Two educators collaborating
Mar 7, 2017

Oregon bill offers new strategies for supporting educators

This guest opinion originally ran in the Portland Buisness Journal on February 24 and was co-authored by Michele Oakes and Martha Richards, former members of the Governor's Council on Educator Advancement. 

The most competitive businesses stay successful by making sure their workforce is well trained and effective. They hire the best and offer ongoing training to ensure their employees have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.

  • Educator Workforce
  • Quality Educators
  • Policy
Days Creek School Signage
Feb 28, 2017

District engages in rigorous process to improve professional learning


Reprinted with permission. This blog post first appeared in Dr. Angle’s Blog at Day Creek Charter Schools on February 7, 2017. Dr. Mark Angle is superintendent of Days Creek Charter School.

Days Creek Charter School is fortunate to have been one of three Douglas County School Districts to be selected to participate in a rigorous process to examine how we deliver professional learning and to plan ways to better engage our faculty in designing and participating in quality professional learning that has positive impacts on student achievement.

  • Educator Workforce
  • Professional Learning
  • Professional Development
Feb 2, 2017

Time to collaborate: Teacher collaboration helps teachers become more effective

Interview with Mary McGinnis

Mary McGinnis taught for 25 years in Missouri before moving to Oregon seven years ago. She teaches at Wilson River School, a small alternative high school in the Tillamook School District. As a member of Chalkboard Project’s Distinguished Educators Council, she played an active role in the council’s report on teacher collaboration time nationally and internationally.

What did teacher collaboration look like early in your career?

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Oct 13, 2016

Teachers need opportunities to work together

Going on 27 years as a teacher, Michael Mann still craves the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues.

He just doesn’t have time in his schedule—about two hours a month—to work as much as he wants with his fellow teachers to discuss curriculum and instruction and the progress of their students.

  • Educator Workforce
  • Professional Learning
Teachers working together at blackboard
May 9, 2016

Transforming professional learning to support our educators

As Chalkboard Project works with teachers and school administrators across Oregon to improve student achievement and expand opportunity, our conversations often come back to meaningful professional learning for educators.

There is no question that a top-notch workforce—highly skilled and trained—is essential to improving student achievement. And it’s not just about the coursework teachers take in college, but the ongoing learning opportunities they engage in throughout their careers.

  • Educator Workforce
  • Professional Learning
  • Quality Educators