Understanding the Unassignment Process

PAT representatives will meet with the District on March 3rd to review unassignments. Each year PAT staff review every unassignment in PPS to ensure they are done in compliance with the contract. 

Please keep in mind that an unassignment is NOT a layoff. Unassignments happen when an individual building has a reduction in FTE, and the educator who is unassigned is reassigned to another site for the next school year. 

That is accomplished by having unassigned educators apply to available vacant positions. At this time, vacancies will be posted in the Internal transfer process from March 6 – 12 (that date may change), with interviews occurring shortly after that. 

Contract educators, 3rd year probationary educators, and unassigned 1st and 2nd year probationary educators are eligible to apply for vacancies in the Internal transfer process. No external applicant may be considered for a subject area until all unassigned current educators are assigned.

Any concerned educator may ask their Building Reps for a copy of the Unassignment FAQs.

PPS is also holding two meetings for unassigned PAT members at the BESC as follows:

  • March 4: PAT members, unassignment informational meeting, 5:00pm at BESC in the Mazama Conference Room.
  • March 5: PAT members, unassignment informational meeting, 4:30pm at BESC in the Mazama Conference Room.

PAT reps will be on hand at both of these meetings to answer your questions.


K-5 Report Card Re-Design

Thanks to all who came to the IPD meeting on Jan. 8th to give your feedback on how to improve our K - 5 report card. From that group we now have our initial report card redesign committee members. We are also looking for a 3rd or 4th grade DLI teacher to join the team if anyone is interested:

  • Marlena Maestas (K, Glencoe)
  • Martha Gross (2nd gr., Richmond)
  • Christopher Naze (5th gr., Capitol Hill)
  • Elizabeth Israel-Davis (K-5 Rdg. Spec., Grout, and Chair of IPD)

The first meeting with District leadership and parents will be Tuesday, March 10th.

Before that meeting, if you have ideas you would like to share about improving the K-5 report card, please attend the next Instruction and Professional Development (IPD) committee meeting on Wednesday, March 4th, 4:30 - 6:30 PM at the PAT office. 

During that time we will be consolidating the ideas gathered at the January meeting and can also incorporate anything new which may be brought up.

Dinner provided, please RSVP here.

K-5 Report Card Re-Design

Thanks to all who came to the IPD meeting on Jan. 8th to give your feedback on how to improve our K - 5 report card. From that group we now have our initial report card redesign committee members. We are also looking for a 3rd or 4th grade DLI teacher to join the team if anyone is interested:

  • Marlena Maestas (K, Glencoe)
  • Martha Gross (2nd gr., Richmond)
  • Christopher Naze (5th gr., Capitol Hill)
  • Elizabeth Israel-Davis (K-5 Rdg. Spec., Grout, and Chair of IPD)

The first meeting with District leadership and parents will be Tuesday, March 10th.

Before that meeting, if you have ideas you would like to share about improving the K-5 report card, please attend the next Instruction and Professional Development (IPD) committee meeting on Wednesday, March 4th, 4:30 - 6:30 PM at the PAT office. 

During that time we will be consolidating the ideas gathered at the January meeting and can also incorporate anything new which may be brought up.

Dinner provided, please RSVP here.

RSVP for IPD- K-5 Report Card Re-Design (March 4)

RSVP for K-5 Report Card Re-Design: Wednesday, March 4th, 4:30 - 6:30 PM

Dinner provided, please RSVP here (and select "Instruction and Professional Development" as the committee meeting).

Thanks to all who came to the IPD meeting on Jan. 8th to give your feedback on how to improve our K - 5 report card. From that group we now have our initial report card redesign committee members. We are also looking for a 3rd or 4th grade DLI teacher to join the team if anyone is interested.

Before we meet with District leadership and parents will be Tuesday, March 10th, if you have ideas you would like to share about improving the K-5 report card, please attend the next Instruction and Professional Development (IPD) committee meeting on Wednesday, March 4th, 4:30 - 6:30 PM at the PAT office. 

During that time we will be consolidating the ideas gathered at the January meeting and can also incorporate anything new which may be brought up.

Dinner provided, please RSVP here (and select "Instruction and Professional Development" as the committee meeting).

New Educator Social- March 13

UPDATE: Due to school closure, this event has been postponed. 

New Member Social: Friday, March 13th

Calling all Educators new to PPS in the past 4 years-
You are invited to come and meet and mingle with other new educators from across PPS. Come learn more about your union, the Portland Association of Teachers (PAT). You can get your questions answered, play trivia, or just eat, drink, and enjoy a Happy Friday with other educators.

Date: Friday, March 13th 
Time: 4:30-6:30 PM
Place: Great Notion Brewery NW 
2444 NW 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97210

Appetizers and drink tickets provided, register here.

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OEA Symposium: White-Allyship - Saturday, March 14th

The White-Allyship Symposium stems from the belief that racial equality requires more skills in disrupting social norms that perpetuate the status quo.

Few white educators have received explicit support to work collaboratively and inclusively with colleagues of color to dismantle systems and beliefs that perpetuate racial inequality.

How can both parties — white educators, and educators of color — create and sustain strong cross-racial dynamics that enhance collaboration around issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion?

This Symposium, sponsored by the Oregon Education Association and facilitated by the Oregon Center for Educational Equity, is centered around nurturing effective and authentic White-Allyship.

Participants will critically reflect on what it means to be a white ally or a person of color engaged in collaborative racial equity work. The focus on working from the inside out to explore both professional and personal issues will challenge participants to step out of their comfort zone and create new entry points for understanding to support effective cross-racial work.

Register online here.

Date: March 14, 2020
Time: 9 AM - 4 PM
Place: Monarch Hotel – Clackamas, 12566 SE 93rd Clackamas, OR 97015

PDX Women’s March: Sunday, March 1st

The PDX Women's March will take place Sunday March 1st from 12:00 - 3:00 PM in the South Park Blocks near PSU.

The 2020 theme is "Remember and Rise." The PDX Women's March is a family-friendly permitted event welcoming all women and their allies.

You can find out more on the PDX Women's March website!

New Member Social: Friday, March 13th

Calling all Educators new to PPS in the past 4 years-
You are invited to come and meet and mingle with other new educators from across PPS. Come learn more about your union, the Portland Association of Teachers (PAT). You can get your questions answered, play trivia, or just eat, drink, and enjoy a Happy Friday with other educators.

Date: Friday, March 13th
Time: 4:30-6:30 PM
Place: Great Notion Brewery NW
2444 NW 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97210

Appetizers and drink tickets provided, register here.

California Casualty Art Challenge

Impact Teen Drivers and California Casualty, the OEA/NEA Auto & Home Insurance provider, are challenging students to develop artistic ideas to combat reckless and distracted driving.

The Create Real Impact contest will provide an opportunity for students ages 14 – 22 to win $1,500 in one of six categories. Three schools with the most entries will each be awarded a $1,000 educational grant.

The Create Real Impact contest details are available online.

Join Us for These Upcoming Events!

Wednesday, February 26th

  • 4:30 PM: PAT RA

Wednesday, March 4th

  • 12:00 PM: PAT Executive Board Retreat Mtg (MOVED from 2/19/20)
  • 4:30 PM: Bargaining Committee Mtg
  • 4:30 PM: IPD Committee Mtg

Monday, March 9th

  • 4:30 PM: Substitute Committee Meeting
  • 5:00 PM: OEA Workshop- Quality Assessment Practices

Wednesday, March 11th

  • 4:30 PM: Membership Committee Mtg
  • 4:30 PM: Racial Equity Committee Mtg
  • 4:30 PM: SJCO Committee (and BLM sub-committee) Mtg

Wednesday, March 18th

  • 4:30 PM: PAT Executive Board Mtg

March 21-March 29th

  • PPS Schools Closed for Spring Break

Wednesday, April 1st

  • 4:30 PM: PAT RA

Teach Climate Justice: Friday at the Movies

Join the Portland Public Schools Climate Justice Committee and the PAT for a social and educational gathering to view and discuss the new film, Necessity: Oil, Water, and Climate Resistance.

RSVP Here

Necessity traces the fight in Minnesota against the expansion of pipelines carrying highly toxic tar sands oil through Native lands and essential waterways in North America. The film offers an intimate look at what happens when people of conscience disobey the law, but stand up for Indigenous rights, environmental justice, and our future.

Panel discussion after screening. Refreshments provided. Free admission.

Teach Climate Justice: Friday at the Movies

When: Friday, Feb. 21, 4 to 6 pm (4 - 4:30 pm social; 4:30 to 6 pm program)

Where: Portland Association of Teachers, 345 NE 8th Ave.

Printable Flyer available here.

 

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President's Message: Your Voice, Your Vote

"There's no such thing as a vote that doesn't matter." 

- President Barack Obama

Election season is in full swing! In fact, it’s difficult to escape the media coverage of the 2020 Presidential election sometimes.

What’s too often overlooked is the fact that there are a number of other important races closer to home which will have an impact, not just on Portland, but the entire state. 

Over the past few years, we’ve seen the impact elections can have, both nationally, and here in Oregon. This year, more than ever, we need to work together to help elect individuals who support educators, public education, and the students and communities we serve.

We know most people across the state—and across the country— support public education and share our broader values. But if they don’t get involved, or get to the polls, the people intent on undermining our public institutions will win. 

The National Education Association has been hard at work helping members get involved in the Presidential election. If you haven’t already, we recommend checking out the NEA's Presidential election website. 

 

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PAT Nominations & Elections Committee Report

On February 10th an email will be sent to PAT members’ PPS email accounts, which will include a link to their ballot,  candidate statements, photos, and a videotape of their speeches from the January 29th PAT Rep Assembly.

The following are the candidates for all of the major offices in this election:

President (vote for 1): Elizabeth Thiel

Vice-President (vote for 1):

  • Madeleine Allen
  • Al Rabchuk
  • Gwen Sullivan 

Secretary (vote for 1): Alisha Chavez-Downing

Treasurer (vote for 1): Diana Collins

Executive Board (vote for 5):

  • Mike Bauer
  • Chris Buehler
  • Greg Burrill
  • Vincent Chirimwami
  • Jacqueline (Jacque) Dixon
  • Rachel Hanes
  • Jacob Jonas-Closs
  • RaeAnn Thompson
  • Tanan Woods

Please remember to vote by Monday, February 24, 2020, by 5:00 PM, outside of your work hours.

We’ve received a number of questions regarding candidates’ use of the PAT Discussion Group Facebook page for their campaigns. Our committee discussed this at length at our December 2019 meeting. The PAT Discussion Group page isn’t monitored frequently, unless someone reports an offensive post. No one on the committee is an admin for the page either. We decided not to change the status quo. Candidates have posted about their candidacy on that page in the past. Of course, this may change for future elections.

Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action: February 3rd – 7th

The Portland Association of Teachers is proud to celebrate Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action, Monday, February 3rd through Friday, February 7th.

We encourage educators to sign the Pledge to Participate and check out our website for lesson plans, resources, and events.

This year, we are hosting the following events. We hope you will participate in some or all:

  • Monday 2/3: Curriculum Exchange. 4:30-6:00 PM at Atkinson Elementary. Come learn about BLM @ School Week of Action and share curriculum. 
  • Tuesday 2/4: Black Out. Wear your Black Lives Matter at School T-shirt or sticker! Take a photo and post it using #BLMWOAPAT.
  • Thursday 2/6: Building and Supporting Student Affinity Space. All students, teachers, and community are invited to hear from students and BSU advisories about the importance of safe space and student affinity.  4:30-6:30 PM at PAT, 345 NE 8th Ave.
  • Friday 2/7: Film Screening of “Another Day,” Followed by Student Panel. This locally-made film offers the perspective of a Black student at a predominately White school. Hear from students and join in the discussion.
    6:30-8:30 PM, da Vinci Middle School auditorium.

PLUS:

  • Saturday 2/8: Open Mic with features from POETLAND, 6:00 PM @ Marrow PDX, 7025 N. Lombard St.
  • Sunday 2/9: Feature Performance “Who I Am: Celebrating Me” 2:30 PM at the IFCC Theater, 5340 N. Interstate Ave.

Please RSVP for Week of Action events here and take the Pledge to Participate. 

 

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Happy Retirement, Kathi Koenig!

Kathi Koenig, who has been representing PAT members as a Uniserv consultant for 13 years, has officially retired. Her advocacy will be missed, but we expect her to come back around and help from time to time! Your Executive Board conducted interviews with 3 candidates to fill the vacant position.

We’re pleased to report that Cynthia Campos has accepted the position, and we will introduce you to her when she starts full-time in March. We are very grateful that Marty Pavlik, our recently retired staff person, will be here full-time serving Kathi’s schools until Cynthia starts work.

OEA PAC Convention: March 6th and 7th

Join us for the 2020 OEA-PAC Convention on March 6th and 7th to help decide Oregon's future leaders and the direction of public education! Meet the candidates for federal and state offices, discuss your priority issues with them, and help determine which candidates OEA PAC will support.

OEA PAC works to elect pro-public education candidates to public office. The OEA PAC Convention consists of OEA PAC contributors from across the state who convene every two years to endorse candidates running for statewide offices. This year we will hear from candidates running for Secretary of State, Attorney General, Labor Commissioner, and all Congressional seats.  

All OEA PAC contributors are invited to the OEA PAC Convention: Friday evening, March 6th, and all-day Saturday, March 7th at the Benson Hotel, in downtown Portland.

If you are an OEA PAC contributor, registration is free. Register here!

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Want to Know More about LETRS Professional Development or the Oregon Kids Read Petition?

Please join us at the IPD (Instruction and Professional Development) committee meeting on Wednesday, February 5, 4:30 - 6:30. The Oregon Kids Read Petition organizers have asked for PAT’s support. This meeting will be a chance to ask questions and get answers so we can decide whether or not to support the petition as an organization.   

Please RSVP here and select "IPD” as your committee.

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OEA Workshops: Helping Students Take the Lead in Assessments

Register NOW to attend sessions covering a variety of assessment topics including the guiding principles that support assessment quality and practical ways to get your students involved. Seminars are facilitated by local classroom teachers and teacher-leaders. The first workshop starts February 10th. Find out more here.

SSA Community Conversation: Latin@ Students and Families

The Portland Association of Teachers is excited to partner with MEChA Students, MELENIO, LATNET and Colegio de Padres to hold a forum to discuss what our students need, and how our schools can better serve them.

The recent passage of the Student Success Act (SSA) means that additional resources are coming to our schools, with the specific purpose of improving outcomes for students of color. In our forum, we will center Latinx/Chicanx student and parent voices, to inform PAT’s work in bargaining, and to give feedback to the district on their SSA plan.

We hope to build lasting partnerships between the community groups, parents, and the Portland Association of teachers, to better advocate together for our students. Thursday, February 20 6:30-8 pm Jefferson High School RSVP Here.

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Join Us for These Upcoming Events!

Wednesday, January 29th

  • 4:30 PM: PAT Rep Assembly

Wednesday, February 5th

  • 4:30 PM: Advocacy Cmte Mtg
  • 4:30 PM: Bargaining Cmte Mtg
  • 4:30 PM: IPD Cmte Mtg

Thursday, February 6th

  • 4:30 PM: Building and Supporting Black Student Unions Round Table Discussions
  • 4:30 PM: Legislative Committee / PAT-PAC Board Mtg

Monday, February 10th

  • 4:30 PM: Substitute Committee Meeting

Tuesday, February 11th

  • 9:00 AM: District BCT Meeting

Wednesday, February 12

  • 4:30 PM: Black Lives Matter Cmte Mtg
  • 4:30 PM: Membership Cmte Mtg
  • 4:30 PM: Racial Equity Cmte Mtg
  • 4:30 PM: SJCO Cmte Mtg

Thursday, February 13th

  • 9:30 AM: PAT-Retired General Mtg

Friday, February 14th

  • 1:00 PM: Contract Administration @ PAT

Wednesday, February 19th

  • 12:00 PM: PAT Executive Board Mid-Year Retreat

Wednesday, February 26th

  • 4:30 PM: PAT RA

Wednesday, March 4th

  • 4:30 PM: Advocacy Cmte Mtg
  • 4:30 PM: Bargaining Cmte Mtg
  • 4:30 PM: IPD Cmte Mtg