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Chalkboard Update, Fall 2008
Chalkboard Update, Fall 2008
Chalkboard Update, Fall 2008
Chalkboard Update, Fall 2008
Chalkboard Update, Fall 2008
Chalkboard Update, Fall 2008
Chalkboard Update, Fall 2008
Chalkboard Update, Fall 2008
Chalkboard Update, Fall 2008
Chalkboard Update, Fall 2008
Chalkboard Update, Fall 2008
Chalkboard Update, Fall 2008
Chalkboard Update, Fall 2008
Chalkboard Update, Fall 2008
Chalkboard Update, Fall 2008
Chalkboard Update, Fall 2008
Chalkboard Update, Fall 2008
Chalkboard Update, Fall 2008
Chalkboard Update, Fall 2008
Chalkboard Update, Fall 2008
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Chalkboard Update, Fall 2008

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  • 1. Inspiring Oregonians… to do what it takes to make our schools among the nation’s best. Douglas County Regional Workforce Investment Board • September 11, 2007
  • 2. Foundations for a Better Oregon An Initiative of Foundations for a Better Oregon
  • 3. What’s different about Chalkboard? Research-based solutions: A focus on finding common ground that will get results  Ask the owners: Sustainable solutions must connect to and involve Oregonians  Find out what works -- independently, with no pre-set agenda  Build coalitions to develop common sense improvements  Engage citizens, follow research and input, but be willing to test new ideas such as compensation reform Merge research results into an action plan that brings REAL change to Oregon schools An Initiative of Foundations for a Better Oregon
  • 4. Oregon schools are “about average” in a world where “average” isn’t good enough • Average student performance in key subjects like reading and math • High dropout rate and low graduation rate  About 25% of Oregon students do not finish high school within four years • High new teacher attrition rate • High class sizes • Unstable funding OUR GOAL: Create a national top-10 school system, as measured by student achievement and other national performance comparisons An Initiative of Foundations for a Better Oregon
  • 5. An Initiative of Foundations for a Better Oregon
  • 6. Mixed messages from Oregonians They want schools to be No revolution: Work within the better, BUT . . . . . . system to make improvements They want to reward good They want individual teachers teachers, BUT . . . . . . held more accountable They think Oregon schools Don’t mess with my local as a whole need school -- it’s doing a good job improvement, BUT . . . . . . They want our schools to In general, they don’t want be among the nation’s to pay more to get there best, BUT . . . . . . An Initiative of Foundations for a Better Oregon
  • 7. The debate about teacher quality A few key public opinion stats:  86% agree attracting and retaining teachers is key to accelerated student learning  82% agree there should be better processes to review teachers’ job performance, and to set clear expectations/consequences for those who need to improve  75% agree improving teacher quality should be an urgent or high priority for their school district  75% agree increases in teacher salaries should be based on performance, not seniority  69% believe principals should be able to hire and fire teachers in their schools An Initiative of Foundations for a Better Oregon
  • 8. The debate about money Split on funding needs; accountability comes first A few key public opinion stats:  82% believe lack of stable funding is an obstacle to raising student achievement  59% agree new money for schools should be invested in areas that raise student achievement, not to make up for previous budget cuts  55% say there is too much waste and inefficiency in public schools  40% believe schools have the money they need and should spend what they have more efficiently  28% agree “most of the waste and inefficiency in my local school district has been eliminated” An Initiative of Foundations for a Better Oregon
  • 9. Chalkboard’s research-based agenda Public-supported tenets that drive our work  It isn’t all about money: More funding for K-12 must be accompanied by more reforms and more accountability  A portion of new funding must be targeted to initiatives proven to raise student achievement the most  Schools must take specific cost-saving actions to assure citizens they are using tax dollars efficiently  We must provide more targeted support to teachers, and test new teacher leadership and compensation options  We must address the question of stable funding before addressing the question of adequate funding An Initiative of Foundations for a Better Oregon
  • 10. Our long-term action plan Includes both legislative and non-legislative initiatives to:  Better involve parents and communities in schools  Attract and retain quality educators/administrators  Improve early learning  Strengthen funding and accountability  Emphasize student health  Expand public school choice  Create safe and respectful school environments  Improve student attendance and performance tracking  Effectively use school transportation dollars An Initiative of Foundations for a Better Oregon
  • 11. 2007 Chalkboard legislative goals • Confirm Chalkboard’s position as a bipartisan, research-based education reform organization • Win significant K-12 education reforms (3 to 4 initiatives enacted) • Establish political clout to secure additional reforms in years ahead • Build stronger relationships and trust between Chalkboard, other education stakeholders and elected officials • Ensure ability to create pilot project that tests new career and compensation options in several school districts An Initiative of Foundations for a Better Oregon
  • 12. How we rate our progress “A” for effort • Our agenda drove legislative debate on K-12 education • Our agenda drove research into education policy- making progress, changed conversation • We developed partnerships when possible, but also weren’t afraid to stand alone on key issues • We used every available tool to pursue our initiatives aggressively • We garnered significant editorial support from daily and weekly newspapers An Initiative of Foundations for a Better Oregon
  • 13. Progress on our priorities “B” for results Educator quality  Mentors for new teachers and principals  Statewide professional development network for educators Financial accountability  Study of student transportation system to seek savings  Performance reviews of school district business practices Targeted spending  Use portion of new funding to reduce K-1 class size and provide K-3 reading tutors Stable funding  Double size of state rainy day fund and use corporate kicker to begin filling it  Create per-student spending guarantee An Initiative of Foundations for a Better Oregon
  • 14. Moving forward . . . • Continue engaging Oregonians in education reform discussion • Expand Chalkboard’s “citizens’ corps” of supporters • Pursue statewide professional development enhancements in short ‘08 session • Continue to expand Open Book$ Web site (www.openbooksproject.org) An Initiative of Foundations for a Better Oregon
  • 15. An Initiative of Foundations for a Better Oregon
  • 16. Moving forward . . . • Continue engaging Oregonians in education reform discussion • Expand Chalkboard’s “citizens’ corps” of supporters • Pursue statewide professional development enhancements in short ‘08 legislative session • Continue to expand Open Book$ Web site (www.openbooksproject.org) • Continue using grants and partnerships to better connect parents and community members with schools • Partner with school business officials to review business practices in five volunteer school districts An Initiative of Foundations for a Better Oregon
  • 17. CLASS Project Creative Leadership and Student Success • Grants awarded to 3 school districts in March to test new career paths and salary structures for teachers • Sherwood • Forest Grove • Tillamook • Planning through summer and early; three-year implementation to begin fall/winter 2007-08 • Meyer Memorial Trust has committed $1.5 million in funding, the Miller Foundation an additional $500,000, to launch the program An Initiative of Foundations for a Better Oregon
  • 18. CLASS Project Creative Leadership and Student Success CLASS is already making an impact: "The CLASS project is providing momentum for a number of significant school transformation efforts in Sherwood School District. A major new development is happening with teacher recruitment. New teachers that are being hired in Sherwood for the 2007-2008 school year have enthusiastically stated that one of the key reasons they want to teach in Sherwood is because of the CLASS project, and they want to be a part of this exciting new opportunity focused on increasing student achievement and the professionalization of teachers." Dan Jamison, Superintendent Sherwood School District An Initiative of Foundations for a Better Oregon
  • 19. How you can help • Sign up to receive our monthly electronic newsletter • Join our statewide citizens’ corps and take a more active role in promoting our initiatives • Visit Chalkboard’s Web site to learn more about us • Visit the Open Book$ Project Web site (www.openbooksproject.org) and share this unique school spending tool with others • Spread the word about Chalkboard’s broad efforts to build a better public K-12 education system in our state! An Initiative of Foundations for a Better Oregon
  • 20. Inspiring Oregonians… to do what it takes to make our schools among the nation’s best. Fall 2007

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