‘Reimagine Education’ community forum happens May 26

On May 26, state and local leaders will be holding an education forum at Best Western Hood River Inn from 6-7:30 p.m.

The community is invited to participate in what educators are framing as a “reimagining” of education in the state. “Improving education in Oregon takes a community.

Come add your voice to the conversation and help us reimagine education in Oregon! We look forward to seeing you there,” said Hood River County School District Superintendent Dan Goldman.

Participants can learn about Oregon’s education initiatives, contribute to a discussion on the factors supporting student success, and get your questions answered by local and state education leaders. Oregon State Schools Chief Salam Noor will be among the forum participants, according to Goldman. Noor was superintendent of Salem-Keizer schools and assistant state superintendent at the Oregon Department of Education before he was appointed by Gov. Kate Brown in July.

Brown said she chose Noor to oversee all of K-12 education because of his track record of improving student achievement as chief academic officer in Salem schools and at the state education agency, according to an OregonLive article. N oor said his top priorities will align with the governor’s: expanding early childhood education, closing the opportunity gap for minority and low-income students and better ensuring that students graduate high school prepared for college and careers.

“I am really excited about the work,” he said. “We have the right agenda. We have great minds.” Noor is the son of Palestinians. He is a first-generation immigrant, having come to the U.S. from Kuwait on his own at age 16 to join an older brother already living in Seattle. He arrived with limited English skills and graduated from public high school in Seattle. He earned a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and a master’s degree in public administration from Eastern Washington University in the late 1980s.

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