Trauma leaves marks on young children

(via AFT) We already know intuitively that a child’s learning begins with trust, and that often, trust first requires healing. Two experts on that process—one on why, and the other on how—spoke with educators during a July 20 TEACH session on children’s well-being. Michael Lamb, a former teacher and executive director of Turnaround for Children in Washington, D.C., offered a primer on brain function, while Jeff Duncan-Andrade, a teacher in Oakland, Calif., and an associate professor at San Francisco State University, discussed... 

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Overcoming incredible odds to help others

Inside the walls at Deer Ridge Correctional Institute in Madras, OSEA members like Angie Ptomey help provide the skills needed to ensure inmates leaving the prison can survive and thrive on the outside. In her position at Central Oregon Community College (COCC), Ptomey teaches GED classes to inmates at the medium- and minimum-security mens prison. Her work has gained attention from the Redmond Rotary Club, which recently named Ptomey a Paul Harris Fellow, a recognition received by luminaries like former President Jimmy Carter for their outstanding... 

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Reynolds members protest layoffs, cuts

In response to layoffs and reduced hours, 65 Reynolds School District employees and their supporters filled their school board meeting this week to emphasize how reductions harm students, workers and the community. Nine classified employees were recently informed their jobs would be eliminated, and 45 secretaries will see reduced hours. This comes on top of years of skimpy or nonexistent raises in an area with skyrocketing housing and other associated costs of living. Several Reynolds teachers attended in a show of solidarity. KOIN-TV in Portland... 

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‘Just keep fighting:’ Tenacity honored

Conference 2017 concluded with honors, farewells and a tribute to OSEA’s Employee of the Year. Delegates welcomed new board members in Zone V Director Marina McCambridge and Zone I Director Dianna Hess. Outgoing Zone Directors Kathy Forbes and Aaron Powell were recognized for their time and sacrifices in the service of their union. For hundreds of photos from the banquet and other Conference events, check out the OSEA Flickr page. As per tradition, the evening centered around honoring 2017 Employee of the Year Denise Chase. Public Relations Chair... 

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Honors

‘Just keep fighting:’ Tenacity honored

Conference 2017 concluded with honors, farewells and a tribute to OSEA’s Employee of the Year. Delegates welcomed new board members in Zone V Director Marina McCambridge and Zone I Director Dianna Hess. Outgoing Zone Directors Kathy Forbes and Aaron Powell were recognized for their... Read More

Union Business

Action on resolutions; elections

Full resolution and election results from OSEA Conference 2017 are below, with outcomes in italics: RESOLUTION RESULTS Unfinished Business (Conference 2016) Resolution 5 — Combines language relating to dues and assessments located in various articles in the Constitution into one... Read More

OSEA President Tim Stoelb

2017 State of Our Union

President Tim Stoelb presented a clear-eyed snapshot of the state of our union that encapsulated the past year’s accomplishments and the challenges which lay ahead on day two of OSEA’s 79th Conference. “It is neither an entirely rosy nor an entirely gloomy picture,” Stoelb... Read More

Conference 2017

A memorable Conference opening

Conference 2017 kicked off with revamped opening ceremonies that included comedian Sharon Lacey, a bigger-than-ever Parade of Banners, the crowning of a new OSEA Employee of the Year and a tribute to recently passed former OSEA President and Field Representative Leota Clark. Central... Read More

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