Watch Out for the Wrong Rubric

I got a call from a member last Friday asking me what we could do about her evaluation. She told me that she was marked down in "Domain 4G" of the Rubric. At first I was confused. Our contract clearly states that the Rubric used to do educator evaluations will be developed jointly between PAT and the District. The Rubric cannot be changed unless it's by mutual agreement. I knew our Evaluation Committee has worked hard to develop a fair process, and I knew that the Rubric they developed didn't have a "Domain 4G."

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Initial PAT PAC Endorsements

Last week the PAT-PAC interviewed over 30 candidates running for a variety of state and local offices. We will conduct additional interviews on March 9th. Through the interview process it was clear that people across Portland are engaged and active, committed to making our city, and our state, a better place.

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Take the TELL Survey

This month, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has once again asked all licensed, school-based educators to participate in the statewide TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading, and Learning) Survey. This is your opportunity to weigh in on topics such as the allocation of time, facilities and resources, student learning, community engagement, school leadership, professional development, and mentoring.

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Join ODE's ESSA Committees

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is convening four workgroups to help guide the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. You can read more about the ODE's plan for implementing ESSA here.

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Authentic Assessments

I'm excited to report that I'll be leading an important delegation to New York City next week. PAT educators will be joined by PPS Board member Amy Kohnstamm, PPS Superintendent Carole Smith, and several other top PPS administrators, as well as the Director of Assessments for the Oregon Department of Education and OEA President Hanna Vaandering.

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Know Your Contract

  • Notice of Resignation or Retirement
  • Unpaid Leaves of Absence
  • Questions About Dental Coverage?
  • Handling Building Maintenance Issues
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Announcements

  • Mapping Our Community Connections
  • Take the Tell Survey!
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Why Joining PAT Matters More Than Ever

Remember Wisconsin and the anti-union measures Republican Governor Scott Walker rammed through the state legislature? Last week, the attack on teachers and other public employees escalated to the Supreme Court, with the controversial case, Friedrichs vs. the California Teachers Association.

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Important Building Organizers Meeting - Thursday January 21st

Every school should make sure their building organizers, building reps, or designated alternates, attend the special meeting this Thursday, January 21st at 4:30 p.m. in the PAT office.

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Still Time to Take the Safety Survey

Thanks to everyone who filled out the safety and discipline survey. The information you provided gave us lots of concrete information and examples that we've already put to use in our interim interest-based bargaining with the District. But we aren't finished! If you haven't filled out the survey yet, please take it today. We want to build the most complete picture of what's happening around safety and discipline in PPS as we can. Negotiations for our next bargain are scheduled to begin later this spring, so fill out the survey today!
 

Teacher for a Day

On Thursday January 7, dozens of local leaders spent the morning in a PPS classroom, part of PAT's annual Teacher for a Day event. Guest teachers taught lessons, led small groups, and answered questions in schools across the district, working with teachers who volunteered to open their classroom for the day. A total of 46 teachers and community leaders participated in the event this year. Guest teachers saw for themselves the excellent work going on in our classrooms, as well as the challenges we face in our work with students.

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Building a Better Oregon

Educators from around the state gathered in Salem on January 8 and 9 to plan the next steps for the Better Oregon campaign. PAT was represented by President Gwen Sullivan, Vice-President Suzanne Cohen, Internal Lead Organizer Mike Bauer and Zone Leaders Greg Burrill, Rebecca Levison, Matthew Oleson, andAubrey Pagenstecher, as well as Kathi Koenig from staff.
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Announcements

  • OEA Assessment Symposium January 30, Salem OR
  • Social Justice & Community Outreach Committee
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Working For a Safe and Supportive Learning Environment

As we enter the final weeks of 2015, I hope everyone will be able to take full advantage of our break to reflect and recharge. The first part of this school year has been difficult for many PAT members, particularly when it comes to safety and discipline. In my 20 years in PPS, I’ve never heard so many disturbing stories, or seen so many great educators feeling beaten down. 

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What's Next After NCLB?

Last week, Congress passed and President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, legislation that replaces No Child Left Behind, and reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The new law is far from perfect, and it will be months, perhaps years, before changes are fully felt.

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Opt-Out: Keep the Pressure Up

This summer, thanks to the leadership of Lew Frederick and several other long-time education advocates, the state legislature took an important step to curb high-stakes testing in Oregon. The adoption of HB 2655 allows parents to opt their children out of state testing, particularly the Smarter Balanced Assessment, without having to give a reason. Previously, opting-out was only allowed for religious beliefs or a student’s disability.

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Vacancy for Treasurer

Kim Wilson, our current treasurer, has notified the Association that she had to resign her position. I hope you’ll join me in thanking Kim for all her hard work. 

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Help Build a Better Oregon!

What is your holiday wish for your students? Art classes? Music? Wrap around mental health services? The Better Oregon campaign is where it begins.

Teachers across the state are working hard to get Initiative Petition 28 on the 2016 ballot. And if we succeed at qualifying and then passing this ballot measure, it will put up to 33% more money into public education.

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Get Involved, Get Active

Whether its attending the OEA's organizing summit or the World Arts Foundation's MLK celebration, there are many ways for PAT members to get involved and get active in our union and our community. Here are some upcoming opportunities:

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Announcements

  • OEA Assessment Symposium: January 30th, Salem OR
  • MLK Celebration, January 18th
  • Instruction & Professional Development Committee
  • Social Justice & Community Outreach Committee
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