The PAT Racial Equity Committee is excited to host another social for PAT educators of color. Let’s toast to surviving the school year! Join us for food, fun & fellowship. Dinner and drinks will be provided at this family-friendly event at Amalfi’s, May 27th from 4:00-7:00 PM. RSVP today!
PAT is thrilled to celebrate and reflect on the careers of all of our retiring PAT educators. We will also be honoring the PAT officers and executive board directors and their service to PAT. Retiring educators will receive an invitation soon with more details for the celebration happening on Wednesday, June 8 at 4:30pm.
Registration is now open for the OEA Summer Conference in Bend, OR! Two distinct conference opportunities will be offered to fit your needs:
Virtual Conference: Thursday, July 14
In-Person Conference: Tues., July 19 - Thurs., July 21 Riverhouse Hotel on the Deschutes 3075 N Hwy 97, Bend, OR 97703
Fellow PAT member and educator Vicki Silenzi is leading an OEA webinar on Instructional Strategies and Accommodations for Students with ASD.
In this one-hour webinar, participants will review impacts of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). You will learn to recognize ableism and ableist language while maintaining a strengths-based approach to meeting student needs. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) strategies and individual accommodations will be presented. Career educators will share their 20+ years of experience with a focus on viewpoints and preferences of students on the spectrum and their families. Closed captions provided and 1 PDU available for attending.
There will be two opportunities to take part in this webinar, Thursday, May 5th at 4:00 PM and Wednesday, May 11th at 4:00 PM. Find more details and register here.
Like the PAT, the union that represents custodians and nutrition service workers, SEIU 503, is entering contract negotiations with the District this year. They have been advocating at School Board meetings and in the community that the District demonstrates how much it values their work by paying them a living wage.
Even though PPS has more than 60 full-time custodian positions posted, they continue to go unfilled. The lack of custodial staff means that the custodial workers on the job cannot keep up with the demanding workload of keeping classrooms and bathrooms clean.
An SEIU survey found 72% of workers report they are too short-staffed to keep up with current needs, 48% say the problem is getting worse and nearly one in five say they are not likely to return to work at the District in the upcoming school year.
The PAT stands in solidarity with SEIU’s demands on the District:
- Pay competitive wages. Starting wages of $14.40 an hour for cafeteria staff and $16.70 for custodians will not attract or retain quality workers.
- Hire enough staff so these essential workers can make our schools safe, healthy places for the children in our community.
Show your solidarity and take action by signing SEIU’s petition We Need Safe and Healthy Schools!
Please save the date: SEIU rally at Cleveland High School, June 7th @ 6:00pm. More info coming soon.
Save the Dates for Upcoming PAT Events and Socials
We are excited to announce several events hosted by PAT and offer our members more opportunities to gather and connect. Mark your calendars and be on the lookout for more details on the following events:
- May 20th, 3:45 PM: End of Year Party in the Park
- May 27th, 4:30 PM: Racial Equity Social
- June 8th, 6:30 PM: Retirement Celebration
May Primary Dates
- Wed. April 27, 2022 - Ballots mailed
- Tue. May 17, 2022 - Primary Election Day
- Drop off ballots by 8:00pm May 17th
April 29-30th, OEA Rep Assembly, Holiday Inn Portland, Columbia Waterfront
PAT Rep Assembly and Committee Meetings- Join the committee mailing list to receive a Zoom Link.
- May 11th, 4:30-6:30 PM: May PAT Rep Assembly
- May 18th, 4:30-6:30 PM: IPD Committee Meeting
- May 25th, 4:30-6:30 PM: Legislative Committee Meeting
- May 25th, 4:30-6:30 PM: Racial Equity Committee Meeting
- May 25th, 4:30-6:30 PM: Membership Committee Meeting
- May 26th, 4:30-6:30 PM: Social Justice/Community Outreach Committee Meeting*
- May 26th, 4:30-6:30 PM: Substitute Committee Meeting*
*These meetings have been moved to Thursday over the usual Wednesday scheduling
**Unless otherwise noted, all PAT committee meetings will be held virtually on Zoom for the time being
Dear PAT Members,
Are you in the early or middle stages of your career and have questions on investing for retirement?
Join us and Financial Advisor Ed Foster next Thursday, March 10th at 4:30 PM-6:00 PM, via Zoom, to get information to best strategize your plan for retirement. RSVP today!
This seminar is geared for people in the early or mid stages of their career. Topics include:
- How does my pension work?
- How does the IAP account fit into that?
- How do I set up a 403b/TSA?
- How much do I need to save for retirement?
- How should I invest my retirement accounts?
Registration for the OEA-PAC Convention is still open. Register Now!
This year’s OEAC-PAC Convention will be held virtually, February 18th and 19th. Educators from around the state will vote to determine which candidates OEA-PAC will support.
Candidates for the following offices will be seeking our endorsement at the convention:
- All six US Congressional Districts
- US Senator
- Oregon Governor
- Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner
Anyone who contributes to OEA-PAC is welcome to attend the convention; if you are not a current donor and wish to attend, make a contribution today at:Join the PAC !
Teaching Climate Disobedience: A Workshop Featuring the New Documentary, Necessity: Climate Justice & the Thin Green Line
- February 24, 2022, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM (via Zoom)
This workshop is built around the new film, Necessity: Climate Justice & the Thin Green Line, which examines stories of climate resistance in the Pacific Northwest. Tribal leaders, Indigenous activists, and their non-Indigenous allies, resist oil trains and trucks and, in one key case, are arrested for a direct action at Zenith Energy in Portland. Those arrested — including long-time PPS teacher and activist, Jan Zuckerman — mobilize the “necessity defense” to argue their actions were justified to stop an immediate and grave danger. Workshop participants will engage with short excerpts of the film, writing activities, and structured conversations to think together about how we might bring the film — and the larger theme of climate disobedience — into our classrooms, curricula, and communities. Register here for a Zoom link.
Workshop leaders: Tim Swinehart, Lincoln High School; and Ursula Wolfe-Rocca, Rethinking Schools and the Zinn Education Project. Sponsored by the PPS Climate Justice Committee and the Portland Association of Teachers.
PAT’s Social Justice and Community Outreach Committee invites BIPOC educators this Saturday, to Portland Playhouse's BIPOC Affinity Night production of Thurgood.
Please register here to secure your PAT-sponsored ticket for the in-person Affinity Night production Saturday, February 19th, 7:30pm.
Portland Playhouse is dedicating performances to patrons who identify as BIPOC to, “be in a space that centers the experience of a person from the Global Majority in our theatre which, like much of American theatre, has been mostly occupied by white people.”
This is an in-person production. Please click here for a description of the show. Portland Playhouse is located at 602 NE Prescott Street.
(For any PPS educator: please register here for a shared PAT-sponsored Zoom viewing of “Thurgood”, date to be announced.)