Celebrating America’s Safe School Week

Celebrating America’s Safe School week with our regional partners at the 18th anniversary of the Safe Schools Alliance

Safe Schools Alliance (SSA) partners work to provide safe and secure school environments through community and interagency partnerships among students, parents, education, mental health, community justice, fire and law enforcement. The purpose of this effort is to increase the ability of all organizations to work consistently and in collaboration to assure safe and secure schools for the children of the Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties.

Handwriting Without Tears

High Desert ESD Special Programs, in collaboration with local districts, brought Handwriting Without Tears to Redmond.  The two-day workshop held October 6 & 7, brought over 80 teachers and specialists from the HDESD, Bend-La Pine Schools, Redmond SD, Sisters SD and Crook, Harney, and Jefferson County.

This handwriting program was developed in 1977 when Jan Olsen set out on a mission to help her son. Responding to John’s tears over handwriting in first grade, Jan used her occupational therapy training and background to develop strategies to facilitate his handwriting.

Almost 40 years later, HWT® holds more than 600 annual workshops to train educators throughout the world in the HWT teaching methods. This program follows research that demonstrates children learn more effectively by actively working with materials that address all styles of learning.

Our goal is always to equip students with communication and self-advocacy skills

Teachers in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Program focus much of their services on supporting language development in students with hearing loss. Research in the field and direct experience with students indicate that the earlier services begin in a child’s life, the more beneficial for the child.  Frontloading services with greater amounts of intervention in the early years is fundamental to the development of strong language and communication skills. Students are then able to operate more independently in accessing curriculum during their middle and high school years, requiring less support from DHH staff. Our goal is always to equip students with communication and self-advocacy skills which will give them access to an array of choices and opportunities as young adults.

Photo: DHH Teacher, Marcene, works on language development with Eduardo and Logan.



Science and Engineering Camps promote creativity, problem solving and college

Oregon State University Pre-College Programs provided free Science and Engineering Camps for about 70 middle school students from Warm Springs, Madras, Culver, Redmond and Sisters this past summer.

Oregon State students worked as instructors at the 2-day workshop. In the camps, students discussed the benefits of going to college and learned what approach engineers take to problem-solve. The students constructed devices using wave and wind motion to generate electricity and assembled and raced solar-powered cars.

Migrant Education, Juntos and the Warm Springs Boys & Girls Club worked together to coordinate and promote the camps, and provide food for the students.

Flagpole Dedication at High Desert Regional Education Center

NJROTC cadets from Crook County School District, under the guidance of Master Chief Donny Jackson, helped with the dedication of the High Desert Regional Education Center flagpole.

Pictured here are: Donny Jackson, Master Chief, with Randy Pike (11th grade), Eric Haigler (11th grade) and Eli Giron (9th grade). High Desert Education Service District would like to thank Crook County NJROTC cadets for taking time out of their day to help with this dedication.

Google Apps: Helping to increase mobility at work

HDESD welcomed over 200 employees the first week of September at their all staff inservice. Several break-out sessions were offered for staff to attend; from desktop yoga to Google Apps 101.  Pictured here are HDESD employees learning more about Google Apps for educators and ways to increase mobility at work.

All in their places with bright shiny faces!

We were thrilled to welcome a cohort of new staff to the High Desert Education Service District family yesterday. The New Employee Orientation was packed with important topics nestled in playful, interactive activities. Now…off to sharpen our pencils and join central Oregon school districts in welcoming students and families to the 16-17 school year.

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:

  • Programmer Analyst
  • STEM Pathways Project Lead and Educator Coordinator
  • Secretary
  • Enterprise Network Engineer
  • Alternative Learning Options Coordinator
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  •  Educational Assistant

Learn more!

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

Math in Real Life Bridges Classrooms and Industry in Central Oregon

High Desert Educational Service District (High Desert ESD) recently announced a new educational program called Math in Real Life. The grant-funded program is focused on professional development for middle and high school educators in Central Oregon. A four-day camp, held in Redmond, hosted approximately 20 educators and 12 Central Oregon industry leaders who will provide real life examples to help educators bridge the gap between classroom and real life applications of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Math in Real Life was lead by international math and science teacher, Linda Adams, who designed the program’s curriculum to help teachers write real life lessons that will engage students to reason, problem solve, explore and connect with what’s going on with industry and how math and science are applied in everyday life. “Having spent many years in the classroom in the U.S and abroad, I’ve learned the importance in providing students with real life applications in regards to math and science, problem solving, risk taking and ultimately innovation, said Linda Adams, Math in Real Life coordinator.” This fall, educators who participated in Math in Real Life, will begin to apply their math and science lesson plans in the classroom hopefully igniting further interest from Central Oregon teachers and students in the vast opportunities that connect math and science to their everyday... read more

Thank you Kemple Dental Clinic!

Kemple Memorial Children’s Dental Clinic continued its annual tradition of providing free dental screening and sealant applications Title I-C summer schools.  On August 11 they came to the Migrant K-5 Summer School at Vern Patrick Elementary in Redmond and provided this very valuable preventative dental service to around 50 migrant students. Next week they hope to serve 200 more students in Madras.  Thanks... read more

Summer Internship Opportunities in Teaching

Teach Central Oregon is excited to partner with summer learning opportunities like, Elk Meadow’s Brain Camp. Brain Camp has welcomed five summer interns from the Teach Central Oregon project to work as classroom assistants from August 1-18th. The five interns earn a stipend and are enrolled in a 1-credit course at Central Oregon Community College (COCC) as part of their summer experience. Adriana, Yannely, Noemi, and Melissa are high school students at Bend Senior High School and Mountain View High School and Liz will be a second-year student at COCC in the fall. All five interns are interested in exploring career opportunities in teaching. Teach Central Oregon has partnered this summer with the Kiwanis Summer Reading Program, Redmond School District’s Extended School Year and Camp 9 programs, and the Jefferson County 509-J School District’s Acceleration Camps to offer a total of 25 students summer internship opportunities in teaching! Pictured here is Yannely Nonato. She will be a senior this year at Bend High... 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