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Thursday, December 14 • 10:45am - 11:45am
People, Purpose, and Potential: Diverse Governance in Action

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Governing a charter school is not an individual effort. Boards require teamwork: a group of committed citizens who bring a variety of skill-sets and perspectives to the task of overseeing a public nonprofit entity responsible for student outcomes. Research shows that more diverse teams produce better results. This session will reveal the benefits of diversity, equity, and inclusion on charter school boards. Participants will be led through activities that will support them in engaging multiple stakeholders including families, school-based staff, community members, and board members to identify ways to unlock the benefits of approaching board work from this perspective.

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Lucy Castillo

Chief Governance and Equity Officer, Charter Board Partners
Lucy Castillo was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ. After graduating from Seton Hall University, Lucy joined Teach for America and taught fourth and fifth grades in New York City. Lucy was active on several school and district committees while a teacher and pioneered an after-school math camp and coached the cheerleading team. Lucy has held leadership positions with a number of exceptional institutions, including the New York State Education Department, Teach for... Read More →
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Carrie Irvin

CEO & Co-Founder, Charter Board Partners
CEO and Co-Founder Carrie Chimerine Irvin has an extensive background in education policy and school reform, focusing on preK-12 education for economically disadvantaged students and communities. In 2013, Carrie delivered a TEDx talk about Charter Board Partners' innovative work to improve the quality of public education. In addition, CBP's work has been featured in Education Week, Education Next, The Washington Post, and NPR. Previously, Carrie was a consultant for Education Resource Strategies, a nonprofit that works with urban districts to help them redirect resources to improve student achievement; held a leadership position at New American Schools; held positions as a policy researcher and analyst at Policy Studies Associates, and taught eighth grade at the American School in Japan. Carrie is a Pahara-Aspen Institute Education Fellow, a prestigious and selective program designed to "strengthen and sustain diverse, high potential leaders who are reimagining public... Read More →