COVID-19 Vaccines for Students 16+ and Families

Starting this week, PPS high school students 16 and older, and PPS families, will have the opportunity to sign up for a COVID vaccine appointment through a simplified process. 

Appointments will be at the Oregon Convention Center on Wednesdays.  To make sure students and families can access this opportunity, PPS will be running bus shuttles from 3 locations: Roosevelt, Jefferson, and Roseway Heights. 

PPS is still finalizing the sign-up process and translating communications into all supported languages, but I wanted to make sure you had this information now, so you can share it with students on Tuesday. 

If you teach students 16 or older, or know of PPS families who would benefit from support accessing the COVID vaccine, please tell your students about this opportunity, and let them know that a link to sign up will be emailed to the families of high school students, and sent through Remind.  

Here is a slide to share with students with some basic information and to the sign-up. 

The message below is being sent by PPS to families of PPS High School students, and has some additional information. 

 

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1619: Centering Black History and Black Futures in Oregon: An Evening with Nikole Hannah-Jones

You are invited:

1619: Centering Black History and Black Futures in Oregon: An Evening with Nikole Hannah-Jones
Friday, May 7, 2021 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
REGISTER HERE

As we center our work in equity throughout the state, we are pleased to invite you to participate in a discussion with Nikole Hannah-Jones, author of “The 1619 Project” reframing the Black experience in American history.

This discussion, moderated by TV anchor Ken Boddie, will focus on how the inclusion of 1619 historical events into our educational system will further Oregon’s efforts at breaking down systems of oppression.

This event is geared to engage with Oregon educators statewide, with specific emphasis on our shared national history and “Centering Black History and Black Futures in Oregon”.

This event is sponsored by the Oregon Alliance of Black School Educators (ORABSE) and the Oregon Department of Education.

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President's Message, April 28, 2021

April has been another emotional month for educators. We started by preparing classroom spaces and material for this new phase in pandemic teaching. And once again, educators have demonstrated immeasurable creativity and care to meet the needs of both our students entering our physical classrooms, and those who continue to learn remotely.

It has filled my heart to see the joy of PAT members finally getting to meet students in-person. And despite the stress of once again redesigning our practice for hybrid learning, many educators are finding satisfaction in finally having class sizes small enough to interact with each and every student in the room. It is a reminder of what we have always known—that individual attention makes an enormous difference for our students, and that we need to continue working toward our vision of a public school system where students get their needs met by design.

I am also thrilled to report that this week our SEIU 503 colleagues—school custodians and nutrition service workers—finally came to a tentative agreement on their contract, including receiving the hazard pay and additional staffing that they have been asking for. SEIU leaders send their gratitude to PAT and all the PPS unions for coming together in solidarity to support our colleagues’ demands for respect and safety. 

Unfortunately, over the course of the month, COVID cases in Oregon have been steadily rising. Since spring break, Multnomah country has gone from “moderate” to “extremely high” risk, and case counts have doubled. 

Many people have been asking if the District will suspend hybrid learning and move exclusively to CDL if cases continue to rise. According to Governor Brown’s executive order, school districts MUST continue to offer in-person instruction at all schools unless case counts surpass 350 cases per 100 thousand residents over a 2-week period. As of Monday, April 26, Multnomah county was at 221 cases.  

In this environment, it is crucial that we hold the District accountable for following all of our safety agreements, and that we follow them ourselves. Please be vigilant in modeling all safety protocols and reinforcing them with your students, including wearing masks correctly, and maintaining physical distance. Please also make sure to use the safety checklist daily.

As part of her push to reopen in-person instruction, the Governor has tied state funding to being open for hybrid or full in-person instruction this spring. As long as COVID is spreading in the community, we know there will inevitably be positive cases in our schools. That is why our safety language is so critical-- it is designed to prevent the spread of COVID within our classrooms and schools. 

PAT is checking in with reps from every school with a positive case to make sure protocols continue to be followed when there is a positive case at school. So far, we have not heard of any COVID cases where transmission occurred at school, but we continue to monitor the situation closely.

We also continue to advocate for transparency in reporting positive cases in schools. At the April 14 school board meeting, PPS Chief of Systems Performance, Dr. Russell Brown reported that the District was in the process of creating a dashboard to share such information with the public. We have been following up, and were last told that the dashboard was expected to launch this week.

We have also been advocating to get vaccine sites set up at schools, starting with high schools in our most impacted communities. Now that our students 16 and older are eligible to be vaccinated, we have an opportunity--and a moral imperative--to close the vaccine-access gap as quickly as possible, and protect our students and their families. Over the past several weeks, I have met with numerous state and county officials and agencies, as well as PPS leaders, to advocate for the urgency of getting these vaccine sites set up quickly, and we will continue to press the Governor’s office and area lawmakers.

I continue to be inspired by everything that you do to support our students, and what we’ve been able to do together as a union.

In Solidarity, 

Elizabeth Thiel

PAT President

Correction: Evaluations Due by May 28th

Last Advocate, we reminded everyone that evaluations for contract educators were due in HR by May 1st. We are sorry to say that we were wrong.

In the midst of all the negotiations this year, PPS asked us if we would agree to extend the contract teacher evaluation deadline to May 28th. The reason PPS requested the change was that many principals were having a difficult time finding ways to meet the timelines under CDL conditions, and that everyone would find that the extension would make the process less stressful. At that time, in early March, we said “yes” to the request. 

When we said “yes,” we stated that our one “condition is that for the remainder of the year the District continue to use the CDL eval tool.” The District agreed.

This year, the contract educator evaluations are due on May 28th. All educators will be evaluated using the CDL evaluation tool, even though we have moved to Hybrid education.

Understanding How External Job Postings Work

With the exception of Art and Elementary, positions in all other content areas have been opened up to external applicants as of Monday, April 26th. If you have not seen any vacancies posted in your subject area, that means there aren’t available positions at this time. 

Unlike the internal phase, there is not a designated week during which all vacancies are posted at once, everyone applies, and are then interviewed all during the same time period. Instead, it is done on a “rolling” basis, as vacancies are posted. According to the PAT contract, a vacancy is required to be posted for at least 5 days. But, vacancies may be posted at different times, as they become known. You can keep checking the list of vacancies to see what comes up. 

The five-day posting requirement applies only to vacancies posted by July 1st. After that, a vacancy must only remain posted for three days. Please also note that new vacancies in current, ongoing positions which become known within twenty-one calendar days prior to the first workday of the standard work year are not required to be posted. HOWEVER, if it is a newly created position, they must be posted for at least 3 days.

See Article 18.3 – Posting Procedures in the PAT contract. Also, review the 2021 FAQ #2 - Applying and Interviewing for Positions.

Donate to the Sick Leave Bank

Donate up to 40 hours of your sick leave to help a colleague in need.

Members may donate up to 40 hours of sick leave annually. Employees who have submitted notice of resignation are exempted from this maximum limit, and may contribute as many hours as they would like. 

This year, it is easier than ever to donate hours: you can donate hours by filling out this online form! You will need to log in with your PPS email account and include your PPS employee ID number on the form.

The PAT Sick Leave Bank (see PAT/PPS contract Article 17.2.1.2) provides aid for colleagues who have exhausted their accumulated leave balances but are unable to work due to extended or recurring personal illness. With the help of the Sick Leave Bank, they are able to avoid the additional hardships of lost salary and lost insurance coverage during their illness. 

The Sick Leave Bank is funded completely by voluntary contributions of sick leave days from PAT educators. Thank you for considering making a donation today!

May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Month-- Mark your Calendar!

Please join us at 4:00 PM on Monday, May 3 for our PAT AAPI Month Virtual Kick-Off and Curriculum Exchange. Please register here. You will be able to find all the resources for PAT AAPI Month on our website.

Your PAT AAPI Month planning committee has been hard at work. We are excited to share lessons, resources, and events for AAPI Month. There will be a variety of ways to get involved-- from visiting a local AAPI-owned business in the community, to teaching a lesson we created for you, to checking out a new podcast that centers AAPI folx. Once members complete "three in a row" on this Choice Board, you can enter a raffle to win a rad prize such as a $25 gift certificate to a local AAPI owned juicery or restaurant.

We broke up the month of May into 4 different themes. Here's a peek at each week's theme:

  • Week 1: Week of Action 
  • Week 2: Asian American History
  • Week 3: Centering Pacific Islanders
  • Week 4: AAPI Joy 

Please note: this is NOT the month to teach about Asian history, culture, or traditions. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have a long and rich history in the United States. We need to teach about those histories and experiences to expand ideas of who is an American.

Asian and Pacific Islander Educators: Affinity Space

You are invited to this weekly PAT AAPI Affinity Group- Register here

When: Every Friday at 3:30 pm during the month of May

Hosted by: Sarah Lee and Tiffany Koyama Lane (3rd Grade @ Sunnyside Environmental School)

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An Epic OEA RA: Thank You, PAT Delegates!

The OEA RA was held virtually this year due to the pandemic. Thank you to all the delegates who volunteered numerous hours attending the many events and meetings that happened over several weeks, and with the RA finishing after midnight on Saturday night. 

The delegates voted on numerous business items, bylaws changes, legislative objectives, and resolutions, all of which govern the work of our state-wide union. Highlights of the business that occurred are forthcoming. 

One important note is we elected new OEA officers: President, Reed Scott-Schwalbach; Vice President, Enrique Farrera; and ESP Director, Samantha Piers-VanderPloeg. The voting for a new NEA Director follows the NEA rules and ballots are being mailed to delegates. Our own Adolfo Garza Cano is one of the candidates for this position. We will find out the results for this race later in May. Congratulations to our new OEA officers!

Upcoming Events

Please see registration links in the event titles

  • Oregon Troublemakers School: May 14 through May 16
    Sign-up today for the first Oregon Labor Notes Troublemakers School to sharpen your organizing skills and to connect with fellow union members from across the state. The school will be held virtually and will run from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM PDT on Friday, May 14, and from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM PDT on Saturday and Sunday, May 15-16.
  • Teach Climate Justice Social: Environmental Justice on the Willamette, Part 2: Thursday, April 29th, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
    Please join the Portland Public Schools Climate Justice Committee, the Braided River Campaign, and the Portland Association of Teachers for our April 29th Teach Climate Justice social, Environmental Justice on the Willamette, Part 2: Stories from the Past, Visions of the Future.

    The workshop will introduce participants to portraits and stories of displaced communities along the Willamette River, part of the Braided River Campaign’s efforts to link the histories of displaced communities with a current vision for a green, working waterfront. There will be time for teachers to discuss how the portrait and story resources created by the BRC can be used in our classrooms, and how partnerships with community organizations like the BRC can help connect our students to the history and future of the Willamette.

  • SAVE THE DATE: "'We Are Not Drowning! We Are Fighting!' Teaching About Climate Change, Island Solidarity, and Indigenous Rights:" Thursday May 20th, 4:30 PM
    Roosevelt teacher and Rethinking Schools editor Moé Yonamine will lead a participatory online Teach Climate Justice workshop: "'We Are Not Drowning! We Are Fighting!' Teaching About Climate Change, Island Solidarity, and Indigenous Rights." Details to come. 

  • Asian and Pacific Islander Educators: Affinity Space
    Every Friday at 3:30 PM during the month of May.
  • PAT AAPI Month Virtual Kick-Off and Curriculum Exchange, Monday, May 3, 4:00 PM

Upcoming OEA Workshops

  • Online Licensure Workshops, May 20 and June 3
  • Demystifying Special Education Part 1: IEP Process & Your Role, April 29, 4:30-5:30 PM
    Learn the basics of serving students with individualized education plans (IEPs), the IEP process, and your role & responsibilities in educating children with special needs. Learn a general timeline of the year, how to read an IEP, how students are found eligible for services, and answers to other questions you might have. This session will also provide many tips, tricks, and tools of educating a student with a disability in your classroom.
  • Demystifying Special Education Part 2: Looking Beyond the Label, May 13, 4:30-5:30 PM
    Learn more about what you might encounter when working with students identified under special education eligibility categories. For example: What does it mean if a student has a communication disorder and how do you teach them? When teaching children impacted with different disabilities, how do you know what each child needs in order to access your teaching? You’ll also learn what many of the Special Education acronyms mean. In addition, this session will provide many tips, tricks, and tools of educating a student with a disability in your classroom.
  • OEA Summer Conference 2021, July 19-23
    Registration for the OEA Summer Conference 2021: Reflect and Repower, will begin next Monday, May 3rd. This will be a virtual event hosted in the OEA Events App, with over 50 courses offerings. A registration link, a detailed agenda, and full course descriptions will be available next week.

Upcoming PAT Committee Meetings

  • May 6, Membership Committee, 4:00-6:00 PM
  • May 6, Legislative Committee, 5:00-7:00 PM
  • May 6, PAT PAC Board, 5:00-7:00 PM
  • May 19PAT Rep Assembly, 4:30-6:30 PM
  • May 26, Advocacy Committee, 4:30-6:30 PM
  • May 26, Instructional Professional Development Committee, 4:30-6:30 PM
  • May 26, Substitute Committee, 4:30-6:30 PM

For all upcoming events, please see the PAT calendar and OEA calendar.

President’s Message

Last April, we were just beginning to understand the impact that COVID-19 would have on our schools and on the world. After a year of distance learning, educators from every school are welcoming students back in-person this month. 

PAT members are sharing so many different emotions and experiences connected to this transition: the joy of seeing your students face to face; exhaustion from planning and carrying out two modes of teaching students; frustration at having so many loose ends left to schools and teachers to figure out on their own; determination to get it right for our students. 

As we enter a new phase of this unprecedented school year, the safety and well-being of our students, their families, and our community remains at the heart of all we do.

To add to the anxiety of the last few weeks, COVID case counts in Multnomah County have increased significantly since the Governor ordered schools to open in-person. A month ago, Multnomah County recorded 62 cases per hundred thousand over a two-week period. For the most recent 2-week period, we are at 140 cases per hundred thousand. 

Thanks to your solidarity and engagement, as well as the relentless commitment of our Bargaining Team, PAT achieved some of the strongest safety language for reopening schools in the country

Using Our Safety Standards to Stop the Spread

We know that COVID is still spreading in the community, and that it is inevitable that schools will have positive COVID cases. The purpose of our safety language is to do everything we can to make sure that COVID does not spread through our schools

That is why our agreements on HEPA air purifiers, 6 feet of social distancing, and safety committees are so important. It is crucial that we work at every level to enforce our safety language, and make sure that safety protocols are followed. (You can find our Memorandum of Agreement, Safety Checklists, and PPS and ODE protocols here.)

Last week there were indeed positive COVID cases in several of our schools. This is no surprise: until we reach herd-immunity, we know that unvaccinated people will continue to transmit COVID, and cases will inevitably show up in our schools. Our safety language and protocols are there to prevent the virus from spreading.

In the impacted buildings, PAT members were able to verify that ODE protocols were followed correctly: all students in close contact were notified and quarantined, including those who rode the bus. As we continue to reopen, and as positive cases inevitably arise in our school communities, it is crucial that we stay vigilant. 

What Happens When COVID Cases Show Up at School?

Despite rising case numbers in our country and the inevitable disruptions, the Governor’s order requires all middle- and high schools to begin hybrid in-person learning next Monday. PPS is also still bound to follow the RSSL Guidance. According to that guidance, school districts cannot switch from hybrid to remote-only learning unless case counts reach 350 per 100 thousand in the county over a 2-week period (as of Monday, Multnomah County is at 140 cases).

However, ODE protocols require that any unvaccinated person with close contact to someone who tests positive for COVID-19 should quarantine for 10-14 days. In our elementary schools, that has meant that one positive case shifts the classroom cohort and the bus cohort to quarantine and remote instruction.  

When our Middle Schools and High Schools open next week, one positive case will impact the students in all the in-person classes with the person who tested positive, as well as the transportation cohort. As you can begin to imagine, a few positive cases in a high school or middle school could quickly result in the quarantine of a large portion of the school. Although this protocol will be disruptive, this layer of protection is crucial to prevent the spread of COVID within our school communities. 

Fortunately, on April 19th, our 16-year-old students are eligible to be vaccinated. Since this was announced, we have been working with PPS and Multnomah County to create vaccine sites at PPS schools for eligible high school students and PPS families. I am hopeful that this will be a much-needed bridge to connect our most impacted families with vaccines as soon as possible. I will share updates as I receive them.

This pandemic has underscored the fact that schools are a vital part of our community, and that nothing compares to face-to-face connections between educators and students. As educators, we are determined to make this reunion as joyful and purposeful as possible. But with only 22% of Oregonians fully vaccinated, we will not stop advocating for the strongest safety protections. Our students and our communities deserve nothing less.

Addressing Anti-Asian Violence with Your Students

Before spring break, we sent out a message of solidarity with our Asian American and Pacific Islander community, and condemning anti-Asian hateAs we return to our in-person classrooms with students, we know that this fight against Asian hate is ongoing. 

Knowing that Asian families are reaching out, afraid of sending their children to school in the midst of daily hate crimes against Asians in our country, please commit to speaking with your students about this topic over the next week. 

Here are resources for supporting your students and addressing AAPI hate as a learning community. Feel free to reach out to Tiffany Koyama Lane at [email protected] and Karen Liao at [email protected], our PAT AAPI Month project leaders, if you would like any more suggestions or support re: resources.

Community Healing Event for the PAT Asian and Pacific Islander Community

This Friday, April 16th at 3:30 PM, the Asian American and Pacific Islander Month Planning Committee, will be hosting a community healing event for the Asian and Pacific Islander community. 

If you are an educator who identifies as Asian, Pacific Islander, mixed, Hapa, multiracial, etc. you are welcome! 

You are enough.

There is no gatekeeping--no one will ask "how" you qualify to be in the circle (though you can share how you identify if that feels good). 

You are enough. 

Join us and spread the word. Here is the zoom link.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Month: Join the Team!

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Month, and our PAT Social Justice and Community Outreach Committee and our PAT Racial Equity Committee are once again teaming up to bring events and resources into our classrooms and our community.

If you are interested in helping to plan for AAPI Month or have lessons/resources to share, please contact Tiffany Koyama Lane at [email protected] and Karen Liao at [email protected]The team will meet next on Friday, April 23rd.

Time for VOTE for School Board Members

The Portland Association of Teachers Political Action Committee (PAT PAC) is proud to announce its endorsements for the May 18, 2021 school board election.

Herman Greene, in Zone 4, is a long time resident and advocate in North Portland. He is a father of four PPS graduates, and his daughter is a Roosevelt teacher (and PAT Member!)  At the core of his work is his passion for equity, unity, and hope for his community. He believes in the power of public education, and at the same time understands the disparities of Black and Brown children and other marginalized and underserved youth in our schools. He will be a powerful and needed voice on the PPS School Board. Learn more here.

Gary Hollands, in Zone 5, is a PPS alumnus and parent. He has deep ties to the North/Northeast Portland community as a business owner and an Executive Director of the Albina Sports Program. He has previously served on the MESD Board and founded Interstate Trucking Academy. Gary is a staunch advocate of CTW, and envisions a school system that supports the whole child – with healthy social environments, with diverse and varied learning opportunities, with safe, welcoming places, and mentorship.  Learn more here.

Zone 6--No Recommendation

In this race, incumbent Julia Brim-Edwards is running against newcomers Max Margolis and Libby Glynn. Your PAT PAC board did not feel we could endorse any of these candidates. We remain concerned about the influence of large multinational corporations on Julia Brim-Edwards’ decisions as a School Board director. Max Margolis and Libby Glynn, both strong parent activists, have a good understanding of the problems of the school system, but do not yet have the experience needed to manage a city-wide campaign. Therefore, we are not able to make an endorsement in this race.

Learn more about the PAT PAC and our endorsement process here.

PAT PAC is funded entirely through member contributions, not through dues dollars. Get involved and support great candidates like these: Donate to the PAT PAC here.

PAT PAC Board Elections

Every year, the PAT PAC Contributors elect members to the PAT PAC Board. If you are a PAT PAC contributor, look in your email this week for an electronic ballot. Learn more about the PAT PAC here

To become a PAT PAC member, contribute to the PAC here.

It's Time for PAT Rep Elections

It is time to elect your site’s PAT Building Representatives for next school year! Each site is entitled to one Representative for every nine members.

What do Building Reps do? Our union works because Reps do a lot! That’s why it is important to have a full team of Reps to share the load. Here are some of the responsibilities Reps take on: 

  • come to Representative Assemblies at PAT each month
  • hold meetings for PAT members at their site
  • educate members about our contract
  • advocate to protect member rights and due process
  • meet with building administrators to solve problems
  • organize members around issues at your site or in the District 

Ideally, each school has a diverse team of Reps that includes educators from a variety of grade levels and specialties, one that mirrors the racial and gender diversity of your site. Think about who you believe would be a good representative, and talk to them about running, too.

Our building elections are how we ensure that Reps at each site are trusted and respected leaders. It is crucial that members have a voice in who is representing them, and that everyone knows the process and has access to running and voting. If you’re interested in running to be a Rep, let your current Head Rep know.

Reminders:

-Every site must hold a rep election every year.

-Only PAT members can vote, and only PAT members can run to be a Rep.

Each site should create a ballot and hold their election before the May 19th RA.

For more information (including: How to Hold a Building Rep ElectionInstructions for Creating Your Ballot (and the Ballot Template), etc.), please visit www.pdxteachers.org/pat_elections.

Distance Learning Agreements and Guidances

If you have questions about returning to in-person learning, check out the Distance Learning Agreements page on the PAT website. We have posted all pertinent agreements, guidance, and resources, from schedules to safety. 

You will find:

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Know Your Contract: Summative Evaluations Due May 1st

Article 27.8.2.1 requires that, “A Summative Evaluation Report shall be submitted for contract professional educators at least every other year by May 1st of the Supervised Phase.” This year, PPS and PAT agreed to use a modified evaluation tool because of the COVID-19 teaching and learning conditions. Even though the District has moved to in-person instruction under a Hybrid model, educators are to have all evaluations performed under the modified rubric.  

The full timeline for PAT members is on our PAT website, and the observation tool can be found here. If you are having difficulty with your administrator dealing with the completed summative observation, contact your building rep or the PAT UniServ Consultant assigned to your building.

External Hiring Phase Coming Soon

The External Phase vacancies will be posted on April 20 (tentative) and will be ongoing from that date. Any educator (unless they have already accepted a voluntary transfer), substitute teachers, temporary teachers, and other external applicants are eligible for this phase. A vacancy may only be posted externally if there is no PAT unit-member unassigned who is properly licensed and competent for the position. 

For additional information about the transfer process, and interviewing, please review the following FAQs:

Contract Exceptions- Regular, and Unofficial for Terms of the MOA This Spring

What is a Contract Exception?

A Contract Exception is a process that allows a worksite to apply for an exception to the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA). While creating exceptions to our contract language is not encouraged, we recognize that specific worksites may have a specific need for a given year. Find the PAT Contract Exception form here.

Two Types of Contract Exceptions

This year, there are two types of Contract Exceptions:

    1. Regular Contract Exceptions

Regular Contract exceptions for NEXT YEAR  (assuming we are not in some form of Hybrid instruction at that time) should follow the entire process explained by the Contract Exception form. The deadline is May 7, 2021.

   2. Unofficial Exceptions for Terms of the MOA this Spring

These only apply to the MOA ON RETURN TO IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION. You can view the agreement here

Under usual circumstances, Contract Exceptions must be approved by the PAT Advocacy Committee and the District prior to implementation. During Hybrid Instruction, we will not be able to formally approve Contract Exceptions during this 8-week period. However, if there is agreement among PAT members at your building about a specific need during Hybrid instruction this year, and the idea is supported by the principal, you may, under limited circumstances, make some exceptions. 

For Unofficial Exceptions during this time, continue to follow the process laid out in the Contract Exception form. The only change is that the Advocacy Committee will NOT be able to meet and approve Exceptions. Make sure that your members and your principal recognize that this type of agreement is only possible during Hybrid instruction in the 2020/2021 school year. Please contact your UniServ Consultant with any questions.  

PAT Scholarship for Aspiring Educators of Color

The deadline to apply for our recently launched PAT Scholarship for Aspiring Educators of Color is the end of business, April 23rd, 2021.

Please encourage students of color and PPS employees of color, who are seeking to start a career as a certified educator, to apply!

Two scholarships will be awarded to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students seeking a rewarding future career in education. 

  • One $6,000 scholarship will be awarded to a Portland Public Schools graduating senior who plans on enrolling in a college or university program to begin their journey towards becoming an educator. Download the application here.
  • One $6,000 scholarship to a Portland Public Schools employee (not PAT eligible) currently enrolled in a university program to become a certified educator. Any classified or non-represented employees, such as bus drivers, para-educators, community agents, custodians, and nutrition services workers are eligible to apply. Download the application here.

Applications are linked above and available on the PAT websitePlease contact [email protected] with questions about the application process. 

IPD Committee: Quality Assessment and More!

At our next IPD Committee meeting, we will again be discussing District assessment practices. Specifically, we will review the PPS K - 12 Quality Assessment Framework. This review will inform our discussion with District leadership at the Instructional Program Council (IPC) meeting. 

We will also be sending out surveys to two specific groups - Kindergarten & 1st grade teachers and Math CMAAC members & Field Test Teachers. Your feedback is so valuable to us as we have opportunities to talk to decision makers. We are grateful for the time you take to complete them!

Solidarity with PPS Custodians and Nutrition Service Workers

Custodians and nutrition services workers, represented by SEIU 503, have masked up and worked through the pandemic to keep school buildings safe and provide school lunches to families in need. They have been negotiating with the District for over two months, yet the District has refused to make any concessions on the basic health and safety protections and additional compensation SEIU has been asking for in negotiations. As a result of the District’s resistance, SEIU workers have been stepping up public actions to pressure PPS to do the right thing. 

PAT members are showing up in solidarity at SEIU rallies, writing emails to the School Board and District leadership, and will continue to show up in solidarity with our union siblings who we know are understaffed and underpaid. 

Here are some ways that SEIU 503 has asked us to demonstrate our support for custodian and nutrition services workers, and to put pressure on PPS to meet their fair and just demands:

  • Wear the “Unions United for Safe Schools” button when you are working, especially at staff meetings. (These were ponied last week to K-5 and K-8 buildings; coming this week to MS and HS sites).
  • Email Claire Hertz [email protected] and tell her to respect, protect, and pay SEIU members for the essential work we do.
  • If you are a member of your school’s PTA, attend the next meeting, and make an announcement to share this flyer, and tell other PTA members what our custodians and nutrition service colleagues are asking for. 

 Join SEIU workers at their upcoming rallies on Monday, April 19th: