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SOREN Summer Summit 2024

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Please join SOREN and a host of our partners as we engage in a week dedicated to you, our educators. We have brought together leaders and educational practitioners from around the country based on your input. We hope to inspire and re-energize you for the coming year. If you have questions, please contact Aaron Cooke or Crystal Kawamura.

When

August 5th-9th

Location

Multiple sites throughout our region.

SOREN Summit is made available through a variety of programs and grants. The summit is free to SOESD districts and their educators.

Contact Information

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

Crystal Kawamura Call  541-776-8590 ext 1171 Crystal_Kawamura@soesd.k12.or.us

For educators outside Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath Counties who wish to attend,
please add a SOREN Summit Passport.

Passport

Register for Individual Events Below

Navigating Critical Conversations Around the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict and War 1-Day Jackson

Navigating Critical Conversations Around the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict and War

1 day Jackson County
Conflict and war often lead to dehumanization of the people involved and among people who hold diverse ideas or perspectives about who is to blame and what should be done. Using the Israeli/Palestinian conflict as a case study, this session will provide educators strategies for facilitating critical conversations. We’ll learn how to engage with and interpret various sources of information to develop a shared base of knowledge as well as how to frame discussions around different lenses in an effort to gain a fuller understanding of how personal and communal histories can lead to different perspectives.

Studying Skillful Teaching (SST) 3-Day Jackson

Studying Skillful Teaching (SST)

3-Day Jackson County
While providing an overview to a comprehensive model of the knowledge base on teaching, participants will study, apply, and reflect on practical ways to: Examine powerful beliefs and expectations that influence students’ motivation to learn, support students in developing a growth mindset, design lessons that focus students on what learning is most important (objective) and what success looks like (criteria for success), apply research-based instructional strategies, collect, analyze, and use formative assessment data to inform timely decisions about what happens next for students’ learning.

Crafting Your Equity Lens 3-Day Jackson

Crafting Your Equity Lens

3-Day Jackson County
Crafting Your Equity Lens, offered by Matthew Reynolds Consulting (MRC), provides a carefully designed learning experience that is rooted in dignity, courage, and love. Participants can expect to be challenged by how the world they currently see and experience is shaped by culture and reinforced socially. Beliefs, biases, judgment, and perceptions about people outside their own experience will be gently unearthed and brought into the light. Through deep self-reflection, learning, embracing, and letting go, this three-day course promises to open awareness and awaken hearts and minds.

Dignity and Belonging Leadership Fellowship (Cohort 3) Admin Focus 2-Day Jackson

“Dignity and Belonging Leadership Fellowship (Cohort 3) Admin Focus

2-Day Jackson County
Join the company of people with diverse lived experiences who are driven to learn and want to act with courage and compassion to shift beliefs, improve systems, build community, and co-create conditions where each and every adult and child can thrive. You will explore the dysfunctional cycle of equity implementation and learn how to nurture a culture of dignity and belonging instead.

Transformational Social Emotional Learning Framework & Standards 1-Day Jackson

Transformational Social Emotional Learning Framework & Standards

1-Day Jackson County
Join us for a half-day informational workshop diving into the TSEL Standards implementation in Oregon for the 2024/25 school year. Participants will receive an overview of the TSEL Framework and Standards, followed by a deep dive into the Stages of Implementation, with dedicated time for collaborative workshopping of school/classroom Implementation Plans. We’ll explore strategies for integrating TSEL Standards into grade-level content and curriculum, and review assessment and reflection tools. Additionally, organized resources will be shared to take back to staff and colleagues. This workshop promises to be an enriching experience, equipping participants with the knowledge and resources necessary to create supportive learning environments.

Teaching 101: The Artistry of Teaching 5-Day Jackson

Teaching 101: The Artistry of Teaching

5-Day Jackson County
There is artistry in the act of teaching, and regardless of the content you teach, delivering this instruction requires connection with the learners and an understanding of how to formulate lessons. Participants will gain strategies for engaging your learners and develop teaching skills that will enhance your own instruction.

Studying Skillful Teaching Module 1 Stand Alone 1-Day Jackson

Studying Skillful Teaching Module 1 Stand Alone

1-Day Jackson County
This module is an overview of the organization of the knowledge base as it is described in The Skillful Teacher (Saphier, Haley-Speca, Gower, 2018) text. This session will include a survey of the eighteen areas of performance that a teacher must attend to in everyday instruction within four categories: curriculum and lesson planning, motivating students, delivering instruction, and managing a classroom. Participants will develop an understanding and be able to apply the three key concepts of area of performance, repertoire, and matching.

ACEs Training for Teachers 1/2-Day Jackson

ACEs Training for Teachers

1/2-Day Jackson County
This module will give you an understanding of how ACEs affects you and society. This proven approach addresses the root causes of abuse and neglect, addiction, and homelessness, as well as other negative health and social outcomes. It also provides tools to intentionally build resilience in children, families and communities.

Accountability in Action: Exploring Restorative Justice in Schools 1/2-Day Jackson

Accountability in Action: Exploring Restorative Justice in Schools

1/2-Day Jackson County
Join Resolve: Center for Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice for an interactive training on the topic of restorative justice in schools. In this course we will unpack some of the core tenets of restorative practice and examine the role of accountability to shape our methodology of addressing harm in schools.

Restorative Circles: Cultivating Resilience and Compassion through Understanding 1/2-Day Jackson

Restorative Circles: Cultivating Resilience and Compassion through Understanding

1/2-Day Jackson County
Join Resolve Center for Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice to learn how restorative circles cultivate resilience within our communities. Through dynamic discussions and hands-on activities, participants will gain practical skills to facilitate circles to build connection and social awareness in diverse settings, fostering a culture of collective resilience.

Addressing Severe Behavior at School through Compassionate, Trauma-Assumed Instruction 1-Day Jackson

Addressing Severe Behavior at School through Compassionate, Trauma-Assumed Instruction

1-Day Jackson County
Participants will learn about the Practical Functional Assessment and Skill-based Treatment (PFA-SBT) process. PFA SBT emphasizes meeting students in their place of joy, ensuring they are happy, relaxed and engaged (HRE) as a foundation for teaching and building rapport and honoring their communication. The goal is to help students acquire the skills needed to function successfully at school and other settings while also learning to cope with the unpredictability and routine frustrations of everyday life. Ultimately, PFA SBT is focused upon improving quality of life for our students.

Project-based Learning - STEM Integration 1-Day Jackson

Project-Based Learning – STEM Integration

1-Day Jackson County
STEAM INTEGRATION IN THE K-5 CLASSROOM
In this rich, engaging, learning experience, you will leave with inspiration and concrete lesson plans for units aligned with grade-level standards in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math with an integration of the Arts. This full-day workshop is designed for teachers, teacher leaders, and coaches. Join us to see how the Project-Based Learning design process can be differentiated to span multiple grade levels and meet the needs of many learners.

Rooted Beginnings (ECE) 2-Day Josephine

Rooted Beginnings (ECE)

2-Day Josephine County
How can we encourage children to build a strong sense of self and empathy for others within their community? We will explore essential foundations and practical tools anchored in the latest brain science research, trauma and attachment theory, and social emotional learning practices.

Including all learners in the Physical Education setting: Adaptive PE basics 1/2-Day Klamath

Including all learners in the Physical Education setting: Adaptive PE basics

1/2-Day Klamath County
In this training, staff will have the opportunity to learn how to implement a meaningful and successful Adapted PE program that is aligned with the State Standards in Oregon. In addition, participants will better understand the continuum of PE services, which will prepare staff to meet the individualized needs of students with disabilities in their least restrictive physical education environment.

Rooted Relationships 2-Day Klamath

Rooted Relationships

2-Day Klamath County
Create a classroom/school environment where students feel encouraged and engaged in learning, solve their own friendship issues, and feel a sense of connection, value and challenge. In this workshop participants will learn the basics of Positive Discipline and will acquire many tools with which to implement this approach. This experiential workshop will model ideas for connection and community building. You’ll gain basic theory and tools of Positive Discipline that you can implement right away.

Teach From Your Best Self Institute 5-Day Klamath

Teach from Your Best Self Institute

5-Day Klamath County
Join this educator-centered professional learning experience in which you will: • Learn approaches for doing your job in a way that lessens wear and tear on you • Learn to remain in your best self even in the face of high pressure/stressful situations • Learn to bring out the best in your students and the adults you work with • Be a part of a mutually supportive community of educators • Deepen your connection with your own passion and spark for the work you do.

Exploring Jewish Identity and Culture in Elementary School Details 1/2-Day Jackson

Exploring Jewish Identity and Culture in Elementary School Details

1/2-Day Jackson County
Addressing antisemitism begins in elementary school by exploring the complexity of Jewish identity. After an introductory mini-lesson reviewing key vocabulary and dates about Jewish history and identity, we’ll model and explore two OJMCHE learning opportunities that are designed to address k-5 standards while introducing Jewish culture and history through active learning projects. Our new Jewish holiday workshop series allows students to understand the unique aspects of Jewish holidays as well as make connections to other cultural celebrations. Additionally, our new traveling suitcase resource utilizes primary source materials to have students learn about Jewish life and culture through an Oregon Jewish immigrant experience.

Structuring a Holocaust Unit Details 1/2-Day Jackson

Structuring a Holocaust Unit Details

1/2-Day Jackson County
In this session, educators will first learn how to create a classroom culture to effectively teach about the Holocaust. Following that groundwork, participants will be introduced to a framework of how best to structure a unit around the Holocaust given different learning outcomes, limitations, and opportunities. Integrated into the session, educators will also learn about various educational resources available to support their teaching and learning of this content.

Indian Ed 101 & Tribal Consultation 1-Day Jackson

Indian Ed 101 & Tribal Consultation

1-Day Jackson County
Hello relatives! Learn all about Title VI Indian Education. You will leave this training understanding Title VI federal program, how it works and what the expectations are. You will learn tools in engaging in the complicated world of tribal culture in our schools including culturally relevant family engagement.
Our Southern Oregon community has its own distinct needs when it comes to supporting our students locally. You will have an opportunity to learn the history and how our Indian Ed program has grown over the years. You will gain access to our programming, community engagement and partners in our intergenerational and inclusive model. You’ll also enjoy a First Foods lunch provided by Teresa. See you there!

Actionable & Adaptable AT for Every Classroom 1-Day Jackson

Actionable & Adaptable AT for Every Classroom

1-Day Jackson County
Kickstart your school year with some mid and low-tech assistive technology that can be adapted to a wide range of classrooms and abilities. Join us for this three-hour, interactive session where you will be guided through everything from how to help your low readers tap into learning with reader pens, to making your own, impactful low-tech AT with minimal time and money. Whether your goal is to make learning in your Gen Ed. classroom accessible to all students, or to gain some fresh ideas for how to serve students in your Sped setting, you will leave inspired with some new strategies to put in place when school starts!

Including all learners in the Physical Education setting: Adaptive PE basics 1/2-Day Jackson

Including all learners in the Physical Education setting: Adaptive PE basics

1/2-Day Jackson County
In this training, staff will have the opportunity to learn how to implement a meaningful and successful Adapted PE program that is aligned with the State Standards in Oregon. In addition, participants will better understand the continuum of PE services, which will prepare staff to meet the individualized needs of students with disabilities in their least restrictive physical education environment.

Ricky Robertson 101 1-Day Klamath

Ricky Robertson 101

1-Day Klamath County
In his “101” workshop (“A Schoolwide Approach to Trauma-Informed/Social-Emotional Supports”), Ricky Robertson will deepen participants’ understanding of trauma-informed behaviors, social-emotional supports and restorative practices as well as introduce strategies for implementation of the principles and practices in the classroom and schoolwide.

Addressing Severe Behavior at School through Compassionate, Trauma-Assumed Instruction 1-Day Klamath

Addressing Severe Behavior at School through Compassionate, Trauma-Assumed Instruction

1-Day Klamath County
Participants will learn about the Practical Functional Assessment and Skill-based Treatment (PFA-SBT) process. PFA SBT emphasizes meeting students in their place of joy, ensuring they are happy, relaxed and engaged (HRE) as a foundation for teaching and building rapport and honoring their communication. The goal is to help students acquire the skills needed to function successfully at school and other settings while also learning to cope with the unpredictability and routine frustrations of everyday life. Ultimately, PFA SBT is focused upon improving quality of life for our students.

Pre-Referral Processes - Considerations before referring children for SPED evaluation 1/2-Day Virtual

Pre-Referral Processes – Considerations before referring children for SPED evaluation

1/2-Day Virtual
Before referring a school-aged child for an evaluation, the classroom teacher may plan strategies to see if his or her performance improved with simple changes in curriculum or environment. These are called “pre-referral interventions.” At least two pre-referral interventions must be tried and documented.

A referral process in a school is when teachers or parents ask for extra help for a student who is having trouble. The school then works together to find the best way to support the students and help them improve.

Concussion Laws in Oregon 1/2-Day Virtual

Concussion Laws in Oregon

1/2-Day Virtual
House Bill 4140 (2020) directed the Oregon Department of Education to develop and distribute a form for public education programs to use when a student gets diagnosed with a concussion or other brain injury. Max’s Law (OAR 581-022-0421) was enacted in 2010 and requires Oregon school districts to implement concussion management guidelines for student athletes. Jenna’s Law (2014) extends the intent of Max’s Law to Oregon youth sports and referee organizations. These laws require schools and non-school youth athletic programs to create concussion management policies and procedures, provide and track trainings, restrict play and offer immediate accommodations in order to assure students’ safe return to play and to learning.


Anne Frank, Prejudice, and Colorful Character 1/2-Day Jackson

Anne Frank, Prejudice, and Colorful Character

1/2-Day Jackson County
This program uses excerpts from Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl to explore the consequences of prejudice. In our time together, we’ll model ways of using the diary entries as a means of understanding the dehumanizing or flattening outcome of prejudice. We’ll end by co-creating a project drawn from Anne Frank’s diary that metaphorically celebrates the many colorful qualities of our humanity. This session shares a new workshop offered by OJMCHE educators.

Co-Teaching Models for Success 2-Day Jackson

Co-Teaching Models for Success

2-Day Jackson County
Co-Teaching strives to promote fluid and efficient use of multiple educators within the learning environment. This workshop will focus on giving you the tools, instructional strategies, and planning methods to utilize a teaming approach to teaching, find ways to meet your diverse learners’ needs and incorporate resource educators in a partnership with classroom teachers.
We will lean on Marilyn Friends’ work and the 6 co-teaching strategies.

Native Wellness Institute Building and Contributing to a Sustainable Team 2-Day Jackson

Native Wellness Institute Building and Contributing to a Sustainable Team

2-Day Jackson County
The focus of this workshop will be to build and contribute to a sustainable team. We build capacity through games, stories, and group discussions. We have designed it as an intensive outdoor experience rather than an inside presentation style. The curriculum is styled after adventure-based learning. You are encouraged to wear closed toe shoes and clothing to be active in the outdoors. Come join us for two days of emersion in team building strategies through a Native lens.
Presented by Josh Cocker of the Native Wellness Institute

Ricky Robertson - Advanced Planning Alumni Gathering 1-Day Jackson

Ricky Robertson – Advanced Planning Alumni Gathering

1-Day Jackson County
In the more advanced, “201” workshop (“Implementing Trauma-Informed Practices to Foster Resilience and Success for Students”), Ricky will build upon the knowledge learned around educator well-being and understanding of ACEs to focus on transforming participants’ sphere of influence.

Accountability in Action: Exploring Restorative Justice in Schools 1/2-Day Josephine

Accountability in Action: Exploring Restorative Justice in Schools

1/2-Day Josephine County
Join Resolve Center for Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice for an interactive training on the topic of restorative justice in schools. In this course we will unpack some of the core tenets of restorative practice and examine the role of accountability to shape our methodology of addressing harm in schools.

Restorative Circles: Cultivating Resilience and Compassion through Understanding 1/2-Day Josephine

Restorative Circles: Cultivating Resilience and Compassion through Understanding

1/2-Day Josephine County
Join Resolve Center for Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice to learn how restorative circles cultivate resilience within our communities. Through dynamic discussions and hands-on activities, participants will gain practical skills to facilitate circles to build connection and social awareness in diverse settings, fostering a culture of collective resilience.

Rooted Relationships 2-Day Josephine

Rooted Relationships

2-Day Josephine County
Create a classroom/school environment where students feel encouraged and engaged in learning, solve their own friendship issues, and feel a sense of connection, value and challenge. In this workshop participants will learn the basics of Positive Discipline and will acquire many tools with which to implement this approach. This experiential workshop will model ideas for connection and community building. You’ll gain basic theory and tools of Positive Discipline that you can implement right away.

Actionable & Adaptable AT for Every Classroom

Actionable & Adaptable AT for Every Classroom

1/2-Day Josephine County
Kickstart your school year with some mid and low-tech assistive technology that can be adapted to a wide range of classrooms and abilities. Join us for this three-hour, interactive session where you will be guided through everything from how to help your low readers tap into learning with reader pens, to making your own, impactful low-tech AT with minimal time and money. Whether your goal is to make learning in your Gen Ed. classroom accessible to all students, or to gain some fresh ideas for how to serve students in your Sped setting, you will leave inspired with some new strategies to put in place when school starts!

Rooted Relationships (Admin Focus) 2-Day Klamath

Rooted Relationships (Admin Focus)

2-Day Klamath County
Join us for a half-day informational workshop diving into the TSEL Standards implementation in Oregon for the 2024/25 school year. Participants will receive an overview of the TSEL Framework and Standards, followed by a deep dive into the Stages of Implementation, with dedicated time for collaborative workshopping of school/classroom Implementation Plans. We’ll explore strategies for integrating TSEL Standards into grade-level content and curriculum, and review assessment and reflection tools. Additionally, organized resources will be shared to take back to staff and colleagues. This workshop promises to be an enriching experience, equipping participants with the knowledge and resources necessary to create supportive learning environments.

ACEs Training for Teachers 1/2-Day Klamath

ACEs Training for Teachers

1/2-Day Klamath County
This module will give you an understanding of how ACEs affects you and society. This proven approach addresses the root causes of abuse and neglect, addiction, and homelessness, as well as other negative health and social outcomes. It also provides tools to intentionally build resilience in children, families and communities.

Career Connected Learning & CCL Resource Hub 1-Day Klamath

Career Connected Learning & CCL Resource Hub

1-Day Klamath County
Let’s dig into the https://careerconnectoregon.org/ (the statewide CCL Resource Hub)!
*We will log in together, create your profile, dig into various resources provided on the hub featuring the 4 domains of career awareness, exploration, preparation and training.
Resources available for elementary, middle school and high school.
*Analyze regional page and provide input to customize connect by region page
*Help customize the CTE Community of practice (by sector) pages
*‘Sassy’ has made a splash and has been a big hit! Sassy is our new AI tool that students can use for career and education exploration within the site.
*Career Journey Videos and lesson plans feature young people all around the state in different career sectors.
*The youscience platform and how aptitudes are solidified by adolescence and age appropriate CCL for K-12 is so important! Dig into K-12 career and education planning

Studying Skillful Teaching Module 1 Stand Alone 1-Day Klamath

Studying Skillful Teaching Module 1 Stand Alone

1-Day Klamath County
This module is an overview of the organization of the knowledge base as it is described in The Skillful Teacher (Saphier, Haley-Speca, Gower, 2018) text. This session will include a survey of the eighteen areas of performance that a teacher must attend to in everyday instruction within four categories: curriculum and lesson planning, motivating students, delivering instruction, and managing a classroom. Participants will develop an understanding and be able to apply the three key concepts of area of performance, repertoire, and matching.

Reframing Behavior: Understanding The WHY of Behavior and How to Respond 1/2-Day Hybrid

Reframing Behavior: Understanding The WHY of Behavior and How to Respond

1/2-Day Hybrid
How we understand and respond to behavior can significantly impact our ability to support students. In this workshop, participants will learn about some basic neuroscience concepts that impact student behavior and how this applies to the escalation and deescalation cycle. Participants will then engage in an interactive activity aimed to understand how they can use this knowledge to reframe how to understand and manage student behavior

Understanding Neurodiversity: Supporting Neurodivergent Students in the Inclusive Classroom 1/2-Day Hybrid

Understanding Neurodiversity: Supporting Neurodivergent Students in the Inclusive Classroom

1/2-Day Hybrid
Neurodiversity and neuro-affirming practices offer a new perspective in supporting our diverse students. In this workshop, we will share emerging philosophies of diversity and how to best support neurodiverse students within the classroom. Participants will leave with knowledge and tools to put into practice.

Understanding the IEP: Neuro-affirming Approaches and Supports 1/2-Day Hybrid

Understanding the IEP: Neuro-affirming Approaches and Supports

1/2-Day Hybrid
Understanding and implementing the Individualized Education Program (IEP) is critical for student success. In this workshop, we will discuss the IEP process, how to read and understand the IEP, ensure neuro-affirming accommodations are included, and how to best support those across educational environments.


Crafting Your Equity Lens Alumni Gathering 1-Day Jackson

 

Crafting Your Equity Lens Alumni Gathering

1-Day Jackson County
This gathering is for Alumni of any Crafting Your Equity Lens workshop. It is an opportunity to come together and craft a beloved community while doing so through our personal Equity Lens. This emergent gathering is filled with opportunities to heal together, share in each other’s JOY, spark each other’s curiosity, and help support each other in areas of building the NEW! Please make sure everyone who you know has crafted their Equity Lens has been invited to the Alumni Gathering!

Civil Discourse in the Classroom 1/2-Day Jackson

Civil Discourse in the Classroom

1-Day Jackson County
The democratic systems of our republic require conversation and compromise to solve problems. At Civics Learning Project, we believe students need to practice deliberative democracy in order to be the functioning community members we hope they become in adulthood. This interactive workshop aims to provide educators with practical strategies for classroom use to facilitate productive student discourse, with emphasis on ways to strengthen classroom conversations and community engagement. This event is open to educators of all kinds (classroom teachers, school administrators, and other professionals in K-12 education). We invite you to read our anchor text for the workshop, Civil Discourse: Classroom Conversations for Stronger Communities, in advance of our discussion.

Special Ed 101- Intensive Institute 1-Day Jackson

Special Ed 101- Intensive Institute

1-Day Jackson County
Michele Cleveland and April Harrison will facilitate this session on IEP basics. New special education teachers and building administrators alike will benefit from a practical and engaging exploration of the fundamentals of reading, writing and implementing high-quality individualized education plans (IEPs) for individuals identified as requiring special education services.

Setting Up Your Classroom for Success: Creating Your Classroom Visual Supports 1-Day Jackson

Setting Up Your Classroom for Success: Creating Your Classroom Visual Supports

1-Day Jackson County
How we create an environment for success starts with our structure and physical supports. In this workshop, we will discuss setting up your special education classroom for student and staff success with the use of visual supports, schedules, and other essential classroom supports. In the second part of the day, you will have the opportunity to make and take visual supports of your choosing that will benefit your classroom.

Transform Student Behavior by Harnessing the Power Connection 1-Day Jackson

Transform Student Behavior by Harnessing the Power Connection

1-Day Jackson County
Everyone knows why building connections with students is so important, but couldn’t we all benefit from the playbook on how to do it? This full-day workshop provides practical and immediately applicable strategies to reinvigorate and improve behavioral management strategies by harnessing the power of connection. Leave with the tools you need to build a culture of connection in your school where students and educators thrive!

Career Connected Learning & the Statewide CCL Resource Hub 1-Day Josephine

Career Connected Learning & the Statewide CCL Resource Hub

1-Day Josephine County
Let’s dig into the https://careerconnectoregon.org/ (the statewide CCL Resource Hub)!
*We will log in together, create your profile, dig into various resources provided on the hub featuring the 4 domains of career awareness, exploration, preparation and training. Resources available for elementary, middle school and high school. *Analyze regional page and provide input to customize connect by region page *Help customize the CTE Community of practice (by sector) pages
*‘Sassy’ has made a splash and has been a big hit! Sassy is our new AI tool that students can use for career and education exploration within the site. *Career Journey Videos and lesson plans feature young people all around the state in different career sectors. *The youscience platform and how aptitudes are solidified by adolescence and age appropriate CCL for K-12 is so important! Dig into K-12 career and education planning.

Actionable & Adaptable AT for Every Classroom 1/2-Day Klamath

Actionable & Adaptable AT for Every Classroom

1/2-Day Klamath County
Kickstart your school year with some mid and low-tech assistive technology that can be adapted to a wide range of classrooms and abilities. Join us for this three-hour, interactive session where you will be guided through everything from how to help your low readers tap into learning with reader pens, to making your own, impactful low-tech AT with minimal time and money. Whether your goal is to make learning in your Gen Ed. classroom accessible to all students, or to gain some fresh ideas for how to serve students in your Sped setting, you will leave inspired with some new strategies to put in place when school starts!

Studying Skillful Teaching: Module 4 High Expectations Teaching 1-Day Klamath

Studying Skillful Teaching: Module 4 High Expectations Teaching Klamath County

1-Day Klamath County
“In this module, you will do a number of experiments to get your students to believe they can grow their ability and show them strategies for doing so. We are learning how to communicate three critical messages to all students:
“What we’re doing is important; you can do it; and I’m not going to give up on you.”


Teach from Your Best Self Practical Strategies 1-Day Jackson

Teach from Your Best Self Practical Strategies

1-Day Jackson County
This Teach from Your Best Self one day course will take many of the most immediately applicable elements from Teach from Your Best Self, so you can teach in a way that decreases burnout while increasing personal fulfillment and student learning.

Transformational Social Emotional Learning Framework & Standards 1/2-Day Jackson

Transformational Social Emotional Learning Framework & Standards

1/2-Day Josephine County
Join us for a half-day informational workshop diving into the TSEL Standards implementation in Oregon for the 2024/25 school year. Participants will receive an overview of the TSEL Framework and Standards, followed by a deep dive into the Stages of Implementation, with dedicated time for collaborative workshopping of school/classroom Implementation Plans. We’ll explore strategies for integrating TSEL Standards into grade-level content and curriculum, and review assessment and reflection tools. Additionally, organized resources will be shared to take back to staff and colleagues. This workshop promises to be an enriching experience, equipping participants with the knowledge and resources necessary to create supportive learning environments.

Deep Dive into Creativity and Collaboration with Canva for Education 1-Day Josephine

Deep Dive into Creativity and Collaboration with Canva for Education

1-Day Josephine County
In this interactive workshop, we will take a deep dive into the infinite creative and collaborative possibilities with Canva for Education. We will spend the first half of our time exploring the template marketplace and the Design Editor. The second half will focus on how to create incredible learning experiences for students including capturing and demonstrating student learning, reflection, and executive functioning. You will come away with a variety of ideas to bring into the new year as well as a make-and-take design that you will be able to use immediately!

ACEs Training for Teachers 1/2-Day Josephine

ACEs Training for Teachers

1/2-Day Josephine County
This module will give you an understanding of how ACEs affects you and society. This proven approach addresses the root causes of abuse and neglect, addiction, and homelessness, as well as other negative health and social outcomes. It also provides tools to intentionally build resilience in children, families and communities.

Transform Student Behavior by Harnessing the Power Connection 1-Day Josephine

Transform Student Behavior by Harnessing the Power Connection

1-Day Josephine County
Everyone knows why building connections with students is so important, but couldn’t we all benefit from the playbook on how to do it? This full-day workshop provides practical and immediately applicable strategies to reinvigorate and improve behavioral management strategies by harnessing the power of connection. Leave with the tools you need to build a culture of connection in your school where students and educators thrive!

Setting Up Your Classroom for Success: Creating Your Classroom Visual Supports 1-Day Klamath

Setting Up Your Classroom for Success: Creating Your Classroom Visual Supports

1-Day Klamath County
How we create an environment for success starts with our structure and physical supports. In this workshop, we will discuss setting up your special education classroom for student and staff success with the use of visual supports, schedules, and other essential classroom supports. In the second part of the day, you will have the opportunity to make and take visual supports of your choosing that will benefit your classroom.


Project Brief: ODE Implements the six Student Success Plans

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

This project brief maps out how the Oregon Department of Education, with support from Region 16, conceived, developed, and implemented the six Student Success Plans, co-developed in collaboration with the communities surrounding six student focal groups:

  • Black/African American students
  • American Indian/Alaska Native students
  • Latino/a/x students
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students
  • LGBTQ2SIA+ students
  • Immigrant and refugee students

SOESD Director of School Improvement Services, Dr. Mark Angle-Hobson, was one of the ESD Leaders interviewed for this brief.

Thanks to the guidance of key communities, each plan is tailored to the assets, aspirations, and needs of student focal groups. By transforming the maze of education, these plans forge navigational pathways for students often left behind by the system by creating an environment where many different visions of success can co-exist.

View Project Brief

Grant Expands Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

Lane Education Service District and Southern Oregon Education Service District (ESD) were recently awarded an excess of $2.6 million in grant funding from the Oregon Department of Education through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) fund. With this new funding, Lane and Southern ESDs have partnered with the Mid-Willamette Education Consortium to create and pilot Team Oregon Build, expanding upon the existing Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs already operating in these regions. The expansion encompasses areas impacted by recent wildfires, including the Southern Oregon Education Service District and Mid-Willamette Education Consortium. Team Oregon Build (TOB) is an innovative partnership between education, industry, state, and community to introduce youth to career pathways within high-wage and high-demand construction trades. Education and Community partners from three Oregon regions dramatically impacted by wildfire and homelessness launched this career-connected learning and disaster/crisis response initiative.

SOREN and BELONG Partners Meet with Educators

SOREN and BELONG Partners Meet with Educators

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

On Thursday, May 16th, educators from across Southern Oregon came together to collaborate, connect, and reflect on their past year of work in partnership with the Southern Oregon Regional Educator Network (SOREN) and BELONG Partners, a community partner and non-profit based in Seattle. Over the past 5 years, SOREN and BELONG have worked together to increase Safety, Significance, and Belonging in the experiences of regional educators, students, and families. One element of this partnership is using a systems lens to support whole schools with trauma informed, culturally relevant and sustaining professional learning, data teams, and tiered staff and student support systems. 

Thursday’s Convening drew school teams from all over the region, from Brookings to Butte Falls, representing nine schools across four counties. The Southern Oregon REN would like to extend deep appreciation for our partner schools and the incredible teachers, leaders, students, and families who are doing this work in schools every day. THANK YOU to Azalea, Bonanza, Butte Falls Charter, Chiloquin, Henley, Kalmiopsis, Lincoln, Mae Richardson, and The Valley School for sharing your wisdom and experience with others!

Summer Reading 2024 Tips

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Reading over the summer helps students avoid summer learning loss, numerous studies show – but even more importantly, it’s a chance for students to focus on the joy of reading, choosing their own books and becoming lifelong readers.

With many school libraries closed for the summer, where can children and teens find books, both in print and online? Here are a few suggestions.

  • Start with your public library! Summer reading programs with booklists, prizes and events start in June at Josephine, Jackson, and Klamath County libraries.
  • Ebooks and audiobooks are always ready to check out, from wherever you are. Get an instant library card for 30 days for Jackson and Josephine Counties, then visit to make it permanent. Or visit a Klamath County Public Library in person for a library card with access to Libby/Overdrive.
  • If your school district provides Sora/Overdrive, you can use Sora Sweet Reads all summer long. To find out if you have access, search here –  type the full school district name, if your school doesn’t come up. Add even more ebooks through Public Library Connect (video here).

Other free sources of books and read-aloud videos (younger children):

 

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ANNUAL LIBRARY SYMPOSIUM RETURNS

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Two full-day Library Symposiums – one in Medford on April 17 and one in Klamath Falls April 18 – reached more than 80 library staff and provided training on topics from weeding outdated books to adding diverse books to school library collections.

Attendees came away with a wealth of new knowledge, along with new hardcover books for their collections and a tote bag one attendee called “fabulous”. “The book talks were fantastic and I loved the fresh ideas for my space! Well worth the time,” another library staff member said.

Sponsored by Southern Oregon Education Services District, the library events were organized by four contract librarians: Marie Fegentrager, Thomas Moll, Michelle Wardrip, and Miranda Doyle. Other presenters included Jen Maurer, the school library consultant for the State of Oregon, and several public librarians, who did a series of booktalks and shared their library resources. The training sessions were open to any interested librarians and paraprofessionals.

“I especially appreciated the session taught by Jen Maurer on collection development, emphasizing ‘windows and mirrors,’ recognizing bias, representation, etc.  We need to hear that again and again,” one symposium attendee commented.

A grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the State Library of Oregon provided a professional book called “Game Changer! Book Access for All Kids“ to each participant, at least one diverse book of their choice, and also treated attendees to coffee and working breakfast/lunches during the symposiums.

In addition to the presentations, library staff from around Southern Oregon took this rare chance to gather and network. “The interaction and discussion with other library workers was also useful as it’s not an opportunity that arises often,” one person in attendance commented. “Good mix of learning, bonding, and asking how others have done things.”

Another noted, “The camaraderie was really nice, especially the appreciation for paraprofessionals like me.”

Special thanks to SOESD Administrative Assistant Nancy Hayes, who took care of all the details for both events (including the sought-after tote bags), and to Mark Angle-Hobson, SOESD Director of School Improvement Services, who made all of it possible.

Award

SOESD Librarian Receives Award

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Congratulations to Miranda Doyle, recipient of the Oregon Library Association Intellectual Freedom Champion Award! So incredibly well-deserved for her endless efforts on behalf of students’ freedom to read. Thank you, Miranda, for all you do!

“I second that,” echoed School Library Consultant Jen Maurer with the State Library of Oregon. “Miranda, you were fantastic in your role as the OASL Intellectual Freedom Representative – a calm, knowledgeable, and relentless supporter of intellectual freedom and of library staff who were in the midst of material challenges. Thank you for your many years of valuable service.”

Another SOESD Librarian, Marie Felgentrager has taken over the role of OASL Intellectual Freedom Representative. We appreciate Marie for taking on this role with the same dedication. Regarding Marie, Jen Maurer said, “you’re a great fit, and I can tell you have the same passion to protect intellectual freedom.”

Congratulations, Miranda. And, thank you, Marie!

Herald & News Article: Top of the Class: Chiloquin Elementary School principal Rita Hepper receives state award

Herald & News Article: Top of the Class: Chiloquin Elementary School principal Rita Hepper receives state award

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

If your bosses drop in unannounced, it’s rarely ever a good thing. However, for a local principal, it was to receive a major pat on the back.

When the director of the elementary curriculum for the Klamath County School District (KCSD), accompanied by the superintendent and the executive director of the Coalition of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) showed up at Chiloquin Elementary School with her two children in tow Wednesday morning, principal Rita Hepper could only ask, “What’s happening?”

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Teach from your Best Self

Article: Avoiding Burnout Through a Mindset of Acceptance

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This blog post was written by Jay Schroder, author of Teach From Your Best Self: A Teacher’s Guide to Thriving in the Classroom. He has taught high school English and social studies for the past twenty-four years in both mainstream and alternative education settings. Jay is also the 2022 recipient of the National Council of Teacher’s of English Teacher of Excellence Award.

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