|7/25/2008 7:40:00 AM|
|Superintendent's Update #265|
In This Issue:
Oregon Adds Farm-to-School, School Garden Program Coordinator
SALEM – State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced that Joan Ottinger has been hired to coordinate the Department’s Farm-to-School and School Garden Program. Farm-to-school and school garden programs have been shown to increase access to healthier foods and have been identified by nutritional experts as important strategies to help promote healthy eating habits and reverse obesity among children.
Ottinger will also assist school districts in identifying and using local Oregon food products and produce from school gardens. One part of her job will be to promote food- and garden-based educational activities in schools throughout the state, and coordinate these projects with districts’ wellness policies.
Farm-to-school programs improve children's health and counteract growing obesity rates by providing students with fresh foods from local farms and producers. At the same time, children learn about nutrition and agriculture through gardening and farm visits. Farm-to-school connects school cafeterias with local fruits and vegetables, teaches students about where food comes from and gets them to try new and different foods.
“Providing healthy, nutritious meals is fundamental to helping students learn,” Castillo said. “This program helps get local Oregon products and produce into our schools -- and that means healthier kids and increased achievement. In addition, the program increases support for local farms and keeps dollars in the local economy.”
Ottinger is a Registered Dietitian and former school teacher. She comes to the Department of Education from the Department of Human Services where she was the nutrition coordinator for the Physical Activity and Nutrition Program in the Public Health Division. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois and a Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.
She will work in partnership with Oregon Department of Agriculture’s farm-to-school coordinator, Oregon State University Extension, and other stakeholders to get more Oregon agricultural products into school cafeterias.
“Joan’s policy background, her education, and her passion make her a perfect liaison for schools,” said Cory Schreiber, Farm-to-School Program Manager with the Department of Agriculture. “I’ll be especially excited to follow Joan’s work on School Garden programs because I believe it can lead to so much positive change in school food programs. Oregon has everything in place for farm-to-school success.”
Superintendent Hosts Outstanding Educator Feedback Forum
On May 9, Superintendent Susan Castillo hosted the 3rd annual Outstanding Educator Feedback Forum. Educators were asked for feedback regarding implementation of the Oregon Diploma requirements, specifically local performance assessments for the essential skills and engaging educators at all levels.
Seventy outstanding educators from around the state attended the forum. Among the participants were past Milken Award recipients, past Oregon Teachers of the Year, National Board Certified Teachers, and Talent Pool Educators (teachers, specialists, education support professionals, and administrators who have been identified as outstanding and innovative).
Click here to read the summary report of the forum.
Oregon Diploma TalkThis weekly item highlights actions taken, various questions and background relating to the Oregon diploma.
The changes to the diploma will be phased in through 2014 to allow students, families, schools and teachers to adequately prepare to meet these new requirements. The chart below shows when each change will come into effect and what you can expect for your child or student. Each number represents the number of credits required for graduation in that subject. Credits are generally year long classes. The year changes come into effect are bolded.
Opportunities and Financial Resources for Schools
Oregon 150 Seeks Interns and Volunteers to help with the Oregon Stories Project
The Oregon Stories Project is part of Oregon’s celebration of its 150th birthday. Oregon 150 is asking Oregonians to submit personal testimonials on what being an Oregonian means to them – through words, photography, video etc. Oregon 150 is seeking Student Interns and Adult Volunteers to assist in the gathering, documentation, and recording of “Oregon Stories.” Click here for more information on the Oregon Stories program.
For more information on Volunteer and Internship Opportunities with Oregon 150 please contact Aili Schreiner at 503.445.7120.
Friendly Reminder: Constitution Day
All Oregon school districts, along with all entities that receive federal funds, are required to have some sort of recognition of Constitution Day on September 17.
The study of the U.S. Constitution is included in the Oregon Social Sciences academic content standards, both in the Civics and History standards. ORS 329.045 (3) requires school districts to offer students instruction that meets the academic content standards.
The legislation requiring Constitution Day is available at http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2005-2/052405b.html
Susan’s ScheduleWeek of July 21st – Susan Castillo joined with Doug Mesecar, Assistant Deputy Secretary of Improvement and Innovation from the US Department of Education, in announcing Oregon as a charter school grant recipient at the SEI Academy in Portland.
Week of July 28th – Susan will attend a Joint Boards workgroup, meet with Thomas Bruner of the American Red Cross, meet with Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, meet with Kevin Easton of the Equity Foundation, and meet with Susana Ghio about the Future Teachers Academy.
For scheduling inquires, please visit our website at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=848
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