OSBA Sounding Boards

Jake Arnold

OSBA's Sounding Boards is a regular exploration of Oregon's public schools system with education experts and passionate advocates.

All Episodes

The Oregon Department of Education is here to help school districts and education service districts as the Student Success Act adds public education program funding and puts new demands on school leaders, says Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Colt Gill.

Feb 2020

17 min 30 sec

John Van Dreal, an internationally recognized school safety expert, explains how the Salem-Keizer Threat Assessment System he helped pioneer guides educators to identify potential student threats and intervene before they escalate to tragedy.

Jan 2020

22 min 23 sec

Better Together connects the community with central Oregon schools to close gaps. The nonprofit is helping facilitate internships that give students valuable work and education skills while also building bridges between the business community and classrooms.

Nov 2019

13 min 43 sec

The Student Success Act commands Oregon school districts to consider equity issues. National consultant and former school board member Daryl Dixon addresses why equity is important and how school leaders can approach community conversations.

Oct 2019

14 min 27 sec

McMinnville School District, recognizing the importance of early learning for student success, has created programs to engage and teach children and and their families before they ever enter the K-12 system.

Sep 2019

17 min 13 sec

Erick Flores, an Oregon teacher and school board member, offers his personal observations about how the Student Success Act will help schools provide more opportunities for their students.

Aug 2019

14 min 26 sec

For La Grande Superintendent George Mendoza, relationship-building is the basis of helping students who have suffered trauma learn better and be successful in school. The district’s Culture of Care Plan not only helps the students but also helps the staff as it gives them more tools to create a safe, happy and productive learning environment.

Jul 2019

19 min 12 sec

The Student Success Act, a bill to create a significant and stable investment in Oregon's schools, is working its way through the Legislature, offering real hope for district leaders. OSBA Executive Director Jim Green explains how the legislation works and what it means for communities.

May 2019

20 min 42 sec

Rep. Barbara Smith Warner, co-chair of the Joint Committee on Student Success, reveals why legislators think schools need more money and what they hope to accomplish in the 2019 legislative session.

Mar 2019

19 min 4 sec

Nicole Barker, the Tigard High math department chair, and Alfonso Ramirez, the trauma-informed specialist coordinator at Tigard High, share their insights from a pilot program exploring how to teach students who are impacted by trauma.

Jan 2019

25 min 29 sec

Oregon Sen. Arnie Roblan shares what the Joint Interim Committee on Student Success has learned and what it hopes to accomplish.

Dec 2018

18 min 49 sec

OSBA Legislative Services Director Lori Sattenspiel and Legislative Specialist Richard Donovan describe the trials and tribulations, as well as the purpose, of OSBA's Fall Regional meetings.

Sep 2018

15 min 58 sec