GAEA Scholarship Applications Available

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING DETAILS Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 up to a total of four scholarships overall. At least one vocational program/community college award will be given, if there are applicants. Announcements of the scholarships will be made at the senior awards assembly at the end of the year at each recipient’s…

Want To Get More Involved?

We’re looking for officers for next year. You can read the various association roles here. If you would care to nominate yourself, you can do so here. Thank you to Karin Heley and Katie Louk for heading this year’s nominations and election committee.

PERS/Social Security Workshop

Eric King, CFP at Bridges Wealth Management, is offering a PERS/Social Security webinar on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at 4:00 pm.  Eric has been working with PERS members for almost 20 years. Eric began working with PERS members to help his parents who were both public school employees. Eric has a vast knowledge of how the pension…

Classroom Grants Available

The association has four $250 grants available for members. Given that it’s our first time trying a program like this, we encourage anyone and everyone to apply with their best ideas! The application form can be found here. 

Bargaining Update

On Wednesday evening, the Governance Council passed a motion to change the bargaining model from interest-based to traditional bargaining in an effort to better serve our members and solve outstanding issues from past bargains. Association leadership is currently working with district leadership on scheduling bargaining for this spring. We will have more updates in coming…

MOU Approved

Members, district leadership, and the school board all approved the workload relief MOU as presented. Highlights include: Staff will receive a sick day for their booster shot. If you already received your booster and had to take a sick day due to your adverse reaction, you will be refunded a sick day retroactive to October…

Office Reopened!

After several months away from the OEA office, we have finally been allowed to fully reopen! All of us here (GAEA President Lindsay Jansen-Hostetler, staffer Ken Volante, and associate staffer Julie Foss) are super excited to be back in person. Please be aware that our associate staff is there intermittently at present. Should you need…

Office Closed: Contact Info Below

Due to COVID-19, the Santiam UniServ office is closed. To reach Lindsay, please email albanyea@oregoned.org or call (541) 583-0043. Please do not call the office, as no one is there to take your call, and we have limited ability to check our voicemail from home. Thank you!

Barb Drennan Promising Practices Grant

Have a plan that could enhance your classroom skills or boost student achievement? An idea for a site-based professional development activity that could build partnerships? OEA’s Center for Great Public Schools awards Promising Practice Grants to provide student learning and professional development for OEA members across Oregon. The Santiam UniServ Council will award four (4)…

Student Discipline, Meetings, and More

One thing that association leadership–be it the president, vice-president, or a building rep–hears a lot is: well, what if? What if my building leadership thinks I can’t handle x because I said y? What if my building leadership thinks I am unprofessional because I said I didn’t want to? What if I say no, and…

Coping with Disrupted Learning

Disrupted learning is an ongoing problem in our classrooms, and it can be difficult to cope with disregulated, disruptive students. Room clears have become the new normal, mostly because teachers feel helpless to do anything due to the restraint and seclusion law. However, the legislature recently enacted changes to the law. Here is how to…