Rupley, who oversaw Oregon's sweeping overhaul of early education, will step down Aug. 15
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber thanked Early Learning System Director Jada Rupley for her contributions to establish comprehensive changes to programs and investments that prepare the youngest Oregonians for education success. Rupley announced Thursday she was stepping down to re-enter retirement.
“Under Jada’s leadership, we have overhauled our approach to early learning in Oregon,” Governor Kitzhaber said. “She has built the foundation that will help move this work forward for our children, for parents, and for educators. I thank her for doing the work she set out to do and wish her well in her retirement.”
Rupley was named Oregon’s first Early Learning System Director in September 2012 after the Legislature approved sweeping changes to early education in the 2011 and 2012 sessions. Legislation created this new position, which Rupley accepted after retiring as associate superintendent of Education Service District 112 in Vancouver, Wash.
During Rupley’s tenure, Oregon reorganized its early learning services and secured federal Race to the Top grants totaling $30 million. In addition, she helped launch the state’s new early learning hubs, coordinated bodies that pull together resources for children and families by creating community partnerships between education and health providers and the private sector to prepare children for kindergarten. By the time Rupley departs, Oregon’s process for launching early learning hubs will be concluded.
Rupley departs August 15 and will work on a succession plan with the Governor’s Office and the Early Learning Council, the governing body overseeing Oregon’s Early Learning System.