Virtual Visit with Dr. Bettina Love
***NEW DATE, May 12, 2021*** NOW OPEN TO PPS STAFF FROM ALL GRADE LEVELS. Register today.
"While the transition to hybrid is necessarily occupying our time and energy, this Virtual Site Visit with Dr. Love is an opportunity to breathe and ground ourselves in why we do this work: to ensure that all students, especially our underserved students, are provided an education that recognizes and values their unique attributes and sets the conditions for them to thrive in our schools and beyond.
This is also a critically important opportunity to cultivate culturally sustaining instructional practices, which is a key component of our High School Success Plan, Educator Essentials, and RESJ professional development goals."
OEA Sponsored Book Groups for BIPOC Participants ONLY
BIPOC PAT Members: You are invited to join the following Virtual Book Studies, sponsored by OEA, and led by BIPOC OEA members. Please sign up at the links below!
Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race in School: A 6-week facilitated virtual learning community led by Diane Hicks to discuss the book by Mica Pollock. Participants will be provided with the book. Additional details on the event page. April 19-May 28, 2021, live sessions on Mondays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Registration is open! Open to BIPOC participants only.
My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies: A 7-week facilitated virtual learning community led by Paula Dennis to discuss this book by Resmaa Menakem. Participants will be provided with the book. Additional details on the event page. April 12-May 28, 2021. Live discussions on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Registration is open! Open to BIPOC participants only.
New National Board Certification Grant Opportunity for BIPOC and Early Educators
National Board Certification Information Sessions for BIPOC and Early Career OEA members!
- BIPOC Information Session Wednesday, April 7, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
- ECE Information Session Thursday, April 8, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what was involved in pursuing National Board Certification, why you might want to do it at all, what supports are out there to help you to successfully complete it and where the money is going to come from? OEA members who are either BIPOC or early career (3-5 years) now have an opportunity to have most of the costs paid for through an NEA grant, get a Jump Start in the process, as well as on-going support and 1-1 coaching! Participate in either of these online information sessions to find out more. Get answers to your specific questions from Oregon National Board Teachers helping to lead this work!
April 8th Retirement Seminar for PAT Members
*After Event Edit* For those unable to attend, this seminar is now available on our YouTube Channel.
Are you a mid-career educator looking to check-in and get more information on retirement planning? As a benefit to our active members, Portland Association of Teachers is excited to host another Financial Planning Seminar.
Please RSVP here if you plan to attend. Meeting links will be sent early next week. Please contact us at [email protected] with questions on this and other events.
We hope to see you there.
Portland Association of Teachers
OEA Spring Leadership Learning Opportunities
Join OEA member leaders of all levels of experience from across the state for an ongoing series of learning leadership opportunities. All courses are presented by OEA staff on Zoom on Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 PM. Register HERE
- April 28, Identifying Organizing Issues: Members aren't apathetic! Learn how to ask the right questions and take action in a meaningful way.
- May 12, Conflict Styles and Conflict Resolution: Identify how you behave during conflict and recognize conflict styles in others. Use this knowledge to analyze and understand conflict resolution strategies.
- May 26, Listening, Asking Questions, and the Collaborative Approach to Problem Solving: An experienced leader knows how to listen deeply, asks open-ended questions, and uses problem solving strategies that ensure all voices are heard.
- June 2, Becoming an Anti-Racist Educator: Learn actionable strategies to stand up for your students and colleagues, and advocate for equitable outcomes for all!
Tonight! Rally at BESC to Support Custodians and Nutrition Service Workers
Below is a message from Joseph Cartino with SEIU 503, asking for PAT members to show support in pressuring the district to settle a fair contract for their members.
See the Facebook event here. Please wear your PAT Blue!
Tuesday, March 30th, 6pm
BESC, 501 N. Dixon St.
Nutrition service workers and custodians have gone above and beyond during this pandemic to keep the buildings functioning and feed the community, but they haven't been respected, protected and paid.
It's time for Portland Public Schools to do the right thing and settle a fair contract with their essential workers, and collaborate with staff, parents, and students to ensure the return to in-person instruction will be successful.
Hazard Pay: For nutrition service workers, the lowest paid PPS group, and the only one who’ve had their hours and wages cut during this pandemic. This majority female workforce has put themselves at risk to feed the community and deserve respect.
Custodians: Enough Union staff to clean and disinfect buildings. PPS’s current “Moderately Dingy” standard is not good enough, and hiring contractors is not the solution.
Thanks for your support.
Portland Association of Teachers
This Friday: Rally to Support SEIU Members- Custodians and Nutrition Services at Woodmere Elementary School
This Friday, March 12 at 3:00 PM, come to Woodmere Elementary (7900 SE Duke St, Portland, OR 97206), and rally with SEIU nutrition services and custodians in demanding that the district prioritize the health and safety of their staff. See their flyer for more information.
This Saturday: Rally to Support Mxm BLOC- Centering BIPOC Families and Teachers at BESC
This Saturday, March 13 at 3:00 PM, join us in supporting Mxm BLOC at BESC (501 N Dixon St, Portland, OR 97227) in making a call to action that centers BIPOC educators, students, and communities for a safe return to school. Details in the flyer here.
OEA Legislative Virtual Advocacy Week
OEA is still organizing a “Lobby Day” this year- they will be hosting a week of virtual town halls between our members and legislative leaders. The new concept is called Virtual Advocacy Week. Register here!
Each evening from March 29 – April 2, OEA will host a Zoom session at 5:30 PM. The town hall style meeting will last for 45 minutes. Each night will have a specified discussion topic, and as they confirm themes and legislative guests, they will make those announcements. If registration exceeds capacity on any given night, they will add a second session at 7:00 PM.
We encourage all members to register. OEA will reach out to all registrants to select their preferred night of attendance as we get closer to the event. All those who register by March 12th will receive a cool swag box with some fun lobbying props.
Join LERC for the Racial Equity and Union Solidarity Series
March 31, 5:00–6:15 pm
Gordon Lafer, Phd., LERC; Dr. Lorretta Johnson, Former AFT Secretary Treasurer; and Sherman Henry, LERC