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 Bulletin Message - December 18, 2015

*In observance of the holiday season, this will be the last message of the year.  
The Bulletin will resume January 8th*
Governor Brown Outlines Emerging Education Priorities at Business Summit 

This week, at the annual Oregon Business Summit, Governor Brown announced that ensuring the success of every student is her first priority as Governor. As part of prepared remarks, she highlighted key education investments from the 2015 Legislative session including investments in culturally specific plans for historically underserved students, support for educators, and resources focused on improving access, quality, and affordability across the cradle to career continuum.  
Governor Brown also unveiled a handful of emerging priorities designed to improve high school graduation and pathways to the future for students.  The excerpts below outline these priorities:
·      “I will continue to advance our state toward creating a seamless education system so that every Oregon student completes high school with a plan and opportunities for his or her future – whether it’s college, post-secondary job training or the world of work.”
·      “I am announcing today the creation of a new Education Innovation Officer to serve in my administration. The Innovation Officer will focus their work on improving Oregon’s high school graduation rate through empowering the best and most effective practices in our classrooms that support student success. The position will assist me, my education team, and the Legislature in dedicating resources to increase the number of students who graduate from high school.”
·      “I’d like to find permanent, dedicated funding for CTE/STEM and, ideally, at a level that gives every student the opportunity for hands-on learning experiences.
·      “Education plays a formative role in students’ self-knowledge, and I want to explore opportunities for fine arts and performing arts experiences within the CTE/STEM model.”
Click here to read the full remarks on education delivered at the Business Summit.
Click here to see pictures the panel of CTE/STEM students, educators and industry leaders that Governor Brown engaged in dialogue with as part of her presentation at the Summit.  
Oregon STEM Council Seeks Strategic Plan Feedback 
This week, with support from the Oregon Business Council, the Oregon Community Foundation, and a host of partners, the STEM Council released a draft Strategic Plan and is seeking feedback. 
Please review the plan and take a few minutes to share your input here.  
With feedback from the survey, a second version of the plan will be completed in late January and in February the STEM Council will be taking the Plan on a tour of the State to get feedback from the field.
New College and Career Readiness Action Group Convenes* 
A new cross-sector action group has been assembled to mobilize key post-secondary access partners – high school counselors, administrators, and youth advisors – to accelerate Oregon’s progress toward 40-40-20. The group includes representation from Oregon Community College Association, Office of Student Access and Completion, Oregon Department of Education, The Alliance, Oregon Employment Department, Oregon Career Information System, Oregon Association of Student Financial Aid Advisors, Chief Education Office, Education Northwest, and the Oregon College Savings plan.

Through face-to-face meetings, webinars, and online resources, the group will share college and career readiness resources (CCR), data, tools, and best practices that support access partners in guiding all students toward successful completion. The very first training for this work was recently hosted at Tillamook Bay Community College on November 13. The group will host spring and fall training sessions as well as a two-day CCR Summit in summer of 2016. Anticipated topics include: FAFSA, resources to help students explore and prepare for future careers, and resources to help students build strong skills for college success.

For more information, please click here.
*Originally featured in the Oregon Community College Digest

Media of Interest

The World Link: Coos Bay Fifth Grader Brings Education Ideas to Oregon Conference
OPB: Governor Brown to Hire Education Staffer to Fix Low High School Grad Rate
Oregon Department of Education: Chronic Absenteeism Data and Report Released 
OPB: U.S. High School Graduation Rate Hits Record High

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