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,
Oakland Charter High School Implements DAILy d.e.a.r. Program (Drop everything and read) for their students and staff
OAKLAND, CA - Oakland Charter High School recently implemented a daily D.E.A.R. program where students and staff "Drop Everything and Read" for 30 minutes each day. Each student has the opportunity to select a book of their choice and spend 20 minutes reading, five minutes writing in a journal, and five minutes discussing their book with their peers.
"D.E.A.R. creates an authentic opportunity for students and staff to share space and read together," says Adam Huwitz, Psychology teacher at Oakland Charter High School. "It promotes literacy in addition to building classroom community just sharing a peaceful space together."
Since starting D.E.A.R. at OCHS, students have enjoyed reading new books and improving their reading skills.
"The D.E.A.R. program has impacted me because now I read a lot more than I used to," says Luis Soberanis-Pacheco, a junior at Oakland Charter High School. "I almost never picked up any books besides textbooks that I needed to study so this is a good hobby I can use in the future."
To learn more about Oakland Charter High School, visit us at amethodschools.org/OCHS.
At 10:19am on 10/19/2017, all of our AMPS schools will participate in The Great California ShakeOut! At this time, millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover and Hold in the event of an earthquake. These ShakeOut Earthquake Drills began in California in 2008 and are a great way to prepare and recover from big earthquakes wherever you live, work, or travel. Learn more here at https://www.shakeout.org
AMPS Named Among National Network of Leaders Through Achievement First's Charter Network Accelerator Program
OAKLAND, CA — Amethod Public Schools (AMPS) is among twelve charter management organizations across the country chosen this year to join Achievement First’s Charter Network Accelerator Program for their fourth cohort. This program selects charter management organizations achieving strong results with historically underserved populations.
"We are very excited for this opportunity,” says Jorge Lopez, chief executive officer of Amethod Public Schools. "Being selected as a part of the Charter Network Accelerator program aligns with our commitment to continuous learning and the growth mindset, as well as provides our organization with innovative tools, information on best practices and lessons from other high-performing organizational leaders that will assuredly benefit our students and school communities."
The Charter Network Accelerator program was founded in 2014 by Achievement First and serves over 60,000 student scholars nationwide by working with charter network leaders to strengthen their practices. Their vision is to increase the number of top quality school seats available to parents across the country who are seeking an excellent school for their children. As part of that vision, they also aim to increase the number of prominent, high-performing charter networks led by leaders of color, so that the leadership of the charter sector more closely resembles the communities they aspire to serve.
“The Cohort Four leaders – like the leaders in our previous cohorts – bring with them a deep dedication to improving education and each have extraordinary stories of achievement,” says Sara Keenan, managing director of the Charter Network Accelerator. “We are excited to learn from their accomplishments so far and support them in getting stronger as they grow their networks to serve more students.”
Participants in the Charter Network Accelerator Cohort Four include:
• Amethod Public Schools, Oakland, CA
o Chief Executive Officer, Jorge Lopez
• Bright Star Schools, Los Angeles, CA
o Chief Executive Officer, Hrag Hamalian
• Envision Education, Oakland, CA
o Chief Executive Officer, Gia Truong
• Ewing Marion Kauffman School, Kansas City, MO
o Chief Executive Officer, Hannah Lofthus
• Gestalt Community Schools, Memphis, TN
o Chief Executive Officer, Yetta Lewis
• Henderson Collegiate, Henderson, NC
o Chief Executive Officer, Eric Sanchez
• LEARN Charter School Network, Chicago, IL
o Chief Executive Officer, Greg White
• Navigator Schools, Hollister, CA
o Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Sved
• Neighborhood House Charter School, Boston, MA
o Chief Executive Officer, Kate Scott
• New Beginnings School Foundation, New Orleans, LA
o Chief Executive Officer, Michelle Blouin-Williams
• RePublic Schools, Nashville, TN and Jackson, MS
o Chief Executive Officer, Jon Rybka
• Village of Excellence Academy, Tampa, FL
o Chief Executive Officer, Cametra Edwards
To learn more about Achievement First and their Charter Network Accelerator Program, visit www.achievementfirst.org.