Review Upcoming Bylaw Proposals

PAT has a set of bylaws, or rules by which we govern and regulate ourselves.

Your Bylaws Committee will present a set of changes to your building reps at the Representative Assembly on Wednesday, October 16th.

These will be voted on by your reps at the next R.A., on November 13th. You can see the full PAT bylaws, with changes here. You can also find a summary of changes with rationales.

October 21st Retirement Seminar—Is It Time to Retire?

Join Ed Foster, NEA Benefits Specialist, for a seminar entitled "Time to Retire?".

Topics include:

  • Understanding the re-employment option with the District for the remainder of the school year (formerly called the “PERS Bubble");
  • Recent PERs legislative changes and their impact;
  • PERS options at retirement and the IAP account;
  • Other financial considerations for the soon-to-be retired.

Date:               Monday, October 21st
Time:               4:30 – 6:30 PM
Location:         PAT office, 345 NE 8th Ave

Please RSVP here.

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

Remember to Turn in Your Educational Credits by October 31st

If you have earned educational credits over the summer, or if you are a new hire and have yet to submit your educational background, you must submit the official documentation to HR no later than October 31st  if you want the credits to count from the start of the year.

The CBA states in Article 12:

“12.2.1.3  In order to receive a salary adjustment retroactive to the beginning of the current school year, a professional educator must, by October 31st, provide the Human Resources Department with proof of completion of coursework. Adjustments based upon proof received after October 31st will be made effective the first day of the next pay period.”

If you submit the credits to HR after October 31st, they will move you on the salary schedule but the credits will not be counted retroactively to the start of the school year.

Using Professional Development Funds

The PAT/PPS contract provides funds for professional development as well as tuition reimbursement. The Professional Improvement Fund allows educators to spend $1500 over three years for transportation, meals, lodging, and registration costs to attend a conference, provided it has a legitimate pedagogical purpose.

In our last contract negotiations, we ensured that these funds are also available to temporary teachers whose positions are expected to exist for more than 135 days.

You will need to follow these guidelines to access the Professional Improvement Fund. The District will also reimburse professional educators for tuition cost for up to six (6) non-cumulative hours in a 12-month period for which graduate credit is granted by a college or university. See the PAT/PPS contract for details and the PPS website for how to access your tuition reimbursement.

Join Us for the 12th Annual North West Teachers for Social Justice Conference – October 19th

This year's NWTSJ conference is fast approaching! We will be back in Seattle at Chief Sealth International High School, on Saturday October 19th. Register now at nwtsj.org. Just $35 ($10 for students), which includes lunch.

We are thrilled to have Barbara Madeloni as this year's keynote speaker. Madeloni is the Education Coordinator at Labor Notes. From 2014 to 2018, she served as president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association where she played a key role in revitalizing the 116,000-member union and defending teacher rights and quality public schools.

This year's conference has more than 80 workshops. A sampling includes:

  • How Red Lines Built White Wealth: A Mixer on Housing Segregation
  • Learning from Indigenous Women Change-makers in Elementary Civics
  • Reproductive and Gender Justice: A Key Part of Sexuality Education
  • Decolonizing Your Classroom: Students and Teachers United (part of a three-session Ethnic Studies Block)
  • Positive Disability Identity: Shifting Cultural Narratives Around Disability
  • Beyond State Borders: Red for Ed Regional Organizing in the Northwest
  • The Intersectionality of Climate Justice and LGBTQ+ Resistance
  • Growing a Gender-Inclusive Biology Curriculum
  • Home Language as a Human Right: Welcoming Students' Languages into Our Classrooms