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Oregon Charter School News Weekly

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

The end really is in sight...

With only 24 days left until the constitutional sine die (last day to work) work has taken on a different tone. Leadership is closing in on the priorities they laid out earlier in session, policy committees are only holding informational/educational hearings, and lobbyists are frantically trying to get their priorities into the last minute funding options. 

Legislative Leadership Take-Home List for 2019:

  • Filling the Medicaid shortfall ✔
  • Investing in K-12 with Student Success Act/Corporate Tax Increase ✔
  • Passing PERS Reform ✔
  • Instituting a Cap and Trade program - next up
  • Referring a tobacco tax to the voters - last item

Partisanship in the House seems to have tempered slightly but in the Senate, tempers are short and barbs are ubiquitous. Even statements commemorating the anniversary of D-Day included not so subtle personal attacks. 

For the most part, work on education policy and budget bills are done. Remaining is SB 5015, the Education Grant in Aid budget. This bill contains funding for many of the Oregon Department of Education's grant programs, like Measure 98/High School Success grants. We expect this bill to be voted on within the next week, truly wrapping up work on education for this session. 

We are passionate about Oregon public charter schools. Share feedback on how we can foster bright futures for your students! Our Needs Assessment Survey is a short, five-minute questionnaire that will help shape our coalition’s efforts to support your school. Click here to take the survey.

The 2019 National Charter Schools Conference is an opportunity to network, explore, and learn. This year's conference is in Las Vegas from June 30 to July 3. Represent Oregon, refresh your knowledge with more than 100 breakout sessions, and feel inspired after hearing from keynote speakers. Let ORC3S know if you are attending by emailing info@orc3s.org.

For more info, visit https://conference.publiccharters.org/2019/registration/.

Educator Resources

Programs, Policy, and Research
  • A recent report by the Education Redesign Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education provides insight on the transformative impact of personalized success plans. Click here to read more. 
     
  • This 74 article shares the journey of recent grads of Collegiate Academies, a charter school network in Louisiana. The school recognizes the barriers students often encounter as they enter higher education: "As celebrations are replaced by the reality of starting a new life alone, in a strange place, these students are likely to find themselves struggling to tend to both college academics and their emotional health.
     
  • In the Edutopia article "A Gender Equity Elective in Elementary School," author Dorothy Venditto shares her experience in creating an enrichment class about social justice called "Gender Equity Champions." Click here to read more.  
     
  • This USA Today article explores the disturbingly high criminalization rates of black girls. The article discusses the research, first-hand experiences of students, and the remedies to prevent harm.  
     
  • Check out these tips based on a technique called "Deliberate Practice." This technique can help us teach kids goal development . Click here to read the Greater Good Magazine article "How to Motivate Kids to Practice Hard Things."
     
  • Portland Monthly's fifth annual Oregon Woman issue features some phenomenal women! Each of the 2019 Oregon Women share one key trait: the desire to forge dramatic change in our state. Click here to check out the feature. 
Events and Workshops
School Opportunities
  • The Promise of Oregon - Promise Kids Feature 
    Each year, The Promise of Oregon campaign travels throughout the state to photograph and interview K-12 and community college students. Share why students from your school, district or community college should be featured as the next Promise Kids. Fill out the nomination form by June 13, 2019. Click here for more information and eligibility. 
     
  • Education Northwest Coaching Tool
    Education Northwest recently designed the Promoting Success for Teachers of English Learners: A Coaching Tool. According to the website, this could be a “valuable addition to teacher and administrator pre-service preparation programs, as well as in-service professional development initiatives for principals, teachers and other school personnel responsible for the education of English learner students.” Click here to learn more and to set up professional learning.
Student Resources and Opportunities
  • OSBA's 73rd Annual Convention - Call for Student Art 
    Each year, the OSBA Convention showcases a student art display. The artwork by student participants can be purchased by Convention attendees. All proceeds are kept by the school program. The deadline for proposals and materials is July 1, 2019. For more information and selection criteria, click here
     
  • 57 things to do in Oregon this summer
    Happy (almost) summer! Share this comprehensive list of activities, festivals, and events with your students.
     
  • Summer Reading Programs
    Spend your summer exploring the wide and vast universe of STORIES. Summer Reading starts June 8. Click below for more information. 
  • Planet Fitness Free Membership and Sweepstakes
    Planet Fitness is offering teens ages 15 to 18 FREE membership through September 1. Grab your parent or guardian and sign up at Planet Fitness near you. You can also sign up for the Planet Fitness Teen Summer Challenge Scholarship Sweepstakes. Click here to learn more.
     
  • Summer Enrichment Programs
    In the PDXParent article “Choosing Summer Activities to Inspire Learning,” Dr. Jeri Janowsky, Executive Director of Saturday Academy shares tips on how to pick the right summer program for your child. 
Oregon Schools in the News

Oregon's New Sex Ed Curriculum Has More Than Just Birds And Bees

OPB's recent article explores the new sex education curriculum in response to a state law aimed at preventing child sex abuse. 

The new state standards require schools to teach students about consent, gender expression and sexually transmitted diseases starting in kindergarten. Beaverton schools first year teaching the new sexual awareness lessons are for students in kindergarten through high school. 

“The kids are going to get that this is important, and this is something I need to take seriously, but I don’t have to be terrified,” said Rock Creek Elementary teacher Evelyn Hinds. “I don’t have to be afraid because these ‘protect yourself’ rules are what’s going to empower me.”

Click here to read more. 

A few other headlines: 
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www.orc3s.org
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