HBS Association of Oregon, Community Partners for 2011 - Selected Projects

The Shadow Project (TSP) helps close the achievement gap for students with complex learning challenges that include ADHD, dyslexia, autism and communications disorders.  It does this by providing special education teachers in 28 Portland-area schools (a total of 1,200 students annually) a turnkey program that empowers them to help students achieve personal and educational goals.  Teachers, who receive training annually and support throughout the school year, incorporate the program into their daily curricula to incentivize struggling students. The program rewards perseverance, achievement, self-control, and a spirit of giving that transforms reluctant readers into book lovers and the shame of ‘being different’ into pride of accomplishment.

The Shadow Project is looking to HBSAO Community Partners to assist them in taking advantage of an upcoming meeting with Governor Kitzhaber by preparing and presenting a proposal that convinces the Governor’s office to pilot TSP in the public school system.  The proposal needs to:
  • Demonstrate that TSP’s innovative learning model merits further study as a viable and feasible approach to reducing school failure for Oregon’s growing population of special needs students through the use of existing studies, surveys, statistical data, and anecdotal information.
  • Propose an implementation plan on how to: (1) conduct the pilot; (2) objectively evaluate the pilot’s effectiveness; and, (3) refine and scale the program should the pilot prove successful.  

The Oregon State Parks Trust is the only statewide not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing Oregon’s state parks system.  Their mission is to preserve and enhance Oregon’s outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for the enjoyment of present and future generations.
Although there is state funding for the parks, many important park projects rely on private contributions.  The Trust assists in this task by raising private funds, increasing public awareness of Oregon’s state parks, and building partnerships with public and private funders.
Oregon’s State Parks are a large part of the natural beauty of our state, and this contributes to the quality of life in Oregon and makes it an attractive place for people to live and companies to locate.
The Trust has asked for help over the next 90 days to develop a strategic/business plan that positions OSPT for organizational stability, financial sustainability and future growth.