New Educator Social- March 13

UPDATE: Due to school closure, this event has been postponed. 

New Member Social: Friday, March 13th

Calling all Educators new to PPS in the past 4 years-
You are invited to come and meet and mingle with other new educators from across PPS. Come learn more about your union, the Portland Association of Teachers (PAT). You can get your questions answered, play trivia, or just eat, drink, and enjoy a Happy Friday with other educators.

Date: Friday, March 13th 
Time: 4:30-6:30 PM
Place: Great Notion Brewery NW 
2444 NW 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97210

Appetizers and drink tickets provided, register here.

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Teach Climate Justice: Friday at the Movies

Join the Portland Public Schools Climate Justice Committee and the PAT for a social and educational gathering to view and discuss the new film, Necessity: Oil, Water, and Climate Resistance.


Necessity traces the fight in Minnesota against the expansion of pipelines carrying highly toxic tar sands oil through Native lands and essential waterways in North America. The film offers an intimate look at what happens when people of conscience disobey the law, but stand up for Indigenous rights, environmental justice, and our future.

Panel discussion after screening. Refreshments provided. Free admission.

Teach Climate Justice: Friday at the Movies

When: Friday, Feb. 21, 4 to 6 pm (4 - 4:30 pm social; 4:30 to 6 pm program)

Where: Portland Association of Teachers, 345 NE 8th Ave.

Printable Flyer available here.


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Host a Guest Teacher for a Day

One of the most important events that PAT hosts is Teacher for a Day. We invite policy makers, community leaders, and other partners to see our classrooms first hand. This year it will take place on Thursday, December 12th.

If you are interested in hosting a guest teacher in your classroom, please sign up here or contact Madeleine Allen at [email protected]

Student Loan Debt Forgiveness & Basic Financial Planning Workshop - 12/02/19

Do You Have a Student Loan?

PAT members are invited to attend a Student Loan Debt & Basic Financial Planning Workshop on Monday, December 2, 2019, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., at the PAT office.

Please RSVP here.

Learn about the various types of federal student loan forgiveness programs and how to use the new NEA Student Loan Forgiveness Navigator Tool (SAVI) to determine your eligibility for a federal forgiveness program and the potential reduction in your loan debt.  Information on basic financial essentials and financial planning will also be provided. 


For more information, please see our flyer.

Saving for Retirement Seminar: November 14th at PAT

Are you a new or newer educator looking for advice on planning for retirement?

PAT is excited to host another Financial Planning Seminar as a benefit for our members. Topics for this seminar will include pensions, IAP accounts, TSAs/403B, Roth and Traditional IRAs, and much more.

RSVP here and get a jump on your planning.

Thursday, November 14th, 4:30-6:00pm at PAT (345 NE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97232)

Not quite for you, but still curious about retirement? Please stay tuned as we will have other seminars coming up for mid-career educators.   

We hope to see you there!

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PAT Game Night for Educators of Color: October 17th

PAT's Racial Equity Task Force invites all Educators of Color to our upcoming Game Night. Please join us for an evening of games, food, drinks, fun, and an opportunity to connect.

Thursday, October 17th, 4:30-6:30 at PAT (345 NE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97232)

RSVP here if you can come, and select "Racial Equity Task Force" as your committee. Please contact Nichole Watson ([email protected]) with any questions.

We hope you can make it! Please help spread to word to other educators of color.

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Retirement Planning Seminar: October 21st

Are you thinking of retirement or taking early-retirement?

PAT is excited to host another Retirement Seminar as a benefit for our members. Topics for this seminar will include the recent changes to PERS, early retirement incentives from the District, and much more.

RSVP here and get a jump on your planning.

Monday, October 21st, 4:30-6:00pm at PAT (345 NE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97232)

Not quite for you, but still curious about retirement? Please stay tuned as we will have other seminars coming up for newer PPS employees and mid-career educators.   

Hope to see you there!

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Latinx and/or Hispanic Heritage Month Resources

Don’t forget it is still Latinx and/or Hispanic Heritage Month. This heritage month began on September 15 and runs until October 15th. During this month, we celebrate the cultures and contributions of the Hispanic and Latinx communities. First recognized in 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15th, the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries: Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Nicaragua. During this period, Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence!

There’s still time to lean into culturally responsive teaching by engaging students with lessons that center Latinx and/or Hispanic culture and traditions.  This is a learning opportunity for those who do not share this ancestry. Be brave. Lean in. “Replace judgement with curiosity” and dare to go where you may not have gone before in your practice! 

Here are curriculum resources for your planning.

Have fun and let us know how it goes!!  


Better Understand Your Contract

Please join us for a Rep Training Workshop, "Better Understand  your Contract," on Monday, October 7 or Wednesday, Oct 9, 4:30-6:30 at PAT. We will provide dinner. Both sessions will offer the same content, so choose the one that works best for you. 


The PAT contract has undergone many changes over the last few years.  We have included key provisions of the length of the workday, work year, work load, compensation, professional development, and safety, and renumbered the articles.  As building reps it is essential that you are familiar with these changes.

Come join your fellow Building Rep in discussion to build a deeper understanding of our contract!

PAT Party in the Park

Friday, September 13 from 3:30-6:30pm at Laurelhurst Park

     PAT Members and their families are invited to PAT's Party in the Park!

     Food and drinks provided

     Music by Kevin's All Stars

     Located at Laurelhurst Park, Area D (Off SE Cesar Chavez and Ankeny)

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