Foundations for a Better Oregon and the Chalkboard Project launched TeachOregon in 2012 to provide the opportunity for university teacher preparation programs and their community college and school district partners to work together to cocreate and pilot innovative models for collaborative, needs driven teacher preparation. The evaluation for the 3 year project is assessing (1) program implementation through a process study and (2) short term program outcomes through an impact study.
The first two years of the TeachOregon initiative have featured important shifts in practice and an ongoing focus on a road set of interventions. The highlights of the Year 2 process study, based primarily on project teams' focus group descriptions of Year 2 work, can be summarized as follows.
- TeachOregon grantees continue to be actively engaged and highly committed to implementing the road set of interventions introduced during Year 1.
- TeachOregon grantees report positive changes are taking place in each of the blueprint areas.
- Partners are planning for TeachOregon activities to continue beyond the grant.
- TeachOregon provides a framework and resources for responding to externally driven changes (e.g., edTPA, program accreditation).
- Partners are successfully navigating leadership changes and internal and external communication challenges.
- Partners are working to overcome internal and institutional barriers to change.
- Collecting and reporting data required for the impact evaluation presented significant challenges to the grantees. In some cases, partners had never reviewed and shared components of their data.