"Literacy and Pursuit of Equity" event at MESD
Event Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017 • 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Multnomah ESD • 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle • Portland, Oregon
Presenter: Amelia Van Name Larson, Vice President of Innovations and School Supports at American Reading Company
Students’ literacy experiences help shape what they imagine to be possible. Gender, race, perspectives, and volume matter. Indeed, representation matters, because what they see and read shape what they imagine to be possible for people who look like them, live where they live, or come from where they came from. There is strong evidence for building classroom libraries to include books where ALL students will find mirrors (which reflect themselves), windows (which show them a larger world), or sliding glass doors (which encourage social action).
$29 registration fee (includes lunch)
Women, Metals & Manufacturing
January 25, 2017
Submitted by Marcia Latta
Riverside High School students joined students from five mid-valley high schools at the the second annual Women, Metals and Manufacturing Day at Linn Benton Community College on January 20, 2017.
The event is sponsored by the Albany Chamber of Commerce Pipeline to Jobs initiative, LBCC and local manufacturers to encourage women to explore training opportunities for careers in manufacturing and skilled trades.
Students attended two of five hands-on workshops in training programs offered by LBCC, including Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD), Machine Tool Technology, Welding and Fabrication, Mechatronics Industrial Maintenance and Non-Destructive Testing.
(Pictured at left: Students Carissa and Charley in the Mechatronics workshop; pictured at right, Student Carissa)
OEA Choice Trust funding continued
for MESD's Employee Wellness program!
January 18, 2017
MESD has been awarded a third year of continued funding ($20,040) from the OEA Choice Trust for our employee wellness program
in 2017. Some of the activities that will be supported include: MESD’s basketball team in the Portland league; a wellness program
Exercise room orientation video; Yoga and other exercise classes; continuation of Walker Tracker and other fitness challenges; the Newsletter; workshops; site potlucks; the Ainsworth garden; reduced price massage at University of Western States; and more!
Elana Emlen and Suzanne Briggs are the Employee Wellness Co-Coordinators and can be reached at email@example.com
The Employee Wellness Committee will be researching and implementing more ways to make the program useful to all MESD employees, no matter where they work. The Committee meets on the first Thursday of each month 3:15-4:15, in person and by phone participation. (Pictured: OEA Choice Trust funding has helped pay for new exercise spaces at MESD, like this one!)
Math educators participate in workshop
presented by Robert Kaplinsky
January 5, 2017
Educators gathered on January 5th
to learn from Math Coach Robert Kaplinsky as part of the MESD’s Mathematic and Coaching Leadership Network (MCLN
). The morning's topic was “Rethinking the Choices We Make in Mathematics Instruction” and the afternoon's topic
was “Exploring Problem Based Learning,” Robert is recognized as a leader in the mathematics community.
In responding to questions on an online feedback form, participants had the following to say:
“Thank you, Robert, for being relevant and practical while presenting transformational teaching philosophies and strategies.”
"Excellent presenter. I would attend a presentation by him again. Lots of 'the why' and also many immediate, practical things I can attack as soon as I get back to the office."
MESD Board Scholarship Update
January 31, 2017
Due to inclement weather, the deadline for submission of OSBA Promise Scholarship
applications has been changed to February 10th (from February 3rd). Details about the scholarships, including directions for applying, are available on the board webpage. Interested parties may also contact Board Secretary Heather Severns at firstname.lastname@example.org
MESD Board Scholarship Announcement
December 16, 2016
The MESD Board met Tuesday, December 13 for its final meeting of 2016. The highlight of the meeting was the Board's announcement that it will award $5,000 in college scholarships in 2017 to outstanding students pursuing post-secondary education opportunities. Funding for the scholarships resulted from the Board's participation in the Oregon School Boards Association's Promise Scholarship Program
. Boards that were
selected to participate in the program and completed all the requirements earned scholarship money for their districts. The program required board members to devote an additional 10 hours of service to complete a board project, conduct board self-evaluations, and participate in the Promise of Oregon campaign.
The board will receive the $5,000 check from OSBA for these scholarships and the completion of the program at the January board meeting. Details about the scholarships, including directions for applying, are available on the board webpage. Interested parties may also contact Board Secretary Heather Severns at email@example.com with questions.
A message from MESD Board Chair Stephen Marc Beaudoin
December 16, 2016
As 2016 draws to a close we reflect thoughtfully on the progress of the agency and our hopes for 2017.
There is renewed vigor and life at MESD today - you can absolutely feel it. Much of this renewal is a reflection of the leadership of our new Superintendent Sam Breyer and his strong work in collaboration with the entire agency staff, board, component districts, students, families, and community partners. Nearly six months into his tenure, Superintendent Breyer has shown himself to be the right leader at the right time for MESD. Our board is very pleased and proud of Superintendent Breyer's performance to date, and of how the entire agency has responded to his leadership.
While we are confident the most troubled times for MESD are well behind us, we know there is so much important, hard work ahead. Our strategic planning process; our continued learning and work in equity, diversify, and inclusion; continually evolving our education services to meet the needs of tomorrow's students; and advocating for appropriate funding for the services and schools our students deserve. This is just some of the critical work ahead for MESD.
In an unpredictable and often scary world today, it is reassuring to be part of a regional agency that supports students most in need; that offers excellent education services critical to our community's success; and that does it with respect, commitment, and deep care. Our board is healthy, high functioning, and strong. Superintendent Breyer and the agency staff are on the right path. The next chapter at MESD is looking brighter than ever.
We hope the upcoming winter break will provide our staff, students, and partners with a well-deserved rest and wish you all a very happy new year.
Stephen Marc Beaudoin, Chair
Multnomah ESD Board of Directors
Administrative Announcement: Jim Rose accepts new position with Sherwood School District
December 16, 2016
Today, Sherwood School District announced the selection of Jim Rose as its new Chief Operations Officer. Mr. Rose will begin his new position on January 9th. Over the winter break, Superintendent Breyer will begin the process of determining plans to support the agency in the continued delivery of business, facilities, and technology services during Mr. Rose’s transition and for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year. More information about those plans will be provided when available.
Statement from Superintendent Sam Breyer and Board Chair Stephen Beaudoin:
As Chief Operating Officer, Director of Technology Services, and Interim Superintendent Jim Rose provided calm and measured leadership during times of changing business models, advances in technology, and periods of key leadership transitions. As Interim Superintendent, Jim helped the agency strengthen relationships with local component districts and fostered positive relationships with employee associations and staff through his commitment to communication, transparency, and equity. Jim has been a tremendous contributor and leader to this organization and he will be missed. We wish him the very best of luck and greatest success in his next position with Sherwood School District.
Statement from Mr. Rose:
The Multnomah ESD is an incredible place. I have enjoyed working with and serving the dedicated staff who do so much for our students. I know how fortunate I am to work here, and so it is with excitement and a little sadness that I’m announcing that I am leaving MESD in January 2017 to start a new position as Chief Operations Officer with the Sherwood School District. Sherwood recently passed a $247 million bond and my new position will have a pivotal role in implementing the infrastructure that the bond funding supports. This opportunity will be life-changing for me and my family, allowing me to have more time with my kids who attend school in Sherwood.
For the next three weeks, I will be working closely with Superintendent Breyer to ensure a smooth transition. The administrators in the technology, facilities, and business services departments are respected professionals with expertise and experience and the agency is in very good hands with them and Superintendent Breyer. It’s been an incredible 10 years and I thank all of you for letting me be a part of it.
School may be closed today, but our students are still learning!
December 15, 2016
Young Women Transition Program students at Riverside High School are using the new tractor to clear the driveways and roads at Oak Creek Correctional Facility. Said Principal Joy Koenig, "This is a great high wage skill that our students are learning!"
Strategic Planning Update
December 13, 2016
The Strategic Plan Steering Committee
met recently to share ideas and establish common ground in its ongoing pursuit of drafting the mission, vision, values, goals and strategies for MESD.
Riverside High School students attend Albany Youth Job Fair
December 13, 2016
Riverside students attended a Youth Resource and Career Fair
in Albany on Tuesday, December 13. The trip included mock interviews, and over 60 businesses and higher education venues were offered. This event was hosted by the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce.
Congratulations to Ocean Dunes graduates!
December 12, 2016
On Monday, December 12, six Ocean Dunes students and graduates gathered together with MESD staff to celebrate their graduations. "These are Ocean Dunes' first graduates in over a year, and we are proud of their efforts and the hard work they have put in. They have continuing education plans which include college and skilled work," said Principal Joy Koenig.
(Pictured, from left to right - Photo 1: Graduates Ethan, Nick, Martin and Roland;
Photo 2: Graduate Tristin with family; not pictured, Graduate Jose)
November 30, 2016
Two Ocean Dunes youth, Nick and Ethan, graduated today in a ceremony attended by Superintendent Sam Breyer, Principal Joy Koenig, and staff at Ocean Dunes High School. For further education, Ethan is working on his Veterinary Technician certification and Nick has his Flagger's certification and is also working towards his Forklift certification. Go Vikings!
(Pictured, from left to right - Photo 1: Educational Assistant Kelly Kawahara, Graduate Ethan, Superintendent Sam Breyer, Graduate Nick, Teacher Carol Bessett; Photo 2: Superintendent Breyer, Graduate Ethan, Graduate Nick, Principal Joy Koenig)
This morning, 37 educators attended an amazing "hands-on, minds-on" learning experience with author/educator Michael DiSpezio: Redesigning Instruction for Next Generation Science Standards K-8.
Part of the Instructional Leadership Academy @ MESD
, this high quality professional development event brought educators from across Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties to learn practical strategies to teach key science concepts.
"I learned clever, inexpensive ways to model science concepts to my students."
"I learned how to implement Next Generation Science Standards with hands-on activities."
"I learned the big conceptual shifts of NGSS compared to the old science standards."
"I valued learning about NGSS and how to incorporate thinking strategies into reading and math instruction."
"I valued the self-directed approach to science instruction."