Educational Leadership Network (ELN)

The University of Portland School of Education's Educational Leadership Network (ELN) supports current and emerging educational leaders by offering opportunities for professional growth and development, mentorship, and networking in the Portland metropolitan area. Participants in Educational Leadership Network activities include local school and school system leaders, community leaders, current students in leadership programs, and alumni.

ELN Areas of Focus
  • Local activities provide yearly access to national expertise, issues, and best practices without the time and cost of conferences.
  • The three-fold focus on professional development, networking, and mentorship provides for immediate relevance and support to current and emerging educational leaders.
  • Yearly professional development includes three formal events (fall, spring, summer) linked to credit options and formal leadership credential programming. Low- or no-cost registration encourages a broad participation of local leadership.
  • An advisory board staffed by Leadership Fellows, respected local school and community leaders, plans a topical annual program of ELN activities.
  • A focus on mentorship and networking characterizes all ELN activities.

Want to learn more about the ELN and find out when our next event might be occurring?

Peter Hamilton
Coordinator of Leadership Programs (CAL), and Educational Leadership Network (ELN)
Franz Hall 348
hamiltop@up.edu
503.943.7510


May 2016 Getting Equity Right: Schools and Districts That Are Making A Difference

A daylong interactive forum for educational leaders focusing on best practices, successful school models, and systems change for creating equity in our schools and districts. The presentations and workshops will be engaging and practical with opportunities for participants to share ideas and support each other in this essential work.

Presenter Resources:

Rene Canler, Principal | Woodmere K-5, Portland Public Schools
Emily Glasgow, Principal | Vestal K-8, Portland Public Schools

These two principals of high poverty/highly diverse schools discussed how they are implementing two key elements of their district's equity work-developing a position and inclusive school climate and tiered/strategic academic interventions and enrichments, both with a equity lens and a commitment to developing a culturally competent staff.

Putting "Equity" into Practice

Alex Otoupal, Principal | Columbia River High School, Vancouver School District
Ted Zehr, Executive Director of Secondary Education | Hillsboro School District

Ted and Alex shared best practice methodologies for implementing AVID in your school and district, grades 6-12. This life-changing model has created a college readiness culture in schools with very different demographics.

Getting Equity Right: Systems make a difference

Carrie Cordes, TAG Specialist | Tigard-Tualatin School District
Karen Hughart, TAG Specialist | Tigard-Tualatin School District

Learn about Tigard-Tualatin's program for evaluating and identifying underrepresented TAG students. District TAG Specialists discussed research and literature on the topic of gifted students from historically underrepresented groups including racial minorities, English language learners and students of poverty. They also shared a process and tools the TTSD TAG team has designed as an alternative method for evaluating and identifying these students as Talented and Gifted.

Potential to Perform: Identifying Underrepresented Students for TAG
TTSD TAG documents
TTSD TAG Presentation 1
TTSD TAG Presentation 2


August 2015 A "Just in Time" Workshop

The workshop sessions featured group leaders, who are all fellow practitioners. Discussions included practices that worked, approaches that look promising, and missteps that could be corrected. Also, there was a workshop titled, "Smarter Balanced Scales, Strands and Scores: Results of Spring Assessment and How it May Impact Your Leadership Work." Below are a few resources from the workshops that may be useful to your schools.

Presenter Resources:

Megan Kim, Director of Student Data & Accountability, Lake Oswego School District
Leigh Anne Scherer, Assessment & Accountability Coordinator, North Clackamas School District

Smarter Balanced Scales, Strands, and Scores

Thanks to Cheryl Williamson, Director of Curriculum and Student Learning for Centennial School District:

Centennial SD's Computer Skills Needed for SBAC-Math - SBAC Math Tech Demands
Centennial SD's Computer Skills Needed for SBAC-ELA - SBAC ELA Tech Demands


January 2015 Symposium | Strategic Instruction & Assessment in the Common Core Classroom

This symposium featured keynote speaker, Dr. Nancy Golden, Oregon's Chief Education Officer, who shared Oregon's vision for education reform and improved student outcomes, closing the achievement gap and achieving 40-40-20 goals. The keynote was followed by general sessions and workshops with embedded guided team planning featuring exceptional instructional leaders from Oregon and SW Washington.

Symposium Workshops | Presenter Resources

Sarah Dunkin
Anna Davis, Klarrisa Hightower, Leslie Lauretti & Kerri West  Beth Elliot
Brian Graham K-5
Brian Graham 6-12
Sarah Hayden & Samantha Salvitelli
Roxanne Malter & Bryan Toller
Rose Palmer & Amy Slaughter
Shannon Parvankin
Penny Plavala

October 2013 Symposium | An Evening with Dr. W. James Popham

The UP School of Education is excited to bring Dr. W. James Popham to our campus for the October 24th Educational Leadership Network Symposium. Dr. Popham is one of the nation's foremost authorities on educational assessment, teaching, and leading. Dr. Popham will be sharing key recommendations for quality teacher evaluation programs and practices, important cautions, and how his insight relates to effectively implementing SB 290.


Symposium Resources

Symposium PowerPoint Presentation: Dr. W. James Popham - Evaluating America's Teachers


August 2013 Symposium | Effective Teacher Evaluation Practices and Senate Bill 290

This symposium will focus on best practices being utilized by early adopters of Oregon's SB 290. Participants will learn key elements of the law and have an opportunity to network with school and district leaders from pilot districts. While SB 290 requires districts and schools to begin implementing key practices in the fall of 2013, this symposium, and those that follow during this school year, will balance requirements of the law with national models of best practices for teacher evaluation.

Symposium Resources

Symposium PowerPoint Presentation: The Oregon Framework: Connecting SB 290 and Best Practices

Web Resources Related to Oregon SB 290
School District Sample Templates - Downloadable documents
Educator Resources - Downloadable documents

Contact

University of Portland
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.,
Portland, Oregon 97203-5798

503.943.8000

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