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Teaching and Learning Update Fall 2018

Ready to Take Control of Your Learning?

OEA is excited to offer several professional learning opportunities for our members this year so you can take control of what you're learning to improve your practice.

From conferences to year-long PLCs, we are expanding your access to the learning you need to help students right now. Keep reading to find out more information about upcoming opportunities. You can always visit our website,, and click on the Professional Development link under the Stay Informed tab for up to date information. 

Jump Start Your Career

Are you interested in becoming a National Board Certified Teacher? OEA will host a Jump Start seminar in October. Interested members can join in person in Medford or online via Skype. 

Jump Start seminars provide National Board candidates with important information about the certification process, time to examine the requirements, and time to collaborate with other educators. 

Oregon is also reimbursing educators for the cost of becoming certified, making this research-backed learning affordable for all. 

Visit the OEA events page for more information and to register.

Online Courses

You can now take online courses from OEA. The first course, "Quality Performance Assessment in the ELA Classroom," launches fall term 2018. Registration is open now through Oct. 12! 

The course is free to members, and all participants will earn 30 PDUs. An option to earn graduate credit through WOU is also available. 

NEA Micro-Credentials

A micro-credential is a short, competency-based recognition that allows an educator to demonstrate mastery in a particular area such as assessment literacy or classroom management. The OEA/NEA micro-credentials are created by educators, for educators and are grounded in research and best-practices.

OEA is offering $200 PLC mini-grants to members to lead micro-credential PLCs. Apply here or visit for more information. 

Learning Calendar

OEA has added a professional learning calendar. This calendar includes OEA events and opportunities and other opportunities from around the state. 

Know of a learning opportunity you want to share? Simply complete this form to let us know the details. 

OCESP Fall Conference

Attend the Oregon Council of Education Support Professionals conference Oct. 12-13, 2018, at Linn Benton Community College. 

Sessions include working with students experiencing trauma, dyslexia and autism, mental health, Microsoft Office, and much more. Register for the conference here.

Putting Students at the Center of Assessment

OEA is expanding opportunities for educators to improve their classroom assessment practices. Classroom assessment has the power to transform learning, engage and empower students, and raise educator voice in important school decisions. Keep an eye on your email and the OEA website for opportunities to sign up for: 

  • A blended learning (mix of in-person and online) PLC with educators from around the state, learning and doing action research in your classroom.

  • Online PLCs to complete a series of six assessment literacy micro-credentials. Take all six or pick and choose what you need. 

  • Access assessment literacy modules online now to customize for your team, grade level, school, or other learning community. Each module has a slide deck, handouts, and a comprehensive agenda. 

  • Do you have a specific request? Contact the OEA quality assessment practices team to request a customized learning experience in your local.

Oregon Education News

The Educator Advancement Council (EAC) is up and running and preparing for the  2019 Legislative session. The EAC is an innovative public/nonprofit partnership that is working on supporting and strengthening the public educator profession. The EAC is building upon the recommendations and core values of the Governor’s Council on Educator Advancement with the goal of ensuring all teachers and administrators have access to high-quality, culturally responsive professional learning and support throughout their careers (currently known as the Network for Quality Teaching and Learning).

The EAC has appointed its directors (click here for a list), including Oregon educators, and school, community, and government leaders. The directors are working on designing a system of educator networks that prioritize and enhance educators’ access to professional learning and support services, combining state investment and other leveraged resources driven by educator need.

Click here to sign up to receive EAC meeting notes and news.

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