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MARCH 11: COSA has canceled the English Learners Alliance Conference scheduled to take place in Eugene on March 12 and 13. Governor Kate Brown will soon “announce new steps to stem the spread of the coronavirus in Oregon, addressing mass gatherings, social distancing, workplace practices, and other community-wide mitigation efforts to help slow the transmission of the coronavirus.”  

This morning, at the AASA National Conference on Education in San Diego, Shelly Reggiani, Ed. D., was given the AASA National Women in Education Leadership Award. Dr. Reggiani is the Executive Director of Equity and Instructional Services in the North Clackamas School District and was selected as the winner of the “Central Office Administrator/Principal” category for leadership, communication skills, professionalism, and community involvement.

On Thursday, February 13th Eugene School District’s Gustavo Balderas was named 2020 National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators at the organization’s National Conference on Education in San Diego.

 “Gustavo is the definition of a humble servant leader – never asking for recognition or the spotlight – always working to make sure that others are served and lifted up,” said Craig Hawkins, Executive Director of COSA, at the award ceremony. “We are proud and excited that this well-deserved spotlight shines on him today.”


We at COSA are saddened to hear the news of Concordia University-Portland's closure effective the end of April 2020. This is, no doubt, a very difficult time for staff and students.

Dr. Gustavo Balderas, the Superintendent of Eugene School District 4J since 2015, has been
named the 2020 Oregon Superintendent of the Year.

The 2019 Legislative Session, by any measure, was the best session for K-12 public education in a generation.  Highlighted by the work of the Joint Committee on Student Success and the passage of the Student Success Act (House Bill 3427), Oregon will invest $1 billion per year into the PreK-12 education system to start to address funding problems that have plagued Oregon schools for decades.

COSA was proud to honor our 2019 award winners at the 45th Annual COSA Conference in Seaside, June 19-21 this year. Congratulations to the following award winners!




Superintendents are leaders of PreK-12 school districts throughout Oregon. Their roles and responsibilities are vast and varied, ranging from managing multi-million-dollar budgets to ensuring the safety of the staff and students in their care.

For the first time in the history of COSA, over 40 administrators of color gathered at the Oregon State Capitol for a day of advocacy and action, to tell the state’s legislators what their students need to create an equitable educational environment.

Lee Loving, Ridgeview High School Principal, has been named the 2019 Oregon High School Principal of the Year by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA) and the Coalition of Oregon School Administrators (COSA).


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