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 continue to build our database of single-site charter schools led by leaders of color
Our identified single-site charter schools led by leaders of color educate over 135,000 students
72% Leaders are Black, 20% Latino, 6% Asian and 1% Middle East/North Africa
41% Black and 33% Latino
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.
The NCC provides 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
The Fellowship is currently in the development phase.
Join our peer to peer online community, offered to single-site charter school leaders of color. It’s a private space where you’ll connect with other leaders, share best practices, get access to resources, read great articles, get free webinars, be first to register for free NCC workshops and much more. Sign up to be invited to the network!
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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.