Oregon Charter School News Weekly

A weekly newsletter of Charter School happenings
around Oregon and the Nation.
We are so excited to recognize and celebrate the outstanding efforts and impact by Oregon charter schools, especially during the COVID-19 outbreak. The theme for this year's National Charter Schools Week, May 10 to 16, is "Above and Beyond." This theme recognizes the strength, resiliency, and dedication of charter schools to serve their students, their families, and others in the community during the pandemic. 

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools assembled a toolkit with resources for the celebration. Click here to watch a webinar, download social media images, and learn more about National Charter Schools Week 2020.   

While this year's graduation ceremonies and celebrations are a little different, we can still make this year's graduation memorable, positive, and celebratory for our incredible 2020 graduates! To honor and recognize the years of hard work, we are featuring 2020 graduates in our weekly e-news. Share your unique and innovative approach to celebrating 2020 graduates by emailing photos and details to

Educator Resources

Programs, Policy, and Research
Virtual Events
School Opportunities  
  • Elevating the Voices of Young People and Children
    The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is seeking the wisdom of students so that state leaders may learn from their experiences, imaginations, courage, and hopes to inform planning for the future of Oregon, the world’s nations and the planet. ODE is inviting educators to facilitate conversations with students and then post a shared statement that captures what your students would like Oregon leadership to know. The questions educators are invited to explore with students are listed here, along with a facilitation guide. 
  • Getting Answers to Your Education-Related Research Questions: Ask A REL
    Ask A REL is a collaborative reference desk service provided by REL Northwest that functions much like a reference librarian for members of the public in each of the REL regions. The goal is to help education practitioners and stakeholders make informed decisions about policies and practices that ultimately optimize services for learners. Click here for more information and to submit a question. 
  • Peace in Schools: Online Courses 
    Educators are under more stress than ever right now, which is why Peace in Schools is offering a 50% discount on all online courses through May 31st! Use code CARE at checkout. Click here to view descriptions of courses. Also, consider attending their free weekly community meditation. Join Peace in Schools mindfulness teachers every Monday from 8:15 to 8:45 am PST. 
  • Grab and Go Instructional Materials
    Grab and Go Instructional Materials, created by Instruction Partners, are readymade resources school leaders and teachers can use as a starting point or a model for their own materials. All resources can be used free of charge, and adaptations are allowed and encouraged. Instruction Partners is posting new material bundles every week for each grade. To provide the highest level of access for students, all assignments are intentionally compatible with analog/print learning models, and all Grab and Go materials are freely available for use. Visit to learn more and download materials.
Student and Family Resources

Lately, families are juggling even more than normal while also trying to be present and support their children. Consider sharing the below resources with families at your charter school: 
Oregon Charter Schools in the News

Redmond Cares program collects donations
We're in this together. During this crisis, there have been many examples of community support that warm our hearts.

Redmond Proficiency Academy (RPA), an Oregon charter school and ORC3S member, recently launched Redmond Cares with fellow members of the Redmond community. Redmond Cares is a food and household items collection program to mitigate the economic impacts felt in the community as a result of COVID-19.

“With RPA and all schools in the region closed due to COVID-19 and many folks not working because of the virus, it has brought a financial disruption to families in our community,” Executive Director Jon Bullock said. “Our team decided we wanted to be a part of the solution and help out those who may be struggling during this unprecedented time.”

Way to go RPA! What a great way to engage with and support your community! For more information, watch the KTVZ News Channel 21 video or click here

Other school headlines from around the state: 
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