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9/7/2007 3:24:00 PM
Superintendent’s Update #220
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1. Get Ready Oregon – New Website Launched

2. Student opt-out of NCLB Recruiting Requirement

3. Constitution Day – September 17th

4. Opportunities and Financial Resources for Schools

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

6. Susan’s Schedule

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

1. Get Ready Oregon – New Website Launched

With Oregon’s graduation requirements changing and students being asked to achieve at higher levels, the Oregon Department of Education is asking schools, students, and parents “Are you ready?”

This week we launched a new website to help share information about the changes to the Oregon graduation requirements. The website, www.getreadyoregon.org, is designed as a resource, primarily for parents, which provides details on the changes to the graduation requirements, background on the State Board’s decision making process, tips on what parents, students and community members can do to prepare, links to a wide variety of resources, an FAQ, and an opportunity for people to ask additional questions about the upcoming changes.

This site is part of a state-wide public awareness campaign designed to help educate parents and students about the changes to the Oregon high school diploma. Later this month there will also be newspaper, TV, and radio ads all reminding parents that “Whatever our children dream of becoming, they need to be ready.” The advertisements were made possible through the generous support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

We welcome your feedback on the website and encourage you to share this resource with others. Please pass on this link on to your contacts who may find it helpful. If you have feedback on the site, you can email us at GetReadyOregon@ode.state.or.us.

2. School and District Consent Forms Must Accommodate Student Opt-out of NCLB Recruiting Requirement

We have received calls from school districts over the past week regarding the student opt-out recruiting requirement. When Congress passed the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act it mandated schools receiving federal funds to release the names, addresses, and phone numbers of students to military recruiters on request. Congress also mandated that students and parents be informed that this private information would be released by schools to recruiters, and that both parents and students be allowed to opt out of this release.

School districts are required to:
  • review their consent forms and make necessary changes to include this option for all secondary students
  • notify both parents and students of the opt-out provision of the NCLB law
  • ensure that consent forms available in the student's native language.
For a complete reading of Executive Numbered Memo 005-2006-07 go to: http://www.ode.state.or.us/news/announcements/announcement.aspx?=1696

To read the U.S. Department of Education’s Policy Guidance document on Access to High School Students and Information on Students by Military Recruiters go to: http://www.ode.state.or.us/news/announcements/announcement.aspx?=1696

3. Constitution Day – September 17th

By Susan Castillo

September 17, 2007 marks the 220th birthday of our government. On this date in 1787, 39 men changed the course of history by signing the U.S. Constitution. Beginning in 2005, schools that receive federal funds are required to teach about the Constitution on September 17, the date that the Constitution was adopted.

Thank you to all the Oregon teachers and local school officials who work to develop creative ways of teaching students about the U.S. Constitution and its significance as the cornerstone of American government. You are not only educating but helping to instill students with the tenets of responsible citizenship. Through the study of history, our students are free to examine past events and decisions to determine their importance for the present and future.

U.S. Department of Education guidelines allow schools to plan their own Constitution Day programs. Resources to help teachers/schools/districts meet this requirement can be found on page 6 in the September issue PDF of the Superintendent’s Pipeline.

4. Opportunities and Financial Resources for Schools

K-3 LITERACY STATEWIDE OUTREACH

Trainings for K-3 educators will be offered regionally as part of the K-3 Literacy Statewide Outreach for the 2007-2008 school year. Educators may be teachers, school and district administrators, reading specialists, literacy coaches, paraprofessionals, and others who help with K-3 literacy. The trainings are free and include lunch.

Grant funding of up to $4,000 per district is available and may be used only to offset the cost of educators participating in the K-3 Literacy Statewide Outreach regional trainings offered during the 2007-2008 school year. Each district must submit a grant application for approval to receive reimbursement for expenses incurred. The applications must be postmarked no later than September 14, 2007.

The calendar of trainings and grant applications are available at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1398. The calendar will be updated as needed to reflect any changes in the dates, presenters, or locations.

An updated calendar of trainings and descriptions is available on the ODE website under “Announcements.” Registrations are available under “Calendar of Events.” Individual registrations on the ODE website are required.

If you have questions on trainings or grant applications, please contact Vikki Ricks, 503-947-5882. If you have questions on registration, please contact Dalles Breyman, 503-947-5691.

5. 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 access the State Board of Education Decision Paper PDF on the New High School Diploma Requirements going into effect 2009? This decision paper outlines the new requirements, provides a timetable for implementation and the makes the case for more rigorous requirements.

The High School Diploma website provides background on the 2 year process the Board undertook to reexamine the Oregon High School Diploma including the comprehensive public outreach program to solicit feedback via on-line surveys and over 300 meetings across the state. The results from these surveys are also available online.

6. Susan’s Schedule

Week of September 3r – No public events were scheduled.

Week of September 10th – Susan will be attending the Council for Chief State School Officers, Using Data to Improve Instruction conference in St. Louis.

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

o Please forward this UPDATE to others who might find it of interest.

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