English Language Development Support
In 2015, the Oregon Legislature passed HB 3499 appropriating $12.5 million each biennium to support improving English learners’ learning outcomes. Six English Learner Specialists were hired to serve five ESDs. They provided technical assistance in 18 different content areas, depending on the needs identified by the programs they served. Participants in 54 districts received services. This report provides an overview of the first partial year of the implementation of this project. Respondents rated the technical assistance in positive terms, and provided several examples of the positive impact of the assistance on their ELL students’ outcomes.
Oregon Digital Literacy Data Analysis
The Oregon Computer Science Teachers Association, with a grant from the Oregon Department of Education, is to grow the number of students with access to quality computer science courses in K-12 classrooms. Center staff are collaborating with the Oregon Computer Science Teachers Association to provide data analysis and program evaluation services.
Oregon Mentoring Program
The Oregon Mentoring Program supports beginning teachers, principals, and superintendents to ensure a strong system of leadership, professionalism, and excellence for educators and teacher leaders in Oregon. A key component of this work is commitment to individualized job embedded professional learning that increases educator effectiveness for first and second year novice teachers and beginning administrators in Oregon. Currently, 51 school districts participate in the Oregon Mentoring program. Over 120K students were supported by mentored teachers in the 2017-2018 school year. During the last two years 1000 teachers were mentored. The number of administrators mentored over the last three years has increased thirty-percent.
Willamette Promise Data Analysis
The Willamette Promise is a dual credit program committed to providing support for local schools to reach our state educational goals. The Willamette Promise launched in 2014 in response to Oregon’s increased emphasis on high school graduation. As of 2018, 41 school districts and three universities have joined with the WESD to 1) provide all high school students an opportunity to complete up to 45 credits of the Oregon Transfer Module (OTM) before graduating high school, 2) provide high school students an opportunity to complete Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses, 3) empower all students, but especially those from historically underrepresented populations to envision post-secondary and career success after graduation, and 4) to solidify a strong regional collaboration in which both faculty and administrators within school districts and post-secondary education institutions trust one another and together engage in the hard work of achieving our states educational goals. The three-year report outlines the accomplishments of the Willamette Promise.