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Feb 8, 2018

Beyond good intentions: How school board members are making a difference

“Everyone who runs for a school board seat believes they are doing it to make a difference,” says Karen Starchvick, school board chair in the 6,000-student Medford Public Schools.

But what happens when good intentions are thwarted by a failure to focus or cooperate? How can a school board work as a team to make sure it is making the right choices to support equity for kids?

  • School Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Trainings
  • Equity and Diversity
Jan 11, 2018

Changing systems from the inside out

Teaching always felt like a natural fit. My experiences in school growing up were always positive. There were many teachers along the way, starting in elementary school and continuing on through high school and college and graduate school, who showed interest in me, who mentored me. What’s more, they made me feel they cared.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • School Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Trainings
  • Educator Workforce
Jan 4, 2018

Let’s Talk: How Conversations Around Equity Can Help Students Feel More Connected

In early December, the National Center for Education Statistics released its four-year graduation rate for school year 2015-16. The results indicate that Oregon high school students continue to struggle with graduating on time; our state ranked bottom third. Low graduation rates are caused by many factors including chronic absenteeism. Students that consistently miss school fall behind in their classes and often have difficultly catching up. How do we help and encourage students to consistently go to school so that they can graduate on time and set themselves up for future success?

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Equity and Diversity
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Nov 30, 2017

Always a learner: From teaching to coaching

Growing up I never really found my niche at school. I don’t remember a lot of dynamic teaching and never felt truly inspired or encouraged. After majoring in psychology at Virginia Tech, I moved to Portland, studied acting, played drums in rock bands, and waited tables.

I didn’t realize until later how passionate I am about learning. That’s why I went to graduate school at Lewis & Clark to become a teacher—to have the impact on kids that I missed.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Educator Workforce
  • Professional Learning
  • Quality Educators
  • Professional Development
Oct 26, 2017

A diverse teacher workforce is important for student outcomes

Why is it important for students of color to have teachers who look like them? And what is being done to promote workforce diversity?

A recent online article by the Urban Institute explored the issue of educator diversity. The article points out that the pipeline is tight because not enough students of color are going to or graduating from college. And not enough of those who do are majoring in education.

  • Staffing
  • Student Success
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Educator Workforce
Oct 12, 2017

Interview with Oregon’s 2018 Teacher of the Year

When asked his recipe for success, 2018’s Oregon Teacher of the Year Matt Bacon-Brenes responds with a Japanese word— kyōryoku, meaning “cooperation.”

Bacon-Brenes was awarded the honor at a surprise school assembly packed with cheering students and colleagues from Portland’s Mt. Tabor Middle School, where he has been teaching social studies in the Japanese Immersion Program the past 15 years.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Educator Workforce

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