Shaping ESSA in Oregon

PAT's own Gwen Sullivan has been chosen to represent PAT as part of an Oregon Department of Education workgroup guiding the state's implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. 

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Internal Transfers: Postings Open April 19th

This is the time of year that eligible PAT members can opt for an internal transfer and some may even face "unassignment". It's important that everyone understands the process.

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Making the Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment

At the 2015 OEA Representative Assembly, delegates voted to inform our members about the arguments for divesting PERS from fossil fuel companies. 

Kudos to PAT Executive Board member Tom Kane for his article in the Winter 2016 issue of the Today's OEA, which spells out the way our retirement funds can be used to slow climate change and spur development of local clean energy solutions

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

I'm happy to report that, on Friday, the District agreed to remove the "Component 4G" from all educator evaluations

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Understanding Opt Out: New Laws Expand Rights for Parents, Rein in Punitive Measures

For years, PAT members have been sounding the alarm about the negative impact of high-stakes standardized tests. 

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PAT PAC Endorsements

Over the past few weeks, the PAT-PAC interviewed dozens of candidates running for a variety of state and local offices. 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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PAT Election Results

The following PAT members were elected to union office during the recently concluded PAT election. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated in our democratic process!

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Help Build a Better Oregon

We're over halfway towards our signature-gathering goal for the Better Oregon Campaign. If we are going to get corporations to pay their fair share in taxes, we know Portland is going to have to do lots of the heavy lifting. 

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Welcome to the Substitute

This is the first of quarterly newsletters for you, awesome Substitutes for PPS! My goal is to keep you informed on the various issues that impact substitutes, and provide resources to support and enhance your skills as a Substitute Teacher.

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Making Headway on Assessments

Earlier this month, over a dozen Portland educators and administrators spent two days examining the work of our peers at the New York Performance Standards Consortium.  The results of this work could put PAT and PPS on the cutting edge of developing alternatives to high-stake standardized tests.

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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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  • 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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