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Nov 1 2018

Distinguished Educators Council is recruiting new members!

Distinguished Educators Council is Recruiting New Members!

The Distinguished Educators Council (DEC) was organized by Chalkboard Project in 2012 as a strategy for ensuring that Oregon is a great place to teach and learn. The council leverages the expertise and experience of its teacher members to advance equity and social justice for the students of Oregon by promoting teacher voice across multiple channels to influence policy and activate change.

  • Teacher Leadership
Aug 15 2018

Shifting Our Thinking: How Community Members Can Bring New Insights To The Table

Jefferson County School District 509-J is located in Central Oregon’s rural high desert and serves the towns of Metolius, Antelope, Big Muddy Ranch, and the Warm Springs Reservation. Major industries in the area include ranching and farming, but the 509-J district’s poverty level is among the highest in the state. At least three of four school children in the district qualify for free or reduced school lunch. Such conditions create a challenging environment for teaching and learning, and the district’s academic student outcomes trail state and national benchmarks.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Professional Learning
Aug 7 2018

Teachers and Students Together Create a Welcoming Environment for Immigrant Students

While Betsy Devos threatens to close the Federal English Language Learners (ELL) office, students across Oregon rely on ELL programs to ease their transition into our public schools. Such is the case with immigrant students enrolled in Centennial School District. Ms. Sabin Rouffy is an 8th grade English teacher at Centennial Middle School who instructs immigrant students in her classroom.

  • Student Success
  • English and Language Arts
  • Quality Educators
Aug 1 2018

How One School Reduced Discipline Referrals by Nearly 55 Percent

I love my job as an educator. I work alongside incredibly committed teachers who are passionate about their jobs and interact daily with amazing students. We are all in this in spite of the challenges we face.

Our school district is located in Sheridan which is a small, rural town in the western part of the Willamette Valley in Oregon. We are a former logging community that has been greatly impacted by the loss of jobs in the timber industry. Today, our largest employers are the Spirit Mountain Casino, the Federal Correctional Institution, and the school district.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Educator Workforce
  • Quality Educators


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