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We are here for our members and will continue to work for you and with you. The DCSC team wants to acknowledge the engagement, participation, and support DCSC members provide. As an organization, DCSC is where we are today because of members and the community that has been created by all of us. We also want to recognize where members are now during this pandemic – times are challenging. As such, we’ve suspended our outreach to members to help monetarily sustain our work. If you’ve already shown your support to DCSC – thank you.

We are all learning how to navigate during COVID-19. This new learning doesn’t mean we’ve stopped our work – it’s that we’re re-thinking how we’re doing it. It’s important that DCSC stays true to course and that we keep at the forefront of why we do what we do. That we continue to strive towards living our values and belief that “Charter schools can contribute to solving the historic challenge of integrating our public school system.”  You can see this in the two-part blogs we released on Anti-Black and Anti-Asian racism during the pandemic and in how we’ve pivoted our Events Page to reflect the virtual opportunities for education leaders.

If you would still like to make a contribution to DCSC or another organization serving impacted communities, we encourage you to participate in #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5th. Don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything that you need.


Annual Convening


2021 Annual Convening Planning Committee

We’re excited to announce the planning committee for our 2021 Annual Convening. Stay tuned for more information and if there are any ideas you have for next year’s convening or ways you want to be involved, let us know!

Valerie Braimah, City Charter Schools (CA)
Mike Chalupa, City Neighbors Foundation (MD)
Alisha Gripp, Citizens of the World (MO)
Monisha Karnani, Inspired Teaching Demonstration School (DC)
Robyn King, Académie Lafayette (MO)
Sean Wilson, International High School of New Orleans (LA)

Community of Practice Proposal
Deadline extended to May 8th

Members have continued to stretch their thinking with each other in DCSC’s four Communities of Practice groups!

Tyrone Mowatt of Benjamin Banneker Public Charter School, has been challenging how members approach crisis transition to inform long-lasting design changes to data infrastructure. Kelly Wickham Hurst of Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training is hosting coaching calls for member school teams helping them keep anti-bias center through the shifts demanded by COVID-19. Sahba Rohani of Roots ConnectED has supported members in building anti-bias and anti-racist frameworks into the 2020-2021 year. Finally, we look forward to Sara Cotner and Nicole Evans’s You Belong Here Toolkit – a set of resources on developing an inclusive school culture. Interested in facilitating a CoP group with us next year?

Submit a proposal
by May 8th!

UnifiED Explorer Program

DCSC is proud to announce the pilot of a new program, the UnifiED Explorer Program. The Explorer Program will develop and build the bench of future school leaders for existing charter, traditional public, and independent integrated schools.

DCSC looks to bring on up to eight Explorers for the upcoming pilot year. Email Ashley to learn more.

Check out DCSC online!

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What’s happening at DCSC

The 9th Annual Progressive Education Summit
Baltimore, MD
This event is hosted by DCSC Member, City Neighbors Charter School!

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Profiles of Leaders of Color

Kriste Dragon from Citizens of the World is featured in this report!

Like and share: “Charter Leaders of Color Matter
Richard Lee from Academy of the City Charter School is featured!

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