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

Presenter FAQ

Q: Where and when will the conference take place?

The 2023 CSDC Conference will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center from Wednesday, November 8 with programming beginning at 9:45AM - Friday, November 10 closing at 1:45PM. During Friday’s plenary session, CSDC will acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of our country’s current military personnel and veterans. We thank you. Please review the attendee schedule or the exhibitor schedule before making your travel plans to the event.

Q: What are the presentation formats offered at the 2023 CSDC Conference?

  • Wednesday (Day 1) Summits: 9:30AM - 4:00PM (5.5 hours)
  • Wednesday (Day 1) Workshops: 1:00 - 4:00PM (3 hours)
  • Breakout sessions, scheduled throughout the event: 75-minutes
  • Learning Labs: 45-minutes

Q: Will sessions be recorded?

With the exception of the Leadership Update Presentation, no sessions will be recorded at the 2023 CSDC Conference.

Q: What is a Summit?

Summits are offered exclusively on Wednesday, November 8, 9:30AM - 4:00PM and are focused on a particular topic or for a specific role, e.g. board members, operations lead, within a charter organization. Summits require pre-registration and are included in full conference registration or the single day rate for Wednesday, November 8. Lunch will be served to Summit participants and CSDC will host a Welcome Happy Hour that participants are encouraged to attend.

Q: What is a workshop?

Workshops are offered exclusively on Wednesday, November 8 in a 3-hour format, 1:00 - 4:00PM, allowing for in-depth content. Workshops require pre-registration and are included in full conference registration or the single day rate for Wednesday, November 8. Lunch will not be served to workshop participants but CSDC will host a Welcome Happy Hour that participants are encouraged to attend.

Q: What is a breakout session?

Breakout sessions are 75-minutes long and cover myriad topics critical to charter school operations. Breakouts are presented throughout the event and do not require pre-registration.

Q: What is a Learning Lab?

Learning Labs are 45-minutes long and are presented in the exhibit hall during exhibit hall hours.

Q: What are the critical deadlines for presenters?

  • July 7: Completed proposals must be submitted through the CFP
  • August 14: CSDC will confirm speakers by email. CSDC will also notify those who were not selected to be included in the 2023 conference program
  • August 18: Presenters must confirm intention to present, presenter titles, bios, and headshots and submit any edits to titles or descriptions
  • August 25: 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

Q: Are presenters required to be in-person for this year's conference?

Yes, all presenters are required to be in-person. We are not offering a virtual presentation option this year. CSDC will work with presenters to ensure that they feel comfortable and clear with our health and safety protocols. Additionally, all participants agree to abide by the CSDC Code of Conduct.

Q: If my proposal is accepted what's the next step?

You will receive email notification if your proposal is accepted in mid-July. You’ll need to confirm your session within the Presenter Portal in mid-August. See presenter deadlines above.

Please note: If you have several presenters, each presenter needs to confirm their participation and upload their headshot and bio by the deadline.

Please upload a high quality, 300x300ppx photo. Accepted formats: JPEG (.jpg) or PNG (.png). Size limit: 5MB. Image files should be named with the presenter's name (example: JoeSmith.jpg or Smith, Joe.png).

Please make a special effort to check the spelling in the title and description of your proposal. In addition, all acronyms must be spelled out on first reference — for example "The California Department of Education (CDE)" can then be listed as just "CDE" in all following references.

Q: Is there required pre-conference training?

Accepted presenters must participate in the required pre-conference training online hosted by CSDC staff.

These trainings will include:

  • An overview of who is registered for the 2023 CSDC Conference and likely to attend your session
  • CSDC’s suggestions for participant engagement
  • What to anticipate from this year’s schedule and other event logistics.

The training also allows the CSDC event team to answer your questions ahead of time. Presenters must attend one training. Please review the scheduled days and times below and plan to join us.

Wednesday, October 11 at 3:30-4:30PM
Meeting ID: 897 8401 0184 ; Passcode: 342612

Friday, October 13 at 11:30AM-12:30PM
Meeting ID: 851 6910 8629 ; Passcode: 113643

Q: What costs are covered by CSDC for presenters?

Approved presenters are offered a discounted presenter registration rate when their presentation is accepted. Presenter registration rates include all of the perks included in a full CSDC attendee registration.

Q: What is the discounted presenter registration rate?

All presenters must be registered for the conference but are offered a discounted rate of $489 for full registration–see what’s included. Approved presenters can register at the discounted presenter rate. If you have already registered at a regular attendee rate, please contact our team so we can refund the appropriate amount. For any registration questions, please reach out to registration@csdcconference.org.

Q: Do I have to register to attend the conference if I’ll be attending only for my session?

If you are not planning to attend the entire conference, you must still register as a presenter at no charge by selecting the Presenter - Session Admission Only option on the Registration Items page. All participants agree to abide by the CSDC Code of Conduct and speakers agree to the Diverse Speaker Guidelines. Exhibitors: If you have not registered, please contact support@csdcconference.org.

Please note: You are responsible for providing your own laptop, adapters, and handout materials (if any). If you need speakers, you will need to request. Please email: events@chartercenter.org.