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2018 Conference

Welcome to our 2018 Conference!



We are excited to host this year’s conference at the Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center in Sunset Beach, NC Sunday, July 15 through Tuesday, July 17!   Although the Sea Trail is one of the largest full-service conference centers on the North Carolina coast, its casually sophisticated spaces, beautiful outdoor venues and lush coastal surroundings set the stage for an intimate, fully personalized experience.    With three award-winning golf courses, indoor and outdoor pools, the beach a mile and a half away, and delectable seafood restaurants in neighboring Calabash, NC, the seafood capital of the world, there’s plenty to enjoy!   With our room block rates as low as $119/night, you may want to stay an extra night or two for a mini vacation!



Our theme this year, Building Bridges, is inspired by the Mannon C. Gore Bridge in Sunset Beach.   Replacing the old pontoon bridge built in the 1950s over the Intracoastal Waterway, the new bridge allows faster, more efficient movement between Sunset’s mainland and barrier island.   Throughout the conference we will explore the various ways bridges can be built to make connections between stakeholders, including teachers, parents, administrators, board members, businesses, and our district counterparts.   As illustrated in the conference logo, North Carolina’s children will be the ultimate beneficiaries of effective collaboration.


Keynote Speakers 

Alex Kajitani

Speaker, Author, California Teacher of the Year
 Kajitani Education, LLC
Kajitani is the 2009 California Teacher of the Year and a Top-4 Finalist for National Teacher of the Year.   He is a highly-sought after keynote speaker who supports and motivates teachers and staff nationwide.   Alex delivers powerful keynotes and insightful breakout sessions that are honest and real, fresh and funny, and capture the essence of what it means to be a teacher and a leader today, in any setting.   Through heart-touching stories, thought-provoking ideas and immediately implementable strategies, Alex inspires us all to teach and lead, not only for the world as it is, but for the world as it can be.
Read More about Alex’s Story


David Osborne

New York Times Bestselling Author, Educational Project Director
 Progressive Policy Institute

Osborne comes with decades of experience as a government and educational consultant.   His experience includes being a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, senior partner of The Public Strategies Group, and former senior advisor to Vice President Gore.   His newest book, Reinventing America’s Schools: Creating a 21st Century Education System, vividly and specifically unpacks his theory of how U.S. education must be redesigned for the modern era — and sketches out a road map for cities and policymakers to follow in building towards the future.  
See Osborne’s Book Interview


Andrew Campanella

 National School Choice Week
An enthusiastic advocate for educational opportunity, Campanella has served as president of National School Choice Week since 2012.  He has led National School Choice Week (NSCW) during a time of remarkable growth.  From 150 events in 2011 to 32,000 in 2018, NSCW has quickly become the world’s largest education related public awareness effort.  In support of NSCW’s positive and inclusive mission, Campanella and the talented NSCW team have forged partnerships with tens of thousands of schools, homeschool groups and organizations – while helping to plan and promote some of the most iconic education events in history.
Watch the NSCW 2018 Highlight Video


Click the images below to see details for sponsors, presenters, and attendees.   Instructions on reserving your hotel room under our room block are provided after registration.   We look forward to you joining us at the beach!



2018 North Carolina Charter Schools Conference

Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center
75A Clubhouse Road
Sunset Beach, NC, 28468