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We are continually adding new assets to our library, including reports created by Chalkboard Project, external resources, resources for program coaches, and audio and video clips. Filter or search resources using the tools to the left.

Black Students in Oregon

Black Student in Oregon was co-commissioned by KairosPDX and Chalkboard Project. The report analyzes the black-white achievement gap in the State of Oregon.

States Leading for Equity: Promising Practices Advancing the Equity Commitments

“States Leading for Equity” examines national efforts to advance equity. Oregon is highlighted in this report for their practice of reallocating funding and staff resources to further their equity mission . With stakeholder involvement, Oregon Department of Education created the African American/Black Student Success Plan. This plan sets out clear metrics for improving educational outcomes for Oregon’s African-American students, and funding, largely to school districts to improve academic outcomes for English Learner (EL) students. Read about this effort along with their support of Native American students across the state in this report.

State of Our Schools- Examining Oregon's high schools through students' eyes

Oregon Student Voice (OSV) is a student-led organization that empowers all students to be authentic partners with K-12 education decision makers. Taking an initial step to elevate student participation in decision-making processes, OSV listened to high school students across Oregon to attain a better comprehension of their perceptions of our education system. More than 2,200 students shared their experiences in an online survey or during focus group discussions. This report, written by high school students, analyzes responses around different aspects of schooling. It concludes with recommendations for how Oregon’s K-12 education system can better support students.

Our Stories, Our Struggles, Our Strengths

America is experiencing a diverse, cultural shift and the teacher workforce is lagging behind: While Latino students make up 25 percent of the U.S. student population, and that percentage is growing rapidly, just 8 percent of the nation’s teachers identify as Latino. And although greater numbers of Latino teachers are entering the classroom, they, like other teachers of color, are leaving the profession at higher rates than their White peers.

Teaching the Hard History of American Slavery

American enslavement of Africans shaped our country's sociopolitical institutions and formed the cornerstone of our industrial revolution. Today the persistent disparities African Americans face — and the backlash that seems to follow every African-American advancement — trace their roots to slavery and its aftermath.

To understand the world today we must understand slavery. But Southern Poverty Law Center research shows our schools are failing to teach the hard history of African enslavement. 

The Long-Run Impacts of Same-Race Teachers

Black primary-school students matched to a same-race teacher perform better on standardized tests and face more favorable teacher perceptions, yet little is known about the long-run, sustained impacts of student-teacher demographic match. We show that assigning a black male to a black teacher in the third, fourth, or fifth grades significantly reduces the probability that he drops out of high school, particularly among the most economically disadvantaged black males. 

Tracking Oregon's Progress Report

Toward a Triving Future: The Opportunity Gap for Oregon's Kids

In recent years, there has been a widening opportunity gap for America’s children: Lower income children are becoming less and less likely to have access to the key ingredients necessary for future success. This opportunity gap is the result of an increasing wealth gap between lower- and higher-income families, decreasing economic mobility, and increasing socioeconomic segregation in our communities. 

2017 Oregon Educator Equity Report

The 2017 Oregon Educator Equity Report documents our state's progress in diversifying the educator workforce. View the report on the Chief Education Office's website.

Tribal Attendance Pilot Project

The Tribal Attendance Pilot Project (TAPP) is an effort to reduce chronic absenteeism of American Indian/Alaska Native students in Oregon and pilots strategies to improve attendance in nine schools with high tribal member populations of Oregon's nine federally recognized tribes.

Equity Pilot (Video)

Students and teachers explore equity in Tillamook and David Douglas school districts through Chalkboard Project’s Equity Pilot.

The long-run impacts of same-race teachers

In a study published by the Institute of Labor Economics in March 2017, low-income Black students who have a Black teacher for at least one year in elementary school are less likely to drop out of high school later and more likely to consider college.

Beyond hammers versus hugs: Leveraging educator evaluation and professional learning communities into job-embedded professional development

 Educational evaluation (Ed Eval) and professional learning communities (PLCs) are two of the nation’s most predominant approaches to widespread instructional improvement. Yet key attributes of these reform initiatives are too often experienced by teachers as burdensome, or even detrimental, rather than helpful. The authors of this article contend that school leaders will be more successful in their school improvement efforts when they integrate the most promising elements of PLCs (disciplined collaboration, deprivatization of practice, and classroom-based assessment) and Ed Eval (use of professional performance standards, observation and feedback, and a focus on results) into a tiered system of job-embedded professional development.

Online Teaching Degrees and Programs

The following page simplifies the process in two specific ways. First, it provides a listing of online programs in education and teaching from some of today’s best colleges and universities. Second, it breaks down online learning in the field at all levels, from introductory courses at the associate level to advanced research and instruction at the doctorate

Career Guide in Teaching

Understanding the possible career paths ensures that future teachers choose the right specialization while pursuing their degrees. The following are examples of concentrations in teaching and the specific careers they can lead to.

Finding a new way: Leveraging teacher leadership to meet unprecedented demands

It is not easy to implement new forms of teacher leadership meaningfully and effectively; doing so involves some profound changes to the status quo. Developing teacher leadership systems require us to rethink evaluation, compensation, distributed leadership, and even what we see as the role of teachers. Examples already have emerged, though, to show that such transformation is possible. This paper addresses what is necessary for change and how school systems might be able to achieve it.