Student Success Translates Into a $25,000
Milken Educator Award for Teacher Julie Rowell
Oregon educator boosts student achievement and future prospects
at Gresham High School
Gresham, OR - Nothing is more important to Julie Rowell than removing barriers and expanding opportunities for students in Gresham-Barlow school district and specifically at Gresham High School. Rowell's English Language Learner classes engage students who typically have only two to three years of English, propelling them via group learning projects and individualized strategies that have them swiftly engaged in conversations. Her students regularly advance more than a year per grade, and Rowell helps put them on a pathway to higher education by deploying the student-centric Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) system. A fluent Spanish speaker and dedicated bilingualist who goes the extra mile for struggling students, Rowell also inspires learners with her high expectations and aspirational message of inclusiveness.
In celebration of Rowell’s teaching, the Milken Family Foundation honored her with a Milken Educator Award at a surprise school assembly this morning. Milken Educator Awards Senior Program Director Greg Gallagher and Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill presented the award. This national recognition comes with an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize. Rowell is the only 2019-20 Milken Educator Award winner from Oregon this year, and is among up to 40 honorees from across the country.
"A teacher like Julie Rowell knows how to really connect with students and make an extraordinary impact," said Senior Program Director Greg Gallagher. “Her dedication, commitment and creative approach exemplify the inspirational leadership we seek in our Milken Educators.”
“Julie truly models the instruction and coaching we know will make a difference for our students,” said Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill. “Our state is strengthened by cultural diversity and language learning, and every day in the classroom Julie is at the forefront of this effort.”
Rowell also mentors the school district's secondary English Language Learner teachers to help advance their effectiveness in the classroom. She shares videos of her teaching methods with interested colleagues and utilizes video collaboration and other tools to increase student engagement.
"Julie is a stand-out educator who uses highly engaging instructional strategies to ensure English Language Learners achieve at high levels,” said Superintendent Dr. A. Katrise Perera. “Her willingness to share her expertise with colleagues has had a dramatic impact on our students.”
The Milken Educator Awards, hailed by Teacher magazine as the “Oscars of Teaching” has been opening minds and shaping futures for over 30 years. Research shows teacher quality is the driving in-school factor behind student growth and achievement. The initiative not only aims to reward great teachers, but to celebrate, elevate and activate those innovators in the classroom who are guiding America’s next generation of leaders. Milken Educators believe, “The future belongs to the educated.”
More information about Rowell, plus links to photos and a video from today’s assembly, can be found on the Milken Educator Awards website.
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PROGRESS REPORTS AVAILABILITY
Parents & Guardians:
Progress reports are available to see in your ParentVue portal. If you need to activate your portal please contact John Wilson at 503-674-5510. We do not mail progress reports home. We also post report cards to your student's StudentVue portal as well. If you are are still in need of a paper copy of the report please contact Kelly Spaid at 503-674-5508.
MAIN OFFICE LOCATION
The Main Office is now located in the new building. To come to the Main Office you will need to enter off of Division street. When you enter the main doors in the new building we are located across the lobby in room 102.
Main Street is now considered the back of our school. There is no entry access to the building off of Main Street.
Our office hours are 7:00 am - 3:30 pm.
HOW TO ORDER TRANSCRIPTS
For alumni and past GHS students ordering transcipts is done online. The cost is $2.00 per transcipt and it can take from 2 to 4 business days for processing. To order online please go the student tab across the top of the webpage and then go down to the transcipt button. Currently we are in a large construction project and can't not access our physical records everyday. This may cause us delays in processing transcript orders. We will do our best but recognize that it might take longer then the 4 days to get to the transcripts.
You can also use the link provided below to reach the transcript order area.
Distrist transfer information is now available to those interested in attending a Gresham-Barlow school.
Looking for information about the International Baccalaureate Program?
Have questions about the Extended Essay? Need to log your CAS hours? Want to find out about IB exam dates? Then take a look at the new IB webpage for Gresham HS! Visit the International Baccalaureate Page for more information.
New administrators oversee various departments including business/ finance and curriculum/ instruction
School wins $15,000 in technology and classroom supplies
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Drake Shelton
I’m excited to come to a district with so much promise and tradition. I want to continue with traditions, while adding some new memories. I have been an educator for the past 15 years. Through my years of education I have spent time in alternative education, faith-based learning and a traditional comprehensive high school. Over the years I have learned the value of relationships, instructional leadership and collaboration.
Working in education has taught me the value of relationships. Relationships are essential to the growth and development of our community. Gresham High School staff wants to ensure we build strong relationships with each family, and that includes you. We are never too busy for you and value your perspective and input. Our hope is to strengthen our school community and celebrate our success together.
This is an exciting time for Gresham High School. We have a new high school building filled with dedicated teachers who want to raise the success rates through high impact instructional strategies, develop culturally responsive practices and be innovative in our structures for kids.