July 25, 2013


Portland – July 17, 2013 – Mary Jane Cadez, an experienced educator, has joined the Chalkboard Project team to oversee the implementation of TeachOregon.  TeachOregon gives school districts, community colleges and university preparation programs the opportunity to design innovative models to prepare the next generation of diverse and effective Oregon teachers.

This year Cadez retired as the Assistant Superintendent of the Salem-Keizer School District, the second largest district in Oregon. Cadez spent much of her career as a “teacher of teachers.” After beginning her career as a first-grade teacher, Cadez went on to serve as a clinical demonstration teacher at Utah State University, Preschool Coordinator (including work on the Navajo and Ute Reservations), Special Education Program Administrator, Clinical Research Instructor preparing both pre-service and in-service teachers at the undergrad and graduate level, Principal of a K-5 elementary school and Director of Personnel Services.

“During her time at Salem-Keizer Mary demonstrated a commitment to collaboration and a passion for making sure teachers have the tools they need to be their best.  We are very pleased to have her extensive knowledge and experience as the lead for TeachOregon,” said Sue Hildick, Chalkboard Project President.

Mary Cadez commented, “I am thrilled to be part of Chalkboard’s TeachOregon project. After a career in school districts and universities I can think of no more important work in Oregon than preparing and supporting quality teachers for our schools. I look forward to furthering the work of these innovative partnerships and seeing the impact on teaching and learning.”

The five TeachOregon partnerships have turned in their proposals describing what can and should be done to ensure that a teacher candidate’s training and support best prepares him or her to meet the needs of future students. These proposals address recruitment and selection, clinical experience, hiring and placement, and mentoring and induction. Chalkboard will announce in August which of the plans it will fund for three years of implementation.

Dr. Nancy Golden, the current TeachOregon lead, has been appointed as Oregon’s Interim Chief Education Officer. Dr. Golden will maintain an advisory role on the project.