Oregon Charter School News Weekly

A weekly newsletter of Charter School happenings
around Oregon and the Nation.

To honor and recognize the hard work of our students, we are featuring 2020 charter school graduates in our weekly e-news. Share your unique and innovative approach to celebrating 2020 graduates by emailing photos and details to

This week's graduates are from Logos Public Charter School in Medford, Oregon. Serving grades K through 12, Logos aims to graduate critical thinkers who can effectively communicate in the 21st century. Logos facilitates a personalized learning program through a collaborative partnership between the student, family, teacher, school, and community.

The 2020 graduates at Logos Public Charter School have accomplished A LOT! The senior class includes 75 incredible students:  

  • Seven students earned eight associates degrees along with their high school diploma.
  • One of those students earned two degrees and another is only 15 years old with her high school diploma and associates degree!
  • The graduating class also includes a Ford Scholar, Oregan Shotput Champion, an Eagle Scout, a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient, and an Army ROTC scholarship recipient.
Wow! We are so impressed by this graduating class - way to go! To celebrate and commemorate their accomplishments, a videographer is recording and assembling a video of the ceremony to stream at the time it would have occurred. In addition, each senior has a customized lawn sign that has their picture and name on it. Even in these difficult and strange times, Logos has found a way to recognize their graduates! 
The National Charter Schools Conference is going virtual! NCSCvirtual will take place over three days—July 16, 23, and 30—focusing on three areas of interest to schools: remote learning, reopening schools in the fall, and reimagining schools. The conference will have many of the great elements of the in-person event; keynote speakers, breakout sessions, homerooms, and networking opportunities, all from the comfort and safety of your home. Click below to learn more and register today! 

Educator Resources

Programs, Policy, and Research
  • Support students, families or staff members who are experiencing loss or grief during the coronavirus pandemic. Check out the articles and resources below: 
  • "If remote education is here to stay, then we have to be proactive about designing systems and intentional about creating models that work for all students—no matter their circumstances," writes Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code. Click here to read the article "Girls Who Code CEO: For Remote Learning to Succeed, It Must Be Equitable" and learn about the organization's efforts to address the gender gap in tech. 
  • The 2020 National Teacher of the year was recently announced - congratulations Tabatha Rosproy, the first ever preschool Teacher of the Year in the award’s 68 year history! Rosproy teaches within a seniors community, an environment where preschoolers and senior citizens learn together. Click here to read more about this year's Teacher of the Year. 
  • Looking for some heartwarming news during what has been an unpredictable and difficult time? Read this story about Chelsea, a 10-year-old who collects art supplies and donates them to homeless shelters, foster care homes, and schools in need of additional support.
Virtual Events
School Opportunities 

Online Summer Courses for Teachers 

Check out this list of "14 Online Summer Courses for Teachers That Are FREE (or Almost)" by We Are Teachers. From trauma to technology to language, utilize these online courses to feed your curiosity and boost your knowledge over the summer months. 

New Books on Asian and Pacific American History and Life
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage month! With the pandemic leading to more time at home, consider adding a few more books to your reading list. These five books released within the last year offer a rich complement to Facing History's curricular materials for any educator eager to learn more about the struggles, resilience, and triumphs of APA peoples. 

Tracking Educational Equity in the Midst of COVID-19
To better understand the full scope and range of the challenges facing students and families as a result of the school closures from the pandemic, the Southern Poverty Law Center invites you to participate in a survey to capture your experiences.
Click here to learn more about the survey and discover tools to support families and students during the pandemic. 

Emergent Bilingual Educators of the Year 
Rosetta Stone’s Emergent Bilingual Educators of the Year Contest is designed to help, offering ten K–12 teachers across the US prizes and recognition for teaching ELL excellence. The contest is open from May 4, 2020 to July 30, 2020.
Nominate an educator, administrator or employee from your charter school! Click here for more information. 
Oregon Charter Schools in the News

Research group advocates prioritizing recess as schools look ahead to students’ return

recent statement published by the newly formed interdisciplinary Global Recess Alliance emphasizes the importance of play as schools reopen, "children will need space to heal from their collective trauma." The Global Recess Alliance includes health professionals, education leaders, and researchers.

William Massey, assistant professor of kinesiology at Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences, is one of the authors of the statement.

“It’s easy to look at them right now and go, ‘Oh they’re doing fine,’ but in reality, a lot of them are probably silently struggling,” Massey said. “And there’s a risk of compounding that with schools coming back and saying, ‘We need to make up for lost time; we need to cram more material in.’”

Click here to read the article. 

Other school headlines from around the state: 
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