Oregon Charter School News Weekly

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

Educator Resources

Programs, Policy, and Research
  • How do you support your teachers and their mental health? This Q&A by the Harvard Graduate School of Education shares "ways in which school communities can both hinder and support the wellbeing of their members." Also, check out the recent EdSurge podcast "Many Frustrated Teachers Say It’s Not Burnout — It’s Demoralization." 
  • In "Teaching black children to read is an act of social justice" Richard R. Buery, Jr., chief of policy and public affairs at the KIPP Foundation urges democratic leaders to recognize the impact of charter schools. "The educators I know who teach in high-quality public charter schools are standing with black families who just want what we all want — what is best for our children," Buery writes. "Democratic leaders should continue to do the same. For half a century, many of those at the forefront of the struggle for social justice in America have been leaders in the Democratic Party. And in America, teaching black children to read is an act of social justice."
  • Winter blues? This story will brighten your day! A little boy in Michigan invited his entire kindergarten class to his adoption hearing. “The lesson is put a little love in your heart,” his teacher shared. “We rise when we support others.”
Events and Workshops
School Opportunities
  • Mindful Schools - Scholarships for Educators
    Education is a calling that draws some of the most giving, hard-working, and dedicated people on the planet. Thanks to #GivingTuesday donors, Mindful Schools is funding scholarships for educators. For a limited time, Mindful Schools is offering: 25% Scholarships for Educators in Foundational courses AND 25% Scholarships in Continuing Studies courses. DEADLINE TO REGISTER: December 16. Click here for more information. 
  • Opal School Book Club 
    Join this learning community! The next read for the Book Club is Pagan Kennedy’s Inventology: How We Dream Up Things That Change The World. Click here for more information and how to join the conversation. 
Student Resources and Opportunities
  • INNOVATORS OF TOMORROW: STEM Lessons and Contest
    Calling all physics, engineering, robotics, tech, or chemistry teachers: Challenge your students (grades 9 to 12) to enter the Scholastic "Innovators of Tomorrow" contest by brainstorming an innovation that solves a problem (no building required!). Build up to this creative-thinking contest with ready-to-go lessons and nonfiction passages about technological advances. Prizes include: five students will each win a tablet; the teachers of the winning students will win a $1,000 grant. Deadline is December 13, 2019. Click here to learn more. 
  • Student Leaders - Bank of America
    Through the Student Leaders program, Bank of America connects more than 300 community-minded high school juniors and seniors from nearly 100 communities to employment, skills development and service. They're awarded paid summer internships with local nonprofits such as Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Habitat for Humanity and participate in a national leadership summit in Washington, D.C. The Student Leaders Summit focuses on skill building and creating a more civically engaged society.

    The 2020 Student Leaders application is open November 4, 2019 to January 31, 2020. Click here for more information and to apply. 
  • The KQED Youth Media Challenge: Let's Talk About Election 2020
    This challenge gives middle and high school students an opportunity to put their persuasive skills to work in front of a real audience. Each student will: Choose an election-related issue that matters to them; Write an evidence-based commentary on the issue; Share their personal experience and authentic voice; Create their audio or video commentary; Publish their audio or video commentary on the Election 2020 challenge showcase page (launching in January 2020); and Practice critical 21st century skills aligned with Common Core, NGSS, ISTE and CEWAC Standards. Click here for more information. 
    Kids to Parks Day is May 16, 2020! National Park Trust (NPT) invites students across the country to participate in the 10th annual Kids to Parks Day, a nationwide grassroots movement to celebrate America’s parks and public lands. In honor of this day, NPT is once again hosting the Kids to Parks Day National School Contest to help educators engage their students with their local parks. This national contest is open to all Title I schools in the United States (grades pre-K through 12). Classes can receive funding for a Kids to Parks Day field trip at a local park or public land/waterway in their community. All entries are due by February 14th, 2020. Click here to learn more. 
Oregon Charter Schools in the News
Here are a few headlines from the past week: 
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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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