DC Charter School Alliance Announces “30 Under 30 Changemaker” Honorees For National Charter Schools Week

May 10, 2021

DC Alliance to Host Virtual Discussion with Honoree Friday, May 14 at 11:15am

Washington, DC – Today, DC Charter School Alliance, an advocacy organization that supports and represents the robust charter school sector in our nation’s capital, announced that Lauryn Renford, an alumna of Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School, and Davian Morgan, the Vice Principal of Literacy at Ingenuity Prep Public Charter School, are featured honorees in the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (National Alliance) “30 Under 30 Changemakers.”

“We are proud to honor and lift up changemakers like Lauryn Renford and Davian Morgan, who are examples of students and leaders who have demonstrated the strength and promise of charter schools in DC and across the country,” said Shannon Hodge, Founding Executive Director of the DC Charter School Alliance.

Today kicks off National Charter Schools Week (NCSW), celebrating the nearly 7,500 public charter schools and campuses across the nation, including the schools that serve more than 40,000 students in DC. This year’s national celebration marks the 30th anniversary of the nation’s first charter school law. To mark the occasion, the National Alliance is recognizing young leaders who are using their ideas, talents, and platforms to advance educational and economic opportunity and promote equality and social justice.

Throughout National Charter Schools Week, DC Charter School Alliance and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools will be celebrating the honorees in several ways:

Wednesday, May 12, The National Alliance will host a virtual awards ceremony at 4:00pm ET featuring interviews with several honorees, including Lauryn Renford. Click here to register.

Friday, May 14, The DC Charter School Alliance will host a livestream at 11:15am ET with honoree Davian Morgan, Social Justice School Founding Executive Director Myron Long, and DC Alliance Senior Advisor Ramona Edelin to discuss the challenges that DC students are facing and the path forward. Tune in on Twitter or YouTube.

Lauryn Renford co-founded Pathways 2 Power, a student-led activist group formed after two of her fellow students were killed by gun violence. Lauryn turned her grief into power and has dedicated much of her time advocating for a safer D.C. During her junior year at Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS, she fundraised for a mural, The Limestone of Lost Legacies, honoring five teens who were killed by gun violence.

Davian Morgan began his career teaching first grade as a Teach for America Corps Member at Ingenuity Prep PCS, and is now the school’s Vice Principal of Literacy. He’s also the founder of Hopeful HoriSONS, a non-profit that provides academic and social emotional support as well as community service opportunities for DC students.

“The students, teachers, and advocates that make up our 30 Under 30 Changemakers reflect 30 years of the tremendous success of student-centered charter schools,” said Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. “I am grateful for our Changemakers and the thousands of teachers, leaders, and families across the nation who work tirelessly to support their communities and improve education opportunities for all students.”

The “30 Under 30 Changemakers” are students, activists, educators, and school leaders from across the country who are having a meaningful impact in their community arts, writing, politics, leadership, science, and social justice. Click here to learn more about the 30 Under 30 Changemakers.