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Current Opportunities:

Educator Empowerment Academy: The Educator Empowerment Academy is designed to build participant teams’ collective knowledge and skills as they tackle a specific problem of practice in their own context. Academy teams will:

  • Deepen their understanding of the principles and mindsets of the OEA Empowerment Process and learn ways to operationalize equity while they work to solve their own problem of practice
  • Learn how to effectively use tools and processes of the OEA Empowerment Process, which centers on human-centered design, continuous improvement, & community-based organizing.
  • Increase facilitation, coaching, and leadership skills to work with diverse groups of adults

Why the OEA Educator Empowerment Academy?

  • Provides resources and support for participant teams to take action on a problem of practice they have identified as important to solve.
  • Empowers teams to take action on the things that matter to them in collaboration and co-creation with other people experiencing a similar issue.
  • Uses engagement strategies that build coalitions with students, families, and communities.

What does this look like in action?
Each UniServ (region) has one team of three people to attend seven learning sessions (some in-person, some virtual). Teams can be composed of members from one school, one local, or across the UniServ. Teams identify a specific problem of practice they would like to solve; they get a coach to help them apply the OEA Empowerment Process learning from the sessions, and to create and implement a plan of action back at home.

  • OEA pays travel expenses (mileage, hotels, some meals, etc.) for each team to attend in-person sessions in Portland
  • OEA grants each team up to $5000 to use toward solving their identified problem
  • Participants will be eligible for CPDUs and/or graduate credit.
  • Participants’ Commitment: attend all learning sessions, participate in monthly team calls with your coach, and follow through with your action plan in between meetings.

When and where are the 2021-2022 sessions?

  • Session 1: Oct. 15th & 16th, 9a-4p both days, (in-person at OEA Headquarters in Portland)

  • Session 2: Nov. 13th, 9a-4p (in-person) & Nov. 16th, 5-8:30p (virtual)

  • Session 3: Dec. 10th, 5-8:30p & Dec. 11th, 9a-2p (both virtual)

  • Session 4: Jan. 14th, 5-8:30p & Jan. 15th, 9a-2p (both virtual)

  • Session 5: Feb. 19th, 9a-2p (virtual) & Mar. 12th, 9a-4p (in-person)

  • Session 6: Apr. 9th, 9a-4p (in-person)
  • Session 7: May 14th & Jun. 11th, 9a-4p both days (both in-person)

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Year 2 Educator Empowerment Academy: For teams who have already completed a full year of Educator Empowerment Academy.

When and where are the 2021-2022 sessions?

  • Welcome to Year 2: Oct. 26th, 5-8:30p (virtual)
  • Session 1: Feb. 12th, 9a-4p, in-person at OEA Headquarters in Portland
  • Session 2: June 18th, 9a-4p, in-person (location TBD)

Coaching for Empowerment Academy: OEA’s Center for Great Public Schools (CGPS) takes in nominations each summer from OEA member leaders and staff to participate in our annual Coaching for Empowerment Academy. Twenty OEA members from around the state will be chosen to participate in this exciting opportunity from August 2021 - May 2022. Participants must submit a quick application online by June 30, 2021.

What is the Coaching for Empowerment Academy?
The Academy is designed to build participants’ knowledge and skills to support union, school, or district teams as they tackle specific problems in their own context. Using OEA’s Empowerment Process, Academy participants will:

  • Deepen their understanding of the principles and mindsets of continuous improvement, community-based organizing, and human-centered design, while learning ways to operationalize and center equity, attending to dynamics of race, culture, class, and power.
  • Learn how to effectively coach others to:
    • Frequently and authentically collect and design with a human-centered approach
    • See the system that is causing problems and to find system-based improvement ideas
    • Implement continuous improvement cycles that start with high quality improvement ideas and follow a meaningful plan-do-study-act cycle
    • Use the collective tools and processes of OEA’s Empowerment Process
  • Increase facilitation, coaching, and leadership skills to work with diverse groups of adults
  • Be prepared to facilitate teams through an entire empowerment journey

When and where are the 2021-2022 sessions?

  • Full-day in-person learning sessions held on each of the following dates (these will be in-person if safe to do so, and in the Portland metro area - exact times TBD): Tuesday, August 17, & Wednesday, August 18; Friday, October 8, & Saturday, October 9; Saturday, November 20; Saturday, March 5; Saturday, April 2; Saturday, May 7

  • Virtual learning sessions held on each of the following dates (exact times TBD, but 3-4 hours not during work day): Saturday, December 4; Friday, January 28, & Saturday, January 29; Saturday, February 26

If you are interested, or if you know of someone who would be, please submit applications online by June 30, 2021.

Please direct all questions to OEA staff Erin Whitlock, erin.whitlock@oregoned.org, and Leah Starkovich, leah.starkovich@oregoned.org

For more information, see the Coaching For Empowerment Academy Flier.