Oregon Charter School News Weekly

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

REGISTER TODAY: Student Success Act Webinar

The Oregon Coalition of Community Charter Schools will 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. 

If you haven't already, join us for a webinar TODAYSeptember 10 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm (registration is required and log-in information will be provided in advance of the webinar).

Educator Resources

Programs, Policy, and Research
  • KQED's Above the Noise, a Youtube series for teens, is seeking input from viewers on Election 2020 topics. Click here to read about the Discussion and download a Lesson Plan with a guide for educators
  • Our neighboring state is facing some "major setbacks for charter reform efforts" as stated by Eric Premack, founding director of the Charter Schools Development Center in an article by The 74. California’s 1,300-plus charter schools enroll more than 600,000 students, a fifth of the nation’s charter student population. Lawmakers have until Sept. 13 to approve the bill.
  • Learn ways to support new teachers at your charter school! In this Edutopia article, Curtis Chandler, Professor of Teacher Education shares two tips - "checking in on a semi-regular basis—once or twice a week—to see how the new teacher is doing, and consciously fostering opportunities for collaboration." Also, consider sharing the article "6 Opening and Closing Routines for New Teachers." 
  • Recently, the Spokane school district eliminated all school librarian positions from its 54 elementary, middle, and high schools. The City Lab article "The Decline and Evolution of the School Librarian," discusses the trend across the nation and growing concerns on how this will impact students. “Our world is so interconnected now,” Kathryn Roots Lewis said, past president of the American Association of School Librarians. “Our students [need] to be able to understand the ethical use of information, and how to use media, and how to use technology. … A school librarian is a really important piece of that.”
  • As much as social and emotional learning is valued in the education sector, there is a lack of funding and support for school counselors. The fall issue of the Harvard Education Magazine includes an article about the pivotal role of counselors in school communities.“We’ve put counselors in an impossible position. These are people who love students, they care about education, they’re warriors for social justice. Their aim is to be the academic conscience of the school, and yet the structures aren’t always there for them to fulfill that goal.” Mandy Savitz-Romer says, author of Fulfilling the Promise: Reimagining School Counseling to Advance Student Success.
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
  • Celebrate Cultures Around the World With FREE Language Map Posters
    We are Teachers offers free language map posters that celebrate countries from all over the world. Encourage a love of languages in your classroom! Click here to download.
  • OpenSciEd - Providing freely available high-quality instructional materials
    OpenSciEd materials are open educational resources (OER) licensed to be free for anyone to use, share, redistribute, adapt, transform, and build upon for any purpose, even commercially. OpenSciEd instructional materials are robust, research-based, open-source science instructional materials designed to increase accessibility for all teachers and students. Learn more at
  • Spotlight on Safety and Social-Emotional Learning
    This FREE report is the result of a 2019 Education Week Research Center survey that examines the intersection of school safety, student mental health, and social-emotional learning. Findings include how safe students feel in school, what teachers think would improve that sense of safety, and views on arming teachers. Click here to download the report. 
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

Oregon Schools Slowly Rolling Out Indigenous Studies Curriculum
In past newsletters, we shared in the excitement of Senate Bill 13 and the launch of a culturally inclusive indigenous curriculum for Oregon schools. With the new school year, we look forward to the release of 45 lessons for fourth, eighth and 10th grade classrooms, with plans to add more grades in the future.

“It’s really focusing on Indigenous ways of knowing, thinking and doing,” said April Campbell, the Indian education adviser to Oregon’s deputy superintendent of public instruction.
The curriculum will be available in January 2020. Click here to listen to the OPB interviews and read the article. 

A few other 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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13809 SE Division St Ste A
Portland, OR 97236

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