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Message from the Executive Director

Time flies when you're having fun! I cannot believe that it has been a decade since LAPCS launched. I still have vivid memories of working at my kitchen table as the sole employee of LAPCS and writing our first, three-year strategic plan. When I read it now, it makes me laugh because I fully admit, I didn't know what I was doing. However, as I write this note to you, we are working on our 3rd three-year plan, and I'm happy to say it's a great one. I will be sharing it with everyone at our upcoming annual statewide conference on Dec. 14th in New Orleans, and I hope you will be there. We have some great speakers lined up including Supt. John White; Louisiana's Poet Laureate; and Dr. Dan Willingham from Universiy of Virginia, as well as a plethora of sessions covering key topics for charter board members, school leaders, and school administrators. Not to mention, we also have an excellent pre-conference party planned. 

The Louisiana Charter Schools Conference is the one time of the year that we bring all 157 charter schools together from across the state and give you the opportunity to network, learn, and maybe even have some fun. So please join us and help celebrate ten years of LAPCS and our partnership with the Louisiana Charter School community.   

We hope that you and your families had a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoyed this week's S-N-O-W! I certainly enjoyed helping build my son Owen's first snowman!

See you Wednesday night for our awards presentation. 

Caroline & Owen Roemer
Our First Snowman!


JANUARY 21-27:
December 13-14: Louisiana Charter Schools Conference in New Orleans
December 13:
Bottom Line workshop for those preparing charter school applications



We love our exhibiting companies! Meet Our Exhibitors. The Louisiana Charter Schools Conference is the state’s only gathering of charter school leaders. We have a fantastic exhibit hall filled with the very best of companies and organizations offering services and products specific to your charter school community!





FREE Mobile Conference APP

We encourage you to use the 2017 Louisiana Charter Schools Conference Website or download the app. You can access it HERE.
#LAPCS10 mobile app will allow you customize your schedule, save sessions and share them with friends. You can also network with other attendees. You can access your personal agenda online, in the mobile app, print it out, or sync it to your calendar.
Keith Bartlett
Principal & CEO, Lycee Francais

MEMBER BENEFIT: School Leader Handbooks 

LAPCS has been hand delivering the new Louisiana Charter School Handbook for School Administrators, and we hope you’ve spent time exploring this essential book. They have become coveted items for a good reason.
In early December, we held a workshop, in partnership with Louisiana Appleseed, for attorneys and charter school administrators to review the contents of the handbook and discuss how to use it to become a more effective leader.
The handbook discusses charter school operations, compliance with public laws, proper charter school exemptions and requirements as they pertain to school administrators, and more!

Teacher & Principal of the Year Competition.

We Want a Charter School to Win!

The application process for this year’s Teacher and Principal of the Year is open. All applications, materials, and timeline are now available on the Department’s Awards Programs website. For a quick glance, view the program overview document. See also the resources library
All charter schools are encouraged to submit teacher and principal candidates to the state-level process. 
Applications are due in the online application portal by January 17, 2018. The portal is now open.

Sarah Vandergriff Listed on Prestigious '40 Under 40' List - Class of 2017

Gambit Weekly recently announced their annual 40 Under 40 issue in which they spotlighted local overachievers who are under the age of 40. Readers nominated the city's movers and shakers, business geniuses, do-gooders, people with talent and those doing exceptional things. 
Congratulation to LAPCS Legal and Policy Director Sarah Vandergriff as well as Jonathan Johnson from Rooted School, Michelle Craig from Transcendent Legal, and Youth Force NOLA's Cate Swinburn. 
In her interview with Gambit Weekly Sarah said,
"Louisiana is at the center of many national debates about public education and right now I'm really enjoying being a part of the frontline," she says. "I'm constantly asking myself how can I make school leaders' jobs easier. If I can make their jobs easier by getting them the resources they need to do their jobs well, then I've helped clear a path for teachers, students, and our city to succeed."

MEMBER BENEFIT: Monthly Board Leadership Meeting

EnrollNOLA presented at our last Board Leadership Meeting, with Board members agreeing it is critically important to understand enrollment policy changes and challenges. The meeting was facilitated by Neil Ranu, LAPCS Governance Director, and Brady Shannon, LAPCS External Relations & Advocacy Director

Louisiana Launches New School Finder Website

The Louisiana Department of Education recently released the new Louisiana School Finder, an interactive online tool designed to help families more easily locate and evaluate schools and child care centers across the state. The tool, which hosts detailed information about each site's offerings and academic performance, was unveiled November 7 with the release of the annual school performance scores and the first-ever early childhood performance profiles.

ReNEW: Teaching Positions for 2018-1019 School Year
  • Early Childhood Teacher for 2018-2019 School Year (Pre-K-2nd grade)
  • Elementary Teacher for 2018-2019 School Year (3rd-5th grade)
  • Middle School Teacher for 2018-2019 School Year
  • High School Teacher for 2018-2019 School Year
  • Principal/Assistant Principal for the 2018-2019 School Year

New Orleans Junior Journalism Program is Looking for Next-Gen Student Journalists

The New Orleans Junior Journalism Program prepares and inspires local youth for careers in print, photography, online and broadcast media. The program provides students real-world experience covering and producing local news and live events while creating original content, under the editorial guidance of professional mentors. Students also have publishing opportunities with participating media and event partners.
JRNOLA.org is now recruiting middle and high school students with aspirations in the journalism field. High school students interested in working after school with professional media mentors in the JRNOLA newsroom and covering events around town are encouraged to apply.
Our Annual Louisiana Charter Schools Conference would not be possible if it was not for the generous support of our sponsors. We are extremely grateful for their help in making this event possible.
The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) is a membership organization that serves as a voice for charter schools in Louisiana. We work in partnership with charter schools and community supporters to support, promote, and advocate for high-quality charter schools that provide educational choice to families statewide. Learn more about us and get involved.
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