Meeting the Needs of Nevada Students

Four Nevada Public Charter Schools Awarded Funds to Serve High Need Students

The Federal Charter School Program (CSP) Grant is administered by Opportunity 180 to expand access to high-quality public charter schools in the neighborhoods that have the least access to quality options.

With the goal to make sure every kid in Nevada has access to quality schools that meet their needs, four (4) public charter schools have initially been awarded funding through the Great Schools for Nevada Charter School Program (CSP) Federal Grant administered by Opportunity 180. Opportunity 180 was awarded these funds in 2020 by the US Department of Education through a highly competitive application process and has since completed three rounds of awards to schools dedicated to providing quality education to kids in Nevada.

The Great Schools for Nevada grant provides funds to new, replicating or expanding public charter schools that demonstrate success or evidence-based plans to successfully serve historically underserved student populations.  Schools must articulate a clear plan to serve a student population that is greater than or equal to the average underserved student population served by the district in which the school is located. 

“Opportunity 180 is committed to ensuring every kid has access to a great school,” said Jana Wilcox Lavin, CEO of Opportunity 180.  “These schools have innovative learning models, as well as a strong focus on college and career readiness, and have demonstrated significant engagement with students, parents, and potential community partners. We look forward to welcoming them to Southern Nevada.” 

The awarded schools are:

3551 N Ferrell St, Las Vegas, NV 89032

Focus: Implementing the Explore Learning model, an educational framework that promotes student growth and responsibility while providing an individualized educational path for each student

4280 West Craig Rd Suite 102/103, North Las Vegas, NV 89031

Focus: Providing real collegiate experiences for high school students through students taking on-campus college courses and professors, giving students the opportunity to earn college credit and ease the transition to college while earning their high school diplomas 

1580 Bledsoe Ln., Las Vegas, NV 89110

Focus: A unique curriculum that prepares students for success in construction professions and post-secondary education while meeting all the Nevada Academic Content Standards (NACS), advised by leading industry associations and stakeholders to inform and fill future workforce needs and provide direct career pathways

Address TBD, serving zip codes 89156, 89110, 89115 

Focus: Providing historically underserved youth with opportunities toward financial freedom and academic success, as well as pathways to careers that enable financial independence and wealth accumulation

“Southern Nevada Trades High School is incredibly grateful for the funding from the CSP grant. It will allow us to provide increased Special Education, English Language Learning and counseling services for our students. It will also enable our faculty to engage in extensive professional development to prepare them for our unique integrated career and college ready curriculum.  We look forward to welcoming our first class of Freshmen and Sophomores to SNTHS in the Fall of 2023.”

Julie Carver, Executive Director of Southern Nevada Trades High School.

Upon submitting an application, schools were selected via a 12-week external review process, in which they were required to demonstrate their commitment to serving high-need student populations through their mission, curriculum focus, and physical location. All awarded schools will be strategically placed in areas that align to the Nevada State Public Charter School Authority’s 2022 Academic and Demographic Needs Assessment and Opportunity 180’s Priority Footprint

The Great Schools for Nevada grant aligns directly with Opportunity 180’s mission to invest in great schools and put students on track to graduate high school college and career ready. These funds will directly impact nearly 2,100 students over the course of the grant, contributing to Opportunity 180’s overall goal of ensuring 100,000 more students have access to a high-quality school by 2030.

Nevada Ed-Watch: 08/29/22

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on what decisions are being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.


State Public Charter School Authority (SPCSA)

What is the SPCSA & what are they responsible for? Considered one of Nevada’s school districts, the SPCSA sponsors and oversees public charter schools. The Authority consists of seven appointed members responsible for overseeing educational and operational standards and holding sponsored schools accountable to the academic achievement of students. 

How often does the SPCSA Board meet? The SPCSA typically meets once a month, generally on Fridays. 

Click here for SPCSA meeting schedule and materials.

Can community members engage at SPCSA Board Meetings? While all meetings of the SPCSA are typically held publicly at the Nevada Department of Education building in Carson City and the Nevada Department of Education building in Las Vegas (1st floor boardroom), all meetings are now held virtually due to the COVID-19 crisis. Members of the public may view the meeting online via the link on the SPCSA’s Public Notice web page and the agenda and any supporting materials can be found here. Public comment may be given on any agenda item at the beginning of the meeting, or public comment regarding any matter that is SPCSA-related may be given at the conclusion of each Board meeting. Members of the community giving public comment can utilize the following conference call line: 1-312-584-2401; extension 3952176# with a time limit of three minutes per speaker. Alternatively, public comment may be submitted in writing to publiccomment@spcsa.nv.gov, and any such public comment received prior to the meeting will be provided to the Authority and included in the written minutes of the meeting.

Click here for a list of all SPCSA Members.
Click here for a list of all SPCSA sponsored schools.


Monday, August 29, 2022
State Public Charter School Authority Board Meeting
Access the meeting agenda and playback.

What happened at this meeting? 

Public Comment #1 

Public comment was heard on:

  • Support for Rooted School – Clark County and Southern Nevada Trades High School

SPCSA Executive Director’s Report

Highlights from the report include:

  • Initiatives Related to Serving All Students Equitably: School plans are due to SPCSA staff by September 30. Staff will then provide feedback and prepare for those plans to be implemented for the 2023-2024 school year. An update on plans submitted will be provided at the October board meeting.
  • Legislative Session & Interim Committees: There is a meeting of the Interim Legislative Committee on August 30 for its biannual work session. It will consider recommendations and proposals in advance of the 2023 Legislative Session. Explore the Interim Committee’s recommendations.
  • State Infrastructure Bank: The State Infrastructure Bank has a dedicated $15 million revolving loan account for charter school capital needs, which can include financing or refinancing outstanding debts, development, construction, etc. of charter school facilities (both new and existing). Information on this program has been sent to schools, and the Authority will likely treat these requests similar to bonding requests, in terms of board approvals. Review the State Infrastructure Bank’s application.
  • Growth Management Plan: The Authority has shifted the timeline to coincide with new school applications and will be sending a survey to schools in coming weeks on five-year expansion plans.
  • Federal Emergency Grant Funding: ESSER I funding closes at the end of September, and the Authority is working to ensure schools have expended these funds. They are gaining approvals for the final third of the ESSER funds. Explore the emergency funding allocations as of August 2022.
  • New Schools and Campuses that Opened in August 2022: Eight new schools/campuses have successfully their opened doors for the 2022-2023 school year. Facilities, permitting, and enrollment challenges were noted. Explore the briefing memo.
  • 2021-2022 School Year Academic Performance Data: The State received a waiver from the federal government and star ratings for schools will not be calculated for the 2021-2022 school year, similar to the 2020-2021 school year. Instead, index scores will be used.
  • 2023 Proposed Board Meeting Dates: Explore the proposed 2023 meeting dates.

Board Received an Update on Mater Academy’s Programs That Serve Students with Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs)

Mater Academy’s Bonanza campus opened during the pandemic and saw a tremendous need for specialized programs and supports for students. There are three specialized programs, one at each campus. Positive behavior supports and differentiated instruction are provided to students, as well as after-school tutoring that helps students work towards mastery of their IEP goals, improves performance on standardized assessments,  and increases grade-level content mastery, improves behavior, and increases motivation. Students can also participate in extracurricular activities and clubs, which helps build peer connections and increase self-confidence.

Explore the presentation.

Board Approved Recommended Updates and Changes to the Site Evaluation Process for the 2021-2022 School Year

Staff reviewed updates and four proposed changes to site evaluation processes. Changes include strengthening the differentiating process, including better defining the evaluation and purpose, and implementing procedures before, during, and after both types of evaluation; conducting an optional follow-up site evaluation debrief with school leadership 3-7 days after the evaluation; providing a site evaluation feedback survey after the evaluation; and updating the Organizational Performance Chart in the site evaluation report.

Explore the presentation and the proposed 2022-2023 handbook.

Board Received an Update on the Closure of Argent Preparatory Academy

Argent Prep had been placed into receivership and closed at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. This was the final report from the receiver, as the court recently granted the motion to terminate the receivership.

Explore the update and the order granting the motion to terminate receivership.

Board Approved School Contract Amendment Applications

The Board approved PilotED – Cactus Park Elementary School’s request to provide temporary transportation for students from its permanent facility, located at 3115 Las Vegas Blvd., to its temporary facility at 1780 Betty Ln.

Explore the request and the recommendation memo.

Board Reviewed Charter School Applications

SPCSA staff provided the Board with their recommendations relating to the following charter school applications from the 2022 application cycle, and the Board took the following actions:

Southern Nevada Trades High School (SNTHS): This school aims to promote excellence in academic and career and technical education, preparing students for post-secondary education and careers in construction-related professions. It would serve grades 9-12, with a proposed opening in August 2023.

The board voted to approve SNTHS’ application with certain conditions, including providing a detailed plan for hiring the principal by September 30 and providing evidence that the principal has been hired by March 1, 2023; providing a fully executed agreement with ACE Charter School regarding ongoing services and supports to be provided by ACE Charter School by November 30; and providing a revised budget that includes an ELL/TESOL Teacher during the first year of operation by November 30.

Explore the application and the recommendation memo.

Rooted School – Clark County: This school aims to rapidly reduce America’s wealth gap by connecting underserved and talented teenagers with career and financial pathways. It would serve grades 9-12, with a proposed opening in August 2023.

The board voted not to approve Rooted School’s application as submitted, based on the recommendation of the review committee. The school was encouraged to review feedback, meet with staff, and resubmit its application within 30 days to address the identified issues and discrepancies. If the application is resubmitted, the Board may take up the approval of the resubmission at its November meeting.

Explore the application and the recommendation memo.

Mind Your Books Charter School: This school aims to improve academic achievement of at-risk students, encourage the use of effective and innovative teaching methods, and provide an accurate measurement of educational achievement by pioneering a wrap-around model of high-quality educational best practices and developing social-emotional wellness strategies. It would serve grades K-8, with a proposed opening in August 2023.

The board voted not to approve Mind Your Books Charter School’s application as submitted, based on the recommendation of the review committee.

Explore the application and the recommendation memo.

Additional resources on these schools, including achievement data, budget workbooks, and public input, can be found here.

Long-Range Calendar (next 3 months):

Agenda items over the next three SPCSA board meetings are anticipated to include:

  • Academic Performance Framework
  • Review of state assessment and school performance data
  • Resubmitted new charter school applications

The next Meeting of the SPCSA Board is scheduled for Friday, October 7, 2022 @ 9:00 a.m. 

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North Star News – August 2022

¡Bienvenidos a un nuevo año escolar! 

Estamos emocionados de compartir la segunda edición del boletín informativo North Star News.

North Star News (NSN) conecta a familias, padres, tutores y miembros de la comunidad con información sobre la educación del estado de Nevada. Cada día se toman decisiones sobre las escuelas públicas y los estudiantes. NSN es una forma de mantenerse informado durante todo el año escolar. El acceso a la información y los datos nos ayuda a comprender cómo todos podemos desempeñar un papel importante y activo en el éxito de cada estudiante y de nuestras escuelas.


¡Próximamente tendrán nuevos datos de las escuelas públicas!!

Los nuevos datos del Nevada School Performance Framework (NSPF) llegarán en septiembre. El NSPF es un resumen de datos escolares del año anterior. Es como una boleta de calificaciones para las escuelas. En septiembre cada año, el Departamento de Educación de Nevada comparte estos datos. Pronto podremos ver cómo se desempeñaron las escuelas durante el año escolar 2021-2022.

El portal de datos Great Schools All Kids (GSAK) es una excelente manera de encontrar los datos NSPF más recientes en un solo lugar. Los datos para el año escolar 2020-2021 están disponibles actualmente. Esperamos compartir más cuando los datos del año escolar 2021-2022 estén disponibles. ¡Estén atentos para nuevas y excitantes noticas!

Explora el portal de datos.


Cuatro organizaciones recibieron recientemente becas titulada Family Power Impact Grant. Las becas fueron otorgadas por Opportunity 180 a organizaciones que trabajan en estrecha colaboración con las familias. Estas organizaciones empoderan a las familias para que hablen y aboguen por los estudiantes y los problemas educativos que más les importan.

Felicitaciones al Equipo de Liderazgo de Padres de Nevada, No Racism in Schools, Power2Parent y Rise Up Nevada.

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Lista de Verificación de Regreso a la Escuela del USDOE para Padres

El Departamento de Educación de EE. UU. (USDOE) ha publicado una lista de verificación para el regreso a clases. Describe cómo los estados y los distritos escolares pueden usar los fondos federales del American Rescue Plan (ARP) para ayudar a los estudiantes y la comunidad a tener éxito. Los fondos de ARP apoyan la reapertura de las escuelas de manera segura, la salud mental y el bienestar de los estudiantes y el aprendizaje de los estudiantes. Nevada ha recibido más de mil millones de dólares para la educación. Todos los distritos escolares de Nevada recibieron una parte de los fondos ARP y compartieron planes sobre cómo los gastarán.

Las familias, padres, tutores y miembros de la comunidad pueden usar la guía para hacer preguntas a los líderes escolares sobre cómo están usando los fondos para marcar la diferencia para los estudiantes en sus escuelas.


Explora la lista de verificación.


Manténgase al día con su local Juntas escolares!

¿Quiere saber más sobre las decisiones que se toman sobre la educación en Nevada? Exploren los resúmenes de las reuniones de las juntas escolares por medio de estas escuelas: 

  • Clark (CCSD) 
  • Washoe (WCSD)
  • Nevada State Board of Education (SBOE) 
  • State Public Charter School Association (SPCSA)

Reserve la fecha para asistir o acceder a una próxima reunión en línea o en persona:

  • 29 de agosto  – SPCSA 
  • 1 de septiembre- SBOE
  • 8 de septiembre – CCSD
  • 13 de septiembre – WCSD

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Elevando Estudiantes

Nevada Sagebrush, es un periódico estudiantil independiente de la Universidad de Nevada, Reno. Se fundó en 1983 y se publicó en forma impresa en periódicos hasta diciembre de 2021. Los editores y escritores estudiantiles comparten noticias e historias de la vida dentro y fuera del campus desde sus propias perspectivas. Este verano, Nevada Sagebrush se lanzó oficialmente como un nuevo sitio web de noticias en línea.

Proyectos Comunitarios Juveniles

City of Las Vegas Youth Neighborhood Association Partnership Program (YNAPP) otorga hasta $1,250 dólares para jóvenes de 8 a 18 años para planificar y dirigir un proyecto de servicio vecinal. Los jóvenes que forman parte de las asociaciones de vecinos son elegibles para aplicar. Las solicitudes están abiertas hasta el 31 de octubre de 2022.


Recursos para Usted

La Guía de Regreso a la Escuela de CCSD proporciona información para ayudar a planificar el nuevo año escolar. Está disponible en inglés y español.

Los estudiantes en los grados 9-12 están invitados a asistir a un campamento de preparación universitario el 24 de septiembre en la UNLV. Los estudiantes de secundaria pueden obtener consejos de los estudiantes actuales y recorrer el campus. El registro es gratuito.


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Nevada Ed-Watch: 08/25/22

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on what decisions are being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.


Clark County School District Board of Trustees 

What is the Board of Trustees & what are they responsible for? The CCSD Trustees are publicly elected decision-makers for the school district. They are responsible for providing oversight to the Superintendent and establishing District-wide policy. Trustees are accountable to work with their communities to improve student achievement.

Click here to learn more and see a list of current Trustees
Click here to find your Trustee District

How often does the Board of Trustees meet? Trustees meet twice per month (second and fourth Thursdays) at 5 pm both virtually and at the Edward A. Greer Education Center Board Room (2832 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89121).

Click here for a full list of Trustees meetings and agendas
Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar

Can community members engage at Trustee meetings? Decision-making bodies benefit greatly from hearing public input and multiple perspectives. Currently, members of the public can submit comments on agenda and non-agenda items through email or voice recording. Public comment can be provided in person, via email, or via voice recording. Email comments should be submitted to Boardmtgcomments@nv.ccsd.net. To submit a voice recording on items listed on the meeting agenda, call 702-799-1166. Voice recorded public comment is limited to 1 minute 30 seconds.


Thursday, August 25, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda.
Watch the meeting playback on CCSD EduVision.

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment #1 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments regarding:

  • IEP concerns
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) scholarship programs
  • Playground accessibility and special education status
  • Educator concerns regarding retaliation
  • High school enrollment
  • Early teacher retirement incentive program suspension
  • Student discipline
  • Teacher retention
  • Traffic safety concerns on College Dr. and Wagonwheel Dr.

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (7-0)

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Explore consent agenda items here.

Trustees Discussed Focus: 2024 Strategic Plan Update on Chronic Absenteeism

Staff presented an update on chronic absenteeism with reporting from the 2021-2022 school year. These numbers are not yet validated but will be done so by September 15, 2022. The District’s overall chronic absenteeism rate at 39.8% for the 2021-22 school year, against a target of 16.9%. Identified challenges include distance education and absence reporting, and identified successes include supportive partners on reducing absenteeism, targeted support during school closure, and consistent public reporting. Next steps include differentiated attendance reporting professional learning and Truancy Prevention Outreach Program renewal in August 2022.

Explore the presentation.

Learn more from the Las Vegas Review-Journal on this agenda item.

Trustees Accepted the Report on the Proposed State Public Charter School Authority Sponsored Public Charter Schools for the 2022 Annual Application Cycle

The State Public Charter School Authority (SPCSA) notifies the Department of Education and the local school district when they receive a notice of intent to submit an application or an application. The SPCSA submitted four applications for its annual application cycle for CCSD’s review: Mind Your Books (Grades K-8), Rooted School – Clark County (Grades 9-12), Southern Nevada Trades High School (Grades 9-12), and The Village High School (Grades 9-12).

Explore the presentation.

Trustees Approved Two Bill Draft Requests for the 2023 Legislative Session

CCSD is able to submit two Bill Draft Requests (BDRs) ahead of the 2023 Legislative Session. These requests must be submitted to the Legislative Counsel Bureau by September 1, 2022. Trustees discussed several topics for possible BDRs, including eliminating Student Learning Growth submissions for teachers, addressing teacher shortages, creating a district-wide Social Emotional Learning peer support program, changing sex education statutes for instruction to be opt-out rather than opt-in, implementation of various school safety measures, and establishing standards and qualifications for education-related oversight boards.

Trustees approved addressing the statewide teacher shortage through improving wages and working conditions, nationwide license reciprocity, paid application fees, higher education pipeline program funding, etc. as a BDR topic for the 2023 Legislative Session on a 7-0 vote. Trustees then approved to establish standards and qualifications for all education-related oversight boards, such as school board trustees and the Board of Regents, as the second BDR topic for the 2023 Legislative Session, on a 4-3 vote.

Explore the potential bill draft requests.

Trusteed Conducted a Public Hearing on and Approved the 2022 Medium-Term Bond Authorization Resolution (7-0)

Trustees conducted a public hearing on and approved the 2022 Medium-Term Bond Authorization Resolution, authorizing the sale and issuance of medium-term obligations in an amount not to exceed $35,000,000 to finance all or a portion of the cost of acquiring, improving, and equipping school facilities.

Explore the public hearing notice and resolution.

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Board transparency
  • Parent engagement

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for September 8, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 08/23/22

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on what decisions are being made regarding public education in Nevada.


Washoe County School District Board of Trustees 

What is the Board of Trustees & what are they responsible for? The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees are publicly elected decision-makers for the school district. They are responsible for providing oversight to the Superintendent and establishing District-wide policy. Trustees are accountable to work with their communities to improve student achievement.

Click here to learn more and see a list of current Trustees.

How often does the Board of Trustees meet? Trustees meet twice per month (second and fourth Tuesdays) at 2 pm both virtually and at the Central Administration Building Board Room, 425 E. 9th St., Reno, NV 89512.

Click here for a full list of Trustees meetings.

Can community members engage at Trustee meetings? Decision-making bodies benefit greatly from hearing public input and multiple perspectives. Currently, members of the public can submit comments on agenda and non-agenda items through email or voice recording. Public comment can be provided in person or via email. Email comments should be submitted to publiccomments@washoeschools.net. 


Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Washoe County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda.
Watch the meeting playback.

What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Consent agenda highlights include:

Item 2.13: Approval to Purchase Student Devices was pulled from the Consent Agenda for separate discussion and vote and passed on a separate vote.

Explore the consent agenda here.

Trustees Approved a Proposal for a Bill Draft Request for the 2023 Legislative Session

The District can submit one bill draft request (BDR) each legislative session, and the request for the 2023 Legislative Session is due to the Legislative Counsel Bureau by September 1, 2022. Staff proposed a BDR that focuses on modernizing educational statutes to allow for innovation and to strengthen system-level coherence and alignment across the education system. A core feature of the proposed BDR will be creating a long-term commission and work groups to study educational statutes and provide recommendations and areas of prioritization, as well as opportunities to streamline, modernize, and increase efficiency of statutes to serve students and schools. The proposed BDR will encompass four core tenets: innovation, system-level coherence and alignment, evidence-based interventions and outcomes, and reducing burden and streamlining work across the district.

Trustees Adopted Board Resolution 22-013, A 2022C School Improvement Bond Resolution

Trustees adopted a resolution that would authorize up to $40,000,000 in general obligation bonds for District capital projects, to be used to finance the FY2023 Capital Renewal Program. This program includes rehabilitation and repairs at schools, including flooring, signage, fire alarm systems, plumbing, repaving, and other projects. The funds are budgeted.

Explore the resolution and the Preliminary Official Statement.

Trustees Reviewed a Video from the First Day of School

Staff introduced a video highlighting different experiences from the first day of the 2022-2023 school year.

New Principals Were Introduced to the Trustees

Trustees were introduced to new principals in the District.

Trustees Approved the School Expansion Request of Coral Academy of Science

Trustees approved a request from Coral Academy of Science for a charter amendment to facilitate the school’s expansion at 1595 Sky Mountain Drive in Reno, as well as a purchase option agreement and form of bond purchase agreement. This approval followed several meetings between Coral Academy and the District to alleviate concerns about enrollment, facilities, and financial liabilities. Following these meetings, staff recommended approval of the charter amendment based on several conditions to be met by the Coral Academy of Science team.

View the presentation and the term sheet agreement.

Student Representative’s Report

The Student Representative’s report highlights included:

  • First day of school activities
  • Student Advisory Council to reconvene in September

Trustee Reports

Trustee district highlights included:

  • Participating in several schools’ first day celebrations and activities
  • Aviation Day coming up on September 24 for aviation industry careers
  • A back-to-school expo welcoming hundreds of students and families for supplies and resources
  • A teacher supply distribution event that welcomed 750 teachers
  • Participating in the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Governing Board
  • Attending a community meeting of the African-American Clergy Council of Northern Nevada

Superintendent’s Report

The Superintendent’s report highlights included:

  • Excitement around the first day of school
  • Continuing to visit schools in the district as part of her entry plan
  • Gratitude for the hard work the staff has done in ensuring a strong start of the school year
  • Participation in upcoming meetings of the Student Advisory Council
  • Upcoming sports season and new field dedication at Hug High School
  • Reminder that the first town hall will be held August 30, at 5:30 p.m. at Reno High School

Public Comment

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Student data collection tools
  • Student test scores

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for September 13, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. 

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Nevada Ed-Watch: 08/11/22

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on what decisions are being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.


Clark County School District Board of Trustees 

What is the Board of Trustees & what are they responsible for? The CCSD Trustees are publicly elected decision-makers for the school district. They are responsible for providing oversight to the Superintendent and establishing District-wide policy. Trustees are accountable to work with their communities to improve student achievement.

Click here to learn more and see a list of current Trustees
Click here to find your Trustee District

How often does the Board of Trustees meet? Trustees meet twice per month (second and fourth Thursdays) at 5 pm both virtually and at the Edward A. Greer Education Center Board Room (2832 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89121).

Click here for a full list of Trustees meetings and agendas
Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar

Can community members engage at Trustee meetings? Decision-making bodies benefit greatly from hearing public input and multiple perspectives. Currently, members of the public can submit comments on agenda and non-agenda items through email or voice recording. Public comment can be provided in person, via email, or via voice recording. Email comments should be submitted to Boardmtgcomments@nv.ccsd.net. To submit a voice recording on items listed on the meeting agenda, call 702-799-1166. Voice recorded public comment is limited to 1 minute 30 seconds.


Thursday, August 11, 2022

Clark County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda.

Click here to see the agenda for the board meeting addendum.
Watch the meeting playback on CCSD EduVision.

What happened at this meeting?

Public Comment #1 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments regarding:

  • Safety protocols at CCSD Board meetings
  • Professionalism, dress standards, and staff behavior
  • Benefit availability to substitute teachers
  • School food options
  • Bullying
  • District communication with the community
  • Teacher hiring transparency
  • Teachers Health Trust plan and billing
  • Protocols around EpiPen handling
  • Procedures for The Harbor
  • School start times
  • Student concerns about the GPA gap implementation
  • Issues with registering students who are in shared housing situations

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda (5-2)

Trustees approved the consent agenda, pulling items 3.25 (CCSD Board of Trustees Governance Policy GP-11: Public Comment) and 3.29 (Settlement Agreement and Release of Claims between CCSD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Jesus F. Jara) for additional discussion and vote. Item 3.25 passed in a separate vote, 4-3; Item 3.29 passed in a separate vote, 7-0.

Consent Agenda Highlights:

Explore consent agenda items here.

Trustees Approved a Memorandum of Agreement Between CCSD and the Education Support Employees Association Regarding COVID-19 Sick Leave Donations (6-1-0)

Trustees conducted a public hearing and approved a Memorandum of Agreement between CCSD and the Education Support Employees Association to extend COVID-19 related direct donations of sick leave from June 30, 2022, to June 30, 2023. There are no additional costs associated with the Memorandum of Agreement.

One Trustee abstained from voting on this item.

Explore the Memorandum of Agreement and the fiscal impact assessments summary.

Trustees Discussed the Multi-Tiered System of Supports – Tier I Expectations

Staff presented information on Tier I expectations for the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). Implementation of MTSS is required through district policy, with Tier I of the system including academic, social-emotional, and behavioral learnings. 75% – 80% of students are expected to reach successful levels of proficiency through Tier I. The presentation outlined teaching and learning expectations for Tier I instruction, including standards, assessment, instructional materials, and instruction; behavioral expectations, including procedures for arrival, dismissal and classroom environment, visibility and communication, the student code of conduct, and social-emotional support; and monitoring plans.

Next steps include implementing the monitoring plan; developing and implementing mid-course corrections aligned with data, as needed; developing teaching and learning expectations; providing meaningful professional learning for principals; and engaging in adoption process for Tier I instructional materials for English language arts.

Explore the presentation and Tier I Teaching and Learning Expectations.

Public Comment #2 on Non-Agenda Items

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Student achievement and performance

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for August 25, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. 

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Designing & Launching the Learning Environments of Tomorrow

Opportunity 180 has launched applications for the second cohort of its Design to Edrupt (ODE) Fellowship, to begin January 2023.  The fellowship looks to disrupt the current education landscape and ensure every kid graduates college and career ready by identifying and supporting a diverse pipeline of leaders to design and launch tomorrow’s learning environments. These learning environments are applicable in both district and charter schools. 

During the Explore phase of the Design to Edrupt fellowship, participants assess, explore, and develop their leadership readiness to design and launch a new learning environment, like a new school or program, co-create their vision for education alongside students and families, and explore multiple pathways and strategies to launch their idea.

“Opportunity 180’s Designed to Edrupt was the catalyst that shifted my thinking of leadership and entrepreneurship. I left Explore with greater capacity to fulfill my role as a school leader,” said Cesserly Rice, a member of the first cohort. “I have also developed a stronger drive and tools to launch a program for impact in education. It was truly time well spent.”

The successful fellowship strategy was originally designed and launched in Denver, Colorado in 2017 by Moonshot edVentures. Over the last five years, Moonshot has supported nearly 100 leaders through five cohorts, with >85% identifying as people of color and >65% identifying as women or non-binary. About half of their fellows are currently founders, executive directors, or school leaders. O180 was selected by Moonshot to adapt the successful fellowship to specifically serve Clark County in addressing the deep disparity between the student population and the teachers and leaders that are present in our schools. Its first cohort of five diverse leaders presented their program and school concepts at the conclusion of the experience in May 2022 (learn more about them here!). 

Through a variety of workshops with education leaders and experts, information sessions that explore both professional and personal development, a national school visit, and the program’s Showcase event to community leaders and stakeholders, fellows gain deep understanding of themselves and their goals, strategies, and plans for launching their school or program. 

“The fellowship not only exposed me to other change-minded professionals with a passion for improving education, but it also introduced me to entrepreneurs and experts who have either done the work themselves or who have helped others who have,” said Mike Taack, another alumnus of the first cohort. “If you are serious about getting the tools and experiences needed to start (or continue) down the path of starting a charter school or an educational program, this is an opportunity that you cannot afford to miss.”

The fellowship seeks applicants who demonstrate:

  • New ideas and unique ways to improve outcomes for students and families.
  • A deep belief in the power of community, family, student, and teacher input to co-create a learning environment.
  • Cultural competency, including a sense of commitment to anti-racism,  unpacking bias, developing a vision with integrity, and creating the systems that improve learning outcomes for underserved communities.

“With over 20 years of classroom teaching experience, I have had the opportunity to participate in numerous professional development activities over the years. But none have been as impactful on my growth, professionally and personally, as the Design to Edrupt Fellowship,” said Dr. Jeff Hinton, an alumnus of the first cohort. “It wasn’t always easy,  but it was always worth it.” 

Want to learn more? 

Applications open September 1, so be sure to check the website for updated information on application instructions and a direct link to the application once live. The priority application deadline is September 30, 2022,  with the final deadline being October 14, 2022. The program begins in January 2023.

If you know someone who would be a great candidate for this fellowship, click here to complete the referral form. Those who refer candidates who are accepted into the first phase of the application stage will receive a gift card!

Individuals interested in learning more are encouraged to attend an information session. Click here to RSVP.

  • Thursday, September 8, 2022 – 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Virtual)
  • Tuesday, September 20, 2022 – 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. (In-person, at Opportunity 180’s offices – 732 S. 6th St., Ste. 200D, Las Vegas, NV 89101)
  • Thursday, October 6, 2022 – 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. (Virtual)

Nevada Ed-Watch: 08/09/2022

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on what decisions are being made regarding public education in Nevada.


Washoe County School District Board of Trustees 

What is the Board of Trustees & what are they responsible for? The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees are publicly elected decision-makers for the school district. They are responsible for providing oversight to the Superintendent and establishing District-wide policy. Trustees are accountable to work with their communities to improve student achievement.

Click here to learn more and see a list of current Trustees.

How often does the Board of Trustees meet? Trustees meet twice per month (second and fourth Tuesdays) at 2 pm both virtually and at the Central Administration Building Board Room, 425 E. 9th St., Reno, NV 89512.

Click here for a full list of Trustees meetings.

Can community members engage at Trustee meetings? Decision-making bodies benefit greatly from hearing public input and multiple perspectives. Currently, members of the public can submit comments on agenda and non-agenda items through email or voice recording. Public comment can be provided in person or via email. Email comments should be submitted to publiccomments@washoeschools.net. 


Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Washoe County School District Board of Trustees Meeting

Click here to see the meeting agenda.
Watch the meeting playback.

What happened at this meeting?

Trustees Approved the Consent Agenda

Trustees approved Consent Agenda items 2.03 through 2.06 and 2.08 through 2.13. Consent agenda highlights include:

Explore the consent agenda here.

Trustees Discussed Possible Topics for Bill Draft Requests for the 2023 Legislative Session

Board members discussed possible proposals for bill draft requests for the upcoming 2023 Legislative Session. The District can submit one bill draft request each session, and the request is due to the Legislative Counsel Bureau by September 1, 2022. Possible topics include unfunded mandates and safety issues. The Superintendent will research these (and potential other) topics and will present findings at the next scheduled Board meeting on August 23.

Trustees Discussed The Superintendent Entry Plan

The Superintendent discussed her entry plan into the community, providing opportunities to build relationships and gather information to share with Trustees and the community to assess strengths, challenges, and opportunities within the District. Three priorities identified are getting back to the basics, building trust, and creating a healthy, supportive and resilient school system.

The plan has been divided into three phases:

  • Phase I: August – October 2022: Listening, learning, and building relationships
  • Phase II: October – December 2022: Analyzing information and collaborating with staff
  • Phase III: December 2022 – June 2023: Reporting results and launching the development of the District’s strategic plan

The Superintendent will provide an update at the October 11, 2022 Board meeting and a summary report at the December 13, 2022 Board meeting.

Explore the presentation and the Superintendent Entry Plan.

Board Approved a Recommendation from the Group Insurance Committee for a Group Health Insurance Rate Increase of 0% for the 2023 Plan Year

Trustees approved the District’s Group Insurance Committee’s recommendation of a 0% rate increase for the 2023 plan year, due to the position of the self-funded Health Insurance Fund and financial pressures faced by employees.

Trustees Discussed Staffing Levels and Vacancies for the 2022-2023 School Year

Staff provided an update on staffing levels and vacancies. A recent decision was made to deploy 60 Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSAs) to classrooms. With those TOSAs in the classrooms, 87 positions remain unfilled (in comparison, there were 62 open positions on the first day of school last year). Staff has been discussing options for covering those positions, including long-term substitutes, class scheduling adjustments, and others, and will continue to work through the issue as the beginning of the school year approaches.

Trustee Reports

Trustee district highlights included:

  • The openings of O’Brien Middle School and Hug High School
  • Tours of ACE High School
  • Visiting summer food distribution sites at different schools (in partnership with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada)

Superintendent’s Report

The Superintendent’s report highlights included:

  • Preparing for the first day of the 2022-2023 school year on Monday, August 15
  • Working to get the Student Advisory Council operational for the new school year
  • Meeting with the Washoe Education Association on additional staff supports for the new school year
  • Leadership Academy welcoming about 400 principals, assistant principals, and staff last week

Public Comment

Members of the public shared comments on this item regarding: 

  • Entry plan for the Superintendent
  • Safe Embrace resource closure
  • Coral Academy expansion request
  • Student achievement and ACT scores
  • Equitable resource and facility use for the marching band at Damonte Ranch High School

The next Meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for August 23, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. 

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Strengthening Parent & Family Voices in Education

Opportunity 180 announced four grantees for its inaugural Family Power Impact Grant totaling $1.8 million over multiple years, with the goal of providing support for family-focused organizations dedicated to education, programming and capacity-building to increase families’ voices in education. This first-of-its-kind grant opportunity will give organizations capacity to  develop programs, events and outreach tools to keep families engaged with their students’ educational experiences as the 2022-2023 school year begins.

According to the national leader in investing in family voice, the Flamboyan Foundation and its “Family Engagement Matters” publication, family engagement leads to increased student achievement rates, higher graduation rates, reduced absenteeism, better student-teacher relationships and more cultural competence — all of which can have significant results on long-term student achievement and success. Creating these opportunities to support family voice is a critical component of engaging the community towards a North Star of ensuring every kid graduates from high school college and career ready.

“Opportunity 180 is committed to elevating student and family voices to ensure students are at the center of solutions to educational challenges,” said Jana Wilcox Lavin, CEO of Opportunity 180. “Through the Family Power Impact Grant, we are supporting organizations that will bolster student and family voices and provide meaningful, targeted resources to support diverse communities, increase understanding and communication, and ultimately have an impact on student success.”

The four grantees are: 

  • Parent Leadership Team of Nevada, which will use grant funds to form their own 501(c)(3) organization and deepen their impact on our community, as well as provide training, volunteer materials, and programming to support their efforts in developing and organizing families seeking better educational outcomes for their children, particularly in immigrant and under-resourced communities in Southern Nevada 
  • No Racism in Schools, which will establish its first two programs, Kids Corner (a mentorship and life coaching program) and quarterly workshops for families and other community stakeholders, as well as build capacity for future growth and family engagement efforts
  • Power2Parent, which will bolster its team in support of its education, training, and communication initiatives with parents, including effectively advocating for children through Parent Leadership Academy training and building family connection points through new and expanded programming
  • Rise Up Nevada, which will use its grant to expand its Project 3E (Engaged, Equipped, & Empowered) to provide data-driven support and education to families, as well as promote a culture of continuous improvement through engagement and advocacy.

“The Nevada Parent Leadership Team (PLT) believes that parents are the first link in the chain of their children’s success. Our team works hard so that immigrant, emerging bilingual and low-income families benefit and learn that education is the best equalizer. The Nevada Parent Leadership Team wants to build an organization focused on informing, empowering, organizing, and advocating for families seeking better educational opportunities for their children,” said Selene Lozado, Founder and Executive Director of the PLT. “We are grateful to be part of a diverse cohort of grantees who are focused on building the power of families in our community. With this generous grant, the PLT now has the resources it needs to help low-income families (regardless of race or language) provide the tools so these families can change their children’s future through education.”

Please note, funding cannot be used for lobbying activities, and funding is not an Opportunity 180 endorsement of specific issue areas on which the project or organizations are focused.