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Mar 30, 2017

Aspiring leader wants to give back to her Native American community

Ardis Smith grew up watching her grandfather and mother make a difference in children’s lives as educators on the Warm Springs Reservation. After high school, she worked as a special education assistant before attending Southern Oregon University on an Oregon Indian Educator Grant.

“I wanted to carry on the work my mom and grandfather started,” Smith says. “I knew those were big shoes to fill. I also knew the equity challenges this community faces and what needs to be done here.”

  • School Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Educator Workforce
  • Professional Learning
Mar 24, 2017

We should invest in Oregon's future by creating Child Savings Accounts (Guest Opinion)

With legislation session well underway, there are many intersting perspectives on how Oregon can improve upon our K-12 education system. Chalkboard will continue to post articles on our blog that reflect the diverse opinions and ideas for education reform. The following guest opinion was co-authored by Rep. Knute Buehler and Sen. Arnie Roblan and appeared in the Oregonian on March 15. Rep. Knute Buehler is a Republican who represents House District 54 in Bend. Sen.

  • Student Success
  • School Finance
  • Policy
Two educators collaborating
Mar 7, 2017

Oregon bill offers new strategies for supporting educators

This guest opinion originally ran in the Portland Business Journal on February 24 and was co-authored by Michele Oakes and Martha Richards, former members of the Governor's Council on Educator Advancement. 

The most competitive businesses stay successful by making sure their workforce is well trained and effective. They hire the best and offer ongoing training to ensure their employees have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.

  • Educator Workforce
  • Quality Educators
  • Policy
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
Days Creek School Signage
Feb 28, 2017

District engages in rigorous process to improve professional learning

 

Reprinted with permission. This blog post first appeared in Dr. Angle’s Blog at Day Creek Charter Schools on February 7, 2017. Dr. Mark Angle is superintendent of Days Creek Charter School.

Days Creek Charter School is fortunate to have been one of three Douglas County School Districts to be selected to participate in a rigorous process to examine how we deliver professional learning and to plan ways to better engage our faculty in designing and participating in quality professional learning that has positive impacts on student achievement.

  • Educator Workforce
  • Professional Learning
  • Professional Development

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