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For the public good: Quality preparation for every teacher

Bank Street College of Education tackles quality sustained clinical practice as one component of ensuring aspiring teachers are prepared for the classroom and profiles the Salem-Keizer School District's efforts in co-teaching as one example.

Leading For Learning supports principals and drives systems change (audio)

Leading for Learning works with district administrators and principals to improve the culture and practice of instructional leadership. Hear several school district administrators share their perspectives on the importance of creating systemic supports for principals.

2016 Chronic Absenteeism Report

The Chief Education Office has commissioned this report on chronic absenteeism in Oregon schools to better understand this problem in general, to specifically hear from students and families most likely to be chronically absent, and to present recommendations for the State and local communities. The report, created in collaboration with Portland State University and the Coalition of Communities of Color, gathered data through 44 focus groups in seven communities across the State. 

Teach To Lead Recap with Jenna Miller and Julie Smith

Oregon's first Teach to Lead summit was held in Oregon on May 12. Hear from Chalkboard Project's Julie Smith about the event and Jenna Miller from North Clackamas Schools, who participated. is a website for teachers by teachers. Since great educators are always needed, they aim to continuously inform and encourage aspiring and current teachers.

Exploring the Impact of TIF with Carrie Lowenbach

In this segment, we speak with Carrie Lowenbach from Crook County School District in Central Oregon on the impact of the Teacher Incentive Fund and her role as a mentor teacher.

Council On Educator Advancement

In January 2016, Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order establishing the Governor’s Council on Educator Advancement.

NPR Radio interview with Dan Jamison on high school graduation rates

More than one in four of Oregon's high school students don't graduate...or at least don't graduate on time.  The U.S. Department of Education ranks the state 47th, although that's up from 49th a year ago. The first part in KLCC's series on this issue examines why the rate is so low and what a school in Corvallis is doing to help change that. Hear this interview with Chalkboard's Dan Jamison on the connection between high absenteeism in schools and low graduation rates.

Creating teacher collaborations: Viewpoints from Oregon SDCF participants

Carlos Seguira, Bethel School District grant manager, presents comments during a panel discussion of the transformative effect of CLASS and the School District Collaboration Fund. The panel was at the annual meeting of the Chalkboard Project, Nov. 18, 2015, Portland, Ore.

Oregon Rep. Betty Komp receives education leadership award

On November 18, 2015, Foundations For A Better Oregon Board President Bill Swindells and Chalkboard Project/FBO President Sue Hildick awarded Oregon Representative Betty Komp as the inaugural recipient of the Orcilia Zuñiga Forbes Leadership in Education Advocacy Award. The annual award will recognize state, education, or philanthropic leaders who have a track record of successful education advocacy or education leadership, and are champions of change.

Beyond the Rhetoric: Peter Cunningham at Chalkboard's annual affiliate meeting

Keynote speaker Peter Cunningham—former advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan—talked about demystifying education reform and the need to continue focusing on educator effectiveness as an important lever of change. His comments were recorded at Chalkboard Project's Board/Affiliate Member Annual Meeting, November 18, 2015, Portland, Oregon.

Sealing the Cracks

Data Quality Campaign and Chalkboard Project examine nine states and their high school completion rates and suggest ways to impact high school completion.

TeachOregon: Teacher pipeline recruitment brings challenges

What will become the best solution for Oregon’s need to hire more multi-lingual and diverse teachers? Chalkboard convened a day-long summit, “Nurturing and Supporting Entry into the Educator Pipeline/Pathway” at Chemeketa College, Salem, October 28. The event was convened and facilitated by TeachOregon Project Director Mary Cadez.