Oregon Department of Education
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Community Forums
“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
Invitation to Upcoming Community Forums - Spanish
Monday, November 28, 2016:
South Medford High School
, 4:30 pm
Tuesday, December 6, 2016:
Jackson Elementary School
, Hillsboro, 6 pm
Tuesday, January 3, 2017:
Jordan Valley High School
, 4:30 pm
Wednesday, January 4, 2017:
Baker High School
, 6 pm
Thursday, January 5, 2017:
Four Rivers Cultural Center
, Ontario, 6 pm
Wednesday, January 18, 2017:
Washington Elementary School
, Pendleton, 6:30 pm
Monday, January 23, 2017:
Woodburn High School
, 6:30 pm
Tuesday, January 24, 2017:
High Desert Education Service District
, 6:30 pm
Final Themes Summary (July 2016)
Preliminary Themes Summary (May 2016)
Click here (
)to access a handout of the Community Forum schedule this spring.
to view a template agenda of the forums.
FFA students from Pendleton share their ideas with ODE staff.
Table talk during the community forum in Ontario.
Deputy Superintendent Salam Noor facilitating discussion in Medford.
We want to hear from you!
Please share your suggestions or send questions to:
Federal Systems - Director
Communications - Strategic Communications