In 2017, Senate Bill 182 established the Educator Advancement Council (EAC) with the mission to empower, support, and diversify Oregon's educator workforce through local, educator-led networks, and statewide resources to provide the quality teaching and learning Oregonians desire. In Fall 2019, the EAC launched 10 Regional Educator Networks (REN). The RENs facilitate a process that centers the voices of educators to make meaningful, systemic changes to improve recruitment, retention, and professional learning. The RENs do this work through a networked continuous improvement process.
Established in 2019, Region C became the Western Regional Educator Network (WREN), serving 28 school districts and two education service districts located throughout Lane, Linn, Benton, and Lincoln Counties.
The WREN uses a continuous improvement model to improve the processes, systems and projects that enhance the teaching experience. By prioritizing teacher voice, the WREN supports projects, or change ideas, that will increase the recruitment and retention of qualified teachers who reflect the faces of our students. WREN support includes coaching, professional development opportunities, networked improvement, and funding.
To learn more about the Western REN's development, check out our 2021-2023 REN Plan Here.
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Our Mission & Aim
Our Theory of Change
The Focus of Our Efforts
Rather than moving haphazardly into making changes, improvement science asks us to develop a working theory of improvement first. This theory provides our network with an overview of hypothesized solutions while allowing us to narrow our focus on high-leverage areas.
Hiring committees mitigate implicit bias and embrace equitable and inclusive practices
Teachers of Color will have a sense of belonging to a regional support group with other Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPoC) educators
Aspiring teachers have access to the resources and support needed to become an educator
Building and district leaders will be committed to equity and creating a culture of belonging and inclusivity
Structures & Systems
Systemic support for meeting the social-emotional needs of BIPoC staff