Teacher working with student on science project
Jan 26, 2017

Cultural understanding is foundational to educational equity: An aspiring school leader’s perspective

When Dulce Nash immigrated to the U.S. from her native Mexico, she had a college degree in hand but spoke no English. Eventually, she found a job as a custodian at an elementary school in Beaverton.

As she performed her job, she envisioned how much she could accomplish as an educator. She took the time to get to know the students and their parents. Like her, many of them had moved to Oregon to seek opportunity for themselves and their families.

  • School Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Equity and Diversity
Jun 24, 2016

Preschool Promise: High-quality preschool for more Oregon kids

[Editor’s Note: Chalkboard invites guest bloggers to share their perspectives on Oregon’s K-12 education system. The Children’s Institute supports public and private investments in high-quality early programs and links early childhood with K-12.]

Swati Adarkar, President & CEO, Children’s Institute

  • Student Success
Teacher engaging with young students
Jun 17, 2016

Shared Leadership: The power of collaboration and teacher voice

Teachers in the David Douglas School District are taking charge as never before, taking on new leadership opportunities and making their voices heard in their schools and across the district.

That groundswell in teacher empowerment is fueled by the district’s work with the School District Collaboration Fund, which builds upon Chalkboard Project’s CLASS model. The model puts heavy emphasis on career pathways and professional development for teachers.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Student Success
Jan 20, 2016

Big things for English learners in David Douglas

In David Douglas nearly one in ten students are classified as dual language learners (which is twice the national average) and over 70 languages are spoken by these students, and their families.

  • Student Success
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Quality Educators
Dec 7, 2015

Four truths that matter

Garcia, who is Chicana and Laguna Pueblo from New Mexico, began by introducing four principles, or truths, that should guide all educators and policymakers. The first is simple, she said: what we put in front of students matters.

  • Student Success
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Educator Workforce
  • Quality Educators
  • Presentations
  • Accountability


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