Who Attends

attendeesSessions are split into five broad categories. We find that attendees’ interests often align more strongly with one of these strands:

Instruction – This strand presents advanced content in classroom management, curriculum, education strategies, teacher training and other classroom-specific topics. Teachers, curriculum specialists, special education teachers and school leaders are all welcome.

Leadership – The leadership strand addresses the many challenges facing those who run today’s charter schools and trains those looking to run tomorrow’s. Topics include replication, succession planning, school culture, team-building, hiring and working with staff, dealing with parents and more.

Policy – The political landscape impacts charter schools immensely, and those who align with the policy strand are the ones who want to be kept abreast of the latest developments in district, state, and federal legislation and activism. Conversations focus on the big-picture vision for the future of the movement, advocacy, and overcoming policy-induced obstacles.

schoolsOperations – From facilities to fiscal sustainability, communications and PR to professional development, this strand provides back-office employees and those who support schools in other ways with the necessary tools to ensure long-term organizational health.

Governance – Overseeing a charter school, whether as a board member, authorizer, or in another capacity comes with its own set of responsibilities and challenges. Learn about board operations and training, strategic planning, judging school quality, charter renewals and other topics.

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