2019 Leadership Intensive

Summer 2019

Lake Natoma Inn, Folsom, CA

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

June 24-27, 2019

The 2019 Leadership Intensive will be held in Folsom, CA at the Lake Natoma Inn. 

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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

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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 2019 Leadership Intensive is limited and is granted by competitive application.

The application for the 2019 program has not yet gone live. In the meanwhile, please join the 2019 Leadership Intensive Email List to receive the latest information, including announcements:


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