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It hasn’t been a surprise that over the course of the pandemic months, we’ve seen COVID-19 underline the inequity, bias, and disproportionality that have always existed in our country. It has highlighted who has access to foundational human needs like healthcare, technology, food, housing, and education; who is granted greater quality in access; and those who have no access whatsoever. The 66th Anniversary of Brown vs. Board reminds all of us of what has been accomplished, and what – more tellingly – has not. As a country, we are still a work in progress: still segregated and stratified.

Many of us have pushed to break the system that has calcified unjust conditions of social inequality. We are close to getting what we demand – a system that is cracking under the stress of the pandemic. We’re asking our members, partners and supporters: how do we move into the post-COVID world that breaks from the old and builds the new without leaving anyone behind, but by bringing everyone forward?

We see markers along the way that can help us move forward with intention. We can cross boundaries with gatherings like The Century Foundation’s ‘Bridges Collaborative,’ a nationwide school diversity initiative. We can recognize, as clearly illustrated in the NYT piece, The America We Need, that we have to be grounded in the range of how our neighbors and fellow citizens experience freedom in order to know and do better. And for DCSC, we can stay on mission with our work to support our members and their communities.

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.

Annual Member Meetings

DCSC staff will be holding individual calls with all of our members between June and September. These calls are for us to better understand the priority of our members as we head into an uncertain school year.

DCSC staff will walk members through:

  • Programming for the 20-21 school year, including our Annual Convening and Communities of Practice
  • Member Dues, in which we want to work with our member schools and networks
  • Data that we are collecting across all of our members

Be on the lookout for an email from a DCSC staff member to schedule your member call.

School Launch Fellowship Cohort 3

Our UnifiED program is proud to announce its third cohort for the 20-21 school year! Our School Launch Fellows bring with them years of experience within education and a fierce dedication to intentionally integrated schools.

Help us welcome our newest School Launch Fellows!

Emily Dahm (top left)
Host Site: Yu Ming (CA)

Michelle Fierman (top right)
Host Site: Central Queens Academy (NY)

Mallory Fiske (bottom left)
Host Site: Detroit Prep (MI)

Natalie Morosi (bottom right)
Host Site: Valor Collegiate Academies (TN)

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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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