School Leaders of Color https://www.publiccharters.org/tags/school-leaders-color en Charter School Leaders of Color from Across the Nation Gather for Convening in Nation's Capital https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/02/24/charter-school-leaders-color-across-nation-gather-convening-nations-capital <span>Charter School Leaders of Color from Across the Nation Gather for Convening in Nation&#039;s Capital</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/reed" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Reed</span></span> <span>Fri, 02/21/2020 - 15:12</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/press-release" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-02-24T12:00:00Z">February 24, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>WASHINGTON, D.C. </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>— Today, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools kicks off its fifth annual School Leaders of Color (SLOC) convening. This cohort of black, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American charter school leaders who run high-quality public schools are in Washington to share best practices and showcase the secret to their success. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>As our country struggles to diversify its teaching force and boost student achievement for black, brown and low-income students, the work of these school leaders is particularly noteworthy. </span></span></span><span><span><span>Studies have found that K-12 students perform better academically if they’ve been assigned to a teacher of the same race. </span></span></span><span><span><span>These findings are significant given that the teaching force at charter schools is more diverse than at traditional public schools; and </span></span></span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/sites/default/files/documents/2020-02/Race%20match%20fact%20sheet%2002212020.pdf"><span><span><span>data suggests</span></span></span></a><span><span><span> that students who have been ill-served in district operated schools, especially students of color, flourish at charter schools; </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>In 2017-18, 33 percent of charter school students were Hispanic compared to 27 percent in the district, 26 percent were black compared to 14 percent in the district and 32 percent were white compared to 48 percent in the district.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span>In 2015-2016, 11 percent of charter school principals were Hispanic compared to 8 percent in the district, 15 percent were black compared to 10 percent in the district and 70 percent were white compared to 79 percent in the district.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“</span></span><span><span><span>It’s an honor to host some of our nation’s top school leaders and hear more about how the flexibility and autonomy of the charter school model allows them to directly serve the students of their communities,” </span></span></span><span><span>said National Alliance President and CEO Nina Rees. </span></span><span><span><span>“C</span></span></span><span><span>harter schools employ more teachers of color and enroll more students of color than traditional public schools. It’s critical that we equip school leaders of color with the tools they need to open and run great schools – ultimately yielding more educational equity and stronger student performance.” </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>According to Stanford University’s </span></span></span><a href="https://urbancharters.stanford.edu/download/Urban%20Charter%20School%20Study%20Report%20on%2041%20Regions.pdf"><span><span><span>CREDO</span></span></span></a><span><span><span>, black students in urban charter schools gained 36 additional days of learning in math and 26 additional days of learning in reading per year as compared to their district school peers. And for Hispanic students, charter schools generate learning growth equivalent to 22 extra days in math and 6 extra days in reading annually. For low-income Hispanic students, these numbers rise to 48 extra days in math and 25 extra days in reading. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>This year’s cohort includes the following participants:</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Eric Anderson – </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>Executive Director, Sussex Academy, Georgetown, DE</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Daniela Anello</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Head of School, DC Bilingual Public Charter School, Washington D.C.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Aaron Bass</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – CEO, Vision Academies, Wilmington, DE</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Andrea Breaux</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Assistant Principal, Harmony Public Schools: HS-Achievement, Houston, TX</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Kelly Brown</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Manager of Data &amp; Assessment, Inspired Teaching Demonstration School, Washington, D.C.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Latoye Brown </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>– Founder and School Leader, Audubon Charter School, New Orleans, LA</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>LaKendra Butler</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – School Leader and Founder<strong>, </strong>STRIVE Collegiate Academy, Nashville, TN</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Sekani Ciare</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Teacher, One City Schools, Madison, WI</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Keisha Cummings</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Parent Director, Richmond Urban Collective, Richmond, VA</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Sarah Davis</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Middle School Educator and Community Engagement and Family Advocacy Coordinator, Resurgence Hall Charter School, East Point, GA</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Dr. India Ford</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Superintendent, T2 Honors Academy, Warrensville Heights, OH</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Tameka Germany</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Assistant Principal, Harmony Public Schools: HS Exploration, Houston, TX</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Nicole Goodman</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – CEO, Scuola Vita Nuova Charter School, Kansas City, MO</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Antione Green</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Principal, TLAG, Richmond, VA</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Chevonne Hall</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – CEO, Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, Baltimore, MD</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Shanee Harmon</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Vice President, Richmond Urban Collective, Richmond, VA</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Joe Harris</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Chief Operating Officer, Friendship Aspire Academy Arkansas, Little Rock, AR</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Amanda Johnson</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Executive Director, Clarksdale Collegiate, Clarksdale, MS</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Tish Johnson</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Managing Director, External Relations and Communications, BRICK Academy, Newark, NJ</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Rafiq Kalam Id-Din</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> <strong>II </strong>– Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Ember Charter School for Mindful Education, Innovation and Transformation, New York, NY</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Deshanna King</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Assistant Principal, Harmony Public Schools: HS-Endeavor, Houston, TX</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Jennifer Lopez</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – CEO, Carmen Schools of Science and Technology, Milwaukee, WI</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Tysie McDowell-Ray</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Co-Founder and Chief Academic Officer, Crossroads Charter Schools, Kansas City, MO</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Briana Miles</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Principal, BELIEVE Schools, Indianapolis, IN</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Lagra Newman</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Founder and Head of School, Purpose Prep, Nashville, TN</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Angelique Phillips</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Sr. Director of External Affairs, Excellence Community Schools, New York, NY</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Quentin Phipps</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Director of Advocacy and Policy, Stamford Charter School for Excellence, Excellence Community Schools, Middletown, CT</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Vivek Ramakrishnan</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Co-Founder and Director of Operations and Strategy, One City Schools, Madison, WI</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Kristine Rivera</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Director of Family and Community Engagement, Excellence Community Schools, New York, NY</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>DeArchie Scott</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Founder and Head of School, Ambition Prep, Jackson, MS</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Elaine Swafford </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>–<strong> </strong>CEO, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, Chattanooga, TN</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>John Taylor</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Executive Director, Booker T. Washington Academy, New Haven, CT</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Quiana Toliver</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Assistant Principal, Harmony Public Schools: </span></span></span><span><span>Harmony Innovation School<span>, Katy, TX</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Marylyn Valencia</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Changemaker Programs / Compliance Director, Changemaker High School, Tucson, AZ</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Lynn Valenzuela</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Principal, Mexicayotl Academy, Tucson, AZ</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Dawn Walton</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Executive Director, Empower Community High School, Aurora, CO</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Kathleen Wang</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Principal, Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion, Hadley, MA</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br />  </li> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Maya Woods-Cadiz</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> – Superintendent, American Indian Model (AIM) Schools, Oakland, CA</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span>For media interested in interviewing a SLOC conference attendee, please reach out to Shaelyn Macedonio at shaelyn@publiccharters.org.</span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/school-leaders-color" hreflang="en">School Leaders of Color</a></div> </div> </div> Fri, 21 Feb 2020 20:12:58 +0000 Reed 17033 at https://www.publiccharters.org New Report Highlights How Charter School Leaders of Color Build Strong School Culture to Drive Student Success https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2019/12/09/new-report-highlights-how-charter-school-leaders-color-build-strong-school <span>New Report Highlights How Charter School Leaders of Color Build Strong School Culture to Drive Student Success</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/reed" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Reed</span></span> <span>Fri, 12/06/2019 - 14:34</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/press-release" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2019-12-09T12:00:00Z">December 9, 2019</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span>Washington, DC -- Today, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (National Alliance), in partnership with Public Impact, released “<a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/publications/identity-and-charter-school-leadership-building-strong-school-culture">Identity and Charter School Leadership: Profiles of Leaders of Color Building a Strong School Culture.</a>” This final report in a three-part series examines how the experiences of leaders of color influenced them to build </span></span><span><span>a school environment where students learn, grow and thrive.</span></span> </span></span></p> <p>“This latest report supports the idea that an optimal school environment and culture do not just appear on their own. To the contrary, school leaders must take intentional steps to build a community where students believe in their potential and have the confidence to take the risks necessary to fulfill it,” said Amy Wilkins, senior vice president of advocacy at the National Alliance. “It was also clear that the profiled leaders take advantage of the autonomy provided by charter schools, which are all public schools, to introduce programs and practices that both expand students’ notion of what they can be and promote an inclusive school culture.”</p> <p>The leaders stand out for the thoughtful and deliberate ways they designed their schools:</p> <ul> <li>Kathleen “Kathy” Wang, principal at Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley, MA, and her team use language to bring together students from diverse backgrounds and communities to create a common ground that cultivates respect and inclusion.</li> <li>Maurice Thomas, founder and executive director of Milwaukee Excellence Charter School in Milwaukee, WI, provides students with opportunities to follow their dreams and achieve beyond society’s expectations for them as Black students by learning to code, traveling, and exposure to a wide array of extra-curricular activities.</li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span>“A common thread across the profiles in this report is the importance of strong teacher-relationships in building a robust school culture,” said Daniela Doyle, vice president for policy and management research at Public Impact. “From creating safe spaces for students to bond with other students and teachers to designing a culture and curriculum that seeks to bridge socioeconomic gaps among students —we find that both charter school leaders of color use creative approaches to build the kind of positive school environment they see as largely missing elsewhere.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The report also highlights three common themes across </span></span><span><span>all eight leaders profiled in this series, all related to their experiences as people of color:</span></span></span></span></p> <ol> <li><span><span><strong><span><span>Addressing holes and creating opportunities based on personal experience. </span></span></strong><span><span>Based on holes in their own academic experiences as a person of color or as a child from a low-income family, the school leaders of color in this series often take nontraditional steps to address those same challenges in their own schools.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><strong><span><span>Emphasizing value over deficits.</span></span></strong><span><span> Many of the leaders in this series emphasized the value that students and their families offer rather than seeing their primary roles as compensating for or working around perceived deficits. </span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><strong><span><span>Providing an equitable educational experience to produce equitable student outcomes.</span></span></strong><span><span> The leaders of color included in this series work hard to give students an educational experience like that of their more advantaged peers—an experience full of art, sports, travel, and extracurriculars—as well as opportunities to learn from their mistakes. In some cases, they have even built their schools around themes and curricula seldom available in low-income districts.</span></span></span></span></li> </ol> <p><span><span><span><span>The full report is now available online at: </span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/publications/identity-and-charter-school-leadership-building-strong-school-culture">https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/publications/identity-and-charter-school-leadership-building-strong-school-culture</a>.</p> <p><span><span><span><span>To speak with the report’s authors, the profiled school leaders of color or for more information about the National Alliance and Public Impact, please contact: </span></span><a href="mailto:Shaelyn@publiccharters.org">Shaelyn@publiccharters.org</a>.</span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/school-leaders-color" hreflang="en">School Leaders of Color</a></div> </div> </div> Fri, 06 Dec 2019 19:34:45 +0000 Reed 16207 at https://www.publiccharters.org Identity and Charter School Leadership: Building a Strong School Culture https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/publications/identity-and-charter-school-leadership-building-strong-school-culture <span>Identity and Charter School Leadership: Building a Strong School Culture</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">kim</span></span> <span>Tue, 12/03/2019 - 12:57</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2019-12/PI-culture-preview.png?itok=WQykZdhZ" width="480" height="272" alt="Cover photo for identity and charter schools report" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span>This is the third and last paper in a series published by the National Alliance in partnership with Public Impact, highlighting the experiences of school leaders in charter schools across the country. While the impact school leaders have on student performance has been well documented, there has been little attention to how leaders’ experiences and racial identities inform and influence their practice. Many practices of good leadership are universal, but an individual's identity can shape how they approach situations and inspire new and innovative practices.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>This report includes the profiles of two leaders—Kathleen “Kathy” Wang of the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Massachusetts, and Maurice Thomas of Milwaukee Excellence Charter School in Wisconsin. Both leaders have found the value of building a strong school culture to ensure that students feel accepted, respected, and supported at school—which in turn leads to high performance academically.</span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-document field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><article class="media media-document view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-file field--type-file field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="pub-file-download"> <a class="btn btn-red" href="https://www.publiccharters.org/sites/default/files/documents/2019-12/Culture%20for%20ID-2.pdf" target="_blank"><i class="fa fa-download"></i>Download Document</a> </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Publication Date</div> <div class="field--item"><time datetime="2019-12-09T12:00:00Z">12/09/2019</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2" hreflang="en">National Alliance</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/445" hreflang="en">Public Impact</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Publication Type</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/75" hreflang="en">Report</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/school-leaders-color" hreflang="en">School Leaders of Color</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 03 Dec 2019 17:57:45 +0000 kim 16175 at https://www.publiccharters.org Profiles of Leaders of Color: Engaging Families https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/publications/profiles-leaders-color-engaging-families <span>Profiles of Leaders of Color: Engaging Families</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">kim</span></span> <span>Thu, 11/14/2019 - 14:59</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2019-11/PI-engagement-preview.png?itok=NSONgjc2" width="480" height="272" alt="Engaging Families Report Thumbnail" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>This is the second in a series of reports to be published by the National Alliance in partnership with Public Impact highlighting the experiences of school leaders of color in charter schools across the country. While the impact school leaders have on student performance has been well documented, there has been little attention to how leaders’ experiences and racial identities inform and influence their practice. While many practices of good leadership are universal, an individual's identity shapes how they approach situations and can inspire new and innovative practices.</p> <p>The report includes the profiles of three leaders of color—Maquita Alexander of Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., Freddy Delgado is superintendent/principal at Amigos Por Vida Charter School in Houston, TX, and Kriste Dragon of Citizens of the World Charter Schools, a network of public charter schools with locations in Los Angeles, CA, and Kansas City, MO. Each of these leaders shared the belief that their school should engage families as genuine and active partners in their children’s education and the report identifies the concrete steps they took to put that belief into practice.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-document field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><article class="media media-document view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-file field--type-file field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="pub-file-download"> <a class="btn btn-red" href="https://www.publiccharters.org/sites/default/files/documents/2019-11/Parent-engagement-2.pdf" target="_blank"><i class="fa fa-download"></i>Download Document</a> </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Publication Date</div> <div class="field--item"><time datetime="2019-11-18T12:00:00Z">11/18/2019</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2" hreflang="en">National Alliance</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/445" hreflang="en">Public Impact</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Publication Type</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/75" hreflang="en">Report</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/school-leaders-color" hreflang="en">School Leaders of Color</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/teachers" hreflang="en">teachers</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 14 Nov 2019 19:59:47 +0000 kim 16026 at https://www.publiccharters.org Identity and Charter School Leadership: Effective Talent Building by Leaders of Color https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2019/10/10/identity-and-charter-school-leadership-effective-talent-building-leaders <span>Identity and Charter School Leadership: Effective Talent Building by Leaders of Color</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/03/2019 - 15:18</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2019-10-10T12:00:00Z">October 10, 2019</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2019-10/Photo%20from%20the%20Identity%20and%20Charter%20School%20Leadership%20-%20Profiles%20of%20Leaders%20of%20Color%20Building%20An%20Effective%20Staff.png?itok=hUvxQvxU" width="250" height="250" alt="Photo from the Identity and Charter School Leadership - Profiles of Leaders of Color Building An Effective Staff" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>The importance of school leadership on student outcomes is well documented in all types of public schools. But how are strong leaders informed and influenced by their experiences and racial identities? This question receives much less attention. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>While certain practices of good leadership are ubiquitous, an individual leader’s experience and identify often informs innovative approaches to solving the most difficult challenges. To explore some approaches, the National Alliance partnered with Public Impact, an education research nonprofit, to better understand how the identities of the most successful charter school leaders of color in the country shape how they lead.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Even without consideration to race, effective school leadership is often difficult to define, but we agree that effective school leaders set and cultivate a school culture that supports a safe and encouraging learning environment. They recruit, develop, mentor, and retain staff to ensure the best possible teachers are in the classroom. They connect with parents and local leaders to ensure the school is sensitive to the needs of the community. They do all of this—and more—while managing budgets and ultimately answering for their school’s academic performance. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>For charter schools, defining the components of effective school leadership is even more complex as leaders have more autonomy to develop unique approaches to address the challenges that face their school. Additionally, the role of the principal as a potential mentor and role model is perhaps more meaningful as charter schools are often located in communities that have historically been underserved and are often communities of color. The importance of this role was particularly evident in our discussions with the leaders in our initial report.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The leaders we spoke with for our <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/publications/profiles-leaders-color-building-effective-staff">first report on building an effective staff</a></strong>—Eric Sanchez, Henderson Collegiate in North Carolina; Frances Teso, Voices College-Bound Language Academies in California; and Jamar McKneely, InspireNOLA in New Orleans—had different approaches to addressing the needs of their schools. However, they all highlighted the importance of developing their teachers and training them in empathy to reduce biases in their schools while maintaining high expectations. The leaders served as mentors for their teachers and spoke to developing future leaders of color as their mentors once did for them. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>As we delve into other profiles with school leaders of color from across the country in future reports, it is important to remember that good leaders are just good leaders, regardless of skin color. The way that racial identify informs practice and experiences of these school leaders inspires them to become great leaders and  develop top-notch approaches for students, teachers, and their communities. This should serve as a model for all leaders regardless of race. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>We look forward to continuing to explore the question of how identity informs practice in school leadership and learning more about the innovative approaches in play from school leaders of color at charter schools.</span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/about-us/staff/nathan-barrett-phd"><strong><em><span><span>Nathan Barrett, Ph.D.</span></span></em></strong></a><em><span><span><span>, is the Senior Director, Research and Evaluation at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/national-alliance-publication" hreflang="en">National Alliance publication</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/school-leaders-color" hreflang="en">School Leaders of Color</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15610&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="j_p5o46IwIv6z8-S_4dNIyjXZR5yW-1KPAO_sqA_ILk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 03 Oct 2019 19:18:13 +0000 Melinda 15610 at https://www.publiccharters.org Si Se Puede! https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2019/10/07/si-se-puede <span>Si Se Puede! </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Wed, 09/25/2019 - 16:10</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/node/15493" hreflang="en">Brenda Corley</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2019-10-07T12:00:00Z">October 7, 2019</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2019-09/Oceanside%20Collegiate%20Academy%20principal%20Brenda%20Lopez%20Corley.png?itok=1oK08Rkx" width="250" height="250" alt="Oceanside Collegiate Academy principal Brenda Lopez Corley" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><em>Si se puede </em>is Spanish for <em>yes it can be done</em>! This phrase sometimes serves as inspiration for the Hispanic community when we need to come together and support and/or encourage each other. I find that my goal as a school leader—especially of a charter school—is to build community and then protect and defend that community. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>I serve my community as the principal of an amazing public charter school in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. We are the landsharks! </span></span></span><span><span><span>Our mission at <a href="https://www.oceansidecollegiateacademy.org/">Oceanside Collegiate Academy</a> is to offer high school students elite academics and elite athletics in a safe, small, family-centered environment. We are in our fourth year of operation and enjoying the fruits of three years of extremely hard, life-consuming work.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>My experience as an immigrant is a big part of who I am today. </span></span></span><span><span><span>The skills I learned while adapting to another language and assimilating into another world as a young adult have been priceless. These lessons have led me to look at the world from an optimistic and appreciative perspective. The position of school leader can sometimes be a bit isolating and even at times a little lonely. Most immigrants will admit to never quite feeling at home ever again once leaving their homeland<span><span><span>—</span></span></span>I have found the phrase "you can’t go home again" to be so true!</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>All my life experiences have helped me in my work as a school leader, but especially my experience as an immigrant. Most days, I am the only Hispanic in a room or at the table<span><span><span>—and </span></span></span>the feelings that situation might bring would be easy to imagine for anyone who has or has not experienced them. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>I am very proud and grateful of my Hispanic heritage and just as proud and super grateful to be a part of our amazing country. Every day I make a conscious effort to pay it forward a little and try to make it a little bit better for those who I can influence or help.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>I’ve always wanted a big family—and now I finally have one! My school has become my family with 650 students, 1300 parents, and almost 40 fellow educators. They are <em>mi familia</em> through good days and bad days. I will fight for them as long as I have the power to do so.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><em>Si se puede! </em></span></span></span></p> <p><img alt="Oceanside Collegiate Academy principal Brenda Lopez Corley awards a high school diploma" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d5519277-3d42-4a1c-9c56-1482ae6226c4" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Oceanside%20Collegiate%20Academy%20principal%20Brenda%20Lopez%20Corley%20awards%20a%20high%20school%20diploma.png" /></p> <p><span><span><span><em>Brenda Lopez Corley is the principal of Oceanside Collegiate Academy in </em><em><span><span>South Carolina</span></span></em><em>. </em></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/school-leaders-color" hreflang="en">School Leaders of Color</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15494&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="pG2YF7XWrrGjC7MjRDOljROZob0re5gP3MvqihhApPI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 25 Sep 2019 20:10:12 +0000 Melinda 15494 at https://www.publiccharters.org Paving the Way for A Prosperous Education in New Jersey with Dominique Lee https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2019/09/25/paving-way-prosperous-education-new-jersey-dominique-lee <span>Paving the Way for A Prosperous Education in New Jersey with Dominique Lee </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Tue, 09/17/2019 - 13:01</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2019-09-25T12:00:00Z">September 25, 2019</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2019-09/CEO%20Dominique%20Lee%20BRICK%20Education%20Network%20Q%26A%20Feature%20Image.png?itok=-LSDb3Tv" width="250" height="250" alt="Dominique Lee, CEO of BRICK Education Network" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span>Something special is brewing within New Jersey’s public education system. <span>Former Newark, New Jersey, public school teacher and founder and chief executive officer of </span></span></span><a href="http://brickeducation.org/"><span><span>Building Resilient Intelligent Creative Kids (BRICK) Education Network</span></span></a><span>, Dominique</span> Lee recently took a leap of faith that no one before him has done. He is now the first and only African American to lead a charter management organization in the state. Under Dominique’s leadership, <a href="https://www.mptcs.org/">Marion P. Thomas Charter School</a> (MPTCS) has joined the BRICK Education Network (BEN).</p> <p><span><span>Wi<span>th the new addition of MPTCS, BEN will serve over 2,700 students between the following schools: </span><a href="https://ncsfund.org/schools/achieve-community#.XX-9pShKjD4">Achieve Clinton Hill Charter School</a><span>, </span><a href="https://www.mptcs.org/PAC">MPTCS PAC Academy</a><span>, </span><a href="https://www.mptcs.org/STEAM">MPTCS STEAM Academy</a><span>, </span><a href="https://www.mptcs.org/Domain/11">MPTCS High School of Culinary and Performing Arts</a><span>, and the </span><a href="http://swcalliance.org/site/">South Ward Children’s Alliance</a><span>.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>MPTCS has strong roots within the New Jersey community as it was founded by members of one of Newark’s oldest churches</span><span><span><span>—</span></span></span><span>the </span><a href="https://www.newhopenewark.org/">New Hope Baptist</a><span>—which boasts a 20-year history of educating Newark children. Together, with Dominique’s passion of closing the achievement gap along with his five co-founders, a new model of action has begun to address the unique needs of black and brown children. BEN is “</span><span>Breaking down walls. Building up kids.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>To learn more about this historic feat, I sat down with Dominique for a Q&amp;A. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Dominique, what does it mean to lead <span>New Jersey’s first and only CMO led by a person of color? What example do you hope to set?</span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>It is truly humbling to know that we are the first in the state of New Jersey. I catch myself many times asking if this is really happening. It means a lot to be helping with the fight towards equity in education. I am just another individual that is chopping at the iceberg of bigotry and using my strength, spirit, and mind to ensure that people of color have a seat at the table and the ability to create their own tables. I hope to be an example like the many individuals that I look up to who have devoted their lives to the mission of fighting for equity. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>What role have people of color played in the national charter school movement and in New Jersey?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>People of color have always started their own schools and created choice for our people<span><span><span>—</span></span></span>from newly freed Black people who created schools after the Civil War during Reconstruction to the recent Afro-centric school movement<span><span><span>—</span></span></span>historically we have always taken our own destinies into our hands. Many people forget that choice has always been part of the African American community. It is just sad that our past and present choice movements led by people of color have been overlooked and disinvested in by a system that does not value our accomplishments, similar to how black artists’ music was stolen in the past.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><img alt="BRICK Education Network team in group" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7fb7ac10-58be-4b7a-9785-0a70a63b0930" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/BRICK%20Education%20Network%20team%20in%20group.png" /></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>How does your experience as a former Newark public school teacher play into your new role?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>The experience you gain from operating a district public school turnaround is probably the best you can gain as an educator. The experience truly taught me the importance of humility, building systems, and constantly innovating to meet the needs of the students. It also taught me to look at a student and/or family member with an eye of spiritual empathy to understand the "why." There is always a story behind a situation and that story usually involves a system of structural racism that prevents our communities from living out their dreams. The experiences that I went through in the public school system have truly given me a firm foundation in understanding the importance of designing schools to meet a variety of needs of students. </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>How was BEN able to turn two of the lowest ranking district schools in the state to some of the highest in Newark for student growth percentile?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>With a lot of hard work and the support from the students and parents<span><span><span>. W</span></span></span>e also learned from some of the best schools across the United States and curated best practices and brought them back to inform our model to meet the needs of our students. Throughout our experience, we walked with humility which allowed us to listen to others. </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>What does this merger mean for the education landscape in New Jersey and the overall charter school movement?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>MPTCS joined the BEN network under its management. By joining forces, it allows us to maximize our capital and intellectual resources to meet the needs of our students and families. It is important that we see people of color in leadership positions and we hope to be an example. </span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>What are some common misconceptions individuals have about charter schools in New Jersey? How do you hope to change this?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>For some odd reason, there are misconceptions around charter schools that are pushed by special interests. We fail to understand that the roots of charter schools come from the Reconstruction period in American history. African Americans created schools outside the traditional public system because the system was not going to serve us. Therefore, we applied to the Freedmen's Bureau to open our own schools designed to meet the needs of our communities. I hope to continue to enhance the positive message of charter schools and how they empower our communities to meet the needs of our students by being one of the leaders.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><img alt="BRICK Education Network team" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a2a174f0-57b5-4950-ad24-d511fe2aaf9d" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/BRICK%20Education%20Network%20team.png" /></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>Can you explain the <span>upcoming school year theme of ‘One Mission, Many Faces. 2,768 reasons!’?</span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>This was a historic year for BEN. With the addition of MPTCS to the BEN network it was important for us to signify to the staff the unity we have around our mission which is to serve the people to the best of our ability. No matter where you are within the network or your job title, we are ALL responsible for serving 2,768 students and community members to the best of our extent.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>What advice would you give to other leaders of color who want to lead CMOs?</strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Make sure you understand yourself and have a solid core<span><span><span>—</span></span></span>the road is hard and will be extremely lonely. If you don't have those two fundamental things, it will be hard to lead any CMO or better yet run any non-profit designed to serve people. </span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><em>Dominique Lee is the founder and chief executive officer of the BRICK Education Network. Dominique was recently honored by the National Alliance with the <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/about-charter-schools/charter-school-trailblazers/charter-school-leadership-awards">Charter<strong> </strong>School<strong> </strong>Leadership<strong> </strong>Awards</a>, recognizing </em><em><span><span>African American charter school leaders and advocates who are spearheading the movement to give parents and students high-quality public school opportunities.  </span></span></em></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><strong><em><span><span><span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/about-us/staff/kelsey-nelson"><span>Kelsey Nelson</span></a></span></span></span></em></strong><em><span><span><span> is the manager for campaigns and publications at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</span></span></span></em></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/school-leaders-color" hreflang="en">School Leaders of Color</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15429&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="nvu975gBZ6MIYKiYNJml4pyhrESH8rdFBqTtdZmYcW4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 17 Sep 2019 17:01:36 +0000 Melinda 15429 at https://www.publiccharters.org New Report Profiles School Leaders of Color and How Their Personal Experiences Shape Their Schools https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2019/09/09/new-report-profiles-school-leaders-color-and-how-their-personal-experiences <span>New Report Profiles School Leaders of Color and How Their Personal Experiences Shape Their Schools</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/reed" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Reed</span></span> <span>Mon, 09/09/2019 - 12:13</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/press-release" hreflang="en">Press Release</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2019-09-09T12:00:00Z">September 9, 2019</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Washington, DC –</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> Today, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (National Alliance) in partnership with Public Impact released the first in a series of three reports profiling charter school leaders of color to show some of the ways their experiences and perspectives shape how they lead schools with excellence<em><span>.</span></em> The report, <em><span>“<a href="https://info.publiccharters.org/e2t/c/*VTrMHQ2wPGc4Vd4NvN4SmVvh0/*W4_Vx6l1hTX-mW2cPpXz7rQwNM0/5/f18dQhb0SbTJ8XYjZ9W4f902r4c53ndW59B_zR6R9nHbW2K4R9r8ZkD0BW7sqWnF5nXSyNW5nrzSf2KFPqTW8_gQtC8_h6jwW4gsg6V6y5dW0W3JN9Rk5vLZfpVQfk7g8p6PvFW5_N7Kz5_VJ9gW37wWgw8ty7CJW1q6YVH60mCgNW8CZML361TcpbW5wf0nq5xcMLGW7ZkG8C7dSMVQW2KDbdJ1v14y7W2Swjxk3DvG72W2Rxr-s7wVBbHW9dRwfl5RpkcdN3bqvN6RFkK4W5G18Kh3y9KYQW3dgtNk3lPsRlW3q751j5hjL_LW8CpMHS5BHCCTW3_RKQx8h35WnW5mRczy3zyzP8W33ZXFP5D59N9W3WZtq13jNpW6VX-TQF8JPq0pW3P152y8DRg7-W5lhC3n3T0H-fVLKc8z3shdmTW8tZxNW3zCPpYW6wydXJ7SPnSmW4M11334H_8kGW2NrhwV1-5g8fW4Jrb5l4QDcJ_W1vsWfB6XLR-qW1KLCZv1vhhxYW8Dclqc7Cn7FVW7Y6GZ36H9BYbVrVprC56gBW-W1DpYWQ35KTgn0">Identity and Charter School Leadership: Profiles of Leaders of Color Building an Effective Staff</a>”</span></em> highlights the experiences of school leaders of color in California, Louisiana and North Carolina and the calculated steps they take to ensure the staff in their schools are positioned to support outstanding outcomes for students.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The impact school leaders have on student performance has been well documented. However, there has been little attention to how leaders’ experiences and racial identities inform and influence their practice. While many practices of good leadership are universal, our identities shape how we approach a situation and can inspire innovation in the classroom.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“Although good leadership stands out in any public sector, we’ve seen anecdotally that leaders of color bring unique value and understanding to their students,” said Amy Wilkins, senior vice president of advocacy at the National Alliance. “The report begins to uncover practices that can be replicated in schools across the country, regardless of size, location, and resources.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The report highlights three common themes that ran across the individual stories included in the series related to leaders’ experiences as people of color:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Addressing holes and creating opportunities based on personal experience. </span></span></strong><span><span>Based on holes in their own academic experiences as a person of color or as a child from a low-income family, several school leaders reported taking nontraditional steps to address those same challenges in their own schools.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Emphasizing value over deficits.</span></span></strong><span><span> Many of the leaders in this series emphasized the value students and their families offer rather than seeing their primary roles as compensating for or working around perceived deficits.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Providing an equitable educational experience to produce equitable student outcomes.</span></span></strong><span><span><span><span> The leaders of color included in this series work hard to provide students an educational experience like that of their more advantaged peers—an experience full of art, sport, travel, and extracurriculars – as well as opportunities to learn from their mistakes. In some cases, they have even built their schools around themes and curricula seldom available in low-income districts.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ol> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We wanted to feature charter school leaders of color who are making a clear difference in their communities. And of course, there are many,” said Daniela Doyle, vice president for policy and management research at Public Impact. “The three leaders highlighted in this report are doing so both by implementing proven practices for the field and by adopting innovative and replicable strategies that provide leadership opportunities for and build empathy within their staffs.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Profiled Leaders Include:</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Eric Sanchez (Henderson, NC), </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>co-founder of Henderson Collegiate—a network of three schools serving elementary, middle and high school students in Henderson, North Carolina. Eric and his team train all the teachers at Henderson Collegiate in empathy as a way to fight biases.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Frances Teso</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> <strong><span>(San Jose, CA), </span></strong>founder and CEO of Voices College-Bound Language Academies, a network of four dual-language charter schools in the San Francisco Bay area of California. Frances has developed a leader training program that both encourages and provides a clear pathway for her teachers to pursue school leadership.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Jamar McKneely (New Orleans, LA),</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span> co-founder of InspireNOLA Charter Schools which currently operates a network of seven charter schools in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jamar took his responsibility to mentor beyond InspireNOLA and founded the Alliance for Diversity and Excellence to develop future charter school leaders of color across the city.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The remaining two reports in the series will release in 2019 and spotlight how some charter school leaders of color use their backgrounds to cultivate family and community engagement and to create a strong school culture.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>To speak with the report’s authors, the profiled school leaders of color or for more information about the National Alliance and Public Impact, please contact: <a href="mailto:shaelyn@publiccharters.org">Shaelyn Macedonio</a>.</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/school-leaders-color" hreflang="en">School Leaders of Color</a></div> </div> </div> Mon, 09 Sep 2019 16:13:14 +0000 Reed 15363 at https://www.publiccharters.org Profiles of Leaders of Color: Building an Effective Staff https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/publications/profiles-leaders-color-building-effective-staff <span>Profiles of Leaders of Color: Building an Effective Staff</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">kim</span></span> <span>Thu, 09/05/2019 - 12:36</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2019-09/PI-talent-preview.png?itok=fvPJTbdJ" width="480" height="272" alt="Identity and Charter School Leadership" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>This is the first in a series of reports to be published by the National Alliance in partnership with Public Impact <span><span>highlighting the experiences of school leaders of color in charter schools across the country. </span></span><span><span><span><span>While the impact school leaders have on student performance has been well documented, there has been little attention to how leaders’ experiences and racial identities inform and influence their practice. While many practices of good leadership are universal, an individual's identity shapes how they approach situations and can inspire new and innovative practices. The report includes the profiles of three leaders of color</span></span>—Frances Teso of Voices College-Bound Language Academies, in California, Eric Sanchez of Henderson Collegiate, in North Carolina, and Jamar McKneely of InspireNOLA in New Orleans—and shares <span><span>how they recruit, train, and support their teachers.</span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-document field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><article class="media media-document view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-file field--type-file field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="pub-file-download"> <a class="btn btn-red" href="https://www.publiccharters.org/sites/default/files/documents/2019-10/PI-talent-r4.pdf" target="_blank"><i class="fa fa-download"></i>Download Document</a> </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Publication Date</div> <div class="field--item"><time datetime="2019-09-09T12:00:00Z">09/09/2019</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2" hreflang="en">National Alliance</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/445" hreflang="en">Public Impact</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Publication Type</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/75" hreflang="en">Report</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/school-leaders-color" hreflang="en">School Leaders of Color</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/teachers" hreflang="en">teachers</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 05 Sep 2019 16:36:29 +0000 kim 15347 at https://www.publiccharters.org Eight Congressional Black Caucus Members and Charter School Leaders to be Honored at Second Annual Congressional Black Caucus Charter School Leadership Awards and Reception https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2019/08/29/eight-congressional-black-caucus-members-and-charter-school-leaders-be <span>Eight Congressional Black Caucus Members and Charter School Leaders to be Honored at Second Annual Congressional Black Caucus Charter School Leadership Awards and Reception</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/reed" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Reed</span></span> <span>Thu, 08/29/2019 - 16:19</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/media-advisory" hreflang="en">Media Advisory</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2019-08-29T12:00:00Z">August 29, 2019</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p class="text-align-center"><span><span><strong><span><span>***MEDIA ALERT***</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>Eight Congressional Black Caucus Members and Charter School Leaders to be Honored at Second Annual Congressional Black Caucus Charter School Leadership Awards and Reception</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Join the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (National Alliance) for a reception honoring Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) members, and African American charter school leaders for their outstanding accomplishments spearheading the movement to provide students and families with high-quality public-school opportunities.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>This year, the National Alliance will honor the following </span></span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/about-charter-schools/charter-school-trailblazers/charter-school-leadership-awards"><span><span>eight African American leaders</span></span></a><span><span> with Charter School Leadership awards for raising the bar of excellence in education and advancing student access to high-quality charter schools.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>Congressional Awardees </span></span></strong></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span>U.S. Representative Lacy Clay (D-MO)</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>U.S. Representative Don Payne, Jr. (D-NJ)         </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>Charter School Leaders</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span>Michael Carter, Co-Founder, Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (MI)</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Dominique Lee, Founder &amp; Chief Executive Officer, BRICK Charter Schools (NJ)</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Tysie McDowell-Ray, Co-Founder and Chief Academic Officer, </span></span><span><span>Crossroads Charter Schools</span></span><span><span> (MO)</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Lagra Newman, </span></span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>Founder and Head of School, </span></span><em><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>Purpose Preparatory</span></span></em><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span> Academy Charter School</span></span><span><span> (TN)  </span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Jalen Rose, Trailblazer award recipient, Founder, Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, former NBA basketball player and co-host of <em>Get Up! o</em>n ESPN (MI)</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The National Alliance is proud to welcome the following special celebrity guests to the reception:</span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Valerie Hollingsworth Baker, President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Jamie Dukes, former NFL player and Chairman of the Minor Football League Advisory Board</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Gretchen Lofland, Director of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Joshua Morgan Sr., former Washington Redskins wide receiver</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Clinton Portis, former NFL player and host of the Washington Redskins <em>26 Minutes</em> podcast</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Fred Smoot, former NFL player and tv/radio personality</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span>This reception will be co-hosted by the National Alliance, Diverse Charter Schools Coalition, Education Reform Now, KIPP Foundation, National Charter Collaborative, <em>The 74</em>, NAACP-DC chapter, Progressive Policy Institute, United Negro College Fund and the Walton Family Foundation. Please join us to recognize and celebrate African American leaders in public education from across the country!</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span><span>EVENT DETAILS</span></span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>WHO</span></span></strong></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span>Jalen Rose, Trailblazer award recipient</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Charter School Leadership awardees – CBC members and charter school leaders (<em>names listed above)</em></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Education advocates, elected officials and their<strong> </strong>staffs</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Special celebrity guests <em>(names listed above)</em></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>The master of ceremonies for the event will be Joe Gorham of 96.3 WHUR FM radio with music provided by DJ Flava of 93.9 WKYS FM radio. “8 Black Hands” will record a live podcast with awardees and special guests.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>WHAT </span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Reception honoring Jalen Rose, select CBC members and African American charter school leaders for their commitment to ensuring every child has access to a quality education.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>WHEN </span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Wednesday, September 11 | 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>WHERE </span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Cuba Libre | <span>801 9th St NW suite a, Washington, D.C. 20001</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span>RSVP </span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Media covering the event must RSVP to Shaelyn Macedonio at </span></span><a href="mailto:shaelyn@publiccharters.org"><span><span>shaelyn@publiccharters.org</span></span></a></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/school-leaders-color" hreflang="en">School Leaders of Color</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 29 Aug 2019 20:19:36 +0000 Reed 15304 at https://www.publiccharters.org