25th Annual California
Charter Schools Conference

25th Annual California
Charter Schools Conference

Realizing MLK's Dream: Best Practices in Achieving Integration

Tuesday, March 27 10:45 am–11:45 am
San Diego Convention Center - 30AB


Join leading education entrepreneurs and thinkers in a lively presentation and discussion on best practices and challenges in the implementation of racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically integrated schools. How do schools successfully deliver, sustain, and refine the “diverse by design” model over time? What are the common challenges and considerations? We will discuss curriculum and pedagogy, student recruitment, school culture, family engagement and other key components to successful integrated schools.

Topic: Civil Rights
Additional Audience(s): Teachers/Administrators, General Ed/Stakeholders, Charter School Leaders
Level: All
Grade Level: Multiple Grade Levels

Presented by

Valerie Braimah Valerie Braimah, The City School

Valerie Braimah is the Executive Director of City Charter Schools. Prior to joining City Charter, Valerie was the Vice President of Community Learning and Engagement at Teach For America, where she led TFA’s multi-media Corps Member professional development strategy. Before that, she served as the Vice President of Instruction at the Alliance College-Ready Public Schools. She also served as the Chief Learning Officer for Insight Education Group, where she consulted with traditional and charter schools and districts, providing teacher professional development, conducting school-wide academic program evaluations, and facilitating school and district reform across the country.

Andrew Hodgson Andrew Hodgson, Citizens of the World Charter Schools

Andrew joined Citizens of the World as Research and Policy Analyst, where he is responsible for outreach, charter-petition development and compliance. His previous nonprofit experience includes working at The Wonder of Reading in Los Angeles, where he was responsible for data collection and coordination of programming. He has also worked at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in Washington, D.C, and prior to that, Oxfam in Great Britain. Andrew grew up in Great Britain and graduated from the University of Manchester, majoring in American Studies.

Emilie Linick Emilie Linick, Capital Impact Partners

Emilie Linick joined Capital Impact Partners (CIP), a non-profit community development financial institution, in 2010, She is currently a Senior Loan Officer in an originations capacity, focused on lending to high quality charter schools. She plays an integral role in CIP's education strategy and thought leadership efforts. Prior to joining CIP, Ms. Linick spent many years working at non-profit education organizations, including Youth for Understanding and World Teach via the Harvard Center for International Development. She holds her BA from Dartmouth College and her MBA from Mills College.

Kimberly Quick Kimberly Quick, The Century Foundation

Kimberly Quick is a policy associate at The Century Foundation working on education policy in the foundation’s Washington, D.C. office. Kimberly graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Affairs and minors in English and American Ethnic Studies. Prior to joining TCF, Quick completed a fellowship at the Office of the Provost at Wake Forest, where she has helped to develop the university’s communications, programming, and policy related to diversity and inclusion and student life. She has also worked with the American Bar Foundation, the Federal Trade Commission, and Amnesty International.

The 25th annual conference will be held March 26–28, 2018 in San Diego, CA at the San Diego Convention Center.