House Higher Education Committee:
On Monday, the committee heard a very informative briefing and discussions about "distance learning." OUS Chancellor Melody Rose's presentation is provided in this link. Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and University President Larry Large discussed the topic from the private school's point of view. HEEC member Jennifer Diallo, Clackamas Community College staff Steve Beining, OSU Professor Kevin Gable, and Eastern Oregon University Professor Jeffrey Dense provided more data on this subject. I remain a supporter of distance learning and hope universities will continue to find ways to incorporate distance learning in the academic curriculum.
On Wednesday, public and private educators discussed college preparation for our K-12 teachers. The testimony was very informative and covered the different educational and system concepts which our teachers are being taught. We also learned about the "Portland Teachers Program" which is working to recruit and help prepare culturally competent teachers with a special focus on historically under-represented groups in the teaching profession.
House Education Committee:
On Monday, the Oregon Education Investment Board Deputy Director Dr. Doris McEwen presented a briefing on "Oregon's Equity Lens," a diversity project.
On Wednesday, the committee chair Sara Gelser arranged for the committee to travel to Corvallis to meet with 8th grade students at Linus Pauling Middle School. Principal Eric Beasley greeted the legislators. The students as part of their social studies and "Mock Congress" Project announced the bills they have discussed and then spoke about bills and policies being discussed in Salem. It is always fun and informative to visit with and hear from our students.
House Human Services & Housing Committee:
On Monday, the committee had a round table meeting and discussion with Dr. Donna Beegle who had previously testified before the committee. She is the president of "Communication Across Barriers" who works to end poverty. Her biography is on her website, www.combarriers.com.