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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
Mar 8, 2018

Beyond the invitation: 4 ways to engage student voice

The next generation is raising its voice, demanding to be heard, and it is time that we paid attention. As the advisor to Oregon Student Voice (OSV), my job is to support students as they develop a statewide student-led organization. OSV just wrapped up their first pilot year and they have a lot to show for it.

  • School Leadership
  • Student Success
Feb 26, 2018

Interview with Oregon Student Voice member Ebado Abdi

We recently sat down with Ebado Abdi, a senior at West View High School in Beaverton, to find out more about an issue she is passionate about–elevating student voice. An active member of Oregon Student Voice, Ebado has great insight about how students are powerful change agents and how students and educators can work together to improve our school system.

This is your last year of high school before you go to college, looking back how was your overall experience in school?

  • School Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Equity and Diversity
Feb 8, 2018

Beyond good intentions: How school board members are making a difference

“Everyone who runs for a school board seat believes they are doing it to make a difference,” says Karen Starchvick, school board chair in the 6,000-student Medford Public Schools.

But what happens when good intentions are thwarted by a failure to focus or cooperate? How can a school board work as a team to make sure it is making the right choices to support equity for kids?

  • School Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Trainings
  • Equity and Diversity
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
Sep 14, 2017

“You’re too young to understand:” Oregon students reframing our view of students

New clothes, freshly sharpened pencils, color-coded binders, and the smell of too much cologne all signify the start of a new school year. In parallel, Oregon Student Voice (OSV) is dressed with a new energy and an imperishable motivation to ensure all students have equal opportunities and access to achieve their full potential in and out of schools. OSV is a student-led organization that recognizes the power of a student’s voice.

  • School Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Equity and Diversity

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