Our Story

Different from the start

  • We are independent and nonpartisan. We are not a special interest group. 
  • We provide independent, nonbiased, and focused research to discover best and promising practices for Oregon’s schools.
  • We serve as an independent voice to citizens, education stakeholders, and decision makers.

Chalkboard Project is an initiative of Foundations for a Better Oregon—six independent, nonpartisan Oregon foundations united by a common purpose: A better state for all Oregonians. The goal is elevating student achievement, eradicating achievement inequalities, and making our K-12 public schools among the best in the nation.

Our Mission

To help create systemic transformation in the quality, accountability and stable funding of Oregon’s K-12 public schools.

Our Vision

We believe Oregon students deserve a public school system that is among the nation’s best as measured by student achievement, and that all students deserve equal educational success. Our vision is to use philanthropic collaboration to improve K-12 public education and by doing so, lift up the entire state.

Educator Effectiveness

An effective teacher has the single greatest influence on how well a student learns; school leaders are second. That’s why our efforts focus on ensuring educators and school leaders have the systems and supports they need to help every student succeed. 

Getting serious about improving public education means a strong commitment to ensuring EVERY student has an effective teacher.