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Apr 24 2017

Opporturnity: School Retool Principal Fellowship

The Construct Foundation is inviting principals and assistant principals to join the second Oregon cohort of its professional development fellowship.

Are you interested in participating in the next Oregon cohort of School Retool? If so, please fill out this brief survey.

What is the School Retool Principal Fellowship?

  • School Leadership
  • Trainings
  • Professional Learning
  • Professional Development
Apr 4 2017

North Clackamas Superintendent Matt Utterback on effective leadership

North Clackamas Superintendent Matt Utterback has accomplished amazing things in tough times. When he first took over the job in 2012, the district struggled with budgets cuts and middling student outcomes. But Utterback was undaunted.

  • School Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Equity and Diversity
Mar 30 2017

Aspiring leader wants to give back to her Native American community

Ardis Smith grew up watching her grandfather and mother make a difference in children’s lives as educators on the Warm Springs Reservation. After high school, she worked as a special education assistant before attending Southern Oregon University on an Oregon Indian Educator Grant.

“I wanted to carry on the work my mom and grandfather started,” Smith says. “I knew those were big shoes to fill. I also knew the equity challenges this community faces and what needs to be done here.”

  • School Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Educator Workforce
  • Professional Learning
Feb 28 2017

Aspiring leader experiences what it means to be an administrator

“Math was always my hardest subject,“ admits Cassandra Thonstad. As a student she got good grades, but that didn’t make her a good learner. That’s why math was tough: “I couldn’t fake my way through.”

When she got to college at the University of Oregon she learned to “struggle productively and persevere,” she says, and went on to earn her master’s degrees in both mathematics and education.

  • School Leadership
  • Equity and Diversity
Feb 16 2017

An aspiring leader remembers how it felt to be a disconnected and disenfranchised teenager

Alyssa Dodds was a high school dropout at 16. She didn’t feel challenged or motivated, and after an administrator suggested she stay enrolled so as not to ruin the school’s “numbers,” she walked out.

Eventually she earned a GED, working two jobs on the way to a degree from the University of Oregon. She says,  “It was really good to go to college and reinvigorate my love for learning.”

  • School Leadership
  • Career Pathways
  • Professional Development

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