Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month: The Celebration Continues!

Latinx Heritage Month officially ends on October 15, but we hope the celebration of Latinx culture in your classroom will continue all year.  Find out more on our website. Below are some recent updates:

Resources for your classroom: Please use these recordings with your students of PAT Educators reading their favorite books to celebrate la cultura Hispana. Thank you to:

  • Pedro Cordero, Elementary School Social Worker, reading El Flamboyán Amarillo by Georgina Lázaro
  • Kenya Marquez from Lent Elementary reading I Am Latino by Sandra Pinkney
  • Ginger Huizar, Beaumont Middle School, reading Gabby Lost and Found.
  • Timisha Wilson from Arleta K-8, reading IslandBorn by Junot Diaz

Latinx Affinity Group for PAT Members

Latinx educators are invited to a weekly Latinx Affinity Group, every Friday at 4pm now through December 18th. Hosted by Leticia Alvarez, Cesar Chavez K-8. The purpose of this affinity group is to provide a safe space for Latinx educators to receive support and encouragement from their Latinx colleagues.  Register in advance to get the link to join. 

Teaching for Equity National Conference: October 17

This year, the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) will be hosting a national professional development conference on October 17th. Teach for Equity: Reaching all Students in Turbulent Times will help you reflect upon and sharpen your culturally responsive teaching with timely sessions from Geneviève DeBose, Alex Kajitani, Monica Washington, Michelle Cottrell-Williams & Leigh Ann Erickson, Lorrie Heagy & Rose Willard, Qorsho Hassan, and Abdul Wright.

The first 4,000 NEA members who register for the convening will be able to use the promotional code “NEAEquity” during registration to have the $50.00 event fee waived – so if you’re interested in attending Teach for Equity: Reaching all Students in Turbulent Times act fast!

Register online. 

OEA Promising Practices Grants

Every year, OEA gives Promising Practices Grants to educators to support student learning and professional development for OEA members across Oregon. This year, there is $2,000 available for grants to PAT members.

Grants can be used to fund projects or materials that support improved student achievement. The application is fully online this year and available here

Some examples of past projects funded by the Promising Practices Grant are:

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Bargaining Brief- October 2 & 9, 2020

PAT Colleagues:

 

We have some progress in bargaining to report.  PAT and PPS bargaining teams met on October 2nd and again on October 9th.  (The October 2nd meeting can be viewed here: Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4. The October 9th meeting can be viewed here: Part 1Part 2Part 3.)  The result of those sessions are a number of agreements on working conditions.

 

The first set of agreements cover evaluations.  Starting now:

  • All goal setting is pushed back to November 1st, and the goals are to be SEL goals rather than academic goals.
  • No educator is to be negatively rated or impacted if they are not able to achieve the SEL goal.  No observation is to take place prior to November 1st
  • All probationary educators, regardless of their year in the probationary process, will follow the timelines for probationary 3 educators. 

 

We finally agreed to form a committee to modify the existing educator rubric so that the rubric identifies and encourages proficient and distinguished practice, and which recognizes that educators need support rather than unsatisfactory ratings on an evaluation. 

 

Last but not least, any educator on a Plan of Assistance (POA) that began prior to the COVID shutdown, or who was to be put on a POA, will have the plan restarted only after the PAT and PPS meet to agree which ones are appropriate to continue prior to full in-person education resuming. 

 

In a major workload improvement for some PAT members, the two sides agreed to 1.0 FTE Technical Assistant professional educators for both School Psychologists and SLPs. 

 

Although we did not reach agreement, your PAT team was able to make progress on fair working conditions for .5 FTE educators, and for terms related to providing services to students by Social Workers, Counselors, School Psychologists, Speech Language Pathologists, and QMHPs.  

 

We meet again on October 16th to discuss part-time work conditions in addition to other PAT proposals.

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November 2020 General Election Endorsements

The PAT PAC (Political Action Committee) is proud to endorse the following candidates in the November 2020 General Election:

Oregon State Legislature

HD 33: Maxine Dexter 

HD 36: Lisa Reynolds

HD 46: Khanh Pham

SD 21: Kathleen Taylor

Portland City Council Position 4: Chloe Eudaly

Metro Council District 5: Mary Nolan

The OEA PAC is proud to endorse the following candidates for state-wide races:

Oregon Secretary of State: Shemia Fagan

Oregon State Treasurer: Tobias Reed

Oregon Attorney General: Ellen Rosenblum

 

PAT Ballot Measure Endorsements

PAT is proud to endorse the following ballot measures on the November ballot which all play a part in building a more just, sustainable, and supportive city.

  •     Preschool for All Measure 26-214 has merged with the Universal Preschool for All campaign. The combined package will tax high earners in order to provide preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds in Multnomah County. The plan will also guarantee a living wage for all preschool teachers and assistants, and gives them the right to unionize.
  •     Multnomah County Library Bond Measure 26-211 will expand and modernize the library branches in the neighborhoods that need them most, and build a new flagship library in East County. 
  •     Portland Schools Bond: Measure 26-215 will invest in our schools with funds to modernize Jefferson High School, create the new Center for Black Student Excellence, update curriculum resources, and make needed safety and accessibility improvements.
  •     Let’s Get Moving: Metro Bond Measure 26-218 will improve 17 of our most dangerous and congested roadways, greatly improve public transit options, address climate and equity priorities, and provide free youth passes for everyone under 18.
  •     Portland Parks Levy Measure 26-213 will maintain our parks and natural areas and restore vital recreation services and community center offerings, while maintaining jobs.
  • The Real Police Accountability Measure 26-217will give our community a voice in police use-of-force incidents, ensuring that police live up to our community values. 

May 2019 School Board Endorsements

The Portland Association of Teachers Political Action Committee (PAT PAC) is proud to announce its endorsements for the May 2019 school board election.

The PAT PAC endorsement panel consisted of 8 educators along with OEA staff. The panel considered the following criteria while making their endorsements: support for collective bargaining; commitment to educator voice; knowledge of education issues such as standardized testing and disrupted learning; commitment to racial equity; advocacy for strong, fully-funded public schools; and electability.

We look forward to working with these candidates to improve our school district.

Michelle DePass, in Zone 2, has deep roots in PPS and the Portland community, and brings expertise and skills that will be huge assets to the board. She is experienced in engaging communities and addressing systemic inequity through her work as the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Portland Housing Bureau. Having managed large construction projects, she will have a crucial role as the board works to keep bond projects on time and on budget. She is committed to creating safe and healthy environments for students, which include social-emotional supports and time for outdoor play.

Amy Kohnstamm, in Zone 3, will provide needed consistency to the board in a time of continued turn-over among district leaders. In her work on the District’s bargaining team, she demonstrates a commitment to honoring our contract, and will be the only remaining member of the District's original Interest-Based Bargaining team. Amy believes that corporations should not have undue influence on our state legislature, and has committed to working us to fight for funding from the state.

Eilidh Lowery, in Zone 7, is a longtime volunteer and supporter of public schools. She has served on the Citizen’s Budget Review Committee, and seeks to disrupt systems of inequality that are evident across the District. She is a strong supporter of unions, understands the value of teacher voice, and has been actively standing with us to demand that the legislature fully fund our schools.

Andrew Scott, in Zone 1, has the experience and expertise to be a successful PPS Board Member. As the Budget Director for the City of Portland & Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Metro, he has a proven record of making the government work better for its people. He is a strong advocate for teachers and students, and is committed to working with us to increase funding for our schools. He is also a PPS parent.

Learn more about the PAT PAC here.

May 2020 Primary Endorsements

Portland Association of Teachers PAC Endorsements for the May Primary 

Endorsements for Local Races

Even in the best of times, local politics have a deep impact on the success of our schools, the well-being of our students, and the strength and fairness of our economy. Considering the public-health crisis that we are facing in our community and around the world, it is more important than ever that we have elected leaders who are committed to working with impacted communities to solve problems, rethink systems that perpetuate inequity, and take action to support our public schools, workers, and the public services that so many of our students depend on. 

Endorsement for Oregon Legislature

This year, the issues of keeping promises and respecting workers have been of central importance to the PAT PAC Board, and to all our PAT PAC members. The passage of SB1049 last summer-- which reallocates a portion of public employees’ compensation away from workers’ retirement savings, to use it to pay down the state’s debt-- was deeply troubling to teachers and all public employees. A vote for this bill represents a lawmakers’ willingness to forgo agreements made in trust, and force public workers to pay for the state's programs.

Nonetheless, we gave every candidate an opportunity to discuss their vote with us. Some answers horrified us- not only do some of our elected officials show no remorse for their vote, some said they'd do further cuts if needed.

This primary season, the PAT PAC is not endorsing, or giving money to, any candidate who voted for SB1049. We are hopeful that moving forward, our Oregon Legislators will be bold champions for workers, public education, and the revenue reform to allow our state to meet the needs of all our state’s children, families, and community members. 

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Portland City Commissioner Position 1: Carmen Rubio

Carmen Rubio is a champion in the non-profit community and is running to ensure that the leaders making hard decisions are truly representative of everyone in our city. She has been the Executive Director of the Latino Network since 2009, and her priorities are addressing homelessness and housing affordability, climate action, and responsive government. She will be a valuable voice on the city council. Sign up to volunteer for Carmen's campaign!


 

Portland City Commissioner Position 2: Julia DeGraw 

Julia Degraw has spent her career bringing diverse groups together to fight for the common good. Worker’s rights, environmental justice, and housing have always been central to her work.

She led the fight to prevent Nestlé from bottling our public water in the Columbia River Gorge – and won; and she has brought to the forefront the conversation about reforming the Portland City Council’s at-large election and commission systems. Sign up to help get Julia's elected!

 

 

Portland City Commissioner Position 4: Chloe Eudaly

Chloe Eudaly ran for the CIty Council 4 years ago to get a renter’s perspective on the City Council. Since then, she has passed historic tenant protection policies, and advanced initiatives addressing climate change, air pollution, immigration removal defense, transportation justice, and racial equity. We look forward to continuing to work with her to make sure our city works for all our community members, especially those who have been under-served. Sign up to volunteer for Chloe's campaign!

 

 

District Attorney: Mike Schmidt 

We are lucky to have two highly qualified candidates in this race. Mike Schmidt’s focus on criminal justice reform, and his vision for re-thinking the systems that replicate inequity make him the ideal candidate in this race. His role as executive director of the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, as well as leadership in national justice organizations, position him to spearhead 21st century justice reform in our state. Sign up here to help make Mike Schmidt our next DA!

 

 

Metro Council District 5: Mary Nolan

Mary Nolan has proved herself to be a powerful ally to workers and schools, in numerous roles in the past. During her twelve years in the Oregon Legislature, including as the majority leader in the House, she was a steadfast advocate for keeping the state’s promises to workers. She has a long history of advocating for women, public transportation, and environmental protections. In her role at Metro, she is committed to collaborating with unions to make sure that public sector projects embody a commitment to increasing stable, living-wage jobs in our community. Read more about Mary here.

 

 

Metro Council District 6: Bob Stacey

Bob Stacey has served on the Metro Council since 2013. He is committed to advancing affordable housing throughout the metro region, and expanding transportation options throughout the region. He continues to work to make sure families in all parts of the region have access to natural spaces, clean air, and efficient transportation options. Learn more about Bob Stacey here.

 

 

Multnomah County Commissioner District 1: Sharon Meieran

As an emergency room doctor, community health advocate, and mother of two children in Portland Public Schools, Sharon is committed to  addressing homelessness, addictions, and mental illness, and improving access to meaningful healthcare. Although being a County Commissioner is a full-time job, she continues to work shifts in the emergency room because of her belief in centering front-line workers in decision-making. Learn more about Sharon Meieran's campaign here.

 

 

Multnomah County Commissioner District 3: Jessica Vega Pederson

At Multnomah County, Commissioner Vega Pederson has championed the County’s efforts to combat climate change, increase access to public transportation, and has focused on expanding access to early childhood education. Before being elected to the County Commission, she was the first Latina elected to the Oregon House of Representatives. Sign up here to get involved with Jessica's campaign!

 

 

House District 33: Christina Stephenson

As a civil rights attorney, Christina has centered her career around protecting workers. She is a fierce advocate for labor rights, housing affordability, school funding, and the revenue reform we need to make Oregon a place where all our community members can thrive. As the mom of a kindergartener in PPS, she sees first-hand how direly our schools need the resources to lower class sizes and offer all the supports that our students need. Help elect Christina here!

 

 

House District 36: Laurie Wimmer

We are fortunate to have a strong field of progressive candidates for the HD 36 seat, but Laurie Wimmer surpasses all with her in-depth knowledge of the issues and policies that are most important to educators and families. Her decades of experience as an OEA lobbyist, advocating in Salem for educators and students, give her the political know-how to get things done.Above all, Laurie’s passion for public education, economic justice, racial equity, and collective bargaining position her to be a champion for PAT members, students, and working families. Volunteer to help get Laurie elected here!

 

 

House District 42: Paige Kreisman

Paige Kreisman deeply believes in fully funding public schools, strengthening workers’ rights, and providing needed human services to all Oregonians. Her background as an organizer and advocate for the Portland Democratic Socialists of America demonstrated a willingness to take a stand and fight for crucial issues. Although she is not an educator, she gave a firm commitment to collaborate with educators and the PAT on education legislation. Sign up here to get involved with Paige's campaign!

 

 

House District 46: Khanh Pham

Khanh Pham brings an organizer’s spirit to the constituents of House District 46. She is a working mom, and long-time community organizer, policymaker, and advocate for the diverse communities of the district. A long-time organizer for environmental and economic justice, she will be a leader in Oregon's transition to a renewable economy. Join the force working to elect Khanh here!

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Senate District 18: Ben Bowman

Ben Bowman has been advocating for public education since childhood, when he walked picket lines with his mother, a teacher and union leader. With a background in education policy, Ben has a deep understanding of the challenges that Oregon’s teachers and students are facing, as well as what’s needed to solve them. He is also deeply committed to issues of social justice and economic inequality. As a school board member, he has been an ally to our colleagues in the Tigard-Tualatin School District; in Salem, he will be an ally to educators across the state. Get involved with Ben's campaign here!

 

 

Senate District 21: Kathleen Taylor

Senator Taylor’s record on public education and labor rights speaks for itself. Not only was she a vocal advocate for the Student Success Act, she has consistently voiced the need for structural revenue reform in Oregon so that we can fully fund education, social services, healthcare, and all the things kids and families in Oregon need. She voted no on SB 1049, rejecting the notion that workers' retirement accounts be raided to pay down the state's debt, so our support for her is PERSonal. Sign up here to volunteer with Kathleen's campaign!

OEA PAC Endorsements for Oregon Statewide Races

Attorney General: Ellen Rosenblum 

Secretary of State: Shemia Fagan

Treasurer: Tobias Read

OEA PAC Recommendations for Federal Races

US Senate: Jeff Merkley

Congressional District 1: Suzanne Bonamici 

Congressional District 3: Earl Blumenauer 

Congressional District 4: Peter DeFazio 

Congressional District 5: Kurt Schrader 

 

President's Message: Use Your Voice, and Vote

There is a lot at stake this November, and in this time of crisis and uncertainty, it is crucial that we invest in supportive services for our community and in sustainable, living wage jobs to fuel our economic recovery.

Too many people are talking about this election as a time for tough choices—between schools, libraries, parks, public transit, and preschool—arguing that we can’t afford to invest in so much all at once. That will certainly be the message from corporations and the extremely wealthy who have continued to profit during this pandemic while low-wage earners have lost so much. 

We cannot allow these measures to be pitted against each other. I hope we all talk to our friends, neighbors, and family members to explain that we can’t afford NOT to invest in our community right now. Supportive services and living-wage jobs is our road OUT of the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression. 

Recent events in Louisville, where a grand jury decided not to charge the officers responsible for the death of Breonna Taylor, also demonstrate why we cannot wait any longer for real police accountability. This November we can take a crucial step forward and implement policies that live up to our values and promote real community safety.  

Ballots will be mailed out the week of October 14. Please vote early, and spread the word about these important initiatives.

In Solidarity,

 

Elizabeth Thiel

PAT President

VOTE to Invest in Our Values: PAT-Endorsed Ballot Measures

PAT is proud to endorse the following ballot measures on the November ballot which all play a part in building a more just, sustainable, and supportive city.

  •     Preschool for All Measure 26-214 has merged with the Universal Preschool for All campaign. The combined package will tax high earners in order to provide preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds in Multnomah County. The plan will also guarantee a living wage for all preschool teachers and assistants, and gives them the right to unionize.
  •     Multnomah County Library Bond Measure 26-211 will expand and modernize the library branches in the neighborhoods that need them most, and build a new flagship library in East County. 
  •     Portland Schools Bond: Measure 26-215 will invest in our schools with funds to modernize Jefferson High School, create the new Center for Black Student Excellence, update curriculum resources, and make needed safety and accessibility improvements.
  •     Let’s Get Moving: Metro Bond Measure 26-218 will improve 17 of our most dangerous and congested roadways, greatly improve public transit options, address climate and equity priorities, and provide free youth passes for everyone under 18.
  •     Portland Parks Levy Measure 26-213 will maintain our parks and natural areas and restore vital recreation services and community center offerings, while maintaining jobs.
  • The Real Police Accountability Measure 26-217will give our community a voice in police use-of-force incidents, ensuring that police live up to our community values. 

PAT PAC Candidate Endorsements  

The PAT PAC (Political Action Committee) is proud to endorse the following candidates in the November General Election:

Oregon State Legislature

HD 33: Maxine Dexter 

HD 36: Lisa Reynolds

HD 46: Khanh Pham

SD 21: Kathleen Taylor

Portland City Council Position 4: Chloe Eudaly

Metro Council District 5: Mary Nolan

The OEA PAC is proud to endorse the following candidates for state-wide races:

Oregon Secretary of State: Shemia Fagan

Oregon State Treasurer: Tobias Reed

Oregon Attorney General: Ellen Rosenblum

OEA Promising Practices Grant Opportunity

Every year, OEA gives Promising Practices Grants to educators to support student learning and professional development for OEA members across Oregon. This year, there is $2,000 available for grants to PAT members.

Grants can be used to fund projects or materials that support improved student achievement. The application is fully online this year and available here

Some examples of past projects funded by the Promising Practices Grant are:

  • A library of books with QR codes attached that link to a video of the book being read in ASL for families of students who are deaf and hard of hearing.
  • Purchasing Educational games to support positive student interaction.
  • Supporting Latinx students through a MECHA conference.

Timeline:

  • November 1, 2020 - Applications due. No late applications will be accepted.
  • December 2, 2020 - PAT IPD Committee will review grant applications from our Council members.
  • December 11, 2020 - Final decisions communicated to applicants.
  • December 14 - 18, 2020 - Grants for those awarded will be processed and distributed by OEA.
  • June 30, 2021 - Final grant summary due to OEA Center for Great Public Schools.

In the event that there are more funds requested than are available, IPD Committee will consider the following in determining how to disperse funds:

  • Is the grant requester a first-time applicant?
  • Does it serve a historically underserved population of students?
  • How many students will be positively  impacted?
  • Does it support an early-career educator?

Know Your Contract: Early Retirement, Benefits and Important Dates

During our last big contract negotiations, PAT protected what is called the “PERS Bubble” (officially called “Re-employment of Retirees”) and the Early Retirement Incentive. Both of those provisions are explained in detail in Article 15 of the PAT/PPS contract.

These benefits assure that educators are able to retire with dignity when they feel it’s time. They are benefits that all PAT members should receive, and they are benefits that we have all fought to maintain.

PERS Bubble

The PERS Bubble refers to the ability of a PAT member to officially retire under the PERS system during the middle of the school year, but work through the end of the year. This saves PPS money, as they no longer have to make PERS contributions for the educator who retires, because they are essentially “substituting” for themselves for the rest of the year. The educator’s earnings remain intact, PPS saves money, and the students have continuity of instruction. 

In order to be eligible for the benefit, a member must retire after November 30th, and provide the District with at least 30 days notice before their official PERS resignation date. For example, if a member wishes to retire at the start of Winter Break on December 19, 2020, they would need to submit the official District Resignation Form at least thirty days prior – approximately November 15th.

Early Retirement Incentive

For educators with at least 15 years of service, this benefit provides insurance contributions for the retired professional educator, and one-half the contribution to the cost of insurance for a spouse or domestic partner, for up to 60 months or until the professional educator becomes eligible for Medicare. The Early Retirement Incentive also provides a stipend of $425 per month, for up to 60 months. See all the details in Article 15 of our contract.

Notice-of-Retirement Stipend

There is a one-time stipend of $1,250 for any educator who gives written notice of retirement to the District prior to January 15th, and a stipend of $700 to any professional educator who gives written notice of retirement prior to February 15th.

To learn about the specific process for retiring from PPS, please review the district’s Q & A on retirement for PAT members here. And do not hesitate to contact the PAT office if you need more specific guidance. 

Insurance for Combined Part-time PAT and PAT Substitute Educators

Members should know their contractual rights and possibly save money each month.  Every year PPS employs a few educators who work a .5 FTE position and also substitute teach the rest of their workweek.  Those individuals have the unusual position of being in both PAT units, and work under both PAT/PPS contracts.

If you are one of those individuals, and you have earned insurance under the PAT Substitute CBA, you are entitled to select a health benefit package from either the PAT regularly employed unit, or the PAT substitute educator unit

Recently the PPS Benefits department informed .5 FTE educators who also earned substitute insurance that they could not select insurance under the substitute CBA.  That is absolutely incorrect.

The PAT/PPS CBA for regularly employed educators states in Article 13.1.6 “The District shall make a contribution of fifty percent (50%) of the composite rate for professional educators having a work schedule of fifty percent (50%) up to seventy-five percent (75%) of a full-time professional educator.”  In addition, Article 13.1.4 also states, “Professional educators may opt out of medical, dental, vision, prescription drug benefits, and additional life insurance.”

The PAT Substitute Educator CBA offers the same Kaiser and Providence Major Medical and Dental plans as the .5 PAT regularly employed benefit package, but the monthly cost per member is lower.  Keep in mind, there are additional benefits included under the regular PAT CBA, but if a PAT member only wants medical and dental insurance, and that member is eligible for insurance under both contracts, the substitute educator health plan is an option those members may select. 

If you are one of the PAT members who is eligible under both CBAs, contact the benefits department if you were denied the option to select either plan and let them know that you might want to make a change.    

Using Your Professional Development Funds

The PAT/PPS contract provides funds for professional development as well as tuition reimbursement. The Professional Improvement Fund allows educators to spend $1500 over three years for costs to attend a conference, provided it has a legitimate pedagogical purpose.

In our last contract negotiations, we ensured that these funds are also available to temporary teachers whose positions are expected to exist for more than 135 days.

You will need to follow these guidelines to access the Professional Improvement Fund. The District will also reimburse professional educators for tuition cost for up to six (6) non-cumulative hours in a 12-month period for which graduate credit is granted by a college or university. See the PAT/PPS contract for details and the PPS website for how to access your tuition reimbursement.

Know Your Contract: Overage Pay

The members of the Advocacy Committee would like to remind you to track your workload and student roster numbers.  Article 8.3.2 of the PAT Agreement has language that defines workload “thresholds” for class-size, teaching load, caseload, and the number of unique course preparations. This language requires overload pay for educators whose workload exceeds those thresholds. Overage pay for the first semester is based on workload levels on the third Monday in October (October 19, 2020).

Register Today: Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference

PAT is once again excited to sponsor the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference! The annual gathering of conversation, idea-sharing, and inspiration is just a few weeks away.

Join us on Saturday, October 17th online. The cost is just $10 — $5 for students.

Register Now

The keynote talk this year — by Chenjerai Kumanyika and Demetrius Noble — is Revolutionary Public Education at the Crossroads of Race, Class, and COVID. 

In addition, there are more than 25 workshops lined up in 2 sessions. See the full program at www.nwtsj.org.

We hope you can make it!

Teaching With Purpose Zoom Conference on "What is an Anti-Racist Educator?"

Join us for the Teaching With Purpose Zoom Conference on "What is an Anti-Racist Educator?" October 9th (Inservice Day). PAT Racial Equity Committee will sponsor the first 13 educators to register! We would like to prioritize members of color and members wanting to continue working with the Racial Equity Committee and/or their school-based equity teams this year to move the work forward. Use this link to register. If all the PAT spots have been filled and you'd like to attend, OEA and PPS have also agreed to sponsor members! Your professional development funds can also be used to cover registration if neither of these options are available. 

Retirement Planning Workshop with Ed Foster

October 8th at 4:30 – 6:30

PAT is happy to host our first workshop of the year dedicated to financial wellbeing and planning for the future, led by Ed Foster. For PAT members considering retiring now or in the near future.

  • How does my pension work?
  • How does the IAP account fit into that?
  • When can I retire? Does it make a difference if I retire now or later?
  • What pension options are available when I retire?
  • How will recent changes to PERS affect me?
  • What is a “PERS Bubble” and how can I get one?

See the flyer here, and RSVP here. A Zoom link will be sent to members who are interested in attending.

It’s Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month!

September 15th is the beginning of Latinx Heritage Month, the PAT Racial Equity Committee would like to invite you to join other Latinx/o/a, Hispanic, Chicano/a PAT educators in affinity spaces. 

Watch our series of PAT Educators reading children's books celebrating Latinx/Hispanic Culture!

You can find events, curriculum, and resources for Latinx Heritage/Cultura Latina Month on our website.

 

How to Be an Anti-Racist: An Evening of Art + Conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

PAT is proud to sponsor Human Solutions’ event:How to Be an Anti-Racist: An Evening of Art + Conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi”. This free online event is an invitation to understand and embrace anti-racism. Here are the details:

Join us on Thursday, October 1st at 6:30pm, for a  thought-provoking evening of art & conversation, featuring performing artists, Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of the bestselling book “How To Be An Anti-Racist,” with performing artists curated by BoomArts.

Guests will see relevant performances by local artists, hear a 20-minute presentation by Dr. Kendi and a 20-minute conversation with Dr. Kendi and Commissioner Hardesty, followed by 15 minutes of audience Q & A.

Register today to reserve a space: https://www.humansolutions.org/antiracist

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