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Design Residency: New Start Charters, our year-long, full-time program for entrepreneurs and education leaders seeking to open a new charter school in DC, will provide you with customized tools and financial support to successfully apply for and eventually open a new school in DC.

Key Dates: 

  • Application deadline: February 1, 2021
  • Final Decisions Announced: March 2021



What You Will Do

  • Participate in weekly cohort-based learning 
  • Draft and submit a high-quality charter application
  • Engage in content-based workshops to support instructional design, facilities acquisition, and board development
  • Build and execute a Political Map, a tool used to gain insights and build a coalition around your proposed solution

What You Will Get

  • A one-year grant of up to $150,000 to support a full-time commitment 
  • Dynamic workshops 
  • Customized resources and tools 
  • Identify-affirming and strengths-based coaching
  • Access to a network of DC leaders and potential partners

Who Should Apply

Entrepreneurs, educators, or education-adjacent professionals across Washington, DC who have:

  • Met our criteria
  • Identified, defined, and explored a problem and solution 
  • Piloted or tested at least one aspect of their solution 
  • A deep commitment to DC’s young people