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10/19/2007 1:00:00 PM
Superintendent’s Update #226
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1. State Board Passes Emergency Rule to Allow Districts to Use Motor Coaches for Student Transportation

2. Oregon Diploma Talk

3. Opportunities and Financial Resources for Schools

4. Susan’s Schedule

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

Learn about what is new with the Oregon Diploma at http://www.getreadyoregon.org/

1. State Board Passes Emergency Rule to Allow Districts to Use Motor Coaches for Student Transportation

The State Board of Education passed an emergency rule modifying an Oregon Administrative Rule and allowing districts to apply to use motor coaches to transport students. School districts must file an application for variance with the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Susan Castillo. The Superintendent will have the authority to grant a variance that allows the requesting school or school district to use motor coaches as school activity vehicles. She may place safety-related and other conditions on the school or school district requesting the variance.

For specific language of the emergency rule go to: http://www.ode.state.or.us/news/releases/default.aspx?yr=2007&kw=&rid=592

2. Oregon Diploma Talk

This weekly item highlights actions taken and various questions relating to the changes to the Oregon diploma.

Q: How big an issue is remediation in our community college system?

A: Students needing to take remedial courses in community college is a big issue. In 2000, around 40% of students in Oregon Community Colleges took some pre-college level courses. The higher expectations imbedded in the revised Oregon Diploma are designed to provide students with the skills they need to enter higher education without having to play catch up.

3. Opportunities and Financial Resources for Schools

TEACHING AMERICAN HISTORY GRANT APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE

The Teaching American History Grant Program supports projects that aim to raise student achievement by improving teachers' knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of traditional American history. Grant awards assist local educational agencies, in partnership with entities that have extensive content expertise, to develop, implement, document, evaluate, and disseminate innovative, cohesive models of professional development. By helping teachers to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of traditional American history as a separate subject within the core curriculum, these programs are intended to improve instruction and raise student achievement.

Maximum Award: Up to $2,000,000.
Eligibility: Local Education Agencies.
Deadline: December 10, 2007.

For more information, visit http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=true&oppId=15656

E-LEARNING CONFERENCE

Lincoln County School District announces the 2nd Annual E-Learning Conference on November 5th in Newport, Oregon. The conference provides an opportunity for educators to learn about new and innovative ways to promote student success through e-learning.

Breakout sessions focus on various topics related to e-learning and incorporating e-learning as an alternative education opportunity. There will also be an opportunity to meet providers (COOLSchool, SK Online, Portland State University, BYU, Aventa) and view their products.

Cost is $100 per person - fee includes lunch and materials. Please RSVP by October 26th to Jennie Scarborough at 541-265-4408. For more information go to: http://www.lincoln.k12.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=1733

4. Susan’s Schedule

Week of October 15th – Susan Castillo participated in the TOPOFF 4 emergency crisis event, met with the State Board of Education and met with the Youth Advisory Team.

Week of October 22nd – Susan will attend the Wallace Foundation Education Leadership conference in New York City and speak at the Pioneer Pacific College commencement.

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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