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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
Aug 1, 2018

How One School Reduced Discipline Referrals by Nearly 55 Percent

I love my job as an educator. I work alongside incredibly committed teachers who are passionate about their jobs and interact daily with amazing students. We are all in this in spite of the challenges we face.

Our school district is located in Sheridan which is a small, rural town in the western part of the Willamette Valley in Oregon. We are a former logging community that has been greatly impacted by the loss of jobs in the timber industry. Today, our largest employers are the Spirit Mountain Casino, the Federal Correctional Institution, and the school district.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Educator Workforce
  • Quality Educators
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
Jan 11, 2018

Changing systems from the inside out

Teaching always felt like a natural fit. My experiences in school growing up were always positive. There were many teachers along the way, starting in elementary school and continuing on through high school and college and graduate school, who showed interest in me, who mentored me. What’s more, they made me feel they cared.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • School Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Trainings
  • Educator Workforce
Jan 4, 2018

Let’s Talk: How Conversations Around Equity Can Help Students Feel More Connected

In early December, the National Center for Education Statistics released its four-year graduation rate for school year 2015-16. The results indicate that Oregon high school students continue to struggle with graduating on time; our state ranked bottom third. Low graduation rates are caused by many factors including chronic absenteeism. Students that consistently miss school fall behind in their classes and often have difficultly catching up. How do we help and encourage students to consistently go to school so that they can graduate on time and set themselves up for future success?

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Equity and Diversity
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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

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