|Live from Salishan, Day Two: It's the Winter Conference|
by Craig Hawkins, Communications Director
It's another gorgeous morning at Salishan. The sun is shining, and so are our keynote speakers, Bob Eaker and Janel Keating, as they talk to an overflowing houseful of superintendents and central office administrators about how to support successful professional learning community (PLC) implementation in their districts.
Eaker, co-author (along with Rick and Rebecca DuFour) of two groundbreaking PLC books, and Keating are continuing the learning they began at the Principals Conference last fall, as well as the work of the DuFours and so many Oregon districts over the past three years. They are helping school leaders build a deep, rich understanding of PLCs and providing a number of practical suggestions for moving their districts forward. Their emphasis is helping leaders and their schools advance along the continuum from "knowing" about PLCs to "doing" the work of implementation, to ultimately "being" a professional learning community.
Friday, January 30 - 2:15 P.M.
The Steering Committee of the OASE School Funding Coalition (agenda) today developed draft legislative advocacy positions for the 2009 legislative session. This is a working document. The Coalition welcomes comments and suggestions from COSA members.
The positions are:
1. Further shortfall for 2007-09 (currently projected at $300-600 million):
2. Funding for 2009-11:
3. New Graduation Requirements
4. Full Day Kindergarten
5. 2% Kicker
6. New Revenues
7. School Facilities
In addition to the draft legislative positions, the Funding Coalition reviewed an education funding summary that desribes expected 2007-09 and 2009-11 shortfalls in K-12 funding, and anticipated revenues from state reserves and federal sources that are expected to help offset those shortfalls.
Off The Record meeting (agenda) attendees heard from AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech, who discussed the federal stimulus package and AASA's essential role in shaping the education portions of the package. He said that AASA is advocating for flexibility in use of those monies so that school districts can meet the needs of their students. Here's a copy of Dr. Domenech's PowerPoint presentation.
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