16
Feb-2021
‘More Great Seats for Kids’ Newsletter: Future of Schooling

Dear School Leader,

Eleven challenging months. Those glimmers of hope and optimism we’ve been looking for? We see them. Vaccination eligibility is expanding, cases are dropping, and more school buildings are on the cusp of reopening in NYC. While there are still areas of concern around variants and the process and pace of vaccinations, many in the educational space are beginning to ever so turn attention to what life – or at least school – looks like in a post pandemic world.

Fortunately, the myriad of approaches to COVID employed both by our very own charter leaders and peers across the country offer an opportunity to mine new knowledge. I find myself thinking, which of these changes should become common (best) practice and which fade away?

Here are a few things I am thinking about:

    • Online Learning – After a year of Zoom calls (lets me honest, should any of us see our own faces hours and hours each day? Well…not me.), what role will online learning play moving forward, whether as a stop gap measure in the face of an emergency closure or as an integrated part of a high quality curriculum? And how can schools integrate technology in a manner that supports rather than supplants strong pedagogical practice? Can we construct creative and flexible learning environments and scheduling that meet the personalized needs of ALL students (and their families)? Can we stay true to our sector’s guiding star: student learning success drives charter success?

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21
Jan-2021
Buffalo United Charter School Takes Part in “If You Give a Child a Book Campaign”

Students receive books from the If You Give a Child a Book Campaign. Your generosity raised $12,000, giving over 2,000 books to students at United Charter School. Mel is live at Buffalo United Charter School with meteorologist Michelle McLeod. Today is the day we drop off the books to the school and students.

Books open a world of opportunity. Not all students have access to books and not all students have access to a library especially now with COVID, which is why our If You Give A Child a Book Campaign has been so important to students of Buffalo United Charter School.

Read the full story on WKBW Buffalo.

12
Jan-2021
SUNY Releases Final 2021 RFP

The SUNY Charter Schools Institute (the “Institute”) announces the release of the 2021 SUNY Request for Proposals (RFP) to open new charter schools in New York State. The New York Charter Schools Act of 1998 (as amended, the “Act”) requires New York’s charter authorizers to solicit applications to establish new charter schools by way of a Request for Proposals process. The statute also mandates that SUNY issue a draft RFP for public comments prior to issuing the RFP. For the response to public comments received on the draft RFP, Response to Public Comments on 2021 RFP

12
Jan-2021
SUNY Releases Final 2021 RFP

The SUNY Charter Schools Institute (the “Institute”) announces the release of the 2021 SUNY Request for Proposals (RFP) to open new charter schools in New York State. The New York Charter Schools Act of 1998 (as amended, the “Act”) requires New York’s charter authorizers to solicit applications to establish new charter schools by way of a Request for Proposals process. The statute also mandates that SUNY issue a draft RFP for public comments prior to issuing the RFP. For the response to public comments received on the draft RFP, Response to Public Comments on 2021 RFP

07
Dec-2020
SUNY Releases Draft of 2021 SUNY Request for Proposals (RFP)

The SUNY Charter Schools Institute (the “Institute”) announces the release of the draft of the 2021 SUNY Request for Proposals (“RFP”) to open new charter schools in New York State. The New York Charter Schools Act of 1998 (as amended, the “Act”) requires New York’s charter authorizers to solicit applications to establish new charter schools by way of a Request for Proposals process. The statute also mandates that SUNY issue a draft RFP for public comments prior to issuing the RFP.

The Institute will accept comments via email to: [email protected] through 5 P.M. on December 24, 2020.

2021 SUNY Request for Proposals (RFP) Draft for Comment

02
Dec-2020
How Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School in Rochester continues engaging students amid pandemic

At Eugenio Maria De Hostos Charter School, the hallways are clear and the classrooms are empty, but the teaching goes on.

Since mid-November, the school switched to fully remote as COVID-19 numbers rose.

“So right now our students are home, learning remotely. The teachers that need a space to teach have been invited to use the workspace here,” said Dr. Sabrina Nudo, academic director.

Prior to the recent spike, they offered in-person learning and a virtual option for students who preferred it. In the classrooms, there were precautions put in place, but creative ways to engage students, such as reminders put on doors to show students how to greet one another safely.

Read the full story and watch the interview on Spectrum News.

26
Aug-2020
Finn Academy charter school among schools offering big plus for parents: in person learning

Finn Academy Logo“We did a survey of our families. Most of them preferred a five-day, in-school model,” said Renee Sutton, chair of the Finn Academy board of trustees. “Instead of 19 students per classroom, class size, especially for younger groups, will be 10 or 11 students.

“We will have staggered study times, so not all of them will be in the building at one time,” Sutton said. “This is everyone’s first global pandemic. It’s possible to do this if we’re smart about it and follow proper protocols.”

Read the full story on the Star Gazette. 

07
Aug-2020
How SUNY Charter Schools Responded to COVID-19

The closure of school facilities and the transition to remote instruction in the wake of COVID-19 represented a fundamental reimagining of teaching and learning for schools, both here in New York and nationally. Among the diverse array of independent, community based, small scale replicators, and large networks that comprise the more than 200 authorized charter schools in the SUNY portfolio, the unique approaches to navigating the disruption offer critical insights as administrators multiple scenario plan for a fall return. 

On July 29th, Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO), a non-partisan research and evaluation organization, released the results from a survey of New York State charter schools that explored the various responses. The survey focused on schools authorized by SUNY, the New York State Board of Regents, and the New York City Department of Education, and the full report is available on CREDO’s website.  

Among the key findings:  (more…)

30
Jun-2020
2020 SUNY Request for Proposals – No Round 2 Cycle

As the result of ongoing uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SUNY Charter Schools Institute will not hold the July new application round as originally indicated in the 2020 Request for Proposals (“RFP”).  Applicants may apply under the 2021 RFP, which the Institute anticipates releasing at the beginning of the 2021 calendar year.  The earliest possible opening date for schools authorized under the 2021 RFP is fall 2022.

31
Mar-2020
SUNY Charter Schools Institute Webinar – New York State of Emergency Due to COVID-19: Board Governance Considerations

Host: SUNY Charter Schools Institute, in partnership with the NYS Charter Schools Association

Title: New York State of Emergency Due to COVID-19: Board Governance Considerations

Time: 4 pm – 5 pm eastern

Description: Join the SUNY Charter Schools Institute for an informative webinar presentation on effective charter school board governance in response to COVID-19.  Associate Counsel Carrie Gee will review the Institute’s guidance related to the new Open Meetings Law parameters. In addition, Gee will explore the issues and questions that charter school leaders and board members need to consider related to governance, operations, workforce, culture, and educational continuity. Following the presentation, Gee will be joined by Susie Miller Carello, Executive Director of the Institute, and David Frank, Executive Director of the NYSED Charter School Office, for a Q&A period. (more…)