Common Middle School Experience
The BSD School Board intends to make changes to middle school schedules so that students across the district have a “common middle school experience.” However, they have been working on this for months without including teacher voice in the process.
Changes in the middle school schedules may have an impact on the continuation of the Humanities model, as well as student access to electives, and plan time for teachers. Conversation is needed about whether we will continue to focus on the core subjects at the expense of providing well-rounded learning experiences for all students. Input from teachers is critical when making these kinds of decisions that greatly impact our work.
BEA Leadership has requested that the process not continue until there is authentic engagement with teachers and counselors. We have been assured that there will be a way for middle school staff to provide input after winter break. Please reach out to your building principal with any questions about this process.
Be a Delegate to the OEA or NEA Representative Assembly
The Oregon Education Association Representative Assembly is the yearly meeting in which elected delegates come together to debate and vote on governing documents and new business items, which will guide the direction of OEA. BEA has a long-standing history of involvement in this process, which has resulted in positive changes that have benefited our members. The OEA RA will be April 17th and 18th at the Red Lion at Jantzen Beach in Portland.
The National Education Association Representative Assembly is similar to the OEA RA but on a much larger scale, it involves thousands of NEA members. Elected delegates debate and vote on governing documents, policies and new business items, which help guide our national organization. The 2020 NEA RA will be held from July 2-6, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Nominations for delegates to the Oregon Education Association and the National Education Association Representative Assemblies are due by Friday. January 17, 2020. Only current BEA members are eligible to be delegates. Elections will be held the week of February 3, 2020.
If you want more information, have questions, or wish to run for either of these positions, please contact BEA Elections Chair, Erin Gettling, or BEA Vice President, Karen Lally.
Aspiring Educator and Early Career Educator Winter Retreat – (Update: registration is full!)
Being new to the education profession is challenging and OEA has created this event to cultivate a community of support for early career educators. BEA members who are in their first 3 years of the profession are invited to the Aspiring Educator and Early Career Educator Winter Retreat on Friday, January 31st – Saturday, February 1st.
Register today– space is limited! New members are encouraged to sign up with people from their worksite or other BEA members. Friday night stay at a hotel at the beach and meals will be covered by the Oregon Education Association.
BSD Mental Health and Behavior Focus Groups
The BSD Teaching and Learning Department will be conducting Mental Health and Behavior Focus Groups and are looking for employees to inform district leaders of considerations regarding how the district should define mental health and behavior, assist with the identification of the mental health and behavioral needs of students, provide feedback on the barriers to student wellness, and the supports needed (professional development, curriculum, assessments, and staff) to support the social and emotional wellness of youth in BSD.
We encourage members to participate in this opportunity to share your professional expertise and advocate for the health and well-being of students and staff in our district.
OEA Foundation Grants
Do you know a student who needs a warm coat, a new pair of shoes, or eye glasses? Established in 1995, the OEA Foundation provides educators with up to $100 grants to help students meet basic, urgent and immediate needs.
You can also make a donation to the OEA Foundation, to ensure that the physical, social, and emotional needs of students do not stand in the way of success in school.
Learn more and apply for a grant at oeafoundation.oregoned.org.