Leadership Intensive

An Inclusive California Charter-focused Leadership Program

Thursday, June 24 – Wednesday, June 30

The 2021 Charter School Leadership Intensive is a virtual leadership training opportunity designed specifically for California charter school leaders. This training consists of an intensive, five-day virtual "bootcamp" in June and is designed to ensure that charter school leaders have the knowledge and skills to effectively lead their schools, especially as they head into the fall of 2021.

Leadership Intensive

A Comprehensive Training

Receive a focused, comprehensive training on essential charter school topics and build lasting professional connections.

The Leadership Intensive provides participants with the knowledge, skillsets, and professional networks that successful charter leaders need to navigate the year and responsibilities ahead. Drawing on CSDC’s knowledge of 30 years of charter operations, with a wholistic approach, this program is built and adapted through the collaborative contributions of veteran charter leaders from throughout the movement.

CSDC staff and expert guest presenters provide trainings on a wide range of essential charter topics, ranging from accountability, renewal, legal issues, special education, collective bargaining, personnel, authorizer relationships, governance, finance, facilities, and more.

Redesigned for 2021

Leadership Intensive

This year’s program has been redesigned with consideration of the realities of the rapidly shifting paradigm charter schools are facing. The program will be offered for a total of five days* in a 100% online format including:

  • Live and on-demand sessions facilitated by CSDC staff and guest instructors
  • Two tracks based on charter school experience—newer leaders (0-4 years of charter experience) and more experienced leaders, those with 5+ years of charter leadership,
  • Engagement with colleagues in similar roles in scheduled cohort labs
  • Hands-on exercises completed during the training program that apply knowledge to explore complex, common school challenges while offering tools and resources for direct application
  • Up-to-date information, guidance, and analysis from CSDC staff and guest instructors
  • Additional, optional on-demand sessions for continued learning

*No program sessions will be held on the weekend, though assignments will need to be completed.

Who Should Apply?

Leadership Intensive

Preference will be given to those applicants whose needs most closely align with the mission and goals of the Leadership Intensive, as well as to those schools serving disadvantaged student populations.

Participants will be divided into two tracks by experience: New Leaders (0-4 years of experience) and Veteran Leaders (5+ years of experience). We encourage all levels of experienced leaders to submit an application, to ensure that this year’s cohort is representative of the diversity of the charter movement.

Who Should Not Apply?

Admission to this program is by competitive application and acceptance is at the discretion of CSDC’s selection committee. Applications will be welcome between April 30 and May 28, 2021.

The Leadership Intensive is not appropriate for:

  • charter school developers whose charters have not yet been approved,
  • charter school personnel who do not have direct roles in administrative functions, or
  • charter school consultants or service providers.

Sessions and Schedule

Because successful charter school leaders must have the ability to “wear many hats," CSDC designs the Leadership Intensive to include 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

Sample Schedule

Leadership Intensive

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Program Fees

Applications to the program must be submitted with a $250 deposit, refundable if an applicant is not admitted, and inclusive if they are. Payment must be received in full before June 7 for an applicant to be fully considered enrolled in the program; if payment is not received by the end of June 7, then the applicant will be removed from the program.

  • Organizations with an active CSDC Membership: $2,185 per participant
  • Organizations without an active CSDC Membership: $3,185 per participant Non-refundable* Deposit due with Application: $250

This fee covers registration, platform access, and digital materials for the Leadership Intensive.

Application Window

Enrollment is limited and is by competitive application only. Applications will be accepted in Spring 2022. 

Step 1: Please complete the application and submit application fee

Step 2: Mail a check or purchase order for the tuition fees to the address below or pay online once you have received your invoice. Upon acceptance you will receive an invoice for the full program. Mail a check or purchase order for the tuition fees to the address above or pay online.

Charter Schools Development Center
ATTN: Leadership Intensive Program
P.O. Box 15126
Sacramento, CA 95851

Application Deadlines

Only complete applications, including deposit fees, will be considered. Application and fees must be received (not postmarked) by the deadlines.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications well in advance of the deadline. Confirmed attendees will be notified and sent additional information 3-5 days after acceptance. We strongly encourage applicants with culturally diverse backgrounds and/or those who will be leading schools serving at-risk students.

If necessary, enrollment may also be limited to one or two representatives per school. If we are unable to accommodate your registration, your check will be returned or destroyed.

If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Loy at events@chartercenter.org or at (916) 538-6612 x302.

Application and Cancellation Policies

Please read the following CSDC policies carefully on our cancellation policies page.

The application for the 2021 Leadership Intensive is now closed. Applications for 2022 Leadership Intensive will be accepted in the Spring of 2022.

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