SOURCE: California Charter Schools Association

March 27, 2007 17:42 ET

Charter School Momentum Featured at 14th Annual California Charter Schools Conference

"My School!" Conference Theme Unites Charter Community While Celebrating Uniqueness of Each School

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 27, 2007 -- The California Charter Schools Association today announced that it will host the 14th Annual California Charter Schools Conference on March 27 - 30, 2007 at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego. This year's conference will profile the unique "My School!" public awareness campaign as well as recognize this year's annual Hart Vision Award recipients.

Keynote conference speakers include: "Coach" Ken Carter, youth advocate, renowned film-inspiring basketball coach and motivational speaker; Russlynn Ali, Executive Director of Ed Trust West; Reed Hastings, founder of Netflix; and Donna Shirley, Manager of the Mars Exploration Program, among many others.

The conference will host a gathering of more than 2,000 charter school teachers, principals and leaders and will serve as an opportunity for these individuals to participate in intensive educational sessions designed by some of the pioneers in the charter school community.

This year's conference, sponsored by Washington Mutual, will focus on the public awareness campaign, "My School!" launched by the California Charter Schools Association in November 2006. "My School!" seeks to double the number of parents with access to charter public schools.

As the California Charter School movement continues to pick up momentum -- opening 65 new schools this year and bringing the statewide total to 618 schools serving nearly 220,000 children -- notifying parents that they have options has become even more important. Participating in the "My School!" campaign gives charter schools a way to unite while celebrating what makes them each unique.

"'My School!' gives every charter school an opportunity to really blow their own horn and talk about what's working," said Caprice Young, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association. "The bottom line is charter school communities just love their schools. Any time you talk to people in charter schools, they say, 'My school is a safe learning environment' or 'My school has the highest expectations for our community.' 'My School!' gives them a way to brag about their schools."

Additionally, the conference provides an opportunity for educators to share best practices and innovative ideas to ensure ongoing success in public school reform. Featuring a wide range of breakout sessions, conference topics include school-level practices, governance, facilities, finance and state and national policy issues. The conference will also include intensive workshops on charter school accountability and development.

To review the entire conference schedule, visit:

Conference Highlights include:

Wednesday, March 28

8:25 a.m. State of Movement Address: California Charter Schools Association President Caprice Young

9:05 a.m. Keynote: Coach of Richmond High School's basketball program from 1997 - 2002 Ken Carter

Thursday, March 29

10:40 a.m. Keynote: Russlynn Ali, executive director of Ed Trust West

11:05 a.m. Keynote: Reed Hastings, founder of Netflix

Friday, March 30

10:30 a.m. Announcement: The 2007 Susan Steelman Bragato College Scholarship Recipients

10:40 a.m. Keynote: Donna Shirley, manager of the Mars Exploration Program

About the California Charter Schools Association

The California Charter Schools Association is California's premier charter school membership organization and is the public voice for California's 618 charter schools that currently serve 220,000 students. The Association's mission is to improve student achievement by strengthening and expanding high-quality charter public schools throughout California.

Contact Information

    Gary Larson
    Vice President of Communications
    California Charter Schools Association
    (415) 722-0127