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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
Oct 13, 2016

Teachers need opportunities to work together

Going on 27 years as a teacher, Michael Mann still craves the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues.

He just doesn’t have time in his schedule—about two hours a month—to work as much as he wants with his fellow teachers to discuss curriculum and instruction and the progress of their students.

  • Educator Workforce
  • Professional Learning
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
Jan 25, 2016

Mentoring is the engineering of educators

Research shows that beginning teachers who have a mentor are more likely to believe their instructional practices have improved and they are more satisfied with their jobs, leading to higher teacher retention rates.  If we wish to recruit, retain, and raise high-quality, effective beginning teachers, mentor programs are vital to the educational system.

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Mentoring
  • Professional Learning
  • Quality Educators

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