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1/11/2008 1:00:00 PM
Superintendent's Update #237
Superintendent's Update

In This Issue:
  • Two High School Educators Receive Milken National Educator Awards – and $25,000
  • CCSSO Calls on Congress to Improve NCLB
  • Oregon Diploma Talk
  • Opportunities and Financial Resources for Schools
  • Susan’s Schedule

Two High School Educators Receive Milken National Educator Awards – and $25,000

State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced this week that John P. O’Neill Jr. (Forest Grove High School, Forest Grove School District) and Elisa Schorr (Pursuit of Wellness at Roosevelt, Portland Public Schools) have been selected as recipients of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award – and each will receive a $25,000 cash award. John O neil

Superintendent Castillo and Dr. Jane Foley, Senior Vice President, Milken Educator Awards, Milken Family Foundation made the surprise award announcements at two all-school assemblies on Thursday morning.

“The single most important factor in student achievement is the quality of the instruction in the classroom,” Castillo said. “Oftentimes the excellent educators who provide that education go unrecognized. The Milken National Educator Award provides the recognition these great educators deserve.”

For more information about Milken Educator Awards go to: http://www.mff.org/mea/

In photo from left to right: Susan Castillo, former Milken winner Enedelia Schofield, Forest Grove Principal John O'Neill, Former Milken Winners Robin Lindsley and Winnie Miller and Milken Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Foley.
CCSSO Calls on Congress to Improve NCLB

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) called on Congress to update and improve the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) by ensuring the reauthorized law focuses more on supporting state innovation and capacity.

"States have made tremendous strides over the past 6 years and it is time for the law to evolve and build on the strong foundation that has been laid since No Child Left Behind's enactment. Under state educational agency leadership, every state has implemented standards, assessments, systems of accountability, data reporting systems, and highly qualified teacher standards," said CCSSO Executive Director Gene Wilhoit.

"We would like to echo President Bush's call for increased flexibility for states and districts to ensure the law doesn't 'hamstring' innovation. The reauthorized ESEA needs to promote a new state-federal partnership that encourages innovative strategies for improving student achievement and closing achievement gaps. States remain committed to working with Congress to improve and update the law so that our children graduate prepared for college, work, and citizenship in the 21st century," Wilhoit concluded.

CCSSO has released an ESEA Reauthorization Policy Statement, CCSSO Recommendations to Reauthorize ESEA, and specific legislative language codifying the recommendations. CCSSO leadership and many other chief state school officers from across the country have participated in numerous Congressional hearings and meetings on reauthorization to provide input on areas of the law that need to be improved.
Oregon Diploma Talk
This weekly item highlights actions taken, various questions and background relating to the new Oregon diploma.

The “I’m Ready, Are You?” Oregon Diploma Video Challenge launched on November 28th. Students and educators are invited to highlight their dreams for the future and how school will help them get there. All Oregon public school students in 7th – 12th grades are eligible to enter either as an individual student, in a student group (2-10 students), or as a class with the support of their teacher. This contest will run from November 28th – February 15th. The winning class entries will receive a SMART Board 680i for your school (value $5,599). The winning individual students will win a 17” flat panel monitor computer (value $600). The winning student groups will win $1000. The challenge will run until February 15th, 2008. For more information or to see a sample video visit: www.getreadyoregon.org. Video submissions have started arriving at ODE.

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

Opportunities and Financial Resources for Schools

Across the state of Oregon local governments and civic groups are working with their local schools to support students through special programs, funding and other forms of assistance. State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo recognizes and honors these special partnerships annually through the Outstanding Community School Partnership Awards.

"Teamwork and partnership are wise investments in our schools, our students, their families, and our communities. By pooling our resources and services, we ensure that each and every child is given the best chance to succeed," Castillo said. "When every community puts education first, the needs of ALL children are met through the work of family, community members, and school leaders."

State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo is asking for nominations of partnerships between schools and communities that support the success of their city’s students and/or school programs.

Please address the following in your nomination letter:
  • Describe how the partnership is supporting, maintaining, or improving the quality of Oregon schools
  • Describe the participants in the partnership and their community and school connections.
  • Discuss the partnership’s programs and how these programs target the needs in the community
  • Describe what makes this partnership unique and deserving of recognition
  • Include the partnership’s contact person’s name, title, e-mail, and phone number
Nomination letters should not exceed 500 words. Please email nomination letters to Regina McLoud eMail by February 4, 2008.

Nominated partnerships will be invited to apply for this award. Each partnership is recognized for its dedicated mission, diverse participants and partnerships, sustainable funding, meaningful programs, and attainable goals. This is the third year that Castillo has formally recognized Outstanding Community/School Partnerships, and each award recipient will receive a small cash award of $500, a certificate of recognition, and a trophy.

Visit our website to read about the 2007 Outstanding community School partnership award recipients and to read a “How to Guide” for starting or retaining a successful partnership. http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=349 Questions? Contact: Regina McLoud eMail, 503-947-5803.
Susan’s Schedule

Week of January 7th – Susan presented the Milken National Educator Awards with Jane Foley of the Milken Family Foundation.

Week of January 14th – Susan will testify at a Senate Education Committee hearing on full-day kindergarten tuition; record Oregon State University podcast; speak at The Economic Impact of Substance Abuse Conference for Policymakers in Portland; and attend State Board of Education board meeting.

The January 2008 issue of Superintendent's Pipeline is available on the ODE website: http://www.ode.state.or.us/pipeline/january-pipeline-08.pdf PDF

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