Here at AMPS, we believe in providing our educators with a coordinated pathway to success. The Career Path System, which was designed by AMPS Teachers, honors hard work and professional growth allowing educators to advance professionally based on a comprehensive portfolio that demonstrates their effectiveness and impact on students.
After an in-depth review of our 2018 applications, we are proud to announce that 11 of our teachers have earned AMPS Career Path Advancement for the 2018-2019 school year!
Congratulations to the following teachers:
We look forward to seeing all that you and your students will accomplish next year!
RICHMOND, CA - On Thursday, May 3, 2018, Benito Juarez Elementary celebrated its first ever reclassification ceremony to celebrate 150 of their scholars who have been reclassified as proficient in English!
Congratulations to all of our Mighty Mites on this achievement. We are so proud of you!
Oakland charter high school students host video conference on gun violence prevention with schools across the country
On Friday, April 20, 2018, Oakland Charter High School students hosted a video conference on gun violence with audiences from across the country spanning all four time zones. Participants included students from five high schools, three non-profit organizations and two U.S. Congressional offices. During this event, their goal was to exchange information on how gun violence has affected out country and discuss actions they can take to reduce it.
"For me, talking to people from many different places has been a good experience," says Mya Olivier-Jackson, a senior at Oakland Charter High School."This is an issue that has been in our community for a while, but its always been blamed on us or our community. Seeing everybody being affected by this and seeing that its a broader issue makes it easier to fully address the situation."
For this national classroom lesson, Oakland Charter High School teacher, Adam Kubey invited schools from around the nation and Congresspersons and/or members of their staff to take part in the video conference. Oakland Charter High School students led the conversation via Google Hangouts where they covered topics including local and national gun violence, their own personal experiences, current and past events, as well as strategies for the future.
Participating schools included: Oakland Charter High School, Capital High School in Santa Fe, NM, Kenwood Academy in Chicago, IL, Martin Luther King College Prep High School in Chicago, IL, and Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, PA.
"I find that this was very inspiring and helpful," says Jennifer Mendoza, studentbody president of Oakland Charter High School. "As you can see, Parkland students have gathered and they have made huge controversial statements and they have addressed their state Senators. I feel like we should do the same and also try to get more media coverage on overall gun control, not just on the school shootings."
Great work OCHS and thank you to Mr. Kubey for coordinating this event. We are so proud to see our students making a difference in their communities.
Oakland Charter High School Teacher Earns Prestigious James McBride Teaching Award from the Jonathan D. Krist Foundation
OAKLAND, CA — The Jonathan D. Krist Foundation announced Oakland Charter High School Teacher, Felix Cabrera as a 2018 recipient of the prestigious James McBride Teaching Award. This award recognizes excellent teachers serving in under-resourced communities and recognizes four to six educators throughout the nation each year. Cabrera is the third educator to be selected from California in the history of the award.
In 2017, the award was given to Jack Lyons, a sixth-grade math teacher from Downtown Charter Academy in Oakland and Janel Park, a second-grade teacher from Benito Juarez Elementary in Richmond. Lyons attended Piedmont High School and is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. Park is a graduate of Mills College and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in teaching.
Oakland Charter High School serves over 500 students in the East Bay and is a public charter school under Amethod Public Schools. Their mission is to provide a rigorous college preparatory education and character development program that will prepare students from underserved communities to succeed in college and beyond.
The Jonathan D. Krist Foundation is located in New Hope, Pennsylvania and honors the memory and charitable deeds of Jonathan Krist, a talented musician and student activist at Oberlin College. The James McBride Teaching Award is one of three programs through this foundation and comes with $1,000.00 for each teacher selected.
To learn more about the Jonathan D. Krist Foundation and the James McBride Teaching Award, visit www.jonathankrist.org.
Harvard Business School Association of Northern California Honors Amethod Public Schools CEO with 2018 Social Impact Award
OAKLAND, CA — The Harvard Business School Association of Northern California (HBSANC) selected Amethod Public Schools (AMPS) Chief Executive Officer, Jorge Lopez as one of four recipients for their 2018 Social Impact Awards. This organization selects four non-profit leaders from the Bay Area who are making a difference in their communities each year.
“It’s an honor to have been chosen for this prestigious program,”says Jorge Lopez, CEO of AMPS. ”I consider myself a lifetime student, as the continuation of knowledge and adaptability are crucial to success. I look forward to gaining more specialized skills to share with my organization.”
The award includes a full-ride scholarship to attend an Executive Education course on the Harvard Business School campus this summer. Lopez will attend, “Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management” where he will be given direct access to Harvard Business School professors, cases, and a network of global social change makers. In addition, all recipients may obtain pro bono consulting and advisory support from Bay Area alumni through the HBSANC Community Partners program.
“What I hope to gain from this course is leadership practice that is immersed in real-world challenges that will allow me to seek deeper understandings of situational leadership models,” says Lopez. “For many of us in the educational world whom may not be able to afford or attend full course MBA programs, this model will serve as that technical bridge.”
Other recipients of the 2018 Social Impact Awards included Nicholas Carlisle of No Bully, Laura Deaton of Trust for Conservation Innovation, and Jess Ladd of Project Callisto.
“Being a part of a cohort of fellow nonprofit leaders and HBS professors would provide a tight diverse community of colleagues that reflect partner organizations seeking to learn how to provide a better ‘good’ with out of the box thinking,” says Lopez.
To learn more about the Harvard Business School Association of Northern California Community Partners Program, visit http://hbscp.org.
Congratulations to Oakland Charter High School, Downtown Charter Academy, and Richmond Charter Academy for earning a coveted spot on the annual report by Innovate Public Schools on their list of "Top Bay Area Public Schools for Underserved Students!" We are proud to announce that only 52 schools were recognized and 3 of those were our very own AMPS schools!
This award is given each year based on a school's strong results in English and/or Math for low-income African American and/or low-income Latino students in the previous school year. This report for 2016-2017 will be released publicly in April, followed by an event where our schools will be honored on April 28.
Read more about the methodology here for details on what data was used and their approach to selecting their top Bay Area public schools.
Our schools made it on the following Top Schools list(s):
Oakland Charter High School
Low-income Latino, math, high school
Low-income Latino, English, high school
Downtown Charter Academy
Low-income Latino, English, middle school
Low-income Latino, math, middle school
Richmond Charter Academy
Low-income Latino, math, middle school
Once again, congratulations to our schools! Thank you for all you do for our schools and helping our students reach their full potential. We appreciate you!
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OAKLAND, CA - Last year, we applied for the 2017 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grant with the California Department of Education. After much anticipation, we found out that we had been awarded $70,000 that will benefit our AMPS schools by allowing us to upgrade and purchase site kitchen equipment in an effort to continuously improve our food services for our students!
We would like to recognize and thank Grace Borja, our AMPS Finance and Operations Coordinator for her time, energy, and hard work in applying for this grant. Thank you!
OAKLAND, CA - Oakland Charter High School has entered a $200,000 national education contest hoping for a chance at one of the 13 prizes that will be awarded to recognize the most unique and inventive K-12 programs. In addition to completing an online application for the annual Follett Challenge, they also submitted a short video promoting their program, Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R). The overall winner will earn a $60,000 prize, plus a celebration at the school, while each of the other two Semi-Finalists will earn $30,000 prizes. Ten of the prizes, valued at $8,000 each, will be given away solely be based on how many votes applicants have received for their videos from the public.
Video voting begins TODAY, January 22, 2018 through January 26, 2018.
VOTE FOR OCHS HERE
Oakland Charter High School's video is now posted on the Follett Challenge website. After registering, you can cast one vote per day through January 26, 2018. Not only are our votes significant in the video-voting portion of the contest, but they also will play a role in the overall rubric as twenty-percent of each school’s final score is based on the number of votes generated for their video.
We will be sending reminder e-mails each day to show our support. Thank you for taking the time to vote for OCHS! Go Matadors!
Oakland Charter high school senior awarded Student Change Maker award at Bay Area civics day by generation citizen
OAKLAND, CA - Congratulations to Julia Chen, a senior at Oakland Charter High School for being award the Student Change Maker award at the Bay Area Civics Day by Generation Citizen! We are so proud of you and all of your accomplishments. It is students like you that are truly making a difference in our world! Thank you for serving as a role model in our community.
During her speech, Julia told her peers - "Students need to know they have a voice... [Instead of] waiting for someone else to get the ball rolling, we need to create the conversation. We need to bring the issues to the table."
You can watch her speech here,