Start a Charter

Charter Design Institute
at the Illinois Charter Schools Conference
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Join parents, local organizations, and talented educators to learn how you can create schools tailored to your students and community!

At the Charter Design Institute (CDI), you will learn:

  • Innovative best practices from veteran charter public school leaders
  • What goes into an effective charter school proposal
  • A roadmap for charter school design and startup in Illinois
  • How to effectively engage the community – an essential step in creating a great school

The next CDI will take  place on  Thursday, November 10 at the 2016 Illinois Charter Schools Conference in Chicago.

Don’t miss the  chance to learn how to start a high-quality charter school while networking with leaders in the Illinois charter public schools community!

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Date and Time:

Thursday, November 10, 2016
7:20 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Optional cocktail reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.


School Tour (7:20 to 8:45 a.m.): Muchin College Prep, 1 N. State, Chicago
Conference & Cocktail Reception (9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.): Swissotel, 323 E. Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago


School Tour (7:20 to 8:45 a.m.): Muchin College Prep, 1 N. State, Chicago
Conference & Cocktail Reception (9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.): Swissotel, 323 E. Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago

7:20-8:45 a.m. Guided Tour of Muchin College Prep – for CDI registrants only; a light breakfast will be provided
8:45-9:00 a.m. Travel to Swissotel  (INCS will provide transport via taxi cab)
9:00  a.m.– 10:30  a.m. Conference General Session, featuring award-winning teacher and acclaimed spoken word poet, Clint Smith
10:30  a.m.  – 10:45  a.m. Refreshment Break
10:45  a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. Breakout I: We Are Family: The Case for Authentic Community Engagement
12:00  p.m.  – 12:30  p.m. Networking Break
12:30  p.m.– 1:45  p.m. Illinois Charter Excellence Awards Luncheon
2:00  p.m.  – 3:15  p.m. Breakout II: Charter School Fundamentals: Key Components for Planning a Great School
3:15  p.m.  – 4:00  p.m. Refreshment Break
4:00  p.m.  – 5:00  p.m. Breakout III: Achieving Excellence: Best Practices from High-Performing Charter Schools
5:00  p.m.  – 7:00  p.m. INCS Education Networking Cocktail Reception


  • Regular (9/3-11/9): $225
  • Onsite: $275

Registration Fees Include:

  • Guided charter school tour for Charter Design Institute attendees only
  • Access to the full 2016 Illinois Charter School Conference and INCS Education Networking Cocktail Reception
  • Specialized conference sessions
  • A hard copy of Paving a New Path: A Guidebook for Illinois Charter Public School Development, Updated 2014
  • Electronic copies of charter public school design resources and planning tools
  • Light breakfast, lunch and evening reception (appetizers and cocktails)

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Please contact Allison Jack  at  or  by phone at 312.690.2708.

untitled-2479“The process of developing a charter school is not an easy one. Having an organization like INCS to help developers first understand what it takes to be a charter school and then offer advice and guidance along the way is invaluable. I’m not sure we would have made it without INCS.”

—Roberta Parks, Board Secretary,  Quest Charter School, Peoria, IL  


“The INCS Charter Design Institute provided a comprehensive overview of  the many areas involved in charter school design. For us, it was a perfect mix of  inspiration, information and informal networking.”

—Micki O’Neil, Founding Executive Director,  Foundations College Prep