West Contra Costa Unified School District School Board of Education Approves Five-Year Renewal for AMPS Richmond Charter Academy
RICHMOND, CA — On February 15, 2017, the West Contra Costa Unified School District Board of Education unanimously approved a five-year renewal for AMPS Richmond Charter Academy.
“The renewal of Richmond Charter Academy is more than a victory for Amethod Public Schools, but a victory for the students and families of Richmond that want quality educational institutions,” says Michael Bradley, after school education and safety coordinator at Richmond Charter Academy.
The bi-monthly school board meeting took place at Lovonya DeJean Middle School in Richmond. Hundreds of families filled the auditorium and gym wearing yellow and black Richmond Charter Academy shirts to express their support of their charter renewal.
"Last night made a deep impression on me. The parents, students, and staff that came out in support of our school was an emotionally moving event,” says Jeff Clinton, site director of Richmond Charter Academy and John Henry High School. “As a community, we are all dedicated to a rigorous learning environment and college readiness program for our students."
Richmond Charter Academy opened its doors in 2012 and serves approximately 230 students from grades 6-8. It is a part of Amethod Public Schools, a Bay Area network of charter schools in Oakland and Richmond.
"We are overjoyed with the West Contra Costa County Unified School District’s decision to renew Richmond Charter Academy,” says Yesenia Sanchez, dean of instruction at Richmond Charter Academy. “Having a high-performing middle school like ours in Richmond will make a positive impact in students lives for years to come. We will continue to work hard and serve our community."
To learn more about Richmond Charter Academy, visit www.amethodschools.org/RCA.
RICHMOND, CA - At Richmond Charter Academy, students have the opportunity to participate in an After School Educational and Safety program, also known as ASES, that offers fun, interactive, and educational activities outside of the classroom. One of their favorite weekly traditions includes pulling out the chess boards and challenging their friends to a friendly game of strategy, focus, and creativity. Research shows that learning to play a game like chess is not just a fun game to play outside of the classroom, but actually teaches them skills that can help them improve their learning abilities.
Here are three reasons why your student should play chess:
1. Its helps them learn problem-solving skills
Chess has become a popular sport to play in schools because it teaches students to strategize, focus, and make decisions in order to achieve their main objective – capture their opponent’s king. Playing chess is not the simplest of games and challenges students to learn about multiple topics at once. In order to play, they must learn how to set up a board, the roles of each of their game pieces, and adopt an, “if-then” type of thinking. Through the process of becoming an effective chess player, students improve their problem-solving skills that helps pave the way for more in-depth critical thinking in the future.
2. It improves concentration and memory
When playing chess, your goals include keeping as many of your own pieces on the board, protecting your king, eliminating your opponents pieces, and of course, capturing your opponent’s king. With these objectives in mind, students learn to concentrate on the tasks at hand and make strategic moves that will allow them to stay in the game until the end. Being that students will likely play chess with some of the same people over and over, it also enhances their memory as they may begin to remember their opponent’s strategies and what has worked for them in the past.
3. It increases self-confidence
Not only is chess fun and educational, it also makes students more confident. They learn to think on their feet and make quick decisions which translates not just on the board, but in their own personal lives. There is nothing better than winning a chess game to increase your self-esteem!
Learn more about Richmond Charter Academy at amethodschools.org/RCA.
BAY AREA, CA - We are excited to announce that the first cohort of AMPS Career Path Teachers has been selected!
The AMPS Up and Coming Leader (UCLP) Career Path is a comprehensive talent pipeline system that provides our teachers and aspiring school leaders with a coordinated pathway for growth, development and increased compensation. This innovative new system will allow our educators to take on new roles and responsibilities while continually advancing their teaching effectiveness and leadership skills in service to our students.
The 2016 cohort had their applications reviewed by multiple readers using a rubric to score the five primary components of the teacher’s portfolio:
They then presented the results to the committee of 15 AMPS leaders and Home Office team members where a final consensus decision was made. The process provided multiple components of a teacher’s practice to be considered in a balanced way and involved multiple reviewers.
The 2015-16 recipients demonstrated a multi-year track record of effective practice, leadership, and most importantly, growing their students both in academics and character.
AMPS is proud to recognize the following career path promotion recipients: