Teaching and Learning Department
The Teaching and Learning Department is dedicated to the learning and growth of each student and educator in the Gresham-Barlow School District.
The primary responsibilities of this department include curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional learning. This department supports schools as they strive to engage every student in meaningful learning through high-quality, evidence-based, accessible instruction, and relevant content within effective learning environments.
Meeting the Needs of All Learners
Meeting the learning needs of a diverse group of students requires a variety of programs, tools, and instructional approaches. GBSD has a number of programs and systems in place to support the learning needs of individual students.
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID): Achievement Via Individual Determination works to close the achievement gap by preparing students for college readiness and success in a global society. (Grades 6-12)
Career Technical Education (CTE): The Gresham-Barlow School District is committed to creating high quality pathways from education to the workforce. We prioritize partnership, collaboration, innovation and leveraged resources to provide high quality programs. A Career-Technical Education Program of Study is a sequence of courses, aligned to industry standards at the secondary and post-secondary level that integrates technical skills and knowledge with academic content. These programs prepare students for additional education or training for high-wage, high-demand careers.
Dual Language Instruction (DLI): Our Dual Language Immersion Program is committed to graduate bicultural and bi-literate students who sustain high levels of academic achievement in both languages and are sociocultural competent individuals who will thrive in an ever-changing global community.
Flexible Learning Option:
Multi-Lingual Learners Program (EML): The multilingual learners program supports emergent multilingual students as they develop English language proficiency, celebrating and affirming the rich experiences and skills that culturally and linguistically diverse students bring to our schools and communities.
Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS): A system of supports designed to help each student reach grade-level academic standards which includes Response to Intervention (RtI) and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Response to Intervention (RtI) is designed to support all students as they work to attain high, rigorous academic standards while Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a framework to promote healthy, interpersonal relationships both in and outside of school.
Student Support Services: The Student Support Services mission is to improve equity, access, and outcomes for all students by providing a continuum of exemplary services focused specifically on students with special needs.
Talented and Gifted Program (TAG): Identifies and serves the unique needs of talented and gifted students. Talented and Gifted (TAG) students are an important part of every school community across Oregon. In Oregon, districts and schools must plan for how they will meet the academic and social-emotional needs of TAG students, specific to their local context, and communicate these plans to the students and families they serve. Use this link to access the Gresham-Barlow School District's Talented and Gifted Program Plan.
Federal Programs: The Federal Programs department is responsible for overseeing and administering Every Student Succeeds Act funds received from the federal government for our Title programs. The intent of these programs is to address the diverse needs of our schools and student population.
K-12 Comprehensive Health Instruction Plan
This Health Instruction Plan outlines how the Health Standards adopted by the Oregon State Board of Education, Oregon Administrative Rules, and policies adopted by the GBSD Board of Education will be addressed through our district’s K-12 Health instruction. It includes the grade level/course description, instructional materials, individualized learning experiences information as well as parental notification expectations. The K-12 Comprehensive Sexuality Education Plan is a component of this broader instruction plan. A committee of stakeholders including parents of GBSD students, community liaisons, a school board member, teachers, school counselors, county health professionals, and administrators were involved in the development of this plan.
Current Parent / Guardian Health Letters can be accessed here:
Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning
Tracy Klinger, Ed.D.
Administrative Assistant to Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning
Director of Elementary Curriculum & Instruction
Director of Secondary Curriculum & Instruction
Tim Collins, Ph.D.
Admin Assistant to Directors of Curriculum & Instruction