2018 SKCE and SKSD co-sponsored the Summer Culture and Language Institute

Teachers, administrators and other staff attended the 2018 Summer Culture and Language Institute from the Salem Keizer School District and other school districts in the area.  This was the second year the Summer Institute was offered and co-sponsored. The curriculum was appreciated last year, and it was reflected in the attendance, which doubled this year.

The Institute began on June 29th and ended on July 3rd. Mornings were spent learning Spanish, and afternoons were spent with speakers presenting on both culture and education equity. Field trips were also provided to schools that have a high ration of Latino students, a neighborhood that illustrated the problems that Latino families must encounter, as well as Latino businesses and organizations.

This Institute is co-sponsored by the Salem Keizer Coalition for Equality and the Salem Keizer School District.

The following slideshow will give an overview of the kinds of activities that school personnel engaged in during the Institute.


Every Day 24J! Increase Student Attendence in Salem Keizer School District

Join our campaign to increase student attendance in the Salem Keizer School District!

Únase a nuestra campaña para aumentar la asistencia de los estudiantes en el Distrito Escolar de Salem Keizer!

We are doing lots to increase the attendance of Latino students from immigrant Spanish speaking backgrounds by working with their parents.

Estamos trabajando mucho para aumentar la asistencia de los estudiantes latinos de origen hispano-hablante al trabajar con sus padres.

The local absenteeism rates:

(FRL = Free and Reduced Lunch)

Take a look at these results!

¡Eche un vistazo a estos resultados!

Oregon Community Foundation Awards a 3-Year Grant to SKCE

The Oregon Community Foundation has awarded a 3-year grant to SKCE, beginning in the summer of 2018. The goal is to strengthen the fundraising and marketing capacity for programming that helps spanish speaking parents improve the educational achievement of their children.

The first year award is $30,000, the second year is $25,000 and the third year is $20,000.

Board members Arturo Sarmiento-Linares, Christi Ortiz, Fabiola Camacho, Chris Brantley and Charlie Benitez were on hand to accept the grant award along with Annalivia Palazzo-Angulo, the SKCE Executive Director. Susan fuller, the Oregon Community Foundation volunteer representative, presented the grant award.
(Photo L to R: Arturo Sarmiento-Linares, Christi Ortiz, Fabiola Camacho, Annalivia Palazzo-Angulo, Susan Fuller, Chris Brantley, Charlie Benitez)

Thank you, Oregon Community Foundation!

Our 2018 Raising the Bar for Oregon Luncheon was a success!

Between our generous business sponsors and supporters, the 2018 Raising the Bar luncheon was a great success! The luncheon attendees, donors and sponsors together raised a total that was an all time high for SKCE events. 

Our 2018 Luncheon theme question was

How can we accelerate Oregon’s education rate
of success and get out of the bottom 5 in the nation?


The following 11-minute video was shown during our luncheon:


The following video is our full luncheon with guest speakers 

Our Sponsors



Thank You Spirit Mountain Community Fund!

On March 14th, 2018, the Spirit Mountain Community Fund awarded a grant to SKCE. Annalivia Palazzo Angulo and Yadira Juarez received the $40,000 award for SKCE. The Spirit Mountain Community Fund awarded this grant to SKCE so that we can, using our Early Learning parent engagement programs, increase the success of Latino students with immigrant backgrounds and Spanish as their home language in the Salem Keizer School District. Thanks to the generosity of the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, these programs will be in several Title I elementary schools in the spring and fall of 2018.

Jack Giffin, Jr., Yadira Juarez, Annalivia Palazzo-Angulo, Sho Dozono, and Mychal Cherry

SKCE Works to Help Parents Reduce the Achievement Gap

There is an achievement gap between ELL (English Language Learners) and Latino students compared to White students in the Salem Keizer School District. Research shows that if struggling readers have not successfully met the achievement skills of their peers by third grade or age nine, we risk losing up to 75% of them to low performance, low attendance rates, failure to graduate, not being ready for college, or dropping out altogether. Our Parent Engagement programs are successful in affecting student success, from pre-school to high school, all of which use culturally relevant methods and curriculum, with Latino Parent facilitators who have the same culture and life experiences as participants.

Grupo de Apoyo


Cada 17 minutos, al menos seis estadounidenses pierden un ser querido a causa del suicidio.
Muchas de estas personas están aquí, cerca de su casa. En Oregon, el suicidio es la segunda causa de muerte entre nuestros jóvenes, de 10-24 años de edad. Cuando nuestros veteranos re-gresan de la guerra también están en mayor riesgo en comparación de sus compañeros.
La mayoría de las personas afectadas, no tuvieron la oportunidad de detectar
las señales de advertencia.
Las Investigaciones nos dicen que el 66% de las personas que murieron por suicidio mostraron
señales y pistas a familiares o amigos.
Usted tiene la oportunidad de hacer la diferencia en su familia
Usted tiene la oportunidad de salvar una vida!
Venga, juntos aprenderemos como cuidar a nuestro hijos. Espacio limitado.
RVSP o para mas información comuníquese con
Javier Quiroz
Para obtener más detalles acerca de la formación de QPR, póngase en contacto con
Susan McLauchlin, CPS
Educador de la prevención del suicidio,
Departamento de

Unete a nosotros en este taller de esperanza y de aprendizaje, auspiciado por
La Coalición para la Igualdad de Salem-Keizer
El desayuno se servirá de 10:00 a 10:30 a.m. Y el taller de 10:30 a 12:30 p.m.

RVSP o para mas información comuníquese con
Javier Quiroz
Para obtener más detalles acerca de la formación de QPR, póngase en contacto con
Susan McLauchlin, CPS
Educador de la prevención del suicidio,
Departamento de salud del Condado de Marion
503-981-2464 smclauchlin@Co.Marion.or.US

el folleto para el taller de la prevención del suicidio


Reasons to Vote Yes for the Salem-Keizer Schools Bond Measure

SKCE wholeheartedly supports the Salem-Keizer Schools Bond Measure!

As our Executive Director says:

“I am proud to be a Salemite and I know my community will step up and support our 42,000 students and their families by saying YES to the Salem-Keizer Schools Bond Measure. Saying YES means that our schools will not be crowded and they will be safe, healthy places with the resources they need to produce successful students and be the best district in the state of Oregon!

SKCE is doing its part to increase student success for 39% of the district (Latino). Please do your part and vote YES on the Salem-Keizer Schools Bond.”

The YesForSalemKeizerSchools website lists 9 bullet points (copied below) for changes in the Salem-Keizer School District facilities that the bond measure would make possible. Notice that 5 of the 9 list items are expanding teaching areas to accommodate the increasing student enrollment in the school district. The last two listed items are to do maintenance for or replacement of worn out facilities. One of the items is to upgrade facilities for that expected major earthquake and one is to improve safety and security – badly needed, considering the nationwide death toll in our schools in the last several years.

  • Construct new vocational/technical classrooms
  • Make seismic upgrades
  • Construct additional space at elementary schools
  • Make safety and security improvements districtwide
  • Expand and construct additional space at all six of the district’s traditional high schools
  • Construct additional space such as classrooms
  • New science labs
  • Extend the life of existing facilities
  • Replace the district’s worn-out portable buildings

This Bond Measure was Created by Volunteer Citizens in the School District

The Salem-Keizer Schools Bond Measure was constructed by the Citizens Facilities Task Force, made up of 20 volunteer citizens who live in the district and who worked very hard to make it meet basic current and long-range future SKSD needs. They not only listened to other local citizens, but did a feasibility survey to make sure the citizens of the district felt that this bond measure – both the total cost and the areas of emphasis – was a measure they wanted and which could get their votes.