December 28, 2011: Throughout 2011, CCSA posted more than 40 videos to our YouTube channel, defining the charter school movement, highlighting inspiring figures within it, and allowing students, staff and leaders to explain the tough issues facing California's charter schools. From San Diego to Sacramento, from timelapse to interviews to animated pieces--CCSA videos run the gamut. And now, without any further ado, here are our Top 10 Most Popular videos of 2011, as gauged by YouTube views.
10. Charters Schools are Effectively Educating African American Students
Charter schools are making gains in narrowing the achievement gap and are enrolling higher percentages of African American students. Featuring PS 7 in Sacramento and Watts Learning Center in Los Angeles, this video was created to accompany the release of CCSA's Chartering and Choice as an Achievement Gap-Closing Reform report
9. Families That Can: The Voice of CA Charter School Parents
Families That Can (FTC) is a statewide organization of charter school parents who work to hold our leaders accountable for ensuring every child has access to a high-quality public education. FTC advocates for quality public school choices, equitable treatment and resources for charter public schools, and the advancement and growth of successful charter schools. Watch this video to find out how you can be involved and have your voice heard in the state capitol!
8. Acceptance Speech: 2011 Hart Vision Teacher of the Year Meredith Dadigan, a fourth and fifth grade teacher at Aspire Titan Academy, accepts the 2011 Hart Vision Teacher of the Year award during the 18th Annual California Charter Schools Conference in San Diego.
7. Funding Inequity Hits Charters Especially Hard
CCSA President and CEO Jed Wallace explains the funding inequity between traditional public and charter public schools, and the impact that has on charters.
6. 2011 Hart Vision CA Charter School Teacher of the Year: Meredith Dadigan Meridith Dadigan teaches fourth and fifth grade at Aspire Titan Academy in Huntington Park, a city located just south of Downtown Los Angeles. Meredith moved to Los Angeles in fall 2009 to be part of the founding team at Aspire Titan, which received an API of 824 in its first year. Meredith says to her teaching isn't a career, it's a lifestyle.
5. Waiting for "Superman" Panel Discussion and Q&A
One of the highlights of the 18th Annual California Charter Schools Conference was clips and a panel discussion on the groundbreaking 2010 film Waiting for "Superman." The panel, moderated by Jay Matthews (Washington Post education reporter and blogger), featured Lesley Chillcott (Producer, Waiting for "Superman"), Diane Tavenner (CEO, Summit Public Schools), and Ref Rodriguez (Co-founder of Partnerships To Uplift Communities).
4. We're not just students here - Camino Nuevo Charter Academy
A Camino Nuevo Charter Academy student explains why she wants the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education to select Camino Nuevo as the operator of a new school under the Public School Choice Resolution.
3. 2011 Hart Vision CA Charter School of the Year: KIPP Bridge Charter School
The mission of KIPP Bridge is to develop the academic knowledge, skills and character traits necessary for students to achieve success in the finest high schools and colleges, and the competitive world beyond. KIPP Bridge Charter School, located in Oakland, was one of two charter schools of the year for 2011.
2. 2011 Hart Vision CA Charter School of the Year: Olga Mohan High School
Though students come from historically disadvantaged backgrounds, they are fulfilling the school's mission of college-readiness, as evidenced through a graduation rate of 100% and a 4-year college acceptance rate of 94%. High expectations and the school-wide culture is what has led to much of the school's success, including an API score of 883 last year--an at least 200 point lead over every surrounding LAUSD high school. Olga Mohan High School, located in Los Angeles, was the second of two charter schools of the year for 2011.
1. Charter Schools 101
Featuring a talented young artist, the video describes in words and pictures the things that make California's charter schools so special.