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Positive Discipline in the Classroom

By News, School Improvement Services

A Positive Discipline Workshop we held on Feb. 3th and 4th at OIT for educators serving in Klamath County. SOESD’s comprehensive, research-based professional development program empowers educators to connect with youth and address the root causes of misbehavior.

In this workshop educators learned how to:

  • ENGAGE STUDENTS
  • IMPROVE SCHOOL AND CLASSROOM CLIMATE
  • RUN EFFECTIVE CLASS MEETINGS
  • TEACH STUDENTS TO PROBLEM SOLVE RESPECTFULLY (AND EFFECTIVELY)
  • FIND YOUR CALM

Event to increase regular attendance in Southern Oregon

By Attendance, News

On Feb. 5, 2020 at Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville, educators gathered to gain tools to increase attendance at local schools. Increasing regular attendance in Southern Oregon revolves around building school cultures that promote safety, belonging and mattering for all of the students we serve within our school communities. The day of learning was designed around two topics that have been communicated as top priorities by our district leaders:

1. Supporting our LGBTQ+ students within an inclusive school community
2. Supporting our educators in continuing to build trauma-informed practices and systems that increase our ability to help our students and staff stay regulated during the school day and beyond

Creating safe and affirming learning environments is critical to fostering achievement and equity for all students. This work is both personal and professional and invites educators to explore our own biases and behaviors as we develop new mindsets, skills, and practices that empower all students, including those who are LGBTQ+. In this session educators, explored: guiding principles of LGBTQ+ cultural proficiency in schools; insight into the diversity, strengths, and struggles embodied among LGBTQ+ youth; and strategies for building safe and affirming classrooms and schools for LGBTQ+ students, staff, and families.

Ricky Robertson was in town for the week to help focus the equity lens within our trauma-informed practices with practical tools for both educators and their students.

We are so thankful that Ricky is joining us again to continue and deepen the work he began earlier this year through a lens of increasing regular attendance for ALL students and educators.

Intro to High Tech Tools for Schools

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

From the SOESD Lending Library

This FREE, student-centered, teacher-friendly professional development opportunity, which is being offered once a month through May, introduces educators to the SOESD STEAM Lending Library. Alli French of Talent Maker City will provide participants with an engaging, hands-on introduction to everything in the STEAM Lending Library–including SNAP circuit kits, Makey Makeys, laser engravers, 3D printers, green screens, and Lego robotics. Please join us for a day of play and learn how to incorporate some of these new and FREE educator tools into your classroom, courtesy of SOESD.

Monday Feb 10th, 2020 1 to 4 pm

Instructor: Alli French
Location: Talent Maker City

Monday March 16th, 2020 1 to 4pm

Instructor: Alli French
Location: Henley High School

Monday April 13th, 2020 1 to 4 pm

Instructor: Alli French
Location: Talent Maker City

Monday May 11th, 2020 1 to 4 pm

Instructor: Alli French
Location: Talent Maker City

PDUs: 3

Note: This class is being offered once a month through May in an effort to accommodate teachers’ busy schedules.

Register by clicking on one of the event dates above or

going to PD Networks and putting “High Tech Tools” in the search field

Career Highlights

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

Josephine County Career Counselors are working collaboratively to connect with Industry to provide “Career Highlights” each month for their High School Students. Other places of business such as Valley Immediate Care and Kelly Automotive have also provided these Career Highlights.

Students had a informative “Career Highlight” on Monday, Jan 13, 2020 at the Josephine County Circuit Court.  We took a tour, met with the Law Librarian in the Public Law Library (yes, you can use it), met with JOCO County Commissioner, Darin Fowler, had a Q & A with a District Attorney in the jury deliberation quarters, observed today’s sentencing, and finished with a Q & A with presiding Judge Bain.

 

WMMS Winter STEAM Night

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

Excerpt from White Mountain Middle School’s Newsletter

Wow!!! What an amazing winter family night!! We had 226 people total in attendance. They had a great time participating in our eight different STEAM stations around the school.

STEAM Stations included activities such as Tower Challenge, zSpace, Circus Balancers, AVID Presentations, Math Bingo, Cup Stacking, Water Ecosystem and Balloon Pop.

Gracias!!

A very special thank you to the staff members that helped plan and run the stations: Michaela, Daniel, Landon, Darlene, Kim, Ryan and Miriam. Also thank you to Jason Clark and Kevin Campbell for supporting our event and the Southern Oregon ESD for their participation.

First STEAM Night held in Shady Cove

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

Shady Cove Elementary/Middle School held their first ever STEAM night on November 5th to kick off the start of their ‘Destination Imagination’ program with about 70 students and family members participating. Seven different STEM sessions were set up around the gym and students were split into groups who had about 8 minutes at each station. Each activity was hands on, involved problem solving, teamwork, communication, outside the box thinking, and real life application. Destination Imagination is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to “engage participants in project-based challenges that are designed to build confidence and develop extraordinary creativity, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills.” According to Amy Isackson, the principal of Shady Cove Elementary/Middle School, Shady Cove Ele/Middle is only the 2nd school in our region to start Destination Imagination with the hopes that other schools will follow.

Chief Science Officer (CSO) Fall Convening

By College and Career (CC4A) / STEAM, News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

21 CSOs from 8 different schools over Josephine, Jackson and Klamath County attended the Chief Science Officer (CSO) Fall Convening on Nov. 19. These motivated students are passionate about STEAM and have been elected by their peers to help share the excitement of STEAM education and careers. At the event they were welcomed by Quantum Innovations Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Medford to tour and learn about all the STEAM related work they do. Following Quantum’s tour, they met for lunch in Medford and worked on their Leadership Projects, sharing their ideas with each other and offering each other feedback. Some of the projects they’re working on on include problem solving food waste within their school with composting and putting on a STEAM event for their school and community.

Hearld & News Article: Klamath Promise gains new project manager

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

Klamath Promise has a hired a new project manager to help plan and develop ways to increase high school graduation rates in Klamath County.

Jessie DuBose, 38, started in the role Tuesday, where she will also manage College and Career for all for Klamath County. The position is funded by Southern Oregon Educational Service District in Klamath Falls.

DuBose is a 1999 Henley High School graduate and 2003 graduate of Oregon State University. She earned her Masters of Business Administration from West Texas A&M online this spring.

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SOESD’s Aaron Cooke speaks at Digital Design Workshop

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

Aaron Cooke weighs in on the important work being done by the Southern Oregon Education Service District. “I personally think that integrating digital design and the use of those data systems to reduce the work for classroom teachers is probably one of the biggest things we have to look at. The teacher workload has gotten to a point where we’re losing more than half of our teachers in their first three years. Trying to find ways to integrate systems to open up space for teachers to teach, interact with students to build relationships.”

To read the full article, click here.

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