Addressing School Safety

As you heard earlier this week, one of the tough topics still in front of us in bargaining is the issue of school safety.

As educators, we want our schools to be a place where students can make mistakes and be welcomed back into their classroom communities. But we know that interventions are needed for this to work, and many students will require ongoing support.

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Ways to Support Pioneer

In the past week, we’ve received an overwhelming number of emails, calls, and other messages, looking for ways to support the students and staff in the Pioneer program.

One thing is clear—PAT members understand that an injury to one is an injury to all.

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Become a PAT Leader, Run for Office

Are you interested in getting more involved in PAT? 

Nominations opened at the November 1st PAT Representative Assembly
 (PAT RA) for several elected positions in PAT.  These positions are:  PAT President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, PAT Executive Board Directors (5 positions), and PAT Delegates to the Oregon Education Association and National Education Association Representative Assemblies. 

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Next Week is Teacher for a Day

On December 12th, The PAT will hold this year’s Teacher for a Day event.  We invited community leaders from the legislature, city government, business, and the non-profit world to become “guest teachers” in our schools. 

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Vote Yes on Measure 101!

On January 23rd Oregon voters will participate in a special election to decide State Measure 101.  The Oregon Education Association and The PAT have joined over 90 groups, including Oregon Nurses Association, AARP, and the Oregon Medical Association in endorsing Measure 101 for a healthy Oregon.

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Help PAT Engage!

As you may have heard, PAT is partnering with OEA and PPS to run a listening campaign called Engage!  We have an ambitious goal of listening to 75% of our members and we are off to a good start, having already visited 9 schools. 

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Promoting Racial Equity in PPS

The Racial Equity Task Force is hosting a Happy Hour/Social for PAT educators of color on Thursday, December 7th from 4:30-6:30 PM at the PAT office: 345 NE 8th Ave.

The Racial Equity Task Force is working on recommendations to PAT and PPS outlining how to advance racial equity in our schools. In order to better advocate for our members of color, we need to understand what issues you are facing at work. We want to hear from you!

The event is primarily our social, but please RSVP so we can tailor the event to your expectations, and order enough food.  

Urban Educators from Around the Country Gather in Portland

 Last week, the National Council of Urban Education Associations met in Portland. Union activists and officers from all over the country came together to talk about supporting our students and defending our profession.

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OEA Conflict Resolution Workshop, March 3, 2018

Our statewide organization, the Oregon Education Association, is hosting three conflict resolution workshops around the state in 2018, and the closest one in our area will be March 3, 2018 at the Clackamas Uniserv Office.

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