Statewide Advocacy Conference

Join us for our 2017 OEA Statewide Advocacy Conference, as we build OEA's strength and our commitment to our professions during increasingly challenging times. Surround yourself with colleagues from across the state to learn about the many ways educators can advocate for quality learning environments for our students and quality working environments for educators. Download the event flier to share with your colleagues!

October 6, 2017 - October 7, 2017
Riverhouse on the Deschutes
3075 N. Hwy 97 Business
Bend, Oregon 97703
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Friday Evening - 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Saturday Morning - 8:30 a.m. - 8:55 am
Opening Speaker - OEA President, John Larson: 
"Thriving in a Changing World"

Saturday Morning Session - 9:00 a.m. - 11:15 p.m.
See Session Descriptions Below

Saturday Afternoon Session - 12:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
See Session Descriptions Below

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Session Descriptions

Saturday Morning - 9:00 a.m - 11:15 a.m.

How to Organize a Town Hall on Institutional Racism

  • Level: Foundational
  • Description: In this engaging workshop, participants will examine the importance of town hall symposiums in addressing institutional racism, engage in meaningful discussions and strategies to implement town hall symposium in their schools, and leave prepared to organize and run a town hall symposium to support students and families in their communities.

Engaging Early Career Educators: Strategies and Tactics

  • Level: Foundational
  • Description:  We are experiencing a dramatic change within our educator workforce with the entry of large numbers of early career educators. These newer educators thrive on collaboration, teaming, social engagement, and community service. They are interested in improving the profession, want to see student-centered changes, and desire personal recognition, but they typically have little experience with unions. This session is designed to help union leaders explore ways to become more relevant to newer educators.

Member Engagement: OEA Best Practices Statewide

  • Level: Foundational
  • Description:  We know that engaging members both new and existing is a vital part of our future as a union. In this session, we will explore data regarding what we know works, participants will have the opportunity to share their own experiences regarding engaging members, and attendees will leave with a bank of ideas and best practices for engaging members statewide.

Special Education:  Allying with Parent and Family through the IEP Process

  • Level:  Foundational (This session is meant for those who understand the IEP process and who are looking to connect with parents and families to help them better support their children through the IEP process.)
  • Description: In this session, you will be introduced to the opportunities of becoming a parent and family ally in the IEP process to better support your students’ success at school. You will have an opportunity to explore the reasons why someone would want to pursue this partnership, discover where specific opportunities may exist in your local context, hear from local associations who have collaborated with parents and families, and organize a plan to put these new skills into practice.

Advanced Advocacy-Certified Specific 

  • Level: Advanced (Participants need to be familiar with advocacy topics such as grievance processing, how sick leave/FMLA works, investigatory meetings, and/or worked with a member in a challenging situation).
  • Description: The Advanced Advocacy course is designed for licensed advocacy issues including non-renewals/non-extensions, programs of assistance, TSPC investigations, and observation/evaluation rebuttals.

Preparing your Local for a Voluntary Union Environment

  • Level:  For Officers and Organizing Chairs
  • Description: This Spring the Supreme Court is expected to invalidate Agency Fee Provisions for Public Sector Unions. This training is designed for local leaders that will explore the strategies and tasks required to prepare your local to thrive in a union voluntary world.

Saturday Afternoon - 12:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Introduction to Grievances and Worksite Representation

  • Level:  Foundational (New Building/Association Reps 0-2 years)
  • Description:  What does it mean to represent members? What is my role when representing members? This session is designed to introduce the basics of representation including; the duty of fair representation, understanding the contractual grievance procedure, and determining whether an issue is a grievance or a gripe.

Introduction to Building Representative Goals and Roles

  • Level:  Foundational 
  • Description: This 3-hour training is an introduction to your new role as a building rep. We will discuss the four hats you will wear: organizer, communicator, advocate, problem solver. Participants will receive a copy of the OEA Building Rep Manual, learn the basic of being a building rep, and have your questions answered.

Unpacking Bias

  • Level:  Foundational
  • Description: Designed for all members who are committed to addressing incidents of bias and prejudice surrounding conduct, speech, or expressions, with additional learning on bias surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity. This session teaches school personnel how to create a safe school climate for students and staff. Participants will explore their own cultures and implicit biases, and dive deeper into how those implicit biases affect our interactions with students.

Intermediate Grievances: ID issues, past practice, investigatory meetings and non-contractual responses to issues

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Description: Intermediate Representational Skills: Defending the standards your members and local have achieved. 

Advanced Advocacy - General

  • Level:  Advanced (Participants need to be familiar with the grievance process, non-renewal and non-extensions, how sick leave/FMLA works, have previously participated in an investigatory meeting, and worked with a member on a plan of assistance.
  • Description:  The Advanced Advocacy course is designed for local leaders and/or building reps who wants to be ready to take the reins when one of your members is in trouble and escalation is imminent.  You will learn how to be proactive in an investigatory meeting, take charge of a grievance meeting, and learn tools and tactics for driving toward settlement and resolution.
  • Materials to bring: Most current collective bargaining agreement and current District Evaluation Handbook.

Preparing your Local for a Voluntary Union Environment

  • Level:  For Officers and Organizing Chairs
  • Description: This Spring the Supreme Court is expected to invalidate Agency Fee Provisions for Public Sector Unions. This training is designed for local leaders that will explore the strategies and tasks required to prepare your local to thrive in a union voluntary world.



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