New Meyer grant aims to boost Oregon school administrators of color
This story has been updated.
In Oregon, just five superintendents are people of color. That includes Portland Public Schools new superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero, who came last summer from San Francisco.
Another is Centennial's superintendent Paul Coakley, a graduate of Portland State University's doctorate in education program.
PSU wants to recruit and train more people of color through its program. The school says more than 36 percent of Oregon's PreK-12 population are students of color while just 10 percent of teachers and 11 percent of administrators are.
Associate Professor Deborah Peterson said in a news release Friday that a new $113,000 grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust will boost the Graduate School of Education's efforts to train more school leaders of color, bilingual leaders and inform culturally competent curriculum.
The grant will fund Project LEAD (Leadership for Equity and Diversity) for two years. It will also support an advisory council, whose goal is to boost partnerships with tribal councils, Oregon Association of Latino Administrators, Oregon Leadership Network, PSU's Bilingual Teacher Pathway program, PSU's American Indian Teacher Program, and The Chalkboard Project.
Meyer Memorial Trust, started upon the death of grocer Fred Meyer, recently switched focus to striving for a more equitable Oregon.
UPDATE (1/20/18): The original version of this story underreported the number of superintendents of color in Oregon. School districts in Eugene, La Grande and Gresham are also led by people of color.