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Next Tuesday, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Rob Saxton will transition from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to a new role as superintendent at the Northwest Regional Education Service District (NWRESD).
After more than two years working closely together, I would like to personally thank Rob for his tremendous contributions and extraordinary leadership in service to Oregon students during his tenure. While at ODE, Rob led the agency through a series of strategic shifts designed to support the building of an integrated and seamless system of education, collaboratively designed a new system of educator evaluation, dispersed $75 million in legislatively allocated strategic investments to improve student outcomes, implemented a successful support program for focus and priority schools, and worked to bridge key student transitions with agencies across the education continuum.
Rob demonstrated a powerful commitment to closing the opportunity gap, working with the State Board of Education to adopt the Equity Lens and infuse its values into the agency's operations. As part of these efforts, he led the formation of the first ever Office of Equity focused on closing systemic gaps for students of color and emerging bi-lingual students.
One of the things I appreciate most about Rob is his ability to inspire districts, communities, and colleagues alike to consistently push to find innovative opportunities to help students reach critical milestones that predict future success.
Rob is a powerful champion for students and will be deeply missed in Salem, but I am confident that he will continue to deepen his leadership around the use of the Equity Lens, the building of a seamless system of education, and the pursuit of 40-40-20 in his new role. I wish him well in this next chapter and beyond.
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