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Two educators collaborating
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
Pencil and other office utensils
Sep 13, 2016

Funder collaborative helps teachers and school leaders revamp classroom instruction, increase student success

"If you are trying to change systems, you’ve got to be in it for the long haul...Policy advocacy is an essential tool in systems change... Equity has to be an explicit, upfront goal if you want to reduce disparities." These three lessons and more are outlined in the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy's article about Chalkboard's initiatives.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Quality Educators
May 30, 2016

Geraldine Hammond, retired Salem educator and leader

Geraldine Hammond grew up in New Orleans. She obtained her teacher certification in Louisiana, and in 1955 she moved to Oregon where she began teaching a few years later. Geraldine served as a teacher, and in 1976 she became Salem’s first African-American principal. She also coordinated the district’s multicultural programs. The Salem-Keizer school district honored Geraldine in 2001 when the new Hammond Elementary School opened its doors. Geraldine is now retired and living in Salem.

  • Quality Educators
Teach to Lead Participants Group Photo
May 17, 2016

Teach to Lead exceeds expectations

“I came back today feeling empowered and excited. These changes might really happen!” —Feedback from a participant in Teach to Lead summit in Portland

Chalkboard Project recently wrapped up the Teach to Lead first-ever state summit here in Oregon, and just about everything about the event exceeded expectations.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Quality Educators


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