Horses touch the lives of children with special needs
Something extraordinary happens when horses touch the lives of children with special needs. A relationship is formed—a partnership to inspire the discovery of trust, freedom, strength and hope.
The Bridges Program is a partnership between High Dessert ESD and the Bend La Pine School District to serve elementary children who are on the far end of the autism spectrum—many are non-verbal, using devices to communicate. All are unable to function in a typical elementary classroom.
In an effort to decrease isolation for our students and their families, positively effect their learning goals and provide a sustainable avenue for being INCLUDED in our larger community we pitched an idea through the High Desert ESD’s innovation process. With an investment from the Innovation [leverage] Fund we kick-started a partnership with the Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center, which affords 8 students the opportunity to attend Healing Reins every week.
Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center is the only program east of the Cascades in Oregon that offers professionally accredited adaptive horse centered therapy to children and adults who experience a diverse range of needs and abilities. A devoted team of certified instructors and staff bring horse and people together in an alternative learning environment transforming lives in the process. Specific curriculum and equine-assisted activities are designed to address all aspects of mind, body and soul. With the help of specially trained volunteers and horses carefully selected for the work Healing Reins delivers horse centered programs that develop, nurture, and preserve healthy brain and body function to improve quality of life.
'SafeOregon' a school safety tip line now available
SafeOregon is a program created for Oregon students, parents, school staff, community members and law enforcement officers to report and respond to student safety threats.
The goal of SafeOregon is to prevent school safety threats from occurring by providing schools and communities with a relevant tool for reporting potential threats.
All tips go immediately to a live tip line technician where operators respond to the tips and forward them to designated personnel who can provide further assistance in resolving reported incidents.
Encouraging reporting at schools or online leads to a culture of safety. When a potential safety threat is reported, SafeOregon has the chance to prevent violence. Working as a community to keep school safe is the highest priority at SafeOregon.
Tips can be reported in a variety of ways: email: firstname.lastname@example.org, call or text: 844-472-3367.
For more information: http://safeoregon.com/
Call for Presenters
The High Desert Education Service District is seeking proposals for our 8th annual conference on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) on April 24, 2017.
The goal of the Central Oregon PBIS Conference is to provide schools and districts evidence-based tools and strategies in order to implement all aspects of multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS). MTSS has been shown to improve overall school climate, maximize academic achievement and address the specific needs of all students in early childhood through high school. The conference offers a wide range of sessions in school-wide PBIS, academic interventions, successful interventions for students with challenging behaviors, effective data-based decision making, trauma informed practice, Early Childhood, Restorative Justice and much more!
Here is the key information regarding the conference:
The date of the Central Oregon PBIS Conference is Monday, April 24, 2017 at the Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend, Oregon. http://www.riverhouse.com/
Proposals are due by March 3, 2017. We have space for a total of forty sessions that are 70 minutes in length.
You will be notified by March 10, 2017 whether or not your proposal has been chosen as a session.
Thank you HDESD Board of Directors for putting children first!
While our resources are limited, our gratitude to our board members for their time and dedication is limitless. These nine individuals spend countless hours working with staff to ensure we are able to provide excellent service to all of the districts in the region. Their dedication to the High Desert ESD Board directly impacts the wonderful children we have the privilege of serving and supports the amazing programs we provide for them. Without their steadfast leadership we could not direct so much time and attention to the children and their families. May they be rewarded tenfold for donating their most valuable resource – time!
Warm Springs K-8 Academy girls participate in a tower building challenge
The Central Oregon STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Hub and Better Together brought guest speakers, Jamie McMillan and Pat Williams, to 5 area middle schools to share their message about women in STEM, skilled trades, and building careers. Over the course of two days, Jamie and Pat visited Obsidian Middle School, Elton Gregory Middle School, Culver Middle School, Warm Springs K-8 Academy, and High Desert Middle school to speak with approximately 400 7th and 8th graders (mostly girls). Even though most students weren’t familiar with what skilled trades are, when the speakers asked questions like: “do you like to work with your hands?” “Play sports?” “Help out around the house?” most of the girls responded with enthusiastic raised hands. “If you raised your hand for any of those, you could do a skilled trade,” McMillan said to the groups.
Participants were invited to participate in a tower building challenge as part of the presentation. Groups of 8-10 students armed with a newspaper and a baggie filled with straws, pipe cleaners, Popsicle sticks, paper clips and masking tape competed in a race again the clock to build the tallest free-standing tower. Jamie and Pat encouraged groups to think about the strength of their materials and ideas about structural design. Some towers didn’t quite stand as tall or strong as expected, but each of the teams succeeded in working together, problem solving, and thinking critically.
Do you have ideas about how and where the STEM Hub can partner to bring more opportunities for out-of-the-ordinary learning through STEM to our communities? Send your ideas to email@example.com
ACE Hardware Donates to Alyce Hatch Center
Thank you Ace Hardware, located on Newport Avenue in Bend, for your kind donation to the Alyce Hatch Center! We greatly appreciate your generosity.
The Alyce Hatch Center houses the Early Intervention /Early Childhood Special Education programs and offers special services and supports to families with children diagnosed with developmental disabilities or experiencing developmental delays.
Thank you again to the ACE Hardware team: Gil Denfield, Manager, Jeff Paulson, Asst. Manager, Jim Beck, Debra Henneke, Rhonda Sheldon, Terrie Adams, Claire Kamibayashi, Caitlin Lucia, Mike Hoffmann, Sean Bell, John Runnels, Gregg Schermerhorn, Andrew Schleicher.
Photo: (left to right) Amy McCormack; ECSE Teacher/Supervisor, Diane Tipton; Director of Early Childhood, and from Ace Hardware, Gil Denfield; Manager, and Jeff Paulson; Assistant Manager
Over 400 attendees learn about career options in Central Oregon
The Central Oregon Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship was held on Friday November 18th at the Redmond Central Oregon Community Campus. The event brought over 400 high school students, community college students, and young adults from across the Central Oregon region to learn about career options in skilled trades, apprenticeships, and other STEM fields. In addition to classroom sessions and hands-on activities, such as welding, automotive technology, and vet tech, attendees networked with about 40 local employers to learn about exciting careers available in our area.
Friday’s event was made possible through partnership between regional trades and apprenticeship organizations, local industry, and regional education groups including, Better Together, Central Oregon STEM Hub, Regional CTE, and Central Oregon Community College.
Learning about Executive Functions in Students with Acquired Brain Injury
Teachers, specialists, private practitioners, nurses and community agencies came together on November 8th to learn about executive functioning, how it plays out in the lives of individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and how to best serve students in our schools and our community.
“This conference was so energizing! Dr. Turkstra helped clarify my understanding of executive functions and she also reinforced my knowledge of the power of peer mentors. I’m trying to wrap my head around how all this exciting information ties into collaborative problem solving. I can’t wait to share all that I’ve learned!” — Wendy Beall, HDESD Autism Consultant
Lyn Turkstra, a researcher in Speech Pathology and TBI was our facilitator and teacher throughout the day. If you want more information about her presentation, you can find it here: Executive Functioning
Thank you AmeriTitle!
Thank you AmeriTitle, Inc., the “Wall Street Wizards,” and Phil Dupont for your generous donation to the Early Childhood Special Education program! Your donation helped us provide additional support for an extra special child in our program. Thank you again for your kind donation.
Come join our team!
High Desert Education Service District is recruiting new team members! Come join us as we continue to improve student outcomes with Excellence, Equity and Efficiency. We are now hiring:
Speech Language Pathologist – Madras
Speech Language Pathologist – Madras – TemporarY
Enterprise Network Specialist
Sign Language Interpreter II – 2 positions
Healthy Beginnings Secretary II – Temporary
Title 1C Migrant Education Preschool Home Visitor
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