Join fellow charter leaders and teachers at the 2013 Summer Educator Institute June 17 - 21, 2013 to discuss strategies around taking social-emotional learning school-wide. You will have the opportunity to swap ideas, get support for your classroom challenges, and practice strategies with middle-school colleagues.
The Bay Area Special Education Joint Powers Authority ("JPA") - a consortium of charter schools that have come together to share special education resources and services - is now accepting applications for new members. Schools that are interested in participating in the JPA are invited to apply for membership by April 25, 2013.
Join us on either April 15 or April 16 for a happy hour hosted by CCSA and Building Excellent Schools to learn more about the BES Fellowship program and starting a charter school.
Let your voice be heard! Join charter leaders and parents from our region at the State Capitol in Sacramento on May 8.
Let your voice be heard! Join charter leaders and parents from the Bay Area, North Coast and Central Coast regions at the State Capitol in Sacramento on May 8.
Four of Oakland's leading community and education organizations have joined to produce Oakland Achieves - A Public Education Progress Report
Learn more about the process of starting a school, supports available to teams interested in starting a school, and connect with others who also want to see more high-quality schools in the Bay Area.
If you are looking to build your internal capacity, consider applying for a Service Grant from The Taproot Foundation. The next deadline for submission is March 1, 2013.
Facilities Continues to be the Number One Challenge Cited by Charter Operators in Santa Clara County
Did you know that there are a handful of charter networks in Santa Clara County that are leasing private buildings AND using district facilities for multiple schools?
Rocketship, which currently has 7 schools in San José, was recently featured on PBS NewsHour.
Aspire Public Schools, Lighthouse Community Charter, and KIPP Bay Area Schools (KIPP Bridge) were recently recognized for their significant impact by education experts on the Local Education 2012 Philanthropedia list.
Join us in congratulating KIPP Bay Area, Summit Public Schools and Navigator Schools who all had schools recently approved in the south bay!
Mark your calendars for the upcoming charter leader regional meeting on January 31, 2012, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm! This is a great opportunity to network with other charters leaders, discuss local issues, and get pertinent budget and legislative information.
The "Shoo The Flu" program is offering San Francisco Bay Area children ages 4 through 18 a free flu shot, at participating Target Pharmacy locations.
The Rogers Family Foundation (RFF) requests the submission of grant applications for whole school next generation learning models at the K-12 level.
Thanks to the Center, grant-funded registration is being made available for all CCSA members' instruction & teacher-leader teams to the upcoming California Institutes hosted by The Common Core Institute (up to three registrations per school).
CCSA is launching a Start-Up Circle in the Bay Area! You are invited to join other educators, parents, and community leaders to learn more about the process of starting a charter school and to discuss the landscape throughout the Bay...
Make sure that your school community is prepared for emergencies and plan out your participation for this important event next week.
Supporting excellence in education at Roseland Public Schools in Sonoma County, Roseland Charter School has been selected to receive a $150,000 contribution from AT&T's Aspire Program to support the school's Destination College Program.
Families That Can has created easy-to-read, nonpartisan voter guides to help you learn more about the candidates running for school board in a variety of communities across the state, including Oakland.
CCSA recently had the pleasure of shooting video with several long-time charter school leaders and a couple of parents in Oakland. Find out what they had to say about the impact of charter schools and their hopes for the future of the movement.
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Charter Schools Act and charter parents who are leaders with PACT (People Acting in Community Together) and CCSA, in collaboration with the SJ Consortium, are organizing a Community Action Meeting to build more support from community leaders, show the success of charters in increasing student achievement, and the need for more excellent schools for kids.
Did you know that it has been 20 whole years since the enactment of the Charter Schools Act in California? Please join us, on Saturday, October 13 at beautiful Preservation Park to commemorate this great milestone. Will your school participate? Let us know as soon as possible!
CCSA and the Oakland charter community is proud to welcome three new charters to the Oakland landscape.
The location for the San Jose Charter Leader Regional Meeting has changed. We will now gather at **Rocketship Alma Academy**.
We don't get together often and there is a lot going on in areas such as budget/economic crisis, legislation, school board elections, and common core so it will be especially valuable to see everyone.
Important Dates and Deadlines for Oakland: Regional Meetings, Anniversary Celebration Rally Prop. 39 and More
Get all the details here!
Updates from Regional Director David Castillo on cash flow challenges, CIVICS, OUSD SELPA changes, the upcoming Oakland Regional meeting and more.
It is with mixed emotions that I am letting you know that I will be leaving CCSA to take on a new opportunity beginning June 25.
Parents from Bullis Charter School in Los Altos recently partnered with parents at Escuela Popular in San Jose to build a new garden and play structure.
We're looking forward to seeing you at our Spring Regional Meeting on May 24th. Our agenda includes opportunities to engage with each other around the use of data, School Board Election Information and Dos and Don'ts for non-profits, and Need- to-Know-Now Budget and legislative updates.
We look forward to seeing all San Francisco and Oakland Charter Leaders at our Spring Regional Meetings on May 15 and 16.
A huge shout-out to the 10 charter schools in Northern California that made the list of U.S. News and World Report Top US Schools. Congratulations to the students, faculty and parents of these schools! We are proud of your accomplishments and hard work. See the list of honorees.
Get the details on the next regional meeting, now scheduled for May 16.
KQED Do Now is a weekly activity for high school students to explore current issues using Twitter for learning. It is an excellent opportunity for educators to integrate civic engagement and digital citizenship skills into the curriculum.
It is with mixed feelings that we announce today that Kate Nicol will be leaving CCSA on May 18.
Bay Area charter leaders and schools were recognized this week.
This is the workshop charter school board members DON'T want to miss! Find out everything you need to know to be a responsible steward of your school from the Brown Act to financial and academic oversight.
Please mark your calendars for our Spring Regional Meeting. I am looking forward to meeting as many members as possible!
Vincent Academy was the only new charter school to open in Oakland this year. Meet a couple of the parents who are excited to have this option for their son, featured this week on the Families That Can website!
Gateway will use the award to continue to fund a 9th grade seminar to help students adjust to high school and learn organizational skills, note-taking and drug and alcohol awareness.
Thanks for your feedback on the winter regional meeting. Based on your input, visiting a school site is definitely preferred (Latino College Prep Academy, our winter host, was a big hit!) and the end of May is a good time for a Spring meeting.
Kristen, who has both nonprofit management and charter-focused education reform experience, recently joined CCSA as the School Development Manager for Northern California.
Interested charters from the Bay Area, including Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, can still enroll in the recently created Bay Area Special Education Joint Powers Authority.
This on-site workshop will assist charter schools that are engaged in the strategic planning process, working toward long-term sustainability. It is for charter school board members and business managers, especially those working with business service providers.
The Oakland Rotary Enterprise Institute treats students to 2.5 days near Santa Cruz to learn about business startups, business management, critical thinking, presentations, teamwork and teamwork, as tied to academics.
Three California Charter Schools Honored as EPIC National Charter Consortium 2012 Award Winning Schools
Three California charter schools are being honored as Silver Silver Gain Schools: Leadership Public Schools Hayward; Leadership Public Schools Richmond; and Voices College-Bound Language Academy (San Jose)
John has experience throughout the Bay Area charter community with a focus on Oakland and now San Jose, and we are very excited to welcome him to this role.
Learn about a local initiative to help combat the dropout crisis in Oakland.
Dissatisfied with your special education arrangements? Seeking increased autonomy, flexibility and access to funding? Read on for important updates and timelines.
Got questions about charter school finances? Don't miss CCSA's 4-hour in-depth Finance Academy which is offered just once a year! This workshop will assist charter schools and developers in all phases of financial management and is designed for schools that are working toward long-term sustainability.
When the Board started the candidate search process, some board members stated that they wanted a "game changer"...
I am looking forward to meeting many of you at next week's conference. Please come up and say hello!
Thank you to everyone who helped make this a great regional meeting. Read on for an overview of what we covered and links to key materials.
Everyone who submitted a request for facilities under Prop 39 should have received a preliminary offer from their district by February 1 and, as a reminder, charters only have a few short weeks to respond (by March 1).
Hard to believe that the 19th Annual Charter Conference is only one week away! Please plan to join colleagues from around the Bay Area to gear up for the Funding Equity Rally and connect on issues specific to our region....
We are pleased to announce that Elaine Guarnieri-Nunn has joined CCSA as the new Managing Regional Director for the San Francisco Bay Area region, which includes all of northwestern California.
A partner organization of the CCSA Oakland Charter Schools Collaborative, East Bay Charter Connect, hosted its first annual symposium for charter school teachers and leaders on January 27, 2012 at the Oakland Military Institute. The 200 attendees from 12 schools...
We had over 30 participants and it was wonderful to have so many charter schools from Alameda and Contra Costa counties represented.
The SCCBOE has approved more charters than any other county office board in California so it is critical for the entire movement that the new superintendent sees charters as essential and as partners in improving public education.
There is a lot going on in our area not to mention across the state so it is an important time for us to be getting together.
Jed Wallace, Gary Borden and Alice Miller of CCSA will be joining us to drive the discussion around legislation, budget, accountability, and advocacy deeper.
At lot has transpired over the course of the last few OUSD Board meetings: new petitions, conversions, approvals. Read all about it!
John Danner, Rocketship Education's CEO, was recently named one of the top 12 educators to watch in 2012 in Time Magazine. Congratulations!
We're looking forward to see you on February 9 at Latino College Prep in San Jose!
The California Supreme Court denied Los Altos School District's requests that the Court accept review and depublish the appellate decision which sided with Bullis Charter School, finding that the District had violated Proposition 39, a law that requires school districts to provide "reasonably equivalent facilities" to charter schools.
Alameda County regional meeting is coming up soon!
Thank you to Latino College Prep who will be hosting our winter meeting!
You are all invited to attend this historic vote on Wednesday, Dec. 14.
Interested charters from the Bay Area and surrounding counties are invited to learn more about the new Bay Area Special Education Joint Powers Authority.
Request your facility now - OUSD has released the new Facilities Request Form!
Facilities workshop co-sponsored by the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) and the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) will assist charter schools in addressing critical facilities issues.
The ZOOM! team is holding two-day DataDirector trainings in both the Bay Area and Los Angeles within the next month.
Workshops being held in Oakland and Los Angeles will give an update on state funds available for charters, provide a road map for successfully accessing state funding, and look ahead to future funding and programs for charter facilities.
Last week, one of our local charters, KIPP Bridge, was featured in CCSA's report "Chartering and Choice as an Achievement Gap Closing Reform: The Success of California Charter Schools in Promoting African American Achievement", which details the performance and enrollment trends of African American students in California's public schools, including charter schools.
Calling interested charters from the Bay Area and surrounding Solano, Sonoma, Napa, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Contra Costa counties! Learn how a Special Education JPA can help your school.
The OUSD board meeting on last Tuesday was a sight to be seen. Over 400 onlookers were present as the Board began reviewing the formal recommendations for restructuring the District. Emotions ran high as the board discussed the recommendation.
With apologies, we have decided to temporarily postpone the Watsonville regional meeting that was scheduled for tomorrow, Sept. 27, at the Watsonville Public Library.
This past year charters were under attack in Sacramento and together we need to STOP the attempt to stifle innovation and curb charter growth. Please join us at the Charter Leader meeting in the South Bay (all are welcome) to provide your input on CCSA's legislative 2011-2012 priorities.
On September 20 at a celebration marking the opening of two new schools in San Jose, Summit PS: Rainier and Summit PS: Tahoma, the Meg Whitman-Harsh Foundation announced Summit Public Schools as the recipient of a $2.5M grant.
The California Charter School Governance Academy is a free, four hour intensive workshop designed to help school leaders and governing board members increase their knowledge of their ethical and legal obligations as stewards of public institutions. Sign up today for a workshop near you!
Costa Rica? Ghana? Mexico? Learn about fellowships for summer learning fellowship opportunities for preK-12 teachers.
The Santa Clara County Office of Education is developing criteria for approving Countywide Benefit Charters and your input is needed.
Charter leaders in four communities in Santa Clara County are working with their districts to strengthen the charter environment and develop innovative solutions to better serve students across district and charter schools
The OUSD Board held a special meeting last Wednesday evening to review the ten schools placed on the potential closures list.
East Bay and South Bay regional meetings are scheduled. Register today!
It's hard to believe, but Fall Regional Meetings are coming up fast. During this meeting, we look forward to collecting your input for CCSA's 2012 legislative priorities. We will also discuss region-specific challenges and solutions.
The Higher Education Summit for Foster Youth is an event designed to motivate current foster youth in Santa Clara County to pursue higher education is scheduled for later this month.
An enthusiastic and strong team of charter leaders recently met and decided to develop a Special Ed JPA with CCSA support. They are busy designing a unique JPA structure with a goal to help Bay Area schools like theirs better serve all students with special needs.
There is lots to share this week: New schools opening in our region, opportunities collaborate with area principals and special "Don't Miss!" deals on Conference registration.
A lot has been happening in this space... get the details and find out how to stay informed.
Schools, help build community relationships while giving participants a firsthand look at the daily challenges and opportunities of being an Oakland charter school principal.
Principals, assistant principals, and district/CMO leaders thinking about principal professional development and school leadership teams are invited.
Principals, assistant principals, and district/CMO leaders thinking about principal professional development and school leadership teams are invited.
If not, it is a good time to do so! The recent spate of denials at the District level in Oakland are concerning.
Hard to believe, but Fall Regional Meetings are coming up fast.
The most significant way to make sure that your legislators are working for your schools is to build a relationship with them.
Mark your calendars for the upcoming Fall Charter Leader Regional Meetings! Bay Area meetings will take place at the end of September and beginning of October.
CCSA provides state and local advocacy, leadership on accountability, and a variety of operational and support services to our members. Are you aware of these two CCSA initiatives taking place in the Bay Area?
Save yourself a click! Did you know you it is easy to make a default regional selection on calcharters.org? It's easy. Here's how to do it.
In four years, EPIC (Effective Practices Incentive Program) has awarded nearly $7 million to over 1,600 educators in 57 high-gain schools nationwide. Learn how you can apply.
Parent leaders in San Jose see the importance of cultivating a common vision and are meeting with district board members and charter leaders to advocate for bold and actionable Compacts.
Redwood Prep Charter School in Fortuna will open it's doors - in part with some help from a bridge loan. Learn how this is relevant to your school too.
Charter leaders throughout the Bay Area are exploring how to create a Bay Area Special Education Joint Powers Authority (JPA) to mitigate the challenges that many schools are facing with special education service delivery.
City and district propositions are adding an additional $425 per student to the operating funds of the 13 operating charter schools in San Francisco, welcome news in these terrible economic times.
Rocketship has petitioned the County Office of Education to start an additional 20 schools over the next 5 years, adding to the five it already has open.
New information about Governor Brown's veto of the budget.
How can parents have an impact in Sacramento? How do you get a meeting with your legislator? What is the process for a proposed bill to become a law? Get the details from Families That Can.