We improve families and communities' understanding of how our public K-12 schools work so that schools, families, and communities can start from the same place to make decisions that support students, strengthen the family-school relationship, and reduce opportunity gaps.
We offer free presentations, trainings, and outreach on a wide range of issues! We also offer community clinics in partnerships with nonprofits or schools to bring our ombuds services directly to your neighborhood, when we can.
Some of our recent trainings have covered conflict resolution; family engagement; harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB); school discipline; supports for homeless or foster youth; language access; and services for students with disabilities. We are very interested in building community capacity to expand the reach of our small staff. If you have good information, you can help many students succeed!
OEO can customize trainings for families, community groups and leaders, and educators to meet their needs. Listed below are a few sample outlines of OEO trainings to give you a sense of our services:
Under our strategic plan, we are expanding our focus on trainings and events through 2020 that address: students with disabilities' transition from high school; language access; school climate; and equitable discipline. From 2017-2020, OEO plans to reach every educational service district in the state to offer an event or training.
OEO has limited staff and resources for travel and gives preference to events that reach:
- Larger audiences
- Concerns that fit within our strategic plan and increase educational equity
- Community-capacity building through a train-the-trainers model
- Presentations that can be delivered online, such as interactive webinars