Host a Guest Teacher for a Day

One of the most important events that PAT hosts is Teacher for a Day. We invite policy makers, community leaders, and other partners to see our classrooms first hand. This year it will take place on Thursday, December 12th.

If you are interested in hosting a guest teacher in your classroom, please sign up here or contact Madeleine Allen at allenmd17@gmail.com.

Student Loan Debt Forgiveness & Basic Financial Planning Workshop - 12/02/19

Do You Have a Student Loan?

PAT members are invited to attend a Student Loan Debt & Basic Financial Planning Workshop on Monday, December 2, 2019, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., at the PAT office.

Please RSVP here.

Learn about the various types of federal student loan forgiveness programs and how to use the new NEA Student Loan Forgiveness Navigator Tool (SAVI) to determine your eligibility for a federal forgiveness program and the potential reduction in your loan debt.  Information on basic financial essentials and financial planning will also be provided. 

 

For more information, please see our flyer.

President's Message: On the Brink of Something Big

Last week, more than three-quarters of Portland voters cast a ballot for the Portland Teacher Levy.

They overwhelmingly support what educators already know—our students deserve smaller class sizes.

Every time we talk to students, families, and communities, like our amazing Student Success Act community forum October 28th, this message comes through loud and clear.

PAT members have also made it clear to the District where Student Success Act dollars should be directed.

Eighty percent of all respondents to our recent survey with the District rated smaller class sizes or social emotional supports for students as their top priority for new SSA funding. (You can view the full survey results here).

 

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Become a PAT Leader! Run for Union Office

The PAT Nominations & Elections Committee announces that nominations will open on November 13, 2019, at the November PAT Representative Assembly for election to several PAT positions. 

The positions are: PAT President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, PAT Executive Board Directors (5 positions), PAT Delegate to the Oregon Education Association or National Education Association Representative Assemblies.

Any PAT member in good standing may run for any of these positions.  Non-members are not eligible to run for an elected union office.  Detailed information about the terms and duties of the positions and the Nomination Form may be found here.

Nominations close on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.  

The Voters’ Pamphlet and Ballots will be sent electronically to members on February 10, 2020.  Votes must be cast by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2020.

For more information, you can refer to the PAT Nominations and Elections Handbook.

Universal Pre-K is Coming to Portland!

The Universal Preschool NOW! coalition is finalizing a ballot measure that will bring universal, year-round, culturally inclusive preschool to all 4-year-olds in Multnomah County!  They have asked for educator feedback on their plan, so PAT will be hosting a discussion on their proposal, Monday November 18th at 4:30 PM at the PAT office.

We will provide dinner for you if you RSVP online.

Below is a message from the coalition:

“We have been advocating reliance on play-based curricula, provided by workers earning living wages in a range of languages and settings, including schools, community centers and family child care, with coaches and other professional development supports.

“We would love to meet with PAT members with expertise in early childhood education to discuss what is needed to help kids successfully transition to kindergarten and set them up for success in public school.  We hope you’ll join us to provide us the feedback on our language, and to ensure that kids, teachers, and families get what they really need!”

You can download the flyer here.

No Make-Up Conferences When Families Are on Vacation

Family Conferences are one of the many tools we have to boost student success. It’s a chance for us to talk to families holistically about their child—including their curiosity, love of learning, and critical thinking skills.

These two days are long and exhausting, but they’re also filled with meaningful conversations, personal connections, and other opportunities to build community.

This year, conferences are scheduled right before Thanksgiving. Some families may not be able to attend due to travel. Our Superintendent made it clear that make-up conferences do not need to be scheduled when families can’t attend because of travel. Instead, they may want to schedule a video-conference, phone call, or email contact during the time period designated for conferences.

As educators, we try to be flexible, doing whatever it takes to meet with families, especially those whose work schedules or other obligations make it hard to meet during the designated conference time. Just remember, we don’t need to schedule make-up conferences because families are on vacation. You deserve to enjoy your holidays just as much as your students and their families.


Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Estimates of the population of the Western Hemisphere prior to the arrival of Europeans range from 8 million to more than 100 million. Specifically, in Oregon there are nine (9) Federally Recognized Tribes and ten (10) tribes that are not federally recognized. 
 
Learning about tribal nations and indigenous history is important for all students and teachers. Each nation has a distinct origin, timeline of historical events and contemporary context that is unique to its language, culture and traditions. 
Education has been complicit in playing a destructive role in the telling and teaching of authentic history as it happened on our soil. And in spite of the various ways colonialism has attempted to silence the indigenous voice, there are tribes and nations that are very much resilient, beautiful and strong. 
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Teacher for a Day: Classroom Hosts Needed

One of the most important events that PAT hosts is Teacher for a Day.

We invite policy-makers, community leaders, and other partners to see our classrooms first hand.

This year it will take place on Thursday, December 12th.

If you are interested in hosting a guest teacher in your classroom, please sign up here or contact Madeleine Allen at allenmd17@gmail.com.

Do You Have a Student Loan?

PAT members are invited to attend a Student Loan Debt & Basic Financial Planning Workshop on Monday, December 2, 2019, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., at the PAT office.

Learn about the various types of federal student loan forgiveness programs and how to use the new NEA Student Loan Forgiveness Navigator Tool (SAVI) to determine your eligibility for a federal forgiveness program and the potential reduction in your loan debt.  Information on basic financial essentials and financial planning will also be provided. 

Find additional information here and RSVP online.

OEA Webinar on Trauma-Informed Practices: December 2nd

Join the Oregon Education Association for a webinar on Trauma-Informed Practices.

The session will cover behavior intervention strategies for educators and paraprofessionals. It will cover root causes of disruptive behavior and a number of proactive and reactive strategies educators can begin using right away.

Date: December 2nd 
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM

This workshop is exclusively for PAT members and you can register online with the OEA.  

Help a Colleague in Need - Donate to the Sick Leave Bank!

The PAT Sick Leave Bank (see PAT/PPS contract Article 17.2.1.2) provides aid for colleagues who have exhausted their accumulated leave balances but are unable to work due to extended or recurring personal illness. With the help of the Sick Leave Bank, they are able to avoid the additional hardships of lost salary and lost insurance coverage during their illness. 

The Sick Leave Bank is funded completely by voluntary contributions of sick leave days from PAT educators. PAT may solicit voluntary contributions up to 4000 hours each year. Thanks to your generosity, in school year 2018-19 the hours you donated allowed us to help twenty-two colleagues in need. 

Beginning this year, the number of hours one may contribute has been increased from 24 hours to up to 40 hours of sick leave annually. Employees who have submitted notice of resignation are exempted from this maximum limit and may contribute more. 

It’s a new school year with a new Sick Leave Bank to fill. Help us reach the maximum of 4000 hours.  Please donate here and thank you!

Overage Pay Determination

The current PAT/PPS contract states, “Student loads will be calculated on the third Monday in October and the third Monday in February.” (Article 8.3.2.1)

This year, the third Monday in October is Monday, October 21st.

All professional educators should save a copy of their Synergy class lists, and of their course preparation lists, on Friday, October 18th, and then keep a copy of that record. PPS will make overage payments in the November check.

If any professional educator does not receive payment for an overage, claims can be submitted to PPS in December.

Updates to the TELL Survey

The Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) survey is changing!

For starters, it won’t be called the TELL Survey anymore. We’re not sure what its new name will be or when the new survey will be administered.

However, this is our chance to give feedback, and hopefully improve, the survey.

  • Are there questions that should be asked that haven’t been?
  • Are there questions that you or your co-workers use that you want to be sure remain?
  • Are there questions you wish were never asked?

Send your feedback to patpresident@oregoned.org

Saving for Retirement Seminar: November 14th at PAT

Are you a new or newer educator looking for advice on planning for retirement?

PAT is excited to host another Financial Planning Seminar as a benefit for our members. Topics for this seminar will include pensions, IAP accounts, TSAs/403B, Roth and Traditional IRAs, and much more.

RSVP here and get a jump on your planning.

Thursday, November 14th, 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 mid-career educators.   

We hope to see you there!

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President's Message: Size Matters

As educators, we know first-hand the difference a smaller class size or caseload can make for our students.

The smaller the class size, the more we’re able to give each student the individualized attention they deserve. We can formatively assess our students and give them timely feedback. Smaller class sizes allow for more inclusive practices and constructivist learning.

We know it, and our families know it too!

 

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Renew the Portland Teacher Levy: Yes for Teachers, Yes for Kids!

This November, Portland Voters will be asked once again to renew the Teacher Levy. The Levy renews the current rate that has funded an average of 825 teaching positions a year in Portland Public Schools. It is crucial for our students and our schools that the Levy passes, and as educators, we are its best spokespeople. Here is some information to help you talk to community members about the Levy.

Levy Facts:

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Become a PAT Leader! Run for Union Office

The PAT Nominations & Elections Committee announces that nominations will open on November 13, 2019, at the November PAT Representative Assembly for election to several PAT positions. 

The positions are: PAT President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, PAT Executive Board Directors (5 positions), PAT Delegate to the Oregon Education Association or National Education Association Representative Assemblies.

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Setting Priorities for the Student Success Act

During the October 22nd staff meeting, your PAT Rep(s) and a building administrator will be facilitating a conversation about Student Success Act priorities. This conversation will inform the District’s allocation of Student Success Act dollars and hopefully help shape the PPS budget for next year. You will also be given time to take a survey assessing the District’s needs.

Consultation with educators is required as part of the new law, but PAT leadership expressed concerns over the District’s original proposal of doing a single evening forum. We’re very excited that the District has responded to our concerns, and we believe that, together, we’ve come up with a much better plan.

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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.

Help the Instruction and Professional Development Committee Address the GVC!

Our Instruction and Professional Development Committee has decided that one of our main goals this year will be to engage central office administrative leaders in a conversation about educators’ experience with the GVC.  To that end, we need your feedback about your experience with these elements of the GVC:

RSVP here

  • Content
  • Order of standards
  • Interface/formatting
  • Responsiveness to educator feedback

 

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Overage Pay Determination

The current PAT/PPS contract states, “Student loads will be calculated on the third Monday in October and the third Monday in February.” (Article 8.3.2.1)

This year, the third Monday in October is Monday, October 21st

All professional educators should save a copy of their Synergy class lists, and of their course preparation lists, on Friday, October 18th, and then keep a copy of that record.  PPS will make overage payments in the November check. 

If any professional educator does not receive payment for an overage, claims can be submitted to PPS in December.