2012 Statewide Charter School Conference

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!

2012 Conference Materials & Media

Select presentations from our 2012 conference are below with more coming shortly, and, of course, there are plenty of pictures and videos from select addresses from our most recent conference.  Also, feel free to click here to view the official 2012 Conference program book, which will help to give you a fuller sense of the event.

Presenter(s) Presentation
Travis Carley / Eric Johnson Engaging your board of directors in fundraising
Prasad Ram Toward Personalized Learning

Over 500 participants from around the state and country came together to learn, connect, and share best practices at INCS 2nd Annual Statewide Charter School Conference held at the Marriott Magnificent Mile Downtown in Chicago.  Keynote speaker Kevin Chavous provided national perspective and practical advice during the plenary session on Monday, October 29. On Tuesday, October 30, panel discussions included  Face to Face with the Media, and Face to Face with Elected Officials.  Other highlights included:

VIP Reception at the Chicago Cultural Center on Monday night

Charter Excellence Awards Luncheon on Tuesday

This year’s honorees are: Class Room Hero Antavis Spells of KIPP Ascend Primary, Charter Champion Sen. Heather Steans, D-IL, Charter Innovator Travis Commons of Rowe Elementary School. This year's Senior Student honorees are: Aja Beckham from Perspectives Leadership Academy, Mayra Gonzalez from Ace Tech Joshua Razo UIC College Prep, and Alejandra Rodriguez of Noble Street College Prep. The Eighth grade student honorees are: Mariah Brooks of Springfield Ball Charter School, and Mariana Castillo of Bartolome de Las Casas Charter School. 

Conference speakers included:

  Valerie Baab, Director of the Charter Parent Action Network,

o   Prasad Ram, Founder and CEO of Gooru,

o   Cordell Ingram, Principal at Robertson Charter School,

o   Juan Salgado, President and CEO at Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy,

o   Allison Slade, Founder and Principal at Namaste Charter School, and

o   Dr. Garland Thomas, Founding Principal at Johnson College Prep – Noble Network of Charter Schools.


A special thank you to everyone who attended and to this year’s exhibitors and sponsors.  We look forward to seeing you at the 2013 Annual Conference!

Want to see great highlights from last year's Conference? Click here!

Meet the Conference Team

Sylvia Ewing
Conference Coordinator
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Eric Johnson
Marketing Opportunities
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Aimee Mandolini
Marketing Opportunities
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Kristi Harbers
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Kristina Catrambone
Speaker Coordinator
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