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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
Aug 17, 2017

My View: School board must work as a team

Reprinted with permission from the author. First appeared as an opinion piece in the Portland Tribune on August 08, 2017.

The first task of the new Portland board is to become a functioning team. This board will need our support as it tackles many critical challenges, including hiring a new superintendent.

The new Portland Public Schools School Board is beginning its work this month. Three new members have been sworn in and the total of seven members now have 12 years of accumulated board experience.

  • School Leadership
  • Accountability
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

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