Have Something to Share About These Topics? CSDC–and the CA Charter Sector–Wants to Hear from You!

Jul 13 2022


CSDC's Annual Leadership Update Conference is designed to provide charter school leaders from across the state with the skills, knowledge and resources to thrive. 

The conference offers a high-quality, focused program including extended workshops and breakout sessions, networking and vendor engagement opportunities, and access to some of the sector’s most creative, innovative and dedicated leaders, with many becoming conference presenters so that they can share their expertise on a wide range of topics. 

The number and complexity of these topics has multiplied and our team has compiled the most critical topics affecting California charter schools. 

Do you–or someone you know–have a perspective to share on one of these important  topics? 

Consider submitting a session proposal. You’ll help support fellow leaders in a time of unprecedented change…and you’ll add “CSDC Conference Presenter” to your resume.

The CFP closes at 11:59PM PDT on Friday, August 5, 2022. We look forward to reviewing your proposal! 

Accountability and Renewal

  • Demonstrating growth with “verified data” assessments: grappling with pandemic data and other tricky issues
  • Demonstrating strong postsecondary outcomes
  • Renewal and accountability
  • Understanding shifting LCAP requirements
  • Renewal case studies: How we rallied our data to make a compelling case
  • Measuring student success
  • Building successful relationships with your authorizer
  • 1505 “Fiscal Impact” criteria

Educational Approaches

  • Developing and launching successful CTEIG programs
  • Developing and launching successful Community Schools
  • Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELOP) Funding Program Design
  • Leveraging technology
  • STEM programs
  • Social-emotional learning
  • Student wellness
  • Project based learning
  • Social justice and anti-racism practices
  • Promoting strong college postsecondary outcomes
  • Creative strategies for offering TK


  • Effectively navigating Prop 39
  • School site expansion: choosing new locations and facilities
  • Facilities financing
  • Charter Facilities Grant Program‐navigating the details
  • Prevailing wage and other difficult facilities development issues


  • Effective board management practices
  • Strategic planning for charter schools
  • Forming a Political Action Committee
  • Successfully recruiting charter school board members
  • Positive parent communication
  • Managing and recruiting volunteers
  • Building a successful relationship with your authorizer
  • Creating local networking opportunities with other charter schools
  • Developing and maintaining successful board policies
  • Successful Executive Director evaluation

Human Resources

  • Effectively identifying and recruiting high quality staff
  • Developing competitive staff compensation packages
  • Staff retention
  • Wellness strategies: what we’ve learned our employees need
  • Navigating credentialing requirements
  • Navigating employee leaves
  • Executive search: how to run your own or hire a search firm
  • Williams lawsuit compliance

Leadership and Equity

  • Building effective charter leaders and leadership teams: recruitment, development, and retention strategies
  • Leading through change
  • Planning for leadership succession
  • Equity audits
  • Building anti-racist organizations
  • Addressing teacher and administrator burnout
  • Translating mission, values, and goals into day-to-day practice
  • Strategic planning and implementation
  • Developing and maintaining strategic partnerships
  • Ethnic studies‐how to implement the new mandate


  • Legal and policy update
  • Cyber security in the age of ransomware attacks
  • Challenges to growth--material revisions, MOUs and authorizer policies
  • Collective bargaining 101
  • Student and staff social media policies and practices
  • Wage and hour compliance: employee classifications and non-exempt requirements
  • Addressing disruptive community members—parents, students, board members
  • Executive compensation and performance review: what is appropriate, competitive, and legal?
  • Special education compliance

Policy and Advocacy

  • Running for local school board
  • Building authorizer support: successful outreach and school visits
  • Policy and legal update
  • Student ambassadors to represent your school

School Operations

  • Creative student recruitment and enrollment strategies
  • Liability trends and how to avoid them
  • School safety
  • Universal Meal Program (UMP) in charter schools
  • TK implementation

Strategic Fiscal Management

  • Universal TK implementation
  • Strategic use of Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELOP) Funding
  • Building a sustainable school meal program
  • Preparing for the next recession: cost-reduction strategies to streamline operations and endure fiscal uncertainty
  • Effective strategies for spending one-time funding
  • Innovative charter school financing and funding alternatives to expand revenue sources
  • Federal funding management
  • Surviving Federal Program Review—hear from schools who have done it
  • Audit update
  • Special education without breaking the bank: fiscal best practices
  • Keeping pace with Special Education trends
  • Opportunities and tradeoffs for leaving the district and joining a CHELPA

Student Success

  • Addressing learning lag
  • Promoting growth in literacy
  • Promoting growth in mathematics
  • Supporting the success of English learners
  • Supporting the success of students with disabilities
  • Effective instructional practices for nonclassroom-based schools
  • Developing instructional leaders
  • Open call: share your instructional superpower!

Submit Your Proposal

Click the button below to review the complete 2022 CFP for presentation formats, content strands/topics, and critical deadlines.

Submit your proposal by August 5, 2022. We look forward to working with you! 

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