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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Resetting the Public Policy Table

This article was orginally pubished in the September issue of the Oregon Business magazine.

What happens when philanthropy takes a seat at the education reform table? Thirteen years ago, Oregon philanthropy decided to find out.

For more than a decade now, an extraordinary conversation has been taking place in Oregon’s schools and halls of government.

  • Quality Educators
  • Policy
  • Accountability
Aug 17 2017

My View: School board must work as a team

Reprinted with permission from the author. First appeared as an opinion piece in the Portland Tribune on August 08, 2017.

The first task of the new Portland board is to become a functioning team. This board will need our support as it tackles many critical challenges, including hiring a new superintendent.

The new Portland Public Schools School Board is beginning its work this month. Three new members have been sworn in and the total of seven members now have 12 years of accumulated board experience.

  • School Leadership
  • Accountability
Feb 9 2016

TELL survey is now open

The 2016 Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Oregon Survey launched February 1.

  • Technology in Education
  • Educator Workforce
  • Quality Educators
  • Accountability
Jan 21 2013

A month after Newtown

Last month I was driving back to Portland from a visit to my friend Sol at Neil Armstrong Middle School in Forest Grove. Sol had informed me before I left about the tragedy in Newtown, but I hadn’t heard much in the way of details, so when I listened to the various NPR correspondents offering segments, I found myself having to pull my car over to cry. Part of my grief was out of empathy for all of the parents who would find out that their child had been killed, but a part of me also struggled with this tragedy because of where it took place.

  • Accountability
Apr 2 2014

What are the underlying causes of student absenteeism?

The “Empty Desks” series thoughtfully investigated the ways in which younger students weren’t in school either, and their classes were often much smaller. In those cases, it’s a parent issue, and I wish the series probed the way in which the greater community perceives schools.

  • Student Success
  • Policy
  • Accountability
Jun 16 2015

How the American Dream gets priced out of children's reach

Today’s societal pressures: under-paid parents unable to focus significantly on their children’s needs; movements toward privatizing after school activities; and less involvement with church or civic groups (entities outside of the family) have resulted in more children growing up alone, unable to create trust relationships with others or develop ownership of the American Dream.

  • School Leadership
  • Student Success
  • School Finance
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Accountability

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