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Coalition Updates

DCSC 2017 Convening in Washington D.C.
Saturday, June 10th 5:30pm – 7:30pm (Bar Deco)
Sunday, June 11th 8:15am –
5:00pm (Lee Montessori Public Charter School)

Join fellow school members and partners this weekend for our 3rd Annual Convening in Washington, D.C. We kick off our event at Bar Deco Saturday afternoon over drinks and food. On Sunday, we’ll explore best practice ideas, engage in consultancies, and strategize on what we can all do to advance diversity, equity, and excellence. If you plan on attending but haven’t sent a RSVP, or have additional questions, reach out to Elsa at We look forward to seeing you!

NewSchools Summit: Our Schools Highlighted
NewSchools Summit is an annual invitation-only gathering of education innovation thought leaders who bring important and diverse perspectives in PreK-12 education. Over 1,000 entrepreneurs, educators, community leaders, funders, and policy makers come together to share ideas on how we can reimagine schools so they prepare all students, from every background, to achieve their most ambitious dreams. Missed this year’s Summit? Check out these highlights from our member schools!

Opening Plenary: Dianne Tavenner (Summit Public Schools) and Todd Dickson (Valor Collegiate Academies) join Derwin Sisnett (Maslow Development, Inc) and Nancy Bernardino (Solar Prep) as the “new generation” of school innovators and share what they’re trying, what they’re learning, and what makes them hopeful for the future. Watch the full plenary here and the highlights here.

Charters: Bigger, Better, or Different?: Kriste Dragon (Citizens of the World Charter Schools) and fellow panelists discuss the questions on everyone’s minds: What is the best role for charters? Where should we concentrate our resources to drive change? Check out the video here.

School Spotlight: Herron High School Approved to Join Indianapolis Public Schools
Herron High SchoolAll too often charter schools are still pitted against traditional schools. Partnerships between the two are still too few and far between. In this environment, we all may be looking to Indianapolis as a model for cross-sector collaboration and support. The IPS board voted to add Herron High School, Coalition member school and one of Indianapolis’ highest performing high schools, to the district portfolio of Innovation Schools. This new partnership expands educational opportunities to more students and through its enrollment priorities, empowers Herron High School to increase geographic, racial and socioeconomic diversity at Herron’s 16th Street campus and create a new diverse population at Riverside, Herron’s newest campus.

Read more about it here and here.

Upcoming Conferences & Events

School Integration By Race & Class: A Movement Reborn
Wednesday, June 7th from 12:00pm to 2:00pm in Washington, D.C.

In recent years there have been signs of a resurgent grassroots movement to integrate schools. From a variety of perspectives, our panelists will examine the state of segregation by race and class in America’s schools, and the promising initiatives and practices that are emerging in the renewed movement to integrate America’s schools.  Speakers: Gary Orfield, co-Director UCLA Civil Rights Project; Distinguished Research Professor, UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies; Johanna Josaphat, Founding Teacher, Unison School; John B. King, Jr., President and CEO, The Education Trust; former United States Secretary of Education; Ann Owens, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Southern California. Video recording of the event will be available online on June 8th.

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools: 2017 National Charter Schools Conference
Sunday, June 11th to Wednesday, June 14th in Washington, D.C.

The National Charter Schools Conference is an incredible learning experience with inspirational keynote speakers, more than 130 engaging breakout sessions, and unique networking events. Be sure to check out the following sessions featuring Coalition members!

  • Am I an Effective Board Chair? Responsibilities and Reflections (Diverse Charter Schools Coalition) 
  • Realizing MLK’s Dream: Best Practices in Achieving Integration (Community Roots Charter School, Hebrew Charter School Center) 
  • CMO Expansion 2.0: Lessons Learned from the First 10+ Years (Citizens of the World Charter Schools)
  • Taking Teacher Prep In-house: Opportunities for Growth and Innovation (Success Academies)
  • The Path to Reimagining School (Citizens of the World Charter Schools)
  • Ready, Set, EXPAND: Determine Whether Your School Is Ready to Grow (Hebrew Public)

Live Event: Nikole Hannah-Jones on the State of Education and Race
Tuesday, June 13th at 6:30pm in New York, NY
Purchase tickets here.

In this exclusive Times Insider conversation, Nikole Hannah-Jones, an award-winning domestic correspondent and the author of the National Magazine Award–winning story “Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City,” is joined by Ritchie Torres, a Bronx City Council member, and two parents whose children attend New York City segregated schools to discuss the crisis in the classroom — and how to make education equitable for all. Award-winning reporter Sarah Maslin Nir moderates.

Second Equity in Motion: Growing All Students Through High-Quality Assignments
Tuesday, July 18th to Thursday, July 20th in New Orleans, LA

Students can do no better than the assignments we give them. But what makes a rich, high-quality assignment? And what tools can teachers, instructional coaches, school leaders, and curriculum directors use to ensure that’s what students are receiving? Join us in New Orleans July 18-20th for our second Equity in Motion convening and take on these critical questions. This convening will feature more learning from assignments in English language arts, social studies, science, and a new focus on mathematics!

Upcoming 2017 Integration Convenings held by the National Coalition on School Diversity or a partner organization
More information here

  • Reimagining Education: Teaching and Learning in Racially Diverse Schools (July 17-21)
  • IntegrateUS 2017 Summer Institute: Building a National Movement of Youth Leaders for Integration (August 2-5)
  • A Struggle We Must Win: Advancing School Integration through Activism, Youth Voice, and Policy Reform (October 19-20)

News Roundup

Isolated and Segregated: A New Look at the Income Divide in Our Nation’s Schooling System by Ulrich Boser and Perpetual Baffour
American Progress — May 31, 2017

Letter to the Editor: Teachers of Color Contribute to Better Student Outcomes by Sonia Park
Education Week — May 30, 2017

Advocates Call on Chancellor Fariña to Take ‘Morally Necessary’ Steps to End School Segregation by Christina Veiga
Chalkbeat — May 25, 2017

What Are States Doing About Charter Schools in Their ESSA Plans? by Sarah Tully
Education Week — May 23, 2017

One Tool For Dismantling Structural School Segregation In Seattle: Better Zoning by Margaret Morales
Sightline Institute — May 16, 2017

How America Became Segregated hosted by Krys Boyd
Think — May 10, 2017

Diverse Schools Help Students Thrive: A Conversation with Richard Kahlenberg
Walton Family Foundation Blog — May 5, 2017

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