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2020 Convening Highlights

January 30-31 in Washington, D.C.

Intentional Integration

The Diverse Charter Schools Coalition’s (DCSC) 2020 Annual Convening brought together 175 attendees from charter schools, networks, non-profits, and advocacy groups. DCSC members shared best practices through networking, leading breakout sessions and coffee talks, attending school visits and listening to a student/alumni panel.

With this year’s theme of Intentional Integration, attendees engaged with experts in the movement and examined real-world experiences, data and strategies. Thank you to the attendees who completed our feedback survey and provided the comments quoted below.

Keynote Speakers

Cheyenne Batista

Cheyenne Batista

Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Firefly Worldwide, Inc.
A champion of equity in schools

“Cheyenne was real and provocative. She shared her thoughts and experiences in a way that could help us all grow together.”

Mohammed Choudhury

Mohammed Choudhury

Chief Innovation Officer, San Antonio Independent Schools
A thinker expanding diverse-by-design schools

“I thoroughly enjoyed Mohammed Chowdhury’s presentation – it was an energizing and intellectually honest kick off to this convening.”

Hanseul Kang

Hanseul Kang

State Superintendent of Education, District of Columbia
A leader dedicated to student achievement

“The Friday keynote with Hanseul Kang was superb. She shared so many interesting and thoughtful contributions…”

Coffee Talks

Our convening featured an opportunity for attendees to come together around critical topics of school integration in a more informal format.

Welcome Reception

Throughout the convening, DCSC members and partners were able to network with one another. This included a Welcome Reception on Thursday evening.

School Visits

“The school visit was really valuable – it was so interesting and wonderful to see the program in action.”

DCSC Member of the Year Award

Each year, DCSC celebrates a member school or network as an exemplar of diverse-by-design communities.

From publicly available data, along with internally collected metrics on membership engagement, we selected finalists that might inspire other members invested in this movement.

Congratulations to this year’s DCSC Member of the Year, City Neighbors Schools (Baltimore, MD).

DCSC Member of the Year, City Neighbors Schools

Pictured left-right: Shyla Rao, Principal; LaShawn Gardner, Teacher; and Mike Chalupa, Academic Director and DCSC Board Member

Student Voices

Highlighting the voices of students in the work of school integration, our convening kicked off with an original performance, Nothing Without Us by EPIC Student Theatre Ensemble.

Students and alumni shared their experiences from DCSC member schools, E.L. Haynes and Washington Latin in a panel facilitated by two UnifiED fellow alumni.

2020 Convening Sponsors

Our committed sponsors helped make this convening happen. Thank you!

Other contributions made by:

Dr. Deborah M. McGriff, DCSC Board Member

DCSC would like to thank this year’s planning committee in helping the Coalition’s staff, board and funders prepare for the 2020 Annual Convening:

  • Mike Chalupa, DCSC Board Member and Academic Director of City Neighbors Foundation
  • Hilary Darilek, Chief Executive Officer of E.L. Haynes Public Charter School
  • Monisha Karnani, Director, Demonstration & Outreach at Inspired Teaching Demonstration School
  • Robert Reed, DCSC Board Member and Senior Director, Legal Affairs at National Alliance of Public Charter Schools
  • Daniel Rubenstein, DCSC Board Member and Executive Director/Co-Founder of Brooklyn Prospect School

Save the Date for our 2021 Annual Convening

January 28-29, 2021 • Kansas City, MO

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