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Hearld & News Article: Klamath Promise gains new project manager

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

Klamath Promise has a hired a new project manager to help plan and develop ways to increase high school graduation rates in Klamath County.

Jessie DuBose, 38, started in the role Tuesday, where she will also manage College and Career for all for Klamath County. The position is funded by Southern Oregon Educational Service District in Klamath Falls.

DuBose is a 1999 Henley High School graduate and 2003 graduate of Oregon State University. She earned her Masters of Business Administration from West Texas A&M online this spring.

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SOESD’s Aaron Cooke speaks at Digital Design Workshop

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

Aaron Cooke weighs in on the important work being done by the Southern Oregon Education Service District. “I personally think that integrating digital design and the use of those data systems to reduce the work for classroom teachers is probably one of the biggest things we have to look at. The teacher workload has gotten to a point where we’re losing more than half of our teachers in their first three years. Trying to find ways to integrate systems to open up space for teachers to teach, interact with students to build relationships.”

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SOESD Planning for Student Success Act

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SOESD program leads from Education Services, Special Education, ELL/Migrant/Indian Education, and Southern Oregon Success have been engaging in planning to support our component school districts with writing their plans to access Student Investment Account funding as part of the Student Success Act.  SOESD is committed to serving our districts well as they create and implement plans to meet students’ behavioral and mental health needs and increase achievement by reducing academic disparities for those student groups who have been historically underperforming.

Teachers Attend Intro to High Tech Tools for Schools

By College and Career (CC4A) / STEAM, News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

On Oct 28, local educators attended “Intro to High Tech Tools for Schools”, a FREE, student-centered, teacher-friendly professional development opportunity.  The workshop is being offered once a month through May and introduces educators to the SOESD STEAM Lending Library. Alli French of Talent Maker City provides participants with an engaging, hands-on introduction to everything in the STEAM Lending Library–including SNAP circuit kits, Makey Makeys, laser engravers, 3D printers, green screens, and Lego robotics. Educators enjoyed a day of play and learned how to incorporate some the newest and FREE educator tools into their classroom, courtesy of SOESD.

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Nicole Cleland Earns Girls Living STEM Award

By News, School Improvement Services

The STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative is thrilled to announce it has awarded Nicole Cleland with the 2019 Girls Living STEM Award. The award recognizes girls and young women who demonstrate leadership and mentoring to inspire their community’s interest in STEM and solve real-world problems.

Ms. Cleland is a member of Southern Oregon’s Chief Science Officer Program. She founded Beyond the Bell, a monthly after-school program that offers Klamath Basin elementary students an opportunity to engage in hands-on activities that incorporate science, technology, engineering, and math.

The STEM Learning Ecosystems and the Southern Oregon Education Service District wish Nicole congratulations on her tremendous efforts to advance STEM in her community. Her passion, accomplishments, and future excite us!

SOESD Kicks off School Year with Southern Oregon Regular Attender Network for Improvement Event

By Attendance, Homepage, News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

Southern Oregon Education Service District (SOESD) kicked off the school year on Sept. 17, 2019 by hosting over 125 educators, staff and administrators from 12 districts across several counties. Attendees included staff from Attendance and 9th grade On Track Teams, ODE’s Every Day Matters Staff and Regional Capacity Builders.

The vision of the event was to build districts’ capacity to create environments within their schools in which all students feel more safe, know they matter and they belong, in order to inspire more students to come to school more often. To achieve this vision SOESD focuses on building capacity by leveraging research and experienced-based practices in data, teaming and communication.

The event also introduced The Center for High School Success (CHSS)—a project of Stand for Children—providing FREE training, technical assistance, data support, and resources to districts and high schools interested in developing effective 9th grade success programs as a key lever for increasing on-time graduation rates.

The Every Day Matters campaign was also discussed. This program is designed to assist districts with materials and messaging they can use to increase attendance.

The group took a deep dive into the local data and addressing barriers to attendance.  SOESD has developed a toolkit for district use that can be found here.

For more information from the Oregon Department of Education, click here.


Big turnout at Southern Oregon Careers Trade Expo

By News, School Improvement Services

On Sept. 26, 2019 nearly 2000 students gathered at Seven Feather’s Convention Center in Canyonville for the Southern Oregon Careers Trade Expo. This event, for which SOESD is the fiscal agent, is organized to introduce high school juniors and seniors, veterans, currently serving Military Personnel, and referred public and private agencies to exciting opportunities in many arenas. Some of these include aviation and rail, archaeology, construction trades, wildlandfire fighting, mechanics and more.

“I had no idea what sparked my interest, but being here made me realize that there are a lot more options than what it seems out there,”   said Mary Burnett, a 12th grader.

SOESD attended the event to hand out t-shirts to students (pictured) and witness the activities in action.

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Graduation Motivation in Klamath County

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About 700 seniors gathered this September for an annual event organized by Klamath Promise and the Herald & News. Students learned about the many opportunities open to them post-graduation. Singer, motivational speaker and author Jessie Funk spoke, sang and joked with the students from all over Klamath County. Funk told personal stories to motivate students to rise above the challenges they face in school and beyond. The event, designed to encourage high school seniors to “finish strong”, is an annual crowd pleaser and a great way to kick off the school year for the class of 2020.

Klamath Promise is a Regional Achievement Collaborative supported by SOESD and is dedicated to bringing together education, business, and community partners to ensure all students complete high school. For more information about Klamath Promise visit

Nominations Open for Oregon’s Teacher of the Year

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

  • Nominations are open statewide through January 31, 2020.
  • Teachers will submit their applications by March 27, 2020.
  • Oregon Education Service Districts will select a winner from their region.
  • Regional Teachers of the Year will be honored across the state in May 2020!
  • One of the Regional Teachers of the Year will be named the 2021 Oregon Teacher of the Year in September 2020!

Regional Teachers of the Year will receive a cash prize of $500 and will be celebrated across the state.  The 2021 Oregon Teacher of the Year will receive a $5,000 cash prize (with a matching $5,000 going to their school!) and serve as a spokesperson and representative for all Oregon teachers.

Anyone can nominate a teacher! Please nominate your favorite teacher today at This teacher just may be selected as the Regional Teacher of the Year and be in the running for the honor of 2021 Oregon Teacher of the Year!

Southern Oregon Equity Summit 2019

By News, School Improvement Services

Kick off the 2019-20 school year by joining us for the Southern Oregon Equity Summit 2019. The event includes high-profile speakers and breakout sessions that provide strategies for understanding equity through a trauma-informed practices approach.


Monday August 19th & Tuesday August 20th, 8:30 am – 03:30 pm


Inn at the Commons
200 N Riverside Ave,
Medford, OR 97501
(866) 779-5811

Register Here


For SOESD component districts. For attendees outside the SOESD, price is $129 for one day and $199 for both.

Contact Information

Nancy Hayes at 541-776-8564




Carmen X Urbina is a proven leader who brings the diverse, lived-experience and unique skills we need in Oregon today. She has developed her exceptional talents serving in early learning settings, K-12 school districts and ESDs, higher education, and leading culturally specific and highly respected community-based organizations in Oregon. Carmen’s efforts are always grounded in equity, focused on the needs of all our students and families, and designed to bring community and education organizations together in both safe and effective ways.

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

Ricky Robertson

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


Eric Butler is a Restorative Justice Educator and Activist. A Hurricane Katrina survivor, he relocated to Oakland, California where he rebuilt a new life, successfully facilitating Grief Circles in response to homicide and extreme violence in area schools as part of Catholic Charities’ crisis response program. He also worked as a lead mediator with Youth Uprising, where he mediated conflicts on the ground in Oakland neighborhoods and schools.

While in Oakland, Eric gained prominence for his impactful Restorative Justice work with youth in West Oakland as the School Coordinator at Bunche High School with Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY). Today, Eric travels from New Orleans to Texas, to New York, to California and all around the country with a personal mission to spread Restorative Justice around the globe.


Leah Hinkle has been an education consultant to ten school districts with the Teaching and Learning Department at Clackamas Education Service District for the last four years. Her specialty is English learner instruction and services funded through Title III. She formerly worked in the Greater Albany School District for ten years, first as a bilingual educational assistant, then an ELD teacher at the middle and high school levels, and lastly as the district’s Teacher on Special Assignment to English Learner Programs.

Raphaelle (Raphi) Miller, Director of Education & School Services joined the staff of Resolve in 2013, having previously served as a volunteer and intern since 2011. In her work as a restorative justice practitioner, trainer, coach and consultant, Raphi supports schools in system-wide implementation of restorative justice practices. Raphi works collaboratively to advance restorative justice in education through participation in regional collective impact initiatives and as a planning committee member for the Northwest Justice Forum. Raphi is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She graduated magna cum laude from Southern Oregon University with her B.A. in Human Communication, certificates in Conflict Resolution and the Management of Human Resources, and a minor in Business Administration.

Cara Walsh, As the Director of Restorative Justice, Cara has been working to support the development, implementation, and delivery of restorative justice services since 2010. In addition to providing training, consultation, and coaching on a local level, Cara works for the advancement of restorative justice throughout the region via her leadership with the Restorative Justice Coalition of Oregon, the Northwest Justice Forum and the Transforming Justice Advisory Committee. Her professional and educational experience is grounded in her passion for creating and facilitating integrative opportunities and experiences for community engagement, empowerment and transformation. Cara earned her M.A. from Prescott College.

Dr. Julie McCann has been an educator for 40 years currently working as a professor in the Concordia College Doctoral Program and as a Senior Associate for the Oregon Center for Educational Equity (OCEE). She was the 2000 Oregon Principal of the Year and as a leader focused on underserved children and families and systemic reform. She has consulted throughout the state on issues of diversity, inclusion, equity and school change.  She has presented at both state and national conferences around her dissertation topic: White Leaders Examine Power and Privilege: The Challenges of Leading for Equity.

has been an educator for 20 years.  He is currently a middle school social studies teacher in Eugene, Oregon, focusing on teaching history through a non-dominant lens.  He guides his students to critically examine, discuss and explore, through historical analysis and current events, an array of social justice issues and actions.  Jesse embraces opportunities to engage in challenging conversations around equity, diversity and inclusion with his colleagues, his students, and his own multi-racial children. He also provides professional development as a Facilitator for the Oregon Center for Educational Equity (OCEE).

K’Ehleyr is a member of the Ohlone Costanoan Esselen Nation whose traditional homelands are located in the now Greater Monterey Bay Area of California. She is the Youth Development Specialist for the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, primarily supporting families with youth ages 0-15. Her work includes providing resources to families with early learners, IEP and 504 support for students and families, tutoring at the Expanding Horizons Youth Center, Tribal education benefit program management and, of course, duties as assigned.

K’Ehleyr grew up in a small town in rural Northern Arizona and is working to reconnect with her Tribal heritage, traditional knowledge, and language. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Paleobiology from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she became an active member of the campus American Indian Student Association. Finding a family with these Native peers cemented her desire to pursue working in Indian Country, where she hopes to stay for the duration of her career.

Renae Guenther is a member of the Cow Creek South Umpqua Tribe of Indians and has been on the Tribal Attendance Pilot Project (TAPP) since its beginning in 2016. TAPP is a collaborative project of all nine federally recognized tribes of Oregon with the Oregon Department of Education to address chronic absenteeism of American Indian/Alaska Native students in selected schools. Now three years into the project, TAPP is showing gains in AI/AN attendance rates.

Being a Tribally enrolled student herself, Renae battled with chronic absenteeism and a lack of positive and accurate representations of the Native American culture and peoples. Through making connections with her peers and her tribe, Renae is now a graduate student attending Southern Oregon University. Renae focuses her efforts on encouraging the youth of American Indian/Alaska Native descent to finish primary school and progress to higher education for the success of themselves and their tribal communities.

Cow Creek Umpqua Tribal Member Rhonda Richardson has worked for the Tribe for 28 years. She has been dedicated in her previous position as the Human Services Director and is now continuing on her path as the Cultural Development Coordinator. It has been a long time passion for Rhonda to continue her career in the Cultural field. She is working alongside the Natural Resources Team. Rhonda has been involved in various committees and projects throughout the years that has touched the life situations from ages 0-99, from birth to death and helped people navigate through life. The revitalization of the Takelma Language has become the main focus of developing the culture for our Tribal community.

Lynda Coates is a Gold Star Speaker with Communication Across Barriers (CAB), a national consulting firm that provides training and keynotes that empower professionals who assist people with moving out of poverty. Lynda has a Master’s Degree in Com­munication from Portland State University and has been speaking and training for over a decade across the country. She is an authentic voice, born into generational poverty, who grew up homeless with her parents and five siblings.

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