2017 CA Charter Schools Conference: Keynotes, Workshops Announced

Published September 06, 2017 11:35

CSDC is excited to announce the keynote speakers and full training and workshop lineup for the 2017 California Charter Schools Leadership Update Conference, which will be held on November 16-17, 2017, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the California Charter Schools Act of 1992, CSDC has invited a number of California charter school luminaries to join us and reflect upon this milestone, as well as to look at the path ahead for California charter schools.

Dr. Carl A. Cohn

Executive Director
California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE)

During the day 1 morning keynote presentation, Dr. Carl A. Cohn, the Executive Director of the new CCEE, will share his observations on a number of key topics, including his observations on 25 years of charter schools in California, as well as the often challenging relationship between charter schools and urban school districts. Dr. Cohn will also share his vision for how the CCEE can play a transformative role in supporting troubled schools and districts, including charter schools.

25th Anniversary Panel

Later on November 16, CSDC will convene a panel consisting of several wise, thoughtful, outspoken, battle-scarred, and successful veterans of the charter movement.

CSDC’s Executive Director and Founder, Eric Premack—also a key veteran of the movement—will moderate the group. Eric will press these veterans to share their most insightful observations and key lessons learned in their 25 years of cutting-edge experience along with their take on the current status of the chartered schools sector. Finally, the panel will take a look into their collective crystal ball for a glimpse at what may lie ahead for the future of the movement and the implications for charter school leaders.


Eric Premack

Eric is the founding Director of CSDC. For over 20 years, Premack has played a leading role in the development and spread of chartered schools, including helping to draft and implement chartered schools policy in over 25 states, at the federal level, and overseas.


Mary Searcy Bixby

Mary is the founder of the Altus Model for Organizational Leadership as well as the founder of seven charter schools, including the Charter School of San Diego, which received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, a top presidential honor awarded by the United States Secretary of Commerce for performance in the public and private sectors.


Johnathan Williams

Johnathan Williams is the CEO and Founder of The Accelerated Schools, which founded the first public charter school in South Central Los Angeles in 1994 and has since served as a model of successful public/private partnership having completed the construction of a $50-million comprehensive pre-K-12th grade school complex in 2004.

Full Training & Workshop Lineup Released

This conference puts an emphasis on in-depth trainings so that you have the opportunity to provide training to your staff and colleagues in one time and place.

With your registration, you may select from one of the following extended (3.75-hour) workshops and trainings at no additional cost:


CSDC's 2017 Charter Leadership Update Presentation

CSDC Executive Director, Eric Premack, provides a comprehensive fiscal and policy update.
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CSDC's Charter School Governing Board Training

A timely training for new school board members or refresher training for continuing members.
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CSDC's Start Smart Workshop for Charter School Developers

Understand the basics of school start-up, including both the technical requirements and practical realities.
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Active Reading Strategies for Struggling Students

Featuring over 20 different stragies for differentiating your literacy instruction.
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Creating Digital Activities in G Suite

Learn how to creatively use Google tools to produce quality lessons. Ideal for middle and H.S. teachers. 
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Using Science to Support Academic Discourse

Better understand the discourse demands of the NGSS/Common Core Standards.
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Building an Enduring, Safe, and Supportive School Culture

How to integrate SEL practices throughout numerous areas of school organizational management.
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Using Tech Tools to Brand Your School and Recruit

Capture your school’s identity and help your school become known for its approach and strengths.
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The 2017 California Charter Schools Leadership Update Conference will be held on November 16-17, 2017 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.

Included in the cost of each attendee registrant are the following:

  • Lunch (both days)
  • One drink ticket at evening networking cocktail reception (Nov. 16)
  • Your choice of extended (3.75-hour) workshop and trainings
  • Dozens of high-quality breakout sessions
  • Access to CSDC's discounted room block, which includes free guest room wifi, a $10 breakfast coupon for each day of the conference, and discounted nightly parking.

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