2018 Charter Schools Leadership Intensive

June 25-28, 2018

Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront Promenade
100 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814
Priority Application Deadline: March 23, 2018
Final Application Deadline: April 20, 2018

Receive comprehensive training
on the essential charter school
leadership topics.


The Charter Schools Leadership Intensive is a four-day "boot camp" designed to provide California charter school leaders with in-depth trainings on the key areas of successful charter school management, including data and accountability, finance, leadership, charter school law and legal issues, special education, governance and more.

The Intensive is particularly intended for newly hired school administrators (especially those new to a California charter school context), teachers recently promoted to leadership roles, and staff of newly granted California charter schools.

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 school 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 25+ years of operation. 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

Monday, June 25 – Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Leadership Intensive "boot camp" begins on Monday, June 25 and concludes on Thursday, June 28, 2018. Recommended arrival and departure times will be provided to admitted participants as the event nears.


Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront Promenade
100 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 326-5000

Getting to the Event

Arriving via Air • The nearest airport is Sacramento International Airport (SMF), which is located about 12 miles from the Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. View on Google Maps.

Complimentary Airport Shuttle • The Embassy Suites operates a complimentary shuttle to and from Sacramento International Airport. The shuttle generally makes trips between 6AM and 10PM. Participants are advised to call the Embassy Suites (916-326-5000) to check for current shuttle availability and to request a shuttle when they arrive at Sacramento International.

Parking • Self-parking and valet parking are available at the Embassy Suites for $24.00 and $32.00 per night, respectively. Additionally, the City of Sacramento operates the Tower Bridge Garage, which is located across the street from the Embassy Suites and is available at $15.00 per day.

Staying for the Event

Event programming begins on the morning of June 25, so out-of-town participants are advised to check into their hotels on June 24.

CSDC encourages attendees to take advantage of the discounted guest room rates we have negotiated on their behalf at the program venue, the Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. In the event that the room block fills up, attendees are welcome to stay at any of the other nearby hotels.

Staying at the Embassy Suites • Admitted participants are encouraged to reserve a room under CSDC's room block. Booking under the room block provides guests with complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast daily, complimentary drinks and appetizers at the nightly reception, complimentary guest room wifi, and complimentary airport shuttle. Please note that CSDC's room block is open until June 3 or until the room block is sold out, whichever comes first.

Topics & Schedule

Because successful charter school leaders must have the ability to “wear many hats," CSDC programs the Leadership Intensive with a wide array of topics. While programming may vary somewhat year-to-year, the Leadership Intensive generally covers such topics as:

  • Collective bargaining
  • Data and accountability
  • Facilities
  • Finance
  • Governance
  • Laws and legal issues
  • Leadership
  • Nonclassroom-Based Instruction
  • Special education

Additional information, including a sample program schedule, can be found in the 2018 Leadership Intensive Brochure (PDF).

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

The fee for the 2018 Leadership Intensive is $1,685.00 for CSDC Members and $1,985.00 for non-members.

The fee covers registration, materials, and presentations for the four-day Intensive.

Participants are expected to pay the costs of their own travel, meals, and lodging, as well as any incidentals.


Admittance to the 2018 Leadership Intensive is limited to a maximum of 50 participants and is granted by competitive application. Applicants may (and are encouraged to) submit their applications well in advance of the deadline. Confirmed attendees will be notified and sent additional information after each acceptance round. We strongly encourage applicants with culturally diverse backgrounds and/or those who will be leading schools serving at-risk students. If you have any questions about the application, please do not hesitate to call or email us.

Application Process

To be considered for admission, you must complete each of the steps below:

Complete the online application, which should take between 20 and 30
minutes to finish.


Mail check or purchase order for the program fee ($1,685 or $1,985, depending upon CSDC Membership status) to the Charter Schools Development Center; 817 14th Street, Suite 300; Sacramento, CA 95814. Please note that CSDC will not deposit an applicant's check until he/she has been offered admission to and formally confirmed his/her participation in this year's program. CSDC will destroy the checks of nonapproved applicants.

Priority Application Deadline • Friday, March 23, 2018

To receive priority consideration, please submit online application and mail payment to CSDC no later than 11:59PM on Friday, March 23, 2018. Priority round applicants will be notified of their admission status via email within 1-2 weeks of the March 23 deadline. Applicants not admitted during the priority round will have their applications deferred to the regular round (below).

Final Application Deadline • Friday, April 20, 2018

For consideration, please submit online application and mail payment to CSDC no later than 11:59PM on Friday, April 20, 2018. Applications submitted after this date will not likely be considered.

Cancellation Policy

Applicants are accepted to the Intensive on the condition that they have an active, full-time role in the leadership of the school or district under which they are applying. Applicants who are no longer employed by the organization under which they applied will not be eligible for the Intensive and any fees associated with the cancellation of their application will be applied.

Cancellations must be made to CSDC in writing. The cancellation policy applies to those individuals who cancel after they have already been accepted and have committed to the Intensive. Those who cancel by May 25, 2018 will be refunded the total minus a $250 cancellation fee; however, those who cancel after May 25, 2018, will not be reimbursed. Those who do not attend the Intensive will not be eligible to receive Intensive materials. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact CSDC.

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