DCSC 2020 Annual Convening

January 30 – 31
Eaton Hotel, Washington, D.C.

About the Annual Convening

Intentional Integration

The Diverse Charter Schools Coalition’s (DCSC) Annual Convening brings together 200 leaders from member schools and networks as well as partners from across the nation. With this year’s theme of Intentional Integration, you will deepen the practice of leading your school or network by learning from experts in the movement, examining real-world experiences, data and strategies, and sharing best practices through networking.

Who should come to the 2020 Convening?

Influencers from DCSC member schools and networks, partners from the field and prospective members should attend the DCSC 2020 Convening.

We are intentionally using the term “influencer” to be inclusive to both formal titles (Principal, ED, CEO) and additional key leaders across school sites and network teams who may lead Diversity, Equity and Inclusive (DEI) school and network-wide efforts in your context. We suggest more than one representative from each school (and/or network) because there will be moments in the convening when attendees will be asked to develop next steps to bring back to their schools/orgs and believe this is best done in teams.

True to our name, we aim to welcome a diverse group of participants in D.C. in January. Thank you for including all dimensions of this term when considering attending.

Where is the 2020 Convening?

The 2020 Conference will be held January 30-31 at the Eaton DC Hotel in Washington, DC.

Register now for the DCSC 2020 Convening.

What are the registration fees?

In order to accommodate our growing membership, contribute to a sustainable future for DCSC and to maintain high quality programming at our convening, for the first time there will be a nominal registration fee for all attendees and DCSC will not be providing reimbursements for travel or lodging. 

Early Bird Discount Until November 4 Full Registration Until December 31 Late Registration Until January 13
Members $150 $250 $500
Non-Members $300 $500 $700

Can I register on-site?

No, there will be no on-site registration.  The last day to register is January 13, 2020.

How do I book a hotel room?

A limited number of rooms are available at the Eaton DC Hotel at a special discounted rate. Book your hotel room using the group code DCA29A or call 1-844-863-6144 to make hotel reservations.

Who is speaking?

We’ll be announcing keynotes and speakers soon!

Are there opportunities to sponsor the convening?

Absolutely! Please reach out to Sonia Park to learn more about opportunities to support this important work. 

The Schedule

Day (Time)
Thursday Jan 30 8:00-5:00 Convening Check-in
12:00-1:30 Welcome Lunch and General Session
1:45-3:00 Break Out Sessions
3:00-3:20 Networking Break
3:20-4:35 Break Out Sessions
5:00-6:30 Welcome Reception
Friday Jan 31 7:00-9:00 Convening Check-in
7:00-7:30 Breakfast
8:00-11:00 School Visits
11:30-12:30 School Visit Debrief
12:30-2:00 Lunch and General Session
2:00-3:15 Break Out Sessions
3:15 Closing


session content


Are you developing a new initiative or program at your school or network?
PLAN sessions will help leaders with launching a new venture, like opening a new campus or rolling out a new program aimed at closing achievement gaps within your school or network.


What are you refining at your school or network?
IMPLEMENT sessions will focus on the mindsets, tools and skills you need to take the work at your school or network to the next level.


Who are we and what are we trying to accomplish?
REFLECT sessions will ask you to look inside at your own leadership and consider how you can help integrate schools and networks more intentionally.


Where is our work positioned in the field of education?
INFLUENCE sessions will provide the broader context of our efforts to build the movement of diverse-by-design schools and networks.

How about networking opportunities?

We will offer networking opportunities throughout the convening, including a new opportunity for regional networking! Check back for updates.

Will there be school visits?

Yes! DCSC member schools will host members and partners on the morning of Friday January 31.  Participation is optional, however pre-registration is required during event registration. Transportation will be provided to the schools from the hotel. Here are the school options (with grades served in parentheses):


E.L. Haynes Elementary School (K-4)

E.L. Haynes High School (9-12)

Elsie Whitlow Stokes Brookland Campus (1-5)

Elsie Whitlow Stokes East End (K-1)

Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School (PK-8)

Washington Latin Public Charter School (5-12)

D.C. International (6-12)

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