Oregon Charter School News Weekly

A weekly newsletter of Charter School happenings around Oregon and the Nation.
Resource Spotlight: Archery Education Programs

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is looking for schools that would be interested in starting an educational archery program. 

NASP® (National Archery in the Schools Program) is an in-school archery program for students in grades 4 through 12. The archery curriculum was written by education, conservation, and target archery experts to meet state and national educational standards. Currently, ODFW is providing both the certification training and equipment kits needed to start NASP® at no cost to Oregon schools. This includes the training needed to be an archery instructor and equipment including: bows, arrows, a back-stop curtain, targets, and a bow rack.

NASP® is both an in-school and after-school activity. This past year more than 9,000 students from 78 school participate in NASP®.  

Click here for more information on NASP® and here for more information on youth archery programs in Oregon. 
Questions? Contact Stephanie Rustad. 

Stephanie Rustad
Archery Education Coordinator

Educator Resources

Programs, Policy, and Research
  • Participation in accelerated learning (dual-credit, Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs) has increased in Oregon public high schools in recent years, but not for everyone. Asian, White, and multiracial students consistently have higher participation rates in accelerated learning courses compared to Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native, Black, and Pacific Islander students. REL Northwest created this helpful infographic with data, critical questions to ask about your school, and strategies to address the equity gaps. Check it out!
  • Recent statements and education platforms by the leading democratic presidential candidates suggest an outright opposition or lack of support of charter schools. With charter schools making a significant impact on students of color, black and Latinx families have expressed their frustration and disappointment in this move by candidates.

    "It shouldn’t be about what’s better: charter schools or neighborhood schools. It should be about what schools will help our children succeed." said Max Lyttle, director of instruction at Eagle Academy Public Charter School in Washington, D.C in this recent New York Times article.
  • Toxic stress is a buzz word in the education sector and beyond. For students who experience trauma and adversity, it may be more difficult to engage, learn, and excel. This blog post by Education Week provides 10 practical, low- or no-cost strategies for turning things around. 
  • There are numerous benefits of parent engagement for our students, families, and communities. Studies show with increased parental involvement, there are improvements in student attitudes, behavior, school attendance, and mental health. However, both parents and schools encounter a number of barriers to fostering a strong parental presence in our schools. In this Education Dive article, author Roger Riddell asked leading superintendents and principals nationwide to share how they encourage parental involvement. 
Events and Workshops
School Opportunities
  • 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. 
  • Help students take ownership of their digital lives.
    All students need digital citizenship skills to participate fully in their communities and make smart choices online and in life. The Common Sense Education recently launched NEW lessons for their award-winning K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum. Click here for the FREE download. 
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
One Class at a Time: A new gym for Bend International School
KTVZ News Channel 21 awarded this month's "$500 One Class at a Time gift" to Bend International School to support their Slam Dunk Campaign. Bend International School has grown significantly over its first four years from 132 students when it opened in 2016 to over 210 students today. During that time, the school hired new teachers and educational assistant’s, built larger classrooms, and added a library and lots of enriching programs. But the school lacked a gym for inclement weather, school sports and community gatherings. 
“Students are excited. It’s been the missing piece at our campus for the past four years” said Josh Colvin, BIS Humanities Teacher

Congratulations BIS! We can't wait to see the new space and hear about how it's made a difference for your school and community! 

Click here to watch the news clip. For more information on Bend International School, visit
Other school headlines from around the state: 
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