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 5th!

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 5th!

Registration opens on

December 6th!

Due to the safety concerns around COVID-19, we are making our 2022 Annual Convening a virtual gathering. Stay tuned for further details and a complete schedule of programming.

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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.

Keynote Speakers

Cheyenne Batista

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

Cheyenne E. Batista has 19+ years of experience in the education, nonprofit, and corporate sectors, most recently having served as Founding Superintendent, Managing Director of East Harlem Scholars Academies (a network of Pre-K to 12th grade community-based public charter schools) where she initially served as Founding Principal.

More about Cheyenne

Watch her talk on inequity in schools:

Mohammed Choudhury

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

Mohammed Choudhury is entrusted with incubating and scaling high-leverage school transformation initiatives that will have the greatest impact on student achievement. Previously, Mohammed has spearheaded school turnaround and change-management initiatives within Dallas Independent School District and the Los Angeles Unified School District.

More about Mohammed

Watch his interview with The 74:

Hanseul Kang

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

Hanseul Kang has led the Office of State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in the District of Columbia since 2015. Under Kang’s leadership, the District of Columbia has taken important steps to sustain, accelerate, and deepen its progress, including launching early childhood education programs and developing DC’s Every Student Succeeds Act.

More about Hanseul

Watch her feature with the Washington Post:

The Schedule

Day (Time)
Thursday Jan 30 8:00-5:00 Convening Check-in
12:00-2:00 Welcome Lunch

Keynotes: Mohammed Choudury and Cheyenne Batista

EPIC Student Performance

The keynote address will start at 12:00 so all participants should plan for a prompt arrival.
2:15-3:30 Break Out Sessions:

Startup Life
Disrupting Institutional Structures
Unlearning Inequity
Think Like a Communicator
3:30-4:10 Networking Break (Coffee Talks)

  • Amber Charter Schools & Central Queens Academy: Lifting Up English Language Learners
  • Beloved Community: School Equity Audit
  • Charter School Business Management: Inclusive Financial Transparency & Intentional Decision-Making
  • DCSC Office Hours: Member Supports and Program Evaluation
  • Finalsite: Marketing and Communications platforms for schools and districts
  • Harvard’s RIDES Institute: Moving from “diverse” to “intentionally integrated”
  • NWEA: Leveraging MAP Growth to Address Achievement Gaps
  • Phone2Action: Advocacy Software for Grassroots Marketing Campaigns
  • Pulitzer Center: 1619 Project Curriculum
  • Two Rivers Public Charter School: Share Your DC – A Parent + Staff Learning Expedition
  • Valor Collegiate Academies: Comprehensive Human Development in Schools
4:10-5:25 Break Out Sessions:

Are You Who You Say You Are?
Equity in Compensation Demystified
Intentional Integration in DBD Charter Schools
Nothing Changes Without Pressure. Advocacy Strategies to Support Your Schools.
5:30-7:00 Welcome Reception
Friday Jan 31 7:00-9:00 Convening Check-in
7:00-7:30 Breakfast
8:00-11:00 School Visits and Hill Day
11:20-12:10 Alumni Student Panel & School Visit Debrief
Facilitated by UnifiED Alumni: Alisha Gripp and Dana Mulwanda
12:30-2:00 Lunch

Keynote: Hanseul Kang

Member of the Year Award

2:10-3:25 Break Out Sessions:

What is an Anti-Bias Educational Approach to Curriculum?
The Case for Restorative Practices
Designing to the Edges
Walking Our Talk
3:30-4:00 Closing
Led by UnifiED Fellows: Alex Baron and Brandon Johnson


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.

Registration is closed 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 January 10 Late Registration Until January 24
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 was January 24, 2020.

Are there opportunities to sponsor the convening?

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

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. 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

2021 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

Interested in sponsoring our Annual Convening? Email us at events@diversecharters.org.

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