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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
Oct 8 2014

Islands of excellence in school leadership are not enough

A hallmark of effective school principals is that they find a way to prioritize instructional leadership over traditional administrative tasks. While no two schools operate exactly alike, in my experience a common trait in schools led by highly effective principals is that they empower leadership at all levels of the organization, which allows them to focus more deeply on improving student achievement.

  • Student Success
  • Reports
  • Events
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Educator Workforce
  • Career Pathways
Feb 13 2015

Statement: Response to Governor Kitzhaber's resignation

We are saddened by the Governor’s announcement of his resignation from office. Governor Kitzhaber has been a dedicated and staunch supporter of education in our state. As governor, he worked to advance policies and supports to improve our education system with a focus on equity, student achievement, teacher quality, and closing achievement gaps.

  • Statements
Feb 19 2015

Letter to Kate Brown

Any assessment system we design must align with these new standards and must include the use of annual summative assessments for all students in grades 3-8 and once in high school. We are concerned, however, with the recent movement of downplaying the importance of statewide annual assessments for measuring overall student achievement, closing achievement gaps, and holding our public education system accountable for the significant state investment in it.

  • Statements
  • Student Success
  • Evaluation
  • Policy

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