2018 Raising the Bar Luncheon

Raising the Bar for Oregon


Our luncheon was a success!

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2018 Annual Luncheon

Thursday, May 17, 2018

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Salem Alliance Church
Cedar Hall 555 Gaines NE



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

Our Keynote Speakers

Dr. Markisha Smith

Oregon Department of Education
Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Dr. Markisha Smith joined the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Oregon Department of Education in August of 2013. She currently serves as Director for the Equity Team.  Her work is specifically focused on best practice in culturally responsive pedagogy and practice and closing opportunity/access/belief gaps for students of color, English Learners, students and experiencing poverty across the state. Markisha’s previous experience includes working as the Director of Undergraduate Teacher Education at Warner Pacific College, as an Assistant Professor at Western Oregon University and Northern Michigan University, and as a high school English teacher in Houston, Texas for nine years.


Heidi Sipe

Umatilla School District


 Heidi Sipe is the Superintendent at Umatilla School District and is the 2016 Oregon Superintendent of the Year. More than two-thirds of students in Umatilla are students of color, the majority Latino. When she and her school board made post-high school success a priority and began to emphasize increasing the attainment of college credits during high school, the percentage of students earning college credits skyrocketed. When they started in 2011-12, only five percent of Umatilla High School students participated in early college programs. Last year, 47 percent of UHS students earned three college credits or more. The graduation rates of students of color also improved. In addition to her work in Umatilla, Sipe has also been a prominent education leader in Oregon for nearly a decade. She has advocated at the state level for smaller districts and ways of engaging historically underrepresented students. A member of Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, she is passionate about diversifying the teacher workforce and improving college teacher programs.

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