Our program includes a robust offering of keynote speeches, networking opportunities, and engaging breakout sessions on topics including teaching and learning, school leadership, policy and law, operations, charter school board governance, community/family engagement and advocacy and communications.

Here is a full schedule of our conference programming!


Registration opens at 3:00 PM

Kick-off Happy Hour: 4:00–6:00 PM


Registration opens at 7:00 AM

Networking Buffet Breakfast: 7:30–8:30 AM

Opening Session: 8:30–9:45 AM
  • Keynote Speaker: Marc Brackett, Director of the Yale University Center for Emotional Intelligence
Breakout Session #1: 10:00–11:00 AM
  • Using Racial Equity Tool to Eliminate Systematic Racism (Leadership, Advocacy & Communications)
  • The Ins and Outs of Parent Advocacy (Parent/Community Engagement, Advocacy & Communications)
  • Hot Button Issues: Student Discipline & Disproportionality (Policy & Law)
  • Learning from Student Work (Teaching and Learning)
  • Strategies for Conditional Hiring: Alternative Routes and Growing Your Own Talent (Teaching & Learning, Ops)
  • Get Your Board on Track (Governance)
Power Up Morning Snack Break: 11:00–11:15 AM

Breakout Session #2: 11:15 AM–12:15 PM
  • Emotional Intelligence: From Theory to Practice (Teaching & Learning)
  • From Abuelitas to Mobile Apps: The Best Strategies for Reaching Spanish-Speaking Audiences (Advocacy & Communications, Parent/Community Engagement)
  • Best Practices in Funder Relations (Leadership, Governance)
  • Navigating a Shifting School Funding Landscape (Policy & Law, Ops)
  • How Public, Private, and Nonprofit Partnerships Can Improve SpEd Services for All (Teaching & Learning, Policy & Law)
Networking Lunch 12:15–1:30 PM

Breakout Session #3: 1:30–2:30 PM
  • Parent Power (Parent/Community Engagement, Communications & Advocacy)
  • Learner Driven Models: Educating the Next Generation of Innovators (Leadership)
  • Envisioning PD for Linguistically Responsive Classrooms (Teaching & Learning)
  • School Startup: Lessons Learned (Operations)
  • District-Charter Partnerships (Leadership, Policy & Law)
Power Up Afternoon Snack Break: 2:30–2:45 PM

Breakout Session #4: 2:45–3:45 PM
  • Got Inquiry? A Process for Determining Instructional Practice Goals (Teaching & Learning)
  • Supporting Teachers & Leaders of Color (Leadership, Governance)
  • Reflections from Washington's Founding Charter School Leaders (Leadership)
  • Mentoring and Building Relationships with Students and Families (Teaching & Learning, Parent/Community Engagement)
  • McCleary Forecast: Where We're Headed (Policy & Law)
  • Academic Performance Framework Update: Technical Understanding (Policy & Law)
Closing General Session: 3:55–5:00 PM Networking Happy Hour 5:00–7:00 PM