Opportunities for Educators

This page features events and opportunities for educators, sponsored or promoted by OEA. If you would like to see your community event, upcoming training, grant opportunity or related education resource listed here, please email webadmin@oregoned.org.

ORELA Elementary Education Exam Prep Workshops

Sponsored by OEA - For OEA Members Only

The ORELA Elementary Education Examination is required of most Oregon educators working to obtain an Initial I license with authorizations at the early childhood, elementary, and/or middle school level. Many of those teachers currently hold an Initial or Restricted Transitional License. Special Education (SPED) teachers can also use the ORELA exam to meet the federal "highly qualified" requirements for their SPED students at the elementary and middle school level.

OEA offers free ORELA Prep Training to our members and student members. This training will cover information about the test framework and protocol, related licensure questions, and content resources and will provide relevant practice test items that can assist in preparing for all topic areas covered on the test. A full 3 hours is required for this training so please arrive on time. All that is needed is a notepad, pencil and highlighter.

Registration for all upcoming ORELA Exam Prep Workshops available here.

Local and Council Trainings and Workshops

These trainings are open to all OEA members that might like to participate. Please be sure to inquire about costs associated with the trainings, as they are an individual responsibility unless otherwise stated. If you would like to open up your training to other OEA members please send the registration information to webadmin@oregoned.org with a subject line: Local Training Opportunity. Please be sure to include local contact information, including an email address that will be included in registration details.

Registration for upcoming Local and Council Trainings and Workshops available here.

Education for All Diversity Training

The ultimate goal of the diversity training is to increase equity in classrooms and schools throughout Oregon so that ALL students have equal access to quality learning and growth. Contact the Center for Great Public Schools at (503) 684-3300 or e-mail Penny Hildreth with questions or requests for training.

OEA-Retired Pre-Retirement Workshop

For OEA members who are thinking of retiring within the next five years.

If you are interested in having the OEA-Retired Pre-Retirement workshop in your Uniserv or local association, please contact your UniServ consultant. This workshop is appropriate for members who are thinking of retiring within the next five years. The workshop consists of the life style changes and questions that arise from members considering retirement. The workshop does not include any specific PERS related issues. The minimum for the workshop is ten members with a maximum of 30. If you have any questions, please contact Greg Abbott at gabbott100@verizon.net or call 503-620-6430.

Supporting English Language Learners 

Free, Open Online Course for K-12 Educators

This eight-week online course is designed to help teachers support English Language Learners in meeting new, rigorous standards. Specifically, the course will focus on a key practice within both the Common Core State Standards and new English Language Proficiency Standards: constructing claims supported by evidence. Endorsed by the Oregon Department of Education for Oregon K-12 teachers, the content is also open to teachers outside of Oregon.

Great Public Schools Network

NEA's Great Public Schools (GPS) Network offers a way to connect with colleagues to learn new things and share ideas, as well as showcasing teaching resources and a newsletter. For more information, go to GPS Network's website.

Free Online Webinars
Usable as Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Sept 25, 7:00 pm ET
Webinar - Explore Solutions for the School to Prison Pipeline

Sarah Biehl, Ohio Children's Defense Fund and ACLU, on "school pushouts," resource officers, and model programs. Register here.

Sept 25, 1:00-2 pm ET
Webinar - America's Hispanic Children

This webinar highlights a new report - America's Hispanic Children: Gaining Ground, Looking Forward - issued by the Child Trends Hispanic Institute, with support from the Televisa Foundation. Register here.

Sept 30, 7:00-8 pm ET
Webinar - Girls' Pathways to Leadership

Join NEA newly-elected president Lily Eskelsen García to discuss girls in leadership positions at schools. Lily will present new research, discuss insights about international innovations and challenges, and share tips to facilitate learning environments that foster girls' leadership. Register here.

Oct 15, 7:00 pm ET
Webinar - Incorporating Creativity into a Standards-based Curriculum

How to incorporate creativity - a vital 21st-century skill - into one's pedagogy. Register here.

Oct 23, 7:00 pm ET
Webinar - School to Prison Pipeline

Kevin Gilbert, Teacher Leadership/Special Programs Coordinator, Clinton Public School District, Clinton, on restorative strategies to help eradicate the Pipeline. Information/Registration here.

Recorded Webinar -
Back to School with Food Allergies and Asthma

Kids with Food Allergies Medical Advisory Team on how best to communicate children's needs with the school. Info here. Recording here.

Professional Development Opportunities

Sep. 20 and Oct. 11, 2014
1:00–5:00 p.m. and online study
Environmental Identity and the Ecological Self

This course guides students toward self‐reflection regarding identity and experience related to place, the natural world, and other species; and motivations for integrating ecological perspectives into academic, professional or advocacy work.
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Sep. 23, 2014, 5:00–8:00 p.m.
A Solid September for Language Arts Teachers

This workshop offers tried and true structures and tips for middle and high school language arts educators to get the school year started off right.
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Sep. 24, 2014, 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Burned Out of Homes and History: Unearthing the Silenced Voices of the Tulsa Race Riots

This workshop will engage participants in the use of primary source documents (such as historic photographs and eyewitness accounts) to revisit the history of the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.
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October 6–24, 2014, online
Exploring Web 2.0: Tools for Classroom Teaching and Professional Development

Using free Web 2.0 tools, collaborate online with an international group of teachers in order to learn how to exploit social multimedia Web resources for classroom teaching and professional development.
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Oct. 7, 2014, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
International Teaching for Licensed Educators

This workshop provides an introduction to teaching and working in international schools, including tips on how to successfully navigate an international teaching job search.
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Oct. 9, 2014, 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Exploring the Intersection of Text and Image

This workshop is designed for therapists, teachers, and counselors who would like to deepen their writing practice and enhance their skills of observation.
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Oct. 15, 2014, 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Choice Words: Igniting Greatness in Youth

This workshop will help educators, parents, counselors and others in the lives of young people learn about The Nurtured Heart Approach®. This relational method awakens greatness and inspires successful behavior in children and is a powerful way of bringing inner wealth to all children while facilitating parenting, mentoring, and classroom success.
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Oct. 21, Nov 4 & 18, Dec. 2 & 9, 2014
Tuesdays, 4:30–7:15 p.m.
Fiction Writing

This Oregon Writing Project workshop is for teachers and writers who want to explore or refine the craft of fiction writing in a nurturing and challenging environment.
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Oct. 25-26, 2014, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Writing Culture: Exploring the Intersection Between Text and Image

This Northwest Writing Institute course examines public art, graffiti, flyers on telephone poles, black Sharpie on bathroom walls, poetry, graphic novels, ‘zines, and manifestos and look at artists who blend commentary into their visual work, and writers whose prose strays into other art forms.
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Oct. 28, 2014
The Politics of Play: Society, Justice, and the Sports Essay

This Oregon Writing Project workshop examines sports and the sports essay as a vehicle for exploring social justice issues as well as a cogent tool for thinking critically about American society. Teachers will come away with ideas for using sports and sports writing in their classroom as well as strategies to help students develop critical thinking skills and write compelling sports essays of their own.
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Nov. 4, 2014, 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Race, Place and Food

Through neighborhood mapping and analyzing health statistics, participants in this Oregon Writing Project workshop will discover correlations between race, income, and food accessibility and engage in an essay writing lesson appropriate across middle and high school grade levels.
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Nov. 8, 2014, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Allying for LGBT Equity in Educational and Clinical Settings

Join together with a group of faculty, community agencies, educators, counselors, and therapists to discuss what it look like to teach or provide therapy in ways that counter homophobia, heterosexism, and transphobia, and how to deal with pushback when advocating for LGBT rights and inclusion in schools and clinical settings.
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Nov. 13-15, 2014,
Revisiting the Teacher's Heart: A Retreat for New Teachers and the Mentors Who Support Them

This retreat engages participants in conversations that touch on the ideals and commitments that originally drew them to become professional educators, and create a space in which people can explore the delights and frustrations they have encountered as new teachers, and as support for new teachers.
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Nov. 19, 2014, 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Small But Mightly: Exploring Poetry in Early Childhood Classrooms

During this Oregon Writing Project Workshop, participants examine poetry written by children, learn how to mine mentor poems for rich and meaningful lessons, and create poetry of our own within a community of writers.
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Jan. 9–May 30, 2015
Dates/Times vary, check website.
Writing for Publication

Beginning with a three-day writing retreat and continuing with monthly Saturday workshops, participants will write about school life and teaching, theory and practice, and opinion pieces around the teaching of writing.