RBA Presents at NC Alliance Conference

The Roger Bacon Academy gives back by having five presenters at this year’s annual conference in Concord, NC.

With the cap on charter schools now lifted, this year’s NC Alliance Charter Schools Conference is shaping up to be the most relevant and crucial gathering of public charter school leaders in the state.

Education is Important for the Future of our Communities! Public charter schools are continuing to improve our nation’s educational system. Building strong relationships within the community and with the traditional public schools are key areas that will be addressed in the conference. Breakout sessions will feature many state leaders in education discussing the future directions for N.C. as well as issues relating to finance, administration, instruction, marketing, legal, facilities, boards, teachers and principals.

Please find the presentation and links for each presenter:

Evaluating Interventions and Tutoring Protocols:  Do they actually produce results? – Baker Mitchell, The Roger Bacon Academy

Breakout Room I – Management

Usually when we are pleased with the growth exhibited by a group of students having received an intervention, we tend to say that the intervention “worked.”   But did this group of students progress more than they would have without the intervention, and if so, how much? Conventional statistical techniques suggest that we randomly divide our students into two groups and give the intervention to one group and not to the other group; then we compare the two groups.  But this method deprives the control group of a possibly beneficial treatment. A method called regression discontinuity design (RDD) allows all students to receive the treatment or intervention, yet can dramatically show what effect the treatment had on the group. This session explains RDD and gives examples of its application.




Meaningful Evaluation of Teacher Candidates – Cary Andrews, The Roger Bacon Academy

Breakout Room G – Principals

Fourteen teachers or instructional leaders with known performance records from our schools were administered an exam from the National Evaluation Series (NES) called “The Essential Components of Reading Instruction (104)”  by Pearson.  This three-hour 150-question multiple choice test was administered on-line by a testing center in Wilmington, North Carolina.  The purpose of testing these teachers was to determine if NES-104 had predictive value and might serve as a screening test to be used for hiring new teachers.

Real-time data driven instructional decisions – Samantha Williams, The Roger Bacon Academy

Breakout Room J – Instruction

Learn innovative ways to track your student data and have the freedom to make informed decisions for the best possible instruction. Using data on a daily basis you can track individual, grade, or instructional trends. Identify and target what is working and change what is not working immediately.



FASTAR: Drill and Thrill, Fun with Fluency – Jesse Smith, The Roger Bacon Academy

Breakout Room A – Instruction

Pit crews, qualifying races, and big trophies for the winners; no, it’s not stock car racing, it’s FASTAR® – an exciting academic competition for students at The Roger Bacon Academy. Each year, nearly 200 charter school student-racers and their crew chiefs – parents – accept the challenge of tuning their reading and math skills, qualifying for the big race event, and competing for trophies and gold medals while their classmates cheer them on to the finish line!  Research shows that practicing to the point of fast, smooth, nearly automatic response – fluency – has several benefits: memory of the skill is retained longer, the student is able to perform the skill for a longer time before getting tired, comprehension may be improved, complex tasks are easier with a stronger foundation in basic skills, and homework times may decrease.

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