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Innovative School Models

ACCEL Day and Evening Academy - High School
ACCEL Day and Evening Academy

The mission of ACCEL Academy is to connect to students' gifts and passions through personalized learning pathways that build academic skills, professional mindsets, and social and emotional well-being, so they are preapred for college and careers.

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American Indian Academy of Denver
American Indian Academy of Denver

American Indian Academy of Denver (AIAD) is a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) school providing rigorous learning opportunities for all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in Denver, Colorado.

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Angel Syndicate
4.0 Schools

4.0, invests in community-centered models of education. Providing coaching, curriculum, community and cash to those with the imagination to envision more equitable ways to learn, and the desire to ethically test those ideas. Anyone can spark real change in their communities when they have access to resources to develop their ideas at the earliest stages. They have made over 1,200 investments in founders with lived experiences grounded in the conditions they want to improve.

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Arts and Healing Programs

Aliento serves undocumented, DACA, and mixed immigration status families to transform trauma into hope and action. We are youth-led and directly impacted people and allies who are invested in the well-being, emotional healing, and leadership development of those impacted by the inequities of lacking an immigration status.

We offer art & healing workshops for those who have been impacted by deportation, detention, or the threat of family separation.

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Black Education for New Orleans

BE NOLA achieves impact by helping to bring resources to Black-governed and Black-led schools, providing professional development, disseminating information to inform schools, policy makers, and the larger public about outcomes for students, and when necessary serving as a convener for Black educators and the families they serve.

BRICK Education Network
BRICK Education Network

The BRICK Education Network invests in children and their caregivers together to relentlessly knock down barriers to students’ academic success. As a charter management organization based in Newark, New Jersey, we know that education allows children to achieve their dreams. However, historic inequities and trauma rob too many black and brown children of an equitable education. Learn more about how we break down walls so all children have an unimpeded path to unlocking their limitless potential.

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Becoming Collegiate Academy
Becoming Collegiate Academy

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are a source of accomplishment and great pride, having graduated so many people who are culturally aware and intellectually sound. The HBCU model of high academic rigor in a supportive learning environment has led to HBCU’s holding 9 of the top 10 colleges slots for producing African American Ph.D. earners. In addition, 70% of African American dentists and physicians and 51% of our nation’s African American public-school teachers received their bachelor’s degrees from Historically Black Colleges.

Becoming Collegiate Academy believes there is something incredibly important about the HBCU experience that must be celebrated, protected, and replicated in our students daily K-12 experience.

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Black Scholar Experience Working Group
Noble Network of Charter Schools

The Black Scholar Experience Working Group was created to address our gaps in understanding of the experience of Black boys and to inform future policies and potential supports for Black students, most immediately, Black boys. Identifying the systems, policies, practices, and mindsets that lead to inequitable outcomes for ourBlack boys as well as acknowledge the harm former racist policies have had on them. The Black ScholarExperience Working Group committed almost 4 months of research, data review, and analysis of Noble systems, policies, practices, and outcomes for Black boys in hopes of recommending strategies and new policies to address these inequities.

Bright Beginnings
Bright Beginnings

Bright Beginnings helps thousands of chlidren and famliies experiencing homelessness achieve self-sufficiency

Challenge Based Learning
Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow—Today

The Challenge Based Learning (CBL) framework is collaborative and hands-on, asking all participants to identify Big Ideas, ask good questions, identify and solve Challenges, gain in-depth subject area knowledge, develop 21st-century skills, and share their thoughts with the world.

Community Activist Fellowship
Wayfinder Foundation

Wayfinder’s mission is to build a national network of place-based activists who make trouble and win battle for justice. In the end we want our grantees to be the national face for social change at the grassroots.

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Compton Early College
Compton College

Established in 2015, CEC has incorporated a middle school and spans from grade 6-12.  An early college's purpose is to provide students with an opportunity to earn an AA (Associates of Arts Degree) and/or IGETC (Intersegmental General Eduction Transfer Certificate) while also earning their high school diploma.

Continuum on being an anti-racist organization
Crossroads Ministry of Chicago

One example of a continuum on becoming an anti-racist organization

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Education For Sharing
Education For Sharing

E4S offers 4 programs: Sports, Science, Art and Initiatives. Each of the programs reinforce civic values: empathy, tolerance, gender equality, and are based around the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Students are prepared to thrive in the 21st century with social-emotional skills and an understanding of global challenges that empowers them as changemakers.

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Energy Convertors
Energy Converters

The platform’s first signature program is a paid fellowship through which students of color gain navigation skills to ultimately make a broken education system work better for them, their goals, and their peers.

Energy Convertors exists to utilize the voices of the end-users of education - THE STUDENTS, PARENTS, AND THEIR COMMUNITY. Our starting place is with those that public education was meant to serve from day one rather than the “system”. We prioritize the quality students and parents desire over any system.

Equity Audit
Beloved Community

At Beloved Community, they believe that the default systems in our country are designed to segregate.  When one questions and challenges the default, we can dismantle it and build equitable systems in its place.

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Extended Learning Opportunities
Latitude Highschool

From the time they are 9th graders, students visit over ten different workplaces every year to ignite their career interests and to collaborate with professionals on Real World Projects. All students participate in Extended Learning Opportunities, including internships and student-designed businesses. Latitude graduates are confident  leaders, prepared for college and beyond.

Gestalt Community Schools
Gestalt Community Schools

The Gestalt mission is to leverage community assets to empower citizens who will be college-ready, career-ready, and community-ready. We will achieve this mission by providing students with an exceptional educational program defined by rigorous curriculum standards, high expectations for academic achievement, integrated technology, and community service.

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Homies Empowerment Program
Homies Empowerment Community High School for Oakland Success

Homies Empowerment is an independent, youth-development organization taking on an approach and a way of seeing, gang impacted youth through an asset-based lens. We mirror the positive assets that attract young people to gangs; sense of belonging, protection, rites of passages, and meeting basic needs to provide spaces where youth can heal, thrive and self-actualize

ImmSchools Program

ImmSchools partners with school districts, schools, educational organizations and education service providers to provide high-quality programs to educators and students and families that addresses the holistic needs of undocumented and immigrant students in the K-12 setting.

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Land-Based Learning & Healing
Native American Community Academy

NACA provides an academic program that reflects a commitment to student academic achievement, cultural connections, and creative electives.

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NACA Inspired School Network
Native American Community Academy

The NACA Inspired School Network (NISN) supports leaders in Indigenous communities to develop a network of schools providing rigorous academic curriculum aimed at college preparation while also promoting Indigenous culture, identity, and community investment.

NACSA's National Policy Index
National Association for Charter School Authorizers

NACSA is an independent voice for effective charter school policy, education reform, and strategic charter authorizing practices that lead to great public schools and improved public education across our country.

National Charter Collaborative
Charter Collaborative

The National Charter Collaborative (NCC) supports single-site charter school leaders of color whose schools reflect the hopes and dreams of their students and cultural fabric of their communities. Charter school leaders of color are a critical, yet overlooked, collective representing an estimated one-fourth of charter schools impacting over 335,000 students across the U.S.

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Native American Community Academy (NACA Elementary): K-5 Indigenous Literacy Program
Native American Community Academy (NACA Elementary): K-5 Indigenous Literacy Program

Native American Community Academy (NACA) Elementary launched to engage urban Native American children in a rigorous education, based in Indigenous culture, language, tradition, and holistic wellness. NACA’s K-5 Indigenous Literacy Program is a culturally and linguistically revitalizing curriculum designed by Indigenous educators. The literacy program will use texts that center Indigenous peoples so that students see themselves and their communities as they develop the building blocks of literacy so that they may be empowered to pursue their own dreams, develop and share new ideas, and participate fully in society.

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Parents Amplifying Voices in Education

PAVE connects, informs, and empowers parent leaders to give families in DC a voice and a choice in the vision for education in our city. Parents are partners and leaders with schools and policy makers, to develop a diversity of safe, nurturing, and great schools for every child in every ward and community

Profound Gentlemen
Profound Gentlemen

Building communities of male educators of color around the country to impact the education of boys of color across the country

RISE Colorado
Rise Colorado

RISE Colorado works to Educate, Engage, and Empower low-income families and families of color to RISE as change agents for educational equity in our public school system. RISE Colorado is founded on the belief that families are crucial to student and school success. Through knowledge building, organizing, and leadership development, families will end educational inequity. They are active leaders who have a voice and the tools to define, demand, and lead systemic change to transform our public schools.

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Rural Innovation
Empower Schools

We work with communities to design and launch sustainable local partnerships that enable transformative district schools. Empowerment Zone educators have the flexibility to make decisions that are right for their students, community, and staff.

Standards and Promising Practices for Schools Educating Boys of Color
Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color

Boys of color and their sisters, will soon comprise the majority of students in American schools, and those who educate them must become more accustomed to their social, emotional, cultural and academic needs. The Common Core spells out expectations to measure both what students know and what they can do. COSEBOC believes that another set of considerations is crucial to bridge the gap in achievement between males of color and all other groups and to create a pathway for vulnerable students toward opportunity in education, career, and personal achievement.

The Core Four of Personalized Learning
Education Elements

The prevalence of personalized learning is increasing across the country, educators are considering how to ensure they succeed with their personalized learning implementations. Core Four Elements of Personalized Learning developed by Education Elements guides these educators as they seek to infuse personalized learning into their classrooms and schools.

The Moonshot Fellowship
Moonshot EdVentures

Moonshot edVentures builds the pipeline of diverse leaders to design and launch the learning environments of tomorrow in Metro Denver, and is setting an example for early stage leadership preparation for cities across the country. To date, Moonshot has supported 68 Fellows to design and lead charter schools, micro-schools, district turnaround schools, and after school programs. Throughout the Fellowship, Moonshot Fellows build their entrepreneurial muscle, and explore their leadership of people, instruction, strategy and operations. Moreover, Moonshot works to keep “self” at the center, both in terms of identity and self-care.  The Moonshot Fellowship takes place in three stages, with Fellows collaborating with the Moonshot team to identify whether the Fellow carries the readiness and commitment to continue to the next stage of the Fellowship.

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The NDN Changemaker Fellowship
NDN Collective

Build the collective power of Indigenous Peoples, communities, and Nations to exercise our inherent right to self-determination, while fostering a world that is built on a foundation of justice and equity for all people and the planet. The NDN Changemaker Fellowship is designed to invest in the visions, leadership, and development of Indigenous Changemakers. We believe that our people have the creativity, innovation, and determination to build healthy, resilient futures; defending our homelands and rights, developing model regenerative Nations, and decolonizing and healing our communities and families.

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The Native American Community Academy (NACA)

The Native American Community Academy (NACA) is a tuition-free public charter school serving students in elementary, middle and high school (grades K-12th), NACA is a small school that focuses on identity through culture & language, holistic wellness, community & family, and academic preparation. Our philosophy is grounded in both the Indigenous thought and a rigorous approach to career-preparatory education.   We require excellence from our students, dedication from our teachers, and commitment from our parents.

The Social Justice School
Social Justice School

The Social Justice School opened its doors in August 2020 to our inaugural class of 5th and 6th grade scholar activists. We believe in the importance of educating the whole child to become an informed global citizen. Our curriculum that focuses on social justice and design thinking enables our scholars to engage in meaningful work in our Liberation Design Lab and fosters their ability to have student led conferences throughout the school year with their teachers. Each day, we are building a close knit community that collectively pursues innovative solutions to social justice issues that plague our community and the world.

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UnifiED School Launch Program
Diverse Charter Schools Coalition

The Diverse Charter Schools Coalition connects members with each other and with outside resources to help improve their practice. We amplify the stories of success that prove that school integration is possible and worth trying. We advocate that government and philanthropic support incentivizes demographic diversity in public schools.

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We Drive It

EducationNC’s new short documentary, We Drive It, highlights the work of a team of passionate educators and scholars in rural North Carolina. In the high-poverty area of Edgecombe County called the Northside, schools have historically lagged behind on test scores and other metrics. That’s why change makers there decided it was time for something radically different. It was time to build a new school from the ground up, a school specifically designed with students in mind.

Young Leaders Strong City Youth Advisory Council
The Imagining Freedom Institute

The IF Institute’s training method is based in anti-racism fundamentals, historical analysis and understanding power dynamics in systems and structures. The IF Institute works with organizations to create an equitable plan of change and/or equity audit/assessment. Their goal is to help organizations develop racial equity frameworks, historical analysis and a strategic action plan through customized trainings and ongoing consultation.

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pilotED Schools seeks to empower the way students see themselves and the world around them using a model steeped in social identity development, civic engagement, and academic excellence.

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