The Virtual National Charter Schools Conference (NCSCvirtual) kicked off on Thursday, July 16th, for the first of three content-packed days. The content focused on three main areas-remote learning, reopening schools, and reimagining education. The event kicked off with our popular homerooms, which focused this week on affinity groups. There was a little something for everyone, and our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion homeroom had nearly 200 participants. 

National Alliance President and CEO Nina Rees kicked off the conference with powerful opening remarks addressing the challenges that schools are facing in the wake of COVID-19 and the racial justice issues stemming from the protest surrounding the death of George Floyd. She stressed that the challenges we are facing must be addressed head-on, as 68% of the student population in charter schools are students of color. 

Nina Rees
National Alliance President and CEO Nina Rees

After a brief break, the breakout sessions began with a featured session by Arizona State University President Dr. Michael Crow, discussing the future of education. In his session, Dr. Crow explained how Arizona State University is taking the lead in a student-focused approach to learning and reimagining their classrooms for the future. 

Michael Crow
Arizona State University President Dr. Michael Crow

We had over 2,300 registrants participate in 9 breakout sessions with thoughtful discussions. Session topics ranged from budgeting and procurement, teacher retention, best practice for remote learning, and many others. There is no doubt that our attendees came away with tons of great information that they will be able to utilize in their schools and organizations. 

Kairos Academies
Kairos Academies presentation on preparing your model for remote learning

The virtual conference was not just keynotes and breakout sessions. We had a much-needed stretch break with Daniel Hatcher, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, as part of our Moving More Challenge. We also had over 40 exhibitors sharing valuable information and products to reopen schools safely, manage the college application process, curriculums that are student-driven, and so much more through the Virtual Solutions Center

Day two is sure to provide so much more for our attendees, and we cannot wait to hear from our great speakers. There is still time to join us live for the remaining days of the conference and access the content on-demand, register here

Patricia Guidetti is the director of programs at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.