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What New and Experienced School Leaders Say about the Intensive

Apr 05 2022

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For over 20 years, CSDC’s Leadership Intensive has been the premier summer training opportunity for California charter school leaders.

The weeklong program has always provided comprehensive training on the essential charter school leadership and management topics, such as finance, law, data, authorizer relationships, and more. 

But we've also evolved the program over the years, providing learning opportunities for both new and experienced school leaders alike. 

As part of this evolution, we've created beginner and advanced tracks for the most popular sessions as well as scheduled daily guided discussion groups so participants can network and learn from each other.

Here's how the program supports new and experienced leaders, according to several past participants:

I attended LI in 2012 just after being hired to lead a charter school and again in 2021 as I enter my 10th year as a charter school leader. Both LI experiences were extremely educational, informative, and strengthened by a support network that continues to benefit my work and my school.

Nikki Lloyd
Director, Novato Charter School
Novato, CA


As a new charter leader, I feel much better prepared after attending the CSDC Leadership Intensive and knowing the organization is there to support our success.

James May
Executive Director, BEST Academy Charter School
Julian, CA


I am not brand-new to the charter world, but as a new charter school leader, there is a big learning curve! After attending CSDC's LI, I was able to acquire a knowledge base that propelled me to the next level! I feel more prepared and confident to lead my school forward in our mission than ever before! Thank you, CSDC!

Cristina Cullen
Director of Operations, Santa Barbara Charter School
Santa Barbara, CA

Seats are limited and admission is by competitive application. The early application deadline is April 8, 2022. 

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