Distance Learning Resources, COVID ERA Teaching, & ODE Links
TEACH FROM ANYWHERE: Giving teachers and families the tools and tips they need to help keep students learning (Google).
Distance Learning Up Close: Teaching for Engagement and Impact in Any Setting (Registration Link to On-Demand Webinar)
Best Practices: Online Pedagogy (Best Practices for Teaching Remotely from Harvard)
COVID Era Teaching - Face to Face / Distance Links
COVID-19 School Response Toolkit: The COVID-19 pandemic has forced schools across the country to confront unprecedented challenges. And the longer schools remain closed—likely through the end of the academic year in most states—the higher the stakes become for next school year. To tackle these challenges, school systems must focus on the strategies proven to accelerate student learning. Even imperfect attempts to accelerate learning back to grade level will create far better school experiences for many students than what they received before the crisis.
How to Help Students Get Used to Wearing Masks (Edutopia Article)
Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Guidance
Early Learning Resources
Critical Considerations for the Return to School for Young Children (Webinar hosted by NCPMI in preparation for the Fall 2021 school year)
Cottonwood Canyon Teacher Institute
The Cottonwood Canyon Teacher Institute is an intensive four day long residential place-based field studies program for teachers from throughout Oregon. Participants choose from four course options where they learn about locally significant cultural or natural resources.. Projects are led by EOU faculty, and other regional professionals.
Eastern Oregon Teacher Academy
The Eastern Oregon Teacher Academy at Eastern Oregon University (EOU) aims to graduate the brightest high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Opportunities also exist for current paraprofessionals in the field to participate. All participants will have the chance to earn EOU credit.
EOU Center for Culturally Responsive Practices
The demand for teachers with cultural competency is ever-increasing. Many communities in Eastern Oregon are experiencing an increase in ethnic and language minorities; however, there is not a correlating increase in ethnic and language minority teachers. By making culturally responsive pedagogy available to teachers, schools can better create classrooms in which student language, culture, and backgrounds will be responded to and infused within every aspect of education and curriculum.
Visit the EOU Website to view the center's professional development series.
Ignite! Reading Partnership
Ignite! Reading, a Zoom-powered K-5 literacy tutoring program, is partnering with Eastern Oregon University’s College of Education to train teachers how to teach literacy. Using the Ignite! Reading model, the partnership will launch with a ten-week program that begins with intensive teacher training rooted in the science of reading and an evidence-based reading foundational skills curriculum, followed by the implementation of daily tutoring with K-5 students locally, as well as remotely across the country.
Junior Field Study Program
The Junior Field Study program allows students from the Gresham cohort at Mt. Hood Community College to observe and experience multiple classrooms over a three-week period in May. The students are based in one of four locations, Umatilla, Enterprise, John Day, or Burns. The selected students conduct interviews, reflect on observations, and learn about the opportunities to teach in a rural location away from the metro Portland area. Grant funding from the Oregon Department of Education based on grant initiative and funding recommendation from the Educator Advancement Council allows students the opportunity to participate in this program without out-of-pocket cost.
Parent Advocacy Group Webinar - Q&A: Teacher Training as Key to Oregon Literacy
Presented by Oregon Kids Read & Decoding Dyslexia Oregon
Rural Schools Collaborative
The Rural Schools Collaborative has announced the applications for the Celia B. Godsil in Place Fellows. As EOU is the hub for the Pacific Northwest RSC - a teacher from our area (WA and OR) may apply for this grant. If you know of a teacher doing wonderful place based things, please share the link and encourage them to apply
Spring 2022 Newsletter
Teach Rural Oregon Project
The Teach Rural Oregon (TRO) project aims at recruiting diverse student teachers (including first generation) to complete their student teaching in rural and isolated rural districts across Oregon.
Equity Training Resources
Learning for Justice - Social Justice Standards
Understanding Anti-Bias Education: Bringing the Four Goals to Every Aspect of Your Work
Unconscious Bias: An Educator's Self Assessment
Guide for Selecting Anti-Bias Children's Books
Anti-Bias Reads by Teaching for Change (4 Minutes)
Anti-Bias Building Blocks Curriculum Planning
Moving Beyond Anti-Bias Activities: Supporting the Development of Anti-Bias Curriculum
Standing Against Suspension & Expulsion in Early Childhood Education
Don't Look Away - Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms
Guide for Racial Justice & Abolitionist Social and Emotional Learning
Equity Literacy for All (5 principles)
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education in Partner With First Book Network
Distributing free classroom sets of Elie Wiesel's "Night" and Anne Frank's "Diary of a Young Girl" to eligible educators.
SEL/Trauma Informed Care Resources
Aperture Education: SEL at home
Promoting SEL at Home is a series of developmentally appropriate social and emotional learning (SEL) resources for parents, families, and caregivers to use at home. These lesson ideas facilitate the development of SEL skills in children, from infancy through high school. Additionally, Aperture Education has a Parent Portal with other resources families can access during this transitional time.
"It's A Great Time To Be Strong" Asynchronous Video Course by Fostering Resilient Learners (Enroll for Free)
In the most challenging and trying times, we must summon strength from within. In this course, learn strategies for building and applying your inner strengths every day.
In partnership with your local CTE coordinators, we are providing a free license for your school to access and utilize a platform called Oregon Connections this year. With these licenses, K-12 educators can sign-in and then invite real-life professionals to their classroom for guest speaker sessions, career explorations, and virtual field trips via Zoom. The platform connects thousands of real-life industry professionals with students to share about their work and careers.
To learn more, see the flier below. Please consider attending one of the office hours to learn more about this resource and how to get your school connected, and/or please forward this to any educational leaders in Eastern Oregon who could help us spread the word about this free resource.
Teaching with Technology Video Resources
Virtual Teaching Academy Sessions
ADMINISTRATORS: Please feel free to share with your schools, colleagues and friends. This is our way of giving back to the community in a time when we are all in need of some assistance. At the onset of the Covid-19 outbreak, the Alliance for Virtual Learning, (spearheaded by University of Phoenix and Blackboard), created a free, online series to assist school district administrators and educators to prepare for online learning. The series was kicked off by a two-part webinar in which school district leaders discussed what they’d learned about online learning prior to Covid-19 and how it helped them to support their students and teachers during the pandemic. Following the kickoff, attendees were presented with a Blueprint for Success. This tool provides a means to assess current abilities, assets, inequities, infrastructure and more. The * Blueprint for Success is a key component for understanding the specific strengths and weaknesses of a district/educator’s ability to effectively teach online. (*Click to download) The series ramped up through a total of 10 sessions, each illuminating the criteria necessary for success in online learning. Now that the live sessions have concluded, we are happy to share the following free, online event videos to help K-12 teachers and administrators adapt to the new virtual learning landscape. Please visit the following link where you can download each session, including the Blueprint for Success: https://content.blackboard.com/virtual-teaching-academy
Planning for a Successful Shift to Virtual Teaching and Learning. Presenters: Pat Hoge, Tom Vander Ark, and DeWayne McClary
Best Practices When Teaching and Learning Move Home. Presenters: Lisa Dawley and Kerry Rice
Providing Equitable Access to Instruction and Resources for Each Student and Teacher. Presenter: DeWayne McClary
Keeping Students and Teachers Connected, as well as Students to Students. Presenters: Pam Roggeman, Matt Moody, Debbie Vickers, and Maggie Verdoia
Supporting and Communicating with Families When Learning Moves Home. Presenters: Randy Phelps, Chandre Sanchez Reyes, Stephanie Austin, and Rodney Smith
When to Come Together and Why? Presenters: Michele Eaton and Chandre Sanchez Reyes
Serving the Needs of Special Education, Gifted, and English Language Learners in a Virtual Environment. Presenters: Tracy Broccolino and Kareem Neal
Are Students Learning and How Do We Know. Presenters: Dan Gohl and Daryl Diamond
Aligning Plans with Teacher Needs and Best Practices. Presenter: Judy Campf
Not Putting the Cart Before the Horse - "Why" first and then “What”. Presenters: Monte Kalisch, Pete Just, and Kelly Hermann
Technological Learning Tools for K-12
Diversity License Expense Reimbursement Program
The Oregon Legislature, through the Student Success Act, has authorized TSPC to mitigate costs associated with TSPC licensure and assessments for racially, ethnically, and/or linguistically diverse teacher, administrator, and/or personnel service candidates, as well as current racially, ethnically, and/or linguistically diverse teachers, administrators, and/or personnel service providers renewing TSPC licenses. TSPC has funding for this program from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2023.
For more info, see this flyer.