July Update

posted Jul 7, 2017, 2:19 PM by Diverse Charter Schools Coalition

Monthly Digest with Coalition Updates, Must-Read News,
and Upcoming Events

Coalition Updates

Highlights from Our 2017 Convening
On Saturday, June 11th, the Diverse Charter Schools Coalition hosted its 3rd Annual Convening at Lee Montessori Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Over 40 representatives from member schools, including school leaders, teachers, and board members, as well as critical friends and partner organizations came together to share ideas and learn from each other on how to advance diversity, equity, and excellence.

We kicked off our morning with a keynote from two E.L. Haynes Public Charter School students, Kalkidan Haile and Danielle Anani. They provided a powerful reminder of why we do this work, sharing stories of their identity, hopes for the future, and experiences attending a diverse-by-design school. It was the perfect way to set the tone for the remainder of the day. Weaved throughout our programming were opportunities for other attendees to also share their own stories of self– who they are and why they do this work.

Kalkidan Haile, sophomore
Danielle Anani, junior
Verta Maloney led the first session of the day, which engaged attendees in the central conversation of our work, racism in education. Together we took just a small step towards addressing individual and institutional racism in our schools and our country. This is work all Coalition schools are deeply engaged in and we plan to continue to help facilitate these conversations at future convenings and beyond.

We live in a time where race is often not explicitly talked about in school settings, however, it remains a silent and constant factor in the work of school leaders and educators.  One of the first steps towards acknowledging and eventually addressing race in schools and classrooms is talking about it.  One conversation at a time, we can find our way towards action. Conversations about race need to be audacious. Conversations about race need to be focused on personal awareness, personal growth, historical contexts and implications and then ultimately action.

We recognize that Coalition members are our greatest assets. To tap into our own community’s wealth of knowledge, we came together in small groups so that member schools could engage their peers on a specific challenge they are grappling with in their school and/or community. In addition to these “problems of practice” consultancies, member schools shared breakthrough ideas, best practices and exciting pathways that have led to student success. These included:

  • Building Strong Staff Development for Diversity Work in Schools (Community Roots)
  • Creating a Diverse Student Population: Recruitment Strategies (Brooklyn Prospect)
  • The Intersection Of “Deeper Learning” And Diverse School Models (City Charter Schools)
  • How Real Is Your Class? - Designing through a Culturally Relevant Lens (High Tech High)
We also welcomed four partner organizations to lead discussions on pertinent issues, including building and sustaining effective: charter boards, advocacy agenda, and parent engagement, advocacy, and organizing strategies. We ended the day with a presentation by Bellwether Partners on the state of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of education. There is no doubt we have a lot of work to do to continue to be exemplars of diversity and to make our schools and sector champions for diversity and inclusion. We know too that you are ready to meet the challenge. We are already hard at work planning our next convening. Be on the lookout for a “Save the Date.” We can’t wait to see you! 

2017 School Award Winners
As part of our inaugural awards ceremony at our Convening, we had the pleasure of honoring Blackstone Valley Prep with the School of the Year award for best exemplifying the Coalition’s values. The Coalition also awarded Valor Collegiate as the Best Newcomer School and the International School of Louisiana with the Achievement Gap Award for demonstrating exceptional commitment to successfully closing achievement gaps. Read more about each school here.
Sustaining the Coalition's Work

In 2014, 14 schools came together with a vision to create a coalition that would represent and support "diverse-by-design" public charter schools. We are excited to announce that the Coalition has secured funding for the next two years to build on that vision -- to promote, sustain, and grow our membership of intentionally diverse public charter schools. Official press release forthcoming. 

Upcoming Conferences & Events  

Big Picture Learning's Big Bang International Conference on Student-Centered Learning
July 25th to July 29th in St. Louis, Missouri
Register here

Every year, hundreds of educators, advocates and thought leaders from all over the world come together at Big Bang - Big Picture Learning's International Conference on Student-Centered Learning. There they convene with the most important component of authentic, student-centered learning: Students. Students are always at the center of Big Bang. Not just in theory, but in practice. You see, we believe that in order to have discussions about the future of student-centered learning, it is essential that students themselves play a key role; not just as attendees, but as designers, presenters, and leaders. Thanks to the generous support of a number of sponsors, over 50 students were able to attend Big Bang 2016.  Attendees travel the conference in advisories, allowing them to form close bonds with a core group of students, educators, and advocates from across the world. We invite those passionate about student-centered learning-whether part of the Big Picture Learning network or not to be part of the Big Bang experience.

Upcoming 2017 Integration Convenings held by the National Coalition on School Diversity or a partner organization
More information here

  • Reimagining Education: Teaching and Learning in Racially Diverse Schools (July 17-21)
  • IntegrateUS 2017 Summer Institute: Building a National Movement of Youth Leaders for Integration (August 2-5)
  • A Struggle We Must Win: Advancing School Integration through Activism, Youth Voice, and Policy Reform (October 19-20)

10th Annual National Summit on Education Reform
November 29th to December 1st in Nashville Tennessee
Register here

Join national leaders, state policymakers, advocacy organizations and education stakeholders from across the country at the 10th annual National Summit on Education Reform to learn, network and share the latest strategies that are improving the quality of education for America's children.

News Roundup

Letter: Sonia C. Park: Blackstone Valley Prep shows way for other R.I. schools
Providence Journal -- June 29, 2017
Editorial: Another attack on excellence
Providence Journal -- June 24, 2017
GOP Health Care Proposals: What Educators Should Know by Alyson Klein 
EdWeek -- June 22, 2017
School Segregation Is Getting Worse As Wealthier, Whiter Areas Form Splinter Districts by Alexander Nazaryan 
Newsweek -- June 21, 2017 
How Dallas Is Working to Diversify Its Schools Both Racially and Socioeconomically by Tanasia Kenney 
Atlanta Black Star -- June 21, 2017
Dallas Schools, Long Segregated, Charge Forward on Diversity By Dana Goldstein
New York Times -- June 19, 2017
NYC Charters Are Leading the Way on School Integration by Charles Sahm 
The 74 Million -- June 14, 2017 
A Manhattan District Where School Choice Amounts to Segregation by Kate Taylor
New York TImes -- June 7, 2017
The country’s largest school system — and one of the most segregated — just released its ‘school diversity’ plan. Here are the highlights by Christina Veiga 
Chalkbeat -- June 6, 2017
National Charter School Resource Center: English Learners and Students with Disabilities Resources

Recent Research
When and How Do Students Benefit From Ethnic Diversity in Middle School?
A study by University of California Los Angeles researchers published in the journal Child Development finds that students who attend more racially- and ethnically-diverse schools report less vulnerability, loneliness, insecurity and bullying. 
Southern Schools: More Than a Half-Century After the Civil Rights Revolution
This report by Civil Rights Project at UCLA and the Center for Education and Civil Rights at Penn State finds intense segregation of Black and Latino students in the South with charter schools more segregated for Black and Latino Students. Segregation in the South is double segregation for blacks and Latinos, meaning that they are in schools segregated both by race and by poverty in a region where the share of students poor enough to receive free or subsidized lunches has soared to nearly 60% of all students. Both segregation by race and poverty, research shows, are systematically linked to weaker opportunities and student outcomes.

Career Opportunities

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School
Communications Manager
Math & Science Curriculum Manager

Hebrew Public Charter Schools for Global Citizens
Community Relations and Student Recruitment Manager
Development Manager

June Update

posted Jun 26, 2017, 10:20 AM by Diverse Charter Schools Coalition   [ updated Jul 7, 2017, 2:20 PM ]

Monthly Digest with Coalition Updates, Must-Read News,
and Upcoming Events

Coalition Updates

DCSC 2017 Convening in Washington D.C.
Saturday, June 10th 5:30pm - 7:30pm (Bar Deco)
Sunday, June 11th 8:15am –
5:00pm (Lee Montessori Public Charter School

Join fellow school members and partners this weekend for our 3rd Annual Convening in Washington, D.C. We kick off our event at Bar Deco Saturday afternoon over drinks and food. On Sunday, we’ll explore best practice ideas, engage in consultancies, and strategize on what we can all do to advance diversity, equity, and excellence. If you plan on attending but haven’t sent a RSVP, or have additional questions, reach out to Elsa at edure@diversecharters.org. We look forward to seeing you!

NewSchools Summit: Our Schools Highlighted 
NewSchools Summit is an annual invitation-only gathering of education innovation thought leaders who bring important and diverse perspectives in PreK-12 education. Over 1,000 entrepreneurs, educators, community leaders, funders, and policy makers come together to share ideas on how we can reimagine schools so they prepare all students, from every background, to achieve their most ambitious dreams. Missed this year’s Summit? Check out these highlights from our member schools!
Opening Plenary: Dianne Tavenner (Summit Public Schools) and Todd Dickson (Valor Collegiate Academies) join Derwin Sisnett (Maslow Development, Inc) and Nancy Bernardino (Solar Prep) as the “new generation” of school innovators and share what they’re trying, what they’re learning, and what makes them hopeful for the future. Watch the full plenary here and the highlights here.
Charters: Bigger, Better, or Different?: Kriste Dragon (Citizens of the World Charter Schools) and fellow panelists discuss the questions on everyone’s minds: What is the best role for charters? Where should we concentrate our resources to drive change? Check out the video here.  

School Spotlight: Herron High School Approved to Join Indianapolis Public Schools

All too often charter schools are still pitted against traditional schools. Partnerships between the two are still too few and far between. In this environment, we all may be looking to Indianapolis as a model for cross-sector collaboration and support. The IPS board voted to add Herron High School, Coalition member school and one of Indianapolis’ highest performing high schools, to the district portfolio of Innovation Schools. This new partnership expands educational opportunities to more students and through its enrollment priorities, empowers Herron High School to increase geographic, racial and socioeconomic diversity at Herron’s 16th Street campus and create a new diverse population at Riverside, Herron’s newest campus. 

Read more about it here and here

Upcoming Conferences & Events  

School Integration By Race & Class: A Movement Reborn
Wednesday, June 7th from 12:00pm to 2:00pm in Washington, D.C.
Register here

In recent years there have been signs of a resurgent grassroots movement to integrate schools. From a variety of perspectives, our panelists will examine the state of segregation by race and class in America’s schools, and the promising initiatives and practices that are emerging in the renewed movement to integrate America’s schools.  Speakers: Gary Orfield, co-Director UCLA Civil Rights Project; Distinguished Research Professor, UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies; Johanna Josaphat, Founding Teacher, Unison School; John B. King, Jr., President and CEO, The Education Trust; former United States Secretary of Education; Ann Owens, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Southern California. Video recording of the event will be available online on June 8th.

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools: 2017 National Charter Schools Conference
Sunday, June 11th to Wednesday, June 14th in Washington, D.C.
Register here 

The National Charter Schools Conference is an incredible learning experience with inspirational keynote speakers, more than 130 engaging breakout sessions, and unique networking events. Be sure to check out the following sessions featuring Coalition members!

  • Am I an Effective Board Chair? Responsibilities and Reflections (Diverse Charter Schools Coalition) 
  • Realizing MLK's Dream: Best Practices in Achieving Integration (Community Roots Charter School, Hebrew Charter School Center) 
  • CMO Expansion 2.0: Lessons Learned from the First 10+ Years (Citizens of the World Charter Schools)
  • Taking Teacher Prep In-house: Opportunities for Growth and Innovation (Success Academies)
  • The Path to Reimagining School (Citizens of the World Charter Schools)
  • Ready, Set, EXPAND: Determine Whether Your School Is Ready to Grow (Hebrew Public)

Live Event: Nikole Hannah-Jones on the State of Education and Race
Tuesday, June 13th at 6:30pm in New York, NY
Purchase tickets here.

In this exclusive Times Insider conversation, Nikole Hannah-Jones, an award-winning domestic correspondent and the author of the National Magazine Award–winning story “Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City,” is joined by Ritchie Torres, a Bronx City Council member, and two parents whose children attend New York City segregated schools to discuss the crisis in the classroom — and how to make education equitable for all. Award-winning reporter Sarah Maslin Nir moderates. 

Second Equity in Motion: Growing All Students Through High-Quality Assignments 
Tuesday, July 18th to Thursday, July 20th in New Orleans, LA
Register here

Students can do no better than the assignments we give them. But what makes a rich, high-quality assignment? And what tools can teachers, instructional coaches, school leaders, and curriculum directors use to ensure that’s what students are receiving? Join us in New Orleans July 18-20th for our second Equity in Motion convening and take on these critical questions. This convening will feature more learning from assignments in English language arts, social studies, science, and a new focus on mathematics!

Upcoming 2017 Integration Convenings held by the National Coalition on School Diversity or a partner organization
More information here

  • Reimagining Education: Teaching and Learning in Racially Diverse Schools (July 17-21)
  • IntegrateUS 2017 Summer Institute: Building a National Movement of Youth Leaders for Integration (August 2-5)
  • A Struggle We Must Win: Advancing School Integration through Activism, Youth Voice, and Policy Reform (October 19-20)

News Roundup

Isolated and Segregated: A New Look at the Income Divide in Our Nation's Schooling System by Ulrich Boser and Perpetual Baffour
American Progress -- May 31, 2017

Letter to the Editor: Teachers of Color Contribute to Better Student Outcomes by Sonia Park
Education Week -- May 30, 2017

Advocates Call on Chancellor Fariña to Take ‘Morally Necessary’ Steps to End School Segregation by Christina Veiga
Chalkbeat -- May 25, 2017

What Are States Doing About Charter Schools in Their ESSA Plans? by Sarah Tully 
Education Week -- May 23, 2017

One Tool For Dismantling Structural School Segregation In Seattle: Better Zoning by Margaret Morales  
Sightline Institute -- May 16, 2017

How America Became Segregated hosted by Krys Boyd
Think -- May 10, 2017

Diverse Schools Help Students Thrive: A Conversation with Richard Kahlenberg
Walton Family Foundation Blog -- May 5, 2017

Career Opportunities

Homer A. Plessy Community School
Director of Curriculum and Instruction 

Have an upcoming event, know about an interesting conference, or want to share an exciting job opportunity? Forward information to info@diversecharters.org and we’ll include it in our next month’s update!

May Update

posted Jun 26, 2017, 10:18 AM by Diverse Charter Schools Coalition

Monthly Digest with Coalition Updates, Must-Read News,
and Upcoming Events

Coalition Updates

Name Change
We’ve officially changed our name to the Diverse Charter Schools Coalition, a subtle but important change. Thank you to our Membership Committee for spearheading a thoughtful and inclusive process. We are now undergoing a much-needed rebranding to fit our new name and will soon be unveiling a more accessible and informative website. 
2017 Convening
Join fellow school members and partners at our 3rd Annual Convening in Washington, D.C. We will be meeting from 5pm on June 10th until 5pm on June 11th at member school Lee Montessori Public Charter School. Together, we’ll explore best practice ideas, engage in consultancies, and strategize on what we can all do to advance diversity, equity, and excellence. This conference is for you! Sign up to share a “big idea” or submit a challenge for a consultancy and problem-solve with peers. Still mulling over an idea? Write-in TBD when you RSVP and we can circle back on details at a later date.
2017 Diverse Charter Awards 
We will also be announcing the winners of three awards at our 2017 Convening:

  1. Best Newcomer School: Awarded to the member school that opened Fall 2012 or later that best exemplifies the Coalition’s values.
  2. School of the Year: Awarded to the member school that best exemplifies the Coalition’s values.
  3. Achievement Gap Award: Awarded to the member school (or CMO) that has demonstrated exceptional commitment to successfully closing achievement gaps within their student population.

The deadline for nominations is May 10th, 2017. Winners will be announced by May 17th and will be invited to receive their awards in Washington in June. Have questions or want to be part of the Awards Committee? Reach out to Brian Beabout at bbeabout@uno.org
Fellowship Program: Incubating Prospective Leaders Of Diverse Charter Schools
The Coalition is working to secure funding to launch a fellowship program to prepare aspiring school leaders to design and launch intentionally diverse charter schools. As you all know, there is an urgent need to open and sustain more “diverse-by-design” charter schools.  Only a small fraction of charter schools enroll racially and socioeconomically diverse student populations and too few individuals are adequately prepared to create and lead these schools.  Through our Fellowship, each prospective leader will be matched with an exemplary host school for a 12-month residency period. He or she will be working alongside school leadership and other schools in the community to learn best practices and develop her/his own proposal for a new diverse charter. We will reach out with more information on how you could be a host school and the application process for fellows.

Upcoming Conferences & Events  

E.L. Haynes Public Charter Schools: Toast to Transformation 
Thursday, May 4th from 6:00 to 9:00pm in Washington, D.C.
Register and Buy Tickets here

E.L. Haynes is hosting our sixth annual signature fundraising event, Toast to Transformation. We are excited to honor John B. King Jr., President and C.E.O. of The Education Trust and former U.S. Secretary of Education and highlight our Pre-K-12th grade students' achievements. There will be student performances and features, delicious food, tasty drinks, complementary valet parking, and fun for all that attend.
DC Language Immersion Project: A Vision for DC - Leveraging the District's Diversity through Bilingual Education
Thursday, May 4th from 6:00 to 8:00pm in Washington, D.C.
Register here  
Innovative policies and legislation to narrow the achievement gap and prepare DC residents to excel in a global 21st century workplace. Please join local and national experts for our discussion on what DC gains by having a multilingual workforce and how we can achieve that goal. The District’s population and customer base is changing. Together with New York and Florida, DC is the state with the highest density of English language learners on the east coast. How can the District take stock of this demographic shift and leverage the opportunities it presents? How can education policies and economic development initiatives benefit DC's residents more equitably? How can our decision-makers do so while increasing tourism, foreign direct investment and access to markets beyond our borders?
City Neighbors Foundation: Night in the Fab Lab
Saturday, May 6th from 7:00 to 10:00pm in Baltimore, MD
Register and Buy Tickets here 

Join us for our annual fundraiser, Night in the Fab Lab.  The evening will be a unique and eclectic experience of jazz music, oysters, duck pin bowling, great food, and fun Fab Lab activities! This year we will also be showcasing student work from the Fab Lab and taking a moment to thank our Internship hosts. 
Baltimore Montessori Public: Seed to Table -- Student-powered Cooking and Gardening Program
Thursday, May 11th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in Baltimore, MD

Students chefs will design, prep, and serve a delicious meal, with support from Mr. Patrick and the Artifact team.  Our specially created seasonal dish is just $10 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit our student kitchen. Beer and other beverages available for sale. Our night will also feature students' food-themed art for display and for sale. See you there!
Center for Education and Civil Rights: Furthering Diversity in K-12 Schools through Student Assignment 
Thursday, June 1st from 8:30am to 4:30 pm in Washington, D.C. 
Register here 
School leaders will work alongside one another, advocates, and researchers on learning more about various aspects of designing, implementing, and sustaining student assignment plans that promote racial and socioeconomic diversity. This meeting will include new research about what diversity efforts districts are undertaking and what is known about the effectiveness of these models. Participants will also learn from one another about local successes and challenges regarding the design of diversity plans as well as how to effectively communicate about the plan with local communities.
National Alliance for Public Charter Schools: 2017 National Charter Schools Conference
Sunday, June 11th to June 14th in Washington, D.C.
Register here 

The National Charter Schools Conference is the best learning and networking event for charter school educators, leaders and advocates. This conference is about being part of a movement, learning from the best in the field, and learning from each other. Meeting peers that struggle with the same issues you do – or have solutions to offer you – is an incredible learning experience. With inspirational keynote speakers, more than 130 engaging breakout sessions, and unique networking events, this national event has something for everyone. 

Have an upcoming event or know about an interesting conference? Forward information to info@diversecharters.org and we’ll include it in our next month’s update!

News Roundup

ICYMI: Two of our member schools, DSST Public Schools and Success Academy Charter Schools, were named finalists for the 2017 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. The Broad Prize is designed to recognize the best practices of successful public charter management organizations so that all public school systems can learn from them.

Whites Only: School Segregation Is Back, From Birmingham To San Francisco by Alexander Nazaryan
Newsweek – May 2, 2017  

Family by Family, How School Segregation Still Happens by Kate Taylor
New York Times – April 28, 2017

Is This A Fix For White Flight Charter Schools? by Grant Blankenship
GPB News  -- April 21, 2017
3 Ways to Think About School Choice Through the Lens of Equity and Diversity by Valerie Braimah
The 74 Million -- April 17, 2017

School segregation persists in the new New Orleans, study says by Danielle Dreilinger   
The Times-Picayune  -- April 04, 2017

Washington, D.C. Montessori school learns to serve a diverse student body by Chris Pencikowski
Walton Family Foundation Blog -- March 15, 2017

‘Diverse Charter School’ Is Not An Oxymoron by Sara Berman
Forward -- March 14, 2017
Isn’t desegregation a measure of educational quality? Real reform begins early and accounts for racial and economic diversity by Andre Perry
The Hechinger Report --  March 14, 2017

In a city still struggling with segregation, a popular charter school fights to remain diverseby Emmanuel Felton
The Hechinger Report -- February 24, 2017

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