IMESD News/Press

IMESD to offer free hearing screenings to students through November

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The InterMountain Education Service District (IMESD) will provide free hearing screenings to public elementary school students through November.

Hearing screenings are conducted annually by the IMESD’s Audiology Department for public school students in Umatilla, Morrow and Union counties, and is cooperatively sponsored by 17 local school districts. Students to be screened include nearly 6,300 kindergarten, first and third grade students, new students to a county, and parent/teacher/principal referrals of students in other grades. Children who fail the initial screening will be re-screened within a three-week period.

Screenings begin the first week of September and will continue through November.

State Education Chief, local education leaders to gather for 6th annual Eastern Oregon Executive Summit

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The InterMountain Education Service District will host the 6th annual Eastern Oregon Executive Summit for regional education administrators July 28-29 at its headquarters in Pendleton. Oregon’s Chief Education Officer, Dr. Nancy Golden, as well as the state’s Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, Rob Saxton, will attend.

Nearly 30 administrators from school districts all over eastern Oregon are registered to attend the event, which brings them together with board members and other district office staff to hear about state education issues and how they relate to eastern Oregon school districts.

Featured speakers include Golden and Saxton, who will speak about the Governor’s 40-40-20 Goal and Oregon Department of Education priorities for the coming school year, respectively. In addition, Executive Summit participants will hear from the Governor’s new Education Policy Advisor, Dani Ledezma, about the Governor’s priorities in education. The summit provides information that can be used for board and administrator retreats, and is a unique opportunity for eastern Oregon school executives to kick off the school year and vet new concepts in education. It’s the one time of year state leaders in education come together to network and work with local leaders in education.

IMESD received $143,700 kindergarten innovation grant

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The InterMountain Education Service District (IMESD) has been awarded a grant to assist the Blue Mountain Early Learning Hub with the establishment of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to strengthen connections between early learning and K-12 educators. The $143,700 grant was awarded to the IMESD by the Oregon Early Learning Council, and will last through June 30, 2015.

The IMESD serves as a partner-leader in the Blue Mountain Early Learning Hub along with Umatilla-Morrow Head Start. The organizations, along with school district partners throughout Umatilla, Morrow and Union counties, are working towards better connections between early learning providers and K-12 educators, as well as reaching out to parents about the variety of early learning services and programs available in the region. The goal is to better prepare children for kindergarten through early learning.

Through the new grant, the IMESD will assist in creating PLCs made up of preschool providers, kindergarten teachers, primary school teachers and administrators. The PLCs’ goals are to reach a clear understanding of expected outcomes for early childhood learning, determine a way to assess student learning, and develop strategies to have students meet those outcomes. PLC team members will attend monthly meetings, as well as four full-day professional development workshops. They will also become region-wide trainers of early childhood learning best practices through a “train the trainers” model.