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Education cost money,

 but then so does ignorance.
-Claus Moser

 

 

 A teacher affects eternity;

 he can never tell where

his influence stops.

- Henry B Adams

 

 

You can teach a student a
lesson for a day; but if you can

teach him to learn by creating
curiosity, he will continue the

learning process as long as he lives.

- Clay P. Bedford

 

It is in fact a part of the function of education is

to help us escape, not from our own time

— for we are bound by that —

but from the intellectual and emotional

limitations of our time.
T.S. Eliot

It is in fact a part of the function of education is

to help us escape, not from our own time

— for we are bound by that —

but from the intellectual and emotional

limitations of our time.
T.S. Eliot

It is in fact a part of the function of education is

to help us escape, not from our own time

— for we are bound by that —

but from the intellectual and emotional

limitations of our time.
T.S. Eliot

 

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Douglas ESD NEWS

 

Grant opens opportunities for more districts

THE FORD FAMILY FOUNDATION GRANT EXPANDS KINDERGARTEN READINESS IN DOUGLAS COUNTY

DOUGLAS COUNTY (Feb. 4, 2015) – More Douglas County school districts will get a chance to survey current services, build partnerships and develop new programs aimed at preparing young children for kindergarten, thanks to a grant from The Ford Family Foundation to the South-Central Oregon Early Learning Hub.

The foundation awarded $38,100 to the Early Learning Hub for its Kindergarten Readiness Partnership and Innovation program in December. The money will be used to hire a part-time person to oversee these efforts in four districts in South County. When hired, this person will work with South Umpqua, Days Creek, Glendale and Camas Valley schools and communities to identify needs and develop ways to address those needs.

The grant follows earlier state funding that seeks to strengthen connections between early learning programs and the K-12 educational system.

Currently, 11 of 19 school districts, which includes 20 elementary schools in Douglas and Lake counties, are participating in the KRPI program. These funds help districts identify strategies to engage families and build on efforts to link early learning communities with schools. This new grant means all school districts within Douglas County will receive access to the KRPI family engagement efforts, though not all are participating.

“This project will promote better outcomes for Douglas County’s youngest children through a seamless, holistic framework. It will offer all districts and schools opportunities for successful response to the needs of families, smart and efficient use of public and private resources, and effective preparation of young children for kindergarten and future success,” said Gillian Wesenberg, director of the South-Central Oregon Early Learning Hub. “With a coordinated, systematic approach, families and communities are better able to prepare their children for a lifetime of learning.”

KRPI grants help school district partners and parents identify strengths and gaps in community resources and develop homegrown solutions to address those gaps. In Yoncalla, parents said they wanted more before- and after-school involvement. One result was a Dr. Seuss night to promote literacy in a fun way through book donations and activities. In Glide, families banded together to bring needed items to a homeless community in a nearby park. Projects and services are tailored to the needs identified by community feedback. These approaches fit with Oregon’s early learning and education initiatives. 

Kindergarten Readiness Partnership and Innovation is a program of the South-Central Oregon Early Learning Hub, which is administered by Douglas Education Service District. The program aims to assist 3,600 at-risk children, ages 3 to 6, in districts within Douglas and Lake counties.

For more information, contact Gillian Wesenberg, South-Central Oregon Early Learning Hub director, at 541-679-3037 or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ."> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Ford Family Foundation was established in 1957 by Kenneth W. and Hallie E. Ford. Its mission is "successful citizens and vital rural communities" in Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif. The Foundation is located in Roseburg, Ore., with a scholarship office in Eugene. www.tfff.org.  

 

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DOUGLAS COUNTY SCHOOLS CLOSING
GAP FOR LOW-INCOME STUDENTS

Jan. 30, 2015 -- Our schools are helping more Douglas County students complete high school, according to recent data released by the Oregon Department of Education on graduation rates for the Class of 2014.

Seven of the school districts in the Douglas ESD region graduated students at a higher rate than the state average (72 percent).

Additionally, districts are closing the graduation gap for students from low-income families. For three of our districts, these students graduated at a higher rate than the overall population in their districts. And for eight of the 13 districts within the Douglas ESD region, there is less than a 5 percent graduation rate difference between the economically disadvantaged and general student populations.

Another statistic worth touting is that three districts graduated 100 percent of their special education students.

“I’m really encouraged by the fact that we have eight districts exceeding the state average,” said Analicia Nicholson, director of instructional services at the Douglas ESD. “Douglas County schools are demonstrating effectiveness in getting students to graduate. It’s proof positive that the good things we see in classrooms and schools every day do make a difference and translate to kids graduating.”

State, region and district data can be looked at more in depth HERE.

 

District Calendars 2014-2015

Douglas County  -  School District Calendars  2014-2015

Camas Valley SD #21           Days Creek SD #15           Elkton SD #34

Glendale SD #77                   Glide SD #12                     North Douglas SD #22

Oakland SD #1                      Riddle SD #70                   Roseburg SD #4

South Umpqua SD #19          Sutherlin SD #130             Winston-Dillard SD #16

Yoncalla SD #32                    UCC                                  Douglas ESD

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Douglas ESD Courier Schedule 2014-2015