Network For Quality Teaching and Learning

Educators are the single-greatest in school factor affecting student success. It is imperative that we have prepared, skilled teachers to ensure that each and every one of Oregon’s students has the opportunity to achieve their potential. The Network for Quality Teaching and Learning was created to enhance a culture of leadership and collaborative responsibility for advancing the profession of teaching and to equip educators at the community level with the resources and skills necessary to teach and inspire the next generation of Oregonians.

Created by the Oregon Legislature, the Network acts as a statewide umbrella of support for teachers, funding key educator development initiatives including:

  • Supporting new teachers and administrators through mentoring.
  • Providing educators with professional learning opportunities such as peer-to-peer training, mentoring and leadership groups.
  • Supporting efforts to improve recruitment, preparation, induction, career advancement opportunities and support of educators
  • Building an educator workforce that mirrors Oregon’s student demographics
  • Forming a shared virtual space where educators can work together to access, create and pool their resources that improve practice.
  • Scaling up effective practices and removing barriers to implementation.
  • Using data to document educator working conditions to determine where resources and supports are needed to provide the most effective teaching and learning environment for students.


Since its creation in 2013, the Network has distributed $45 million in strategic investments statewide, reaching educators at all career stages.

TELL Oregon 2014 WebsiteOregon Educator Network WebsiteTeach In Oregon WebsiteOregon Senate Bill 216Network for Quality Teaching and Learning Components2015 Strategic Investments Report to the Legislature

Birth - College & Career System

With our unique vantage point across the learning continuum, we bring strategic leadership from the perspective of a student. One of our critical roles we play is to convene stakeholders, both at the state-level and in communities across the state, who impact student success to build greater coordination and alignment across the seamless system of education. Through ensuring that we bring all voices to the table, we believe we will lead the transformation of our education system driving powerful impact for our students, families and communities.


The Early Learning System in Oregon has three primary focus areas: ensuring that young Oregonians are prepared to succeed in Kindergarten; ensuring family stability; and integrating resources and supports into a coordinated system that most effectively supports families and students. 

It is critical that students come to school prepared to learn, making early learning a fundamental component of our education continuum.  We know that when children come to school with a few important skills (letters, sounds, counting, skills like listening and following directions) they are much more successful as they enter school. This advantage stays with students for years to come, and they are more successful at all future levels of school. 



The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) provides leadership for Oregon’s K-12 schools including curriculum, instruction, school improvement efforts, and the statewide assessment system.  The Department’s priorities include solid and sustainable school funding, ensuring students are ready for school through strong early-childhood programs, closing systemic gaps between students, supporting school and district leadership, and improving the efficiency of the agency.

In partnership with other education agencies, the department will play a significant role in helping to ensure that the state meets identified priority targets proven to keep students on track to high school graduation, college and career.  Specifically, ODE helps ensure students: come ready to learn in Kindergarten; are reading at grade level in third grade; are on track with attendance and credits in ninth grade; and successfully graduate high school.



​The Youth Development Division (YDD) was developed with an understanding that, despite existing initiatives to align systems and policies in support of students, there are youth who encounter various forms of adversity throughout their lives. This adversity is at times so significant it creates real and detrimental barriers to education and workforce success. To help youth get back on the path to high school graduation, college and/or career, the legislature created the Youth Development Division.

The Youth Development Division is tasked with supporting the education system by developing state policy and administering funding to support community and school-based youth development programs, services, and initiatives for youth ages 6-24.

For more information about programs and initiatives of the Youth Development Division contact:  Brenda Brooks | 503.378.5129 |


The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) is a 14-member, volunteer board and agency dedicated to fostering and sustaining the best, most rewarding pathways to opportunity and success for all Oregonians through an accessible, affordable and coordinated network for educational achievement beyond a high school diploma.

Oregon’s higher education system serves hundreds of thousands of students at its 7 public universities, 17 public community colleges, private and independent colleges and universities, and private career and trade schools.


Research and Reports

2018 Accelerated College Credit Transferability Report

Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Research

2018 Poverty Report

Poverty, Research

2018 Educator Equity Report

Chief Education Office, College/University to Workforce, Equity, Research

News Release: Applications Now Open for Grants and Scholarships at

High School to College/University, Higher Education Coordinating Commission, In The Media, Research

2017 Educator Equity Report

Chief Education Office, Equity, Research

2017 Educator Equity Report Executive Summary

Chief Education Office, Equity, Research

Reach Higher for Oregon Students: Highlights from Senate Bill 418 Funding

Chief Education Office, Equity, Research


Equity, Research

2017 Practices to Improve the Achievement of Students in Poverty

Chief Education Office, Equity, Poverty, Research, Seamless System

2017 Graduation Report

Chief Education Office, Research, Seamless System

2016 Oregon STEM Education Plan

Chief Education Office, Equity, Research

Report from the Governor’s Council on Educator Advancement

Chief Education Office, Equity, Research

2016 Educator Equity Report

Chief Education Office, Equity, Research

2016 Chronic Absenteeism Report

Chief Education Office, Equity, Research, Seamless System

Poverty and Education – HB 2968 (2015) Legislative Report

Poverty, Research

Oregon Poverty Facts and Analysis of Barriers (2015)

Poverty, Research