From the beginning, the Grange has been a
passionate advocate for educational opportunities.
Emphasizing education for all; man, woman and
child, the Grange realizes education is the surest
way to promote the next generation.
The Education Committee provides and coordinates program opportunities available to Granges across Oregon.
As we are an organization which started with deep roots in agriculture Ag in the Classroom is a great program to promote agriculture in are schools. It supplies free curriculum and training to educators. At this time the Oregon State Grange is a proud sponsor of Oregon Ag in the Classroom Literacy Project. Each year a new agriculturally themed book is chosen to bring to classrooms around the state. This program connects volunteers with local classrooms in their area where they read the featured book and lead an activity with the students reinforcing the message of the book. Check the website in February for more information on this program and please volunteer.
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Word for Thirds (aka The Dictionary Project
Many Granges donate dictionaries to third grade students. Members enjoy delivering the dictionaries to the classroom, presenting them to each child, and discussing how and why a dictionary is useful even when you can now
lookup words online. Hint: You need to know how to spell the word to find it online. The dictionary is the child’s personal property. Encourage them to take it home when school is out and bring it back for use in the fourth grade.
A packet of materials on The Dictionary Project program is available from the National Grange to help your Grange institute this program in your community. The packet includes: an instruction and presentation guide, a sample letter to send to schools, a dictionary project overview and order form, a label template, a participation form, sample press release, and sample media advisory. You can also download this information from the National Grange website.
After you have contact a teacher and know how many dictionaries you need to order, you can send your order and check to:
The Dictionary Project
P.O. Box 1845
Charleston, SC 29402
If you prefer to make your donation by credit card, call 843-856-2706 or 843-388-8375 or complete the pledge form online by clicking the image above.
We promote education at all levels. These are organizations and governmental agencies that help educational organizations:
Oregon School Boards Association
Founded in 1946, OSBA is governed by a member-elected board and serves K-12 public school boards, public charter school boards, education service district boards, community college boards and the State Board of Education. Through legislative advocacy at state and federal levels, board leadership training, employee management assistance and policy, legal and financial services, OSBA helps locally elected volunteers fulfill their complex public education roles
Oregon Department of Education
The Department fosters excellence for every learner through innovation, collaboration, leadership, and service to our education partners.
Confederation of Oregon School Administrators
Mission Statement: We develop and support educational leaders to ensure student success.
The Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) serves and represents more than 2,000 school administrators, managers and executives. COSA was founded in 1974 to give Oregon’s education leaders a united voice in helping to shape public policy, advocate for schools and speak on behalf of students. COSA’s perspective has earned the respect of educators, the Legislature, the Department of Education and other statewide agencies. COSA consistently puts the interests of schools and students ahead of self-interest.
In addition to advocacy, COSA supports and develops educational leaders with unmatched professional development opportunities—including statewide conferences, regional seminars and workshops, and much more — and a variety of exclusive member services. Areas of focus include school finance and legislative services.
A member-driven umbrella organization, COSA is governed by an elected Board of Directors that represents the organization’s four Departments: the Oregon Association of School Executives (OASE), the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA), the Oregon Elementary School Principals Association (OESPA) and the Oregon Association of Central Office Administrators (OACOA).
Oregon Education Association
The Oregon Education Association (OEA) is a union that represents about 45,000 educators working in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 public schools and community colleges. OEA’s membership includes licensed teachers and specialists, classified/education support professionals (ESPs), community college faculty, retired educators, and student members. OEA members also belong to the 3.2 million members of the National Education Association (NEA).
OEA members are affiliated with Local Associations, which bargain their work contract with support from OEA staff. Local Associations also collaborate with local school districts, community colleges, school boards, and community leaders to provide the basic right of great public education to every student.
The League of Oregon Charter Schools
The League of Oregon Charter Schools has been serving charter school developers since 2001 as a 501(c)(3) corporation. William and Kay Lay from Pioneer Youth Corporation are the founders of
the Oregon Charter School League. All of the board members have started, worked at, developed and actively supported the charter school reform in the nation. Each board member has a proven track record of tirelessly working to create an education of excellence where all children have free access to school choice. We are here as volunteers to support you in your education endeavors, to answer questions, and create an educational partnership with you helping you to be the best school you can possibly be.
Association for Career and Technical Education
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers. This area offers information about the history, mission and structure of ACTE, as well as details on our annual awards program.
Oregon Association of Education Service Districts
The Oregon Association of Education Service Districts is a non-profit organization dedicated to support every school district in Oregon in their mission to help every child to succeed. OAESD has 17 member Education Service Districts. Each has its own Board of Directors, a superintendent and a staff dedicated to providing high quality, low cost programs and services to the school districts in their region.
OAESD exists to support each member ESD in their regional work. We work closely with the Oregon Department of Education, the Oregon Confederation of School Administrators, the Oregon School Boards Association, the Oregon Education Association, the Oregon School Employees Association, the Governor’s Office, the Oregon Legislature, etc. We meet monthly to work out issues together, disseminate information, and provide professional development and support. Between meetings, we provide our ESDs with weekly information on current events in the state. We also host both a fall and spring conference for our members.
The Oregon Small Schools Association is a non-profit corporation of the small schools themselves, an entirely separate entity. The Oregon Small Schools Association combined with the Oregon Small High School Consortium effective July 1, 2004. This provided one stronger organization of small schools to ensure our interests are being heard in Salem. The OSSA Board of Directors, elected by member school districts, provides a liaison to all the professional education associations, colleges and universities. Through their work, consideration for small schools is being achieved.
Chief Education Office
The vision of the Chief Education Office is to build and coordinate a seamless system of education that meets the diverse learning needs of Oregonians from birth through college and career. We are focused on ensuring that each and every Oregon student graduates high school, college and career ready with the support and opportunities they need to thrive. Specifically, we are focused on ensuring every student in the state graduates from high school and that Oregon reaches its 40-40-20 goal.
Foundations for a Better Oregon
Foundations for a Better Oregon was formed in 2003 by five of Oregon’s leading foundations: The Collins Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, JELD-WEN Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust and The Oregon Community Foundation. In January 2008, The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation joined the FBO consortium. FBO is governed by a board of directors, which includes the executive officer of each of the six member foundations, in addition to one representative of each foundation’s board of directors or trustees.
Launched in early 2004, Chalkboard’s first two years were spent conducting extensive public opinion polling as well as town halls and focus groups. The organization also engaged in extensive research about the state of Oregon’s public schools and national and international best practices. By combining what Oregonians said they wanted for their schools with what research had shown to be successful, Chalkboard developed a 15-point action plan that addressed issues of funding, quality and accountability.
Since the first action plan was developed, Chalkboard has championed bills in the legislature, funded pilot projects, run grant programs and continued to help create a more informed and engaged public who understand and address the tough choices and trade-offs required to build strong schools.
“You don’t grow old, when you stop growing, you are old”