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.


Click here to see our 2018 highlights!


About the Conference

The National Charter Schools Conference is the premiere conference for current and aspiring charter school leaders. 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 2018 conference, we had more than 4,500 attendees. We hosted 130 breakout sessions, 10 charter talks, two networking lounges, three general sessions, and one awesome Austin style Welcome Reception! 

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 2019 Conference will be held June 30-July 3 at the Mandalay Bay Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Who is speaking?

We are excited to share a few of our keynote speakers: Hadi Partovi, founder & CEO of, and Nina Rees, president & CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. We'll be announcing additional speakers soon! Learn more about our speakers on our Speaker page.

What’s the schedule?

View the schedule here.

What session content is offered?

Content will become available after our Call for Proposals process has been completed in March 2019.

What are the networking opportunities?

We offer a number of networking opportunities at NCSC!

Networking Lounges

Connect with conference attendees who share your interests at one of our networking lounges. Take a break, meet new people, and problem-solve! Networking lounges will be set up in convenient locations around the conference. Check the program book for exact locations.

Exhibit Hall Hub 

This year, we’re also adding some excitement and engagement to the middle our exhibit floor. The Exhibit Hall Hub will be the center of activity and will feature the live music, a networking pavilion, head shot lounge, and specialty coffee bar.

Are there any special events?

Yes! Our welcome party and exhibit hall happy hour are great ways to meet folks and see why NCSC is so special and fun. We're also planning additional special events and state meetings—check the program book for more information!

Welcome Party at Mandalay Bay

Make sure you plan to join us on Sunday, June 30, from 7-9 p.m. More details will become available as we get closer to the conference.

Exhibit Hall Happy Hour

We're hosting an exhibit hall happy hour on Monday, July 1, from 5-6 p.m. Mix and mingle throughout the exhibit hall, with appetizers and drinks provided. Get to know our knowledgeable and friendly exhibitors, many of whom have solutions to your everyday problems. Make new connections and enjoy a little downtime.

Our Attendees

We had more than 4,500 attendees at the 2018 Conference in Austin, TX. 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 leadership development in the field. It’s an incredible opportunity to learn from and network with your peers from across the country. More than 91% of attendees said that what they learned at the 2018 Conference was applicable to their jobs.

Our sessions offer hands-on learning experiences from the best in the field. 2018 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 2018 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.