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“Quality is never an accident.  It is always the result of intelligent effort.” [John Ruskin]  Quality requires effort.  Utah Charter Network’s Board of Directors believes in the essence of that statement.  To keep charter schools relevant and vibrant, charter school quality, and the quality of educating and administering, must be set to the highest standard.  Consistent with its philosophy, UCN devotes a significant amount of its operational time and budget providing sensible resources, high-quality professional development, and valuable board training/development opportunities.

RESOURCES

UCN provides a network of consulting experts and professionals in various charter school related fields.  Some of these areas of expertise include:  legal, accounting, management, curriculum, facilities planning, financial planning, benefits administration, and healthcare planning.  UCN’s Board of Advisors is a group of individuals dedicated to providing charter leaders with the best information available to keep your school up-to-date and compliant.

The UCN Website (UTCharterNetwork.com) has a vast selection of important resources for charter school students, parents, staff, administrators, and governing boards. Current news and information is provided on an on-going basis.  Current events are easily accessible on dozens of usable pages.  Legislative links and updated information regarding Utah’s Capitol Hill and national issues are at your fingertips.  Summary reports/commentary on state statute and administrative rule are distributed statewide to Directors and Boards via our online newsletter (Charter Chatter).  And, we now offer periodic teleconferencing via UCN’s very own private chat line at:  uberconference.com/ucncharterchat (also accessible on your phone at 801-893-3311).   Group phone discussions are designed to share ideas and provide significant dialogue among charter leaders throughout the state.

Also, helpful resources produced by current UCN advisors include the production of the CHARTRight Manuals.   The CHARTRight project was a state-funded dissemination grant targeting the questions and intricacies of the Planning Year and the Start-up Year for Utah’s charter schools.  UCN board members Jake Hunt, Craig Frank, and (ED) Kim Frank, authored and compiled nearly 1600 pages of useful, searchable information/data for the benefit and success of governing boards accross the state.  [Use the link below to access the CHARTRight Manuals.]

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Professional development is one of UCN’s primary focuses.  SUMMER SYMPOSIUMS  Our 2014 Summer Symposium–STEM Twenty-First Century Toolbox–was our best conference yet!  Thematic symposiums have provided hundreds of teachers and administrators opportunities to be exposed to the latest resources and techniques in education development and delivery.  State and national education experts travel to these conferences to share their wealth of experience with Utah’s educators. These events have been easily accessible, low-cost, and fun!  Ask, anyone who’s attended…they’ll be back next year.  REGIONAL SYMPOSIUMS & TRAINING  UCN provides regional training and PD events in northern, central, and southern Utah.  Watch for announcements regarding  these convenient events.  SPECIALTY TRAINING  We provide specialty training and seminars in a number of relevant areas for charter schools.

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[Pictured: UCN Executive Director Kim Frank, presented Jason Finch of Monticello Academy with the 2014 UCN Educator of the Year Award at the Summer Symposium.]

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BOARD TRAINING

Craig Frank, UCN Board Member, Former Member of the Utah House of Representatives (2003-2010, 2012; Member of the House Education Standing Committee, and, Chair of House Committee on Government Operations), and Author/Compiler of the CHARTRight Manuals for public charter schools, is a recognized expert in board/committee protocol and efficiency.

Craig was designated the House Parliamentarian in 2010 by Speaker Rebecca Lockhart.  His knowledge and experience related to parliamentary procedure places him in a unique position to teach boards thoughtful procedure to enhance board efficiency and fairness.

Utah Charter Network member schools have access to periodic training provided by Craig on an individual school basis, and, during scheduled UCN events.

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[Pictured: Craig engages Lincoln Academy’s board in a discussion on noticing, agenda, transparency, and process regarding the development of school policies]