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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 January 31, 2021
  • Teachers will submit their applications by March 27, 2021
  • Oregon Education Service Districts will select a winner from their region
  • Regional Teachers of the Year will be honored across the state in May 2021!
  • One of the Regional Teachers of the Year will be named the 2022 Oregon Teacher of the Year in September 2021!

Regional Teachers of the Year will receive a cash prize of $500 and will be celebrated across the state.  The 2022 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! All Oregonians are encouraged to nominate their favorite teacher today at: oregonteacheroftheyear.org

Trauma-Informed Practices and Social Emotional Supports

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

Session Information

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Start: Friday April 2nd, 2021 at 01:00 PM
End: Friday April 2nd, 2021 at 04:00 PM
PDUs: 3.00
Instructor: Ricky Robertson
Location: ZOOM
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Start: Friday April 9th, 2021 at 01:00 PM
End: Friday April 9th, 2021 at 04:00 PM
PDUs: 3.00
Instructor: Ricky Robertson
Location: ZOOM
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Start: Friday April 16th, 2021 at 01:00 PM
End: Friday April 16th, 2021 at 04:00 PM
PDUs: 3.00
Instructor: Ricky Robertson
Location: ZOOM
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Start: Friday April 23rd, 2021 at 01:00 PM
End: Friday April 23rd, 2021 at 04:00 PM
PDUs: 3.00
Instructor: Ricky Robertson
Location: ZOOM

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In this four-part virtual workshop, presented over four mornings in November, December and January, renowned educator, consultant, coach and author 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.To help foster a sense of community, participants should try to attend all four sessions as part of the workshop cohort; however, this workshop will repeat in April 2021, so a missed session can be made up later.Session 1 – Friday, April 2, 2021 – 1 pm to 4 pm
Schoolwide Trauma-Responsive Practices (Tier 1)
A trauma-informed approach is a schoolwide approach to supporting the social-emotional and behavioral needs of all students, especially those impacted by ACEs and trauma. In this virtual workshop, we will explore student behavior as a form of communication and develop classroom-based and schoolwide strategies to support students. Participants will deepen their understanding of relationship-based teaching and acquire skills to foster safety, trust, and belonging in their classrooms and schools. They will be introduced to strategies that support students’ abilities to communicate, problem-solve, regulate, and develop a sense of accountability and hope.Session 2  – Friday, April 9, 2021 – 1 pm to 4 pm
Trauma-Informed Social Emotional Learning
Social-emotional learning is a critical component of quality core instruction. To truly have an impact, social-emotional competencies must be integrated into daily classroom routines and management. Students’ social-emotional outcomes improve when they see healthy behaviors regularly modeled, practiced, and reinforced. In this session, participants will develop a plan for integrating culturally responsive and trauma-informed social-emotional learning competencies into their curriculum and instruction.Session 3 –  Friday, April 16, 2021 – 1 pm to 4 pm
Trauma-Informed Restorative Practices
Trauma-informed schools respond to conflict in ways that build trust and accountability. In this virtual workshop, participants will be introduced to the fundamental principles of Restorative Practices. Participants will be introduced to Tier 1 community building circles for both staff and students. Then we will explore the core principles of Restorative Practices and some useful tools to engage in restorative dialogue and problem-solving. Participants will consider next steps for integrating these principles and practices into their classrooms and schools.Session 4 – Friday, April 23, 2021 – 1 pm to 4 pm
Teams & Teamwork for Sustained Implementation
To truly meet the needs of our students, we have to focus on long term implementation of trauma-informed behavioral and social-emotional supports. We cannot do this work alone, we need to work together with our colleagues, students, families, and community partners. This session will focus on teams and teamwork to support long-term implementation of trauma-informed practices and ways to assess their impact and build teachers’ collective efficacy in responding to the needs of their students. In many respects, this session is the most important one of the entire series. If we don’t have a system in place to monitor the impact of our efforts then there is no way to sustain and improve them.About Ricky Robertson: I am an educator, author, and consultant who has worked with alternative and traditional schools, serving students from grades preK-12 within urban, suburban, and semi-rural communities. I provide coaching, consultation, and multi-day professional development workshops to build systems of support for students impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma, and the educators who work with them. I have a background in Restorative Justice/Practices, culturally responsive teaching, LGBTQ+ student advocacy, and trauma-informed practices for teaching and behavior management.

ZOOM

Interdisciplinary

Free to all educators within SOESD component districts

Nancy Hayes
5417768590 x1133

Aces 101

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

Session Information

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Start: Saturday December 5th, 2020 at 06:00 am
End: Sunday January 24th, 2021 at 11:59 pm
PDUs: 5.00
Instructor: Ruth McDonald

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In this self-paced, multi-session online course (conducted through Canvas), participants will:

  • Familiarize with the original and ongoing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) studies
  • Identify types of ACEs
  • Understand the long-term, significant impacts of ACEs on children and families
  • Identify the impact ACEs can have on a student’s social, emotional, and academic development
  • Identify strategies and resources for prevention of ACEs in children
  • Identify strategies for supporting children with ACEs in the school/classroom

The class is limited to 25 participants per cohort. Registration closes at 4 pm on Friday, December 4, 2020. A confirmation email will be sent from Canvas to the first 25 registrants as educators are enrolled. Additional opportunities to take this course will continue to be offered throughout the school year.


Online

Interdisciplinary

Free to all educators within SOESD component districts

Nancy Hayes
5417768590
nancy_hayes@soesd.k12.or.us

Online – webPD Trauma-Informed Practices

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webPD Trauma-Informed Practices

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Start: Saturday December 5th, 2020 at 06:00 am
End: Sunday January 24th, 2021 at 11:59 pm
PDUs: 5.00
Instructor: Amanda Lacy

Event Details


In this self-paced, multi-session online course (conducted through Canvas), participants will:

  • Build upon the broad, foundational knowledge of trauma gained in courses, such as ACEs 101
  • Learn and discuss the six principles of trauma-informed approach in education
  • Gain an understanding of how vicarious trauma and neuroscience shapes learning AND teaching
  • Apply skills learned to implement tools for their classrooms, with colleagues and out in the community
  • Find out how to use simple strategies to combat compassion fatigue and counteract the stress in the workplace, especially during the pandemic

The class is limited to 25 participants per cohort. Registration closes at 4 pm on Friday, December 4, 2020. A confirmation email will be sent from Canvas to the first 25 registrants as educators are enrolled. Additional opportunities to take this course will continue to be offered throughout the school year.


Online

Interdisciplinary

Free to all educators within SOESD component districts

Nancy Hayes
5417768590
nancy_hayes@soesd.k12.or.us

For Teachers By Teachers Promising Practices Symposium

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

Friday October 9th, 2020 at 08:00 AM to 2:50 PM

OESD’s For Teachers By Teachers Promising Practices Symposium promises to be a day of learning and sharing for educators from throughout Southern Oregon. Attendees will have the opportunity to virtually attend three two-hour sessions (and earn up to six PDUs) on hot topics in the areas of science, math and educational technology. Six sessions will be presented by peers, recognized as local experts and leaders. The remaining three sessions will be led by vendors. All nine presenters were part of the recent EDTech Summit and were identified via attendee survey as conference MVPs.

Session titles and times are below. Registrants will select the one to three sessions they wish to attend via a conference app on the day of the symposium. Information on how to use the conference app will be sent to registrants during the week before the event.

Session Offerings for the 8 am to 9:50 am timeslot include:

  1. Teaching Research and Writing and Managing Papers/Projects During the Pandemic
  2. Promoting Equity and Engagement in the Middle and High School Classroom
  3. How3Canvas

Session Offerings for the 10 am to 11:50 am timeslot include:

  1. Integrating AR/VR into STEM and CTE Programs
  2. NGSS in a Virtual Realm
  3. Power Up Your Google Game

Session Offerings for the 1 pm to 2:50 pm timeslot include:

  1. How Neuroscience Helped Design a Math Program That Meets the Diverse Needs of Students in the Wake of COVID-19
  2. Seesaw for Hybrid and Distance Learning Classes
  3. Gamified Comprehensive Distance Learning

Poverty Immersion & Coaching Institute

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Poverty Immersion Institute

Communications Across Barriers
August 17th-18th

The Poverty Immersion Institute is a hands-on, two-day poverty institute for educators, health, justice and social service professionals, and community members who want to better understand poverty and gain tools for making a difference. We are revising the institute to allow for social distance of smaller groups at four sites to participate. Dr. Beegle will be broadcast to all sites to provide the training. She will rotate between each site so that all will have three sessions tele-presented, and one in-person session.

Seats may be reserved, or appointed by districts. Registrants will be put on the wait list if their district seats are differently assigned.

Sites

  • Grants Pass High School
  • SOESD Medford Office
  • Mountain Middle School
  • Klamath Falls

Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and SOESD will support the technology needed.

Register here

Poverty Coaching Institute

Communications Across Barriers
Coming this Fall

Location TBD

The Poverty Coaching Institute prepares participants to serve as poverty coaches for their organizations. A Communication Across Barriers poverty coach is trained to conduct workshops for breaking poverty barriers and improving communication and relationships for in-house staff. Coaches serve as on-site experts for educating colleagues, providing leadership for breaking poverty barriers, and developing system-wide approaches for improving outcomes for families who live in the war zone of poverty. Poverty coaches will also be trained to conduct Poverty Competency Assessments and assist their organization in developing and implementing customized action plans with measurable results.

Please note: To participate in this workshop, registrants must first attend the two-day Poverty Immersion Institute. (August 17th & 18th course available in PD Networks.)

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Registration Coming Soon

Southern Oregon Virtual Student Voice Event

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

MAY 29th at 2 PM

What has distance learning been like for you? Your educators want to know! Your Voice Matters! Understanding your experiences will help us better support ALL students as we plan for next year together.OPEN TO STUDENTS IN GRADES 6-12.

Zoom with us here https://soesd.zoom.us/j/6471053180

OR Use: https://bit.ly/sosvevent

OR Dial In: +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 647 105 3180

Circles for Educators

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

As we navigate through these uncharted times, the power and necessity of community and relationships are becoming increasingly apparent. Although we are practicing social distancing, we still can find creative and innovative ways to foster connection, care for one another, and normalize our experiences. We also can gather together to inspire, learn from and with each other about how to continue trekking bravely forward into this courageous space we now occupy: Distance Learning for All. How can we continuously improve experiences for our educators, students and families during this time while also planning for the future?

Raphi Miller and Cara Walsh of Resolve will be facilitating 14 virtual care and connection circles for educators with the goal of providing a safe and supportive space to share and listen to others in the field of Education as we all navigate the highs and the lows of this time. Space will be provided to lean into listening to each other in order to learn from each other. This is not a training. Participants can join any or all sessions. Please register and obtain Zoom link(s) through PD Networks.

Who should attend? Anyone and everyone in the field of Education who is interested in connecting with other educators to foster community and hear from one another during these unprecedented times filled with changes and unknowns.

Event Dates:

Southern Oregon Educator Administrators

Wednesday, May 20, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm via Zoom

Southern Oregon Educators

Thursday, May 21, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm via Zoom
Thursday, May 28, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm via Zoom
Thursday, June 4, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm via Zoom
Thursday, June 11, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm via Zoom

Southern Oregon Building Administrators

Tuesday, May 26, from 1 pm to 2 pm via Zoom
Tuesday, June 2, from 1 pm to 2 pm via Zoom
Tuesday, June 9, from 1 pm to 2 pm via Zoom

Southern Oregon District Office Administrators

Wednesday, May 27, from 1 pm to 2 pm via Zoom
Wednesday, June 3, from 1 pm to 2 pm via Zoom
Wednesday, June 10, from 1 pm to 2 pm via Zoom

Southern Oregon School Paraprofessionals and Support Staff

Thursday, May 28, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm via Zoom
Thursday, June 4, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm via Zoom
Thursday, June 11, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm via Zoom

 

 SOESD Announces Regional Teacher of the Year

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

On behalf of the Oregon Department of Education, Southern Oregon Education Service District (SOESD) is proud to announce the selection of Mr. Jordan Werner, Physical Education Teacher at Riverside Elementary School in Grants Pass, as a 2021 Oregon Regional Teacher of the Year. Werner is also the Grants Pass High School Assistant Track and Field Coach and the head football coach at South Middle School.  Mr. Werner will be honored virtually in the coming month and will be awarded a check for $500.00.

SOESD convened a virtual 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 seven applications from a larger set of nominations, found that Werner exemplified the following attributes:

  • a wellness focus that is grounded in research
  • is a leader in his school and district
  • work positively impacts students and families
  • has a message to share with Oregon educators that can inspire others
  • has the desire and ability to reach all students
  • applies the Oregon Equity Lens in his decision making and is culturally aware and relevant in his approaches to wellness
  • forges partnerships with the community to promote student wellness
  • has a non-traditional approach to physical education that focuses on lifetime wellness and the social/emotional and learning benefits that wellness promotes

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.

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.  Thirteen winners will go on to be considered for Oregon Teacher of the Year, which will be decided in September.

SOESD is proud of the amazing teachers in our three-county region, exemplified by Mr. Werner, who are focused on quality teaching, learning, and student achievement. 

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