Leadership development for excellent, integrated schools

DCSC launched the UnifiED Explorer program to develop and build the bench of future school leaders. The UnifiED Explorer program will prepare leaders of charter, district, and independent schools to deliver an excellent, integrated education in their respective communities while growing the movement for integrated schools nationwide.

Theory of Action

unifiED: Theory of Action chart for DCSC Explorers

Cross sector, cohort-based collaboration

Explorers participate in monthly, cross-sector, cross-region cohort calls. The cohort calls follow a dilemma protocol and provide Explorers the opportunity to collaborate and learn in a diverse environment.

Access to experts and resources

The Explorer program arms Explorers with broad access to experts and resources. Experts from across the Coalition and its partners lead all workshops and excellent school visits.

Exposure to exemplary models

Explorers are exposed to exemplary diverse-by-design models – including models of anti-bias curriculum and instruction, social-emotional-learning, and building diverse, equitable, and inclusive school communities – from across the Coalition. Explorers visit at least 12 schools during three excellent school visits across the country.

Application of learning

Explorers apply their learning at their school of employment, designing and executing a school-specific project. For example, an Explorer might redesign curriculum to incorporate Universal Design Learning, launch a staff-lead equity team, or implement restorative disciplinary practices. 

UnifiED Explorer Program Timeline

 WinterSpringSummer
Exposure to exemplary modelsWelcomeExcellent School Visits One, Two, Three

Workshop
Access to experts & resourcesAnnual Convening
Cross-sector, cohort-based collaborationMonthly, cross-sector, cross-region, cohort calls
Application of LearningExplorers apply their learning at their school of employment, designing and executing a school-specific application of learning project
unifiED School Launch Program

We catalyze and support the creation of high-quality diverse public charter schools through strategic research, advocacy, membership activities, and outreach.

Our first Explorer cohort will be announced January 2021

Submit an interest form for the UnifiED Explorer Program

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