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Beaverton’s Scott Drue selected 2015 Elementary Principal of the Year

Scott Drue, principal of Aloha-Huber Park K-8 in the Beaverton School District has been named the Oregon Elementary School Principal of the Year by the Oregon Elementary School Principals Association (OESPA) and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA). The award automatically places Drue in the running for the National Distinguished Principal of the Year from the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), in corporate partnership with VALIC. 

Scott has been with the Beaverton School District since 2006, serving as the principal of Aloha-Huber Park K-8 for the last 8 years. Under Scott’ leadership, Aloha-Huber Park K-8 is the highest ranked Title I school in Beaverton, with six straight years of exiting all English Language Learners before they enter high school. It’s comprehensive school-wide focus on addressing Common Core State Standards in math and reading through professional development and program enhancement, have ensured student growth in reading and math. For two consecutive years, Aloha-Huber Park students have scored a 5 in growth and a ‘high’ 4 in achievement based upon the Oregon School Report Card.

All 1,000 students set personalized academic goals in reading and math. All students meet with their teacher, one-on-one, five separate times throughout the year to report, adjust and celebrate their goals. Students work with a stable group of teachers; the school has a 90% staff retention rate, up from 50% in 2006.

“Scott is absolutely committed to each of his students. He is in classrooms every day, coaching teachers and giving them real time feedback. He knows how each student is doing academically and personally,” says Jeff Rose, Superintendent, Beaverton School District. “He is an inspirational instructional leader who brings out greatness in his team and impressive student growth and achievement.” 

Aloha-Huber Park’s innovative structures continue to influence the Beaverton School District as a whole. In 2012, the school developed a comprehensive database that organizes critical data points, personalized academic goals and real-time collaborative feedback. The system is now used by all 15 Title I schools in Beaverton.

Professional development learning opportunities at Aloha-Huber Park K-8 focus on a lesson-study format, engaging teams of teachers in practical planning, instructing, assessing and reflecting on their practice. This process is further enhanced with the inclusion of staff from surrounding schools and districts. Scott and his staff have led trainings on effective uses of High Leverage Teaching Practices, and the power of reflecting on teacher practice through the use of video.

Drue goes above and beyond, engaging community partners to ensure that students can participate in organized sports after school and during the summer, receive free eye screenings, prescriptions and eyeglasses and clothing. A long standing relationship with Siemens Industries gives students the opportunity to learn about team-building, science and engineering.  

Aloha-Huber Park K-8 By the Numbers

Aloha-Huber Park K-8 is a two-way immersion, K-8 school serving about 1,000 students. There are 53 ethnicities, 29 languages, 58% students in the English Language Learner program, 85% poverty and 30% mobility.

As the Oregon winner, Scott will be honored at the Annual COSA Conference in Seaside, OR in June 2015. He will also attend a special recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C. in October.

About Beaverton School District

The Beaverton School District is nationally recognized for its high student and staff achievement and innovative programs. Beaverton is the third largest school district in Oregon with 51 schools, nearly 40,000 students and 4,300 talented staff. Beaverton schools are dedicated to providing outstanding, challenging educational opportunities that prepare students to be college and career ready. The district enjoys strong community support with parents, citizens, community partners and businesses donating countless volunteer hours and services to help students succeed.

About COSA and OESPA

The Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) serves and represents more than 2,000 school administrators, managers and executives. COSA was founded in 1974 to give Oregon's education leaders a united voice in helping to shape public policy, advocate for schools and speak on behalf of students. In addition to advocacy, COSA supports and develops educational leaders with professional development opportunities -- including statewide conferences, regional seminars and workshops, and much more -- and a number of exclusive member services. Areas of focus include school finance and legislative services.

A member-driven umbrella organization, COSA is governed by an elected Board of Directors that represents the organization's four Departments: the Oregon Association of School Executives (OASE), the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA), the Oregon Elementary School Principals Association (OESPA) and the Oregon Association of Central Office Administrators (OACOA). For more information, visit http://www.cosa.k12.or.us.