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The website you are reading now "Links for Portland Parents of Talented and Gifted Children is at http://www.tagpdx.org/

 

Contents of this page:

 

(see "Media reports" and "state/federal for other Oregon districts)

 

 

Portland TAG appeal

PPS TAG appeal Timeline

Oregon Department of Education letter finding Portland in compliance, July 1, 2011 (finds PPS in compliance)

Oregon Department of Education letter to Portland Public Schools, May 31, 2011

Department of Education findings, July 8, 2010  (find PPS still out of compliance in some areas)

Oregon Department of Education letter to Portland, November 11, 2009 

My letter to the Department of Education concerning TAG compliance, October 11, 2009

Oregon Department of Education cover letter to parents, June 11, 2009

Oregon Department of Education issues a letter finding Portland still out of compliance, May 11, 2009

Revised Portland (final) TAG Compliance Plan, June 30, 2008 (note: final page is illegible in original)

transcript of final page

Portland TAG Compliance Plan May 29, 2008

       Third Compliance order and letter from the Oregon Department of Education (February 28, 2008)

 

Second (amended) Compliance order from the Oregon Department of Education (March 2001)

Circuit Court Order

(for appeals from other Oregon school districts, see state/federal )

 

Portland TAG Advisory Council (TAGAC) papers

 

Research-Based Best Practices and Recommendations for Talented and Gifted Services in Portland Public Schools, Compiled by the Portland Public Schools Talented and Gifted Advisory Council, June 4, 2007
 
Cover letter accompanying the Best Practices report, submitted to the Student Achievement Committee, June 6, 2007
 
Office of Talented and Gifted - Draft Strategic Plan, June 2007
 
TAG Advisory Council Year-End Report for 2006-07
 
TAGAC feedback on TAG Strategic Plan draft, November, 2007
 
Reply to TAGAC by Judy Elliott, Chief, Office of Teaching and Learning, March 6, 2008.
 

Portland Public Schools, TAG Program Review 10/08/04   Conducted by Barbara Maurer

   

Portland Public Schools

Portland Public Schools' main home page: http://www.pps.k12.or.us includes information about individual schools, the central administration, and the school board. 

The TAG department homepage, http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/tag/index.htm

 provides information about the TAG department, and school district policies, including the school district's "Framework" for providing TAG services. It is possible to find this page as a link from the main PPS homepage but it takes some searching. Select "directory" and then look in the list of "departments, services, projects."

The TAG department director, Pat Thompson  pthompson@pps.k12.or.us

TAG office: 503-916-3358 (at Rice school)

6433 NE Tillamook

Portland, Oregon 97213

 FAX 503-916-3296

 

Organization Chart: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/files/about-us/PPS_Org_Chart_2011-12.pdf

 

 

Framework for Meeting the Needs of TAG students (June 1996, revised June 1998)

 

ACCESS alternative program for very gifted students (located at Sabin School) http://www.pps.k12.or.us/.docs/pg/3023

"Draft five" of the ACCESS proposal

http://www.pps.k12.or.us/depts/tag/program/access_draft5.pdf

Board Resolution approving the ACCESS program

http://www.pps.k12.or.us/depts/tag/program/access_board02.pdf

 

Program Review: Portland Public Schools Services for Talented and Gifted. Carried out by consultant Barbara Maurer for the PPS TAG department 2002-03 ( .pdf files) http://159.191.14.138/.docs/pg/3024

TAG Advisory Council http://www.tag.pps.k12.or.us/.docs/pg/10288

 

Portland School District Board Instructional Policies relevant to TAG:

 

 Portland Public School district complaint procedure, from the PPS Parent Handbook, copied here for convenience http://www.tagpdx.org/complaint.htm

For Oregon state standards complaints, see below or here

Portland Public School district Section 504 Manual (for students with disabilities) http//www.pps.k12.or.us/directives-c/pol-reg/504manual.pdf

PPS Board of Education:
(The board is comprised of volunteers elected by zone, but serve all of Portlandís residents)

 http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/board/843.htm

 

School Board Committees:


Board Exec Leadership/Agenda Setting

Co-Chair: Director Sargent

Co-Chair: Director Knowles

Staff Lead: Superintendent Carole Smith

Zeke Smith

Jollee Patterson

Lynda Rose

 

Finance, Audit and Operations Committee

Chair: Director Wynde

Director Regan

Director Knowles

Staff Lead: CJ Sylvester

 

Student Achievement Committee

Chair: Director Adkins

Director Wynde (Fall/Winter)

Director Williams (Spring/Summer)

Director Gonzalez

Student Representative Yazdani

Staff Lead: Carla Randall

 

Charter Schools Committee

Chair: Director Williams

Director Sargent

Director Gonzalez

Staff Lead: Kristen Miles

 

PPS Administration:
The main phone number for PPS is 503-916-2000, www.pps.k12.or.us
Carole Smith, Superintendent: superintendent@pps.k12.or.us
Calendar of events: www.pps.k12.or.us/news/events.php

 

Gifted children in Portland Public Schools: stories

 

Other local resources:

XL-PDX See below, to subscribe to the list for Portland area parents

 

Portland Gifted Education Examiner, a blog written by Laurie Fry

http://www.examiner.com/gifted-education-in-portland/laurie-fry

ASPIRE: a project of Americorps to provide mentoring and college application assistance to Oregon students http://www.aspireoregon.org/about.html

 

McMinnville School District TAG page Well designed and helpful with advice for teachers and parents and a good assortment of links to local and national resources. Recommended  http://www.msd.k12.or.us/tagweb/

 

Chalkboard Project http://www.chalkboardproject.org/index.php A collaborative effort among five Oregon foundations to raise public awareness on education issues.

 

Community and Parents for Public Schools of Portland: the local branch of a national organization:  http://www.cppsportland.org (also offers an e-mail list--see below)

 

East Metro TAG Network  made up of community members and district TAG representatives from Centennial, Corbett, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow, Oregon Trail, Reynolds, and Parkrose school districts http://www.eastmetrotag.org/

 

Mensa, the Oregon branch of this national and international social organization for individuals with aptitude test scores above the 98th percentile: http://oregon.us.mensa.org

 

OHSU Center for Diversity and Minority Affairs offers a variety of services for gifted youth in underrepresented populations including academic advising, internships and mentorships, and enrichment programs

http://www.ohsu.edu/academic/diversity/.  Other student opportunities are listed from time to time on the Area Health Education Centers Program page at http://www.ohsu.edu/ahec/

 

OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry offers camps, classes and events in addition to their exhibits http://www.omsi.org/education/

 

Oregon Association for Talented and Gifted, http://www.oatag.org   OATAG also offers an e-mail "listserv" for parents and TAG teachers, staff, administrators and coordinators, through Yahoo groups. You can subscribe just to this list through the OATAG website.   If you already have a Yahoo username and password, you can just add this group to your list. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OATAG   You can set up a Yahoo account by obtaining a username and password and then add this list to your groups.  You can also subscribe directly by e-mail by sending a message to

oatag-subscribe@yahoogroups.com  The message should read "subscribe" and the subject of the message should read "subscribe"

Portland Schools Foundation offers grants to local schools and teachers

Saturday Academy offers classes for students throughout the year http://www.saturdayacademy.pdx.edu/

"SpectrumAPP" a site maintained by parents of students in gifted programs in Seattle. This site is tied to an e-mail discussion list, but the list requires registration and a password. 

XL-PDX a list for parents of Portland area TAG students

If you already have a Yahoo username and password, you can just add this group to your list. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/xl-pdx

 You can set up a Yahoo account by obtaining a username and password and then add this list to your groups.  You can also subscribe directly by e-mail by sending a message to XL-PDX-subscribe@yahoogroups.com The message should read "subscribe" and the subject of the message should read "subscribe"