OEA Promising Practices Grant Winners

This year’s OEA Promising Practices Grant winners are:

Paula Dennis:  Paula is a fifth-grade teacher at Vernon. Paula’s $1,000 grant will support her work organizing a gathering for around 100 middle and high school-aged students of color, together with several adults from the community. Participants will watch the movie Marshall and discuss the real-life skills presented in the film, empowering them through the real life stories of role models from their community.   

Nancy Arteaga:  Nancy is a sixth-grade social studies teacher at Lane Middle School. Nancy’s $500 grant will be used to buy materials to integrate STEM into her social studies classroom.

Congratulations to both winners and the students they are reaching through these grants.  Look for the Promising Practices Grant application next year and consider applying yourself.

Read Across American Grants Available Through PAT

Read Across America is a fun and exciting activity sponsored by the National Education Association to encourage reading and support community involvement in our schools.  On Friday, March 2, 2018, we would like every child to be reading in the company of a caring adult. PAT is accepting grant applications. Read the full post to apply.


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Lets Engage!

PAT has a goal to have 1-on-1 conversations with at least 75% of our members. We know that these face-to-face conversations are key to maintaining union strength and solidarity.

PAT needs YOU to sign up to be a listener! OEA will pay for your sub, and training on the mechanics of how to be a listener and the technology we’re using will be provided on site.

All listening will occur on Fridays, and we have Engage! Friday's scheduled throughout February, including  2/9, 2/16, and 2/23.  

So sign up on the PAT website!

Being a listener is a fun and easy way to be an active and involved union member. As professional educators, we know how valuable face-to-face time with other educators can be. While these conversations only last around five minutes, it provides a critical opportunity for member voices and stories to be heard and valued.

Do You Have a Student Loan?

Save the date to attend the Student Debt Forgiveness Workshop for PAT members sponsored by PAT and NEA.  Information will be provided to help you understand the various types of federal student loan forgiveness programs (Teacher Loan, Perkins Loan, & the Public Service Loan Programs) and how to apply for relief.  Additionally, a portion of the program will provide information on basic financial essentials and financial planning.   Thursday, March 15, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the PAT Office.  Find additional information and RSVP here

Workshops are only open to current members.

Addressing Hate Speech in PPS

There have been several incidents of hate speech in our schools this year, and the PAT Social Justice Committee wants to ensure these incidents are taken seriously and addressed appropriately by administration. We are trying to better understand the scope of the problem, and how these incidents are being addressed in our schools.

If incidents of hate speech have occurred at your school, please fill out this form and let us know what happened and how it was handled. 

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"I Am 2018" Moment of Silence

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Memphis garbage workers strike, AFSCME has created the "I Am 2018" campaign. On February 1, 1968, Memphis sanitation workers Echol Cole and Robert Walker were crushed to death in the back of their truck because they were barred from seeking shelter in a white neighborhood to eat their lunch out of the rain. The tragedy triggered the strike of the city's 1,300 sanitation workers demanding fair treatment and better wages. The "I Am A Man" protests brought Martin Luther King to Memphis to support them, where he was assassinated on April 3, 1968. 

AFSCME is asking union and civil rights activists to organize a moment of silence to mark the day those workers walked off the job to fight for justice. For more information you can go to: https://iam2018.org/

A Cross-Border Social Justice Conference

Teachers from British Columbia, Oregon, and Washington are coming together to connect across borders and discuss common threats to public education and ways to challenge hate, bigotry and neoliberalism. 

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Sullivan Heights Secondary School, 6248 144 St., Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

The conference is seeking educators interested in leading workshops on social justice themes.  Possible topics could include immigration/border issues, privatization of schools, First Nations education and rights, Reconciliation, global climate crisis, organizing skills, rights of disabled people, women's rights, LGBTQ/ SOGI, Social Justice in our curricula, land struggles, anti-colonialism, race/ anti-racism, etc. Workshop sessions will be 90 minutes and must include active participation. Proposals due by February 17th.

To learn more, register, or submit a proposal, click here.