We Have Much To Learn and Do Together
In 2011 Oregon launched a fundamental redesign of its public education system. The goal of this effort is to help more Oregon students thrive in their studies and attain postsecondary degrees, certificates, and meaningful employment. The Oregon Business Council, along with education, foundation, and business leaders, created the Oregon Learns initiative as a way to work with and support Oregon policy makers and stakeholders as they shape and implement that vision.
OBC has a decades-long commitment to education reform. Oregon Learns is an independent initiative under the OBC Charitable Institute, a 501(c)(3), and its work is overseen by the OBC Education Task Force. However, it involves a range of individuals and organizations with a stake in Oregon education, including teachers, education leaders, business leaders, and service organizations and advocates. The Oregon Community Foundation has provided this initiative with essential early funding, and OBC has committed substantial in-kind resources. To expand the depth and scope of this work, OBC is seeking additional support from the business community and from other state and national foundations.
What Oregon Learns Does
We srive to offer the best expertise available to engage with policy makers and stakeholder groups on education redesign and implementation. We provide participants with information, engage them in dialogue, and offer technical assistance with redesign and implementation issues. We also listen carefully to audience ideas and concerns, and we share those with a wider network of policy makers and stakeholders. Where educators and others are implementing the new education vision and seeing better outcomes for students, we will share and celebrate those successes through this website and other forums.
Our services fall into three categories: communication, convening, and consulting.
- Communication. We are building out this website to offer background information, event announcements, feature and news stories, and commentary. The communication effort also includes video documentation of best practices, regular email bulletins and newsletters, social media connections, presentation media, and print materials.
- Convening. To encourage information sharing, networking, and relationship building, we are engaging policy makers, educators and other stakeholders in conferences, community meetings, customized presentations, workshops, focus groups, and other interactive forums about Oregon’s new education initiatives.
- Consulting. The biggest demand for our assistance is in technical support to policy makers and educators on redesign issues and implementation. We have assisted with such matters as restructuring higher education governance and funding and developing a stronger state focus on STEM education. We are currently working with policy makers and educators tackling such redesign issues as a statewide STEM education strategy, more robust student record data systems, increased attention to Career Technical Education, and overhaul of funding formulas.
Our Oregon Learns Fellows have a key role in such work. These are experts, many of them teachers and education leaders, ready to engage with education officials and practitioners who need assistance in implementing education redesign embodied in recent legislation.
Strong collaborative partnerships guide this work. Our partners include state education officials, the Oregon Learns Fellows, and an inclusive range of education and learner advocates who make up our Stakeholder Advisory Group.
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