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.

Curriculum Leaders, September 2017

We are kicking off this year’s Curriculum Leaders Symposium Topics with Zaretta Hammond, author of Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain.  See September 19 | Curriculum Leaders Agenda.

Photo of Zaretta Hammond

During her two-day visit in Lane County, Zaretta will deliver a comprehensive introduction to Culturally Responsive Teaching and the neuroscience behind it. Zaretta, a former writing teacher, is an education consultant who supports schools around the country in creating more culturally responsive instruction.

Throughout Zaretta’s equity-focused professional development and school support of over 18 years, she dispels the urban myths and misconceptions about culturally responsive teaching. She affirms that “a big myth is that CRT is about motivating students of color by mentioning cultural facts or naming famous people of color.” She also offers that “culturally responsive teaching” is less about “motivating disengaged students” and more about “rebuilding trust with them through a learning partnership, using that rapport and trust to get permission from students to push them into their zone of proximal development.” …Continue reading

Quick Reads for Instructional Leaders

Read Ken Marshall’s review of the article “Four Characteristics of High Performing Leaders.”  Although written for the business community, Ken offers concepts that are applicable to educational leaders looking for ways to set new professional goals for building principals and/or staff in leadership positions. Enjoy.

Effective leaders decide with speed and conviction, engage for impact, adapt proactively, and deliver reliably on their commitments

PS. Don’t miss our end of the year Curriculum Leaders Symposium, Tuesday June 20: Effective Ways of accessing, utilizing, and sharing data for systemic change.

Curriculum Leaders | May 2017

John Niebergall

Hi Tech Manufacturing Showcase | Advanced Manufacturing Technology

On May 16, Lane ESD and the Curriculum Leaders Forum hosted special guest, White House Champion of Change and Oregon Fab Lab Expert John Niebergall.  John shared with us about his adventures aboard the Oregon Fab Lab bringing High Tech Skills to students all across Oregon.  Also, local CTE teachers extraordinaire Polly Kohl (Thurston HS) and Chris McGowan (Willamette HS) with several of their students demonstrated the skills developed in their Career and Tech Education Courses. Discussion Topics Included: Advanced Manufacturing Technology, High Tech Software and Hardware in the Classroom, Computer Assisted Design (CAD), 3D Printing, Robotics, Digital Vinyl Cutting, Lean Manufacturing, MakerSpace How-To, And Much More!

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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