Education

Latinos in Corvallis
8:43 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

Corvallis Group Tries to Narrow the Achievement Gap

Credit Corvallis School District

The number of Latinos in Oregon schools has reached 22-percent, but an achievement gap between Latinos and whites stubbornly continues. A program in Corvallis may be having some success in improving outcomes for Latino students.

Over tacos, a group of parents and peer facilitators draw up a list of obstacles to going to college.  First is money, then motivation, and then teen pregnancy.  Although they are talking about college, this is a group of parents of elementary school kids being taught the skills they need to be more involved:

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Lane E.S.D.
6:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

School Superintendents React To Eugene 4J's Withdrawal from Lane E.S.D.

Fern Ridge Superintendent Dennis Friedrich.
Credit Fern Ridge Schools

The Legislature has given Oregon school districts the right to withhold funds from the Educational Service Districts that serve them.  ESDs provide special education, technological and instructional support to K-12 districts on a regional basis. Eugene 4j School District will withdraw from Lane ESD in July 2014. Beaverton and Hillsboro are also withdrawing in large part from theirs .

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Lincoln County Schools
4:57 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Lincoln County Schools Bring in the Ocean

Lincoln County teachers looking for aquatic life

The aim of the Lincoln County School District is ambitious: To become the best district in the world for integrating the ocean into the lives of its students. This school year students, teachers and administrators—and their partners in the community—are doing more than ever to meet that goal. The sea lions on the Newport bayfront (sounds of sea lions barking) welcome a group of Lincoln County teachers. The teachers are down on their bellies, using car ice scrapers under the docks.The results go under portable microscopes. It's an exercise that they will later share with their students.

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technology education
6:30 am
Tue October 15, 2013

A Woman's Quest To Prove Coding Is More Than Nerdy

Tools for Computer Science Camp
Lucy Ohlsen

It’s a no-brainer that you have to be able to use a computer to get most jobs today. Public schools in Eugene encourage students to use technology as an educational tool. Kiki Prottsman is a local woman who hopes to inspire young people to become more than just users.

These middle schoolers are at math and computer science camp.

 “It's fun, but sometimes you miss a friends sleepover or a birthday party or something. But you make up to it. Like, your friends won't be there in the future but your education will be."

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Education Programs
3:01 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Lincoln County Head Start Avoids Shutdown

Credit Head Start U.S.

Two Head Start programs in Lincoln County have averted closure due to assistance from Oregon’s Early Learning Division.

Head Start provides preschool programs as well as health, nutrition and social services to low-income families. Due to the federal shutdown, the programs in Lincoln City and Toledo were running out of time. The agency had sent out *25 layoff notices and prepared for suspending classes as well as supplemental food and weekend programs. Dr. Suzanne Miller, Lincoln County’s Head Start Director, said October 31st would have been their last day:

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Early Learning
2:45 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Lincoln County Head Start Averts Shutdown

Credit Head Start U.S.

Two Head Start programs in Lincoln County have averted closure due to assistance from Oregon’s Early Learning Division.

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Oregon State University
10:41 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Science Vessel Continues Research Voyage Despite Govt Shutdown

The research ship Oceanus
Credit Oregon State University

An Oregon State University research vessel is continuing its federally funded mission even though the federal government is shutdown.

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technology in schools
1:34 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

An iPad At Every Desk

Students Can Hear Classmates' Book Reviews In The Digital Book Nook
Credit Lucy Ohlsen

An iPad for every child. That's reality at some Eugene 4J schools this year.

It's faster. Their fingers don't get sore. It's fun. The fifth graders at Awbrey Park Elementary love using iPads at school.

"It's helping a lot. It's easier than using computers."

Abby Strand is the class "DOJO" - meaning she's won the most points for being on task and a good student. She says some kids have trouble staying focused with iPads around.

"Not for me. For other kids in the class it's a challenge. But not for me. I just get on it and do what I'm told to do."

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Community College
6:57 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Enrollment Down At LCC

LCC President Mary Spilde.
Credit Lane Community College

Classes start Monday (September 30th) at Oregon's public Universities and community colleges.  Enrollment is down at Lane Community College. Lane has come to depend more on tuition and the school is facing a budget shortfall.

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Labor
12:54 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Union and Oregon University System Reach Agreement

SEIU Workers at a recent rally.
Credit seiu

The Oregon University System and its classified workers have reached a tentative agreement on a 2-year contract, averting a threatened strike on the first day of classes. The agreement was reached at 2:30 Thursday morning .

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