OAESD Spring Conference

As an ESD board member, I found the OAESD conference to be energetic and informative. I enjoyed meeting people and witnessing their passion for education and student well-being. It gave me a fresh perspective and appreciation for the ESD’s role in state-wide initiatives and direction. I am proud to be part of this group.”

- Seana Barry, High Desert ESD Board Member

After a multi-year pause due to COVID-19, OAESD was excited to hold the Spring Conference in-person at the beautiful Sunriver Resort in Central Oregon, March 9-11, 2022. This year’s theme was “Reconnection,” and we had a wonderful time fostering our statewide reconnection through the multitude of opportunities at the Conference. The conference kicked off on Wednesday with the Governance Council meeting and then a Vendors Reception. Thursday started with a thoughtful welcome and introduction by OAESD’s president, Paul Andrews, and OAESD’s Chair, Kelly Bissinger, titled “Reconnecting as an Association.” We then heard from keynote speaker Trudy Arriaga who authored Opening Doors, an Implementation Template for Cultural Proficiency. She shared inspiring stories of leadership and practices that can be implemented in our own communities. She also presented during the breakout sessions on actions reflecting our values. Trudy shared the journey of how one district transformed from unintentionally participating in practices that marginalized students and their communities to being committed and successful in making the education of all students a common priority. In the afternoon we heard Stories from Around the State: Equity Panel Presentation. The day continued with six breakout sessions showcasing topics including: Co-Developing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Education Practitioners within Complex Organizations; Grounding Conversations: The Journey of Multnomah ESD; Workforce Readiness: Partnering Toward a Thriving Future; Our Equity Journey in the Midst of a Pandemic; Building Relationships Across Difference: Dialogic Approaches to Centering Race in Equity Education. The evening concluded with the President’s Reception followed by the banquet dinner and recognition ceremony. During the banquet we heard from Brent Barry, Oregon Superintendent of the Year. On Friday, Ethelyn Tumalad, Oregon Teacher of Year presented to the group as well as Joan Wade, Executive Director, Association of Education Service Agencies. We then heard from Ann Hargraves, Professional Learning Coach, on the topic The We in Wellbeing. Continuing with our conference theme, Kelly Bissinger, OAESD Board Chair, Joe McElligott, IMESD Board Vice Chair, and Mark Mulvihill, IMESD Superintendent presented on “Strengthening ESD relationships for those we serve.” As the conference concluded, Amber Eaton, OAESD Executive Director presented “OAESD’s Statewide Leadership in the Coming Years.” Thanks to everyone that attended the Spring Conference. A big thanks to Frontline, Inflexion, PACE, Moda, Corwin and Promethean as event sponsors and to the exhibitors that joined us. It is not too early to be thinking about next year’s conference that will be at SunRiver Resort from May 10 to 12. We would love to hear ideas and topics. Hope to see you there!

" The conference was fantastic, having the opportunity to listen to the needs and points of view from all ESDs across the state was tremendous. I look forward to working closely with the ESDs to help support their initiatives. See you guys at the next one! "

- Brian Dasaro, STS Education

Community Summer Grant Program


Equip, Encourage, Excite, Engage!

In 2022, the Oregon State Legislature committed an additional $50 million for summer learning programs provided to community-based organizations across the state through grants administered by the Oregon Association of Education Service Districts (OAESD).

The focus of these grants is to prioritize those students experiencing disabilities and other student communities who have been historically underserved. Recipients of these grant funds are encouraged to use these funds to reduce or remove barriers to student participation for these groups. These funds are designed to continue the equity work started in 2021 and continue to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on those student communities most affected.

To find out more, please subscribe to receive regular updates and visit the Summer Learning web page.

Click on the picture below to view the 2022 OAESD Executive Summary!

OAESD Executive Summary
Oregon Association of Education Service Districts is a partnership between: Clackamas, Columbia Gorge, Douglas, Grant, Harney, High Desert, InterMountain, Jefferson,Lake, Lane, Linn Benton Lincoln, Malheur, Multnomah, North Central, Northwest Regional, South Coast, Southern Oregon, Wallowa, and Willamette Education Service Districts.
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