[kids-lib] English Teacher Update: topics of interest to public libraries

Katie Anderson anderson_katie at oslmac.osl.state.or.us
Fri Jan 8 09:03:31 PST 2010

Hello!  This month there are several things you may be interested in from the Oregon English Teacher Update: 

#14 Greetings from the Oregon Encyclopedia!  www.oregonencyclopedia.org 
A reminder that even though the Sesquicentennial has come to an end, the Oregon Encyclopedia Project continues to grow and be an excellent resource for information about Oregon's history.  This may be useful in planning library activities around local history, and in helping students with their homework.    

#17 OSLIS: A Research Tool for K-12 Students and Educators www.oslis.org
OSLIS is a website that offers 3 services for both students and teachers: information literacy lessons, a citation maker, and a guided research portal to the Gale databases.   It is free to all Oregon students, even homeschoolers!  This is an excellent tool to use when helping students  with their homework, and if they are using it at school they may be  something access it from your library. Because Gale is funded with Oregon's LSTA Grant it does require a password to try to limit use only to Oregonians. Passwords are assigned by school district, homeschool students should be linked with a school district.  If you're working with a student who doesn't remember their password you can contact the School Library Consultant, Jen Maurer 503-378-5011  or jennifer.maurer at state.or.us.

#21 2009-2010 Oregon Standards Newspaper is Online www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/real/newspaper
The presenter at the Fall CSD workshop on public-school library partnerships recommended that public librarians refer to State Standards when helping students with homework.  She suggested this would be particularly helpful when you're working with students who aren't very clear about the assignment because you can look up the subject and scan through to identify the objective(s) that correlates with what you know about the assignment.  This newspaper discusses updates to some of the Standards, and you can access Standards for all subjects at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=54 

In addition, #12 is about a poetry contest for K-12 students, and #11 and #13 are about two video contests for High School students.  I think I already emailed you about these contests, but if I'm mistaken or you want a reminder please scroll down to read more.  


             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, 503-378-2528

From: ANDERSON Julie [mailto:Julie.Anderson at ode.state.or.us]
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Subject: [Or_EngLA_Teachers] English Teacher Update #16

Oregon English Language Arts (ELA) Teacher Update #16  
January 2010  
http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=1876  (Click for Word and PDF versions with internal links.)  
Please forward this issue of the English Teacher Update to interested colleagues. Thank you!  
Teachers may sign up for this monthly e-newsletter and other content teacher newsletters at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1843  or e-mail julie.anderson at state.or.us.  
Previous issues are located at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1876.  
* A Newsletter for K-12 English Teachers
*  K-12 Common Core State Standards Initiative:  ODE Website Information
* Attention Interested Lexile Users, Grade 1-8 – Apply by January 15!
* IRA West Regional Conference in Portland, February 17-20:  Register Now!
* Writing to Learn (WTL) Workshop, Secondary, Willamette University, February 20
* TCI Offers Professional Development Sessions, K-12, January 12 and 13
* Project Citizen Workshop, Grade  5-12 Teachers, February 6, Tigard
* Zora Neal Hurston Workshops, Grade  K-12 Teachers, March 2
* US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Secondary Teacher Fellowship Program – Apply by February 12
* Invite Your Students to Participate, No Grades Specified, In the Oregon Holocaust Writing and Arts Competition – Entries Due March 5
* C-SPAN 2010 StudentCam Competition, Grades 6-12 – Entries Due January 20
* Oregon State Poetry Association Announces Annual K-12 Student Contest – Entries Due February 1
* A Video Contest for High School Students – Entries Due February 15
* Greetings from the Oregon Encyclopedia!
* Online Writing Assessment Questions Answered in FAQ
* Using the New Gale Databases K-12 in OSLIS:  Tips!
* OSLIS:  A Research Tool for K-12 Students and Educators
* DATA Project Regional Training:  Learn About Using Data!
* State Board Expands Test Options for Essential Skills
* Reading Scoring Guide Approved for High School Essential Skills of Reading Proficiency
* 2009-2010 Oregon Standards Newspaper is Online
* Diploma Toolkits Online
* National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grants for Teacher Development
* Are You a Teacher in Need of Funding for a Learning Project or a Community Member Looking to Support Specific Education Projects?
* Join the Oregon Council of Teachers of English (OCTE)
* Join the Oregon Reading Association
* How to Submit Articles
* ODE Resources (In Every Issue)  
1.      A Newsletter for K-12 English Teachers                                                          ▲  
        Welcome to the Oregon English Teacher Update! The purpose of this e-newsletter is to provide up-to-date information about topics of interest to K-12 English language arts teachers. View all Oregon English Teacher Update  issues at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=1876. Do you find it useful? What topics should we cover in future issues? E-mail your ideas and your articles  to julie.anderson at state.or.us.   
2.      K-12 Common Core State Standards Initiative: ODE Website Information                            ▲  
        The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a joint effort by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council  of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in partnership with Achieve, ACT and the College Board. Governors and state commissioners of education from 48 states, including Oregon, have committed to this state-led process to develop a common core of state standards  in English language arts and mathematics.   
        To learn more about the CCSSI and Oregon’s involvement, visit the ODE website at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=2860 . On this page there is a link  to the CCSSI site and an email address to provide ODE with feedback on the Common Core standards. For more information contact: C. Michelle Hooper, Director of Teaching and Learning at michelle.hooper at state.or.us or (503) 947-5694.   
3.      Attention Interested Lexile Users, Grades 1-8—Apply by January 15!                              ▲  
        MetaMetrics is currently recruiting schools/classrooms to participate in a study to examine reading comprehension as it relates to image-supported text. We hope  you will consider volunteering to be a part of this study. If you are interested, please respond no later than January 15. Participation is on a first come,  first served basis, so we encourage you to respond soon.   
        Which grade levels are involved? MetaMetrics is seeking student participation primarily from students in grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, though students in grades 7 and 8 may also participate.  
        The requirements for participation are as follows:  
* Each study participant will take a Lexile Research Test and an Image Research Test. Each test administration will take approximately 50 minutes. The two tests should be administered within two weeks of each other.
* Both tests are administered online, so test administration will require a computer and Internet access.
* All tests must be completed between January 25 and February 12, 2010.  
The benefits associated with your school’s/classroom’s participation include:  
* One book for every student who participates in the study.
* Lexile measures returned for students who participate. These measures will enable teachers and parents to make use of MetaMetrics’ free, online resources, such as "Find  a Book."
* A one-hour webinar on The Lexile Framework for Reading for your school/classroom to help teachers understand how Lexile measures can be used to match students with targeted materials that support reading growth, both inside and outside the classroom.  
Contact information: Interested schools should contact Alison Estes at MetaMetrics (aestes at Lexile.com or 919-354-3468) with questions or for more information.  
4.      IRA West Regional Conference in Portland, February 17-20:  Register now!                                ▲  
        The 20th  International Reading Association (IRA) West Regional Conference, “Building Bridges to Literacy,” cosponsored by the Oregon  Reading Association (ORA),  will be held February 17-20 at the Double Tree Hotel-Lloyd Center in Portland.   
        Experience unusual professional development opportunities, gain insights, connect with professionals from across the region, and explore educational materials  and resources. Receive Oregon CPD Units; PSU credit also available. Contact carolb at peak.org for more information on credits. Register  at http://www.oregonread.org/20th_W_Prepd_RegisForm.sflb.ashx.pdf.    
        Keynote speakers include Leslie Blauman, "Weaving  the Reading Comprehension Strategies Across the Content Areas"; Kathy Collins, "Plant Seeds Now to Grow  Lifelong Readers" and “The Power of Partnerships in Reading Workshop"; Richard  Allington, “RTI May Be Our Last, Best Hope."      
        Additional featured speakers:  Kelly Gallagher,  “Building Deeper Readers;" Danny Brassell,  “Dare to Differentiate:  50 Terrific Teacher Tricks;" Ralph Fletcher,  “Engaging Boy Writers;" Frank Serafini, “Talking Comprehension:  Using Talk to Expand Comprehension;" Donna  Knoell, “Content Reading Strategies that Maximize Learning  Across the Curriculum;" Donna Santman, “Let Them Talk  – Helping Students Initiate and Sustain Literature;” Gail Bousey and Joan Moser, "The Sisters," “Exactly  How to Have Assessments Drive Instruction for Greater Student Achievement by Using The CAFE Menu."      
        Featured authors include:  Deborah Hopkinson, “Bridges  to the Past: Helping Young Readers Think Like Historians,” author of Apples to Oregon; George  Shannon, “How Reading Helps Make Sense of Our Lives," author of Stories  to Solve, Tomorrow's Alphabet, Wise Acres, and  Rabbit's Gift; and Jeff Stone,  “Coming Out Swinging,” author of The Five Ancestors  series. 
5.      Writing to Learn (WTL) Workshop, Secondary, Willamette University, February 20                   ▲  
        You are invited to register for “Writing to Learn” (WTL) with teacher-writer Steve Jones, Saturday, February 20, 8:15 am 12:15 pm, Willamette University, Salem.    
        Teacher-writers will read short across-the-curriculum selections, learning and discovering together as they apply several WTL strategies that can be used in middle school and high school classrooms. Sharing WTL strategies, exploring  recent additions to the WTL tool box, and developing new ways for students to increase their "thinking on paper" skills through informal classroom prompts will be the workshop focus. Be sure to invite a teaching colleague to join in.  
        Register online with Steve Jones (srjones24407 at gmail.com) by Monday, February 15. The $30 fee ($20 for student-teachers) can be paid at the workshop  by check to School of Education at Willamette University. The workshop will be held in the School of Education building, room 103.  
6.      TCI Offers Professional Development Sessions, K-12, January 12 and 13                           ▲  
        Join TCI and discover new methods to bring learning alive! TCI is hosting two free professional development sessions. Elementary teachers, learn how to teach language arts through social studies. Secondary teachers, learn how to  engage all students while preparing students for high stakes tests.   
        Elementary Event  
        TCI invites Portland-area elementary teachers on Tuesday, January 12th for an evening of  social studies strategies.  
* Discover how to engage your students and get them excited about social studies
* Learn strategies for teaching language arts through social studies content
* Receive a copy of TCI’s methodology book Social Studies Alive!  
        Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 4:30–6:30pm, Multnomah Education Service District, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, OR 97220. Event Number:  SP04006   
        Parking is free. Light appetizers and drinks will be provided.  Space is limited, so reserve your seat by contacting Customer Service at 800-497-6138, ext. 0 or support at teachtci.com  and mentioning event code SP04006.  
        Secondary Event   
        TCI invites Portland-area secondary teachers on Wednesday, January 13th for an evening of social studies strategies.   
* Discover how to actively engage all students in the secondary classroom. 
* Learn strategies to help students succeed on high-stakes assessments.
* Receive a copy of TCI’s methodology book Bring Learning Alive!   
        Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 4:30–6:30 pm, Multnomah Education Service District, 11611 NE Ainsworth Circle, Portland, OR 97220. Event Number: SP04007.   
        Parking is free. Light appetizers and drinks will be provided.  
        Space is limited, so reserve your seat by contacting Customer Service at 800-497-6138, ext. 0 or support at teachtci.com and mentioning event code SP04007.  
7.      Project Citizen Workshop, Grade  5-12 Teachers, February 6, Tigard                              ▲  
        Who:  Teachers grades 5-12 (all subject areas).  Teacher teams–combinations of language arts, social  studies, math, and science–are urged to attend.   
        What:  Project Citizen is an interdisciplinary curriculum for upper elementary, middle and high school  students, designed to teach responsible participation in local and state government. Students work cooperatively to identify a public policy problem in their community, evaluate possible solutions, and develop an action plan for local government leaders to  use in addressing the problem. The work culminates with a class portfolio and mock hearing.  
        When:  Saturday, February 6, 2010, 9:00am–4:00pm  
        Where:  Oregon State Bar, Tigard  
        Why:  Project Citizen’s interdisciplinary, service learning approach allows for integration of many subject  areas and engages students with real community problems.   
        Extras:  $100 stipend (full-day attendance required); classroom set of Project Citizen books ($150 value);  $50 travel stipend for teachers traveling 150+ miles round trip (contact CLP if travel requires an overnight stay); Professional Development Units (6 hours)  
        Cost:  $20 non-refundable reservation fee. Lunch provided.  
        For more information and to register online, visit http://www.classroomlaw.org/training/workshops/.  
8.      Zora Neale Hurston Workshops, Grade  K-12 Teachers--Deadline March  2                   ▲  
        The Florida Humanities Council invites K- 12 educators from across the U.S. to explore the impact of Eatonville, Florida on the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston, author of Their Eyes Were Watching God.  Writer, folklorist,  anthropologist, and arguably the most significant collector and interpreter of Southern African-American culture, Hurston spent her childhood in Eatonville, the oldest incorporated black municipality in America.   
        This week-long workshop will be led by distinguished historians, folklorists, and literature scholars. Participants will stay at Rollins College, located in Winter Park near Eatonville and Orlando. Stipends will be paid to help cover  travel and living expenses.  
Who:  K-12 teachers (public & private), administrators, and other school personnel  
When:  Two week-long workshops:  June 13–19 or June 20–26, 2010  
Where:  Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida   
How:  Visit our website at: www.flahum.org/Zora or call (727) 873-2009  
Application deadline is March 2, 2010.    
        This Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop is presented by the Florida Humanities Council and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  
9.      US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Secondary Teacher Fellowship Program—Apply by February 12        ▲  
        From July 11-16, 2010, the Museum will host up to 15 successful applicants in Washington, DC, to begin what has been a career and life-changing experience for nearly 250 secondary teachers since 1996. Those selected spend a week  at the Museum working with staff historians, archivists, and educators and return the following summer for a three day follow-up conference. The program is fully-funded through donations to the Museum, including travel expenses, teaching resources, and a generous  stipend for books from the Museum Shop.   
        The Teacher Fellowship continues to impact the teaching of the Holocaust across the country and even around the world. On September 25, Teacher Fellow Matt Rozell of Hudson Falls, NY, was named ABC  News Person of the Week for his project that reunited survivors with their liberators. In October 10 Museum Teacher Fellows represented the United States as guests of the Polish government for a week-long educational exchange in Warsaw and Krakow.  Teacher Fellow Cathleen Cadigan of Dallas TX was recently named one of eight outstanding educators by the College Board.  These dramatic stories are but the tip of the iceberg. Teacher Fellows continue to lead the Museum’s effort to ensure quality Holocaust education in America’s secondary schools through educational outreach in their regions.   
        Information and a downloadable application are available online. Please contact Peter Fredlake (pfredlake at ushmm.org,  202-314-0352) if you have any questions about the Museum Teacher Fellowship Program.  
10.     Invite your students to participate, no grades specified, in the Oregon Holocaust Writing and Arts Competition—Entries Due  March 5                                                              ▲  
        The Oregon Holocaust Resource Center (OHRC) http://www.ohrconline.org/home_-_oregon_holocaust_resour.html  sponsors a Writing and Arts competition for middle and high school students. Competition objectives are to encourage students (no grade range specified) to evaluate history, to foster an awareness of the Holocaust, and to broaden their minds in the areas of  art, history, civics, sociology, and literature.  
        This year's topic:  "Life was uncertain" ... is a statement on the wall of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial.  Students are to use their experience with difficult decisions and their knowledge of the Holocaust to create a piece of writing  or artwork demonstrating a personal action they could take when faced with a difficult decision in uncertain times.  
        Acceptable formats include essay, poetry, play, short story, letter or paints, charcoal, pencil, photography. For more information on the Writing and Art competition:  http://www.ohrconline.org/html/ohrc-sala-2010-contest.html.  See registration packet at http://www.ohrconline.org/Sala_Contest-2010-PDF-Final.pdf.   
        The competition is in memory of the late Sala Kryszek, a Holocaust survivor and immigrant from Poland who made her home in Portland after WW II. Funded primarily by a grant from the Jakob Kryszek family, the top entry in both writing  and art is awarded the prize and a trip to the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. Teachers and students can also view the work of past winners at http://www.ohrconline.org/home_-_oregon_holocaust_resour.html.  
11.     C-SPAN 2010 StudentCam Competition, grades 6-12—Entries Due January 20                  ▲  
        StudentCam is an annual video documentary competition for middle and high school students that asks them to think critically about national issues. Students have a chance at winning a portion of $50,000 in cash prizes. Top prize-winners'  entries will air on the C-SPAN Networks, and students may also be interviewed on C-SPAN's morning program, Washington Journal. For more information about incorporating StudentCam in your classroom or other frequently asked questions go to the updated  website, www.studentcam.org.  
12.     Oregon State Poetry Association Announces Annual K-12 Student Contest—Entries Due 2/01/10       ▲  
        The Oregon State Poetry Association (OSPA) will accept poems until February 1, 2010. Prizes are awarded to the top ten poems in each of four grade level divisions: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Winners are published in Cascadia, OSPA’s  annual anthology, and are then entered in the national Manningham Trust Student Contest.  
        For more information, specific rules, and links to the youth contest, go to http://www.oregonpoets.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=347&Itemid=86      
13.     A Video Contest for High School Students—Entries Due February 15                                ▲  
        Cue the director! It’s time for high school students across Oregon to create a 45-second public service announcement promoting young worker safety and health. The top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $300 to  $500 and will earn a matching amount for their school. The contest is designed to increase awareness about safety on the job for young people, with the theme of “Save a friend. Work safe(ly).” Students are encouraged to develop a slogan, use humor, and  get creative while emphasizing ways to protect themselves at work.  
        Packets with detailed information, including rules, entry forms, and promotional materials will be mailed to high school principals early in September, so be  sure to check with your principal if you have students who would be interested. For detailed contest information including contest tips, rules, and entry forms, go to www.orosha.org/psacontest/.  If you have questions that are not answered on the website, please contact: Yutonah Bowes, OR-OSHA, 503-947-7015. The deadline for entries is 4:00 p.m.  on Monday, February 15, 2010.  
14.     Greetings from the Oregon Encyclopedia!                                                         ▲  
        The Oregon Encyclopedia, a partnership of Portland State University, the Oregon Council of Teachers of English (OCTE), and the Oregon Historical Society, is a comprehensive  and authoritative compendium of information about the Oregon's history and culture.  
        Read about the Encyclopedia’s recent entries, author bios, education lesson plans, events, and news. Visit our web site at www.oregonencyclopedia.org  and browse over 500 entries and learn more about the people, places, events, and institutions that define the history and culture of Oregon.  
15.     Online Writing Assessment Questions Answered in FAQ                                             ▲  
        ODE has received a number of questions regarding the new Online Writing Assessment. To answer your questions and clarify some of the new features available with  Online Writing we have developed an FAQ which can be accessed at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/apps/faqs/index.aspx?=161    
        Please contact Ken Hermens at ken.hermens at ode.state.or.us  if you have additional questions not answered in the FAQ.    
16.     Using the New Gale Databases K-12 in OSLIS: Tips!                                                       ▲  
        Do you have questions about the new Gale databases accessible through the Oregon School Library Information System (OSLIS) http://www.oslis.org/? When do you  use one database over another? Which ones are for specific grade spans? Jen Maurer, School Library Consultant for the Oregon State Library, has these tips:   
* Grades K-5--Kids InfoBits
* Grades 6-12--Junior Reference Collection, Discovering Collection, InfoTrac, Junior, InfoTrac Student, and Student Resource Center Gold.  
        An example of information you will find in the links below:  For a limited number of reference sources for middle school students, start with Junior Reference  Collection. To locate content from periodicals as well, use InfoTrac Junior. For a student who can manage a large number of results, use Student Resource Center Gold.  
        For an explanation of the features of each of the Gale databases and for a comparison among Gale databases, see the information posted at the very bottom of the page: Elementary, http://elementary.educator.oslis.org/find-information;  Secondary, http://secondary.educator.oslis.org/find-information. Contact: Jennifer Maurer, School Library Consultant, Oregon State Library,  
jennifer.maurer at state.or.us    
17.     OSLIS:  A Research Tool for K-12 Students and Educators                                         ▲  
        Here is a resource already in place, won’t cost schools a penny, and will give Oregon students a leg-up K-12. The Oregon School Library Information System (OSLIS)  is a website (www.oslis.org) that integrates information literacy skills with access to licensed periodicals  databases. It is designed for K-12 students and educators and is funded through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant.   
OSLIS provides three major resources:  
* Learn How to do Research leads to information literacy resources designed to guide students through the research process.
* Cite My Sources links to Citation Maker, a tool for creating a bibliography or a works cited page in APA or MLA format.
* Find Information directs users to resources, including 18 Gale databases that are Lexiled and contain thousands of articles, images, and multimedia from encyclopedias, magazines, journals, newspapers, and e-books. Each school district has a unique user  name to access the Gale databases.  
        School librarians or district library contacts can provide demonstrations to staff. Educators who know about OSLIS and use OSLIS can provide strong curricular  support to students. Updates about OSLIS are available through OSLIST, a listserv http://listsmart.osl.state.or.us/mailman/listinfo/oslist.    
        Please explore OSLIS and the Gale databases, and contact Jennifer Maurer, the School Library Consultant at the State Library, if you have questions: 503.378.5011  or jennifer.maurer at state.or.us.  
18.     DATA Project Regional Training:  Learn About Using Data!                                                 ▲  
        The Oregon DATA Project is a statewide, federally funded initiative built around the concept that professional development is the key to effectively using data. More than 1,000 educators in about 110 districts have already received  training.   
        What’s new? Through an agreement between ODE and OAESD, seven regional centers are now providing training  on effective use of data to districts in their areas. Malheur ESD became the first to roll out a regional plan of implementation in early October, but several others followed shortly thereafter. The regional activities are part of the DATA Project’s plan to  sustain the training it has developed and offered over the last two years.    
        The Malheur training took place in Ontario, where certified ESD trainers held a session for all 300 educators in the Ontario and Nyssa school districts. Between October and June, the ESD will partner with those districts to offer  training to teachers and administrators in the region’s eight other districts. By June, more than 600 educators will have received training and provided with ongoing support in using data to benefit students.   
        In other DATA Project news, a series of technical trainings for district data entry teams has kicked off. The one-day workshop, “Building a Culture of Data Quality,” provides districts with a model of activities that will help them  ensure the overall quality of data within their district. The sessions are designed for two-person teams that will implement the data quality model in their own district. “People have been really pumped about the activities we’re giving them,” says Ron Hoppes,  the project’s technical training coordinator.   
        Four sessions were held around the state in October, and five more are planned in November and December. It’s not too late to register--visit the Oregon DATA Project site, www.oregondataproject.org,  for an explanatory video, and a flier with registration information.  
19.     State Board Expands Test Options for Essential Skills                                           ▲  
        In order to receive an Oregon diploma, students will soon have to demonstrate proficiency in a set of essential skills. Students may demonstrate this proficiency in a number of ways including the Oregon Statewide Assessments, completing  a local work sample, or receiving a certain cut score on a range of national assessments.  
        At their October meeting, the State Board of Education adopted cut scores for the SAT and PSAT for reading and mathematics which may be used as additional options for students to demonstrate proficiency in the essential skills. Last  May, the Board adopted cut scores for a number of standardized tests including ACT, PLAN, and ASSET. Correlations to the OAKS assessments had not been completed for the SAT and PSAT at that time. ODE staff worked with the College Board to complete the SAT and  PSAT analyses during the summer and early fall. The data were presented to the AESRP (Assessment of Essential Skills Review Panel) in October and they forwarded a recommendation for adoption to the State Board.  
        The table below shows all approved standardized test cut scores for the essential skills of reading and mathematics. A student who meets any of these will have  met that subject’s essential skills requirement.  
       Reading   Applying Math    
   ACT   18   19    
   PLAN   18   19    
   Work Keys   5   5    
   Compass   81   66  
(Intermediate Algebra Test)      
   ASSET   42   41  
(Intermediate Algebra Test)      
   SAT   440   450    
   PSAT   44   45    
20.     Reading Scoring Guide Approved for High School Essential Skill of Reading Proficiency           ▲  
        The State Board of Education adopted a Reading Scoring Guide at their October meeting for use in demonstrating proficiency in the essential skill of reading  for the Oregon Diploma.  
        The scoring guide, under development last school year, received high marks in a spring 2009 field test. Inter-rater reliability was unusually strong and responses from  teachers and students involved were positive. The AESRP (Assessment of Essential Skills Review Panel) recommended adoption to the State Board.  
        Students, beginning with the Class of 2012, may use two work samples scored with the Official Reading Scoring Guide as evidence of proficiency in the essential skill of reading under the following conditions: at least one of the  work samples must be on an informational reading selection; and total scores for each of the two work samples must be 12 or higher (across 3 traits on a 6 point scale).  
        The approval of the Reading Scoring Guide gives students yet another option in demonstrating their reading proficiency. Other options are meeting Board-adopted cut scores on the OAKS assessment or one of several approved standardized  tests.  
        Reading work samples are not required for students at any grade level but may be used by high school students seeking to complete their essential skill requirement.  
        A group of trainers has been deployed statewide to assist teachers in becoming proficient in using the new scoring guide and is listed on the ODE website. Additional technical assistance such as anchor papers, practice reading tasks,  and training materials are also available at http://www.ode.state.or.us/go/worksamples in the Reading subsection. For additional information contact Barbara Wolfe at  barbara.wolfe at state.or.us.  
21.     2009-2010 Oregon Standards Newspaper is Online                                                  ▲  
        The 2009-2010 edition of the Oregon Standards Newspaper is now posted on the REAL website at www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/real/newspaper  . This year’s edition provides articles on the new standards in mathematics, science and educational technology; assessment information including achievement standards for the 2009–10 school year, updates to the Test Administration Manual and progress to date  on the assessment of the Essential Skills; information concerning Credit for Proficiency; as well as the most current information on the Oregon Diploma requirements.   
        As in previous years the newspaper also provides a glossary of standards-based terms, a list of ODE contacts and resources, and resources and links by subject area (listed on the right-hand side of the page).  
        OSN also provides access to Standards by Design where teachers, administrators, and others can obtain printed copies of the standards.  Standards by Design (SBD) (www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/real/standards)  allows you to use ODE’s online database of standards to customize a standards document to your specific needs. Download the standards for an entire grade, or select several grades within the same subject to create a version of the standards that works for you.  
        Questions about the online newspaper or any other components of REAL can be directed to Sarah Martin, Instructional Resources Specialist, at (503)947-5668 or sarah.martin at state.or.us.    
22.     Diploma Toolkits Online                                                                         ▲  
        In an effort to ensure successful implementation of the new diploma requirements, the Oregon Department of Education  (ODE), in association with various partners, has developed toolkits to provide diploma-related resources to a wide array of individuals. With the start of the 2009 -2010 school year comes the release of the Student  and Counselor Toolkits.   
        The Counselor Toolkit (http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=2747)  was created to support individuals providing guidance and counseling to students working toward achieving an Oregon Diploma and planning for their futures. The toolkit includes the most current information on diploma requirements, as well as resources related  to Comprehensive Guidance & Counseling, advisories and the Education Plan & Profile.  
        The Oregon Diploma Project: “Student Choice, Voice, and Ownership” was developed through a grant in partnership with the Oregon Association of Student Councils (OSAC) and ODE. In this pilot project, student leaders received training  to mentor and teach younger students about the new graduation requirements. The Student Toolkit (http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=2746) contains  all the materials student facilitators need to get started in this process.  
        Additional toolkits for Educators, Administrators and Business and Community members can be viewed on the REAL website at http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/real/diploma/toolkits.aspx.  
        Contact: Theresa Levy Richards, Diploma Project Coordinator at (503) 947-5736 or theresa.richards at state.or.us  .  
23.     National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grants for Teacher Development                            ▲  
        The NEA Foundation grants support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education  for one of the following two purposes: Grants to individuals to fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, and grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, lesson study, or mentoring experiences.  
        To learn more, go to http://www.neafoundation.org/programs/Learning&Leadership_Guidelines.htm.    
24.     Are You a Teacher in Need of Funding for a Learning Project or a Community Member Looking to Support Specific Education Projects?                                                                         ▲  
        Donors Choose is a website that allows teachers to post projects for which they need additional funding. Then, people can make a tax-deductible contribution to that teacher. Click  here to visit the webpage and learn more.  
25.     Join the Oregon Council of Teachers of English (OCTE)                                            ▲  
        The Oregon Council of Teachers of English http://www.octe.org/, an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English, is an organization for all who are  interested in the teaching of English. For more than 60 years, OCTE has offered quality professional development programs for teachers of English and language arts. Annual membership is $25; membership information is located at http://www.octe.org/membership.html.  The membership form is at http://www.octe.org/docs/MembershipApp.doc.  
26.     Join the Oregon Reading Association (ORA)                                                        ▲  
        The Oregon Reading Association, affiliate of the International Reading Association, is an organization for all who are interested in reading instruction and the promotion of lifetime reading habits. Annual membership is $25; a membership  form and complete information about the organization can be accessed at http://www.oregonread.org/.  
27.     How to Submit Articles                                                                          ▲  
        If you or your colleagues would like to submit articles to this publication, please email publication-ready short articles for the Oregon English Language Arts Teacher Update by the fourth to the last working day of the month  to julie.anderson at state.or.us. Please include links and contact information, but no attachments. The newsletter will be posted and e-mailed early each month. Please forward  this newsletter to any interested educators who might want to submit articles of interest to Oregon English teachers. Most of the articles are submissions.  
28.     ODE Resources (in every issue)                                                                   ▲  
Past issues of English Teacher Update:  http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=1876   
English Language Arts Announcements:  http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=8   
English Language Arts Content Standards: http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/real/newspaper/Newspaper_Section.aspx?subjectcd=el    
Oregon Achievement Standards Summary:   
Scoring Guides:  http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=32  
Content Area Teacher Newsletters:  http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1843   
State Adopted Instructional Materials for English Language Arts :  To see the list of adopted materials, go to http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/instructionalmaterials/englishlangarts.pdf   For publisher representative information, go to http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/instructionalmaterials/pubrepelarts.pdf     
ODE English Language Arts web pages:  
English Language Arts “landing” page:  http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=8   
Curriculum:  http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1617   
Assessment:  http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1307   
Resources for Educational Achievement and Leadership (REAL) http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/real/   
Get Ready Oregon:  http://www.getreadyoregon.org/   
Oregon Diploma:  http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=368   
Contact the State English Language Arts Specialists:  
Julie Anderson, Curriculum, julie.anderson at state.or.us 503.947.5613  
Ken Hermens, Assessment, ken.hermens at state.or.us  503.947.5679  
****Disclaimer--The materials contained in the Oregon English Language Arts Teacher Update produced by Oregon Department of Education are drawn from both internal and external sources and inclusion of external materials does not necessarily  indicate Oregon Department of Education endorsement.****  
Julie Anderson  
English Language Arts Specialist  
Oregon Department of Education  
255 Capitol St. NE, Salem, OR 97310  
julie.anderson at ode.state.or.us  

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