Charter Talks

Back for a third year, Charter Talks will be held Monday, July 1 at the Charter Talk Stage in the Exhibit Hall from 11:00am – 1:30 pm. We think of Charter Talks as the NCSC version of TED Talks. Each presenter will share a 15-minute compelling presentation with a story arc that shares a big idea, is a tech demo, delves into an issue, or shares a small idea with a big impact. Charter Talks pack a punch, so come ready to learn a lot in a small amount of time from interactive, engaging presenters!

11:15am – 11:30am 

The Fight for the Best Charter Public Schools in the Nation 

According to several gold standard studies, Boston has the highest performing charter public schools in the country. Why? Dr. Cara Stillings Candal will share insights from her book, "The Fight for the Best Charter Public Schools in the Nation," which explores the policies and implementation factors that helped shape the charter sector in Massachusetts. Participants will walk away with do’s and don’ts for their states and a copy of the book. 

Cara Stillings Candal, Pioneer Institute 

11:30am – 11:45am 

The Life and Times of an Independent Charter School Operator 

It’s a particularly hard challenge operating an independent charter school. Listen to the journey of a charter school operator that has experienced many of life’s ups and downs. Take away tips on six key practices that help assure the success of a school: management/compliance, curriculum, school culture, operations, staff/team development, and parent culture. 

India Ford, T-Squared Honors Academy 

11:45am – 12:00pm 

College for All: A Personal Odyssey 

has sprung up in recoil to the notion of “college for all”—challenging whether or not college truly is “for everyone.” This charter talk will retrace the steps of the presenter, a first-generation college student and now successful school leader, reminding us about the transformative nature of the college experience. Be inspired by the story and by three proven methods to increase student outcomes in college acceptance, enrollment, persistence, and graduation. 

Robert Lane, Southland College Prep HS 


We're taking advantage of the great setup in our exhibit hall to bring you even more great content! We've partnered with two podcasts for live shows throughout our conference. Be sure to schedule some time to check out these great voices in the charter school movement.

8 Black Hands
Monday, July 1- 3:00pm-4:30pm

Deep in the heart of public-school education, wars rage on, and few warriors come to fight for the people. Yet, there is one small band of freedom fighters bring sanity to the village. Anyone who threatens the education of our 8 million black children is likely to catch these eight black hands. Join hosts Chris Cole III, Chris Stewart, Raymond Ankrum, and Sharif El-Mekki for a live taping of the 8 Black Hands podcast.

Charter School Super Stars
Tuesday, July 2, 10:00am-12:00pm

Join Academica Media's Ryan Kairalla for a live taping of Charter School Superstars, a weekly interview series featuring the incredible teachers, administrators, students, policymakers, social entrepreneurs, and other voices that are leading an education revolution.



Join us on Tuesday, July 2 at 12:15pm to hear from's CEO, Hadi Partovi, our general session speaker, as he is interviewed by National Alliance board member Bill Kurtz. Hear from Hadi on the future of technology in classrooms in a more intimate setting, off the large general session stage. 

Unleashing Opportunity and Creativity with Computer Science

Hadi Partovi, founder of and creator of the global Hour of Code campaign, talks about the importance of teaching computer science as part of the core academic curriculum in grades K-12, introducing creativity to the classroom, approaches to diversity in computer science, and implementation challenges in schools.