Curriculum Leaders | January 2017

Lane ESD District Members, in collaboration with LCC, pursue a Computer Science for High School (CS4HS) Grant  offered by Google.

The grant will help increase the number of computer science courses offered at the high school level and improve articulation of CS 160 Orientation to Computer Science with LCC.

Why CS 160?

  • It is considered a “gateway” computer science course, and it is based on the Association of Computing Machinery  (ACM 060) standards.
  • It is one of four required programming courses in the statewide Oregon community college Associate of Science Oregon Transfer in Computer Science degree.
  • As a community college block transfer degree, students can transfer all courses to any Oregon community college and public university conferring a CS Baccalaureate Degree without a loss of credit.
  • The course can also be part of a CTE Program of Study in Computer Science.


Curriculum Leaders | November 2016

Next Generation Science Standards | NGSS

How do you present a convincing argument WHY it’s necessary to prioritize science education, particularly at the elementary level? What are the major tenants of the NGSS instructional shifts, and how do these shifts impact the teaching and learning of Science? These are the questions that Lane County educators discussed at our last Curriculum Leaders’ Meeting on November 15th. The discussion was facilitated by our guest Science Specialist Paul Hanson from the Hillsboro School District, Science TOSA and OSTA Director Region 1, alongside with Bob Curtis, Lane ESD Science Specialist.  View Google Slides that contain NGSS Instructional Shifts and Science Adoption Process

Other Resources:

  • NGSS Overview for Principals
  • The NGSS Playbook includes background, action steps, and resources needed to guide and support the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) within your district or school, and among teams of teachers. This tool will give you implementation ideas, examples of best practice from the field, look-fors of quality science instruction, suggestions for integrating science instruction with the Common Core State Standards (English Language Arts and Math), and strategies for attending to equitable instructional and assessment practices: Culturally Responsive Teaching Guidelines.
  • All Standards, All Students. What can classroom teachers do to ensure that the NGSS are accessible to all students; hence the title: “All Standards, All Students.” Successful application of science and engineering practices (e.g., constructing explanations, engaging in argument from evidence) and understanding of how crosscutting concepts (e.g., patterns, structure and function) play out across a range of disciplinary core ideas (e.g., structure and properties of matter, earth materials and systems) will demand increased cognitive expectations of all students.
  • Step by Step Curriculum Adoption Process
  • Oregon Instructional Materials in Science: ODE Website
  • 2016 ODE Science Publishers Approved Contacts

Curriculum Leaders | October 2016

Recent studies suggest that Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) demands paradigms that might be different than those that have been in place for generations and have not produced acceptable results. But the focus of new paradigms is more on orientations to teaching as ways of being in relationship with diverse students and subject matter than methodologies for teaching specific content.

During our October meeting (See Agenda), Curriculum Leaders shared the various ways in which they are addressing Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) in their districts and organization. We also discussed what  CRT looks like specifically in Mathematics. Learn more about the content of our discussion


November 19th: Game Jam Coming to Eugene

Free workshop: Learn about creating a computer game in a fun environment

Brought to you by Lane STEM, the Oregon Game Project Challenge, CoderDojo, and Lane Community College. Teachers, coaches, and students  will learn about forming a gaming team to participate  in a statewide game development challenge in April 2017.

  • Thanks to OCSTA, coaches who attend Game Jam will have their $50/team registration fee for the April main event reimbursed.
  • Lane STEM will also sponsor teams to attend the spring Main Event challenge in Salem. For more information, please connect with Heidi Larwick at

November 18: Title IX Training

Register for this three-hour training with Karin Moscon, ODE Equity and Civil Rights Specialist. Training will be at Lane ESD on Friday, November 18th. 8:30 am – 11:30 am.


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Curriculum Leaders September 2016 Discussion

civil-discourseAs political opinion grows even more polarized and extreme rhetoric becomes commonplace during this election, how do we provide effective avenues in which all our staff and students, regardless of ideology or political affiliation, can respectfully engage in social and political dialogue?

As educational leaders we share the responsibility and moral imperative to model for our students proper conduct during the presidential election and beyond. Along with our pursuit of educational equity, we wish to promote in all our schools a fair and open environment for the exchange of ideas through “civil discourse,” which requires a high level of standard of conduct toward others rather than mere politeness.