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6/27/2008 8:00:00 AM
Superintendent's Update #261
Superintendent's Update

In This Issue:
  • State Board of Education Elects New Officers for 2008-09 School Year
  • Oregon Summer Food Programs
  • Oregon Diploma Talk
  • Opportunities and Financial Resources for Schools
  • Susan’s Schedule

State Board of Education Elects New Officers for 2008-09 School Year
The State Board of Education has elected Duncan Wyse (Portland) as Board Chair for the 2008-09 school year. The Board also elected Brenda Frank (Klamath Falls) as Board Vice-Chair and Art Paz (Springfield) as Second Vice-Chair.

Wyse has served as the president of the Oregon Business Council since June 1995, where he works with business and public leaders on a wide range of public policy issues including education, health care and economic strategy. Prior to this position, Wyse was executive director of the Oregon Progress Board, where he developed Oregon Shines - Oregon's long-range strategy for economic growth, and Oregon Benchmarks - indicators measuring how Oregon is doing as a people, place and economy. sojourner' Under his leadership, the Oregon Progress Board won the Innovations in Government Award from the Ford Foundation and Harvard's Kennedy School. Prior to that, he spent eight years at the California Public Utilities Commission, serving as advisor to the President and Director for Policy and Planning.

In addition to serving on the State Board, Wyse is a member of the Oregon Quality Education Commission, the E3: Oregon Inc, Employers for Education Excellence Board of Directors, and Multnomah County Leaders Roundtable (as chair). He holds a Bachelor's degree from Pomona College and a Master's in Business Administration from Stanford University.

Members of the State Board of education are: Duncan Wyse, Brenda Frank, Art Paz, Jerry Berger (Salem), Lew Frederick (Portland), and Nikki Squire (Bend). Steve Bogart (Baker City) will be replaced by Leslie Shepherd (Warrenton). Shepherd has not yet been confirmed by Oregon Senate.

The Oregon Legislature created the State Board of Education in 1951 to oversee grades K-12 and all community colleges. Members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate for up to two four-year terms. Seven members are selected to represent the five congressional districts with two at-large members. The Board elects a chairperson who later serves a one year term beginning on July 1.

Photo: Duncan Wyse, 2008-09 Chairman of the Oregon State Board of Education
Oregon Summer Food Programs
During the school year, thousands of Oregon children depend on free or reduced price meals each day. However, when school ends for the year, so does this important resource.

Did you know that there are more than 400 sites in Oregon where children ages 1 through 18 can get a free meal and have some fun this summer? The Summer Food Program of Oregon has a searchable database of community sites across Oregon offering free lunches – and sometimes breakfasts and snacks – for all children.

sojourner' Meal sites are hosted at a wide range of community locations, including parks, schools, community centers, churches, pools, etc. And because children find fun as important as food during summer vacation, many sites offer free or low-cost activities along with the meals.This program is intended to serve children. However, in some cases, sites can sell meals to parents for a small fee, or provide free meals to parent volunteers.

Click here to find a program in your community.

Other Oregon food assistance resources:
Oregon Food Bank, 1-800-777-7427: This organization makes referrals to local agencies that provide emergency food boxes.

Oregon State University Extension Service: Maintains a searchable database of non-emergency community food programs in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

SafeNet, 1-800-723-3638: Provides information and referrals to a variety of food, housing, medical and other assistance programs.

Oregon Helps: Provides free and confidential on-line screening tool to help users determine if they qualify for any of 28 different service programs offering help with food and other needs.
Oregon Diploma Talk
This weekly item highlights actions taken, various questions and background relating to the new Oregon diploma.

The Oregon State Board of Education voted unanimously last week to change graduation requirements for Oregon students. The new Oregon high school diploma includes increased credit requirements, multiple options for students to demonstrate a set of Essential Skills, and the requirement for students to complete personalized learning activities. The new requirements affect graduates in the class of 2012 (next fall’s ninth grade students).

In addition to course credits, all students will have the option to earn credit for demonstrating proficiency. This means that a student is given credit for successful demonstration of knowledge and skills that meets or exceeds defined levels of performance. Students may demonstrate proficiency through classroom work or documentation of learning experiences outside of school, or through a combination of these means.

A Credit for Proficiency Task Force is developing credit for proficiency policy that will support these new requirements. The task force will address proficiency issues, examine models, and recommend criteria and guidelines to ensure that rules are applied consistently across the state and allow for credit to be earned through multiple pathways and assessments. The task force plans to present the State Board of Education with draft recommendations in September 2008. Final OAR adoption is anticipated in December 2008.

Click here for more information on Credit for Proficiency.

Detailed information regarding the Oregon Diploma can be found at
Get Ready Oregon

Opportunities and Financial Resources for Schools
Grants for Math Heroes
Raytheon's MathMovesU Grants and Scholarships Program rewards real-life "Math Heroes" for their dedication to improving math education and their inspiration of participation in math. Maximum Award: $2,500. Eligibility: teachers and volunteers of middle school students in the U.S. Deadline: July 15, 2008. Click here for more information and to apply.

Tommy Hilfiger Education Grants
Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation Education Grants support programs/partnerships that promote educational opportunities for diverse populations in the United States. Maximum Award: $25,000. Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations. Deadline: October 1, 2008. Click here for more information and to apply online.

Healthy Sprouts Awards
The National Gardening Association recognizes outstanding youth programs via the Healthy Sprouts Awards. The awards support school and youth garden programs that teach about nutrition and the issue of hunger in the United States. Maximum Award: $500 gift certificate to Gardener's Supply. Eligibility: schools or organizations that plan to garden with children between the ages of 3 and 18. Deadline: October 15, 2008. Click here for more information and apply online.
Susan’s Schedule
Week of June 23rd– Susan Castillo spoke with Roger Sampson, Director of the Education Commission for the States, and at the request of Senator Barack Obama, she traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to participate in a high-level panel on "Economic Competitiveness in the 21st Century" and will share her perspective on education priorities.

Week of June 30th– Susan will meet with Representative Larry Galizio; meet with Russ Albertson of the Oregon PTA on legislative priorities; and meet with Lennie Bjornsen of the Oregon Commission on Children and Families.

The June/July 2008 issue PDF of Superintendent's Pipeline is available on the ODE website.


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