Last week, at our annual board-affiliate meeting, Chalkboard awarded its first-ever Orcilia Zuñiga Forbes Leadership in Education Advocacy Award. Orcilia was a founding board member of Foundations for a Better Oregon and a fierce champion for children and education in our state, especially for those most in need.
It was our great honor to recognize Oregon Representative Betty Komp as the first awardee. A tireless advocate for education, Representative Komp has been instrumental in passing many of our state’s policies to support educator effectiveness and lift up the profession in our state—from securing funding for new teacher and principal mentoring, to the creation of the School District Collaboration Fund, to supporting TeachOregon and Leading for Learning. Her dedication and commitment to quality teaching and learning has helped districts implement transformative change, close achievement gaps, and increase student achievement.
Betty Komp is a former teacher and principal, and served as a CLASS Project coach.
“I’ll use that old adage, ‘It takes a whole village to raise a child’, but I would say, ‘No, it takes a whole state,’” Rep. Komp said, after receiving the 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.