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 and Karen LiaoThe 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:

And more...

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:

Upcoming/Continuing Events

Spring 2021 OEA 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! 

OEA Jump Start Series Now Registering for July and August

OEA's National Board Jump Start is a comprehensive, multi-day seminar designed to provide National Board candidates with important information about the certification process, time to examine component and Assessment Center requirements, the opportunity to plan how to meet requirements, and time to collaborate, and gather resources and information needed to pursue certification. 

Participants will receive 30 PDUs for completing a full suite of modules.

Registration fills up fast. Register now for this six part series

April 16-17, OEA Representative Assembly

A Virtual Visit with Dr. Bettina Love, Author of We Want to Do More Than Survive

***NEW DATE, May 12, 2021*** NOW OPEN TO PPS STAFF FROM ALL GRADE LEVELS. Register HERE.

Upcoming PAT Committees Meetings: RSVP Here

  • Advocacy Committee, April 21, 4:30-6:30 PM
  • IPD Committee, April 21, 4:30-6:30 PM
  • Substitute Committee, April 21, 4:30-6:30 PM
  • Bargaining Committee, April 28, 4:30-6:30 PM
  • Racial Equity Committee, April 28, 4:30-6:30 PM
  • Social Justice and Community Outreach Committee, April 28, 4:30-6:30 PM
  • Membership Committee, May 6, 4:00-5:30 PM
  • Legislative Committee, May 6, 5:00-7:00 PM

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

Community Healing Event for the PAT Asian and Pacific Islander Community

This Friday, April 16th at 3:30pm, the Asian 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 to join.

Upcoming Events and Resources for Educators of Color

We hope that you are doing well and are experiencing or preparing for a safe and positive return to the classroom with your students. We want you to know that we value you, we see you, and we are here to support you. There are a few awesome workshops and offerings we want to make sure you are aware of and have the opportunity to participate in, should you choose to do so.

OEA Sponsored Book Groups for BIPOC Participants ONLY

Get reimbursed for your TSPC Licensure Fees!

The Oregon Legislature, through the Student Success Act, has authorized TSPC to mitigate costs associated with TSPC licensure and assessments for racially, ethnically, and/or linguistically diverse teacher and administrator candidates. If you have incurred an initial license or renewal expense (for example, fees paid in eLicensing to TSPC, fees paid to complete an ORELA or Praxis test) between the fiscal year of July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, you may qualify for repayment. You can find further information regarding qualifications for the program, what is eligible for reimbursement, and application forms here: TSPC : Diversity License Expense Reimbursements : Financial Assistance

NEW NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION GRANT OPPORTUNITY FOR BIPOC AND EARLY EDUCATORS

National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in education and provides numerous benefits to teachers, students, and schools. It was designed to develop, retain, and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. 

Under a new grant, there are funds allocated specifically to support BIPOC and early career educators in Oregon in obtaining their certification.

If you are interested in learning more about why National Board Certification is referred to as the best professional development you will ever take and the "gold standard" for teaching, consider registering for one of the upcoming information sessions on April 7th and April 8th.

National Board Certification

In addition to these opportunities for Educators fo Color only, please see our website for more upcoming events and opportunities, open to all members, including:

In Solidarity,

Jacque Dixon and Nedra Miller, PAT Racial Equity Committee Co-Chairs

Portland Association of Teachers
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OSU Provost's Lecture Series Featuring Ibram X. Kendi

April 14, 2021 from 5:00 -6:00  p.m. via Zoom. Free and open to the public. Register Here

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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 pageApril 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! 

Registration is open! 

  • 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!

Safety Committees and Semester 2 Overages

We wanted to share some information regarding Safety Committees and Overage Claims.

Understanding COVID-Related Safety at Your School

Every school shall have a Safety Committee, with 1-2 PAT members appointed by members at your school.

  • The safety committee will tour the building to ensure that all of the provisions on safety and health protections in the PAT-PPS MOU on returning to hybrid instruction are in place. The initial walk through for K-5 should have been done by March 19, 2021. Middle and High School Safety Committees should complete their walkthroughs prior to hybrid starting on April 19, 2021. 
  • Safety Committees should use the Building Environment Checklist for these tours, and to make sure all of the required supports are established in buildings.
  • Make sure you know who is on your school’s safety committee. After the walkthrough, your safety committee members should inform your staff what the outcome was of the evaluation, and what steps were taken to address any issues.

Similarly, all in-person educators should use the Daily Classroom/Workspace Checklist everyday to ensure that they are working in a space that meets all of the safety requirements.

If the requirements are not met, this is the protocol:

  1. Notify your administrator/principal and building rep. Ask administrator for a timeline for resolution.
  2. If not resolved right away, contact your custodian.
  3. Contact [email protected]
  4. If safety concerns are still not met, the space should not be used for instruction.

MOU Section I.f. - “After student instruction begins, if a room does not meet the agreed upon safety protocol and changes cannot be made within a reasonable amount of time, the room will not be used for in-person instruction until safety conditions are met.”

Please then inform your building rep and your principal that you need a new space for instruction. 

If, after following the steps above, your administrator is unable or unwilling to adhere to the MOU,  please contact your UniServ Consultant and Area Superintendent.

If you have questions about these protocols, please come to the Advocacy Cadre Zoom meeting, Monday, April 5 at 5:00 pm, to go over this protocol and get your questions answered. You can also email questions or concerns to the Cadre at [email protected].

You can find the MOU, Safety Checklists, and more resources on our website.

Overage Payments for Second Semester

Article 8 in the 2019-2020 PAT Agreement has language that defines workload “thresholds” for class-size, teaching load, caseload, and the number of unique course preparations. PPS is required by this contract language to pay educators whose workload exceeds those thresholds that were reviewed and calculated by PPS between February 16 and March 2, 2021.

Staff receiving stipends should have received a separate check on the March payday. The type of stipend will be reflected on the check as “Class Overload Stipend” and “Over 3 Prep Stipend.”

If you did not receive the pay you anticipated, please submit those questions and any documentation to PPS immediately and a PPS HR representative will review your information and respond about whether or not they will make any corrections. 

Overage for Educators working under a “4x4” Schedule in High Schools

With respect to overage payment for educators that work in high schools doing a temporary 4x4 schedule, we have major disagreements with the District’s implementation of our contract language. 

While PPS believes the language in the CBA is based on case-loads and unique preparation numbers per-semester, PAT believes that the overages numbers in the contract are directly linked to year-long courses.   

It is our belief that high school educators working under a 4x4 schedule may not have been paid the proper overage payments if overage payments were not based on 160-student per year threshold. Further, we believe the threshold of “3 unique preparations” applies to the number of preparations over the course of the year.  

PAT already has an “overage” grievance filed last year regarding seven different types of overage violations. One of the PAT positions is that the District failed to pro-rate student overage numbers by the number of courses an educator teaches. That grievance is currently in settlement talks with a state mediator. In addition, PAT filed a new grievance to correct the overages we believe resulted from the 4x4 schedule.  

For now, please fill out the PPS form if you believe you are owed overage payments that you did not receive.

Schedule in K-8 Schools

We have had a lot of questions about the schedule for 6th through 8th grade students at K-8 schools. Here are some clarifications:

  • K-5th grade will follow the elementary schedule, and 6th-8th grade will follow the middle school schedule. (You can see the PPS example middle school schedule here.)
  • That means, all 6th-8th grade students should have all their classes remotely in the morning, and can attend hybrid in-person instruction in the afternoon during the “asynchronous” time. 
  • At a K-8 school, the timing of the afternoon in-person session for middle school students should match the timing for the K-5 afternoon in-person session, so that students in all grades can access transportation together.

PPS School Board Endorsements May 2021

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 sametime understands the disparities of Black and Brown children and other marginalized and undeserved 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.

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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
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