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Professional Development

HIGH QUALITY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

OEA is committed to leading the way to establish OEA members as the driving force for high quality professional development. The federal Every Student Succeeds Act defines high quality professional development as activities that are integral to providing all educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to enable students to succeed in a well-rounded education.

High quality professional development is:

  • Sustained over time, not one-day or short-term workshops or stand-alone opportunities (must be part of comprehensive plan to support educators);
  • Intensive and collaborative;
  • Job-embedded; and
  • Classroom-focused.

OEA advocates at the national, state and local level to ensure all professional development meets these criteria, and additionally, is led by educators as much as possible. OEA provides a range of professional development opportunities for members, and support to organize educator voice in making professional development decisions.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CALENDAR

OEA maintains a calendar of high quality professional learning opportunities around the state. The calendar includes OEA offerings and opportunities from education partners in Oregon. If your organization is interested in including an opportunity on the calendar, please fill out this form

MICRO-CREDENTIALS

A micro-credential is a short, competency-based recognition that allows an educator to demonstrate mastery in a particular area such as Bully Free Schools or English Language Learners. The OEA/NEA micro-credentials are created by educators, for educators and are grounded in research and best-practices. They are personalized and self-directed, on demand and responsive to educators’ schedules, job-embedded, and practical.

NEA hosts more than 100 micro-credentials free to all OEA and NEA members. All of NEA’s micro-credentials are written and assessed by current and active NEA members from across the country who have already demonstrated a particular competency. There are currently more than 80 to choose from.  

To learn more about micro-credentials and how OEA can support you and your team, click here.

You can access all the NEA micro-credentials at http://nea.certificationbank.com/. After successful completion of a micro-credential, submit your digital badge (an electronic badge to share on your resume or social media) to oealearn@oregoned.org to receive a Professional Development Unit certificate. These units can be used for license renewal with TSPC.

ONLINE LEARNING

OEA Learn is an online platform for OEA members to engage in high quality, online professional development opportunities. OEA Learn also hosts a number of resources for members to access on a wide range of topics such as bargaining, local union leadership roles and responsibilities, and the history of unions. To learn more, visit learn.oregoned.org or email oealearn@oregoned.org. 

NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHERS

Through National Board Certification, teachers demonstrate that their teaching meets the profession’s standards for accomplished practice through a rigorous, peer-reviewed and performance-based process, similar to professional certification in fields such as medicine. In achieving Board certification, teachers prove their ability to advance student learning and achievement.

QUALITY ASSESSMENT PRACTICES: PLC MODULES

Quality classroom assessment practices have the power to propel meaningful teaching and learning in each and every classroom in Oregon. For the past three years, the Center for Great Public Schools at the Oregon Education Association has been leading transformative learning in local associations to reclaim assessment as an instructional process. 

This series of professional learning modules was developed by OEA members of the Quality Assessment Practices cadre to help teams of educators engage in this work locally. The modules are designed for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), rather than individual study. Completing this learning through a PLC follows best practices for professional learning: learning that is job-embedded, sustained over time, and focused on students and the classroom.

PLCs can take many shapes including:

  • Grade level teams;
  • Content specific teams;
  • Staff meetings or staff professional development;
  • Teams made up of like-minded educators;
  • Cross-school or site teams;
  • Teams that include classroom teachers, specialists, principals, and coaches;
  • And more!

All educators can use and access the learning in these modules, from early childhood educators through higher education faculty. Classroom assessment is a key instructional practice, no matter the age of the student in the learning environment.

Access the modules here

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Lewis and Clark College offers a wide variety of professional development and continuing education courses for educators. The Graduate School of Education and Counseling collaborates with professional organizations, educational institutions, community groups, and more to offer personal and professional development in the greater Portland area and beyond. These efforts are coordinated through the office of the Center for Community Engagement. Click here to learn about current and upcoming course offerings!