Oregon Charter School News Weekly

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

Oregon's Teacher of the Year 

Encourage members of your school community to nominate a teacher in your charter school! The Teacher of the Year program was created to recognize exemplary public school educators — Oregon teachers who inspire students and make a positive impact in the communities in which they live. For 2020, exceptional teachers will be honored in up to 19 regions across the state, with Oregon’s Teacher of the Year selected from among our regional finalists. Deadline to nominate is January 31, 2020. 


Educator Resources

Programs, Policy, and Research
  • The National Center for Learning Disabilities and Understood recently published "Forward Together: A School Leader’s Guide to Creating Inclusive Schools," a report that includes findings and actionable steps for supporting your students with learning disabilities. Check it out! 
  • Thinking about the future of education? The Harvard Graduate School of Education pondered topics that will likely be discussed in New Year. Click here to read the list.
  • In need of a brain boost? Watch this webinar with Robin Lake of the Center on Reinventing Public Education and Lauren Morando Rhim of the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools. These two experts present their findings from a study of special education in 30 charter schools. 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day is around the corner! We are Teachers gathered a list of activities for the classroom. Click here and share these ideas with your charter school. This federal holiday not only celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy, but also encourages citizens to volunteer for a Day of Service. Organize a project at your school or sign up to volunteer for an initiative in your community. Click here for resources and to find projects. 

Events and Workshops
School Opportunities

  • Civic Online Reasoning - Free Online Curriculum
    Produced by the Stanford History Education Group, Local Media Association, and the Poynter Institute, this FREE online curriculum provides free lessons and assessments that help you teach students to evaluate online information that affects them, their communities, and the world. Check out this EdSource article on the curriculum development and background. To learn more and download lessons, click here
Student Resources and Opportunities 
  • Student Leaders - Bank of America
    Through the Student Leaders program, Bank of America connects more than 300 community-minded high school juniors and seniors from nearly 100 communities to employment, skills development and service. They're awarded paid summer internships with local nonprofits such as Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Habitat for Humanity and participate in a national leadership summit in Washington, D.C. The Student Leaders Summit focuses on skill building and creating a more civically engaged society.

    The 2020 Student Leaders application is open November 4, 2019 to January 31, 2020. Click here for more information and to apply. 
  • The KQED Youth Media Challenge: Let's Talk About Election 2020
    This challenge gives middle and high school students an opportunity to put their persuasive skills to work in front of a real audience. Each student will: Choose an election-related issue that matters to them; Write an evidence-based commentary on the issue; Share their personal experience and authentic voice; Create their audio or video commentary; Publish their audio or video commentary on the Election 2020 challenge showcase page (launching in January 2020); and Practice critical 21st century skills aligned with Common Core, NGSS, ISTE and CEWAC Standards. Click here for more information. 
    Kids to Parks Day is May 16, 2020! National Park Trust (NPT) invites students across the country to participate in the 10th annual Kids to Parks Day, a nationwide grassroots movement to celebrate America’s parks and public lands. In honor of this day, NPT is once again hosting the Kids to Parks Day National School Contest to help educators engage their students with their local parks. This national contest is open to all Title I schools in the United States (grades pre-K through 12). Classes can receive funding for a Kids to Parks Day field trip at a local park or public land/waterway in their community. All entries are due by February 14th, 2020. Click here to learn more. 
Oregon Charter Schools in the News
What if Children Ran the School Lunchroom?

“This one is the best,” said Mari, a fifth grader, as she gulped soup from a small cup. “It’s super delicious. I want a big bowl of it to eat at home.”

The butternut squash soup was consumed as part of a "Tasty Challenge" event at KairosPDX, a Portland charter school serving children in grades K through 5. KairosPDX was recently featured in a New York Times article on the school’s partnership and initiative with FoodCorps and Sweetgreen.

The “Reimagining School Cafeterias” initiative aims to improve school food experience by encouraging students to customize their meals, participate in taste tests, and brainstorm ways to redesign their cafeterias. This initiative aligns with the school's mission to eliminate the prolific racial achievement and opportunity gaps by cultivating confident, creative, compassionate, leaders who exceed expectations at each milestone ages 0-10.

Kudos KairosPDX, way to engage and empower your students!

Click here to read the article and here for more information on KairosPDX.  


Other school headlines from around the state: 
Is your school a member of ORC3S yet? 
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.
Join us now!
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