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  • #blmwoapat (Photo Credit to Jason Lee Elementary Educators)

  • Welcome, New Educators!

  • Bargaining Brief: The Latest on PPS/PAT Discussions

  • Meet Your Bargaining Team

  • PAT Advocacy Cadre is on Monday Nights

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    Teach Climate Justice Event This Thursday

    The next "Teach Climate Justice" gathering, sponsored by the PPS Climate Justice Committee and the Portland Association of Teachers, will be held online February 25th, 4:00pm to 5:30pm. This session, co-sponsored with the Braided River Campaign, is “An Environmental Justice Tour of the Willamette River: Reimagining Portland's Fossil Fuel Sacrifice Zone." We'll provide teaching resources, opportunities for conversation, and insight from activists working for a just transition on the Willamette. 

    Please join us -- everyone is welcome. Also, see the event's flyer for the link.

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    Beating Apathy Training--Saturday, February 13th, 4:00-5:30 pm

    Want to get better at organizing your fellow educators in your building but not sure where to start? How do we overcome fear, hopelessness, confusion, and division? The first step is talking to the people you work with to find out what they care about. Think about signing up for this essential training from the guidebook "Secrets of a Successful Organizer" and practice useful skills to unite your co-workers at your school and in your community. Register here.

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    Other Upcoming Events

    • Thursday, February 11th, 4:00-6:30 pm - "PUSHOUT" Watch Party and Student Panel. Movie: 4:00-5:30pm and Student Panel 5:30-6:30. Register here!
    • Friday, February 12th, 5:00-6:00 pm - "You Better Recognize: Reviving the Black Nod" watch party and Q&A with award-winning filmmaker Elijah Hasan and produced by S. Renee Mitchell. Register here!
    • Saturday, February 13th: OEA Symposium on Racial Equity. Join the waitlist here.
    • Saturday, February 13th 4:00-5:30 pm: Beating Apathy TrainingRegister here.
    • Monday, February 15th: PAT office closed to observe Presidents Day

    February Committees Meeting, RSVP Here

    • Advocacy, February 17th, 4:30-6:30PM 
    • IPD, February 17th, 4:30-6:30PM
    • Substitute, February 17th, 4:30-6:30PM
    • Racial Equity, February 24th, 4:30-6:30pm 
    • Social Justice and Community Outreach, February 24th, 4:30-6:30pm 
    • Membership, February 25th, 4:00-5:30pm
    • Legislative, February 25th, 5:00-7:00pm

    See the PAT Calendar and OEA Calendar for more

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    What is Limited In-Person Instruction?

    Many of you have noticed the tension that has developed between the understandable desire to have children return to school, and the sensible insistence on safe working environments under COVID-19 conditions. 

    Since the beginning of the pandemic, health experts have advised that individuals avoid the “Three Cs” – Close Contact, Closed Spaces, Crowds. Thankfully, there is a way that some in-person instruction can still take place while meeting health and safety guidelines; ODE calls it LIPI (Limited In-Person Instruction).

    According to the Oregon Department of Education, LIPI is when schools operating in the Comprehensive Distance Learning instructional model bring a limited number of students, for limited hours and with specific conditions, on-site. 

    Per ODE Guidelines:

    • LIPI cohort groups are limited to no more than 20 students.
    • Students cannot be part of more than two cohorts (including transportation) in any given week. 
    • Any one staff member (even in multiple roles) cannot interact with more than three cohorts in a given day and five in a week. 
    • LIPI cannot take the place of any CDL instruction. 

    You can read the full Guidance for Limited In-Person Instruction During CDL HERE

    Your PAT bargaining team has worked over the last three sessions to negotiate the fine points of LIPI activities in PPS. Key to our conversation:

    • LIPI instruction will be provided by educators on a voluntary basis. If the District cannot find a volunteer from the regularly employed PAT membership, PPS will open the positions to PAT substitute educators. 
    • Volunteers who agree to provide LIPI during teacher-directed time in their regular schedule will be paid at their individual per-diem hourly rate for all lost teacher-directed time, plus for an additional hour per week for time spent planning LIPI sections.
    • Educators who volunteer can rescind their volunteer offer if they do not feel safe once they inspect the space provided for LIPI.

    We reached conceptual agreement on all points last week and you can look for the final copy of the language attached to the next Bargaining Brief.

  • Black Lives Matter at School

    Black Lives Matter at School 

    Pledge to Participate

    2021 Flyer with links to Register (PDF)


    What is Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action?

    Black Lives Matter at Schools Week of Action began in Seattle, Washington at John Muir Elementary School in 2016. From there, educators in cities across the nation, began organizing a week to intentionally celebrate the lives of Black students, teachers and families. Cities including Seattle, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Portland, Oregon!  

    Black Lives Matter at Schools Week of Action consists of educators teaching lessons about systemic and structural racism, intersectional Black identities and Black history.

    Black Lives Matter at School Demands

    • End “zero tolerance” discipline, and implement restorative justice
    • Hire more black teachers
    • Mandate Black history and ethnic studies in K-12 curriculum
    • Fund counselors not cops

    How to Participate

    Slide Decks Ready to use in CDL!

    Bitmoji Black History Classrooms 

    BLM WEEKS OF ACTION 2021 Slides by Sitton School Educators

    13 Guiding Principles for the Movement for Black Lives:

     

    Lesson Plans and Classroom Resources

    Read Before Teaching

    Early Childhood

    Elementary

    Middle Grades

    High School

    Other Resources

    NEA EdJustice Resource Page

     

    2021 PAT Events

    Saturday, Feb 6th - Take the Pledge and get your FREE BLMPAT T-shirt at the PAT office from 11am-3pm

    Monday, Feb 8th - Come and Join us for a Curriculum Exchange and learn more about BLM and Collaborate. See you at 4pm. Register HERE!
    Tuesday, Feb 9th - BLACK OUT by wearing your BLMPAT T-shirt and post a picture on social media using: #BLMWOAPAT
    Wednesday, Feb 10th - Buy Black to support local Black Business this day and everyday!  
    Thursday, Feb 11th - Join us for a "PUSHOUT" Watch Party and Student Panel. Movie: 4pm-5:30 and Student Panel 5:30-6:30. Register HERE!
    Friday, Feb 12th - Join us for "You Better Recognize: Reviving the Black Nod" watch party and Q&A with award-winning filmmaker Elijah Hasan and produced by S. Renee Mitchell. 5:00-6:00pm. Register HERE! Check out and share the flyer:

    More Resources:

    Spreading Black Joy

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  • 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



     

    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

    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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