Be a presenter at the 2020 Independent Charter School Symposium. We’re asking big questions; we’re looking for big ideas. The kinds of ideas that have come from a sector that has the spirit of innovation and the commitment to democratic values. Here is your opportunity to share the lessons you’ve learned. Take a look at the conference “Strands” and the different presentation formats. Then fill out the form with your ideas for a presentation, workshop or hot-topic round table. This movement is yours!

symposium strands

Hover over each strand title to learn more about them.

Empowering Teachers
Digital Citizenship (In the age of trolls)
Student Activism & Civic Participation
Advocating for Indie Charter Schools
Leadership & School Culture
Towards a 21st century accountability


Hot Topic Roundtable (60 minutes: Moderator and 3-4 panelists)

  • You are the moderator/anchor. Choose a “Hot Topic.” Recruit other attendees to join the discussion. Keep it real!


Standard Presentation (60 minutes)

  • Traditional lecture format followed by Q&A from audience 


Workshop (90 minutes)

  • An in-depth, instructional program with takeaways and hands-on learning.

Short and to the Point (15 minutes)

  • 10 minute presentation followed by 5 minute Q & A. Leave them wanting more.


If none of the above work, choose your own format. Show us what you've got!

PROPOSAL Requirements and selection process

The application process is online and simple. You will be asked to supply:

  • Presentation summary (1 page max) and

  • 100-word bio of presenter(s)

Plus a

  • 60-second video summary (iPhone quality is fine) OR

  • 4-5 slide PowerPoint “pitch deck”


*Please indicate if you are open to participating in a panel related to your proposal or are open to a modification of your proposal.

About the selection process: CPICS will judge submissions based on originality, pertinence to the symposium strand and overall relevance to critical issues in public education. Submissions may be made public to help us determine the sessions attendees want to see.


Proposals are due by May 25, 2020

Selections of presenters will be made by July 31, 2020


Presenters will be given registration discounts.


Please email if you need assistance or for troubleshooting concerns.

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