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May 6, 2019

Decolonizing the Classroom

Pictured above: Ashley and her grandmother Lucy

Through my role at Chalkboard Project, I have been able to learn more about the meaning and plans for implementation of SB 13, Oregon’s legislation requiring that tribal history and culture be taught in Oregon’s classrooms.  This work is meaningful to me professionally, but also as a Native parent of a school-aged child in Oregon.

  • Student Success
  • Quality Educators
May 6, 2019

Interview with Umatilla School District Superintendent Heidi Sipe

Pictured above: The Umatilla Robotics Team in Texas. Heidi traveled with the team to the Robotics World Finals in Houston, Texas last month.

I recently spoke with Umatilla School District Superintendent Heidi Sipe. Heidi was named 2016 Oregon Superintendent of the Year and it is clear why she was given this honor. She has a deep respect for her students and community and works every day to find ways to positively impact their school experience.

  • School Leadership
  • Student Success
  • School Finance
Apr 1, 2019

Juntos Aprendemos- Together We Learn

Chalkboard Project believes that we cannot positively affect the outcomes of all students if we do not take into account the unique challenges facing our students of color, students experiencing poverty and students living in rural communities. We are supporting several important legislative bills and funding requests introduced this legislative session that focus on creating a more equitable experience for all students including House Bill 2897.

Apr 1, 2019

Finding New Ways To Connect: How Community Circles Are Helping David Douglas Students

Earlier this year the report, From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope, confirmed what is intuitively known about supporting student learning but is often left out of the discussion. Based on research and conversations with young people, parents, teachers, school and district leaders, and community leaders, the report found that science and experience converged on one main point: “Children learn best when we treat them as human beings, with social and emotional as well as academic needs.

Feb 7, 2019

Intent Versus Impact: The Power of Language

As the Chalkboard Project Director of Equity and Partnerships, I spend a lot of time engaged in conversations about how a teacher can change the course of a child’s life. In fact, the academic and emotional support a teacher provides can help a child discover their intellectual passion and determine their path. So how can a teacher build trusting relationships with ALL of their students so that ALL students have room to succeed? One way is to be intentional about language.

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