Presenter FAQ

When is the conference being held?

The 2022 CSDC Leadership Update Conference will be held in-person, November 13-15 in Sacramento at the SAFE Credit Union Sacramento Convention Center (SCC).

Please take a moment to review the general conference schedule. This schedule may change; if it becomes necessary to change either the timing and/or location of your session, CSDC will notify you of these changes immediately.

What are the critical deadlines for presenters?

  • August 5: Submit all proposals by 11:59 pm PT.
  • Week of August 15: CSDC will confirm speakers by email. CSDC will also notify those who were not selected to be included on the 2022 conference program.
  • Week of August 22: Presenters must confirm intention to present, and submit any rewrites of descriptions, etc.
  • October 16: Register with special presenter discounted rate.
  • Attend a Presenter Training session on either October 24 or October 31 (online)
  • November 7: Backup presentation files sent to CSDC.
  • November 13-15: 2022 Leadership Update Conference in Sacramento

Q: Are presenters required to be in-person for this year's conference?

A: Yes, all presenters are required to be in-person. Select sessions will be live streamed for our virtual attendees, but we will not be providing a virtual presentation option this year. CSDC will be working with presenters to ensure that they feel comfortable and clear on our pandemic safety protocols.

Who should present?

Typical presenters at CSDC’s conference are individuals or groups of:

  • Teachers
  • Charter school leaders
  • Business managers
  • Governing school board members
  • State/federal education agencies
  • Authorizing entity representatives (e.g., charter school liaison staff)
  • Leaders of community-based organizations or businesses
  • Law firms, Back-office providers and other school support organizations working in the charter sector
  • Researchers

Do I have to be a CSDC member or an exhibitor to present/submit a proposal?

No. CSDC membership and/or exhibiting at the conference are not requirements for submitting a proposal to present.

Who evaluates my proposal?

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee made up of CSDC staff, advised by CSDC members when needed, with specific knowledge of the topic.

How is my proposal evaluated?

Reviewers are looking for proposals that are responsive to the criteria outlined in the CFP Proposal Criteria.

If my proposal is accepted what's the next step?

You will receive email notification if your proposal is accepted by the week of August 15. You’ll need to confirm your session within the Presenter Portal by the week of August 22, 2022—see presenter deadlines above.

Please note: If you have several presenters, each presenter needs to confirm their participation and upload their headshot and bio.

Please upload a high quality, 300 x 300 ppx photo. Accepted formats: JPEG (.jpg) or PNG (.png). Size limit: 5 MB. Image files should be named with presenter’s name (example: JoeSmith.jpg or Smith, Joe.png).

Please make a special effort to check the spelling in the title and description of your proposal. In addition, all acronyms must be spelled out on first reference — for example "The California Department of Education (CDE)" can then be listed as just "CDE" in all following references.

Any edits to your session must be completed by the week of August 22, 2022.

What costs are covered by CSDC for presenters?

Approved presenters are offered a discounted presenter registration rate when their presentation is accepted.

What is the discounted presenter registration rate?

All presenters must be registered for the conference but are offered a discounted rate. Approved presenters can register at the discounted presenter rate here. For any registration questions, please reach out to

Registration Benefits

  • All access registration for the Leadership Update Presentation
  • Your choice of in-depth workshops
  • Dozens of high-quality breakout sessions when not presenting
  • Opportunity to participate in a Charter Leader Discussion Group, as well as our Happy Hour and Networking Reception

If you have already registered at the regular attendee rate, please contact us so that we can refund the appropriate amount.

If you are not planning to attend the entire conference, you must still register as a presenter and select the Presenter - Session Admission Only option on the Registration Items page.

Exhibitors: If you have not registered, please contact

What steps do I need to take to prepare for my presentation?

  • Sign-up for and attend at least one Presenter Training session:

    • Presenter Training Session #1 - October 24 at 1:00PM
    • Presenter Training Session #2 - October 31 at 10:00AM

Please upload your materials by November 7 to ensure attendees have time to review as they are preparing their conference experience. Once you have uploaded your initial presentation, you can continue to upload additional or updated files. Attendees will have the ability to download session materials through the event platform.

How will my presentation room be set up?

Wifi and hardwired ethernet cable are provided for presenters; attendees will additionally be able to access the conference wifi network.

For in-person conference sessions, CSDC provides:

  • Breakout rooms set as theater; workshops set as classroom
  • Projector
  • Screen
  • Microphone(s) in select rooms
  • Wifi
  • Presenter table
  • Podium

Please note: You are responsible for providing your own laptop, adapters, and handout materials, both digital and copies. If you are playing any audio or video, you will need to supply your own speaker or arrange for us to provide you with one. We will need to verify that all of your own equipment is also working for you at a separate time.