A message from Paul

Experiencing education through the eyes of students Last month, I spent a full day going back to school. As an educator and administrator, I’ve been an observer in the classroom many times, but it’s been 33 years since I’ve attended high school myself and truly learned through the eyes of a student. It was an incredible opportunity that I took on as part of the national Shadow a Student Challenge. Through the Shadow a Student Challenge,  HDESD is making an innovative shift to better understand our education system and we’re hoping to inspire educators and administrators throughout Central Oregon to do the same. This challenge is based on the concept of human-centered design, a growing movement in the business world to build a deeper empathy with the people for whom we’re designing. We believe this creative approach will generate new ideas and innovative solutions in education as well. It will help us to truly understand who we are designing learning for – our students. CTE at Redmond High School Because HDESD provides coordination and support to Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in our region, I chose to immerse myself into the day of a 10th grade student in the CTE program at Redmond High School.  The student I shadowed had classes in Welding, US History, Algebra 2, Chemistry, Ceramics and mentoring.  This was my first Shadow a Student Challenge and I relied on the national toolkit to guide my experience. The toolkit provides a very specific framework for a meaningful shadow experience. It began with establishing personal learning goals to clarify what I wanted to get out of...
Celebrating America’s Safe School Week

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...
Handwriting Without Tears

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

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...
Science and Engineering Camps promote creativity, problem solving and college

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...