Betsy Miller-Jones has served as the interim executive director of OSBA since January 2012. From 2004 through 2011 she provided training, facilitation and board development services to Oregon school district, ESD and community college boards. Betsy has six years experience as an elected school board member and prior experience with executive search services and board training with the New Hampshire School Boards Association. She is a nationally recognized board trainer, presenting at the National School Boards Association annual convention and at other state conferences. Betsy has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Duke University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The new achievement compacts put in place by the Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB) call for school boards to set annual targets of student achievement that will lead to 100% graduation from high school by the year 2025. The first achievement compacts were entered into between school boards and the OEIB last spring (2012). This spring (2013) will be the first complete cycle of reviewing data, incorporating public comment and building on the recommendations of the achievement compact advisory committees in each district. To help board members better understand both the how and the why behind achievement compacts, OSBA sat down with Chief Education Officer Dr. Rudy Crew and asked a series of questions about both the process and the philosophy behind this new way of doing business. (more…)