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SALEM, Ore. – Michelle Jonas, Principal of Crook County High School (CCHS) in Prineville, has been named the 2022 Oregon High School Principal of the Year.  Jonas was selected by her peers in the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA).

COSA members elected LaShawanta Spears, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the David Douglas School District, as COSA President-Elect for 2022-23, during balloting conducted last month.  Spears will serve as COSA President in the 2023-24 school year, succeeding Cascade Superintendent Darin Drill, who will serve as COSA President in 2022-23.  

Other members elected to serve in key COSA leadership roles beginning July 1 are:

*Sue Rieke-Smith, Tigard-Tualatin SD

SALEM, Ore. – Ashland Middle School Assistant Principal Katherine Holden has been named as the 2022 National Assistant Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Administrators (NASSP).  The announcement was made during a nationwide webinar this evening.  Holden is the first Oregon administrator to win this award.

A groundbreaking new study on the barriers facing Oregon’s superintendents of color and possible solutions was made public Thursday.

The study, “Exploring the Lived Experiences of Superintendents of Color in Oregon,” was written by researchers and educational practitioners Dr. Tanisha Tate Woodson, Dr. Destiny McLennan and Dr. Karen Perez of Education Northwest. It was commissioned and funded by the Coalition of Oregon School Administrators, the Oregon School Boards Association and the Oregon Department of Education.

SALEM – A new report names hiring bias and retention as two primary reasons that Oregon lost more than half of its female superintendents last year. The study – “Just Not Ready For A Female: An Examination of the Inequities in Oregon’s Superintendency” – was produced by the Coalition of Oregon School Administrators, the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Commission for Women.

SALEM, Ore. – Katherine Holden, Assistant Principal of Ashland Middle School, has been named the 2022 Oregon Assistant Principal of the Year.  Holden was selected by her peers in the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA), and is now one of 50 finalists for the National Assistant Principal of the Year award.

My name is Raymond Arias and I am the new COSA Legislative Intern for the fall.

I am from Tualatin, Oregon where I recently graduated from Tualatin High School in June. I’m currently on a gap year from my collegiate education and hope to spend this hiatus away from school engaging in non-profit and activism-based work. When in college, I plan to major in economics on a pre-law track. In the meantime, however, I look forward to working with Parasa Chanramy, COSA's Legislative Director, and gaining more professional experience in the policy-making sphere. 

(Salem, Ore.) The Oregon Association of School Executives (OASE) and the Coalition of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) have named Brent Barry, superintendent of the Phoenix-Talent School District, as the 2022 Oregon Superintendent of the Year. This award automatically places Barry in the running for the National Superintendent of the Year Award from the American Association of School Administrators.

After a year and a half of “unprecedented times,” OASC is excited and ready to move into the future. This next year is a rebuilding year for many schools’ communities and cultures, and OASC is ready to assist our member schools in those endeavors, and we are excited to announce the hiring of a full time Executive Director to do just that. Please join us in welcoming Miles Palacios to the role of OASC’s Executive Director!

By Colt Gill (ODE), Jim Green (OSBA), Craig Hawkins (COSA), Daniel Ramirez (EAC) and Anthony Rosilez (TSPC)

Oregon’s public schools are more diverse now than at any other time in our history, but the number of superintendents of color in our state is not just stagnant, it is in a highly concerning free-fall. Only a handful of the 197 school districts in the State of Oregon are led by superintendents of color, and we believe this is a serious problem.


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