CEA Today April 10, 2020

CEA Members Demand Governor Care for ALL Coloradans

In case you missed it, CEA held a virtual press conference where the 39,000 members of the Colorado Education Association formally asked Gov. Polis to do more to help vulnerable Coloradans, students and educators during the coronavirus pandemic. CEA delivered a petition to the governor, signed by more than 3,200 members, calling on Gov. Polis to prioritize educators, workers and students by taking additional actions for Colorado communities. You can watch the Virtual Press Conference and you can also see CEA’s Press Release. As CEA President Amie Baca-Oehlert has said since day one:  We’re all in this together.

Stimulus Bill Information from NEA

NEA has created several one pagers to help leaders and members navigate the CARES Act. It’s currently located on the NEA Schools and Coronavirus: What You Should Know page. Scroll down the page to the CARE Act portion to learn more about CARE Act Payments, Education Stabilization Fund, Student Loans, Unemployment Insurance, ESSA Waivers and School Meals.

CEA Legal COVID-19 Update Page is Now Live

The brand new CEA COVID-19 Legal Update page is now live. This is your one-stop-shop for any membership legal information related to the current COVID-19 situation here in Colorado. Also, don’t forget about the CEA COVID-19 Resource page. You’ll find information and links to the Coronavirus resource pages established by the NEA, U.S. and Colorado Departments of Education, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and more.

Apply for an Early Career Learning Lab

The deadline for NEA’s Early Career Learning Labs is extended! Complete this application by Friday, April 24th to house a lab in your local association that supports early career educators (ECEs) with professional learning around problems of practice. These member-led, member-driven labs assist ECEs in improving their practice, which can increase membership and retention in the profession. ECEs can use the labs for relicensure and/or salary advancement and receive Adams State credit.

ESP News…

New ESP Closed Facebook and EdCommunities Groups

Let your ESP members know there are new closed groups they can join to network with ESP colleagues across our state. The ESPs Unite! Facebook group is a space for public school Education Support Professionals to share information and discuss ways we can stand together and support each other. While all educators are valued, this space is only intended for ESP educators. ESPs can also join NEA’s EdCommunities to connect with colleagues in the new Colorado ESPs Unite! closed group. In this private group, Colorado ESPs can network and talk about specific issues, share resources, and stay informed about the latest trainings, events and offerings for ESPs offered by CEA and locals across the state. Not a member of EdCommunities yet? Find out more and join here.

NEA’s Social Media ESP Groups

Follow ESP news from NEA and ESP colleagues on four different sites…

  • On Facebook, NEA explores the impact ESP have on the education of the whole student and will bring you career tips, hot issues, and help you connect with other ESP.
  • On Twitter, this feed offers useful tips and advice and links to resources that will help you thrive in the workplace.
  • NEA Today Instagram tells NEA’s story through images representing its members and staff, all working together to provide great public schools for every student.
  • NEA ESP Pinterest is the leading the profession with classroom tips, tricks and education news.

National Council for Education Support Professionals

Do you know NEA has a council just for ESPs? The National Council for Education Support Professionals works within NEA to represent the specific interests of education support professionals and advocate for ESP issues. In January, the CEA Board of Directors approved the CEA becoming an affiliate member of the council, and CEA’s own Eddie Chacon (ESP vice president of the Sheridan Education Association) is the council’s Western Regional Director.

Colorado Teacher of the Year Nominations Now Open

Each year, the Colorado Teacher of the Year Program honors an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled K-12 classroom teacher to represent the entire profession in the state. The selected teacher will automatically become Colorado’s nominee for the National Teacher of the Year competition. Do you know an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled K-12 teacher here in Colorado? Nominate them to apply for the 2021 Colorado Teacher of the Year award!

Tell Your Story to CEA

Are you an educator or do you know an educator making an exceptional impact on their students, parents or community? CEA wants to know what our members are doing, in this time of social distancing, that’s making a difference in their students’ lives. Go to CEA’s Tell Your Story page and CEA Communications will get in touch with you or the member to highlight their accomplishment in the media, our social media, and the CEA Journal member magazine. Spread the word and let us help your members share their wonderful stories.

Articles of Interest

NEA TodayEducators Continue Census Outreach, Despite COVID-19 with Aurora EA’s Yolanda Calderón

Colorado Sun Online learning is harder for some students, so Colorado schools are protecting grades with new policies with CEA Pres. Amie Baca-Oehlert

Colorado Sun Coronavirus stole their last months of high school in Colorado, and a long list of traditions

Denver PostSchools across Denver area will remain closed rest of academic year due to coronavirus

The GazetteRemote classes still a work in progress for Colorado Springs-area schools with CSEA Pres. Joe Schott

Chalkbeat Colorado Colorado districts won’t be required to conduct teacher evaluations this year with CEA Pres. Amie Baca-Oehlert

Chalkbeat ColoradoMemes and multitasking: How Denver teachers are preparing for remote learning with several DCTA members

Colorado PoliticsColorado’s high court rules that days in legislative calendar do not need to be consecutive

Colorado PoliticsPolis urges Trump administration to extend DACA permits during emergency

The Washington PostMany public schools never recovered from the Great Recession. The coronavirus could spark a new education crisis.

CNNJill Biden and leading teachers: How to school your kids

The Hechinger Report Four things you need to know about the new reading wars

Lunch Break with Amie & Kevin

In this week’s Lunch Break, Kevin talks about the Governor’s executive order and evaluations…while on a hike (practicing safe social distancing, of course).


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