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 2017 highlights!


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 share a few of our keynote speakers: Sydney Chaffee, 2017 National Teacher of the Year; Nancy Lublin, founder & CEO of Crisis Text Line; and Mike Marriner, co-founder of Roadtrip Nation. 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?

Use our Program Search Tool to preview all of the breakout sessions at NCSC. You can also search for specific topics that interest you, browse our session lineup by strand, see who’s presenting at NCSC18, and even customize your conference schedule using our Personal Conference Planner.

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, headshot 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 Bangers

Join us on Sunday, June 17, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at Bangers on Rainey Street for our welcome party! Rainey Street is one of the most popular streets for Austin nightlife. Kick off the conference at this great Austin hotspot—perfect for people watching, beer drinking and sausage eating. Vegans shouldn’t be concerned, in Austin, even a place famous for its meats has something for you to eat!

Exhibit Hall Happy Hour

We're hosting an exhibit hall happy hour on Monday, June 18, from 5:00pm - 6:00pm. 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 down time.

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.