Education Celebration Award Winner Interview: Andy Nelson, Music Teacher At North Albany Middle School

This is one of our favorites every year: the Education Celebration Award.

We love recognizing achievement by K-12 educators in the state of Oregon and we’re proud to share our first winner in this school year, Andy Nelson, music teacher and band leader at North Albany Middle School.

Humbled by this recognition, Andy is all about empowering his students to find what they thrive on most. We had a chance to catch up with Andy after the ceremony to get his thoughts on the award, what he values most about teaching, optimism about education in Oregon and more.

Education Celebration Award Interview: Andy Nelson

We are accepting nominations for the next Education Celebration Award now. Please visit the Oregon College Savings Plan site for more information.

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Give The Gift Of College Savings This Holiday

It’s a quick and easy gift this holiday.

The gift of college savings.

If you’re looking to give something a little different this year, consider contributing to someone’s Oregon College Savings Plan account.

Just get in touch with the recipient’s account owner and let them know that you would like to contribute. Send them that amount directly to be put in their account.

Then, you can visit the Oregon College Savings Plan gift page and print out a certificate for Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. Fill in the information and you’ll be giving a gift that lasts a lifetime — the gift of education.

Happy Holidays from all of us at the Oregon College Savings Plan.

An Interesting Infographic On The Importance Of Saving For College

Rolling around Twitter today, we came across this interesting infographic from GradSave.

From the publisher:

With college costs rising at 8% annually, experts agree that saving for college is crucial for today’s youth to be able to attend college. That said, there are many factors that contribute to a successful savings strategy. One of the most important factors is utilizing a 529 college savings plan, sometimes referred to as a 401(k) for kids, which accrues interest over time and is tax-deductible. And when the power of 529 savings is combined with the power of crowdfunding, the amount you save for your child’s college savings can be astonishing, especially if you start saving when they are first born!

Oregon College Saving Plan Podcast: Episode 30

We chat with Michael Parker, Executive Director of the Oregon College Savings Plan about: summer reading, KATU partnership, the Education Celebration Award, the Civil War Promotion, plan contributions, plan options/opportunities and more.

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Oregon College Saving Plan Podcast: Episode 29

We catch up with Michael Parker, Executive Director of the Oregon College Savings Plan and discuss: On this podcast, we discuss summer reading (and how to win a $1,000 Oregon College Savings Plan account), e-Delivery and this year’s Civil War promotion for Oregon State and Oregon fans.

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Summer Reading: The Stats Tell The Story

Learning loss when not engaging in educational activities.

Two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months lost.

Achievement gap.

Loss of academic knowledge and higher risks of obesity over summer months.

There are just some of the statistics that are signaling significant challenges for students when they are away from school during the summer. In fact, some of this research started being released in 1906.

That’s not a typo. 1906.

Reading, along with other educational activities during the summer, is one of the best ways that students of any age can keep their minds and imaginations sharp. It’s also a habit that can get kids pointed in the right direction as they continue their academic careers — including college.

And even though we have just started the month of August, there is still plenty of time to encourage your children to get in the reading habit. Visit your local library. Talk to the staff. See the vast amount of reading opportunity that’s available.

Additionally, there is still time to enter THINK BIG Save For College, our summer reading promotion. We have joined the Oregon State Library and the Oregon Library Association — and are giving away fifteen $1,000 Oregon College Savings Plan accounts. Please take moment to enter before the August 31st deadline.

We wish you a happy remainder of the summer.

And happy reading, every day, throughout the year.

 

Education Celebration Award Winner Interview: Jody Amri, Stafford Primary

This one was a surprise. Literally.

Our final Education Celebration Award winner for the school year, Jody Amri, a second grade teacher at Stafford Primary in West Linn, had no idea that she had won. Her family and colleagues kept it a secret and, at the final school assembly, Jody received the great news.

We had a chance to catch up with her to talk about the award, the surprise, her thoughts on education in Oregon and more.

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Education Celebration Award Winner #2: Catherine Hawkins of Central Linn Elementary in Halsey, Oregon

Last week, we were honored to present the second Education Celebration Award to Catherine Hawkins, Kindergarten teacher at Central Linn Elementary School in Halsey.

We caught up with Catherine after receiving the award — and had a moment to chat about the excitement of winning the award, what she values most about her work, the future of education and more.

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Additionally, we spoke with Rebekah Schneiter, the parent who nominated Catherine, about her motivation for the nomination and more.

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Congratulations to a wonderful educator at another amazing Oregon school.

Our next nomination deadline for the Education Celebration Award is May 15th.

OCSP Podcast 28 – Education Celebration, Big Brothers Big Sisters Partnership and New OSCP Portfolios

We catch up with Michael Parker, Executive Director of the Oregon College Savings Plan and talk about the great Education Celebration Award ceremony at Sunnyslope Elementary School in Roseburg, the excitement around the award, our partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters and new portfolio options at the Oregon College Savings Plan.

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Education Celebration Award Winner: Stephen Buckley of Sunnyslope Elementary School in Roseburg, Oregon

We were very proud to honor our first recipient of the Education Celebration Award, Stephen Buckley, this past Friday at Sunnyslope Elementary School in Roseburg.
After the ceremony, we had a few moments to chat with him about: his reaction to winning, his first year in teaching, his core teaching philosophy, what excites him most about the future of education in Oregon, advice to new educators and more.

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