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!!
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!
Monday, May 20, 2019 - (4:30 - 7:00 PM) at the PAT Office, (Portland Association of Teachers, 345 NE 8th Ave., Portland, OR 97232)
Student Loan Debt Dragging You Down?
It is one of the most serious financial challenges facing educators today. NEA Member Benefits and PAT want to help. Join us to learn how to:
- Take advantage of the Federal Loan Forgiveness Programs (Teacher Loan, Perkins Loan, & the Public Service Loan Programs)
- Use the new NEA Student Loan Forgiveness Navigator Tool (SAVI) to determine if you are eligible for a federal forgiveness program and how much you could potential reduce your loan debt.
- Focus on some basic financial essentials and basic financial planning
This event is free to all PAT members. A light dinner will be served.
We're gearing up for the May 8th Day of Action with a social media campaign, but we can't do it without you! We want to hear and amplify the voices of our frontline educators, dedicated parents, and deserving students on why you are fighting for more school funding.
We encourage you to sign-up to participate in our video and headshot campaign taking place on Monday, April 22, 2018, from 3 - 8 pm at the Portland Association of Teachers building (345 NE 8th, Portland, Oregon 97232). Please wear red, bring your signs and be ready to share your story and let your voice be heard.
Help us show Oregon that educators are demanding fully funded schools, and we will not give up until we get the school funding our students need and deserve.
Wednesday, March 13th, 4-6 pm, at highway overpasses across Portland.
Click HERE to sign up for a site.
The March for our Students in Salem on February 18th was a wild success, we had about 5,000 people turn out to raise our voices in Salem. We got a lot of attention but we are still turning up the pressure. The public needs to know that we are seeing unprecedented challenges in our schools and we are doing unprecedented things to put pressure on our elected leaders and decision makers to fund our future and fund our schools.
Here is what's next-- we have organized a banner drop as a coordinated action across all of Oregon on Wednesday, March 13th after school. We will be displaying messages on major overpasses above rush-hour traffic across the state of Oregon. The overpasses we have selected in Portland have lots of commuter traffic to see our messages, and sidewalks to help keep folks safe.
We need your help, we need your voice, we need your engagement. There will be a captain there when you arrive to help. Please share with colleagues and friends and have them sign up to join you as well! Bring your sign from the march, bring noisemakers, and be sure to WEAR RED for ED.Continue reading
PAT Retirement Seminar - March 14, 2019, 4:30 PM at the PAT Office. Please RSVP here.
Saving for Retirement with a Special Focus on OPSRP! (Members Hired After 2003)
- I have a pension? What's that look like?
- How does my IAP account fit into that?
- What is a TSA/403b? How does it work? Do I need one?
- IRAs compared to TSA/403b
- Roth versus Traditional. What's the difference?
- Are TSAs/403b portable? When can I get money out of it?
PAT's Racial Equity Task Force is hosting another safe space for educators who identify as a person of color. We will have our Spring Social Mixer. Come eat dinner, network, and learn about other events we will be working on. Please RSVP and invite other Educators of Color.
Who: All PAT Members who identify as a person of color
When: March 7th 4:30pm-7pm
Where: PAT Office, 345 NE 8th Ave.
What: Eat dinner, network, and learn about other events
Friday, February 22 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Portland Association of Teachers (PAT)
345 NE 8th Ave, Portland
Featuring Special Guests: Dyan Watson, Natalie Labossiere, and Kara Hinderlie Stroman.
Three Black mothers who are also educators will share their experiences about raising, educating, and supporting Black children in mostly white spaces. Through storytelling and prose, these moms will provide glimpses into the conversations they have with their own children as well as Black students in their care. Participants will leave with more understanding about the dilemmas these moms wrestle with as parent educators and with insight into how to keep Black lives safe in schools. Participants will have time to discuss, ask questions, and plan for their own classrooms. The highly acclaimed Rethinking Schools book, Teaching for Black Lives, will be for sale at the event.
For questions, please contact Linda Christensen at [email protected]
Cosponsored by PAT, Rethinking Schools, and the Oregon Writing Project.
Copies of Teaching for Black Lives available for purchase.
The goal of the Engage! project is to have a face-to-face, one-on-one conversation with every one of our members, to learn what‘s working in our schools and what’s getting in the way of teaching and learning. Sign up here to volunteer to be a listener.
This fall, we need enough volunteers to get to every school site we didn't visit last year. We need your help to make this possible!
Please volunteer on an upcoming Friday to take a day away from your classroom to talk to teachers in another school. OEA will pay for your sub, and volunteers have described their experience as being “invigorating and enlightening.”
You can see where we plan to be each week when you click on the link above.