HB 2655 expands parental rights to opt students out of high-stakes statewide assessments and creates a 'Student Assessment Bill of Rights' so students and parents can ensure that learning is a higher priority than testing.
Local Forums on Oregon's System of Assessment to Empower Meaningful Learning
Over the next month, a forum to discuss Oregon's System of Assessment will be coming to your OEA Council Region. Sign up to attend one of the following forums to offer your input on OEA's proposal for A New Path for Oregon. Download a flyer to distribute about the Continue Reading
Oh, the Places You'll Go when you read! This year, the book is the Seuss classic, Oh, The Places You'll Go. Be sure to check out NEA's Read Across America page for top stories from the Cat-A-Van Tour and follow Read Across America on Facebook and Twitter with #readacrossamerica. Share your photos and videos, and hear the latest news Continue Reading
How will potential 2015-17 State School Fund Levels impact the future of Oregon's students?
A new poster, published by the OEA and our partners at COSA, OAESD, Oregon ASBO, Oregon PTA, OSEA, OSBA, and the Promise of Oregon, gives a stunning visual representation to the impacts of proposed State School Fund levels on our students and their schools. The poster is Continue Reading
The 2015 Oregon Legislative Session is in full swing, and OEA is working closely with legislators on behalf of you, your students, and the issues you know are so important to our public schools and community colleges. Curious to know what OEA's main priorities are this Legislative session? Head over to our Legislative page, where you'll find a detailed summary of Continue Reading
Over this past year, Oregon educators have been sounding the alarm on the harmful impacts of high-stakes standard assessments on students, and the need for Oregon to find a better way to support student learning.
We have an enormous opportunity on our hands to make serious changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)/so-called No child Left Behind.
Both the House and Senate are now fully underway in the most serious effort to rewrite the law since the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)/so-called No child Left Behind passage in 2002. This means Continue Reading
Thank you to the nearly 100 participants who took part in OEA's first annual Organizing Summit, March 13-15 in Eugene, Ore. We are inspired by the incredible work and dedication of our attendees and look forward to mobilizing the skills we learned to win the revenue we need to fully fund public education and create the Schools Our Students Deserve.
Oregon educators, concerned parents, and involved community members are leading the way to put the focus back on teaching and learning. The information provided on this page will help you engage parents and teachers in your community. Together we can create the schools our students and children deserve.
Attention OEA Political Activists! On Monday, March 23, you are invited to participate in OEA Lobby Day to help us move our pro-public education agenda!
The day will start with a legislative training at the Salem Convention Center; in the afternoon, we'll move to the State Capitol where you'll have the opportunity to lobby your legislators on important issues to Continue Reading
OEA's Representative Assembly (OEA RA) is the largest deliberative body of union members in Oregon, averaging more than 600 member-delegates each year. This year's OEA RA starts the evening of April 17 and goes through the evening of April 18, 2015 at the Red Lion Hotel on the River, Jantzen Beach.
Teacher, local president and OEA Board Member Kelvin Calkins submitted this Letter to the Editor to his local newspaper, the Hood River News, on Jan. 14, 2015. It is an excellent example of how to advocate for your students outside the classroom in your own community! If you would like help writing your own LTE on issues of importance to our public schools, contact the OEA Continue Reading
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.
During a recent screening of the film Standardized and community panel on high-stakes standardized testing in Eugene, OEA President Hanna Vaandering spoke out on the importance of taking back our profession as educators and fighting for the schools our students deserve. Listen to her remarks and join her in this work.
OEA's 5th Annual Symposium on Creating the Schools Our Students Deserve
Assessment offers the opportunity to gather dependable, quality information about student learning to inform instruction on a regular basis. When used appropriately, assessment is a powerful tool to help students know where they are in their 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.
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.