March 18, 2021

Open School is in solidarity with the Asian American/Pacific Islander community. 

We were devastated to learn of this week’s murders of Asian women in Atlanta, but unfortunately, we were not surprised. These tragic deaths come amidst a spike in racist violence and hate speech directed at members of the AAPI community. A recent report by Stop AAPI Hate examines 3,795 documented […]
March 9, 2021

Hybrid Learning a Possibility for Open School East Students

On March 5th, 2021, Governor Kate Brown Announced that all Oregon public schools will offer a form of in person learning starting April 19th. (Read more here) Open School East administration will be working hard in the next two weeks to draft a plan for Hybrid learning for all our students. We want […]
January 30, 2021

Open School welcomes our new Executive Director, Kimberlee Pierce Sheng!

Open School is excited to announce that Kimberlee Pierce Sheng will be the organization’s new Executive Director. Sheng will be the fourth person, and first African-American woman, to lead Open School in its 50-year history. A committee of Open School staff and board members selected her after a national search. […]
January 29, 2021

Open School East’s Distance Learning Model Is Nationally Recognized!

Open School has received national and community attention for our response to distance learning. An article about our work entitled “Advancing Equity: Connecting students with the support of social-emotional learning during COVID-forced school closings”, written by our Board Member Dr. Beth Tarasawa, will appear this month in School Administrator magazine. […]
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 […]
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