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 have stable funding. Together we are working to protect the middle class by bargaining equitable contracts, providing enriching professional development, and so much more.
As your President, I am committed to engaging and empowering all OEA members in the important work we accomplish together. Our class size campaign (and forthcoming legislation and ballot measure) provides an opportunity for us to stand up for the schools our students deserve and work to raise the revenue needed to permanently lower class sizes in Oregon. Get involved and share how soaring class sizes have impacted your students and school.
Thank you to the over 19,000 educators who completed the TELL Oregon Survey! Your participation provides valuable information about the teaching and learning conditions in our schools. It's now time for action! Together we need to use the data collected to make positive change that meets the needs of every student in Oregon.
OEA members are leaders in defining what great public schools look like. We need your expertise at the table when it comes to making important policy decisions that impact our students. This past year, OEA members took an incredible stand against the overuse of high-stakes standardized tests. In the coming year, you are encouraged to share your ideas about what we need to provide a quality learning environment for every student, and how we can collectively put the love of learning back in our public schools and community colleges.
Thank you for all you do and please let me know how I can best support you in the coming year.
Back to School Resources
NEA's Back to School Guide
The beginning of the next school year is just around the corner. NEA editors have compiled a list of our best articles and resources to help you - whether new or veteran - get ready for the fall semester. From setting up creative classrooms on a budget, to ideas for engaging parents — this is your go-to resource for all things back to school.
OEA's Handbooks for New Educators
Are you a new educator, or just want to freshen up on some time-tested tips for navigating your profession? The Center for Great Public Schools has published four unique handbooks designed for you - the new (or new at heart!) educator. Click on the cover of any handbook below to read the PDF online.
OEA Membership Materials
Start the new school year off right by learning about all your union has to offer. From professional development opportunities to a voice at the state capitol - the benefits of your OEA membership abound. Membership materials are available through your local UniServ office. If you didn't receive your copy of the membership folder and calendar book, please contact your local UniServ office for a replacement copy.
Alternatively, you may download a PDF of the membership booklet, which outlines the many benefits and opportunities you have as an OEA member.
OEA Leader Back to School Toolkit
Local Association leaders - we have a toolkit for you! Before you head off to back-to-school events and meetings, download our toolkit to get ideas on what to say and do to effectively engage your local members. In the toolkit you'll find sample speeches, letters to the editor, and more. Do you have a back to school resource that's worked well with your members in the past? Share it with us! We'd love to feature our local leaders in next year's resources.