What schools need to know when school starts and charter excellence awards
What schools need to know when school starts and charter excellence awards

Message from the Executive Director

Summer seems to be getting shorter and shorter! It's hard to believe its almost time to put the flip-flops away as many teachers and students will be heading back to school in the coming days. 
It has been a summer to celebrate some significant accomplishments with a charter school educator being named the High School Teacher of the Year by the Louisiana Department of Education. Congratulations to several other charter school educators who were finalists for these prestigious awards. 
July has been a busy month with lots of attention focused on Louisiana charter schools. With reunification, New Orleans becomes the first district in the country to oversee a citywide system of public charter schools. As the leading voice for Louisiana public charter schools, LAPCS helped frame the conversation with several national stories on the progress and challenges of New Orleans' schools and the importance of governance. We've detailed much of the coverage below. 
As we head back to a new school year; these stories remind me of the vital mission that rests on our shoulders--to empower parents, strengthen schools and silence special interests.
It's why we are gearing up for our 11th Louisiana Charter Schools Conference, the only statewide gathering for charter schools. The conference is an incredible learning experience. It is about being part of a movement, learning from the best in the field, and learning from each other. You will have the chance to meet peers that struggle with the same issues you do or have solutions to offer you. We hope you'll participate; you'll find all the information on awards, tickets, hotels, and discounts below. 
Here's to a great school year! 



Sept. 14
New Orleans
Sept. 29
Nominations Deadline
Dec. 13-14, 2018
New Orleans

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LAPCS is the leading voice for charter schools at our State Capitol. As we've mentioned, this past legislative session was a long and hard one, but in the end, we were able to defeat bills that, if passes, would have been detrimental to the charter school community. We helped pass laws that will benefit students and schools, and we worked collaboratively with various stakeholders and legislators to find reasonable compromises. 
Please download this document to review all of the new laws that impact you, your students, and your charter school community.

Charter School Teacher Named Louisiana         High School Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Stephen Goodly of Warren Easton Charter High School for being named the 2019 High School Teacher of the Year. Goodly teaches 9th-grade Algebra I and Math Essentials. Goodly is highly engaged with the entire student population and is described as a beacon of hope for students. "It is exciting to have a charter school like Warren Easton, which its rich history of excellence, representing the hard work of so many educators across the state," said LAPCS Executive Director, Caroline Roemer. 

Statewide Summer Professional Development Wraps Up in New Orleans

LAPCS recently hosted its 5th Annual Summer Bottom Line Training for Charter Schools with more than 40 charter school leaders and administrators in attendance.
With the help of a variety of experts, attendees learned how to keep our students and schools safe; best practices for teaching students how to engage in civil discourse, and ways to minimize student and staff liability risks.
Attendees completed the two-day training by reflecting upon their leadership strengths and weaknesses as well as the difference between management and leadership skills, and why that difference is important.
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ALERT: Early Bird Pricing Ends August 31

The 11th Annual Louisiana Charter Schools Conference countdown clock has started! 
LAPCS11 will be held December 13-14, 2018 in New Orleans and we want to see you there! The Louisiana Charter School Conference is the only statewide gathering dedicated to bringing together the charter community. It is the best learning and networking event for charter school educators, leaders, and advocates. This conference is about being part of a movement, learning from the best in the field, and learning from each other. Meeting peers that struggle with the same issues you do – or have solutions to offer you – is an invaluable learning experience. 

Nominations for 2018 Charter School Excellence Awards are Now Open 

Every year, LAPCS recognizes and honors excellence in the public charter school movement in Louisiana through its annual Charter School Excellence Awards. This year’s awards will be presented on December 13, 2018, at the Welcome Reception for our 11th annual Louisiana Charter Schools Conference in New Orleans.
Nominations and Award Applications must be received by September 29, 2018.
2017 Charter School Excellence Award Winners 

Award Details

The Community Roots Award recognizes a Louisiana charter school that demonstrates a commitment to community engagement through the development of partnerships with organizations, programs, and individuals from outside their school building to better meet the needs of their students, teachers, and overall school community.   

The Innovative Education Award recognizes a charter school that has successfully implemented an innovative practice in academics, finance & operations, or governance that has moved the school forward in a positive direction.   

The Excellence in Governance Award recognizes a charter school board member or a charter school board as a whole for exemplary service on behalf of their school and the students and families they serve.  




Got a Team for The Great Inflatable Race?

It is time to start getting your teams together for The Great Inflatable Race - New Orleans on November 3, 2018. We are looking forward to being this year's charity partner!
A portion of the race proceeds will be donated to LAPCS for each participant or volunteer who signs up!

Participate in the Junior Achievement BizTown Program

Today more than ever, young adults need a strong foundation for making intelligent, lifelong, personal financial decisions.
We encourage you to look at an incredible opportunity offered by Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans.
JA BizTown is a program designed to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. This exciting educational opportunity is available to a school's 4th, 5th, and 6th-grade students. It gives students an opportunity to explore the world of work and entrepreneurship while enhancing their personal economic literacy.
Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans is looking for new schools to participate in the Biztown program. The town is fully run by 4th, 5th or 6th graders so they get a “real life” experience and come away from the simulation with a new appreciation for being an adult.

TU Upward Bound Accepting Applications

Tulane University Upward Bound Program is now accepting applications for 2018-19. Do you know low-income high schoolers who will be first-generation college students? TU Upward Bound Program is designed to develop essential skills, study habits, and discipline necessary for success in high school and college. Participants commit to the program until high school graduation and participate in both a six-week summer program and an academic year component.



LAPCS’ Top Shelf identifies and recruits capable professionals, or “Board Bankers," to serve on boards of public charter schools. As a membership benefit of LAPCS, partner schools may access the Board Bank to expand their boards or committees. To explore potential candidates for your board email Governance Director, Neil Ranu. 


Nationwide Attention Focuses on New Orleans School Turnaround

With reunification, New Orleans becomes the first district in the country to oversee a citywide system of Public Charter Schools. LAPCS Executive Director Caroline Roemer writes in The 74 that to keep the progress going, the newly empowered Orleans Parish School Board should be held to the same high standards as the schools it oversees. Henderson Lewis, New Orleans Public Schools Superintendent, addressed the monumental challenges that lie ahead after the school system reunification.
New York Times Columnist David Leonhardt finds big lessons in the New Orleans school turnaround—namely, freedom and accountability for schools yield better outcomes for students.
That’s confirmed by a new study demonstrating the results of the NOLA reforms: higher achievement scores, higher college attendance rates, and higher college graduation rates. The importance of high-quality research on this topic is underscored by the recent U.S. Department of Education announcement of a major grant to fund a new National School Choice Research Center at Tulane University, as reported by Education Week
Many played key roles in making this historic leap forward for New Orleans families. LAPCS Governance Director Neil Ranu writes in a national blog post that we need to pause and take stock of the critical role that our charter school board members play in this success while Charter Board Partners blogs about the importance of building leadership capacity in New Orleans through LAPCS' Charter Board Leadership Academy. 
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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