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  • Bargaining Brief: The Latest on PPS/PAT Discussions

  • Meet Your Bargaining Team

  • PAT Advocacy Cadre is on Monday Nights

  • Featured post

    What is Limited In-Person Instruction?

    Many of you have noticed the tension that has developed between the understandable desire to have children return to school, and the sensible insistence on safe working environments under COVID-19 conditions. 

    Since the beginning of the pandemic, health experts have advised that individuals avoid the “Three Cs” – Close Contact, Closed Spaces, Crowds. Thankfully, there is a way that some in-person instruction can still take place while meeting health and safety guidelines; ODE calls it LIPI (Limited In-Person Instruction).

    According to the Oregon Department of Education, LIPI is when schools operating in the Comprehensive Distance Learning instructional model bring a limited number of students, for limited hours and with specific conditions, on-site. 

    Per ODE Guidelines:

    • LIPI cohort groups are limited to no more than 20 students.
    • Students cannot be part of more than two cohorts (including transportation) in any given week. 
    • Any one staff member (even in multiple roles) cannot interact with more than three cohorts in a given day and five in a week. 
    • LIPI cannot take the place of any CDL instruction. 

    You can read the full Guidance for Limited In-Person Instruction During CDL HERE

    Your PAT bargaining team has worked over the last three sessions to negotiate the fine points of LIPI activities in PPS. Key to our conversation:

    • LIPI instruction will be provided by educators on a voluntary basis. If the District cannot find a volunteer from the regularly employed PAT membership, PPS will open the positions to PAT substitute educators. 
    • Volunteers who agree to provide LIPI during teacher-directed time in their regular schedule will be paid at their individual per-diem hourly rate for all lost teacher-directed time, plus for an additional hour per week for time spent planning LIPI sections.
    • Educators who volunteer can rescind their volunteer offer if they do not feel safe once they inspect the space provided for LIPI.

    We reached conceptual agreement on all points last week and you can look for the final copy of the language attached to the next Bargaining Brief.

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    OEA Winter Retreat for Early Career Educators--January 30th, 2021

    For the third consecutive year, OEA will be hosting a Winter Recharge retreat for aspiring educators and early career educators. This is an event tailored to the needs of aspiring educators and professionals in the first few years of their career.  

    This year, the event will be held virtually in a new, more flexible format on January 30th, 2021, with content offerings available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  

    This is an opportunity to network with educators across the state in roles of mutual support, and delve into professional development opportunities which best suit your current role and goals for your career in education. This is one of many professional development supports that OEA offers its members. Please check out the OEA website for additional opportunities.  

    For more information and to register for the Winter Retreat please click here

  • Featured post

    Joint Letter to Gov. Brown from Union Presidents

    Sent to PAT Members 1/7/2021: See the PDF here.

    Dear Educator,

    First, I want to acknowledge that the violence and disruption of the peaceful transition of power in Washington DC yesterday has been rightfully pulling our attention away from "normalcy" this week. Educators play an important role in helping students process these events and helping students learn about this moment in our nation's history - thank you.

    Meanwhile, conversations across the state continue about the appropriate timeline to safely open schools for in-person instruction. 

    I wanted to share the attached letter, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and returning to in-person instruction, from the presidents of the Portland Association of Teachers, the Beaverton Education Association, the Salem Keizer Education Association, the Hillsboro Education Association, and the Eugene Education Association. The text of the letter is below.

    Elizabeth Thiel, PAT President


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    Watch “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” A Broadcast Tribute to Martin Luther January 18 King, Jr., Monday, January 18, 2021

    PAT is a proud sponsor of the 36th annual Tribute to the Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, JrGreat American Hero and World Citizen, presented by World Arts Foundation Inc. 

    This retrospective of Dr. King's legacy will be highlighted with dances, songs, and speeches. It will also spotlight those in our local, national, and global communities and leaders continuing his work. 

    Please join us on January 18th, 2021 from 12:00pm-5:00pm for this broadcast.

    Responding to the impact of COVID-19, this virtual production has been expanded to multiple platforms and will be available on: www.worldartsfoundation.org, Open Signal, KBOO 90.7 FM, XRAY 107.7 FM, YouTube, Facebook and Twitch.

    Please see the event's press release and flyer for more information.

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    Sick Leave Bank Donation Drive: Now Paperless!

    Donate up to 40 hours of your sick-leave to help a colleague in need.

    Last school year, PAT members helped dozens of colleagues in need thanks to contributions to the PAT Sick Leave Bank.  These colleagues had exhausted their accumulated leave balances, but were unable to work due to extended or recurring personal illness. With the help of the Sick Leave Bank, they avoided the additional hardships of lost salary and lost insurance coverage.

    Thanks to your generosity, last year we met our goal of collecting the maximum number of voluntarily donated hours allowed under our contract. Recent improvements in our contract (CBA Article mean that we can now fulfill almost all applications for assistance prior to running out of Sick Leave Bank hours.  This shows the District that PAT members act on their belief that an injury to one is an injury to all.

    It’s a new school year, with new needs, and a new Bank to fill. We can accept up to 4000 hours and have a long way to go to reach that goal. 

    This year, it is easier than ever to donate hours: you can donate hours by filling out this online form! You will need to log in with your PPS email account and include your PPS employee ID number on the form.

    Thank you for being part of this crucial program that allows us to support our colleagues through our union. 

  • Distance Learning Agreements


    Tentative Agreement for ReOpening School under COVID-19 Pandemic, and District PLC Guidelines (signed 10-16-2020)

    2020-2021 Sample Schedules


    Distance Learning Evaluation

    Resources and Documents

    Evaluation Samples:

    More Information on CDL Evaluations:

    Given the specific challenges we’re facing with Distance Learning, a majority of educators can still expect an “in process” for many of the evaluation elements, because all ratings must be based on evidence.

    Annual Goals

    As part of this process, educators will be required to have two student learning goals and one professional goal for the year. Unlike prior years, you may focus student learning goals on:

    1. social and emotional learning for students;
    2. student engagement; and/or
    3. family engagement.

    Professional goals are areas that you decide you would like to work on, and academic goals may be considered with mutual agreement.

    Key Steps in the Evaluation Process

    There are four steps in this year’s evaluation process, a Pre-Observation Conference, a Formal Observation, a Post-Observation Conference, and a Summative Meeting.

    This year’s Pre-Observation Conference for classroom teachers will be based on the Educator’s Self-Assessment and Reflection worksheet. Separate rubrics will be used for Library Media Specialists, Counselors, and other Certified Educators not in the classroom.

    Educators must be given at least five school days’ notice before the Formal Observation, and administrators will share their notes from the observation using the Administrator Observation Tool.

    Generally, within five school days of the observation there should be a Post-Observation Conference. If the educator’s self-assessment and the administrator’s rating significantly diverge, the administrator will provide a written copy of the Administrator Observation Debrief Preparation Form.

    For probationary educators this evaluation process will be conducted in both fall and spring, with a Fall Summative Meeting held prior to December 18, 2020 and a Spring Summative Meeting held by March 1, 2021.  

    For contract educators there is one annual observation cycle. Formal observations must be completed by April 1, 2021 with Annual Summative Meetings completed by May 1, 2021.

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  • PAT Advocacy Cadre

    Introducing the New PAT Advocacy Cadre Hotline

    We are excited to launch the PAT Advocacy Cadre, a group of 10 member-educators who will work closely with the UniServ Consultants to become experts on our contracts, and to support members who need help navigating the language of our union contracts. 

    PAT Advocacy Cadre Hotline Hours

    Mondays, 5:00-6:30 pm, starting August 31st.

    • Phone: (503) 495-2144 (leave a voicemail and you will get a call back during hotline hours)
    • Zoom Drop-In (open 5-6:30pm on Hotline Mondays)
    • Emailaskpat@oregoned.org (send a message and you will get a response during hotline hours)

    Meet The PAT Advocacy Cadre

    ¡Hola a todos! My name is Angela Bonilla and I am an Instructional Coach at Scott School K-5. This will be my 5th year teaching at PPS and first year out of my Spanish DLI classroom. I am extremely excited to be an advocate and resource for educators; ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!

    Tom Aaron Gevurtz teaches 2nd and 3rd graders in the Chinese Dual Language program at Harrison Park K8; the English side.  2020-2021 is my 27th year teaching Kindergarten through 8th grade.  I look forward to advocating for all PAT members!

    Emily Golden-Fields is a substitute teacher who has worked in PPS since 2016. She teaches in schools throughout the district, and has taught a variety of grade levels: kindergarten through high school. She is excited to support and empower members as an advocate! 

    Adama Goudiaby
    My name is Hanna McGrath and I am currently teaching 8th grade Language Arts at Lane Middle School. Before joining PPS, I worked in a number of Portland’s youth-based non-profits with a focus on our youth houselessness crisis and literacy. 

    Jackson Mowe started with PPS as a paraeducator in 2013. He is currently teaching fourth grade at Grout Elementary. He believes strongly in the power of collective action and is ready to advocate on your behalf. 

    My name is Nahir Pérez. I am a 3rd grade Spanish Immersion teacher at Rigler Elementary. This is my 4th year teaching for the district.
    I am originally from Panamá City, Panamá and moved to the United States when I was 7. I went through PPS for schooling starting at Beach Elementary, DaVinci Arts Middle School and Benson High School.
    My name is Charity Powell, I am a Special Education Teacher at Laurelhurst School, and mom to an incoming kindergartener. I have worked for PPS since 2002. Over the years, I have taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade as a General Education Teacher, and Kindergarten through 8th grade as a Special Education Learning Center Teacher. 
    My name is Maggie Raczek. I am a Science teacher at Lincoln High School. This is my 22nd year with PPS. I look forward to advocating for PAT members. 
    Michele Stahlecker


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  • PAT Committees

    Join a PAT Committee!

    PAT is known around the state and country for being a strong and powerful union.  Part of what makes this possible is the strength of our committees within the union.  Our committees give members a way to be involved based on their own interests.  Most of our committees are open to all members. We want you to get involved.  Your voice will make a difference. 

    RSVP for any PAT Committee Meeting here. 

    Those who RSVP will be sent a Zoom Link.

    Most Committees meet about once a month in the evening.  Committee meeting dates and start times are available on our calendarCommittees with an * are open committees, and all PAT Members are welcome to attend. 

    Chair:  Charity Powell, Laurelhurst ES

    Board Liaison:  Mike Bauer
    Staff Liaison:  Cynthia Campos
    2020-2021 meeting dates: 

    Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30:September 23, October 21, December 2, January  20, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 26




    A little bit about Advocacy Committee

     Charity Powell

    Chair:  Steve Lancaster, Lincoln HS
    Staff Liaison:  John Berkey



    A little bit about Bargaining Committee

     Steve Lancaster

    Chair: Alisha Chavez, Atkinson ES
    Board Liaison: Adolfo Garza-Cano
    Staff Liaison:  Peter Brogan
    2020-2021 meeting dates: 

    Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30: September 30, October 28, December 9, January 27, February 24, March 31, April 28


    A little bit about Social Justice Committee

     Alisha Chavez

    Co-Chair: Jacque Dixon, DART @ Benson
    Co-Chair: Nedra Miller, Lee ES
    Board Liaison: Jacque Dixon
    Staff Liaison:  Cynthia Campos
    2020-2021 meeting dates: 

    Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30: September 30, October 28, December 9, January 27, February 24, March 31, April 28

    little bit about Racial Equity Committee

    Jacque Dixon

     Nedra Miller

    Chair: Elizabeth Israel Davis, Grout ES
    Board Liaison:  Rachel Hanes
    Staff Liaison:  Peter Brogan
    2020-2021 meeting dates: 

    Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30: September 23, October 21, December 2, January  20, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 26



    A little bit about IPD Committee

     Elizabeth Israel-Davis

    Chair:  Ami Fox

    Board Liaison:  Tina Lamanna
    Staff Liaison:  John Berkey
    2020-2021 meeting dates:

    Thursdays, 5:00-7:00: September 3, October 1, October 29, December 10, January 21, February 25, April 1, May 6

    little bit about Legislative Committee

     Ami Fox

    PAT PAC 
    Chair:  Rebecca Levison

    Board Liaison:  Erika Schneider, Llewellyn ES
    Staff Liaison:  John Berkey 


    Chair:  Julie Pedersen, Jason Lee K-8

    Board Liaison:  Vincent Chirimwami, Faubion K-8
    Staff Liaison:  Peter Brogan

    2020-2021 meeting dates:

    Thursdays, 4:00-6:00: September 3, October 1, October 29, December 10, January 21, February 25, April 1, May 6



     Julie Pederson

    Chair:  Ailien Tran, Winterhaven K-8

    Staff Liaison: Cynthia Campos 


    A little bit about Nominations & Elections Committee

     Ailien Tran

    Co-Chair:  Judith Kleinstein
    Co-Chair:  Dustin Starke
    Board Liaison: Greg Burrill
    Staff Liaison:  John Berkey
    2020-2021 meeting dates: 

    Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30: September 23, October 21, December 2, January  20, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 26

    A little bit about Substitute Committee

     Judith Kleinstein

     Dustin Starke


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