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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
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

Teachers, once isolated, are now empowered

 Fostering a school district-wide culture of professional learning and collaboration can pose a challenge when schools and teachers range across a district that covers 6,062 square miles.

The Klamath County School District is 40 times the geographic size of Portland Public Schools. Yet the district has 6,500 students in 23 schools, compared to Portland’s 48,000 students in 79 schools.

But thanks to a dynamic district leadership team and a grant through the School District Collaboration Fund, distance is less of a barrier to teacher collaboration in Klamath County. 

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Trainings
  • Educator Workforce
  • Career Pathways
  • Professional Learning
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
Sep 21, 2017

Rewarding teachers for their professional growth

Bend-La Pine Schools are in the middle of a game-changing pilot program that overhauls the way teachers are paid—compensating them based on their professional growth instead of number of years on the job and college credits.

Changing the status quo is never simple, but Bend-La Pine’s effort shows a willingness to try something new. “Building the plane while we’re flying it,” is the recurring metaphor both proponents and skeptics use to describe the work underway.

  • Staffing
  • Student Success
  • Educator Workforce
  • Compensation
  • Quality Educators

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