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7/18/2008 9:00:00 AM
Superintendent's Update #264
Superintendent's Update

In This Issue:
  • Leslie Shepherd Joins State Board of Education
  • Oregon Diploma Talk
  • Opportunities and Financial Resources for Schools
  • Susan’s Schedule

Hammond Resident Leslie Shepherd Joins Oregon State Board of Education

Leslie SALEM – State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced that Leslie H. Shepherd of Hammond has joined the State Board of Education. She was confirmed by the Oregon State Senate last month, and she replaces Steve Bogart of Baker City.

Shepherd has been the Executive Director of the Providence Seaside Hospital Foundation since 2003, and she is responsible for a diversified fundraising program that includes annual gifts, planned giving, major gifts and grant procurement. She has been with the Providence Seaside Hospital since 1993. She served on the Warrenton-Hammond School Board from 1997 to 2005, serving as Board Chair for her final three years. In addition, she has been a member of the school district’s budget committee since 2005. In 2002, she created and led a successful campaign for a school district bond election.

Shepherd is a member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, Seaside 20/20 Vision Committee, and has served on a number of community-based teams formed for specific purposes (school and fire department causes, youth sports opportunities, performing arts, college scholarships, and planned development/visioning committees). She is a 1978 graduate of Central Linn High School and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Oregon in 1982. She is working toward a Masters of Public Administration in Non-Profit Management at Portland State University.

“Quality public education has always been an interest of mine,” Shepherd said in her background statement to the Governor’s office. “My great-grandmother, great-grandfather, grandmother, grandfather, and my mother were school teachers. Needless to say, I have been surrounded by people with a passion for education. It will be my honor to serve Oregon in this fashion.”

The Oregon Legislature created the State Board of Education in 1951 to oversee grades K-12 and all community colleges. Members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate for up to two four-year terms. Seven members are selected to represent the five congressional districts with two at-large members. Other members of the State Board are: Duncan Wyse, Chair (Portland) Brenda Frank, Vice Chair (Klamath Falls) Art Paz, Second Vice Chair (Springfield), Jerry Berger (Salem), Lew Frederick (Portland), and Nikki Squire (Bend).

Photo: Leslie H. Shepherd, newest member of Oregon State Board of Education
Oregon Diploma Talk
This weekly item highlights actions taken, various questions and background relating to the new Oregon diploma.

Q. Do the Oregon Diploma requirements apply to all Oregon schools?
A: Yes. In accordance with ORS 329.451, for a student to be awarded a high school diploma, he/she must complete the requirements established by the State Board of Education, the school district or public charter school. District or public charter school graduation requirements may be above and beyond the requirements set by the state. These requirements apply to all students enrolled in public schools, including charter schools and alternative schools.

Q: Do the Oregon Diploma requirements apply to private schools?
A: Not at this time. According to ORS 345.515 private schools are not required to annually register with ODE and are often operated by a person or private agency. Private schools that do register with ODE are required to establish standards necessary for admission to community colleges and institutions of higher education, but there is no current policy requiring these schools to meet the state diploma requirements. Schools that are accredited, however, are often required by accreditation organizations to meet the state requirements -- so students should check with the school’s accrediting association for additional information.

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

Opportunities and Financial Resources for Schools

Oregon Community Foundation Issues Environmental Education Program Request for Proposals
Does your school or district have an environmental education project you would like to expand or find additional funding for? The Gray Family Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation is committed to creating age appropriate experiences that build a sense of place and responsibility towards Oregon and the region. The Environmental Education Program seeks to encourage a strong local land ethic, sustainable communities, and stewardship of the natural environment by citizens throughout Oregon. The application deadline is August 1st. Click here for more information and application forms. Direct questions to Lara Utman eMail at (503) 227-6846.

Social Sciences Content and Assessment Panel Recruitment
The Oregon Department of Education is currently recruiting members for the Social Sciences Content and Assessment Panel. Individuals who are highly motivated and have an excellent understanding of civics, economics, geography, history, or Social Science Analysis (critical thinking) are encouraged to apply. Representatives from every grade level, including higher education, will be valued on the panel. This is a particularly exciting time to be on the panel. We are currently scheduled to review and revise the Social Sciences Standards during the 2008-2009 school year. Members on the panel will have an excellent opportunity to have a significant impact on both Social Sciences content standards and assessments in the state of Oregon. Click here PDF for an application form.

Susan’s Schedule

Week of July 14th – Susan Castillo attended the Executive Leadership Program for Educators Summer Institute at Harvard University.

Week of July 21st – Susan will join 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.

The June/July 2008 issue PDF of Superintendent's Pipeline is available on the ODE website.

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