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Meet the School Improvement Team 2023-2024

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SOESD’s School Improvement Team supports our component districts in a variety of ways including:

  • Attendance and Engagement
  • Student Behavioral Health and Wellness
  • Student Success and Integrated Planning
  • Regional Educator Network (SOREN) including mentoring for novice educators
  • English Learners
  • Migrant Education
  • Indian Education
  • Southern Oregon Black/African American Student Success (SOBAASS)
  • STE[A]M Hub
  • Career Connected Learning
  • C3, our career and college collaborative
  • Southern Oregon Career and Technical Education Consortium (SOCTEC)
  • Grow Your Own
  • Educational Technology and Data Analytics, including the Ed Tech Cadre
  • Division 22 Library Media Services
  • Klamath Promise
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • ODE’s Integrated Guidance

Members of this team support our local school districts and provide service and leadership on a variety of regional and state initiatives, including:

Dr. Mark Angle-Hobson, Director of School Improvement Services, serves on

  • Oregon Department of Education’s LGBTQ2SIA+ Student Success Advisory Group
  • Coalition of Oregon School Administrator’s (COSA) Equity Board
  • Resolve Center for Restorative Justice Board of Directors
  • Community of Stewards, Region 16 Comp Center (serving Alaska, Oregon and Washington)

Heather Armstrong, School Improvement Specialist, Southern Oregon STE[A]M Hub, serves on

  • Oregon Math Leaders, co-chair
  • Oregon Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM), Area 8 Representative
  • Rural STEAM Leadership of Oregon, facilitator
  • Oregon Science Leaders

Karla Clark, Program Manager for the Southern Oregon STE[A]M Hub, serves on

  • ODE’s STEM/CTE Network State Planning Team
  • Statewide CTE Advisory Council
  • Oregon STEM
  • Rogue Workforce Partnerships and Business Education Partnerships
  • Associated General Contractors Workforce Coalition
  • Rural STEAM Leadership for Oregon
  • Statewide Chief Science Officers for Oregon
  • Oregon Connections/NEPRIS Collaborative
  • Oregon Career Connected Learning Design Team
  • Oregon YOUSCIENCE integration Lead
  • Statewide and Regional IGNITE
  • SOREDI’s “Talent” Board
  • Josephine County Vocational / Mentor Committee

Aaron Cooke, Program Manager for Data and Integrated Instruction, serves on

  • Oregon Department of Education’s Rules Advisory Committee
  • Oregon Department of Education’s Remote Learning Advisory Committee
  • Southern Oregon Classroom Law Project Educator Advisory Committee
  • Josephine County Broadband Advisory Committee
  • Oregon Department of Education’s EDTech Cadre
  • Oregon Digital Leaders Coalition, as Board Member
  • Oregon Department of Education’s Integrated Technology and Learning Standards Committee
  • Southern Oregon Fire Ecology Education Board

Miranda Doyle, School Library Media Specialist, serves on

  • Oregon Association of School Libraries
  • Oregon Intellectual Freedom Committee

Jessie DuBose, Program Manager for Klamath Promise, serves on

  • Foundations for a Better Oregon, At-Large Board Member
  • OHSU Research in Oregon’s Community Review (ROCR) System Advisory Board
  • Oregon MESA Regional Equity Committee
  • Oregon Dual Credit Coordinators
  • SMART Reading Leadership Council for South Central Oregon
  • South-Central Early Learning Hub – Professional Advisory Committee
  • Cascade Health Alliance Community Advisory Council
  • Klamath County Commissioner Roundtable
  • Healthy Klamath Coalition
  • Tobacco Coalition (Klamath County)
  • Klamath Basin Career Connections Initiative
  • Klamath Youth Attendance Taskforce (YAT)
  • Klamath County School District School Improvement Advisory Committee
  • Klamath Falls City Schools Attendance Team
  • Ross Ragland Theater and Cultural Center, board member
  • Klamath County Well Water Work Group

Kylee Harrison, Coordinator for Student Behavioral Health and Wellness, serves on

  • Jackson County Suicide Prevention Coalition
  • Josephine County Suicide Prevention Coalition
  • Statewide SEB and SEL Collaborative
  • Jackson County Juvenile Justice Advisory Council
  • Jackson County Gang Task Force
  • Jackson Youth Systems of Care

Jacquie Jaquette, School Improvement Specialist, serves on

  • Jackson Care Connect Board Member
  • Jackson Care Connect, Community Advisory Committee
  • Statewide attendance, DEI Collaborative
  • SOREN Team
  • Jackson Youth System of Care
  • Jackson County Youth Development Work Group
  • Klamath Promise Planning Team
  • Klamath Youth Attendance Task Force

Jenni Jones, School Improvement Specialist for Mentoring, serves on

  • Chautauqua Poets and Writers Board President
  • Southern Oregon Computer Using Educators (SOCUE) Board Member
  • Oregon Association of School Libraries
  • ODE EdTech Cadre

Dr. Heidi Olivadoti, Southern Oregon REN Coordinator, serves on

  • Oregon Education Association – Region 3 Uniserv Council
  • Social Emotional Learning for Oregon (SEL4OR) Statewide SEL initiative
  • Southern Oregon Success
  • Family Connections
  • Transformative Education Leadership Fellow
  • Oregon Educator Advancement Council – Region F Educator Network

Brian Robin, CTE Regional Coordinator, serves on

  • ODE’s Career and Technical Education State Teachers Recruitment and Retention Team
  • ODE’s Career and Technical Education State Communications/Planning Team
  • ODE’s Career and Technical Education State Small/Rural/Remote Schools Planning Team
  • CTE Program of Study Stateside Standards Review Panel
  • CTE Perkins Reserve Grant Managers Panel
  • Oregon Housing & Community Services TeamOregonBuild Think Tank
  • Regional Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (RAMP)
  • Rogue Healthcare Workforce Partnership
  • Associated General Contractors Workforce Coalition
  • Klamath Basin Career Connections Initiative

Andrea Townsend, School Improvement Coordinator, serves on

  • COSA’s Equity Board
  • Governor’s Quality Education Commission
  • ODE’s Ad-Hoc ELL committees/advisories
  • Regional ELL/Migrant /Indian Ed. Meetings
  • COSA’s Administrators of Color Affinity Group
  • Meyer Memorial Trust Fund EDI Collaborative
  • Oregon Equity Directors and Leaders Collaboration Meetings

Focused locally, leading regionally, and serving statewide, the School Improvement Team centers students and families to improve experiences and outcomes for all.

CORE VALUES: safety | significance | belonging

First & Second Year Teachers

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Who: New Teacher PLN is open to all southern Oregon regional 1st and 2nd year teachers
What: Connect-Prepare-Launch, PLN Meetings
“Just in Time” Topics
Resilience Building
Connection
When: In-Person: August 16-18 Connect-Prepare-Launch, 8:30-3:30pm
Virtual: Monthly 1-2 Hour PLN Meetings
Where: Rogue Primary School, CPSD
600 S. 2nd St.
Central Point, OR 97502

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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“Mental Health is Health.”

This year’s theme is Connection as people of all ages continue to seek out ways to cope with loneliness stemming from the pandemic and ways to support their emotional well-being when struggling with isolation. As we reflect on the past two years, and how much we have overcome, it’s important to pause, and take time to reflect on how resilient we are. Our mental health is and incredibly important part of our overall health, and critical in our ability to support our families, work effectively, participate in school, and contribute to society in meaningful ways. We also use this time to break the stigma associated with mental health care. To encourage us all to talk about our own mental health and ways we support it. “We stand in solidarity with those who are experiencing mental health conditions, renewing our commitment to providing them with the support they need and deserve. We also give thanks to the dedicated mental health providers whose service and support improve the lives of so many Americans.” (from Presidential Proclamation)

RESOURCES FOR MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

Begin conversations with your students about mental health.

You can adapt this to any age.

Imagine you’re feeling angry or sad. It helps to have strategies for dealing with these emotions. Complete the activities below to find strategies that work for you.

FOR YOUTH

#Chatsafe: A Young Person’s Guide for Communicating Safely Online About Suicide (PDF | 6.7 MB) (From Australia, but good information)
The #chatsafe guidelines have been developed in partnership with young people to provide support to those who might be responding to suicide-related content posted by others or for those who might want to share their own feelings and experiences with suicidal thoughts, feelings, or behaviors.

Before you post anything about suicide online Before you communicate online about suicide, take some time to think about why you want to share this post. Reflect on how your post could affect other people and whether or not there is a different way to communicate this information in a way that is safer or more helpful. It can also be helpful to be aware of some of the warning signs of suicide risk before you post online, as well as some of the suicide prevention resources offered by the social media or online platform you are using. For example, Facebook’s Suicide Prevention Help Centre provides information on how to report suicide content to Facebook, as well as a number of resources and links to suicide helplines internationally.

Help a Friend in Need: A Facebook and Instagram Guide (PDF | 524 KB)  A brief handout on helping friends recognize online distress of peers.
Facebook and Instagram are proud to work with The Jed Foundation and The Clinton Foundation, nonprofits that work to promote emotional well-being and to share potential warning signs that a friend might be in emotional distress and need your help.

Seize the Awkward

Website with lots of tips on how to talk to friends (or students) about hard subjects, because TALKING SAVES LIVES.

Nobody likes an awkward silence. But when it comes to mental health, awkward silences don’t have to be a bad thing. This campaign encourages teens and young adults to embrace the awkwardness and use this moment as an opportunity to reach out to a friend. The campaign focuses on that moment to break through the awkward silence to start a conversation about how they’re feeling.

Teens Finding Hope — teensfindinghope.org

Provides resources and encouragement to teens and their families affected by depression

FOR FAMILIES

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week Activities for Children, Youth and Families  A variety of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week activities, worksheets and videos for children and youth from National Federation of Families,

Supporting Children’s Mental Health: Tips for Parents and Educators. —National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Things You Can Do to Improve Your Child’s Mental Health—Verywell Family.

What Every Child Needs for Good Mental HealthMental Health America (MHA).

What Is Children’s Mental Health?—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Youth Connectedness Is an Important Protective Factor for Health and Well-being.—CDC

What to Do if You’re Concerned About Your Teen’s Mental Health: A Conversation Guide (PDF | 617 KB)
This guide is meant to help parents and families who are concerned about their teen’s mental health and emotional well-being have important conversations with their child. Although parents often pick up on concerning signs that their teen is struggling, not everyone feels well-equipped to approach their child to have a conversation about how they are feeling.

Mental Health is Important for Children and Adolescents (NIMH)

Mental health is an important part of overall health for children and adolescents. Many adults with mental disorders had symptoms that were not recognized or addressed in childhood or adolescence.

It can be tough to tell if troubling behavior in a child or teen is just part of growing up or a problem that should be discussed with a health professional. Learn more about warning signs.

Being a teenager can be tough, but it shouldn’t feel hopeless. Check your symptoms, and find out what you can do if you think you might have depression.

Mental illness is treatable and suicide is often preventable,

but we HAVE to talk about it.

FOR EVERYONE

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States. You can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or chat.

For Hearing and speech impaired: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)

En español: 1-888-628-9454

Mental Health 101

To take control of our emotional health, we have to understand it. Learn more about mental health, what influences it and ways to improve it here.

The mental health continuum:

Your mental health experiences are valid. Mental health can range from feeling good and thriving to unhealthy situations or conditions that can negatively impact our quality of life and overall wellness if left unaddressed. We all experience a range of mental health experiences and move throughout this continuum throughout our lives.

MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA:

Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all.

We know that around half of all people in the U.S. will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition at some point in their lives. We also know that communities who are targeted by racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, and other forms of systemic oppression and violence can face an even heavier mental health burden because of these harms.

Our toolkit provides free, practical resources, available here in both English and Spanish, to introduce mental health topics like recognizing warning signs, knowing the factors that can lead to mental health conditions, maintaining mental wellness, and seeking help for mental health.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)—  nami.org

An association of more than 500 local affiliates who work in your communities to raise awareness and provide support and education.

Crisis Text Line
Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the U.S. to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis. With over 79 million messages processed to date, they are growing quickly, but so is the need.

Oregon YouthLine: 1-877-968-8491  — oregonyouthline.org

YouthLine reaches teens throughout Oregon with teen to teen text, chat, and phone line. YouthLine offers a free, confidential, and safe way to work out challenging issues with another teen who will listen without judging.

TEXT ‘teen2teen’ to 839863

Teens are here to talk, text, or email from 4pm-10pm 7 days a week (and adults are available by phone 24/7.)

Trevor Lifeline 
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. The TrevorLifeline is a crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386.

TrevorText is available by texting “START” to 678678. (M-F Noon–7pm PT)

Chat – thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now (7 days Noon–7pm PT)

TrevorSpace is an online international peer-to-peer community for LGBTQ young people and their friends.

Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. The caring, qualified responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping veterans of all ages and circumstances; many of the responders are veterans themselves. If you’re a veteran in crisis or concerned about one, there are caring, qualified VA responders standing by to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 or text 838255.

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