GSE alumnae Kimie Carroll receives statewide honors

Canby’s Kimie Carroll, ’01, ’11, is the 2017 Oregon Assistant Principal of the Year, selected by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA). Carroll is a graduate of the GSE’s Initial and Continuing Administrator Licensure programs in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department.

Carroll is the associate principal for teaching and learning at Canby High School (CHS), where she has served for 11 years. During that time, Canby’s graduation rate has accelerated. The four-year graduation rate for all Canby High School students is 89.8 percent (2016), up from 86.2 percent in 2015, and far exceeds the state average of 74.8 percent. More importantly, the graduation rate for historically underserved student populations in Canby also grew exponentially from year-to-year.

Carroll has many accomplishments that are unique to her district. She created an after-school support program for struggling freshmen called Cougars Achieving Together = Success (CATS). She supervises all aspects of the program, including transportation, which is crucial in a small rural town like Canby.

Carroll developed numerous partnerships with area colleges, including Clackamas Community College (CCC), Portland Community College (PCC), and Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) that directly benefit CHS students. As a result, Canby is a leader in offering college credits to high school students. Continue reading

GSE alumnus named digital principal of the year

Jamie Richardson ’06, ’13, an alumnus of the GSE’s Initial and Continuing Licensure programs, is a 2017 Digital Principal of the Year. Richardson joins two others for this national award: Jethro Jones, principal of Kodiak Middle School in Kodiak, Alaska, and Stephen Santilli, principal of William Davies Middle School in Mays Landing, New Jersey. Richardson is the principal of LaCreole Middle School, Dallas, Oregon. The award is from the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and recognizes these leaders for effectively using technology to support teaching, learning, and school management to drive student success.

According to his nomination, Richardson developed a school culture where staff and students use a variety of tools to solve problems, communicate, and promote a cohesive yet personalized learning environment. Teachers and students describe Richardson as an exceptional advocate for technology and digital-age learning and a catalyst for implementing technology, makerspaces, and project-based learning programs. Richardson ensures that all teachers get time to learn and discuss technology integration and that, through social media, parents stay connected to the school.

“Each of these principals is a powerful multiplier of effective practice,” stated NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “We honor the significant school improvements they have spearheaded and the strides they have made in implementing a 21st-century education at their schools.”

As part of the award, each principal gets an expense-paid trip to present at the 2018 NASSP National Conference, in Chicago, July, 2018.

NASSP is the leading organization of and voice for principals and other school leaders across the United States.

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GSE alumna Heather Yount named Principal of the Year

YountFruitdale Elementary School’s Heather Yount, IAL ’08, CAL ’12, has been named Oregon’s 2016 National Distinguished Principal. She was honored by the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) and the Oregon Elementary School Principals Association (OESPA) at the annual COSA conference in Seaside, Oregon. Yount, who is from Grants Pass, is a graduate of PSU’s Initial and Continuing Administrator programs. She has worked for Three Rivers School District for 17 years.

Under her leadership, in 2014–15, Fruitdale Elementary became one of Oregon’s Model Schools. Model schools are high-poverty schools rated in the top 5 percent of achievement in the state. Fruitdale students have made remarkable gains in English language arts, math, and science. Continue reading

GSE alumna Margaret Calvert named Oregon High School Principal of the Year

Jefferson High School Principal Margaret Calvert, IAL ’08, is Oregon’s 2016 High School Principal of the Year. She was selected by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA) and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA). She is a graduate of the PSU Initial Administrator Licensure program and will complete the Continuing Administrator Licensure program this spring.

Margaret Calvert Wins

Margaret Calvert, IAL ’08, Oregon High School Principal of the Year (with flowers); with (L–R) Carol Campbell (Grant HS principal), Payton Chapman, (Lincoln HS principal), and Craig Hawkins, COSA executive director.

Calvert taught at Rex Putnam, Wilson, and Grant High Schools before coming to Jefferson in 2008. She was named principal in 2011. She is a former math teacher and lives with her family in the Jefferson attendance area. She stood out for her work, dedication to students, and support of colleagues. This is her first job as an administrator. She was nominated for the award by her entire staff.

“She has been instrumental in creating a culture of high expectations for students in which staff members identify, encourage, and support individual students to get them to their potential,” Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carol Smith said in a statement to district employees.

In 2010, only 50 percent of Jefferson’s seniors graduated on time. Today, that number has increased dramatically to 80 percent. It’s a remarkable accomplishment in just five years for a school that the district had considered closing in 2010.

Calvert was primarily responsible for the conversion of Jefferson High School into a community college magnate school for the district. Portland Community College (PCC) provides college credit for classes taught on the Jefferson campus and offers access to PCC Cascade Campus where Jefferson students may take additional college classes for free. Jefferson students are able to continue for a bachelor’s degree as well—at Portland State University, Oregon State University, University of Oregon, Warner Pacific College, Pacific University, or Willamette University—under an agreement that provides scholarships, financial aid, and gap funding.

Calvert will be honored at the statewide annual conference for COSA in June and will be eligible for the NASSP National Principal of the Year award that is announced in Washington, DC, in September.

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Two GSE doctoral students win OALA Ally Awards

Two GSE students, who are also graduates of our education administration programs, were recognized by the Oregon Association of Latino Administrators (OALA) for their work supporting Latino/a students and educators in their districts. Sho Shigeoka, IAL ’11, is from the Beaverton School District, and Victor Vergara, BTP ’05, IAL ’12, is in Woodburn. They were honored, February 13, 2016, at the organization’s annual conference, held on the PSU campus for the first time.

Sho_ShigeokaAlumna Sho Shigeoka wins OALA Ally Award

The Oregon Association of Latino Administrators (OALA) has recognized GSE graduate Sho Shigeoka for their Ally Award. Shigeoka is a 2011 graduate of the Initial Administrator License program and a current GSE doctoral student. She works for Beaverton School District as the administrator for equity and inclusion.

The OALA Ally Award goes to an “educator who has exhibited leadership in educational administration and has implemented strategies or activities aligned with OALA’s mission, purpose and goals in their district or institution.”

Shigeoka was chosen for developing ongoing equity leadership teams at Beaverton that include all teachers, administrators, and classified and district office staff. She is the facilitator of the district’s Restorative Justice Training and provides support for LGBT staff and allies. She works throughout the district to provide support for all administrators to effectively work with diverse populations and has affected change for all students.

In 2012, Shigeoka was honored by the OALA with the Tom Ruhl Leadership for Equity award.

Beaverton School District is the third largest district in Oregon and has 49.2 percent students of color—most are Hispanic/Latino(a).

Victor VergaraAlumnus Victor Vergara wins OALA Ally Award

The (OALA) conference also recognized Victor Vergara. Vergara, who is also a current GSE doctoral student, received one of two Ally Awards for his work in the Woodburn School District, where he is principal of the Academy of International Studies, one of Woodburn’s small high schools.

The OALA Ally Award goes to an “educator who has exhibited leadership in educational administration and has implemented strategies or activities aligned with OALA’s mission, purpose and goals in their district or institution.”

“He has devoted his studies to issues that impact the success of Latina/o students, including completing a study of award-winning Latina/o leaders from the Pacific Northwest,” said IAL Professor Deborah Peterson, his doctoral advisor. “His unique perspective as a Latino immigrant and successful school leader contributes to the value of this research.”

Vergara, who in 2012 was named an Oregon Middle School Principal of the Year, takes an active role in developing future Latina/o leaders through his work in the OALA Mentoring Program.

The Woodburn School District has the highest population of Latino/a students of any district in Oregon and 100% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Woodburn is also tied for first place in Hispanic/Latino graduation rates.

GSE alumnus Drake Shelton awarded Assistant Principal of the Year

Drake-SheltonOregon’s 2016 Assistant Principal of the Year is Drake Shelton, IAL ’12, who works at Alliance High School in Portland Public Schools (PPS). He was chosen by the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) and the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA) and will be acknowledged in June at the annual COSA conference in Seaside. He is automatically in the running for the national title and will travel to Washington, DC, later this year for the National Association of Secondary School Administrator (NASSA) celebration. Continue reading