PAT Game Night for Educators of Color: October 17th

PAT's Racial Equity Task Force invites all Educators of Color to our upcoming Game Night. Please join us for an evening of games, food, drinks, fun, and an opportunity to connect.

Thursday, October 17th, 4:30-6:30 at PAT (345 NE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97232)

RSVP here if you can come, and select "Racial Equity Task Force" as your committee. Please contact Nichole Watson (nichole.watson@oregoned.org) with any questions.

We hope you can make it! Please help spread to word to other educators of color.

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Retirement Planning Seminar: October 21st

Are you thinking of retirement or taking early-retirement?

PAT is excited to host another Retirement Seminar as a benefit for our members. Topics for this seminar will include the recent changes to PERS, early retirement incentives from the District, and much more.

RSVP here and get a jump on your planning.

Monday, October 21st, 4:30-6:00pm at PAT (345 NE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97232)

Not quite for you, but still curious about retirement? Please stay tuned as we will have other seminars coming up for newer PPS employees and mid-career educators.   

Hope to see you there!

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Latinx and/or Hispanic Heritage Month Resources

Don’t forget it is still Latinx and/or Hispanic Heritage Month. This heritage month began on September 15 and runs until October 15th. During this month, we celebrate the cultures and contributions of the Hispanic and Latinx communities. First recognized in 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15th, the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries: Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Nicaragua. During this period, Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence!

There’s still time to lean into culturally responsive teaching by engaging students with lessons that center Latinx and/or Hispanic culture and traditions.  This is a learning opportunity for those who do not share this ancestry. Be brave. Lean in. “Replace judgement with curiosity” and dare to go where you may not have gone before in your practice! 

Here are curriculum resources for your planning.

https://unitedwedream.org/tools/toolkits/  

http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/hispanic-heritage-month-k-5.html 

http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/hispanic-heritage-month-6-8.html 

http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/hispanic-heritage-month-9-12.html  

http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/HE/hispanicfocus07.pdf 

http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/ice-raids-fact-sheet-1.pdf 

http://hispanicheritagemonth.org/  

https://remezcla.com/features/culture/how-do-latinos-really-feel-about-hispanic-heritage-month/  

http://www.latnet.org/community-resources

Have fun and let us know how it goes!!  

 

Better Understand Your Contract

Please join us for a Rep Training Workshop, "Better Understand  your Contract," on Monday, October 7 or Wednesday, Oct 9, 4:30-6:30 at PAT. We will provide dinner. Both sessions will offer the same content, so choose the one that works best for you. 

RSVP Here

The PAT contract has undergone many changes over the last few years.  We have included key provisions of the length of the workday, work year, work load, compensation, professional development, and safety, and renumbered the articles.  As building reps it is essential that you are familiar with these changes.

Come join your fellow Building Rep in discussion to build a deeper understanding of our contract!

PAT Party in the Park

Friday, September 13 from 3:30-6:30pm at Laurelhurst Park

     PAT Members and their families are invited to PAT's Party in the Park!

     Food and drinks provided

     Music by Kevin's All Stars

     Located at Laurelhurst Park, Area D (Off SE Cesar Chavez and Ankeny)

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Student Loan Debt Forgiveness & Basic Financial Planning Workshop - 5/20/19

Monday, May 20, 2019  - (4:30 - 7:00 PM) at the PAT Office, (Portland Association of Teachers, 345 NE 8th Ave., Portland, OR 97232)

Flyer here  

RSVP here

Student Loan Debt Dragging You Down?

It is one of the most serious financial challenges facing educators today.  NEA Member Benefits and PAT want to help.  Join us to learn how to:

  • Take advantage of the Federal Loan Forgiveness Programs (Teacher Loan, Perkins Loan, & the Public Service Loan Programs)
  • Use the new NEA Student Loan Forgiveness Navigator Tool (SAVI) to determine if you are eligible for a federal forgiveness program and how much you could potential reduce your loan debt.
  • Focus on some basic financial essentials and basic financial planning 

This event is free to all PAT members. A light dinner will be served.

Volunteer Photo and Video Campaign Sign-Up for Monday, April 22

We're gearing up for the May 8th Day of Action with a social media campaign, but we can't do it without you! We want to hear and amplify the voices of our frontline educators, dedicated parents, and deserving students on why you are fighting for more school funding.

We encourage you to sign-up to participate in our video and headshot campaign taking place on Monday, April 22, 2018, from 3 - 8 pm at the Portland Association of Teachers building (345 NE 8th, Portland, Oregon 97232). Please wear red, bring your signs and be ready to share your story and let your voice be heard.

ACTION: Fund our Schools Banner Drop

Help us show Oregon that educators are demanding fully funded schools, and we will not give up until we get the school funding our students need and deserve.

Wednesday, March 13th, 4-6 pm, at highway overpasses across Portland.

Click HERE to sign up for a site.

The March for our Students in Salem on February 18th was a wild success, we had about 5,000 people turn out to raise our voices in Salem. We got a lot of attention but we are still turning up the pressure. The public needs to know that we are seeing unprecedented challenges in our schools and we are doing unprecedented things to put pressure on our elected leaders and decision makers to fund our future and fund our schools. 

Here is what's next-- we have organized a banner drop as a coordinated action across all of Oregon on Wednesday, March 13th after school. We will be displaying messages on major overpasses above rush-hour traffic across the state of Oregon. The overpasses we have selected in Portland have lots of commuter traffic to see our messages, and sidewalks to help keep folks safe. 

We need your help, we need your voice, we need your engagement. There will be a captain there when you arrive to help. Please share with colleagues and friends and have them sign up to join you as well! Bring your sign from the march, bring noisemakers, and be sure to WEAR RED for ED. 

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PAT Retirement Seminar

PAT Retirement Seminar - March 14, 2019, 4:30 PM at the PAT Office.  Please RSVP here.

Saving for Retirement with a Special Focus on OPSRP! (Members Hired After 2003)
Topics Include:

  • I have a pension? What's that look like?
  • How does my IAP account fit into that?
  • What is a TSA/403b? How does it work? Do I need one?
  • IRAs compared to TSA/403b
  • Roth versus Traditional. What's the difference?
  • Are TSAs/403b portable? When can I get money out of it?  

Racial Equity Task Force- Spring Social Mixer

PAT's Racial Equity Task Force is hosting another safe space for educators who identify as a person of color.  We will have our Spring Social Mixer. Come eat dinner, network, and learn about other events we will be working on.  Please RSVP and invite other Educators of Color.

Who: All PAT Members who identify as a person of color

When: March 7th 4:30pm-7pm

Where: PAT Office, 345 NE 8th Ave.

What: Eat dinner, network, and learn about other events