How do we teach for tomorrow and prepare students for bright futures?  On September 22-24, 2016, Accord Education’s largest summit yet brought together over 300 educators and administrators to network with education stakeholders, learn from experts, and work with other passionate educators, creating a valuable professional development opportunity.  A variety of breakout sessions focused on critical thinking, mathematics, programming, literacy, the new SAT tests, social media, school safety plans, network growth, special education, ELA topics and more.


On April 15-16, 2016, educators from five states participated in Accord Education’s Spring Workshop Summit. With the theme “Every Student Excels,” workshop participants learned relevant and practical skills to assist both lower performing and gifted students. Three workshop tracks offered instruction in the areas of Academics (led by Susan Winebrenner of Educational Consulting Services, Inc.), School Culture and Student Behavior and Principle/Site Leadership (led by Justin O’Connell and Sid Bailey of the Center for Student Achievement). Keynote Speakers included Lisa Graham Keegan (A for Arizona, former Arizona Superintendent), Colin Seale (thinkLaw, Charter School Association of Nevada), Dr. Rob Robertson (Arizona Science Center), Dr. Kathleen Bethel (SARSEF), and Eileen Sigmund (Arizona Charter School Association).


On November 6-7, 2015, education leaders from five states participated in our 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. Keynote Speakers included Honorable Lou Correa (former California State Senator), Honorable Cruz Bustamante (former California Lieutenant Governor), Matt Avsar (CEO, Accord Education), Greta A. Proctor (Senior Counsel, Procopio), and Cassy Horton (Director of Regional Advocacy, Greater Los Angeles, California Charter School Association).