After 8-months of continuous bargaining, the GBEA has reached a settlement with the GBSD. Information will be coming out soon. A ratification meeting and vote by GBEA members is the next step before the new contract can be brought before the East County Bargaining Council (ECBC) for the final approval process.
A HUGE thanks to our GBEA bargaining chair Tom Urbanowicz and our OEA consultant Susan Crumpton. Together with the help of the bargaining team they were able to reach a timely settlement shortly after the school year started.
All past Bargaining newsletters and information can be found on the Bargaining page
Organization Assessment Results 2014 - download
TELL Survey Results are now public and can be found here - www.telloregon.org
All Gresham-Barlow Schools data is listed below if you want to find it more quickly
Tell Survey Data Results
Summary of Elementary Schools
Summary of Middle Schools
Summary of High Schools
Download the Teacher Evaluation Handbook created by the District and the Association
Download the Specialist Evaluation Handbook created by the District and the Association
Download the New Teacher Evaluation Standards that have been put out by the State of Oregon
Overall a teachers will be evaluated on professional practice, professional responsibilities, and student performance. Student performance must be a "significant" part of teacher evaluation
Oregon Education By The Numbers
3rd largest class sizes in the nation
7% less than National average for per-pupil spending
#47 in the nation for spending on higher education
OEA Class Size Initiative is now happening. What's your number?
Problems with iVisions. Every GBEA member needs to double check their leave accumulations in iVisions. Instructions will help you get into the system and find what iVisions says your leave accumulation is currently at, however you need to compare this to your past pay stubs from the district in order to determine if all of your leave has been added up correctly and is in the iVisions program. MULTIPLE MEMBERS HAVE ALREADY REPORTED PROBLEMS WITH THEIR LEAVE ACCUMULATIONS!! Some dating back to September of 2011. Please take a few minutes and review your leave, it could affect your retirement!
The state has begun adopting Common Core curriculum and materials, they even have some resources for teachers if you follow the link to their web site
Wear Red for Public Ed
Tuesday's are “Wear Red for Public Ed” days where everybody across America is asked to wear something red to show support for our nation’s public education system.
The idea originated in January of 2011 with teachers, parents and students in Florida who were upset with some of the current reforms in public education.
While wearing red on Tuesday won't solve any of the real problems facing public education, it will show that there are plenty of us out there who support public education, have an opinion about public education, and want our voices to be heard regarding public education. Hopefully this will be the first step in the long overdue process of letting those who are actually involved first-hand in America's public education system--administrators, educators, parents, and students--have a say in what happens to it.
Crisis Information from the NEA