Using Professional Development Funds

The PAT/PPS contract provides funds for professional development as well as tuition reimbursement. The Professional Improvement Fundallows 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.

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:

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Tenth Annual Teaching with Purpose Conference – October 11th

The Annual Teaching with Purpose Conference (TWPC), educates, inspires and informs teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community organizers about the importance of changing the educational system and teaching to empower the next generation to make a difference. TWPC offers culturally responsive teaching and culturally relevant pedagogy training to:

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November 7th Workshop: Responding to Hate and Antisemitism

With the increase of hate crimes in our country, community, and schools, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education is facilitating a workshop “Preventing and Responding to Incidents of Hate and Antisemitism” on November 7th  from 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM. This FREE workshop examines the intersectional approach of how white nationalism manifests in our communities and discusses tools and best practices of how educators can address hate and anti-Semitic incidents in their schools.

Limited subsidies to offset the cost of substitute teachers are available. 6 PDUs for attendance. Registration form (due November 1st) and subsidy application (due October 15th) can be found here. Email education@ojmche.org with any questions.

Take Advantage of Lower Insurance Rates Through California Casualty

Good news!  California Casualty, our OEA endorsed auto and home insurance program for the past 45 years, just took an Oregon Auto Insurance rate decrease.  Sherry Hanacek is our local California Casualty field manager.  She has a special website for quotes, so click www.readyforquote.com/sherry and see if you can save.

You can also call toll free:  1-877-626-2871, Monday – Friday, 6 AM to 6 PM, or Saturday, 6 AM to Noon, for an immediate quote.