OSBA's Sounding Boards is a regular exploration of Oregon's public schools system with education experts and passionate advocates.
End of naming, shaming and blaming
The Oregon Department of Education is here to help school districts and education service districts as the Student Success Act adds public education program funding and puts new demands on school leaders, says Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Colt Gill.
Preventing threats before students are lost
John Van Dreal, an internationally recognized school safety expert, explains how the Salem-Keizer Threat Assessment System he helped pioneer guides educators to identify potential student threats and intervene before they escalate to tragedy.
Internships unite school and business goals
Better Together connects the community with central Oregon schools to close gaps. The nonprofit is helping facilitate internships that give students valuable work and education skills while also building bridges between the business community and classrooms.
Education equity as a ‘moral imperative’
The Student Success Act commands Oregon school districts to consider equity issues. National consultant and former school board member Daryl Dixon addresses why equity is important and how school leaders can approach community conversations.
Taking on early learning
McMinnville School District, recognizing the importance of early learning for student success, has created programs to engage and teach children and and their families before they ever enter the K-12 system.
More classes, more counselors, more teachers
Erick Flores, an Oregon teacher and school board member, offers his personal observations about how the Student Success Act will help schools provide more opportunities for their students.