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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
Jan 26, 2017

Cultural understanding is foundational to educational equity: An aspiring school leader’s perspective

When Dulce Nash immigrated to the U.S. from her native Mexico, she had a college degree in hand but spoke no English. Eventually, she found a job as a custodian at an elementary school in Beaverton.

As she performed her job, she envisioned how much she could accomplish as an educator. She took the time to get to know the students and their parents. Like her, many of them had moved to Oregon to seek opportunity for themselves and their families.

  • School Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Equity and Diversity
Educators collaborating at white board
Jun 29, 2016

Helping principals focus on what matters most.

School district leaders from across Oregon huddled at round tables to share achievements attained and lessons learned through Chalkboard Project’s Leading for Learning initiative.  Afterward, they shared their thoughts on how transformative they found the experience.

  • School Leadership

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