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Feb 4 2014

Tracking the progress of Oregon's Network for Quality Teaching and Learning

It’s been less then six months since Governor John Kitzhaber signed into law House Bill 3233 establishing the Network for Quality Teaching and Learning. Like the spring bulbs in my garden that have suddenly sprouted, there are promising signs all over the state that are foreshadowing the potential that such a Network can fulfill once it fully blossoms. 

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Teacher Leadership
Apr 11 2014

A seagull inspires a philosophy of teaching

“There’s a reason to life,” muses Jon. “We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly!”

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Educator Workforce
Oct 1 2014

Why do effective teachers leave some schools, and not others?

While some analysis of the initiative seems to indicate that Secretary Duncan is at least aware of the need for equitable (read: more) pay for teachers in needy schools, he makes no effort to address other factors that steer teachers away from disadvantaged schools, such as high student-teacher ratios, demanding and often hostile conditions, poor classroom environments, and lack of parent and community support.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Staffing
  • Educator Workforce
  • Career Pathways
  • Compensation

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