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By News, Homepage

On behalf of the Oregon Department of Education, Southern Oregon Education Service District (SOESD) is proud to announce the selection of Ms. Tia McLean, kindergarten teacher at Helman Elementary School in the Ashland School District, as a 2019 Oregon Regional Teacher of the Year.  Ms. McLean will be honored at a Helman School assembly on March 21, 2019 at 9:30 AM, where she will be awarded a check for $500.00.

SOESD convened a Blue Ribbon Panel made up of diverse and unbiased panel members who equitably represented the geographic region of Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties. The panel, who reviewed six applications from a larger set of nominations, looked for a teacher who exemplified the following attributes:

  • Is an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled teacher in any state-approved or accredited school, pre-kindergarten through grade twelve, who is planning to continue in an active teaching status
  • Is an expert in their field who guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence
  • Collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success
  • Deliberately connects the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large
  • Demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning
  • Expresses themselves in an engaging and articulate way

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.

The Oregon Department of Education chose in 2017-18 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 using a 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 Ms. McLean, who are focused on quality teaching, learning, and student achievement.

SOESD Migrant Program Participant Mrs. Raquel Garay Receives National Migrant Parent of the Year Award!

By News, Homepage, Migrant Ed/ELL/Indian Ed

Raquel Garay has been named the 2019 National Migrant Parent of the year after being named the Oregon Migrant Parent of the year in 2018. Raquel will be receiving recognition for the national award at the National Migrant Education Conference. The Oregon and national awards recognize Raquel for her excellent leadership skills and passion to help better her community.

Raquel has been part of the Southern Oregon Education Service District (SOESD) Migrant Education Program for over a decade. She currently holds the position of Vice President of the Migrant Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) at Eagle Point School District where her child attends, and is the regional representative for Southern Oregon on the Migrant State Parent Advisory Committee (SPAC), where she also serves as Vice -President. Raquel has also been a member of the Eagle Point School District’s Budget Committee, Bond Committee, and Soccer Club, as well as the Southern Oregon University Latino Programs Planning Committee.

Additionally over the last three years, through the Northwest Health Foundation (NWHF) Healthy Beginnings + Healthy Communities grant written and facilitated by the SOESD Migrant Education program, migrant parents have been able to attend various leadership development conferences, as well as the NWHF Gatherings hosted by different communities. Raquel has attended every one of these meetings for three years and clearly represented the voice of migrant parents.

The Rogue Valley is home to many amazing individuals who change and make our community a better place to be. We are lucky to have people like Raquel Garay advocating for the future of her own children and the children in our community that are part of the SOESD Migrant Education Program. Raquel is no stranger to positively using her voice to improve outcomes for students and families through helping others better understand community needs.

Press Contact: Charlie Bauer, Migrant Education Coordinator Southern Oregon Education Service District (541) 776-8590 | charlie_bauer@soesd.k12.or.us

2019-2020 Local Service Plan

By News

Southern Oregon Education Service District (SOESD) is proud to present the 2019-20 Local Service Plan (LSP). The LSP is a product of our collaboration with school districts to deliver services that are responsive to districts’ individual and collective needs, by providing flexibility in service choices, while maintaining service quality and stability, and leveraging regional advantages in cost effectiveness and increased opportunities for students.SOESD utilizes State School Funds to provide services required by the LSP process for school districts in Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties that serve approximately 50,000 students representing 8.8 percent of the students in Oregon. The SOESD geographic region is the largest ESD region in Oregon comprising almost 10,600 square miles, which is larger than seven of the states in the US. SOESD brings added value to our districts surpassing the requirements of the Local Service Plan by historically obtaining over half (59% in 2018-19) of our annual revenue ($54,857,340 in 2018-19) through grants, contracts, and entrepreneurial services, expanding our partners and the area we serve, while providing enhanced or additional highly valued services to benefit our local districts.SOESD is proud of our accomplishments as a progressive leader in the ESD community, within our region, and in the state. This 2019-20 LSP represents the continued leadership of our organization to provide a leading number of highly valued and innovative services aligned with Oregon’s initiatives, delivered through a modern business model.On behalf of the SOESD board and administrative leadership, I would like to recognize that our success is due to the work of our staff in cooperation with our component districts. It is through staff’s service, responsiveness, and expertise – with a focus on customer service and satisfaction – that we have established and continuously build our value on doing what is best for children, families, and our communities.

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Nominations for 2020 Oregon Teacher of the Year

By News, School Improvement ServicesNo Comments

The Oregon Department of Education, in partnership with the Oregon Lottery, is pleased to announce that the Oregon Teacher of the Year program is again honoring exemplary educators in every region of the state!

Nominations are open statewide through January 31, 2019
Teachers will submit their applications by March 29, 2019
Oregon Education Service Districts will select a winner from their region
Regional Teachers of the Year will be honored across the state in May 2019!
One of the Regional Teachers of the Year will be named the 2020 Oregon Teacher of the Year in September 2019!

Regional Teachers of the Year will receive a cash prize of $500 and will be celebrated across the state. The 2020 Oregon Teacher of the Year will receive a $5,000 cash prize (with a matching $5,000 going to their school!) and serve as a spokesperson and representative for all Oregon teachers.

Anyone can nominate a teacher! Please consider nominating a deserving teacher today at oregonteacheroftheyear.org. Who knows, the teacher you nominate just may be selected as the Southern Oregon Regional Teacher of the Year and be in the running for the honor of 2020 Oregon Teacher of the Year!


Representative Lead Drinking Water Results Show Concentrations Below EPA/DEQ Action Levels For District Facilities

By News, Business ServicesNo Comments

SOESD retained Coleman Creek Consulting, Inc. (CCC) to perform representative lead drinking water sampling and analysis to determine lead concentrations in representative drinking water sources at District facilities.  Sampling was performed June 28, 2017 and July 6, 2017 and analysis indicated that all drinking water sources sampled were below the EPA and DEQ lead action level concentration.  A report for each facility was prepared by CCC, and can be found at the SOESD website at   https://www.soesd.k12.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=2216.  The facilities tested were:

  • Phoenix Office
  • Klamath Falls Office
  • Grants Pass Regional Office
  • Early Childhood Services Program
  • Medford Office

SOESD Facilitates 2017 Science Curriculum Materials Review

By News, Curriculum and AssessmentNo Comments

During the Week of June 26-29th five school districts joined together with the SOESD to review Next Generation Science Curriculum Materials.  38 teachers worked with 4 grade level band facilitators.  The participants attended a one-day training and calibration, June 26th, on the EQUiP Rubric from Achieve that would be used to review the unit. From June 27-28th, teams reviewed four programs. On June 29th each facilitator led their teams in a collaborative discussion around each of the rubric items and the evidence the reviewers had gathered. Together they agreed on the evidence that was to be included in the final review, the sub category ratings, and the final ratings.

Click here for the final review of the materials.
Click here to access all final reports by band.

What’s Happening in November, 2016?

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Flower: Chrysanthemum
Birthstone: Topaz

Month-Long Commemorations 

Adopt-a-Senior Pet Month
Adopt a Turkey Month
American Diabetes Month
Child Safety Protection Month
Family Stories Month
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Manatee Awareness Month
Military Family Appreciation Month
National Adoption Month
National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month 
National Family Literacy Month 
National Inspirational Role Models Month 
National Native American Heritage Month
National Novel Writing Month 
National Runaway Prevention Month
National Scholarship Month 
Peanut Butter Lovers’ Month 
Picture Book Month
PTA Healthy Lifestyles Month 

Special Weeks

World Communication Week (11/1-11/7)
National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week (11/5-11/11)
National Young Readers Week (11/6-11/10) 
National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week (11/11-11/20)
Geography Awareness Week (11/12-11/18)
World Kindness Week (11/12-11/18)
American Education Week (11/13-11/17)
National Book Awards Week (11/13-11/19)
Better Conversation Week (11/24-11/30)
National Game and Puzzle Week (11/19-11/25) 

Special Days

Autistic Speaking Day (11/1)
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) (11/1)
National Authors Day (11/1)
National Family Literacy Day (11/1)
U.S. Weather Service Established in 1870 (11/1)
Cookie Monster Day (11/2)
Cliche Day (11/3)
Public Television Day (11/3)
National Candy Day (11/4)
First Wagon Train Reached California(1841) (11/4)
King Tut’s Tomb Discovered (1922) (11/4)
Use Your Common Sense Day (11/4) 
Daylight Savings Time Ends (11/5)
International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict (11/6) 
Scientist Marie Curie born in 1867 (11/7)
Election Day (11/7)
X-Ray Day – X-Ray was discovered on this day in 1895 (11/8)
National STEM/STEAM Day (11/8)
Holocaust Began in 1938 (11/9)
Kristallnacht (11/9-11/10)
Sesame Street Debuted in 1969 (11/10)
Veterans Day Observed (11/10)
Origami Day (11/11)
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Women’s Rights Leader, was born in 1815 (11/12)
Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in 1982 (11/13)
World Kindness Day (11/13) 
William Steig born, 1907 (11/14)
International Girls Day (11/14) 
National Spicy Guacamole Day (11/14)
National Young Reader’s Day (11/14)
America Recycles Day (11/15)
I Love to Write Day (11/15)
National Clean Out your Refrigerator Day (11/15)
Daniel Pinkwater born in 1941 (11/15)
Georgia O’Keefe born, 1887 (11/15)
National Educational Support Professionals Day (11/15)
International Day for Tolerance (11/16)
Great American Smokeout (11/16)
Use Less Stuff Day (11/16)
National Unfriend Day (11/17)
Substitute Educators Day (11/17)
Lewis & Clark Reached the Pacific in 1805 (11/17)
Mickey Mouse’s Birthday (11/18)
Antarctica discovered in 1820 (11/18)
International Games Day (Libraries) (11/18)
Gettysburg Address Delivered in 1863 by President Lincoln (11/19)
Mother Goose Day (11/19)
UN Universal Children’s Day (11/20) 
Mayflower Compact Signed in 1620 (11/21)
John F. Kennedy Assassinated in 1963 (35th President) (11/22) 50th Anniversary
Fibonacci Day (11/23)
Thanksgiving Day (11/23)
D.B. Cooper Day (11/24)
National Day of Listening (11/24)
Native American Heritage Day (11/24)
Marc Brown born in 1946 (11/25)
UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (11/25) 
World Day of Giving (11/25)
Magellan reached the Pacific (1521) (11/28)
Madeline L’Engle born, 1918 (11/29)
Square Dancing Day (11/29)
National Meth Awareness Day (11/30)
Mark Twain born, 1835 (11/30)
U.S. Representative, Shirley Chisholm born, 1924 (11/30)