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Mar 7 2017

Oregon bill offers new strategies for supporting educators

This guest opinion originally ran in the Portland Business Journal on February 24 and was co-authored by Michele Oakes and Martha Richards, former members of the Governor's Council on Educator Advancement. 

The most competitive businesses stay successful by making sure their workforce is well trained and effective. They hire the best and offer ongoing training to ensure their employees have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.

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Aug 7 2012

Thinking about the Common Core state standards

I am the type of person who spends a lot of time thinking about projects.  As an undergraduate chemistry major, I performed many “thought experiments” (to borrow the term credited to Galileo).  I changed temperatures and times and concentrations, all the while keeping track of how those changes altered the outcome of my experimental set ups, all in the comfort of the quiet study area just off the floor of the main lab facility.  My lab partner always thought I was crazy for spending so much time and effort in thought; his approach was much more the “get out there and get messy” approach.  H

  • Policy
Aug 9 2012

What does Oregon's NCLB waiver look like in the classroom? A parent's perspective

During the last few years there has been much debate over whether or not No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has led to improvements in education.  From my time volunteering in my son’s classroom over the last six years I have noticed a stronger emphasis on testing. Students are spending recesses inside to take tests and using library time to learn testing techniques. The numbers needed to pass the OAKS math and reading tests are posted in all hallways. There are notes to parents stressing they be especially mindful of bedtimes and extracurricular activities during testing weeks.

  • Policy
Aug 13 2012

Thoughts on public education

When considering topics for this post, I looked into some similar education-focused blogs. I was quickly reminded that: 1) people bring profound passion to the public discourse on educational policy, and 2) I am no expert on the public discourse on educational policy. For a relative newcomer like myself, this combination can inspire one minute and intimidate the next. Fortunately I’m with an organization (and in a field) that thrives off of questions.

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