The OEA family stands with the people of South Africa and around the globe in mourning the loss and honoring the life of Nelson Mandela. In his own words, Mandela's wisdom serves as a guidepost for all of us: “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the Continue Reading
From writing workshops and the Oregon College Access Network Conference to a three-day symposium e racial disparities and the carceral state — there are lots of (low-cost or free!) opportunities for educators during the month of November.
The following positions are open for nomination for the 2014 elections:
Elected at OEA RA:
Region I Vice President: 1 position for a 2-year term
Region II Vice President: 1 position for a 2-year term
Region III Vice President: 1 position for a 2-year term
NEA Director: 1 position for a 3-yr term (term begins Sept)
Elected by Mail Ballot:
State Delegates to the NEA RA Continue Reading
This fall, only 23 percent of local school bond elections were approved by voters (and one is still in recount territory) and 50 percent of local option levies were successful.
Thank you to the many OEA members and other public education supporters who worked hard to urge your community's voters to invest in your local schools!
Recently OEA's local leaders came together in our first President's tele-town hall to OEA's Class Size Campaign. Leaders received an update on the campaign's efforts - both statewide and on local levels. They engaged in asking questions, providing valuable feedback, sharing ideas and telling their own experience of how the class size campaign is being Continue Reading
OEA kicked off the Class Size Campaign last spring, and since then, thousands of OEA members have told their story about how systemic underfunding is negatively affecting public education. Heart-wrenching stories about ballooning class size, increasing workload, and cut programs continue to be the most powerful tool in describing the real effect of Continue Reading
OEA’s Union School Powerful Locals program
These are challenging times for education professionals and our local associations. There are fewer resources, more expectations and more problematic regulations facing our public schools and community colleges. The result: overworked teachers, faculty and support professionals facing overcrowded classrooms, Continue Reading
UPDATE as of Sept. 27, 2013: Click here to read the PERS bills that the legislature is considering during the 2013 Special Session. Bennett, Harman, Morris & Kaplan LLC has provided an updated analysis on SB 822's challenge here.
The Common Core State Standards for English ELA and Mathematics emphasize improving the quality of student-to-student discourse as a major feature of instruction. The new standards specifically describe the importance of students understanding the reasoning of others and engaging in meaningful conversations using evidence for claims. Yet this type of student-to-student Continue Reading
OEA NEA Leaders for Tomorrow program will train both current and future ESP leaders in leadership attitudes, skills and knowledge that will enhance their ability to be a visible, vocal advocate at the local, state and national levels of the OEA NEA.
The program is a four session training process held over a nine month period that is open to dues paying OEA Continue Reading
It's that time of year again! Your 2013-2014 OEA Membership Materials are available and ready for distribution. If you missed out on receiving your OEA calendar book and membership folder, contact your local UniServ office.
Oregon educators joined their colleagues from across the nation in Atlanta during the first week of July to supercharge the drive for public education and student success.
At the National Education Association's Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly, a day focused on professional rejuvenation and educator empowerment with the kick-off of the new Continue Reading
2013 Legislative Session Ends What's next for public education?
In the afternoon of Monday, July 8, the Oregon Legislative Assembly brought the gavel down bringing an end to the 2013 regular session. During the session, lawmakers saw the economy improve, increased their investment in K-12 schools, reduced retirement benefits for educators and retirees and approved a number of Continue Reading
Attention Retired Educators: If you’re still working in public employment, be sure to accurately track your hours! It may impact your retirement.
This important reminder applies to you if you are:
• A PERS retiree and
• Working as a substitute or in some other capacity in an Oregon school district, ESD or any other PERS covered employer.
As background, Oregon statute Continue Reading
K-12 Budget Clears Senate and House Approves Bill to Redirect Corporate Kicker to Community Colleges
As Oregon lawmakers near the finish line of the 2013 Legislative Session, two important bills to fund public education advanced this morning.
In the House, legislators reached the two-thirds majority required to pass House Bill 2305 - an important step forward for Oregon's Continue Reading
UPDATE — June 12, 2013: At the PERB meeting on July 26 the Board will consider a change in the assumed earnings rate for the system. The most likely change is to a new rate of 7.75 percent. If the Board makes a change the new rate will go into effect on January 1, 2014 for the purpose of calculating the money match benefit. It is currently unclear when the Continue Reading
The Oregon Department of Education is currently working with 12 school districts to pilot the “significant” use of Student learning and growth data in teacher and principal evaluations in order to satisfy our ESEA Waiver requirements for the 2012-13 school year. These 12 school districts were the recipients of the SB 252 Collaboration Grant. OEA's Center for Continue Reading
Building a Foundation for Retirement Security
Every working Oregonian should have an affordable, secure way to plan and save for retirement.
The 2013 Oregon Legislature took an important step forward to ensure retirement is within reach for more Oregonians. Lawmakers passed House Bill 3436 which creates a task force will study and recommend a solution Continue Reading
NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen delivers a keynote address at the 2013 OEA Symposium on Transformation in Education.
As OEA members engage in the development, implementation and reporting of achievement compact, a variety of resources are available to help lead the achievement compact effort in school districts. The guidance for completing the 2013-14 Achievement Compact Report may be helpful as districts complete their planning for the coming school year.
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