District-Charter Partnerships

District-Charter Partnerships (DCP) is an Equity and Excellence initiative led by the Office of School Design and Charter Partnerships. DCP works with other DOE offices and external partners to create collaborations between the district and charter sectors that improve New York City public schools for all students. DCP does this by:   

  • fostering relationships between district and charter schools,
  • building partnerships that allow schools to share promising practices, and
  • creating opportunities for schools to work together on common challenges.

DCP runs six unique partnerships programs. Watch a video (below or here) to learn more about DCP, and view a map (link at right) to see where collaboration is occurring across the City. Please find more information about each program below.


School-to-School Partnerships

DCP helps schools collaborate with other schools through two programs – Campus District-Charter Partnerships and the District-Charter Collaborative.

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Campus District-Charter Partnerships

Campus District-Charter Partnerships (CDCP) is led by the Office of Campus Governance. CDCP aims to enrich student learning by helping co-located schools be more collaborative. CDCP brings co-located school staff together and facilitates meaningful discussions on classroom instruction, how to engage students, working with families, and meeting student needs.

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The District-Charter Collaborative

The District-Charter Collaborative (DCC) is led by the Office of Leadership. DCC aims to improve teacher practices and student outcomes by partnering district and charter schools in professional learning quads that conduct disciplined inquiry around school-based problems. Schools are supported in their collaborative inquiries and by a DCC facilitator and are provided professional development.

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Professional Learning Partnerships

Uncommon Impact Partnership 

The Uncommon Impact Partnership offers district principals, assistant principals, and instructional coaches the opportunity to participate in the Relay Graduate School of Education’s National Principals Academy. The program is a two-week summer intensive followed by four weekend sessions during the school year. District teachers and school leaders are also invited to participate in a professional learning series that supports educators and leaders to improve teaching, deepen content knowledge, and strengthen leadership. 

Testimonial for the Uncommon Impact Partnership:

"This is my twentieth year at the DOE, but it wasn't until I went to this training that all the pieces I ever learned about supporting principals and teachers came together. It gelled, everything about being an effective leader." Teacher Development and Evaluation Coach

KIPP Through College + College Access for All: College Match Partnership 

The KIPP Through College + College Access for All: College Match Partnership offers district high school principals and counselors the opportunity to participate in a series of intensive professional development trainings and consultancy-based workshops that have been collaboratively designed by KIPP Through College and the DOE College and Career Planning team. Participants in these sessions learn and apply promising college counseling practices aimed at increasing students’ college completion rates.

Special Education Partnerships

The District-Charter Special Education Partnership provides strategic support to Committees on Special Education (CSEs) and charter schools. The goal of this program is to help CSEs and charter schools expand their capacities to support students with IEPs. As part of the program, CSEs and charter schools receive problem-solving guidance and compliance training.

Superintendent Initiatives

The District-Charter Partnerships Superintendent Initiative supports superintendents across the city in planning and implementing school improvement and community-building initiatives in their districts that include charter school communities.

Impact of District-Charter Partnerships

The following reports and case studies demonstrate the impact district-charter partnerships are having on New York City schools.

Learn More

For more information about district-charter partnerships, contact:

District-Charter Partnerships
New York City Department of Education


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