Six Plans for Jefferson Enrollment Balancing, the Limits of Levies, College Debt, and Oregon Drop Out Rate: Early December Reading List

I’m in the grading phase of the term, folks, so there’s no time for much commentary, but there’s lots happening in education right now, and we all have to keep up on our reading.  Read the following to keep in … Continue reading

“We’re Done”: The Portland Business Alliance Chastises PPS and the Teacher’s Union

As the term winds down, I’m faced with an incredible amount of grading and class prep to do, so I’m going to make this short.  A few days ago the Portland Business Alliance wrote a letter to the editor condemning … Continue reading

Is PERS the Problem in Oregon School Funding?

One of the things I know about being an advocate for kids and schools is that I am always learning and always finding new gaps in my knowledge that I need to fill.  When I started teaching my educational equity … Continue reading

Educational Equity & the Grant Cluster: Board of Education Meeting (by Guest Blogger Savannah Fox)

Venturing Out into the Community On Monday, November 5, I attended the Portland Public School Board of Education meeting. Part of the board meeting was dedicated to part of a series of check-ins with the various high school clusters around … Continue reading

Teacher’s Unions and Race to the Top: Demonized or Too Demanding?

Corresponding quite nicely with a discussion led by a student in my Enhancing Youth Literacy course this week, a steady flow articles has recently been emerging about teacher’s unions as barriers to state applications for Race to the Top funding. … Continue reading

Beyond November and Measure 85: The Need for Public Action Against a Widening Equity Gap (by Guest Blogger Matthew Price)

Note: This post is Part 4 of a four-part series on Measure 85 written by PSU Capstone student bloggers.  Thank you, guest bloggers, for contributing this material and helping in our campaign to educate local voters on measures that impact … Continue reading

A Closer Look at the PPS School Bond Measure 26-144 (by Guest Blogger Kelsey Robertson)

There is no doubt that major change is needed in Portland schools. When we think of what is needed, we think of art and music programs, effective teachers, and a budget to support growth. We often overlook the fact that … Continue reading

ACTION ALERT Today via Think Out Loud’s Conversation on Portland’s Art Tax Measure (24-146)

During my morning check-in to my blog, my email, and my Facebook, I was struck by the Children Defense Fund’s latest shared quote encouraging us to vote with children in mind: “Give Children a Voice.  Yours.  Vote.”

The election season brings an energy to the air and allows us all opportunities to step a little outside our usual advocacy comfort zone.  Today, we all have an easy opportunity to bring our voices to a community forum on Portland’s Art Tax Measure (24-146) via calling in and commenting in on OPB’s noon conversation about the tax measure.  Here are some easy steps:

  1. Read Up.  The link goes to the actual tax measure language for 24-146.  I also recommend doing some searching on how organizations like the PTA, local state legislators, parents, artists, etc. feel about the measure.
  2. Comment or Call In.  Here’s the link to the Think Out Loud page dedicated to the noon conversation on 24-146.  I’m sure the online conversation will be going on long after the radio airs the show, so check in whenever you can and add your thoughts.  This is all part of educating ourselves and our community.

It’s a simple as these two steps today.  So brew up some coffee, listen to the conversation, and give children a voice through your active participation.

Let me know how it goes!

-Zapoura

 

Easy Education Activism (Early October Edition): Delicious Pairings of Reading & Doing the Work

I’m currently obsessing over fall flavors and have been experimenting with some of these pairings: pumpkin pancakes and hot chocolate, roasted sweet potatoes and a pear cider, baked kale chips and ginger beer. While one of my fall impulses is … Continue reading