Should we Change the Locations of our Regional Charter Leader Meetings to Different School Sites in the Central Valley?

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January 10, 2013 Should we change the locations of our regional charter leader meetings to different school sites in the Central Valley?

This round of regional meeting happening the first week of February will continue to take place in the same locations they have in the past. But in having a discussion with a prominent charter leader, he raised the question of having our regional meetings at school sites versus the county offices of education and the UC, Fresno Center we currently have them at. We'll look to discuss this at the upcoming meetings but let me provide some background. When I first began working at the Association, we did have the meetings at different school sites. This was beneficial to have charter leaders visit neighboring schools to get a firsthand experience of the physical layout and environment of another charter school. Most of all it was a chance for the school to spotlight their school and program.

Unfortunately the reason we moved away from this was due to inconsistent and low attendance at the meetings. Having the meeting at a consistent location has helped to provide stability and increased attendance. Maybe we are at a place now where if we provide enough notice of the location, we can venture out and have these at school sites once again. I look forward to the discussion on this subject but it is important to remember, having all of us in the same room to discuss topics and learn from each other is important and having as many of us together at one time is just as critical.

  • The Modesto area meeting will once again be held at the Stanislaus County Office of Education on Monday February 4th from 9 am to 12 pm at 1100 H St Modesto, CA 95354 in the Knight's Ferry room. Please pre-register for the meeting.

  • The Fresno area meeting will be held on Tuesday February 5th from 9 am to 12 pm at the University of California, Fresno Center at 550 E Shaw Ave. Fresno, CA 93710 in the Inyo/Kern room. Please pre-register for the meeting.

  • The Bakersfield area meeting will be held on Thursday February 7th from 9 am to 12 pm at the Kern County Superintendent of School's Larry E. Reider Education Center at 2000 K St. Bakersfield, CA 93301 room # 201 The parking entrance is located on 20th street and guests are to park on the 3rd level. Please pre-register for the meeting.