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Nov 30, 2017

Always a learner: From teaching to coaching

Growing up I never really found my niche at school. I don’t remember a lot of dynamic teaching and never felt truly inspired or encouraged. After majoring in psychology at Virginia Tech, I moved to Portland, studied acting, played drums in rock bands, and waited tables.

I didn’t realize until later how passionate I am about learning. That’s why I went to graduate school at Lewis & Clark to become a teacher—to have the impact on kids that I missed.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Educator Workforce
  • Professional Learning
  • Quality Educators
  • Professional Development
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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Mar 7, 2017

Oregon bill offers new strategies for supporting educators

This guest opinion originally ran in the Portland Business Journal on February 24 and was co-authored by Michele Oakes and Martha Richards, former members of the Governor's Council on Educator Advancement. 

The most competitive businesses stay successful by making sure their workforce is well trained and effective. They hire the best and offer ongoing training to ensure their employees have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.

  • Educator Workforce
  • Quality Educators
  • Policy
Feb 2, 2017

Time to collaborate: Teacher collaboration helps teachers become more effective

Interview with Mary McGinnis

Mary McGinnis taught for 25 years in Missouri before moving to Oregon seven years ago. She teaches at Wilson River School, a small alternative high school in the Tillamook School District. As a member of Chalkboard Project’s Distinguished Educators Council, she played an active role in the council’s report on teacher collaboration time nationally and internationally.

What did teacher collaboration look like early in your career?

  • Educator Workforce
  • Professional Learning
  • Quality Educators


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