Our Vision & Mission

We envision a time when all public schools welcome and successfully educate all students, regardless of their abilities or background. In order to achieve this goal, we empower NYC charter schools to develop high quality inclusive educational environments by providing professional development opportunities, resources, school-based guidance and access to local and national best practices and renowned special populations’ experts.

Get The Facts


of students enrolled in charter schools have special needs


charter schools featured a preference for students with special needs in their 2017-18 admissions lotteries


charter schools enroll a higher proportion of students with special needs in their schools than the citywide average of 18.2%

Why Become a Member?

Program Support

Dedicated hours of guidance, technical assistance, and NYC DOE advocacy


Annual conference admission and seats at mini-conference series with national speakers and experts

Staff Training

Verbal de-escalation and restraint training, monthly instructional workshops, counseling staff support and discounts to events


Access to online resource library and Common Core IEP goal bank

For details on the four levels of membership click here

Building an Inclusive School Mindset and Practice

Highlight from the Collaborative’s 2015 Annual Conference