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Q+A With Dr. John Scott

Dr. John Scott joined the Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) Team in June 2020 as the organization’s first Chief Equity Officer. In the interview, below, Dr. Scott reflects on his own anti-racism journey and what he envisions for the role in the months and years ahead. WA Charters (WAC): Hi, John! It’s so … Read More

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Anti-racism resources

(Updated September 11, 2020) In the wake of recent racism-fueled violence – violence that echoes centuries of racist action across the nation and in Washington state – WA Charters is working to put together a list of anti-racist resources that may be helpful to our staff, community, networks, and sector. Resources will be updated regularly. … Read More

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Building School Culture Through Crisis

Cascade | Midway Academy is Building School Culture Through Crisis Even before they open their doors for their inaugural Class of 2024, the team at Cascade |Midway Academy has been working hard to connect with future students and families, as well as the community around Des Moines and the South Seattle region. A tuition-free charter … Read More

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Statement from the WA Charters Board in Response to Recent Racist Violence

Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. George Floyd. David McAtee. These are just a few of the Black lives lost over the past two months. As our country and community grieve these killings, the Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) is committed to amplifying the voices of Black and Brown leaders and taking intentional action to … Read More

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Webinar: Teaching and Learning During COVID-19 – How Washington Schools Are Planning for Fall

Watch a recording of our free webinar on how districts and charter public schools are planning for the 2020-2021 school year in the wake of COVID-19 and with a racial equity lens – work that is more important than ever right now. Co-hosted with the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) and the Center on … Read More

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Time to Act: Statement from Patrick D’Amelio on Recent Racist Violence

This is a time for action. Last week, a video was released showing George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, being killed while in police custody.   Mr. Floyd is just one person in a long line of Black lives lost to racist violence including Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor within the last two months alone. Their families … Read More

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Schools can stay virtually connected to their families. Here’s how.

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Lumen High School Supporting their Community During COVID-19

Teen parents often struggle to find belonging in their community. Their access to education is difficult and sometimes feels impossible. Many young parents find themselves leaving school before completion and isolated while caring for their child. Lumen High School, a charter public school in Spokane, was designed by those young parents and a passionate group … Read More

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Thank you, teachers! Watch our Teacher Appreciation Week Video

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WEBINAR: Distance Learning During COVID-19

Washington was one of the first states to mandate school closures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. School administrators and teachers across the state mobilized to transition to alternative methods of teaching and learning. Washington’s charter public schools were able to quickly adapt to provide meaningful distance learning. We were inspired to learn alongside 120 … Read More