Oregon Charter School News Weekly

A weekly newsletter of Charter School happenings around Oregon and the Nation.
Happy Latinx Heritage Month from ORC3S! In the next month, cities across the nation will host events to recognize and honor Latinx Americans from or with ancestors from Mexico, the Caribbean, Spain, and Central and South America. Attend an event near you and celebrate with your charter school community! Listed below are resources for educators: 

Educator Resources

Programs, Policy, and Research 
  • During the first few weeks of school, staff and students will meet new people and learn new names. Encourage your school staff to be aware of the microaggression of mispronunciation. Read this Op-ed, Names That Are Unfamiliar to You Aren't "Hard," They're "Unpracticed" by N'Jameh Camara.

    Let us stop using the words, “difficult” or “hard” when describing a name. These are adjectives that assign bias by identifying particular names as unlikeable or just not worth knowing. “Difficult” conjures up images of strenuous, back-breaking work. It conveys something inconvenient or burdensome. Who wants to hear their name described like that?     

    - N'Jameh Camara 
  • The recent democratic debate covered a number of education topics, including charter schools and school choice . . . check out this article by Education Week and this article by Chalkbeat
  • Charter schools in rural areas may encounter slightly different challenges and concerns. Check out this article "Three Factors Critical to Rural Charter Schools’ Success" published by Education Next. "And when charter schools are successful in rural communities, they have the potential to offer high-quality education options to students whose geographic location may otherwise isolate them from opportunity," writes Kelly Robson.  
  • Over the summer, our immigrant families likely experienced stress and trauma from the threats of violence in recent events, ICE raids, and immigration policies by the Trump Administration. Recognize this real fear and embed support systems in your school. Read "Back to School but Nothing’s Normal. Schools Mobilize to Help Children of Immigrants After Traumatic Summer" published by The 74 and learn tips to ensuring a safe and secure environment for your students and their families. 
Events and Workshops
School Opportunities
  • Charter School Capital: 3rd Annual Charter School Capital Dewey Awards
    Recognize the amazing teachers in your charter school! Encourage your community to share a story about a teacher who made a positive difference in their life. By submitting a nomination, your school could receive one of three 2019 $1,000 grants! Click here for details.
  • Teaching Tolerance: Reading Diversity Model
    This model by Teaching Tolerance promotes a multi-dimensional approach to text selection that prioritizes critical literacy, cultural responsiveness and complexity. For more information and to download the tool, click here
Save the Date

Connect with members, learn about ORC3S initiatives, and gain resources on making 2020 count for Oregon charter schools. Registration COMING SOON. Watch for updates!
Oregon Schools in the News
The Ivy School Welcomes Students to the School Year in its New Home
The Ivy School recently acquired a new property for their students in grades K through 8. This property was financed by Portland-based organization Charter School Capital. With an ever-growing waitlist, this new space will allow for more children to benefit from the Montessori curriculum that includes hands-on learning and a "follow the child" approach. 

"Now that we're settled in our new location, we've expanded our program and are now able to serve more students," said Nikki Jones Executive Director of The Ivy School. "Our focus can continue to be on helping children learn to love learning."
Click here to learn more about The Ivy School and their new location. 

A few other headlines: 
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We are a coalition of community-based, public charter schools representing all corners of our state. Although, we are all unique in our pedagogy and practice, what unites us is our commitment to educational innovation and to high-quality schools for all students. Our mission is to provide a voice and sustainable support and guidance for the members of our coalition.
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