MI Charter Symposium

 The annual Michigan Charter School Symposium is an exclusive event for charter professionals across the Mitten, built to help us push boundaries, learn from each other, and grow together.


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The Michigan charter school movement is comprised of diverse leaders, innovators and pioneers - including you. We're giving you a platform to discover and network with the brightest minds in public education reform, featuring dynamic speakers, engaging sessions and a fearless atmosphere. Based on your work, you'll become part of an engaging cohort of similar professionals, and together you'll attend sessions that help you enhance your own skill set and knowledge.

MiCSS23 is Dec. 6-7, 2023!

Thank you for joining us for #MiCSS22 we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! Save the date for next year's symposium and check back for more details soon! 

The Agenda

We can't promise it won't be busy. We can promise you'll walk away with amazing new insight.

Foyer - 7:30AM-8:30AM

Registration & Breakfast

Check in, connect with friends, mingle with exhibitors & prepare your mind.

MN Hub Headers (2)
Salon D & E - 8:30AM-10AM

General Session

General Session kicks off MiCSS with exciting speakers, which this year includes a very special keynote: Dr. Jody Carrington.

Multiple rooms - 10AM-11:30AM

Breakout Session 1

Breakout sessions cover K-12 talent solutions, health & wellness, reimagining education conversations and more. 

Salon D & E - 11:30AM-1PM


Grab some delicious food, share your experiences & browse the exhibitors.

Multiple rooms - 1PM-2:30PM

Breakout Session 2

Breakout sessions cover K-12 talent solutions, health & wellness, reimagining education conversations and more. 

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Multiple rooms - 3PM-4:30PM

Breakout Session 3

Breakout sessions cover K-12 talent solutions, health & wellness, reimagining education conversations and more. 

Mediterranean Room - 5PM- 7PM

MAPSA Social

Enjoy a strolling dinner, networking, music & cocktails following last session!

Foyer - 8AM-9AM

Thursday Breakfast

Kick off day two with breakfast & networking before the deep dive sessions.

Multiple Rooms - 9AM-12PM

Thursday "Hub" meetings

Join peers for small group activities and networking, designed around our MI Charter Mastermind Network "Hubs," i.e. digital, private groups that meet virtually every month. Our Hubs include regional charter leadership hubs, a charter teacher hub, a business manager hub & more.

Thank you to our #MiCSS22 sponsors!

Premier sponsors

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Gold sponsors

New Plan Learning (1)

Silver sponsors

  • Apptegy
  • Axios HR
  • Clark Hill
  • Concept Schools
  • CS Partners
  • Detroit Institute for Children
  • Easysuite Software
  • Education Management & Networks


  • iLearn Collaborative
  • The Leona Group
  • Maner Costerisan
  • Michigan Virtual
  • Midwest Management Group
  • National Charter Schools Institute
  • NWEA
  • Opportunity Thrive
  • Peabody Insurance Agency
  • Pikmykid
  • PSI
  • Renaissance Learning
  • School Mint
  • School Food & Wellness Group
  • Staples
  • Varis
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Meet our Keynote!

Dr. Jody Carrington is a renowned psychologist sought after for her expertise, energy, and approach to helping people solve their most complex human-centered challenges. Jody focuses much of her work around reconnection – the key to healthy relationships and productive teams and has a passion for schools and educators. A few years ago, we partnered with her shortly after the pandemic hit us, and she was a force to be reckoned with. She is beyond excited to be joining us IN-PERSON this December. 

MiCSS Content Areas

The Michigan Charter School Symposium is a conference built for charter professionals, by charter professionals, to celebrate charter professionals. We believe that to push the boundaries of innovation, we have to lead in the areas that matter to students and families most. That's why our sessions and speakers are curated in these core areas.

NOTE - all speaker and session info & updates will be posted inside the Sympsium topic via the Mastermind Network. Check in every week for continued updates!

Mental Health & Wellness

Sessions in this category will explore core foundations that create the opportunity for healthy educators to subsequently support and grow emotionally healthy students.

Talent Recruitment & Retention

Sessions in this category address how to cultivate professional growth opportunities for teachers, amplifying teacher voices to build a strong school culture, and creative practices for recruiting great educators.

The Charter Landscape

Sessions in this category examine where the MI charter movement is at & where we can go,  big ideas that can redefine and reshape K-12 education, and how we, as charter advocates, can have impact on the education policies that impact our schools and students.

Reimagining Education

Sessions in this category will examine the innovative educational strategies of tomorrow. As we move past pandemic thinking, how will we deliver instruction in 2, 5, 10 years? How will we as educators continue to adapt to meet the modern needs of students and families? 

Community & Family Engagement

Sessions in this category will address how we can meaningfully engage key stakeholders like parents and community members to build more success in our schools. 

Changing the Charter Narrative

Sessions in this category will showcase tools and resources for developing and sharing YOUR MI charter story. We all have a role in changing the charter narrative that is dominated by negativity, and shifting it to a positive focus on our passionate educators, successful students, and incredible schools. 

#MiCSS testimonials

“I loved the energy and information of this event. As teachers we need a “revival” every now and then.”
“This event reminded us about the importance of our old in educating our treasures.”
“I felt empowered hearing from those that have in the trenches. I left the Symposium feeling motivated.”
“Excellent presentations. Excellent resources. Excellent perspective. Engaging discussion.”
“I loved the energy and information of this event. As teachers we need a “revival” every now and then.”
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Follow the Symposium topic via Mastermind Network

All MiCSS programming updates and conference details will be shared in the Symposium topic inside the MI Charters Mastermind Network. Check in every week for additional details on everything from speakers, to available sessions and MORE!

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