Our Story | The Chalkboard Project

Our Story

Different from the start

Chalkboard Project is an initiative of Foundations for a Better Oregon—five independent, nonpartisan Oregon foundations united by a common purpose: A better state for all Oregonians. The goal is elevating student achievement, eradicating achievement inequalities, and making our K-12 public schools among the best in the nation.

  • We are independent and nonpartisan. We are not a special interest group. 
  • We provide independent, nonbiased, and focused research to discover best and promising practices for Oregon’s schools.
  • We serve as an independent voice to citizens, education stakeholders, and decision makers.

Our Mission

Help create systemic reform in the quality, accountability, and stable funding of Oregon's K-12 public schools.

Our Vision

Oregon's K-12 schools are among the best in the nation as measured by student achievement and educational equity.

Educator Effectiveness

An effective teacher has the single greatest influence on how well a student learns; school leaders are second. That’s why our efforts focus on ensuring educators and school leaders have the systems and supports they need to help every student succeed.