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Chalkboard Project Awards Implementation Grants to TeachOregon

August 16, 2013

The Chalkboard Project, an independent education transformation organization dedicated to making Oregon’s public schools among the nation’s best, awarded three implementation grants to TeachOregon partnerships. TeachOregon is a Chalkboard Project initiative that gives school districts and universities the opportunity to design innovative models to strengthen teacher preparation. The partnerships are:

  • Salem-Keizer School District in partnership with western Oregon University, Willamette University and Corban University;
  • Springfield Public Schools and Lane Community College in partnership with Pacific University and University of Oregon; and
  • Douglas School District, North Clackamas School District and Portland Public Schools in partnership with Portland State University .

By 2020, Oregon public schools will need to hire 16,400 teachers, a third of the teacher workforce. The TeachOregon partnerships will address this critical issue through collaboration and strategic plans that will produce an effective and diverse group of teachers for Oregon.

“Through TeachOregon we are using our experience in supporting classroom teachers to help shape a high-quality experience for teacher candidates. It only makes sense that the school district, as the potential employer, have a significant role in the type of training candidates receive. We are looking forward to seeing the impact of this work on teachers and students in our district,” added Don Grotting, David Douglas School District Superintendent.

Each partnership will receive up to $230,000 a year for three years. The grants will be used to continue collaboration between the school districts and higher education partners, and implement new practices and policies in the areas of: recruitment and selection; clinical experience; hiring and placement; and mentoring and induction.

To learn more about the partnerships and the grant, read the full article here.

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