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Why attend?

The California Charter Schools Leadership Update Conference offers valuable networking events and varied professional development opportunities.

Get CSDC's critical updates and exclusive insights

You'll hear the latest from our team of experts who stay busy throughout the year tracking the latest developments in charter school funding, policy, accountability (LCAP), governance, operations, and more. At the conference, you'll receive their strategic advice—the kind of guidance that reflects both our expertise as the state's leading technical experts, but also our understanding of how things actually work at your charter school.

Select from dozens of high-quality breakout sessions

Including not only those sessions presented by CSDC staff but also those presented by the many deeply knowledgeable charter school leaders whom we invite to the event so that they can share their unique perspectives.

Celebrate with the people that make the movement

Of course, you'll have the opportunity to meet with California charter school leaders, including several structured opportunities (such as the meetings Charter Leader Discussion Group), as well as an evening cocktail reception. You'll also have the opportunity to shop and compare amongst nearly 100 solution providers that will join the event. And you'll celebrate a historic milestone as this year's conference marks 30 years of California charter schools.


An annual statewide gathering of California's charter school leadership.

SAFE Credit Union Convention Center
1400 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
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Newly Renovated Convention Center

Be among the first to enjoy an in-person event at the newly modernized Sacramento Convention Center, the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, the result of an ambitious two-year, $180 million expansion project.

Easy Travel by Airplane, Train, and Car

Sacramento's award-winning International Airport is just 10 miles away. Travelers from the west (Bay Area) will find the nearest Amtrak station just 1.5 miles away. And plenty of public garages are available to those driving in.

Great Walkability in the Downtown Core

The convention center is located in the heart of Sacramento's downtown core, just steps away from the State Capitol and numerous excellent dining options in America's "Farm to Fork" Capitol.

Included in Your In-Person Registration

Content & Programming

  • Annual Leadership Update Presentation: The eponymous presentation from which the conference evolved, the Leadership Update Presentation is hosted by CSDC's Executive Director, Eric Premack, and contains the essential fiscal, legislative, and regulatory information charter school leaders must know to successfully operate their schools.
  • Extended workshops presented by CSDC's charter school experts and guest instructors.
  • Dozens of 75-minute breakout sessions carefully curated by CSDC's conference programming committee and selected for their alignment to key leadership topics, such as leadership, governance, operations, accountability, instruction, and more.
  • Nearly 100 vendors, providing attendees with a convenient opportunity to shop and compare under one roof.
  • Celebration of 30 years of Charter Schools in California.
  • Charter Leader Discussion Group Meetings: Professional networking groups that meet and share questions, concerns, challenges, and goals during the conference. Some of these continue all year long, continuing to strengthen the charter movement.
  • NEW • Learning Labs, a new session format offering that is meant to spark ideas and discussion.
  • NEW • Additional Sessions, with conference workshops beginning on Sunday 11/13, adding more one-stop training opportunities for your team
  • In-Person registration does not include the recorded package, which is primarily intended for charter school leaders who cannot attent the conference in Sacramento.

Housing, Food & Beverage

  • Discounted housing at two luxury hotels within steps of the convention center (the Sheraton Grand Sacramento or the Hyatt Regency Sacramento)
  • Coffee and tea to energize in the morning each day
  • Lunch on both days of the event
  • Cupcakes and coffee in the afternoon with vendors in the Exhibitor Hall
  • One drink ticket at the networking cocktail reception

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