2018 Leadership Intensive: Who Applies?

Published March 02, 2018 12:22

Curious as to whom the typical California Charter Schools Leadership Intensive applicant is? We took a look at four years of Leadership Intensive application and participant data and observed a few trends. As a reminder, the priority application window closes March 23.

Who Applies to the Intensive?

Most participants are new to their roles. 86% of Leadership Intensive participants have spent fewer than 2 years in their current roles, with many working for the first time in the charter sector. Though these participants come to the Intensive relatively inexperienced in charter school management, they return to their schools with a wealth of knowledge on the essential charter school leadership topics.

But many are not new to school administration. Nearly half (43%) of our applicants have 3 or more years of previous school administration experience, including in charter, non-charter (“traditional”), and private settings.

Some have been leaders for over a decade. 17% of participants have been administrators for a decade or more, suggesting that for a number of veteran school leaders, the Leadership Intensive is a useful format for receiving “refresher” training as well as for keeping pace with the numerous changes in the charter sector.

They’ve opened nearly 30 California charters schools. The organizations to which our participants belong represent approximately 30 new California charter schools (i.e., opened within 1-2 years of event attendance). Before their schools’ doors open, many founding teams have used the Intensive to address knowledge gaps or have entrusted the Intensive to train their new hires.

And they represent CA charters of all shapes and sizes. Of the over 100 CA charter schools that have sent staff to the Intensive over the past four years, roughly a third are small schools (with 300 students or fewer), and nearly a dozen are large charter management organizations (with 2,000 or more students). Plus, participants represent a wide range of instructional models, including Montessori, Waldorf, project-based, progressive, and blended/nonclassroom-based programs.

2018 Dates & Location

The 2018 Charter Schools Leadership Intensive will be held on Monday, June 25 - Thursday, June 28, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront Promenade.


There are two application rounds for the 2018 Leadership Intensive: a priority round closing Friday, March 23, and a regular round closing Friday, April 20. Prospective attendees are urged to apply sooner rather than later as applicants not admitted during the priority round will have their applications deferred into the regular round for a second look.

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