Oregon Charter School News Weekly

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

National Bullying Prevention Month serves as a reminder and reflection on school culture and values. Utilize the below resources to ensure that your charter school embraces a culture of kindness, inclusion, and empathy. 

We are excited to welcome  Halley Potter from Century Foundation, and Sonia Park from National Coalition of Diverse Charter Schools to the 2019 Annual Conference on November 14. 

Mirium, Halley, and Sonia will present “Designing for Diversity: Legal, Demographic and Practical Considerations for Oregon Charters,” a session that will include recommendations for strategies to increase integration at Oregon schools, along with an understanding of directions for advocacy on the legislative front so as to develop a call for statewide action to support diverse-by-design charter schools and promote integration in schools across the state. 

Grab a spot at this year's event and REGISTER TODAY!


The ODE recently shared the final version of the Student Investment Account Engagement Toolkit which helps school districts and eligible charter schools pro-actively reach their communities and hear their needs, suggestions and concerns.


ORC3S is here to help! We can unpack what the new investments mean for charter schools and how you may be able to access grant funds through the Act. We'll help you understand if you're a school eligible to independently apply for grant funds or how to collaborate with your district during the district-wide planning process. 

Contact us at to schedule a conversation.

Educator Resources

Programs, Policy, and Research 
  • Students across the nation are participating in the climate justice movement. Learn how to channel this enthusiasm in the classroom! Check out Buck Institute for Education's "Teaching about Climate Change with Project Based Learning." From project ideas to tips and tools, this resource can help you support this movement! 
  • Michelle Martin is co-founder of Camp Read-o-Rama and a professor who specializes in children’s library services at the Information School at the University of Washington. With a background in elementary education, Martin now aims to educate librarians and teachers on how to create inclusive and welcoming spaces in their libraries. "But Martin thinks it’s important not just to have books that feature people who look and sound like their young readers, but to teach those books, too." Read more in this article published by The Atlantic. 
  • Food could be categorized under a few of Maslow's hierarchy of needs - physiological, safety, love and belonging . . . but many of our students remain hungry, experiencing food insecurity on the daily. A recent study on a universal free lunch program shows the impact this can have on their academic performance (uh...yes!). The study, out of Syracuse University’s Center for Policy Research, assessed the impact of universal free lunch on students who previously didn’t have access to such a meals program. Click here to read the Chalkbeat article. 
  • Sovereign is 15-year-old from Auburn, Washington and the voice of the main character in the PBS cartoon, "Molly of Denali." She was recently recognized by TODAY as a “Groundbreaker” for International Day of the Girl. "I have a strong cultural identity, which I'm proud of, because a lot of kids struggle with that," she said. "I know a lot about my culture and I still want to keep learning, because there's a lot I don't know." Share this role model with your charter school students! Click here to read the TODAY article. 
Events and Workshops
School Opportunities
  • Opal School Book Club
    Join this learning community! Opal School will host discussion invitations for the books through their social media accounts (FacebookTwitter, and Instagram) using the hashtag #opalschoolbookclub. After a month of reading, they will host a face-to-face conversation using Zoom November 5 at 5:00 Pacific Time. That conversation will include Opal School staff, readers from far and wide, and two very special guests: the authors themselves. Click here for more information. 
Oregon Schools in the News
2019 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon
Three of the top 10 nonprofits in Oregon Business magazine’s 2019 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon are charter schools — Baker Charter Schools, Logos Public Charter School and Summit Learning Charter. We have some EXCEPTIONAL charter schools in Oregon and this recognition is well-deserved! Congratulations to these three schools - we admire your efforts to create a positive school environment for your staff AND students.

Below are snapshots of profiles for the 100 Best Nonprifts. Click here to view the full list. 

Here are a few additional headlines: 
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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