-Athlos, School Growth Coordinator
  • “From “What” and “How to” to “Why” and “What if”: Practical Strategies to Motivate ALL Students to Think Critically”
    • Colin Seale- ThinkLaw, Founder/CEO

Session #4, 3:00-4:00pm

  • “FUNdraisng for Your School: Learn How to Make Money for Your School and Classrooms in Many Fun-filled Ways”
    • Yvonne Alley-Coral Academy of Sciences
  • “The Deeper, Personalized Learning Transformation: What is it? Why do We Need it? How do We do it?”
    • Kim Reagan- Sierra Nevada Charter School, Principal
    • Mark Kushner- TEA/IMPACT schools, Head of School
    • Jeff Hinton- Advanced Technology Magnet High School Social Sciences teacher, 2014 NV Teacher of the Year
    • Moderator: Mary Alber-EIC founder, consultant
  • “Defensible Data: Collection for Students on IEP’s and How to Collect that Data Responsibly”
    • Bea Fallis and Kathy Aguirre-A.I.M Consulting
  • “Leveling the Playing Field: Utilizing Research and Data to Build Effective ACT/SAT Programs for Your Graduates”
    • Scott Farber- A-List Education, President
  • “PLC’s [Professional Learning Communities]–Don’t Waste Your Time. Teachers will Learn to use Simple Protocols for Themselves”
    • Karen Evans-Accord Education
  • “Best Practices in Literary Instruction: How to Support Literacy Skill Growth in ALL Students and How We Know It’s Working”
    • Andrea Gonzalez-Kirwin- Superintendent of Schools
    • Kathryn McKinley-Senior Director of Specialized Services
    • Stephanie Goshert-Senior Director of Teaching and Learning ASPIRA, Inc. of Pennsylvania

SPEAKERS

DAYS

WORKSHOPS

ATTENDEES

Dinner/Keynote Speakers - Thursday, Sept. 21st

Brian Sandoval

Governor - State of Nevada (Invited)

The hallmark of the Governor’s administration is his vision for transforming and modernizing Nevada’s education system. "Nevada has a nationally recognized charter school system which now serves 10 percent of our student population."

Katie Duffy

CEO, Democracy Prep Public Schools

As CEO of Democracy Prep Public Schools, Katie believes growth matters most in all aspects of education, whether for school development, the progress of students day to day, supporting staff retention and development or the role our families and communities play in schools. As a national leader in education, Katie is committed to improving the quality of education and access across the country.

Mark Hutchinson

Nevada Lt. Governor - VIP Reception Speaker

    Mitch Fox

    Vegas Media Icon, Dinner Master of Ceremonies

      Conference Speakers - Friday, Sept. 22nd

      Additional speakers will be posted soon!

      Mayor John Lee

      Mayor, City of North Las Vegas

        Steve Canavero

        Superintendent of Public Instruction - State of Nevada

          Colin Seale, Esq.

          Think Law, CEO

            Ember Reichgott Junge

            Author of Minnesota's 1991 First-in-Nation Charter School Law

              Punam Mathur

              Executive Director Elaine P. Wynn Family & Foundation

                Adam Johnson

                Executive Director - Democracy Prep of Las Vegas, NV

                  Bea Fallis

                  Director of Education, A.I.M Consulting

                    Kathy Aguirre

                    Chief Operating Officer, A.I.M Consulting

                      Susan Houser

                      Chief Knowledge Officer, A.I.M Consulting

                        Assemblywoman Jill Tolles

                        Assembly Education Committee

                          Patrick Gavin

                          Executive Director - Nevada State Public Charter School Authority

                            Dr. Carrie Buck

                            Executive Director, Pinecrest Academy

                              Teresa Benitez-Thompson

                              Nevada Assemblywoman; Assembly Majority Leader; Board Member, Mater Academy of Northern Nevada

                                Matt Avsar

                                CEO of Accord Education

                                  Jeff Hinton

                                  2014 Nevada Teacher of the Year, A-TECH, Las Vegas

                                    Scott Farber

                                    President of A-List Education

                                      Dr. Nancy Brune

                                      Executive Director Guinn Center for Policy Priorities

                                        Dr. Rene Cantu

                                        Executive Director Jobs for Nevada's Graduates (JAG)

                                          Bridget Phillips

                                          Executive Director, Doral Academy of Nevada

                                            Senator Scott Hammond

                                            CSAN Board Member Founding Member, Somerset Academy Charter School

                                              Felicia Ortiz

                                              Member, Nevada State Board of Education

                                                Senator Mo Denis

                                                Chair Senate Education Committee

                                                  Debbie Lister

                                                  Chief Governance and Program Operations Officer at Charter Board Partners

                                                    Victor Salcido

                                                    Academica, Northern Nevada

                                                      Dr. Wendi Hawk

                                                      Chief Academic Officer at Nevada State Hight School

                                                        Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson

                                                        Chair Assembly Education Committee

                                                          Stacey L. Cooper

                                                          Administrator of Charter Oversight for Washoe County School District

                                                            Karen Evans

                                                            Director of Accountability ACCORD Education

                                                              Annette Dawson Owens

                                                              Fellow, Building Excellent Schools

                                                                John Hawk

                                                                Chief Operations Officer, Nevada State High School

                                                                  Caitlyn Scales

                                                                  School Growth Coordinator for Athlos Academies

                                                                    Jason Guinasso

                                                                    Chairman--Nevada Charter Authority

                                                                      Dr. Kimberly Regan

                                                                      Executive Director, Sierra Nevada Academy Charter School (SNACS)

                                                                        Brian Scroggins

                                                                        Deputy Director of State Public Charter School Authority

                                                                          Bill Noonan

                                                                          Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at Boyd Gaming

                                                                            Steve Werlein

                                                                            Executive Director of Nevada Connections Academy

                                                                              Daniel J. Tafoya

                                                                              Director, Office of Charter Schools CCSD

                                                                                Our Schedule

                                                                                Join us for two days of networking, workshops, and more!

                                                                                Opening Remarks: "Groundbreaking Charter School Legislation" Sen. Ember Reichgott Junge

                                                                                Opening Plenary Session: "The Role of Charter Schools in Educating Nevada's Children" Panel Discussion: Superintendent Dr. Steve Canavero, Assembly Majority Leader Teresa Benitez-Thompson, SPCSA Executive Director Patrick Gavin, and Dr. Nancy Brune, Guinn Center. Moderated by Kathleen Conaboy, McDonald Carano

                                                                                -"Avenues to Charter School Authorization: Where to Start, How to Succeed?" -"Ensuring Quality Instruction in the Classroom: Preparing, Recruiting, Supporting and Retaining Good Teachers." -ACCORD PANEL: "I am an Educator! What is the Best Business Managament Model for My School?" -Infinite Campus: "Perfecting the Split" -Pinecrest: "Goodbye to Sit and Get" -PANEL, MELISSA MACEDON: "Students Know Best: Ask the (Charter School) Experts!" -CAS: "Get Classroom Management tips using Whole Brain Teaching, CHAMPS, and best practices." -JOHNHAWK: "Teaching Technology: No Computer Lab, No Problem" -"Guided Reading Within a Multi-Text Approach for Early Literacy to support the Nevada Read By Grade 3 Initiative"

                                                                                -"Protecting Civil Rights on Your Campus [FERPA, SPED, Student Discipline, etc.]" -"Charter Schools Inequity Issue: Facilities Funding and Nevada's SAGE Commission Recommendations" -"Does Nevada need more Successful Career and Technical Education (CTE) Charter Schools in Nevada?" -ACCORD PANEL: "Charter School Replication and Growth Planning: How Branding can Help Charter Schools Grow Healthy" -JOHNHAWK: "Professional Development: The Art of Getting It Right" -"Engaging and Empowering Parent Leaders in the Cause of Public Charter Schools" -Pinecrest: "That’s APPtastic!" -AIM: "Research Based Accommodations for the most common disabilities in our classrooms" -Passion for Your Purpose: "Reconnecting with WHY we Teach and our Vision for Praction"

                                                                                -"Reviewing the Nevada Legislature: How the 2017 Session Went for Public Education and Charter Schools" -"Great Schools Needs Great School Boards" -"Charter School Facility Financing Options for Permanent Solutions Unpacking and Analyzing MAP Data" -"Buddy up to Problem Solve" -"Cultivate a Culture of Character in order to be a Successful Learning Community" -"Engagement, Where ART Thou" -"Engaging the Whole Body in Learning; Active Bodies Equal Active Minds" -"From "What" and "How to" to "Why" and "What if": Practical Strategies to Motivate ALL Students to Think Critically"

                                                                                -"The Challenges Posed by Virtual Online Charter Schools in Nevada" -"How We Create High Quality Dual-Enrollment" -"School Budget and Facility Development" -"FUNdraising" -"The Deeper, Personalized Learning Transformation: What is it? Why do we need it? How do we do it?" -"Defensible Data Collection for kids on an IEP" -"Leveling the Playing Field: Utilizing Research and Data to Build Effective ACT/SAT Programs" -"PLC's--Don't Waste Your Time!" -"Best Practices in Literacy Instruction: How to support literacy skill growth in ALL students and how we know it's working."

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                                                                                Conference Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities

                                                                                Be a Sponsor or Exhibitor at the 2017 Nevada Charter Schools Conference to position yourself as a go-to provider for this growing movement. The number of charter schools and students being served in Nevada charter schools is continuing an upward trajectory making it a perfect market for your company’s growth.

                                                                                Be a Conference Sponsor!

                                                                                • Organization/Business description in the conference program
                                                                                • Logo on conference banners
                                                                                • VIP Reception and Opening Dinner recognition
                                                                                • Promotional materials to be included in conference tote bags
                                                                                • Additional sponsorship opportunities are available

                                                                                For more information about becoming a conference sponsor, please contact Executive Director Pat Hickey at ExecutiveDirectorCSAN@gmail.com or call (775) 762-8006.

                                                                                Be a Conference Exhibitor!

                                                                                • Exhibitor tables available
                                                                                • Prominent networking opportunities
                                                                                • Conference program recognition
                                                                                • VIP Reception
                                                                                • All conference meals included

                                                                                For more information about becoming a conference exhibitor, please contact Executive Director Pat Hickey at ExecutiveDirectorCSAN@gmail.com or call (775) 762-8006.

                                                                                Registration for Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities Ends

                                                                                Friday, August 18!

                                                                                FAQ

                                                                                Frequently Asked Questions

                                                                                What is the dress code for the Conference?

                                                                                The dress code for the conference is business casual.

                                                                                What is the dress code for the opening dinner?

                                                                                The dress code for the dinner is cocktail semi-formal.

                                                                                What time is hotel check-in/check-out?

                                                                                Check-in time is 3pm.

                                                                                Check-out time is 11am.

                                                                                What should I bring?

                                                                                Laptops, smartphones, etc. are welcomed and, especially laptops, encouraged.

                                                                                Where and when does the conference take place?

                                                                                The conference will be held on the second floor at The Orleans Conference Center – Sept. 21st and 22nd.

                                                                                How do I book a room at The Orleans with the discount?

                                                                                Visit The Orleans website using the following link: www.orleanscasino.com/groups. Use the Group Name:  Charter School Association of Nevada and Registration ID:  7CHSF09. In order to get the group rates, you must book your room no later than August 22, 2017. Please contact The Orleans directly if you have any problems with booking a room at 1-800-522-4700.

                                                                                When is the registration deadline?

                                                                                Early Bird registration ends September 4, 2017.

                                                                                Can I register on-site?

                                                                                Yes, on a space available basis. Registration is limited and CSAN cannot guarantee registration on-site due to space constraints.  

                                                                                The Orleans Conference Center - Las Vegas, NV

                                                                                4500 West Tropicana Avenue
                                                                                Las Vegas, NV

                                                                                (800) 675-3267

                                                                                Hotel Reservations:

                                                                                Visit The Orleans website using the following link: www.orleanscasino.com/groups. Use the Group Name:  Charter School Association of Nevada and Registration ID:  7CHSF09. In order to get the group rates, you must book your room no later than August 22, 2017. Please contact The Orleans directly if you have any problems with booking a room at 800-675-3267.

                                                                                Contact Us

                                                                                Have a question? Need additional information?

                                                                                Charter School Association of Nevada
                                                                                P.O. Box 97601
                                                                                Las Vegas, NV 89193-7601

                                                                                Email – info@nvcharterconference.org