Join us Sunday, October 13th at 4:30 p.m. for The Early Link Podcast: Season 1, Episode 5, featuring host Rafael Otto. Listen live at 99.1 FM in the heart of Portland – or online anywhere at

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In this week’s episode, host Rafael Otto talks with Superintendent Don Grotting about his career, the importance of early learning, his goals for the Beaverton School District, and more.


Don Grotting is the superintendent of the Beaverton School District. For more than 20 years, he has led school districts in rural and urban communities across Oregon. Grotting has received several awards and accolades for his work and leadership, including 2014 Oregon Superintendent of the Year from the American Association of School Administrators.


Grotting was a key figure in the development of the Early Works initiative at Earl Boyles Elementary in Southeast Portland. Started in collaboration with Children’s Institute during Grotting’s first year as David Douglas School District superintendent in 2010, Early Works is a model for early learning and healthy development for children birth to five in an elementary school setting. At Earl Boyles, early learning programs, infant and toddler groups, parent engagement activities, and preschool support young children’s love of learning and prepares them for success when they enter kindergarten. After securing a voter-approved construction bond in 2012, Grotting prioritized construction of the Early Learning Wing and Neighborhood Center at Earl Boyles in 2014.

Through the Student Success Act (SSA), Oregon will allocate $1 billion in new education investments each year. Thanks to a dedicated Early Learning Account and flexible Student Investment Account, school districts, Early Learning Hubs, and communities can use this money to expand access to early learning opportunities and help kids grow into active, engaged learners who are ready for kindergarten.


Rafael Otto, Director of Communications, Children’s Institute

~ Thanks to Children’s Institute, working to ensure that every Oregon child has the best start in life ~

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