CSDC Membership enables your organization to tap the knowledge, wisdom, and experience we have
gained from nearly three decades of operations.


Learn why hundreds of charter schools receive support from CSDC through our annual membership program.

Eric Premack, CSDC Executive Director & Founder

Information & Resources

Get timely, trusted analysis you won't find anywhere else.

CSDC Members gain an annual subscription to all CSDC publications, resources and tools including: 

  • Charter Currents -  critical charter school news, deadlines, analysis, and practical recommendations.
  • Board Bulletins - bi-monthly news and guidance tailored to California charter school governing board members.
  • Annual Charter School Management Calendar - updated monthly with key deadlines for the entire school year.
  • Sample Governing Board Policies - a comprehensive collection of key policies available for customization to your specific needs.
  • CBO Direct - a repository of helpful resources and tools intended for California charter school operations and fiscal staff.
  • Webinar Resources - download the resources shared in our latest webinar trainings to solidify your knowledge.

Join our Mailing List and receive the latest charter school news and announcements on upcoming trainings and events.


Online Trainings & Programs

Free Oline Trainings

Access free and discounted trainings hosted by CSDC's experts.

CSDC Members* enjoy exclusive access to CSDC's online trainings including:

Online Governance Academy – The Governance Academy is a series of online trainings designed to prepare new and veteran board members on topics including compliance with the Brown Act, board development and configuration, crisis management, advocacy, and more.

May Revise Webinar – CSDC’s annual May Revise webinar is hosted by Eric Premack, assisting members with a detailed review and the critical implications of California's revised budget, and how to navigate new requirements and considerations.

LCAP Webinar – This online training offers expert CSDC analysis and is designed to help California charter school leaders understand the key elements of the new multiple measures accountability system.

CSDC Members may also save up to 45% on our workshops and multi-day leadership trainings, in addition to discounts to the  annual conference .

*Online trainings are not available to CSDC Vendor Members.

Effective Advocacy


Gain an especially effective ally in Sacramento and beyond.

CSDC Members receive effective advocacy on behalf of all charter schools through our long-standing voice at both the state and federal levels.

Did you know that CSDC has maintained a consistent, powerfully-influential, and independent long-term advocacy track record? Learn more about our advocacy achievements by clicking below:


Individualized Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance

Add our experts to your speed dial.

CSDC Members may access expert technical assistance from CSDC's Specialist team, addressing pressing charter school questions via phone or e-mail.*


“Thanks for all you do for us. You have no idea how much I appreciate being able to write an email and have a well thought out response on the same day.”
– Jeff Kraunz, Executive Director, Creekside Charter Management

* Technical assistance inquiries are typically resolved within 48 hours. Complex and/or specialized technical assistance requests may take longer to resolve, allowing Specialists time for research and analysis.  CSDC Members are allowed up to 5 hours of technical assistance per year. Extensive requests may require a consulting agreement.

Charter Jobs

Charter Jobs

Recruit from the talented charter administrators and instructional staff who visit our website.

List your organization's job descriptions on our job-posting service, Charter Jobs.

CSDC Members gain up to 5 complimentary postings per annual membership term.


Who Joins CSDC?

Who Joins CSDC?

CSDC Members are comprised of California's charter school movement.

Charter Schools 
Hundreds of California charter schools and charter management organizations have become CSDC Members to leverage the ongoing operational assistance we provide. In fact, CSDC is mostly supported through this large and growing base of schools, enabling us to dedicate much of our efforts to supporting CSDC Member schools.

Charter School Developers
Have a great idea for an innovative charter school? So, too, do the many developer members who join CSDC to stay apprised of the latest fiscal and policy changes that may affect their development efforts.

Charter School Authorizers
Many charter school granting agencies have joined CSDC to ensure that they are providing sound fiscal and policy oversight to the schools in their portfolios.

Charter School Vendors and Consultants
We also extend CSDC Membership to the many organizations and companies that market their products and services to charter schools. Marketing to charter schools can be a substantially different process than marketing to traditional K-12 public and/or private schools. CSDC Membership helps vendors acclimate themselves to this tricky sector. Please click here to learn more about CSDC Membership for charter school vendors.

Annual Dues

Reasonable annual dues.

For most members, dues represent but 0.01% of the annual operating budget.

CSDC understands that every dollar in your school budget counts. Our modest membership dues are unmatched, and designed to enable most every charter school in California to access our resources. CSDC is committed to maintain highly affordable dues, providing your organization with great benefits—timely analysis, effective and expert advocacy, immediate and in-depth technical assistance, and discounts on trainings—advantages that make CSDC Membership an absolutely indispensable line item in your annual budget.

Your dues help sustain CSDC and grow our services.

As an educational nonprofit, you might be surprised to learn that CSDC is primarily funded not through philanthropy and grants, but, instead, through our broad base of CSDC Member schools and organizations.

In addition to providing you with great members-only benefits, your annual dues also ensure our sustainability and help us grow the services and support we provide to the California charter school movement.

Annual Dues:

  • Charter Schools — $3.00 per student enrolled. $500.00 annual minimum. Please note that the dues calculation must include all affiliated schools in your organization.

  • Charter Management Organizations (CMOs) — Intended for organizations that operate multiple charter schools. $3.00 per student enrolled. $750 annual minimum. Please note that the dues calculation must include all of the schools under your management. 

  • Charter Authorizers  — Intended for school districts and county offices of education that authorize charter schools. $1,000 for the authorizer and first charter school, plus $100 for each additional charter school. Please note that the dues calculation must include all of the active charters under your authorization.

  • Charter Development Groups — Intended for charter development groups that have not secured approval of their charter petitions. $500 flat rate.

  • Charter School Vendors and Consultants  — CSDC Membership helps your company connect to the large and growing California charter school movement. Learn more .

Join or Renew

If your organization is joining for the first time or renewing, please follow the link below corresponding to your organization's membership type. (See above section for rates.)

Vendor Members are encouraged to visit the Vendor Membership page to learn more and to join or renew.

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