Back to School: What You May Have Missed During the Summer

Published September 13, 2017 16:03

With the new school year underway, we thought we would take a moment to wish you and your colleagues best of luck in accomplishing all of your instructional and operational goals during the 2017-18 academic year, as well as to share a few updates you may have missed during the summer.

Is Your CSDC Membership Active for 2017-18?

Schools pay only $2-$3 per student enrolled.

For many California charter schools, the beginning of the new school year is a great time to start or renew their annual CSDC Memberships, which yield numerous helpful, time-saving benefits and resources, as well as especially effective charter advocacy on behalf of the California movement at the State Capitol in Sacramento.

Please visit for additional information as well as to start or renew your school's membership today.

CSDC Staff Changes

Farewell to Michael Agostini & Joyce L. Montgomery

CSDC recently bid farewell to two excellent staff members who will be greatly missed: Michael Agostini and Joyce L. Montgomery.

As CSDC's long-time Director of Operations, Michael Agostini designed and led numerous CSDC training programs, including our annual Leadership Intensive "boot camp" and statewide annual conference, the California Charter Schools Leadership Update Conference. Michael also provided consulting assistance to charter school operators and developers, conducting CSDC School Quality Reviews for dozens of charter schools across the state of California. CSDC wishes Michael the best of luck in his new role as Head of School at Temecula Preparatory School.

Joyce L. Montgomery, CSDC's former Education Finance & Policy Specialist, not only led and managed CSDC's Charter School Business Officer Training, but also helped scores of charter schools by providing in-depth reviews of their programs, as well as supporting charters during the chartering, appeal and revocation processes. We look forward to seeing Joyce at this year's conference (when she will present two sessions on charter finance) and wish her well in her new endeavor as the Chief Financial Officer of Summit Public Schools.

Welcome Back, Stephanie Schwuchow!

CSDC is excited to announce the return of Stephanie Schwuchow who joins CSDC as Director of Operations and brings with her over 15 years of experience in charter school operations, client services, and organizational strategy. Connect with Stephanie on LinkedIn and join us as we welcome her aboard!

CSDC Now Hiring

To better serve California charter schools—especially annual members of our organization—we are seeking two exceptional candidates for the following positions:

'17 Conference Keynotes & Workshop Lineup Released

CSDC recently announced the keynote speakers and full training and workshop lineup for the 2017 California Charter Schools Leadership Update Conference, which will be held on November 16-17, 2017 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.

For over a decade, this conference has been the "must attend" event of the fall for charter school leaders, charter instructional staff, and other key personnel seeking to receive the latest information on the fiscal, policy, and instructional changes that will affect their schools during the year ahead.

Please visit to learn more and register.

Helpful Resources from Our CharterShield Partner

The Marsh & McLennan Agency (formerly Barney & Barney), recently published several resources of interest to conversion charter schools as well as to charter schools in the pre-/post-approval phase:

CSDC partnered with the Marsh & McLennan Agency to create the CharterShield School Benefits Trust, an exclusive employee benefits program that provides CSDC Member schools with unique plan options at exceptional rates. Lines of coverage include medical, dental, vision, and short- and long-term disability.

More information regarding the trust can be found at

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