17
Mar-2022
University Prep Charter School for Young Men helping students prepare for workforce

A unique program at a local charter school is helping students prepare for the workforce after graduation.

During the summer, University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men offers the opportunity for interested students to train and get some first hand experience working as an intern for a local company in their area of interest.

Those with the program say if a student doesn’t necessarily want to go to college that doesn’t mean they can’t build an excellent career.

“One of the problems we’re having in schools today is every kid is being pushed to go to college. This isn’t always the best track for every student. So we expand them into the trades, tech fields, that sort of thing. So we’re having a lot of success because a lot of kids don’t want to go to college but they feel they have nowhere else to go.” Len Morrell said.

Read the full story on RochesterFirst….

04
Mar-2022
2022 Request for Proposals – Round 1 Cycle

The SUNY Charter Schools Institute (the “Institute”), on behalf of the State University of New York Board of Trustees (the “SUNY Trustees”), in its capacity as a charter authorizer, has received the following applications in response to the February cycle of the 2022 SUNY Request for Proposals (“RFP”) by the February 22, 2022 deadline.  A proposed charter’s appearance on the list below does not indicate that the SUNY Trustees have approved or will approve the proposed charter.

The following application did not meet the minimum eligibility requirements of the 2022 RFP. Therefore, the Institute will not consider the application.

 

 

03
Mar-2022
CREDO Survey Insights: Percentage of Schools Providing Professional Development Related to Remote Learning

In February 2022, The Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University released a report entitled “Charter Schools’ Response to the Pandemic in California, New York and Washington State.” Over the coming weeks, the Institute will share key snapshots and insights from the study, which included responses from 293 charter schools in New York – a 93 percent response rate. 

Charters demonstrated determination in maintaining professional development opportunities, especially in New York with 99% of respondents reporting to provide PD related to remote learning. As the CREDO report notes, less than half of district schools report doing the same.

Democracy Prep New York, a network overseeing five schools in NYC, is one shining example with teachers receiving three weeks of uninterrupted professional development every summer prior to the first day of school. Their new and early career teachers also receive calibrated coaching and mentoring based on both qualitative and quantitative data and all teachers have access to a repository of videos and shared unit and lesson plans.

Trainings on remote environments weren’t limited to teachers either. For the 2020-21 school year, Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School, which serves 648 students in Grades K-8 in Bronx CSD 12, instituted weekly meetings comprised of virtual workshops with 20 to 60 parents to support them with remote learning platforms, preview asynchronous lesson modules, and question and answer sessions with charter leadership – further demonstrating its commitment to family communication as well.

01
Mar-2022
CREDO Survey Insights: Methods Used to Monitor Instruction in 2020-21

In February 2022, The Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University released a report entitled “Charter Schools’ Response to the Pandemic in California, New York and Washington State.” Over the coming weeks, the Institute will share key snapshots and insights from the study, which included responses from 293 charter schools in New York – a 93 percent response rate. 

Since the start of the pandemic, one of the key distinguishing factors separating charters from district schools continued to be its support for teachers, with a proactive effort among charters to maintain consistent coaching, observations, and materials review despite the disruption to normal practices.

Forte Preparatory Academy Charter School, which serves 360 students in Grades 5-8 in Queens CSD 24, provides differentiated professional development and instructional supports based on individual needs and routine observations and feedback cycles. At Manhattan Charter School II, which serves 170 students in Grades K-5 in Manhattan CSD 1, the director of curriculum and instructional, principal, and assistant principal support teachers through regular informal observations during which they provide in the moment feedback or model pedagogical practices.

28
Feb-2022
Open Meetings Law Guidance Update for February 15, 2022

On February 14, 2022, Governor Hochul continued Executive Order 11 until March 16, 2022, which declared a state disaster emergency based on COVID-19. In turn, Chapter 1 of the N.Y. Laws of 2022 will continue to amend the Open Meetings Law (subdivision 103(c) of the Public Officers Law) to provide flexibility to covered entities including charter school education corporation boards of trustees.

Specifically:

  • Telephone and video conference participation in board meetings by charter school trustees is permitted without in-person public access at every remote site;
  • Meetings must still be noticed in accordance with the Open Meetings Law but the notice does not have to include the location of every trustee who may participate via videoconference or conference telephone;
  • Meeting notices must include how the public will be able to access the meeting via telephone or videoconference (e.g., web link); and,
  • Meetings must be recorded, and later transcribed, with the transcription to be available through the N.Y. Freedom of Information Law.

As a best practice, the SUNY Charter Schools Institute recommends using a school site as a videoconference location for those parents and members of the public who do not have computer or internet access.

The Institute will provide updates if the Emergency Declaration is further extended.

24
Feb-2022
CREDO Survey Insights: Percentage of the Curriculum Covered in the 2019-20 School Year

In February 2022, The Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University released a report entitled “Charter Schools’ Response to the Pandemic in California, New York and Washington State.” Over the coming weeks, the Institute will share key snapshots and insights from the study, which included responses from 293 charter schools in New York – a 93 percent response rate. 

 

Despite losing months of in-person instruction following the closures of school buildings in March 2020, New York charter schools were able to cover more than 80% of curriculum in English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science, which demonstrates how quickly charters were able to pivot to remote learning and ensure educational continuity. Even in Fine Arts – a difficult subject to deliver remotely – New York charters continued to excel. That initial experience sparked inspiring innovative practices upon the return to school the following fall, with SUNY authorized New York City Charter School of the Arts in Manhattan CSD 2 going as far as purchasing piano keyboards for all 6th grade students to allow them to continue their musical studies remotely.

22
Feb-2022
CREDO Survey Insights: Charter School Priorities at Start of Pandemic

In February 2022, The Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University released a report entitled “Charter Schools’ Response to the Pandemic in California, New York and Washington State.” Over the coming weeks, the Institute will share key snapshots and insights from the study, which included responses from 293 charter schools in New York – a 93 percent response rate. 

Charter school respondents were asked to share their top priorities following the start of the pandemic in March 2020. As noted in the above figure, transitioning the instructional model, establishing family communication, maintaining student engagement, and staff communications were ranked as the highest priorities with New York charters reporting significantly higher numbers than both California and Washington in three out of four categories. Interestingly, New York schools also placed a far higher emphasis on providing social-emotional learning than the other states – a testament to how well SUNY, NYSED and NYCDOE authorized charters here in New York anticipated the potential traumatic impact of the pandemic on students’ mental health.

17
Feb-2022
New charter school in Mount Vernon will be the first in a decade in Lower Hudson

Kenyah Miller, a lifelong Queens resident, had decided she would create a new charter school in a community that needed one.

And she would move her growing family to that community while taking on the project.

A committed proponent of charter school education, she set her sights on Mount Vernon.

“Mount Vernon was a place I could identify with,” she said. “I had friends and extended family there. It had to be a community where (a charter school) made sense, and a community that wanted it.”

Miller’s charter school, Intellectus Preparatory Charter School, was approved by the SUNY Board of Trustees last June and is scheduled to open in her new hometown of Mount Vernon this fall. The school will open with about 112 students in grades six and seven and will add a grade each year until it includes a full high school.

Read the full story on The Journal News…

17
Feb-2022
More Great Seats 4 Kids Newsletter: CREDO releases new research on charter response to COVID-19 pandemic

Editor’s Note: The following was published in the February 17, 2022 edition of the More Great Seats 4 Kids Newsletter

This week, the Center for Research and Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University released their eagerly awaited report “Charter Schools’ Response to the Pandemic in California, New York and Washington State”. The report is chock-full of important insights and I want to thank all of you, from the bottom of my heart, who took the time to participate. We know it was a considerable lift.  SUNY authorized charters are leaders in so many things. The CREDO study shares the very important data you generated in the midst of a global pandemic.  Let me say again; SUNY charter leaders, teachers, students and families make amazing things happen.

CREDO will be taking part in the upcoming March 8 authorizer webinar hosted by the Association, so I don’t want to give too much more away. But the full report is now available for review. Please take the time to read through the findings and join us at the webinar to share your thoughts and ask any questions you might have.

The key takeaway? Because of the flexibility – and autonomy granted in the Charter Schools Act of 1998, charters in New York, schools, especially SUNY schools, were able to pivot rapidly and effectively in the face of historic crisis and maintain a level of educational continuity not seen in other states (nor district schools). What you achieved in terms of the speed of transition to remote learning, the ability to maintain communication with staff and families, and create support structures for your teachers and parents was unprecedented. Of course, we knew that – but to see the data reinforce our own observations – is why this study is so important. Kudos to you! You truly do make us SMARTER!

Over the coming weeks we’ll have more to say on the study on our blog, so stay tuned. But know this: you’ve achieved something truly special for your schools, your students, and your community – and we couldn’t be prouder.

Susie Miller Carello, Executive Director, SUNY Charter Schools Institute 

07
Feb-2022
Tapestry Charter School is granted $250,000 to build Community Athletic Complex

The Buffalo Bills, through the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program, has granted Tapestry Charter School with $250,000 so that the school can install a new synthetic turf field at its Community Track and Multi-Sport Athletic Complex in North Buffalo. The grant came from the Bills, the NFL Foundation, and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)…

Read full article on Buffalo Rising.