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Southern Oregon Virtual Student Voice Event

By | News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

MAY 29th at 2 PM

What has distance learning been like for you? Your educators want to know! Your Voice Matters! Understanding your experiences will help us better support ALL students as we plan for next year together.OPEN TO STUDENTS IN GRADES 6-12.

Zoom with us here https://soesd.zoom.us/j/6471053180

OR Use: https://bit.ly/sosvevent

OR Dial In: +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 647 105 3180

Circles for Educators

By | News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

As we navigate through these uncharted times, the power and necessity of community and relationships are becoming increasingly apparent. Although we are practicing social distancing, we still can find creative and innovative ways to foster connection, care for one another, and normalize our experiences. We also can gather together to inspire, learn from and with each other about how to continue trekking bravely forward into this courageous space we now occupy: Distance Learning for All. How can we continuously improve experiences for our educators, students and families during this time while also planning for the future?

Raphi Miller and Cara Walsh of Resolve will be facilitating 14 virtual care and connection circles for educators with the goal of providing a safe and supportive space to share and listen to others in the field of Education as we all navigate the highs and the lows of this time. Space will be provided to lean into listening to each other in order to learn from each other. This is not a training. Participants can join any or all sessions. Please register and obtain Zoom link(s) through PD Networks.

Who should attend? Anyone and everyone in the field of Education who is interested in connecting with other educators to foster community and hear from one another during these unprecedented times filled with changes and unknowns.

Event Dates:

Southern Oregon Educator Administrators

Wednesday, May 20, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm via Zoom

Southern Oregon Educators

Thursday, May 21, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm via Zoom
Thursday, May 28, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm via Zoom
Thursday, June 4, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm via Zoom
Thursday, June 11, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm via Zoom

Southern Oregon Building Administrators

Tuesday, May 26, from 1 pm to 2 pm via Zoom
Tuesday, June 2, from 1 pm to 2 pm via Zoom
Tuesday, June 9, from 1 pm to 2 pm via Zoom

Southern Oregon District Office Administrators

Wednesday, May 27, from 1 pm to 2 pm via Zoom
Wednesday, June 3, from 1 pm to 2 pm via Zoom
Wednesday, June 10, from 1 pm to 2 pm via Zoom

Southern Oregon School Paraprofessionals and Support Staff

Thursday, May 28, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm via Zoom
Thursday, June 4, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm via Zoom
Thursday, June 11, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm via Zoom

 

 SOESD Announces Regional Teacher of the Year

By | News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

On behalf of the Oregon Department of Education, Southern Oregon Education Service District (SOESD) is proud to announce the selection of Mr. Jordan Werner, Physical Education Teacher at Riverside Elementary School in Grants Pass, as a 2021 Oregon Regional Teacher of the Year. Werner is also the Grants Pass High School Assistant Track and Field Coach and the head football coach at South Middle School.  Mr. Werner will be honored virtually in the coming month and will be awarded a check for $500.00.

SOESD convened a virtual Blue Ribbon Panel made up of diverse and unbiased panel members who represented the geographic region of Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties. The panel, who reviewed seven applications from a larger set of nominations, found that Werner exemplified the following attributes:

  • a wellness focus that is grounded in research
  • is a leader in his school and district
  • work positively impacts students and families
  • has a message to share with Oregon educators that can inspire others
  • has the desire and ability to reach all students
  • applies the Oregon Equity Lens in his decision making and is culturally aware and relevant in his approaches to wellness
  • forges partnerships with the community to promote student wellness
  • has a non-traditional approach to physical education that focuses on lifetime wellness and the social/emotional and learning benefits that wellness promotes

The Oregon Teacher of the Year Program started in 1955, and is managed by the Oregon Department of Education.  Anyone can nominate a candidate for the recognition, but teachers may not nominate themselves.  Once selected, the Oregon Teacher of the Year is also a candidate to apply for the National Teacher of the Year recognition.  The selected teacher serves as the face and voice of exemplary educators across the state of Oregon, and engages and inspires other teachers and community leaders as a representative of the profession.

Oregon Department of Education chose in 2018-19 to expand the selection process for the nominees.  The goal of the expansion is to honor teachers in every region of the state.  Education Service Districts across Oregon reviewed applications submitted from their geographic region and facilitated a Blue Ribbon Panel and review process to identify winners in their regions.  Thirteen winners will go on to be considered for Oregon Teacher of the Year, which will be decided in September.

SOESD is proud of the amazing teachers in our three-county region, exemplified by Mr. Werner, who are focused on quality teaching, learning, and student achievement. 

SOESD helps local Student Skunks group use 3D printers to produce designs and supplies for local medical staff

By | News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

During the last week of March local hospital medical professionals and administrators reached out to a group of teachers, community organizations, designers, engineers, manufacturers, and doctors to come together to brainstorm the possibility of designing and producing Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs) for local hospitals. They hoped for a local solution, as they waited on delivery of medical supplies to be shipped into the region.

SOESD, Talent Maker City Programs Director Allison French and CTE Regional Coordinator Brian Robin were tasked to help with this work. The two called upon regional CTE high school students who have been trained in Computer Aided Design (CAD) experience to help.  The students are currently working with high school CTE teachers in conjunction with on a “Student Skunks Works group” that interacts with a larger group in the community.

The team is organized using the Slack messaging platform where separate channels focus conversations for each product in need of support. The initial needs were face shields, n95 masks, iso masks, iso gowns, and ventilator manifolds. The group chose team leads to begin each effort, and within 24 hours, 3D printers around the valley were ramping up production of prototypes. Parts were delivered to doctors the same day, and immediate approvals have allowed face shields to begin production.

The group sourced a local manufacturer, Proto Mold Manufacturing based in Central Point to start producing face shields for frontline medical personnel that are taking samples from suspected COVID19 patients, and those that have already been admitted for care.

The Skunk Works group, including Alison French, RCC staff, and high school staff from both North Medford High School and Grants Pass High School, are working on other designs as well.  They are prototyping ventilator/respirator manifolds that would allow a single respirator to support multiple patients at a time.

Other local manufacturers, such as Erickson Aircrane and Care Stream, are also working with members of the Skunk Works Team to provide resources and connections to produce, and source hand sanitizer, N95 masks, gloves, and medical gowns locally.

OIT and Sky Lakes Medical – in Klamath County- are also collaborating with the group in Jackson and Josephine Counties, to help to provide help to hospitals in Klamath County.

“The full force of Southern Oregon Geeks, Nerds, and Doctors aren’t cowering in our homes waiting for this to blow over. We’re fighting back,” says French.

For students who have a 3D printer and are wanting to participate, visit www.talentmakercity.org/covid

“The most recent vetted and approved files are posted there along with drop off locations of completed the shields. They can sign up to participate. We’d love their help!” says French.

Read recent Herald and News and Mail Tribune articles featuring the work that the SOESD group has been a part of.

https://www.heraldandnews.com/klamath/shielding-the-frontlines/article_732af981-4797-5dbf-b087-f26c0acd045a.html

Mobile Maker Space

By | News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

Eagle Point Middle School became the the first school in Jackson County to check out the SOESD Mobile Maker Space. The second Space will be set-up at Hidden Valley High School and a third is about to appear at Henley Middle and High School later in March.

“Eagle Point Middle School Students are getting some hands on experience with robotics thanks to the Mobile Maker Space on loan from the Southern Oregon ESD.  Students will put their newly learned coding skills to the test with Spheros and Lego Mindstorm kits that come with the MMS.  It’s one thing to talk about engineering and robotics, but it’s the experience of actually doing it where real connections are made.” – Jason Clark

Oregon Math Standards Revision Review hosted by Mark Freed of ODE

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Please join us for the Oregon Math Standards Revision Review that will be hosted by Mark Freed from the Oregon Department of Education. Mark will be sharing the work he has been doing in preparation for revising the math standards in the State of Oregon.  The goal of this review is to interact with, and gather math teacher’s feedback regarding this work before its goals are finalized.

This opportunity is available to math, and CTE teachers.  There will be two opportunities for you to connect, and interact with Mark regarding the upcoming changes to Oregon’s math standards.  The first revision review will be on Thursday, April 16th at Klamath Union High School from 3:30-5:00 pm.

The second review will be held on Friday, April 17th at Rogue River High School from 3:30-5:00 pm.  The Oregon Department of Education and the Southern Or ESD would love to have your insight, and feedback on Oregon’s upcoming math standards.  Please join us, and see the links below to register!

Oregon Math Standards Revision Review April 16th 2020 Klamath Union High School-  http://pdnetworks.soesd.k12.or.us/public/events/view-event/7485 

Oregon Math Standards Revision Review April 17th 2020 Rogue River High School – http://pdnetworks.soesd.k12.or.us/public/events/view-event/7486

 

Southern Oregon Equity Summit 2020

By | Migrant Ed/ELL/Indian Ed, News, School Improvement Services

Kick off the 2020-2021 school year by joining us for the Southern Oregon Equity Summit 2020. The event includes high-profile speakers and breakout sessions that provide strategies for understanding equity through a trauma-informed practices approach.

When

August 19th-21st

Location

Ashland Hills Convention Center
2525 Ashland St,
Ashland, OR 97520

Registration Coming Soon

Fee

TBD

Contact Information

Nancy Hayes at 541-776-8564

PDUs

14.50

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Dr. Donna Beegle: Born into a migrant labor family and married at 15, earned her GED at age 26, within 10 years she then received her doctorate in Educational Leadership. She is an authentic voice from poverty that speaks, writes and trains across the nation to break the iron cage of poverty for others through Communication Across Barriers (CAB). For more than 25 years, she has traveled throughout hundreds of cities in 47 states and four countries to assist professionals with proven strategies for breaking poverty barriers. State agencies, politicians and other organizations have partnered with her to implement community-wide approaches to improving outcomes for citizens in poverty.

Ricky Robertson

Ricky Robertson has had the privilege to work with students from pre-K to 12th grade who have persevered in the face of adversity and trauma.  Ricky is the co-author of the book, “Building Resilience in Students Impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Whole-Staff Approach.”  As a consultant and coach, Ricky assists schools in developing trauma-informed systems of support and Restorative Practices that foster resilience and success for staff and students.

 

Southern Oregon Ed Tech Summit 2020

By | Migrant Ed/ELL/Indian Ed, News, School Improvement Services

Level Up: Boost Learning with Innovation and Technology

This event showcases innovations and best practices for integrating technology into schools and classrooms. We pride ourselves on being an event by educators, for educators.

Check back for more information coming soon.

When

June 17, 2020, 7:45 am – 3:30 pm

Location

Eagle Point Middle School
477 Reese Creek Rd,
Eagle Point, OR 97524

Download Presenter RFP Here
Registration Coming Soon

Fee

TBD

Contact Information

Nancy Hayes at 541-776-8564

PDUs

14.50

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Trisha Richmond

Author and Tech Integration Specialist for Medford School District.
SESSIONS: Make Learning Magical & Game On
WEBSITE: www.tisharichmond.com

Poverty Immersion & Coaching Institute

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Poverty Immersion Institute

Communications Across Barriers
April 13th-14th
Phoenix Plaza Civic Center
220 N Main St,
Phoenix, OR 97535

The Poverty Institute is a hands-on, two-day poverty institute for educators, health, justice and social service professionals, and community members who want to better understand poverty and gain tools for making a difference.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Register here

Poverty Coaching Institute

Communications Across Barriers
May 13th-14th
Phoenix Plaza Civic Center
220 N Main St,
Phoenix, OR 97535

The Poverty Coaching Institute prepares participants to serve as poverty coaches for their organizations. A Communication Across Barriers poverty coach is trained to conduct workshops for breaking poverty barriers and improving communication and relationships for in-house staff. Coaches serve as on-site experts for educating colleagues, providing leadership for breaking poverty barriers, and developing system-wide approaches for improving outcomes for families who live in the war zone of poverty. Poverty coaches will also be trained to conduct Poverty Competency Assessments and assist their organization in developing and implementing customized action plans with measurable results.

Please note: To participate in this workshop, registrants must first attend the two-day Poverty Immersion Institute. (April 13-14 course available in PD Networks.)

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Register here
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