The National Charter Schools Conference delivers exceptional learning and networking opportunities for every participant. With inspirational keynote speakers, more than 100 engaging breakout sessions, and unique networking events, this national event has something for everyone.

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About the Conference

The National Charter Schools Conference is the best learning and networking event for charter school educators, leaders, and advocates. This conference is about being part of a movement, learning from the best in the field, and learning from each other. Meeting peers that struggle with the same issues you do – or have solutions to offer you – is an incredible learning experience.

By the numbers: At the 2017 conference, we had more than 4,700 attendees. We hosted 100 breakout sessions, 17 meet-ups, eight charter talks, five networking lounges, three general sessions, two unconference sessions, and one awesome Netflix-themed welcome party! 

We seek to make NCSC an incredible learning experience, but also a heck of a lot of fun. We balance intense learning opportunities with networking, and we work to bring the best of our location to you.

Where is the Conference?

The 2018 Conference will be held June 17-20 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. 

Who is speaking?

We are excited to announce our first keynote speaker, Sydney Chaffee! Sydney is the 2017 National Teacher of the Year and the first charter school educator to receive that honor. We'll be announcing additional speakers soon! Learn more about Sydney and find out about other speakers on our Speaker page.

What’s the schedule?

View the schedule here.

What session content is offered?

Use our program search tool to learn more about the 100+ sessions offered at NCSC17. We'll share more detailed programming for NCSC18 in March 2018. Our call for proposals opens in January 2018. Learn more about becoming a presenter.

What are the networking opportunities?

We offer an opening welcome reception, unconference sessions, meet-ups, and more!

Our Attendees

We had more than 4,700 attendees at the 2017 Conference in Washington, DC. Our participants hail from all 50 states and include charter school teachers, leaders, board members, and advocates, as well as a diverse group of education innovators, policymakers, and business leaders.

Why Should I Attend?

NCSC is the best professional development in the field. It’s an incredible opportunity to learn from and network with your peers from across the country. More than 94% of attendees said that what they learned at the 2017 Conference was applicable to their jobs.

Our sessions offer hands-on learning experiences from the best in the field. 2017 attendees said breakout sessions offer practical insights that help them do their jobs better immediately upon returning. We strive to engage with innovative formats and engaging speakers who tackle the issues you face. Learn more about our 2017 programming and breakout sessions using the program search tool.

Our networking opportunities will connect you with peers from across the country in memorable, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. We host formal and informal networking opportunities, such as after-hours hang outs and networking lounges, allowing you to make lasting connections.