Whitney Grubbs was deputy advisor to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber when she first learned of IDEA through one of our pilot Learning Tours in 2011.
She wasn’t able to attend but liked what she found online and continued to stay in touch with IDEA.
When Governor Kitzhaber announced a major shift in educational thought toward competency based education, Whitney thought of IDEA as a potential resource. Enter Greg Young and Dana Bennis. Greg was an IDEA Organizer who worked with the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Big Picture Schools, and the New England Secondary Schools Consortium. Dana was and is IDEA's top learning officer.
Together, they gave a briefing - of sorts - to Whitney and her then boss, Ben Cannon, sharing resources from both Vermont and New York. Then and now, Oregon is learning from the efforts in Vermont and New York to use proficiency-based assessments and personalized learning through IDEA's efforts to "connect the dots" and "showcase the bright spots."
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