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October Update

posted Oct 16, 2017, 8:00 AM by Diverse Charter Schools Coalition   [ updated Nov 2, 2017, 8:55 AM ]

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Coalition Updates

Citizens of the World Students
Citizens of the World Charter Schools

Save the Date: 2018 DCSC Convening  (January 18th to January 19th)
We are excited to bring together our community of diverse charter schools again to share ideas and build capacity to advance diversity, equity, and excellence! This year, our focus and theme is Diversity and Cultural Competence: Fostering a More Equitable and Inclusive School Community. 

Let us know if you anticipate joining us by completing this form for your school/organization.  The Coalition will again offer a travel stipend to member schools to facilitate attendance. Our convening is hosted by member school DSST and will take place Thursday, January 18th to Friday, January 19th in Denver, Colorado.  Interested in helping to shape the agenda? Join our planning committee

Welcome New Board Members to the DCSC Board of Directors
We officially welcomed Andrea Arroyo and Heather Lamm to our Board of Directors at our annual board retreat in September. Andrea is the New Site Development and Community Engagement Director at Citizens of the World and Heather is the Director of Marketing and Communications at DSST Public Schools. Both networks are member schools. 

Fellowship Program: Incubate Prospective Leaders Of Diverse Charter Schools
In our last update, we shared information on the launch of Coalition’s Fellowship Program to prepare aspiring school leaders/founders to create and lead intentionally diverse charter schools. We’ve heard from a number of member schools interested in potentially hosting a Fellow. If you too have plans (or aspirations) to expand your school AND are you ready to train, mentor and supervise promising leaders of the diverse charters of tomorrow, get connected and reach out to Elsa Duré at edure@diversecharters.org. 

Each Coalition fellow will be matched with an exemplary member school to complete a residency, work alongside school leadership, and develop her/his own proposal for a new diverse charter. We are currently developing the program and will kick off officially in July 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year.

Citizens of the World Charter Schools is Expanding to Serve Washington, D.C. Families 
Citizens of the World Charter Schools, the Citizens of the World DC (CWCDC) Board of Directors and Founding Group are excited to announce that they plan to apply to launch a joyful, high-performing, diverse school in Washington D.C.  If approved next spring, CWCDC plans to open in the fall of 2019!

To lead this work CWC Schools is searching for a regional Executive Director and Principal. These exciting leadership roles offer: 

  • The opportunity to join a dynamic national network that is focused on realizing human potential by strengthening the bonds among us and developing true citizens of the world. 
  • The chance to lead and grow a region of public charter schools committed to academic excellence, diversity, and community.  
  • The support of a strong, experienced regional Board of Directors and Founding Group. 

Share this amazing opportunity with someone that may be a great fit! The job descriptions are linked above or may be found here

From the Field: Take Action on DACA
As educators devoted to diversity and positive development, the fate of DACA has particular relevance and impact to our profession and students. Below are some resources on the importance of renewing the DACA deadline and how to promote it:

  • I am a DREAMer. Edy Pineda, Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy Senior, shares his experience as a DREAMer and the impact DACA has on his future.
  • The Opportunity Network resource guide. A collection of resources, events, and articles for DACA/Undocumented students.
  • Sign a Petition to Push Back the DACA Renewal Deadline. "Congress must deliver a clean Dream Act to provide legal protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants so cruelly impacted by the Trump administration's decision to end the popular Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program."  Click here to sign the petition.  
  • The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families has put together a one-page infographic that highlights the DACA renewal process and provides some sobering statistics.  In addition, they have created a one-page Dreamer Protection Call to Actionwith working links.  Please share with your communities. Both flyers are attached to this newsletter.

ICYMI: Teach Us All on Netflix 
In honor of the 60th anniversary Little Rock Nine’s commitment to integrate Arkansas capital’s Central High School, Netflix has released the Teach Us All documentary. The documentary examines how the actions of the Little Rock Nine and others have impacted the state of segregation in the educational system today and tackles what one can do to halt the growing inequalities and segregation within schools.

Leaders of IntegrateNYC created a curriculum to accompany the film. "Student Movements for School Equity and Integration” is a year-long elective course designed for HS students to develop an understanding of the history of 20th and 21st century student leaders and movements for education reform in the United States.  As students learn about the history of historical movements, they will work to develop and elevate their own leadership so that they too can lead the movement for equal education today. The course can be aligned to Common Core ELA or Social Studies standards for credit.

Upcoming Conferences & Events  

Stay Woke: The Inaugural National Black Male Educators Convening
October 13th at 4:00pm-October 15th at 12:00 pm in Philadelphia, PA
Register here

Equally as important as diversity within our classrooms, is diversity among the teachers and role models of those students. Today Black men represent only 2% of teachers nationwide. The Black Male Educators for Social Justice is hosting a conference that will raise awareness about the number of Black male educators and how they can positively impact the education of all students. This conference will include workshops and a variety of speakers that will give more information on the topic and professional development. The Coalition is a proud sponsor of the event. 

A Struggle We Must Win: Advancing School Integration Through Activism, Youth Voice, & Policy Reform (National Coalition on School Diversity 4th Annual Conference)
October 19th to October 20th in New York, New York
The Coalition has two registrations available. Reach out to Elsa Duré if you’re interested in attending. 

The NCSD 4th national conference will bring together 400+ parents, students, educators, researchers, advocates, activists, policymakers (from federal, state and local levels), and other supporters from across the country to discuss & strengthen strategies for reducing racial & socioeconomic isolation in PK-12 public schools. The 2017 conference focuses on empowering communities and the next generation of leaders.

The Diverse Charter Schools Coalition is proud to help sponsor the conference. Members Blackstone Valley Prep and Community Roots will facilitate workshops and Brooklyn Prospect will host a school visit on the 19th. Executive Director Sonia Park will also be participating in the plenary panel. See here for a full list of workshops + agenda. Today is also the last day sign up for a school visit -- register here


College Access Summit
October 28th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in Bronx, New York
Register here or by calling 1-866-432-9832

The Hispanic Federation is offering a day of workshops that will focus on the college application process, financial aid, and completing FAFSA and TAP for first-generation college attendants and their families. There will be Spanish interpreters available throughout the day and lunch will be provided.

News Roundup

Confronting the Myths of Segregation  by Tanvi Misra
City Lab -- October 12, 2017

“Are Selectivity and Diversity Competing Goals for Teaching?” by Madeline Will
Education Week -- October 4, 2017

“People of Color Aren’t Just Tokenized in Nonprofits, It Happens in Schools, Too” by Sharif El-Mekki
Philly’s 7th Ward -- October 1, 2017
 
“Education isn’t the Key to a Good Income” by Rachel M. Cohen
The Atlantic -- September 26, 2017
 
“What's So Interesting About This Walton Pledge for NYC Charter Schools?” by L.S. Hall and David Callahan
Inside Philanthropy -- September 26, 2017

“Go further, faster on school integration” by Sonia Park
NY Daily News -- September 25, 2017

“How America’s Most Integrated School Segregated Again” by Mimi Kirk
City Lab -- September 22, 2017
 
“Regular Public School Teachers Miss More School Than Charter Teachers, Study Finds” by Lianna Loewus
Education Week -- September 20, 2017
 
“Can “Critical Consciousness” Close the Opportunity Gap?” by Sara Rimer
Boston University -- September 14, 2017
 
“Why Are Charter Schools Missing from New York City’s School Diversity Plan?” By Halley Potter
The Century Foundation -- September 13, 2017

“How Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School is Trying to Keep its Student Body Diverse” by Thomas Wheatley
Atlanta Magazine -- September 2017

Research Brief: Equity Matters:  A Look at Educational Equity in New Orleans Public Schools
In order to tackle the issue of education inequality, one must first establish that there is an issue. The New Orleans Equity Index takes an in-depth look at the varying qualities of education offered within New Orleans Public Schools and what demographic of students receive that education. Through providing transparency and accountability with the current state of New Orleans Public School system, this report hopes to inspire informed and practical policy.

Career Opportunities

International Charter School of New York
Elementary Grade Teachers for 2017-2018 (multiple positions)

Citizens of the World Charter School (Washington, D.C.)
Founding Executive Director
Founding Principal

Montessori For All (Austin, TX)
Director of Strategic Projects
 
Valor Collegiate (Nashville, TN)
Founding High School Team (multiple positions)

September Update

posted Sep 15, 2017, 7:04 AM by Diverse Charter Schools Coalition

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Larchmont Charter School

Fellowship Program: Incubate Prospective Leaders Of Diverse Charter Schools
The Coalition received a grant to design and implement a Fellowship Program to prepare four aspiring school leaders/founders to create and lead intentionally diverse charter schools. Each Coalition fellow will be matched with an exemplary member school to complete a residency, work alongside school leadership, and develop her/his own proposal for a new diverse charter. We are in the process of developing the full program, which will kick off officially in July 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. In the meantime, we want to hear from you! 

Is your school interested in potentially hosting a Fellow? Do you have plans or aspirations to expand your school or network of schools? Are you ready to train, mentor and supervise promising leaders of the diverse charters of tomorrow? Reach out to Elsa Duré at edure@diversecharters.org to stay connected. We will continue to share updates with the full network in the future. 

We are hiring an experienced leader for the role of Program Director to lead and manage implementation of the Fellowship program. The Program Director is responsible for the overall management the program and will work with host schools and ensure that all Fellows are supported, inspired, and empowered to develop and ultimately launch high-quality diverse-by-design public charter schools. Know someone that would be great for this role? Forward the job description found here

School Spotlight: Larchmont Charter School Highlights the Power of Integration
Larchmont Charter School, a K-12 school in San Diego, believes learning is an active process and at the core of the school’s model is Diversity: 

It is through ensuring a richly diverse environment – of both people and programming – that we create the setting for learning to occur.   The diversity of our community provides students the opportunities to interact and benefit from students and staff from disparate backgrounds often resulting in a variety of perspectives leading to diversity of thought and increasing critical and creative thinking. The diversity in the program – both the interdisciplinary project based learning and the rich array of enrichment and elective offerings – music, art, movement, cooking, gardening, improvisation and more K-12 – tap into our students’ multiple intelligences and facilitate them making connections across the curriculum. This is the power of our model.

Larchmont Charter School's recently released "Diverse by Design" video highlights the power of integration and how Larchmont is part of a national movement to realize the vision and promise of Brown v. Board of Education.

Summit Public Schools: The First Teacher Residency Program For Personalized Learning
Summit Public Schools recently launched its Summit Learning Teacher Residency, a one-year program that trains teachers to lead students in a personalized learning classroom setting. Teachers are immersed in Summit classrooms while also completing credentialing coursework leading to a California Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential. 
During the program, residents:

  • Develop the skills, habits, and tools needed to personalize learning for every student and to build effective relationships,
  • Receive a student teaching placement that is deeply integrated in a Summit school site in California for four full days each week for the length of the academic year,
  • Engage in consistent, individualized coaching and support from an experienced Summit teacher and a program faculty member,
  • Are empowered as self-directed adult learners with a personalized trajectory and timeline through the program, and
  • Are active and important members of a professional learning community, working with the teachers, administrators, mentors, students and families to implement, reflect upon and continuously improve upon personalized learning goals of the school community.

Upon successful completion of the program, residents earn a California Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential in English, History/Social Science, Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, or Spanish. Residents also receive priority in Summit’s hiring process. To learn more visit Summit's page here.

From the Field: Federal Funding Opportunities 
As part of the National Charter School Resource Center’s (NCSRC’s) dedication to assisting charter schools realize their goals, they compile and share funding opportunities for charter schools. Details on the most recent funding opportunity below. Visit their website to learn about other fellowships, grants, prizes, and scholarships. 

The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): Impact Aid Discretionary Construction Grant Program
Type
: Federal
Amount: $17,400,000
Deadline: 09/15/2017
Eligible States: National

Upcoming Conferences & Events  

The Century Foundation Panel: How Can Charter Schools Help Integrate NYC?
September 12th from 6 pm to 8 pm in New York, New York
Register here

The Century Foundation is hosting a panel discussion on September 12th on "How Can Charter Schools Help Integrate New York City?”  The Coalition’s Executive Director Sonia Park will be joining New York City’s three charter school authorizers, as well as other charter and integration advocates, to discuss what role charter schools should play in promoting diversity. The discussion may be livestreamed here.  

If you’ll be in New York City, join us for an exclusive Happy Hour at 4:30 pm prior to the panel with other Diverse Charter Schools Coalition schools. This is great opportunity to mingle with other member schools, chat with authorizers, and to discuss your top-of-mind issues. 

 
Come for the camaraderie and wine, stay for the compelling discussion! RSVP required


The Century Foundation Panel: Should Charter Schools Help Integrate Washington, D.C.?
September 19th at 4 pm in Washington D.C. 
Register here
Livestream available here

Missed the NYC event? On September 19, The Century Foundation and Learn Together, Live Together invite you to come hear D.C.’s education, civil rights, and charter school leaders discuss what role charter schools should play in promoting diversity. This event will attempt to answer questions such as: What effect do charter schools currently have on diversity in D.C. schools? Should charters in D.C. focus on creating diverse learning environments, or should most be dedicated to providing services to only the most disadvantaged students? How can district schools and charter schools coordinate and collaborate in this work?

The National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (NCSECS) 
October 10th from 3 pm to 5 pm via web
Register here

The National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (NCSECS) works to ensure that students with disabilities are able to access and thrive in charter schools. NCSECS started the CMO Special Education Network as one of its core initiatives to connect special education leaders from charter management organizations (CMOs) across the country in order to increase collaboration, sharing of resources and best practices, and opportunities for professional development.

NCSECS is excited to extend the offer of great professional development and networking opportunities through a subscription to the Network. Membership includes registration for one person at the annual meeting scheduled for December 4-6 in New Orleans. Interested, and want to learn more?  Join NCSECS’s fall web conference on October 10 from 3-5pm EST. Complimentary registration is available here.

Anti-Bias and Social Justice Institute 
November 8th to November 10th in New York, New York
Register here
ICYMI: Community Roots is offering Coalition member schools a 20% discount with code COALITION. Registration closes October 15th 

The 3-day Anti-Bias and Social Justice Institute offers teams of up to 5 (five) educators and school leaders the opportunity to share in an exploration of the principles and strategies of the social justice work done at both the elementary and middle school level at Community Roots Charter School.  The Institute will focus both on building an anti-bias lens to curricula and how to develop staff to be leaders in this work. 

Participants will be engaged in interactive learning through capacity building, classroom observations, sharing of resources, reflection, and planning time, as well as panel discussions with members of our school community.


A Struggle We Must Win: Advancing School Integration Through Activism, Youth Voice, & Policy Reform
October 19th to October 20th in New York, New York
Register here

The NCSD 4th national conference will bring together 400+ parents, students, educators, researchers, advocates, activists, policymakers (from federal, state and local levels), and other supporters from across the country to discuss & strengthen strategies for reducing racial & socioeconomic isolation in PK-12 public schools. The 2017 conference focuses on empowering communities and the next generation of leaders.

The Diverse Charter Schools Coalition is proud to help sponsor the conference. Members Blackstone Valley Prep and Community Roots will facilitate workshops and Brooklyn Prospect will host a school visit on the 19th. Executive Director Sonia Park will also be participating in the plenary panel. See here for a full list of workshops + agenda. 

Learning Forward's 2017 Annual Conference: LEARNING BEYOND THE HORIZON
December 2nd to December 6th in Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Register here

Learning Forward's Annual Conference puts educator learning at the forefront. Find answers to your most pressing teaching and learning challenges here. Choose from more than 300 concurrent sessions addressing the most pressing issues for education leaders including improving instruction, social-emotional learning, culturally responsive pedagogy, applying data-driven decision making, understanding professional development redesign, developing leadership capacity, learning facilitation skills, supporting new teachers and principals, implementing effective school improvement, and much more.
Who should attend: Central office administrators, Superintendents, Policymakers and decision makers, Teacher leaders/Coaches, School-based teams, Principals/Assistant principals, and Technical assistance providers.

News Roundup

What White Parents Can Do to Help Desegregate Schools by Patrick Wall 
Mother Jones -- September/October Issue 

Five Charter Schools Line Up Hoping For State Nod by Jacqueline Rabe Thomas
The CT Mirror -- August 28, 2017

The Key to Keeping Minority Teachers When the Rest of the Staff Is White by Liana Loewus 
Education Week -- August 18, 2017 

When We Talk About Race, Let's Be Honest: Four Ways Educators Can Address Race With Students by Tyrone C. Howard
Education Week -- August 18, 2017

Silicon Valley’s School Integration Paradox: More Black And Hispanic Students Get To College — And Get Arrested by Matt Barnum 
Chalkbeat --  August 16, 2017

District Admits Pushing Struggling Students Toward Charters By Mario Koran 
The Voice of San Diego -- August 14, 2017

Q&A With Former Schools Chief About Christie's Legacy On Charters by Star-ledger Editorial Board
The NJ.com -- August 13, 2017

Lack Of Progressive Schools In New Orleans Frustrates Parents by Danielle Dreilinger
The Times-Picayune -- August 8, 2017 

How It Works: A New Report Explains The Research Behind A School Model, Summit Public Schools Releases An Explanation Of The Research Behind Its Vision by Nichole Dobo
The Hechinger Report --  August 9, 2017

RESEARCH BRIEF: How to Support the Social-Emotional Well-Being of Students of Color: Research & Best Practices from Interdistrict Integration Programs by Carole Learned-Miller
The National Coalition on School Diversity -- July 2017 

Across the nation, school districts are intentionally integrating students of different racial and socioeconomic backgrounds in order to increase access to educational opportunity, boost achievement, and prepare students to be thoughtful and collaborative citizens in our multiracial society. Some districts have developed interdistrict integration programs in order to bring students together from neighboring towns or even an entire region. While the benefits of interdistrict programs are many, district leaders must ensure the social emotional well-being of students who are attending schools outside of their home communities. This brief highlights successful interdistrict integration programs and the practices their leaders and practitioners have employed to create welcoming and inclusive learning environments for their students.

Career Opportunities

Brooklyn Urban Garden School (BUGS)
Special Education ELA Teacher (Co-Integrated Teaching)

The Diverse Charter Schools Coalition 
Fellowship Program Director

August Update

posted Sep 15, 2017, 6:58 AM by Diverse Charter Schools Coalition

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Spotlight on Valor Collegiate Academies

"Sharp minds. Big hearts. Noble purpose. With purpose like that, it's no wonder Valor Collegiate Academies, located in Nashville, is positively soaring in developing students who are both academically-minded and compassionate toward all people, no matter their background or race...."

Valor Collegiate Academies was recently featured in Safal Partners' "Ideas in Action,"  a weekly blog feature that spotlights innovative schools, leaders, and practices that advance educational outcomes. Learn about Valor's Compass Learning Program and the full profile here.

The Coalition's Statement of Purpose

Since its founding, the Coalition has grown from 14 members to 38 members representing over 100 individual schools. We are excited to continue to expand our membership and grow our community of diverse-by-design charter schools. As we begin the process of recruiting and vetting prospective members, we’d like to share with you the summary of our approval process and statement of purpose, shared earlier in a letter today by our Executive Director Sonia C. Park with all our member schools.  If you know of a school that would make a great addition to our Coalition, let us know. We'd love to connect with them!

From the Field: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Two recent reports put a spotlight on diversity, equity, and inclusion – or lack thereof. Many of the findings and conclusions may not be new to us, but they serve as a sobering reminder of the work still to be done.  Coalition members are leading the way, putting front and center issues of social justice and anti-bias (see below for Community Roots Institute) and cultural competency and culturally responsive curriculum (Blackstone Valley Prep will be leading a workshop at the upcoming NCSD Conference). We know there's more work being done by our members to create more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizations. Have a best practice or idea to share? A question or challenge you've been grappling with?  Connect directly with other member schools and fellow peers on our listserv: diversecharters@googlegroups.com.


Our field — especially at senior levels — is still not reflective of the students we serve.
White leaders and staff members are overrepresented while other racial/ethnic groups are underrepresented. Staff diversity varies by organization type, with charter schools as the most racially diverse organizations in the sample and organizations that focus on policy, advocacy, and research as the least diverse in the sample. – NSVF 


NewSchools Venture Fund’s Unrealized Impact is a groundbreaking study of staff experience, workplace practices, and demographics across the education sector. The purpose of the study is to enhance knowledge in the field about the role of diversity, equity, and inclusion in education organizations and includes data from more than 200 organizations on organizational demographics, policies, and structures and nearly 5,000 individual perspectives on lived staff experiences in relation to diversity, equity, and inclusion with an intentional focus on race and ethnicity.
 
To increase the number of people of color leaders, those who oversee organizations need to recognize and take responsibility for addressing the racial leadership gap. – Race to Lead
 
In the broader non-profit world, the Building Movement Project launched Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap.  Studies show the percentage of people of color in the executive director/CEO role has remained under 20% for the last 15 years even as the country becomes more diverse. To understand the causes of this disparity, the Building Movement Project conducted the Nonprofits, Leadership, and Race survey with over 4,000 respondents. The study found few differences between white and people of color (POC) respondents in their aspirations or preparation for leadership roles—in fact people of color are more likely to be interested in becoming a nonprofit leader than whites. Survey respondents identified Boards of Directors and executive recruiters as key barriers to the hiring of more people of color executive directors/CEOs.


Make Your Voice Heard: USDoE Seeking Input

The U.S. Department of Education is asking the education community to identify specific guidance and regulations that are driving up costs, or creating too much extra work for states, districts, and educators. The deadline for comments is August 21, 2017. If you have specific recommendations, particularly with respect to CSP or IDEA, please email Jessica Morffi from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools at jessica@publiccharters.org.
 

Middle School Kindness Challenge

Spurred by the disturbing increase in meanness reported in schools across the country, Stand for Children is partnering with AASA, NASSP, AFT, AMLE, AVID, CCSSO, and a host of other leading education organizations on the Middle School Kindness Challenge. The goal of the Challenge, which launches in late August, is to help ensure kindness becomes commonplace and meanness rare in U.S. middle schools, and to help middle school teachers respond more empathetically to student misbehavior in order to reduce unnecessary suspensions. This short chalk motion video provides a helpful overview, and, for a deck with more detail, click here.
 
If the Middle School Kindness Challenge will help further your network or school’s goals, pre-register now at www.kindnesschallenge.com.

Upcoming Conferences & Events  

A Struggle We Must Win: Advancing School Integration Through Activism, Youth Voice, & Policy Reform (National Coalition on School Diversity 4th Annual Conference)
October 19th to October 20th in New York, New York
Register here


The NCSD 4th national conference will bring together 400+ parents, students, educators, researchers, advocates, activists, policymakers (from federal, state and local levels), and other supporters from across the country to discuss & strengthen strategies for reducing racial & socioeconomic isolation in PK-12 public schools. The 2017 conference focuses on empowering communities and the next generation of leaders.

Members Blackstone Valley Prep and Community Roots will facilitate workshops. See here for a full list of workshops + agenda.  


Anti-Bias and Social Justice Institute 
November 8th to November 10th in New York, New York
Register here

Community Roots is offering Coalition member schools a 20% discount with code COALITION

The 3-day Anti-Bias and Social Justice Institute offers teams of up to 5 (five) educators and school leaders the opportunity to share in an exploration of the principles and strategies of the social justice work done at both the elementary and middle school level at Community Roots Charter School.  The Institute will focus both on building an anti-bias lens to curricula and how to develop staff to be leaders in this work.  

Participants will be engaged in interactive learning through capacity building, classroom observations, sharing of resources, reflection, and planning time, as well as panel discussions with members of our school community.

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

School Segregation Didn’t Go Away. It Just Evolved
Vox -- July 27, 2017


In D.C., a Tale of Two School Systems by Andrew Marra
Education Writers Association -- July 26, 2017


On School Segregation, Teachers Union President Randi Weingarten Is Projecting by Peter Cunningham
The 74 Million -- July 23, 2017

Please Keep This Guy Away From Rousing Charter School Debate by Jay Mathews
Washington Post -- July 23, 2017


When is advocating for a diversity of school models immoral? by Neerav Kingsland
Relinquishment -- July 18, 2017

Editorial: It's Time for State Budget
Providence Journal -- July 17, 2017


Americans Oppose School Segregation in Theory. So Why Not in Practice? by Perpetual Baffour
Talk Poverty -- July 11, 2017

Making School Integration Work For The 21st Century by Ulrich Boser And Perpetual Baffour
The 74 Million -- July 5, 2017


Integrating Charter Schools and Choice-based Education Systems by Jon Valant
Brookings -- June 23, 2017

ICYMIHigh Hopes and Harsh Realities: The Real Challenges to Building a Diverse Workforce by Hannah Putman, Michael Hansen, Kate Walsh, and Diana Quintero
Brookings -- August 18, 2016

Career Opportunities

Community Roots Charter School
Physical Education Teacher (K-5)

Diverse Charter Schools Coalition Supports the DREAM Act

posted Sep 7, 2017, 2:17 PM by Diverse Charter Schools Coalition

Earlier this week, the Trump administration announced plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which would ultimately require 800,000 undocumented DREAMers who grew up in the United States as children, and their families, to leave the country. 

This decision is antithetical to the values we support as an organization and the beliefs we hold professionally, but also personally as well. I am the daughter of immigrants, as many of us are, Elsa an immigrant herself. It’s impossible to ignore the impact this decision has on our work. But for many of us, this is also deeply personal. 

The Coalition comprises charter schools that not just welcome, but champion all forms of diversity, including racial, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity. The decision to end DACA sends the wrong message to the schools serving kids in our districts, cities and towns. It runs counter to everything we believe and know--that diverse schools provide greater opportunities for students to learn from one another; that it boosts student achievement for all students and strengthens neighborhoods by bringing community members together; that diversity promotes the celebration and understanding of other cultures and viewpoints. 

It could have a direct and devastating impact on members of our community, including the teachers, staff, role models, and leaders in our schools. Perhaps most egregious, the decision sends the message that, as a country, we do not believe in serving all students equally, that students from different backgrounds should not have the same high quality educational opportunities.

We need to take action. If we can’t protect the weakest and most vulnerable in our country, then we can’t protect anybody. We need to support these students not because it’s the convenient or easiest thing to do, but because it is the right thing to do, and because it is reflective of who we are. 

As a coalition, we will continue to support diverse charter schools and their students, regardless of their status. We urge you to contact your congressional representatives to send the message that you stand up for these students and support the DREAM Act. Now it’s up to them to make the decision of what happens to these kids. We have to make a concerted effort to protect them in whatever way possible. 

July Update

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

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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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