What We're Doing, What We're Reading - July 19, 2016

You're probably sitting back and relaxing on summer vacation right now. But did you know there are a bunch of New York and Connecticut charter schools saying, "Vacation, shmacation," and working to stave off the summer slide with either an extended school year or a robust summer program?

Lucky for you, we just launched maybe our coolest blog series yet: Overtime! Learn more about the critical work charter schools are doing during the summer months and how they go above and beyond for their students.

Lucky for you, we just launched maybe our coolest blog series yet: Overtime! Learn more about the critical work charter schools are doing during the summer months and how they go above and beyond for their students.

Our first two schools are the New York Center for Autism Charter School in Harlem, and the Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication (ISAAC) in New London, CT.


NYC Autism serves the highest-need students -- children on the moderate to severe end of the Autism spectrum. With year-round instruction, the school's dedicated staff works to help the students academically and prepare them for life after the classroom.

Read about their amazing work now!


ISAAC's Writer's Block program is an 8-week program that encourages students to "ignite social change on the page and stage." This program was put together by two charter grads, and lets students hone their skills while becoming more socially active.

You can read more about this program now!

We'll be profiling more awesome schools in the coming days and weeks, so stay tuned!

On the Blog

You may have heard about this neat timeline of Connecticut charter school news and developments from the last two decades! If you haven't, make sure you check it out!




Our Heroes in the Classroom series will continue this week. If you haven't seen the other inspiring posts in this series, make sure you catch up!

NECSN in the News


Last week we mentioned that huge decision by the Buffalo District Parent Coordinating Council to include charter parents. POLITICO New York covered the friction in Buffalo and this major development. Our Western NY Advocacy Manager Duncan Kirkwood, who has joined the DPCC's Executive Committee to represent all of the city's charters, said of the decision:

“This partnership is huge and unprecedented. It’s the first time where anything involving a district has worked with anything involving charters in a productive way.”

You can read the full article here.

New York News

Everybody loves stories about charter-district collaboration. Here's a nice one about Uncommon Schools and the Rochester City School District working to recruit teachers of color.

This Achievement First Bushwick teacher shifting mindsets in math in the same school building she attended as a kid.

So that virtual reality thing is pretty crazy. Students at Broome Street Academy Charter High School are getting some firsthand experience in the future of technology thanks to a partnership with Google.

The state is looking to boost educational outcomes for young men of color with $9 million in grants as part of the My Brother's Keeper initiative.

Education task force members are questioning if the federal Every Student Succeeds Act provides the level of flexibility that had been touted.

Connecticut News

Common Ground High School alumni describe their journeys through college.

Despite a new law meant to cut down on out-of-school suspensions, a review of the four biggest Connecticut cities showed suspensions are still happening at a high rate.

New Haven schools have partnered with the Connecticut Food Bank to help families in need.

Connecticut has one of the highest rates of segregated schools in the country. United States Senator Chris Murphy has introduced a bill to promote school diversity.

Other Reads

Take a moment to read some powerful reflections from Achievement First on race, violence and how me move forward. Part I and Part II.

Good read from Marianne Lombardo of Democrats for Education Reform: After Dallas and Orlando, We Need Schools Like This That Teach Tolerance.

Joe Shahen
Joe was the Deputy Communications Director for New York for the Northeast Charter Schools Network.
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