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May 19, 2017

Becoming an effective leader: Leading for Learning offers hands-on experience

A school principal has a multitude of responsibilities to juggle, but Darryl Coppedge understands that at its core, the job is about empowering teachers to do excellent work in the classroom.

“The classroom is where the rubber meets the road, so if you can be a strong, effective leader for teachers, supporting them to be the best they can be, those teachers and students will thrive,” he says.

  • School Leadership
May 3, 2017

Breaking down barriers: How Tillamook School District is addressing educational equity

Last year Chalkboard Project launched a pilot project exploring equity issues in the Tillamook and David Douglas school districts.  With the help of Chalkboard facilitators, educators, students, parents, and community members met to explore the root causes and impact of inequity in the education system and to devise strategies for addressing those issues.

  • School Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Equity and Diversity
Apr 4, 2017

North Clackamas Superintendent Matt Utterback on effective leadership

North Clackamas Superintendent Matt Utterback has accomplished amazing things in tough times. When he first took over the job in 2012, the district struggled with budgets cuts and middling student outcomes. But Utterback was undaunted.

  • School Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Equity and Diversity
Mar 30, 2017

Aspiring leader wants to give back to her Native American community

Ardis Smith grew up watching her grandfather and mother make a difference in children’s lives as educators on the Warm Springs Reservation. After high school, she worked as a special education assistant before attending Southern Oregon University on an Oregon Indian Educator Grant.

“I wanted to carry on the work my mom and grandfather started,” Smith says. “I knew those were big shoes to fill. I also knew the equity challenges this community faces and what needs to be done here.”

  • School Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Educator Workforce
  • Professional Learning
Feb 28, 2017

Aspiring leader experiences what it means to be an administrator

“Math was always my hardest subject,“ admits Cassandra Thonstad. As a student she got good grades, but that didn’t make her a good learner. That’s why math was tough: “I couldn’t fake my way through.”

When she got to college at the University of Oregon she learned to “struggle productively and persevere,” she says, and went on to earn her master’s degrees in both mathematics and education.

  • School Leadership
  • Equity and Diversity
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

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