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  • Presidents' Message: We're All In This Together

  • Workload Bargaining Update: January 2nd, 2022

  • Our COVID Safety Agreements: Reminders and Highlights

  • Time to Get it Right

  • President's Message: Time to Get It Right

  • Presidents' Message: Listen to Educators

  • President's Message: Staffing Crisis Will Get Worse Without Action

  • Presidents' Message: Staffing Crisis

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    PAT Elections: Submit Questions for Candidates

    Pursuant to Section 2, subsection E of the PAT Nominations and Elections Handbook, members now have the opportunity to submit written questions for the Officer and Executive Board candidates who are currently running for office. The Nominations and Elections Committee will choose up to 4 member-generated questions to ask candidates to respond to via an optional, electronic questionnaire. PAT members will receive a copy of candidate responses along with the voter pamphlet on February 7, 2022. Please submit your questions via this electronic form by 5:00pm on Wednesday, January 19th, 2022. 

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    Black Lives Matter at School

    Black Lives Matter At School Week of Action (January 31-February 4) and Black History Month (February) is fast approaching! The Social Justice and Community Outreach Committee would like to share a few vetted resources to support your efforts to connect students to the vast tapestry of resistance, power, knowledge, and joy of Black Americans from past to present. In this time of pandemic, exhaustion, and anxiety, we know that many members are spread incredibly thin, without much extra to give. We hope these resources will make it a little easier to provide the windows, mirrors, inspiration, and education our students deserve. 

    If you would like to help plan PAT’s annual Black Lives Matter At School Week of Action or if you have a suggestion to contribute, please email Alisha Chavez-Downing or Julie Whitaker. Thank you!

    Please check out these resources to use with your classroom!

    • Teaching for Change will host a Virtual Curriculum Fair: Black Lives Matter at School 2022 on Saturday, January 22, featuring workshops, a keynote speaker, and time for educators to learn more about Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action.
    • The DC Area Educators for Social Justice organization has robust educator resources, with links to suggested lessons, films, books, readings, and general teaching guides for Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action and beyond.
    • It goes without saying that learning about slavery should not be your students’ first or only introduction to Black history. If you will be teaching about enslavement in America, Learning for Justice has an in-depth, sensitive framework for Teaching Hard History that is broken down into K-2, 3-5, and 6-12 grade level bands.

    If you are reading this, please click this link to receive a small gift from your PAT Membership Committee.

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    Request for Help with Newberg Education Association

    Newberg Educators are trying to win back community control of their school board.  

    This coming Sunday, January 16, please join Newberg EA and community members to phone bank (can be done from anywhere) or do door-to-door canvassing.  

    Sign up here.  Confirmation and training instructions will be emailed to you.

    This is our time to step up and stand with Newberg students, educators, and community members. This is your opportunity to help say enough is enough to school boards who vote to dismantle the freedoms of expression and commitment to equity we believe in for our public schools. Can you give an hour this coming Sunday?  

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    Upcoming Events

    PAT Committee Meetings- Join the committee mailing list to receive a Zoom Link.

    • January 19th, 4:30-6:30 PM: Bargaining Committee Meeting
    • January 19th, 4:30-6:30 PM: Instructional Professional Development Committee Meeting
    • January 26th, 4:30-6:30 PM: Legislative Committee Meeting
    • January 26th, 4:30-6:30 PM: Membership Committee Meeting
    • January 26th, 4:30-6:30 PM: Racial Equity Committee Meeting
    • February 2nd, 4:30-6:30 PM: Social Justice/Community Outreach Committee Meeting
    • February 2nd, 4:30-6:30 PM: Substitute Committee Meeting

    **All PAT committee meetings will be held virtually on Zoom for the time being

    Other PAT Events:

    • January 13th, 4:30-6:30 PM on Zoom: Navigating the Student Loan Forgiveness Quagmire: Upcoming Webinar. RSVP today!

    Upcoming OEA Training and Events:

    For all upcoming events, please see the PAT calendar and OEA calendar.

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    Know Your Contract: Retirement Deadline is Approaching

    The early notice deadline for resignation or retirement is fast approaching. If you submit a written notice of resignation or retirement no later than January 15th, you will receive $1,250. See Article 18.2.1 of the PAT-PPS Collective Bargaining Agreement. Please keep in mind that once you submit your resignation, you are still required to complete the full academic year.

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    Donate to The PAT Sick-Leave Bank

    Donate up to 40 hours of your sick-leave to help a colleague in need.

    Last school year, dozens of colleagues exhausted their accumulated leave balances and were unable to work due to extended or recurring personal illness. Thanks to the generosity of so many of you, PAT was able to help them avoid the additional hardships of lost salary and lost insurance coverage through the Sick Leave Bank .

    Last year we met our goal of collecting the maximum number of voluntarily donated hours allowed under our contract. Recent improvements in our contract (CBA Article 17.2.1.2.f) mean that we now have almost enough hours in the Sick Leave Bank to fulfill all applications for assistance. This is a great way putting our principles into practice, and showing the District that an injury to one is an injury to all.

    You can donate hours by filling out this online form! You will need to log in with your PPS email account and include your PPS employee ID number on the form.

    For more information, and to apply to the sick-leave bank, go to our website.

    Thank you for being part of this crucial program that allows us to support our colleagues through our union.

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    Thinking Ahead About Retirement? Find Retirement Planning Resources Online

    PAT has frequently hosted workshops on financial well being and planning for the future, led by veteran financial advisor Ed Foster.  Whether you are a new educator thinking ahead, or in the last years of your career, we now have Ed Foster’s sage advice available for you online, whenever you need it:

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    COVID-19 Screening Testing for Oregon Educators

    Oregon Health Authority offers free COVID-19 testing for K-12 staff in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools. This project offers free weekly screening testing by mail to any public or private K-12 staff. 

    Sign up here for this OHA program.

    The OHA site says that screening is not recommended for vaccinated K-12 staff because the risk of COVID-19 in vaccinated individuals is very low. However, the sign up form does not ask for your vaccination status. 

    Participation is voluntary, and K-12 staff can opt-out at any time. All testing will be mailed directly to the homes of K-12 staff and will be confidential. The COVID-19 test will be performed at home by gently swabbing just inside the nose. The swab is then returned to the laboratory by mail and results are returned to participants within days.

    To participate in this staff screening project, please complete the enrollment form above. Following enrollment, you will be sent an email by an OHA laboratory partner to complete the registration process.

    This testing will be offered through the end of the 2021-2022 academic year or until funding is exhausted.

    Learn more here.

  • Covid Safety and Distance Learning Agreements

    LOA on COVID-19 Safety (8-31-2021)

    PPS MOA Vaccine Mandate Effects (Sept 2021)

     

    PAT Safety Checklists (Fall 2021)

    PPS’s Q & A document on Health and Safety

     

    COVID-19 Screening Testing for Educators

     

    COVID-19 Exposure Protocols and Guidance

    More Resources on COVID-19 transmission and Vaccination Rates

    MOU on Return to In-Person Instruction (signed 3-15-21)

     

     

    2020 Hybrid Archive

    Protocol for Safety Committees and Upholding our Safety Provisions

    • Every school shall have a Safety Committee, with 1-2 PAT members appointed by members at your school.
    • The safety committee will tour the building to ensure that all of the provisions on safety and health protections in the PAT-PPS MOU on returning to hybrid instruction are in place. The initial walk through for K-5 should have been done by March 19, 2021. Middle and High School Safety Committees should complete their walkthroughs prior to hybrid starting on April 19, 2021. 
    • Safety Committees should use the Building Environment Checklist for these tours, and to make sure all of the required supports are established in buildings.
    • After the walkthrough, your safety committee members should inform your staff what the outcome was of the evaluation, and what steps were taken to address any issues.

    Similarly, all in-person educators should use the Daily Classroom/Workspace Checklist every day to ensure that they are working in a space that meets all of the safety requirements.

    MOU Section I.f. states:  “After student instruction begins, if a room does not meet the agreed upon safety protocol and changes cannot be made within a reasonable amount of time, the room will not be used for in-person instruction until safety conditions are met.

    If the requirements are not met, this is the protocol:

    1. Notify your administrator/principal and building rep. Ask administrator for a timeline for resolution.
    2. If not resolved right away, contact your custodian.
    3. Contact [email protected]
    4. If safety concerns are still not met, the space should not be used for instruction. Please then inform your building rep and your principal that you need a new space for instruction.
    5. If, after following the steps above, your administrator is unable or unwilling to adhere to the MOU, contact your UniServ Consultant and Area Superintendent.

    Additional PAT/PPS Guidance Documents

    PPS Example Schedules for Hybrid (spring 2020)

    Agreement for Limited-In-Person-Instruction Safety Conditions (1-13-21)

    Agreement for ReOpening School under COVID-19 Pandemic, and District PLC Guidelines (signed 10-16-2020)

    Hybrid FAQ (2-18-21)

    Distance Learning Evaluation

    Resources and Documents

    Evaluation Samples

    More Information on CDL Evaluations

    Given the specific challenges we’re facing with Distance Learning, a majority of educators can still expect an “in process” for many of the evaluation elements, because all ratings must be based on evidence.

    Annual Goals

    As part of this process, educators will be required to have two student learning goals and one professional goal for the year. Unlike prior years, you may focus student learning goals on:

    1. social and emotional learning for students;
    2. student engagement; and/or
    3. family engagement.

    Professional goals are areas that you decide you would like to work on, and academic goals may be considered with mutual agreement.

    Key Steps in the Evaluation Process

    There are four steps in this year’s evaluation process, a Pre-Observation Conference, a Formal Observation, a Post-Observation Conference, and a Summative Meeting.

    This year’s Pre-Observation Conference for classroom teachers will be based on the Educator’s Self-Assessment and Reflection worksheet. Separate rubrics will be used for Library Media Specialists, Counselors, and other Certified Educators not in the classroom.

    Educators must be given at least five school days’ notice before the Formal Observation, and administrators will share their notes from the observation using the Administrator Observation Tool.

    Generally, within five school days of the observation there should be a Post-Observation Conference. If the educator’s self-assessment and the administrator’s rating significantly diverge, the administrator will provide a written copy of the Administrator Observation Debrief Preparation Form.

    For probationary educators this evaluation process will be conducted in both fall and spring, with a Fall Summative Meeting held prior to December 18, 2020 and a Spring Summative Meeting held by March 1, 2021.  

    For contract educators there is one annual observation cycle. Formal observations must be completed by April 1, 2021 with Annual Summative Meetings completed by May 1, 2021.

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  • 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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