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Jun 21, 2018

Getting to Know Whitney Grubbs: An interview with our new executive director

Whitney Grubbs joined Chalkboard Project as executive director in May. We are thrilled to have her, not only does she hold vast education and policy expertise but she has a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh. We recently sat down with Whitney to learn more about her background as well as Chalkboard’s immediate priorities.

You were born and raised in Montana. How did you find your way to Oregon?

When you grow up in Montana, the closest big cities are Seattle and Portland, so if you dream of an urban experience it usually means going west.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • School Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Educator Workforce
May 31, 2018

Supporting Black Student Success

Oregon schools are not narrowing the achievement gap between black and white students—a chronic problem reflected in disproportionate school attendance, student outcomes, and graduation rates, according to a report commissioned by KairosPDX.

  • Student Success
  • Reports
  • Events
  • Professional Learning
  • Quality Educators
Mar 8, 2018

Beyond the invitation: 4 ways to engage student voice

The next generation is raising its voice, demanding to be heard, and it is time that we paid attention. As the advisor to Oregon Student Voice (OSV), my job is to support students as they develop a statewide student-led organization. OSV just wrapped up their first pilot year and they have a lot to show for it.

  • School Leadership
  • Student Success
Feb 26, 2018

Interview with Oregon Student Voice member Ebado Abdi

We recently sat down with Ebado Abdi, a senior at West View High School in Beaverton, to find out more about an issue she is passionate about–elevating student voice. An active member of Oregon Student Voice, Ebado has great insight about how students are powerful change agents and how students and educators can work together to improve our school system.

This is your last year of high school before you go to college, looking back how was your overall experience in school?

  • School Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Equity and Diversity
Feb 22, 2018

Trying hard isn’t enough to change systems

I believe that everyone in education is trying very hard, every day, to help the students they serve. But trying hard isn’t enough when education systems don’t change. We have to commit to doing things differently.

  • Student Success
  • Professional Learning
  • Quality Educators
  • Professional Development
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

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