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Feb 16, 2017

An aspiring leader remembers how it felt to be a disconnected and disenfranchised teenager

Alyssa Dodds was a high school dropout at 16. She didn’t feel challenged or motivated, and after an administrator suggested she stay enrolled so as not to ruin the school’s “numbers,” she walked out.

Eventually she earned a GED, working two jobs on the way to a degree from the University of Oregon. She says,  “It was really good to go to college and reinvigorate my love for learning.”

  • School Leadership
  • Career Pathways
  • Professional Development
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
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
Nov 23, 2016

Teaching is really hard, especially when you are new

I have the best job. I help teachers learn to become better teachers. Ultimately, I’m responsible for making sure their kids have the best year possible by helping their teachers be their best.

I work as a mentor for 16 first- and second-year classroom teachers spread across 10 elementary schools in the Bend-La Pine School District, where I started out as a teacher myself more than a decade ago.

  • Mentoring

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