February 2012 Spotlight on Success

February 29, 2012

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The charter school movement is dependent upon the hard work of visionary founders, leaders, and authorizers, plus dedicated teachers and volunteers and inspired students. The Association is proud to recognize several of them this month.

Coastal Academy 8th grade student Brenden Lindsley was accepted to attend the National Young Leaders State Conference, a four-day gathering of young leaders from across the state. His nomination was based on his academic preparedness and leadership potential displayed as a student at Coastal Academy.

John Danner of Rocketship Education was named one of 12 American education leaders to watch for 2012 in Time Magazine. For more, read School of Thought: 12 Education Activists for 2012. The article notes, "In addition to solid results for students, Rocketship has a school model that works in California's cash-starved public education system: it is able to boost teachers' productivity by letting them focus on critical thinking and higher-order thinking skills by using technology for more basic skills and practice."

Alliance Health Services Academy High School, Alliance Heritage College-Ready Academy High School, and Alliance Huntington Park College-Ready Academy High School were selected as recipients of the 2011 Parents as Partners Award of Excellence. The award celebrates their exemplary commitment to making parent involvement a priority and successfully engaging parents as key partners in promoting student success.

Vincent Zhou, who takes online classes through Capistrano Connections Academy, captured the gold medal in men's novice competition at the U.S. Figure Skating championships. The Oakland Tribune has more.

Angela M. Choate, a staff member at C.O.R.E. Charter School, was published in Endeavor Magazine, a publication dedicated to families and professionals serving deaf and hard of hearing children. The article proposes that personalized learning charter schools can be an optimum model for many deaf and hard of hearing students.

Classical Academy High School teacher Debra Hammill will attend the year-long New Science Teacher Academy as part of a fellowship through the National Science Teachers Association. Hammill is one of two teachers in the county and 215 nationwide named as fellows this year, according to an announcement from the association. For more, read the story in the North County Times.

The Daily Breeze reported that Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale has received a $15,000 grant from NextEra Energy to fund the school's Green Ambassador Program. The school also recently unveiled a new greenhouse and rooftop solar photovoltaic system funded by a $23,000 grant from EcoAd and Pacific Coast Termite Inc.

Brittany Wiltz, a student at Natomas Charter School, was named the winner of Sacramento Poetry Out Loud for 2012. Modeled after the National Spelling Bee, more than 365,000 students competed nationally in the Poetry Out Loud competition in 2010-2011. Read the Sacramento Bee article for more details.

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