OAPCS 2012 Charter School Conference a Smashing Success

Posted on October 16, 2012


At this year's State Charter School Conference at the Greater Columbus Convention Center Michelle Rhee of StudentsFirst joined Ohio Alliance president Bill Sims in conversation about the importance of challenging conventional thinking when it comes to public education and how critical it is for education stakeholders to be earnest in making sure that what we do is genuinely in the best interests of students.  She also reminded the charter school audience of how important it is to be proactive in the political and policymaking arena.

 Also keynoting the event was Greg Richmond, president of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA). Richmond praised Ohio for its progress in addressing quality issues in the charter school sector, encouraging Ohio’s charter community to continue to demonstrate leadership  through quality initiatives.

 The 2012 Charter School Teacher of the Year award went to Lynnly Wood, KIPP Journey Academy; and, the 2012 School Leader of the Year award went to Chad Carr, Columbus Preparatory Academy.  Congratulations Chad and Lynnly!

(Pictured above: L-R - Greg Richmond, NACSA; Lynnly Wood, Teacher of the Year, KIPP Journey Academy; Jay Hromatka, Piper Jaffray; Bill Sims, OAPCS)


L-R: Bill Sims, OAPCS; Chad Carr, School Leader of the Year, Columbus Preparatory, Jay Hromatka, Piper Jaffray

Michelle Rhee of StudentsFirst, in dialogue with Bill Sims during day two of the conference.