In 65 years when we look back at this time, will we be able to say we were on the right side of history? Public schools in America are still segregated and by some measures, worse than when Brown v. Board took place in 1954. Even with research clearly showing that students who attend integrated schools do better in ELA and math assessments and are more likely to enroll in college than students in high-poverty, racially segregated schools, as a country we seem to be moving in the wrong direction.
This is our WHY. DCSC believes in the power and impact of intentionally integrated schools. This work is urgent and necessary. And we don’t stand alone in this belief – we’ve added 5 new members to the Coalition (listed below), are about to launch our 3rd cohort of UnifiED fellows, and partner with organizations such as Beloved Community (Equity is our Only Hope) and The Century Foundation’s Bridges Collaborative.
The vision of DCSC is that an ever-growing number of American public schools, including many charter schools, will embody the diversity of our nation’s people – across race, socioeconomic status, language and abilities. We have a unique chance to translate our words into actions. Given where we are as a country with calls for racial justice and dismantling systemic racism, intentional integrated schools can set the foundation to counter stereotypes, and allow students, families and staff to learn across lines of differences.
If we don’t build this now, then when?
2021 Annual Convening
COVID-19 Alert: DCSC is heavily monitoring development around the coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to prioritize the health and safety of our members and partners. In following recommendations and guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we will notify all attendees, presenters, and speakers of a virtual transition of our 2021 Annual Convening, if necessary, by late fall.
Connect as leaders. Grow expertise. Bring justice to education.
Don’t miss out on the chance to join Communities of Practice for the 2020-2021 year.
“The CoP has definitely been a rewarding, thought provoking and enlightening experience for me. I am still benefiting from the knowledge and relationships built and looking forward to the next CoP.”
Principal at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans
This year’s CoP groups are open to members for FREE participation:
- Got Justice? Creating and Sustaining Equitable School Culture (details)
- Diverse Recruitment and Retention in a Virtual Hiring World (details)
- Trauma-Informed Practices to Support ALL Students (details)
Cohort One Updates
Our first cohort of school launch fellows completed their fellowships during the 2018-2019 school year. These fellows have continued to work towards leading diverse and equitable schools. Check out what they’re up to:
Daniel Brink-Washington (Elmwood Village School) is in the process with a NY authorizer of having his charter approved for either the ‘21-‘22 or ‘22-‘23 school year.
Alisha Gripp (Citizens of the World Middle School) has continued with COTW leading their middle school for its 2nd year. Alisha is also on this year’s convening planning committee!
Kristin Hull (DSST) launched a new DSST campus for 2019-20. Aurora Science & Tech serves 6th graders this year and will build out to 6th-8th grade in 2022.
Dana Mulwanda (Brooklyn Prospect Charter School) is getting ready to open the network’s newest elementary campus this coming fall.