Leadership Intensive

Program Dates

June 2023


To Be Announced

Important Dates

Registration for the 2023 program will open in Spring 2023.


The Leadership Intensive provides participants with the knowledge, skills, and professional networks that successful charter leaders need to navigate the year and responsibilities ahead. Drawing on CSDC’s knowledge of 30 years of charter operations, with a wholistic approach, this program is built and adapted through the collaborative contributions of veteran charter leaders from throughout the movement.

CSDC staff and expert guest presenters provide trainings on a wide range of essential charter topics, ranging from accountability, renewal, legal issues, special education, collective bargaining, personnel, authorizer relationships, governance, finance, facilities, and more.

This training program often serves as a summer leadership retreat for charter school leaders, administrative teams, and board members, allowing groups to reflect on their unique issues and opportunities, and apply the knowledge gained in the program immediately to their schools in the fall.


Why Attend?

Here's why California charter school leaders have joined the Leadership Intensive every summer for nearly 20 years:

Receive training from CSDC's experts and guest practictioners.

Leadership Intensive participants receive dozens of hours of instructor-led content in the most critical aspects of charter school leadership and management. Many sessions are taught directly by CSDC's expert staff including CSDC's Executive Director and Founder, Eric Premack. CSDC also invites experienced guest practictioners to ground training material in day-to-day practice.

Build connections with leaders from across the state.

Leadership Intensive participants will participate in numerous structured networking activities, including team assignments, collaborative tasks, and evening receptions. These networking opportunities promote relationships that often last well beyond the 5-day training, creating powerful connections for problem solving and statewide advocacy.

Leverage your relevant experience.

Leadership Intensive participants generally come to the event wealth of relevant of experience in the education sector—but the level of charter-specific experience can vary widely. We recognize this as a great advantage of the Intensive and divide the cohort into tracks as result: New Lead

Who Attends?

Administrators new to the California charter school context
This event provides leaders coming from out-of-state, private, and traditional public schools (or from other professional backgrounds) with the customized training they need to successfully transition to their roles as California public charter school leaders.

Teachers recently promoted to leadership roles
LI ensures that newly-promoted instructional staff have the proper training in school operations (e.g., human resources, legal, finance, etc.) to succeed in their new roles.

Staff of newly granted charter schools:
LI provides attendees from newly granted charter schools with the latest practical information on a variety of critical topics, as well as the opportunity to identify and address knowledge gaps—all before their schools go fully operational in the fall.

Featured Presenters

Laurie Inman

Guest Instructor & Chair of Liberal Studies at CSUDH

Charter School Development Center

Susanne Coie

Accountability and Development Specialist

Charter School Development Center

Caitlin O'Halloran

Charter School Governance and Policy Specialist

Charter School Development Center

Jennifer McQuarrie

Advisor and Guest Instructor

Eric Premack

Executive Director & Founder

Charter School Development Center

right arrow
left arrow

What Participants Say


As a new charter leader, I feel much better prepared after attending the CSDC Leadership Intensive and knowing the organization is there to support our success.

James May

Executive Director, BEST Academy Charter School, Julian, CA


I attended LI in 2012 just after being hired to lead a charter school and again in 2021 as I enter my 10th year as a charter school leader. Both LI experiences were extremely educational, informative, and strengthened by a support network that continues to benefit my work and my school.

Nikki Lloyd

Director, Novato Charter School, Novato, CA


I am not brand-new to the charter world, but as a new charter school leader, there is a big learning curve! After attending CSDC's LI, I was able to acquire a knowledge base that propelled me to the next level! I feel more prepared and confident to lead my school forward in our mission than ever before! Thank you CSDC!

Cristina Cullen

Director of Operations, Santa Barbara Charter School, Santa Barbara, CA


CSDC leads that way in charter leadership training. Their expert team ensures that California charter school leaders are equipped with the necessary information needed to run high-quality schools! The Intensive was a fantastic learning experience and I would recommend it to any charter leader new or veteran!

Meghan Freeman

CEO, Elite Academic Academy, Temecula, CA


What I like about CSDC is that their staff is authentic. There is no pretending and no glossing over difficult topics. Trainings are relevant, up to date, and address the real issues that are important and vital, and sometimes messy, for charter leaders to know. They address issues in the real world AND listen to their members to better serve them.

Anne Matthews

Assistant Principal, The O'Farrell Charter School, San Diego, CA


I came into the world of charter school leadership with many years of school leadership experience but no experience in charter schools. I wish that I had participated in the Leadership Intensive with CSDC the first year I worked at my charter school. I am leaving this week with a much deeper understanding of both the mechanics of charter leadership and the importance of the charter movement both historically and as we move forward.

Jonathan Molnar

Director, Bitney Prep High School, Grass Valley, CA


Leadership Intensive helped sharpen my understanding of compliance, financial, legal, and advocacy issues that impact me on a daily basis. I believe I am a better, more informed charter leader thanks to the knowledge and training I received at the Intensive. Thank you CSDC!

Kennedy Hilario

Executive Director, Francophone Charter School of Oakland, Oakland, CA


The application for the 2023 Leadership Intensive will open in Spring 2023. In the meanwhile, please join CSDC's mailing list to receive the latest updates on this and other CSDC trainings and events.