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These Local Businesses Support Gresham-Barlow Teachers

Cafe Delirium

Sweet Betty's


Flying Pie Pizzeria

Gold Art Jewelry

Elite Chiropractic and Wellness Center

April's Designer Jewelry

Williams and Sons Jewelers

Iris Salon

Dr. McKeel, DMD

All About Kids

Frenzi Natural Frozen Yogurt


The Victorian House Antiques

Lil' Britches

Srisiamchai Thai

Legal Addiction Espresso

Glass Butterfly


Nicholas Restaurant

Sunny Hans

Mt. Hood Chiropractic Clinic

Gresham Les Schwab Tire Center

Burns Feed Store

Jazzy Bagels

The Sign Shop

Buffalo Wild Wings

All Things Beautiful Antiques

Wall Street Pizza

The Local Cow

Super Seams

Amitron Furniture

Windflower Salon

Littlelamb and EWE

Norma Jean's Closet

Gary Gaska
Tax Consultant

Springwater Jewlers

Allegri - wine shop and art

M & M Cafe



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MODA Insurance Update

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) issued an Order of Immediate Supervision to Moda Health, which gives the department the ability to oversee and approve all financial decisions the company makes.

Additionally, DCBS has ordered Moda to transfer its individual market insurance plans to a different insurance carrier.  This means people insured directly with Moda through individual plans purchased on the individual market through the Oregon health insurance exchange will have their insurance provided by a carrier other than Moda. 

Currently, this has no impact on group health plans or plans provided through the Oregon Educator Benefit Board (OEBB). 

OEA staff is working to ensure we thoroughly understand the ramifications of this action, but want to assure you that there is no impact to the health plans provided by OEBB or OEA. 

I’ve provided some sample Q&A below that has been provided by DCBS regarding this action.

We will keep you in the loop as this develops, but wanted to make sure you had up to date and accurate information as you hear news about this issue.

Thank you,

Hanna Vaandering
Oregon Education Association

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Sample Q&A for OEBB Member Services Staff
Main Points:

  • All OEBB coverage remains in place and unchanged
  • All OEBB claims will continue to be paid as usual
  • OEBB will continue to inform participating entities and members as we learn more


The GBEA is woring collaboratively with the District on a Collaboration Design Grant from the ODE. Here is an update.

Read the January edition of the GBEA Newsletter


NCLB is changed to ESSA - the Every Student Succeeds Act - read summary


Oregon has the lowest corporate taxes in the country.

Hard-working Oregonians are paying their taxes, but out-of-state corporations aren't paying theirs.

It's time for corporations to pay their fair share.

Information about the Better Oregon campaign

Toolkit with information about signature gathering for the Better Oregon campaign


All teachers are asked to please take the survey this month regarding the work being done by the Collaboration Design Grant team. Your prinicpal should be sharing a link out to all of you and giving you adequate time to complete the survey. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and contribution.


Members should be sending their Safety concerns to thier Principal for review at the monthly safety committee meetings happening in your building.


Download the New 2014-17 Contract

Settlement Summary from Bargaining

Download the New Student Safety and Discipline Handbook


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


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


Crisis Information from the NEA

School Crisis Guide, Teacher Tools, and Parent Tools____________________________________________________________