Our 2017 Raising the Bar for Oregon Luncheon was a success!

Thank you to our generous business sponsors and supporters who made the luncheon not only possible, but successful.


Our 2017 Luncheon theme was

Partnerships for Student Success: Parents, Schools and Community

Our business sponsors are:

Two videos and a slideshow of the luncheon.

The following video was shown during our luncheon:

11-minute presentation video

And our excellent speakers, Professor Ann Ishimaru and Emilio Solano, as well as our Executive Director, Annalivia Palazzo-Angulo, are available in the full 1-hour video.

Photos of our generous supporters at the luncheon can also be found on our Facebook page.

Thank you Nonprofit Insurance Alliance group!

Father and Daughter

At the end of January, we entered the ANI/NIAC member photo contest. Voting was open for a week, many organizations participated. Although we didn’t win the online voting portion of the photo contest. They loved our photo and was chosen to be featured in their 2014 annual report! A check for $100 was made for us!

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SKCE and the Latino Partnership Project of Oregon Community Foundation

lppSKCE has been part of the Latino Partnership Project of Oregon Community Foundation since it started in 2002. OCF’s LPP helped SKCE become a stable and growing nonprofit with statewide impact through technical assistance grants, mentoring and encouragement to engage in the statewide civic process.

This year, LPP has begun an Oregon Latino Leadership Development Program, which kicked off its first convening at Oregon State University. The second convening was held in Salem at the Joan and Ray Kroc Salvation Army Center, with the theme of “Writing and Telling your Story,” an effort to help Latino led nonprofits share a common story about the Latino community in Oregon and incorporate data and research to strengthen the impact of that story. Peer to peer networking helps emerging Latino organizations to strengthen and build Latino leadership.

To learn more about the Latino Partnership Project, visit their site.

SKCE featured at United Way MWV Campaign Kick-off celebration

Many thanks to the United Way MWV and to Randy Frank and Arturo Vargas for featuring SKCE at their Campaign Kick-off Celebration. United Way supported SKCE’s new parent-led literacy program, Leyendo Avanzamos/Reading Together We Advance, in the funding cycle of 2010-2012 and 2013-2015, to develop partners and expand the program to more schools.

Four Corners Elementary, with Principal Phil Decker, piloted the program for the first year, and Cesar Chavez Elementary, with Principal Olga Cobb, and Scott Elementary, with Principal Dave Bertholf, joined in the pilot for the second and third years. Now in its fourth year, Leyendo Avanzamos has added Hallman Elementary, with Principal Jen Vanslander.

Everyone is excited about the potential of the program to make a major impact on the generation of children that will be expected to pass higher common core standards and will be the first graduating cohort in 2025, with the goal of Governor Kitzhauber, 40-40-20: that’s 40% graduating with a four year degree, 40% graduating with a two year degree or career skills equivalent, and 20% graduating from high school.

SKCE & Chemeketa Three-Year Initiative meets the Governor’s Challenge!


SKCE & Chemeketa Community College Three-Year Initiative meets the Governor’s 40-40-20 by 2025 Challenge!

Yesterday, the Governor held a signing ceremony for two important pieces of education legislation, House Bill 3232 and House Bill 3233.

The public signing marked the official launch of four Strategic Initiatives designed to improve opportunities and outcomes for our students through a targeted investment in key leverage areas:

  • Early literacy
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
  • Creating a college-going culture
  • Building a robust network of supports of our educators

Here’s a video from the Governor on these important efforts and what they will mean for Oregon.

Read the Governor’s remarks at the Education Investment Initiatives Bills signing ceremony.

Read our Executive Director’s Oregon Education Investment Board testimony responding to the Governor’s challenge and our initiative. We’re aligning our parent involvement programs and our parent conference with the new Oregon English Learners Strategic Plan designed by OEIB members and a group of talented educators.

SKCE and OAEE Legislative Day at the Capitol

On March 19, 2013, Oregon Alliance for Education Equity, a coalition between Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality and other education policy- oriented-organizations, had its first ever legislative day at the Oregon Capitol.

Parent leaders and students had the opportunity to meet legislators and go through a series of lobby training.

In all, the event was a success in getting their voice heard in the state capitol!