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Saturday, May 4 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Reflections from Charter School Founders

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Thinking about starting a charter school? Hear from a panel of mission-driven leaders who took the leap and built a school from the ground up. The leaders featured in this session discuss their strategies for attaining excellent student outcomes, what they wish they had known, what life after charter founding is like, and their hopes for the Washington charter school sector. You don’t want to miss it!

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Amanda Gardner

Co-Founder, Catalyst Public Schools
Amanda is the co-founder of Catalyst Public Schools a new and innovative network of charter schools applying to launch in Kitsap County in the fall of 2020. Previously, Amanda was theVP, Schools at Innovate Public Schools. In this role Amanda founded Innovate's World-Class Schools... Read More →
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Steven Colmus

Assistant Principal, Highline Public Schools
In 2003, Steve Colmus opened KIPP TRUTH Academy in Dallas, TX with a 5th grade founding class (the Class of 2011). Over four years, the school grew to 5th through 8th grade and was consistently recognized for students’ academic achievement. The first class of KIPPsters includes... Read More →
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Julie Kennedy

Senior Dean, Academic Programs, Relay Graduate School of Education
Julie serves as the Superintendent for Green Dot Washington. In this role, Julie works closely with Green Dot Washington’s principals to execute on their visions for excellent schools. Julie believes passionately in building joyful schools that lead all students to high academic... Read More →
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Rekha Bhatt

Chief Program Officer, Washington State Charter Schools Association
Rekha serves as the Chief Program Officer at WA Charters. Rekha joined WA Charters in September 2014 leading our member services, school incubation and Strong Start program for newly operating schools. Prior to joining WA Charters, she was a founding Director of Curriculum and Instruction... Read More →

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