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:

2014 3-Year Strategic Plan

Chalkboard’s vision and mission are outlined in a 3-year strategic plan.‎

The Chalkboard Review

Chalkboard’s accomplishments and scope of work are presented in an illustrated document, to be updated each year.


Current Work

CLASS Project

CLASS (Creative Leadership Achieves Student Success) Project 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.

Leading for Learning

This program is an initiative of the Chalkboard Project to enhance the leadership skills of current school and district leaders across Oregon. The Distinguished Leaders Council developed the recommendations and vision for the program.


TeachOregon is an initiative that gives school districts and universities the opportunity to design innovative models to prepare the next generation of diverse and effective Oregon teachers.

Open Books Project

Open Booksis an online tool that provides information about Oregon’s K-12 public school districts. You can view information on your local school district, compare similar districts, or see statewide averages.

Distinguished Educators Council

Starting in 2012, the Distinguished Educators Council,  a diverse teaching body representing a variety of Oregon regions, grade levels, and subject areas, was formed and authored several recommendations for Oregon schools.


Chalkboard provides context for education policy issues by commissioning research on important topics. The white papers and policy briefs cover a range of topics including: attendance, budgeting, transportation, professional development, accountability systems, and the achievement gap.


Past Work

Tech Connect Project

From 2013 to 2014, ten elementary school teachers used technology, and other strategies, in their classrooms to increase family engagement.

Public Opinion Polling

Chalkboard has completed extensive public opinion polling to better understand what Oregonians want for our children and our schools.