Taking Steps Toward Common Good & Collective Action
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
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
The Every Student Succeeds Act restores decision making about schools back into the hands of those who know students best – teachers, parents and families, and students themselves.
ESSA specifically calls for local and state education agencies to consult with, involve and partner with a wide range of groups that includes teachers, paraeducators, families, Continue Reading
Oregon Education Association (OEA), Oregon PTA, AFT Oregon Release Decades of Disinvestment: The State of School Funding in Oregon
Over the course of the last two decades investment in Oregon’s public schools has declined to a point where independent rankings place Oregon schools near the bottom in the nation for school funding.
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
Parents & Teachers Together, a project of OEA, is working on a video story telling project and we want to hear from you. We are asking parents, teachers, and students from across Oregon to send in short video interviews. We have a brief interview guide with sample questions but we also welcome your creative additions.
We will use the individual videos to build a 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
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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.
Another dramatic shift is the immediate Continue Reading
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
July 26 - 28, 2016
Sunriver Resort — Sunriver, Oregon
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
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