The Oregon Department of Education awarded Northwest Regional Education Service District a multimillion dollar grant to provide professional development for teachers at every phase of their careers. The grant was delivered in late August.
NWRESD was one of 10 educational entities to be selected for this Educator Advancement Council funding. The initial award provides initial startup funding to launch and operate a regional professional learning network to be followed by an annual award of more than $2 million to fund network activities.
The Educator Advancement Council was created by the Oregon Legislature in 2017 to ensure Oregon’s classrooms are staffed with high-quality, well-supported and culturally responsive educators.
The professional development provided with this funding aims to improve recruitment pathways, training programs and support for new teachers. It will also expand opportunities for professional and leadership development for current educators and administrators. There are nearly 6,000 educators working within NWRESD’s region, which covers Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and Washington counties.
Northwest Regional Education Service District is the largest of Oregon’s 19 education service districts. It serves 20 school districts in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and Washington counties. These school districts serve nearly 104,000 students. Through state funding, contracts, and private and public grants, the agency provides a wide range of special education and specialized services to students in the region. Depending on need, children receive services from birth to age 21. Services include early intervention and early childhood special education; K-12 special education; instructional and school improvement programs for students, educators, child care providers and community members; outdoor school; dual-credit, GED and online educational options; and technology, administrative and business services.