A new federal law as extensive as the Every Student Succeeds Act generates additional rules, regulations, and guidance to help school and education leaders across the country understand the nearly 1,100 page law. The U.S. Department of Education has been publishing guidance extensively over the past few weeks.
The Center for Great Public Schools is pleased to welcome Karen Hoffman to our team. Karen recently joined OEA as the Professional Practice Organizer for the center, and a key priority for her new position is to support local associations organize around the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA.
The center defines professional practice organizing as identifying Continue Reading
Students head back to school facing significant health risks
Oregon PTA, Children First for Oregon and the Oregon Education Association (OEA) are calling on the state to address $7.6 billion in deferred maintenance costs. In a report released today, these groups site numerous examples where continued disinvestment has exposed children in Oregon’s public schools Continue Reading
Ads capture educator’s passion for their work; commitment to their students
As students across the state prepare to go back-to-school, some may see a familiar face or two in a series of ads debuting today. The emotional, unscripted television ads from the Oregon Education Association (OEA) feature Oregon educators, students and parents talking about their Continue Reading
What is the opportunity you have in your school district to take action for your students? That was the overarching message at a three day Every Student Succeeds Act workshop for Pacific region educators, led by the National Education Association.
From June 21-23, more than 150 educators from seven western states and Oklahoma – including more than 50 Oregon Continue Reading
Oregon teachers have cause to celebrate. The Every Student Succeeds Act, the update to the 1964 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, eliminates the Highly Qualified Teacher requirement of its predecessor, No Child Left Behind.
What this means for Title 1 schools in Oregon is that starting now, teachers do not have to meet the overly burdensome requirements of the federal Continue Reading
The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has presented educators around the country with an amazing opportunity to take the lead in our profession and determine how the next generation of students and teachers will experience public education.
No Child Left Behind put educators in a position where we had to follow the lead of the federal government. Continue Reading
The Every Student Succeeds Act strips the U.S. Secretary of Education’s authority to mandate state educator evaluations or any aspect of a state’s educator evaluation system. This is a dramatic shift from the evaluation mandates states had to comply with to secure state ESEA flexibility waivers over the past few years.
The Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Oregon survey is an anonymous statewide survey of licensed school-based educators to assess teaching conditions at the school, district and state level. Research from around the country shows that teaching conditions are positively associated with improved student achievement and teacher retention. The TELL Continue Reading
The Every Student Succeeds Act takes steps to roll back the emphasis No Child Left Behind placed on high-stakes tests. After nearly 15 years of NCLB’s test-and-punish approach, the changes in ESSA are a welcome shift.
And while ESSA maintains the requirement for annual tests in grades 3-8 and once in high school, additional provisions in the legislation open the Continue Reading
OEA is committed to helping our members build their skills so that they can organize around issues in their locals and fight for the schools our students deserve. We believe that with the right mix of members, education, planning, and fun, we can build on our strengths toward a future greater than any of us Continue Reading
The Every Student Succeeds Act calls for state-designed accountability systems, ending the era of No Child Left Behind’s one-size-fits-all approach to accountability. ESSA also expands the measures of accountability states are required to use and ends the sole reliance on state math and reading scores as the only indicator of success.
After 14 years of education under the deeply flawed No Child Left Behind Act, students and educators finally have a new opportunity. The Every Student Succeeds Act returns decision making about our schools and students back where it belongs – in the hands of local educators, parents and communities – while continuing to keep a strong focus on students most in Continue Reading
Do you know an educator who demonstrates the ability to lead, organize and engage educators, members, parents and the community to advocate on social justice issues? Do you know someone who impacts the lives of students, fellow educators and their communities as an activist and leader?
OEA President Vaandering: Silencing educator voice hurts students
WASHINGTON— An equally divided U.S. Supreme Court today delivered its decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, affirming that public employers have a compelling interest in having strong and effective collective bargaining. Continue Reading