How the Pandemic Made Schools Even Better
Time: Noon to 1:15 pm
We will meet at Carlita's at the top of the Gordon Hotel, 555 Oak St. More info on Carlita's is at https://www.thegordonhotel.com/dining. Lunch is optional; please, no outside food. Park in the lot north of the railroad tracks on High or park west of Market Square on 5th.
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Beginning around March 2020, Covid-19 shuttered many public institutions, eventually including schools. For students in K-12, this meant shifting to online learning, from systems that relied on in-person, hands-on connections to inspire and maintain engagement. The online model was already known and used by a few students, but access to technology was still uneven. Most teachers had to learn to use entirely different approaches, and most parents had to find new ways to meet the challenges of daytime child supervision usually provided by schools. The interruption of familiar educational programs led to discoveries of gaps in the existing systems and provided powerful incentives to create new strategies.
The superintendents of the three major districts in our metro area will describe what we learned and how that experience is informing programs and planning as we move forward.
Please note the change of location for this meeting!
Organization: 4J School District
Andy Dey served as the director of secondary education, overseeing middle and high schools, before becoming superintendent of Eugene School district 4J. He previously served as principal of South Eugene High School, principal of Agnes Stewart Middle School, assistant principal of Thurston High School, and curriculum director at a PreK-12 international school in Santiago, Chile. In his early years as an educator, he taught middle and high school science. He earned a BA in biology at the College of Charleston and a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Oregon College of Education.
Organization: Springfield Public Schools
Todd Hamilton served eight years as superintendent of Creswell schools before assuming that role in Springfield in 2019. A post-college summer job as an outdoor program instructor in Vermont inspired in him a love of teaching and he came back to Oregon, where he worked as an elementary school teacher. He earned a BA at UO and a master’s degree in teaching at Pacific University.
Organization: Bethel School District
Kraig Sproles started his career in education in Oklahoma at a school focused on the success of Native American students. He has been a teacher, school improvement coordinator, principal of a dual-language school, and district director of academic achievement before becoming Salem-Keizer’s assistant superintendent. He joined the Bethel district in 2021. He earned a BA in communications from the University of Sioux Falls, MAs in experiential education from the University of Minnesota and in education from George Fox University, and a doctorate in education from the University of Oregon.