• Tentative Agreement Reached on Safety

  • PAT Supports Vaccine Mandate for Educators

  • Tentative CBA for Substitute Educators Reached with District

  • On Stronger Footing

  • Welcome, New Educators of 2021!

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    NEW Educator Empowerment Grant Opportunity

    OEA is taking applications for a *new* grant opportunity. Education Empowerment grants are awarded to help local associations engage members around important issues that impact teaching and learning. The grant may be used to support professional learning and/or to enhance and improve professional practice in a specific area. This grant should focus on solving an issue that will create a lasting impact on professional practice in a local. It is not meant to be used to purchase consumable materials and/or classroom supplies.


    • Any local Oregon Education Association member is eligible to apply for a grant during the grant cycle to be used to support professional practice.
    • Grant applicants must have communicated their intent to apply to their local association President.
    • Grants must relate to engaging members on professional practice issues and should not be used for consumable materials and/or classroom supplies.
    • Grant applications must be received by October 15, 2021 for review and consideration.
    • Grant requests should correspond with the local association and/or school district’s mission/vision/goals.
    • Grant awards from $1000 - $5000


    • All applications are due October 15, 2021.
    • All projects must be completed by June 15, 2022.
    • All grant final reports are due by June 30, 2022.

    Please review the application here to see specific questions and information requested. If you would like to apply, please contact PAT President Elizabeth Thiel ([email protected]) to set up a time to discuss your proposed application.

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    OEA Promising Practice Grant

    Apply for and OEA Promising Practice Grant

    Every year, OEA gives Promising Practice Grants to educators to support student learning and professional development for OEA members across Oregon. This year, there is $2,000 available for grants to PAT members. Members may apply for grant funds up to $1,000.

    Grants can be used to fund projects or materials that support improved student achievement. The application is fully online this year and available here

    Some examples of past projects funded by the Promising Practice Grant are:

    • A library of books with QR codes attached that link to a video of the book being read in ASL for families of students who are deaf and hard of hearing.
    • Supporting Latinx students through a MECHA conference.
    • Books for classroom libraries featuring main characters who are People of Color so that students see themselves in literature.



    • November 1, 2021 - Applications due. No late applications will be accepted.
    • December 1, 2021 - PAT IPD Committee will review grant applications from our Council members.
    • December 10, 2021 - Final decisions communicated to applicants
    • December 13 - 17, 2021 - Grants for those awarded will be processed and distributed by OEA
    • June 30, 2022 - Final grant summary due to OEA Center for Great Public Schools


    In the event that, among qualifying grant applications, there are more funds requested than are available, IPD Committee will prioritize grant requests that fulfill the following criteria:

    • Grant applicant is a first time applicant
    • Project or idea which serves a historically underserved population
    • Project or idea which serve large numbers of students
    • Grant applicant is an early-career educator
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    Upcoming Building Rep Trainings

    While we recognize the unique and challenging circumstance educators confronted last week as we returned to our schools, we hope the first week of school went well for you all. 

    We are super excited to share with you the fall 2021 PAT Building Rep training calendar. If you are a brand new Rep, we encourage you to attend one of the Rep Fundamentals #1 trainings being offered coming up:

    • Thursday, September 16th from 4:30 to 6:30 PM 

    Please RSVP here for one of these sessions. (At the same link, you can register for other trainings coming up this fall and winter.)

    We are calling these “Rep Fundamentals” not because they offer material that is basic, but because they review skills and knowledge that is most important for being a great Building Rep.

    In addition to 4 distinct modules for Rep Fundamentals, we are thrilled to be offering a 5-part training series on Racial Justice for PAT Building Reps, specially designed for PAT by the University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) in collaboration with members of last year’s PAT Advocacy Cadre. You can register and read more about these workshops here

    Our hope is that Reps will cycle through all of the classes on Rep Fundamentals and Racial Justice for Reps over the course of the school year. 

    And for you more seasoned Reps, PAT will be offering training on advanced topics for Reps throughout the year. These advanced trainings are still in the process of being developed so please keep an eye out for updates. 

    In Solidarity,

    Portland Association of Teachers

    Previous trainings:

    • Saturday, September 11th from 10:00 AM  to noon
  • Celebrate Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month

    September 15th is the beginning of Latinx Heritage Month

    Celebrate with your Students!

    Cultura Hispana Heritage Month Books:

    Please use these recordings in your classroom of PAT Educators reading to students. 

    • Pedro Cordero, Elementary School Social Worker Reads El Flamboyán Amarillo by Georgina Lázaro
    • Kenya Marquez from Lent Elementary Reads I Am Latino by Sandra Pinkney
    • Ginger Huizar, Beaumont Middle School, reads Gabby Lost and Found.
    • Timisha Wilson from Arleta K-8 reads IslandBorn by Junot Diaz.
    • Adolfo Garza-Cano reads Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War.
    • Laura Arias reads, The First Rule of Punk

    See the whole PAT Latinx Heritage/Cultura Hispana Month Playlist here.


    Resources for your Classroom

    The PAT Racial Equity Committee and the Social Justice Committee have pulled together a wide variety of resources including:

    Find more resources for educators here.

    Latinx Heritage Books for Children


    Continue reading
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    Interested in Joining the PAT Bargaining Committee?

    PAT’s Bargaining Committee is both different from and crucial to our PAT Bargaining Team. Under PAT Bylaws, the Bargaining Committee "shall assist the collective bargaining teams in research and the development of the Association’s proposals under guidelines established by the Executive Board" (Bylaws, ARTICLE 10, Section 3). The Committee does the leg work to help us be more informed, efficient and effective during bargaining.

    We are currently seeking new members for the Bargaining Committee. We are looking for a racially diverse group of members who also hold a diverse array of positions within the district. The more perspectives we add to the table, the better solutions we can find. Space will be limited to ensure no one position or community is given undue representation.

    If you are interested, please fill out this Bargaining Committee Interest Form.

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    Heritage Months: Help Us Celebrate

    We are excited again this year to organize around different diversity months that represent the uniqueness of our students, educators and communities , as part of the work of our Social Justice and Community Outreach Committee and partnership with the Racial Equity Committee. 

    We are continuing our work with the 4 heritage months below, and adding 2 more to celebrate Diversity Months throughout the year.

    • Latinx/Chicanx/Hispanic Month (September/October)
    • LGBTQIA+ Month (October)
    • Indigenous/Native American Month (November)
    • Black Lives Matter Week of Action/Black History Month (February)
    • Asian/Pacific Islander Month (May)
    • Disability Pride Month (June/July)

    We are seeking educators who want to help in the planning of these months. We will give priority to educators who represent each month for the planning teams. We will also try to make teams that represent all grade levels as much as possible. We will send an email a month or two prior to the month to begin planning. 

    Sign up here if you are interested in helping plan any of these months. Please email Alisha Chavez ([email protected]) and Julie Whitaker ([email protected]) if you have any questions. 

    Find more information on all our heritage months on our Social Justice/Community Outreach page.

    Portland Association of Teachers


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    September 23rd 4-5PM, OEA New Educator Series Continues: Building Classroom Community

    September 23, 2021 · 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Virtual Webinar

    OEA's Building the New Educator Toolbelt Series will provide an opportunity for early career Oregon educators to join in lively collaboration each month to explore the most timely and important issues facing you and our students.

    Session description: Many students in Oregon from early childhood through college will return to in-person instruction this fall for the first time in more than one year. Building a strong community for students early in the school year is a key trauma informed practice and a key social and emotional learning competency. We know that when students feel part of a healthy community, they are more ready to learn and succeed academically. This session will focus on strategies all school staff, PreK – community college can use throughout the year to build strong community routines.

    Register Today

    Download the Series Flyer


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    September 29th 4-5PM, OEA Welcome Back Webinar: Connection Before Curriculum: Teaching in a Post Pandemic World

    OEA Welcome Back Webinar Series Continues:


    Wednesday, September 29th, 4:00-5:00 PM 


    Student engagement remains a top priority for educators as we welcome students back into the traditional classroom. Educators will use this session to develop or improve on SEL and safe space practices. With an emphasis on communication and practices building empathy, participants will work to improve their EQ within themselves and within their instructional practice. Building relationships and making connections is critical in these unprecedented times, and by doing so we can increase student engagement in rigorous curricular lessons. This webinar leverages breakout rooms and digital collaboration for an interactive experience. Click here to register! 


    Please visit OEA's website for more information.


    Did you miss a webinar? No problem. Access the OEA Grow EdCommunity Archive and earn 1 PDU credit for each webinar watched. This archive is password protected and only available to OEA members. If you have trouble creating a login, please e-mail [email protected]


    See the link for the full catalog of Fall 2021 OEA Professional Learning Opportunities

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    October 27th 4-5PM, OEA Welcome Back Webinar: Self-Care: How to Address and Survive the Daily Life Stressors

    OEA Welcome Back Webinar Series Continues:


    Wednesday, October 27, 4:00-5:00 PM


    Self-care is often the first thing that gets ignored when life becomes stressful. Taking care of yourself will help you to better care for your students. This webinar will help you define and better understand the importance of self-care and become a self-care advocate for yourself and others. Click here to register!


    Please visit OEA's website for more information.


    Did you miss a webinar? No problem. Access the OEA Grow EdCommunity Archive and earn 1 PDU credit for each webinar watched. This archive is password protected and only available to members. If you have trouble creating a login, please e-mail [email protected]


    See the link for the full catalog of Fall 2021 OEA Professional Learning Opportunities



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    Culturally Responsive Wellness Supports for BIPOC Staff

    Good Afternoon Comrades, 

    I hope that you are well and ready to begin this much needed summer break! Thank you for all of your hard work and service to our students. I understand from personal experience and countless stories that BIPOC colleagues district-wide have shared with me how challenging it can be to find a BIPOC therapist in Portland. These look like some pretty awesome offerings from PPS for BIPOC high-school staff that we want to pass on. I hope that you are able to relax and recharge this summer and take advantage of these benefits if you think they may be helpful. Take care and please feel free to forward this message to any colleagues you think may benefit from these offerings. 

    Keep raising hope,

    Jacque Dixon & Nedra Miller

    PAT Racial Equity Committee Chairs

    Culturally Responsive Wellness Supports for BIPOC HS Staff

    Note: These supports are available to high school staff only in accordance with the spending guidelines of Measure 98.

    Dear Staff,

    High School Success/ Measure 98 recognizes that a commitment to racial equity and social justice is also a commitment to supporting the mental health and well being of our staff of Color.  We also recognize that historical and ongoing trauma disproportionately impacts people of Color in our district and our society as a whole. Additionally, there are many barriers to accessing high quality mental health care for those who choose to seek it, including prohibitive cost and the availability of culturally responsive providers.

    In partnership with our Student Success and Health colleagues, we are organizing to offer the following free supports over the summer:

    • Up to 10 free sessions with a BIPOC therapist from Raising An Alternative Perspective. Slots are limited and will be available on a first come first served basis. We will do our best to serve as many interested staff as possible.
    • Attend a facilitated wellness space for Black and/or non Black people of Color. The trained facilitators are people of Color.

    We recognize that these offerings are limited and will not meet everyone’s needs, but believe that they may be helpful for some and would love to get feedback on what other supports the district could provide.

    If you are interested in the above services and/or have feedback please complete this interest form

    Participation will be confidential. Only a few staff supporting coordination of services will know of your participation. These services, which are being coordinated by staff of Color, are being offered in recognition of the exhaustion, burnout, and harm that educators of Color encounter both in and out of the workplace. We are hopeful that this benefit can make a positive difference for all who are able to use it.     




    Ari Yoo Kilsang Alberg

    Director, High School Success

    Office of Teaching & Learning

    Portland Public Schools

    Cell: 503.568.2640