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I find myself reflecting on our time in Washington, DC at our 2020 convening and it feels like a completely different world. Since then, we have come to terms with a COVID-19 reality, experienced a racial reckoning unlike anything we’ve seen in a generation, and witnessed member schools doing whatever is necessary to provide instruction and support their communities.

Despite all of the challenges, members have stayed true to their missions – and so have we. DCSC has kept equity at our center as we continue to promote, expand, and support the diverse-by-design movement.

More than any other year, 2020 pushed our team to make sure we clarified the WHY of our work. To that end, we are proud to unveil our 2020 Annual Report and our restated core values which now reflect the mindset and culture that our team and organization use to drive our daily work: Community – Boldness – Learning – Strategy. We hold ourselves to these values and ask you to hold us accountable to them.

As we all look forward to what the new year will bring us, we must also embrace what this past year has revealed in regards to our collective compassion, resilience, and determination. We persisted.

Looking forward to seeing you on January 28-29th for our 7th Annual Convening!

– Sonia

2021 Annual Convening

Registration is still open for #DCSC2021!

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 Interrupting Inequity, you will deepen the practice of leading your school by learning from experts in the movement, examining real-world experiences, data and strategies, and sharing best practices through networking.

Welcome to our new DCSC Members

DCSC is proud to announce our newest members added to the Coalition by a board vote this month.

Help us welcome the newest members to our community of diverse-by-design schools:

Welcome to our Inaugural Explorer Cohort

On January 14, 2021 we welcomed our inaugural cohort of Explorers. This Spring, we will work with 12 Explorers, from 6 cities in partnership with Opportunity 180New Jersey State Charter AssociationExcellent Schools New Mexico, and The Opportunity Trust.

Learn more about the Explorer program and this year’s Explorers here.

Check out DCSC online!

February 6: Powerful Learners Conference
Hosted by DCSC member, Gateway Public Schools

Citizens of the World (Kansas City, MO):
Director of School Leadership

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What’s happening at DCSC

The 9th Annual Progressive Education Summit
Baltimore, MD
This event is hosted by DCSC Member, City Neighbors Charter School!

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Profiles of Leaders of Color

Kriste Dragon from Citizens of the World is featured in this report!

Like and share: “Charter Leaders of Color Matter
Richard Lee from Academy of the City Charter School is featured!

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