EdEx presenters: Missi Thurman, Ali Hurd, Meagan Kimball


Presentation slides (3MB pptx file)

Participant packet (Google link)

EdEx presenters: Missi Thurman, Ali Hurd, Meagan Kimball​


Presentation slides (Google link)

Participant packet (Google link)

Personality Compass (pdf)

Thursday, Oct. 5:

"Building Alignment, Not Isolation, Through the Data Team Process"

Gas in the Tank: What is Really Needed from Leaders to keep PLCs on Track 
Amidst Competing Priorities?

Presentation slides (Google link)
Participant packet (<1MB pdf)

2018 OACOA/OASE/OASBO Winter Conference

Educational Excellence Presenters: 

Missi Thurman, Ali Hurd, Meagan Kimball

Session Description: PLCs, Data Teams, PLTs, Learning Teams – whatever you call them, these data-driven teams can quickly become a source of real frustration for all involved. Well-meaning but unintentional misteps are often made in initial implementation, setting these teams up for failure despite their enormous potential for improving student outcomes. During this session, we will take a deeper look at the reasons why good teachers sometimes hate PLCs and explore options for improving the culture of collaboration at your site. We will also examine the positive differences it has made in student achievement in Oregon schools. Participants will review the difference between critical and “nice to have” elements of successful data team implementation. Participants and trainers will also identify common p​itfalls and concerns that lead to frustration and fatigue for those involved.
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Gas in the Tank PPT: 1.7MB pptx

Gas in the Tank PPT: Google docs link

Participant Packet: 100KB Word doc 

Black Box Running Agendas: Google docs link

School A: Google docs link

School B: Google docs link

School C: Google docs link

2016 Annual COSA Seaside Conference


2017 OACOA/OASE/OASBO Winter Conference 

Presentation slides (1.7MB pdf)
Participant packet (300KB pdf)

Presenters: EdEx and

Woodburn School District

2017 ODE/COSA Fall Special Education Conference

EdEx breakout session:

"Finding Higher Ground: When English-Only & Bilingual Classrooms ACTUALLY Collaborate"

​​​Aloha-Huber Park presenters: Scott Drue, Alfonso Giardiello

EdEx presenters: Missi Thurman, Ali Hurd, Meagan Kimball


Presentation slides (Google link)

Participant packet (<1MB pdf)

2017 State English Learners Alliance Conference 

Friday, Jan. 26:

"I Hate PLCs: Changing the Battle Cry"

2017 COSA Summer Teaching, Learning &

Assessment Institute & Summer Academy

Leadership in action

(YouTube link 07:01)

Pre-assessment meeting

(YouTube link 08:17)

Session resources:             PowerPoint (ppt 5.6MB)           Slides, note view (pdf 1.5MB)

Video links:

Teacher's perspective

(YouTube link 00:42)

For more information on these presentations, contact Missi Thurman

Presenter: Mickey Garrison

Session Description: A feedback and monitoring system can be a valuable tool in reaching difficult-to-teach students. These relationship-building programs are not one-size-fits-all solutions. This session will explore the essential elements of a successful feedback and monitoring system by objectively comparing and contrasting available resources. By analyzing a variety of monitoring systems, participants will better understand how these programs can help hard-to-reach students succeed, and will have the knowledge necessary to make informed choices about how to establish their own program.

Session resources:              PowerPoint (ppt 7.7MB)           Slides, note view (pdf 2.9MB)

Video links:

2014 COSA Fall Principals Conference

What’s Out There: A Comparison of 

Behavioral Feedback and Monitoring Systems

Developing District and Building Leadership

to Support Effective PLCs

Presenters: Mickey Garrison, Penny Grotting

Session Description: Building and district leadership is vital to effective PLCs/Data Teams.  Learn strategies and effective practices from other leaders on how to provide feedback and to support your teams to work collaboratively in cycles of collective inquiry and action research to support the learning of each and every student.


EdEx breakout session:

"When Opposites Don't Attract"

Presenters: Penny Grotting, Missi Thurman, Ali Hurd,

Meagan Kimball, The Educational Excellence Group

Session Description: Building and district leadership is vital to effective PLCs/Data Teams, but the time  to do it “right” too often feels out of reach with other demands. Learn effective and efficient strategies and practices from the work of leaders across the state on how to provide ongoing feedback and support to teams to work in ways that actually increase collective efficacy and improve student outcomes. There are five essential questions each team should ask during this cycle:

  • What do we want each student to learn and be able to do?
  • How will we effectively teach the skills/concepts for this learning to occur?
  • How will we know if each student is learning?
  • How will we respond when a student is experiencing difficulty learning?
  • How will we respond if the student already knows it?

EdEx presenters: Missi Thurman, Ali Hurd, Meagan Kimball

For complete details of the all-day pre-conference session and the breakout session offered by EdEx, click HERE.

2018 State English Learners Alliance Conference

Collaborative breakout session:

Easier Said Than Done: A Journey to a Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum

Confederation of Oregon School Administrators