National Board Certification Workshop

Do you have questions about National Board Certification? The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards will host two presentations this month for PPS teachers. Come learn more about state and local supports (and incentives) and what it takes to become a National Board Certified Teacher. 

Tuesday, May 31st at BESC Board Room 4:30-5:30 pm.

A short presentation will be given, followed by a time to ask questions.

For further information, please contact Cindy Dulcich: [email protected] or Stacy Meyer:  [email protected].

Living Up to Our Agreements

The results from this year's TELL survey are now available online. Take a look at how Portland compares with the rest of the state, and how your school compares with the rest of the District (If your school is not listed that means fewer than 50 percent of the staff responded).

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Watch Out for IP 65

Recently, Stand For Children has been trying to gain access to school buildings in order to promote a ballot measure they're sponsoring, Initiative Petition 65. The proposal promises to improve graduation rates by promoting career technical education (CTE). As educators, we all want to see Oregon's graduation rates go up, but Stand for Children's proposal will actually do more harm than good.

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Reviewing School Boundaries

For over a year, the District has been reviewing school boundaries and discussing whether and how they need to change.

Two PAT members have been a part of the formal review process, known as DBRAC, the District Boundary Review Advisory Committee. While we will not take a position on the scenarios currently being considered by the District, PAT has consistently made our priorities clear.

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PAT Members' Scholarship Awards

This year, we had an amazing number of qualified candidates for the PAT Members' Scholarship. Thanks to everyone who applied, and congratulations to the recipients for 2015-16 each of whom will receive a $1,000 scholarship:

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Elect Your Building Representatives!

With so many serious issues facing Portland educators, it is more important than ever to have a group of committed representatives, who listen to and advocate for the teachers in your building. It's time for each building to elect their representatives! 

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You Are Appreciated!

When my daughter was little, one night at dinner she announced that she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up.  I come from a family of educators; both my parents were teachers and so are my brother and sister. 

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Meeting a Milestone for a Better Oregon

On Friday April 15th, PAT surpassed its goal of collecting 10,000 signatures for the Better Oregon Campaign. We couldn't have done it without your hard work, so thank you!

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Report from the OEA Representative Assembly

The PAT delegation participated in the OEA Representative Assembly on April 15th and 16th. PAT was recognized for our hard work collecting signatures for the Better Oregon campaign, and our Legislative Committee was given an award for our work in last year's School Board races.

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Act Now to Build a Better Oregon

We're down to the wire with our goal of collecting 10,000 signatures by mid-April. We have counted 8,110 signatures as of April 7, and OEA still has over a thousand in process. PAT members should be proud of the fact that we've collected over ten percent of the signatures statewide, but we can't stop now!

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Labor Activists Stand Up in Chicago

From the bravery displayed by Mexican teacher-activists at Friday's UCORE (United Caucuses of Rank and File Educators) meeting, to the steamfitters, machinists and teamsters echoing Solidarity Forever (to the tune of Glory, Glory Hallelujah) late into the night on Saturday, the 2016 Labor Notes Conference in Chicago was a huge success.

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OEA Representative Assembly: April 15-16

This weekend, PAT members will take part in the Oregon Education Association's Representative Assembly. This is our statewide union's highest body, and a key place to make our voice heard on everything from legislative and political issues to professional practice.

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PAT Members Weigh In On Housing and Environmental Issues

PAT Representative Assemblies continue to be a place for lively discussion and debate, where members tackle a wide array of issues affecting our city.

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Shaping ESSA in Oregon

PAT's own Gwen Sullivan has been chosen to represent PAT as part of an Oregon Department of Education workgroup guiding the state's implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. 

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Internal Transfers: Postings Open April 19th

This is the time of year that eligible PAT members can opt for an internal transfer and some may even face "unassignment". It's important that everyone understands the process.

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Making the Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment

At the 2015 OEA Representative Assembly, delegates voted to inform our members about the arguments for divesting PERS from fossil fuel companies. 

Kudos to PAT Executive Board member Tom Kane for his article in the Winter 2016 issue of the Today's OEA, which spells out the way our retirement funds can be used to slow climate change and spur development of local clean energy solutions

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

I'm happy to report that, on Friday, the District agreed to remove the "Component 4G" from all educator evaluations

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Understanding Opt Out: New Laws Expand Rights for Parents, Rein in Punitive Measures

For years, PAT members have been sounding the alarm about the negative impact of high-stakes standardized tests. 

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PAT PAC Endorsements

Over the past few weeks, the PAT-PAC interviewed dozens of candidates running for a variety of state and local offices. Through the interview process, it was clear that people across Portland are engaged and active, committed to making our city, and our state, a better place.

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PAT Election Results

The following PAT members were elected to union office during the recently concluded PAT election. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated in our democratic process!

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