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Patricia Guidetti

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D.C. as a Classroom - at the National Museum of American History

Every four years on January 20th, Washington, D.C. transforms to host the Inauguration of the President of the United States. This American tradition is celebrated by hundreds of thousands of people who come to Washington to witness history in the making. The history of the presidency and the storied past of how the United States came to be is encapsulated in the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History.

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Washington, D.C. as a Classroom - The National Air and Space Museum

Washington, D.C. is more than a center of political power- it is also a vibrant and diverse city with a rich history. Our nation’s capital has limitless learning opportunities and as an educator, I hope you will immerse yourself in the historic sites, nature centers, and theaters while you’re here for our National Charter Schools Conference in June. Bringing Washington, D.C. into your classroom is a great way to add excitement and adventure to your lesson plans.

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Announcing NCSC16 Speaker: Andre Agassi

We are thrilled to announce tennis superstar and charter champion Andre Agassi will be a speaker at the 2016 National Charter Schools Conference.

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Nashville Tops the List of Destination Cities

Nashville is a vibrant and lively place, living up to its Music City nickname. This city is so hot that Travel + Leisure Magazine named Nashville its 2015 Destination City of the Year. And it’s not just their opinion—Lonely Planet, TripAdvisor Conde Nast, USA Today, and Budget Traveler, are singing Nashville’s praises too.

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Data Show that Charter Schools in Nashville, Host City to NCSC16, Are Narrowing Achievement Gap

As you probably already know, Nashville, Tenn., is home to this year’s National Charter Schools Conference. There was a clear draw for us to select this destination citythe music, the food, the culture—but the promise of Nashville, and Tennessee as a whole, for the charter movement was perhaps most appealing. Music City is not only hosting NCSC16 this year, but it is home to some of the top schools closing the achievement gap. When the Education Equality Index (EEI) report came out last week with its rankings of which states and cities are closing the achievement gap between students from low-income families and their more advantaged peers, the national overall message is clear: the achievement gap is growing and there is more that we need to do to shrink the gap so that every student receives a great education. That being said, there are a number of schools that are making great strides to narrow the achievement divide. Each city highlighted in the EEI recognizes up to 10 schools for closing the achievement gap, and in Nashville, six of those are charter schools:   

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