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Eugene School District 4J Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Balderas Named Nation’s Top Superintendent

CLLAS congratulates Dr. Gustavo Balderas, superintendent of the Eugene School District 4J, for being selected as the 2020 National Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Balderas was a featured speaker in October 2015 at the CLLAS-sponsored event “Latina/os and K-12 Education: Bridging Research and Practice.”

February 14, 2020—“Dr. Gustavo Balderas, superintendent of Eugene School District 4J since 2015, has been named the nation’s top superintendent.

“In his acceptance speech, Dr. Balderas identified himself as ‘a proud son of a migrant family from Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico’ and ‘a proud product of our public school system.’

“‘It is truly an honor to serve in the role of superintendent of Eugene public schools. I am blessed to be in my community,’ said Dr. Balderas. ‘Seeing that kids are succeeding because of the changes we’re making drives me. We, as leaders, need to be champions for our profession. Education is the backbone to our democracy.’”

For the full story, go to the 4J website article: https://www.4j.lane.edu/2020/02/gustavo-balderas-national-superintendent-of-the-year/

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Stephanie Wood will lead educators along the Lewis & Clark Trail

Editor’s Note: CLLAS affiliated faculty member Stephanie Wood will lead schoolteachers along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.

Prof hits the trail to get another view of Native American history / from Around the O

October 30, 2018—Next summer, 25 schoolteachers will embark on a 550-mile expedition along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail to uncover new knowledge: how to better integrate Native American histories into their curriculum.

The trip is part of an initiative led by the UO’s Stephanie Wood to help educators create a more balanced and judicious approach to the nation’s history by weaving the experiences of indigenous peoples into their teaching. Wood, a research associate in the College of Education, was awarded $179,247 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the Discovering Native Histories Along the Lewis and Clark Trail summer institute.

The institute will draw from seminars, an immersive trip along the historic trail and meetings with tribes to help participants deepen and reframe the Lewis and Clark story.  › Continue reading

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CLLAS Common Reading Brunch with author Helena María Viramontes / Photos by Mike Bragg / Courtesy of the UO Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

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