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  • PAT Statement Condemning Anti-Asian Violence

  • Welcome, New Educators!

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    It's Time for PAT Rep Elections

    It is time to elect your site’s PAT Building Representatives for next school year! Each site is entitled to one Representative for every nine members.

    What do Building Reps do? Our union works because Reps do a lot! That’s why it is important to have a full team of Reps to share the load. Here are some of the responsibilities Reps take on: 

    • come to Representative Assemblies at PAT each month
    • hold meetings for PAT members at their site
    • educate members about our contract
    • advocate to protect member rights and due process
    • meet with building administrators to solve problems
    • organize members around issues at your site or in the District 

    Ideally, each school has a diverse team of Reps that includes educators from a variety of grade levels and specialties, one that mirrors the racial and gender diversity of your site. Think about who you believe would be a good representative, and talk to them about running, too.

    Our building elections are how we ensure that Reps at each site are trusted and respected leaders. It is crucial that members have a voice in who is representing them, and that everyone knows the process and has access to running and voting. If you’re interested in running to be a Rep, let your current Head Rep know.

    Reminders:

    -Every site must hold a rep election every year.

    -Only PAT members can vote, and only PAT members can run to be a Rep.

    Each site should create a ballot and hold their election before the May 19th RA.

    For more information (including: How to Hold a Building Rep ElectionInstructions for Creating Your Ballot (and the Ballot Template), etc.), please visit www.pdxteachers.org/pat_elections.

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    Virtual Visit with Dr. Bettina Love

    ***NEW DATE, May 12, 2021*** NOW OPEN TO PPS STAFF FROM ALL GRADE LEVELS. Register today.

    "While the transition to hybrid is necessarily occupying our time and energy, this Virtual Site Visit with Dr. Love is an opportunity to breathe and ground ourselves in why we do this work: to ensure that all students, especially our underserved students, are provided an education that recognizes and values their unique attributes and sets the conditions for them to thrive in our schools and beyond.

    This is also a critically important opportunity to cultivate culturally sustaining instructional practices, which is a key component of our High School Success Plan, Educator Essentials, and RESJ professional development goals." 

     

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    PPS School Board Endorsements May 2021

    The Portland Association of Teachers Political Action Committee (PAT PAC) is proud to announce its endorsements for the May 18, 2021 school board election.

    Herman Greene, in Zone 4, is a long time resident and advocate in North Portland. He is a father of four PPS graduates, and his daughter is a Roosevelt teacher (and PAT Member!)  At the core of his work is his passion for equity, unity and hope for his community. He believes in the power of public education, and at the sametime understands the disparities of Black and Brown children and other marginalized and underserved youth in our schools. He will be a powerful and needed voice on the PPS School Board. Learn more here.

    Gary Hollands, in Zone 5, is a PPS alumnus and parent. He has deep ties to the North/Northeast Portland community as a business owner and an Executive Director of the Albina Sports Program. He has previously served on the MESD Board and founded Interstate Trucking Academy.  Gary is a staunch advocate of CTW, and envisions a school system that supports the whole child – with healthy social environments, with diverse and varied learning opportunities, with safe, welcoming places, and mentorship.  Learn more here.

    Zone 6--No Recommendation

    In this race, incumbent Julia Brim-Edwards is running against newcomers Max Margolis and Libby Glynn. Your PAT PAC board did not feel we could endorse any of these candidates. We remain concerned about the influence of large multinational corporations on Julia Brim-Edwards’ decisions as a School Board director. Max Margolis and Libby Glynn, both strong parent activists, have a good understanding of the problems of the school system, but do not yet have the experience needed to manage a city-wide campaign. Therefore, we are not able to make an endorsement in this race.

     

    We look forward to working with these candidates to improve our schools, and better support our students and families.

    The PAT PAC endorsement panel consisted of 9 educators along with OEA staff. The panel considered the following criteria while making their endorsements: support for collective bargaining; commitment to educator voice; knowledge of education issues such as standardized testing and disrupted learning; commitment to racial equity; advocacy for strong, fully-funded public schools; and electability.

    Learn more about the PAT PAC here.

    PAT PAC is funded entirely through member contributions, not through dues dollars. Get involved and support great candidates like these: Donate to the PAT PAC here.

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    OEA Spring Leadership Learning Opportunities

    Join OEA member leaders of all levels of experience from across the state for an ongoing series of learning leadership opportunities. All courses are presented by OEA staff on Zoom on Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 PM. Register HERE

    • April 28, Identifying Organizing Issues: Members aren't apathetic! Learn how to ask the right questions and take action in a meaningful way.
    • May 12, Conflict Styles and Conflict Resolution: Identify how you behave during conflict and recognize conflict styles in others. Use this knowledge to analyze and understand conflict resolution strategies.
    • May 26, Listening, Asking Questions, and the Collaborative Approach to Problem Solving: An experienced leader knows how to listen deeply, asks open-ended questions, and uses problem solving strategies that ensure all voices are heard.
    • June 2, Becoming an Anti-Racist Educator: Learn actionable strategies to stand up for your students and colleagues, and advocate for equitable outcomes for all!
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    Congratulations to Newly Elected PAT Leaders

    Dear PAT Colleagues,

    The ballots have been cast and counted. We are pleased to congratulate the individuals who have been elected to represent PAT members in various positions.

    The new members of your PAT Executive Board, serving a two-year term beginning July 1, 2021, are:

    • Angela Bonilla, Instructional Specialist, Scott Elementary School
    • Tina Lamanna, 2nd Grade Teacher, Markham Elementary School
    • Beyoung Yu, ESL Teacher, Rosa Parks Elementary School
    • Shannon Foxley, Counselor, da Vinci Arts Middle School

    These members are elected as your delegates to the July 2-6, 2021 National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly:

    +  Greg Burrill

    +  Shannon Foxley

    +  Elizabeth Mayer

    +  Joanne Shepard

    +  Jacob Jonas-Closs

    +  Vincent Chirimwami

    +  Joe Rowe

    +  David Scholten

    +  Sirenna Palici

    These members will join the group of previously-elected delegates to serve as PAT delegates to the spring 2021, 2022, and 2023 Oregon Education Association (OEA) Representative Assemblies:

    +  Sara Daley

    +  Greg Burrill

    +  Ailien S. Tran

    +  Elizabeth Mayer

    +  Shannon Foxley

    +  Diana Collins

    +  Paula Dennis

    +  Tina Lamanna

    +  Sarah Clark

    +  Mary Watkins

    +  Carolyn Blum

    +  Andre Alberti

    +  Kate Chapman

    +  Adama Goudiaby

    +  Brenda Bokenyi

    +  Barbara Macon

    +  Elin Kordahl

    +  Morgan Whitney

    +  Myndie Good

    +  Meghan Delwisch

    +  Liz Mick

    +  Bryan Fitzwater

    +  Krista Ravengael

    +  Patrick Stoudt

    +  Jennifer Joyalle

    +  Anna York

    +  Margaret Walker-Byrne

     

    Write-in candidates with two or more votes for NEA RA Delegate and OEA RA Delegate will be contacted by PAT in March. Please contact Nominations & Elections Committee Chair Ailien Tran if you have any questions ([email protected]).

    Thank you to all PAT members who participated in our democratic process by running for office and/or casting a vote in this election!

     

  • PAT Committees

    Join a PAT Committee!

    PAT is known around the state and country for being a strong and powerful union.  Part of what makes this possible is the strength of our committees within the union.  Our committees give members a way to be involved based on their own interests.  Most of our committees are open to all members. We want you to get involved.  Your voice will make a difference. 

    RSVP for any PAT Committee Meeting here. 

    Those who RSVP will be sent a Zoom Link.

    Most Committees meet about once a month in the evening.  Committee meeting dates and start times are available on our calendarCommittees with an * are open committees, and all PAT Members are welcome to attend. 

    ADVOCACY
    Chair:  Charity Powell, Laurelhurst ES

    Board Liaison:  Mike Bauer
    Staff Liaison:  Cynthia Campos
    2020-2021 meeting dates: 

    Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30:September 23, October 21, December 2, January  20, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 26



     

     

     

    A little bit about Advocacy Committee

     Charity Powell

    BARGAINING
    Chair:  Steve Lancaster, Lincoln HS
    Staff Liaison:  John Berkey

     

     

    A little bit about Bargaining Committee

     Steve Lancaster

    SOCIAL JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH*
    Chair: Alisha Chavez, Atkinson ES
    Board Liaison: Adolfo Garza-Cano
    Staff Liaison:  Peter Brogan
    2020-2021 meeting dates: 

    Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30: September 30, October 28, December 9, January 27, February 24, March 31, April 28, June 2



     

    A little bit about Social Justice Committee

     Alisha Chavez

    RACIAL EQUITY*
    Co-Chair: Jacque Dixon, DART @ Benson
    Co-Chair: Nedra Miller, Lee ES
    Board Liaison: Jacque Dixon
    Staff Liaison:  Cynthia Campos
    2020-2021 meeting dates: 

    Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30: September 30, October 28, December 9, January 27, February 24, March 31, April 28, June 2

    little bit about Racial Equity Committee

    Jacque Dixon

     Nedra Miller

    INSTRUCTIONAL & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT*
    Chair: Elizabeth Israel Davis, Grout ES
    Board Liaison:  Rachel Hanes
    Staff Liaison:  Peter Brogan
    2020-2021 meeting dates: 

    Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30: September 23, October 21, December 2, January  20, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 26

     

     

    A little bit about IPD Committee

     Elizabeth Israel-Davis

    LEGISLATIVE*
    Chair:  Ami Fox

    Board Liaison:  Tina Lamanna
    Staff Liaison:  John Berkey
    2020-2021 meeting dates:

    Thursdays, 5:00-7:00: September 3, October 1, October 29, December 10, January 21, February 25, April 1, May 6

    little bit about Legislative Committee

     Ami Fox

    PAT PAC 
    Chair:  Rebecca Levison

    Board Liaison:  Erika Schneider, Llewellyn ES
    Staff Liaison:  John Berkey 

       

    MEMBERSHIP & SPECIAL SERVICES*
    Chair:  Julie Pedersen, Jason Lee K-8

    Board Liaison:  Vincent Chirimwami, Faubion K-8
    Staff Liaison:  Peter Brogan

    2020-2021 meeting dates:

    Thursdays, 4:00-6:00: September 3, October 1, October 29, December 10, January 21, February 25, April 1, May 6

     

     

     Julie Pederson

    NOMINATIONS & ELECTIONS
    Chair:  Ailien Tran, Winterhaven K-8

    Staff Liaison: Cynthia Campos 

     

    A little bit about Nominations & Elections Committee

     Ailien Tran

    SUBSTITUTE*
    Co-Chair:  Judith Kleinstein
    Co-Chair:  Dustin Starke
    Board Liaison: Greg Burrill
    Staff Liaison:  John Berkey
    2020-2021 meeting dates: 

    Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30: September 23, October 21, December 2, January  20, February 17, March 17, April 21, May 26

    A little bit about Substitute Committee

     Judith Kleinstein

     Dustin Starke

     

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