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Friday, May 3

4:00pm PDT

6:00pm PDT

Saturday, May 4

7:00am PDT

7:30am PDT

8:00am PDT

8:30am PDT

Opening General Session
WELCOME REMARKS | Patrick D’Amelio, WA Charters

EDUCATOR SPOTLIGHT | Shannon Moe, Rainier Prep

KEYNOTE SPEECH | Jacob Allen, pilotED Schools

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Shannon Moe

Dean of College Success, Rainier Prep
Shannon Smith Moe loves working at Rainier Prep because “I collaborate daily with a community of talented educators in our shared goal of improving our craft and offering the best education possible to our students.  Our flexibility as a small charter school allows us to work closely... Read More →
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Patrick D'Amelio

CEO, Washington State Charter Schools Association
Patrick D’Amelio serves as WA Charters’ Chief Executive Officer. Patrick, who joined WA Charters in May 2017, brings a long track record of increasing high-quality educational opportunities for students in Washington, and comes to WA Charters with more than 20 years of nonprofit... Read More →
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Jacob Allen

Chief Executive Officer, pilotED Schools
Jacob Allen is a social entrepreneur, educational justice junkie, and the Co-Founder and CEO of pilotED Schools, an emerging social identity-centered charter school network building exceptional elementary schools while seeking to change state- and federal-level education systems for... Read More →

9:45am PDT

Saturday May 4, 2019 9:45am - 10:00am PDT
Transition to Breakout Session

10:00am PDT

Ask a Funder: Advice from Local and National Education Champions
Hear directly from a panel of local and national supporters of education and get your most burning fundraising questions answered at the Ask a Funder session. You will learn from funding leaders about how they approach philanthropy and funding, what a day in the life of a funder looks like, and what you can do to partner with mission-aligned supporters. Come with questions - we will be gathering audience queries via notecard during a Q+A portion of the session. (Please note, pitches of projects or programs are not appropriate for this session.)

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Elaine Chu

Philanthropic Advisor, Seattle Foundation
Elaine advises families and individuals on achieving their philanthropic goals by providing strategic consulting that enhances their giving and community impact.Elaine has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, with a particular focus in youth development and education... Read More →
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Telca Porras

Senior Program Officer, PNW, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Telca Karen Porras is a Senior Program Officer on the Pacific Northwest team and currently works to support the creation of high-quality public charter schools in Washington State. Telca has over 24 years of experience in the public education, not-for-profit, and philanthropic sectors... Read More →
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Amanda Sanchez

Director, Pacific Northwest Region, Raza Development Fund
Amanda Sanchez, Director of RDF’s Pacific Northwest Region, joined RDF in 2011 and in 2017, under her leadership, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, RDF opened its Pacific Northwest regional office, becoming one of the first CDFIs to provide charter school... Read More →
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Ian Connell

Principal, Charter School Growth Fund
Ian leads CSGF investment in next generation schools. Prior to joining CSGF, he was an associate for Techstars and Kapor Capital. At Kapor Capital, he focused on the education sector and provided strategic support for a competency-based education startup, UniversityNow. Ian also cofounded... Read More →
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Gillia Bakie

Director of Development, Washington State Charter Schools Association
Gillia works as WA Charters’ Director of Development. In her role, she directs all fundraising activities at the organization. Before WA Charters, Gillia worked at Washington STEM, where she held increasingly responsible fundraising roles specializing in institutional giving and... Read More →

10:00am PDT

Closing the Gap for Systemically Underserved Populations Through Unconditional Education
Missed instructional time is one of the main reasons systemically underserved students fall behind. Using self-regulation as a skill-building technique can help educators keep students in the classroom and accessing their education while meeting their social-emotional needs. This presentation will focus on techniques and support strategies, delivering content that can be transferred into practice the following school day.

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Katrina Carleton

Unconditional Education Coach, Seneca Family of Agencies
Katrina began her career in education teaching in an intensive English program for study abroad students at a local Washington college. Looking for a deeper impact, she completed a term of service with AmeriCorps and worked in an elementary school program. Passionate about finding... Read More →
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Erin Galloway

Director of School Partnerships, Seneca Family of Agencies
Erin works to help educators create compliant, effective, and innovative practices for meeting the needs of students faced with barriers to academic achievement, including those with disabilities. Erin comes to this work with experience in both charter and district schools teaching... Read More →

10:00am PDT

Insights from a National Study on Special Education in Charter Schools
Join researchers from CRPE and Sarah Okun from WA Charters to talk about special education. We will discuss findings from a national study about how special education services are being delivered in charter schools across the country. This highly interactive panel will have researchers talk about the lessons learned from high-impact schools from across the country, panel members who will share the unique challenges in WA state, and a Q&A in the end.

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Sarah Okun

Director of the True Measure Collaborative, Washington State Charter Schools Association
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Sivan Tuchman

Research Analyst, Center on Reinventing Public Education
Sivan Tuchman is a research analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, where she studies how educators and families experience the implementation of innovative policies and programs in K–12 schools and the systems that support them. Sivan also focuses on quantitative... Read More →
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Roohi Sharma

Research Analyst, Center on Reinventing Public Education
Roohi Sharma is a research analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education. Most recently she completed a Strategy Summer Fellowship with Education Pioneers in Boston. Prior to that she worked at WA Charters as a Contract Policy Associate and Intern helping the organization... Read More →
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Lane McKittrick

Research Analyst, Center on Reinventing Public Education
Lanya (Lane) McKittrick is a research analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, where she works on projects related to special education. Lane is a Ph.D. candidate in Special Education at the University of Northern Colorado, graduating in May, 2019. Her primary research... Read More →

10:00am PDT

Racial and Cultural Microaggressions Are Not so ‘Micro’: Understanding the Hidden Language (and Impact) of Microaggressions
This will be an interactive workshop focused on identifying, interrupting, and transforming microaggressions. Participants will be invited to share their own experiences of micro-aggressions, including being targeted by them and being the person unconsciously offending.  From the framework of cultural humility, and in community, we will share specific examples of microaggressions, identify systemically oppressive themes connected to them, and discuss the hidden messages behind them.

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John Scott

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for WA state, Seneca Family of Agencies
John Scott is an educator, clinician, facilitator, writer, and consultant, who has been providing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion support to organizations and individuals for over 20 years. He is currently the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Washington State with... Read More →

Talia Crichton

Clinical Intervention Specialist, Seneca Family of Agencies

10:00am PDT

School Law 101
This session will provide a general overview and guide to legal issues charter schools face on a daily basis, including compliance with federal and state special education laws and a general overview of special education with an emphasis on student disciplinary issues and dispute resolution; student records (FERPA); student speech; and compliance with state open government laws (Public Records and Open Public Meetings).

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Brian Kistler

Attorney, Kutak Rock
Brian serves as general counsel to Washington public school districts, where he has substantial experience advising on a wide range of issues arising under education law. He also regularly advises clients regarding general employment, municipal and corporate matters. Mr. Kistler has... Read More →
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Tanya Barton

Attorney, Kutak Rock
Tanya focuses her practice in the areas of education and public finance. Ms. Barton has significant experience advising schools on a wide range of issues arising under employment and education law, with a specific emphasis in special education. Ms. Barton’s public finance practice... Read More →

10:00am PDT

The Secret Sauce: Cooking Up Parental Leadership Strategies
Whether you are new to the education landscape or a seasoned veteran of the cause for charter schools in Washington, we will discuss effective strategies for parental leadership at the local, regional and state level. Hear from a panel of parents and charter school advocates who have been on the front line of starting parent organizations, advocating for legislative policy, and putting their personal stamp on groundbreaking legal strategies that have paved the way for charter schools.


Helen Tauanuu

Parent, Rainier Prep
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Darcelina Soloria

Spokane Organizer, Spokane International Academy
Darcelina Soloria works as the Spokane Organizer with Stand for Children . In 2015, Darcelina volunteered with Washington State Charter Schools Association to rally parents and community members to advocate for public charter schools; this is where her passion for education advocacy... Read More →
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Heidi Mitchell

Parent, PRIDE Prep
Heidi Mitchell has a career in marketing and communication and became involved with WA state charter schools in 2015. As an advocate in the sector she has met with legislators in Olympia, spoke at press conferences, and acted as an intervenor in the lawsuit El Centro de la Raza v... Read More →
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Danielle Davies

Parent, Destiny/SOAR/Ashe' Prep
As a longtime resident of WA state, residing in Tacoma since 1980, Danielle has experienced firsthand the struggles in our communities; particularly when it comes to equitable education.These disparities came into sharp focus, once again, when her children began school.As a mother... Read More →
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Jeff Bunch

Charter School Parent, Spokane International Academy

11:30am PDT

Lunch + Afternoon General Session
Buffet lunch begins at 11:30 AM, and the program begins at 11:45 AM.

WELCOME BACK | Patrick D’Amelio, WA Charters

STUDENT PANEL  | Rekha Bhatt & Charter Public School Students: Lily Brandley, Rainier Prep; George Huynh, Rainier Prep; Chris Padilla, Summit Olympus; Denisha Shipps, Green Dot Destiny

GRADUATING STUDENT SPOTLIGHTS | Oscar Cortes & Mia-Aizada Mitchell, Summit Sierra


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Chris Padilla

Graduating Student, Summit Olympus
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George Huynh

8th Grade Student, Rainier Prep
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Denisha Shipps

8th Grade Student, Green Dot Destiny
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Oscar Cortes

Graduating Student, Summit Sierra High School
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Mia-Aizada Mitchell

Graduating Student, Summit Sierra High School
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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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Patrick D'Amelio

CEO, Washington State Charter Schools Association
Patrick D’Amelio serves as WA Charters’ Chief Executive Officer. Patrick, who joined WA Charters in May 2017, brings a long track record of increasing high-quality educational opportunities for students in Washington, and comes to WA Charters with more than 20 years of nonprofit... Read More →

12:45pm PDT

Saturday May 4, 2019 12:45pm - 1:00pm PDT
Transition to Breakout Session

1:00pm PDT

Community Engagement Is More Than an Enrollment Target
Excellent schools are community-driven from the very inception and they know how to deeply and authentically engage families along the way to meet their collective mission. Participants will learn one framework and process for guiding an intentional community engagement process from the pre-design phase to the full build out of a school, and then build their own. Structures and tools will be shared for a Listening Tour, Community Outreach Ambassador program, Village Action Committee, and more.

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Claire Leong

Teacher, Impact Puget Sound Elementary
Claire is originally from San Luis Obispo, CA and moved to Seattle to pursue her B.A. in Elementary Education at Seattle Pacific University. She has experience in a variety of educational contexts, including public schools, charter schools, and private tutoring. Claire earned her... Read More →
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Jen Wickens

CEO & Co-Founder, Impact Public Schools
Jen's experience in public education is vast, including successfully co-leading the launch of nine new public schools for low income families across the country. Prior to co-founding IPS, Jen was the Chief Regional Officer for Summit Public Schools, co-founded the Washington State... Read More →
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Aurora Pacheco

Teaching Fellow - Community Outreach Ambassador, Impact Public Schools
​​​​My name is Aurora Pacheco. I was born in Toppenish, Washington. I have spent the past 10 years in Early Education with organizations such as University District Children’s Center, La Escuelita and NorthShore YMCA, facilitating and supporting young childrens’ growth... Read More →
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Mihret Adera

Community Outreach Ambassador, Impact Public Schools
Mihret is a founding parent, Community Outreach Ambassador and After School Care Manager for Impact Public Schools. She has children in both district and charter schools and is an advocate for all students succeeding in Washington state. She is proud to be part of the Impact community... Read More →

1:00pm PDT

Cultivating the Genius of Black Students
Substantial research indicates that Black students have distinct, unique learning styles and preferences. When we create classroom environments that include Black cultural expectations and adult-child interactions, we create opportunities for Black students to excel. Come learn the best practice, the best pedagogy, and the best strategies for teaching Black students and develop an implementation plan to make that happen today.

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Dr. Debra Sullivan

Founder, Ashé Preparatory Academy
Dr. Sullivan is the Founder of Ashé Preparatory Academy, a K-8 public charter school that will open in 2019 in Skyway, Washington. She is also Past President of the Seattle Affiliate of the National Black Child Development Institute (BCDI-Seattle) where the primary focus of her work... Read More →

1:00pm PDT

Governing for Greatness
Washington State, with its relatively new charter school law, is uniquely positioned to learn from 25 years of best and promising practices developed in the charter school sector.  One of the key strategies to becoming successful as a charter school is organizing and developing a board that is prepared to govern for greatness. Such a board will be intentionally developed in a way that best serves the students, ensures the school fulfills its mission with fidelity, and stands the test of time.

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Casey Caronna

Charter School Program Grant Coordinator, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Casey Caronna is the Charter School Program Grant Coordinator for Washington State through the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Mr. Caronna is a life-long Washington resident and has obtained a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in political science and educational... Read More →
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Mark Weinberg

VP of Leadership and Learning, National Charter Schools Institute
Mark leads the National Charter Schools Institute’s Board Services division, as well as its initiatives focused on measuring, supporting and helping people achieve breakthrough performance in the areas of leadership and learning. Mark has been an advocate and leader in the charter... Read More →

1:00pm PDT

Reflections from Charter School Founders
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 →

1:00pm PDT

School-Wide Circles to Strengthen School Climate and Social-Emotional Skills Among Faculty and Scholars
Circles are an indigenous transformative experience that gives space for diverse perspectives to be heard and deep connections to be cultivated. Circles are a form of structured dialogue that encourages affirming others, vulnerability, and active listening to assist with social-emotional growth of all involved. Circles are designated time to develop the necessary soft skills that help faculty and scholars grow, allowing us to get to know peers and scholars in a way we rarely would otherwise.

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Baionne Coleman

School Leader, Impact | Puget Sound Elementary
Baionne Coleman, Principal, is a Washington State native and has almost two decades of experience working in education. Baionne grew up in Seattle’s various education models. She has served as an educator and administrative leader, including serving as the Student Life Director... Read More →

1:00pm PDT

The Opportunity Myth: What Can 4,000 Students Teach Us About School?
Hear about The Opportunity Myth, TNTP’s latest national report, where you’ll discover what TNTP learned after spending a year in schools around the country – observing over 1,000 hours of instruction, rating more than 5,500 assignments, and gathering over 28,000 real-time student surveys.  You’ll learn more about the quality of students’ daily academic experiences, how students themselves perceive those experiences, and how we can continuously improve the quality of those experiences.

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Ian Scott

Partner, TNTP
Ian supports the design and launch of new TNTP partnerships, and currently leads several projects focused on talent strategy, leadership development and school improvement. Recently, he has designed and led multiple initiatives helping schools tackle common challenges through collaborative... Read More →

2:30pm PDT

Saturday May 4, 2019 2:30pm - 2:45pm PDT
Transition to Breakout Session

2:45pm PDT

Leading with our Hearts and Minds
This workshop invites Educators of Color and future Educators of Color (EOC) and those who want to be present as allies to come together and build community and awareness. Similar to the Consciousness Raising Circles used widely during 2nd Wave Feminism, we hope to connect the individual struggles we experience to shared roots in oppressive systems. We will provide the opportunity to share our stories of what it means to be an EOC specifically in the context of liberal, well-meaning education spaces. Through learning about the resiliency of our community, participants will walk away with the skills and stories to create spaces for us to step into leadership in a way that is grounded in who we are, not what is expected of us.

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Tamasha Emedi

Educator, Highline School District
Born and raised in Olympia, Washington and a proud graduate of Olympia High School, Tamasha Emedi (she/her) went on to study political science at Gonzaga University, and Educational Leadership at Washington State University. She’s been teaching elementary school for the last 6 years... Read More →

Kassey Castro

Choir Teacher, Foster High School

2:45pm PDT

School-Based Community Organizing
Poverty poses barriers to learning beyond school walls (e.g. unsafe streets) that schools must also address to serve students effectively. Because schools are hubs for communities, they have the power to assemble the residents of historically underserved communities to demand positive social change. This session will explore successful methods of authentically engaging families to address the barriers to learning to create sustainable growth in educational outcomes.

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Larry Fondation

Executive Director, United Parents and Students
Larry Fondation is the Executive Director of United Parents and Students, an affiliate of Green Dot Public Schools National. United Parents and Students was founded to help families address the factors outside school boundaries that not only pose barriers to learning, but also inhibit... Read More →
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Veronica Toledo

Associate Director, United Parents & Students
Veronica Toledo is the Associate Director of United Parents and Students (UPAS). UPAS is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families address the factors outside school boundaries that not only pose barriers to learning, but also inhibit local quality of life as a whole... Read More →

2:45pm PDT

Startup Vendor Partner Lightning Talks
Come learn about services and partners who can help you make your new school vision a reality. You’ll hear 10-minute lightning talks from back-office, banking, cleaning, database management, and instructional vendors. The talks will be followed by a networking period where you can ask questions and dig deeper into services, supports, and pricing.

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Leader in Me

Leader in Me is a K-12 whole-school improvement model and process being implemented by thousands of schools in over 50 countries worldwide. It serves as the foundational operating system for a school by creating an environment where existing programs and initiatives can thrive.
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The MAP Suite is an assessment system that’s all about measuring what matters—so you can support growth and skill mastery for every student. This collection of purpose built measures from NWEA® illuminates every student’s learning needs, helping teachers to target instruction... Read More →
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FarberWorks helps nonprofits and small businesses streamline and optimize financial and operations procedures.Founded in 2012 by Abby Farber, FarberWorks has helped many nonprofit organizations across the US improve the quality of their work and save money through eliminating time-consuming... Read More →
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Little Green Light

Little Green Light is a complete fundraising and donor management system designed to give nonprofits the confidence and ability to succeed. Affordably priced, Little Green Light delivers power & flexibility to grow with the changing needs of nonprofits everywhere. Join our growing... Read More →

2:45pm PDT

Stealing from the Best: How All Schools Can Learn from One Another
For many years, researchers and practitioners have written, talked about and agonized over why district and charter schools often miss opportunities to collaborate. This session will take a quick nod to what we know works when sharing across sector lines and will then move to providing the time and the space for you to roll up your sleeves and start doing. District, charter and non-profit leaders will describe innovative approaches that led to progress in closing gaps and reaching students who too often get left behind. These leaders will share the challenge they needed to address, why they chose the approach, and the impact it has had on their schools and students. In smaller breakouts, experts will answer specific questions and provide the details you will need in order to leave the session ready to "try this at home.”

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Kristin Percy Calaff

Director of Language Learning, Highline Public Schools
Kristin Percy Calaff is the Language Learning Director for Highline Public Schools. She has worked for over 28 years in bilingual education as a dual language teacher, principal, district administrator, and university professor. She holds a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction and... Read More →
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Katrina Carleton

Unconditional Education Coach, Seneca Family of Agencies
Katrina began her career in education teaching in an intensive English program for study abroad students at a local Washington college. Looking for a deeper impact, she completed a term of service with AmeriCorps and worked in an elementary school program. Passionate about finding... Read More →

Dustin Dacuan

Teacher, Summit Public Schools: Sierra
Dustin, a Seattle native, comes to us after teaching English at the Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School in Boston. He received his B.A. in International Studies from the University of Washington in 2012. Dustin was awarded a fellowship through the Woodrow Wilson Rockefeller Brothers... Read More →
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Christine Campbell

Independent Consultant
Prior to starting work in higher education, Ms. Campbell was the Policy Director and Senior Research Analyst at the University of Washington's Center on Reinventing Public Education, where she researched and studied issues of equity and access in K-12 education. She led research investigating... Read More →
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Sarah Yatsko, MPA

Independent Consultant
Sarah spent five years as the lead of a study on implementation of the District-Charter Collaboration Compact Initiative, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In the course of that research, she met with hundreds of district, charter and civic leaders in 25 cities across... Read More →
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Georgia Heyward

Research Analyst, Center on Reinventing Public Education
Georgia Heyward is a research analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, where she has worked on the 18-city project Stepping Up and supported charter-district collaboration in Washington State. Before joining CRPE, she researched rural education and wrote program evaluations... Read More →

2:45pm PDT

Universal Design for Learning
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework based on research in learning sciences, including cognitive neuroscience, that guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences by anticipating barriers within the environment (including the curriculum) and planning for them in advance (CAST, 2018). In this workshop, we'll explore the fundamental pillars of UDL as well as basic strategies for early implementation.

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Diana Marker

Director of School Services, Washington State Charter Schools Association
Diana serves as the Director of School Services at WA Charters. Prior to joining WA Charters, Diana was the Assistant Director of the True Measure Collaborative, a special education collaborative, which offers compliance support and training in inclusive practices to member charter... Read More →

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