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Crisis of Disrupted Learning

Students and educators deserve to learn and work in safe, welcoming, and inclusive schools.
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Students and educators deserve to learn and work in safe, welcoming, and inclusive school environments. Several factors can get in the way of these positive school climates, though – trauma, poverty, lack of resources, and other community events like wildfires or violence. Educators alone can’t solve crises or conditions that impact schools. OEA members work to engage in professional learning, policy advocacy, and organizing that do have a positive impact on schools, themselves and their colleagues, and most importantly, students.

OEA is committed to helping create safe, welcoming and inclusive school environments. That can include implementing trauma-informed practices, learning more about restorative practices, using OEA grants for members to increase resources for students, or organizing at the local level. 

Crisis of Disrupted Learning Report

Trauma Informed Professional Learning

OEA offers a wide range of professional learning aimed at helping educators become trauma informed in their practice. These offerings include webinars, book studies, self-paced modules, and a four-part trauma informed education course series.

OEA’s four-part Becoming a Trauma Informed Educator series –Trauma Aware, Trauma Sensitive, Trauma Responsive, and Trauma Informed – is a scaffolded journey to prepare educators for transforming their practice. We offer some parts in the series every semester. Both undergraduate and graduate credits are available for completing each course in the series.

An infographic showing the series of professional learning OEA offers to help educators become trauma informed. The continuum shows a learner beginning by planting seeds, cultivating plants, and then helping others. The course sequence is: 1. Trauma Aware, 2. Trauma Sensitive, 3. Trauma Responsive, 4. Trauma Informed, 5. Trauma Leadership
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Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education

The Oregon Education Association (OEA) is a union committed to the cause of providing the basic right of great public education to every student. OEA represents about 41,000 educators working in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 public schools and community colleges. OEA’s membership includes licensed teachers and specialists, classified/education support professionals (ESPs), community college faculty, retired educators, and student members. OEA members also belong to the 3.2 million members of the National Education Association (NEA).