Accord Education Fall Summit 2015

On November 6-7, 2015, education leaders from five states participated in Accord Education’s first annual Leadership Retreat.  With the theme “Focus Forward,” the retreat was designed to foster communication and discussion among visionaries and leaders in the public charter school community.

“The team at Accord Education [was] excited to share a vision for excellence and for attendees to be engaged, informed, and invigorated by this unique Leadership Retreat.” – Matt Avsar, Chief Executive Officer, Accord Education

VIDEO SUMMARY

FRIDAY  |  11.06.15

Accord Education Leadership Retreat Cruz Bustamante

Honorable Cruz Bustamante
Former California Lieutenant Governor

  • If you don’t have a good relationship with public officials, whose fault is it?  Is it that they haven’t done their job to learn all about you?  Or is it your fault for not making the time to know who they are and educating them on your industry?  It’s your fault if you don’t have a good working relationship.
  • Education is about the kids.  There are a lot of issues that can detract from the proper focus in both the public and private systems.  The focus must always be the students’ success.  Students achieving higher-than-average test scores will make any system a viable one.  I am a product of public schools and have no issues with unions.  In fact, I have several family members who were, and others who are, union members – including my wife.  The only reason I’m here is because some charter schools have demonstrated that they are able to work with underserved children and get above average results.
  • The struggle to expand charter schools has created many confrontational issues.  Litmus tests regarding unions, funding, and elected leadership obfuscate the real issue.  To succeed, you must compete in the existing system.  Taking on the unions is a distraction from your core mission.  Your process, decision making, training, and the student experience must yield significantly higher scores.  Your system has to be better and the students ability to receive, utilize, and achieve in your system must be greater.  That is your core mission.
Accord Education Leadership Retreat Matt Avsar

Matt Avsar
CEO
Accord Education

  • In 1991, Minnesota passed the first charter school law in the nation.  How things have changed in 25 years!
  • Battles have been fought, lessons have been learned and successes have been celebrated.  We must continue to evolve.  Most importantly, tens of thousands of students have found an education and a community that serves THEM.
  • In 2015, out of 37 charter schools in Oakland, CA, the Bay Area Technology School (BayTech) was selected as the charter school of the year and received the “Excellence Award” from OUSD.
  • In 2015, Sonoran Science Academy Phoenix – a site with 96% low-income students and a high immigrant population – had a 100% graduation and college acceptance rate.
  • Accord Education has proudly and predominantly served the under-served students, who have demonstrated that they are brave enough to be part of the solution, eager enough to close the academic gap, and ambitious enough to commit to a brighter future.
Accord Education Leadership Retreat Cassy Horton

Cassy Horton
Director Regional Advocacy Greater Los Angeles
CCSA

  • Charter schools offer unique opportunities to serve as labs of innovation for the public school system and to strategically offer students from underserved communities new options.
  • Charter schools are contributing to public education as a whole by pushing the existing system to innovate and provide new opportunities.
  • Over the next decade, charter schools have the opportunity to expand their highest performing schools and, as a movement, to be held accountable.
  • Accord Education can help charter schools by providing daily services and support, as well as pushing charter schools to think strategically about building relationships with the community, with elected officials, and other stakeholders so they have the support they need to succeed and provide students the best education possible.
Accord Education Leadership Retreat Greta Proctor

Greta A. Proctor
Senior Counsel
Procopio

  • Quality charter schools, and quality participants in the charter school movement, are dedicated to education, are in it for the stakeholders – the students, parents, and community – and have a thorough understanding of their financial, ethical, and legal responsibilities.
  • Accord Education understands the legal obligations that apply to them as a service provider and to the charter schools they serve.

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SATURDAY  |  11.07.15

Accord Education Leadership Retreat Lou Correa

Honorable Lou Correa
Former California State Senator
2016 US Congressional Candidate

  • Protect the taxpayers and make sure that those dollars are well-invested and they go where they’re intended, both by public policy and by the law.
  • At every level of government, support those candidates that you believe you can work with.
  • Make friends with the local school districts.  I believe this will help you achieve the most productive way of operating, in terms of facilities, students, and relationships.
  • At the end of the day, keep in mind who you serve: the parents and the taxpayers.  The bottom line for every one of us is accountability to the taxpayers.
  • Every tax dollar is precious and must be well-spent.
  • The future of education is an exciting one – it is going to give parents some interesting choices.

WORKSHOPS:

1. HOW MANY LEADERS DOES IT TAKE?

2. DEVELOPING TEACHER LEADERSHIP

3. QUALITY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

4. STRONG BOARD, HEALTHY SCHOOLS

5. GRANTS, GROWTH, FACILITIES, AND FUNDING

6. BRING IT TOGETHER, TAKE IT AWAY

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