Conference Program

CSDC’s California Charter Schools Leadership Update Conference offers an in-depth, timely program that provides the critical content, resources and technical assistance that charter leaders are seeking.

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The conference committee team is finalizing the 2022 conference program. In the meanwhile, here is some additional information on programming at this year’s event.


  • Breakout Sessions: 75-minute in-depth sessions on defined, critical topics
  • Extended Workshops: 3-hour sessions for a deep dive into content
  • NEW! Learning Labs: 45-minute sessions hosted in our exhibit hall full of energy, hands-on engagement and opportunities for attendees to interact with their colleagues

Strands and Topics

Attendees of CSDC's 2022 Leadership Update Conference will choose from a diverse program of timely, in-depth sessions presented by sector leaders.

The conference committee team received a wide range of submissions addressing many of the strands and topics outlined below. (Confirmed 2022 strands/topics may vary somewhat from the list below.)

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


Please visit the conference schedule page for more.