Today, 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.
The TeachOregon partnerships will use the grant funds to develop “blueprints” that address four components: recruitment and selection, classroom experience/clinical practice, hiring and placement, and mentoring and induction of teachers. 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:
- Recruitment of more teacher candidates from historically underrepresented groups to support a teaching force that reflects the diversity of the student population.
- Innovative models for clinical experiences that include a quality classroom experience for teacher candidates, including 30+ weeks of residency.
- New models for assessment of teacher candidate performance including impact on student achievement.
- New compensation and tuition models to recruit, reward, and support teacher candidates, cooperating teachers, and university supervisors.
- Expanded career opportunities and roles for clinical practice cooperating teachers, coaches, and university faculty.
The TeachOregon grants will go to the following partnerships:
- Bend-La Pine, Crook County, Culver, High Desert ESD, Jefferson County ESD, Jefferson County, Redmond, Sisters, Lebanon, Corvallis, Greater Albany and Philomath in partnership with Oregon State University and OSU Cascades
- David Douglas and North Clackamas in partnership with Portland State University
- Salem-Keizer in partnership with Western Oregon University, Willamette University and Corban University
- Springfield in partnership with Pacific University and University of Oregon
- Tillamook, Sherwood, Newberg, Chemeketa Community College and Woodburn in partnership with George Fox University and Pacific University
Read more about the TeachOregon grants:
“Salem-Keizer, three local universities awarded grant for partnership,” Statesman Journal