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CEL's Work in Oregon Featured in New Publication

CEL's work in Oregon is featured in a new report, "When Failure Is Not An Option: Designing Competency-Based Pathways for Next Generation Learning," by Chris Sturgis (MetisNet) and Susan Patrick (International Association for K-12 Online Learning). The report highlights the Oregon Proficiency Project led by CEL in collaboration with E3:Employers for Education Excellence and the Oregon Business Council. A copy of the report, artifacts from our work, and a short video about the project are available on the CEL website: www.k-12leadership.org.

CEL Announces a New Newsletter Format

Beginning in December, CEL's quarterly newsletter will shift to a theme-based approach that is closely aligned with the educational issues being discussed around the nation. Through our new format CEL intends to provide multiple perspectives on education reform, to describe CEL's perspective on these core issues, to link readers to relevant resources, and to highlight work that CEL is undertaking in these topical areas. Our inaugural issue is focused on the national discussions regarding teacher evaluation systems. Upcoming newsletter themes include: December 2010 – Teacher Evaluation Systems March 2011 – Central Office Transformation June 2011 – Principal Evaluation CEL newsletters are available to subscribers and will also be posted on the CEL website.

CEL Provides Information at the Oregon School Boards Association Meeting

CEL exhibited at the Oregon School Boards Association annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, November 11-13, 2010. The conference attendees included superintendents with their school boards and focused on the achievement gap. The CEL booth was frequently visited by superintendents and school board members engaged in or interested in this work. In addition, visitors to the booth commented on the quality of educators who are currently working in Oregon school districts who attended the University of Washington. UW-Danforth graduate and superintendent of Jefferson County (OR) School District, Dr. Rick Molitor stopped by and shared information about the work that he and his district staff are undertaking to eliminate the achievement gap.

CEL Welcomes New Staff

Rachel Lodge Product Developer 206.221.3547 rlodge@uw.edu

Rachel works with the CEL team to develop new learning tools and communications strategies that support CEL's 5D and Central Office Transformation frameworks. Before coming to CEL she worked for 7 years on program design, implementation and statewide technical assistance for Healthy Start, a statewide learning support program in California. She also brings 7 years' experience as an independent consultant developing strategic communications and program development tools for education, social services and arts organizations in California and Washington State. Rachel has an A.B. degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley and a masters degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas, Austin. She is also a working artist.

Vicky Murray Project Director 206.616.0669 murrayvc@uw.edu

Vicky Murray joined CEL's staff in August, 2010 but prior to becoming a staff member she was a CEL consultant for several years. Vicky will be supporting districts who are learning about and using CEL's Five Dimensions of Teaching and Learning (5D) assessment and professional development. Vicky worked in the Seattle and Bellevue School districts, though the majority of her thirty year public school career was in Bellevue. She was an assistant principal and principal, director of personnel, executive director of K-12 schools, and retired as assistant superintendent in 2009. She has also worked as a consultant with the Panasonic Foundation and supported research conducted related to the Coalition of Essential Schools.



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