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Mission, Vision & Core Values

The Oregon Education Association is guided by these principles to ensure we are able to empower educators to help students succeed.
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Our Mission

The mission of the Oregon Education Association is to unite the public education profession and advocate for those professionals to ensure quality public education for students in Oregon.

Our Vision

The vision of the Oregon Education Association is to improve the future of all Oregonians through quality public education.

Our Core Values

Lifelong learning: We believe lifelong learning is essential in a constantly changing world.
Collective action: We believe in engaging and organizing our members to work for the common good. Collective action in bargaining, lobbying, and coalition building strengthens each individual voice.
Collaboration: We believe our goals can be achieved by working with all interested groups to ensure a quality public education.
Respect for Diversity: We believe our society is strengthened by public education's promotion of and respect for the vast diversity of our world.
Integrity: We believe our core values are reflected and reinforced through our words and actions.
Democracy: We believe the foundation and strength of a democratic society are dependent on a strong public education.
Social Justice: We believe through quality public education the rights and worth of all individuals are respected and defended.
Professionalism: We believe the expertise and judgment of education professionals are critical to student success. We maintain the highest professional standards, and we expect the status, compensation, and respect due all professionals.
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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).