In 1989, Executive Director, Eric Premack, helped introduce the charter school concept to California and in 1993 founded the Charter Schools Development Center (CSDC). Eric helped write California's first charter laws in 1992 — and has been hard at work ever since.
In addition to being a critical voice, ally, and advocate at the Capitol, CSDC is continually focused on doing what we have defined and refined for nearly 30 years: training charter leaders of all types during our annual Leadership Intensive, charter finance professionals through our Charter Business Officer Training program, board members through our Governance Academy, and now HR personnel through our HR Academy.
The challenges brought on by 2020-21 and the COVID-19 pandemic required a solid, integrated understanding of the complexity of charter regulation, policy, and politics. In 2022, CSDC continues to position itself to help guide California's charter school leaders by being accessible and relevant.
California's charter schools, charter management organizations, and their leaders from across the state have joined CSDC organization to stay up-to-date through the ongoing operational support we provide, including tools and resources, individualized technical assistance, and trainings, including the Leadership Update Conference.
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CSDC is dedicated to providing a harassment-free program, training, or event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of participants or contributors in any form.
All participants agree to abide by the CSDC Code of Conduct.