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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
Nov 23, 2016

Teaching is really hard, especially when you are new

I have the best job. I help teachers learn to become better teachers. Ultimately, I’m responsible for making sure their kids have the best year possible by helping their teachers be their best.

I work as a mentor for 16 first- and second-year classroom teachers spread across 10 elementary schools in the Bend-La Pine School District, where I started out as a teacher myself more than a decade ago.

  • Mentoring
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


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