As the role of the County Offices of Education continues to evolve, this conference is dedicated to providing COE board members with the tools and information to empower them to be effective elected education leaders. This year’s sessions will address governance during challenging times, focusing on the unique responsibilities that differentiate county school board members from district board members. Be inspired as you leave with new ideas for serving students.

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Friday, September 9 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
County Board Charter Authorization: A Collaborative Process

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The charter authorization process is a crucial responsibility of county school boards. The staff of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools, in conjunction with the Fresno County Board of Education, instituted a model that provides structure, coaching, and accountability to charters identified as Low Performing by the State of California. This session will describe the process created by the FCSS staff and tell how the identified charter realized improvement. The session will be presented by an accountability liaison, a leadership coach, the director of the identified charter, and the county board member responsible for charter schools.  

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Lori Willson

Director of Systems and Leadership/CASC, Fresno COE
An Executive Leadership Coach with Fresno County Superintendent of Schools. She has been a teacher and principal and is currently a leadership coach at Kepler Neighborhood School and leads the coaching to teach in the FCSS model.
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Abby Petropulos

Executive Leadership Coach, Fresno COE
An Executive Leadership Coach with Fresno County Superintendent of Schools. She has been a teacher, principal, and district-level administrator. Abby leads the accountability team in the FCSS model.
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Allen Clyde

Board Member, Fresno COE
Practiced podiatry for 43 years in Clovis, California, and has been a member of the Fresno County Board of Education since 2001. He is the board representative on the FCSS charter committee and is pivotal in charter decisions.
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Nikki Lovelace

CEO, Kepler Neighborhood School
CEO and Director of Student Services for Kepler Neighborhood Schools. Her leadership has been pivotal in bringing about the necessary change at Kepler.

Friday September 9, 2022 2:30pm - 3:45pm PDT
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