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.

OEA Union School Trainings

Provided by OEA Union School

Whether you are looking to brush up on your own skills, preparing a training for others, or are looking to share and learn from others’ best practices, the OEA Union School has the right training to meet your needs. Check out our full catalog of training opportunities — or submit a training idea of your own!

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.

Summer Institute

July 5-31, 2015

NEH Summer Institute for K-12 teachers:

Mesoamerican Cultures and their Histories: Spotlight on Oaxaca

WHERE: Oaxaca, Mexico

This Summer Institute offers teachers across the U.S an opportunity to increase Mesoamerican content in their courses, delve into indigenous cultures and their histories from readings, lectures, and experiential learning through excursions in southern Mexico.

30 teachers will be chosen nationwide and will receive a stipend of $3,300 USD, which should cover all or most expenses for the month in Mexico (airfare, lodging, food, and museum/archaeological site admissions).

The application consists of a cover sheet from NEH, a four-page essay, and a four-page résumé. Application Deadline: March 2, 2015. Invitations to the top thirty applicants will go out on March 30, 2015.

For more information about this NEH Summer Institute, and how to apply, go to http://blogs.uoregon.edu/mesoinstitute/; or contact the Director, Stephanie Wood contact Stephanie Wood at swood@uoregon.edu.

July 5-17,2015

NEH Summer Seminar for K-12 School Teachers:

Asian Americans in New York: Film & Literature

WHERE: Hunter College, The City University of New York, New York City

A select cohort of sixteen educators from throughout the US will participate in this two-week seminar for morning, afternoon, and occasional evening sessions, with readings, lectures and seminar discussions interwoven with relevant field visits and conversations with novelists, filmmakers, artists and community leaders. A stipend to help cover expenses, including travel, accommodations, and food, is provided to all participants.

Desired applicants are middle and high school English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Art instructors with a pedagogical interest in ethnic literature/film and contemporary issues around multiculturalism, racial diversity, immigration, citizenship, and national identity.

Application Deadline: March 2, 2015.

For more information, go to http://asianamericanyc.hunter.cuny.edu.