Data Retreat comes to La Grande

About 50 Eastern Oregon educators attended a Data Retreat on Saturday, April 26, hosted by the La Grande School District. Four trainers from the Direct Access to Achievement Project guided the teams of teachers and administrators through the data team process, and in using their own formative assessment data to make a plan for instruction. Participants came from the La Grande and Elgin school districts. "It was an excellent day of training for our staff," says Larry Glaze, the district's superintendent. "The training helped refine and improve instructional practices and strengthen data use for improving student learning in La Grande School District." 

La Grande teachers work on Step 6 of the data team process: creating a theory of action.


DATA Project adds team resources

An intense series of trainings around the state has added to the library of resources available from Direct Access to Achievement. Recent one-day Data Retreats held at the request of districts in Salem, The Dalles, La Grande and Woodburn have resulted in new videos, updated training guides and shared data team/PLC documents. Links to three of the new videos are posted below.

Crockpots and Results Indicators (9:42): DATA Project trainer Missi Thurman explains how using results indicators made her a better cook.

Third-grade PLC meeting, Scott Elementary (11:43): This high-functioning data team in the Salem-Keizer School District tackles an instructional cycle on comparing fractions.

The Grade Alike Team process (6:50): The leadership team at Four Corners Elementary at Salem-Keizer explains their approach to PLCs.


Year 7 report available


Wow -- Direct Access to Achievement is celebrating its seventh year! If you are curious about the program, we invite you to read our latest "Year in Review." The document contains information about where the initiative has been, what it has accomplished in the last year, where you can find specific resources, and what's going on this year. Click on the image to download. Reports from previous years are available under the Reports menu at left > Year in Review.




Hub sites chosen

Several districts in Oregon have been chosen to receive additional coaching and resource support through Direct Access to Achievement to help their PLC/data teams implement the Common Core State Standards and teacher effectiveness initiatives. The plans developed by these districts/ESDs (see them HERE) complement the action plans for CCSS implementation developed by the six Oregon DATA Project regions in the state. These plans are posted online HERE.


Data Retreats draw record crowds

The last of a series of three Data Retreats sponsored by ODE's Direct Access to Achievement took place Oct. 28-29 in Coos Bay. The two-day sessions presented the concepts and tools administrators and teachers need to create and support highly effective PLCs/data teams. Workshop costs were covered by Direct Access to Achievement, which is supported by a federal Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) grant. Trainers were practicing professionals from Oregon school districts, large and small, across the state. All three retreats filled up immediately, with 100-170 educators attending at each site. The first two Data Retreats were in Eugene and Portland.

  • To download retreat materials, visit this page.
  • If you attended the Eugene retreat, please complete the participant survey here.
  • If you attended the Portland retreat, please complete the participant survey here.
  • If you attended the Coos Bay retreat, please complete the participant survey here.


2013-2014 webinar schedule set

We would like to invite you to participate in Direct Access to Achievement's annual webinar series -- three powerful sessions that you won't want to miss. The first webinar, "Initiative Integration: Getting the Most Out of CCSS and Educator Effectiveness," took place Oct. 30; a recording of the session is available on THIS PAGE.  Details on the remaining two webinars are below. Click HERE for connection information. 

Oct. 30, 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Initiative Integration: Getting the Most Out of CCSS and Educator Effectiveness
Click HERE to listen to the recorded session.
Feb. 26, 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Making it Stick: Going from Training to Implementation Practice
Click HERE for connection information.
April 23, 3:30-4:30 p.m.: What Difference Is this Making? Evaluating Program Effectiveness and Fidelity of Implementation
Click HERE for connection information.


Summer Assessment Institute draws 500

About 500 educators from across Oregon came together recently to share success stories, learn from peers, plan with school teams, and hear from national experts in the field of assessment and student learning. The annual ODE/COSA Summer Assessment Institute, on Aug. 1-2, featured 52 workshops and keynote addresses by national leaders, including national literacy consultant Mary Ehrenworth, the director of math for Smarter Balanced, Shelbi Cole, and well-known author Timothy Kanold.


Classroom assessment training developed

More than 100 teachers from throughout Oregon have completed a training in classroom assessment through the Direct Access to Achievement Project. The Embedded Formative Classroom Assessment training was developed by project volunteers in response to requests from the field for strategies on how to embed engaging formative assessment in regular classroom instruction. Trainers are Carol Middleton and Linda Vanderford of Clackamas ESD. Comments from participants included these: “Practical and timely. I can use in my classroom this week,” and “It was valuable to learn how to break down the standard and focus on small aspects of the standard.” For more information, including access to all of the resources presented during the training, see the Events & training > Classroom assessment menu at left, or send us an email.


EDUCAUSE features Oregon DATA Project

The Oregon DATA Project was recently featured in a lengthy article by EDUCAUSE Online. The best way to read the interactive article is online, by clicking HERE.  You may also download a hard copy by clicking on the attachment link below. 

National magazines feature Oregon DATA Project

The Direct Access to Achievement Project has been featured in several national publications recently. An article in Governing magazine, "States Lead Effort to Utilize Data in Education," mentions Oregon as a state taking "great strides" in the push toward harnessing data to improve instruction and policy. Read the entire article HERE. In Converge, a national educational technology magazine, writer Tanya Roscorla explores the project in depth, talking to state officials as well as participants in the DATA Project at the ESD and district level. Click here to read the article.

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