COSA Professional Development Director Colin Cameron described an impressive schedule of
upcoming professional growth opportunities for COSA members at the COSA Board
of Directors meeting today. Professional
development is the top priority identified by the Board for 2006-07.
The list of COSA’s professional growth opportunities over
the next year include:
- Fall Special Education Conference for Administrators,
October 11-13, Eugene Hilton.
- New Superintendents’ Seminar Series, with sessions expected
fall, winter and spring. A recent
development, the series is made possible with support from ODE. COSA is also endeavoring to create a similar
series for principals in the near future.
COSA’s intent is to ensure that these seminars become a regular part of
the annual professional development offerings.
School Law Conference,
December 6-8, Eugene Hilton.
- OASSA/OESPA Winter Conference, “Together We Can,” January
15-17, Salem Conference Center. The conference features keynote speakers Pam
Robbins and Quality Quinn; extended workshops on Literacy, Leadership and
Professional Learning Communities; and breakout sessions focusing on topics such
as Small Learning Communities, Math and Reading Best Practices, Licensure to be
Highly Qualified, Breaking Ranks for Middle Schools and High Schools, Language
Art Adoption, Closing the Achievement Gap, Behavior Support and Reaching the
English Language Learner.
- OASE/OACOA Winter Conference, “Leading and Learning …
Focusing on Improvement,” February 1-3, Salishan Conference
Center. The conference features keynote speakers Dr.
Douglas Reeves and Pam Robbins; extended discussions of Professional Learning
Communities, School Leadership and Dealing with Change; and breakout sessions
about RTI, New IDEA Regulations, High School Diploma Requirements, Data
Warehouses, Legislature and School Funding, and more.
- Breaking Ranks for Middle Schools, February 26-27.
- Breaking Ranks II (High Schools), March 8-9.
- Breakthrough Coaching Conference, for administrators and
their secretaries. Bend, April 30-May
- 33rd Annual COSA Seaside Conference, June 20-22, Seaside Convention Center.
- Professional Learning Communities Conference, featuring Rick
and Rebecca DuFour, November 13-14, 2007.
Watch this COSA Website for updates on these professional
COSA Membership is Higher
In other news at the meeting, COSA Executive Director Kent Hunsaker reported that COSA membership is up by about 200 members compared to this same time last year. The increase is "across the board in every department," Hunsaker said. He speculated that the new COSA Website may be at least partially responsible for the membership hike, and that the site's ease of renewal might also be helping to process memberships quicker than in the past. Other factors could include personal visits by COSA staff to many district and regions last fall, as well as increasingly robust professional development offerings, he said.