The National Charter Schools Conference 2021 (NCSC21) took place on June 20-23. We were proud to sponsor this fantastic event, along with the Walton Foundation, Google, Strada Education Network, and several other prestigious organizations.
With session tracks ideal for teachers, charter school leaders, and school board members, this conference exceeded expectations both in attendance and quality – a feat, considering that the National Alliance sets the bar high every year.
The sessions continue to be available on demand.
We were particularly impressed with Nina Rees’ keynote, NAPCS President & CEO, and the conference’s focus on building community after the pandemic.
We were delighted to see Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona among the speakers on Tuesday. His address focused on education quality and teaching excellence. Dr. Cardona’s presence at this event cemented our perception that this administration sees the charter school movement as a vibrant and essential part of our nation’s efforts to provide equitable choices in quality education to all students.
Charter School Capital led four sessions:
- The Secret Sauce: Charter School Enrollment Marketing – with our Chief Growth Officer Janet Johnson and our VP of Business Consulting Tricia Blum.
This session laid out the fundamentals of enrollment marketing for charter schools, emphasizing the ground game and digital marketing best practices. (Charter School Capital offers a pay-for-performance enrollment marketing solution – a great option that allows charter school leaders to focus on their strengths while resting assured their student enrollment continues to grow. Contact us to learn more about this option.)
- Help is Here: Putting COVID-Relief Funds to Work – with our VP of Business Consulting Tricia Blum, and Craig Cason, Executive Director of DuBois Integrity Academy.
Tricia provided actionable advice for aligning ESSER-fund spending with your charter school’s growth plan. At the same time, Craig offered real-life insights from his own experience at DuBois academy. This growing charter school recently partnered with Charter School Capital to upgrade and expand its facilities, including a state-of-the-art air purification system that helps provide peace of mind to parents of students returning to in-person learning.
- The Secret Sauce: Charter School Facilities Financing – with Jon Dahlberg and Matthew Gardner
Jon & Matt led this conversation by explaining the options for securing facilities financing, and then answered questions from a lively and engaged audience.
- Facilities Financing: No-Cost Bond Alternative with Jon Dahlberg.
This session focused on our unique solution for facilities financing, which offers the benefits of ownership without the stress, cost, and headaches of pursuing a bond of your own. Partnering with Wonderful Foundations, schools can set their course to ownership while redefining their facilities experience from one of tenant and landlord to one of collaborative partnership.
We enjoyed being part of NCSC21. The virtual conference was run with a magical mix of efficiency and warmth by the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools staff. The sessions were well-attended, and the general tone was one of optimism and relief as our nation recovers from the pandemic. Here’s to seeing you all in person at NCSC22!