'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 Lori!



It's harvest time!

These youngsters, who attend the bilingual language group, had the best time getting their hands dirty and digging up their bounty of goodness. In addition potatoes, they also harvested beans that they had planted in the spring.


Coming Together to Support those with Autism Spectrum Disorders

In a partnership between St. Charles Health System and the High Desert ESD, teachers, autism specialists, therapists, and health care providers from around Central Oregon gathered to listen to Dr. Aaron Fisher talk about supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Dr. Fisher has worked with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families for more than 10 years. His clinical interests concentrate on the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with ASD and providing support and training to their families.

Hanging Out in 2015

‘Hangouts’ was recently presented to the HDESD’s Special Programs department at their half-day in service. Rachel Wente-Chaney, Chief Information Office for HDESD, presented Google Hangouts which is similar to Skype. Staff got a chance to download the app, and invite their co-workers to join in on a ‘hangout’ session. Here are some of the reasons why Google Hangout can be a benefit:

  • It’s a great tool for collaboration!
  • It’s easy to use and flexible.
  • It’s cost-efficient (free).
  • It builds your professional learning community.
  • It’s like skype, but so much better!

HDESD administrative staff and program managers gather for retreat

HDESD’s Administrative Leadership Team (ALT) had their annual retreat at the High Desert Regional Education Center on Thursday, August 27. The ALT team consists of program managers and administrative staff. In this photo, they are working on a team building exercise.

A friendly face to greet you

Audra Ferera-Green will be the friendly face that greets you here at the High Desert Regional Education Center.   In addition to assisting visitors, Audra’s responsibilities will include supporting HDESD’s Orthopedic and Vision programs.  Audra is married and approaching her 20th wedding anniversary. Audra enjoys the outdoors; running, biking, playing softball, traveling, shopping and volunteering.  Audra said, “This year brings new challenges and opportunities. I am looking forward to being a part of the HDESD team and working with a great group of people. Everyone has been so nice and welcoming.”

Recently, the executive offices, Business Services, Human Resources and Legal Services moved into the new facility located at 2804 SW Sixth Street in Redmond.  In addition, the following programs relocated:

  • Better Together
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Drivers Education
  • Foreign Language
  • Migrant Education
  • Oregon Mexico Education Program
  • School Improvement
  • Several staff from the Central Oregon Regional Program

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.

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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