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2/22/2008 10:52:00 AM
Superintendent's Update #243
Superintendent's Update

In This Issue:
  • Ten Oregon Schools Receive State Grant Funding for PE Training
  • Invitation to Second Annual Kindergarten Summit
  • Oregon Diploma Talk
  • Opportunities and Financial Resources for Schools
  • Susan’s Schedule

Ten Oregon Schools Receive State Grant Funding for PE Training

In an effort to restore physical education (PE) to every school in the state, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) awarded three Oregon school districts with grants to improve the quality of PE being taught in elementary schools.
PEAK 8 The grants were awarded to:

Ontario School District: Aiken Elementary, Alameda Elementary, Mary Roberts Elementary and Pioneer Elementary

Sweet Home School District: Crawfordsville Elementary, Holley Elementary and Sweet Home Charter School

Molalla River School District: Molalla Elementary, Mulino Elementary and Maple Grove Elementary

Members of the PEAK Coalition (Physical Education for All Kids), who work with partners throughout the state to ensure every student receives PE as part of their school day, applauded the grants as an important step in improving the health of our children.

Grant funds will be used to provide in-service training to elementary classroom teachers, not specifically endorsed in physical education, on quality instruction of physical education, the academic content standards for physical education and the minimum number of minutes requirement using evidence-based programs.

The grant program was established by the 2007 Oregon Legislature through the passage of HB 3141. The program is designed to support activities related to helping schools meet the minimum PE instructional requirements for students (150 minutes per week in elementary schools; 225 minutes per week in middle schools).

As part of the program, ODE has additional grant funding to enable school districts and charter schools to hire licensed PE instructors. Click here to access the grant application.

Grant applications are due February 29. For more information about these grants, contact Margaret Bates eMail, 503-947-5156.
Second Annual Oregon Kindergarten Summit

To: Superintendents, Principals, Kindergarten Teachers, and District Staff
From: Susan Castillo

I am pleased to invite you to participate in the second Oregon Kindergarten Summit. This event marks an important step in our continued effort to enhance educational opportunities for young children of Oregon. The purpose of the Kindergarten Summit is to discuss significant educational issues that relate directly to providing quality kindergarten programs. kindergarten summit

Together, we share the goal of ensuring success for every student. Kindergarten is the foundation of that effort in every public school, especially as we raise the rigor of the Oregon Diploma. At the second Kindergarten Summit, we will focus on the critical importance of kindergarten, share practical information about kindergarten curriculum and instruction, and network about kindergarten issues and solutions.

The Kindergarten Summit will be held March 19, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. We hope that kindergarten teachers and administrators will represent their districts.

We are honored to have as our keynote speaker Dr. Eugene Garcia, Vice-President for Education Partnerships at Arizona State University. He will speak about language instruction and bilingual development. I know that you will be inspired by Dr. Garcia's message.

Key goals of the Kindergarten Summit will be to build momentum statewide in early childhood education and to strengthen systemic approaches that work in different communities. I recognize that there are many educators, administrators, and community and policy leaders in Oregon who share valuable insight and experience in early childhood education. This is an opportunity to be part of the structure that supports kindergarten in Oregon.

The Summit is a collaborative effort of several state agencies, with additional funding provided by private entities.

If you have questions about this event, please email Catherine Heaton eMail.

Participation will be limited, so please register as soon as possible by visiting the Oregon Department of Education Calendar of Events - scroll down to the "2008 Oregon Kindergarten Summit" on March 19, 2008, and click on the link. This will lead to the description of the event. Click on the "Start Registration" button to begin registration. If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Beth Blumenstein eMail, 503-947-5673.

Thank you for your contribution and attention to the youngest students in Oregon. I look forward to being with you at this important event next month.
Oregon Diploma Talk
This weekly item highlights actions taken, various questions and background relating to the new Oregon diploma.

Oregon Video Challenge
Thank you to everyone to submitted a video to the Get Ready Oregon Video Challenge. We received over 60 submissions from students and classrooms around the state. Our selection committee will review the videos and will be announcing finalists by March 3rd. Winners in each of the 6 categories will be announced later in March. Finalist and Winning videos will be posted on the Get Ready Oregon website once selected.

Stay tuned for more information on future video challenges. This was such a success we will do it again soon, letting more of you capture your stories on film. Thank you again to all of you for telling us how you are "Getting Ready".

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

Opportunities and Financial Resources for Schools

For parents, teachers and the college-bound, Oregon Public Broadcasting presents FINANCIAL AID FOR COLLEGE, a live, half-hour special airing Wednesday, February 27 at 9 pm.

Every year, the cost of college tuition goes up. New students must be ever more resourceful in finding ways to pay for their education. FINANCIAL AID FOR COLLEGE is designed to help families of all economic backgrounds and students of all ages. Hosted by OPB's Steve Amen, the program features a panel of financial aid experts who provide crucial loan and grant information, and offer advice on the college application process. This year's experts are Kathy Goff, senior financial aid coordinator at Portland State University; and Dan Preston, Dean of Enrollment Services at Linfield College.

New for 2008 is the Oregon Opportunity Grant's Shared Responsibility Model which allows more Oregonians to receive access to higher education, including middle-income families through a structure that calculates funding available from the federal government and family resources when determining aid available to pay for college. If all of the available resources do not add up to enough to cover the cost, the state will help fill the gap through the Oregon Opportunity Grant.

Viewers can call financial aid counselors toll-free during the broadcast and have their questions answered in English or Spanish.

FINANCIAL AID FOR COLLEGE is a cooperative project of the Oregon Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA), Oregon Student Assistance Commission (OSAC) and Oregon Public Broadcasting.

The Oregon Community Foundation is pleased to offer an opportunity for your school district to apply for a grant to fund in-school or extracurricular programs providing enrichment opportunities for those children who are identified as “Talented and Gifted” or otherwise show capacity for high achievement.

Applications are being sought from school districts in the following five counties: Lane, Linn, Benton, Tillamook and Lincoln for the 2008-2009 school year. The Chintimini Fund wants to support programs that inspire and motivate high potential students who may not be fully engaged through existing school programs. Examples of requests that may be funded include those for Artist in Residence programs, theater productions, field trips, extra-curricular programs, targeted books and other classroom materials, etc. Administrative costs, large capital expenses and teacher education programs or seminars will not be eligible for support.

Average grant size is expected to be in the range of $3,000 to $7,000. Applications are welcome from the district for the benefit of several schools or from individual schools within the district. For more information on how to apply, contact: Xantha Stringfellow eMail, The Oregon Community Foundation, 503-227-6846. The due date for receiving applications is Thursday, April 3rd at 5pm.

For over a decade, Oregon Council for the Humanities (OCH) Teacher Institutes have offered Oregon teachers intellectual challenge, professional renewal, and teaching resources. Teacher Institutes give teachers the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of timely and relevant subjects and interact with other dedicated educators. In contrast to many other professional development opportunities for teachers, OCH institutes are unique in their interdisciplinary approach, focus on humanities content, and modeling of critical inquiry rather than curriculum planning or classroom management.

Decoding Class: Money, Mobility, and the American Dream
Oregon State University, Cascades Campus
Bend, Oregon
July 18–20, 2008

Class, or social status, is one of the least discussed but most significant forces at work in American culture today. Class shapes our identities and our institutions in profound ways, is closely tied to success in school, and unites and divides us within our communities and as a nation. What lies behind the terms we use when we talk about class (e.g., blue collar, ghetto, working class, cultured, elite), and why is it so difficult to talk candidly about how class shapes our shared culture?

In a series of articles exploring class in America, the New York Times noted that though the country has “gone a long way toward an appearance of classlessness,” class remains a powerful force in our lives. Class markers and boundaries have shifted drastically over the last century, and even in the last generation, making it a complex and dynamic subject of study.

Decoding Class is a free, weekend institute for Oregon secondary school teachers interested in exploring class in literature, history, and popular culture; social and economic mobility as the basis of the “American Dream”; the role of class in contemporary culture; and the intersections of class with religion, race, and gender.

Room and board are provided and continuing education hours and graduate credit are available. Register online at www.oregonhum.org or call Jennifer Allen eMail, OCH Education Program Director: 503-241 0543 or 800-753-0543. Spaces are limited and preference is given to full-time Oregon secondary school teachers. Register by April 14, 2008.

The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) is pleased to announce that Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant competition opens on February 15, 2008 and closes on March 24, 2008.

PEP grants support the initiation, expansion, and improvement of physical education programs (which may include after-school programs) in order to make progress toward meeting State standards for physical education for kindergarten through 12th grade students by (1) providing equipment and support to enable students to participate actively in physical education activities; and (2) providing funds for staff and teacher training and education.

A physical education program funded under PEP must provide for one or more of the following:

(1) Fitness education and assessment to help students understand, improve, or maintain their physical well-being.
(2) Instruction in a variety of motor skills and physical activities designed to enhance the physical, mental, and social or emotional development of every student.
(3) Development of, and instruction in, cognitive concepts about motor skills and physical fitness that support a lifelong healthy lifestyle.
(4) Opportunities to develop positive social and cooperative skills through physical activity participation.
(5) Instruction in healthy eating habits and good nutrition.
(6) Opportunities for professional development for teachers of physical education to stay abreast of the latest research, issues, and trends in the field of physical education.

We will also award five (5) additional points for novice applicants.

For the first time in FY 2008, applicants are invited to undertake a self-assessment process utilizing the Physical Activity Programs and Nutrition Services modules of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s School Health Index (SHI). Additional information about this invitational priority, as well as resources can be found in the application package.

Eligible applicants are local educational agencies and community-based organizations. Grantees with current and active grants are not eligible to apply for a grant in FY 2008.

The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools will offer three 1.5 hour audio conference calls during which staff will take questions from prospective applicants on topics including eligibility requirements, application requirements and the peer review process. These calls will be held on:

February 22, 2008: 1:30-3:00 PM ET
February 28, 2008: 2:30-4:00 PM ET
March 4, 2008: 2:00-3:30 PM ET

Click here for information on accessing these calls. A full application package can be found here.

For more information, please contact: Dana Carr, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, 202-708-5939.
Susan’s Schedule

Week of February 18th
- Susan Castillo met with Representative David Edwards; hosted a student roundtable on the Oregon Diploma at Duniway Middle School; spoke at a McMinnville Education Foundation Benefit Luncheon; met with the McMinnville News Register; met with the Oregonian editorial board on the Oregon Diploma; and met with PGE on the Community 101 Program and the Oregon Diploma.

Week of February 25th – Susan will speak to the Delta Kappa Gamma education group in Eugene; visit Vernonia; attend a monthly meeting with Kent Hunsaker of Confederation of Oregon School Administrators, Kevin McCann of Oregon School Board Association, and Jerry Caruthers of Oregon Education Association; attend the Rip City Roast, a Portland Schools Foundation annual fundraiser; attend the Superintendent’s Professional Educators Advisory Team meeting; and speak at the Eugene City Club.

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

o For scheduling inquires, please visit our website at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=848

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