Sonia Park

Guest Blogger

Executive Director, Diverse Charter Schools Coalition

New York City, New York

Sonia Park is Executive Director of Diverse Charter Schools Coalition and has over 18 years of experience in school start-up, support, accountability and development. She has a background in organization and school development, support, and accountability in relation to school-based, district, state and federal policies and practices.

Prior to joining the Diverse Charter Schools Coalition, she served under Secretary John King at the US Department of Education as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Innovation and Improvement where she worked on policies concerning charter schools and provided guidance for Race to the Top-District grantees. Before this, Sonia was the Executive Director of Manhattan Charter Schools, a two-school charter network located in lower Manhattan. Sonia also worked under the New York City Department of Education’s Chancellor Denis Walcott as the Executive Director of Charter Schools, Accountability, and Support.

She has also worked with the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, NY Charter Schools Resource Center, NY Charter Schools Association, and Edison Schools. She’s presented at statewide, regional, and national charter schools conferences and has been a national a peer reviewer. As a consultant, she’s worked with such organizations as the NY State Education Department, Charter Schools Institute of the State University of New York, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, New Visions for New Schools, The Newark Charter Schools Fund and the Children’s Aid Society.

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Posted Aug. 8, 2019

Charter Schools Must Be Part of the Solution for Desegregation

America is more diverse than it’s ever been, as are the students attending public schools, but you wouldn’t know it…

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Posted Aug. 21, 2018

Actually, Charter Schools Can Work Against Segregation

Reactions to public charter schools seem to exist on an either/or dichotomy characterized by extremes. They are either the only…

By Sonia Park

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Posted Jan. 22, 2018

Whether Families Choose Diversity or Cultural Affirmation, Charters Meet Their Needs

For many years, education policy has focused on closing educational access and achievement gaps that exist between low-income, predominantly communities…

By Sonia Park

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