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  • Staffing Crisis

  • Presidents' Message: Bargaining for Smaller Class Sizes

  • Welcome, New Educators of 2021!

  • Tentative Agreement Reached on Safety

  • PAT Supports Vaccine Mandate for Educators

  • Tentative CBA for Substitute Educators Reached with District

  • On Stronger Footing

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    OEA Fall Conference: Register Today

    You are invited to join colleagues from around the state at the OEA Fall Conference. The conference, happening over October 16th, 19th, and 21st will offer online courses to build strategy around bargaining, organizing, and advocating. All sessions will be held virtually.

    Register today

    Read more below about the session you can sign up for.

    Saturday, October 16 - 9:00-10:30AM

    Bridging the Political Divide: Recruiting and Retaining Members Across the Political Spectrum 
    with Rylee Ahnen, OEA Communications

    Responding to Hate and Bias at School: Extended Session
    with OEA member and social studies teacher Patrick Griffin, student Jessica Acee, and Rose I. Wilde of Lane ESD and "Showing Up for Racial Justice" Springfield-Eugene Leadership Team

    Saturday, October 16 - 11:30AM-1:00PM

    Bargaining for Equity 
    with PAT President Elizabeth Thiel & OEA Consultant Lesly Munoz

    Responding to Hate and Bias at School: Extended Session
    with OEA member and social studies teacher Patrick Griffin, student Jessica Acee, and Rose I. Wilde of Lane ESD and "Showing Up for Racial Justice" Springfield-Eugene Leadership Team

    Tuesday, October 19 - 5:00-6:00PM

    Preparing Now for Spring Bargaining 
    with Robert Young, OEA Bargaining Coordinator

    Collaborative Problem Solving: Getting to Yes! 
    with Klamath City EA President Maureen Lundy & OEA Consultant Bob Gray

    Responding to Public Attacks on OEA Members Implementing Social Justice Standards 
    with Teresa Ferrer, OEA Equity Coordinator

    Understanding Implicit Bias 
    with Lindsay Ray, Beaverton EA Vice President

    Gender Savvy: Creating an Inclusive School Climate
    with Basic Rights Oregon

    Thursday, October 21 - 5:00-6:00PM

    Bargaining Strategies for Disrupted Learning
    with Robert Young, OEA Bargaining Coordinator

    Advocating for Licensed Members with Performance Issues
    with OEA Consultants Allison Orton and Bob Gray

    Responding to Hate and Bias at School 
    with OEA member and social studies teacher Patrick Griffin, student Jessica Acee, and Rose I. Wilde of Lane ES

    Register today. Download the event flier for more details on all the courses offered over these three days.

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    OEA Event: New Educator Toolbelt Series: Student Debt Relief

    October 21, 2021 · 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

    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.

    In this session, learn your options as an educator for student loan forgiveness and explore NEA resources to help you navigate the application process.

    Register Today

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    Register Today: Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference

    PAT is once again excited to sponsor the Northwest Teaching For Social Justice Conference! The annual gathering of conversation, idea-sharing, and inspiration is just a few weeks away.

    Join us ONLINE on Saturday, October 23, 2021.  The cost is just $10 — $5 for students.

    Register Now

    The keynote talk this year is Dr. Bettina Love,  an award-winning author, co-founder of the Abolitionist Teaching Network (ATN), and the Athletic Association Endowed Professor at the University of Georgia. Her books include We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and The Pursuit of Educational Freedom and Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South.

    In addition, there are dozens of educator-led workshops lined up in 2 sessions. See the full program at www.nwtsj.org.

    We hope you can make it!

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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.

    CRITERIA:

    • 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

    DEADLINES:

    • 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.

    Timeline:

    • 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

    Criteria:

    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:

    • Saturday, October 16th 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
    • Thursday, October 21st 4:30-6:30 PM
    • Saturday, November 6th 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
    • Thursday, November 18th 4:30-6:30 PM
    • Thursday, December 2nd 4:30-6:30 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
    http://www.pdxteachers.org/

    Previous trainings:

    • Saturday, September 11th from 10:00 AM  to noon
    • Thursday, September 16th from 4:30 to 6:30 PM
    • Saturday, September 25th 10 AM to noon 
    • Thursday, October 7th 4:30-6:30 PM
  • 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

     

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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.

  • 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. 

    Tell us what committees you'd like to join. Those who submit an interest form will receive either a meeting invitation or 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:  Mu Son Chi

    2021-2022 meeting dates: 

    Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30PM:

    September 29th, November 3rd, December 15th, February 2nd, March 9th, April 27th

     

     

     Charity Powell

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

    2021-2022 meeting dates:

    Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30PM:

    September 15th, October 20th, December 1st, January 19th, February 23rd, April 13th, May 18th

     Steve Lancaster

    SOCIAL JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH*
    Co-Chair: Alisha Chavez
    Co-Chair: Julie Whitaker
    Board Liaison: Beyoung Yu
    Staff Liaison:  Peter Brogan

    2021-2022 meeting dates:

    Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30PM:

    September 29th, November 3rd, December 15th, February 2nd, March 9th, April 27th

     Alisha Chavez

    Julie Whitaker

    RACIAL EQUITY*
    Co-Chair: Darshanpreet Gill*
    Co-Chair: Lindell Stone*
    Board Liaison: Jacque Dixon
    Staff Liaison:  Mu Son Chi

    2021-2022 meeting dates: 

    Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30PM:

    September 22nd, October 27th, December 8th, January 26th, March 2nd, April 20th, May 25th

    image-coming-soon-placeholder - Maricopa SBDCDarshanpreet Gill

    Lindell Stone

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

    2021-2022 meeting dates:

    Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30PM:

    September 15th, October 20th, December 1st, January 19th, February 23rd, April 13th, May 18th

     Elizabeth Israel-Davis

    LEGISLATIVE*
    Chair:  Ami Fox

    Board Liaison:  Vincent Chirimwami
    Staff Liaison:  John Berkey

    2021-2022 meeting dates: 

    Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30PM:

    September 22nd, October 27th, December 8th, January 26th, March 2nd, April 20th, May 25th

     

     Ami Fox

    PAT PAC 
    Chair:  Tina Lamanna

    Board Liaison:  Tina Lamanna
    Staff Liaison:  John Berkey 

    2021-2022 meeting dates: 

    Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30PM:

    September 22nd, October 27th, December 8th, January 26th, March 2nd, April 20th, May 25th

    Tina Lamanna

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

    Board Liaison:  Shannon Foxley
    Staff Liaison:  Peter Brogan

    2021-2022 meeting dates: 

    Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30PM:

    September 22nd, October 27th, December 8th, January 26th, March 2nd, April 20th, May 25th

     Julie Pederson

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

    Staff Liaison: Mu Son Chi

    Meetings Scheduled as Needed

     Ailien Tran

    SUBSTITUTE*
    Co-Chair:  Judith Kleinstein
    Co-Chair:  TBA
    Board Liaison: Greg Burrill
    Staff Liaison:  John Berkey

    2021-2022 meeting dates: 

    Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30PM:

    September 29th, November 3rd, December 15th, February 2nd, March 9th, April 27th

     Judith Kleinstein

     

     

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