2018 Charter Schools Leadership Intensive

Summer 2018

Location to be announced

Receive comprehensive training
on the essential charter school
leadership topics.


The Intensive is the latest iteration of CSDC’s long-time summer program, the Charter Schools Leadership Institute. The Intensive condenses the Institute’s 6-day schedule into a compact 4-day format and shifts the venue to a convenient location in order to increase the accessibility of the training while still offering a highly informative and highly engaging training program. 

Given the rigor of the material taught, as well as the lasting bonds that are formed between participants, it is little wonder that many participants find the Leadership Intensive deserving of its nickname, the “charter school boot camp.”

Why Attend?

Receive comprehensive training on the
essential charter topics.

The goal of the Leadership Intensive is to provide attendees with the knowledge, skillsets, and professional networks that we have seen the most successful charter leaders utilize during our twenty-year history. To this end, CSDC staff and expert guest presenters provide trainings on a wide range of essential charter topics, like accountability, renewal, legal issues, special education, collective bargaining, personnel, authorizer relationships, governance, finance, facilities, and more.

Build a lasting professional network.

Networking at the Leadership Intensive can be a great way for attendees to build professional communities that will provide support in their current roles or open doors to opportunities within the broader charter school movement.

Dates, Location & Travel

To Be Announced

The dates and location of the 2018 Charter Schools Leadership Institute have not yet been announced.

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Topics & Schedule

The Leadership Intensive features a range of in-depth sessions, guest speakers, case studies, and group activities that address a broad range of key charter school leadership concepts and skills. The pace of the Intensive is fast, intense, and engaging.

Topics of focus include charter school leadership, finance, legal concepts, governance, academic performance measurement, accountability and renewal, charter school personnel and labor relations.

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Who Should Apply?

The Intensive is designed for and targeted at new and experienced California charter school principals and other school leaders who have direct responsibility for overseeing and managing a broad range of responsibilities at their schools, specifically:

Newly hired administrators—especially those
new to CA charters

Many California charter school leaders send their newly hired leadership personnel to receive “crash course” training on the numerous core competencies required of successful charter school leaders. The Leadership Intensive is designed specifically for California charter school leaders—so leaders coming from out-of-state, private, and traditional public schools (or from other professional backgrounds) will receive the customized training they need to successfully lead their schools.

Teachers recently promoted to leadership roles

Promoting your own teachers can be an effective way to fill administrative roles because these staff really understand your school’s culture and instructional program.  The learning curve, however, is typically very steep during this transitioning.  Ensure that your newly promoted instructional staff have the proper training in school operations (e.g., human resources, legal, finance, etc.) to succeed in their new roles.

Staff of newly granted schools

The Leadership Intensive is also ideal for schools recently approved by their local authorizing agencies and/or schools slated to open their doors this (or next) school year. The Leadership Intensive provides attendees from these schools with the latest practicable information on a variety of critical topics, as well as the opportunity to identify and address any potential gaps in their team's collective knowledge—all before the school goes fully operational in the fall.

Program Cost

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Admittance to the 2018 Leadership Intensive is limited to a maximum of 50 participants and is granted by competitive application.

The application for the 2018 program has not yet gone live. In the meanwhile, please join the 2018 Leadership Intensive Mailing List to receive the latest information, including announcements:

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