Julie Smith | Chalkboard Project

Julie Smith

Teachers working together at blackboard
May 9, 2016

Transforming professional learning to support our educators

As Chalkboard Project works with teachers and school administrators across Oregon to improve student achievement and expand opportunity, our conversations often come back to meaningful professional learning for educators.

There is no question that a top-notch workforce—highly skilled and trained—is essential to improving student achievement. And it’s not just about the coursework teachers take in college, but the ongoing learning opportunities they engage in throughout their careers.

  • Educator Workforce
  • Professional Learning
  • Quality Educators
Teach to Lead Participants Group Photo
May 17, 2016

Teach to Lead exceeds expectations

“I came back today feeling empowered and excited. These changes might really happen!” —Feedback from a participant in Teach to Lead summit in Portland

Chalkboard Project recently wrapped up the Teach to Lead first-ever state summit here in Oregon, and just about everything about the event exceeded expectations.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Quality Educators
Teacher engaging with young students
Jun 17, 2016

Shared Leadership: The power of collaboration and teacher voice

Teachers in the David Douglas School District are taking charge as never before, taking on new leadership opportunities and making their voices heard in their schools and across the district.

That groundswell in teacher empowerment is fueled by the district’s work with the School District Collaboration Fund, which builds upon Chalkboard Project’s CLASS model. The model puts heavy emphasis on career pathways and professional development for teachers.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Student Success
Oct 22, 2012

Collaboration at its best

It is great that teacher collaboration, sometimes referred to as Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), has become common practice, but it isn’t enough to stop here.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Teacher Networks