A NATIONAL COALITION OF DIVERSE CHARTER SCHOOLS: WHAT? WHY?
The Hebrew Charter School Center is one of the founding members of a group of charter schools and charter networks that is committed to diversity. The 28 members, which include 17 networks, all have in their core mission that they recruit and serve students from different racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds and students. These schools seek out diverse populations so their children learn early and deeply that everyone has the right be unique and different and that those differences strengthen the ties that connect us all as Americans and global citizens.
Research on the benefits of diversity is abundant. Diversity enhances creativity. It encourages multiple points of view and supports more effective problem solving and decision making. According to Katherine W. Phillips, “Being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working.” (Scientific American, Sept. 2014)
Diversity can improve companies’ bottom lines and support groundbreaking, game- changing innovations. As schools work to provide students with the capacity to use technology that has not yet been invented, and to prepare them for workplaces that look vastly different than those of the late 20th century, students who attend the schools in our network will also be competent in establishing cross-cultural relationships and able to acclimate to rapidly changing environments. By attending schools that are diverse, our students will be prepared for success in the workplace of the future.
Hebrew plays a big role in this work. Every student who comes to our schools – immigrant students, students from monolingual homes, native English speakers – have the common bond and experience of learning Hebrew together. This common bond stretches across the different ethnic and cultural backgrounds of our students, and solidifies the benefits of attending schools that are diverse as those in the Hebrew charter school network.
Executive Director, National Programs
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