Empowering Charter Schools: Celebrating National Charter Schools Week

This week is National Charter Schools Week, a time to celebrate the transformative impact of charter schools in shaping the future of education! At EdTec, we are passionate about driving quality and having the greatest positive impact in the charter school movement. Join us as we raise our voices in celebration of this important week! 

Our Mission and Vision

At EdTec, we are a diverse team of business experts, educators, policy makers, and parents united by our passion for education. Our mission is to drive quality in the charter school movement by providing operational support, business insights, and performance analyses that equip school leadership with the tools they need to make effective decisions. 

Celebrating Charter School Impact

During National Charter Schools Week, we honor the incredible contributions of charter schools in empowering students, families, and communities. These schools embody innovation, choice, and excellence, offering unique educational opportunities that inspire lifelong learning and success. 

Our Commitment to Charter Schools

Since our founding in 2001, EdTec has specialized in supporting charter schools at every stage of development. From startup assistance to ongoing operational support, we provide a comprehensive range of services tailored to meet the unique needs of charter schools. Our dedicated team of experts understands the intricacies of charter school operations, ensuring that schools receive the highest level of support and guidance. 

Raising Our Voices Together

This year’s theme, “Raise Your Voice,” encourages us to amplify the impact of charter schools and advocate for educational equity and excellence, and we’ll be doing just that by continuing to share all the great things our charter partners do every day across our social media platforms. We invite everyone to join us in celebrating National Charter Schools Week and championing the vital role that charter schools play in transforming lives and communities. 

As we celebrate National Charter Schools Week, EdTec reaffirms our commitment to empowering charter schools and driving excellence in education. Together, let’s raise our voices, celebrate innovation, and continue to make a positive difference in the lives of students across the nation. Happy National Charter Schools Week! 

Connect with EdTec at the 2024 GCSA Conference!

EdTec is proud to be a sponsor, exhibitor, and presenter at the 2024 Georgia Charter Schools Association Conference! The conference takes place in Atlanta from March 11-13, 2024.

EdTec is a Platinum Sponsor and will have a booth in the corridor outside of the exhibit hall. We encourage you to stop by to meet our team and learn more about how we support Georgia charter schools with charter startup, back office, grant writing, and more.

EdTec staff, along with partner schools, will present two breakout sessions. We’re looking forward to this opportunity to share our expertise with charter developers, new schools, and established schools!

Breakout Sessions

Tuesday, March 12

Should I Have a Back Office Partner? | 9:30 am – 10:30 pm | Cumberland Ballroom – Salon D

  • Charter schools face unique challenges, balancing educational excellence with efficient operations. Enter the gig economy’s back-office service providers, offering a tempting proposition: specialized expertise without the expense of full-time staff. But is this silver bullet too good to be true? Join EdTec and one of our back office clients to explore benefits of the charter school-back office partnership, such as expertise, cost savings, scalability, and flexibility

Wednesday, March 13

What Charter Schools Can Learn from the Barbie Movie’s Marketing Strategy | 11:05 am – 12:05 pm | Cumberland Ballroom – Salon C

  • Even those who haven’t seen the movie would recognize that shade of Barbie pink anywhere! There are important lessons from the blockbuster hit’s marketing strategy that can be applied to almost any organization, including charter schools. Join EdTec’s marketing team as we explore how to enhance your branding, improve engagement with your community, and make a lasting impact with your message and mission. Though not required, Barbie pink attire is strongly encouraged!

We look forward to seeing you at our booths and sessions. We hope everyone has a great time at the conference!

Connect with EdTec at the 2024 California Charter Schools Conference!

EdTec is excited to be a sponsor, exhibitor, and presenter at the 2024 California Charter Schools Conference! The conference takes place in Long Beach from March 18-21, 2024. EdTec staff, along with our partner organizations and partner schools, will present six breakout sessions.

We invite you to stop by Booth 422 to learn more about our services and solutions for charter schools. At EdTec, we are committed to providing high-quality support and resources to charter schools, and we look forward to connecting with charter school leaders at this year’s conference.

Because everyone can always use a new headshot, EdTec is the Headshot Bar sponsor this year! The Headshot Bar will be set up in the exhibit hall.

EdTec Breakout Sessions

We believe in providing charter schools with the tools and knowledge they need to succeed. That’s why we’re excited to present six informative breakout sessions! Each session will be led by one of our experienced team members, and attendees will come away with practical strategies for improving their schools. Please see below for session details.

Tuesday, March 19

  • What Every Board Member Should Know: Indicators of Success and Stability | 11:15 am – 12:30 pm
    • Now more than ever, charter school board members are critical to ensuring the success and survival of charter schools. What red flags signal a school is in danger in finance, operations, and student achievement? How do we measure & communicate our success aligned with our mission and vision? What preventative measures help to decrease risk? How do we foster a strong connection from board to community? Our experts will provide recommendations & tools to help board members understand, monitor, and communicate progress on key indicators & overarching plans such as LCAP & strategic plans.
  • Using Multiple Measures to Demonstrate Growth | 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm
    • While the CA School Dashboard offers valuable data, it never captures the full story of a charter. In this session, we will explore how charter schools, including DASS schools, can effectively demonstrate their growth and success through diverse measures. Attendees will be able to identify measures key to renewal under AB1505, including verified assessments and post-secondary success indicators, and how to integrate these multiple measures into continuous improvement cycles and LCAP reporting. Our experts will prepare you to communicate your success across measures to your school community.
  • Demystifying Financial Statements | 3:25 pm – 4:40 pm
    • Do you dread the part of the board meeting when it is time to review and discuss the financial statements? You’re not alone! We will demystify the fundamentals of accounting and budgeting so that you are prepared to confidently engage in financial discussions. Attendees will understand how to read and analyze financial statements and budgets as well as learn what data is important to lenders. Attendees will also work in groups to practice communication of financial information to stakeholders, including those who may not be financially savvy.

Wednesday, March 20

  • LCAP Pitfalls to Avoid: Work Smarter, Not Harder! | 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm
    • Does your Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) feel like an unwieldy beast that needs to be tamed? Join EdTec’s LCAP experts for concise tips on pitfalls to avoid and guidance on new requirements. Presenters will share lessons learned from 2021-24 and work together with participants to identify areas to revise. Participants will also learn how to sharpen the plan’s focus on supporting their school’s highest need student groups. This workshop is perfect for all school leaders involved with the LCAP. Bring your LCAP and leave with actionable next steps!
  • Life Without One-Time Funds: Benchmarking For Long-Term Budget Sustainability | 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm
    • As one-time federal and state Covid relief funding ends, school leaders must decide where to invest and where to trim the budget. Benchmarking your school against comparative organizations is an essential part of the budgeting process. In this session, EdTec’s finance experts will share benchmarking data to help your school develop a sustainable long-term budget. Learn key metrics and questions to ask as we transition to a new normal without one-time funding. This session is intended for school leaders, finance and operations staff, and board members.
  • Making the ELO Program Work for Your School | 3:25 pm – 4:40 pm
    • The Expanded Learning Opportunities Program is a heavily funded priority for the state budget… and it looks like it’s here to stay! Join EdTec’s experts in this session for school finance and operations staff to get a clear overview of the program requirements and guidance on how to integrate them into existing school programming and/or add new programming in an efficient and effective way, learn what is going to be audited, review sample budgets and a budgeting tool for program planning, and discuss ideas for maximizing funding.

We look forward to seeing you at our booths and sessions. We hope everyone has a great conference experience full of learning, networking, and inspiration.

Connect with EdTec at the 2023 Georgia Charter Schools Conference!

EdTec is excited to be a sponsor, exhibitor, and presenter at the 2023 Georgia Charter Schools Conference!  EdTec staff, along with our partner organizations and partner schools, will present two breakout sessions.

We invite you to stop by Table 2 to learn more about our services and solutions for charter schools. At EdTec, we are committed to providing high-quality support and resources to charter schools, and we look forward to connecting with charter school leaders at this year’s conference.

EdTec Breakout Sessions

We believe in providing charter schools with the tools and knowledge they need to succeed. That’s why we’re excited to present two informative breakout sessions! Each session will be led by one of our experienced team members, and attendees will come away with practical strategies for improving their schools. Please see below for session details.

Tuesday, March 14

  • The New Charter School’s Guide to Pre-Launch | 8:30am – 9:30am
    • Your charter application has been approved…and now the hard work continues as you prepare for opening day! In this session we will address important finance, operations, and governance topics for new school leaders and board members, including managing cash flow, understanding financial statements, and navigating challenges with facilities, personnel, and student recruitment. Our panel of experts and distinguished school leaders will share their experiences, lessons learned, and things to avoid as you prepare to welcome students.
  • A Conversation on Replication in GAs New Charter Landscape | 1:50pm – 2:50pm
    • This session will focus on how high performing charter schools can use replication as a tool to reach more families, communities, and students. We will briefly go over the prerequisites to replicate with the SCSC and how the process works. Afterwards, a panel of 3 distinguished school leaders will discuss their experience with the process, obstacles to avoid, and the overall benefits that the school has realized.

We look forward to seeing you at our booths and sessions. We hope everyone has a great conference experience full of learning, networking, and inspiration.

Connect with EdTec at the 2023 California Charter Schools Conference!

EdTec is excited to be a sponsor, exhibitor, and presenter at the 2023 California Charter Schools Conference! The conference takes place in Sacramento from March 13-16, 2023. EdTec staff, along with our partner organizations and partner schools, will present five breakout sessions, as well as one session at the virtual School Developer Summit.

We invite you to stop by Booth 501 to learn more about our services and solutions for charter schools. At EdTec, we are committed to providing high-quality support and resources to charter schools, and we look forward to connecting with charter school leaders at this year’s conference.

Because everyone can always use a new headshot, EdTec is the Headshot Bar sponsor this year! The Headshot Bar will be set up at the back of the exhibit hall in the right corner during exhibit hall hours.

EdTec Breakout Sessions

We believe in providing charter schools with the tools and knowledge they need to succeed. That’s why we’re excited to present five informative breakout sessions! Each session will be led by one of our experienced team members, and attendees will come away with practical strategies for improving their schools. Please see below for session details.

Tuesday, March 14

  • Making the ELO Program Work For Your School | 9:00am – 10:15am
    • The Expanded Learning Opportunities Program is a heavily funded new priority for the state budget… and it looks like it’s here to stay! Join EdTec and two ELO Program directors for a clear, simple overview of the program requirements and recommendations for tracking. Together we will also review sample budgets and a budgeting tool for program planning, and discuss ideas for maximizing the funding and program efficiency. You will come away ready to get your ELO Program off the ground!
  • Making the Connection: How Data Impacts Funding & Accountability | 3:10pm – 4:25pm
    • Data reporting is increasingly at the heart of funding and school accountability determinations. Know what areas you can impact to benefit your school. Learn about the criteria that affect funding calculations and measures of school performance on the Dashboard. We’ll identify pitfalls and areas you can improve through ongoing monitoring and thorough data reporting, and help you start building a smart data strategy to set up your school for success.

Wednesday, March 15

  • Demystifying Financial Statements | 2:00pm – 3:15pm
    • Do you dread the part of the board meeting when it’s time to review and discuss the financial statements? Does it seem as if everyone is speaking another language? We will demystify the fundamentals of accounting and budgeting so you are prepared to effectively engage in financial discussions. We will also review what lenders focus on. Through group exercises, you will acquire the language, analytical tools, and insights needed to confidently evaluate your organization’s fiscal health in today’s uncertain times.
  • What Every Board Member Should Look For: Indicators of Success and Stability | 3:25pm – 4:40pm
    • Now more than ever, charter school board members fulfill a critical function in ensuring the success and survival of charter schools. What are the red flags that signal when a school is in danger –in finance, operations, student achievement? How do we measure success aligned to our mission and vision? What preventative measures help to decrease risk? Our experts will provide recommendations and tools to help board members govern with proactive, consistent, effective oversight.

Thursday, March 16

  • Measuring Success Through the Lens of Renewal | 9:00am – 10:15am
    • Hear from a school leader who has developed an ongoing cycle of evaluating success on multiple measures, aligned to the charter’s mission and with a focus on what matters for renewal. With goals aligned to renewal targets and built into the LCAP, the school has actionable data accessible to inform decisions and engage the school community. Together with EdTec’s data and assessment experts, the school leader will discuss learning experiences, address questions, and share best practices.

We look forward to seeing you at our booths and sessions. We hope everyone has a great conference experience full of learning, networking, and inspiration.

Charter Leader Spotlight Series: Gayle Nadler, Executive Director, Multicultural Learning Center

April 28, 2022

Last month, the Multicultural Learning Center received the California Charter Schools Association’s (CCSA) Hart Vision Award for Charter School of the Year (Southern California). The Hart Vision Awards, established in 1995, are named in honor of Gary K. Hart, the former California State Senator and former California Secretary of Education. The prestigious Hart Vision Awards are given annually to individuals and organizations with outstanding records of leadership and excellence in furthering California’s charter public school movement. The award recognizes​​ the work and achievements of exceptional charter public schools, leaders, and advocates.

We’re proud to work with MLC as a longtime client and admire their steadfast commitment to students and families. As a part of our Charter Leader Spotlight Series, we interviewed Gayle Nadler, the co-founder and Executive Director of MLC, to learn more about MLC, how it feels to receive such a prestigious award, and why developing global citizens is such a critical part of the school’s mission and vision!

 

EdTec: How does it feel to be the winner of the CCSA Hart Vision Award  for Charter School of the Year (Southern California)?

Gayle: It’s an honor to receive an award in Gary Hart’s name. I heard him speak at the CCSA conference many years ago and was inspired by him, the movement he started, and his brave work to get charter schools on the map in California back in 1992. He passed away in January this year, so it’s even a little more heartfelt to receive the award in his name.

I was very excited that receiving the award had to do with not only our growth academically but also our innovative dual immersion program along with our emphasis on developing global competencies in our students.

To be honest, the timing was really incredible, coming out of the two years that we’ve just experienced. To be recognized when we have felt so vulnerable shows the impact of the hard work and determination of our community. It really comes down to who you are as an organization and your values, your team, and your community especially in the toughest of times.

It’s MLC’s time to share what we’re doing, and the outcomes we’re achieving. We’re willing to share all the work that we do so that other schools and students can benefit from what we’ve learned. It’s been 20 years of innovation, creation, development, and making mistakes and fixing them. There’s a lot that we can share with developing charter schools and other organizations.

 

EdTec: Have you ever been approached by other charters for advice?

Gayle: We’re frequently working with other schools on different levels. We’re approached by a lot of developing dual language schools. These schools usually want to hear about how we teach in two languages, what curriculum we use, and where we find bilingual teachers. We’ve also been approached about different things that we do in terms of organizational culture, special programs, instruction, planning, development, and strategy.

MLC is not in this movement for solely our own benefit. We want our school to do well and be successful for the community we serve, but we’re in this movement to improve education for all students, families, and educators in California.

 

EdTec: What has been the most rewarding part of this 21-year journey for you?

Gayle: The thing that always makes me smile most, is our alumni. It’s most rewarding to hear from the alumni in terms of what they’re doing with their lives, how they furthered their education, and the impact MLC has had on who they have become as global, bilingual citizens.

 

EdTec: What has been your most valuable lesson learned over the past 21 years?

Gayle: I say this to new charter leaders all the time, the most valuable lesson you can learn as a charter leader is this: there will always be obstacles – that is the job! Don’t hope or wait for the day there will be smooth sailing because it won’t come! The job is riding the waves and sticking to your vision and mission and the reason you opened in the first place. There’s always going to be challenges in front of you and because your vision and mission is so powerful, you have what it takes to overcome them.

 

EdTec: What is it like working with your mom?

Gayle: For the first eleven years, my mother was the Executive Director and I worked under her as the Program Director. She retired in 2012, so for the last 10 years, I’ve been running the show, although she is on the board and she volunteers in the classrooms. Without her knowledge and powerful ways of making things happen, I don’t know that we would have opened. She got us going, so that I could take the reins one day and take it to the next level.

Honestly, the work is so hard and so demanding, especially in those first 10 years of running a charter school  that you don’t even have time to think about anything else! We definitely had to create boundaries and have very clear delineations – “Okay, am I talking to you as your employee or as your daughter?” So, there was a lot of that in the beginning. We were excited to build something together. It really came from our experiences as mother and daughter when I was in public school. The fact that we took this really deep experience from my childhood, and her experience as my mother, and turned it into something that would fulfill us and the community, is a very powerful thing.

 

EdTec: As a charter school leader, you need a strong support system in place. What kind of support has been key to your success?

Gayle: On the ground, it is having an operational and instructional team that is completely committed to the school, to the vision, to the purpose. You need instructional leadership that is extremely talented and focused on outcomes for students, social, emotional, and academic.  And the operations team must have wide knowledge and experience with facilities, finance, and human resources.

Beyond your staff team, you need partners like EdTec!  Having a strong, trusting relationship with our back-office provider has been essential because it’s such a fluid relationship. Our relationship with EdTec has been essential in overcoming some of those hurdles that we face on the back end of things, so that the school can operate and have all these outstanding outcomes for kids.

Other community partners and the LA philanthropic community play a critical role. And of course, our parents – they know their students best, they are true partners in their education.

It’s also important to allow an opportunity for all folks, whether they’re administrators, teachers, teaching assistants, after school tutors, custodial staff, to have a voice in the organizational operations, policies, procedures. Your supporting community should have a strong voice and a seat at the table where they can express themselves, where they can share ideas, give feedback, make suggestions, and make decisions. The key to having a strong school organization is a collaborative approach in the truest sense. This requires a lot of listening and a lot of empathy on the part of leaders. It takes a lot to create that in an organization, but that’s a key element in our success.

 

EdTec: Why is developing global citizens is so important to you?

Gayle: It’s very important for young people to know how to navigate and live in a world with diverse thinking, diverse backgrounds, diverse cultures and language. For young people to be successful in a diverse world, they must be raised in an environment where they not only are taught to be respectful to people who are different, but to live and breathe and share space each day with people who come from diverse backgrounds. The experience at MLC enables young people to think more critically when they’re adults and to look at all sides of a story, to see different perspectives and points of view. Our students can also speak in more than one language which creates greater compassion and understanding. It’s also about having the confidence and the commitment to create change when it’s necessary. Those are the skills that we’re building when we talk about global citizens.

 

EdTec: What is your vision for the future? What is something you hope to accomplish in the next few years?

Gayle: Right now, we’re working on recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. I see us bouncing back and getting back into the groove of what we do. Then it’s about what can we do to take us to the next level because we never stop growing. I’d like to see us become more involved in creating change and spreading the word about some of our successful initiatives to influence others and perhaps policy.

I also want to bring in more partners, to engage more folks in the community and perhaps document our work. One of the benefits of being a charter is you’re this little incubator of innovation. But you’re so busy doing it, that you don’t really have time to sit down and document all the wonderful things you’ve done or put it into a guidebook.  It would be great to document some of the things that we’ve done so that it can be more easily shared, studied, or developed to influence equitable access to high quality education for all students.

Thank you to Gayle, and congratulations to the MLC community!

CCSA produced a special video series featuring the exemplary charter school leaders who received the 2022 Hart Vision Award. You can view the MLC video here.

The Multicultural Learning Center (MLC) is a K-8 public charter school in Los Angeles founded in 2001 by mother and daughter team Toby Bornstein and Gayle Nadler with the vision to “bring together a diverse community of learners where cultural and individual differences are the building blocks of academic, social, and intrapersonal success.” MLC achieves this vision through the school-wide implementation of a dual immersion program (Spanish/English) and a focus on global and social-emotional competencies.

Connect with EdTec at the 2022 California Charter Schools Conference!

March 7, 2022

EdTec is excited to be a sponsor, exhibitor, and presenter at the 2022 California Charter Schools Conference! The conference will take place in Long Beach from March 14-17, 2022. EdTec staff, along with our partner organizations and partner schools, will present six breakout sessions, as well as one session at the virtual School Developer Summit. We’re looking forward to this opportunity to share our expertise with charter developers, new schools, and established schools.

Because everyone can always use a new headshot, EdTec is the Headshot Bar sponsor this year! The Headshot Bar will be set up at the back of the exhibit hall in the right corner during exhibit hall hours (Tuesday from 9:00am – 4:30pm, and Wednesday from 9:00am – 4:30pm).

We will have two booth locations in the exhibit hall. We hope you will stop by Booth 1112 to meet the EdTec team and learn more about our charter development and back office services. Our school data and assessment experts will be available at Booth 1515 to discuss how we help charters to create actionable school plans by supporting school leaders with accountability reporting, performance analysis, and educational partner engagement.

EdTec Breakout Sessions

Monday, March 14

Tuesday, March 15

We look forward to seeing you at our booths and sessions, in-person for the first time in three years! We hope everyone has a great conference experience full of learning, networking, and inspiration.

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Join EdTec at the 2021 National Charter Schools Conference!

June 15, 2021

EdTec is excited to be an exhibitor and presenter at the 2021 National Charter Schools Virtual Conference! The conference takes place June 20-23, 2021. We invite you to stop by the EdTec booth in the Solutions Center to say hello to our team members and learn how our charter experts can support your school with business, operations, and performance services. We’re also eager to share how we meet the needs of new school developers around the country with our expertise in charter development.

Annice Weinstein, EdTec’s Sr. Manager, Assessment Data and Analysis, will present a Solutions Session on Tuesday, June 22. We invite you to attend “Data Driven School Culture, But Make It Easy” at 12:00 pm ET.  We will showcase Otus, an affordable K-12 learning platform designed to streamline the process of using data to improve learning. Combined with EdTec’s charter-specific support, Otus is the ideal solution for charter schools striving for a data-driven, equity-focused school culture in a distanced, hybrid, or in-person learning environment.  We will also share how we have partnered with the National Student Clearinghouse®  to provide verified data for charters on their graduates’ college enrollment, persistence, and completion status, along with key reports to support your school’s renewal and other compliance requirements.  We look forward to sharing our knowledge in this area and learning about your school’s data needs.

We hope everyone has a wonderful conference experience!

Connect with EdTec at the California Charter Schools Virtual Conference!

(This post has been updated to include links to the session recordings that are only accessible to conference attendees.) 

March 2, 2021

EdTec is proud to be a sponsor, exhibitor, and presenter at the California Charter Schools Virtual Conference! The conference is scheduled for March 15-19, 2021. EdTec staff, along with our partner organizations and partner schools, will present 10 breakout sessions, as well as participate in the School Developer Summit and present during the Solutions Hour. We’re looking forward to this opportunity to share our expertise and connect with charter leaders across the state.

On Tuesday, March 16 at 11am, as part of the Solutions Hour, EdTec will open up its monthly, clients-only Leadership Hour series to all conference attendees! Our school finance and accountability experts will provide updates on current issues impacting California charter schools, including the 2021-22 State Budget proposal and related legislation. We’ll also provide guidance on the Local Indicators and 2021-24 LCAP development, preparing you to align your goals, set reasonable metrics, and track expenditures.

We also hope you will visit our booth in the Virtual Exhibit Hall to meet the EdTec team and learn more about our services.  We’ll be available everyday during exhibit hall hours to meet one-on-one to discuss how we can support your school with new charter petitions, back office, CALPADS,  student achievement analyses, the LCAP, licensing for learning management solutions, charter renewal, grant writing, and more.

EdTec Breakout Sessions

Monday, March 15

Tuesday, March 16

Wednesday, March 17

Thursday, March 18

Friday, March 19

 

EdTec Booth Demos

Monday, March 15 

  • Introduction to Otus — Data, Assessment, and Learning Management System | 1:00pm – 1:30pm
    • EdTec will showcase Otus, an affordable K-12 learning platform designed to streamline the process of using data to improve learning. Combined with EdTec’s charter-specific support, Otus is the ideal solution for charter schools striving for a data-driven, equity-focused school culture in a distanced-, hybrid, or in-person learning environment.

Wednesday, March 17

  • Introduction to Otus — Data, Assessment, and Learning Management System | 1:00pm – 1:30pm
    • EdTec will showcase Otus, an affordable K-12 learning platform designed to streamline the process of using data to improve learning. Combined with EdTec’s charter-specific support, Otus is the ideal solution for charter schools striving for a data-driven, equity-focused school culture in a distanced-, hybrid, or in-person learning environment.

Thursday, March 18

  • Introduction to Otus — Data, Assessment, and Learning Management System | 10:00am – 10:30am
    • EdTec will showcase Otus, an affordable K-12 learning platform designed to streamline the process of using data to improve learning. Combined with EdTec’s charter-specific support, Otus is the ideal solution for charter schools striving for a data-driven, equity-focused school culture in a distanced-, hybrid, or in-person learning environment.

Friday, March 19

  • Verified Data from National Student Clearinghouse | 10:00am – 10:30am
    • EdTec has partnered with National Student Clearinghouse® to provide verified data for charters on their graduates’ college enrollment, persistence, and completion status. EdTec makes the StudentTracker® data process simple and provides key reports to support your LCAP and renewal.

We look forward to connecting at our sessions, during our booth demos, and in the exhibit hall. We hope everyone has an informative and fun conference experience!

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A Message of Unity from EdTec

June 12, 2020

Dear Partner,

You inspire us with your fierce determination to do whatever it takes to create a better school for your community.

You amaze us with the passion, creativity, innovation and selflessness that inform all you do for and with your students and communities.

You humble us with your wisdom, perspective, insight and, most important, the way in which you make us feel like a part of your community.

We are inspired to see how you, our school partners, are coming together to advocate for social justice and lead our nation in creating a safer, more just, and equitable future for our young people.

We are sickened and outraged by the racial injustices perpetrated against communities of color, and the lack of leadership in addressing these systemic issues. While these issues are not new, we are hopeful that the powerful message of solidarity against systemic racism that continues to be sent through Black Lives Matter protests around the nation is finally beginning to break through. We realize that there is still much work to be done and we commit to doing our part.

We exist because we see education as a foundational catalyst for change:

“We believe:

  • Charter schools improve education, which is a cornerstone of our society
  • Our company is a community, where respect and mutual caring are paramount”

That is an excerpt from our original mission statement – since 2001, we have existed solely to support you in bringing equity and community to public education. We are proud to be your partner as you strive for social justice by providing opportunities for students who would not otherwise have them, and by equipping them to combat the structural inequalities that are embedded in our society.

The events of the past weeks have reminded us that we can, and need, to do more. We are committed to the important work of confronting bias and reinforcing EdTec’s values of diversity and inclusion in our workplace, and to that end have started to engage in meaningful discussions with our team. We have also been actively discussing actions we could take as a company to enact lasting change both internally and throughout the communities we serve.

Unsettling times like these only reignite our motivation to support you in the hard work needed to break the cycle of inequity. As always, we stand determined and ready to support, learn from, and serve you and your communities as best we can. We look forward to engaging in those conversations with you, and to moving forward, together.

EdTec