SOESD / Learning Matters / Newsletter Archive / September 2007 / Celebrate Accomplishments 2006 - 2007
Celebrate Our Accomplishments 2006 - 2007
SOESD Superintendent Reflects on a Successful Year
SOESD has much to celebrate from this past year. As I assembled this list of accomplishments, with help from ESD administrators, it was a time to reflect on our successes and look ahead to the new school year. Below is a listing of some of the major accomplishments in 2006-2007.
- Wrote and implemented a New Mentor Teacher Grant.
- Worked with districts to develop a Continuous Improvement Planning process.
- Expanded Migrant/ELL Services to Klamath Basin school districts.
- Successfully completed three federal audits of Migrant Education programs with no findings for correction.
- Continuation of service integration between School-Wide Projects, Curriculum, Career and Technical Education and Migrant ELL services in school improvement.
- Development of district/ESD protocols for School Improvement Services.
- Expansion of Positive Behavior Support to more districts.
- Developed and implemented new attendance services to Jackson County districts.
- Expanded Literacy Specialists services to more districts.
- SOESD administrators held leadership positions on ESDs Instructional Leadership Council.
- In conjunction with Computer Services, developed and implemented the “Time Tracker” system to document school improvement services to districts.
- Expanded Instructor Appraisals and Program Quality Assurance reviews in Career and Technical Education.
- Wrote and received a new Teaching American History grant.
- Development of parent and student handbooks for Oregon On-Line classes.
- Successful implementation of Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education program in Josephine County.
- Cost efficiency measures resulted in decrease in cost of STEPS on a per student basis.
- Requests to provide services to increasing numbers of STEPS students and classrooms for 2007-08.
- Implementation of Rookie Teacher Grant. SOESD administrators participated in statewide committees.
- Development of a 6th edition and increase in sales of the OR Project.
- Connections with School Improvement with Response to Intervention training.
- Implementation of Alternate Assessment Training Grant.
- Regional Roundtables training attended by over 700 persons from five counties.
- Participation in state pilot of educational interpreter testing.
- Participation by deaf/hard of hearing in Gallaudet University Academic Brain Bowl.
- Participation by vision impaired students in outdoor recreation program.
- Formation of three-county consortium for operation of web-based IEP management software system (SEAS).
- Establishment of Assistive Technology equipment loan library (C&E funding).
- Improved communication & partnership re: Regional services in five counties.
- Facilitated collaborative planning across districts for adolescent day treatment center.
- Pilot program for mental health services in Three Rivers schools.
- Immunization tracking for STEPS students, special education data collection and reporting.
Technology and Media Services
- Successfully wrote a Rural Utilities Services (RUS) Grant, one of 42 awarded nationally.
- Designed, produced and delivered 17 portable video conference systems to schools.
- Trained 10 distance education teachers in a weekly workshop throughout last year.
- Installed new Media Collection computer scheduling system and trained staff and teachers on its use.
- Installed video security systems worth over $214,000 in nine schools with have another 13 systems that are in the process of being installed.
- Development and implementation of Help Desk software that was adopted by several of our districts.
- Switched over from GroupWise to Outlook for all ESD computer workstations.
- Replaced the old computer servers to a “virtual server system.”
- Expanded Video Streaming capacities to more than 3600 items.
- Integrated online media catalog with over 20,000 video “clips” for teacher viewing and downloading.
- Produced a high quality Learning Matters newsletter.
- Weekly Learning Matters television program to KTVL.
- Expansion of professional development for school librarians and aides.
- Added a fourth-year Spanish course via video-conferencing for Three Rivers School District.
- Designed and installed a new Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) phone system for EI offices in Grants Pass.
- Deployed “Network Observer” systems for all school districts to assist in monitoring internet traffic.
- Developed a Meth Prevention Tool Kit for health teachers and trained teachers in its use.
Administration/Business Office and Statewide
- Successful legislative session which maintained funding support from state legislature.
- Support from districts for SOESD to be included in School Improvement Fund.
- Development of and support for the new Local Service Plan.
- Positive reports about SOESD services in local media.
- Expansion of SubFinder services.
- Participation in statewide leadership through the Education Enterprise Steering Committee.
- Continued exploration of a web-based financial services software system.
- Continued efforts to recycle electronic equipment.
I am very proud of the accomplishments of SOESD this past year. SOESD is viewed as a progressive leader in the ESD community and within our region. I would like to recognize that our success is due to the work of our staff and cooperation with our component districts.