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Lake County  ESD – helping schools help kids!

Message from Superintendent Bob Nash

As the 2016-17 school year begins, the Lake County Education Service District looks forward to working with our five Lake County school districts in order to help every student be successful.   The Lake County ESD assists the students and school districts of Lake County by providing equitable, high quality, cost-effective and locally responsive educational services.  Our mission is to respond to the educational needs of the five Lake County school districts.  The core services we provide are: special education services, curriculum and instructional support, technology support, and administrative support services.

In addition, the Lake County ESD continues its efforts to provide students and staff of Lake County with many other services including school psychologist, library consulting, Response to Intervention, Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education, youth mentoring, business services, state work sample development, and counseling.

Modest funding increases have allowed us to augment our services to the school districts over the past two years.  We continue to focus on high-quality special education services in order to support our most vulnerable students.   This year we are able to increase our speech and autism services through a partnership with Lake District Hospital.  Special education services have also been increased.   We have also enhanced our professional development support to Lake County school districts to assist them with the educational challenges they face.     

Marsha Moyer will continue to work with our schools and their staffs on educator effectiveness.  Marsha will be in North Lake on September 19, Paisley on September 20, and Lakeview on September 21.  Marsha is an Oregon expert on educational effectiveness and teacher evaluation.  These visits in September will continue the work that Marsha started in Lake County last school year.

The Lake County ESD continues to identify grant opportunities to help our school districts address their needs.  Recently, we were awarded a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) grant in order to provide students with increased opportunities for hands-on curriculum and connecting coursework with real world needs and experiences.

In addition we continue to look for resources to ensure families and children in Lake County become kindergarten ready.  This summer kindergarten camps were held in Lakeview and Paisley to help prepare students for kindergarten.  These camps were a collective effort between the ESD, Lakeview and Paisley school districts, the Lake County Commissioners, and a Regional Achievement Collaborative grant from the Chief Education Office.  Also, using grants from South Central Oregon Early Learning Hub the ESD supports kindergarten readiness and kindergarten engagement activities.

The hard-working and professional staff of the Lake County ESD is the key to our success.  Their dedication to the students of Lake County is what makes us successful.

My goals as superintendent of the Lake County ESD are to be responsive to the needs of the schools and students of Lake County, provide the highest quality services, and help all our students be successful.

Bob Nash
Health and Safety Updates
Lake Co. ESD has begun the process of testing our water sources (utility sink, men and women's bathroom sinks, and the EI-ESCE modular sink) for lead content.  Initial results returned that two of our four sinks have tested above the allowable level.  The two sinks that tested above the allowable level for lead were the utility sink in the ladies restroom and the sink in the men's restroom. The sink in the ladies restroom and the sink in the EI/ECSE modular tested within allowable limits for lead. We will next run additional tests to determine if the high lead levels in the men's restroom and utility sinks are due to the fixtures or the pipes.  We will keep you informed of further test results and developments. 
Spotlight on Success

Marsha Moyer Works with Lake County Educators

On August 31, 2015 and October 23, 2015, educators from across Lake County met in Paisley to work with Marsha Moyer.  Marsha is a long-time Oregon teacher and administrator who now works as a consultant committed to improving teaching and learning in Oregon.  She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people.  Marsha used the new Oregon teacher evaluation system to illustrate effective teaching methods and how to engage all learners.    Her presentation was highly interactive, using videos of actual classrooms, demonstrations, discussion, and electronic “clickers” to have educators vote on how effective the examples were.  The session was very well received. 

A few of the comments from Lake County educators:

I am ready to go to class and engage my students.”
“It was helpful and motivating.”
“I like seeing the strategies at work.”
“I was able to view multiple teachers using varied strategies.  I was able to discuss with peers what was good and bad about the instruction.”
“Using examples from classrooms was great.  The visual of voting was great.”
“Great reinforcement of the good things we are doing.”
“Very informative.  The modeling of the strategies and techniques was great.”
“It was great to see actual teachers and score them.”
“She kept us very engaged-very fun!  October will be great!
“Lots of engagement and discussion to help with understanding.”
“Thought provoking.”
“Great presenter.  Best inservice I’ve been to.”
“Marsha rocks!”

Marsha will meet again with all Lake County educators on Friday, October 23.  Needless to say, we are really looking forward to it.

Thank you to the Chalkboard Project, for funding this presentation, Cec Amuchastegui our Chalkboard coach, and Marsha Moyer for this presentation.