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OEA Awards - Call for Nominations

2016 OEA Awards Call for Nominations It's time to honor our…

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OEA’s 6th Annual Symposium

Jan. 30, 2016

Accountability for Student Learning and Success – A Shared…

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2016 Organizing Summit

Jan. 8-9, 2016

Organizing for the Schools Our Students Deserve Jan. 8-9,…

2015 Legislative Summary

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For Oregon Education Association members, the 2015 Legislative Session proved to be one of the productive in recent history. Educators championed pro-student legislation on a variety of top policy priorities that move our agenda to create the schools our students deserve.

Why was this legislative session so successful?  OEA Members across the state banded Continue Reading

Voices from the Field

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Feedback on "A New Path for Oregon" 

Oregon's New System of Student Assessment Garners Meaningful Feedback and Engagement

Over the past year, not only were educators involved in drafting common values, goals and a set of recommendation to transform Oregon’s assessment system, we also sought the input from a variety of stakeholders: policy makers, administrators, Continue Reading

Understanding Friedrichs

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You may have heard earlier this week that the United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case that would revisit long-standing, established precedent which allows teachers, firefighters and other public service workers to join together to form a union.   In 1977, the court ruled unanimously that public workers had the same Continue Reading

Power to Our Students

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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.

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Applauding the passage of HB 2655

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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

Senate Passes Crucial Testing Law, HB 2680

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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

Educating for Peace: Spirit of Unity Award

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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

It’s Time to Invest in Oregon

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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

Take the SBAC Practice Test Challenge!

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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

Members Honored at 2015 OEA-RA

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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

State Schools Fund Levels Poster

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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

What are OEA’s priorities this Session?

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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

Fair Shot for All

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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

OEA Members Storm the Capitol!

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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

Pakistan Tragedy

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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

OEA Vice President Receives Peace Award

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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

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