hotel albuquerque

Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town delights travelers with a distinctive blend of historic grandeur and contemporary comfort. This landmark Albuquerque luxury hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Old Town, offering lodging in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and amenities including their on-site restaurant and bars, an outdoor resort swimming pool and more than 62,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space.



In the heart of Albuquerque, this New Mexico hotel in Old Town offers a unique location in a historic district easily accessible from I-40 and within 15 minutes of Albuquerque International Sunport Airport. Within walking distance are historic landmarks, restaurants, local shopping favorites, and many other things to do in Albuquerque.

keynote speaker: dr. Nancy Lopez

Dr. Nancy  López is professor of sociology at the University of New Mexico and she directs and co-founded the Institute for the Study of “Race” and Social Justice ( Dr. López’s scholarship, teaching and service is guided by the insights of intersectionality--the importance of examining the simultaneity of oppression and resistance as visible in the dynamics of tribal status/settler colonialism race/structural racism, gender/patriarchy, class/capitalism, ethnicity/nativism, sexuality/heterosexism as systems of inequality across a variety of social outcomes, including education, health, employment, housing, and developing contextualized solutions that advance social justice. She is the author of Hopeful Girls, Troubled Boys: Race and Gender Disparity in Urban Education, co-edited volume, Mapping "Race": Critical Approaches to Health Disparities Research see, coined the concepts of “street race” in  López et al., 2017, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity and "critical race theory intersectional quantitative methods in higher education" in López et al., 2017 Race, Ethnicity and Education).

 Dr. López has been active in the debates about racial and ethnic measurements for the 2020 Census and the importance of not flattening the difference between Hispanic origin and race. Dr. López is also co-investigator for a community based research practices partnership on the implementation of ethnic studies as a potential lever for student success and expanding opportunity for all students. The daughter of Dominican immigrants who were only able to attend primary school through the second grade, Dr. López was born in New York City and raised in public housing.  Spanish is her first language.  Dr. López graduated from a de facto racially segregated large public vocational high school for girls. 

Confronting the Polarization in

Public Education

How educators from both sectors can unite around shared values


CPICS is proud to bring together four of our most distinguished leaders and visionaries in education who will share their ideas and challenge each other and us to find a way forward. Please get to #ICSS19 early to join us for our grand kickoff panel. You won't want to miss this!
Professor of Education & Faculty Director,
Center for the Transformation of Schools at UCLA
Renowned teacher, principal, theorist, activist, author and founder of the small
schools movement
Executive Director,
The Albert Shanker
Executive Director,
High School for
Recording Arts 

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

  • Effective political advocacy: How do we educate legislators about our schools?

  • Funding equity: How can we make it happen?

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

  • Why is good charter school governance so difficult?

  • Public misconceptions about charter schools. How do we restore our image?

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

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

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

  • Tests, Evaluation, Accountability: are we measuring what matters?

  • How does philanthropy and money affect the charter movement?

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

  • Should CPICS adopt principles from the Green New Deal?

  • Pervasive issues around race: Integration, cultural identity or both?

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

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

  • The talent pipeline is shrinking. How do we attract more young people and save the teaching profession?

  • How do we address big issues: climate change, immigration, inequity?

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

  • What are the national implications of Yazzie vs New Mexico?

  • 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 can we encourage student civic participation?

  • 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?

  • Getting real about multiple measures of student and school success

  • Using MTSS (Multi-tiered System of Support) for the whole child

  • Shared/distributed leadership vs. traditional hierarchy: shouldn’t we be doing more of that?

  • 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? (from CES)

Sponsorship/exhibitor Opportunities

Become a sponsor of the 2019 Independent Charter School Symposium and join some of most influential educators, policy-makers and social justice advocates as we discuss the major educational issues of our time and explore the past, present and future of chartering in the US. 


School leaders and decision-makers from independent charter schools across the country are coming for this historic event. Their innovative and community-rooted schools have flourished with the support of professional service organizations like yours. Please support the work of these schools and help lay the foundation for the future growth of community-based charter schools by being a sponsor.