Since 1955, the Oregon Department of Education annually selects one outstanding individual to serve as an advocate for the teaching profession and Oregon’s Teacher of the Year (TOY). Candidates for the Oregon TOY program are exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled public school educators in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The Oregon Teacher of the Year has gained the respect and admiration of students, parents, and fellow educators, plays an active role in his or her community, and is distinguished as a leader in the profession.
Teachers may be nominated by a student, colleague, administrator, school or district committee, friend, or family member to apply for the award. We urge you to recommend an amazing teacher today! Please follow this link to nominate your teacher: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TOYNomination. Nominations for the 2015 Teacher of the Year are due by the close of business on May 23, 2014.
Among the many benefits of receiving this honor, Oregon’s Teacher of the Year:
- Receives a $5,000 cash award
- Meets the President of the United States
- Receives a classroom SMARTboard from SMART Technologies, ULC
- Gains a network of friends and colleagues from the nation’s top teaching professionals
- Serves as the representative for the teaching profession, making public appearances statewide speaking with professional, business, education, civic, parent, and student groups
- Becomes Oregon’s candidate for the National Teacher of the Year Program, the oldest and most prestigious honors program to focus public attention on excellence in teaching. The National Teacher of the Year Program is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and more information can be found at www.ccsso.org/ntoy.html.
Hello Head Start and Early Head Start Partners,
As a valued partner, we want to provide you with timely and consistent information when program changes occur. A recent decision by the formula manufacturer, Abbott Nutrition, to change the caloric density and formulation of their Similac infant formula products impacts what WIC can provide. This change is impacting WIC programs across the nation.
Federal regulations establish minimum requirements and specifications for infant formulas WIC can issue. By changing the caloric density, Oregon WIC can no longer provide Similac Sensitive or Similac Total Comfort. Families currently receiving these formulas from WIC will work with our WIC staff to successfully transition to Similac Advance or another WIC-eligible formula before May 1, 2014. Any new participants coming into a WIC clinic requesting one of these products will not be able to receive them, even with medical documentation.
If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact your local WIC program.
We are proud to announce that the Oregon Head Start Association is supporting the National Head Start Association Recommendations for Expansion and Partnership regarding Early Head Start and Child Care.
The first few years of life are formative for all children, and their environment and experiences during this period shape their brains in ways that underlie life-long learning, health,an well-being. Our national commitment to Head Start and Early Head Start recognizes the fundamental way that providing safe, nurturing early learning to children while supporting their families' ability to work and parent effectively creates opportunity across generations for stability and success. To realize that commitment, Early Head Start programs across the country have dedicated themselves to a mission of intervention and support for those children who are most vulnerable to the long-term effects of poverty, homelessness, disability, and family instability.
For more than a decade, Head Start and Early Head Start programs have partnered with local child care centers and family child care homes to expand access to high quality care, and there are early learning communities across the country eager for the chance to build on this model and extend quality even further to vulnerable children and families. Funding allocated in the FY2014 budget for expansion and conversion of Early Head Start slots and creation of new Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships offers an exciting opportunity to build on Early Head Start's history of partnership and consider the innovative development of new models and practices. Too many families are working hard to make ends meet and struggling to offer their children better lives. By increasing access to Early Head Start services, we ensure more families have the support they need to achieve stable, lasting success.
Read the full set of recommendations here.
11 Grants available for a total of $45,000 to improve Pre-K Programs
The Together Counts™ program is excited to share its Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action: Smart from the Start, an early childhood education grant program! Brought to preschools and Head Start programs by the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and Discovery Education, Smart from the Start is part of an all-new Energy Balance Pre-K program that teaches young children the skills they need to develop healthy habits related to nutrition and physical activity.
Dear Early Learning Partner,
The Early Learning Division is preparing for the launch of the round two Early Learning Hub applications and would like to invite you to attend a series of Webinars on topics designed to support you develop your Early Learning Hub proposed plans. The Webinars will occur on their respective dates below, beginning late February through March on the following topics: