May 18, 2004
Presentation to the
Oregon Progress Board
Who we are? What brought us together?
Vision, mission and goals
Who we are?
Foundations For A Better Oregon
Board of Directors
Jerry Hudson, Executive VP
Ford Family Foundation
Charlie Walker, Director Emeritus; Norm Smith, President
Bill Early, Rod Wendt, Trustees; Bob Kingzett
Meyer Memorial Trust
Orcilia Forbes, Trustee; Doug Stamm, Exec. Director
Oregon Community Foundation
Duncan Campbell, Trustee; Greg Chaillé, President
What brought us together?
of the Issues
Neutrality and Independence
Every student in Oregon gets the quality education
required to succeed in college or the workplace,
and in life.
Help deliver superior K-12 public education to Oregon’s
students by ensuring a quality education system,
accountable to Oregonians, who support it with
adequate, stable funding.
Engage citizens in a new level of informed civic dialogue on
Achieve measurable progress toward superior education for
every student in Oregon.
Determine Public Attitudes and Beliefs
Research Best Practices
Stakeholder Engagement & Public Information Sharing
Generate Alternatives & Recommendations
Final Recommendations/Implementation Strategies
Our 90-Day Plan
April May June
• Statewide Phone • Research: Best • Chalkboard Primer
Survey; among 1,800 Practices in Quality, Developed
Oregonians Accountability and
Finance • Stakeholder Outreach
K-12 Ed. System, • Chalkboard Advisory • Communications/
Current State of Team Meets Civic Engagement
Affairs / Focus groups Plans Finalized
with teachers, • Website Development
parents, & principals Completed
• Communications/ • Planning public launch
Civic Engagement of Chalkboard in June
Our Project Flow
Phase One: March, 2004 - August, 2005
M A M J J A S O N D J F M A M J J A
Communications Strategy & Implementation
Public Opinion Public Opinion
(Baseline) (Round 2) Final recommendations
Oregon Education General
Quality, Accountability Election
Policy Strategy Development & Implementation
• Summary of findings Oregon Legislative Session
• Critical questions
Early Public Opinion Findings
Oregonians have two priorities for Oregon schools.
Graduate students who are:
1. … ready to go
to college (42%)
2. … ready to enter the
Early Public Opinion Findings
There is validation of the public’s support for
Many also indicate a willingness to become involved.
61% agree that Oregon needs a group
like Chalkboard to convene to improve
1:3 Oregonians want to help
Engage key stakeholders
Foundation trustees and stakeholders, elected
officials, education organizations, school boards,
business associations, labor unions
Engage potential funding partners
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Pew Charitable
Trust, Rockefeller Foundation
Oregon’s informed public knows that a new depth of
civic dialogue is underway
Oregonians participating in Chalkboard activities in
communities across the state
Oregonians expressing support for long-term
investment in a quality and accountable public
education system and dedicating time to being
champions of K-12 education.
Policymakers are visibly impacted by ideas and
energy attributable to the Chalkboard Project
Achieving progress in school quality, accountability
Oregon’s K-12 system is visibly impacted by ideas
and energy attributable to the Chalkboard Project
Some major education reform concepts are under
“The Elevator Speech”
What is the Chalkboard Project?
“It’s a collaborative, unbiased effort among a group of Oregon
foundations with one solitary, critically important goal: improving
Oregon’s K-12 public education system.
We hold ourselves accountable to the citizens of Oregon. We seek to
engage Oregonians, form recommendations and achieve change
based on their input.”
What will Chalkboard lead to?
A comprehensive vision and plan to strengthen
K-12 public education in Oregon.
Citizens engaged as advocates for public
education; educators engaged as experts; and
policymakers better equipped to implement
positive changes based on citizens’ input.