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2013 Articles

Oregon project aims to add more minority teachers (November 11) The World

“TeachOregon, an initiative by the nonprofit education advocacy group Chalkboard Project, is designed to help districts hire and retain qualified and diverse teachers.” 

Oregon high school students rip schools as too easy, too prone to keep bad teachers (October 15) The Oregonian

“The survey, done by survey firm DHM Research and non-profit education advocacy group The Chalkboard Project, was designed to inject the student voice into the adult-dominated conversation about education reform in Oregon.” 

New teacher evaluation systems implemented (July 15) Central Oregonian

“Another grant the district has been part of is the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF), a five- year research project which encompasses four areas for the CLASS project. These include expanded career paths, rigorous performance evaluations, relevant professional development, and new compensation plans. The work of the Chalkboard Project, the TIF, and the expectations from the state for implementing Senate Bill 290, which requires an evaluation system, are all happening simultaneously in the district. All these components work hand in hand to accomplish a common goal — meeting the needs of all students.”

Community Fund awards grant to assess Native student performance in Oregon public schools (June 13) The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
“Spirit Mountain Community Fund awarded a $71,614 special grant in late May to the Portland-based think tank Chalkboard Project for a project that will assess the performance of Native American students in Oregon public schools.”

Oregon should dig in on teacher quality: Agenda 2013 (March 14) The Oregonian

“It also involves more funding for things such as CLASS, an Oregon-based project that relies on teacher-led professional development and pays teachers extra for their time and efforts. These CLASS districts tend to show better results (and better teacher morale) than their peers with similar funding and demographics.” 

Hughes: How much does class size matter? (March 14) Statesman Journal

“Chalkboard turned me into a believer. I also took time this week to peruse dozens of academic studies about class size from the past 10 years. They back up what Chalkboard has found and what school superintendents had told me over the years: The data are inconclusive.” 

School reform at key point (March 11) Bend Bulletin 

“Working with the education reform nonprofit Chalkboard Project, the district [Bend-La Pine] would improve teacher evaluations, offer teachers more career paths and professional development opportunities, and, most controversially, create new pay structures based more on leadership and mentoring than years in the classroom.” 

How Oregon can restore strong schools: Guest opinion (February 23) The Oregonian

“Sherwood, Tillamook and Forest Grove — the pioneers of the Chalkboard Project’s CLASS demonstration — have redesigned teacher collaboration, professional development and evaluation. Their students are pulling away from state achievement trends.”

Oregon schools begin to tie teacher pay to student test scores (January 24) The Oregonian
“Nationally, more than 90 percent of the federal grant winners are using classroom-level student gains to help determine who gets bonuses and how much. The Chalkboard-coordinated effort is one of just four in the nation using only schoolwide gains.”

Chalkboard Project deserves funding in governor’s budget (January 2) East Oregonian
“One of the most alarming numbers in education is 40 percent of teachers leave the profession within their first five years. To address that attrition, Chalkboard has developed an initiative that links universities and school districts in an attempt to better prepare new teachers.”

2012 Articles

Hughes: Humility, respect are what we need (December 26) Statesman Journal
“Chalkboard has its hands full leading the kind of practical, effective school reform that Oregon educators and politicians talked about for years but was lagging until several independent foundations created Chalkboard. The educational results have been stupendous.”

Editorial: Real Change in the Classroom (December 13) Daily Astorian
“One of the most alarming numbers in education is that 40 percent of teachers leave the profession within their first five years. To address that attrition, Chalkboard has developed an initiative that links universities and school districts in an attempt to better prepare new teachers.”

The Chalkboard Project Shares Vision to Better Support and Motivate Teachers (October 5) Stand for Children
“The next step? Put these proposals into practice. DEC members will advocate for supportive policy changes leading into the upcoming legislative session. All too often, teachers go unheard. We’re hoping this report will amplify their voice.”

Distinguished Educators Provide a Vision for the Teaching Profession (October 3) PIE Network
“The Distinguished Educators Council (DEC), made up of 13 Oregon teachers recognized for their knowledge and accomplishments, has released its recommendations to ensure Oregon is a great place to teach in a report, Making Oregon a Great Place to Teach.”

Job creation should be top priority (September 30) Statesman Journal
“Funded by private foundations and aided by federal grants, Chalkboard has been wildly successful in improving student achievement — and teacher effectiveness — in participating Oregon school districts. Indeed, Oregon education reform might be best-served if the state simply turned that role over to Chalkboard.”

Pendleton schools encourage teachers to teach teachers (September 17) East Oregonian
“The program was started with a $30,000 grant from Foundations for a better Oregon, said Michelle Jones, director of business services, and stipends and all training projects will be funded by a $260,000 Oregon Department of Education grant.”

Training for teachers is vital (September 3) Statesman Journal
“Oregon’s groundbreaking Chalkboard Project is pushing to make that a reality. Last month it awarded five TeachOregon grants for partnerships involving school districts and universities, including the one to the Salem-Keizer Collaborative Partnership.”

Sherwood School District receives $36,000 student teaching grant (August 22) The Oregonian
“According to a press release, Sherwood School District believes student teachers will benefit from first-hand experience with teachers modeling effective teaching strategies, and experienced teachers will benefit from University-based professional development.”

North Clackamas schools receive grant to plan for next generation of teachers (August 21) The Oregonian
“Teaching in today’s complex world is no simple task,” Sue Hildick, Chalkboard Project president, said in the release. “We need a robust pipeline that takes teaching candidates through a rigorous classroom experience, where they get on-the-ground practice and feedback from skilled mentors. School districts need to take a leadership role in designing these models.”

Yearlong teaching apprenticeships proposed (August 20) The Register-Guard
“Chalkboard’s TeachOregon grants seek to improve and diversify the next generation of teachers, said Chalkboard spokeswoman Aimee Craig.”

Salem-Keizer, three local universities awarded grant for partnership (August 16) Statesman Journal
“Oregon’s Chalkboard Project awarded $36,000 to Salem-Keizer School District and three local universities for working together to better prepare teachers for the classroom.”

Chalkboard Project awards $180,000 in teacher preparation and recruitment grants to local districts (August 16) The Oregonian
“The Chalkboard Project has launched an initiative with local districts and universities to improve teacher preparation and recruitment efforts in Oregon, the non-profit announced Thursday.”

Education in Oregon: Inching to the head of the CLASS (June 10) The Oregonian
“Last week, the Oregon-based Chalkboard Project named Corvallis, David Douglas, Bethel and Mt.Angel school districts as the state’s newest CLASS districts. These districts will get a coach and a small grant to design their version of a better professional environment for teachers. That includes basic things like better evaluations and more useful help on teaching strategies, plus opportunities for advancement and pay outside the rigid seniority grid.”

WAHS teacher named to nonprofit council (May 15) Democrat-Herald
“In March, Chalkboard invited award-winning teachers from across Oregon to apply to serve on the council. Among the dozens of applicants were former Oregon Teachers-of-the-Year, Milken Educator award winners, National Board certified teachers, and teachers who have received other honors.”

Tillamook Options Program Teacher Appointed to Chalkboard Project’s Distinguished Educators Council (May 10) Tillamook Headlight-Herald
“‘In order to meaningfully strengthen education in Oregon we need more educator voices at the table. Chalkboard sees this Council as a platform for the practitioner voices that often are left out of policy discussions,’ said Sue Hildick, Chalkboard Project President. “We are hopeful that a diverse group of distinguished professionals can get the attention of policymakers and help put Oregon on a clear path to teacher and student success.”

One in five kids at risk due to absences, study finds (May 2) Statesman Journal
“One in five Salem-Keizer students missed about 18 days of school last year, putting them at risk for missing academic targets in later grades, according to data released by Oregon’s Chalkboard Project today.”

Chalkboard creates educators council (March 29) Lebanon-Express
“Chalkboard is seeking 12 to 15 award-winning Oregon educators to serve on the Distinguished Educators Council.”

Supporting educators in Ashland (February 19th) Mail Tribune
“First and foremost, we are participating in the CLASS Project because we want our school district to be one of the best places in the state to be an educator. We know that of in-school factors, it is the teacher that has the most significant impact on student learning. We want all of our educators in Ashland to feel professionally supported and be provided with the tools and opportunities to do their best work for students.”

What’s Working in Oregon: Empowering Teachers & Engaging Our Community? (January 3rd)
“This new, and growing, [CLASS] program empowers teachers to set student achievement goals and create school improvement plans while offering professional development and mentoring programs to help them achieve these goals.”

2011 Articles

Walks act as lab for teachers (December 14th) Lebanon Express
“This fall, 40 teachers in the Lebanon Community School District have signed up for Learning Walks, a program developed with education program and project consultant Peter Pappas.”

Improving student achievement with CLASS (November 28th) Central Oregonian
“I think we are collaborating with staff around some real critical issues, like the improvement of instruction and how to meet the needs of all our students – trying to have a laser-like focus on determining students’ learning needs so we can be sure to provide exactly the intervention our students need,” said CCSD Superintendent, Duane Yecha.

Districts to launch online school (September 1st) Yamhill Valley News-Register
“‘Especially in times of limited resources, it is essential that districts look for ways to spend their dollars wisely,’ said Sue Hildick, president of the Chalkboard Project. ‘These seven districts are looking for creative ways to not only save dollars, but to expand their offerings to bring in additional resources.'”

Sisters School District Gets Generous Grant (August 24th) KBND Bend
“The Sisters School District is the recipient of a very generous grant from the Oregon Chalkboard Project. It’s a nonpartisan nonprofit working to improve Oregon’s schools. The project awarded Sisters schools a $97,000 grant to be used toward professional development for teachers.”

Adding a Touch of Class (August 18th) Superintendent Susan Castillo’s Update
“I recently had the opportunity to visit the Lebanon Community Schools to see the excellent work being done there with the Chalkboard Project’s CLASS initiative. . . . I commend the Chalkboard Project’s outstanding leadership with CLASS. They understand the need to be both innovative and collaborative.”

Pendleton School District Receives $30,000 (August 15th) KEPR TV Pasco, Washington
“The Pendleton School District will expand career paths, educator evaluation systems, relevant professional development and new compensation systems thanks to a $30,000 grant from the CLASS Project. . . . ‘It has always been Chalkboard’s mission to help make Oregon’s schools among the best in the nation,’ said Sue Hildick, Chalkboard Project President. ‘There are no silver bullets in education, but CLASS is making an impact on teaching and learning in the state.'”

16 Oregon School Districts Will Each Receive Grants for Teacher Development (August 12th) KLCC Eugene
“Championed by the education reform Chalkboard Project, the initiative is created and led by teachers. It allows teachers and administrators to design their own profession relative to their district’s needs.”

Schools receive $97,000 Chalkboard Project grant (August 9th) Sisters Nugget News
“The effort to improve Sisters schools got a boost last week as Superintendent Jim Golden announced a $97,000 grant from Oregon’s Chalkboard Project. The grant will fund professional development, and the development of a curriculum evaluation process for the 2011-2012 school year.”

Improving Our Public Schools: Don’t Lose Hope! by Sue Hildick (August 2011) Metro Parent
“There are a few ways state-level policy can help improve instruction in the classroom. One of these is the Oregon Mentoring Program. For the last three years, Oregon has funded a very successful mentoring program that gives beginning teachers and administrators the meaningful support they need as they transition into their new roles and helps them become reflective practitioners.”

Stand builds ‘strong, unified voice’ for kids (July 28th) Portland Tribune
“As a Stand member, I learned about an Oregon program that is helping some districts do all of these things—the CLASS Project. My team and I met teachers and administrators from the CLASS Project districts and had the opportunity to understand how it has positively impacted students.”

Let other states have their gridlock (July 5th) Daily Astorian
“Gov. John Kitzhaber’s leadership is a major reason why education change moved. Kitzhaber gave urgency to the issue. In addition to supporting Chalkboard Project’s research and proposals, Gov. Kitzhaber promoted the concept of an education superboard that will set investment levels across the spectrum of education…”

Portland teachers union, school district beat deadline to agree on new teacher evaluation (June 30th) Oregonian
“Like the high-profile efforts of the nonprofit Chalkboard Project to improve teacher evaluation elsewhere in Oregon, Portland’s new evaluation is based largely on the work of Charlotte Danielson, a New Jersey-based education consultant who is widely hailed for having isolated and detailed the many skills that good teachers need to master.”

Bad Teacher: Gov. Kitzhaber’s school reforms mark a decline in teachers’ union influence (June 29th) Willamette Week
“Kitzhaber overcame OEA’s opposition with the strong support of such groups as Stand for Children, the Chalkboard Project and the Oregon Business Association, whose interest in previous sessions focused far more on funding than reform.”

Educator, not politician, should lead Oregon schools (June 22nd) Statesman Journal
“…the void in Oregon education leadership has been filled by such innovative organizations as the Chalkboard Project.”

Oregon Legislature unleashes flood of education bills, from open enrollment to all-day kindergarten (June 21st) Oregonian
“Sue Hildick, president of the Chalkboard Project, a nonprofit focused on improving achievement, said she has not seen action on such a broad scale in her group’s eight-year history. ‘What you are seeing is some urgency around improving education in the state,’ she said. ‘This governor has set a tone that we don’t have time to waste.'”

Ore. Lawmakers Begin Work On Education Reforms (June 21st) NPR
“One of the bills would create a single education board to oversee everything from preschool to higher education… Dan Jamison is with the non-partisan education group the Chalkboard Project. ‘I think parents are often bewildered at the different operational demands of early childhood, K-12 education, community college, and the OUS system.'”

Q&A: School’s Out, But Kitzhaber’s Education Plan Is Still Cramming For Tests (June 15th) OPB
“There’s also the potential to spend on a program run by the Chalkboard Project called ‘CLASS.’ It’s basically a teacher incentive program. So, there’s about five million dollars in play to help beef up that program.”

Oregon Senate votes to require teacher standards (June 14th) AP
“The Oregon Senate has approved a bill requiring the state to develop performance standards for teachers. The Senate’s 25-0 vote on Tuesday sends the measure to the House.”

Oregon Senate passes bill to create statewide teaching standards (June 14th) Oregonian
“The Oregon Senate unanimously approved a bill this afternoon that will establish clear standards for Oregon teachers and administrators. State leaders called the bill a major step forward for Oregon’s education system.”

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Education-Reform Package (June 14th) Huffington Post
“…unlike in other states, where bills that alter teacher management practices pit officials against teachers unions, the Oregon bill that amends teacher evaluation is the least controversial….The evaluation bill requires that teacher evaluation system take into account multiple measures of teacher effectiveness, stating that student performance data is one important component. The bill passed the senate on Tuesday afternoon.”

Oregon Legislature should invest in more effective teachers, higher student achievement (June 12th) Statesman Journal
“The key to great schools and successful students is simple to define but difficult to achieve: effective teachers. That’s common sense. But that also has been demonstrated by the brilliant work of the Chalkboard Project and its CLASS initiative. The Oregon Legislature should accelerate that work by passing Senate Bill 252.”

Investing for Impact: Education Reform (June 6th) Philanthrophy News Digest
“Increasingly, philanthropists are directing a portion of their philanthropic investments to organizations working to remove barriers to effective primary and secondary education at the state level….efforts have been mounted by groups such as…the Chalkboard Project, an Oregon nonprofit working to elevate student achievement statewide and propel Oregon’s K-12 education system into the top ten nationally…”

New way to evaluate, pay teachers nears reality in Bend (May 30th) Bend Bulletin
“‘I think that the beauty of both the TIF and the CLASS Project is it gives enough of a window of time for teachers and administrators to learn what is working and then to choose at the end of the grant what they want to maintain because they see it as the biggest bang for the buck,’ Dan Jamison said.”

Upgrading Oregon’s schools: Class isn’t dismissed, legislators, so finish your work (May 24th) Oregonian
“We are all grappling with the reality that the budget for the nest biennium adds up to tough times for Oregon schools. But there are measures languishing in the Capitol that could be the beginning of better things to come despite economic restraints—if they could ever see the light of day.”

Corvallis School Board candidates tell goals (April 30th) Corvallis Gazette-Times
Judy Ball: “Currently, we do not have adequate measures on which to base merit pay. The Chalkboard Project is working to develop improved methods to evaluate teacher effectiveness. We should follow their progress.”

Advocates debate need for income tax to aid Eugene schools (April 30th) Eugene Register-Guard
“[Tax supporter Jennifer Geller] said charges of inefficient district spending are unfounded, especially because an audit by the independent Chalkboard Project showed that the district spends more than 70 percent of its budget on educating students, and about 14 percent on central administration and principal’s offices. The rest goes to busing, buildings and food.”

School district tries for grant to study teacher-pay reform (April 22nd) Ashland Daily Tidings
“Ashland School District will apply for a $30,000 grant to study teacher-pay reform in the district and across the state. The grant is through the Chalkboard Project, a nonprofit focused on improving Oregon schools.”

School district selected to receive teacher inventive grant (April 21st) Central Oregonian
“On the heels of the recent CLASS Project, Crook County has once again been selected to receive funds to continue the work that was begun in 2010.”

Area schools get share of $24.4 million grant (April 19th) Bend Bulletin
“Dan Jamison, the vice president for education policy at The Chalkboard Project, said the additional funds are a recognition that the CLASS Project must be sustained for more than a couple of years. ‘It requires a different level of resource commitment,’ he said. ‘They want to see us take this thing to the finish line.'”

Portland Public Schools: Give us school innovation before school renovation (April 19th) Oregonian
“Imagine the message that would have been sent if before the $548 million bond measure to voters, the school board and teachers united in a decision to participate in the CLASS program. Created by the Portland-based Chalkboard Project, the CLASS program is a collaborative initiative where teachers, union leaders, school board members and administrators work together to change policies in order to increase student achievement. Chalkboard reforms include better professional development for teachers, meaningful teacher evaluation systems and compensation systems that reward excellence instead of just seniority.”

Eleven million dollars more aimed at Oregon’s best teachers being distributed by Chalkboard (April 18th)
“The Obama Administration is awarding an excellence in education group another $11 million for distribution to select Oregon school teachers who have gotten excellent achievement results in their classroom.”

Feds insist on giving Oregon millions more to pay high-performing teachers (April 18th) Oregonian
“The Chalkboard Project had a nice problem to solve recently: After the Obama administration awarded the Portland-based nonprofit group $13 million to try to improve the quality of teaching in seven Oregon school districts, the feds circled back and insisted the group apply for even more money to pay to top-performing teachers and principals. The group did so, naturally, and learned late last week that it has been awarded an additional $11 million.”

Teacher development program gets additional funds (April 16th) Statesman Journal
“The federal government has doubled its investment in an Oregon pilot project designed to boost teacher performance. Originally seven school districts, including Salem-Keizer, shared a $13.2 million Teacher Incentive Fund grant. This week the U.S. Department of Education announced plans to add another $11.2 million to the CLASS Project, the brainchild of Oregon’s nonprofit education group Chalkboard Project.”

Oregon TIF Funds Increased (April 15th)
“In October, the Chalkboard Project, working with Redmond and six other school districts across Oregon, received $13.2 million to explore career and compensation reforms through the Teacher Incentive Fund. The U.S. Department of Education announced this week that the grant’s total would be increased to $24.4 million.”

School districts receive grant money (April 15th) Bend Bulletin
“The education reform nonprofit Chalkboard Project today received $11.2 million in additional grant funding through the federal Teacher Incentive Fund, money that will go to implement education reform in several Central Oregon school districts.”

This week’s winners, losers in the news (April 14th) Statesman Journal
“WINNER: Chalkboard Project. It’s driving education reform in Oregon and setting a national example. The U.S. Department of Education has nearly doubled Chalkboard’s federal grant for helping school districts create improved career-improvement and compensation systems.”

Time is ripe for education reform (April 14th) The Daily Astorian
“The basic concept of Kitzhaber’s Oregon Education Investment Board – to look at education as a continuum, not as a set of silos – makes sense. But this is also the year for the legislature to embrace and enact some of the reforms that Chalkboard has been talking about for years.”

Redmond teachers to get new grades (April 4th) Bend Bulletin
“In Bend-La Pine, the CLASS Project team hopes to have a new evaluation system in at least some of the district’s schools by the next school year. The team will work on the district’s plan through the summer. If that work goes well, the implementation could be more widespread, according to Dan Jones, one of the CLASS coordinators.”

A look at when cuts hit the classroom (April 3rd) Statesman Journal
“Salem-Keizer Superintendent Sandy Husk hopped to make significant class-sze reductions when she took over leadership at the district. In 2007, she reduced all class sizes by an average of one student. Two years later, she reduced it again by an average of one student in kindergarten through third grade. Next year’s custs will likely roll back those gains and then some at a time when students need even more individual attention.”

Salem-Keizer schools consider trimming from the top (April 2nd) Statesman Journal
“It’s important to not only look at administration but spending on classroom instruction, said Aimee Craig with Chalkboard Project, an education advocacy group. ‘If you have more going into the classroom,’ she said, ‘that’s the key to look at.'”

Use student data in evaluations (March 28th) Bend Bulletin
“Oregon schools should be a great place to learn and a great place to be taught. To get there, Oregon needs to evaluate and compensate its teachers based on more than years of service and degrees held. Teachers need to be judged on how well they teach.”

Public schools: How to deal with the cuts (March 26th) Klamath Falls Herald and News
“How many of us are demanding transparency, accountability, honesty and data-driven decision-making from our administrators and in our negotiations? Do we have an honest and realistic understanding of the current challenges facing children, families and educators today or do we just assume that we do because ‘I went to school once’ or ‘I was a teenager once’? Thankfully, non-partisan organizations like The Chalkboard Project and Stand for Children are here to help those Oregonians willing to step up and become informed.”

Your Teacher Is F’d (March 23rd) Willamette Week
“…unlike in previous legislative sessions, the union faces an organized coalition of advocacy groups also aligned with Kitzhaber. Those groups, which represent thousands of parents, many of the state’s largest employers, and influential foundations, can help Kitzhaber bring pressure to bear on OEA. …Last year, [Stand for Children’s Sue] Levin sat down with representatives from the Oregon Business Association, several big-district superintendants and the Chalkboard Project. The groups agreed on a common, one-page agenda, which dovetails with Kitzhaber’s and is aimed at improving schools rather than just asking for more money.”

Medford schools consider cutting top posts (March 4th) Medford Mail Tribune
“The decision not to fill [secondary education director Doug] Jantzi’s position is the first concrete budget cut the Medford School District has confirmed in its task to whittle away an estimated $10 million to $13 million from its $90 million budget.”

Kitzhaber looks to boost education authority (February 26th) AP
“‘We’re just not performing at the level of other states. We think that’s because we’ve lacked some statewide leadership saying, “This is where we’re heading and this is how we’re going to get there,”‘ said Sue Hildick, president of Chalkboard Project, a Portland-based education advocacy group. That can be accomplished in part by giving oversight of education policy to the state’s most visible leader, Hildick said.”

What happens to S-K schools after federal money’s gone? (February 20th, 2011) Statesman Journal
“Teachers need time to meet and learn from each other as well as direct leadership, feedback and support in addition to evaluations that factor in student improvement, said Aimee Craig with Oregon’s Chalkboard Project, which is leading a pilot program in districts throughout the state, including Salem- Keizer, to improve teacher quality.”

State needs educator to lead education initiatives (February 19th, 2011) Statesman Journal
“When was the last time you heard Castillo take the lead on a difficult or controversial education issue? Time and again, she’s been on the sidelines or in the background. That void instead has been filled by such groups as the Chalkboard Project, which has spurred much of Oregon’s advances in teacher training, school collaboration and fiscal accountability.”

Yes, Governor Kitzhaber (February 15th, 2010) The Daily Astorian
“If teachers are not motivated or qualified, no Grand Plan will save the day. Education happens inside classrooms inside school buildings scattered across Oregon…The Chalkboard Project over seven years has refined this essential observation through research. Chalkboard has put money on pilot programs that are working. Those of us who are impressed with those pilot ventures have been waiting for the Legislature to give them wider currency. With a new, reform-minded governor, the time is now.”

Our school districts can’t afford more of the same (February 14th, 2011) The Oregonian
“Oregon’s public education system has two major problems. First, we have an immediate budget problem that threatens our ability to educate children. No public school district can be blamed for exploring all its options to cut expenses and raise local revenues; we’re all facing severe layoffs that threaten our students’ education, as well as larger class sizes, fewer electives and less support to help them achieve and graduate. But more importantly, we have a long-term problem. We have no unified, statewide investment plan for public education.”

Does Oregon education need reform or revolution? (February 13th, 2011) The Oregonian
“Communication is not among John Kitzhaber’s gifts or priorities. He can’t — or won’t — deal in specifics or simple, illuminating illustrations. It never occurs to the governor, apparently, that an idea can’t be persuasive if it’s impenetrable. Although he campaigned on the need for change, the governor still underestimates how ready we are for it.”

Gov. John Kitzhaber plans to create powerful Oregon education board, connect school funding to performance (February 12th, 2011) The Oregonian
“Sue Hildick, president of the Chalkboard Project, a nonprofit focused on improving education, agrees that would be a groundbreaking change. But it’s not going to happen without heavy investments in teacher training, she said.”

A chance to build on what’s working for our schools (February 7th, 2011) The Oregonian
“We also know that legislators are extremely busy working on a range of issues, meaning there isn’t much time to dig deeply into specific policy issues and carefully develop an agenda that has bi-partisan support. That’s why Stand for Children, the Chalkboard Project, the Oregon Business Association and the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators’ Education Policy and Vision Workgroup (made up of superintendents from around the state) have come together and begun this important look at where we can agree.”

State of the Union: Obama talks up teaching, but can Oregon deliver? (January 27th, 2011) The Oregonian
“President Barack Obama looked right at the camera Tuesday night and urged young people to become teachers. I’m not sure this is sage career advice in Oregon.”

Oregon schools Superintendent Susan Castillo begins her third term with a new approach and an uncertain future (January 26th, 2011) The Oregonian
“For the first time in her eight-year tenure, the state schools superintendent is making the pre-legislative rounds with lawmakers.”

Building Oregon’s social capital (January 20th, 2011) The Oregonian
“One of Oregon’s quiet champions, Greg Chaillé, president and chief executive officer of the Oregon Community Foundation, said this week that he plans to retire at the end of the year.”

2010 Articles

Kitzhaber wants a new path for Oregon (December 16th, 2010) The Daily Astorian
“The Oregon Legislature has been slow to embrace the Chalkboard Project, and that reluctance looks rather silly in the context of what Griffin presents. The Chalkboard Project is an amalgam of regional foundations and charitable trusts. Over several years, Chalkboard has generated useful research and tangible concepts that, in some cases, it is paying to implement.”

How to fix our schools: A manifesto by Joel Klein, Michelle Rhee and other education leaders (October 10th, 2010) – The Washington Post
“As educators, superintendents, chief executives and chancellors responsible for educating nearly 2 1/2 million students in America, we know that the task of reforming the country’s public schools begins with us. It is our obligation to enhance the personal growth and academic achievement of our students, and we must be accountable for how our schools perform.”

Head of the CLASS – Vol. 15 No. 3- Education Northwest Magazine
“Today, three years into the project, Tillamook is seeing impressive results: Districtwide achievement has steadily improved to 60 percent of students at or above the state average; one Tillamook elementary school that was in improvement status has turned around and captured statewide honors for stellar scores; and both new and veteran teachers have embraced a culture of collaboration and high expectations.”

Want to wait for a good economy? Students can’t (May 27th, 2010) – The Oregonian
“Another affordable reform effort getting attention is a program called “CLASS.” Led by the nonprofit Chalkboard Project, it’s designed to help school districts define and reward effective teaching. It’s in 12 Oregon districts now and earning some raves — including from teachers who will be evaluated regularly and held accountable for student improvement.”

Race to the Top: Oregon school leaders lacking needed energy, drive (April 3rd, 2010) The Oregonian
“To be clear, this lack of boldness and urgency is true only at the state level. Many districts and individual schools in Oregon have shown signs of true innovation. The Tillamook School District in coastal Oregon, for example, has made breakthroughs with students by embracing a grassroots program called CLASS, intended to help schools define and reward effective teaching.”

Report: Oregon fails at measuring teacher effectiveness (January 29th, 2010) The Oregonian
“Principals need a lot of training and guidance, Dickson said. To succeed, she said, districts must include teachers in designing evaluation systems and must emphasize how such systems can help teachers improve rather than use a ‘gotcha’ approach.”