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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
Young male student on soccer field
Jun 14, 2017

I'm going to be a teacher: Interview with a teacher cadet

A key component of the TeachOregon initiative, the Teacher Cadets program supports high schoolers interested in becoming teachers. Modeled on a program in South Carolina, it launched here in 2014 to recruit high-achieving students of diverse backgrounds to teaching.

But Teacher Cadets is much more than a career-prep course for aspiring young teachers.

  • Teacher Preparation

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