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Message from the Director of School Improvement

The School Improvement Team has hit the ground running this fall! Activities and events center around our four departments: Direct School Improvement Services, Curriculum and Assessment, Migrant Education/ELL, and Career and Technical Education. 
Kathy McCollum, Director of School Improvement
Kathy McCollum, Director of School Improvement

The Southern Oregon regional area received notice from ODE that district Continuous Improvement Plans (CIPs) won’t be due until Fall 2010. The 197 school districts in the state will be divided into two groups. Half of the school districts will submit CIP plans in the fall of 2009, and the other half in the fall of 2010. SOESD School Improvement Specialists will be working with regional school districts to monitor progress on literacy, writing, math, technology, school climate, and other goal areas targeted by current CIP plans. Also a series of three Data Workshops will be offered in the southern Oregon area to assist districts, schools, and teachers in accessing data from the ODE website. For more information about these workshops, please go to the oregondataproject.org website.

Additionally, there will be a greater emphasis placed on Career and Technical Education this year. Federal funding, in the form of the Carl D. Perkins Act of 2006 (Perkins IV), requires that high schools align CTE classes to Programs of Study that will transition students into postsecondary career pathways. This is a major shift for CTE programs. With only approximately 50 percent of high school students going on to college, it is necessary for high schools to call students’ attention to viable workforce options. Local businesses are working collaboratively with the SOESD to set up apprenticeships for some of these students. With many “baby boomers” retiring in the near future, there is a need for a skilled workforce. National data shows that at-risk students who participate in CTE programs are more likely to stay in school and graduate. Many high school CTE courses offer college credit, sometimes referred to as “dual credit,” to students who complete coursework with a grade of A or B.

For information on how the SOESD School Improvement Office can assist your school district, please call 541-245-4629.






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