Diversifying the profession
Broadening Commitments Across Education
decision making and Outcomes are Stronger When Diverse People Work Effectively Together.
Charter schooling serves a diverse student population (68% of charter school students are students of color, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools). Unfortunately, most educational organizations, including authorizing with 38% of its leaders being people of color, are not as diverse, equitable, and inclusive as necessary to meet the needs of this diverse student population.
While 78% of authorizing staff said their organizations valued diversity, only 30% said their organizations prioritized DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion). Only 24% said their organizations set DEI goals and measured progress toward those goals.
Source: NACSA survey administered by Bellwether Education Partners
A more diverse, thriving profession results in better and more sustained decision-making about educational opportunities for all students, as the profession more closely reflects the students and communities it engages.
Over the next three years, NACSA will listen and respond to the needs of communities to:
Elevate the authorizing profession to a more diverse audience, prioritizing under-resourced communities
Change policies and practices so a more diverse profession of authorizers can thrive
Identify and support a group of diverse consultants, expanding the capacity of authorizers to do their work