Shady Cove Elementary/Middle School held their first ever STEAM night on November 5th to kick off the start of their ‘Destination Imagination’ program with about 70 students and family members participating. Seven different STEM sessions were set up around the gym and students were split into groups who had about 8 minutes at each station. Each activity was hands on, involved problem solving, teamwork, communication, outside the box thinking, and real life application. Destination Imagination is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to “engage participants in project-based challenges that are designed to build confidence and develop extraordinary creativity, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills.” According to Amy Isackson, the principal of Shady Cove Elementary/Middle School, Shady Cove Ele/Middle is only the 2nd school in our region to start Destination Imagination with the hopes that other schools will follow.
21 CSOs from 8 different schools over Josephine, Jackson and Klamath County attended the Chief Science Officer (CSO) Fall Convening on Nov. 19. These motivated students are passionate about STEAM and have been elected by their peers to help share the excitement of STEAM education and careers. At the event they were welcomed by Quantum Innovations Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Medford to tour and learn about all the STEAM related work they do. Following Quantum’s tour, they met for lunch in Medford and worked on their Leadership Projects, sharing their ideas with each other and offering each other feedback. Some of the projects they’re working on on include problem solving food waste within their school with composting and putting on a STEAM event for their school and community.
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.Read Full Article
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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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.
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.
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 oregonteacheroftheyear.org. 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!