In ESD News

Jackson EI/ECSE receives $10,000 grant from Cow Creek foundation

About 50 Jackson County families are expected to benefit from a $10,000 grant from the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation presented at a June 23 awards ceremony at Seven Feathers Hotel and Casino Resort. 

The Jackson Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education program was among more than 64 nonprofit groups receiving grants  totaling $374,500. Funds from the grant, which is administared by Douglas Education Service District, will be used to provide a preschool program in Gold Hill at no cost for low-income families.

Grant sends ECSE classroom teacher to Ireland

Douglas ESD's Annie Bailey, a classroom teacher for the Early Childhood Special Education program, is one of 21 Douglas County eductors who will have great stories to tell this fall about how they spent their summers. That's because Bailey and the others are embarking on self-designed summer professional development experiences as grant recipients of The Family Ford Foundation's 2016 Douglas County Fund for Teachers.

There's still time to register for July 11-21 PartnerSports Camp!

Registration remains open to participants in this summer's PartnerSports Camp, offered for eight days during July 11-21.  

Formerly known as Camp Shriver, PartnerSports Camp is a cooperative effort of Douglas ESD and the YMCA of Douglas County. Most activities take place at or are launched from the YMCA, 1151 N.W. Stewart Parkway, Roseburg. This is the camp’s 11th year. It’s open to students across Douglas County.

Parenting Hub to expand beyond Douglas County

The Oregon Community Foundation has awarded the Douglas Education Service District’s Parenting Education Hub a $100,000 grant that will allow the hub to expand services into Klamath and Lake counties.   

SUHS ag teacher cultivates burgeoning program

When Katie Partlow arrived on campus to prepare for her new job as South Umpqua High School’s agriculture/science teacher, there wasn’t an ag textbook in the classroom or a poster on the wall.  

A 15-foot-by-24-foot greenhouse built by students in the 1970s was almost the sole tool to launch a new ag program. Looking back nearly two years later, Partlow puts a positive spin on the memory. “There was a lot of room for growth,” she says.  

Teachers: Register now for summer workshops

Here are two summer workshops for teachers that will stretch your creativity, minds and (in one case) legs! 

Early registration is encouraged for the Art Academy for Educators, taking place June 15-16 at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center in Roseburg and for the Outdoor Education Workshop, scheduled Aug. 17-18 at the Alder Creek Community Forest near Canyonville. Each training offers a $100 stipend as well as the opportunity to earn professional development units.