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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Academy for Science and Design in Nashua hosts statewide charter conference

The Academy of Science and Design in Nashua hosted a statewide “best practice” conference Friday for members of the New Hampshire Public Charter School Association.

More than 100 teachers, school leaders and even groups of people still developing new charter schools gathered at Nashua’s only charter school to share their findings and strategies to work with students, despite limited funding, and to work with boards of trustees to ensure effective school leadership. ...

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The Academy of Science and Design in Nashua hosted a statewide “best practice” conference Friday for members of the New Hampshire Public Charter School Association.

More than 100 teachers, school leaders and even groups of people still developing new charter schools gathered at Nashua’s only charter school to share their findings and strategies to work with students, despite limited funding, and to work with boards of trustees to ensure effective school leadership.

“It’s a great opportunity for networking between certain groups,” ASD Director Jennifer Cava said.

Eileen Liponis, executive director of the NHPCSA, said the event has been held for three years.

Charter schools already get less funding than traditional public schools, Liponis said, and with the moratorium placed on new school approvals, it can be a difficult time to work for a charter school.

Coming together to discuss these challenges and ways to overcome them, she said, is beneficial for the state’s schools.

“Charter school teachers face challenges like no others,” Liponis said. “They have to be creative.”

The conference featured workshops on everything from recruiting good board members and school directors to best using limited resources.

Groups from two Nashua charter schools in development – Gate City Charter School for the Arts and the MicroSociety Charter Academy of Southern New Hampshire – were also in attendance.

– DANIELLE CURTIS