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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Help us relaunch MiCSS!

As we look to relaunch the annual MI Charter Symposium in 2022, we are seeking feedback from former MiCSS attendees and the broader charter movement to help guide our decision-making around date, location and programming content. We invite you to take our quick survey to share your voice!

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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.

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.

Salon D & E - 8:30AM-10AM

General Session

We'll start the day with engaging speakers & charter student performances.

Multiple rooms - 10AM-11:30AM

Breakout Session 1

Breakout sessions cover K-12 access and equality, communications & 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 access and equality, communications & more.

Multiple rooms - 3PM-4:30PM

Breakout Session 3

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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 Deep Dive

We'll take a deeper look at several key issues facing the charter movement.

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.

K-12 Access & Equality

Sessions in this category look at the impacts limited access to minority learners, how to support the needs of students facing poverty and trauma, and engaging parents to build meaningful school networks of support.

Elevating MI's Educators

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.

Redefining our story

Sessions in this category will demonstrate effective strategies for telling your school story on digital/social platforms, how to address the MI charter narrative through powerful messaging, and how to drive enrollment/recruitment through storytelling.

Cultivating Innovative Ed

Sessions in this category will examine innovative educational strategies to drive student success, how to empower educators to be leaders and innovators in the classroom, and how state policy impacts our movement's ability to be autonomous educators. 

Meaningful K-12 Success

Sessions in this category will address how we can drive academic success while working in the current policy environment, and how to measure the impact of school choice on our communities.

#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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The MI Charters Mastermind Network is a digital, professional development community, created for charter professionals by charter professionals, designed to help the MI Charter movement push boundaries and connect in a meaningful way as we work together to solve tomorrow’s biggest K-12 challenges. Access into the network is FREE and open to any and all charter stakeholders, from teachers to leaders, to authorizers, operators and advocates alike.

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