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Nov 30 2017

Always a learner: From teaching to coaching

Growing up I never really found my niche at school. I don’t remember a lot of dynamic teaching and never felt truly inspired or encouraged. After majoring in psychology at Virginia Tech, I moved to Portland, studied acting, played drums in rock bands, and waited tables.

I didn’t realize until later how passionate I am about learning. That’s why I went to graduate school at Lewis & Clark to become a teacher—to have the impact on kids that I missed.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Educator Workforce
  • Professional Learning
  • Quality Educators
  • Professional Development
Oct 12 2017

Interview with Oregon’s 2018 Teacher of the Year

When asked his recipe for success, 2018’s Oregon Teacher of the Year Matt Bacon-Brenes responds with a Japanese word— kyōryoku, meaning “cooperation.”

Bacon-Brenes was awarded the honor at a surprise school assembly packed with cheering students and colleagues from Portland’s Mt. Tabor Middle School, where he has been teaching social studies in the Japanese Immersion Program the past 15 years.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Educator Workforce
Oct 12 2017

Teachers, once isolated, are now empowered

 Fostering a school district-wide culture of professional learning and collaboration can pose a challenge when schools and teachers range across a district that covers 6,062 square miles.

The Klamath County School District is 40 times the geographic size of Portland Public Schools. Yet the district has 6,500 students in 23 schools, compared to Portland’s 48,000 students in 79 schools.

But thanks to a dynamic district leadership team and a grant through the School District Collaboration Fund, distance is less of a barrier to teacher collaboration in Klamath County. 

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  • Trainings
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  • Career Pathways
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Apr 13 2017

Can Oregon innovate in education?

This opinion piece was first published in The Oregonian on April 13, 2017.

For more than a decade, Chalkboard Project has been funding innovation in many districts across the state, working alongside educators to elevate evidence-based practices to improve student achievement, ensure educational equity, and make our state one of the best in the nation for teaching and learning.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Educator Workforce
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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

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