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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
Jan 11, 2019

Interview with 2019 Oregon Teacher of the Year Keri Pilgrim Ricker

I recently sat down with Oregon's 2019 Teacher of the Year, Keri Pilgrim Ricker, who teaches in the Health Occupations CTE program at Churchill High School in Eugene. In this two-part blog series, Keri tells us about a professor that shifted her perspective on teaching, talks about how to help students feel safe the classroom so that they can show up as their whole selves, ready to learn, and shares why it’s so important to intentionally create space to recharge in a busy teaching schedule. I hope you enjoy getting to know Keri as much as I did!

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Science
  • Quality Educators
Portrait of Janet Soto Rodriguez, Chalkboard Project's newest employee
Jan 3, 2019

Interview with Janet Soto Rodriguez

I recently sat down with our newest Chalkboard Project employee, Janet Soto Rodriguez, to talk about what inspires (spoiler alert, Selena) and excites her about her new role.

Hi Janet! Your job title is Policy and Innovation Director. Tell me more about the "innovation" portion of your job.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Statements
  • Student Success
  • Policy
Image of two members of Oregon Student Voice posing with Oregon Governor Brown
Jan 3, 2019

Oregon Student Voice: New Beginnings

In the past year Oregon Student Voice published 15 opinion pieces about education issues in Oregon, released our first comprehensive report on the state of Oregon schools from the student perspective and hosted 100+ students at a youth empowerment rally in Salem. These are impressive accomplishments, but the biggest challenge has just begun. After operating as an initiative of Chalkboard Project for two years, we are becoming an independent youth-led nonprofit.

  • Student Success
Nov 26, 2018

The general election was a national shouting match. So why were our classrooms so quiet?

This piece was written by Dana Smiley, a member of Oregon Student Voice and a junior at Lincoln High School. It originally appeared as an opinion piece in the Oregonian on November 21. 

Earlier this month, I felt a sense of anticipation for the results of the midterm elections. It was clear that the outcome could lead to sweeping changes across the nation, and have a huge impact on a group that is primarily not old enough yet to vote: high school students.

  • Student Success

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