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  • President's Message: Use Your Voice, And Vote

  • PAT PAC Endorsements for November

  • Welcome, New Educators!

  • Bargaining Brief: The Latest on PPS/PAT Discussions

  • Meet Your Bargaining Team

  • PAT Advocacy Cadre is on Monday Nights

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    It’s Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month!

    September 15th is the beginning of Latinx Heritage Month, the PAT Racial Equity Committee would like to invite you to join other Latinx/o/a, Hispanic, Chicano/a PAT educators in affinity spaces. 

    Watch our series of PAT Educators reading children's books celebrating Latinx/Hispanic Culture!

    You can find events, curriculum, and resources for Latinx Heritage/Cultura Latina Month on our website.

     

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    LERC Workshop Series: “The Intersection of Racial Justice and Worker Advocacy” 

    This fall the Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) at the University of Oregon is organizing a workshop series “The Intersection of Racial Justice and Worker Advocacy.” All talks are free and open to all. Learn more and sign up on the LERC website.

    Please mark your calendar for upcoming sessions:

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    OEA Mediation Network

    The OEA Mediation Network provides confidential, non-judgemental mediation, and conflict resolution services to OEA Members as a membership benefit. These resources help facilitate communications, promote understanding, and help union members collaboratively resolve conflict at the lowest level.

    For more information about the OEA Mediation Network, call us at 541-743-4154 or e-mail mediation@oregoned.org

    Upcoming Webinar: Dealing with Difficult People While Remaining Professional

    Oct 14- Dealing with Difficult People While Remaining Professional

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    Nov 18- The Neuroscience of Conflict

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    “How to Be an Anti-Racist” Book Group

    Start a Book Discussion Group with your Colleagues

    This summer the PAT Executive Board and Committees Chairs committed to reading and discussing Ibram X Kendi’s book,  How to be an Anti-racist. Educators from Bridlemile, DART, and Gray MS organized discussion groups for members there as well. 

    We invite you to organize an Anti-Racist book study with your colleagues as well. Here are some easy steps to get you started: 

    • Invite your colleagues to join you
    • Acquire the Book: You can download the audio or e-book version of How to be an Anti-racist by Ibram X. Kendi from the Multnomah County Library with no wait, for free!
    • Set the pace: We recommend meeting for 30 minutes, once a week, for 4 weeks, discussing about 4 chapters each week.Set the calendar: Pick a time and create a video-chat link. Pick someone to send out reminders each week.
    • Facilitate the discussion: You can pick someone to facilitate the whole process, or switch facilitators each week. It can be helpful to have discussion questions/homework ahead of time, like
    • What concept or story from this week’s reading is especially applicable to your classroom?
    • What is a sentence or paragraph from this week that really spoke to you and why?
    • What did you learn that you were not aware of before?
    • Or use the official book Book Club Kit questions 

    Please let us know if you are interested in organizing an anti-racist book group at your site. If you need support around this, or want to talk it through, e-mail diana.collins@oregoned.org.

  • Join a PAT Committee

    RSVP for a PAT Committee Meeting

    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.

    The committees listed below are open to any PAT member wishing to participate. Our committees meet monthly and virtually on Zoom, usually in the late afternoon or early evening. Committee meeting dates and start times are available on our calendar

    The Instructional and Professional Development Committee meets with PPS leadership monthly to advocate for better district-wide programs for all PAT members. Upcoming Meeting: 4:30pm, Wednesday, September 23rd.

    The Legislative Committee works to support local legislation, elected leaders, and candidates for elected office who share our values, so that educators can influence our government to recognize the needs of our students and our profession. Upcoming Meeting: 5:00pm, Thursday, October 1st.

    The Membership Committee offers workshops to help PAT members with issues such as student loan forgiveness, retirement planning, and interview skills for the transfer process. It also plans member activities such as the annual PAT “Party in the Park” and Retiree Reception. Upcoming Meeting: 4:00pm, Thursday, October 1st.

    The Racial Equity Committee is comprised of educators of color whose goal is to build organizational capacity within PAT to honor, acknowledge, and center the lived experiences and stories of educators, with students of color, within our union and inside PPS. Upcoming Meeting: 4:30pm, Wednesday, September 30th.

    Social Justice and Community Outreach Committee members strengthen ties with other labor and community organizations and conduct open forums on topics like Special Education, Immigration Rights and Climate Justice. Upcoming Meeting: 4:30pm, Wednesday, September 30th.

    The Substitute Teacher Committee discusses best practice for substitute teachers and supports the bargaining team. Their work, along with our collective efforts, helped PAT win the strongest Substitute Teacher contract in Oregon. Upcoming Meeting: 4:30pm, Wednesday, September 23rd.

    Please visit our Committees Page to learn more about all our committees and their work.

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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. 

    ADVOCACY
    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

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

     

     

    A little bit about Bargaining Committee

     Steve Lancaster

    SOCIAL JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH*
    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

    RACIAL EQUITY*
    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

    INSTRUCTIONAL & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT*
    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

    LEGISLATIVE*
    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 

       

    MEMBERSHIP & SPECIAL SERVICES*
    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

    NOMINATIONS & ELECTIONS
    Chair:  Ailien Tran, Winterhaven K-8

    Staff Liaison: Cynthia Campos 

     

    A little bit about Nominations & Elections Committee

     Ailien Tran

    SUBSTITUTE*
    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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