OEA Summer Leadership Conference Info


July 29-31, 2014

The Riverhouse Hotel & Convention Center
3075 N. Highway 97
Bend, OR 97701


Fall 2013 Meeting

Draft Agenda – click here

State Board of Education – Performance Based Funding Meeting

ESP Leaders for Tomorrow – Applications due 9/30/13

http://www.oregoned.org/whats-new/esp-leaders-for-tomorrow-program -

OEA NEA Leaders for Tomorrow program will train both current and future ESP leaders in leadership attitudes, skills and knowledge that will enhance their ability to be a visible, vocal advocate at the local, state and national levels of the OEA NEA.

The program is a four session training process held over a nine month period that is open to dues paying OEA ESP members who meet the program’s eligibility requirements.  Candidates must be nominated for the program and have their application acknowledged and signed by the Oregon Education Association president.

NEA ESP Leaders for Tomorrow Eligibility Requirements

Must be a current NEA ESP member
Must have been an NEA member in good standing for the past three years
Must complete an application form and submit by the deadline
Must commit to participate fully in all four sessions
Must commit to utilize the new skills in the Association

Apply to the Leaders for Tomorrow program today!

Application is due to OEA September 30, 2013!!!


OCCA Annual Conference – October 24-26



Obama Talks Education (August 2013)


Feedback from some Oregonians



Seeking Comments on Performance Based Funding

The State Board of Education is in the process of considering a Performance Based Funding (PBF) scheme for community colleges in Oregon, tying a significant portion of the Community College Support Fund to measures of ‘completion‘ and ‘success.’ Little or no public discussion of the proposal has been allowed, and most commentary has come from proponents who rarely acknowledge the negative consequences PBF schemes promote. When concerns about the impact on ‘quality’ have been raised, they have been met with hollow ‘We have faith that the faculty will hold the line on quality’ responses, and ‘We will carefully monitor and assess quality’, but in fact proponents have no plans to even assess the impact on quality, let alone plans to protect the integrity of our schools. But schools struggling to hold onto their shares of state funding are likely to do all they can to ‘keep or get their numbers up,’ and studies show are likely to:

  1. Pressure educators to reduce the rigor and academic standards of current certifications and degrees
  2. Pressure educators to create certifications and degrees that may not be justified by employment opportunities
  3. Pressure educators to inflate grades and pass more students
  4. Decrease emphasis on CTE programs in favor of transfers, and transfer degrees
  5. Limit the courses taught to those that are part of a certification or degree
  6. Create policies or reduce funding that limits access to community colleges for disadvantaged and/or academically unprepared students

With proponents ignoring or negating such concerns, it’s up to faculty and others to defend the integrity of our educational programs, credentials, and schools, by documenting and publicizing ways that academic quality is already being undermined as schools respond to the ‘completion agenda‘ and prepare for the possible implementation of performance funding systems.

As such, the OEA Community College Council invites you to report ways that the completion agenda and the expectations of upcoming PBF schemes are already undermining educational quality at Oregon’s community colleges, so that we can document and publicize such practices, and report them to our legislators and the State Board to consider as they weigh proposals to formally adopt PBF systems into Oregon’s school systems.

Please share this page with others interested in protecting our schools from these schemes, and encourage anyone you hear is facing pressure to dumb down their classes, pass failing students, create questionable certificates, etc, to report these assaults on our schools in the space below.

Educators from states that already implement PBF systems are also encouraged to tell their stories.

Please post your report as a comment by clicking on the comments link in the title bar of this post above. If viewing this post from the Performance Based Funding page you can also comment in the area below this post; comments are reviewed prior to posting in order to prevent spam, so you will not see them posted immediately.

Thanks in advance for all your help.


Higher Education Lobby Day – March 27, 2013

Below is an information flyer from Andrea Cooper regarding the Higher Education Lobby Day.  Please register if you plan on attending.

HigherEd_LobbyDay_2013_flier copy

Agenda for the day:

9:00 AM -  Joint Training
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Lobby Visits
Noon -1:00 PM – Lunch with Legislators
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Lobby visits
3:00 PM – Head home

HECC Reports

Here are a couple more reports for your information from the HECC.

HECC Report on Transfer Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

HECC Report on Western Governor’s University

HECC Textbook Work Group Report Executive Summary

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission has provided recommendations to the legislature as required in HB 4058 on reducing the high cost of college textbooks. Those recommendations are included in the following report.

HB 4058 Textbook Affordability Report to the Oregon Legislature

Child Protection Policy

At the Fall Council meeting a discussion took place around the new child abuse protection laws which will become effective January 1, 2013. The following is a draft policy from the OCCA that Community College Boards may adopt.

OCCA Child Protection Policy DRAFT

It is suggested that faculty and staff look at this policy and consider clarifying the highlighted language regarding “conducting themselves appropriately” as this may be interpreted to include conduct not included in the child abuse protection law. While administrators are unlikely to push the boundaries of what is or is not “appropriate conduct” beyond the intent of the law, it is better to prevent abuse of that language to begin with.