Collaboration will lead to equity-centered research in Pre K-12 learning spaces
Five Propel educators have been selected to participate in the cohort of 20 educators who are playing an important role in the design and implementation of an innovative equity-focused research process that positions Black and Latinx educators as research leaders.
Shifting Power in Educational Research and Development is a collaboration between Remake Learning and the University of Pittsburgh School of Education — funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — that aims to shift power dynamics inherent in many research and development (R&D) infrastructures.
Of the 20 educators selected for this one-year initiative, the Propel educators are:
- Alesha Clinton, Braddock Hills High
- Amil Cook, Andrew Street High
- Alonna Cuffe, Braddock Hills High
- Jason Orr, Homestead
- Judith Williams-Wright, Braddock Hills High
Participating educators and 20 researchers will be paired to co-develop and implement research projects in the educators’ learning spaces. With the support of their research partner and a deeply place-based, emancipatory R&D infrastructure (based on the work of Dr. Temple Lovelace), participating educators will be positioned to lead and address their own questions and problems of practice. Research teams will collaborate to share their findings and produce outputs such as specific practices, products, services, processes, technologies, materials, software, data, or other innovations.
Dr. Chekan shares lots of good news in this month’s newsletter.
Free academic and enrichment support for Propel K-12 scholars
Our award-winning Afterschool Program is free to scholars in grades K-12. Held Monday through Thursday, and utilizing an ever-growing partner network, scholars are provided with unique academic and enrichment opportunities during after school hours.
The virtual program began on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, but there is still time to apply! Once your scholar is registered, you will receive a newsletter each Sunday with directions to participate.
Virtual Afterschool activities include academic support, art, science and more! The Puzzle Mania Competition for grades 6-12 is popular. Scholars who attend and participate consistently will be entered into a weekly gift card raffle.
Our hybrid Afterschool program will begin with the hybrid regular day begins. We will provide in-person and virtual programming. Activities that may be provided under the hybrid learning protocol include academic support, art, science, and a snack or full dinner, depending on the Propel school.
Although spots are limited during the hybrid learning protocol, scholars who attend virtually three to four days each week may get priority enrollment.
Apply here today!
A safe and healthy return to school is the topic for this month’s newsletter. Get all of the info you need.
Dear Parent or Guardian,
We are pleased to inform you that Propel Charter Schools will continue participation in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2020-2021 academic year. This program is available to schools that participate in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
All enrolled scholars of Propel Charter Schools are automatically a part of this program and are eligible to receive a nutritional breakfast and lunch at no charge to your household.
The Nutrition Group is our meal provider for the 2020-2021 academic year. We are working together to offer fresh and exciting breakfast and lunch options.
Families and scholars will need to know/memorize their child’s ID number in order to receive breakfast and or lunch. This number is available in Skyward (“Other ID”).
Beginning August 24, all families can pick up bundled meals of breakfast and lunch, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the nearest Propel School location to their home. Families do not need to pick up meals at the school(s) that their child(ren) attends. Meals are only available to Propel scholars.
In addition, families are requested to complete a survey by August 24. All families who return their surveys by the August 24 deadline will be entered into a drawing for a $500 gift card.
You may complete the survey online via Skyward beginning on August 12. If you encounter issues logging into Skyward, please reach out to the Administrative Assistant at your school.
If you have any questions, call the Food Service Office at 412-325-7305 Ext. 1290.
We are looking forward to a great year.
Ms. Charise Johnson
Food Service Manager
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