The National Charter Collaborative (NCC) supports single-site charter school leaders of color who invest in the hopes and dreams of students through the cultural fabric of their communities.

Charter school leaders of color are a critical, yet overlooked, collective representing an estimated one-fourth of charter schools impacting over 335,000 students across the U.S. Single-site leaders of color not only embody diversity, but they reflect the cultural fabric of the communities and students served. 

Charter leaders of color are valuable and necessary contributors to building a healthy, diverse and dynamic charter sector. For the charter sector to provide equitable education options, schools led by leaders of color must thrive.

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE SECTOR

    • 59% of ALL charter schools are independently run non-profits schools (National Alliance of Public Charter Schools).
    • Schools led by leaders of color impact the lives of over 335,000 predominately low-income students
    • Majority of failing charters are single-site charters
    • Historically schools led by leaders of color lack access to:
      • Deep-pocket funders to provide sustainable funding—
      • Quality human capital to create high-performing learning environments—
      • Targeted support services to address student and operational needs—
      • Connections to the individuals and organizations that have the political and financial will to invest in and advocate for their success

HOW WE HELP SCHOOL LEADERS

We know how hard it is to run a school and simultaneously stay connected to opportunities to bring resources to create a high-performing school.  The challenge can be even higher for leaders of color who may not have access to key networks.

We started the National Charter Collaborative specifically to build a community of leaders of color with the goal of supporting the success of your school and you, as a valuable, impactful leader.

Currently in a development phase, The NCC will provide school leaders of color with the following levels of support:

PEER-TO-PEER NETWORK

  • Online and face-to-face opportunities for collaboration and sharing best practices
  • —Access to expertise, resources and demonstration models

CONSULTANCY

——Host solutions workshops to provide professional development and pair experts and school service providers with leaders of color to address high-need areas

FELLOWSHIP

  • ——Two-year school and leadership development program for qualifying members
  • Fellows collaborate on scalable solution to common problem

HOW YOU CAN JOIN US

  1. Our first step is to create a network of leaders of color of single-site charter schools across the country.  Click on the “Keep Me Informed” button below to let us know about your school. Shortly, we will offer a peer to peer online community where you can connect to other leaders, share best practices and access to resources.
  2. Next, we will select an inaugural cohort of schools to determine common problems of practice, collaboratively develop solutions, then find support to implement it.

Hey, we’re just getting started, which is a great time to invite you to be a part of this movement to give voice to leaders of color running single-site charter schools.

SIGN UP FOR OUR CONVENINGS AND WORKSHOPS

We are very excited to announce the rollout of our first program – NCC Consultancy.  We’re offering a unique opportunity for diverse leaders to benefit from expertise and high-quality services. Single-site school leaders of color are matched with vetted school support providers to support their initiatives to strengthen the outcomes for their school.

For our pilot we will hold convenings at the DC Charter Schools Conference, the California Charter Schools Conference and the National Charter Schools Conference.

NATIONAL CHARTER SCHOOLS CONFERENCE

Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC.
Date/Time: June 13th 9:30am – Noon

The National Charter Collaborative is hosting a Consultancy Workshop — a unique opportunity for diverse school leaders to connect with peers and engage in consultations with high-quality service providers to design solutions to address shared challenges.

The session will include round tables on Finance and Operations, Human Capital and Talent Pipeline, Student Behavior, School Design and Innovation and Board Development with experts addressing your key questions.

Leaders will emerge  emerge with ideas and opportunities to consider for your school.

To attend, you must sign up below. SPACE IS LIMITED TO 50 LEADERS. REGISTER EARLY.

OUR TEAM

The National Charter Collaborative was started by two women of color, Kim Smith and Trish Dziko,  who connected through the Aspen Institute Pahara Fellowship geared toward leaders in education reform.  Not wanting to shy away from big issues, Kim and Trish partnered to solve a national systemic problem in the charter schools movement — the lack of support for single-site charters led by people of color.

  • Kim Smith
    Kim Smith Chief Executive Officer

    —Chief Learning and Innovation Officer, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

    —Former Board Chair, Arts and Technology Academy — Washington, DC

    —Former Board Member, BAEO

    —Spring 2013 Aspen-Pahara Cohort Fellow

  • Trish Millines Dziko
    Trish Millines Dziko Chief Operating Officer

    —Co-Founder and Executive Director, Technology Access Foundation

    Appointed —Member, Washington State Charter Commission

    Board Member, Washington Technology Industry Association

    —Spring 2013 Aspen-Pahara Cohort Fellow

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