The Chalkboard Project awarded grants totaling $180,000 to school district and university partnerships that will design innovative models to prepare the next generation of Oregon teachers. In total the grantees serve over a quarter of Oregon’s K-12 students and 65% of teacher candidates annually.
The grants are aimed at addressing a number of issues, including the lack of a diverse teaching force. Currently only 8% of Oregon’s teachers are of minority populations, while 34% of students are of minority populations. Partnerships will also address the placement of student teachers. In most programs there is a lack of coordination between school districts and universities to place student teachers with the most accomplished classroom teachers.
TeachOregon expands on Chalkboard’s CLASS Project, which is designed to strengthen effective teaching through new career paths, relevant professional development, effective performance evaluations and new compensation models for educators. Twenty-three districts, including Corvallis School District, have participated in the CLASS Project, reaching about 30% of Oregon’s K-12 students.
The TeachOregon partnerships will use the grant funds to develop “blueprints” that address the four areas noted above. In order to create these plans, the partnerships will put together design teams made up of teachers, administrators, university professors and program administrations.
Grantees will explore a number of innovative practices to prepare teachers for 21st century classrooms, including:
The grantees will complete design work by spring of 2013. Chalkboard will work with successful partnerships to secure implementation funding for up to $250,000 per project per year for three years.
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