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!

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What are the charter school issues that we should focus on at our Symposium?

  • How do we escape the repetitive, negative, misinformed dialogue around charter schools? How do we restore our image?

  • Funding equity: How can we make it happen?

  • The allure of replication: is small beautiful or is “more” better?

  • How can we use charter autonomy to deeply engage community?

  • Innovation: What are our best stories? How can we improve?

  • How do we distinguish our schools from schools with management contracts?

  • How does philanthropy affect the charter movement?

  • How can we create opportunities within our schools for growth and opportunity for experienced teachers? How can we create environments that develop, nurture and sustain new teachers?

  • What are some effective board/school leadership collaborative models?

  • Unionization: What are our best stories? How can we improve?

  • How can we develop systems, policies and structures to monitor and maintain our commitment to our stated values?

What are the broader national/global issues that we should also be addressing?

  • How do address the climate crisis in our schools?

  • Let’s talk about race: Integration, cultural identity or both?

  • How can our schools help repair damage to norms and institutions?

  • How do we advance democratic principles given a hierarchical school structure?

  • The talent pipeline is shrinking. How do we attract more young people?

  • How do we talk about inequity?

  • What’s the impact of trauma on our schools? Are we trauma informed?

  • What is the responsible position for charter schools to take regarding the push for vouchers and public funding for religious schools?

  • What actually divides us? Can our schools help make our nation whole?

What are the pedagogical/operational issues would you like to see us address?

  • PBL (real life examples, aligning with standards, etc)

  • How are we supporting student civic participation and activism?

  • Technology: virtual classrooms, augmented and virtual reality: what’s the future?

  • School culture: how do we make it happen with intention to create positive learning environment for all students, teachers, families? Who has agency?

  • Tests, Evaluation, Accountability: are we measuring what matters? Let’s get real about multiple measures of student and school success

  • What are the leadership models we are using in our schools?

  • How can we promote teacher-led curriculum development?

  • Special Education: how do we meet the needs of ALL learners?

  • How can we help young people use their minds well?

  • How to teach children to think deeply and carefully in the sound-bite, social media world.


Your Registration Includes: Access to all Plenary Sessions and Keynote Address • Access to over 45 breakout sessions • Access to meet and mingle with speakers, exhibitors, and your peers from across the US • Special Welcome Event • Breakfast and Lunch on Conference Days • and more!

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Please note: CPICS member discounts are only valid for (Champion, Impact, and Advocate Members)

Exhibitor/sponsorship opportunities


Did you know that 65% of the nation’s charter schools are independent? Independent charter schools have the ability to select who and what service providers are the best fit for their schools.


Make your mark and meet face to face with school leaders and key decision-makers from independent charter schools across the country at our symposium. Please support the independent charter school movement by sponsoring, exhibiting, or advertising at this year’s symposium. Your presence at #ICSS20 can help school leaders and administrators make choices that will change the lives of their students.

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