Save the Date - Discover Nature Festival

The Children’s Forest of Central Oregon invites families to explore new ways to connect with the outdoors at the first annual Discover Nature Festival. With more than 30 fun, nature-based activities, the festival offers children and families the opportunity to enjoy time outside together, while engaging in hands-on activities, games, and more. The FREE event is Saturday, September 26, 10am-3pm, at Riverbend Park in Bend.

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Summer School comes to a close

With a total of 72 hours of class time, summer school comes to a close for these migrant students. Over 100 students attended summer school in Redmond from July 13 through July 30, 2015. The migrant education summer program had 4 teachers, a site coordinator, an education assistant and two high school volunteers who were migrant students at one time.

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

We are thrilled to welcome Katie Condit as the new Executive Director of Better Together Central Oregon!

Katie is excited to contribute her experience in education research, youth advocacy, and community partnership. For the past three years, she has worked as a research fellow in education and juvenile justice at the University of Notre Dame. Katie’s roots in Central Oregon stem from her work as a Program Director for Heart of Oregon Corps in the years prior to her research position. In this role, Katie established a deep commitment to serving youth and the community in Central Oregon. Katie holds an MA in Sociology from University of Notre Dame, and her BA in Sociology and Theatre from University of Puget Sound.

Better Together Central Oregon welcomes a team of 11 Summer VISTA members

Better Together Central Oregon welcomes a team of 11 Summer VISTA members to serve in support of community organizations throughout Central Oregon. These organizations are a part of the 8+9 Project—help to bridge the transition to high school through fun and future focused programming

If you received services from CORP or EI/ECSE, read this:

Are you a former student who received services from Central Oregon Regional Program (CORP) or Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE)? If so, you can request a copy of your records. Please note that your information will remain confidential until you reach the age of 26. If they are unclaimed at that time, records will be destroyed. For CORP records, please contact 541.693.5700 and for EI/ECSE records, contact 541.312.1961. Thank you.

In accordance with state and federal law (ORS 326.565, OAR 166-400-0060 & 34 CFR § 300.573), the HDESD is not required to keep records after former students have reached the age of 26.  At that time it is the practice of the HDESD to destroy student records.  Please contact Central Oregon Regional Program at 541.693.5700 to request records.

A blue ribbon kind of day

Six visually impaired students and their families from Central Oregon traveled to Canby, Oregon to participate in the annual Oregon State Track Meet for the Visually Impaired. The students ranged in age from 2nd grade to high school. The students had a great time participating in several modified field events.  One young runner added up all of the yards he ran and ended up racing 2 miles that day.  All six students won at least one 1st place blue ribbon.  It was an amazing day for all!

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

PBIS Welcomes 375 Participants

Over 375 teachers, administrators, and staff from the Early Childhood program and many others attended the 2015 Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) conference held in Central Oregon. This is the 6th year for the PBIS conference with Dr. Rob Horner as... read more

April is National Occupational Therapy Month

High Desert Education Service District honors the service and dedication of our Occupational Therapy team. These therapists serve over 400 children, birth to 21 in 7 counties. The High Desert Education Service District’s Occupational Therapists help to maximize a... 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