OEA's Representative Assembly (OEA RA) is the largest deliberative body of union members in Oregon, averaging more than 600 member-delegates each year. This year's OEA RA starts the evening of April 17 and goes through the evening of April 18, 2015 at the Red Lion Hotel on the River, Jantzen Beach.
Teacher, local president and OEA Board Member Kelvin Calkins submitted this Letter to the Editor to his local newspaper, the Hood River News, on Jan. 14, 2015. It is an excellent example of how to advocate for your students outside the classroom in your own community! If you would like help writing your own LTE on issues of importance to our public schools, contact the OEA Continue Reading
Earlier this month, community and labor organizations from across Oregon launched Fair Shot for All, a new coalition that is supporting solutions to create economic opportunity for Oregon’s working families.
During a recent screening of the film Standardized and community panel on high-stakes standardized testing in Eugene, OEA President Hanna Vaandering spoke out on the importance of taking back our profession as educators and fighting for the schools our students deserve. Listen to her remarks and join her in this work.
OEA's 5th Annual Symposium on Creating the Schools Our Students Deserve
Assessment offers the opportunity to gather dependable, quality information about student learning to inform instruction on a regular basis. When used appropriately, assessment is a powerful tool to help students know where they are in their Continue Reading
On Monday, Jan. 12, more than 250 OEA members traveled to Salem to prepare for the 2015 Legislative Session. The day started with a training at the Salem Convention Center on pressing issues coming up in the 2015 Session, and provided members an opportunity to practice networking skills and sharing of their classroom stories. In the afternoon, OEA members moved to Continue Reading
OEA President Hanna Vaandering released the statement below in response to the immense tragedy in Pakistan, in which more than 140 individuals lost their lives at a local school.
"As a community of educators, we deeply mourn the tragedy that occurred today at Army Public School and Degree College in Peshawar, Pakistan. The loss of more than 100 student lives is Continue Reading
In a ceremony at West-Linn-Wilsonville’s Athey Creek Middle School, long-time educator and Vice President of the Oregon Education Association Tony Crawford was awarded the 2014 Educational Leadership in the Field of Peace and Conflict Resolution award.
Crawford started the Student Advocacy Peace Program at Ackerman Middle School in Canby 14 years ago. The Continue Reading
As a resource for members, OEA's Center for Great Public Schools is working hard to compile a Student Learning and Growth Goal bank so that educators can have multiple resources in this work. You can access many goal examples in all different types of subject areas, content, and job descriptions here.
Bucking the national trend, Oregon voters showed their strong support for public schools and pro-public education candidates!
In communities across the state, voters passed 83 percent of all local school and community college bonds and levies on the ballot.
On Wednesday, October 15, during OEA's Week of Action, as many of 4,000 OEA members engaged in a conversation with NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia and OEA President Hanna Vaandering. The Tele-Town hall focused on the overuse of standardized testing in our public schools. Presidents Eskelsen Garcia and Vaandering shared what NEA and OEA are doing to put the Continue Reading
November is upon us, and NEA Member Benefits has deals to share with you!
NEA Click & Save, the online discount buying service for NEA members, highlights select retailers and merchants each month. Check out these featured “Buy-lights” for November—just in time for holiday entertaining and gift-giving!
Good news! The results of the 2014 TELL Oregon Survey - and suggestions for using them in your professional work - are now at your fingertips, courtesy of a new document published by OEA's Center for Great Public Schools. The intent of the guide, titled "Organizing Around Teaching and Learning Conditions: Using TELL Data to Improve Conditions for Students" is to Continue Reading
Without a doubt, one of the major highlights of the 2014 OEA Representative Assembly was getting to hear Oregon's Teacher of the Year, Brett Bigham, deliver his emotionally inspiring speech to the 600+ delegates in the room this Spring. If you were unable to attend the OEA-RA this year, we encourage you to listen in and learn a bit more about the amazing Continue Reading
NEW! Check out the picture highlight reel above from the 2014 OEA Week of Action! See a picture you'd like to download? Head over to our Flickr album, where we've compiled all of the Week of Action pictures - from LaGrande to Portland - for your enjoyment and local use.
Corporate profits are off the charts, yet our schools remain desperately underfunded. Continue Reading
This fall, OEA members will have the opportunity to build new skills and strengthen connections with other educators in your region. The trainings offered at OEA's Regional Advocacy Conferences cover a variety of subjects including building power through contract negotiations, effective communications, engaging new members in the union, and gaining a deeper Continue Reading
Welcome to your union, the Oregon Education Association. With your membership, you are joining with 42,000 Oregon educators who are committed to improving the lives of all Oregonians through quality public education. Through our union, we work to ensure that every Oregon student has access to a quality education and that our public schools and community colleges Continue Reading
Recently, Oregon conducted a comprehensive statewide survey of teachers and administrators to assess the teaching and learning conditions in our public schools. The Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Oregon survey, which was completed by more than 19,300 Oregon educators, documents and analyzes how teachers and other educators view the teaching Continue Reading