Governor to visit IMESD March 19

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Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber will visit the offices of the InterMountain Education Service District on Tuesday, March 19, to hear more about several initiatives with which the IMESD is heavily involved, including the Eastern Promise, Early Learning Initiatives and Umatilla County Wraparound.

During the Governor’s 45-minute stop at the IMESD, he will meet in a roundtable discussion with select teachers, superintendents and students to hear the three programs.

The Eastern Promise is a collaboration between the Eastern Oregon University, Blue Mountain Community College, Treasure Valley Community College, IMESD and 19 component school districts that creates additional opportunities for high school students to participate in college-level courses, as well as earn college credits and/or certificates, while still in high school, a big money savings for families. The students who will attend this roundtable discussion with the Governor have participated in the Eastern Promise program this past year.

The Early Learning Initiatives include a variety of programs and tools to better prepare children for kindergarten, and are a joint effort between Head Start and IMESD. Working with multiple community organizations, including Head Start, libraries and local school districts, the Early Learning Initiatives include Ready 2 Learn to help raise early family awareness of the pre-kindergarten through college learning concept, a regional kindergarten readiness screening tool, utilizing School Messenger (a parent notification system) for early learning outreach, and the Umatilla County Wraparound program.

The Umatilla County Wraparound program brings together the IMESD, schools, healthcare, social services, emergency personnel, parents and community members to work toward more effective and seamless services for children and adolescents in Umatilla County with complex behavioral needs.

Pendleton is the Governor’s only stop in Eastern Oregon on March 19.