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OACOA: working to better serve our diverse membership Print E-mail

by Holly Lekas, OACOA President

The OACOA Executive Committee meets later this week and the focus of our session will be to review the results of the just-completed OACOA member survey.  Our intention is to use the information from the survey to help develop “communities of interest” that will better serve our diverse membership.  I’ll let you know what we learn and what our next steps will be.

Serving our members is the key aim of our Executive Committee and our organization.  Along with COSA, we provide a number of services and supports for central office leaders.  Just a few of the ways OACOA and COSA serve members include:

  • Advocacy.  At the legislature and throughout state government, OACOA and COSA offer a strong and respected voice for school funding, on education policy and issues, and on behalf of school leaders.  We also collaborate regularly with other statewide education organizations, business groups, and state and federal agencies.  At present, we are involved in the November ballot measure campaigns.
  • Professional Development.  COSA offers more than 30 excellent professional development opportunities each year.  One highlight is the OACOA/OASE Winter Conference at Salishan, this year featuring Michael Fullan.
  • Legal Assistance.  As COSA and OACOA members, you have access to legal assistance in times of professional challenge.
  • Special Projects.  COSA and OACOA are currently involved in a number of special projects on behalf of central office and other school leaders, including the State Reporting/Paperwork Reduction Task Force that aims to streamline state reporting, and in supporting implementation of the new high school diploma which has resulted in the Administrators Toolkit: 10 Tools to Help Implement the Oregon Diploma.
  • Professional Consultation.  At members’ request, COSA and OACOA will review employment contracts, assist with state agencies, and consult on professional matters.

We hope to that development of “communities of interest” for OACOA members will enhance our ability to serve you.  I’ll keep you posted.

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