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New Special Education Directors


Vision: Support new special education directors to efficiently and effectively navigate their first three years, plan successfully for the future, and thrive as they move forward.

Mission: Informed by state and national data and best practices, OESO is committed to providing stable leadership support.

  • District Support Specialists

    The Oregon Department of Education’s (ODE) Office of Enhancing Student Opportunities (OESO) was created to support programs and districts serving students experiencing disabilities from birth to age 21. To that end, OESO education specialists are assigned to serve as a “county contact” for the programs and districts within every county in order to support--through policies, procedures, and technical assistance—their respective continuous improvement and systemic change efforts intended to provide an equitable educational opportunity for each student.

  • Map of Oregon Counties




Jennifer Eklund-Smith