September 28, 2020

Welcoming a new (familiar) face!

As we announced last month, Terry Johnson, who served as Open School’s Executive Director since 2017 has moved on to another career opportunity serving children in Portland. While the organization searches for another incredible leader, we have hired Yvonne Deckard as Interim Executive Director to support the transition. Yvonne had […]
August 24, 2020

Reflections from Terry Johnson

It’s with deep regret that I inform you of my pending departure from Open School.  On September 18th I will be transitioning to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland as their next CEO. This is truly a bittersweet moment for me as I was planning to work with Open […]
August 13, 2020

Our Fall Reopening Plan : We are Going Online!

Hello Open School community, As per the governor’s requirements for safe reentry and many of our major comprehensive districts are making the shift online, we are following suit by going remote for at least the first semester of learning. I know this is heartbreaking news for many. We miss seeing you […]
July 24, 2020

Evaluating Our Options for School Year 2020-21

The Covid pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for everyone in education. At Open School East, we are proud of how we rose to the occasion in March and immediately found new ways to provide academic, social-emotional, and resource support for our students and families.  Remote learning was completely new for […]
July 24, 2020

Open School Does School Differently

In the traditional education system, marginalized students, especially Black students and students with disabilities, are pushed out of schools and into the criminal justice system. Many students who come to Open School have internalized the idea that they are “bad kids” or that their identity is “problematic.” We’re working to change […]
July 24, 2020

Distance Learning Report 2020

The Covid pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for everyone in education. At Open School, we are proud of how our community came together. Here are a few key wins from this spring:   Thank you to our incredible students, staff, family and supporters for working to keep relationships thriving during this […]
June 1, 2020

We Must Have Each Other’s Back

A Personal Statement from Open School Executive Director, Terry Johnson   What happened in Minneapolis and New York’s Central Park was unnecessary, sad, and disheartening.  Another black man dead at the hands of racist and heartless white police officers.  Another white woman was “threatened and concerned for her safety” when […]
April 7, 2020

Open School Goes Online

To our dearest students and families of Open School East, COVID-19 has affected the entire world and here at Open School, we know that our students and families will be feeling the inevitable impacts our society is preparing to endure in the wake of the novel corona virus. We know […]
March 16, 2020

Resources and Assistance for Families

General Help  211 – Details:  Connects people with health and social service organizations including childcare and parenting assistance, utility assistance, food assistance, emergency management, food assistance, housing and shelter assistance, and health assistance.   Call:  ​211 or 1-866-698-6155    Text:  your zip code to 898211   Email:   ​help@211info.org   Website: ​http://www.navigateresources.net/info/   Healthcare  Snowcap […]
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