Having fun while creating social stories at Assistive Technology Open House

Jana Girvan, Assistive Technology/Augmentative Communication Specialist (center), created a Pictello presentation about the new Assistive Technology (AT) center.  Pictello is an AT tool that is used to create social stories (video modeling) for kids to create presentations.  Pictello is an easy way to create, playback and share visual stories and talking books.

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Bringing Books to Life

The children attending the Early Childhood Special Education class recently had a tour of Logan’s Market in Redmond. The class has been reading, ‘I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie’ and talking about various types of foods.  The kids also learned the nursery rhyme, ‘To Market To Market’ and practiced shopping. At Logan’s Market, they counted their pennies, weighed their food items, and made their purchase.  In addition to shopping, they were given a tour. Thank you Logan’s Market!

Spotlighting Central Oregon Regional Vision Production Center

Mary Engle, Renee O’Grady, and Linda Rau, our three skilled and specialized Vision Program Assistants are responsible for many duties, from working directly with students to materials adaptation.

One of these specialized skills is the volumes of materials produced daily in a variety of formats for students across our Central Oregon School Districts. They use a combination of high tech programs to scan, translate and emboss braille or large print. They provide everything from content material such as Science, Literature, History to sight word lists, and spelling lists. Tactile graphics include books for preschool students, the Periodic Table for Chemistry, Geometry, Math, or maps. These ladies can do it all!

Having fun while learning

The Redmond Early Childhood speech class could not have picked a better day to head to the Central Oregon Pumpkin Patch in Terrebonne.  In addition to seeing a variety of animals, selecting pumpkins, and making their way through the corn maze, they were also treated to a train ride. At each activity, while the children were having fun, teachers were busy emphasizing letters…such as the letter ‘T’ in train and having students repeat the word. A fun learning experience for all.

Teacher of Excellence in Driver Education awarded to Kathy Levine

Kathy Levine, Driver Education assistant manager, was recently awarded ‘Teacher of Excellence in Driver Education’ through the Oregon Department Traffic Safety Education Association. Kathy said, “Driver Education is my passion and I love it.  I have been working for HDESD since 2008 and have loved every minute of it.  It is such a wonderful feeling when you are working with kids and trying to help them understand something, then all of a sudden “BING,” understanding shines through and then they start demonstrating it correctly. It is a great feeling to watch them succeed and feel good about themselves.”  Congratulations Kathy!

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.

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

Helping Young Children Succeed in School and at Home

First Step to Success is a program that offers positive behavior intervention for K-2nd grade students.  With the support of a First Step Consultant, this research based secondary intervention works to support students in the classroom and home.   First Step is known as the red card/green card game and supports students in learning appropriate behaviors to be successful in school and at home.  First Step Consultants spend the bulk of their time out in the schools in Bend, La Pine and Sisters. Their main office is located in the Bend Education Center. First step is funded in partnership between the HDESD, Deschutes County and the Local Service plan. First Step Consultants: Nicole Creamer is on the left and Alicia Deaderick is on the right. For more information about the program please contact... read more

Ready to make a difference!

HDESD employees gathered for their annual kick-off on September 3, 2015. Superintendent Rexford said, “It’s always exciting to open the year with a gathering where we can meet new colleagues and catch up with long-standing friends.” He wished everyone a wonderful year making a difference for students and families in the... read more

‘Pay it Forward’ awarded to Lori Colvin

Lori Colvin, coordinator for the Healthy Families of the High Desert won the KTVZ News ‘Pay It Forward’ award. Lori was presented $500.00 in cash for her contributions to Healthy Families of the High Desert, 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 newborns. When asked what she plans on doing with the money she said, “Pay it Forward and buy books for children.” Congratulations... 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