• President's Message: Vote Now

  • Welcome, New Educators!

  • Bargaining Brief: The Latest on PPS/PAT Discussions

  • Meet Your Bargaining Team

  • PAT Advocacy Cadre is on Monday Nights

  • Native American/Indigenous People's Heritage Month

    November is Native American/ Indigenous Peoples' Heritage Month

    Celebrate with your students!

    Resources for Your Classroom

    Grand Ronde Tribal Education resources including Tribal History Curriculum for 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th grade: 

    Indigenous Library: Click the link, then click books for read aloud (YouTube) links.

    More Book Lists 

    Indigenous/Native Heritage Month slideshow Slideshow (best for K-5)

    Huge repository of Resources curated with respect on the traditional lands of the Ramaytush, Ohlone, and Muwekma, by Kim Oliff, Nov. 2020.

    Resources for teaching about Thanksgiving and Columbus Day

    National Museum of the American Indian: Educator link with lesson plans including one on Thanksgiving

    Zinn Education Project: Teaching People’s History

    Native Story Hour 

    Bring you class! Come sing, listen, learn and celebrate. Join Karen Kitchen (Osage Nation) for this story hour featuring songs and books from Native cultures. Children, families, elders, aunties and uncles -- everyone is welcome. You can register here! 


    Dates are: 

    Nov 18, 2020 10:30 AM
    Dec 16, 2020 10:30 AM
    Jan 20, 2021 10:30 AM
    Feb 17, 2021 10:30 AM

    Acknowledge the Land we Stand on

    We encourage you to add a land acknowledgement to your school routine. You can use this website to find what ancestral land your school is located on.

    Making a land acknowledgement is taking time to recognize the tribes that once lived where our schools now sit. Information about land acknowledgements can be found here.  

    Oregon Senate Bill 13: Tribal History/Shared History

    Native Americans lived in this state long before it became Oregon. How can we teach youth about Oregon history without including the voice of Oregon’s Native American peoples – both past and present? This general lack of knowledge about Native American people extends to curricula - thus SB 13: Tribal History / Shared History. Currently, ODE includes required teaching about Native Americans in ODE’s Social Studies State Standards. Tribal History / Shared History will create opportunities to expand those requirements across multiple content areas.

    ODE Tribal History Page

    Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Curriculum Resources

    ODE Tribal History Profession Development Resources


    Tribal History Shared History

    Videos to Share with Students

    Standing Strong | The Tribal Nations of Western Oregon

    As part of the Oregon 150 celebration, this video tracing the history of Oregon tribes residing in the western part of the state was produced by the Western Oregon Tribal OR150 Committee. The video provides both a historical perspective, and current information on five of the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon. The western tribes in Oregon are: the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, the Coquille Indian Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, and the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians. Students studying Oregon history or teachers preparing classes on Oregon history will find this video very informative.

    PBS Films: Native American Heritage Month

    Through dance, family traditions, and music, these stories show the diversity and long history of Indigenous people across the United States. Celebrate the history, culture, and traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives in a special collection of films, short stories, and resources from Public Television. 

    Song: One Earth, One People, One Love  

    Indigenous Peoples Day Song For Kids (ASL Sign Language Lesson Included)


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  • Featured post

    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

    Register Now

    Nov 18- The Neuroscience of Conflict

    Register Now

  • 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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