Thursday, May 18, 2017

Conference: Furthering Diversity in K-12 Schools through Student Assignment


Georgetown Law Center, First floor, 600 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20001


Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

U.S. public schools now have a majority students of color yet are increasingly segregated by race and class—as are many of the communities around the country. School integration is an important evidence-based strategy that can improve academic and social outcomes for students from all racial and economic backgrounds. In this new era, however, it can be difficult to know what type of diversity policies are both effective and permissible.

School leaders will work alongside one another, advocates, and researchers on learning more about various aspects of designing, implementing, and sustaining student assignment plans that promote racial and socioeconomic diversity. This meeting will include new research about what diversity efforts districts are undertaking and what is known about the effectiveness of these models. Participants will also learn from one another about local successes and challenges regarding the design of diversity plans as well as how to effectively communicate about the plan with local communities. Expected outcomes are:

Establishing on-going support networks for districts and charter schools;
Providing school leaders with research to assist them wherever they are in the process of considering or implementing racial and socioeconomic diversity efforts; and
Learning about other resources that can assist with integration efforts.

To register for this event, complete our registration form by Monday, May 22nd and indicate which breakout session you plan to attend. Breakout session topics are tentative and may be changed to reflect interests of participants. Please contact Erica Frankenberg at if there’s a topic you are interested in.

The full agenda follows the break.


8:30am - 9:00am Check In
9:00am - 10:15am

Overview/Framing Panel 

  • What's the state of socioeconomic and racial segregation?
  • Why does it matter?
  • What do we know about what school districts are doing?
15 minute break
10:30am - 11:45am

Technical Issues in Designing Diversity Policies

  • How do you create diverse schools and school systems?
  • How do you define diversity?
  • What tools/resources are available to help schools & districts?
  • How can choice be used to further integration?
11:45am - 12:45pm

Lunch & Panel DiscussionUnderstanding the Cross-Sector Connections with Segregation

1:00pm - 2:15pm

Breakout Sessions

  • Magnet
  • Charter
  • Between-District
15 minute break
2:30pm - 3:30pm

Political Aspects of Integration

  • How do you educate the community about the benefits of integration and the need for a student assignment policy that considers diversity?
  • How does student assignment policy fit as part of a comprehensive district effort towards integration?
  • How do you measure and define the effectiveness of diversity policies?
15 minute break
3:45pm - 4:30pm

Wrap Up

  • Sharing from Breakout Sessions
  • Commitments/Next steps
  • Talk-back about what resources/support are necessary for continuing this work for CECR and partners to help

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