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Redefining Quality Through Maximizing Diversity & Minimizing Inequality

Thursday, February 7, 2019  
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IS SCHOOL CHOICE THE BLACK CHOICE?


Prominent journalist Roland Martin has been touring the country with the National Town Hall Education Series in an effort to to engage African-American families on issues of educational equity, student achievement, and parent involvement. The town hall meetings, entitled “Is School Choice the Black Choice?,” are taking place across the country through 2020. Click here to read more about the tour’s next stop in Atlanta and here for more information on The 74, a non-profit, non-partisan news site covering education in America.



LEADERSHIP ACADEMY FOR RURAL SCHOOLS


In rural regions across the country, there is strong demand for committed, effective school leaders. Teach for America’s Rural School Leadership Academy is offering a year-long program for teachers and other individuals starting to explore school leadership roles, and another year-long program for individuals currently serving in mid-level school leadership roles with an interest in pursuing school principal roles. Applications are open for the 2019-2020 cohorts, and the program is open to all educators. Click here for more information and to apply.



THE DIVERSE CHARTER SCHOOLS COALITION: NETWORKING & LEADING INTEGRATION


The Diverse Charter Schools Coalition is an organization whose mission is “to catalyze and support the creation and expansion of high-quality, diverse public charter schools through strategic research, advocacy, membership activities, and outreach.” The Coalition connects members with each other and with outside resources to help improve their practice. They encourage school founders and leaders of high-performing public schools in the Coalition to embrace diversity while serving as a beacon and resource for new founders and other school leaders interested in creating integrated charter schools. Click here to find out more?. Click here for information on joining Colorado schools like DSST and Downtown Denver Expeditionary Schools in becoming a Coalition member?.


BREAKING THROUGH SELF-SEGREGATION IN A RURAL ALABAMA CHARTER SCHOOL


The TODAY Show recently featured a story on University Charter School, a fully integrated rural school in Livingston, Alabama, where schools in the county have been systematically segregated for decades. A project-based, 1:1 iPad school, University Charter has many school leaders and teachers who themselves grew up in Livingston and wanted to make a difference in education there. University Charter School opened this past fall and serves grades PK-8, and eventually PK-12. It is located on the campus of the University of West Alabama, a rural institution of higher education dedicated to meeting the educational needs of West Alabama. University Charter School is part of Place Network Schools, a collaborative network of rural K-12 schools that connect learning and communities to increase engagement, learner outcomes, and community impact through transformative, place-based education.


Click here to view the TODAY Show feature, and click here
to visit the University Charter School website.

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