On July 17, Governor Brown announced Miriam Calderon as director of the Early Learning Division (ELD). Formed in 2013, ELD is responsible for directing learning initiatives and creating positive outcomes for Oregon’s youngest children and their families. Programs range from home visiting and relief nurseries to Early Head Start and Preschool Promise.
“We know that the first five years of a child’s life are the most critical to preparing for a bright and successful future," Governor Brown said. "I am delighted that Miriam is returning to Oregon with the leadership and experience that will help us prepare every child, particularly those from historically underserved communities, for kindergarten. Her focus on equity will help Oregon close the opportunity gap and ensure children arrive at school ready for success in the classroom and beyond. I would like to thank David Mandell for serving as acting director and his work to ensure affordable, high quality opportunities for Oregon’s families.”
Calderon has more than 15 years of experience in early childhood education, including appointments as a senior policy advisor for the Department of Health and Human Services and the Domestic Policy Council under the Obama Administration. While at the District of Columbia Public Schools, Calderon led the reform of the district’s education programming across more than 80 schools. Since 2016, Calderon has served as a senior policy advisor for the Bainum Family Foundation.
Calderon began her early education career as a mental health consultant in Head Start programs in Portland. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Delaware and completed a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Portland State University.
Assessment Update – What you Need to Know
- 2017-18 Statewide Assessments: The 2017-18 statewide test schedule is currently posted to the ODE Website. ODE will publish the final 2017-18 Test Administration Manual to the ODE Website by October 2, 2017. As a reminder, districts must designate a District Test Coordinator (DTC) for the 2017-18 school year by August 1, 2017 using the DTC Designation Form located on the ODE Website. Required Test Administration and Security Training for all DTCs is scheduled for November 7, 8, and 9, 2017.
- Streamlined Smarter Balanced Blueprints: ODE is currently working with its test vendor, American Institutes for Research (AIR) to implement a streamlined Smarter Balanced test blueprint at grades 3 – 8 and high school in 2017-18. At this time, ODE anticipates a reduction in testing time of approximately 1 hour for ELA across all tested grades, as well as a slight reduction in testing time for Math. ODE will provide more specific information about the impact on testing time and test scheduling in the final 2017-18 Test Administration Manual to be published by October 2, 2017.
- Next Generation Science Standards Field Testing: ODE will be field testing new items aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) embedded in the 2017-18 OAKS Online Science tests at grades 5, 8, and high school. To support educators in preparing students for the new item types that will be field tested this spring, ODE is working with AIR to make an NGSS Training Test available through the OAKS Portal in the coming weeks.
The Confederation of Oregon School Administrators’ (COSA) 2017 Summer Teaching, Learning and Assessment Institute & Summer Academy starts August 3!
Experts from the Oregon Department of Education, Chief Education Office, Oregon Education Association, COSA and more will be on hand to lead breakout sessions on important topics such as Strategic Planning, Dyslexia Screening, Reducing Suspensions and Increasing Student Achievement.
There are also pre-conference sessions August 1-2 on Maximizing Federal Funds, Title IX Training and a variety of other topics!
You can find more information at the links below, including one for registering for the event, which will be held at the Hilton Eugene.
The Oregon Department of Education is currently accepting applications from teachers, curriculum specialists and other experienced professionals for the 2017 Social Sciences Instructional Materials criteria development. Please obtain approval from your administrator prior to filling out the application. Individuals selected to participate will receive professional development, travel reimbursement, and an honorarium.
Please visit this link
for more information on what committee member participation will require. The survey should take between 20-30 minutes to complete.
For more information or questions, contact Jeremy A. Wartz
, Instructional Materials Coordinator: (503) 947-5736
Every fall, the Oregon Department of Education and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators partner to deliver an annual conference that focuses on special education topics and training for the field. This conference is attended by more than 500 practitioners who come as part of a team or on their own to network with their colleagues from across the state. Keynoters, networking opportunities, exhibitors and 65 different sessions offer valuable information to participants.
The 2017 conference will be held October 4-6 and is designed to provide an environment of inclusiveness, research, and effective practices. The aim is to enable educators to maximize student potential. Keynoter Thomas Anderson will make a provocative case for reorienting special education around a stronger appreciation of neurodiversity; that is, the full range in which human intelligence expresses itself as opposed to the deficit-based approach that currently predominates. Friday Keynoter Christian Moore will tell his compelling story of growing up as a special education-identified student and what he suggests for today’s educators to improve student success. Breakout sessions by both keynoters will provide additional opportunities to present and discuss practical classroom strategies as well as models for system-wide improvement.
This year, three strands will be offered as part of the programming: legal issues, health issues, or English Language Learners. Strands are scheduled to allow participants to dedicate an entire day to attending sessions that address a specific topic area. For instance, the English Language Learners strand consists of four presentations that will address significant cognitive disabilities, developing quality IEPs, modified diploma decisions, and promising instructional practices.
More information and a link to register can be found on the COSA website