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OEA members rally during a Day of Action

Our Union is empowering educators to help students succeed

The Oregon Education Association (OEA) believes in opportunity for all students and in the power of public education to transform lives and create a more just and inclusive society.
OEA President Reed Scott-Schwalbach stands smiling at the camera in a red blazer with foliage in the background.
Every Oregon student deserves a school where they feel safe and seen. I’m proud of the work OEA members do every day to make sure students and educators have the funding and support they need to thrive.
Quote by: Reed Scott-Schwalbach, OEA President

Our best hope for student success IS YOU.

Your passion and commitment are crucial to helping all students—of all colors and backgrounds—learn, grow, and fulfill their potential. Here’s how you can get started.
OEA member from St. Helens meets with Rep. Bonamici


Being an education professional requires passion, dedication, confidence, and resilience. Our community helps educators at all stages in their career become leaders in their profession, in their union, and in their communities. Explore how you can achieve professional excellence and become a leader in your profession.
Woodburn EA members rally for fair working conditions


Those who serve our students and communities need the support, resources, and working conditions to excel in their work. The power and influence of the OEA community are here to help you understand your rights and improve your working conditions.
OEA members rally at the State Capitol


We need to dismantle unjust systems. We need to fully fund public schools. We need to hold our elected leaders accountable to our communities. And we need your help to make it happen.

Ready, Set, Grow!

OEA provides high-quality, member-led professional learning to help educators improve their professional practice, support student success and excellence, and build community with other educators across Oregon.
Our Journey

Our journey began over a century ago. YOURS STARTS NOW.

We’ve spent decades working for students and educators—but, there’s still more to do. Like our progress during the civil rights and women’s rights movements, we need to dig in and speak up for the students and educators who are still facing inequality every day.

Let's Get Real

Let's Bring Real Change

Let's Get Real

Oregon ranks 31st in starting educator wages - far behind many neighboring states.

Let's Bring Real Change

OEA member Enrique Ferrara
We know that if we want to recruit and retain quality educators at our neighborhood public schools and community colleges, we need real long-term investments in public education from our leaders in Salem. I've added my voice to OEA's push for stable education funding in Salem, and you can too.
— Enrique Farrera, OEA Vice-President
Take Action for Fully Funded Schools

More than one in five LGTBQ+ youth living in unaccepting communities attempted suicide in 2022, compared to 8 percent in very accepting places.

Let's Bring Real Change

educator holds a stack of books with Twas the Night Before Pride on the top and visible
Read about the importance of supporting and protecting LGBTQ+ students, take action, and get involved with the movement.
Learn how to defend the freedom of our LGBTQ+ students

Standardized tests are inaccurate, inequitable, and don’t accurately measure student learning and growth.

Let's Bring Real Change

standardized testing failure
"I don’t think there’s any worse way to decide the worth of a human being than by how they choose A, B, C or D on some standardized test."
— Pete Stone, Teacher
Learn More About Performance Based Assessments

What’s on Your Mind?

We’re here to help. Our community comes to us seeking tools (guides, reports, trainings, and more) to help answer everyday questions. We’re here to support you in whatever you need.
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Together we're stronger. Together we're heard.

You belong in the movement! Join today to belong to the movement of educators and school staff fighting for the pay and working conditions we all deserve.

Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education

The Oregon Education Association (OEA) is a union committed to the cause of providing the basic right of great public education to every student. OEA represents about 41,000 educators working in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 public schools and community colleges. OEA’s membership includes licensed teachers and specialists, classified/education support professionals (ESPs), community college faculty, retired educators, and student members. OEA members also belong to the 3.2 million members of the National Education Association (NEA).