Leadership development for excellent, integrated schools
DCSC’s UnifiED School Launch Fellowship, in collaboration with host school site leaders, member schools, and local partners, recruits and prepares future school leaders of excellent, intentionally integrated, public charter schools.
Successful Fellows are entrepreneurial leaders with a deep understanding of the diverse-by-design model. They establish a clear vision and lead people toward it by creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive school community. They use data to inform decisions and measure outcomes. Ultimately, they operate integrated charter schools that lead to strong academic results for all students and close the gaps in student performance, family satisfaction, and staff retention across relevant subgroups.
Fellows develop their school leadership skills through an intensive residency at a school aligned with their individual needs and goals. Fellows complete a full-year residency, under the mentorship of a Coalition member school leader. School leaders are selected through a rigorous process to ensure the Fellow will have a successful year.
Access to experts and resources
The program arms Fellows 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
Fellows 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. Fellows visit at least 12 schools during three excellent school visits across the country.
Coordination for individualized learning
We coordinate across and among stakeholders to ensure all learning is individualized, relevant, and actionable. Fellows develop their own strategic plans to guide their learning throughout the Fellowship. The individual goals within Fellows’ strategic plan inform the schools they tour on excellent school visits, the professional development they participate in during Workshops, their work at Kickoff and Capstone, and their ongoing coaching.