Coordinating Body members were nominated by superintendents, principals, and teachers through two rounds of nomination processes. Following their nomination, all candidates were asked to submit an application demonstrating their interest, roles, and a commitment to equity.
In order to meet the legislation requirements, we selected a Coordinating Body representing as many districts as possible within our region, with as much diverse educator representatives as possible, and in a way that values the voice of small districts equitably.
41% of our Coordinating Body consists of representatives from small districts (districts with an ADMr less than 1500).
27% of our Coordinating Body are representatives from diverse backgrounds.
All six counties in our region are represented on the Coordinating Body.
Our Coordinating Body consists of 54% majority teachers, upholding the one of the primary values of the REN: Teacher Voice.
The Regional Educator Network (REN) was implemented to help create more equity across Oregon's school districts by providing more educator support processes across the board. The REN affords every school district more opportunities for their educators leading to better outcomes for their students.
In the past, Oregon has offered competitive grants to fund programs for school districts, such as mentoring and professional learning opportunities. However, this often left smaller, rural school districts at a disadvantage, creating a lack of equity within the state. In response to that, Oregon did away with the competitive grant model, and instead, created Regional Educator Network. Through the REN, using an equity lens, decisions are made focusing on opportunities and outcomes that reflect the needs of the whole region, rather than just one district.
This process will prevent districts from working in isolation from one another, and instead promotes collaboration, creativity, and innovation within today's education system. The goal is that this work will be centered around improving systems that support educators within five key parts of the educator advancement continuum:
Each Regional Educator Network (REN) has a coordinating body or council consisting of educators, community partners, and other stakeholders. This council and its members will help create a regional REN plan, make decisions about funding uses, oversee regional implementation, and document outcomes. The mission behind the creation of the REN Coordinating Body is to represent as many perspectives, demographics, and districts as possible within the region so that we can better serve educator needs that have a positive outcome with student performance. This will be executed in a way that utilizes an equity lens to ensure that all districts, regardless of size, location, or other factors have access to resources that help increase students' success.
In order to ensure that a variety of perspectives are included in the decision making process, the REN Coordinating Council is required to include:
Early Learning Professional
School Board Member
Educator Prep Program
Education Focused Non-Profit
Education Focused Philanthropic
Professional Education Association Member
Community Based Education Organization
State Agency Representative
51% Majority Classroom Teachers
Within those requirements the coordinating council will include representation from a variety of districts and locations, as well as demographics that are representative of the student body within the region.