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Jan 11, 2019

Interview with 2019 Oregon Teacher of the Year Keri Pilgrim Ricker

I recently sat down with Oregon's 2019 Teacher of the Year, Keri Pilgrim Ricker, who teaches in the Health Occupations CTE program at Churchill High School in Eugene. In this two-part blog series, Keri tells us about a professor that shifted her perspective on teaching, talks about how to help students feel safe the classroom so that they can show up as their whole selves, ready to learn, and shares why it’s so important to intentionally create space to recharge in a busy teaching schedule. I hope you enjoy getting to know Keri as much as I did!

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Science
  • Quality Educators
Portrait of Janet Soto Rodriguez, Chalkboard Project's newest employee
Jan 3, 2019

Interview with Janet Soto Rodriguez

I recently sat down with our newest Chalkboard Project employee, Janet Soto Rodriguez, to talk about what inspires (spoiler alert, Selena) and excites her about her new role.

Hi Janet! Your job title is Policy and Innovation Director. Tell me more about the "innovation" portion of your job.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Statements
  • Student Success
  • Policy
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

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