The Oregon State Board of Education approved a resolution reaffirming its stance that Oregon schools should be safe and welcoming for all students, regardless of national origin, immigration status or documentation status.
North Clackamas Superintendent Matt Utterback has been named 2017 AASA National Superintendent of the Year. This great honor is a result of Superintendent Utterback’s leadership in improving this district’s graduation rate and student growth. He has been a tremendous support to Chalkboard as an advisory board member and through his district’s participation in the School District Collaboration Fund/CLASS.
Foundations for a Better Oregon is pleased to announce a new board member, Ana Gomez. Ana is driven to build a more equitable education system by including all community stakeholders in the process. Born and raised in Colombia, her parents were a huge influence and instilled a passion for social work, education, and the arts. Her interest in Oregon education was inspired by her time working with Latino families in Central Oregon. She initially worked as a volunteer and after a few months moved to coordinate the formation of the Juntos program at Oregon State University.
During February, Chalkboard will reflect on the amazing accomplishments of Black Americans beginning with Ruby Bridges.
In 1960, responding to a request from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Ruby’s parents volunteered her to participate in the integration of the New Orleans’ school system. This brave move was met with intense opposition by white parents, teachers, and community members. Only one teacher in the Ruby’s new school agreed to teach Ruby and for over a year, educator Barbara Henry, taught Ruby alone in an empty classroom.
The Honorable Darleen Ortega has recently been named by Meyer Memorial Trust to serve on Foundations for a Better Oregon board. Darleen joined the MMT trustees in January 2016 and we will welcome her to the FBO board at the November meeting. The first woman of color and the only Hispanic woman to serve as a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals, Darleen has served on a host of legal boards and committees, and on the boards of Open Adoption and Family Services, Northwest Health Foundation and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.