Distinguished Educators Council Underway



Distinguished Educators Council Update

New CLASS Districts to be Announced

Preparing the Next Generation of Oregon's Teachers

TIF Round 4

Achievement Compacts Announced

Our Voices, Our Schools



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ChalkBloggers Highlights


Check out some of the blog posts from this month.

Change method of teacher's pay
Sue Hildick

"When it comes to how teachers are paid, the current pay scale is disconnected from actual teaching and learning."


Reforming Teacher Supervision

Ron Smith

"Current education reform efforts are spread over many different points of emphasis. Prominent among these is the effort to improve teacher quality.  By itself, improving teacher quality is a multifaceted, complex program of innovations, including attracting more high performers to the profession, increasing the rigor of teacher education programs, differentiating workplace roles, and varying compensation based on performance."

Feedback on Teacher Incentive Fund: What We've Learned
Aimee Craig

"The US Department of Education has put out the draft priorities for the next round of the Teacher Incentive Fund and invited public feedback. The Teacher Incentive Fund provides grant dollars to school districts and partners that want to explore ways to recognize and reward effective teaching."

Play at school
Sarah Pope

"We find that when we bring play into the classroom it provides a means to push for greater depth in students’ development of intellect, character, and creativity. Play in the service of rigorous thinking, of developing the mastery and imagination necessary to improvise and innovate, and of making us better humans permeates our teaching from mathematics to music."

The Importance of the Media Specialist
Ruth Wallin

"Media specialists teach critical research skills to students in the computer lab and in the library—skills like, how to tell if a website is the most effective way to learn about a topic, how to question the authenticity of information, and how to access general resources available to kids as they explore the vast and ever increasing world of information." 

This is Not a Test: Evaluating for Continuous Improvement
Kate Dickson

"It will take a lot of work to ensure that all educators in the state of Oregon are receiving evaluations that help them improve their practice. But as we continue to advocate for effective evaluation systems, that is exactly the goal we are striving toward."







































April 2012



We have a lot going on this month. Between working to find Oregon teachers for our Distinguished Educators Council, reviewing CLASS Project applications, and working on new initiatives to strengthen teacher preparation in Oregon, we are working on several fronts. Stay tuned for announcements of new CLASS districts and Distinguished Educators Council members in the coming months.

Distinguished Educators Council Update

A diverse group of teachers applied to serve on our new Distinguished Educators Council, and Chalkboard is thrilled with the enthusiastic response. The Council will be an independent platform for educators to voice their ideas on supporting and strengthening the teaching profession in Oregon. 

Applications are being reviewed by members of Chalkboard's advisory council. The 12-15 person council will be announced in early May. 

Read the Press Release to learn more about the Distinguished Educators Council. 

New CLASS Districts to be Announced

Chalkboard accepted applications from K-12 public school districts for CLASS Project design grants up until April 27. We are excited to review the applications and provide grants to districts looking to create new models to support effective teaching in their schools. 

Stay tuned for more information about our new CLASS districts on our CLASS page, and CLASS website

Preparing the Next Generation of Oregon's Teachers

dededeAs part of Chalkboard’s research and development phase for a teacher preparation initiative, Chalkboard convened a statewide symposium last month. Over 150 parents, students, education advocates, and K-12 and university teachers and administrators participated. Participants agreed there is urgency and momentum for strengthening teacher preparation in Oregon by:
  1. Supporting clinical practice and residency programs that integrate theory and practice.
  2. Stronger school district and teacher preparation partnerships.
  3. Relevant training and selection of school district and university faculty.
  4. Rigorous, coherent and integrated curriculum.
  5. Accountability for student learning, program results, and national accreditation.
Chalkboard looks forward to working collaboratively with school districts and teacher preparation programs to support innovative efforts to prepare our next generation of teachers. Please check our website for the latest news about teacher preparation. 

TIF Round 4

The US Department of Education has posted draft regulations for a fourth round of the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) Program on their website. This document includes proposed priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria for the program. Based on the work of districts currently participating in TIF, Chalkboard has made some recommended revisions to the federal grant which have been submitted in a letter of record to the USDOE. 

The final regulations will be released on May 17. Chalkboard is meeting with districts to determine whether Chalkboard will submit an application for another TIF grant. 


Achievement Compacts Announced

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Every K-12 public school district in Oregon is working with the Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB) to set targets for prescribed outcomes in achievement compacts. Chalkboard views the compacts as a means for more informed conversations about how well Oregon's schools are preparing every student for citizenship, college and career.  

More details about the compacts, including informative webinars and the K-12 template, can be found on the OEIB website

Our Voices, Our Schools

Marna Stalcup Headshot

Marna Stalcup is the program manager for The Right Brain Initiative and coordinates all aspects of the program. She is responsible for engaging the community in the planning process, overseeing program design and taking the project to full implementation, serving all school districts in the Portland tri-county area. Marna has been with the program since its inception in 2007, bringing to her position nearly 30 years of experience in arts education.

How did you first become involved with Right Brain? What connection did you have to the world of arts education and/or the organization before you started working for Right Brain?

In 2007, the Regional Arts & Culture Council was designated as the managing partner for what is now known as The Right Brain Initiative. I was hired by RACC to develop and implement the program and to oversee the partnership.

Learning in and through the arts has been a lifelong passion of mine, both as a student of the arts and in my professional life. My career in arts education began with Jefferson High School’s performing arts magnet program where I was the events manager and magnet arts coordinator for 15 years. My belief in arts integrated learning led me across the river to be part of the founding faculty of the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, an award-winning grade 6-12 public school where the arts connect with academic subjects in an interdisciplinary setting. Just prior to working at RACC, I gained valuable experience in nonprofit management at Caldera, a program that supports Oregon students with year-round arts and mentoring services in their schools.

I see my role at RACC as a perfect blending of 30 years’ experience in the field of arts education and the non. 

One of your goals is "Equity and excellence: All students will have access to quality experiences in multiple art forms."  Can you expand a little on the work Right Brain does to help all students have access to arts education?

Equity is one of the core values of Right Brain. To put it plainly, we believe that what one child deserves, all deserve. To address this, schools agree to serve all students with arts integrated residencies that meet the specific needs of their students. To support this goal school districts invest $15 per student in each participating school which provides the funds for schools to spend on artists.

To help ensure a high standard of quality for the programs delivered, all residencies include:

  • Planning sessions in which teachers and artists design their joint work and multiple connections to the curriculum, especially targeting 21st century skills of creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication.
  • Multiple connected sessions with a teaching artist.
  • Strategies for sharing and continuing arts learning in classrooms post-residency, what we refer to as “spillover.”  
  • Reflection and forward planning when teachers and artists use samples of student work to think about what students learned and how that learning might be strengthened.

Can you talk about professional development opportunities Right Brain offers for teachers wanting to incorporate the arts into their day to day teaching? 

A sound professional development plan is essential to Right Brain’s success. Through a series of all-day hands-on trainings, teachers, principals and artists 1) develop a common language for arts teaching and learning, specifically addressing arts integration; 2) learn to use high impact teaching strategies based in the arts; 3) engage in reflective practice through protocols for looking at student work; and 4) implement effective methods for developing assessments of student learning in both the arts and the integrated subjects. Further support in school leadership is provided for schools pursuing a whole school arts integration model. The Right Brain Initiative provides stipends for artists and covers the cost of substitute teachers, and continuing education credit is available for all professional development offerings.


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