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Mar 30, 2017

Aspiring leader wants to give back to her Native American community

Ardis Smith grew up watching her grandfather and mother make a difference in children’s lives as educators on the Warm Springs Reservation. After high school, she worked as a special education assistant before attending Southern Oregon University on an Oregon Indian Educator Grant.

“I wanted to carry on the work my mom and grandfather started,” Smith says. “I knew those were big shoes to fill. I also knew the equity challenges this community faces and what needs to be done here.”

  • School Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Educator Workforce
  • Professional Learning
Mar 24, 2017

We should invest in Oregon's future by creating Child Savings Accounts (Guest Opinion)

With legislation session well underway, there are many intersting perspectives on how Oregon can improve upon our K-12 education system. Chalkboard will continue to post articles on our blog that reflect the diverse opinions and ideas for education reform. The following guest opinion was co-authored by Rep. Knute Buehler and Sen. Arnie Roblan and appeared in the Oregonian on March 15. Rep. Knute Buehler is a Republican who represents House District 54 in Bend. Sen.

  • Student Success
  • School Finance
  • Policy
Jan 26, 2017

Cultural understanding is foundational to educational equity: An aspiring school leader’s perspective

When Dulce Nash immigrated to the U.S. from her native Mexico, she had a college degree in hand but spoke no English. Eventually, she found a job as a custodian at an elementary school in Beaverton.

As she performed her job, she envisioned how much she could accomplish as an educator. She took the time to get to know the students and their parents. Like her, many of them had moved to Oregon to seek opportunity for themselves and their families.

  • School Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Equity and Diversity
Jun 24, 2016

Preschool Promise: High-quality preschool for more Oregon kids

[Editor’s Note: Chalkboard invites guest bloggers to share their perspectives on Oregon’s K-12 education system. The Children’s Institute supports public and private investments in high-quality early programs and links early childhood with K-12.]

Swati Adarkar, President & CEO, Children’s Institute

  • Student Success
Teacher engaging with young students
Jun 17, 2016

Shared Leadership: The power of collaboration and teacher voice

Teachers in the David Douglas School District are taking charge as never before, taking on new leadership opportunities and making their voices heard in their schools and across the district.

That groundswell in teacher empowerment is fueled by the district’s work with the School District Collaboration Fund, which builds upon Chalkboard Project’s CLASS model. The model puts heavy emphasis on career pathways and professional development for teachers.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Student Success

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