TeachOregon is designed to pilot innovative models to prepare the next generation of teachers for Oregon’s K-12 classrooms. School districts will partner with university programs to develop preparation programs to prepare a diverse and effective workforce to teach in 21st-century classrooms. The findings from NCATE’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Preparation and Partnerships for Improved Student Learning were foundational in the creation of TeachOregon, with Oregon being one of the original states in the State Alliance for Clinical Educator Preparation and Partnerships.
In August 2012, Chalkboard launched TeachOregon with five grants, totaling $180,000, to school district and university partnerships. The TeachOregon partnerships will use the grant funds to develop “blueprints” that address four components: recruitment and selection; 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. In their design work, the partnerships will address topics such as:
- 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.
- New models for proficiency instruction and assessment.