Network Study Shared with Better Together Partners
On May 23rd, Better Together hosted its first Network Data Event at the High Desert Education Service District Building. Last spring, Central Oregon received the opportunity to participate in a large scale network study on the “connectedness” of Better Together partners. A survey was distributed to all partners, across sectors with over 50 partners in total participating. It asked questions about how, when, and why our schools, businesses, organizations, and community members are connected across the region. After 8 months of compiling the data, Dr. Krissi Hewitt and Dr. Cheng-Fei Lai from the Oregon Chief Education Office, and Dr. Alan J. Daly, from the Department of Education Studies at UC San Diego, came to share the findings and engage individuals in a rich conversation around the network landscape in our region. We are immensely grateful to everyone who attended and shared their perspective!
Records Request Notification
Hello! If you are a former student who was served by the High Desert ESD, you may request your records. Records will remain confidentially filed until the age of 26 for Central Oregon Regional Program and until the age of 22 for Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education, at which time they will be destroyed. Contact 541.693.5700 for more information.
Communication App Helps with Shared Reading
Mandy Wallace, Augmentative Communication Specialist, is using a communication app on an iPad called Proloquo 2 Go with a student during Shared Reading. Shared Reading is a strategy teachers, support staff, and families can use to help children with communication difficulties become engaged, active participants during a reading interaction. Over the past school year, the Assistive Technology team has provided numerous trainings to Bend La Pine Schools and other districts to help staff feel competent in using this strategy to facilitate communication with students.
Meet Porter - Therapy Dog at the Alyce Hatch Center
Meet Porter, the newest Therapist to the Alyce Hatch Center. Porter is an 11 year old Goldendoodle (part golden retriever and part poodle). He is a registered therapy dog with Pet Partners Therapy Animal program. He lives and works with Lorna Hickerson, one of the Early Childhood teachers. Porter and Lorna have gone through extensive training and evaluation as a team. They both have many years of experience working with very young children with special needs.
Therapy dogs, like Porter, help children develop communication, social and emotional skills. Porter is particularly good at motivating young children to talk and to help relax them when they become stressed. He is used to being pulled, poked and laid on by little kids. His tail is popular because it is fluffy and fun.
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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 NeedsWe partner with local school districts to provide services to families and students who are at risk or have special educational needs.
School Improvement ServicesWe provide consultation, on-site and regional professional development, consortiums, grant projects, and student programs.
Administrative ServicesWe support business, administrative and operational functions for HDESD and partner school districts. Other services are also available to support home and alternative learning.
Information ServicesWe offer a wide range of information technology and instructional support services to both HDESD and school district staff.
Our Central Oregon School District Partners
- 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