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The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) calls on parents, educators, policymakers, and communities to join forces to ensure our children become productive, engaged citizens. Our children deserve an education that emphasizes academic rigor as well as the essential 21st-century skills of critical thinking and creativity.
At a time of rapid change and innovation, our education system is struggling to keep pace with this dynamic, digital world. Too often, young people are asked to learn 21st-century skills with 20th-century tools. Demands for a highly skilled and educated workforce are growing. The global marketplace is a reality. But the alarming fact is that we are still losing too many kids and wasting too much talent.

ASCD proposes a broader definition of achievement and accountability that promotes the development of children who are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. The Learning Compact Redefined: A Call to Action, recommends a new compact with our young people. The Compact asks local, state, and national policymakers to ensure conditions that support comprehensive approaches to learning - for engaging the whole child.

It asks that communities look at the whole picture and make sure that:

* Each student enters school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle.
* Each student learns in an intellectually challenging environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults.
* Each student is actively engaged in learning and is connected to the school and broader community.
* Each student has access to personalized learning and is supported by qualified, caring adults.
* Each graduate is challenged by a well-balanced curriculum and is prepared for success in college or further study and for employment in a global environment.

ASCD has launched this public engagement and advocacy campaign to encourage schools and communities to work together to ensure that each student has access to a challenging curriculum in a healthy and supportive climate.

Annual Pre-service Teacher Conference is coming up soon!

Oregon teacher candidates and teaching professionals are invited to attend the annual Oregon ASCD Pre-service Teacher Conference, set for Feb. 16 at Western Oregon University. Packed with practical tips and skill-building workshops, the event is sponsored by Confederation of Oregon School Administrators, Oregon Education Association, Western Oregon University Student Chapter of ASCD and Oregon ASCD.

Breakout session include:
  • Survival skills for the first year of teaching
  • What principals are looking for in a new teacher candidate (elementary and secondary sessions)
  • How to make a good first impression and land an interview: preparing for the job fair
  • Engagement strategies for all learners
  • Self‐care and wellness for beginning teachers
To download a flier or to register, see "Upcoming Events" at right.

Oregon ASCD sponsors yearlong series on trauma-informed instruction

Childhood trauma is real, it is prevalent, and it impacts students, their learning, and the adults in their lives quite significantly. In this yearlong learning series, childhood trauma expert Kristin Souers and former award-winning principal Pete Hall explore the importance of trauma-informed practices in the school setting. The duo are the authors of award winning and best-selling Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for creating a trauma-sensitive classroom - ASCD, 2016. Three tiers of training are offered throughout the state. Join us! To register, or for more information, see "Upcoming Events" at right.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 16, 2018
Future Teachers Conference
Registration information
For more information, contact Samantha Steele

March 5, 2018
Trauma Informed Practice Regional Summit
Part I: "Trauma is a Word, Not a Sentence"
Blue Mountain Conference Center, La Grande
Registration information

March 6, 2018
Trauma Informed Practice Series
Part III: For those who have attended Parts I&II
Keizer Community Center
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April 4, 2018
Trauma Informed Practice Regional Summit
Part II: For those who have attended Part I training
Running Y Ranch, Klamath Falls
Registration information

April 6, 2018
Trauma Informed Practice Regional Summit
Part I: "Trauma is a Word, Not a Sentence"
Marshfield High School, Coos Bay
Registration information

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