National Charter Schools Week 2013: Share Your School's Role in Delivering the Dream

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April 15, 2013 National Charter Schools Week, which will be held May 5-11, 2013, is an opportunity for charter supporters, leaders, teachers, parents and students to share how charter schools "Deliver the Dream." The goals for National Charter Schools Week include:

  • Advocate for a more favorable policy environment for charter schools.
  • Show how the quality and accountability of charter schools is transforming public education and the lives of over a million children.
  • Increase awareness that charter schools are public schools dedicated to improving our nation's public education system.

With one in seven of the nation's charter schools located in California, charter schools provide a welcome choice for parents looking for an education best suited to their child. In order to meet the needs of the 70,000 California students on wait lists, it is important that all schools do their part in educating the community about charters. Highlighting the diversity of California's charter schools will help promote the need for legislation and policies that enable charter success and continued growth.

Here are five things that every school can do to support the charter movement in celebration of National Charter Schools Week:

  1. Join us for Advocacy Day, a highlight of National Charter Schools Week, to be held at the State Capitol on May 8.
  2. Participate in our Facebook Contest by visiting our contest page on Facebook. Two winners, and their schools, will receive a gift card in the value of $100 from Staples, one of CCSA's member vendors.
  3. Publicize the good things already underway at your school. For useful tips visit Reaching Out to the Media. See recent examples by Civicorps, Nature Academy Charter and Natomas Charter School.
  4. Check out ideas on holding events, working with the media and connecting with your elected officials. Download commucations tools.
  5. Contact Vicki Grenz so she can share your work with the charter community on our Facebook pages and to our twitter followers.