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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
Oct 12, 2017

Interview with Oregon’s 2018 Teacher of the Year

When asked his recipe for success, 2018’s Oregon Teacher of the Year Matt Bacon-Brenes responds with a Japanese word— kyōryoku, meaning “cooperation.”

Bacon-Brenes was awarded the honor at a surprise school assembly packed with cheering students and colleagues from Portland’s Mt. Tabor Middle School, where he has been teaching social studies in the Japanese Immersion Program the past 15 years.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Educator Workforce
Box opened with light bulb floating out
Apr 13, 2017

Can Oregon innovate in education?

This opinion piece was first published in The Oregonian on April 13, 2017.

For more than a decade, Chalkboard Project has been funding innovation in many districts across the state, working alongside educators to elevate evidence-based practices to improve student achievement, ensure educational equity, and make our state one of the best in the nation for teaching and learning.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Educator Workforce
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
Teacher engaging with young students
Jun 17, 2016

Shared Leadership: The power of collaboration and teacher voice

Teachers in the David Douglas School District are taking charge as never before, taking on new leadership opportunities and making their voices heard in their schools and across the district.

That groundswell in teacher empowerment is fueled by the district’s work with the School District Collaboration Fund, which builds upon Chalkboard Project’s CLASS model. The model puts heavy emphasis on career pathways and professional development for teachers.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Student Success

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