Curriculum Leaders | September Update

Please Save the DATE: Tuesday, September 18 at 9:30 am. At our next Curriculum Leaders Meeting (Part II), we will have a presentation by Ross Davis, Regional ODE Chronic Absenteeism Coach, on the Strategies and Resources to Address Chronic Absenteeism. Read article on Chronic Absenteeism by Superintendent Tony Scurto, which was published in the September issue of the Oregon Family Magazine, “Student Success Starts with Regular Attendance: Local Schools and Communities Are Ready to Help.”

At the August 18 meeting [VIEW AGENDA HERE]the Lane ESD Curriculum Leaders discussed the shifts under Oregon’s new ESSA accountability model and the roll out of a new Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) districts will need to submit by June 29, 2010.

Moving forward, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) will identify schools to receive Comprehensive Supports for Improvement (CSI) and Targeted Supports for Improvement (TSI). In addition to tiered model of supports that will be instituted through a partnership between districts and ODE, we can also expect the following: (1) A shift from school level accountability to District level support : This means that Districts will be involved with their schools as they identify areas of growth and supports to make improvement. (2) More comprehensive accountability and identification process; in other words, the identification of CSI and TSI schools takes a holistic approach by looking at multiple data points or indicators such as:

  •         Chronic Absenteeism
  •         English Language Arts (ELA)/Math Achievement
  •         ELA/Math Growth
  •         English Learner (EL) Progress towards Proficiency
  •         9th Grade-on-Track
  •         4-Year Graduation
  •         5-Year Completion

 

Under the new plan, ODE will also require all districts to submit a Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) no later than June 28, 2019. One new domain under this plan will require districts to provided evidence of progress in the area of teaching and learning. This is referred to as “Well-Rounded, Coordinated Learning Principles,” which include:

  1.  Student-centered & Relational Principles for Learning
  2. Materials & Practices to Inform Instruction
  3.  Cultivate Academic Success
  4.  Data-Informed Decision Making
  5.  Provide Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
  6. Inclusive Policy & Practice

In the next coming months, Lane ESD’s School Improvement Team is committed to keeping you informed of new developments coming from ODE and providing you with resources to support you through this process.

Curriculum Leaders | June Update

A word of gratitude: On behalf of our School Improvement Team (Instruction, Equity and Partnerships), I’d like to extend a warm thank you to each and every Curriculum Leader and Superintendent who participated in this year’s meetings and symposia.

Here are a couple of updates since our last meeting on May 15 (SEE AGENDA HERE):

  • Next Steps: Our team has already begun to devise a strategic plan in response to the input we received from you during our visits to your districts and the discussions during meetings at the ESD.  See Curriculum Leaders Report, which contains bright spots, areas for future collaboration, and for continued support.
  • Save the Date: Tuesday, August 21 will be our first kick off Curriculum Leaders Meeting. We will be sharing with you the topics that will be addressed this coming year and the new structure of these meetings.

GREAT RESOURCES FOR YOU AND YOUR STAFF: The resources (see links below) address some of the most relevant education topics we are currently grappling with.  Each “Spotlight” contains multiple 1-page articles that drill down on a specific topic, which could be used as a close read activity for individual and group reflection to get your staff meetings started with an instructional focus!

  • Rural Education: Course choice, college advising, teacher workforce, TAG students and more.
  • Response to Intervention: Multitiered Systems of Supports, Trauma Informed Schools, Restorative Practices, Welcoming Schools, and much more.
  • Equity: Teachers and the digital divide, addressing race and equity in the classroom, positive school climate, implicit bias, and more.

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER

See you in August!

Curriculum Leaders | May 15, 2018

Dear Curriculum Leaders, I want to thank you for your participation in the monthly meetings and symposium series you selected for the 2017-18 school year. In our next Curriculum Leaders’ meeting on May 15, we will present to you the themes, suggestions and ideas for this coming school year based on the CLs’ discussions that we had during the January and March meetings.

Also on this  day, Heidi Larwick (Director, Connected Lane County) and I will be sharing a brief report, which contains a summary of conversations she and I had with all 16 superintendents and their leadership team. The focus of our visit was primarily to hear from district leaders how Connected Lane County and Lane ESD staff could support their hopes, plans and aspirations for their students in the area of Instruction, CTE/STEM, and other educational plans such as attendance, middle school to high school transition programs, etc.

A theme that you asked us to consider is to coalesce around common educational challenges and come together to think critically and creatively on how to best to go about leveraging our resources and expertise. Your suggestions align clearly with the concept of “shifting from isolated impact to collective impact,” and this is not merely a matter of encouraging more collaboration, it requires a systemic approach that focuses on the relationships between organizations and the progress toward shared objectives.

We look forward to a rich conversation on May 15th.

Curriculum Leaders | February 20

Instructional Topic | Next Generation Science Standards

AGENDA
  1. Addressing NGSS course sequencing at the high school level, by Nicole Duncan of Albany School District
  2. Shifts in state assessment, presentation by Bryan Toller, an ODE Assessment Specialist
  3. Professional development opportunities to improve NGSS Implementation, by Maddy Ahearn
  4. Display of NGSS-friendly Curriculum. CLICK HERE TO VIEW COMPLETE AGENDA.

Resources  | Contact Maddy Ahearn

STEM Equity

Assessment

Professional Development

Course Sequencing & Curriculum Selection

Curriculum Leaders | January 2018

On January 16, the department of Instruction, Equity and Partnerships is hosting an information sharing and gathering convening exclusively for Curriculum Leaders from Lane ESD Component Districts. We invite you to come and share with us and with each other your questions, concerns and needs. Our job (Lane ESD Staff) is simply to “host the topic, gather information, make sure folks have equal air time when giving their input, and keep the conversation going.” As we have done in the past, you are welcome to join us for networking, coffee, and pastries at 9:30 am. Meeting starts promptly at 10:00 O’clock and ends at 11:30. SEE FULL AGENDA

The following are proposed topics for discussion.

  • Re-evaluate symposium topics, structure of the symposium and informational meetings
  • Where are you on NGSS Implementation? What would you like offered in the February Symposium?
  • What would you like to see showcased at April’s/STEM/CTE Summit?
  • Measure 98 – Districts’ Update (What’s working for you, challenges, etc.)
  • Skillful Teaching, feedback from prior participants, future needs, Spring offerings?
  • Math K-12 PD needs/wishes
  • Future CTE Teacher Recruitment: Needs, tactics, strategies.
  • Beginning CTE teacher instructional support
  • PD or PLC groups for CTE teachers
  • MediaNet Services (Media Library, Science Kits, STEM/CTE resources, etc.)
  • Health and PE Curriculum Adoption – Who’s adopting? Mandatory PE hours?
Every other month, we will continue to host symposium-style meetings to discuss Instructional topics similar to the symposia we have held in the past. Coming UP:
  • February 20 Symposium Instructional Topic: Planning for Successful NGSS Implementation
  • March 20: CLs Information Sharing/Gathering
  • April 17: Annual Lane ESD and Component Districts CTE/STEM Summit
  • May 15: CLs Information Sharing/Gathering
Thanks again for your collaboration!

Curriculum Leaders | December 2017

FROM: Maddy Ahearn, Lane ESD STEM Specialist

We look forward to welcoming you to our December 12th Curriculum Leaders Symposium focused on Instructional Technology. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of research-based methods for improving the integration of instructional technology and have ample opportunity to hear about efforts in districts in our county and across the state. This symposium will include an option for staying for lunch and attending two break-out sessions to dig deeper on topics of choice (see options below).

You are encouraged to bring district/building admin as well as teachers that represent leaders in instructional technology. Districts are encouraged to bring teams of 2-4. Registration HERE.

We are thrilled to have a dynamic presenter joining us, Jennifer Gingerich. Jennifer was a classroom teacher turned instructional technology trainer and works with ODE’s Statewide Ed Tech Cadre as well as districts across the state and county. She will facilitate conversations and explorations of equity in instruction technology and three technology lens: TPACK, ISTE and SAMR.

Participants will select two of the following break-out sessions to learn more:

  • Learning Management Systems (LMS) and Single-Sign On (SSO) facilitated by our Beaverton and Eugene partners so they can share their lessons learned in selecting and implementing these tools.
  • Open Education Resources (OERs) where you can collaborate about free online tools and hear cautions and advice about the implementation of these tools.
  • Technology for increased accessibility where you can learn about Springfield’s integration of Google Read & Write and other powerful technologies that have worked to include more of our students.

Curriculum Leaders | November 2017

Jeff Todahl The October Curriculum Leaders Symposium featured a presentation by Dr. Jeff Todahl on the topic “Trauma informed instructional practices that build a safe and caring school culture as well as the impact on child/teen behavior and learning.” A second session was facilitated the following week by Bethel’s central office administrators, Superintendent Chris Parra and Special Education Director, Amy Tidwell . They shared their district’s  journey, processes, strategies, and systemic approach to implementing Trauma Informed Instructional Practices. See October 17, Curriculum Leaders Agenda.

Dr. Tina Gutierez-Schmich We are happy to announce this month’s CLs’ Symposium topic “Restorative Practices, through a practitioner’s lens.” Dr. Tina Gutierez-Schmich, Bethel’s Equity Director, will be helping facilitate the conversation. She will give a brief introduction to Restorative Practices, provide a brief overview of Bethel’s journey, the district’s approach and theoretical framework.

Following Tina’s presentation, a panel of district and building administrators will share their own experiences with implementing Restorative Practices and discuss the implications for their staff, student and the parent community. Go to the November 21 Curriculum Leaders Google Agenda to access list of resources to deepen your knowledge and understanding on Restorative Practices. Today’s Power Point Presentation.

SAVE THE DATE | Curriculum Leaders | December 12

We look forward to welcoming you to our December 12th Curriculum Leaders Symposium focused on Instructional Technology. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of research-based methods for improving the integration of instructional technology and have ample opportunity to hear about efforts in districts in our county and across the state. This symposium will include an option for staying for lunch and attending two break-out sessions to dig deeper on topics of choice. You are encouraged to bring district/building admin as well as teachers that represent leaders in instructional technology. Districts are encouraged to bring teams of 2-4. Registration HERE.