Ensuring equitable opportunities for Oregon students is “absolutely essential” work, Governor John A. Kitzhaber, M.D. told the crowd at the Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) Fall Institute last week in Portland. In addition to Governor Kitzhaber, the 300 OLN members in attendance heard from Rob Saxton, deputy superintendent of the Oregon Department of Education, as well as a panel of expert educators on the theme of the event, “Building Evidence-Based Equity Leadership,” hosted by event cosponsor Beaverton School District.
Later in the afternoon, students from Beaverton and Westview high schools shared personal stories and discussed what they’re doing to promote equity at their schools. In addition, Nancy Golden, chief education officer of the Oregon Education Investment Board, showed video of the “Use Another Word” campaign, created by Oregon students to decrease the use of disrespectful language among their peers.
The daylong event concluded with a conversation hosted by Brenda Braxton of KGW-TV in Portland. When Braxton asked Doris McEwen of the Oregon Education Investment Board what’s next for the OLN, she said her goal was to “establish a culture where every educator believes every child in [the classroom] can succeed.”
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Administered by Education Northwest, the twice-yearly OLN institutes provide an opportunity for teams of Oregon educators to engage in powerful professional development and networking. Last week’s event engaged members from 16 Oregon school districts, state education agencies, education service districts, higher education institutions, and professional education associations. These organizations are committed to equity and to achieving success for every Oregon student.