Senate Bill 553: Limits on student suspension and expulsion

This week the Oregon Senate voted to pass Bill 553 with a bipartisan vote of 27-3. The creation of this bill is based on changing current disproportionality in school discipline practices against minority students. Instead of suspending or expelling students based on minor and subjective classroom disruptions, Bill 553 requires that there is evidence of objective infractions of physical harm and threats when suspending or expelling students in the fifth grade or below.

The Register Guard Article

The Oregonian Bill Trackers


Senate Approves State School Fund Budget

On April 6, 2015 the Oregon Senate approved this biennium’s budget of $7.255 billion  for school funding. Specifically, this budget a $600 million increase over the last biennium budget. It also includes funding for full-day Kindergarten and targeted investments to support children with disabilities, low-income students, and English language learners. Now, HB 5017 will be considered by the Governor.

Please click here for more details.

This American Life: Another look at student perspectives

Check out this episode of This American Life that presents an alternative view of student perspectives:

“There’s a program that brings together kids from two schools. One school is public and in the country’s poorest congressional district. The other is private and costs $43,000/year. They are three miles apart. The hope is that kids connect, but some of the public school kids just can’t get over the divide. We hear what happens when you get to see the other side and it looks a lot better. (Beeped version)”

Find the episode here:

Webinar Tomorrow! Closing the Achievement Gap in Rural Districts

IES (The Institute of Education Sciences) will hold a webinar tomorrow, March 4, 2015 from 12:00 – 1:30 PST for school administrators and researchers. The webinar will provide attendees with recent research information related to rural districts who have been successful in closing the achievement gap between students who qualify for FRL services and those who do not. Shelley Billig, Xin Wang, and Emma Espel from REL Central at Marzano Research will facilitate the session.

RURAL EDUCATION RESEARCH ALLIANCE: Shelley Billig from REL Central at Marzano Research will introduce the topic and describe the work of the Rural Education Research Alliance.

LEARNING SIENCE: Jim Shymansky and Charles Matthews from the University of Missouri–St. Louis will summarize work with local and regional groups of K–6 teachers to develop a strategy that utilizes adapted science inquiry activities to build student reading, writing, and language arts skills while learning science.

RURAL SPECIAL EDUCATION SUPPORT: Thomas Farmer from Virginia Commonwealth University will focus on issues in the delivery of special education services for students with disabilities in rural school districts, building on a series of studies conducted by the IES-funded National Research Center on Rural Education Support.


Click to access central_030415_agenda.pdf


PGE’s Diversity Summit 2015

Low price student registration for the Portland General Electric Diversity Summit 2015.

When: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Where: Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland, OR 97232

Cost for Students: $99.00 with valid student id at registration at the Summit.

Learn how to build a stronger, more competitive organization. The Summit will focus on the importance of how diversity and inclusion improve the ability for organizations to attract and retain diverse employees and customers

Topics to be covered:

  • Cultural Agility in a Diverse World: Carol French and April Lewis
  • Effective Leadership on Diversity and Inclusion: Steve Hanamura
  • Gender Diversity-When Women Thrive: Tracy Bean
  • Impact of Micro-Aggression: Miguel Valenciano
  • Inclusive Digital Leadership for Diversity: Deena Pierott
  • Insight on Disability: Dan Friess
  • Intercultural Proficiency: Dr. Janet Bennett
  • Managing Generational Differences: Bruce Tulgan
  • Measuring Diversity Scorecards: Dr. Edward Hubbard
  • Talent Acquisition and Retention for Diversity: Lillian Tsai
  • Unconscious and Everyday Bias: Dr. Howard J. Ross

Please refer to the following web page for more information:

NEW Resources

Happy mid-winter term! Looking forward to seeing those who can make it for Charles’ advising meeting next Wednesday at 4:00 PM in Lokey. Until then, people have posted some resources on the Winter term Padlet. The Padlet is found on the blog under the link POST YOUR IDEAS HERE> WINTER TERM IDEAS. Feel free to drop, drag, or attach any pictures, events, or resources you find to this space and check-it regularly to see what’s happening.

Symposium on child refugee crisis held on Dec 3

The Center for Equity Promotion and the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics will be holding a symposium titled Running from Peril, Chasing Hope: Central American Children and the Refugee Crisis to discuss the child refugee crisis facing Central American children in the United States.

“The U.S. government has detained more than 57,000 unaccompanied Central American children along the U.S./Mexico border. In most cases, these children are escaping the dangers they face in their homelands due to gang violence (including forced recruitment) and the drug trafficking crisis. The aim of this small, focused symposium is to bring together UO scholars, external experts and leaders who are uniquely positioned to enhance the national dialogue and generate nonpartisan solutions.” Follow this link for more information:

The symposium will be held on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 at the Ford Alumni Center in Eugene  and  co-hosted by Dan Tichenor, Philip H. Knight chair of social science and senior scholar at the Morse Center. He is an oft-cited expert and author on U.S. immigration policy and politics.

Upcoming Webinar: Teaching Content to English Learners

The Institute of Education Sciences holds frequent Webinars organized by their regional groups that focus on specific needs of policy makers and practitioners. The upcoming Webinar about evidence-based strategies for teaching English language academic instruction is geared towards teachers, academic coaches, and administrators. It will be held on November 10, 214 at 1:00 PM PST. The IES hosts interactive and engaging Webinars with extremely current research findings. To learn more about this opportunity or register for this Webinar visit the link|m.


Thank you everyone for coming to the advising meeting yesterday. The podcast of This American Life has been posted to the twitter account and on the Padlet under Post Your Ideas Here –> Fall Term Ideas. At the next meeting we will go over how to use EndNote and any topics with which you are interested. I will send an email prompt prior to our meeting.

Please follow the EMPL Equity blog so you can receive email notifications of new posts and comments.

To do this, click on the blue bar that says Follow EMPL Equity.

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After you do this you will receive an email confirmation. Then, you need to go to your settings in your account to receive emails about posts and comments.

To change these settings log into your WordPress account.

1) Click on the Reader link that is in the top left corner of your screen.

2) Click on the words Blogs Follow.

3) Click on the word EDIT.

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11th Annual Brown Lecture

James D. Anderson from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is presenting at the Annual  Brown Lecture for the American Educational Research Association. This Annual Brown Lecture will pay tribute to the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the sesquicentennial of the 13th Amendment, and the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The webcast recording of the Annual Brown Lecture will be posted soon after the scheduled presentation on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM (PST). The webcast can be found here AERA Brown Lecture Webcast. For more information about the lecture and James D. Anderson visit Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research (

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