Through National Board Certification, teachers demonstrate that their teaching meets the profession’s standards for accomplished practice through a rigorous, peer-reviewed and performance-based process, similar to professional certification in fields such as medicine. In achieving Board certification, teachers prove their ability to advance student learning and Continue Reading
44,000 members strong, the Oregon Education Association is actively working to defeat efforts by the DeVos-Trump administration, dark money groups and other opponents of high-quality public schools from hurting our students, members, families and communities.
Members of the Senate Education Committee held an informational hearing this week in Salem on a bill that Continue Reading
Your stories matter. They need to be heard. That's the message OEA has sent our policy makers throughout the 2017 Legislative Session, with our collective "Story of the Day" project. Across the state - in every House District - OEA members have the taken the brave step to talk about the realities they face every day in their classrooms and worksites. The 56 Continue Reading
Changes to PERS Underway
There have been two major changes to PERS. These changes created Tier 2 and OPSRP, which resulted in a large reduction in overall benefits for PERS recipients. These changes have helped stabilize the system, but benefits are still closely tied to returns of the stock market. The economic collapse of 2008 was devastating to PERS accounts Continue Reading
The Oregon Education Association held its 2017 Representative Assembly (RA) on April 21 and 22 in Portland. Over 500 delegates, representing nearly every school district in the state, gathered to adapt bylaws and policies, set organizational priorities, and vote on several OEA leadership positions. The annual gathering is the largest democratic assembly in Continue Reading
Oregon Educators Rally Behind Legislation to Cover All Kids with Health Insurance, Regardless of Immigration Status
Story by Meg Krugel // Photos by Thomas Patterson
For more than a month, a student in Alma Vela’s first grade classroom at Washington Elementary in Woodburn complained of a toothache. Sometimes, the pain would bring the young girl to tears. When Continue Reading
The Center for Great Public Schools in OEA is now accepting applications for the Quality Assessment Practices Cadre 3.0. The Quality Assessment Practices (QAP) cadre members and pilot sites are at the forefront of elevating and improving assessment that leads to meaningful student learning.
Over the past two years, 26 educators from across Oregon have Continue Reading
2017 OEA Summer Leadership Conference
Unity // Action // Equity
Riverhouse on the Deschutes
3075 N Hwy 97 Business, Bend, OR 97703
August 1-3, 2017
There has never been a more important time than right now to be part of a union! Whether you have recently become involved with OEA or are a seasoned vet — there’s a training for you at this year’s Summer Continue Reading
Trump proposes to cut after-school programs, educator development, and financial aid for students
Donald Trump’s proposed budget would make drastic cuts to programs Oregon students rely upon, including slashing investments in federal education programs by $9.2 billion in the upcoming fiscal year. The cuts would impact nearly all aspects of our education system, Continue Reading
At every level, OEA Members Are Working to End Institutional Racism for our Students, Educators, and the Collective Whole
This article originally appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of Today's OEA magazine.
By Meg Krugel
She was in the seventh grade.
Her teacher had told her they would be studying African American history in class, and she was thrilled. For the Continue Reading
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) returns decision making for our nation’s education back where it belongs – in the hands of local educators, families, and communities – while keeping our focus on students most in need.
Unlike its predecessor, No Child Left Behind, ESSA will look different from state to state, district to district, and school to school. This move away from a Continue Reading
Oregon Educators Concerned for Students’ Safety as Trump Rescinds Protections for Transgender Students
On Feb. 22, the Trump Administration released a new plan rescinding federal guidance to protect transgender students from discrimination. In response, the Oregon Education Association reiterated its commitment to protecting the civil rights of our LGBTQ students Continue Reading
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Later this month, the U.S. Senate will take a vote on the confirmation of Besty DeVos as Secretary of Education. DeVos is a dangerously unqualified candidate who has spent decades working to dismantle public education.
This is troubling news for educators in our public schools and for the hundreds of thousands of students in Oregon who Continue Reading
As an organization, we believe that all students, regardless of zip code, deserve a quality education that inspires their natural curiosity, imagination and desire to learn. Turning this vision into a reality requires teamwork and a dedication to change at the local level where those who know students the best – educators in classrooms and communities – lead the Continue Reading
Taking Steps Toward Common Good & Collective Action
1. Respond immediately and systemically: Do not wait or second guess. Come together as a school community and work intentionally and comprehensively to immediately respond to issues of Continue Reading
In the world post-election, schools across Oregon are reporting a rise in attacks based on race, color, religion and sexual orientation. The Oregon Education Association is resolute in our belief that all students and educators have the right to attend schools free from discrimination, intimidation, harassment and bullying. To that end, OEA leaders and staff would Continue Reading
"Now more than ever, we must double our resolve to bring people together and focus on building a future for all Americans where their dreams outweigh their fears and hope smothers anger and hate. We are stronger together and we will never give up on what we hold dear."
— NEA President Lily Eskelsen García
On the day following the shocking results of the 2016 Continue Reading
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.
Most of the guidance is directed at state education Continue Reading
Educators Urge Investing in Schools Through Measure 97
Oregon classes are among the most crowded in the nation, according to a report issued by the Department of Education. The report shows the median class size in Oregon is 25.0, the same as the previous year. The student teacher ratio is 23.3, up from 23.1 the previous year.
“The situation in Oregon schools is Continue Reading
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