2017 ORS 342.940¹
Educator Advancement Council
  • members
  • duties
  • rules

(1) As used in this section and ORS 342.943 (System of educator networks), “educator” means a teacher, administrator or other school professional who is licensed, registered or certified by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.

(2)(a) The Educator Advancement Council is created, as provided by ORS 190.010 (Authority of local governments to make intergovernmental agreement) (5) and with the authority described in ORS 190.110 (Authority of units of local government and state agencies to cooperate), for the purposes of providing resources related to educator professional learning and other educator supports.

(b) The council shall function through an intergovernmental agreement, as provided by ORS 190.003 (Definition for ORS 190.003 to 190.130) to 190.130 (Effect of ORS 190.125). The intergovernmental agreement shall outline the governance framework and the administrative details necessary for the efficient and effective implementation of the duties of the council.

(3)(a) The council shall consist of members who are representatives of the members of the intergovernmental agreement creating the council, including representatives of state agencies, school districts and education service districts.

(b) In addition to the members of the council specified in paragraph (a) of this subsection, the council shall consist of members who are:

(A) Practicing educators, early learning providers and professionals and school district board members; and

(B) Representatives of educator preparation providers, education-focused nonprofit organizations, education-focused philanthropic organizations, professional education associations, community-based education organizations that represent families and students, post-secondary institutions of education and federally recognized tribes of this state.

(c) The majority of the members of the council identified under paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection may identify additional members of the council.

(4) The council shall:

(a) Establish a system of educator networks, as described in ORS 342.943 (System of educator networks), by which every educator in this state has access to professional learning opportunities; and

(b) Connect educator networks and facilitate communications within and among the networks to improve teaching and learning.

(5) The Chief Education Office shall provide support to the strategic direction of the council by:

(a) Conducting and coordinating research to monitor:

(A) Teaching and learning conditions;

(B) Educator workforce supply and demand; and

(C) Common outcomes and measures anticipated to promote improvement in teaching and learning.

(b) Assisting the council in coordinating and connecting educator networks, supporting professional learning priorities, enabling access to professional learning and supports, leveraging funding sources and managing innovation funds.

(c) Recommending statutory and agency rule changes needed to support the purposes of the council.

(d) Supporting programs that help to achieve the purposes of the Educators Equity Act.

(e) Supporting a statewide plan for increasing:

(A) The supply of culturally diverse teacher candidates; and

(B) The successful recruitment of effective educators to work in high-need schools and in practice areas with a shortage of educators.

(f) Identifying high-leverage educator practices to be developed by educators throughout their careers.

(g) Providing accountability of the council by ensuring that the council:

(A) Gives preference, when making recommendations about funding distributions, to entities that have demonstrated success in improving student indicators.

(B) Considers the delivery of services for the benefit of all regions of this state when establishing the system of educator networks.

(C) Works toward improving student progress indicators identified by the Chief Education Office or set forth in ORS 350.014 (Mission of education beyond high school).

(D) Includes and connects education providers and leaders from prekindergarten through post-secondary education.

(h) Providing staff support for the administrative functions of the council.

(6) The Department of Education shall provide support to the council by:

(a) Developing a system that allows for the statewide dissemination of emerging practices and evidence-based models.

(b) Providing technical assistance to the council, including online systems for sharing professional learning resources and supporting educator networks.

(c) Administering the distribution of grant and contract funds for programs described in this section.

(d) Providing administrative support to the educator networks, including:

(A) Making recommendations to the Chief Education Office and the council about the selection of the sponsors of educator networks;

(B) Providing technical assistance to educator networks; and

(C) Entering into grant agreements or contracts for the distribution of funds to educator networks.

(7)(a) The Chief Education Office, the State Board of Education and the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission may adopt any rules necessary at the request of the council to support the council or to perform any duties assigned to the office, board or commission under this section.

(b) The council may adopt rules pursuant to ORS chapter 183 for the purpose of ORS 342.943 (System of educator networks). [2017 c.639 §1]

Note: The amendments to 342.940 (Educator Advancement Council) by sections 20 and 25, chapter 639, Oregon Laws 2017, become operative June 30, 2019. See section 72, chapter 774, Oregon Laws 2015, as amended by section 14, chapter 682, Oregon Laws 2015, section 20, chapter 763, Oregon Laws 2015, and section 27, chapter 639, Oregon Laws 2017, and see section 24, chapter 639, Oregon Laws 2017. The text that is operative on and after June 30, 2019, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

342.940 (Educator Advancement Council). (1) As used in this section and ORS 342.943 (System of educator networks), “educator” means a teacher, administrator or other school professional who is licensed, registered or certified by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.

(2)(a) The Educator Advancement Council is created, as provided by ORS 190.010 (Authority of local governments to make intergovernmental agreement) (5) and with the authority described in ORS 190.110 (Authority of units of local government and state agencies to cooperate), for the purposes of providing resources related to educator professional learning and other educator supports.

(b) The council shall function through an intergovernmental agreement, as provided by ORS 190.003 (Definition for ORS 190.003 to 190.130) to 190.130 (Effect of ORS 190.125). The intergovernmental agreement shall outline the governance framework and the administrative details necessary for the efficient and effective implementation of the duties of the council.

(3)(a) The council shall consist of members who are representatives of the members of the intergovernmental agreement creating the council, including representatives of state agencies, school districts and education service districts.

(b) In addition to the members of the council specified in paragraph (a) of this subsection, the council shall consist of members who are:

(A) Practicing educators, early learning providers and professionals and school district board members; and

(B) Representatives of educator preparation providers, education-focused nonprofit organizations, education-focused philanthropic organizations, professional education associations, community-based education organizations that represent families and students, post-secondary institutions of education and federally recognized tribes of this state.

(c) The majority of the members of the council identified under paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection may identify additional members of the council.

(4) The council shall:

(a) Establish a system of educator networks, as described in ORS 342.943 (System of educator networks), by which every educator in this state has access to professional learning opportunities;

(b) Coordinate the distribution of moneys to educator networks from the Educator Advancement Fund based on the needs of the educators identified by the networks;

(c) Connect educator networks and facilitate communications within and among the networks to improve teaching and learning; and

(d) Continuously assess the needs of educators in this state and coordinate priorities based on the moneys available for distribution from the Educator Advancement Fund.

(5) The Department of Education shall provide support to the strategic direction of the council by:

(a) Conducting and coordinating research to monitor:

(A) Teaching and learning conditions;

(B) Educator workforce supply and demand; and

(C) Common outcomes and measures anticipated to promote improvement in teaching and learning.

(b) Assisting the council in coordinating and connecting educator networks, supporting professional learning priorities, enabling access to professional learning and supports, leveraging funding sources and managing innovation funds.

(c) Recommending statutory and agency rule changes needed to support the purposes of the council.

(d) Supporting programs that help to achieve the purposes of the Educators Equity Act.

(e) Supporting a statewide plan for increasing:

(A) The supply of culturally diverse teacher candidates; and

(B) The successful recruitment of effective educators to work in high-need schools and in practice areas with a shortage of educators.

(f) Identifying high-leverage educator practices to be developed by educators throughout their careers.

(g) Providing accountability of the council by ensuring that the council:

(A) Gives preference, when making recommendations about funding distributions, to entities that have demonstrated success in improving student indicators.

(B) Considers the delivery of services for the benefit of all regions of this state when establishing the system of educator networks.

(C) Works toward improving student progress indicators identified by the Department of Education or set forth in ORS 350.014 (Mission of education beyond high school).

(D) Includes and connects education providers and leaders from prekindergarten through post-secondary education.

(h) Providing staff support for the administrative functions of the council.

(i) Developing a system that allows for the statewide dissemination of emerging practices and evidence-based models.

(j) Providing technical assistance to the council, including online systems for sharing professional learning resources and supporting educator networks.

(k) Administering the distribution of grant and contract funds for programs described in this section.

(L) Providing administrative support to the educator networks, including:

(A) Making recommendations to the council about the selection of the sponsors of educator networks;

(B) Providing technical assistance to educator networks; and

(C) Entering into grant agreements or contracts for the distribution of funds to educator networks.

(6)(a) The State Board of Education and the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission may adopt any rules necessary at the request of the council to support the council or to perform any duties assigned to the board or commission under this section.

(b) The council may adopt rules pursuant to ORS chapter 183 for the purpose of ORS 342.943 (System of educator networks).

Note: 342.940 (Educator Advancement Council) and 342.943 (System of educator networks) were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 342 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

Notes of Decisions

Under these sec­tions a nontenured teacher may be entitled to a fair hearing. Vanderzanden v. Lowell Sch. Dist. 71, 369 F Supp 67 (1973)

The procedural require­ments contained in these sec­tions apply to all, or substantially all, nonper­sonal discharges of instructors and administrators and to the transfer of administrators. Schaaf v. Sch. Dist. No. 4J, 19 Or App 838, 529 P2d 943 (1974), Sup Ct review denied

Where senior high school principals were transferred to posi­tions as junior high school principals, allegedly in viola­tion of Fair Dismissal Law, ap­peal must first be made to Fair Dismissal Appeals Board and issuance of writ of mandamus by circuit court was improper. Zollinger v. Warner, 286 Or 19, 593 P2d 1107 (1979)

Law Review Cita­tions

16 WLR 409 (1979)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 342—Teachers and Other School Personnel, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors342.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 342, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano342.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
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