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8/24/2007 2:13:00 PM
Superintendent’s Update #218
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1. Transition of CIM and CAM to the New Diploma

2. John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Comes to Salem

3. What You Can Find on the Oregon Department of Education Website

4. Opportunities and Financial Resources for Schools

5. Susan’s Schedule

The August 2007 Issue PDF of Superintendent's Pipeline is available on the ODE website: http://www.ode.state.or.us/pipeline/august-pipeline-07.pdf PDF

1. Transition of CIM and CAM to the New Diploma

With the passage of HB 2263 by the 2007 Oregon Legislature, the CIM, CAM, and subject area endorsements will sunset in July 2008. Though the certificates will no longer be required, the State Board of Education is committed to maintaining a standards-based system with statewide expectations for student skills and proficiencies evaluated with a combination of state and local assessments. The goal is to ensure that each student demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to transition successfully to their next steps: advanced learning, work, and citizenship.

Oregon’s graduation requirements, adopted by the State Board in January 2007 (http://www.ode.state.or.us/stateboard/sb-diploma-2-pager-4-12-07c.doc), incorporate academic content standards, assessments and personalized learning into a single credential for all students – the high school diploma. Building and improving on elements from CIM and CAM, the graduation requirements create a more meaningful and rigorous diploma that holds all students accountable for higher levels of learning. The Oregon diploma will confirm that students have mastered knowledge and skills required for success in the workplace and are ready for postsecondary education.

Standards and assessments remain fundamental to Oregon’s accountability system and No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Even with the removal of the CIM and CAM certificates, both Oregon law and federal law will continue to require that the state and school districts measure student performance against state adopted content and achievement standards. In addition, the legislative provision regarding the sunset of CIM and CAM (HB 2263) does not go into effect until July 1, 2008. Therefore, during the 2007-2008 school year existing CIM/CAM policies and procedures will remain in place, including the implementation of work samples. Local assessments such as work samples will likely be adopted as part of the assessment system for the diploma.

The coming school year will be a transition year, allowing the diploma task forces appointed by the State Board sufficient time to work with schools and districts to propose improvements to Oregon’s standards and assessment system for implementation of the diploma. Information regarding the progress of the diploma task forces will be posted on the Department of Education website www.ode.state.or.us/go/REAL and opportunities for input will be provided throughout the process. For more information about the diploma implementation project contact Theresa Levy, Office of Educational Improvement and Innovation.

2. John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Comes to Salem

The Oregon Department of Education would like to invite you to visit the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus in Salem on August 27.

The Oregon Department of Education is hosting the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a non-profit, mobile recording studio providing free hands-on-programs to hundreds of high schools, colleges, as well as to youth and community organizations. The Bus encourages students to play music, write songs, engineer recording sessions, and produce music video projects using the latest audio, video, live sound equipment. The bus assists students in learning about music related careers.

“The bus is a state-of-the-art audio and video recording studio on wheels, and students can get a behind-the-scenes look at the recording experience – both as artists and as technicians,” Castillo said. “This is a fantastic opportunity for students who might be interested in music or video as a career choice. Students will get a firsthand look at what it takes to work in the industry and what preparation they need in their high school class work.”

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit mobile recording and multimedia studio outfitted with the latest technological advances including Apple audio and video solutions, as well as traditional musical instruments. In its tenth year traveling to schools and events across the country, the bus is providing free hands-on programs to young people to encourage students to play music, write songs, engineer recording sessions, and produce music video projects.

“This year, the State Board of Education raised Oregon’s high school graduation requirements- including requirements for career and technical education and experiences like the John Lennon Bus- in order to better prepare Oregon students for postsecondary education and the workplace.” Castillo said. “Students need higher levels of knowledge and skills than ever before to succeed, and two-thirds of all jobs require at least some postsecondary education or training. Our new requirements put us on a clear path to ensure that every high school graduate will succeed in a changing world.”

The Tour Bus will be located at Willson Park at 700 Court Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97301. This park is located on the west edge of the Capitol Building, between Court and State Street.

This is a free event, and is open to the public so please pass this information to anyone who may be interested. More information can be found online at: http://www.jlsc.com/bus/index.php. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a visit for a group of 30 or more, please contact Lidiana Soto at (503) 947-5800.

3. Opportunities and Financial Resources for Schools

ONLINE TOOL FEATURES OVER SIXTY YEARS OF HISTORIC NBC NEWS ARCHIVES

NBC News is opening its video vault of over sixty-years of historic news archives and supplemental resources. Made possible through a unique partnership between NBC News and HotChalk, a K-12 focused learning management system, teachers in every school will now have access to NBC educational content specifically created for classroom instruction.

Designed to engage students in active learning and provide primary source multimedia content that far exceeds what is available in traditional textbooks, more than 5,000 video resources provided by NBC through HotChalk can be used to supplement instruction in a wide range of courses: history classes can watch the civil rights movement as it happened and view interviews with key players; science students can see recreated footage of the Ice Age or watch today's arctic shelves disintegrate into the ocean; and government classes can have access to the very latest news on immigration, the presidential race, or international relations.

Teachers of all grades, including AP courses in U.S. History, Government and Politics, and English language and composition can sign up to use the new NBC education resource free of charge at http://www.hotchalk.com/ for the fall 2007-2008 semester. Continued use requires a school building subscription through HotChalk for interested users.

4. What you can find on the Oregon Department of Education website

This weekly item highlights various features found on the Oregon Department of Education website.

Did you know that you can view the 2007-2008 school calendar online? You can find dates for school holidays, spring vacation , in-service days, school quarters, and commemoration days in a printable PDF format. The calendar also includes information about when schools are required to release their quarterly reports. You can view this calendar any time at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/pubs/schcals/0708schcal.pdf PDF.

5. Susan’s Schedule

Week of August 20th – Susan attended the kick-off of the John Lennon educational bus tour in Portland; met with the Lane ESD Superintendents, interviewed with KKNU Radio in Eugene, met with Jack Roberts and Pat Johnson of the West Eugene Wetlands Education Center; and attended the State Board of Education retreat in Salem.

o For scheduling inquires, please visit our website at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=848

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