Mr. Patrick Lanning is an educator and current Campus President at Yamhill Valley Campus. Patrick Lanning Oregon obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Masters in Leadership Studies and, Ed.D with a focus on Leadership and Organizational Success from Oregon State University. Previously, he taught as a faculty member at the Lance Community College for close to five years. He also served on the College Executive Teams at Chemeketa Community College and Lane Community College for a combined period of 10 years.
His career in education has seen him serve in various capacities in both student services and instructional positions. With a combined working experience of over 25 years, Mr. Lanning is familiar with Oregon’s education system, it’s challenges and the need for commitment to achieve projected long-term goals. Over the years, Oregon’s education system has been a major tenet of the state’s development and transformational agenda.
In 2017 Oregon Schools achieved the biggest improvement in the State’s graduation rates since the current measurement system began in 2009. The sizable improvement is the result of several measures taken by the state and implemented over the years to improve the overall education system. According to acting deputy superintendent for the State of Oregon Department of Education, Colt Gill, Oregon’s 4-year graduation rate continues to rise steadily.
Schools and districts that achieved high graduation rates or big gains attributed their success to simple but critical techniques that are proving to be effective. Some of the strategies include paying attention to the number of credits accumulated by each student, creating school systems and cultures that help parents and guardians show that they care about the students and creating workable ways for those who lag to catch up.
One of the most notable improvements in Oregon’s education system is the Oregon Small School Initiative. The initiative’s charge in 2003 was to help the state’s school districts and high schools interested in small school design to create new small schools and convert existing larger schools into several small autonomous schools.
Backed with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Meyer Memorial Trust, the Initiative has demonstrated great success in achieving critical student outcomes. Despite barriers to success such as high poverty rates, students at these schools demonstrate improved attendance, achievement, high school graduation and post-secondary enrolment.
The small school design has had far-reaching benefits even beyond gains for students. These schools have produced a new crop of instructional leaders who continue to transform the learning and teaching experience of both adults and students in their respective institutions. Through a focus on personalized learning and strong instructional leadership, the small school model has transformed the essential components of secondary-level education. Although each school implemented a customized approach best suited to its context, the overall resulting changes reflect a collective revolution in Oregon Education.
Change in Oregon’s education system will continue to evolve, building connections among students, educators, and all facets of the learning process. Oregon’s success in improving the education system serves as a model for the evolution of more forward-thinking and strategic teaching and learning for many years to come.