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The Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School prepares 350 culturally diverse elementary school students in the District of Columbia to be leaders, scholars and responsible citizens who are committed to social justice. Stokes teaches children to think, speak, read, write and learn in two languages: English and French or English and Spanish. With a dual focus on academic excellence and community service, the Stokes School accomplishes its mission by creating an environment of achievement, respect and non-violence.
The Equity Lab seeks to disrupt racial and ethnic inequity by engaging organizations in issues of race, equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI). The Equity Lab helps individuals to develop a deep understanding of their own identity and the historical and cultural contexts in which we all operate, empowering them to become agents of progress in their personal and professional spheres. The Equity Lab serves as an objective third party to its clients, providing honest guidance, ongoing partnership, and a safe, compassionate space to do what is serious, difficult, and deeply necessary work.
Higher Achievement is closing the opportunity gap during the critical middle school years. By leveraging the power of communities, Higher Achievement’s proven model provides a rigorous year-round learning environment, caring role models, and a culture of high expectations, resulting in college-bound scholars with the character, confidence, and skills to succeed.
The mission of Lee Montessori Public Charter School is to foster a lifetime love of learning and cultivate independence among DC schoolchildren, using the student-centered Montessori method, an evidence-based approach to closing the opportunity gap. Lee Montessori’s vision is to create racially and socioeconomically diverse schools for public preschool- and elementary-aged children that foster the physical, social, emotional, and academic growth of students.
The mission of LEARN Charter School Network is to provide children with the academic foundation and ambition to earn a college degree. In a process funded by Education Forward DC, LEARN was selected in 2017 by a group of Ward 8 parents and parents from active military families as the preferred operator to open a public charter school serving 50% active military families and 50% DC resident families on the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) in Ward 8.
Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School is an Expeditionary Learning school offering project-based learning in a dual language (Spanish and English) immersion setting. Mundo Verde is also Washington’s first “green” public charter school. Mundo Verde aims to foster high levels of academic achievement among a diverse group of students by preparing them to be successful and compassionate global stewards of their communities.
The goal of the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (NCSECS) is to advocate for students with diverse learning needs to ensure that if they are interested in attending charter schools, they are able to access and thrive in schools designed to enable all students to succeed.
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is the State Education Agency for the District of Columbia, led by Superintendent Hanseul Kang. One of OSSE’s responsibilities is designing, building and maintaining a state report card for each public school in the city. Over the last year, OSSE has engaged with over 4000 parents and community members in the design of the new report cards, and they will be released in December 2018.
The mission of Paul Public Charter School is to educate our students and to develop in them the capacity to be responsible citizens, independent thinkers, and leaders. Paul PCS, located in Northwest Washington, DC, serves students in middle and high school and is the home of the “M.E.R.I.T. Scholars” (motivated, educated, responsible, independent thinkers). Beginning in the middle grades, MERIT Scholars experience a rigorous academic curriculum, coupled with arts and athletic opportunities to develop a firm foundation to eventually enter our college preparatory program at Paul International High School.
PAVE is a DC-based nonprofit that connects, informs, and empowers parent leaders to give families in DC a voice and choice in the vision for education in our city. Founded in April 2016 with an all-parent governing board, PAVE is dedicated to building an education system in DC that is created with families, not for them. We aim to shift the dynamic so that parents are partners and leaders with schools and policymakers to create safe, nurturing, and great schools in every ward and community.
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