What We Do
Chalkboard believes that Oregon’s schools should be among the best in the nation. To meet that goal we support pilot projects and programs, sponsor research and focus groups, engage with experts and advocates and advocate for legislation. Here are some highlights of what we are currently working on:
Chalkboard’s vision and mission are outlined in a 5-year strategic plan.
The CLASS Project is our pilot project designed to empower educators and raise student achievement. CLASS (Creative Leadership Achieves Student Success) aims to put research into practice by focusing on four components of effective teaching. While the work is supported and facilitated by Chalkboard, CLASS is a locally-designed, educator-driven effort – and it is producing powerful results! With 23 participating districts, serving almost a quarter of Oregon’s student population, CLASS is our largest initiative to date.
This spring Chalkboard formed a Distinguished Educators Council, thirteen teachers from across Oregon recognized for their expertise and success.
TeachOregon is Chalkboard’s teacher preparation initiative.
Chalkboard provides context for education policy issues by commissioning research on important topics. Our white papers and policy briefs cover a range of topics including: attendance, budgeting, transportation, professional development, accountability systems and the achievement gap.
Information = smart decisions. Most Oregonians don’t know how public school dollars are spent, how their local school district fared on the latest assessment test, or how many kids are graduating from high school. That’s why Chalkboard Project created Open Books. It’s an easy-to-use tool that provides all kinds of information about Oregon’s K-12 public school districts. You can view information on your local school district, compare districts, or see statewide averages.
Chalkboard has completed extensive public opinion polling to better understand what Oregonians want for our children and our schools.