[R2R-OR] Jada Rupley Named Oregon Early Learning System Director

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Wed Aug 29 13:52:43 PDT 2012

Hi! I just received the following announcement that Jada Rupley has been hired as the director of Oregon’s new Early Learning System (a.k.a. Early Learning Council). This is important information because the Ready to Read Grant is part of the new Early Learning Council.

Here are some links to hopefully help you understand how this information fits together:

  *   The State Librarian, MaryKay Dahlgreen, is on the workgroup making recommendations about how the transition to the new early learning system will take place.
  *   Christa Rude, who I emailed about on July 30th<http://listsmart.osl.state.or.us/pipermail/r2r-or/2012-July/000040.html>, is the Early Learning Council staff person leading the workgroup MaryKay is on.
  *   The workgroup MaryKay is on and Christa Rude leads will make recommendations to the Early Learning Council.
  *   Jada Rupley is the director of the Early Learning Council.
 As I've mentioned before, if you are not already a member of your local or regional early childhood group, this is an important time to join because your library will be at the table during the planning of and transitioning to your local early childhood hub. This could mean new partnerships with your school district or Child Care Resource & Referral, stronger partnerships with Healthy Start or Head Start, and ensuring that all the early childhood professionals in your community know who you are and what your library has to offer.


Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528
From: ALLEN Seth * OEIB [seth.allen at state.or.us]
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 10:43 AM
Subject: NEWS RELEASE: Jada Rupley Named Oregon Early Learning System Director

[Description: John A. Kitzhaber, M.D.]


AUGUST 29, 2012

Media Contact:
Tim Raphael, 503-689-6117
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324
Governor Kitzhaber Names Jada Rupley as Oregon's Early Learning System Director

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber announced today that Jada Rupley will serve as Oregon’s Early Learning System Director. Ms. Rupley will lead Oregon’s effort to integrate and improve programs and investments for children ages 0-6, with an emphasis on new approaches that deliver better outcomes and results. The position was created as part of sweeping changes to early education passed by the Legislature in 2011.

“We know that devoting resources to early learning programs is the most cost effective and high-yield investment we can make as a state,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “Children who arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed are more likely to read at grade level in third grade, graduate high school on time, and move on successfully in life. With Jada, we have a leader to move this strategy forward.”

“I’m honored that Governor Kitzhaber is entrusting me with this effort,” said Ms. Rupley. “I’m excited to be a part of the Governor’s education reform agenda, to be able to focus on results and innovation, and to help communities meet the goal of all children arriving at kindergarten ready to succeed.”

Ms. Rupley brings more than 25 years experience to the position. She recently retired from ESD 112 in Vancouver, Washington, where she served as associate superintendent. Her background includes overseeing and implementing education programs for young children, including Head Start and Special Education; serving as co-chair of the State of Washington’s Early Learning Advisory Council from 2007-2010; and working as a school psychologist in special education. She began her career as an elementary teacher.

Ms. Rupley will begin her new position on September 4.

For more information about the Oregon’s Early Learning initiative, visit: http://cms.oregon.gov/gov/pages/oeib/oregoneducationinvestmentboard.aspx#Early_Learning<http://oregon.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=41b11f32beefba0380ee8ecb5&id=8b3458536a&e=1fdadb4f18>.


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Seth Allen
Board Administrator
Oregon Education Investment Board
Early Learning Council

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