Call for Proposals (CFP)

Submit a Proposal to Present by July 18, 2022!

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

In 2022, the CSDC conference will offer content in the following formats:

  • 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

2022 Call for Proposals: Presenters

CSDC seeks strong, experienced leaders within the charter sector who have insightful, timely and critical content to share. The most valuable proposals will:

  • Address content or topics listed in the CSDC CFP
  • Be presented by sector leaders
  • Review specific, proven best practices
  • Provide descriptions of specific challenges and how the school/charter organization/leader overcame them.
  • Offer real-world applications to operationalize valuable content
  • Engage attendees with interactive components, helpful visuals, multiple presenters, and/or Q&A

2022 Call for Proposals: Programming Strands & Topics

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!

2022 Call for Proposals: Proposal Criteria, Review Process, and Resources

CSDC will only accept completed proposals submitted via the online portal. Proposals submitted any other way will not be accepted.

  • Proposals must be received by July 18.
  • Limit of three (3) proposal submissions per individual or organization.
  • According to CSDC policy, each accepted presenter will receive one (1) discounted conference registration—annual discounted rates may vary
  • Presenters confirm they have reviewed and agree to CSDC’s Diversity Guidelines
  • Note: If submitting a proposal is from a vendor or other support organization that works with charter schools, CSDC strongly encourages you to present with a charter school client representative. Charter leaders want to hear from and learn from other charter leaders and CSDC prioritizes these types of proposals.

Proposals will be reviewed by CSDC’s programming selection committee. Throughout the evaluation process, the committee reviews proposals using the following criteria:

  • Content that is aligned with current events and trending issues for the charter sector
  • Unique content
  • Practical application
  • Data on proven outcomes
  • Specificity and quality of content
  • A creative, catchy and precise session title
  • A clear objective—what will attendees learn as a result of your presentation
  • Presenter(s) experience and expertise
  • Interaction and opportunities for audience participation
  • Quality handouts/tools for attendees to takeaway
  • Level of commercial bias (if any)

Critical Presenter Deadlines*

  • July 18: Completed proposals must be submitted.
  • July 28: CSDC will confirm speakers by email. CSDC will also notify those who were not selected to be included on the 2022 conference program.
  • July 31: Presenters must confirm intention to present, and submit any rewrites of descriptions, etc.
  • October 16: Register with special presenter discounted rate.
  • Attend a Presenter Training session on either October 24 or October 31.
  • November 11: Backup presentation files sent to CSDC.
  • November 13-15: 2022 Leadership Update Conference in Sacramento.

Please also review CSDC’s Presenter FAQ.

*Dates are subject to change; presenters will be notified of any changes in a timely manner. Approved presenters who do not meet the critical deadlines set by CSDC many have their session revoked.

Have questions? Please email or check out our FAQ page.