Federal Funding, Collaboration With Districts, Military Families Among Topics for Federal Charter Schools Program Panels at National Conference

A series of panel discussions at the 2012 National Charter Schools Conference will focus on U.S. Department of Education programs and activities that support charter schools, including presentations focused on military families, charter-district collaboration, and federal funding opportunities.

The panel discussions, which will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center June 20-22 2012, and include the director and staff of the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP), are:

  • Starting a Charter School on a Military Base, Wednesday, June 20 from 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Room 103 F, will cover opportunities for charter schools on military bases as well as federal efforts and funding intended to aid education for military-connected students.
  • Effective State Education Agency (SEA) Practices for Growing a Quality Charter School Sector, Wednesday, June 20, from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., Room 102 C, will highlight activities supported through the CSP, including how some SEAs partner with state charter school organizations to support charter incubation programs.
  • Charter-District Collaboration: Professional Learning Communities, Wednesday, June 20, from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., Room 102 F, will cover innovative charter and district collaborations supported through the Department of Education’s Race to the Top, i3, and CSP initiatives, with the E.L. Haynes’ Professional Learning Community of six charter schools and six Washington, D.C., district schools examined as a case study.
  • Credit Enhancement for the Charter School Facilities Program, Thursday, June 21, from 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Room 208 C, will cover the Department of Education's Credit Enhancement program’s support for charter schools' access to affordable facilities financing.
  • Federal Funding Opportunities for Charter Schools, Friday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., Room 102 C, will cover the wide range of potential funding opportunities for charter schools, how to use www.grants.gov to search and apply for grants, and the National Charter School Resource Center's grants database.