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The Collaborative for Inclusive Education Hosts Its Inaugural Educators Exchange Workshop

For Immediate Release: October 11, 2019
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Dozens of NYC Charter School Educators Gather to Share Equitable Education Practices

(NEW YORK) – The Collaborative for Inclusive Education, an initiative of the New York City Charter School Center, today hosted its inaugural Educators Exchange, a series of workshops run by award-winning practitioners and explicitly designed for both charter and district school teachers. During the day-long event held at Brooklyn Law School, educators participated in several workshops covering topics such as student-driven conflict resolution, understanding rhetoric in rap as protest literature, supporting MLL writing, and social-emotional development.

José Vilson, a full-time math teacher, Executive Director of EduColor, writer, speaker, and activist, delivered the event’s keynote address. Vilson challenged educators in the room to not only develop their personal narratives but also question and assess how policies and practices may prevent classroom teachers from fully creating equitable and inclusive learning environments. 

“The Educators Exchange provides a unique opportunity for educators to work together towards ensuring equitable environments in the classroom and improving outcomes for all students,” said Melissa Katz, Director at The Collaborative for Inclusive Education. “Teachers work hard every day; we hope our event not only helps resource their hard work but also serves as an exemplar of what collaboration can look like among charter and district educators in order to achieve a common goal of equitable and inclusive education.”

The Collaborative for Inclusive Education is a membership-based organization that currently works with more than 85 percent of NYC charter schools. It advocates for equity and access for all student populations, including those who are historically underserved, such as students with disabilities, multilingual learners, immigrants, and other special populations. For the 2019-2020 school year, the Collaborative for Inclusive Education will continue to aid NYC charter schools through both virtual and onsite support, staff professional development, access to national experts, leadership team learning, advocacy, and a comprehensive resource library.

To learn more about the Collaborative for Inclusive Education and their work, visit


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