Oregon Charter School News Weekly

A weekly newsletter of Charter School happenings around Oregon and the Nation.
We are energized and inspired after the 2019 Annual Conference on November 14. Thank you to all who attended our event. Your participation and presence supports a collaborative and strong network of charter schools in Oregon. We hope your experience was both valuable and enjoyable! 

Please provide feedback through our conference evaluation. This short survey takes only 5 minutes and helps guide us in the development of future events. 
Save the date! #GivingTuesday is on December 3. This global giving event inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities. #GivingTuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together.

ORC3S is participating in #GivingTuesday to support our growing coalition. Since our launch in 2018, we have made some major strides for Oregon charter schools as an advocate, aid, and advisor. Help us continue to garner support for exceptional charter schools by donating on December 3.

Follow ORC3S and look for e-blasts and social media posts to share and encourage support for ORC3S in your community. Together we can foster support and promote the success of charter schools statewide.


Educator Resources

Programs, Policy, and Research
  • “The treatment by many Democratic politicians of high-performing public charter schools as boogeymen has undermined the fact that many of these schools are serving low-income urban children across the country in ways that are inclusive, equitable, publicly accountable and locally driven.”
    - Cory Booker

    Click here to read the New York Times opinion essay "Cory Booker: Stop Being Dogmatic About Public Charter Schools." Check out this article by The 74 for additional context. 
  • The National Center for Special Education released its third analysis of the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). 

    “While there are numerous factors that influence the ability of all public schools to serve students with disabilities, our analysis finds that while charter schools are making progress, they can do better. More parents of students with disabilities than ever are choosing charter schools, which is a positive sign and we believe charter schools can drive effective change so that all schools are able to provide families with the quality education, services, and supports they deserve and need.”
    - Lauren Morando Rhim, Executive Director and co-founder

    Click here to read the report. 
  • The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools recently published "Identity and Charter School Leadership - Profiles of Leaders of Color: Engaging Families." This report is the second in a series and features profiles on three leaders of color who reach out to and involve families in various ways. 
  • In the Teaching Tolerance article "A Hopeful Case of Teacher Leadership and Confronting Bias in Education " author Cory Collins shares how two Boston teachers launched a PD initiative for examining bias. Collins discusses the process and the importance of these conversations: "Unpacking narratives in this way helped illustrate the importance of understanding the contexts of history and systemic inequality, as well as the importance of uplifting individual voices rather than telling a single story."
Events and Workshops
School Opportunities
  • 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. 
  • Portland Metro: Nike Community Impact Fund
    The Nike Community Impact Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation awards grants to schools and organizations in Portland, Oregon and SW Washington that give youth positive experiences with sports and physical activity, and advance healthier, supportive and more inclusive communities. The OCF is currently accepting applications THROUGH NOVEMBER 30, 2019. Click here for more information and eligibility.
Student Resources and Opportunities
  • Call For Youth Designs for the New #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool Logo!
    The Black Lives Matter at School coalition is calling on youth to submit logo designs that could be used on promotional materials, t-shirts, and beyond. Submit by November 29! Click here for more information. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
    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 Schools in the News
Here are a few headlines from the past week: 
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.
Join us now!
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