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Oct 12, 2017

Teachers, once isolated, are now empowered

 Fostering a school district-wide culture of professional learning and collaboration can pose a challenge when schools and teachers range across a district that covers 6,062 square miles.

The Klamath County School District is 40 times the geographic size of Portland Public Schools. Yet the district has 6,500 students in 23 schools, compared to Portland’s 48,000 students in 79 schools.

But thanks to a dynamic district leadership team and a grant through the School District Collaboration Fund, distance is less of a barrier to teacher collaboration in Klamath County. 

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Trainings
  • Educator Workforce
  • Career Pathways
  • Professional Learning
Feb 16, 2017

An aspiring leader remembers how it felt to be a disconnected and disenfranchised teenager

Alyssa Dodds was a high school dropout at 16. She didn’t feel challenged or motivated, and after an administrator suggested she stay enrolled so as not to ruin the school’s “numbers,” she walked out.

Eventually she earned a GED, working two jobs on the way to a degree from the University of Oregon. She says,  “It was really good to go to college and reinvigorate my love for learning.”

  • School Leadership
  • Career Pathways
  • Professional Development
Teacher standing at front of class
Apr 14, 2016

Connecting professional learning and leadership to improved student outcomes

The recent release of our final report about the federally funded Teacher Incentive Fund and the statewide news coverage last week re-opened the subject of teacher performance pay. Most readers likely came away with the impression that TIF’s focus was solely on performance pay and failed to make a lasting impact. Chalkboard would like to share the full story.

  • Educator Workforce
  • Career Pathways
  • Compensation
  • Quality Educators
Oct 23, 2015

What does it take to become an Oregon teacher? Have you got a “minute”?

Eventually, I wondered how do most people find information before deciding to enter Oregon’s teaching profession? When I searched the Internet, I saw multiple websites—often with conflicting information and/or content not updated in years. What was needed was a one-stop website.

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Educator Workforce
  • Career Pathways
Sep 14, 2015

Will alternative teacher compensation models serve the profession and students better?

Alternative compensation has taken on a whole new look, moving away from a focus on student test scores to realizing that there are many other components of being an effective educator. Districts that have moved to alternative compensation systems have taken time to unpack what they believe are evidence of effective educator practices.

  • Educator Workforce
  • Career Pathways
  • Compensation
Jan 8, 2015

Leading for Learning: Supporting principals as effective instructional leaders

Among all school-related factors, leaders are second only to teachers in their impact on student learning. But a principal’s day-to-day practice often looks very different. Faced with a myriad of pressures and responsibilities driven by the political, social, and economic landscape in public education, school leaders often lack time and support to improve instruction.

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Teacher Leadership
  • School Leadership
  • Staffing
  • Career Pathways
  • Professional Development
  • Administrator Resources

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