According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, 68% of charter school students are students of color and nearly 59% come from lower-income households. Unfortunately, most educational organizations, including authorizing institutions, are not as diverse, equitable, and inclusive as their schools. To help close this gap, NACSA created a toolkit for authorizers committed to improving their work cultures and making authorizing a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive field.
This toolkit provides practical guidance and recommendations to authorizers who are ready to close the DEI gap and prioritize DEI in their organizations. The toolkit focuses on building internal systems, policies, and cultures where all people—but especially those who have been historically marginalized—can thrive.
A more diverse, equitable, and inclusive authorizing profession will result in stronger schooling and life outcomes for students.
We recognize that each authorizing office is different and may be at different places in their journey towards closing the DEI gap. And that’s ok. Use this toolkit in the way that makes sense for your organization. We will be hosting a series of workshops, A Seat At The Table, as a companion to the toolkit. Register now for the first session, The Purpose: Discussing the DEI Gap and Why it Matters in Authorizing, on February 14 at 2 PM ET.
Keep an eye out for more from NACSA as we continue our efforts to diversify the profession of authorizing.