The Summer 2015 edition of Today's OEA is now available!
In this issue's cover story, "Power to Our Students," our members tell their stories about how the implementation of the Smarter Balanced Assessment is going this year, how the opt-out movement has impacted their reality as both teachers and parents, and what a better system ofassessment might entail.
On June 11, the Oregon Senate passed HB 2655, the Student Assessment Bill of Rights. The Bill recognizes students and their parents as important stakeholders in the assessment process and improves transparency around the assessment process for students and educators. This bill also establishes one of the most parent friendly opt-out bills in the nation, ensuring Continue Reading
On the morning of May 12, 2015, the Senate passed HB 2680, which will soon move to the Governor’s desk for signing. The following statement can be attributed to Oregon Education Association President Hanna Vaandering:
“Today the Oregon Senate took one of the most important steps in moving us down a new path toward a better system of assessment. By passing HB2680 the Continue Reading
The Wholistic Peace Institute (WPI) Announces the 7th Annual Harold Schnitzer Spirit of Unity Awards
“It is not enough to teach children how to read, write, and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the worlds in which we live, and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies”. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon
The Continue Reading
Today, April 30, 2015, the Oregon Supreme Court reaffirmed that the state must fulfill its contractual pension promises. Educators, fire fighters, nurses, public safety officers and thousands of other front-line public workers in Oregon can rest easier now, knowing that their contractual pension benefits are secure.
The Oregon Supreme Court decision was a huge Continue Reading
The recession hit Oregon hard. As thousands lost their jobs, tax revenues declined and the state had to make painful cuts to schools and critical services. Thousands of educators were laid off and class sizes ballooned, and programs failed to keep up with the growing needs of seniors and the most vulnerable.
Years later, we’re still seeing the effects of those Continue Reading
Legislators were recently issued a challenge by OEA members: we asked them to take the Smarter Balanced practice test, the closest thing that comes to the one our children have been taking throughout the state over the past six weeks.
Why? There has been growing concern about the harmful impact this standardized test has on our students and schools. Have Continue Reading
OEA Honors Outstanding Members and Supporters of Public Education
During the 2015 OEA Representative Assembly, more than 600 member delegates gathered to conduct Association business, elect officers, and honor fellow members for their service to the OEA and to Oregon's public schools and community colleges. Check out OEA's gallery of OEA-RA photos for pictures of Continue Reading
Over this past year, Oregon educators have been sounding the alarm on the harmful impacts of high-stakes standard assessments on students, and the need for Oregon to find a better way to support student learning.
To this end, OEA is unveiling a NEW system of assessment that focuses on student learning rather than the over-emphasis on high-stakes standardized Continue Reading
How will potential 2015-17 State School Fund Levels impact the future of Oregon's students?
A new poster, published by the OEA and our partners at COSA, OAESD, Oregon ASBO, Oregon PTA, OSEA, OSBA, and the Promise of Oregon, gives a stunning visual representation to the impacts of proposed State School Fund levels on our students and their schools. The poster is Continue Reading
The 2015 Oregon Legislative Session is in full swing, and OEA is working closely with legislators on behalf of you, your students, and the issues you know are so important to our public schools and community colleges. Curious to know what OEA's main priorities are this Legislative session? Head over to our Legislative page, where you'll find a detailed summary of Continue Reading
Resources for Our Assessment Organizing Toolkit
Oregon educators, concerned parents, and involved community members are leading the way to put the focus back on teaching and learning. The information provided on this page will help you engage parents and teachers in your community. Together we can create the schools our students and children deserve.
Building a Better Oregon
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.
The coalition’s priorities include:
- Raising the minimum wage;
- Ensuring all Oregonians earn paid sick days;
- Ending 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.
We also have a small request - if you have a Student Learning Continue Reading
Legislature Grows Pro-public Education Majority
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.
Two new members of the House of Representatives Continue Reading
The Fall 2014 issue of Today's OEA magazine is out! The full issue is available to read online here. Featured stories include:
Degrees Not Debt cover story (story published below)
All About Opting Out
Joining the Fight for a Living Wage Campaign
And more resources for OEA members!
Degrees Not Debt
How the Struggle for College Affordability Continue Reading
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