Earlier this year the report, From a Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope, confirmed what is intuitively known about supporting student learning but is often left out of the discussion. Based on research and conversations with young people, parents, teachers, school and district leaders, and community leaders, the report found that science and experience converged on one main point: “Children learn best when we treat them as human beings, with social and emotional as well as academic needs.
Chalkboard Project believes that we cannot positively affect the outcomes of all students if we do not take into account the unique challenges facing our students of color, students experiencing poverty and students living in rural communities. We are supporting several important legislative bills and funding requests introduced this legislative session that focus on creating a more equitable experience for all students including House Bill 2897.
As the Chalkboard Project Director of Equity and Partnerships, I spend a lot of time engaged in conversations about how a teacher can change the course of a child’s life. In fact, the academic and emotional support a teacher provides can help a child discover their intellectual passion and determine their path. So how can a teacher build trusting relationships with ALL of their students so that ALL students have room to succeed? One way is to be intentional about language.
Oregon’s African American/Black Student Success Plan sets out an ambitious and comprehensive plan to support young people struggling in an inequitable education system.
Foundations for a Better Oregon is pleased to announce a new board member, Lane Shetterly. “We are so thrilled to welcome Lane Shetterly to our board. Lane has extensive experience as a private & philanthropic leader, a state legislator, and agency director. His amazing commitment to Oregon makes him the perfect contributor to our work,” says Chalkboard Project Executive Director Whitney Grubbs.