The Network: Texas Charter School Assistance & Support

The Network: Texas Charter School Assistance & Support A collaboration between Texas Education Agency, Education Service Center Region 11, and Texas Charter Schools Association.

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06/28/2018

Ruby Payne and Commissioner Morath will speak today! We’re in for another great day of learning and growing. Can’t wait to see you there!

Look who is joining us today at the Charter School Summer Summit! We love George Couros! #2018summersummit
06/27/2018

Look who is joining us today at the Charter School Summer Summit! We love George Couros! #2018summersummit

It’s time! Are you at Summer Summit? Let us know. #2018summersummit!
06/27/2018

It’s time! Are you at Summer Summit? Let us know. #2018summersummit!

06/25/2018

Are you going to the Charter School Summer Summit? We'll see you on Wednesday! #2018summersummit

06/25/2018

The 5th Annual Charter School Summer Summit is officially sold out!

06/20/2018

SIX MORE DAYS! Are you excited for Summer Summit? See you soon!

06/06/2018

Will you be at the Summit? Give us a shoutout at #2018SummerSummit if you're going to be there!

05/31/2018

Click "Use App" just under the banner. It will take you directly to the app for Summer Summit. You will find the schedule, bios of the presenters, descriptions of the sessions, and much more!

05/30/2018

Summer Summit is less than a month away! Are you registered?

05/25/2018

Let everyone know you're attending the 5th Annual Charter School Summer Summit by Tweeting and/or Facebooking. Give a shout out using #2018SummerSummit for 25 points! After you've done so, use the passcode TWEET - in your EventMobi app- to get your points! (Prizes, including FREE registration to the 2018-2019 Summit, will be given at Summer Summit!)

05/22/2018
Want to see what sessions are being offered at the 5th Annual Charter School Summer Summit? Go to www.eventmobi.com/2018...
05/21/2018
2018SUMMERSU

Want to see what sessions are being offered at the 5th Annual Charter School Summer Summit? Go to www.eventmobi.com/2018summersummit! There you'll find the agenda, descriptions of each session, biographies for each presenter, and a whole lot more!

5th Annual Charter School Summer Summit Mobile Event App

05/08/2018
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If you've registered for Summer Summit, have you downloaded the EventMobi app? This is where you'll find the bio of each of the speakers, the agenda, descriptions of each of the sessions, and more! www.eventmobi.com/2018summersummit. The password was sent in your registration confirmation email.

Message us for the password to play along for prizes! 50 points just for registering for the Summit!

Are you planning to attend the 5th Annual Charter School Summer Summit? Registration is open and seats are filling up fa...
04/23/2018
Summer Summit 2018 / Registration

Are you planning to attend the 5th Annual Charter School Summer Summit? Registration is open and seats are filling up fast! http://www.txcharternetwork.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=132

The hotel block is almost sold out. If you're wanting to stay at the Westin at the Domain, get your room fast! http://www.txcharternetwork.org/Page/166

Keep up-to-date on all things "Summit" at eventmobi.com/2018summersummit (Download the app for quick access now and at the Summit)

We can't wait to see you there!

If you've registered for the Summit, be sure to also download the EventMobi app on your phone. You'll find the outline o...
04/13/2018
2018SUMMERSU

If you've registered for the Summit, be sure to also download the EventMobi app on your phone. You'll find the outline of the days and information about the speakers. In the coming week or so, you'll also find the schedule there! www.eventmobi.com/2018summersummit

5th Annual Charter School Summer Summit Mobile Event App

04/06/2018

Here's a sampling of titles you'll see at Summit -

Boosting your School Improvement Plan
Moving from Performance to Learning with Retrieval Practice
Restorative Practices: Experiencing the Circle Process
Understanding the Legal Framework
The Annual Financial Report: Is There Really a Grace Period?
Support, Growth, Evaluation, and Retention through an
Innovative Teacher Portfolio Model
Charter School Law
PLC Is Not a Verb
Ordering Instructional Materials
Special Programs: Overseeing Efficient, Effective, and
Compliant Programs

. . . and SO MUCH MORE!

ESC Region 11
03/20/2018

ESC Region 11

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ESC Region 11
03/20/2018

ESC Region 11

It's not too late to sign up for this one-day, free conference focused on the learning needs of assistant principals and counselors.

Some topics include: Setting a Culture for Change, Smore Than You Bargained For, #makingsocialmediawork4U, Increasing Authentic Literacy in All Content Areas, Purchasing 101, CTE 101 for APs and Counselors, and much more! http://bit.ly/2FI0oxL

There are still a few seats available for this invaluable workshop! The cost is $100 and you receive the latest version ...
03/20/2018

There are still a few seats available for this invaluable workshop! The cost is $100 and you receive the latest version of the Texas Documentation Handbook!

Dr. John Crain, author of the Texas Documentation Handbook, will be at ESC Region 11 on March 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. If you are a district or campus administrator, join us to learn how to effectively use documentation to improve employee performance and prepare for non-renewal and termination. $100 includes a copy of Dr. Crain's book.

Registration: https://ontrac.esc11.net/Session.asp?wksp_num=009936&sess_num=016944

02/22/2018

Quick registration update for Summer Summit 2018 . . . we will send notification through Facebook, Twitter, and the listservs the second registration is up and ready! It won't be much longer, but I know you're anxious to get registered.

02/14/2018

Get excited! Registration for Summer Summit 2018 is coming VERY SOON!

02/14/2018

February 13, 2018

TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:

SUBJECT: SC5050 Request for Federal Funding and Indirect Cost Rate for Charter Schools for the 2018–2019 School Year

The 2018–2019 SC5050 Request for Federal Funding & Indirect Cost Rate for Charter Schools (SC5050) is now available in eGrants. The SC5050 is an eGrants special collections report that applies only to the following applicants:

Open-enrollment charter schools
South Texas Independent School District
Windham School District
Texas Juvenile Justice Department
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Texas School for the Deaf
TEA will use this submission of the SC5050 to determine the applicant’s eligibility and planning amounts for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B (IDEA-B) federal programs for the LEAs listed above, and for open-enrollment charter schools to request indirect cost rates.

SC5050 Deadline: April 6, 2018

To ensure eligibility and planning amounts are determined, applicants must certify and submit the SC5050 in eGrants no later than April 6, 2018.

Capturing Actual Enrollment Figures

The SC5050 form requests specific categories of actual enrollment data as of a specific date in the 2017–2018 school year. The applicant chooses the date, which cannot be later than the April 6, 2018, due date of the SC5050. Projected enrollment data is unacceptable.

The information submitted on the SC5050 form is binding. No changes will be allowed after the form is submitted. Applicants are advised to ensure data entered has been thoroughly reviewed for accuracy and that auditable documentation is on file to support the data reported.

Access to SC5050 Form

To access the SC5050 form, logon to eGrants through TEASE or TEAL and follow these steps:

From the Application List, select eGrants.
Open the dropdown list titled “Available Grant Programs in eGrants.”
From the dropdown list, select the entry titled “2018–2019 Data Collections for Federal Funding.”
Select “Initiate.”
Select “2018–2019 Request for Federal Funding & Indirect Cost Rate for Charter Schools.”
For Further Information

If you have questions, please contact the Federal Fiscal Compliance and Reporting Division at (512) 463-9127 or by email at [email protected].


Sincerely,


James Connolly, Senior Director
Federal Fiscal Compliance and Reporting Division
Department of Contracts, Grants and Financial Administration

02/13/2018

Texas Public Charter Schools Survey

February 12, 2018

TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:

Subject: Texas Public Charter Schools Survey

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is interested in learning more about the practices of public charter schools. To gather information from as many public charter schools as possible, TEA is conducting an online survey of all Texas public charter school administrators to identify best or promising practices of charter school campuses within the state.

The purpose of this letter is to ask for your participation in an online survey. Your participation is voluntary, and all responses will be kept confidential to the extent permitted by law.

About the Survey

TEA has contracted with Safal Partners to conduct the online survey to gather information about a series of topics which include, but are not limited to:

charter school campus administrator background;
organizational-level practices;
instructional practices;
instruction of educationally disadvantaged students;
instruction of low-performing students;
approaches for attracting, recruiting, retaining, enrolling, and serving students;
approaches for attracting, recruiting, and retaining highly-qualified instructors; and
school climate.
How Will My School Be Involved?

On February 12, 2018, Safal Partners will send an email to each charter school with a unique survey link and instructions suggesting who in the district should participate in the survey. The survey will take approximately 30–40 minutes to complete, and the administration window will remain open until March 9, 2018.

Why Should My School Be Involved?

We expect that this survey will be able to provide critical feedback about public charter schools in Texas. The information collected from a range of charter schools will contribute to future programmatic decisions and will aid the state in identifying and disseminating best or promising practices of successful, high-quality charter schools.

Thank you in advance for your assistance. If you have any questions, please contact Ellie Hanlon, Research Specialist in the Division of Research and Analysis at TEA, (512) 463-3326 (email: [email protected]).



Penny Schwinn
Chief Deputy Commissioner of Academics
Texas Education Agency

01/12/2018

MESSAGE FROM TEA:

Upcoming Maintenance
A power outage has been planned for the Texas Education Agency’s William B. Travis building for a few months. The TSDS team had been assured that the TSDS applications would be available due to the PEIMS Fall Resubmission deadline on Thursday, January 18th.

Due to an unforeseen technical circumstance that TEA learned about yesterday, the TSDS applications (including Portal, UID, eDM, PEIMS, ECDS & studentGPS® Dashboards) will not be available this weekend. The outage will be from Friday, January 12th at 5:00 p.m. through Tuesday, January 16th at 8:00 a.m. TEA does expect for the TSDS applications to be available by 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 16th.

There is a high probability that the TSDS applications will be available before Tuesday morning. Should that occur, the TSDS team will send a restoral notification once all applications are confirmed.

Due to this unforeseen outage, TEA is extending the PEIMS Fall Resubmission deadline to Tuesday, January 23rd at 5:00 p.m. CST.

George Couros is speaking at ESC 11 today! You definitely won’t want to miss him at the Summer Summit in June! #esc11lea...
12/06/2017

George Couros is speaking at ESC 11 today! You definitely won’t want to miss him at the Summer Summit in June! #esc11lead

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Has TEA posted the new application (Generation 24) yet along with the information meeting times and deadline?
One of the biggest things I learned had to do with how much poverty effects a child’s learning. I knew it is something that effects a child but not to the degree I which Ruby Payne explained it. #2018summersummit
I would love to see some topics for best practices for brand new charters. #2018summersummit
I enjoyed this conference SO much. Last year was awesome and this year was even better. Learned so much and can’t wait to implement all these great resources! #2018summersummit
Having a great time learning with these amazing people!!