Oregon Department of Education
Fostering Equity and Excellence for Every Learner
“We need to build an education system that places an emphasis on a love for learning – how do we take the next step so that students are hungry and want to learn more?” – Umatilla County participant

ESSA Community Forums

In partnership with Educational Service Districts and school districts, the Oregon Department of Education held thirteen regional community forums throughout the state from March through June, 2016. The purpose of the community forums was to hear directly from Oregonians –educators, school staff, parents, business leaders, higher education professionals, and community members – about their values, priorities, hopes, and aspirations for education in our state. Feedback collected from the community forums helped inform the work underway to develop Oregon’s State Plan. Over 850 Oregonians contributed to the initial conversation and provided valuable insight. Additional data will be collected and analyzed through targeted stakeholder outreach and engagement efforts.

A second round of community conversations will take place in the Fall and Winter of 2016.

Invitation to Upcoming Community Forums PDF
Invitation to Upcoming Community Forums - Spanish PDF

Final Themes Summary (July 2016) PDF

Preliminary Themes Summary (May 2016) PDF

Click here (English PDF - Spanish PDF)to access a handout of the Community Forum schedule this spring.

Click here PDF to view a template agenda of the forums.
Event 1
FFA students from Pendleton share their ideas with ODE staff.
Event 2
Table talk during the community forum in Ontario.
Event 3
Deputy Superintendent Salam Noor facilitating discussion in Medford.

We want to hear from you!

Please share your suggestions or send questions to: ESSA.Oregon@state.or.us eMail.

  • Theresa Richards Email    (503) 947-5922
    Federal Systems - Director
  • Meg Boyd Email    (503) 947-5990
    Communications - Strategic Communications