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Assessment expert Wiliam headlines Principals Conference
News about Professional Development
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
News about Legislative Services
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
News about Professional Development
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
News about COSA
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.

Gill heads new officers elected to lead COSA, departments
News about COSA
Tuesday, April 09, 2013

colt gill - ac.jpgCongratulations to new COSA President-Elect Colt Gill, superintendent of Bethel School District in Eugene, and the entire slate of new officers who were elected last month to serve and lead COSA and each of the four departments: OACOA, OASE, OASSA and OESPA.  Voting took place online.  Officers will begin serving their terms in July.

Those elected by their peers include:

COSA President-Elect
Colt Gill, Bethel School District

COSA seeks new Director of Professional Development
News about Professional Development
Friday, February 08, 2013

COSA is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Director of Professional Development, the organization announced to today. 

COSA is Oregon’s foremost provider of professional development for school leaders, with a reputation for offering relevant, timely and  high-quality training, conferences and workshops.  The successful candidate must possess the skills and knowledge to produce a program that meets the professional development standards and exceeds the expectations of Oregon school leaders.

"This is a great opportunity for the right professional to join our team and continue to help fulfill COSA's mission of developing and supporting Oregon school leaders," Executive Director Craig Hawkins said.  

Closing date for applications is March 15.  See the Announcement of Position Opening for more information.

Salem-Keizer Assistant Superintendent wins state award
News about COSA
Tuesday, February 05, 2013

mary-_cadez.jpgMary Cadez, Assistant Superintendent of Salem-Keizer School District, has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Achievement of Excellence Award by the Oregon Association of Central Office Administrators (OACOA).

Roseburg assistant principal wins state honor
News about COSA
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

amy-rodriguez.jpgAmy Jo Rodriguez, Assistant Principal of Roseburg High School has been named Oregon’s 2013 Assistant Principal of the Year.  Rodriguez was selected by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA).

Russell a finalist for National Superintendent of the Year
News about COSA
Monday, January 07, 2013

maryalice-russell-2.jpgALEXANDRIA, Va. – Oregon Superintendent of the Year Maryalice Russell of McMinnville is one of the four finalists for the 2013 National Superintendent of the Year award, the American Association of School Administrators has announced. The program, co-sponsored by ARAMARK Education, VALIC, and AASA, in its 26th year, honors the leadership and exceptional contributions to education of public school superintendents. AASA will announce the 2013 National Superintendent of the Year on Feb. 21, 2013, at the National Conference on Education in Los Angeles, Calif.

State revenue forecast shows very slow economic expansion
News about School Finance
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Oregon's quarterly revenue forecast, released today, shows very slow economic growth in the next biennium, as well as the current month.  "Oregon’s economic expansion persists, but remains stuck in a low gear. Growth continues to come in fits and starts – a strong quarter or two followed by a weak quarter or two – with the underlying trend remaining slow and steady," the Office of Economic Analyis reported.

For the current biennium, revenues are up by $30.5 million, compared to September projections.  For 2013-15, revenues are up nearly $55 million, to a projected total of nearly $16.5 billion.  For the complete report, please access the Office of Economic Analysis website.

Free research service provides customized answers
News about Member Services
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

When an Oregon superintendent wanted research on how Advanced Placement classes align with college admission criteria, he turned to Ask A REL. This free service, offered by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northwest, provides prompt, customized answers to questions facing administrators and practitioners. Simply fill out a request form, and reference librarian Jennifer Klump will respond with links to articles and studies from authoritative sources.

CCSS fall regional series begins later this month
News about Professional Development
Monday, October 15, 2012

COSA’s fall series of Common Core State Standards regional trainings is rapidly approaching.

Achievement Compact Webinar recordings are available
News about Member Services
Sunday, September 30, 2012

The second in a series of free, interactive online webinars focused on Achievement Compacts and the role of Achievement Compact Advisory Committees was held Thursday, September 27.  The webinar was presented by OEA, OSBA and COSA.

State revenue forecast reveals more pessimism in long term
News about School Finance
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Oregon’s quarterly state revenue forecast, released this morning, provided a mixed bag of information for state lawmakers.

Workshop focuses on new evaluation requirements
News about Professional Development
Tuesday, August 07, 2012

COSA and OSPA are offering a workshop, Next Steps Toward Implementation of SB 290, on Wednesday, August 15, at the Red Lion in Salem.  The workshop begins at 9:30 a.m.

Senate Bill 290 established new requirements for the evaluation of teachers and administrators, effective at the start of next school year.  This workshop will help districts to get ready to meet the new requirements, as well as help school leaders prepare for the evaluation criteria required in Oregon’s conditional ESEA waiver.

Tigard-Tualatin's Saxton tabbed by governor to head ODE
News about COSA
Thursday, July 12, 2012

rob-saxton.jpg(Portland, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber announced today that he has selected Tigard-Tualatin Superintendent Rob Saxton to serve as Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction. Mr. Saxton, along with Chief Education Officer Dr. Rudy Crew, is charged with transforming Oregon’s public education system, from early childhood services through K-12 and post-secondary education and training. Mr. Saxton will head the Oregon Department of Education.

COSA licensure and degree program gains final approval; courses will begin this fall
News about Professional Development
Thursday, July 05, 2012

The Oregon Office of Degree Authorization (ODA) announced last week that it has completed a review of the CUC-COSA degree and licensure program, and has approved Concordia University Chicago to offer master’s and doctorate degrees in Oregon.  The CUC-COSA program has now met every requirement, and is approved to deliver the following degrees and licenses:

  • IAL – Initial Administrative License
  • IAL and Master’s – Master of Arts in School Leadership
  • CAL – Continuing Administrative License
  • CAL and Doctorate – with continuing licensure that applies toward Ed.D. or Ph.D. in Education Leadership
Lizi Aguilar-Nelson named Elementary Principal of Year
News about Member Services
Monday, June 11, 2012

lizi-aguilar-nelson cropped.jpgLizi Aguilar-Nelson, Richmond Elementary School Principal in Salem-Keizer since 2007, has been named the Oregon Elementary School Principal of the Year by the Oregon Elementary School Principals Association (OESPA) and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA).  This award automatically places Aguilar-Nelson in the running for the National Distinguished Principal of the Year Award from the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), in corporate partnership with VALIC.

State revenue forecast reflects increasing economic stability
News about School Finance
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The June state revenue forecast, released this morning, reflects an increasing stability in Oregon’s economic outlook, state economist Mark McMullen told a joint legislative committee this morning.

The forecast for the current biennium is technically up $115 million because of one-time adjustments made during the February legislative session.  However, those adjustments were related primarily to recent legal settlements and the revenue is already allocated.

Centennial’s Ricker selected High School Principal of Year
News about Member Services
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

kevin-ricker-2012.jpgKevin Ricker, Centennial High School Principal since 2010, has been named the Oregon High School Principal of the Year by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA) and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA).  This award automatically places Ricker in the running for the National High School Principal of the Year Award from the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and MetLife.