SOESD / School Improvement Services
School Improvement Services
SOESD's School Improvement Team is a dynamic group of educators providing support for schools by offering Migrant Education / English Language Learner (ELL) Services, Career and Technical Education, Attendance Services, teacher and administrator mentoring, support for school-wide improvement, various grants to promote Pre-K through college and career readiness, and training opportunities related to curriculum, instruction and assessment. Due to economic realities, some elements of SOESD's School Improvement services were reduced several years ago. However, we are building back a full array of services through the coordination of valued services as determined by the Curriculum and Instruction Leaders in the districts that we serve.
School-Wide Improvement Services
In addition to the three departments that comprise School Improvement (Career Technical Education, Curriculum and Assessment, and Migrant/ELL), we offer services and support that are non-curricular and promote school-wide improvement, educator effectiveness, and increased opportunities for students. These services include:
School Attendance Specialists work with local school districts to increase attendance rates by decreasing truancy. The ESD is also able to assist schools with Attendance Audit services to help them analyze their own attendance systems and create action plans for systematically improving attendance supports for students.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) has evolved from a limited number of vocational programs available at the turn of the 20th century into a broad system that encompasses a variety of challenging fields in diverse subject areas that are constantly evolving due to the changing global economy. The CTE department at Southern Oregon ESD works closely with local high schools, community colleges, and industry to help students progress through their career education and training as efficiently and effectively as possible. CTE Department services include Program of Study Approval, Instructor Appraisal and Certification, Professional Development, Federal Carl D. Perkins grant administration and technical assistance.
The Curriculum and Assessment Office provides consultation, planning and implementation of professional development to increase student success. We support schools by:
- Acting as a liaison between ODE and our 13 districts
- Coordinating regional Curriculum Directors meetings
- Coordinating and funding regional training opportunities
- Identifying and managing multi-district grants
Southern Oregon Curriculum Directors are comprised of curriculum and instruction leaders from SOESD and the thirteen school districts in southern Oregon. The Curriculum Directors collaborate to create and coordinate regional opportunities to positively impact curriculum, instruction and assessment in order to raise student achievement.
Migrant Ed/ELL/Indian Ed services include trainings, presentations and consultations at the building, district, and regional levels to school districts in Jackson, Josephine and Klamath counties. It also provides direct academic services to migrant-qualified students. These programs are designed to support students in meeting challenging academic Reading and Mathematics standards through literacy development.
Southern Oregon ESD offers a secure online curriculum collaboration space to discuss the current changes in state standards.