California Charter Schools Conference

Sacramento, CA | March 20 - 23

This year’s California Charter School Conference was one of the best yet. Our team enjoyed meeting so many charter leaders and attending informative breakout and poster sessions. As the Diamond Sponsor of this year’s event, we want to thank the California Charter Schools Association for putting on a great conference. The information and knowledge you now have to take back to your schools is invaluable. And, you can continue to build your knowledge by signing up for our charter school resources. We also have links to our session slides and recordings below.

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Access all of our team’s content from the conference. You can watch the recorded breakout sessions or review the presentation materials below. If you have any questions or want to learn more, email us at

Tuesday, March 21
I Need a Better Facility for My School: Now What?

Charter schools face expansion challenges, especially inadequate facilities. This discussion will center around what charter leaders should be thinking about in planning for a new facility or expanding an existing one.

  • Stuart Ellis, President and CEO, Charter School Capital
  • Mike Morley, President and CEO, American Charter Development
  • Kevin Lynch, Senior Director, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Michelle Lynch, Director, Regulatory Affairs, California Charter Schools Association

Fueling Your Student Enrollment and Retention Plans

Build it and they will come. Opening your doors doesn’t ensure students will enroll. In this session you will learn best practices to increase student enrollment and retention for your charter school, and develop successful, repeatable strategies to take back to your school.

  • Kirt Nilsson, COO, Charter School Capital
  • Michael Barber, Founder, barber&hewitt
  • Kim Brater, Vice President of Marketing, Charter School Capital

Wednesday, March 22
Social Media – How Do I Use it to Help My Charter School

How should your charter school harness social media to help your school communicate with your community, build awareness for your programs and aid in student enrollment? Learn how with our social media gurus.

  • Michael Barber, Founder, barber&hewitt
  • Kim Brater, Vice President of Marketing, Charter School Capital

Growth Strategies for Charter Schools: Start-up, Expansion, Maturity

Charter schools face a variety of challenges at each stage of growth. This panel session will outline the challenges charters face during phases of growth from start-up to expansion, through maturity. Our panel of experts will also offer best practices used to achieve success.

  • Stuart Ellis, President and CEO, Charter School Capital
  • Dr. Darlene Chambers, Sr. VP for Programs and Services, National Charter Schools Institute
  • Laura Mudge, Executive Director, Olive Grove Charter Schools
  • Tricia Blum, Head of Consulting Services, Charter School Capital and Former Executive Leader at AEALAS, Inc. and iLEAD Inc.

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