[kids-lib] Oregon Battle of the Books: English Teacher Update 18

Katie Anderson anderson_katie at oslmac.osl.state.or.us
Mon Mar 22 09:20:15 PDT 2010

Hi!  I forgot, you can also use your Ready to Read Grant to purchase the YRCA (soon to be Oregon Readers Choice Awards) titles for your circulating collection for kids to reading during your summer reading program. 

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: kids-lib-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us [mailto:kids-lib-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Katie Anderson
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 3:44 PM
To: Kids-Lib;OYAN
Subject: [kids-lib] Oregon Battle of the Books: English Teacher Update 18

Hello!  I just got asked an excellent question that I thought all of you may want to know the answer to.

"Can you use the Ready to Read Grant for OBOB even if the books don't go with the theme?"

Yes! You can use the Ready to Read Grant to purchase the following books/audiobooks for your circultating collection for kids to read during your summer reading program:

-All the Oregon Battle of the Books titles for the upcoming school year so kids can start preparing for this excellent educational and fun reading program that is motivating kids to read all over the state!

-All the titles on local teachers' summer reading lists so kids have free access to the books they need to read for school.

-Books that go with the summer reading theme.

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

On Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 9:08 AM, Katie Anderson <anderson_katie at oslmac.osl.state.or.us> wrote:

Hello!  I'm forwarding the current English Teacher Update.  This month there are several articles that may be of interest to you, but there is one I specifically want to draw your attention to:

7.      Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) Update                                                                
Public libraries can play an even more important role in supporting OBOB at their local schools. OBOB is transitioning from the LSTA funds that helped establish the program and is looking for new grants and partnerships to sustain the program. Public libraries can help by contacting their local school librarians, asking if they are participating in OBOB, and initiating a conversation about how the public library can partner with them to sustain OBOB.  

As always, public libraries can help by purchasing OBOB titles and circulating them to students.  Remember, you can use your Ready to Read Grant to purchase OBOB titles for students to read during your summer reading program!   The initial 2010-2011 title list is now available online at  http://oboblsta.pbworks.com/OBOB+Book+Lists+for+2010-2011.  This list will be finalized in April so be on the look out for the announcement via this listserv.

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: or_engla_teachers-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us [mailto:or_engla_teachers-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of ANDERSON Julie
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Subject: [Or_EngLA_Teachers] English Teacher Update 18

Oregon English Language Arts (ELA) Teacher Update 18
March 2010

                  http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=1876 (Click link for Word and PDF versions with internal links.)

To sign up for this e-newsletter and other content newsletters, go to 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.

        1.      A Newsletter for K-12 English Teachers
  2.    Can You Review the Draft K-12 English Language Arts Common Core State Standards by April 2?
        3.      Demonstrating Proficiency in the Essential Skill of Reading - Work Sample Workshops Available
        4.      Who will be the 2010-2011 Oregon Teacher of the Year?
        5.      Oregon to Move High School Testing Accountability to 11th Grade
        6.      Fabulous, Fun, Practical, and Affordable:  OCTE Spring Conference at Seaside April 16-17
        7.      Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) Update
        8.      Reading Rockets Launches Young Readers
        9.      Oregon Education Association Launches Video Contest
        10.     OWP at Lewis and Clark Poetry Writing Class Begins April 28
        11.     OWP at Willamette University Invites Beginning and Preservice Teachers for August Workshop
        12.     OWP at the University of Oregon June 21-July 16
        13.     Attention High School Writing Teachers and Students: C. Whitcomb Conference Scholarship
        14.     Writers in the Schools
        15.     The Oregon Encyclopedia Invites You to Nights at McMenamins
        16.     PBS Kids Go! Writing Contest for Kindergarten-Grade 3 - Deadline March 26
        17.     2010 Youth (Grades 9-12) Nature Writing Contest - Due March 31
        18.     National WWII Museum's 2010 Student Essay Contest for High School and Art Contest for Grades 5-8 - Entries due March 26
        19.     LeadAmerica Essay Contest - Entries Due April 1
        20.     Join the Oregon Council of Teachers of English (OCTE)
        21.     Join the Oregon Reading Association (ORA)
        22.     How to Submit Articles
        23.     ODE Resources

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 teachers. View all Oregon English Teacher Update issues at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=1876. Do you find these updates useful? What topics should we cover in future issues? Would you like to submit an article? Please see the last article in this issue on "How to Submit Articles." E-mail your ideas and your articles to julie.anderson at state.or.us. 

2.      Can You Review the Draft K-12 English Language Arts Common Core State Standards by April 2?     
        The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) http://www.corestandards.org/ is a partnership to develop common standards in English language arts (and mathematics) in collaboration with 48 other states.  Oregon is participating in the development of the drafts. The K-12 Grade-level Standards were released for public review and feedback March 10 with a three-week comment period.
        Oregon educators are requested to provide input on the draft standards through an online survey located at http://www.corestandards.org/. You may also contact your ESD's School Improvement Director to participate in ESD focus groups on the draft standards. In late spring, the completed K-12 English Language Arts Common Core State Standards will be posted. 
        For more information, contact julie.anderson at state.or.us or C. Michelle Hooper, 503-947-5694, michelle.hooper at state.or.us 

3.      Demonstrating Proficiency in the Essential Skill of Reading-Work Sample Workshops Available     
        The Class of 2012, this year's 10th graders, will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the Essential Skill of Reading in order to obtain a high school diploma.
        There are several options for students to demonstrate this proficiency, the most common being a score of 236 on the high school OAKS Reading/Literature assessment. Another option is for students to produce two reading work samples that each meet a total score of 12 (3 traits on a 6 point scale), with no score lower than 3.
Reading Teacher Trainers are available around the state to offer workshops in both scoring and developing reading work samples. The following workshops may be scheduled:
.       90 minute Overview of Reading Scoring Guide
.       Half day or Full day In-Depth Training on Reading Scoring Guide (with practice and a short qualifying exercise)
.       90 minute Overview of Reading Work Sample/task development
.       Half day in-depth training on developing Reading work samples/tasks, both stand-alone and curriculum-embedded. 
        To find a trainer near you, go to http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=2675.

4.      Who will be the 2010-2011 Oregon Teacher of the Year?                                           
        The Oregon Department of Education is now accepting nominations for the 2010-2011 Oregon Teacher of the Year.  Anyone may nominate a candidate for the Oregon Teacher of the Year. However, a candidate cannot nominate him/herself.  To nominate a teacher, go to the ODE website and fill out the "Talent Pool Recommendation" form at www.ode.state.or.us/go/TOY.  At the end of the talent pool recommendation, click the box to nominate the individual for the Oregon Teacher of the Year.
        "The Oregon Teacher of the Year award honors a representative of all the great teachers in Oregon," Castillo said. "Candidates for Oregon Teacher of the Year should be exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled educators. They should inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn. They should have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues. Candidates should play an active role in the community as well as in school, and they should be poised and articulate representatives of all Oregon classroom teachers."
        The selected teacher will continue to teach in his/her classroom and will have many opportunities to share their teaching strategies, best practices, and education experiences and expertise with audiences at the state level. The teacher will attend the National Teacher of the Year conference in Dallas, TX; the National Teacher of the Year Recognition Week in Washington, DC where they will meet the President at the White House; and International Space Camp at the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. The Oregon Teacher of Year also becomes a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year award.
        A Blue Ribbon Panel consisting of legislators, former Teachers of the Year, business leaders, and key education organization leaders will select the finalists. The finalists will be interviewed by representatives of the State Superintendent's office. State Superintendent Susan Castillo will select the Oregon Teacher of the Year.  The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2010. The 2010-11 Oregon Teacher of the Year will be announced at the beginning of October.
        Superintendent Castillo is especially proud that the Oregon Teacher of the Year program is sponsored by Intel Corporation, the state's largest private employer and a consistent supporter of education programs, particularly in math and science. Intel provides generous support to Oregon's 2009-10 Teacher of the Year, Donna DuBois.

5.      Oregon to Move High School Testing Accountability to 11th Grade                                 
        The Oregon Department of Education has received approval from the US Department of Education to move the grade of accountability from 10th grade to 11th grade. Oregon will join many other states that assess students in the 11th grade year.
        Starting with the 2010-11 school year, high school testing accountability will be based on the number of students who pass state assessments by the end of their 11th grade year. High school students may still take the state Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) in 10th grade and if they pass, they do not have to re-test in their junior year. No Child Left Behind requires that states assess all students in math, reading, science and writing at least once during high school. 
        With this change, students will have additional time to receive the full breadth of instruction that may be included on the high school OAKS, while leaving time to focus on any knowledge or skills deficiency before graduation. This is particularly important since students may use the OAKS as one means of meeting the Essential Skills requirements. 
        To keep the accountability systems aligned, this change will also be implemented for school and district report card ratings. This change will apply to high school Math, Reading, Science, and Writing assessments. Click here for more background information.

6.      Fabulous, Fun, Practical, and Affordable:  OCTE Spring Conference at Seaside April 16-17                
        Make plans now to attend the Oregon Council of Teachers of English (OCTE) Spring Conference at Seaside. Go to http://www.octe.org for additional information and registration forms.
        As Geoffrey Chaucer would say, "Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote...." Yes, it was in April when Chaucer and his merry band of pilgrims decided that it was time to get out of the house and head for Canterbury. It's a pretty good time to head for Seaside, too.
Two wonderful keynoters, and David Greenberg! 
Multiple concurrent sessions to choose from. 
Blueberry pancake breakfast, live music, poetry sharing, prizes and more! 
Earn 6 PDUs (certificates provided) for continuing licensure. 
Only $60 for OCTE members, $70 for non-members (first year membership included), and $30 for full-time students and retirees.  
One graduate credit available (separate registration at the conference) only $100-less than 1/3 the current credit cost at PSU. 
        Plus a new "bring a buddy for free" offer.

7.      Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) Update                                                                
        Debbie Alvarez, Chair, announces the 2010-2011 Battle of the Books (OBOB). Go to http://oboblsta.pbworks.com/ to register your school and/or apply for the 2010-2011 grant. The deadline for applying for the grant is April 30, 2010.
        As OBOB transitions from Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant funding that helped establish this statewide program in 2007, new grants and partnerships are being pursued. To keep the program running, instituting a minimal participation fee has become necessary. As additional funding is secured, copies of OBOB books to registered schools will be provided on a competitive needs basis.
        Participation fees are as follows: $25 for each school with a current Oregon Association of School Libraries (OASL) member working at that school; $50 for each school without a current OASL member working at that school. The $25 or $50 registration fee permits participation in as many grade level divisions as appropriate for that school. 
        The OBOB 2010-2011 Grant will include five copies of 12 of the 16 titles in the specific division for which your school applies-a total of 60 books for your school.  We will alert grant recipients on May 5th.  For more details, please read the grant application posted on the OBOB website.
        For information on OASL, please see http://www.oasl.info/. Questions? Please email oboblsta at gmail.com. Thank you!

8.      Reading Rockets Launches Young Readers                                                          
        Reading Rockets http://www.readingrockets.org/ is a national multimedia project that offers research-based and best-practice information on teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Reading Rockets features a section for parents, teachers, principals, and librarians. An example of an article for parents, "Reading for Meaning with your Child," is located at http://www.readingrockets.org/article/29918.

9.      Oregon Education Association Launches Video Contest                                             
        The Oregon Education Association (OEA) has launched its third annual "Working Wonders Video Contest" as part of OEA's continued effort to highlight the great work of Oregon educators and encourage school employees, students and community members to learn about and use multimedia tools to support public education. 
        This year, the contest will be divided into three categories:  1) Doing More With Less - Creative Solutions in Hard Times; 2) Bridging the Diversity Divide - Cultural Competencies in Changing Schools; and 3) Breaking the Mold - Innovations in Professional Practice. Each category will be awarded a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner, determined by popular vote from OEA members and the general public. Prize money ($3,000/First place; $1,500/Honorable Mention for each category) will be divided between the video creator, featured educator, and featured school or college. Deadline for submissions is April 2, 2010. For full contest rules, entry form, and helpful resources, go to:  www.oregoned.org/workingwonders.

10.     OWP at Lewis and Clark Poetry Writing Class Begins April 28                                     
        The Oregon Writing Project (OWP) at Lewis and Clark College http://graduate.lclark.edu/programs/continuing_education/news/story/?id=3083 offers a poetry writing class beginning April 28 with Oregon poet Kim Stafford. 
        Sometimes a conversation overheard, a scrap of story, a dream, a student's question or teacher's twinge of memory longs to be a poem, half a poem, a resonant line jotted quick. In this workshop, we will savor the habit of turning small discoveries into poems-the half-page where we try to get it right in a few words. This practice smuggles creative experience into a busy life: the joy of writing in ten quiet minutes stolen from frenzy. We'll read lively texts, start many lyric experiments, and plan how to share this deft and welcome way of writing with our students, and in our own creative practice. No previous experience necessary and open to all teachers and writers.
Location:  Room C4, Jefferson High School, 5210 No. Kerby Ave., Portland 97217
Dates:  Wednesdays-April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19, and May 26
Time:  4-7 p.m.
Credits: 1 semester hour
        CEED 839 - $350 for non-degree-applicable, continuing education credit. Some districts, like PPS, accept this credit for lateral movement on salary schedule while TSPC accepts these clock hours for CPUs. 
        ED 639 - $500 for graduate, degree-applicable credit. Graduate, degree-applicable credit is required by TSPC to move from an Initial Teaching License to a Continuing Teaching License. 
        For further registration information about this course, please contact Pam Hooten at phooten at lclark.edu, or at 503-768-6132. 

11.     OWP at Willamette University Invites Beginning and Preservice Teachers for August Workshop      
        ATTENTION Beginning and Preservice Teachers! The Oregon Writing Project (OWP) at Willamette University presents Writing Methods for the K-12 Classroom. This two-day summer workshop is designed to help preservice and beginning teachers explore the writing process and its application in a K-12 classroom setting. Participants will write, share, and discuss ways to incorporate new learning into their classroom structure/lesson plans. Veteran teachers will share lesson ideas and best practices in the area of writing with class participants. 
        Held at the School of Education at Willamette University, the course will highlight write-to-learn strategies and general (K-12) teaching strategies designed to improve student learning. Program dates: Wednesday, August 11th and Thursday, August 12th, 9:00am - 3:30pm. A $50 fee covers 1 quarter hour graduate level credit. Registration deadline: July 1, 2010. For more information contact Angela Obery at (503) 503-315-8292 or aobery at willamette.edu

12.     OWP at the University of Oregon - June 21st - July 16th                                         
        The summer institute will make you a better teacher, whatever you teach. The program is designed for experienced teachers of all grade levels. The workshop model used by OWP has achieved national recognition for improving students' writing. Developing teachers' instructional skills in the use of writing enhances learning in all subject areas. The application of electronic technologies for teaching and learning at all grade levels will help participants explore the latest digital tools and techniques that not only work, but transfer smoothly from teacher to student. OWP establishes lasting links to continuing assistance in all areas of teaching, and an opportunity each summer to renew enthusiasm. Best of all, it is life changing, challenging, exciting and just plain fun. 
Open to experienced teachers: 
This program is designed for experienced teachers of all grade levels and subjects, regardless of technology skills or expertise in writing.
There are two phases in the program: 
        1.      Summer Institute Workshop (EDST 608), 6 credits, summer 2010
                Presents current theories and methods for teaching writing, using technology to support literacy instruction, and improving teachers' own writing and in-service skills.
        2.      School Year Practicum (EDST 609), 3 credits, school year 2010-2011
                Emphasis on follow-up activities and support for teachers as they apply strategies, share results with their cohort, and assume leadership roles. Meets for three, full-day Saturday sessions.
Structure of the workshop: 
The workshop meets mornings and afternoons, Monday through Thursday, with optional sessions on Friday for additional technology training. Each morning, participants and guest specialists will demonstrate best practices. Afternoons are devoted to examining teaching resources, working in the computer lab, and sharing writing in peer response-editing groups.
Application process:
The application form is available online. Enrollment is limited to twenty participants. Notification of acceptance, including initial assignments and registration procedure, will be mailed shortly after receipt of completed application materials.
Stipends available:
.       Tuition is at the special rate of $1,710 for a total of 9 graduate credits. This covers both the summer institute (6 credits) and the school year practicum (3 credits).
.       A stipend of $1,000, to offset tuition, is available for participants who request it. Funding for the stipends is provided by a grant award from the National Writing Project (NWP) network. 
.       Stipends up to $250 are available to participants who live beyond the local commuting distance and need to pay for lodging.
What teachers say about the Oregon Writing Project: 
"The Writing Project has become my professional home. What I learned there has become so much a part of me that it is second nature  .in my teaching." "Everything I currently do in the classroom is in some way affected by what I learned at the project, or by what I developed off of that learning."
Sponsored by:
Center for Advanced Technology in Education 
College of Education, University of Oregon  
University of Oregon Summer Session
OWP Staff:
Dr. Lynne Anderson-Inman, Site Director 
Peggy Marconi, Associate Director 
Cindy Youngman, Office Manager, cyoungma at uoregon.edu  
Eric Tuck, Technology Liaison, mretuck at gmail.com  
Angie Bunday, Technology Liaison, bunday_a at 4j.lane.edu 

13.     Attention High School Writing Teachers and Students:  C. Whitcomb Conference Scholarship        
        Apply for a C. Whitcomb Conference Scholarship between now and June 1 and win a free day at the Willamette Writers Conference in August 2010 http://www.willamettewriters.com/wwc/3/inf-17.php. Enter the C. Whitcomb Conference Scholarship Contest by nominating your best writing student(s). If your student wins, so do you. You'll both be awarded a day at the Willamette Writers Conference, August 6-8, 2010 at the Airport Sheraton in Portland, OR.
Entries must be submitted between March 1st and June 1st, 2010. 
Winners will be notified by June 13th, and will have until July 1 to accept or decline the award. Alternates will receive any awards not claimed. 
Instructors from accredited colleges who teach writing and accredited high school teachers who teach writing can nominate their best students by telling us why the student would benefit from the conference (150 words or less). The most compelling entries will be selected. 
The name and contact information for both the teacher and the student must be included on the entry. Submissions can be e-mailed, mailed or faxed. 
Teachers can enter as many students as they like. However, they are limited to an award of one free day, even if several of their students also win one free day. 
Ten one-day conference scholarships are available.
        The Willamette Writers Conference offers a wide variety of workshops from professionals in the business. Topics include writing techniques, marketing, the writing life, and other "how tos." In addition, approximately fifty consultants - literary agents & editors, and film professionals- will be on hand. Note: The scholarship is for registration, which includes classes, daytime meals and snacks. Transportation, accommodation, pitch sessions and evening meals are on your own. For more information, contact Willamette Writers at 503-452-1592 or at wilwrite at willamettewriters.com. 

14.     Writers in the Schools                                                                          
        Writers in the Schools (WITS) is a comprehensive program that cultivates young writers and supports Oregon authors through semester-long writing residencies in the Portland public high schools. WITS employs poets, fiction writers, essayists, graphic novelists and playwrights to engage students in reading and writing across the curriculum.
        For more information on WITS, please contact Mary Rechner, Program Director, at 503-227-2583 or by email at Mary at literary-arts.org. (Thank you to Camille Cole for this article.)

15.     The Oregon Encyclopedia Invites you to Nights at McMenamins                                     
        This March the Oregon Encyclopedia (OE) continues its monthly series of History Nights at McMenamins pubs. At each History Night the OE will look back at the seminal people and events that have shaped our communities. Special guests and historic images will be a part of every event. Visit www.oregonencyclopedia.org for History Talk locations and more details.
March 16, 2010
Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, 7:00 p.m.
Dr. William Lang on "The Other Oregon Trail"
        Although much of the Willamette Valley was settled by farming families who followed the Oregon Trail across the plains and over the mountains, the money and influence that helped build Portland came from wealthy businessmen who arrived by ship, sailing around the tip of South America and up the coast. Learn more about this very different journey to Oregon Territory, and how pioneers like Henry Failing and William S. Ladd shaped Portland after stepping off the boat.
March 30, 2010
Edgefield, 6:30 p.m.
Sarah Munro on "The Art and Craft of Timberline Lodge"
        Sarah Munro talks about the art and craft of Timberline Lodge. The talk will be accompanied by a slide show featuring photographs from the Oregon Historical Society's archive. Sarah Munro has a B.A. from Pitzer College and an M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2004, through the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission and with the Labor Arts Forum, she helped organize a symposium on New Deal art in Oregon. She is the author of "Timberline Lodge: The History, Art and Craft" of an American Icon, and is the curator of exhibits celebrating the seventy-fifth anniversary of the New Deal at the Oregon Historical Society and Timberline Lodge.
Come join us and find out more about the history and culture of our state from Oregon Encyclopedia (OE) authors. Bring your encyclopedia-worthy Oregon stories to share with the OE Editors-in-Chief and check back to see dates for more OE History Nights at a McMenamins near you.

16.     PBS Kids Go! Writing Contest for Kindergarten -Grade 3-Deadline March 26                        
        The PBS GO! Writing Contest rules are available at http://pbskids.org/writerscontest/prizes/. Entrants must be in kindergarten, first, second or third grade. National winners from each of the four grade levels (Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd) will receive laptops, digital cameras, MP3 players, and stories published on the website.
        Stories can be fact or fiction, and prose or poetry. Kindergarten and first grade stories must have a minimum of 50 words and a maximum of 200 words. Second  and third grade stories must have a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 350 words. Stories must have at least 5 original, clear and colorful illustrations. See the website for details and the official entry form. (Thank you to Camille Cole for this article.)

17.     2010 Youth (Grades 9-12) Nature Writing Contest-Due March 31                                    
        The 2010 Lewis and Clark National Historical Park-Youth Nature Writing Contest http://www.nps.gov/lewi/forteachers/youth-nature-writing-contest.htm is a chance for 9th through 12th grade students in Washington and Oregon to write a 500-word essay about water. It could be an adventure, a moment of reflection, an injustice, a happy experience, a tragedy, or anything you want to write about, as long as it's nonfiction and related to water.
        The winner will receive $100 dollars and a scholarship to attend En Plein Air Workshop to be held at Nehalem's Alder Creek Farm Conservation site this June with award-winning nature writer Robert Michael Pyle. Second place will receive $75, and third $25. Fourth and fifth place winners will receive water bottles. The top 10 will receive certificates of recognition. 
        If you have questions after studying the information at the website, you may call NPS Ranger Will George at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park at (503) 861-2471, ext. 220.

18.     National WWII Museum's 2010 Student Essay Contest for High School and Art Contest for Grades 5-8-Entries due March 26                                                                           
        For this year's National WWII Museum's 2010 Student Essay and Art Contests, students in grades 9-12 are asked to answer the question, Is Censorship Ever Justified? http://www.nationalww2museum.org/education/for-students/essay-contest/studentessays.html. This theme fits with the special exhibit Fighting the Fires of Hate:  America and the Nazi Book Burnings on view at the Museum this spring. The exhibit focuses on how the book burnings became a potent symbol during World War II in America's battle against Nazism, and concludes by examining their continued impact on our public discourse. 
        Students in grades 5-8 are asked to create an original piece of art-based in part on the history of WWII-that answers the question, How are Books Powerful? http://www.nationalww2museum.org/education/for-students/art-contest/studentart.html 
Essay Contest:  First place winner will receive $1,000; second place winner will receive $750; and third place winner will receive $500. Winning essays will be posted on our website. 
Art Contest:  $100 for winning entry for each grade and a Museum baseball cap. Three honorable mentions from each grade will receive a special certificate and WWII Museum baseball cap. Artwork will be posted on our website. 
Submission deadline for both contests is March 26, 2010, or when 500 entries have been received. For formatting rules and submission instructions, please visit: 

19.     LeadAmerica Essay Contest-Entries Due April 1                                                   
        This contest invites students to write an essay of not more than 2,000 words (supplemented with a bibliography) on Historical Leadership. Using an event from the past students should write about how the leadership by a person or a group of people contributed to the development of society, and what today's leaders and citizens can learn from this.
        Students should feel free to explore any time period and a person or a group from any place in the world. A few examples are: Presidents (foreign leaders), Explorers, Inventors, Civil Rights Leaders, Doctors, Army Generals, Sports Figures, etc.
        Entries may be submitted in one or more of the following forms: 1) Microsoft Word document or 2) PDF document. All entries must be received by April 1, 2010 and can be emailed to Bob Nasson at rnasson at nationalhistoryclub.orgU (please type "LeadAmerica" in the subject line).
1st prize:  A full scholarship to attend LeadAmerica's National Leadership Summit (Summer 2010) at Georgetown or John Hopkins Universities in Washington, DC or Baltimore, MD (a $2499 value). 
2nd prize:  A $1000 scholarship towards attendance at LeadAmerica's National Leadership Summit 
10 Honorable Mentions:  A copy of the book, Letters from Leaders, provided by LeadAmerica
        Winning essays will be featured on both the NHC's and LeadAmerica's websites. 1st and 2nd prize winners will be featured in the NHC Spring eNewsletter 
        The National Leadership Summit, hosted by LeadAmerica, provides high achieving students with the opportunity to build real world career skills and analyze leadership attributes within the environment of our nation's capital. For ten days, students participate in leadership case studies on individuals like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, while debating current policy initiatives confronting the United States such as Health Care, National Security and the Environment through the National Leadership Summit campaign simulation. In addition to exploring policy, students practice skills central to future success such as coalition and platform building, networking, public speaking, conflict resolution and communication, while also visiting sites like Capitol Hill, Mount Vernon and the Smithsonian Museums.  Students also complete LeadAmerica's leadership curriculum through engaging activities and a ropes challenge course, which foster necessary skills such as teambuilding, time management and culminate in the formulation of a personal mission and vision statement.
        To learn more about LeadAmerica and the National Leadership Summit, please visit HUhttp://www.lead-america.org/conferences/nls/nls_hs.aspUH or contact an Admissions Counselor at 866.FYI.LEAD.

20.     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.

21.     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/.

22.     How to Submit Articles                                                                          
        If you or your colleagues would like to submit articles to this publication, please email publication-ready articles for the Oregon English Language Arts Teacher Update by 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.

23.     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

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Oregon Department of Education
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