16
May-2021
Tiempo: Entire senior class at International Leadership Charter High School accepted into college

Plus, the entire senior class at a high school in the Bronx got accepted into college.

Ninety percent of those students are Latino and so many of those students represent the first generation in their family to attend college.

The school, the International Leadership Charter High School, was one of the first re-open during the pandemic.

Joe talks to CEO Dr. Elaine Ruiz Lopez and senior students Joel Beltre and Briana Molina about how they persevered and their formula for success.

Watch the full interview at ABC 7 (starts at 11:54).

23
Apr-2021
New Roots recognized nationally as Green Ribbon school

Ithaca’s New Roots Charter School has been deemed a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, celebrating its “school curriculum, culture and practices.” New Roots is one of just 33 schools chosen for the honor nationwide.

Read the full story on the Ithaca Voice.

15
Apr-2021
Learning pods now helping vulnerable students at Ascend

“Like many New York City charter schools, Brooklyn’s Ascend network started off the year fully remote. But just a few months in, it became clear: Remote learning wasn’t working for certain students.

Attendance dipped, and teachers struggled to reach students at the network’s K-12 schools. Many of the children come from some of the poorest neighborhoods in Central Brooklyn, and some live in vulnerable housing situations. They needed a safe, supervised place for effective virtual schooling.

“We have students in transitional home situations, and we have students who really needed an optimal learning space,” said Ania-Lisa Etienne, a teacher at Brownsville Ascend Middle School, one of the charter’s 15 schools.

School leaders heard the feedback from teachers like Etienne, and by November decided to change tracks…”

Read the full story on Chalkbeat.

17
Mar-2021
‘More Great Seats for Kids’ Newsletter: Reflecting on Renewal

Dear School Leader,

Yesterday marked a pandemic milestone for SUNY charters with the SUNY Charter Schools Committee voting to renew six additional schools, putting a cap on a renewal season unlike any we have ever experienced. March 10, 2020 was the last time the Charter Schools Committee met in person. A year later? Thirty-one renewals accomplished. I know it’s a truth that charter leaders only read the renewal reports for THEIR schools (because you have children to teach!), but a read through this year’s renewal reports provides a litany of how great schools respond in a pandemic.  Thousands of hours getting out devices, learning kits, books, food and supports to whole communities. Setting up testing opportunities. Transitioning from remote, to hybrid…to remote…to hybrid.  If you did watch the Committee meeting yesterday, you saw just how moved the Trustees and the Institute team are by all you have done, all you keep doing, to change lives for the good.

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08
Mar-2021
‘More Great Seats for Kids’ Newsletter: Parent Perspective on Reopening

Dear School Leader,

labThroughout this past year we’ve talked at length about (and celebrated) the herculean efforts by our school leaders to ensure continuity of learning amid a historic crisis. The transition to remote learning last spring. Technology and meal distribution. Reopening plans. New health and safety practices. Flexibility in the face of rolling mandated school closures, ever changing rules and regs and so, so much uncertainty.

What we haven’t touched upon enough though to this point is how all these efforts are being reflected in the perceptions of those parents and student communities we serve. Through the parent and student focus groups held this charter renewal season though we are starting to get a glimpse – and they offer critical insights for where we can go from here. Four big themes:

  • A Successful Transition to Remote/Hybrid: Despite the immense challenges presented last spring after New York went on PAUSE and schools closed, parents of students throughout our renewal schools expressed satisfaction generally in how quickly schools were able to distribute technology and other devices, deliver meals, and adapt their in person instruction to a virtual environment. City School of the Arts parents cited how the schools provided students with materials, including pianos (!) to ensure they could continue arts education remotely.

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03
Mar-2021
KIPP NYC teacher creates COVID curriculum
KIPP NYCA Zoom class is sharing information about COVID-19 and vaccines for Bronx students at KIPP NYC College Prep High School. Science teacher Michael Becker developed a curriculum for his environmental science class to learn more about the vaccine and the coronavirus itself.


“I want to provide them with access to finding information so that they can make the best choices for themselves and for their families,” said Becker.


Becker is informing students about antigens and antibodies and which communities have been hit hardest during the pandemic. The class also examines historical vaccine cases, how they work and how they are developed.


01
Mar-2021
International Leadership Charter High School launches vaccination campaign

International Leadership Charter High School launches vaccination campaign to encourage all members of the community to get shots in the arm. Watch the video on the school’s website.

19
Feb-2021
2021 Request for Proposals – Round 1 Cycle

Public List:
Proposals to Establish New Charter Schools
Date: February 18, 2021

The SUNY Charter Schools 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 proposals to establish charter schools in response to the February cycle of the 2021 SUNY Request for Proposals (“RFP”) by the February 16, 2021 deadline. A proposed school’s appearance on the list below does not indicate that the SUNY Trustees have approved or will approve the proposed school.

All information listed was reported by applicants at the time of submission and may change based on updated information. For further information on the public list, please contact Maureen Foley at 518 445 4250 or maureen.foley@suny.edu. To provide comments on any pending applications, please email charters@suny.edu.

The Institute has reviewed the applications for completeness and quality. The following applications were complete and met the minimum eligibility requirements of the 2021 RFP:

 

19
Feb-2021
2021 Proposals to Establish New Charter Schools – Round 1 “Spring Cycle”

Public List:
Proposals to Establish New Charter Schools
Date: February 18, 2021

The SUNY Charter Schools 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 proposals to establish charter schools in response to the February cycle of the 2021 SUNY Request for Proposals (“RFP”) by the February 16, 2021 deadline. A proposed school’s appearance on the list below does not indicate that the SUNY Trustees have approved or will approve the proposed school.

All information listed was reported by applicants at the time of submission and may change based on updated information. For further information on the public list, please contact Maureen Foley at 518 445 4250 or maureen.foley@suny.edu. To provide comments on any pending applications, please email charters@suny.edu.

The Institute has reviewed the applications for completeness and quality. The following applications were complete and met the minimum eligibility requirements of the 2021 RFP:

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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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