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.
Our mission is to create a flourishing ecosystem of high-performing single-site charters led by leaders of color by ensuring the leaders have the resources and support needed to build quality schools.
Our vision is single-site charter schools led by Black and Latino leaders will be high-performing schools that provide quality education opportunities for students.
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:
Host solutions workshops to provide professional development and pair experts and school service providers with leaders of color to address high-need areas
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.
Join us at the New York Independent Charter School Symposium in NY Oct 12-13. We will be in one of the three breakout sessions that start at 1:30 and end at 4:20.
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.
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.