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

http://www.pdxteachers.org/

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

 

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

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

 

 

August 25th, 4-5PM, OEA Welcome Back Webinar: Re-imaging Relationships: Returning and Engaging in our Schools

OEA is proud to announce a new webinar series to welcome back educators with new and relevant topics. This series will be held virtually on the last Wednesday of the month from 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!

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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August 12th and 19th, PD Opportunities: Equity 101 for Educators

PAT is sponsoring the following professional development opportunity for PAT members. This is a two-part PD, on August 12th and August 19th, over Zoom. Read more and sign up below!

Join us for our two-day online Racial Equity Professional Development for Educators, facilitated by Kheoshi Owens and Empress Rules Equity Consulting. We will dive deep in the work together, focusing on foundational equity concepts such as: Implicit Bias, Diversity and Equity Vocabulary & Spectrum, What is Whiteness? and How to identify and interrupt racist, sexist, xenophobic, and ablest comments and behaviors.

Space is limited and this professional development is reserved only for members of the Portland Association of Teachers. If you are interested, please register now, as each cohort has space for only 30 members and registration is first come, first served. We ask that if you register, you commit to joining both dates, August 12th and 19th, as the second session will build on concepts covered in the first session.

Let's kick this school year off together in community, centering our students of color. The work begins with you. We can make our schools better and more inclusive for BIPOC students together! See you there!

June 24th, Meet and Greet with Incoming OEA President and Vice President

You are invited to a Zoom meet and greet with OEA president-elect Reed Scott-Schwalbach and OEA vice president-elect Enrique Farrera.

Join members from the Portland and Mt Hood UniServ areas to meet with Reed and Enrique between 5:00 - 6:00 PM for conversation, raffle prizes, and more.  Can’t make it?  See the OEA website “Events” for other dates.

When: Thursday June 24, 2021 5:00 – 6:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Please register in advance:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAtceGqqTopGdQgQfxfVge0HuaMNbrbmJWm

Join PMAE-Retired Today

Congratulations on your retirement! With the annual PAT Retirement Reception canceled again due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will miss seeing you. Nonetheless, we hope you will join Portland Metro Area Educators-Retired to maintain your connection with your union and other colleagues for an Active Voice. Active Life.

PMAE-Retired maintains an active social presence with hoped-for, once-a-month activities to resume in the Portland metro area, such as visiting museums, manufacturing businesses, outdoor reserves, and other places of interest. We also hold a breakfast every other month—online this past year—at various restaurants around the metro area. We hold membership meetings (again online this past year) every two months with business items, with updates on legislative and political activities and speakers on various topics of interest to retirees. You will receive our electronic newsletter, OurTimes, five times a year. Furthermore, your unified membership will keep your OEA and NEA benefits coming.

To join us, please complete our Membership form and return. Please also visit OEA-Retired's website to join OEA-Retired and NEA-Retired. There are three membership options to consider, with dues of only $10 to PMAE-Retired for each category:

• Lifetime—if you have paid for Lifetime with both OEA-Retired and NEA-Retired.
• Annual—$25 for OEA-Retired and $35 for NEA-Retired, combined.
• Substitute—as you will continue as an OEA and NEA member.

As an added enticement, PAT has agreed again to pay the $10 fee for one year, if you join now.

By mailing in your completed Membership form by July 30, your name also will be entered into a drawing for a $40 gift card.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Marleen Wallingford
PMAE-Retired President 

Ray Johnson
PMAE-Retired Vice President and Membership Chair

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Apply Today to be an OEA Ed Summer Statewide Member Organizer

OEA is participating in Ed Summer, an NEA supported campaign, to reach potential members over the summer months.  

OEA is looking to hire 25 of the strongest applicants to do this work. Please see the Job Description for Statewide Member Organizers and apply today. Please contact Sara Whelan at [email protected] with other questions.

Register Today for OEA Summer Conference

OEA 2021 Summer Conference Register Today

July 19-23, 2021
Virtual Conference through OEA Events App

The OEA 2021 Summer Conference is virtual this year and offers a wealth of workshops and seminars covering topics important to our members in their classrooms, community, and union organizing. 

Each morning will start with two content sessions, with opportunities for networking and office hours in the afternoons. OEA values your time, and encourages you to register for the courses that best meet your learning needs and your personal schedule. Below is a sampling of the topics covered that week (some sessions offer PDU credit).

  • Building Our Local Leaders: Distributive
    Leadership in Action
  • Confronting White Nationalism in Schools
  • Engaging Our Newest Hires: Success from
    the Field
  • Integrating an Inclusive History and Social
    Science Curriculum in Your K-2 Classroom
  • Introduction to Grievances: Grieve, Gripe,
    Grumble?
  • Peer Conflict Resolution and Mediation
    Strategies
  • School and College Board Elections
  • Strong Start for the Fall: Building Community
  • The Role of a Building Representative in an
    Organizing Union
  • Transgender Inclusion
  • Weighted Workload: A Student-Centered
    Approach 

Download the program for the whole schedule and topics lined up for that week. A condensed participant agenda is also available.