2012 Conference Spotlight


INCS is proud to have hosted hundreds of friends, colleagues, and partners at the 2012 Statewide Charter School  Conference, It’s About Great Schools.  We are busy with preparations for the Conference next year and will share details as they become available.  Please be sure to visit the INCS website for news and updates.  The INCS team looks forward to seeing you in 2013!

Speakers included: 


Kevin P. Chavous, Author and  Activist

Mr. Chavous is a noted attorney, author, and national school reform leader. He is the author of Voices of Determination: Children that Defy the Odds. He also presides as board chair for both the Black Alliance for Educational Options and Democrats for Education Reform.


Valerie Babb, Director of the Charter Parent Action Network 

Meet Valerie Babb of the Charter Parent Action Network, and find out how parent empowerment can improve academic   achievement and strengthen the charter movement. Valerie, along with INCS Sr. Advocacy manager Anton Seals, will  provide an important two- pronged way to view parent empowerment. 

Prasad Ram, Founder and CEO of Gooru

Be among the first to check out Gooru, the search engine for learning with Founder and CEO Prasad Ram.  While working at Google, Prasad devised a prototype to address his problem of finding age and topic appropriate educational resources on the web. Hear about this during our plenary session, then dive deeper into Gooru during a breakout session.

Lisa Scruggs, Partner at Jenner & Block

Lisa maintains a litigation and counseling practice that focuses on advising education industry clients on how to achieve their policy goals and on a variety of education and school reform law issues.  In addition to her complex commercial litigation practice, she draws on extensive experience in the education industry, including serving as Senior Policy Advisor to the Chicago Public Schools’ Chief Executive Officer, as well as positions at Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, the Consortium on Chicago School Research and the Chicago Public Schools.

Andrew Broy, President of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools

Learn how the commission can help you with renewals and with starting a charter in a panel moderated by INCS president Andrew Broy, Illinois Charter School Commissioners, staff, and more!