With the short legislative session of 2016 now at an end, we are looking forward to the 2017 session and asking this question: How can we start now to prepare for what is sure to be a challenging session for school districts across Oregon?
Help us share your district’s stories, and help us build the message of the hopes and dreams Oregonians hold for public schools across the state. By sharing these stories and dreams, we want to motivate and influence Oregonians and the 2017 Legislature to step up and make Oregon education what it should be. We have two initiatives in place to do both of these: The Promise of Oregon, and the brand-new Oregon Rising.
But we need your participation to make them work.
Share your success with us so we can build the message that school districts know how to spend resources wisely, and we can and will raise student achievement when we have the resources to do so. We are particularly looking for stories about programs that support increased graduation rates.
Districts are touching lives and preventing dropouts through early learning initiatives, and are taking classrooms to the outdoors through natural resources programs. We have made videos to share those stories, located at www.promiseoregon.org.
We will do the rest to make sure that Oregonians, including our state legislators, see how far you are propelling kids toward their future, and how far they can go if we dream bigger.
And speaking of dreaming bigger, we are partnering with the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) and the Oregon Education Association (OEA) for conversations about what Oregon public schools should be. Called “Oregon Rising,” this campaign will hold meetings in school districts throughout the state to tell the story of our vision for public education.
Oregon Rising is a public outreach effort about what Oregonians want for their children and their schools. Oregon Rising wants to know not just what schools could be, but what you think they should be. We will build a plan and take that plan to the Oregon Legislature in 2017.
Participants will be invited to provide feedback on the plan as it is developed and join in the legislative session discussion next year. To get started, sign up on the Oregon Rising website to get updates and schedules of meetings and a link to the online survey once it is live, at www.oregon-rising.org.
Please join with your fellow board members, school administrators, educators and Oregonians from across the state in building a shared vision of the future of Oregon education. Raise the conversation from what can be to what should be, and share your stories of success to be amplified across the state.