The mission of the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is to foster equity and excellence for every learner through collaboration educators, partners, and communities. As one of ODE’s partners, the NWCC is providing technical assistance and support on high-leverage initiatives identified by the state, including:
Developing and Implementing the ESSA Plan
ODE is committed to incorporating the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements into a strong state plan that embeds child- and student-centered learning, equity, and continuous improvement as its core values and will result in increased graduation rates for each student. NWCC has been serving ODE as a thought partner in project management processes to plan, coordinate, and monitor implementation; conducting facilitation and engagement among stakeholders; and adapting or developing policies that align with federal requirements and incorporate evidence-based practices. The final state plan was submitted to the U.S. Department of Education on May 3, 2017.
Increasing Data Literacy
State education agencies rely on data to guide planning, oversight, and evaluation of statewide initiatives such as increasing graduation rates, strengthening school and district improvement, and ensuring equitable opportunities and outcomes for every student. NWCC is helping ODE establish organizational and structural processes that support a culture of data literacy and increase staff members' ability to make data-informed decisions.
Facilitating the Governor's Council on Educator Advancement
The Governor’s Council on Educator Advancement has developed recommendations to ensure equitable access and efficient delivery of relevant, high-quality, and culturally responsive professional development for all of Oregon’s educators. NWCC supported planning and facilitating the council’s meetings comprising exemplary teachers, school leaders, state agencies, legislators, and nonprofit partners. The resulting recommendations are compiled in a report now available on the Chief Education Office website.
Improving American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Student Learning and Outcomes
Working with ODE and the Northwest’s four other state education agencies (SEAs), we provide capacity-building support to meet the educational needs of American Indian/Alaska Native students. We do this by helping the SEAs’ Indian education coordinators share resources and lessons learned with each other, as well as by providing technical assistance to individual SEAs through state-level projects. For example, NWCC helped ODE create an Indian education plan for the state, and we are now assisting with implementation. We are also helping ODE design an evaluation plan and tools to monitor the Tribal Attendance Pilot Projects—an initiative that aims to reduce chronic absenteeism of Native students in nine Oregon schools.
Promoting Rural Innovation and Student Engagement
In 2013, NWCC and its partners at Boston College created a network designed to connect isolated rural educators as they work to implement rigorous new standards and improve outcomes and opportunities for students. The Northwest Rural Innovation and Student Engagement (NW RISE) Network currently includes schools from eight districts in Oregon (Blachly, Butte Falls, Dayville, Gilchrist, Ione, Perrydale, Powers, and Wallowa), along with districts in Alaska, Idaho, and Washington.