Oregon Charter School News Weekly

A bi-weekly newsletter of Charter School happenings
around Oregon and the Nation.
Oregon expands career readiness with $7.3 million investment in hands-on learning for 148 schools - Charter schools among grantees

One hundred forty-eight Oregon middle schools and high schools—serving more than 66,000 students—have secured career readiness grants totaling $7.321 million, Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill and Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle announced today.   

The CTE Revitalization Grant funds from State of Oregon will serve diverse communities around the state, with programs focused on advanced manufacturing, engineering, agricultural science, app development, robotics, tourism, forestry, home renovation and health care.

Congratulations to Kings Valley Charter School, Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences, Lincoln City Career Technical High School, Pine Eagle Charter School, Eagle Ridge High School, and Cove School for receiving grants! 

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New Charter School Summit & Grant Awards Program

The Building Hope IMPACT Summit & Awards will honor charter schools that excel in student empowerment, community engagement, and educational innovation and a charter school volunteer who makes their school shine a little brighter! The $130,000 in grants will be awarded during an evening ceremony during the Summit, where finalists and semi-finalists will engage in deep-dive sessions to learn, share, and connect with each other and other industry leaders. The IMPACT Summit & Awards will be held in D.C. June 22-24, right after the national conference!

Nominations and interest forms are being accepted until March 21. Applications are open now through March 27

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More Schools, Community Organizations Sought for Summer Food Service Program
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is seeking more schools, community organizations and tribes to participate in the Summer Food Service Program  (SFSP) this summer to ensure children 18 and younger, who benefit from meal programs during the school year, continue to have that same access to nutritious meals when schools are closed, or students are unable to attend school in person.

“Access to summer meals is an important way to ensure that children continue to receive the nutrition they need, to learn and grow, when school is not in session,” ODE Summer Meals Outreach Coordinator Cathy Brock said. "It is important to expand the program and close the hunger gap in all areas of the state, and ODE’s Child Nutrition Program is reaching out to ensure that children continue to receive meals throughout the summer."

For information about how to apply for the Summer Food Service Program, please contact ode.communitynutrition@ode.oregon.govThe deadline to submit an application to become a Summer Food Service Sponsor is May 13, 2022. 

ODE has state grant funds available up to $20,000 per sponsor to expand or start up summer meal programs.  For more information on grant funds, please email Kaitlin Skreen or call (503) 947-5901.

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School Opportunities and Resources

Nominate for the National Alliance's 2022 Changemaker Awards
Do you know an individual who is making a difference in their charter school and their community? Nominate them for the National Alliance's 2022 Changemaker Awards! During National Charter Schools Week 2022, May 9-13, we'll highlight school leaders, teachers, parents, community advocates, or charter school alumni who are going above and beyond to adapt new ideas, make change, or use their voice and talents to fight for one of the many issues facing our nation today. We want to hear who you think deserves to be recognized! 

Recorded Webinars on Harnessing Digital Skills and Recruiting Teachers
Last week, the National Alliance presented webinars for school leaders and operators to maximize their effectiveness in the classroom.
Harnessing the Power of Technology and Digital Skills to Drive Success - As part of the Charter School Leaders of Color Convening, Mashea Ashton, CEO/founder of Digital Pioneers Academy, shares how her school leverages technology-rich experiences to create digital pioneers. In addition, Google education leadership shares how they provide access to high-quality computer science and digital skills training for educators.
Why Teachers Ignore Your School - Schools across the country are struggling to find teachers. Addressing teacher recruitment and the subsequent high turnover rate is critical to stemming teacher shortages and increasing school effectiveness. This recorded webinar with leading experts from Selected can help you to discover what's missing in your recruitment process and shortcut the hiring process—all while building a pipeline of qualified, diverse educators aligned to your school's vision and mission.

How to Talk about the War in Ukraine
As with all difficult topics, schools should be aware of the emotional impact international events have on students and staff. To equip schools to talk about the war in Ukraine, here are a few resources for educators:
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.

Upcoming Events

Programs, Policy, and Research

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.

Survey Finds Charter School Teachers Engaged More Students During the Pandemic
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES), an independent research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, recently released findings based on the 2020-21 National Teacher and Principal Survey. Based on what we’ve seen from other surveys and the National Alliance's research, it’s not surprising to see that in the IES survey, charter school teachers reported more engagement with their students than teachers in district schools, as well as more real-time interactions and school support. 

$440M for the Charter Schools Program in 2022
The U.S. Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022, a $1.5 trillion government funding package. The act sustains funding for the Charter Schools Program (CSP) at $440 million to support the growth of the charter school movement.
The act also includes critical funds for education programs that benefit all public school students, including a $1 billion increase to Title I, a $400 million increase for IDEA, and other significant increases. See this memo from our partners at Penn Hill Group for more information on education-related components. We anticipate President Biden will sign it into law before the end of the month. This is a huge win for charter schools and the millions of children waiting for their chance to attend one. The next appropriations cycle is beginning soon, so be on the lookout for more opportunities to make your voice heard.

Study Shows Big Gains for Underserved Students in Metro Areas with Increased Charter School Enrollment Share
Earlier this year, Thomas B. Fordham Institute released a new study examining the relationship between charter school enrollment share and the average math and reading achievement of all public school students in metro areas. This new study combines charter school and district school enrollment data with student reading and math achievement at the metropolitan level to shed light on charter school performance. Check out the key findings from the study and what it shows about charter schools' success for underserved students.

Charter Schools in the News

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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.
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