What IS Systemic Change?

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Since the Board of Education will no longer be providing video-taping for cablecast (effective July, 2002), suspended delivery of the "Molalla River Reporter" and stopped communication with the "Educational Ambassadors" (September, 2002) I have tried to provide information regarding education concerns for interested persons:

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Strategic Planning

Building Learning Communities

Searching actively for grant funding to support technology development in the district;

Developing a district media center for more rapid access to materials; and

Changing library roles to that of an access point for media materials of all kinds.

Adequate Funding

Our plans for the future are based on the assumption that adequate funding will be available for all schools in Oregon.  As a society it is important that we begin to place the education of   our young people at the top our social agenda.  Strategies to reach this goal include:

Global/Cultural Understanding

Because the global economy is impacting Molalla businesses, it is essential that our students learn more about different languages and world cultures.  With today’s technology, we can directly communicate with people of different countries.  To achieve this goal, we will:

Formation of a grassroots citizens’ lobbying group to keep our legislators informed about educational needs;

Promote corporate/business  partnerships;

Initiate student-run businesses which provide funding for programs as well as compensation and experience for students.


We believe that technology is an important component in the future direction of the Molalla River School District. Important visions for the future of technology include:

Networking of all classrooms within the district;

Incorporating new technology as it becomes available;

Extensive staff training in the use of technology and applications in the classroom;

Changing teachers’ roles to that of technology facilitators;

Begin bilingual education in Spanish at the primary level;

Foster Japanese Sister City exchange;

Offer Internet access to all district schools;

Offer international business apprenticeships;

Expand foreign exchange opportunities; and

conduct cross-cultural celebration

The Next Step

Smaller action committees are forming to further develop strategies for each vision theme.  From this point, an action plan and ongoing time line will be formed to implement the themes.

If you could lend your time and expertise to this mission, please contact Molalla River School District Superintendent Wayne Kostur, 839-2359.


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