Friday Updates

April 22, 2016

Happy Friday!

I’ve been thinking a lot about what exactly to say to begin my Friday Update this week.  Obviously we’ve had some turmoil.  We’ve been in the paper several times recently.  But I think I need to focus on some positives.  I attended the ACE Awards on Tuesday night.  Each presenter told a story about a defining moment in their own education.  Some happy, some poignant, all pointing to why we chose this difficult yet so rewarding profession.  The blurbs telling about each of our nominees paint a picture of very caring, super competent, vibrant professionals.  Congratulations to all of our nominees—especially to our Champion in Education recipient, Karen Babcock.


Legislative Breakfast

EEA is holding another legislative breakfast on Saturday, May 7 from 9:00 to 10:30 at the OEA office at 2815 Coburg Road.  This is a great opportunity to speak with Lane County legislators about issues that impact your students’ lives on a daily basis.  Come join the conversation.  Tell your stories to our legislators.  Please RSVP to Tina Leaton at so we know how much food to prepare.



Our board chair has decided to cancel the upcoming two listening sessions.  I know there are many issues that people would like to share thoughts on.  Community model, technology, elementary counselors, high school schedules, middle school bus schedules, dual immersion are just a few things people have mentioned to me.  The Board does want to hear from you.  If you would like to share your thoughts with our board members, please do so using this email address:   As with all email and Board communications, these emails could become part of the public record. 


OEA Summer Conference

Registration for the OEA Summer Conference is now open.  The tracks available are:
  • Sound Design:  How Quality Assessment Practices Empower Meaningful Student Learning
  • Unite, Inspire, Lead:  Empowering Educators for Social Justice Activism
  • Building A Better Oregon
  • Strong Leaders, Strong Locals

Go to for lots more details and to register.  The registration deadline is June 26.  Last year the conference filled up before the deadline so register early.


Formal Complaints

Many people have recently inquired about the procedure to file a formal complaint.  If this is a procedure you need to do, the policy and the complaint form are on the district intranet site.  Click on the Our District tab.  Click on Leadership and Board and scroll down to Board Policy.  Click on K/L Community Relations.  Scroll down to K/L-AR (1).


Conference & Credit Fund

The Conference and Credit Fund committee has received many applications.  The joint district/SEA committee will meet as soon as possible to score the applications. It does take time to coordinate schedules, meet to score the applications, then send out notifications.  But know, the committee will work hard to get things settled as soon as they can. 


 Oregon Rising

Oregon Rising—come join the conversation about what public education in Oregon should look like.  When:  Wednesday, April 27 at 7:00 at Sheldon High School in Eugene.  To find out more about this project go to


Anne Goff
Springfield Education Association President

Phone: (541) 726-8388 
              (541) 343-1151

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. 
--Margaret Mead