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Eastern Oregon Chromebook/Google Summit

Event Date: 
10/4/2014
Event Time: 
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Host District: 
ORVSD / IMESD / LaGrande SD
Location: 
LaGrande High School
Instructor: 
Several

Eastern Oregon Fall Google Summit

October 4, 2014

At LaGrande High School 8:30-3:00

 

IMESD designated as one of Oregon’s 2014 Top Workplaces

Release Date: 
9/15/2014

The largest-ever survey of U.S. companies has identified the InterMountain Education Service District as one of the best places to work in Oregon. The Top Workplaces program, run by Workplace Dynamics, LLP, and sponsored in Oregon by The Oregonian newspaper, named IMESD one of the top 30 mid-sized workplaces in Oregon based on surveys completed by IMESD employees earlier this year. The Top Workplaces program asked IMESD to be a part of the program for 2014. This is the second year in a row IMESD has been named a Top Workplace in Oregon.

“I am very pleased our agency was recognized for this award for a second year in a row,” said Dr. Mark Mulvihill, Superintendent of the IMESD. “This is a true reflection of the people who work for IMESD. We are so fortunate to have the caliber of talent and commitment as we have here at the IMESD. This award is just a confirmation of what I already knew – that this truly is one of the best places to work in the state.”

IMESD was compared with other similar-sized organizations in Oregon, and met benchmarks established by comparison data from other educational entities from across the country. A total of 85 organizations in Oregon were ranked as top workplaces in either the small, mid or large size range.

Mathematics Work Sample and Smarter Balanced Performance Tasks

Event Date: 
10/24/2014
Event Time: 
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Host District: 
IMESD & ODE
Location: 
Pendleton Convention Center, Pendleton
Instructor: 
Bryan Toller

This workshop will provide participants with an in-depth training and calibration to the Official Mathematics Scoring Guide including scoring student work samples to meet the Essential Skills requirement. Discussion will focus on the Essential Skills requirement and the procedures for work sample administration.

Smarter Balanced ELA Assessments & Task Design

Event Date: 
10/22/2014
Event Time: 
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Host District: 
IMESD & ODE
Location: 
Lodgepole Room, IMESD Pendleton
Instructor: 
Ken Hermens

Morning Session: (3 hours) Smarter Balanced ELA Assessments

Children’s Rodeo celebrates 30 years

Release Date: 
9/4/2014

The InterMountain Education Service District’s Children’s Rodeo for children with special needs will celebrate its 30th anniversary during its Wednesday, Sept. 10, event at the Pendleton Round-Up.

Around 40 regional children will have the chance to be cowboys and cowgirls for the day at the event, just before the start of rodeo action at the Pendleton Round-Up. The Children’s Rodeo is sponsored by the Pendleton Round-Up Association, Happy Canyon Association and the IMESD, and is an annual event the Wednesday of Round-Up week. Support this year also comes from Swire Coca-Cola and the generous tips from the 2013 Let’er Buck Room volunteers.

“We’re so fortunate to have had such great support from the Round-Up, Happy Canyon, IMESD and our community for 30 wonderful years,” said Children’s Rodeo Director Karen Parker, who’s helmed the event for the past 26 years. “This event is near and dear to my heart, and it’s been such an amazing opportunity to have seen it grow and thrive over the years.”

IMESD to offer free hearing screenings to students through November

Release Date: 
8/27/2014

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

Release Date: 
7/23/2014

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

Release Date: 
6/12/2014

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.

Pleasant View Alternative School in Milton-Freewater - Class of 2014

Release Date: 
6/11/2014

Pleasant View Alternative School in Milton-Freewater held its Class of 2014 graduation on June 6, with 13 students walking across the stage to receive diplomas. This was the first time the Pleasant View graduation ceremony was held on the Pleasant View gymnasium. Eleven students graduated with regular Oregon High School Diplomas, and two graduated with modified diplomas.

Congratulations and good luck to all of our graduates!

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EO 40-40-20 Executive Summit

Event Date: 
7/28/2014 - 7/29/2014
Event Time: 
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Host District: 
IMESD
Location: 
Lodgepole Room, IMESD Pendleton
Instructor: 
Various

The EO 40-40-20 Executive Summit is an annual event that brings state-wide leaders into our region.  The summit provides information that can be used for board and administrator retreats, and is an opportunity for eastern Oregon school executives to kick off the school year and vet new concepts in education.