The EAC coordinates a systemic approach to continuously assessing needs as well as coordinating priorities for services and resources to support Oregon educators. Since 2018, in partnership with state and local education agency partners, professional organizations, as well as institutions of higher education, the EAC has begun building P-20 system-wide capacity to align, coordinate, and integrate educator preparation and professional learning efforts to ensure that educators experience a seamless system of support throughout their careers, and to ensure that students experience high quality and culturally responsive learning, in particular students of color, students with disabilities, emerging bilingual students, and students navigating poverty, houselessness, and foster care.
The Council expands Oregon’s efforts to further support educators statewide including, but not limited to:
Establishing 10 Regional Educator Networks(REN) as a way to center teacher and community voices in designing and supporting open access to regional, high-quality, culturally responsive professional learning that reflects local context and career stages. RENs, each led by a coordinating body representative of the region, have organized around improving systems to support educators. There is a strong focus on funding innovative change ideas and not programs. This approach allows for educators’ experiences to drive the work, creating a structure for regional innovation.
Supporting the Oregon Teacher Scholars and Administrators Programs to help achieve purposes of the Educator’s Equity Act, including scholarships, mentoring, networking and other resources for racially or linguistically diverse teaching candidates.
Better aligning early learning professional development efforts with K-12.
Researching and addressing issues related to educator workforce supply and demand, including contributing to the Educator Equity Report.
Investing funds from the Student Success Act (HB 3427) to establish and support programs aimed at improving educational opportunities for Oregon students through a statewide strategy for increasing educator retention, diversity, mentoring and coaching, participation in educator preparation programs, and educator scholarships.
Use the following links to learn more about the current EAC Directors and EAC staff.