A LIFETIME OF PUBLIC SERVICE, TO MY COUNTRY, MY STATE, AND NOW TO MY COUNTY.

VOTE FOR WALT WAGNER

VOTE FOR WALT WAGNER
I AM RUNNING FOR CROOK COUNTY COMMISSIONER IN THE NOVEMBER ELECTION. PLEASE VOTE!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE - THE RIGHT CHOICE!

IN THESE CHALLENGING TIMES, WE NEED STRONG, NONPARTISAN LEADERS WHO ARE WILLING TO LISTEN AND ARE READY TO ACT, LEADERS WHO ARE ABLE TO BUILD CONSENSUS ON ISSUES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO CROOK COUNTY, LEADERS WITH THE ENERGY AND EXPERIENCE TO GET THE JOB DONE RIGHT.

WE NEED WALT WAGNER FOR CROOK COUNTY COMMISSIONER.

WALT WAGNER, CROOK COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, ON EDUCATION: There is no higher priority than quality education for our children. We need high academic standards, stable funding and parental involvement.

WALT WAGNER ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND LAND USE: We need a balanced approach that supports growth, protects prime agricultural lands, and preserves recreational access to our forests.

WALT WAGNER ON GOVERNMENT: The most effective, responsive government is in close communication with the people.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

My candidacy was announced in the Central Oregonian on Friday:

WAGNER FILES FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER
Central Oregonian, Friday, 08 August 2014 01:00 | Written by Jason Chaney
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The candidate lost a close three-way battle for county judge in 2012

After narrowly losing a three-man race for Crook County Judge in 2012, Walt Wagner is once again seeking a seat in county government.

The current school board member filed to run for Crook County Commissioner against incumbent Seth Crawford, who defeated Jack Seley in the May primary to secure the Republican Party nomination. After running for judge as an Independent, Wagner will face Crawford without a political party affiliation.

According to Crook County Clerk Dee Berman, a candidate has to have been registered as a non-affiliated voter for at least 180 days to file under that designation.

Wagner said that his candidacy originated after the May primary when people began to approach him about running against Crawford.
“It is a tough decision and it isn’t,” he said. “It is a tough decision because of the time it takes, the money it takes, the commitment it takes, and the energy it takes. But I am up to it.”

While his candidacy was spawned in part by requests, Wagner said he is running in hopes of improving communication between county government and the public.

“Most of Crook County has no idea what it costs to run the county and where their money is being spent,” he said. “The communication thing has always been a problem as far as I am concerned, and to find a solution to it I feel is a challenge.”

Wagner said that the county court meetings he attends, and the school board meetings he is involved with both see a low turnout, and he is committed to ensuring that a higher percentage of county citizens are informed regarding county issues.

To learn what those issues and corresponding solutions might be, Wagner said he would make a point of meeting with county employees, as he did while running for judge two years ago.
“It’s amazing the things that you can pick up that would be great ideas that get filtered out in administration and don’t make it to the top,” he remarked.

Meanwhile, Wagner said that he would like to address some particular issues that he believes face the county. Among those is the current poverty situation in Crook County, which he feels has remained the same in recent years, and the need for a new jail.
In addition, he believes that county commissioners needs to take a more active role in recruiting new businesses. He noted that during a candidate forum this spring, Crawford said his job was not to recruit businesses, but create an environment that will make community more attractive to companies.

“If there is anything I don’t agree with, it’s that,” Wagner said. “We have various organizations that can help us with our jobs and go out and look for businesses to bring them into Crook County, but I think we need to have someone like a commissioner go out and talk to these people and make that first connection, get them interested, let them know what’s available, and let them know how we will support them. Get involved, then turn it over to the pros that deal with them. It’s a no-brainer. We have to be go-getters.”

The deadline for minority or non-affiliated voters to file for the 2014 general election is Aug. 26. The election will take place Nov. 4.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Teacher's Dilemma



After being interviewed by the school administration, the prospective teacher said: "Let me see if I've got this right:
  •       You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages, and instill in them a love for learning.
  •       You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self-esteem and personal pride.
  •       You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, how to register to vote, balance a checkbook, and apply for a job.
  •       You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, and make sure that they all pass the final exams.
  •      You also want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicaps, and communicate regularly with their parents in English, Spanish or any other language, by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card.
  •       You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps.
  •     You want me to do all this, and then you tell me......I have to find time to TEACH?"  (Author unknown.)  

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Keep Kids Safe License Plate hit the road October 15, 2012.  GET YOURS!


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

NEED A JOB? Invent it!


Need to find a job? Invent it
By Thomas Friedman
Published in the bend Bulletin: April 02. 2013 4:00AM PST

When Tony Wagner, the Harvard education specialist, describes his job today, he says he’s “a translator between two hostile tribes" — the education world and the business world, the people who teach our kids and the people who give them jobs. Wagner’s argument in his book “Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World" is that our K-12 and college tracks are not consistently “adding the value and teaching the skills that matter most in the marketplace."
This is dangerous at a time when there is increasingly no such thing as a high-wage, middle-skilled job — the thing that sustained the middle class in the past generation. Now there is only a high-wage, high-skilled job. Every middle-class job today either requires more skill or can be done by more people around the world or is made obsolete faster than ever. Which is why the goal of education, argues Wagner, should not be to make every child “college ready" but “innovation ready" — ready to add value to whatever they do.
That is a tall task. I tracked Wagner down and asked him to elaborate. “Today," he said via email, “because knowledge is available on every Internet-connected device, what you know matters far less than what you can do with what you know. The capacity to innovate and skills like critical thinking, communication and collaboration are far more important than academic knowledge. As one executive told me, ‘We can teach new hires the content, and we will have to because it continues to change, but we can’t teach them how to think — to ask the right questions — and to take initiative.’"
My generation had it easy. We got to “find" a job. But, more than ever, our kids will have to “invent" a job. (Fortunately, in today’s world, that’s easier and cheaper than ever before.) Sure, some will find their first job, but, given the pace of change today, they will have to reinvent, re-engineer and reimagine that job much more often than their parents if they want to advance in it.
“Every young person will continue to need basic knowledge, of course," Wagner said. “But they will need skills and motivation even more. Of these three education goals, motivation is the most critical. Young people who are intrinsically motivated — curious, persistent and willing to take risks — will learn new knowledge and skills continuously. They will be able to find new opportunities or create their own — a disposition that will be increasingly important as many traditional careers disappear."
So what should be the focus of education reform today?
“We teach and test things most students have no interest in and will never need, and facts that they can Google and will forget as soon as the test is over," said Wagner. “Because of this, the longer kids are in school, the less motivated they become. Gallup’s recent survey showed student engagement going from 80 percent in fifth grade to 40 percent in high school. More than a century ago, we ‘reinvented’ the one-room schoolhouse and created factory schools for the industrial economy. Reimagining schools for the 21st century must be our highest priority. We need to focus more on teaching the skill and will to learn and to make a difference and bring the three most powerful ingredients of intrinsic motivation into the classroom: play, passion and purpose."
What does that mean for teachers and principals?
“Teachers," he said, “need to coach students to performance excellence, and principals must be instructional leaders who create the culture of collaboration required to innovate. But what gets tested is what gets taught, and so we need ‘Accountability 2.0.’ All students should have digital portfolios to show evidence of mastery of skills like critical thinking and communication, which they build up right through K-12 and postsecondary. Selective use of high-quality tests, like the College and Work Readiness Assessment, is important. Finally, teachers should be judged on evidence of improvement in students’ work through the year — instead of a score on a bubble test in May. We need lab schools where students earn a high school diploma by completing a series of skill-based ‘merit badges’ in things like entrepreneurship. And schools of education where all new teachers have ‘residencies’ with master teachers and performance standards — not content standards — must become the new normal throughout the system."
Who is doing it right?
“Finland is one of the most innovative economies in the world," he said, “and it is the only country where students leave high school ‘innovation-ready.’ They learn concepts and creativity more than facts, and have a choice of many electives — all with a shorter school day, little homework and almost no testing. In the U.S., 500 K-12 schools affiliated with Hewlett Foundation’s Deeper Learning Initiative and a consortium of 100 school districts called EdLeader21 are developing new approaches to teaching 21st-century skills. There are also a growing number of ‘reinvented’ colleges like the Olin College of Engineering, the MIT Media Lab and the ‘D-school’ at Stanford where students learn to innovate."
— Thomas Friedman is a columnist for The New York Times