Come learn about “Innovations in Public Education,” in Portland area schools. On Monday, September 16, we’ll hear from an exciting group of dedicated educators, who have found innovative ways to foster learning and equity for students. The panel discussion will be 7 – 8:30 PM on Monday September 16, at the Multnomah County Boardroom, 501 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland. (See map.)
The panel will include:
Guadalupe Guerrero, Superintendent of Portland Public Schools, the largest and most diverse school district in Oregon. Guerrero was a leader in large urban school systems in San Francisco and Boston.
Matthew Utterback, Superintendent of North Clackamas School District, who was recognized nationally as Superintendent of the Year in 2017
Kevin Bacon, Director of “3 to PhD,” who leads an innovative collaboration between Concordia University and Faubion Public School
Lisa Collins, a consultant at Education Through Engagement, LLC, with expertise on equitable practices for students and educators
The Portland League’s Education Interest Group has helped organize this panel and plan the program.
Free and open to the public
The League of Women Voters Civic Education programs are free and open to the public. Programs are designed to inform our community about current issues. Please join us for this program and the next program in October on local ballot measures for the November 5, 2019 Special Election.
Parking is available on the street. The Multnomah County Board Room at 501 SE Hawthorne Boulevard also is easily accessed by public transportation. TriMet options include bus lines 4, 6, 10, 14, 15, and the Portland Streetcar.
MetroEast Community Media records these programs for rebroadcast and online streaming from www.lwvpdx.org. The Carol & Velma Saling Foundation has provided funding for the recordings.
More than 100 League members and nonmember volunteers worked on the 2017-18 activities of the League of Women Voters of Portland. They were honored at our May 2018 Convention. We also honored our Volunteer of the Year, Peggy Bengry. See the article about her service here.
voter service volunteers
For the 2018 Primary Election, League volunteers produced and distributed our nonpartisan Multnomah County Voters’ Guide. They composed substantive questions for the candidates and researched the ballot measure on the Children’s Levy; they entered contact information for candidates on Vote411.org and invited the candidates to participate; they edited and proofread the drafts, and carried bundles of the printed guides to libraries and other places where voters could find them. Other volunteers organized our forums, invited and hosted the candidates, arranged for video recordings, moderated the forums and timed the candidates’ statements to make sure all candidates had an equal chance to state their positions. Another group of volunteers organized and conducted the interviews for our Video Voters’ Guide.
Civic Education volunteers
Throughout the year, volunteers also organized and moderated our monthly civic education panel discussions. (These panel discussions were recorded and may be viewed on our YouTube channel as the complete programs or as shorter Highlights.) Volunteers also began a two-year re-study of Portland’s City Government. Other members participated in small “unit” discussion groups and started interest groups to learn about civic issues and help us plan for future civic education events, as well as for advocacy.
Action Committee volunteers studied the issues that will affect the future of our city, county, and Metro area, and, when the Portland City Council debated issues related to our positions on city planning, government transparency, police accountability and water quality, our Advocacy Team sent letters and testified before the Council.
Volunteer hours are worth a lot!
Some volunteers contribute five or ten hours of their time a year; others contribute 250 to 1,500 hours a year. All together our volunteers donated at least 8,000 hours of their time in the past year. Their time (at $24.14/hour) was worth more than $193,000!
We are grateful to all our dedicated, hard-working and talented volunteers! If YOU would like to help us in the year ahead, when we will be preparing information for the 2018 General Election and for our 2018-19 Civic Education Panel Discussions, please click here.
Prioritizing the Needs of Higher Education in Oregon: the State’s Role in Changing Times
Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 7:00 pm Multnomah County Board Room, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
This event is free and open to the public.
Topics: The 40-40-20 goal for education; State funding for education; Supporting institutions of higher education; Diversity and equity in higher education; The future of public higher education
Discussing these issues will be: Ben Cannon Executive Director, State of Oregon, Higher Education Coordinating Commission Lisa Avery President, Sylvania Campus, Portland Community College Sona Andrews Provost and Vice president for Academic Affairs, Portland State University Lew Frederick Senator, Oregon State Senate District 22
A video recording of the meeting will be available subsequently on Metro East Community Media channels and on demand at here.