Lane Education Service Board Vacancy: Zone 1

The Lane ESD Board of Directors announced a Board Vacancy for Position 1, Zone 1 at the April 3, 2018 Lane Education Service District Board of Directors Meeting.

The Vacancy Announcement for the Zone 1 Board Member position is available on the Lane ESD website,

  • Zone 1 is located in the Eugene School District, north of 11th Avenue.
  • The Board will accept applications until May 25, 2018. Applications will be collected by the Executive Assistant.
  • Interested parties should be prepared to be interviewed by the Board at the June 5, 2018 Board meeting. The Board will make a selection following interviews and immediately appoint.

Lane ESD is committed to working in partnership with schools, families, and communities to help students succeed. To learn more about Lane ESD, visit

What Parent Leaders Want

At the April 30 Parent Leaders meeting, we completed a Organization Development Needs Assessment survey for our group to determine the type of training and organizational development activities we are most interested in accessing during the 2018-2019 school year.


After evaluating the results, the topics that were of highest interest were

  • School improvement,
  • Facilitation,
  • Energizers, warm-ups and ice breakers,
  • Group agreements and norms, and
  • Communication.

Some of the specific skills we wanted to build included increasing diversity/inclusivity in our parent groups, volunteer recruitment, supporting transitions (betwen elementary/middle/high), 4J policies and procedures, and fundraising.

Moving forward, Heather Sielicki and Rita Gillihan will meet with Brooke Wagner to schedule dates for next year.

Eugene School District unrings high school bell proposal

A high school bell schedule that runs from 9:05 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. is no longer an option on the table as a potential Eugene district schedule change for the 2018-19 school year.

Eugene School Board Chair Eileen Nittler announced to a crowd of about 50 people at a class schedule forum Wednesday that the board had heard “loud and clear” from the community that a 4:10 p.m. high school release time is not something they should pursue.

“We heard from the community that it’s not something they want, so we’re not going to do it,” Nittler said.

Exactly what time high schools in the district will start and end their school day has not been decided, but Nittler said the community responded with a number of concerns about the later start time and end time, including after-school sports, clubs, transportation problems, child care conflicts and concern about students getting enough sleep among other things. Read more…

Climbing school-reform’s Everest

OPINION – Register Guard

A stubborn obstacle to efforts to improve Oregon’s education system is that people think they know what schools are like — everyone once attended school, and many have children or grandchildren enrolled now. That makes everyone an expert, and experts don’t need to listen to others.

But schools today are different than they were a generation ago, or even five years ago. So are the social, political and economic contexts surrounding public education. And anyone who imagines that their children or grandchildren are giving them a complete picture of what’s going on in their schools understands neither young people nor schools.

The difficult job of setting aside outdated or misinformed ideas about the current state of Oregon’s schools begins with a willingness to listen. For that reason, it’s encouraging that the state Legislature’s latest effort to come up with an education reform plan is starting with a statewide listening tour. The first stop was in Lane County on March 26. Read more…

Nature Conservancy Accepting Proposals for School Gardens: Apply by Nov. 3

The Nature Conservancy is working to promote environmental education through the creation of Nature Works Everywhere gardens. The core principle behind the Gardens program is that gardens model conservation science on a relatable scale. The program empowers students and teachers to work together to create and implement their own solutions to environmental challenges in their communities.

Whether addressing issues surrounding food deserts, air quality, heat island effect, or storm water collection, youth are empowered as social innovators to model solutions in their school communities through garden design and implementation. Nature Works Everywhere gardens are designed to connect students to a global challenge — to protect the natural systems that produce our food, water, clean air, and energy.

To that end, grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges. These include access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, and storm water collection. Through the program, young people will work as social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation.

Public or charter elementary, middle, or high schools are eligible.

Visit the Nature Works Everywhere website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Link to Complete RFP