Let's 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 provide 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, 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. 

Special Education Social: Thursday May 17th

PAT Special Education team members are invited to come together on Thursday, May 17th at 4:30 PM at PAT to reflect and connect. Topics will include our new contract, federal law, and our common issues. Let’s eat, drink, and network together!

PAT Substitute Workshop: Multnomah County Library, Monday, May 21st

PAT Substitute Teachers are invited to join the PAT-Retired group for a free tour and training at the Multnomah County Central Library. Participants will get a walking tour of this historic building and learn about available library resources. PDUs are available and the workshop is available free of charge.  

DATE:     Monday, May 21, 2018
TIME:     12:00 PM
PDU:       1.5 hours

Members of the PAT-Retired group will be meeting beforehand for brunch at 10:30 AM, at Cheryl’s Restaurant,  1135 SW Washington St.

Please RSVP by May 18th to Marleen Wallingford, marleenwong@comcast.net or (503) 927-2766.

National Board Certification Workshop: Thursday, May 31st

National Board Certification in Oregon is on the rise. Provisions in our contract and TSPC provide incentives and support for teachers who earn their National Board Certification. For more information on National Boards, the State Bill that provides funding for NBCT Candidates, incentives offered in PPS for National Board-Certified Teachers, or supports available for NBCT candidates, there will be an info session open to PAT members at the PAT Office (345 NE 8th Ave) on Thursday, May 31st from 4:30-5:30 PM. If you have questions, please contact Sara Daley, NBCT at sdaley@pps.net.

President's Message: Taking Action and Making Change

Over the past two months I’ve been so inspired by our colleagues around the country, taking action to defend our profession and fight for the funding all public schools deserve.

Teachers in West Virginia struck for nine days in February, winning a five percent raise for all state employees, and millions in additional school funding. Oklahoma teachers followed suit, boosting teacher pay by $6,000 and restoring millions to the education budget after striking for a week and a half. And Kentucky teachers shut down schools across the state two different times after conservative lawmakers tried to sneak through a bill that would gut their pensions.

This week, teachers in Arizona and Colorado are walking out to protest inadequate funding, and this movement keeps growing.

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Endorsements for May Election

The Portland Association of Teachers Political Action Committee (PAT PAC) and the Oregon Education Association Political Action Committee (OEA PAC) have endorsed the following candidates for the May 2018 primary election. The PAT PAC board considers candidates’ positions on public education, their commitment to union values, their alignment to PAT strategic goals including racial equity, and their electability. We look forward to working with these candidates to improve our schools, and move our state, city, and county to better support our students and families.

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Compensation Review: Deadline June 1st

On Monday, April 16th, you should have received an email from to your PPS account from “PAT Salary Review”. If you think you might at all qualify, please fill out the link.

You do not need to email the PAT office to let us know or ask us if you should fill out the form, just go for it!

It’s also important to be aware that sending the info to PAT does not fulfill the requirement to submit your request for salary placement review to the District.

Here is the content of the email:

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Contract Educators' Performance Evaluations

Contract educators in the Supervised Phase of their two-year evaluation cycle should receive a written summative evaluation report by May 1st.  The summative evaluation should be based on evidence collected during the entire two-year evaluation cycle.  This includes formal observations (with pre- and post-observation conferences), informal observations, and other artifacts such as assessment tools, commendations, etc.  Every element of a component need not be rated, but any element that is rated must be evidenced-based and documented

 

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Retroactive Credit for Master's Degree: Deadline June 1st

In their April 16th email addressing compensation review, the District also spelled out how educators can get credit for Master’s degrees earned prior to licensure. If you think you might at all qualify, please fill out the link below.

The email states:

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Let's 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 provide 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, 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.

What It Takes to Create Safe and Supportive Schools

Last week, PAT member Chris Riser was in the local and national news after PPS put him on administrative leave following a student-led Black Lives Matter walkout at Ockley Green. PAT continues to fully support Chris, and our union is committed to protecting his right to due process as well as privacy. We were inspired by the outpouring of community support for Chris, which also seems to have had an impact on the District.

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Transfer Timeline: Important Deadlines

The period to apply for vacancies in the Internal Phase closed on April 6th.  Interviews for positions will occur April 9th through April 13th.  Around April 25th, Human Resources will notify successful applicants when they have been selected for a position for the 2018-19 school year. Any unassigned educator who does not have an assignment will be placed into a vacant position based on licensure.  The External Phase vacancies will be posted April 28 (tentative) and will be ongoing from that date.  A vacancy may only be posted externally if there is no one unassigned who is properly licensed and competent for the position. For detailed information about the transfer process, interviewing, and layoffs, please review the following FAQs: 

Portland Educators Endorse Candidates for the May Election

The Portland Association of Teachers Political Action Committee (PAT PAC) is proud to announce its endorsements for the May 2018 primary election. The Board considers candidates’ positions on public education, their commitment to union values, their alignment to PAT strategic goals including racial equity, and their electability. We look forward to working with these candidates to improve our schools, and move our state, city, and county to better support our students and families.

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PAT Supports the Oregon Labor Candidates School

Since it began in 2012, OLCS trains and supports union members across the state to run successfully for public office up and down the ticket.  Our labor “bench” across the state includes 110 members prepared to serve in public office.  In the last five years, thirty-one OLCS graduates ran for office and seventeen of them get elected. This year ten alumni will be on the ballot. 

OLCS annually provides a six-session class in Portland that runs October-March, a four-session class in Eugene from March to June, a summer alumni training, an educational day in the capitol during the Legislative session, and other networking and continuing education opportunities for our participants. 

The PAT Executive Board voted to continue our support of the Labor Candidate School with a contribution of $500 this year. If you are interested in learning more about OLCS or applying to one of their programs, look here http://www.oregonlaborcandidateschool.org/

Educator Round Table with Jo Ann Hardesty

Please join us at the PAT office for a round table discussion with Portland City Council candidate Jo Ann Hardesty on April 12th from 4:30-6:00 PM. As educators, we know that there are many issues that impact our families and students both inside and outside of our classrooms. Share your experiences and challenges as well as your ideas about what can be done at the city level to support public education. 

"I'll Be There" With Portland Jobs with Justice

Portland Jobs with Justice is a coalition of labor organizations and community groups dedicated to protecting the rights of working people. They have provided an enormous amount of support to PAT and other unions in the city over the years. In the last few months many union and community campaigns have reached a critical juncture, and Jobs with Justice has been an anchor of support and solidarity.

We encourage ALL PAT members to check the Jobs with Justice calendar of events, and if you can make time, support your union brothers and sisters throughout the region. You can find the events at https://jwjpdx.org/solidaritycalendar/

National Board Certification Workshop - May 3rd

National Board Certification in Oregon is on the rise. Provisions in our contract and TSPC provide incentives and support for teachers who earn their National Board Certification. For more information on National Boards, the State Bill that provides funding for NBCT Candidates, incentives offered in PPS for National Board-Certified Teachers, or supports available for NBCT candidates, there will be an info session open to PAT members at the PAT Office (345 NE 8th Ave) on Thursday, May 3rd from 4:30-6 PM. If you have questions, please contact Sara Daley, NBCT at sdaley@pps.net. Please RSVP online

Healthcare for All Oregon - Inner City Blues Festival

PAT is once again sponsoring HCAO’s annual Blues Festival.  Health Care for All-Oregon is an advocacy organization working to bring an equitable, affordable, comprehensive, publicly funded health care system to all Oregonians.  The 7th Annual Inner City Blues Festival, “Healing the Healthcare Blues,” returns April 21st to the North Portland Eagles Lodge, 7611 N. Exeter. (at Lombard). Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and music runs until midnight.  Admission $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

Preparing PPS for March 14th

As you may have heard, a National School Walkout has been called for March 14th to honor the lives lost in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14th.

Students, teachers, school administrators, parents, and allies around the country are taking part in a 17-minute remembrance at 10:00 AM across every time zone on March 14, 2018. This remembrance will highlight inaction on the part of federal lawmakers, who are only offering thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods.

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My Kindergartners are Going to #Walkout* on March 14th (and I'm Going With Them)

*Or sit-in, make art, write letters, or otherwise make their beautiful voices heard.

I used to believe that my students were too young to understand or process the injustices and problems in the world. After several years of learning about and exploring complex topics together, I see now that my students understand—and are so eager to know—much more than I gave them credit for. It is often my own fear of the messiness of it all—of not having all of the answers, of how families might respond, of saying the “wrong” thing—that holds me back.

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