DCSC would like to thank everyone involved in the success of our 5th Anniversary Convening this year in New Orleans! To our member schools, session facilitators, partner organizations, board members, and sponsors thank you for helping us to promote, expand, and support the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion in schools across the country.
For those in attendance, and for those who unfortunately could not join this year, there were a lot of great highlights from this year’s convening. We had a great opening from TNTP going over their report, The Opportunity Myth. Two winners were recognized with the DCSC School of the Year Award at an evening reception. School visits brought us to the heart of our work in which attendees were able to observe classrooms. John White delivered a keynote addressing the educational landscape in Louisiana and was joined by Dr. Kelli Peterson and Dr. Donaldo Batiste. Member schools and partner organizations delivered a host of sessions for our attendees, and the voices of our students were showcased, including a second line performance by a student band from Morris Jeff Community School!
Great moments were captured, fruitful connections were made, and valuable thoughts and ideas were shared. We can’t wait to see everyone again in January 2020 for our 6th Anniversary Convening in Washington, D.C.!
“Thank you so much for this opportunity. I am a better leader as a result of what I learned. I cannot wait to start engaging my school in these critical conversations and use what I learned to make [my school] more inclusive and equitable.”-School Leader from member school
“Opportunity myth was great content to set the tone of the conference. Presenters were engaging and thoughtful about their responses.”-Attendee from partner organization
School of the Year Award
Friday morning started off with a tour of our schools in New Orleans! A special thank you to Bricolage Academy, Hoffman Early Learning Center, International High School of New Orleans, Morris Jeff Community School, and Morris Jeff High School for opening your doors to our convening attendees!
“The staff and school leaders [were] open and…facilitated honest and reflective dialogue.”-DCSC Convening Attendee
“The panel was very helpful to hear about the broader landscape in Louisiana and the trajectory of education in the state.”-Attendee from member school
“The valor session was really great and made me think deeply about advisory models at the middle and high school level.”-UnifiED Host Site Leader
“Beloved was AMAZING and she did great with varied questions, very responsive and by far my favorite session.”-DCSC Convening Attendee
Thank you again to all of our session facilitators at this year’s convening!
Valerie Barron, Nick Denton-Brown, Celena Siprajim, and Kit Tollerson
Good to Great – Challenging Teacher Expectations and Supporting Their Growth
The New Teacher Project (TNTP)
School Diversity and Charter Policies: How Does Your State Stack Up?
The Century Foundation
UnifiED Explorer Session
Ashley Heard and Daniel Brink-Washington
Diverse Charter Schools Coalition UnifiED School Launch Program
Advancing Equity: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Standards and Indicators
Diverse Populations in a Progressive Environment: Recruitment and Retention Strategies
Seth Biderman, Kelly Brown, and Monisha Karnani
Inspired Teaching Demonstration School
Designing to the Edges
Special Education Leadership Fellowship (SELF)
Valor’s Compass Model: Diverse Identity Development in the Context of Relationships
Thomas Branch, Travis Commons, and Jackson Sprayberry
Valor Collegiate Academies
Why are Schools so Afraid of Black Men and Boys?
Larry Irvin and Kristyna Jones
Brothers Empowered 2 Teach
Leveraging Diversity in School Design
Citizens of the World Charter Schools (CWCS)
“It was great to interact with other first timers while having the opportunity to ask questions from others that have been apart of DCSC for a while.”-Attendee from member school