Our schools are in crisis all across the state. Students come to school with intense unmet needs that impact their learning at school – such as hunger, homelessness, unmet mental health needs, and traumatic events at home. Without adequate resources to support our students, these challenges result in frequent, severe disruptions and outbursts that take time away from learning and affect all of our students.
Oregon is experiencing A Crisis of Disrupted Learning.
Students need more than Oregon’s education system is giving them right now. With such large class sizes and teachers stretched thin, minimal or missing counselors, school psychologists, instructional assistants, and other supports, our students are falling through the cracks despite educators’ very best efforts.
OEA held 14 community forums in the Spring and Fall of 2018 in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Education to hear directly from educators about their experiences. Nearly 1,200 more members participated through an online survey.
Across the feedback from educators, families, and community members, OEA identified 10 key action areas. None of them are easy fixes and all require funding and systemic changes to education. However, these areas are clearly what those who are grounded in the day-to-day reality of classrooms -- Oregon educators -- believe will provide lasting improvements to the growing crisis of disrupted learning environments.
This report details those ten key action areas and includes recommendations for action at the school, district, and state level to bring about meaningful change for Oregon students.