In memory of board member Orcilia Zúñiga Forbes

The board, staff, and extended family of Foundations for a Better Oregon (FBO) and The Chalkboard Project remember and celebrate Orcilia Zúñiga Forbes, PhD, and her treasured service over the past eleven years. We are immensely saddened by her recent passing. Read more.

Racial achievement gaps cost the Oregon economy

A study commissioned by Chalkboard and the Portland Business Alliance shows the financial cost of disproportionate achievement of Oregon's graduates by race. Read more.

The effects of CLASS are powerful

Data from school districts with two or more years of CLASS implementation demonstrate higher graduation rates. Read more.

CLASS Dashboard for 2014 published

CLASS districts are closing achievement gaps and raising student outcomes compared to the rest of the state. Read more.

Are teaching conditions better in CLASS districts?

In 2014, Oregon's Dept. of Education commissioned a survey to gauge educators' perceptions about teaching conditions. Read more.

Condition of Education for Oregon's tribal students

The resulting analysis shines light on where members of these tribes go to school, their math and reading achievement and graduation rates, as well as a n Read more.

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Kindergartners leave no doubt—a full day of learning is best

Christi Seiler is a kindergartner teacher at St. Mary’s Public Elementary School in rural Mt. Angel, Oregon. She will ... Read more

Will alternative teacher compensation models serve the profession and students better?

 Co-authors and Chalkboard staffers Julie Smith, director of educator effectiveness, and Bev Pratt, TIF grant manager... Read more

Teacher preparation shouldn’t be like being pushed into a lake without knowing how to swim

If you could witness the first day of school at Salem’s César Chavez School, then you would see our teacher candidate... Read more

Senator Ted Ferrioli’s perspective on HB 2655

Senator Ted Ferrioli is the senior member of the Oregon State Senate and serves as the Senate Republican Caucus Leader.... Read more

Senator Rod Monroe’s perspective on HB 2655

Senator Rod Monroe was a teacher at Tigard High School and later served on the David Douglas School Board. He was first... Read more

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Current Educational Issues

Biden Talks Education; Miami Audience Listens For Clues To Presidential Bid

Vice President Joe Biden is mulling a run for the White House. He made an education speech in Miami on Wednesday, but made no mention of pol... Read more.

School Districts Squeezed By Pennsylvania's Budget Impasse

Due to lack of a state budget, teachers are working without pay in the Chester-Upland school system. The district says it can't afford ... Read more.

How Much Do Teenagers Know About Sex And The Law?

Steve Inskeep talks to Al Vernacchio, a sexuality educator, about the challenges he faces teaching kids about what's legal and what... Read more.