February 27, 2015
I’ve been driving a lot the last several weeks going from meeting to meeting or building to building. I’ve kind of become obsessed with bumper stickers. I’ve seen a few that I didn’t get. I can tell it is not an election year as I’ve seen only one tattered political bumper sticker. A year or so from now, that will be different. I’ve also only seen one tattered “My child is an honor student at… “ Those used to be ubiquitous. Have we decided that those are no longer an incentive for kids? I saw one that said “So many tunes, So little time.” Got me to thinking mine would be “So many books, So little time.” Or maybe “So many beaches, So little time.” (Spring break is coming, right?) But my favorite ones are what I think of as life philosophy summed up in so few words. “Coexist” with several religious symbols forming the letters is one that makes me smile. “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind” says to me we can, at times, be gracious refraining from always poking back. My very favorite is “Wag more, Bark less.” I think we almost always feel more satisfied when we “wag more.” Sometimes barking is absolutely necessary, but I like to save the barking for when it is really required. So enjoy your weekend. I hope you are able to wag more and bark less.
OEA Assessment Forum
Over the past year a group of teachers from around the state have been working with OEA leadership, the Governor’s office, OEIB, and ODE on creating a better system of assessment for our Oregon students. This group has created a draft of recommendations and a working paper outlining their conclusions.
OEA is hosting forums around the state to provide information and to give the opportunity to ask questions and give input.
Our local forum will be on Wednesday, March 18 at 4:30 at the OEA office on Coburg Road. Please register at the link below if you would like to attend. At this link, you may also download the recommendations and the working paper to read before attending the forum. More details are in the SEA Breeze coming out next week.
Another Discussion Opportunity
Yong Zhao is a scholar, writer, and speaker who is currently an education professor at the University of Oregon. He will be part of a panel discussion surrounding testing and current educational practices. He is an engaging and thought-provoking speaker. If you have not heard him speak, it is worth your time. This discussion will take place on Thursday, March 31 from 7 to 9pm at the Ford Center on the U of O campus.
OEA Summer Conference
For those of you who like to plan ahead, the OEA Summer Conference will be from July 29 – 31 in Sun River this year. The conference offers a wide variety of classes and workshops with topics ranging from common core to being a building rep to teaching with an equity lens and more. The exact course offerings have not been finalized yet. More specifics will be available in April. I’ve already had a few folks who have attended in the past ask for the dates so I wanted to put it out there.
* If you want to run for an SEA elected position (secretary, treasurer, or an OEA RA delegate), March 2 is the last day for nominations. Questions, please ask.
* There is still time to register and attend the OEA Symposium focusing on assessment. It is on March 7 in Salem. Register at: http://www.oregoned.org/2015symposium
* Also on March 7, closer to home, is the EEA sponsored Legislative Breakfast. Legislators attending are: Senators: Chris Edwards, Lee Beyer and Floyd Prozanski Representatives: Val Hoyle, Nancy Nathanson, Phil Barnhart, John Lively. Please RSVP to Tina Leaton at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Financial Workshop with a focus on retirement issues on Wednesday, March 11 at 4:45 at the OEA office. RSVP to 541-343-2928.
* The Wellness Conference is March 22-24 at The Riverhouse in Bend.
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