Mary McGinnis | The Chalkboard Project

Mary McGinnis

Jul 2, 2013

Engaging first generation college students in Oregon's 40/40/20 college plan

At a recent neighborhood gathering, a grandfather mentioned that his grandson was going to college to study construction trades. Another neighbor asked, “Can you do that in college?” A few days later during a school faculty meeting, a teacher lamented he wasn’t sure our first generation college students could go to college. “Is there really a way to prepare them?” he asked. Since this years’ summer break started, two parents and five students contacted me at home to ask if I could help them negotiate the next steps to college. The answers to the above questions are—yes, yes, and yes!

  • Professional Learning
Nov 19, 2012

The best teachers

Quality teachers are like master chess players. They see scenarios as they unfold in class, and they are capable of making quick adjustments to ensure students’ needs are met.

  • Professional Development
Sep 10, 2012

Back to school - leave no student behind

Sometimes seemingly small lessons enter our lives and change us forever. When I was a pre-service teacher, one of my professors showed a short film, “Cipher in the Snow.” The film depicts the story of a student of poverty who is neglected at school. He dies, and his teachers realize they don’t even know if he was in their classes. That film helped shape my goal of leaving no child behind.

  • Student Success