Community Event, Winter 2008


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Launched in 2004, the Chalkboard Project is a non-profit, non-partisan organization working to unite Oregonians to make our K-12 public schools among the nation’s best. We aim to help create a more informed and engaged public that understands and addresses the tough choices and trade-offs required to build strong schools.

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  • Chalkboard spent its first two years conducting one of the most comprehensive studies of K-12 education ever done in Oregon. We touched around 100,000 Oregonians across the state. Chalkboard’s action plan comes out of the cross-section of what Oregonians want and what research says works.
  • Focus on areas where the research and public will intersect. (CLICK) Pursue a range of strategies; (CLICK) advocate for legislation, provide grants and finance independent project
  • Community Event, Winter 2008

    1. 1. Salem Chamber • 2008<br />
    2. 2. “Projects won&apos;t succeed unless they have buy-in from the rank-and-file people doing the work.<br />Chalkboard understands that.”<br />- Statesman Journal<br />
    3. 3. Chalkboard: Independent and non-partisan<br />Chalkboard: Citizen Engagement<br /><ul><li>Ask Oregonians: Sustainablesolutions must be supported by Oregonians
    4. 4. Find out what works -- independently, with no pre-set agenda
    5. 5. Build coalitions to develop common sense improvements
    6. 6. Engage citizens, follow research and input, and be willing to test promising ideas, too
    7. 7. Involve local Communities</li></ul>Our mission: Uniting Oregonians to make our schools among the nation’s best<br />
    8. 8. Uniting Oregonians to make our schools among the best in the nation<br />WHERE WE STARTED<br />WHAT WE HEARD<br />Accountability <br />Stable/Adequate Funding<br />Student Success<br />Quality<br />Teacher/Administrator qualityBest practices - grants<br />HOW WE MAKE PROGRESS<br />Advocacy and citizen engagement<br />Public Opinion Polling and Focus Groups<br />Closing the achievement gap<br />“Best Practices” Research and Expert Workgroups<br />
    9. 9. Goal:<br />Enhance educator quality:<br />Mentoring Program<br />Goal:<br />Enhance early learning and drop out prevention<br />Goal:<br />Improve financial practices and accountability <br />Goal:<br />Strengthen K-12 funding<br />Legislative Agenda<br />
    10. 10. Pop Quiz! <br />What percent of new teachers leave the profession within their first five years?<br />15 percent<br />28 percent<br />37 percent<br />46 percent<br />37 percent!<br />
    11. 11. CLASS ProjectCreative Leadership Achieves Student Success<br />The CLASS Project is an expanded career opportunity created locally by teachers with the aim of enhancing their students’ achievement. <br />CLASS Project<br />Creative Leadership Achieves Student Success<br />“A school culture of collaboration, innovation, creativity, and accountability is required to provide our students 21st century skills. The CLASS Project is the cornerstone to our shift towards these higher standards.” <br /> -Eric Beasley, Sherwood Teacher<br />
    12. 12. CLASS Project<br />Creative Leadership Achieves Student Success<br />The CLASS project is intended to increase student achievement<br /> through teacher leadership and career enhancement<br /><ul><li>New and Expanded Career Opportunities</li></ul>What will my career look like?<br /><ul><li>Relevant and Meaningful Performance Evaluation</li></ul> Clear standards for effective professional practice<br /><ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul> Resources to enhance professional practice to more effectively increase learning and achievement for all students.<br /><ul><li>New Compensation Models</li></ul> New compensation models recognizing new roles and responsibilities for teachers<br />
    13. 13. CLASS Project<br />Early Indicators of Success<br /><ul><li>Transformational Change for Increasing Student Achievement
    14. 14. New Opportunities for Recruiting and Retaining High Quality Teachers and Staff
    15. 15. 21st Knowledge and Skills for 21stCentury Teaching and Learning
    16. 16. Teachers Excited About Teaching….</li></ul> Students Excited About Learning<br />
    17. 17. We listened to Oregonians.<br />We developed pilot projects.<br />We implemented key initiatives.<br />
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    23. 23. Our Voices. Our Schools.How can you help?<br />Join Chalkboard’s Citizens’ Corps!<br /><ul><li>Stay informed about best practices, research & new initiatives
    24. 24. Be our eyes and ears in communities—what are the important education issues?
    25. 25. Contact local elected officials and ask them to support education reforms and school accountability </li></li></ul><li>