2023 Conference
California Charter Schools Leadership Update
Anaheim, CA · November 8-10, 2023

Call for Proposals

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

In 2023, the CSDC Conference is accepting proposals for the following conference programming formats:

  • Breakout Sessions: 75-minute presentations organized into strands that make up the bulk of the offered content and scheduled throughout the event
  • 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

Review the complete conference schedule.


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 CFP
  • Be presented by charter 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

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 June 30.
  • Limit of three (3) proposal submissions per individual or five (5) per 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 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 Using the Following Criteria:

  • Unique content that is aligned with current events and trending issues for the charter sector
  • Responsiveness to the suggested topics in the CFP
  • 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*

  • June 30: Completed proposals must be submitted through the CFP
  • July 21: CSDC will confirm speakers by email. CSDC will also notify those who were not selected to be included in the 2023 conference program
  • August 4: Presenters must confirm intention to present, presenter titles, bios, and headshots and submit any edits to titles or descriptions
  • August 11: All 2023 CSDC Conference content live on conference website
  • Attend one presenter, one-hour training session at 1:00PM on October 25 or 10:00AM on October 27
  • November 1: Presentation files and resources uploaded to presenter portal
  • November 8-10: CSDC Conference in Anaheim, CA

*Presenters are eligible to register at the special, discounted full registration rate of $489. If you are not planning to attend the entire conference, and only your session, you must still register as a presenter (at no charge). Review the complete presenter FAQ for additional details. Additionally, all participants agree to abide by the CSDC Code of Conduct and speakers agree to the Diverse Speaker Guidelines.

Strands and Suggested Topics

Submit a Proposal to Present by June 30, 2023!