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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

 Summit Tuesday 8/8 In-Person & Virtual

$25 for all Registrants

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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Come back soon for session and Keynote details.

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: Coming Soon

Session I: Coming Soon

Session II: Coming Soon

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 Krownapple specializes in helping organizations learn and grow in the area of human relations. His career has focused on education, diversity and inclusion, equity, and social justice. In his book Guiding Teams to Excellence with Equity, he provides a protocol for facilitating systemic, equitable change. His most recent book, Belonging Through a Culture of  Dignity, co-authored with Dr. Floyd Cobb, concretely illustrates his mission to help each of us get in touch with our own dignity so that we can honor the dignity of others on structural, interpersonal, and intrapersonal levels. In doing so, John believes that we can grow as effective organizations, inclusive communities, and as a democratic society. Simply put, we can improve quality of our lives and the lives of others through dignity.

An inspirational speaker and workshop facilitator, John is currently an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University. He also serves as the Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Howard County Public School System.

Keynote: Coming Soon

Session I: Coming Soon

Session II: Coming Soon

8th annual Klamath Promise Graduation Sensation

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

The 8th annual Klamath Promise Graduation Sensation took place in downtown Klamath Falls on Thursday, June 1.  Almost 700 graduating high school seniors from all 12 high schools across all of Klamath County paraded in caps and gowns down Main Street with bands and mascots, then joined together with family, friends and supporters in Veterans Park for a celebration and awards distribution. A moment of silence was observed for those no longer with us, the Henley Touch of Class sang the National Anthem and David Stork, Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, and Chief Legal Officer at Lithia Motors, Inc., provided keynote remarks as the students embark on life after high school.

The Graduation Sensation includes awards for those going on to college, into the military, into the workforce, or who are undecided on their next step. This year 101 scholarships and gift cards totaling nearly $45,000 were announced to the crowd of graduates, families, and supporters braving the rain. More than 20 local business and organizations contributed to awards this year:

  • Cascade Health Alliance
  • Citizens for Safe Schools in partnership with Youth Development Oregon
  • Dana Orr- The Lending Lady of the Klamath Basin
  • EagleRidge High School
  • Friends of the Klamath County Library
  • Glenn & Ursula Gailis
  • Healthy Klamath Partners
  • Hispanic Health Committee
  • Holliday Jewelry
  • Kersey Trust
  • Klamath Basin Behavioral Health
  • Klamath Community College
  • Klamath County Chamber of Commerce
  • Klamath County Board of Commissioners
  • Klamath County School District
  • Klamath Health Partnership
  • Pelican Education Foundation
  • Ross Ragland Theater & Cultural Center
  • Sky Lakes Medical Center
  • Soroptimist International of Klamath Falls
  • The Stork Family
  • Windermere Real Estate
  • Anonymous Donors

Special thanks to our entire community and all who help make the largest known graduation celebration happen! Including but not limited to Aurora Simpson, City of Klamath Falls Parks, City of Klamath Falls Streets, Diamond Home Improvement, Klamath County Library, Klamath County School District, Klamath Falls City Schools, Klamath Falls Police Department, Klamath Union High School Digital Media, Southern Oregon ESD Sign Language Interpreters, Southern Oregon ESD Staff, and the 50+ Individual Volunteers!

The winners for the 2023 Graduation Sensation are…

Winner First  Winner Last  Winner School  Award Type  Amount  Sponsor 
Yoselin Alonzo Henley Gift Card $250 Klamath Community College
Antonella Audeh Falcon Heights Academy Scholarship $1,000 Citizens for Safe Schools
Dylan Bachman Mazama Gift Card $50 Anonymous
Shaylee Batten Henley Gift Card $250 Klamath Community College
Chloe Bautista Mazama Scholarship $2,000 Soroptimist International of Klamath Falls
Leslie Beanland Henley Scholarship $500 Healthy Klamath Partners: Cascade Health Alliance, Klamath Health Partnership, Sky Lakes Medical Center
Ryan Bicknell Mazama Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Sophia Branum EagleRidge Scholarship $1,000 Citizens for Safe Schools
Jacob Bruner Henley Gift Card $100 Klamath County Chamber of Commerce
Jacob Bruner Henley Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Madison Camino Falcon Heights Academy Scholarship $500 Hispanic Health Committee
Jonathan Cazarez Mendez Lost River Scholarship $1,000 Citizens for Safe Schools
Hope Chase Henley Scholarship $2,000 Soroptimist International of Klamath Falls
Layla Chavez Henley Scholarship $500 Holliday Jewelry
Staci Chipman Klamath Union Scholarship $500 Ross Ragland Theater & Cultural Center
Chayse Clements Mazama Gift Card $100 Klamath County Chamber of Commerce
Tania Cobian Henley Gift Card $50 Anonymous
Ashley Conlogue Klamath Union Scholarship $500 Glenn & Ursula Gailis
Kayla Cook Mazama Scholarship $2,000 Soroptimist International of Klamath Falls
Margot Cross CrossPoint Scholarship $500 Healthy Klamath Partners: Cascade Health Alliance, Klamath Health Partnership, Sky Lakes Medical Center
Haylee David-Stewart Bonanza Gift Card $250 Klamath Community College
Brody Derra Henley Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Kristalina Derry Klamath Union Scholarship $500 Stork Service Scholarship – Commitment to Community Award
Alivia Dibrito Klamath Learning Center Scholarship $1,000 Citizens for Safe Schools
Indrani Espinoza Klamath Union Scholarship $500 Pelican Education Foundation
David Ferguson Mazama Gift Card $50 Anonymous
James Ferguson Mazama Scholarship $500 Klamath County School District
Allison Fournier CrossPoint Scholarship $2,000 Soroptimist International of Klamath Falls
Jude Garlitz Klamath Union Scholarship $500 Klamath County Commissioners
Kaylee Gettman Klamath Union Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Bryan Goff-Currier Mazama Scholarship $500 Klamath County Commissioners
Charles Gonsowski Henley Scholarship $500 Friends of the Klamath County Library
Esteban Gonzalez Hernandez Klamath Union Gift Card $250 Klamath Community College
Jalen Gotoy Klamath Union Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
James Grounds Mazama Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Owen Grove EagleRidge Scholarship $500 EagleRidge High School
Izabella Guadarrama Dahl Bonanza Scholarship $500 Windermere Real Estate
Mary Hanley Gilchrist Scholarship $500 Klamath County School District
Mak Harris EagleRidge Gift Card $500 Citizens for Safe Schools
Mak Harris EagleRidge Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Jayden Hartz Henley Gift Card $250 Klamath Community College
Gracelyn Hedlund Henley Scholarship $1,000 Klamath County Commissioners
Jesli Hernandez Lost River Scholarship $500 Klamath County Commissioners
Marvin Hernandez Lost River Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Zoey Hildebrand Klamath Learning Center Scholarship $1,000 Citizens for Safe Schools
Hailey Hoehn Falcon Heights Academy Scholarship $1,000 Citizens for Safe Schools
Kailynn Hunt-Plummer Klamath Union Scholarship $500 Healthy Klamath Partners: Klamath Basin Behavioral Health
Jaden Jackson Chiloquin Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Vivian Jones Henley Scholarship $1,000 Citizens for Safe Schools
Marcus Kaeding EagleRidge Gift Card $500 Citizens for Safe Schools
James Keimel EagleRidge Gift Card $500 Citizens for Safe Schools
Keaton Kensler CrossPoint Gift Card $50 Anonymous
Levin Kiss Klamath Union Scholarship $500 Glenn & Ursula Gailis
Codey Lyman Lost River Scholarship $500 Klamath County School District
Peighton Madron Bonanza Gift Card $50 Anonymous
Joseph Mandarin Lost River Gift Card $250 Klamath Community College
Matthew Marcussen Mazama Gift Card $50 Anonymous
Ava Masl EagleRidge Gift Card $250 Klamath Community College
Tashina Matt-Collier Chiloquin Gift Card $500 Citizens for Safe Schools
Grace McCollam Lost River Scholarship $500 Klamath County Commissioners
Brooke McNeal Mazama Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Crystal Mendez Mazama Scholarship $500 Klamath County School District
Aidan Miller Mazama Gift Card $50 Anonymous
Nick Morene CrossPoint Gift Card $25 Ross Ragland Theater & Cultural Center
Caleb Nejely Henley Gift Card $100 Dana Orr- The Lending Lady of the Klamath Basin
Ellianna Nowak Falcon Heights Academy Scholarship $500 Klamath County School District
Lindsay Pace CrossPoint Gift Card $25 Ross Ragland Theater & Cultural Center
Carson Parrish Lost River Gift Card $250 Klamath Community College
Nicole Parrish Chiloquin Scholarship $500 Klamath County School District
Logan Passmore Henley Gift Card $25 Ross Ragland Theater & Cultural Center
Evan Peterson Mazama Gift Card $100 Klamath County Chamber of Commerce
Kai Pine Mazama Scholarship $500 Klamath County Commissioners
Aleeka Qualls Klamath Learning Center Gift Card $50 Anonymous
Makayla Quirk Mazama Scholarship $2,000 Soroptimist International of Klamath Falls
Luke Rodenhauser CrossPoint Scholarship $500 Windermere Real Estate
Jeshua Ruelas Salazar Henley Scholarship $500 Klamath County School District
LeOna Santos EagleRidge Scholarship $500 Klamath County Commissioners
Jennifer Serrato Klamath Union Gift Card $100 Klamath County Chamber of Commerce
Jennifer Serrato Klamath Union Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Aria Sha Henley Gift Card $250 Klamath Community College
Anastasia Shanks Chiloquin Scholarship $1,000 Citizens for Safe Schools
Natalie Skouras Bonanza Scholarship $500 Klamath County School District
Lillian Smith Henley Gift Card $50 Anonymous
Clayton Spivey Mazama Scholarship $500 Holliday Jewelry
Raffaele Squera Henley Scholarship $500 Anonymous
Shaw Stork Henley Scholarship $500 Klamath County School District
Stormy Tecumseh Mazama Scholarship $1,000 Klamath County Commissioners
Angelina Tietjen-Rodriguez Henley Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Analisa Trushell Bonanza Scholarship $1,000 Citizens for Safe Schools
Kale Tschetter Henley Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Grace Tucker New Horizon School Scholarship $500 Healthy Klamath Partners: Cascade Health Alliance, Klamath Health Partnership, Sky Lakes Medical Center
Shilo Tucker Gilchrist Gift Card $100 Klamath County Chamber of Commerce
Shilo Tucker Gilchrist Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Slade Villanueva Henley Gift Card $25 Ross Ragland Theater & Cultural Center
Skyler Vinson Henley Gift Card $100 Dana Orr- The Lending Lady of the Klamath Basin
Sahalie Vivanco Klamath Union Gift Card $250 Klamath Community College
Chance Walton CrossPoint Scholarship $500 Ross Ragland Theater & Cultural Center
Matthew Ward Falcon Heights Academy Scholarship $200 Anonymous
Chadwick Wardrip Mazama Gift Card $50 Anonymous
Cheyenne West Henley Gift Card $50 Klamath County Commissioners
Malcolm Whitaker Klamath Learning Center Scholarship $500 Kersey Trust

 

The Klamath Promise is a community-wide initiative connecting the community and schools, from preschool through career and college readiness. Since 2012 the Klamath Promise has aimed to increase “Success through Education” for all students in Klamath County, whether success looks like joining the workforce or military, or going to college.

The Klamath Promise: Connecting and inspiring the community about the importance of education, attendance, and graduation, from early childhood to career or college transitions. Visit klamathpromise.org to learn more!

Contact klamath_promise@soesd.k12.or.us with questions.

Oregon Regional Teacher of the Year Nominations are Now Open

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

The Oregon Department of Education, in partnership with the Oregon Lottery, is pleased to announce the continuation of Oregon Regional Teacher of the Year to honor exemplary educators in every region of the state!

  • Nominations are open statewide through February 28, 2023
  • Oregon Education Service Districts will select a winner from their region
  • Regional Teachers of the Year will be honored across the state in May 2023!
  • One of the Regional Teachers of the Year will be named the 2024 Oregon Teacher of the Year in September 2023!

Regional Teachers of the Year will receive a cash prize of $1000 and will be celebrated across the state.  The 2024 Oregon Teacher of the Year will receive a $10,000 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! All Oregonians are encouraged to nominate their favorite teacher today at: oregonteacheroftheyear.org

PODCAST WITH SOUTHERN OREGON REGIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR

By News, School Improvement Services


SOESD convened a 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 several applications from a larger set of nominations, found that Ms. Green had the highest average rubric score of all candidates. The panelists made these observations about Ms. Green during their deliberations:

  • strong lesson development
  • reflective practice
  • strong collaboration with peers
  • strong community involvement
  • focus on restorative practices
  • integrated, whole-person philosophy
  • strong cross-curricular integration

SOESD is proud of the amazing teachers in our three-county region, exemplified by Ms. Green, who are focused on improving experiences and outcomes and increasing safety, significance, and belonging for students, families and our community.

SOESD ANNOUNCES SOUTHERN OREGON REGIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR

By News, School Improvement Services

On behalf of the Oregon Department of Education, Southern Oregon Education Service District (SOESD) is proud to announce the selection of Erin Green as a 2023 Oregon Regional Teacher of the Year.  Ms. Green will be honored at an invitation-only reception at Southern Oregon ESD on Monday, September 12, 2022, and will be awarded a check for $500 from the Oregon Lottery.

SOESD convened a 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 several applications from a larger set of nominations, found that Ms. Green had the highest average rubric score of all candidates. The panelists made these observations about Ms. Green during their deliberations:

  • strong lesson development
  • reflective practice
  • strong collaboration with peers
  • strong community involvement
  • focus on restorative practices
  • integrated, whole-person philosophy
  • strong cross-curricular integration

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 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.  These regional 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. Green, who are focused on improving experiences and outcomes and increasing safety, significance, and belonging for students, families and our community.

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

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

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.

PDUs   12

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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.

Bus Project presented Audrey with the keys to a new home — a skoolie

By News, School Improvement Services

In 2020, a multitude of tragedies multiplied like the creases of a crumpled sheet of paper — COVID-19, the Almeda Fire, homelessness — and then social programs began buckling under the pressure.

“Our family fell through the cracks — there was a gap,” said Audrey, a single mother who lost her home to the Almeda Fire and became trapped in the creases of that crumpled page.

Over the past two years, Audrey, a victim of domestic violence who asked that her last name not be used, lived like a true mama bear, always moving and permanently vigilant as she took her babies in and out of different kinds of wilderness: shelters, couch-surfing and campsites.

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