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Feb 2, 2017

Time to collaborate: Teacher collaboration helps teachers become more effective

Interview with Mary McGinnis

Mary McGinnis taught for 25 years in Missouri before moving to Oregon seven years ago. She teaches at Wilson River School, a small alternative high school in the Tillamook School District. As a member of Chalkboard Project’s Distinguished Educators Council, she played an active role in the council’s report on teacher collaboration time nationally and internationally.

What did teacher collaboration look like early in your career?

  • Educator Workforce
  • Professional Learning
  • Quality Educators
Pencil and other office utensils
Sep 13, 2016

Funder collaborative helps teachers and school leaders revamp classroom instruction, increase student success

"If you are trying to change systems, you’ve got to be in it for the long haul...Policy advocacy is an essential tool in systems change... Equity has to be an explicit, upfront goal if you want to reduce disparities." These three lessons and more are outlined in the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy's article about Chalkboard's initiatives.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Quality Educators
May 30, 2016

Geraldine Hammond, retired Salem educator and leader

Geraldine Hammond grew up in New Orleans. She obtained her teacher certification in Louisiana, and in 1955 she moved to Oregon where she began teaching a few years later. Geraldine served as a teacher, and in 1976 she became Salem’s first African-American principal. She also coordinated the district’s multicultural programs. The Salem-Keizer school district honored Geraldine in 2001 when the new Hammond Elementary School opened its doors. Geraldine is now retired and living in Salem.

  • Quality Educators
Teach to Lead Participants Group Photo
May 17, 2016

Teach to Lead exceeds expectations

“I came back today feeling empowered and excited. These changes might really happen!” —Feedback from a participant in Teach to Lead summit in Portland

Chalkboard Project recently wrapped up the Teach to Lead first-ever state summit here in Oregon, and just about everything about the event exceeded expectations.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Quality Educators
Teachers working together at blackboard
May 9, 2016

Transforming professional learning to support our educators

As Chalkboard Project works with teachers and school administrators across Oregon to improve student achievement and expand opportunity, our conversations often come back to meaningful professional learning for educators.

There is no question that a top-notch workforce—highly skilled and trained—is essential to improving student achievement. And it’s not just about the coursework teachers take in college, but the ongoing learning opportunities they engage in throughout their careers.

  • Educator Workforce
  • Professional Learning
  • Quality Educators

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