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, support for families, and training opportunities related to curriculum, instruction and assessment. Curriculum and Instruction Leaders in the districts we serve partcipage in a collaborative process to set the regional priority areas of focus that guide regional professional development activities.
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.
Child Care Resource Network offers services to Southern Oregon's Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake counties and is part of a nationwide child care resource and referral network.
Following on the success of the 2013-2014 SOESD Consortia Design Grant, Southern Oregon ESD in partnership with ODE and Chalkboard are coordinating regional opportunities supporting Collaboration Grant Implementation and Design districts, and those districts seeking grant awards in the next bienium.
The purpose of the Eastern Promise Replication Grant is to distribute moneys to consortiums that include at least three school districts, at least one education service district, at least one community college and at least one public or private post-secondary institution to design and deliver individualized, innovative and flexible ways of delivering content, awarding high school and college credit and providing development education for students in high school or in the first two years of post-secondary education.
Family Support and Connections is a statewide program designed to help families meet the challenges of being a parent in the world today. Family Support and Connections is available to TANF clients and any other family that is struggling.
The SOESD has written and received a regional ODE Mentoring Grant to provide support for new teachers and administrators in our region for the 2015-2016 school years. Ashland, Klamath County, Medford, Grants Pass, Three Rivers, Rogue River, Butte Falls and Prospect school districts have joined forces as the Southern Oregon Mentor Consortium. In the current 2015-16 year, the mentor grant is providing 163 beginning teachers and 10 new administrators with weekly onsite instructional and leadership mentoring for a yearly total of 90 hours of support from experience and highly trained mentors.
We are pleased to announce the next grant connected to Oregon's Strategic Initiatives. As part of House Bill 3232, Strategic Initiatives for Student Success, there are several grants aimed at addressing the needs of underserved students in our schools and communities as we work toward our 40-40-20 goal. Key to this work are investments around mentoring, monitoring, and acceleration for underserved middle and high school students. The Student Mentoring/Monitoring/Acceleration Program Grant is designed to fund school districts, non-profit organizations, and other entities that provide culturally responsive wrap around services to underserved 8th and 9th graders at risk of not achieving six credits before entering 10th grade. Additionally, the goal of this grant funding is to provide a comprehensive system of support and monitoring for participating students to achieve or maintain a "C" or higher in all core subjects within the academic year. This grant support also recognizes the positive impact a mentoring, monitoring, and acceleration model reportedly has on academic improvement, student achievement, and attendance.