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Google helps Ignite Computer Science Education in Lane County - 05/17/17

Lane Education Service District (ESD), in collaboration with Lane Community College (LCC), Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) and Lane STEM, have been awarded a Google grant that will help increase the number of computer science courses in local high schools. Expanding these education courses will provide a pathway to dual-credit opportunities at both Lane Community College and the University of Oregon, as well as high paying careers in the tech industry.

There is currently just one high school teacher in Lane County with the credentials necessary to teach a college level computer course. With Google's support, 18 teachers from eight school districts across Lane County will receive new training this summer. These teachers will be prepared to teach Computer Science 160 (CS 160): Orientation to Computer Science. This course includes curriculum focused on computer fundamentals, game development, and mobile software development.

As a result of the new teacher training, several high schools will begin to offer CS160 courses to students in the 2017-18 school year. Additional schools will start incorporating computer science elements and concepts to existing courses with the goal of offering CS160 in 2018-19.

Collaboration between local grant applicant partners set Lane County's proposal apart from others that applied to Google. For example, LCC has committed to develop Open Educational Resources for this course to replace expensive textbooks.

The Oregon Computer Science Teacher Association will mentor teachers, support in the development of lesson plans, instructional strategies and Career Technical Education (CTE) Programs of Study in Computer Science. Establishment of these CTE programs of study will allow students to pursue possible high wage careers in the field of computer science.

Teachers will continue to meet with LCC computer science faculty during the year to work on the alignment of their curriculum, and to design and deliver CS 160 Orientation to Computer Science course at their high school.

Why CS 160? It is considered a "gateway" computer science course, and it is one of four required programming courses in the statewide Oregon community college Associate of Science Oregon Transfer in Computer Science degree. As a community college block transfer degree, students can transfer all courses to any Oregon community college and public university conferring a CS Baccalaureate Degree without a loss of credit. Furthermore, the course can also be part of a CTE Program of Study - complementing other local initiatives to increase educational opportunities that prepare students for careers in the tech industry.

Lane Education Service District Board of Directors Announces the Selection of Tony Scurto as the Next Lane ESD Superintendent - 05/01/17

The Lane Education Service District Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Tony Scurto to serve as the next Lane ESD superintendent.

Mr. Scurto is a twenty-four year resident of Lane County. Tony received his Continuing Administrator License from the University of Oregon. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from California State University, Northridge and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Mr. Scurto began his educational career in 1984 as a high school teacher and coach in the Antelope Valley in California. Moving to Oregon in 1993, he served as a school administrator at Coquille High School and then Sutherlin High School. Tony began his work in Lane County in 1995 when he was hired as Assistant Principal at Pleasant Hill High School. He then served in the principal role in the Pleasant Hill School District working at the elementary, junior high and high school levels. In 2008 Tony was selected for his current position as Pleasant Hill superintendent.

Tony has been active on the Lane Oregon Leadership Network (LOLN), the Lane Workforce Partnership Board, the OASE Funding Coalition, and the Oregon Small Schools Association Board.

Mr. Scurto is described by his current board chair as energetic, positive, and a firm believer in the power of education. He is known as a thoughtful decision-maker and for his collaborative style.

Mr. Scurto will begin his employment on July 1. Please join the Lane ESD Board and staff in welcoming Tony!

Lane Education Service District Budget Committee and Board of Directors to Meet Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 04/28/17

The Lane Education Service District Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at Lane Education Service District, 1200 Highway 99 North, Eugene, Oregon.

The Lane Education Service District Budget Committee will meet at 5:00 p.m., and the regular meeting of the Board of Directors will begin at 6:00 p.m.

The Lane Education Service District Board of Directors will conduct an executive session following the regular meeting of the Board, to consider the employment of a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent, per ORS 192.660(2)(a), to consider the dismissal or disciplining of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member or agent, unless he or she requests an open meeting (ORS 192.660(2)(b)), or to consult with counsel concerning current or possible litigation (ORS 192.660(2)(h)).

The Board of Directors of Lane ESD will enter into executive session to conduct deliberations with persons designated to carry on labor negotiations (ORS 192.660(2)(d)).

Meeting materials can be found on the Lane ESD website: