Join us for Art Hop...this Friday, May 6th

Join us this Friday honoring Autism Awareness by checking out the amazing art work of local students with Autism. First Friday Art Hop is scheduled for May 6 from 5- 7 pm, downtown Bend.  The location for our student art work is 824 NW Wall Street in the hallway next door to, ‘What Lola Wants.’  Hope to see you!

Great Opportunities for Individuals to Gain Experience in the Non-Profit and Education Sector

Better Together is hiring 24 AmeriCorps VISTA’s, 18 to serve over the summer and 6 to begin a year of service in July for one year. VISTA’s (Volunteers in Service to America) are federally funded positions that work to ultimately alleviate poverty in America. Often times VISTA is described as the “peace corps for America.” These are great opportunities for individuals to gain experience in the non-profit and education sector while earning a stipend and scholarship money. For more information and to apply, please visit   Photo credit: Bureau of Land Management Oregon and Washington

Warming the hearts of children in need

‘Heartwarmers’ was initiated in February 2013 and during its first year three groups of volunteers were established in Bend, Sisters and Redmond, Oregon.  Presently over 115 volunteers meet twice monthly to make blankets that are donated to local non-profits working with children. A very special addition to the Heartwarmers’ efforts are the teddy bears. The teddy bears are knitted on a round loom and stuffed by retired postal worker John Nelson of Redmond and assembled by his mother, Joyce Miles, who sews them together and adds a fleece heart and a bow to each bear. They have contributed 784 bears, each one requiring five hours from start to finish. Those bears get bundled with the blankets that go to children at places like Sparrow Clubs of Central Oregon, Treehouse Therapies, and Family Action Network. “It gives me a good feeling to know that the bears are going to children in need,” Nelson said. For more information:

Bridges-Applied Behavior Analysis Classroom-Provides Intensive Instruction

High Desert Education Service District, in partnership with Bend-La Pine Schools, offers this specialized classroom as a part of the Bend-La Pine Schools continuum of services for students on the autism spectrum. Bridges provides intensive instruction to students in grades K-3 who benefit from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) teaching strategies and evidence-based practices.  Bridges is part of the statewide Oregon Program Autism Training Sites and Support (OrPATS) system of teaching classrooms.  We invite staff from neighboring school districts to come observe, practice and learn research-based teaching strategies at our site. The Bridges Classroom is staffed with our teacher Teresa Copeland, 9 amazing assistants (teachers in their own right) and specialists including Autism, Occupational Therapist, Augmentative Communication and Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) specialists.  We could not do what we do without all of the staff working together to create this unique learning environment. We are located at Lava Ridge Elementary School, Please give a call and come visit! Bridges Staff: Teacher: Teresa Copeland, ABA Supported Educational Assistants:  Ann Champness, Salli Hagen, Stacie Heisinger, Diane Meyers, Marsha Orton, Kim Sanchez, Jacquelyn Strayer, Katie Stoller,  and Cindy Toepfer. Central Oregon Regional Program specialists: Kitty Peterson, Katy Hietala, and Wendy Burkhardt. Bend-La Pine Schools SLP: Mary Schlaefer Support liaison: Meg Shanahan Program Supervisor: Katherine Procter

Kick-start Investment a Success!

With the help of Anna Higgins and the i4 program at the ESD, our team received a kick-starter investment to support a project involving expert occupational therapist, Katie Diez and her wealth of knowledge ranging from Yoga Calm, Brain Gym, S’cool Moves, Mindfulness, sensory integration and many other skills to share with students and staff on a weekly basis.  Katie facilitates four groups each Wednesday with the elementary and middle school students at Edwin Brown Education Center in the Options Redmond School District Behavior Program and the Behavior Intervention Center Program. Photo: Katie facilitates a Yoga class for elementary students at Brown Education Center

What is the High Desert Education Service District?

HDESD is a publicly-funded agency that partners with local school districts to provide high-quality, cost-effective and locally responsive education services at a regional level. These services range from business, legal, and administrative support to school improvement efforts and special education programs.

HDESD does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran or military status, or the use of a service animal by a person with a disability, and provides equal access to all designated youth groups. For questions or complaints, please contact the Human Resource Director, the district’s Title IX Coordinator at 541.693.5600, or ODE’s Equity and Civil Rights Office. Discrimination Complaint/Grievance Procedure

What types of services do we provide?

Services for Children with Special Needs

We partner with local school districts to provide services to families and students who are at risk or have special educational needs.

School Improvement Services

We provide consultation, on-site and regional professional development, consortiums, grant projects, and student programs.

Administrative Services

We support business, administrative and operational functions for HDESD and partner school districts. Other services are also available to support home and alternative learning.

Information Services

We offer a wide range of information technology and instructional support services to both HDESD and school district staff.

Latest News

Partner of the Year awarded to Healthy Families of the High Desert

During Healing Hearts luncheon sponsored by The Kids Center, Mt. Star Family Relief Nursery awarded Healthy Families of the High Desert as its Child Abuse Prevention Partner of the Year.  In this photo, Lori Colvin (left), Coordinator of Healthy Families of the High Desert is pictured with Shelly Smith, The Kids Center Executive Director. Healthy Families of the High Desert is Deschutes County’s Oregon Healthy Start Program. It is a voluntary home visiting program that assists families in giving their newborn children a “healthy start” in life. The program offers weekly intensive home visits for first birth, high-need families and a one-time welcome home visit to all families with... read more

Students preparing for Goalball tournament

Goalball was invented in 1946 by Austrian, Hanz Lorenzen, and German Sepp Reindle, in an effort to help in the rehabilitation of blinded war veterans. The game was introduced to the world in 1976 at the Paralympics in Toronto, Canada and has been played at every Paralympic since. Each year Goalball teams from across the state compete. This year the state competition is the Oregon Youth Goalball State Tournament held at Baker Prairie Middle School in Canby, Oregon. The Oregon Youth Goalball State Tournament is scheduled for Friday, March 11th, 2016, 8 to 4:30 pm. Kudos to Nancy Abbott and Bob Hoffman, teachers of the visually impaired, for coaching a team of blind/visually impaired middle and high school students.  It is their hope to be the first Central Oregon team to compete at the Goalball State Tournament. This tournament is designed to give experienced players a competitive team sport experience.  Our priority for this venue will be a tournament that results in the identification of an Oregon Youth Goalball State Champion... read more

It is all about the kids!

HDESD Superintendent, John Rexford, was able to slip away from the office this morning to visit the Early Childhood class located at Terrebonne Elementary.   He always looks forward to his time with the students, and it looks like they enjoyed his visit... read more

Our Central Oregon School District Partners

Additional Partners
We also partner with:

  • Jefferson County 509J School District
  • Black Butte School District
  • Culver School District
  • North Central Counties School District
  • Harney Education Service District
  • Jefferson Education Service District
  • Grant Education Service District
  • Lake Education Service District
  • Southern Oregon Education Service District
  • Umatilla/Morrow Education Service District