Who We Are
We are an organization that acts as the bridge between single-site charter schools leaders of color and the resources/funding they need to continue serving students. We provide community, consulting, leadership development and access to education equity stakeholders.
How We Started
Founded by education advocates and practitioners, Kim Smith and Trish Dziko in 2016, the two shared a passion for amplifying the voices of charter school leaders of color due to the specific and necessary nature of their work.
Here's What They 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 Securing Facilities
Here's 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 a low-income black boy