NSNO’s E3 Fellows came together this September for the program’s third core session, focusing on aligning a multi-site organization around a clear vision, mission, and values, with a lens on diversity, equity, and inclusion. The sessions were led by Ben Marcovitz, founder and CEO of Collegiate Academies, and Karima Wilson, founder and CEO of Forged Ed. Over three days, fellows engaged in mapping an organizational mission, building values systems, and analyzing school-based systems for underlying evidence of racism and oppression. Through deeply powerful discussions and activities, fellows determined meaningful practices to ensure the impact they currently have, as principals, and in their future work, as network leaders, is equitable and effective for students and their schools.
NSNO’s cohort of E3 fellows came together for two days of virtual learning sessions centered on leading cultural and academic excellence as the leaders of a multi-site charter organization. Facilitated by Jay Altman, founder and former CEO of FirstLine Schools and Mini’imah Shaheed, Chief Schools Officers at KIPP Metro Atlanta, the fellows used key frameworks to deep dive into creating theories of action for school networks. This was the cohort’s second round of core session intensives after several crisis-management modules took place during the COVID-19 school distance learning initiatives. The modules focused on the guidance and distribution of best practices from CEOs in responding to and planning for next steps during a crisis.
NSNO’s inaugural cohort of E3 fellows participated in a successful orientation for the program in January. The three-day event included learning sessions and collaborations with former U.S, Secretary of Education, John King, former Louisiana Department of Education Superintendent, John White, Founder of Equity.How, Karima Wilson, and co-founder and former Chief Executive Officer of FirstLine Schools, Jay Altman. The fellows participated in analysis of conversations on the current and future potential of the local and national landscape of education. They also looked internally to deepen awareness of their own leadership identity with a lens on diversity, equity, and inclusion. E3 oriention was just the beginning for this cohort, made up of high-performing charter school leaders across the city of New Orleans. They are truly leaning how to expand their impact!