Ohio Charter News Weekly - 8/3/18

 

Ohio House Education Committee chair voices support for charters

This week, Representative Andrew Brenner, Chairman of the House Education and Career Readiness Committee, penned a blog that’s featured on the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ website. Rep. Brenner explains why he supports charter public schools and how they provide opportunities for students to reach their potentials.

New LGBTQ-affirming charter school to open in Cleveland

The Albert Einstein Academies of Ohio, a group of charter public schools serving students in Cleveland, is opening a LGBTQ-affirming school in grades 9-12 this fall. Superintendent Dr. Bruce Thomas said the idea for the school was created after he and his team of school leaders saw a clear lack of resources for LGBTQ students in the area. The school will include a comprehensive and inclusive curriculum, mental and physical health resources, and tailored social supports.

Match Charter School shares its curriculum

In an effort called Match Fishtank, Match Charter School (a PreK-12 public school in Boston) is sharing the standards-based curriculum that it has developed and refined over the last 15 years. The goal is to share good baseline curriculum and assessments with teachers everywhere, for free, to help lessen their load and aid them on the road to amazing classroom learning. Match has been widely recognized and studied for its ability to remediate academic deficits in low-income students and to prepare students for college, so it’s a resource worth checking out.

School Performance Institute workshop

Are you a school leader interested in purposefully designing your school for improvement? Then you should check out the School Performance Institute’s upcoming workshop. You’ll have an opportunity to visit a high-performing charter school during a school day (to observe how the school has been purposefully designed to get results in a high-poverty context using proven methods) and discuss concrete ways to apply these ideas in your own school. You can register here, if interested, or contact John A. Dues for more information.

Upcoming events

You still have an opportunity to register for these upcoming events in Columbus: The 2018 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference (October 28-31) and the Ohio School Improvement Institute (November 15-16). 

 
 
Chad L. Aldis
Chad L. Aldis is the Vice President for Ohio Policy and Advocacy of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.