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Dreamers Not Criminals Formatted

The End of a Dream

Oregon’s students and higher education staff deal with the Trump Administration’s decision to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program

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Innovation in Action

A Lebanon ESP lands an OEA Promising Practices Grant and transforms her students’ education

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  • 2018 OEA/NEA POSITIONS OPEN FOR NOMINATION & ELECTION

    2018 OEA/NEA POSITIONS OPEN FOR NOMINATION & ELECTION

    The following positions are open for nomination for the 2018 elections:

    ELECTED AT OEA RA:
    Region I Vice President:
    1 position for a 2- year term
    Region II Vice President: 
    1 position for a 2-year term
    Region III Vice President: 
    1 position for a 2-year term
    Education Support Professional Director:
    1 position for a 3-year term
    NEA Director:
    1 position for a 3-year term 

    (term begins September 1, 2018)

    ELECTED BY MAIL BALLOT:
    State Delegates to the NEA RA
    13 positions:
    Region I: 
    6 positions for a 3-year term;
    Region II: 
    4 positions for a 3-year term;
    Region III:  
    3 positions for a 3-year term.
    (The number of delegates per region may be adjusted as the number of members within the region dictates as indicated by the January-February NEA membership report.)

    OEA BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
    9 positions for 3-year terms in Board Districts:
    03b (Scott), 04 (Scruggs), 05 (Leaton), 07 (Overley), 10a (Collins), 
    14 (Nelson), 17 (Jacobs), 18 (Calkins), 26a (Stauffer)

    5 positions for a 1-year term in Board Districts:
    06 (Marshall), 20b (Nordstrom), 
    08 (Scott), 12 (Lathim), 19 (Todd)
    (italics = not eligible for re-election)

  • SAT Report: Testing for success?

    SAT Report: Testing for success?

    College Board has released their annual report for SAT participation in the graduating class of 2017, but this year’s results are somewhat complicated. In 2014, the exam was comprised of math, writing, and reading sections, with a total possible score of 2400. The 2016 SAT kept math separate, but combined the reading and writing portion, giving test-takers a possible score of 1600. The conversion tables provided by College Board to aid college admissions offices in analyzing test scores from both old and new versions of the test have been less than helpful. Jennifer Winge, dean of admissions at Wooster College in Ohio says, “frankly, the whole process just pushed us further into our consideration of going test-optional.” 

  • #takeaknee

    #takeaknee

    Peaceful protesting against police brutality and the unjust killing of innocent Americans, a topic of major contention in the NFL, has begun to spread through the ranks of high school athletes across the country. In Oregon, there have been numerous reports of students participating in the protest by kneeling during the performance of the National Anthem, a practice that began during the start of the 2016-17 NFL season. High school football coaches across Oregon have spoken out about their policies regarding students who wish to participate in the protest of the National Anthem; many have said that they will support their players’ right to kneel, but some had a requirement that students explain their reasoning first. Eric Mahlum, of Liberty High School in Hillsboro says, “I’m a big believer in the kids understanding why they do something, not just doing it…they would have to write me a paper before I would consider what to do.” Randy Heath, of Grant High School in Portland, is taking this opportunity to continue the work that Grant has accomplished with their Race Forward program, “We currently have players that take a knee…just as we did last year. It is part of an ongoing discussion at Grant High School. It has not been divisive.” 

  • Study: Educator diversity has impact on students of color

    Study: Educator diversity has impact on students of color

    In March 2017, The Institute of Labor Economics released a study titled “The Long-Run Impacts of Same-Race Teachers”, in which the authors studied the long-term academic records of over 100,000 elementary-aged black students in North Carolina and Tennessee. Their goal was to determine a) if they were in at least one class taught by a black teacher, and b) if they graduated high school.  The results are astounding. In the case of black males coming from low-income families, the high school dropout rate was decreased by 39 percent when they were exposed to just one black teacher in elementary school. These students were also more likely to sit for the SAT or ACT. 
    Nicholas Papageorge, one of the authors of the study, states that hiring more black teachers would be the best long-term option to combat low graduation rates in black student populations, but he also says that short-term solutions would make a huge difference. What Papageorge suggests to schools in the interim is simple: make sure that every black student has contact with at least one black teacher before they exit elementary school.  “We could push around rosters tomorrow, change the way we assign kids [to classrooms], and have some effects next school year, not 10 years from now,” says Papageorge. For many students of color, having a single educator who looks like them, especially at a young age, can make a serious impact on the way they look at their future academic potential.