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Oregon Charter School News Weekly

A bi-weekly newsletter of Charter School happenings
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RSVP today for our upcoming workshop - Determining the Data Your School Needs to Meet Its Goals, Part 2 on October 20th (3:30-4:30PM PT).
 
During this session, we will work collaboratively to identify appropriate data school leaders should utilize to inform their improvement strategies. Secure your spot and RSVP today!

This workshop is the second of a three-part series on determining the data your school needs to meet its goals. Can't make this one? No problem - each workshop in the series can stand alone. Attend just one, two, or all three. Missed the first one? Click here for member-exclusive access to the recording. Click the dates below to RSVP:
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2021-2022 Oregon Kid Governor Classroom Registration


Oregon’s Kid Governor® program (ORKG) is a statewide civics program for 5th graders supported through Oregon Secretary of State’s office. Timed to coincide with Election Day in November, every school and home school in Oregon is eligible to enter one 5th grader to run in a statewide election that other 5th graders will vote in. Classrooms can vote in the election, nominate a classmate to run for office or do both! Oregon’s Kid Governor nominees work with their classmates to create a campaign video about why they want to be Kid Governor, their leadership skills, a community issue they want to address, and a 3-point plan that will help 5th graders across Oregon make a difference in their communities.

Now entering its fifth year, ORKG continues to be an outstanding opportunity for developing leadership skills as students are immersed in a meaningful civics experience. There is no cost, and the program provides a full classroom curriculum and information for parents whose students choose to run. Students gain valuable knowledge of our state government, how to take action through civic participation, and how people of all ages can choose to participate in our democratic society.

Click here to register!

Classroom registration for the 2021-2022 Oregon Kid Governor Election is now open! The deadline for nominating a candidate and submitting their campaign video is 11:59 p.m., October 21st, 2021. If your 5th grade class only wants to vote in the Kid Governor election, you have until 11:59 p.m., October 29th, 2021 to register.

Click here to learn more about the program. Lesson plans and other materials will be shared with you once you register but we're glad to send them along in advance if you would like to preview them! To learn about all the exciting opportunities available to Oregon’s next Kid Governor, check out this year’s Kid Governor, Taneesh Garg’s blog.

Questions? Contact Nikki Fisher at Nikki.Fisher@OR.KidGovernor.org.

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Elevating Teacher Voice for School-level Advocacy

The National Alliance partnered with TNTP (formerly The New Teacher Project) to produce Elevating Our Voices: A Guidebook for School-Level Teacher Advocacy, a guidebook for teachers on ways to effectively advocate for positive change at their schools. The guide contains tools and strategies on how teachers can present their ideas to school leaders to increase the chances of having their feedback incorporated into the school community.

For a deeper dive, 
register for the webinar with TNTP authors and George Parker, senior advisor of school support at the National Alliance and a former teachers' union leader.
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Programs, Policy, and Research

Charter School Enrollment Grew 7% in the 2020-21 School Year While District Enrollment Declined
The National Alliance's new report, “Voting with Their Feet,” shows hundreds of thousands of families came to charter schools during the first full school year of the pandemic. According to data from the 2020-21 school year, charter school enrollment grew 7%, the largest increase in half a decade. Nearly 240,000 new students enrolled in these innovative, student-centered public schools, despite a sharp decrease in overall public school enrollment during the same period. Of the 42 states evaluated, 39 experienced charter school enrollment increases, while only three saw modest decreases. By comparison, district school enrollment dropped precipitously in every state. For many families, charter schools’ nimbleness and flexibility made them the right public school choice. Watch a recording of their webinar on enrollment trends or read coverage on the report on AxiosEducation PostNew York Post, and The 74 and hear report co-author Debbie Veney, senior vice president of communications and marketing at the National Alliance, on the Education Gadfly podcast. Click here to read the report.

National Alliance Joins More Than 500 Organizations Urging USDA to Expand School Meal Waivers
Throughout the pandemic, schools and other non-school food sponsors have played a critical role in ensuring students have access to meals. Under current waiver options, however, non-school sponsors are unable to fill ongoing gaps. Last week, the National Alliance joined more than 500 national, state, and local organizations in signing on to a letter led by the Food Research & Action Center urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow non-school partners to work together with schools to ensure access to meals during the 2021-2022 school year.

Recommendations for Improving Technical Assistance in CSP Grants
Our partners at the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) released a new brief, U.S. Department of Education’s CSP: Investing in Students by Investing in Charter School Authorizing. They recommend the following to improve technical assistance in the CSP State Entity grant: boosting funding for technical assistance, promoting and supporting high-quality authorizing, providing flexibility for grantees to spend technical assistance funding in the first two years of grants, and ensuring transparency and effectiveness through needs assessments.
 
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School Opportunities and Resources
 
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 or the button below to view the database and search for funding opportunities.

Youth Leadership and Scholarship Program for Students Experiencing Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection invites college-bound students who have experienced homelessness to apply for the Youth Leadership and Scholarship Program. Winners will receive a scholarship for post-secondary education as well as all-expenses-paid leadership opportunities in Washington, D.C. The program also includes ongoing support for navigating financial aid processes, mental health referrals, legal advocacy, and general assistance in establishing support and services during post-secondary education. Applications are due October 15.

Apply for the Emergency Connectivity Fund 
The Federal Communications Commission will open a second application window for the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) from September 28 - October 13. The ECF helps schools and libraries provide the tools and services their communities need for remote learning during the pandemic. Funds can be used to cover the costs of devices and connectivity for off-campus use by students, staff, and library patrons. 

Youth Leadership and Scholarship Program for Students Experiencing Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection invites college-bound students who have experienced homelessness to apply for the Youth Leadership and Scholarship Program. Winners will receive a scholarship for post-secondary education as well as all expenses paid leadership opportunities in Washington, D.C. The program also includes ongoing support for navigating financial aid processes, mental health referrals, legal advocacy, and general assistance in establishing support and services during post-secondary education. Please help share this opportunity with your students before applications are due October 15. 


Support for Students Facing Homelessness Webinar Series
As the federal ban on evictions lifts and the pandemic continues, education professionals face multiple complex challenges. At the same time, American Rescue Plan Homeless Children and Youth funds provide new opportunities for supporting vulnerable students and families.To support you in these challenging times, our partners at SchoolHouse Connection are launching a new Learning from Liaisons series of Q&A-style conversations. Each week, homelessness liaisons will discuss specific strategies to assist families facing eviction and how to use funds to support students affected by homelessness. Register today for upcoming sessions.

Charter Schools in the News

Here are a few local headlines from the past few weeks:

Some families frustrated over long-standing Oregon rule allowing districts to cap students who can attend online charter school, KGW

K-12 Virtual Charters See Wave in Enrollment, Oregon Business 

Days Creek Charter School District receive grant, The News-Review

Solving the Age-Old Question: What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?, Business Wire

Here are a few national headlines from the past few weeks:

Charter schools boomed during the pandemic, Axios

As the Pandemic Set In, Charter Schools Saw Their Highest Enrollment Growth Since 2015, 42-State Analysis Shows, The Seventy Four

Charter schools gained, public schools lost students during pandemic: report, New York Post

Has the pandemic caused an exodus to charter schools?, Education Gadfly Podcast
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.
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www.orc3s.org
13809 SE Division St Ste A
Portland, OR 97236


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