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Jan 21, 2013

A month after Newtown

Last month I was driving back to Portland from a visit to my friend Sol at Neil Armstrong Middle School in Forest Grove. Sol had informed me before I left about the tragedy in Newtown, but I hadn’t heard much in the way of details, so when I listened to the various NPR correspondents offering segments, I found myself having to pull my car over to cry. Part of my grief was out of empathy for all of the parents who would find out that their child had been killed, but a part of me also struggled with this tragedy because of where it took place.

  • Accountability
Jan 8, 2013

Dr. Rudy Crew answers your education questions

The new achievement compacts put in place by the Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB) call for school boards to set annual targets of student achievement that will lead to 100% graduation from high school by the year 2025. The first achievement compacts were entered into between school boards and the OEIB last spring (2012). This spring (2013) will be the first complete cycle of reviewing data, incorporating public comment and building on the recommendations of the achievement compact advisory committees in each district.

  • Policy
Jan 7, 2013

Positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) in Pre K-12 schools in Oregon

Incorporating policy efforts and evidence-based practices from the fields of education and mental health, the PBIS model has emerged as a three-tiered framework of support focused on prevention and early intervention strategies that promote positive school climates and provide needed non-cognitive skills to students. The premise of PBIS is that measures are put in place proactively so that problem behaviors are less likely to occur and academic engaged time increases.

  • Policy
Dec 19, 2012

Improving teacher preparation

Educators throughout the nation and state are strengthening the profession by recruiting a more diverse and talented pool of candidates, improving preparation, and improving ongoing support for teaching and learning. We seek a more seamless, efficient and effective system. In this blog post I will specifically address two ways we are improving teacher preparation.

  • Teacher Preparation

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