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Sep 21, 2017

Rewarding teachers for their professional growth

Bend-La Pine Schools are in the middle of a game-changing pilot program that overhauls the way teachers are paid—compensating them based on their professional growth instead of number of years on the job and college credits.

Changing the status quo is never simple, but Bend-La Pine’s effort shows a willingness to try something new. “Building the plane while we’re flying it,” is the recurring metaphor both proponents and skeptics use to describe the work underway.

  • Staffing
  • Student Success
  • Educator Workforce
  • Compensation
  • Quality Educators
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 30, 2017

On the effectiveness of professional learning

Throughout the 12 years I spent as a classroom teacher, I attended numerous professional development classes. There were some that renewed my passion for teaching and made me incredibly hopeful of the impact I could have on my students’ learning. Others didn’t make too much of an impression. They were almost always one-time sessions. And so, over the years, my professional learning turned into a hodgepodge of experiences: required classes, opportunities that just came up, and my own professional interests.

  • Trainings
  • Educator Workforce
  • Professional Learning
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

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