DCSC Congratulates NOLA Schools on State Assessment Results

posted Jul 17, 2017, 9:01 AM by Diverse Charter Schools Coalition

New Orleans Diverse Charter Schools Outperform District on Statewide Assessment
The Coalition Congratulates Bricolage Academy of New Orleans, Morris Jeff Community School, 
and the International School of Louisiana on their LEAP Performance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Diverse Charter Schools Coalition congratulates member schools Bricolage Academy of New Orleans, Morris Jeff Community School, and the International School of Louisiana on outperforming both the statewide and district averages in the 2017 Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) assessments. The three schools are in the top ten highest performing schools in all of Orleans Parish.

The International School of Louisiana (ISL) was also recently recognized by the Coalition for its academic performance. ISL received the Achievement Gap Award for demonstrating exceptional commitment to successfully closing achievement gaps. In both the 2014-15 and the 2015-2016 school years, ISL has had a greater percentage of its minority and economically disadvantaged students scoring at “Mastery or above” than the district of New Orleans or the state. 

“I want to congratulate our three member schools for their commitment to excellence and exemplifying what is possible through a diverse-by-design school model,” said the Coalition’s Executive Director Sonia Park. “They have done extraordinary, thoughtful work in their approach to diversity. ”

Diverse Charter Schools Coalition 2017 Award Winners

posted Jun 14, 2017, 3:27 PM by Diverse Charter Schools Coalition   [ updated Jun 14, 2017, 3:31 PM ]

Diverse Charter Schools Coalition Recognizes Three Member Schools

Blackstone Valley Prep, Valor Collegiate, and the International School of Louisiana Receive the Coalition’s Inaugural Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Diverse Charter Schools Coalition Board, members, staff, and partners honored Blackstone Valley Prep as School of the Year 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. The inaugural awards were presented during the DCSC Annual Convening on Sunday June 11th.

Blackstone Valley Prep, School of the Year, a founding member of the Coalition, brings together nearly 1600 scholars from across four different Rhode Island communities to create a racially and socio-economically diverse student population. BVP’s demonstration of values of the Coalition is perhaps best exemplified by their continuous work to live out practices that best support their diverse by design model. “We work with all of our teachers to lead culturally responsive classrooms, and ask them to examine their own predisposed biases, judgments and look for opportunities to encourage scholars to do the same as part of their own learning,” shared Executive Director Jeremy Chiappetta. BVP’s academic data continues to show that their scholars are meeting or exceeding annual benchmarks and gaps are closing. Scholars surpassed the Rhode Island state PARCC averages in the 2015-16 school year in both reading and math for every grade tested and in every reported subgroup and are on track to do the same for the 2016-17 academic year.

Valor Collegiate, the Best Newcomer, was founded in 2015 and is the first free, public college preparatory charter school in Nashville to serve a truly diverse background of students. Valor is the only school in Tennessee, district or charter, to be ranked in the top 1% for overall student achievement and student growth from out of 1700+ schools in the state. More notably, Valor’s achievement and growth were consistent across diverse subgroups of non-economically disadvantaged, economically disadvantaged, English language learners and students with disabilities. Through  “Compass,” a socio-emotional learning model that teaches scholars, families, and teachers how to make the most of diverse relationships, Valor will “Over the next three years, amplify our impact, and share and learn alongside other schools who plan to incorporate the Compass SEL program into their schools.” said CEO Todd Dickson.

The International School of Louisiana (ISL), receiving the Achievement Gap Award, was founded in 2000 by a group of parents who envisioned a public school offering a foreign language-based academic program with a global perspective. Students are taught core academic subjects in either French or Spanish through everyday conversation and classroom instruction and learn a second language naturally. Their unique school model has produced achievement-gap-closing results. In both the 2014-15 and the 2015-2016 school years, ISL has had a greater percentage of its minority and economically disadvantaged students scoring at “Mastery or above” than the district of New Orleans or the state. Within the school, almost two-thirds of ISL students qualify for free and reduced lunch and yet students have an average of 92% in Basic or Above on the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program assessment. Head of School Melanie Tennyson attributes their academic success to ISL’s language immersion curriculum but also to their restorative practices. “Our partnership with the Center for Restorative Approaches has helped us reduce our suspension rate to about 0.04%, helping us create a positive school culture and ensuring all our kids are in school learning.”

 “I want to congratulate our three member schools for their commitment to excellence and exemplifying what is possible through a diverse-by-design school model,” said the Coalition’s Executive Director Sonia Park.  “They have done extraordinary, thoughtful work in their approach to diversity. ”

Diverse Charter Schools Coalition Congratulates Broad Prize Finalists

posted May 4, 2017, 8:53 AM by Diverse Charter Schools Coalition   [ updated Jun 14, 2017, 3:32 PM ]

Diverse Charter Schools Coalition Congratulates Broad Prize Finalists

Two finalists to have earned the distinction are founding members of the Coalition

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Diverse Charter Schools Coalition congratulates the three finalists of the 2017 Broad Prize for Public Charter SchoolsDenver School of Science and Technology (DSST) Network in Denver, Success Academy Charter Schools in New York and Harmony Public Schools in Texas. Two of the finalists, DSST and Success Academy are founding members of the Coalition, which has a core belief in practicing, promoting and expanding diversity in charter schools. 

"It is gratifying that members of the Coalition are recognized as being among the highest-performing charter schools in the country," said Board Chair Daniel Rubenstein. "We support both of our members and are proud of their work in helping families find schools that are academically rigorous and racially and economically diverse."

Internship in Media and Communications

posted Oct 6, 2016, 7:16 AM by Diverse Charter Schools Coalition   [ updated Jun 14, 2017, 3:37 PM ]

Internship in Media and Communications

2016-17 School Year

We are seeking a communications intern for the fall semester, with the potential to continue through the Spring 2017 semester.  The intern's primary role will be 1) to assist in growing the organization's presence and brand in media, education and policy circles and 2) to expand and maintain an active social media presence via Twitter and Facebook.

Intern Responsibilities:

  • Research and write short articles for the website, Facebook, and member updates
  • Seek out and post interesting and timely articles on website and social media
  • Monitor media coverage of school diversity issues
  • Cover meetings of policy experts and coalitions
  • Help to coordinate small events
  • Design Power Points and other presentations for the Executive Director
  • Occasional administrative work
Qualifications:  Excellent writing and fact-checking skills, social media and computer skills, ability to work quickly and collaboratively, ability to get along with people from diverse backgrounds, and a strong commitment to equal educational opportunity.  Work, volunteer or academic experience related to K-12 education, diversity, urban affairs or racial and economic justice preferred.

Compensation:  Interns will receive a modest stipend and transportation allowance.

About the Coalition 

The Coalition is a small nonprofit that promotes using state charter laws to achieve racially and socioeconomically integrated public schools.  We currently have approximately 100 member schools in 14 states and DC and are growing.  Our intern will have the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of building an effective membership and advocacy organization through the use of a wide variety of communications tools.  While the organization is "virtual," we also maintain an office in downtown DC, where the intern would be expected to work a minimum of 8 hours per week.  The position is ideal for a college student or recent graduate with an academic background in journalism, English, political science or public policy who is looking for an internship that will build professional skills, add resume value, and lead to great contacts in the Washington, DC, job market.

How to Apply:  Please send the following materials to:  info@diversecharters.org with subject line "Internship"  

  • cover letter detailing your interest in the Coalition
  • resume
  • short writing sample 
  • if requested, references and transcript (may be unofficial)
The Coalition seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or family status.

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