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I’ve always thought of the fall school semester as a time when last-minute decisions on curriculum were made, students’ baseline data was analyzed, parent-teacher conferences were held, and students, parents, and teachers welcomed one another back to school.

These activities are still happening, but under vastly different circumstances and with a tremendous new pressure. Since September, I’ve seen DCSC members work hard to create, support and lead anti-racist schools designed to benefit all students, and in the midst of navigating the rising rates of COVID, still keep students and teachers engaged, and remain true to their missions of social and racial justice.

At this time, I’d like to acknowledge the enormous weight you’ve been shouldering and to give thanks for the work that you do which makes up our Coalition.

Thank you for your efforts and commitments to support your students, families, and staff.

Thank you for believing in and supporting the DCSC community.

And finally, my personal thank you to the entire DCSC staff who are my co-conspirators in providing guidance, context, and drive to our organization.

I hope we use this time to take a well deserved break – whether that be making some noise like Nandi Bushell, being soothed by sand or taking a nap.


Communities of Practice Kick-off!

4 active groups kicked off this fall!

  • 73 total participants including

    • Principals, teachers, executive directors, counselors

    • Directors of Operation, School Culture, Human Resources

  • 21 member schools and networks

    • From more than 10 different states

    • 8 members joined a CoP for the 2nd year in a row!

Virtual Excellent School Visits

We have moved Excellent School Visits online this year and are still confirming our school visit schedule. Take a look at our new virtual visit protocol!

New this year is our Explorer program. Explorers participate in virtual excellent school visits and receive other supports through the spring.

Interested in joining us as an Explorer? Email Ashley.

2021 Virtual Convening

Keynote Address

Brittany Packnett Cunningham

In conversation with DCSC Board Chair, Veronica Brooks-Uy

Photo Credit: Reginald Cunningham of Pure Black Photos

Brittany Packnett is a leader at the intersection of culture and justice. She is a lifelong activist and proud member of the Ferguson Uprising in which she was an appointed member of the Ferguson Commission and President Obamaʼs Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Today, she continues to advocate for urgent systemic change at critical decision making tables and through national and international media. President Barack Obama has cited Brittany as a leader whose “voice is going to be making a difference for years to come.”

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December 10th: When Equity Is Optional
Hosted by Alliance for Excellent Education

Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans
(New Orleans, LA): Principal (Grades 3-10)
This position is part of the DCSC UnifiED Fellowship!

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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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