We always start the NCC story with "It started sitting by the fireplace with a glass of wine." And it's true. Once we decided we were going to work together for our Pahara project, that moment in time was pivotal in the creation of NCC.
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
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!
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
NCC Becomes a 501(c)3 and receives first round of funding from New Schools Venture Fund.
We set a MISSION: We build leader of color capacity to grow and sustain high-quality charter schools.
And we set a VISION: We envision an education system that centers and values Black and Brown student aspirations by enabling high-quality choice in marginalized communities.
We secured a space at the National Charter Schools Conference to host a workshop to introduce NCC and get time with as many charter leaders of color possible.
We hosted a workshop at the National Charter Schools Conference in Washington, DC.
We partnered with the National Charter Schools Association to host our first annual Charter Leaders of Color Convening in Austin, Texas. It was full of workshops including an exclusive session with key funders (New Schools Venture Fund, Walton Foundation, Gates Foundation and Arnold Foundation).
22 leaders from first annual Charter Leaders of Color Convening volunteered to be the charter members of the Collective Action Committee designed to create a Collective Action Agenda representative of the needs of charter leaders of color, their staff and students.
We partnered with New Schools Venture Fund to host our second annual Charter Leaders of Color Convening in Oakland, California. Attendees were able to visit one of the American Indian Model Schools and Amethod Public Schools.
One of the most exciting things about our work, is hearing the stories of all the great charter school leaders of color we meet. We launched the Charter Leaders of Color Matter campaign to celebrate them.
We launched the Manati Fellowship at Salamander Resort & Spa in Virginia with six amazing school leaders.
With two convenings under our belts and many conversations with leaders, we developed a Professional Learning Community focused on providing professional development in the areas of fundraising, operations, talent development, and social emotional learning.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced all activities to go virtual, so NCC followed suit by making our third annual Charter Leaders of Color Convening virtual.
One of the most pressing challenges in our schools is how to properly education students who need Special Education services. Thanks to the Gates Foundation, NCC has partnered with David Kirkland of New York University's Metro Center to research best practices in an effort to find the best models to bring to scale.
Knowing how important it is for our member schools to have a diverse teaching staff, NCC joined forces with Digital Promise in launching the Teachers of Color Showcase to generate ideas for recruitment and retention of teachers of color.
Kim and Trish always knew the time would come when NCC needed a fulltime leader just as dedicated as we are to the mission of NCC.
After a national search, we are pleased to introduce Naomi Shelton as our first CEO! Read more about Naomi.