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Feb 28, 2017

Aspiring leader experiences what it means to be an administrator

“Math was always my hardest subject,“ admits Cassandra Thonstad. As a student she got good grades, but that didn’t make her a good learner. That’s why math was tough: “I couldn’t fake my way through.”

When she got to college at the University of Oregon she learned to “struggle productively and persevere,” she says, and went on to earn her master’s degrees in both mathematics and education.

  • School Leadership
  • Equity and Diversity
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
Student teacher working with young students
Sep 26, 2016

A new paradigm for preparing new teachers

“TeachOregon is transformational because it impacts every phase of becoming a teacher,” says Kevin Carr, an education professor with Pacific University. “It works because it took on the whole system.”

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Equity and Diversity
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
Students working together
Aug 4, 2016

Have you ever thought of becoming a teacher?

Research suggests young people develop career choices as early as fourth grade. Waiting until a prospective teacher is college age may be too late because they have had years to cultivate a mindset of career ambitions that may not include teaching.

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Equity and Diversity
Teachers having a conversation
Mar 16, 2016

Learning to recognize implicit bias

Chalkboard Project is taking deliberate steps toward a deeper understanding of around racial equity. The topic of race is challenging. It often raises personal insecurities and prevents meaningful progress. We often ask: How do we take a first step and talk about race, educational inequities, and change?

  • Equity and Diversity

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