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
Welcome to your union, the Oregon Education Association. With your membership, you are joining with 42,000 Oregon educators who are committed to improving the lives of all Oregonians through quality public education. Through our union, we work to ensure that every Oregon student has access to a quality education and that our public schools and community colleges Continue Reading
Recently, Oregon conducted a comprehensive statewide survey of teachers and administrators to assess the teaching and learning conditions in our public schools. The Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Oregon survey, which was completed by more than 19,300 Oregon educators, documents and analyzes how teachers and other educators view the teaching Continue Reading
Recently, the NEA Foundation announced that Oregon's 2014 Teacher of the Year Brett Bigham will receive the 2015 California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence, one of public education’s most prestigious awards.
Bigham is among 39 public educators who will be honored at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala to be held in Washington, DC Continue Reading
Tired of policy makers ignoring the interests of educators and working families? Ever thought of running for office? Now is your chance to be the change from within – sign up for the Oregon Labor Candidate School (OLC) today!
The Oregon Labor Candidate School (OLCS) is an important element of OEA's strategic goal to reshape politics! The School was created by Continue Reading
Our hearts are with the educators, students and families members impacted by the shooting at Reynolds High School on Tuesday, June 10. As an education community, we mourn the loss of freshman student Emilio Hoffman. We also honor the bravery of Reynolds High School PE teacher Todd Rispler, who, despite being injured by a grazing bullet, alerted police to the Continue Reading
Interested in options for opting out of standardized testing? Go here for more information or here to download an FAQ on legal options for public school educators.
At the 2014 OEA Representative Assembly (OEA-RA), members of the Oregon Education Association (OEA) took a strong stand on behalf of their students and against the overuse of new high-stakes, Continue Reading
Recently, the Oregonian published an article about the Oregon Matrix Model for evaluation that will be recommended to the US Department of Education as part of Oregon’s Waiver application. The new Oregon Matrix Model is unique to Oregon and has been designed and piloted by educators in school districts across the state. The decision to adopt one model for Continue Reading
Oregon educators now have a stronger voice at the bargaining table, in the halls of the Capitol, at the ballot box, in their classrooms and communities, and in policy discussions at the local, state and federal levels.
We are seeing a record number of OEA members engaged in new and exciting ways to lead their union and their profession.
The Strategic Action Continue Reading
Check out our updated resource page on PERS. It includes information on legislation and lawsuits as well as guidance on how to access information on your individual PERS account.
Nearly a year ago, OEA kicked off the Class Size Campaign. Since then, thousands of educators have told their stories about how the disinvestment in public education is negatively impacting our students and the future of our state every day.
We haven’t just told our stories. We’ve mobilized and engaged members at unprecedented levels. Through your great work Continue Reading
Help the OEA Foundation earn donations just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card!
Just sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the OEA Foundation at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number 85681.
For more information, download the flyer and/or the Continue Reading
Dear Oregon PERS Retirees,
The Oregon Legislature passed SB 822 during the 2013 Legislative Session that will impact you as an out-of-state resident. Many of you have received a recent letter from PERS informing you that you are no longer entitled to a tax remedy as a result of your out of state residency. You can read more on the PERS website at www.oregon.gov/pers. This Continue Reading