ODE Education Equity Unit Newsletter for December 12, 2014

posted Dec 2, 2014, 4:22 PM by timothy.blackburn@oregonlearning.org   [ updated Dec 16, 2014, 12:42 PM ]

Welcome to the twenty-second edition of our Education Equity Unit E-Newsletter!

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  • State Seal of Biliteracy Update
    • Our pilot project is underway! The Education Equity Unit recently led a series of stakeholder panel comprised of K-12 educators, district level administrators, university professors, state agency representatives, and most importantly, high school students currently learning in two-way bilingual programs. 
      • The criteria discussed (click here to learn more about the seal criteria developed by the stake holder panel) and developed by the stakeholder panel has shaped the structure of our seal pilot. The Education Equity Unit presented the results of our work in an informational update to the State Board of Education on Thursday, December 11th. We received valuable feedback and enthusiastic support from the State Board. As such, our pilot will continue into its next phase of technical support to prepare  for issuing our first Biliteracy Seals to graduates in June, 2015. 
        • We are currently developing a group of school districts that are willing to pilot the State Seal of Biliteracy. Is your school district interested in participating in our Seal pilot project? If so, please contact Tim Blackburn in the Education Equity Unit @ timothy.blackburn@ode.state.or.us 
      • Early Learning Division Job Opportunity
        • The Bilingual Early Learning Project Specialist will participate as a member of a collaborative team working on federal, state and local projects. The person in this position will assist with the implementation of existing programs in early childhood, early childhood special education and inclusion. The person will also assist with conceptualizing and assisting with developing new professional development, model development and demonstration, and systems change projects. 
      • Oregon State University Job Opportunity in Dual Language Education
        • The College of Education seeks to fill one full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position. This faculty member will focus on Spanish/English Dual Language Bilingual Education and recruitment and development of bilingual K-12 teachers, specifically teachers of color. Specific responsibilities will include collaboration on the development of a new Cultural and Linguistic Diversity doctoral program, leadership in a new Dual Language specialization program, and growth of networks to increase numbers of bilingual teachers of color. 
      • Reconciliation through Indigenous Education
        • A free course to Explore strategies, teaching exemplars, and resources that support the teaching and learning of Indigenous ways of knowing in classrooms, schools and communities.
      • Professional Development Event: Building Educator Assessment Literacy 
        • The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB), in collaboration with WestEd and SCALE, want to let you know about Building Educator Assessment Literacy, a free, two-day face-to-face professional development event with a five-week virtual learning extension opportunity. 
          • Three professional development dates: 
            • January 26-27, Portland 
            • February 5-6, Roseburg 
            • February 12-13, Pendleton
          • Four Break Out Sessions
            • Space is available for only 120 participants at each site in four break-out groups of 30 participants: 
              • Math elementary* 
              • Math secondary 
              • ELA/Literacy elementary* 
              • ELA/Literacy secondary 
                • *Elementary educators are asked to register for either math or ELA/Literacy. 
          • Application 
        • Congratulations to the dozens of teams and hundreds of educators that have recently concluded work on our Massive Open Online Course. It was a treat to follow your conversation threads to witness all the authentic learning. This was, without doubt, a priceless investment of professional learning effort that will certainly pay great dividends. For those that are still interested in reading the course texts, or watching the course videos, the NovoEd platform is still open!
          • Congratulations to all that participated in our MOOC! We are grateful to all that joined our online learning community. Also, we appreciate all the time and effort of our colleagues at Oregon State and Stanford universities. We are fortunate to count on your collaboration.
            • For those that have received a Statement of Accomplishment from the NovoEd course platform - Please submit your Statement of Accomplishment to Tim Blackburn for PDU credit. The deadline for redeeming your 30 PDU credits is January 15, 2015.
      • ELP Standards Update
        • Since our last round of Professional Learning Teams Conferences, the Education Equity Unit has been hard at work providing on-site technical assistance to ELP Standards teams all over the state. Presentation materials are uploaded to our PLT Page; here you will find open workshop resources to adapt for your own needs. Please be sure to select "Make a Copy" from the file menu, or download the materials.
        • Also, don't forget that our team is ready and willing to support with on-site workshops! Please reach out to Tim Blackburn with requests for instructional workshops with the ELP Standards as well as instructional strategies for ELs in the Common Core.

      - Posted to the MOOC Team Page by the 
      Greater Albany Public Schools ELP Standards Team

      The sentiment shared by the Greater Albany Public Schools Professional Learning Team captures the spirit of many of the teams that recently collaborated on our Massive Open Online Course, Supporting English Language Learners under New Standards. It's precisely the sort of collaboration that made the MOOC a success for so many teams. The virtual connections from the MOOC enrich and inform in-person PLC meetings.

      All across the state we witnessed rich collaboration through the MOOC coupled with purposeful in-person PLC meetings. Many thanks to all that participated in our Massive Open Online Course. In the coming weeks, we will make the course content available on a yet-to-be-determined online host site. Once we have an idea of where to host the materials, we will let you know!