Demographics


McMinnville School District serves 6,800 students across 9 schools

Biggest challenge


We are a Title 1 school in rural Oregon with over 60 percent of our students experiencing poverty and our best estimate tells us that 36 percent have also experienced some sort of childhood trauma. These obstacles create barriers for our students coming to school ready to learn and thrive both academically and social emotionally. Our teaching staff was struggling with knowing how to meet both of these needs simultaneously, focusing on both SEL and academics. In our field, there is a false dichotomy that educators should...

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  • About the Author:

    Kourtney Ferrua is the principal of Wascher Elementary School in the McMinnville School District in Oregon.