We are the National Charter Collaborative

The only national organization supporting to success of charter school leaders of color.

This is our story. Our origin, leaders, programs and impact

How We Started

As a project in the Aspen-Pahara Institute Fellowship. Trish Dziko and Kimberly Smith wanted to explore why over 70% of charter schools closed in Washington, DC were led by leaders of color. We did research and talked to leaders.

Here’s What We Found

  • Access, Funding and Resource issues
  • No Collective Influence Akin to White Leaders
  • No Access to Networks of Privilege and Politics
  • Difficulty Raising Funds and Stabilizing Facilities.

Why it Matters!

  • Because 70% of charter school students are of color
  • Because research is clear on the impact of leaders and teachers of color
  • Because schools that embody communities are critical lifelines

An effective component of minority students academic success is a minority principal who serves as a role model for students


Students at schools with LOC score significantly higher on state test and are suspended at much lower rates (4.2% less likely)


Having just one black teacher in 3rd-5th grade reduced a black student’s probability of dropout by 29%; and by 39% for low-income black boy

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Our Vision and Mission

We envision an education system that centers and values Black and Brown student aspirations by enabling high-quality choice in marginalized communities


We build leader of color capacity to grown and sustain high-quality charter schools