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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
Teacher standing at front of class
Apr 14, 2016

Connecting professional learning and leadership to improved student outcomes

The recent release of our final report about the federally funded Teacher Incentive Fund and the statewide news coverage last week re-opened the subject of teacher performance pay. Most readers likely came away with the impression that TIF’s focus was solely on performance pay and failed to make a lasting impact. Chalkboard would like to share the full story.

  • Educator Workforce
  • Career Pathways
  • Compensation
  • Quality Educators
Jan 13, 2016

Improvement science aligns education solutions to real problems

“When we identify a problem of practice, when we take the time to analyze why there is a problem in the first place, when we engage in a process where everyone feels like their voice has been heard, where everyone is engaged, this is where true change can take place.” — Design Team Member

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Educator Workforce
  • Professional Learning
  • Quality Educators
  • Professional Development

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