Education Support Professional of the Year Program
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE), in partnership with the Oregon State Lottery,
is launching a new program recognizing the outstanding contributions of Oregon’s Education Support Professionals (ESP)!
The Oregon Legislature passed
House Bill 2964 in May of 2019 which directed the Oregon Department of Education and Oregon State Lottery to collaborate in designing and implementing this program to honor an education support professional serving students in any grade from prekindergarten through grade 12. ESP’s work together with teachers and administrators in Oregon public schools to perform a variety of jobs promoting quality education, fostering positive learning environments, offering nutritious meals, providing reliable transportation, maintaining safe and clean schools for all students and much more.
Nominations for the 2021 Oregon Education Support Professional of the Year
are open now through January 3, 2021. The winner will be surprised with a special announcement in April 2021. Educators nominated for Education Support Professional of the Year must be currently employed by an Oregon public K-12 school or school district and
meet the definition of an ESP in Oregon.
Thanks to ODE’s partnership with the Oregon Lottery, the Oregon Education Support Professional of the Year will receive a gift award of $5,000. They will also receive a plaque and banner to commemorate this significant achievement.
New Evidence Links Oregon CTE to Higher Graduation Rates, Earnings
(provided by REL Northwest)
Over the past decade, Oregon has significantly expanded its career and technical education (CTE) programming to ensure students graduate high school with the skills they need to pursue postsecondary education and obtain a family-wage job. A new report from Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northwest shows this investment is paying off—in 2018, nearly half of the state’s secondary students had completed a full year of coursework in a CTE program. Oregon’s investment pays off for students, too: Evidence from the study shows that secondary CTE credit is positively related to on-time high school graduation and higher annual earnings. However, the study also identifies gaps in participation among underrepresented student groups that need to be addressed to guarantee that all students can benefit from CTE programs.
REL Northwest conducted the study at the request of the Oregon Department of Education and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission to provide a clear understanding of the state’s evolving CTE landscape. Using data from 2007/08 through 2017/18, the study describes the CTE programs offered at public high schools during this period, the students who participated and persisted in these programs, and the postsecondary educational and workforce outcomes CTE graduates achieved.
The study found that the number of secondary CTE program offerings increased since 2015, with the steepest increase in urban schools. The number of students participating in CTE programs also increased, but gaps were evident among student groups (as defined by race/ethnicity, gender, economic disadvantage, special education status, and English learner status).
“This report will serve as a baseline as we launch Oregon’s new CTE State Plan. It provides valuable information on where we need to focus our attention to remove barriers to access and increase opportunity to participate in quality CTE. It also reinforces the positive strides Oregon has made in growing CTE through legislative, community, and educational support over the past decade,” says Jennell Ives, who leads Perkins coordination and CTE investments at the Oregon Department of Education.
Researchers also found that secondary CTE participation was positively related to on-time high school graduation; specifically, students who concentrated in a CTE program of study were 25 percent more likely to graduate high school in four years than those who did not. Earning a secondary CTE credit in Oregon was also positively related to higher annual earnings (a finding that
parallels national research).
“Given the educational and workforce benefits that CTE confers, school leaders may wish to identify and close opportunity gaps for students who are not enrolling or persisting in CTE programs,” says Steve Klein, CTE expert and report coauthor. “After assessing rates of engagement across student groups, leaders can take steps to increase access and participation to improve outcomes for all students.”
In 2021, REL Northwest will provide districts with a series of trainings to review their own CTE participation and concentration rates by career area and student groups. The trainings will also include discussions on how to address equity gaps. For more
information about the study and
REL Northwest’s partnership work in Oregon to improve graduation and postsecondary success,
contact Michelle Hodara.
Come Learn More About Canvas
The Oregon Canvas User Group (OCUG) is coming to you this fall! OCUG will be held virtually on Tuesday, November 10, with sessions throughout the day.
This event is supported by Oregon Canvas users across the state who come together to share their knowledge, experience, and Canvas experiments with other educators. OCUG is for everyone from first-time Canvas users to experts. Want Canvas to do more for you? Join the group!
We need you to share your Canvas knowledge with OCUG. If you have an idea for a 30 or 50 minute session to present,
please submit a session proposal. (The session proposal form will also serve as your registration.)
propose a session now and save the date!
How has COVID-19 impacted your child care needs? Take the survey.
The Early Learning Division wants to hear from families and caregivers about your family’s experience searching for and using child care during the pandemic. Take the survey and help make a difference! Your input will help the state understand family needs and increase support for child care providers.
All parents and caregivers who complete the 15-minute survey will receive a $20 Amazon gift card. The survey closes October 31, 2020.
Questions? Contact Denise Ford with ODI at (916) 205-6851 (English) or Laura Wilson with ODI at (541) 606-8350 (Spanish).