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Southern Oregon Equity Summit 2023

By Autism, Curriculum and Assessment, Distance Learning for All, Homepage-Notices, News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

The Southern Oregon Equity Summit 2023 includes high-profile speakers and breakout sessions that provide strategies for understanding equity through a trauma-informed practices approach. We are pleased to bring a slate of wonderful speakers from our area and around the country.

We’ll be holding this year’s Summit at the Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites and working with multiple partners to offer access to sites across Oregon. These sites will provide virtual access to speakers and enable people to attend as a group and thus engage in interactive discussions and exercises the presenters put forth.

Please join us in Ashland OR. If your district or organization would like to host a site, or you need group registration please contact Aaron Cooke or Nancy Hayes.

When

August 15th-16th

Location

The Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites and multiple site-based venues.

In-person Fee Schedule

In-person and remote attendance for SOESD regional educators is free.

In-Person Summit Tuesday 8/15 -Wednesday 8/16

Local Educators    Free
Local Partners       $99
Out of Area            $199

Summit costs include lunch and refreshments both days.

If you are out of the area our ESD partners may provide the summit at their own locations around the state. ESD’s  wishing to purchasing streamed access license to provide group access should contact Aaron Cooke. The licenses will be available for $500 for up to 25 individuals; multiple licenses may be purchased. If your organization would like to provide group in-person please contact Aaron Cooke.

Our Equity Summit is made available through the Southern Oregon Regional Educator Network and is free to SOESD districts and their educators.

We are able to offer attendance to our local community partners and non-regional participants for a nominal fee.

Contact Information

Aaron Cooke at 541-261-0107 aaron_cooke@soesd.k12.or.us

SOESD Helpdesk Call  541-776-8590 ext 1106.

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Summit Keynotes

Corwin

We take pride that our stakeholders are learners all over the world: that’s whom we invest in; that’s whom we want to live rich, abundant lives through education. On the eve of profound political, cultural, and social change, CEO David McCune challenged us at Corwin to dream, to dare, and to innovate. So dream, dare, and innovate we did, quickly establishing ourselves as the essential source of what works best, when, and for whom in education.

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.

Keynote: Healing a Million Tiny Cuts: Restorative Responses to Bullying & Bias

We know that bullying, harassment, and other forms of bias harm the mental and emotional health of our students. Research shows that LGBTQ+ youth are especially vulnerable to bullying and educators struggle to intervene when bullying involves sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Traditionally, we approach these incidents from a disciplinary standpoint; however, it is critical that we address their social-emotional impact as well. Restorative practices offer ways to prevent and address bullying while fostering accountability and community.

Session I: All Means All: LGBTQ+ Equity & Cultural Proficiency

As educators, we encounter many challenges in fulfilling our mission to foster success for all students. For many of us, one of those challenges is learning how to support LGBTQ+ students. Developing LGBTQ+ cultural proficiency is a journey. One that starts with fostering self-awareness and a willingness to approach our own biases with a growth mindset. When we reflect on who we are and how that relates to the students we serve, our practice begins to evolve. We cultivate a common language, teaching practices, and policies that foster safe and affirming schools for all, including our LGBTQ+ students, staff, and families.

Session II: Equity & Trauma-Informed Practices

In this workshop, we will explore trauma through an equity lens. Participants will learn about historical and cumulative trauma and the ways that they impact students of marginalized communities and identities. We will explore the importance of culturally-responsive teaching that affirms all students while fostering their innate resilience.

Native Wellness Institute

The Native Wellness Institute recognizes the great impacts of historical trauma and oppression on our people. We understand that historic trauma has caused current day trauma in our families and communities. This is evident by the high rates of substance abuse, violence, gossip, negativity, poverty and other destructive behaviors and conditions.

As Native people we have the strength and resiliency to move beyond and forward from the hurtful past and utilize what our ancestors left us: prayer, faith, songs, dances, ceremony, language and the perseverance to leave a positive legacy for our future generations.

The Native Wellness Institute exists to help create an awareness of where our negative behavior comes from, provide opportunities for growth and healing and most importantly to help our people move forward in a good way. We do this by providing training and technical assistance based in Native culture that promote the wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and places of work.

NWI lives and promotes the “Warrior’s Spirit” which means paying the greatest respect to our ancestors by being as positive, productive and proactive as we can, everyday of our lives.

Presenter: Josh Cocker

Josh Cocker PicJosh is from the Kiowa, or Ka’igwu people in Oklahoma, and the kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific. He is a certified outdoor instructor and facilitator, with an associate’s degree from Whitireia Polytechnic in Wellington, New Zealand. He has traveled extensively in the South Pacific for work and service including: Papua New Guinea, Tonga, and Australia. Most recently he has worked in the Tonto National Forest in Arizona as a trail walker, coordinator, and trainer for an outdoor behavioral healthcare foundation. From the age of 14, Josh was given a position in a military society of his tribe, and trained as a youth leader to preserve and share traditional knowledge with his generation. He seeks to honor and share that knowledge with everyone. “My hope is that I can help reintroduce people from all walks of life to our First Mother in all her wisdom and beauty. I hope to inspire healing, harmony, and connection through the use and passing of traditional skills in the outdoors.”

Keynote: Using the Fire Within to Light Your Path

With much change and turmoil in recent years with a pandemic, fires, weather, war and more, Josh will use tribal teachings and stories to help bring calm, clarity and curiosity. The keynote will paint a picture and give tools and encouraging words as you plan to navigate another school year.

Session I: Allyship in Education –

As educators it is always important to build relationships and create safe learning environments for students of all backgrounds.  Josh’s unique understanding of diversity in education comes from a Kiowa/ Tongan heritage navigating both systems in the United States and in New Zealand.  Josh will share tactics, principles, and tools in educational allyship from a traditional and contemporary perspective of an Indigenous student and educator.

Session II: Wellness in the Workplace –

This interactive session will  help participants have a better understanding of where unhealthy work behaviors come from and more importantly, how to address them in the workplace. Josh will take participants on a journey of personal and workplace wellness with skills and tools to be a more positive, proactive, and productive employee.

Corwin

We take pride that our stakeholders are learners all over the world: that’s whom we invest in; that’s whom we want to live rich, abundant lives through education. On the eve of profound political, cultural, and social change, CEO David McCune challenged us at Corwin to dream, to dare, and to innovate. So dream, dare, and innovate we did, quickly establishing ourselves as the essential source of what works best, when, and for whom in education.

Dr. Nicole Law

Dr. Nicole Law is a dynamic and passionate educator who provides relevant professional development to schools and districts across the country. Nicole focuses her experience to present instruction on Professional Teacher Teams, Leadership Improvement Practices and Structures, Data Analysis Models, School Improvement Practices and Structures, Standards-based Instruction and Design, Metacognitive Teaching and Learning Practices, Strategies for Success in Cognitively Rigorous Instruction and Levels of Depth of Knowledge (DOK), Effective Teaching Strategies for English Learners and Special Education Students, as well as Culturally Responsive and Equitable Teaching Practices.

Before joining the Leadership and Learning Center, Dr. Law served as a Curriculum Coordinator for English Language Learners, Cultural Responsivity, AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination), District Equity, and Mathematics and Science Instruction in the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township in Indianapolis, Indiana. In this position, Dr. Law created multi-layered and faceted professional development for teachers and administrators covering all aspects of directed programs and curricular areas. She has written curriculum in the areas of science, mathematics, and English Language Development. Nicole trained and supported administrators, teacher leaders, site coordinators, and school improvement teams in Decision Making for Results, The Data Teams Process, Sub-group Data Dives, and Gap Reduction Practices.

Keynote: Collective Equity– Creating Communities Where We All Can Breathe

As we transition through very uncertain and challenging times, we have a chance to start again – and do better as a Collective. With newfound acknowledgment of the damage done by structural inequities, systemic racism, and implicit bias, we are ready to create communities that value and support everyone.

In education, that means challenging and dismantling systems that have harmed historically marginalized children and families for generations. In Dr. Law’s presentation, you’ll find a powerful model for using relational trust, cultural humility, and appreciation of diverse perspectives to build learning communities that collectively uplift all students and all members of the learning community in a culturally fortifying way.

Get a preview in her book of the same name.

Session I: Cultural Responsivity By Design 

Develop a comprehensive model of culturally responsive teaching strategies and practices that creates equitable environments for all learners. Educators will learn conditions that are necessary for implementing student-centered instruction that empowers students intellectually, socially, emotionally, and culturally. This Design is centered around cultivating a student-centered approach to teaching and learning by which students are supported culturally and linguistically in an environment that nurtures, enhances, and accelerates learning for all.

Session II: Leadership By Design

Engage leaders through a job-embedded approach geared to customize the creation of transformational change in the areas of organizational, instructional, cultural, and programmatic needs of the school. This Design provides leadership coaching to leverage the incorporation of research-based practices and processes to ensure continuous school improvement.

Dignity Consulting

Dignity Consulting LLC helps organizations build and sustain a culture of dignity so everyone can thrive and achieve excellence. Implementing initiatives that address climate and culture can be really tough and lead to more conflict. Organizations often turn to buzzwords, avoid addressing the conflict, or believe the problem exists in other communities, not theirs. However, belonging challenges exist in every community and need to be addressed in order to create environments where each person truly has the opportunity to flourish. We are here to help.

John Krownapple

John is an educator, author, and speaker who specializes in transformative change through professional learning and organizational development. Focused on inclusive work and learning environments, he centers belonging and dignity as the concepts that help people thrive. John has been an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University since 2007, and for fifteen years he served as the coordinator of diversity, equity and inclusion in a school district of over 50,000 students. Additionally, he has served as a classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, and professional development facilitator. John has authored articles and books, and he is the co-author of Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity: The Keys to Successful Equity Implementation.

Keynote: Belonging Beyond a Buzzword

Over the past couple of years, “belonging” has become an international trend in education, and equity-minded leaders have made it an explicit focus. At the same time, experts have argued that our schools and society are experiencing a crisis of belonging that is at the root of so many problems we have been experiencing in schools and beyond. Like any concept that becomes popular during a specific time, belonging runs the risk of becoming a word that people use to say the right thing without digging deeper into the problems that exist within their communities. Yet, as a primary driver of engagement and a key condition for success, there is no doubt that we must prioritize belonging for students, teachers, and anyone within the school community. This session offers a proven, comprehensive framework for nurturing belonging by developing the capacity to honor dignity in behaviors, practices, and policies.

Session I: Dignity as Action

Classrooms and schools that work for all students require a culture of dignity that honors each and every person’s value and worth. (The same is true of workplaces where all staff members have the opportunity to thrive). While this is a simple idea, it’s not easy. Author John Krownapple draws from the book he co-authored with Dr. Floyd Cobb, Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity, to help participants practice using The Dignity Framework for Belonging to analyze the effectiveness of behaviors, practices, and policies.

Session II: Instructional Belonging

Deepen understanding of belonging as a human need and activator of engagement, the platform for achieving academic goals, and the foundation of equity. Learn to nurture belonging in the classroom by honoring dignity within three belonging structures: interpersonal, institutional, and instructional. Apply learnings to instruction and facilitation of learning, walking away with a profound frame and pragmatic solutions for partnering with students to generate the energy for learning and success.

Don’t miss this extension of our work August 17th.

EQUITY AND NEURO-AFFIRMING PERSPECTIVES IN EDUCATION

Supporting Autistic Students in The Educational Setting

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Southern Oregon EDTech Summit 2023

By Autism, Curriculum and Assessment, Distance Learning for All, Homepage-Notices, News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

Southern Oregon is bringing back our premier “Teacher to Teacher” instructional technology integration training event: the annual Southern Oregon EDTech Summit, now in its 11th year, on August 8th 2023. This event will feature teachers sharing their knowledge and skills for integrating technical tools for teaching and learning. Come join us for a variety of engaging topics presented by your fellow educators, just in time to support your fall classes. We will be joined by our STEAM Hub partners to offer onsite training, and hands on experiences from our lending library.

Fellow educators from across Southern Oregon and around the state will provide practical ways to engage students in multiple methods for all age groups. They will also support administrators in visioning approaches to hybrid and distance learning.

We’ll be holding this year’s Summit at White Mountain Middle School and working with multiple partners to offer access to sites across Oregon. These sites will provide virtual access to speakers and enable people to attend as a group and thus engage in interactive discussions and exercises the presenters put forth.

Please join us and if your district or organization would like to host a site please contact Aaron Cooke or Nancy Hayes.

When

August 8th

Location

White Mountain Middle School and multiple site-based venues.

Fee Schedule

Free for Southern Oregon Educators $25 for all other Registrants

District outside SOESD may contact us for direct billing, or use credit card billing.

If you are out of the area our ESD partners may provide the summit at their own locations around the state. ESD’s  wishing to offer streamed access to the Summit should contact Aaron Cooke.

Our EDTech Summit is made available through a variety of programs  grants and Sponsors.

Contact Information
Aaron Cooke at 541-261-0107 aaron_cooke@soesd.k12.or.us
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Returning to Keynote at this year’s Summit

Tisha Richmond

Tisha is a Canva Learning Consultant, Global Community Manager for Canva, innovative educational consultant, international speaker, podcast host, and author from Southern Oregon. She has served 25 years in public education as a Career & Technical Education teacher, district Tech Integration Specialist and Student Engagement & PD Specialist. Additionally, she is the co-founder and president of Southern Oregon CUE affiliate and serves on the Executive Board for CUE.

Tisha is the author of the book, Make Learning MAGICAL, which unlocks seven keys to transform teaching and create unforgettable experiences in the classroom.  She has a children’s book that she co-authored with her son coming out this Fall with Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc.

In 2018, she was a recipient of Medford School District’s Golden Pear Educator Secondary Teacher Award and a first place winner of the Henry Ford Innovation Nation Educator Award. Tisha is passionate about infusing joy, passion, play, and gamified strategies to immerse and empower our 21st century learners and make learning a MAGICAL experience for all! She connects globally with educators around the world continuously reaching beyond her comfort zone to grow and help transform the educational landscape so all learners can thrive.

Keynote: 7 Keys to Unlock Magical Learning & and Bring Joy Into the Classroom

In this highly engaging keynote session, you will discover how 7 keys can work together in MAGICAL ways to spark joy in every learner and create a classroom environment that comes alive in ways you never dreamed possible! It doesn’t matter what grade or subject you teach…..you all hold the MAGIC! Discover it for yourself and change the way you think about teaching and learning forever!

Summit Session Strands

Tour the new Career Connected Learning Resource Hub

Heidi Lee Harless

Career Connected Learning includes all experiences that connect Oregon youth to their futures. Funded by the Oregon Department of Education, the CCL Resource Hub is a web-based platform that will enable students, families, educators, business and industry partners to access tools and resources that support engagement and participation in CCL.

The Hub will provide free, equitable access and serve as a connecting point to CCL. The Hub will enable its stakeholders to establish a cohesive and branded online presence, communicate with one another, and engage with community partners.

Come learn about the design and development of your new CCL Resource Hub. We need your help to produce a robust and equitable CCL Resource Hub for all Oregonians. We seek stakeholder feedback to ensure a diversity of voices in our foundational planning. Come review our prototype and share your stories!

Get With the Programming! Using robots with students in human-centered ways

Erica Carmona

Too often, social-emotional learning (SEL) is missing or disconnected from STEAM learning, but it doesn’t have to be! In this presentation, two educators will demonstrate how to use iRobot Root tools in ways that build students’ SEL and STEAM-based skills. The educators will demonstrate how to design hands-on coding experiences that support diverse learners to thrive as a whole human as they meet challenging learning expectations, such as academic content standards. The information and practice from this presentation can apply to grades K-12 and beyond.

Building a Comprehensive Careers Program

Patrick Irvin

An all in one road map for helping your students get a leg up and compete in the 21st Century workforce.

Using Oregon Connections to Help Students Find Their “Why”

Amy Lukens

Oregon Connections is a convenient and equitable tool for virtually providing career awareness and exploration for K-12 students, regardless of demographics or location. Oregon Connections helps address the perception gap between what students are asked to learn and why it’s relevant. Remote/rural students can be exposed to a breadth of careers they may not see in their community.

Oregon Connections is currently a pre-paid resource for ALL educators in the Southern Oregon STEM Hub.

Opportunities at the Butte Falls Natural Resource Center

Ben DeCarlow

This presentation will be an opportunity for participants to learn about how Butte Falls Charter School is using YouScience results to help students get real life experience at our Natural Resource Center. Participants will hear from both school staff and students about their experience in this new and different model of programming.

Driving the Future

Bob Schaller

A massive Transportation transformation is underway, for lack of a better name, let’s call it “e-Mobility”. Today’s Applied Technology curricula are under prepared to provide tomorrow’s “mechanics” with the skills necessary to address and participate in this emerging technology. “Driving the Future” strives to engage and energize young learners about the opportunities that e-Mobility present. The Horizon Educational H2GP program (https://www.h2grandprix.com/) is a step in the right direction. Driving the Future’s end goal is to establish a High School, H2GP – Pro Racing team capable of competing at an international level.

Sketchnoting Magic for Next Level Notetaking

Tisha Richmond

Discover the magic that happens when text and doodles unite in the form of sketchnoting! In this interactive session, I will share a powerful form of visual note taking that will help students connect, retain, and focus on the information they are learning. Come away with an understanding of the what, why, and how of sketchnoting as well as many strategies and fun doodle challenges you can use immediately with your students.

Laser-focused: Inspiring whole-human learning 3D laser printing

Berkeley Skuratowicz

Learn how 3D laser printing with students can be a hands-on way to unite social-emotional learning and STEAM skill-building. As you make a pair of earrings or a medallion with a Glowforge, you will get inspired! The presenters will support you with planning how you can use 3D laser printing with diverse learners in ways that nurture whole-human success — academic growth, well-being, and self-efficacy.

Creative Bravery with Canva

LeVonda Vickery

Not sure where or how to get started with graphic design? Then this is the session for you. Learn how to use Canva to break down those barriers that are keeping you and your students from showcasing your creative side with this super easy to use online platform. In this session you will learn the basics of using Canva, it’s awesome Ai features, some useful tips and tricks, how you can use it to level up your presentations and more. As well as how it can be used in the classroom with students. In this session we will create a “make and take” to kick off our creative bravery. Now let’s go Create!

Gamified Strategies to Engage Students & Elevate Learning

Tisha Richmond

The gamified classroom is an adventure at any level or in any content area. In this session you will learn how to layer the most motivational techniques of gameplay over your curriculum to increase student collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. Come away with practical strategies that you can use in any class or grade level to make learning magical! You will leave ready to turn your classroom into a gamified adventure.

Color Me Happy with Ozobots

Heather Armstrong

Ozobots are a very accessible way to introduce students to coding. Although Ozobots can be programmed using Blockly, they can also be coded with markers and paper. These desk top robots twist, turn, and generally entertain. They also serve as a powerful learning tool, as students plan, problem-solve, and collaborate. This 90 minute session will introduce participants to Ozobot basics and engage learners in an integrated lesson.

Interactive Instructional Videos

Jenni Jones

We will explore multiple free video creation and collaboration tools to create instructional videos, provide quick and effective feedback, and develop deeper connections with students.

Create your own virtual classroom

Megan Flannery

Create a place to have all of your links for your classroom.

PhET Simulations: Interactive Science and Math Simulations

Ben DeCarlow

This interactive presentation will offer individuals a chance to “play with” various science and math simulations online to understand the way they work. Participants will then be given a basic template and instructions on how they could use it for nearly all of the simulations on the PhET website.

Creative Bravery with Canva

LeVonda Vickery

Not sure where or how to get started with graphic design? Then this is the session for you. Learn how to use Canva to break down those barriers that are keeping you and your students from showcasing your creative side with this super easy to use online platform. In this session you will learn the basics of using Canva, it’s awesome Ai features, some useful tips and tricks, how you can use it to level up your presentations and more. As well as how it can be used in the classroom with students. In this session we will create a “make and take” to kick off our creative bravery. Now let’s go Create!

Color Me Happy with Ozobots

Heather Armstrong

Ozobots are a very accessible way to introduce students to coding. Although Ozobots can be programmed using Blockly, they can also be coded with markers and paper. These desk top robots twist, turn, and generally entertain. They also serve as a powerful learning tool, as students plan, problem-solve, and collaborate. This 90 minute session will introduce participants to Ozobot basics and engage learners in an integrated lesson.

BeeBots and Early Learning STEAM!

Lisa Udall

Fun, exciting, and educational! BeeBots bring STEAM Learning to preschool and early elementary students. Provided through the Southern Oregon STEAM Hub in conjuction with SOESD’s Lending Library this fun interactive workshop will have you experiancing all hands on playbased learning with these cool interactive robots designd with little hands in mind.

Get With the Programming! Using robots with students in human-centered ways

Erica Carmona

Too often, social-emotional learning (SEL) is missing or disconnected from STEAM learning, but it doesn’t have to be! In this presentation, two educators will demonstrate how to use iRobot Root tools in ways that build students’ SEL and STEAM-based skills. The educators will demonstrate how to design hands-on coding experiences that support diverse learners to thrive as a whole human as they meet challenging learning expectations, such as academic content standards. The information and practice from this presentation can apply to grades K-12 and beyond.

Laser-focused: Inspiring whole-human learning 3D laser printing

Berkeley Skuratowicz

Learn how 3D laser printing with students can be a hands-on way to unite social-emotional learning and STEAM skill-building. As you make a pair of earrings or a medallion with a Glowforge, you will get inspired! The presenters will support you with planning how you can use 3D laser printing with diverse learners in ways that nurture whole-human success — academic growth, well-being, and self-efficacy.

Color Me Happy with Ozobots

Heather Armstrong

Ozobots are a very accessible way to introduce students to coding. Although Ozobots can be programmed using Blockly, they can also be coded with markers and paper. These desk top robots twist, turn, and generally entertain. They also serve as a powerful learning tool, as students plan, problem-solve, and collaborate. This 90 minute session will introduce participants to Ozobot basics and engage learners in an integrated lesson.

More sessions and Keynote details coming soon.

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Southern Oregon EDTech Summit 2022

By Autism, Curriculum and Assessment, Distance Learning for All, Homepage-Notices, News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

Southern Oregon is bringing back our premier “Teacher to Teacher” instructional technology integration training event: the annual Southern Oregon EDTech Summit, now in its 10th year, on August 11th 2022. This event will feature teachers sharing their knowledge and skills for integrating technical tools for teaching and learning. Come join us for a variety of engaging topics presented by your fellow educators, just in time to support your fall classes.

Fellow educators from across Southern Oregon and around the state will provide practical ways to engage students in multiple methods for all age groups. They will also support administrators in visioning approaches to hybrid and distance learning.

We’ll be holding this year’s Summit at White Mountain Middle School and working with multiple partners to offer access to sites across Oregon. These sites will provide virtual access to speakers and enable people to attend as a group and thus engage in interactive discussions and exercises the presenters put forth.

Please join us and if your district or organization would like to host a site please contact Aaron Cooke or Nancy Hayes.

When

August 11th

Location

White Mountain Middle School and multiple site-based venues.

Fee Schedule

 Summit Thursday 8/11In-Person & Virtual

Thanks to our sponsors and the Southern Oregon STE(A)M Hub all educators are free!

Summit  includes lunch and refreshments.

If you are out of the area our ESD partners may provide the summit at their own locations around the state. ESD’s  wishing to offer streamed access to the Summit should contact Aaron Cooke.

Our EDTech Summit is made available through a variety of programs  grants and Sponsors.

Contact Information
Aaron Cooke at 541-261-0107 aaron_cooke@soesd.k12.or.us
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If you would like to have a booth or be a sponsor for our EDTech Summit reach out here.

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Jeff Utecht picHow the Pandemic made you an Awesome Educator

You’ve just accomplished something that has never been done by any other generation of educators. Now it’s time to reflect on our past experience and realize we are in a new chapter of education. The pandemic made you a superhero. Now it’s time to use these skills, ideas and passion to move education forward for our students as we prepare them for their future, not out past.

Jeff Utecht is the founder of Shifting Schools, the host and producer of the companion podcast (SOS Podcast), and a designer of professional learning experiences. Jeff has up-skilled more than 55,000 educators around the world. He’s been a keynote speaker at dozens of events globally, and he’s consulted with over 200 School Districts. Learn more about Jeff’s philosophy, publications, and opportunities to work with your school at jeffutecht.com.

Jeff Utecht picGetting Social with Students 
Let’s face it, kids are social and they want to connect! They want to connect with each other, with their teachers, with their school at large. This will be a discussion on the use of social networking tools with student bodies to engage them in learning, foster school spirit, and just have fun! We take a look at how some schools are using social networks to communicate with students as well as the school community at large. Come with ideas to share, questions on how to get started, and be ready to take a look at social-networks through the eyes of kids today.
Jeff Utecht
Jeff Utecht is the founder of Shifting Schools, the host and producer of the companion podcast (SOS Podcast), and a designer of professional learning experiences. Jeff has up-skilled more than 55,000 educators around the world. He’s been a keynote speaker at dozens of events globally, and he’s consulted with over 200 School Districts. Learn more about Jeff’s philosophy, publications, and opportunities to work with your school at jeffutecht.com.

Decarlow picNGSS Assessments
This session will center on ways to assess NGSS standards K-12 using technology.  Participants will have the opportunity to see some prebuilt assessments as well as to build a few of their own.  The goal is to walk away with some assessment questions already built and the know-how to build even more.
Ben DeCarlow Teacher Butte Falls Charter School
I have taught middle school science for the last seven years. In that time, I have worked to create and refine assessments that can be used for NGSS that mirror the OSAS test. I also have overseen science instruction at Butte Falls’ Natural Resource Center, an outdoor hub of science learning for all ages.

 

Becky Van Duker PictureThe STEAM Dream
From 5-minute morning bins to integrated project based challenges, there is so much we can do in a classroom to provide STEAM learning experiences. We will discuss content integration and organizing standards-based STEAM activities. Then we will take a close look at structuring STEAM stations, setting up morning STEAM bins, and facilitating integrated project-based STEAM challenges during this hands-on session.
Becky Van Duker Teacher Medford School District
Becky is currently a Classroom Teacher with experience as an Instructional Specialist in the Medford School District. She is passionate about engaging students in hands-on, inquiry based learning, putting together cross-curricular classroom transformations, and utilizing technology in ways that encourage creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. She is eager to collaborate with teachers on strategies to support all students as they find success and develop a passion for learning.

 

Amy Maukonen picSOESD lending library – Introduction to Drones in the Classroom
Introduction to some of the resources at the SOESD STEM Hub’s lending library. Come discover and play with drones and robots. Learn how to integrate them into a project-based lesson on space exploration.
Amy Maukonen Academic Director The Valley School of Southern Oregon

Gabriel Hildreth and Amy Maukonen are middle school educators at The Valley School, a public charter school in Medford. Gabriel has taught many exploratory STEM classes including video game production, student newsroom, architecture, tiny home modeling, product design, and digital music production. Gabriel has also been flying drones for the past 8 years. He is passionate about bringing drone technology into the classroom to teach students how to implement code blocks and python to piot drones in various. Gabriel is excited to bring his passion into the classroom to find more ways to get students excited and engaged in learning. Amy Maukonen is the founder of the Project Based school, currently serving as the Education Director. Amy holds a BS in science education and an MS in Special Education. Her mission is to create school cultures that honor students’ strengths and identities,  build confidence and self-efficacy through authentic learning experiences, and reduce inequities and gaps in STEAM. This session will be a demonstration of coding and piloting Tello drones – small, affordable drones that are easy, accessible entry points into flying drones. We will also have a Lego FlyBrix drone that students build and fly, learning electronics and physics involved with drone building. There will be time for trying out the drones and some lesson ideas on how to bring them into your classroom.

YouScience – Aptitudes Discovery for Career Guidance
Oregon’s Department of Education is funding 2 years of YouScience’s Brain Games Aptitude Assessment (Discovery) for public middle and high schools across the state! Attend this training session led by YouScience to see a walkthrough of how the brain games work, what is included, and how to get started at your school! The Discovery results show students their aptitudes, interests, career matches, post-secondary plans, local employers, WBL opportunities, and more!
Jerica McMahan
Jerica McMahan is a Manager, Customer Success at YouScience based in American Fork, Utah. Previously, Jerica was a Teacher at Bedford County Schools in Tennessee and has now been with YouScience for over 2 years. She works with all Oregon schools using YouScience to help them implement the program effectively.

Becky Van Duker PictureGoogle Apps to Promote the 4 C’s
During this workshop, educators will discover how to use Google Apps in new and exciting ways to promote the use of the 4 C’s in their classrooms. We will look at creative and collaborative projects including interactive diagrams, digital comics, educational meme’s, students blogs, digital breakouts and collaborative timelines before creating some interactive projects of our own using slides, sites, drawings, sheets, and forms. We will examine student work samples, review project outlines and rubrics, and explore project templates.
Becky Van Duker Teacher Medford School District
Becky is currently a Classroom Teacher with experience as an Instructional Specialist in the Medford School District. She is passionate about engaging students in hands-on, inquiry based learning, putting together cross-curricular classroom transformations, and utilizing technology in ways that encourage creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. She is eager to collaborate with teachers on strategies to support all students as they find success and develop a passion for learning.

STEM Storytelling
“This workshop will guide attendees through interpreting a work of well-known literature through a STEM lens to create a lesson appropriate for elementary students. Attendees will participate in a hands-on activity, using a well-known children’s story as the inspiration for a STEM investigation.
Presenters will discuss opportunities for blending STEM investigations with literacy/Language Arts time and will discuss the elements of an engaging and high-quality activity. Participants will then will work in small groups to brainstorm their own story/STEM pairing, and will have an opportunity to share their ideas. ”
Ash Friend Education Director ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum
Ash heads the Education team at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum. He designs and facilitates immersive hands-on STEAM content to excite adventurers of all ages with the goal of helping all learners see themselves as a designer, problem-solver, and scientist.

Introduction to OER & the Oregon Open Learning Hub
The Oregon Open Learning Hub is a digital resource repository and collaboration space for educators, administrators, and other educational partners to curate, create, and remix open educational resources (OER). In this introductory session, you will learn the why and the what of OER and the Hub, how to navigate and search for resources, and a few basics of open licensing.
In preparation for the workshop, it is recommended that you register for an OER Commons account. An account is not required to search and access resources on the site, but it is necessary in order to save resources to a group on the Oregon Open Learning Hub. Follow these steps to register.
Dr. Allie Ivey
Dr. Ivey is a Digital Learning Program Specialist at the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) where she supports schools and districts in designing and implementing online learning, hybrid learning, and blended learning with a focus on instructional design and pedagogical approaches. She has over 15 years of experience in the field of education having served as an elementary and middle school teacher, an instructional coach, a higher education instructor, and an assistant professor. Her passion is designing and facilitating professional development that supports equitable outcomes for all students.

 

 

Vanessa Clark
Vanessa is a Program Analyst for Digital Learning at the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and the project lead for the Oregon Open Learning Hub. Vanessa brings enthusiasm for how Open Educational Resources (OER) can support equity, empowerment, and efficacy in the education community.

Becky Van Duker PictureTools to Enhance Student Voice
During this workshop, educators will learn how to take their use of Flipgrid and Padlet to the next level. Our work will focus on strategies to enhance student voice in the classroom. After exploring the two platforms, we will collaboratively brainstorm Flipgrid and Padlet topics that ask students to think critically and use their creativity. We will look at the versatile ways these tools can be utilized in any content area and discover the ways these platforms can provide students with opportunities to take an active role in their learning as their creativity is unleashed.
Becky Van Duker Teacher Medford School District
Becky is currently a Classroom Teacher with experience as an Instructional Specialist in the Medford School District. She is passionate about engaging students in hands-on, inquiry based learning, putting together cross-curricular classroom transformations, and utilizing technology in ways that encourage creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. She is eager to collaborate with teachers on strategies to support all students as they find success and develop a passion for learning.

Industry Report: Technology in Careers
This session will bring industry professionals from Southern Oregon sharing about how they use technology in the workplace. Session will include an introduction from the moderator, introductions, sharing about technology being used, sharing about exploration opportunities available for students to engage in career connected learning, and questions and answers.
Karla Clark Program Manager for STE(A)M and CCL SOESD
Karla resides in the Rogue Valley for the past 15 years where she currently serves Jackson, Josephine and Klamath county through the SOESD’s School Improvement team providing STEAM and Career Connected Learning supports for educators and students. Karla has also run a small business in direct sales for many years and has several years prior experience in the restaurant industry, and spent 1 year on the road as a long haul truck driver. She served the United States Air Force as an Instructor for 7 years while she pursued her education in Workforce Education and Development. Hiking, reading and spending time with her daughter are Karla’s hobbies!

Jeff Utecht picUsing Google My Maps to Tell Stories, Gather Research and Learn Mapping Skills
Everyone knows Google Maps, but have you heard of My Maps? Come ready to geek out and learn all the ways your students can create maps not just use maps. When’s the last time you touched a paper map? Then why do we still have students coloring them! Digital maps are the future … let’s prepare them for their future, not our past.
Jeff Utecht
Jeff Utecht is the founder of Shifting Schools, the host and producer of the companion podcast (SOS Podcast), and a designer of professional learning experiences. Jeff has up-skilled more than 55,000 educators around the world. He’s been a keynote speaker at dozens of events globally, and he’s consulted with over 200 School Districts. Learn more about Jeff’s philosophy, publications, and opportunities to work with your school at jeffutecht.com.

Think Outside the Box with Talent Maker City (Double Session)
Think Outside the Box with Talent Maker City! Come learn all about Talent Maker City and how we utilize hands-on learning to engage students in making. We’ll explore some affordable and easy to implement programming as well as some of our higher tech projects. We’ll share a little bit about TMC and give you an opportunity to participate as a learner! This session is for both Elementary and Middle School educators.
Alli French Executive Director Talent Maker City
Alli is a long-time educator and maker – and one of the co-founders of Talent Maker City. For the past 23 years she has been involved in all aspects of education in Southern Oregon; working with middle school, high school, and college aged youth. Her experiences have molded her beliefs in equity, diversity, cultural agility and developing meaningful community partnerships. Currently, Alli is the Interim Director for Talent Maker City where she coordinates workshops and programs for curious minds of all ages. TMC’s STEAM Programming has served over 1500 students and hundreds of adults since its inception in 2016.

Experiencing YouScience in the Classroom: a game changer in career connected learning!
“Building upon a previous session covering the HOW of YouScience, this session will feature a moderated panel of educators who are using the platform with their students. YouScience uses scientifically proven, unbiased and objective “brain games” to uncover how each student’s brain processes information to discover what they would “naturally” be good at, so they can make informed decisions when it comes to exploring or choosing careers.
To date, SOESD’s CTE/CCL teams have helped to enroll 34 southern Oregon regional schools in YouScience, and so far, a whopping 2,460 students have completed their brain games, and gotten their results. That is very close to TWO-AND-A-HALF-THOUSAND STUDENTS with expanded self-awareness, confidence, hope, who now have a signpost for further career connected exploration! We will feature educators from some of our schools who have used YouScience to help students be empowered, equipped, and engaged.”
Amy Lukens Career Connected Learning Facilitator SOESD
Amy Lukens, MA, is excited about helping educators, and students, use YouScience to get to that next level in career advising and exploration. Amy has a rich and varied background in education, workforce development, accounting, grantsmanship, and geography. She is inspired by seeing the “aha” on students’ faces – reviewing their YS results – when they realize “I have something to offer, I’m naturally good at something!”

Becky Van Duker PictureVirtual Field Trips That Are Out of This World
During this session, we will look at four different types of virtual field trips that provide rich learning experiences for students. We will compare the learning opportunities presented by live webcam virtual field trips, Google Earth Tours, 360 videos and walk through navigation virtual field trips. We will spend time creating meaningful learning activities and digital scavenger hunts that get students exploring the world around them in a virtual space. During our work together we will look at how to integrate virtual field trips into different content areas and the cross curricular learning opportunities available when facilitating a virtual field trip experience. We will also look at housing virtual field trip experiences on a google site or LMS that students can access independently to promote curiosity, choice and agency. And finally we will discuss the opportunities provided by community forms such as Padlet where students have the opportunity to share their experiences on virtual field trips.
Becky Van Duker Teacher Medford School District
Becky is currently a Classroom Teacher with experience as an Instructional Specialist in the Medford School District. She is passionate about engaging students in hands-on, inquiry based learning, putting together cross-curricular classroom transformations, and utilizing technology in ways that encourage creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. She is eager to collaborate with teachers on strategies to support all students as they find success and develop a passion for learning.

Easy Engineering Integration in the Elementary Classroom
In this workshop, the presenters will lead attendees through a hands-on engineering lesson (appropriate for elementary grades) and model how to seamlessly integrate engineering into multiple subject areas such as English Language Arts, Math, the Sciences, Technology, and Art. In groups, attendees will engage in the Engineering Design Process (EDP) to create a wind-powered car prototype. Throughout this hands-on learning experience, the presenters will give suggestions on best practices related to: facilitating the EDP in grades PreK-6, STEM integration, collecting STEM resources for the classroom, and hands-on learning. At the end of the session, attendees will race their cars and reflect on the impact that engaging, hands-on engineering lessons have on student motivation and learning outcomes.
Amanda Casto Assistant Professor of Education Southern Oregon University
Amanda teaches STEM education courses at Southern Oregon University. She is passionate about increasing student access to high-quality STEM education and supporting teachers to make all lessons more multicultural, integrative, & hands-on.

Think Outside the Box with Talent Maker City (Continued from Session 3)
Think Outside the Box with Talent Maker City! Come learn all about Talent Maker City and how we utilize hands-on learning to engage students in making. We’ll explore some affordable and easy to implement programming as well as some of our higher tech projects. We’ll share a little bit about TMC and give you an opportunity to participate as a learner! This session is for both Elementary and Middle School educators.
Alli French Executive Director Talent Maker City
Alli is a long-time educator and maker – and one of the co-founders of Talent Maker City. For the past 23 years she has been involved in all aspects of education in Southern Oregon; working with middle school, high school, and college aged youth. Her experiences have molded her beliefs in equity, diversity, cultural agility and developing meaningful community partnerships. Currently, Alli is the Interim Director for Talent Maker City where she coordinates workshops and programs for curious minds of all ages. TMC’s STEAM Programming has served over 1500 students and hundreds of adults since its inception in 2016.

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Southern Oregon Equity Summit 2022

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The Southern Oregon Equity Summit 2022 includes high-profile speakers and breakout sessions that provide strategies for understanding equity through a trauma-informed practices approach. We are pleased to bring a slate of wonderful speakers from our area and around the country.

We’ll be holding this year’s Summit at the Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites and working with multiple partners to offer access to sites across Oregon. These sites will provide virtual access to speakers and enable people to attend as a group and thus engage in interactive discussions and exercises the presenters put forth.

Please join us and if your district or organization would like to host a site please contact Aaron Cooke or Nancy Hayes.

When

August 16th-17th

Location

The Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites and multiple site-based venues.

In-person Fee Schedule

In-person and remote attendance for SOESD regional educators is free.

In-Person Summit Tuesday 8/16 -Wednesday 8/17

Local Educators    Free
Local Partners       $99
Out of Area            $199

Summit costs include lunch and refreshments both days.

If you are out of the area our ESD partners may provide the summit at their own locations around the state. ESD’s  wishing to purchasing streamed access license to provide group access should contact Aaron Cooke. The licenses will be available for $500 for up to 25 individuals; multiple licenses may be purchased. If your organization would like to provide group in-person please contact Aaron Cooke.

Our Equity Summit is made available through a variety of programs and grants so is free to SOESD districts and their educators.

We are able to offer attendance to our local community partners and non-regional participants for a nominal fee.

Contact Information

Aaron Cooke at 541-261-0107 aaron_cooke@soesd.k12.or.us

SOESD Helpdesk Call  541-776-8590 ext 1106.

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Summit Keynotes

Dr. William Blake

Dr. William Blake currently serves as the Assistant Director, Redesign for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). In this role, Dr. Blake ensures systems and structures are in place to support the development of the whole child. Over the span of 15 years in urban education, Dr. Blake has served as a Classroom Teacher, Assistant Principal and Principal and District-level Administrator. Dr. Blake believes that educators must strategically focus on closing the access gap for students furthest from opportunity, which is why he is dedicated to using social emotional learning in the district as a lever to create equitable outcomes for students, especially for students of color.

Dr. Blake earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Morgan State University. He later attended Trinity University to earn his Master’s in Curriculum in Instruction. Lastly, he earned his Doctorate Degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Dr. Blake is a devoted member Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc

Keynote: Pandemic Leadership: Leveraging Equity To Ensure The Needs of The Whole Child

Description: Participants will explore the concept of antiracism education to understand how to support the whole child needs of diverse students. The speaker will provide practical strategies around trauma-informed pedagogy, antiracism tenants and brain science principles to equip participants with tools to address student needs in the era of a pandemic.

Session I: Leading with Equity: Do You See Me

Description: Participants will learn how to create inclusive spaces for their students to be seen and feel valued in their community. The session will build capacity on how to create learning environments that are culturally relevant to student populations. The session will be grounded in research from the Collaborative of Academic and Social Emotional Learning (CASEL) and evidence based equity principles. Participants will leave the session understanding how to apply an equity based framework to their daily practice as instructional practitioners.

Session II: Developing Authentic Student Relationships By Understanding the Art of the Brain

Description: Participants will engage in research around brain science. The session will elevate the skill and will of participants on how to build authentic relationships with students by understanding how they are scientifically wired. By the end of the session, participants will learn how to infuse trauma responsive strategies to address the needs of the whole child. Also, explore the whole child framework to understand how to apply it in diverse student settings.

Native Wellness Institute

The Native Wellness Institute recognizes the great impacts of historical trauma and oppression on our people. We understand that historic trauma has caused current day trauma in our families and communities. This is evident by the high rates of substance abuse, violence, gossip, negativity, poverty and other destructive behaviors and conditions.

As Native people we have the strength and resiliency to move beyond and forward from the hurtful past and utilize what our ancestors left us: prayer, faith, songs, dances, ceremony, language and the perseverance to leave a positive legacy for our future generations.

The Native Wellness Institute exists to help create an awareness of where our negative behavior comes from, provide opportunities for growth and healing and most importantly to help our people move forward in a good way. We do this by providing training and technical assistance based in Native culture that promote the wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and places of work.

NWI lives and promotes the “Warrior’s Spirit” which means paying the greatest respect to our ancestors by being as positive, productive and proactive as we can, everyday of our lives.

Keynote: Using the Fire Within to Light Your Path

With much change and turmoil in recent years with a pandemic, fires, weather, war and more, Josh will use tribal teachings and stories to help bring calm, clarity and curiosity. The keynote will paint a picture and give tools and encouraging words as you plan to navigate another school year.

Session I: Learning Through Games, Experiences and Stories

Teaching and learning styles often don’t always align. How can we reach students that may learn differently than what we are comfortable teaching? How we can we connect to spark their interest and engagement? The fun and interactive games with purpose will provide an avenue for participants to explore and add to their tool kits!

Session II: The Importance of Being Trauma and Healing Informed Through An Indigenous Lens

We’ve learned a lot about trauma and the impact on academic success. This workshop will focus on the power of healing and how that impacts the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being and academic success of students.

Presenter: Josh Cocker

Josh Cocker PicJosh is from the Kiowa, or Ka’igwu people in Oklahoma, and the kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific. He is a certified outdoor instructor and facilitator, with an associate’s degree from Whitireia Polytechnic in Wellington, New Zealand. He has traveled extensively in the South Pacific for work and service including: Papua New Guinea, Tonga, and Australia. Most recently he has worked in the Tonto National Forest in Arizona as a trail walker, coordinator, and trainer for an outdoor behavioral healthcare foundation. From the age of 14, Josh was given a position in a military society of his tribe, and trained as a youth leader to preserve and share traditional knowledge with his generation. He seeks to honor and share that knowledge with everyone. “My hope is that I can help reintroduce people from all walks of life to our First Mother in all her wisdom and beauty. I hope to inspire healing, harmony, and connection through the use and passing of traditional skills in the outdoors.”

Keynote: Every Student has a voice: Using student survey data and voice to drive meaningful change for LGBTQ+ Youth in our schools

Description: Students have a great deal to share about their lives and their experiences in our schools. As leaders, it is our role to listen. In this session, participants will hear how data from LGBTQ+ students across Oregon became the motivation for empathy interviews with GSA and QSA student groups whose words provided direction for districts to drive positive change.

Breakout Session I: Serving LGBTQ+ Students – Actionable Steps to Respond to the needs
of students in our schools and communities

Description: School personnel, non-profit organizational partners, and community leaders each have a role in supporting LGBTQ+ youth in our schools and communities. Participants will engage in conversation and develop strategies on ways organizations can leverage state and local support and internal organizational policies and practices to create a culture of care and support for the needs of LGBTQ+ students.

Breakout Session II: LGBTQ+ Positive Work Environments – From hiring to retaining, actionable steps to respond to the needs of LGBTQ+ staff

Description: True inclusion in the workplace is when each person is valued, can be their full selves, and can thrive. In this session, participants will go deeper into the experience of LGBTQ+ staff, examine current organizational structures and challenges, and hear practical approaches to making an LGBTQ+ positive workplace.

Shelly Reggiani

Senior Director of Learning, Equity and Communications for COSA

Shelly Reggiani, ED.D. is the Senior Director of Learning, Equity, and Communications for COSA and has served in public education for over 25 years.

She is dedicated to the success of each student and the growth and development of staff. In her previous roles, Reggiani has supported federal Title programs, Talented and Gifted Education, Bilingual Education, Counseling and Social Services, Title IX coordination, culturally specific community engagement, inclusion and equity initiatives, educator professional development, and communications. Serving those who are members of historically underserved communities is a passion for Shelly and is what she has dedicated as the focus of her career.

Reggiani earned her Bachelor’s and Masters from Oregon State University and her Educational Doctorate from George Fox University. She was recognized with the AASA Women in School Leadership Award in 2020.  Reggiani believes that education has the power to open doors, transform lives, and uplift individuals, and their communities.

 

Carmen Gelman

Director of Professional Learning for COSA
Carmen Gelman was born and raised in Southern California (she also spent part of her elementary years in Mexico) and was part of an education system that pushed her out of the system and to the streets of South Central. As a 29-year-old single mother of three living in Eugene, Carmen found herself working fulltime and going to college not knowing that one day she would find herself leading change in schools and communities specific to addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Carmen has had a significant, positive impact on student outcomes and is recognized throughout the state as a school change agent with expertise in culturally relevant and sustaining practices and unwavering commitment to student and family voice. Carmen is the Director of Professional Learning with COSA. Prior to moving into her new role at COSA, Carmen was the principal at Milwaukie High and was a school administrator in both the Beaverton and Springfield School Districts. Prior to moving into her role in Milwaukie, Carmen worked with schools and districts throughout California and in Oregon as the school partnership director and consultant at Inflexion. Carmen was at Inflexion for three years. In addition, Carmen has served on several boards, is the recipient of the Distinguished Latino Educator award through OALA, the Pearl M. Hill Award, celebrating freedom and the Human Rights Alliance award through SAFER and the 2021 COSA President’s Award for Excellence in Education.

ISLA from the University of Oregon

ISLA Model

The Inclusive Skill-building Learning Approach (ISLA) is an intervention that has been developed as an alternative to exclusionary discipline by researchers within the College of Education at the University of Oregon. ISLA is a Tier 1 universal intervention that fits within existing school-wide behavioral frameworks and is grounded in positive, preventative classroom strategies for all students. It aims to promote positive student-teacher relationships, improve student behavior, and minimize loss of instructional time due to exclusionary discipline.

The ISLA model includes both school-wide systems and classroom-based instructional practices to support implementation and skill-building. ISLA is a multi-layered approach that begins with classroom prevention first and layers on additional in-class supports to reduce the number of students being sent out of the classroom for low level behaviors, so that out-of-class supports are reserved for the students with more significant behavioral challenges. Preliminary results indicate that ISLA holds promise as an effective intervention for reducing use of exclusionary discipline, including in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, and expulsion (Nese et al., 2020).

The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through Grant R305A180006 to University of Oregon. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.

Keynote: Impact of Exclusionary Discipline Practices

Decades of research have shown that exclusionary discipline practices negatively impact student and teacher wellbeing, disproportionately impact marginalized and minoritized students, and lead to a host of detrimental life outcomes. There is a need for preventative and sustainable supports, with a direct focus on dismantling systems that have historically excluded our most impacted communities. Participants will consider their role in disrupting the school to prison pipeline, gain awareness of the harmful impacts of exclusionary discipline practices in schools, and learn about the ISLA model as a restorative, instructional alternative.

Session I: Understanding the Inclusive Skill Building Learning Approach

Participants will understand the benefits of the ISLA model for staff and students. This session will help participants how ISLA fits within multi-tiered systems of support. The session will be grounded in implementation science and centering equity into tiered systems of support. Participants will leave with next steps to add to their implementation plan.

Session II: Engaging in instructional and restorative consequences

Participants will learn about instructional supports to provide students when sent out of the class, with an emphasis on skill-building, perspective, and classroom re-entry process. This session will provide participants understanding of the rationale and goal of the ISLA Process and plenty of practice opportunities to familiarize with the ISLA process.

Danielle Triplett

Danielle Triplett, M.Ed., is a Senior Research Assistant at the University of Oregon. She started her career in education as a middle school language arts teacher in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. Now, as a researcher, Ms. Triplett applies her on the ground experience in the classroom and at the district-level to shape and inform research related to making schools intentionally inviting, positive environments for students and staff. Her work has contributed to the development of training materials, tools, and interventions being used in schools throughout the country including materials for implementation that focus on systems, evidence-based practices, and the use of data specifically at the secondary level. Most recently, Ms. Triplett’s research focuses on developing an instructional alternative to exclusionary discipline that substantially changes why a student is removed from the classroom, what happens when a student is sent to the office, and what happens when the student returns to the classroom.

 

María Reina Santiago-Rosario picMaria Santiago-Rosario

Maria Santiago-Rosario Ph.D.,NCSP, is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Educational and Community Supports, a research unit at the University of Oregon. She brings a great deal of clinical expertise providing direct services to school- and college-age students with identified learning and mental health disabilities, and training of teachers and administrators on behavior support plans that increase access to individualized instruction. Her research focuses on teacher expectations for student outcomes, racial equity in school discipline, and measuring culturally responsive classroom management. Her expertise is in PBIS and system-level change in schools, having served as a school and district coach for diverse districts across different states. She is also an implementation partner providing technical assistance to school districts and school-level teams on effective classroom behavior management and strategic planning for school discipline equity through the OSEP-funded National TA Center on PBIS.

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