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Making Oregon a great place to teach: Recommendations from the Distinguished Educators Council

Making Oregon a great place to teach is an essential component of improving education. If Oregon is serious about reversing the sliding performance in too many schools and creating vibrant classrooms that help all students achieve at high levels, then making Oregon a great place to teach needs to be a core strategy. This report details recommendations—after months of study and discussion—for ensuring Oregon is a great place to teach.

Talking Points: Achievement Compacts

The achievement compacts aim to build a strong framework for student improvement, and the next steps must include more detail on how to help schools achieve their goals.

School Improvement Fund

This issue paper highlights the limited, but growing, number of programs proven effective through experimental trials.

K12 Business Practices

Addresses proposals to increase efficiencies in two areas: support services and student transportation.

IT Efficiency and Online Learning Study

An examination of the potential for savings in IT and new revenue streams from online learning in seven Oregon school districts: Amity, Dayton, McMinnville, Newberg, Sheridan, Willamina, and Yamhill-Carlton.

Why Teacher Preparation Matters

A presentation by Chalkboard Project's Kate Dickson. Summarizes the current research and state of teacher preparation programs in Oregon and outlines a plan for continued development.

Local Option Process

A background an analysis of school funding and proposals for reforming the local option process.

Exploring School Choice

Explores open enrollment and charter schools for expanding school choice.

Hispanic Students in Oregon

Additional analysis on from ECONorthwest on the condition of K-12 education for Hispanic students.

Funding Formula Options

Addresses key implementation issues associated with a proposed transition to using average daily attendance, rather than enrollment, as the foundation of Oregon's formula for distributing school revenue.

Early Age Initiative

Two practices to help early learners show promise - reducing K-1 class sizes to 15 students, and providing reading tutors to every K-3 student reading below grade level.

Extended Learning Time

An update of the 2008 report and expansion on the original recommendations.

Teaching Effectiveness and Why It Matters

This paper, in partnership with Marylhurst University, serves to help contextualize the conversation around teacher effectiveness. It is an introduction to a much-needed dialogue around teacher effectiveness.

Background on Innovation Zones

Innovation Zone (IZ) policy allows schools to bypass a subset of district and state regulations thus freeing them to implement administrative strategies and teaching techniques.