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Educator Resources

Programs, Policy, and Research
  • Did you participate in the #EdElection2020 poll by The 74? The purpose of the poll was to determine what education issues readers wanted to see addressed at the upcoming Democratic presidential debate. The results are in! The second most popular topic was “Parental options and choice” with 12 percent. Click here to read more about the poll and results. Parent and school choice has been a common topic in election chatter. In this Citizen Ed blog post Cheryl Kirk, mother of three, shares her charter school story: 

    “I did not choose a charter school all those years ago because it was a new fad, or I was trying to dismantle public schools. I did it so my children could have the best possible start in life. Without school choice, this story could be different for my children and many others like them who have been trying to escape failing schools." Click here to read the post.
  • The Greater Good Magazine recently launched parenting videos on their website. These videos provide research-based insights for parents on gratitude, generosity, courage, and MORE. Click here to view and share with your charter school families!
  • Across the nation, there are initiatives to employ a more diverse teacher workforce. Data shows that all students benefit from having teachers of color in their classroom, especially students of color. Tanesha Peeples writes about the growing network of black educators and examines the barriers, in particular college prep, that prevent black students from becoming black educators. Click here to read her blog post published by Education Post. Also, check out the article “Safety, belonging, and humanity: Black teachers need strong school climates, too” and the report “High hopes and harsh realities: The real challenges to building a diverse teacher workforce.” 
  • In last week’s e-news we covered the Trump Administration’s plan to limit eligibility requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). OPB recently published the article “Oregon Agency Estimates 35K Families Would Lose Food Stamps Under Federal Proposal.” Click here to read more about how this rule would impact Oregon families. 


Events and Workshops
School Opportunities
  • Musical Explorers Digital
    This free curriculum by Carnegie Hall is designed to connect students in grades K–2 to rich and diverse musical communities as they build fundamental music skills through listening, singing, and moving to songs from all over the world. In each program, you and your students will meet three artists who each represent a different musical genre and cultural tradition; many have reinvented these deeply rooted traditions to make them their own. Click here to learn more and register!
  • Tipping the Scales: The Resilience Game
    Check out this tool from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. In this interactive feature, you will learn how the choices we make can help children and the community as a whole become more resilient in the face of serious challenges. Negative events can occur at any moment, and it’s your job to choose positive events to counteract these negatives. 
  • Race to Lead Survey 
    Every few years the Building Movement Project (BMP) conducts a nonprofit, leadership and race survey. This year, the Race to Lead Survey has been revamped to shed more light on the challenges facing people of color interested in top-level leadership, as well as to explore diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies and solutions that organizations may be pursuing. Complete the survey today!

Student Resources and Opportunities
  • Oregon Children's Music Festival and Camp
    Children across Oregon are invited to attend this music camp. Campers will express their creative ideas through singing, dancing, and instrument playing! The young musicians will perform at the festival kick off at Regatta Park on August 24th. The camp is hosted by Oceana Family Literacy. ​Click here for more info and to attend the festival!
  • Summer Reading 
    During the summer months, encourage students and families to read together. The ODE Early Learning Division staff shared some of their favorite books for early learners. Click here to view the suggestions. 
  • Free Lunch + Play
    Working alongside community partners, Portland Public Schools, David Douglas, Reynolds, Parkrose, and Centennial School Districts, PP&R coordinates the Free Lunch + Play program to ensure that it meets the changing needs in Portland communities. The Free Lunch + Play program supports families by offering nutritious meals and recreational activities during the summer recess. Click here for more information.
Oregon Schools in the News
New Building for Logos Public Charter School 
ORC3S member, Logos Public Charter School is finalizing their new building on North Ross Lane in Medford. To accommodate a growing student body, the new building is triple the size of the old building. 

"We had different days of the week we had different students coming to school because we just didn't have the space to have them all here at the same time," Executive Director Sheryl Zimmerer said.

Logos invites students, families, and members of the community to celebrate and attend a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 27. Click here to get a sneak peek of the school by watching the KDRV news clip and interview. Congrats Logos Public Charter School! We can't wait to see the new digs. 
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