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Assessment expert Wiliam headlines Principals Conference
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

The 2013 OASSA/OESPA Annual Principals Conference will offer participants the opportunity to:

  • Learn from nationally-acclaimed formative evaluation expert Dylan Wiliam, author of Embedded Formative Assessment
  • Hear from Sandy Hook teacher Kaitlin Roig
  • Engage in fireside chat with Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton
  • Be trained on developing a high-quality school emergency operations plan
  • Engage in sessions focusing on educator effectiveness, iPad training for teachers and administrators, assessment, evaluation and much more
  • Participate in a forum for beginning principals

The conference is set for Oct. 20-22 at the Riverhouse in Bend.  See the full conference schedule here.  Principals, assistant principals, administrators and teachers are welcome.  Register here.

2013 legislative report avaible from COSA and OSBA
Monday, September 23, 2013

The 2013 COSA/OSBA Legislative Report is now available.

The report describes the bills enacted by the 2013 Oregon Legislative Assembly that affect public schools.

Please contact Chuck Bennett with questions, or to get additional information.

Free conference registration for 1st-year principals
Monday, August 19, 2013

COSA, OASSA and OESPA recognize the value of supporting new principals.  So, these three professional organizations are working together to offer no-cost registration for the Annual Principals Conference to any first-year principal (must be a COSA member). 

The Annual Principals Conference is set for Oct. 20-22 in Bend, and features formative assessment expert Dylan Wiliam, Sandy Hook teacher Kaitlin Roig, and a robust and relevant agenda.  It also features a special session for beginning principals, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20.

Conference registration fees for first-year principals are being underwritten by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA) and the Oregon Elementary School Principals Association (OESPA).

Please e-mail names of first-year principals to Sera Lockwood, and she will arrange for their no-cost registration.

Please contact Suzanne Dalton if you have questions or need more information.

COSA partner California Casualty awards athletics grants
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Three Oregon high schools have received grants to boost their athletics programs, thanks to COSA partner California Casualty's Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant initiative. They are among 85 high schools in 38 states receiving a total of $101,500 for struggling athletics programs.

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Bennett's Blog: 'Sine Die' to the 2013 legislative session
Monday, July 8, 2013

chuck-bennett.jpgby Chuck Bennett, Director of Government Relations

Within a couple of hours the legislative session will have ended – it’s called sine die, a bow to when we all took Latin in junior and senior high, I guess.

The final gavels will close the book on a legislature that made real strides in education funding and policy. After years of disinvestment in K-12 education, legislators grabbed the opportunity this year to add $400 million to the governor’s $6.15 State School Fund (SSF) allocation. That put the final figure for the SSF at $6.55 billion. Legislators also added a bill with PERS savings for education totaling about $200 million. That gives a total of $6.75 billion in cash and savings for K-12 education.

Throughout the session there were what proved to be unrealized hopes that legislators would add another $100 million in new revenue and enough additional PERS law changes to wipe out this year’s PERS rate increases. That would have brought the total amount of cash and savings to somewhere just in excess of $7 billion. Rumors of what became known as the “grand bargain” had the needed bipartisan majority ready to vote for it right up until they did in the Senate and the proposal failed by one vote. Even with that, there were rumors until Saturday night and Sunday morning that a deal on revenue and PERS had been struck. It wasn’t until Sunday there was a clear understanding the issue was dead.

Legislators also kept the so-called “carve outs” to a minimum by rejecting the governor’s request for over a $100 million in new programs off the top of the SSF and bringing it down to around $40 million. The new programs will include a substantial “educator effectiveness network,” and a series of “strategic investments” aimed at increasing student achievement. Initially the programs were to be administered by the Oregon Education Investment Board but the lawmakers decided instead to send the money and program responsibility generally to the Oregon Department of Education.

Legislators also took time to take on a number of policy issues including changes to the state’s open enrollment system, special education practices, inter-district transfer policies and a number of human resource related issues.

On Saturday legislators put an end to a union-sponsored attempt to further restrict the ability of school districts and other government entities to ...