Oregon Charter School News Weekly

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

Educator Resources

Programs, Policy, and Research
  • With winter weather in full swing, you and your students may be experiencing cabin fever. The Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children (ORAEYC) shared some ideas and tips to cure cabin fever in this blog post
  • Project Learning Tree has a new curriculum for youth ages 12 to 15. The Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers unit encourages students to research and explore green careers in forestry and conservation. Click here to learn more about the curriculum activities and to download the guide. 
  • Fugees Academy is a public charter school in Columbus, Ohio that enrolls refugees exclusively. The school aims to educate refugee children in an environment that understands their unique challenges, "It was founded on the belief that these learners need more focused attention than they often receive in traditional public schools, and that they need to go back to basics to learn English." Hechinger Report recently featured Fugees Academy in the article "School network takes turbocharged approach to education for refugee students."
  • Read the Edutopia article "Reflections on Becoming More Culturally Responsive" and gain insight on the program "Equity and Excellence in Education (EEE)." The article shares the experiences of educators at Maryland’s Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). “The educational system does not always value student and family cultures, experiences, and languages as assets . . .When students and families don’t fit into that mold easily, school systems often see differences as deficits, and create programs to ‘fix’ the students and families instead of re-evaluating the school structures to see differences as strengths." said Alissa Casey, a fourth-grade teacher. 
Events and Workshops

EVENT SPOTLIGHT: Attend a FREE workshop - “Teaching Portland’s Black History through Primary Sources and Art” on February 8 at the Portland Art Museum in partnership with The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science, a charter school in Portland. Click here for more information. 
School Opportunities
  • Teachers Roadtrip Application
    This summer Roadtrip Nation is sending a group of classroom teachers out on the road in their green RV for three weeks FOR FREE! Travel the country and sit down with educators who will encourage and inspire you—the kinds of innovative teachers who are using their unique voices and perspectives to make the classroom a better place for all. Click here for more information and to apply. Application deadline is February 2. 
  • Are Your Students Truly Life Ready? A District Leader's Guide to Graduating College, Career, and Life Ready Students
    Learn how to integrate life skills into your charter school's college and career readiness strategy! This guide created by Panorama Education covers the following: How to develop a strong vision for college, career, and life readiness; How to measure students' life readiness and integrate this data into district and school improvement plans; and How to build organizational systems and structures to improve students’ social-emotional and life skills. Click here for more info and to download the guide. 
  • World Read Aloud Day - February 5
    Take the Reading Matters Pledge for World Read Aloud Day! SMART Reading issued a challenge to get 10,000 Oregonians to participate in World Read Aloud Day. Spread the word about the campaign and the critical importance of reading with children! Click here to learn more and take the pledge. 
  • #USvsHate - Teaching Tolerance Challenge
    #USvsHate (“us versus hate”)  is about embracing inclusion and justice for all in our diverse schools and society. These messages insist publicly that all people are equally valuable. #USvsHate can start with as little as two class periods. Using lessons or your own resources, educators invite students to create public anti-hate messages in any media for their school communities. Then, teachers submit entries (3 per month!) to the national challenge. Teaching Tolerance will feature top entries online, and on posters and stickers available free to participating classrooms! Click here to learn more and download tools, lessons, etc. 

    The #UsvsHate Process: 
Student Resources and Opportunities 
  • SafeOregon - Student, Parent, and School Resources
    Make sure your school is signed up for SafeOregon and be part of the statewide school safety tip line. It's free for Oregon public and private schools!  SafeOregon gives kids, parents, schools and their communities a way to report safety threats or potential acts of violence. Click here for more info and resources. 
  • 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's Teacher of the Year 

Encourage members of your school community to nominate a teacher in your charter school! The Teacher of the Year program was created to recognize exemplary public school educators — Oregon teachers who inspire students and make a positive impact in the communities in which they live. For 2020, exceptional teachers will be honored in up to 19 regions across the state, with Oregon’s Teacher of the Year selected from among our regional finalists. Deadline to nominate is January 31, 2020. 

Oregon Charter Schools in the News
Here are a few headlines from the past week:
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