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1/2/2009 1:35:00 PM
Superintendent’s Update #287
Superintendent's Update

In This Issue:
  • Teacher Quality Moves to the Head of the Class as the New Year Approaches
  • CCSSO Formally Submits Policy Recommendations to Obama Education Transition Team
  • Oregon Diploma Talk
  • Opportunities and Financial Resources for Schools
  • Susan’s Schedule

Teacher Quality Moves to the Head of the Class as the New Year Approaches

Three recent newsworthy events have combined to place a renewed focus on teaching quality in Oregon and help position the state at the vanguard of the nation's renewed commitment to education.

"They say good things come in threes," said Orcilia Zúñiga Forbes, Chair, Chalkboard Project Board of Directors. "In this case, we've hit a trifecta that promises great things for raising student achievement across the board in Oregon, throughout the coming year.

The three milestones include:
1. The Oregon State Board of Education endorsing the National Staff Development Council national standards. Supporting staff development standards targets the state's investment in professional development to practices that are known to influence student learning.

"Quality professional development for teachers is one of the best ways to improve student achievement," said Duncan Wyse, Chair, State Board of Education. "We appreciate Chalkboard's leadership on this issue."

2. The Chalkboard Project's new partnership with the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF) will gather state leaders to form a coalition charged with developing a statewide strategy to improve teaching quality in 2009.

"We know the importance of high quality teaching in the classroom and now Oregon leaders will unite to ensure that our teachers get the preparation, support and tools they need to deliver high quality instruction in every classroom throughout the state," said Susan Castillo, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Oregon Department of Education.

3. Last, and certainly not least, President-elect Barack Obama announcing his pick for secretary of education, Chicago Public Schools Supt. Arne Duncan.

"Secretary designate Duncan's direction is aligned with Chalkboard's efforts to improve K-12 public education," said Sue Hildick, President, Chalkboard Project. President-elect Obama went to great lengths to point out that Duncan is "not beholden to any one ideology and he's worked tirelessly as a committed reformer to improve teacher quality."

As this year draws to a close, with many of Oregon's students enjoying an early holiday break, Chalkboard is making its new year's resolution to take every opportunity to elevate the teaching profession in 2009.

"We applaud the day to day effort that teachers put into Oregon's classrooms," said Ms. Hildick. "It's time we elevate the teaching profession to the status it deserves and help our kids receive the high level of teaching they deserve."

CCSSO Formally Submits Policy Recommendations to Obama Education Transition Team

Chiefline, CCSSO Publication

The Council of Chief State School Officers, which represents the state superintendents/commissioners from each state, has formally submitted its policy recommendations to the Obama Education Transition Team and Congress. CCSSO thanks President Ken James, members of CCSSO’s Presidential Transition Task Force, and those members that provided valuable input and feedback and enabled us to put together aggressive and reflective recommendations for the incoming president, his Administration, and Congress.

There are four key areas that serve as the outline for the submitted recommendations along with short and long term opportunities under each. The four areas are consistent with our October 2006 ESEA policy statement and are as follows: (1) Promote state innovation and continuous improvement; (2) Increase strategic investment in state and local capacity building; (3) Accelerate improvement through and improved focus on teachers and leaders; and (4) Promote integration and coordination of child-focused federal programs.

A public document describing our Presidential Transition Task Force and its work can be found here PDF. To view the full materials submitted to the President-elect’s Transition Team and Congress, please click here. PDF If you require any additional information or have any questions concerning the recommendations and next steps, please contact Scott Frein, Director of Advocacy, at 202.336.7010 or scottf@ccsso.org eMail. Media inquiries can be forwarded to Kara Schlosser, Director of Communications, at communications@ccsso.org eMail.


Oregon Diploma Talk
This weekly item highlights actions taken, various questions, and background relating to the Oregon diploma. Oregon

Business Education Compact presents: Credit for Proficiency Workshop Series
Proficiency-based Teaching and Learning Models

Interested in implementing Credit for Proficiency (CFP) in your school district? Do you need help in identifying the elements and seeing "best practice" models from other schools?

In this introductory 3-day workshop, participants will learn about:

• Fulfilling new graduation requirements/proficiency-based credit
• Time vs. proficiency-based education
• Selecting a proficiency model for your classroom/school
• Developing proficiency-based teaching and assessments
• Creating sufficiency/proficiency criteria and levels for standards
• Drafting an implementation plan from best practices

Workshop facilitators:
Diane Smith, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Greater Albany Public School District

Tamra Busch-Johnsen, Executive Director, Business Education Compact

Who should attend:
Teams should include teachers, school and district administrators (all grades).

Workshop Format:
Three one-day sessions occur over the course of a two month period that result in implementation plans supported by online resources from the BEC.

Linn-Benton-Lincoln ESD in Albany - Sessions are from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Workshop 1: Feb. 5, 2009
Workshop 2: Feb. 6, 2009
Workshop 3: April 3, 2009

Price: $395 per registrant for 3 days, includes materials, breakfast and lunch. Graduate credit is available.

Registration: Register online at http://www.becpdx.org/ under Quick Links, Workshop and Events or click here.
Space is limited so register early and save your seat!

With support from: Intel Corp., Vernier Software & Technology and The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation
Questions? Contact Tamra Busch-Johnsen at 503-646-0242 x 24 or email her at tbuschjo@becpdx.org eMail.

Opportunities and Financial Resources for Schools

Student Opportunity: Regards to Rural V1

Gather in Salem (our State Capitol!) to inform, inspire, celebrate, and CAPITOLIZE on all that is RURAL! March 19-21, 2009 (you can attend all or part of the conference)

For more information visit: http://www.rdiinc.org/r2r/index.html.

Why should YOU attend?

R2R V1 is a GREAT place to:
• Meet other youth from around the state and learn about cool projects that are happening in their schools and communities.
• Share what cool projects are happening in your school and community.
• Learn skills to help you work in your community such as how to be a better leader and how to engage in politics.
• Let adults from around the state and politicians know what YOU think about issues that concern you.
• Gain experience to put on your college application and resume.

Last year, 75 youth attended R2R and gave great ENERGY to the conference. Come be part of that ENERGY this year!

Note: If you are under 18 years of age, please attend the conference with a chaperone.

FULL AND PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE TO HELP PAY FOR THE CONFERENCE – more information can be found at: http://www.rdiinc.org/r2r/scholarships.html Please apply for scholarships by January 26th!

The Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers

The Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers program offers grants to K–12 science teachers for innovative projects that enhance science education in the school and/or school district. This year 50 large grants, and a minimum of 20 mini-grants, totaling $550,000 in all, will be awarded. The categories are Physical Science Application, Environmental Science Education, and Integrating Literacy and Science.

The program is open to middle and high school science teachers residing within the 50 United States and U.S. territories and possessions and it is also open to elementary teachers who teach some science in the classroom or are teaching specialists.

To apply for funding, qualified teachers must write a Toyota TAPESTRY proposal according to the proposal requirements. The deadline for the completion of the online application is 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Wednesday, January 21, 2009. Recipients of Toyota TAPESTRY grants will be notified by March 4, 2009. Non-recipients will be notified by May 31, 2009. To apply, please visit http://www.nsta.org/pd/tapestry.

Susan’s Schedule

Week of December 29th- Susan doesn't have any public events scheduled.

Week of January 5th - Susan will attend swearing in ceremonies at the Capitol, meet with Rep. Betty Komp, meet with Rep. Sara Gelser, meet with the Register Guard editorial board, meet with representatives from Planned Parenthood, and will speak at the Eugene Educators Forum.

The December 2008 issue 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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