2022 Annual Convening

Care, Courage, Commitment

January 27-28, 2022

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Students at Académie Lafayette, Kansas City, MO


Care, Courage, Commitment

Deepening our vision of diverse-by-design

Schools are experiencing unprecedented times alongside historical patterns of inequality and injustice. The DCSC 2022 Annual Convening will provide space for attendees to reflect on how to center collective care in intentionally integrated schools during our current moment. We will courageously confront persisting racism and disparities in educational access. And, together, we will reinvigorate our commitment to the mission of educational justice. Join us at #DCSC2022 as we continue to build the diverse-by-design movement.

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For DCSC member schools and networks only

Every year we honor a member school or school network that has embodied our mission. This year, DCSC’s Member of the Year will reflect our commitment to integration, inclusion, and anti-racism through the votes of active members. We are accepting self-nominations for this award until November 12th!

For all attendees

Our 2022 Annual Convening will be as interactive as ever! This year’s programming will offer attendees the opportunity to learn and network with one another through three types of sessions: workshops, dilemma discussions, and school showcases. Read more about each session type for this year’s Annual Convening and submit a proposal by November 12th!

Registration opens on December 6th!

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 2022 Convening?

Influencers from DCSC member schools and networks, partners from the field and prospective members should attend the DCSC 2022 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 to our virtual gathering. Thank you for including all dimensions of this term when considering attending.

Where is the 2022 Convening?

The 2022 Conference will be held January 30-31 at the Eaton DC Hotel in Washington, DC.

Keynote Address


Christopher Emdin

Teacher, author, and advocate

Dr. Christopher Emdin is the Robert A. Naslund Endowed Chair in Curriculum Theory and Professor of Education at the University of Southern California where he also serves as Director of Youth Engagement and Community Partnerships at the USC Race and Equity Center.

He previously served as Director of the Science Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University and alumni fellow at the Hip-hop archive and Hutchins Center at Harvard University. He has served as STEAM Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State and Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Emdin holds a Ph.D in Urban Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Science, and Technology.

He is the creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement and Science Genius BATTLES. He was recently named one of the 27 people bridging divides in the United States by Time magazine. He is the author of the award-winning book, Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation, and the New York Times bestseller For White Folks Who Teach In the Hood and the Rest of Y’all Too. His latest book, Ratchetdemic: Reimagining Academic Excellence is currently available wherever books are sold.

Registration opens on December 6th!

The Schedule

Day (Time)
Time (EST)
Thursday Jan 27 12:00 – 1:00 pm Welcome Address and Opening Panel
1:00 – 1:30 pm Break
1:30 – 2:45 pm Breakout Cycle #1
2:45 – 3:15 pm Break
3:15 – 4:30 pm Breakout Cycle #2
4:30 – 5:00 pm Break
5:00 – 6:00 pm Keynote Address and Q&A: Christoher Emdin
6:00 – 6:15 pm Break
6:15 – 7:30 pm Affinity Groups
Friday Jan 28 10:00 – 11:15 am Affinity Groups
11:15 – 12:00 pm Break
12:00 – 1:00 pm Day 2 Welcome Programming
1:00 – 1:15 pm Break
1:15 – 2:30 pm Breakout Cycle #3
2:30 – 2:45 pm Break
2:45 – 3:45 pm Afternoon Panel
3:45 – 4:00 pm Member of the Year Award and 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.

What are the registration fees?

Early Bird Discount Until December 21 Regular Registration
Open throughout convening
Members $100 $200
Non-Members $200 $300

A registrant can receive a 100% refund up to December 21, 2021.
A registrant can receive a 50% refund up to January 13, 2022.
No refunds will be given after January 13, 2022.

Can I register on-site?

No, there will be no on-site registration.  The last day to register was January 24, 2022.

Are there sponsorship opportunities?

Yes! Reach out to info@diversecharters.org to learn about how you can support this important work. 

Registration opens on December 6th!

Are there networking opportunities?

This year’s Annual Convening will include extended breaks that are designed for attendees to virtually connect and network with one another.

How do I register?

The registration form can be accessed on our website when we launch on December 6th.

Because this year’s Annual Convening is virtual, registration will be open throughout the convening. We encourage you to register as soon as possible, but you would still be able to register on either day of the convening.

How will I attend the Annual Convening?

Whova is the official online platform for #DCSC2022. All zoom links will be available in the app.
If you have already used the WHOVA app for another conference you will need to use that login. Otherwise, you will need to create a new login to access the convening platform.

What will breakout sessions be like this year?

This year’s breakout sessions will feature affinity groups, workshops, school showcases and dilemma discussions. All attendees will need to pre-register for all sessions during registration. Many breakouts are capped at 20 so act fast! If you would like to attend a session that is full please join the waitlist and DCSC team will work on resolving it.

Please note that AFFINITY GROUPS and WORKSHOPS are offered twice and SCHOOLS SHOWCASES and DILEMMA DISCUSSIONS are offered once.

How do I vote for Member of the Year?

Votes are submitted as part of registration for the 2022 Annual Convening (one can only vote if ‘Member’ is selected during registration).

Votes from all DCSC member schools and networks will be weighted so that each member organization has one vote.

What if I need help registering?

No problem! Just email us at events@diversecharters.org and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

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. Registration for school visits is on a first come, first served basis, with member schools being prioritized.

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) – HAS REACHED CAPACITY

Washington Latin Public Charter School (5-12) – HAS REACHED CAPACITY

D.C. International (6-12) – HAS REACHED CAPACITY

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2022 Convening Sponsors

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

Other contributions made by:

Dr. Deborah M. McGriff, DCSC Board Member

Learn more about DCSC and our Annual Convening!

Video by KimberLee Webber | TalkOakland.org

Breakout Session Request for Proposal

For all attendees of #DCSC2022

In addition to whole group programming and Affinity Groups, which return by popular demand, our 2022 Annual Convening will feature three types of programming for attendees:

  • Workshops (Skill/Knowledge Building)
  • Model Showcases
  • Consultancy Sessions (Solutions of Practice)

We’re thrilled to announce the planning committee for the 2022 Convening:

  • Valerie Braimah, Executive Director of City Charter Schools (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Alisha Gripp, UnifiED Alumnus and Dean of Middle School of Citizens of the World (Kansas City, MO)
  • John Heffernan, Executive Director of Central Park School for Children (Durham, NC)
  • Jeff Heyck-Williams, Director of the Two Rivers Learning Institute (Washington, D.C.)
  • Robyn King, Director of Admissions and Community Outreach of Académie Lafayette (Kansas City, MO)
  • Dana Mulwanda, UnifiED Alumnus and Founding Principal of Windsor Terrace Elementary, Prospect Schools (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Emily Wood, UnifiED Alumnus and Director of Operations and Strategy of Yu Ming Charter School (Oakland, CA)
DCSC 2022 Annual Convening

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