The strongest teachers know that they never stop learning and professional growth is a priority at the best schools. Teachers frequently work together in teams to implement programs, share information and monitor student achievement. Teachers must feel a sense of empowerment and ownership of their educational program. The Oregon Department of Education focuses on preparing teachers and administrators for success in racially and linguistically diverse classrooms. Our partnership with the university community has led to agreements among institutions to address these issues in teacher preparation programs, to share best practices across schools of education, and to incorporate them into ongoing professional development programs.
Parent and Community Engagement
Successful schools have parents and community members as active, engaged partners. This is not easy in a school with high poverty levels. However, these schools make it a priority to reach out to diverse communities and to develop fresh, innovative strategies to bring parents as partners into schools. Community engagement is particularly vital in low income schools where the school often provides medical, dental, housing, and financial referrals for families in need. Strong community partners provide additional funding, volunteer hours, and support for schools serving some of our most at risk kids.
Commitment to Action
We know what works. Now we must apply what we have learned to help Oregon’s schools and students succeed. We must pledge to provide an excellent education to all of our children, regardless of the color of their skin, how much their parents earn, or what language they speak at home. The work begins today, right now. We don’t have time to waste when it comes to our kids.
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