Essential Skills in the Smarter Balanced Era

Bryan Toller, Mathematics Assessment Specialist from Oregon Department of Education, presented the Essential Skills requirement and the procedures for work sample administration to central Oregon teachers. Emphasis was placed on how teachers can structure activities during regular classroom instruction to promote student confidence and success.  The training also provided participants with an in-depth training and calibration to the Official Mathematics Scoring Guide including scoring student work samples to meet the Essential Skills requirement.



A visit from Greywolf

During their unit on forest animals, Larson Learning Center/Footsteps Preschool children enjoyed a visit from Greywolf.  The children were excited to hug and cuddle with her.

Larson Learning Center/Footsteps Preschool is an Early Childhood Special Education program located in Crook County.

Searching for the Great Pumpkin

Children from the Early Childhood Special Education class in Redmond took advantage of a beautiful day in search for the great pumpkin. This youngster took his time before finding the right one. Thank You Central Oregon Pumpkin Patch for providing a great experience for the children.

A Learning Experience in the Forest

Visually Impaired students from Redmond, Crook County, and Bend La Pine Schools schools got the opportunity to get up close and personal with various wild life at Skyliner Lodge in Bend. The Audubon Society was there to share their knowledge on various birds and the sounds they make.  Did you know that the Meadowlark is Oregon’s state bird? Forest Service biologist were also present to share and show information on bobcats, bears, and eagles. Students got to touch various animal skulls, feathers of large prey as well as their talons. A great day for learning in the outdoors!


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

Student Success Story

“When Max was younger, like many other students, he had difficulty with making changes in his schedule or doing unexpected tasks. He has been given a lot of opportunities to learn how to express his feelings and was coached on how to communicate his needs by... read more

“Night Owl” comes to Early Childhood classroom

Paul Moore and his sons, Aaron and Cameron, from the band “Night Owl” recently visited Doyce and Mandy’s classes at the Early Childhood Special Education program in Redmond. They played classics such as: We Are the Dinosaurs…Pig On Her... read more

Technology Rich Classrooms Transform Learning in Redmond

Three years ago the Redmond School District, in partnership with the High Desert ESD, implemented a grant for using technology to enhance writing skills in nine classrooms in the district. These classrooms received Chromebook computers for students along wtih other... 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