CEA Today April 17, 2020

Updated COVID-19 Resource Page

CEA has just updated your CEA COVID-19 resource page! The page now has resources available to you for things like food, housing assistance, insurance, and much, much more. The new page also has the latest CEA member legal information and links to the external 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 ONE WEEK FROM TODAY! 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.

CEA Teaching & Learning Announces Instructional Practice Support Office Hours

CEA MEMBERS! CEA Teaching & Learning is excited to offer virtual office hours for instructional practice support for CEA members! We have many CEA members who are volunteering their time, covering many grade levels and content areas, ready to connect educators in a stress-free, engaging virtual environment to share ideas and to enhance your approach to continuous distance learning. Go to https://bit.ly/3etPQDm now to learn more!

Learn How to Talk about Initiative 271

Fair Tax Colorado needs 1,500 volunteers across the state to receive a petition in the mail so signature gathering can begin as soon as it’s safe to do so. Learn the basics of Initiative 271 and how to talk about a fair tax code to voters in your community by joining any of these informational Zoom sessions…

  • Tue., April 21, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Register
  • Wed., April 22, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Register
  • Thur., April 23, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Register

If 10% of CEA members gathered 40 signatures for one petition, we’d have 156,000 signatures. That’s more than enough to put Initiative 271 on the ballot this fall so Colorado voters can approve raising $1 billion toward increasing pay for our teachers and education support professionals.

Look for the Paper Census in the Mail

The U.S. Census Bureau has heard back from nearly half of American households (53.3% of Colorado) in their first-ever online census collection. The 64 million households that did not respond online will receive a paper questionnaire in the coming days to ensure responding to the Census 2020 is easier than ever. Encourage everyone in your community to look for it, fill it out and send it back. Our collective response will help direct millions of dollars in federal funds to our schools, roads and public services, plus determine if Colorado will gain an eighth congressional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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.

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.

At-Home Activities That Showcase Our Diversity

With Census 2020 underway, Statistics in Schools has created activities that show how differences in race, ethnicity and language enhance the American tapestry and contribute to the strength of our country. These teacher-created activities are easily adapted for at-home instruction and help to reinforce for children and families the importance of responding to the census:

Articles of Interest

The latest education articles you may enjoy reading and sharing…

NEA TodayHow Innovative Educators Are Engaging Students Online

NEA TodayNEA Member Connections Help Sustain Educators During Crisis

Colorado Sun How do you study online without a computer or internet access? with principal & member Kimba Rael

CBS4Retiring Wheat Ridge Teacher Sad About Remote Learning After 40 Years In Classroom with Jeffco EA’s Stephanie Rossi

Chalkbeat Colorado‘Not the only one’: Colorado teachers of color push for diversifying educator ranks with JCEA Pres. John Ford and Aurora EA’s Carlos Valdez

Chalkbeat Colorado10 videos from Colorado teachers showing hope, love, dance moves, and (lots of) dogs in the time of COVID

NewsyHow Are Educators Prioritizing Students’ Mental Health? with Roaring Fork EA’s Leticia Ingram

KOAATeachers adjusting to e-learning during closure with members Elissa Brost and Christina Randle

FOX31Denver Public Schools classes resume, students and teachers adjust to online learning with members Elissa Brost and Melea Mayen

The GazetteCoronavirus makes all parents home-school parents around Colorado Springs. ‘This experience is not enchanting’

The Denver Post Colorado lawmakers bracing for coronavirus budget hit of up to $3 billion

El SemanarioEviction Questions Loom for Thousands of Coloradans

USA TodayCafeteria workers need support during the COVID-19 pandemic

Learning Policy Institute Using Federal Stimulus Funds to Advance Equity and Opportunity

Chalkbeat School budgets are in big trouble, especially in high-poverty areas

Chalkbeat Give yourself ‘grace’ — and 7 other tips from teachers to homeschooling families

Chalkbeat Coronavirus is rewriting teachers’ job descriptions — and unions are paying close attention

EdSource LA Unified, teachers’ union reach agreement over distance learning guidelines

Lunch Break with Amie & Kevin

On this week’s Lunch Break, Amie talks about supporting public education beyond the current situation. She also has a few guests on to give their perspective on remote learning.

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