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Trump Budget Hurts Oregon Students

Trump proposes to cut after-school programs, educator development,…

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Republican Dennis Richardson Meeting with Devos

Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson touts meeting with…

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Respond to Oregon’s ESSA Plan

Call to Action: Educator Response to Oregon ESSA Plan The Oregon…

Using ESSA to Protect Schools and Students

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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

OEA launches Educator-Led Improvement Toolkit

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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

Five Steps for Responding to Bullying & Fear

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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

Ensuring Safe, Welcoming, and Bias-free Schools

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"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

Dispelling Title I Myths

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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

Ready. Set. Organize!

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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

Local Decision Making Under ESSA

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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

New Report Shows Oregon Schools Falling Behind

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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.

Download the report: Decades of Continue Reading

Getting ESSA Right

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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

Evaluating Educators Under ESSA

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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

Using TELL Data to Improve Conditions for Students

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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

How ESSA Affects Assessment

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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

ESSA & State Accountability Systems

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The Every Student Succeeds Act calls for state-designed accountability systems, ending the era of No Child Left Behind’s one-size-fits-all approach to accountability. ESSA also expands the measures of accountability states are required to use and ends the sole reliance on state math and reading scores as the only indicator of success.

Now, states have the flexibility and the Continue Reading

A New Era in Education

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After 14 years of education under the deeply flawed No Child Left Behind Act, students and educators finally have a new opportunity. The Every Student Succeeds Act returns decision making about our schools and students back where it belongs – in the hands of local educators, parents and communities – while continuing to keep a strong focus on students most in Continue Reading

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