Request for Proposals

As our country faces many uncertainties and the future of education is an ever changing landscape, we have redesigned our conference strands to focus on important and timely issues. Here is your opportunity to share the lessons you’ve learned and to open our minds to innovative ideas. 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!

Extended Deadline: September 16th

Virtual Conference Strands

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Continuity of Learning

  • COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the classroom as we know it. How are charter schools continuing to provide innovative learning opportunities for students? What tools can we use to authentically assess engagement when students are joining classes virtually? When learning takes place online, how do we meet all students where they are at?
    • Outdoor education/Project-Based Learning 
    • Unique issues that arise in online environments - like digital citizenship
    • SPED 
    • Socio-emotional learning 
    • Authentic engagement and assessment
    • Innovation and Multiple Measures go hand in hand. What are you doing in your school that’s really cool? How are you measuring success?
    • Maximizing tools in an online environment - how do we deliver content?
    • Best practices learned so far


School Cultures

  • Independent charters are marked by strong school cultures that reflect mission-driven design elements of a school. What tools do we have to maintain unique school cultures when we are practicing remote instruction? How are students and family contributing to distance learning plans?
    • Equity - on and offline 
    • Digital activism 
    • Students who are doing better in covid circumstances
    • Student contributions 
    • Maintaining unique school culture when we’re all remote


Connecting with Community

  • Our schools are consistently demonstrating their ability to support community needs in the midst of crisis. What are charter schools doing to bring people together virtually? How do we ensure our school communities have basic needs addressed, even if schools aren't reopening? What steps do we need to take to become digital beacons of democratic education? How can we advocate for independent charter schools in such a divisive political climate?
    • Advocating for indie charter schools/charters as democratic institutions  
    • Family involvement 
    • School/community response to COVID 
    • Service learning 
    • Our schools as digital beacons of democracy 
    • Schools as central hubs for community needs


Leadership & Operations

  • Autonomy and accountability are pillars of the charter school model, and in these difficult times, ensuring the integrity of both is challenging. What are leaders doing to navigate COVID-related policy? What does teacher empowerment look like in the middle of a pandemic? How do we implement equitable practices on our boards in this new era?
    • Technology infrastructure
    • Operations
    • Maintaining equity in face of so many challenges, so much red tape 
    • Budgets 
    • Compliance 
    • Security and protected data
    • Board trainings 
    • Professional development
    • Human Resources 
    • How are charters working around states’ snail pace in response to CoVid? 
      • Attendance? Funding? Loosening of restrictions on non-AOI?

Presentation Formats

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  • 60 minutes
  • 1-2 presenters
  • Traditional lecture format followed by Q&A from attendees
  • 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!
  • 60 minutes or under
  • 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 August 31st, 2020 September 16th, 2020

Selections of presenters will be made by September 30, 2020

Presenters will be given registration discounts.

Please email if you need assistance or for troubleshooting concerns.