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Dallas Receives Chalkboard Project Grant

DALLAS -- The Dallas School District has received a $20,000 grant to design a plan to improve teacher evaluations, career mentoring, compensation plans and professional development.

DALLAS -- The Dallas School District has received a $20,000 grant to design a plan to improve teacher evaluations, career mentoring, compensation plans and professional development.

The grant is through the Chalkboard Project and is part of the Creative Leadership Achieves Student Success (CLASS) program.

The Chalkboard Project is a nonprofit with the goal of helping improve Oregon's K-12 public schools.

Dallas Superintendent Christy Perry said the district had already been looking into new teacher evaluations, as well as revised compensation plans.

By 2013, all districts will be required to incorporate student achievement into evaluations. Perry said teachers were encouraging the district to apply for the grant, so they could take the time to build a new evaluation process.

"The timing was perfect," Perry said. "It's really nice when teachers are asking to be part of the process."

The purpose of the CLASS program is to empower teachers and Dallas' effort will likely be led by a teacher. The design team will take the initiative in determining where Dallas schools need improvement and create a plan to address those issues.

Perry said 10 or 11 staff members have expressed interest in being part of the working group, which should begin meeting this month or in early July. The improvement "design" should take a year to create, with the assistance of a Chalkboard Project mentor.

Given the design plan is approved, the Chalkboard Project will offer the district another grant to implement the plan.

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