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Aug 15, 2018

Shifting Our Thinking: How Community Members Can Bring New Insights To The Table

Jefferson County School District 509-J is located in Central Oregon’s rural high desert and serves the towns of Metolius, Antelope, Big Muddy Ranch, and the Warm Springs Reservation. Major industries in the area include ranching and farming, but the 509-J district’s poverty level is among the highest in the state. At least three of four school children in the district qualify for free or reduced school lunch. Such conditions create a challenging environment for teaching and learning, and the district’s academic student outcomes trail state and national benchmarks.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Professional Learning
Jun 21, 2018

Getting to Know Whitney Grubbs: An Interview with our New Executive Director

Whitney Grubbs joined Chalkboard Project as executive director in May. We are thrilled to have her, not only does she hold vast education and policy expertise but she has a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh. We recently sat down with Whitney to learn more about her background as well as Chalkboard’s immediate priorities.

You were born and raised in Montana. How did you find your way to Oregon?

When you grow up in Montana, the closest big cities are Seattle and Portland, so if you dream of an urban experience it usually means going west.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • School Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Educator Workforce
Feb 26, 2018

Interview with Oregon Student Voice member Ebado Abdi

We recently sat down with Ebado Abdi, a senior at West View High School in Beaverton, to find out more about an issue she is passionate about–elevating student voice. An active member of Oregon Student Voice, Ebado has great insight about how students are powerful change agents and how students and educators can work together to improve our school system.

This is your last year of high school before you go to college, looking back how was your overall experience in school?

  • School Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Equity and Diversity
Feb 8, 2018

Beyond good intentions: How school board members are making a difference

“Everyone who runs for a school board seat believes they are doing it to make a difference,” says Karen Starchvick, school board chair in the 6,000-student Medford Public Schools.

But what happens when good intentions are thwarted by a failure to focus or cooperate? How can a school board work as a team to make sure it is making the right choices to support equity for kids?

  • School Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Trainings
  • Equity and Diversity

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