Oregon Charter School News Weekly

A bi-weekly newsletter of Charter School happenings
around Oregon and the Nation.
Job Opportunity: Charter School Student Success Act Coordinator

The Oregon Department of Education is looking for someone to join their team to manage the new Charter School Equity Grant and support charter schools with Student Success Act initiatives. You can find the posting and qualifications below:

Questions? Contact:

Kate Pattison Headshot

       Kate Pattison, M.Ed.
       Charter School Specialist
       503-580-5749 (text preferred to schedule call)

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Opportunity for educators: Racial Justice Institute

The Racial Justice Institute (RJI) is taking place between January 2022 and June 2023. It is created to support and achieve culturally and racially affirming environments for educators serving Oregon’s Pre-K to 12 School Systems. This includes developing and facilitating a collaborative, educational environment for racially, ethnically, or linguistically diverse educators and that provides leadership to support culturally and sustaining pedagogical approaches and racial justice in school communities. There are two parts to the RJI: A Fellowship and the Network.

The RJI Fellowship will support 30 culturally and linguistically diverse participants to engage in racial justice learning, leadership, and project development in school communities (Application Linked). Fellows will participate in collaborative, place-based projects to create more racially affirming educational spaces across the Pre-K to 12 school system.  They will have monthly, day-long virtual sessions with inspirational leaders, educators, healers, and social movement change makers to learn from in community with the group of 30 fellows from across the state of Oregon.  Fellows will be provided with a $20,000 stipend and funds to cover substitute teacher costs.

For more information please contact Jonah Canner at Finally, click here to read FAQs, where you will also find the Fellowship Goals & Program Components and the Arcs of Learning.
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School Opportunities and Resources

Deadline Approaching for Grant Opportunity: Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs
The New York Life Foundation and Afterschool Alliance invite out-of-school time programs to apply for a competitive grant opportunity to support and bolster the ability of afterschool and summer learning programs to help prepare middle school students for success in high school, college, and life. This competitive grant program offers one- and two-year grant opportunities with a total of $1.8 million available to support programs around the country. Applications are due February 1, 2022. 

Grant Opportunity: Office of Indian Education Formula Grants to Local Educational Agencies
Applications are now open for new awards for fiscal year 2022 for Office of Indian Education (OIE) Formula Grants to Local Educational Agencies. OIE Formula Grants support local educational agencies (LEAs), Indian Tribes and organizations, and other eligible entities in developing and implementing elementary and secondary school programs that serve Indian students. Certain LEAs, including charter schools that are their own LEAs, are eligible to apply alone or as a consortium of two or more eligible entities.
Part I of the Electronic Application System for Indian Education (EASIE) is due March 11 and Part II is due May 13. Applicants must meet the deadlines for both EASIE Part I and Part II to be eligible to receive a grant.

National Charter School Resource Center Funding Opportunity Database
The database includes one-time and ongoing grants, fellowships, prizes, and scholarships. Sponsors include the U.S. Federal Government and philanthropic organizations. The page is updated frequently as charter school funding opportunities are announced. Click here to view the database and search for funding opportunities.

Teaching Honest History: A New LFJ Resource for Teaching the Civil Rights Movement
Teaching the Movement: A Framework for Teaching the Black Freedom Struggle begins where Learning For Justice’s Teaching Hard History: A Framework for Teaching American Slavery ends. The new framework opens with learning goals that specifically ask students to “describe the systems that limited Black political, social and economic power across the United States,” beginning in Reconstruction and through the early 20th century, and to “describe the ways that Black people and communities pushed back against those systems.”

Upcoming Events

Programs, Policy, and Research

New Federal Guidance: Addressing Teacher and Staff Shortages
In December, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona released a letter highlighting strategies to address teacher and staff shortages and examples of how to leverage ARP and ESSER funds to attract and retain educators. Strategies include:
  • Increasing educator and staff compensation through salary or bonuses
  • Building and maintaining a cadre of high-quality substitute teachers
  • Supporting educator and staff well-being and improving working conditions
  • Investing in the educator pipeline

Updated CDC Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated guidance for school administrators outlining strategies for K-12 schools to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and maintain safe operations.
This guidance emphasizes implementing layered prevention strategies to protect students, teachers, staff, and other members of their households, and to support in-person learning. This guidance considers current scientific evidence and lessons learned from schools implementing COVID-19 prevention strategies. Documents can be found at:
Call for Comment: Updates for Full-Service Community Schools Program
The U.S. Department of Education proposes new priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria for the Full-Service Community Schools Program, which connects community schools to vital resources that can help them thrive and promote student success. Final priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria may be used for competitions in Fiscal Year 2022 and beyond. Stakeholders are invited to submit comments by February 11. 

Register Now: 2022 National Charter Schools Conference in Washington, DC
Registration launched last week for the 2022 National Charter Schools Conference in Washington, D.C., June 19-22. The National Alliance is committed to hosting a safe and rewarding event to make up for the time we’ve lost together, but space is limited. Join them where the movement meets. Click here to learn more.

Charter Schools in the News

Hillsboro plans to reopen closed schools this week, Portland Tribune

Here are a few national headlines from the past few weeks:

Summer Learning in the South & Northeast, Ventilation in the West — How 2,100 Districts & Charters Plan to Spend COVID Relief Funds, The Seventy Four

American Public Education Is Broken. In the Absence of Political Leadership, 4 Ways Philanthropy Can Boldly Step Up (Op-Ed), The Seventy Four

‘Already in the Door’: How One California Charter Network is Recruiting Staff as Special Education Teachers with Free Credentialing, Mentorship, and Better Salaries, The Seventy Four

Bloomberg Pledges Millions to Expand Field of Charters, Education Week

Bloomberg’s $750M Grant Is the Jolt the Charter Sector Needs — and a Litmus Test for White Democrats Who Claim to Back School Choice (Op-Ed), The Seventy Four

We Can Fight Racism, School Choice a Great Place to Start (Op-Ed), Newsmax

Eric Adams’s Charter School Opportunity (Editorial), The Wall Street Journal

The Future of Public Education, The Classical Academies 
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