Oregon Charter School News Weekly

A weekly newsletter of Charter School happenings around Oregon and the Nation.
Attend this year's Annual Conference on November 14 and connect with ORC3S board members, guest speakers, and Oregon charter schools. This is a networking opportunity you don't want to miss! Get inspired and learn from fellow school leaders through conversations on a variety of topics - from legislative priorities and the Student Success Act to strategies for diversity and resources to improve practice. We have some incredible schools attending so far, make sure yours is one of them. Register today! 

Educator Resources

Programs, Policy, and Research
  • Many of our students and their families experience financial instability. The Oregon Center for Public Policy recently posted a blog "7 facts about economic inequality that will make your hair stand up." Also, the Annie E. Casey Foundation recently released one of its "Kids Count" reports on federal census data, showing that 57,000 Oregon kids are growing up poor, and poverty is often concentrated. Click here for "The Concentration Of Poverty In Oregon" published by Jefferson Public Radio. 
  • The Nonprofit Association of Oregon released a new resource — "Equity & Inclusion Lens Guide." This is an interactive tool that will help you learn about equity and inclusion and how to apply it to your work. 

  • "Young children are not only developing a sense of morality; they are developing a sense of who they are. This includes their race, gender, class and more. These identities have never been treated or represented equally in our society, so when we teach about love, acceptance and kindness without addressing this inequity, we gloss over crucial differences in the ways our students experience the world." - Brett Turner, writer and former elementary school teacher. 

    Read the Teaching Tolerance article "Teaching Kindness Isn’t Enough" and discover how to include systemic injustice in your curriculum. 
  • With presidential candidates rolling out their education plans, many activists are expressing their concern. For instance, The 74 recently published an opinion piece "A Mom’s View: My Son Loves Elizabeth Warren. She Said She Wants to Fix Schools for Kids Like Him. Her New Education Plan Ignores Them." Education Week created an interactive tool that helps you stay informed about what candidates have said and done on key education issues. Click here to explore and learn more about the 2020 Education Tracker. 
  • "Race and identity of both our educators and students is only one factor in the holistic successes we are all working towards. However, it’s also true that all schools across our country in every community have historically not valued students’ diversity and identity as assets to enrich the education they receive. Public charter schools are making real progress to expose this blind spot and make the needed course corrections to ensure the success we’ve seen for some students are the norm for all." - Ron Rice, Senior Director, Government Relations at the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools

    Click here to read the Op-Ed by Rice and check out the National Alliance report "Identity and Charter School Leadership: Profiles of Leaders of Color Building an Effective Staff.

Events and Workshops
School Opportunities
    Presented by Cartoon Network, this lesson for grades 3 to 5 encourages students to consider and write about the myriad ways to include someone, stop bullying before it starts, and make a difference. Click here to download the lesson instructions and handouts.  
  • Teaching Tolerance: Self-Guided Learning
    Teaching Tolerance provides a range of materials—articles, modules, self-assessments, publications to explore and improve your practice at your own pace. Check it out!
  • 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
  • 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
Redmond Proficiency Academy students to release album
RPA students designed, composed, performed, and recorded music for their album to be released in January! We are so impressed by the passion and creativity that went into the creation of this album.

"We're excited to release this album showcasing the hard work and talent of our students," said Jonathan Moore, RPA High School music director. "RPA prides itself on offering real-world learning opportunities for its students. Our music collective provides training in all areas of the music business from performance to marketing and sound engineering." 

Well done RPA! Click here to listen to the sweet sounds and learn more about RPA's program.

From social-emotional development to academic achievement, music education has numerous benefits for children and adolescents. "Playing a musical instrument engages practically every area of the brain at once, especially the visual, auditory, and motor cortices. As with any other workout, disciplined, structured practice in playing music strengthens those brain functions, allowing us to apply that strength to other activities." 
- Anita Collins, "How playing an instrument benefits your brain"  

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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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