24th Annual California Charter Schools Conference Highlights

March 24, 2017

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The 24th Annual California Charter Schools Conference, held March 20-23, 2017 at the Convention Center and Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, California, was host to 3,500 charter public school leaders, supporters and advocates. This year's conference was themedĀ "Momentum" to celebrate the growth of the charter movement in California and reaffirm our commitment to providing students with the best education possible. California is home to the largest number of charter schools in the nation, with more than 600,000 students attending more than 1,230 schools.

CCSACon 2017 had something for everyone. This year's conference featured 170 breakout sessions, new tools and resources from over 260 exhibiting companies, an exclusive Q&A session with three California Gubernatorial Candidates, and a special keynote presentation by journalist and award winning author Andrew Solomon. CCSA also continued the tradition of honoring charter teachers, volunteers, schools, and elected officials for their outstanding leadership and excellence in education, and awarded scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

General Sessions

Notable Speakers

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Andrew Solomon, journalist and author of "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity"

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  • Jed Wallace, president and CEO, California Charter Schools Association
  • Blanca E. Rubio, State Assemblywoman (D-Baldwin Park), 48th District

Thursday, March 23, 2017

  • Delaine Eastin, former Superintendent of Public Instruction, CA Gubernatorial Candidate
  • Antonio Villaraigosa, former Mayor of Los Angeles, California Gubernatorial Candidate
  • John Chiang, Treasurer, State of California, California Gubernatorial Candidate

Susan Steelman Bragato Scholarships

CCSA awarded $2,000 individual college scholarships to ten deserving high school graduates at CCSA member charter schools to help fund their first year of college. The scholarship is named in honor of Susan Steelman Bragato, the co-founder of the first charter school in California and the founder of the California Network of Educational Charters, renamed to what is now known as the California Charter Schools Association in 2003.

Hart Vision Awards

CCSA was honored to award charter school leaders, teachers, volunteers and schools with a Hart Vision Award for their outstanding leadership and excellence in education. The Hart Vision Awards were established in 1995 in honor of Gary K. Hart, retired California State Senator and former California Secretary of Education. While serving as state senator, Hart sponsored the legislation that established California charter schools.

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Attendees connected with their colleagues at conference via social media using the hashtag #CCSACon to share their favorite conference moments and photos.


For additional footage of the event, be sure to check out our YouTube profile and the 24th Annual California Charter Schools playlist.