The National Charter Schools Conference will convene over 4,000 participants from around the country who come to learn, connect and share ideas. Attendees aren’t only from inside schools—every year we see people from organizations that support charters in every way imaginable, and would love for you to be there. We invite you to bring a team in from your organization to get a full grasp of the most current trends and issues in the charter movement.
Sessions are split into five broad categories. We find that attendee’s interests often align more strongly with one of these strands:
Instruction—Focusing largely on intermediate and advanced instruction techniques, this strand encompasses classroom management, curriculum, education strategies and other classroom-specific topics. Teachers, curriculum specialists, special education teachers and school leaders are all welcome.
Leadership—The leadership strand addresses the many challenges facing those who run today’s charter schools. Whether you are part of an independent school, a nationwide EMO or CMO, or a charter support organization, your learning experiences will address the specific skills needed to improve your school’s organization and management. Topics include replication, succession planning, school culture, team-building, hiring and working with staff, dealing with parents and more.
Policy—The political landscape impacts charter schools immensely, and those who align with the policy strand are the ones who want to be kept abreast of the latest developments in district, state, and federal legislation and activism. Conversations focus on the big-picture vision for the future of the movement, advocacy, and overcoming policy-induced obstacles. Whether you’re working on grassroots campaigns for charters or legal policy for the nationwide movement, you will find content here for you.
Operations—Keeping a school running requires an immense amount of work behind the scenes, and those in operations are the ones who know what it takes. From facilities to fiscal sustainability, communications and PR to professional development, the National Charter Schools Conference will provide back-office employees with some of the necessary tools to ensure prosperity and stability at a school.
Governance—Working with or being on a charter school board or a charter school authorizer comes with its own set of responsibilities and challenges, and this strand provides networking and learning experiences to help create a better understanding of how to promote high-quality schools. Learn about board operations and training, strategic planning, crucial elements to a successful charter school application, planning for start-ups, charter renewals and other topics.
Conversations held at the conference influence the future of charter schooling, and we want to make sure you are part of the dialogue!
Just look at some of the people we’ve had come in the past: