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Preview just a few of the sessions at #ICSVC20. Attendees can access complete recordings on the virtual conference platform.

United We Stand: A Place for Every Student

Chris Stewart delivers an inspiring message during Day 2 of #ICSVC20

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs

Steve Zimmerman closes #ICSVC20 with a few words of advice for charter leaders

Data Strategies for 2020 Distance Learning

Panel discussion featuring some of the most innovative data strategies school leaders are implementing during these unique times


During the recent pandemic, we’ve witnessed our member schools take on new and innovative roles. From implementing mission-driven distance learning to helping our families with basic necessities, we know that independent charter schools are showing up for their communities with compassion. Our organization has covered the resilience and dedication found in our school leaders, teachers, staff, students and families through our national virtual meetings.

Now, more than ever, we need our independent charter school community – we need each other! We are redirecting and reimagining our in-person 2020 Independent Charter School Symposium and bringing you an exciting one-of-a-kind virtual event. Join us on November 16, 18, and 20 for the 2020 Independent Charter School Virtual Conference as we celebrate independent charter schools and explore the future of public education.

Preview Programming

We have designed our programming with you in mind! From Connecting with Community to the Continuity of Learning, we plan to highlight relevant topics for independent charter schools. Also included are sessions focused on School Cultures and Leadership & Operations. Preview the breakout sessions we will be offering at our upcoming virtual conference. Additional sessions and presenters to be announced soon.

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Registration will include access to ALL virtual conference events and activities for 3 days.

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*special 50% discount for additional CPICS member attendees.
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Chris Stewart

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Keynote Speaker

The Coalition of Public Independent Charter Schools is thrilled to announce Chris Stewart as a keynote presenter at the 2020 Independent Charter School Virtual Conference. He will be joining us on November 18 for the second day of our 3-day event.

Chris Stewart is a lifelong activist with an extensive history supporting education-related issues. He currently serves as the CEO of Brightbeam, a nonprofit network of education activists demanding a better education and brighter future for every child. He is also on the board of EdNavigator and GreatSchools. Learn more here.

Charter Leaders! What's Your Game Plan?

Growing Support for Chartering Panel

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You voted. Now what? During a time of much uncertainty, it is important that we stay focused and keep our eyes on the prize. Regardless of the outcome of the election, charter school leaders and supporters understand that we have a lot of work ahead of us. What is our game plan? What must we do to have the voices of charter school parents and students heard? How can we ensure that the next Secretary of Education will fight for ALL students?

Join us for a lively panel discussion with charter school leaders and advocates from across the country as we discuss moving the charter movement forward.

Steve Zimmerman

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Keynote Speaker

If You Can Keep Your Head When All About You Are Losing Theirs: Some Words of Advice to Charter Leaders

CPICS is thrilled to welcome back CPICS Founder, Steve Zimmerman, for a keynote address on November 20th.

Chartered schools have been part of the educational landscape for over three decades and have had many successes that exemplify the wisdom behind its key principles. Unfortunately the movement has also suffered from scandals, bad actors and an increasingly adversarial relationship with educators and advocates for traditional, district-run public schools. The sides and arguments are now as polarized and destructive as our larger politics. If we truly regard ourselves as the innovators in public education now is the time to innovate ourselves out of this stalemate and maybe the rest of the country can follow.

Many thanks to the Sponsors & Exhibitors of ICSVC20