2019-2020 is a year of active evolution for Chalkboard Project.
We are currently engaging communities and organizations across the state to shape what the next phase of our work looks like. As we engage and evolve as an organization we are leaning into the following beliefs:
Improving outcomes for children is critical to our state for many reasons—but deep love and commitment to all of Oregon’s kids is the most important “why” of this work. We must center children in every decision we make.
Change happens from the ground up. Students, families, and community-based organizations have critical perspectives and actionable ideas to improve persistent disparities. We will not improve outcomes for all without engaging and authentically partnering to work together across ideologies, backgrounds, and geographies.
Resources to support local innovation and capacity building must accompany our ambitious goals for improving education in Oregon. Implementation is where the rubber hits the road.
Data is critical, including the lived experiences of children and families. We must collectively develop our goals, radically expand how we measure and define progress, and hold ourselves accountable to addressing root causes of inequity at every level for every child.
Sometimes our best work is done in the background in support of others. Other times we need to be prepared to lead with authenticity and humility.
Whether we represent public, private, civic, or philanthropic sectors, our children are a shared responsibility. We need to move forward in ways that allow all of us to contribute our respective expertise, build on each other’s strengths, and act courageously together.
Where we’ve been and what we believe gives us a unique role to play as an intermediary between public and private sectors. In partnership, we want to use our experience with advocacy, convening, research, and storytelling in new ways to radically accelerate progress for children and families.
As we evolve as an organization, we are committed to ongoing co-creation. Please reach out to invite us to your community event, tell us about an amazing program, or talk about a policy idea.