2012 Annual Charter Schools Conference

Thank you to all those who attended and support NC Charter Schools! We are proud to be able to represent the North Carolina charter school movement and look forward to many new programs this year.

 We were listening to you this conference and we want to learn more about what YOU want out of YOUR organization. Conference surveys will be sent out and updates on what we are working on to move forward including: building our grassroots network,continuing to nuture effective advocacy, developing training programs that benefit and strengthen our resolve, and relationship building with memebers and vendors who can help our schools the most. Thank you again for coming!

2013 Charter Schools Conference – March 21-23

Location and more information coming soon…

State Education Leaders
July Conference

State Education Leaders – Monday, July 23, 2012

Dr. William C. HarrisonOpening Remarks:

Dr. William C. Harrison, Chairman, N.C. State Board of Education

Dr. Harrison was appointed to the State Board of Education by Governor Beverly Perdue in March 2009.

Dr. Harrison will set the tone of the conference at his welcoming address Monday morning.


Special Guest Presentation:

Kate Walsh, President, National Council on Teacher Quality

The title of the presentation is: “What’s Hurting and Helping North Carolina’s Ability to Recruit, Prepare and Retain Effective Teachers.” Kate will review her organization’s five years of study of our state’s K-12 teacher corps.

Following Kate Walsh’s address, there will be a number of breakout sessions exploring legal, financial, EC, and operational issues and solutions facing both new and existing charter schools.

Luncheon Debate:

Dr. June Atkinson, Superintendent of NC Department of Public Instruction debates the Republican Nominee

Second-term State Superintendent June Atkinson as well as her general election opponent will be featured in a debate for an informative look at the future of education through the eyes of the candidates.


Moderator: Howard N. Lee,  Former Chairman, NC State Board of Education, NC State Senator, and Mayor of Chapel Hill

For an informative look at the future of education, Mr. Lee will give brief remarks, and introduce the Candidates for the office of Superintendent for the State of North Carolina.


Afternoon Breakout Sessions:

The afternoon will see additional sessions on school governance and the new accountability standards that will be coming into effect in the next several years. Federal reporting and Common Core issues are also hot topics on the program. Learn More

Keynote Dinner:

Rep. Thom Tillis, Speaker of the House – NC House of Representatives

The Monday evening reception and banquet will feature N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis who will round out the day’s exciting events with the keynote address that evening.

Tickets Available for Banquet only featuring NC Speaker Thom Tillis

Tickets are now available for the Reception and Banquet featuring NC House Speaker Thom Tillis as the keynote speaker.  Those interested in attending the banquet can purchase a $75 ticket HERE.  The reception begins at 6pm, with the banquet from 7pm – 9pm.  This reception and banquet is already included for registered attendees of the conference.

Forum on Charter Schools – NC Alliance Board Members – Bradley S. Barth, Moderator

Breakout Room B – Q & A

On Tuesday, July 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. the NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools Board of Directors will conduct a Q & A Panel Discussion to answer all of your questions about the organization, or charter schools in general.  The all-volunteer N.C. Alliance Board of Directors includes charter school administrators, directors, and former public school officials as well as other professionals dedicated to improving education in North Carolina. Nearly 100 years of charter operation experience are represented cumulatively on the Alliance board.

Tuesday Special Speaker:

Pat McCrory – Candidate for NC Governor

Former Charlotte Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory will speak at the upcoming Charter School Conference in Concord.  He will be speaking at the closing luncheon on Tuesday, July 24.

Media Panel:

Tuesday’s sessions will feature local media personalities and journalists and will share their insights on how you can more effectively deal with the media.

Vendor Fair:

A number of vendors will be on hand to explain their products and services. Vendor sponsors may have separate sessions designated in the program to familiarize you with their products.

Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Charter Schools Conference, Sunday July 22 through Tuesday July 24 at the Embassy Suites, Concord next to the Convention Center.

For Sponsorship Opportunities, click HERE

For Vendor and Exhibitor Opportunities, click HERE SOLD OUT!

Job Fair:

With over 50 new charter applications and the current 100 charter schools growing and evolving, the NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools is adding a Job Fair to the already stellar program for the Conference.

Member schools and new charter applicants will have the opportunity to display their school and their staffing needs on Monday, July 23, from 2:00 – 5:30 p.m.

All prospective teachers are welcome to attend at no cost.

As a registered Job Fair attendee, the Alliance would like to extend you an invitation to attend the break-out sessions that will be offered on Monday, free of charge.

For a small fee you can attend the lunch with Sen. Howard Lee or the dinner with Speaker Thom Tillis – for more information click HERE

Member schools and new charter applicants who have registered 2 or more attendees for the conference will have the opportunity to set up a table at the Job Fair free of charge. Member schools and new charter applicants who are not participating in the conference are asked to pay a $50 fee.

Register for the Job Fair:


Conference Hotel:

The Embassy Suites Concord/Charlotte Resort and Spa has a limited number of two-room suites at the conference rate of $129 while they last. And the adjacent golf course awaits those of you who check in early Sunday afternoon.

    Please contact them a.s.a.p. at 704-455-8200 to book your room and use code APC to receive our special rate of $129 on guest rooms.

    The hotel is located at 5400 John Q. Hammons Drive NW, Concord, North Carolina, 28027.

    Guests may book their reservations by either:

    - Calling the hotel direct @ 704-455-8200 and speaking to the reservations department.

    - Calling 1 800 EMBASSY

    - Going online to www.embassysuitesconcord.com and entering the Group/Convention Code: APC

    Conference Program:

    View online Program HERE

    Attendee Registration:

    NC Alliance Member: $210

    Non-Member: $250

    Receive a 20% discount when you register 5 or more attendees.

    Click HERE to register online.

    Click HERE for a pdf version of the single attendee registration form to mail in with your check.

    Click HERE for a pdf version of the multiple attendee registration form to mail in with your check.

    Conference Sponsors:

       Diamond Sponsorship
       Acadia NorthStar

    Acadia NorthStar is the most widely-used Financial Management and Student Information Services provider for Charter Schools in North Carolina.  They work with 2 out of 3 operating charter schools in North Carolina assisting these Schools in achieving and maintaining superior financial performance as well as successfully navigating the myriad of rules, regulations and compliance standards imposed on every operating Charter School in the state.  Since its founding in the early years of the charter school movement, Acadia NorthStar has developed a proven system that integrates sound accounting, compliance and governance practices into everything they offer. With over 750 clean charter school audits behind them, it’s no surprise why a former NC State Auditor refers to Acadia NorthStar as “The Go To Guys” in charter school financial and information management.

    Website – www.anscharter.com


       Diamond Sponsorship
       Phoenix Academy

    Located in High Point, NC, Phoenix Academy is the city’s only charter school and has been recognized as a North Carolina Honor School of Excellence. The school is publicly-funded and privately managed, with a unique philosophy of educating the whole child. We currently teach kindergarten through 5th grade and are located off Highway 68 in High Point. Please explore our website to learn more about the education we provide. Applications are now being accepted.

    Website – www.pahp.com

       Diamond Sponsorship
       Charter Day School

    Charter Day School is a tuition-free, open enrollment public school in southeastern North Carolina. Since 1999, Charter Day School has focused on quality education and is a premier performance-driven year round school. Widely recognized as a compelling choice to conventional public education the school has built a reputation for dedicated and highly qualified teachers that give students a strong and proven academic foundation. Charter Day School has received numerous awards, including the designation of being a Top-25 School for Academic Growth and of Excellence in the state of North Carolina. Charter Day School is located in Leland, N.C. and is managed by The Roger Bacon Academy.

    Website – www.charterdayschool.org


      Platinum Sponsorship
    Columbus Charter School



      Platinum Sponsorship
    Team CFA



      Platinum Sponsorship
    National Heritage Academies


      Silver Sponsorship
      Mobile Modular

    Sign-In Day PM Welcome Reception Sponsor

    Sea-Blue Development

    Break-out Room Sponsorship
    Kaplan Early Learning


    Alphabest Education


    Complete Conference Sponsor list

    Additional Questions:

    Please e-mail conference@ncchartersall.org or call 888-275-5161

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