CEA Today April 24, 2020

Fair Tax Colorado / Initiative 271 Resources

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…

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.

From the National Education Association:

NEA Webinar: Building Mapping for Power

Turn one of our greatest resources, the relationships between members, into power. This webinar will walk you through a building mapping method that uncovers the relationships between members, identifies leaders, and gives a road map to harnessing those relationships to build power. Join your fellow NEA members Tuesday, April 28th at 2pm MST for a common sense approach to organizing that you can incorporate into AR trainings over the phone or the Zoom.

Learn Strategies to Support Your Students During Distance Learning

Teachers and principals around the world are tapping into their strength and creativity to meet the incredible challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. In many cases, their resourcefulness and compassion for students continue to exceed expectations—building the foundations of health and wellness through unique and cooperative partnerships with colleagues, students, caregivers, and community organizations. This second webinar offers educators concrete strategies for supporting their students’ well-being during distance learning during COVID-19 by using trauma-informed self-care and resilience-building strategies: https://bit.ly/3cMJihd

NEA Foundation COVID-19 Response Grants Available

In response to educators’ emerging needs, addressing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on teaching and learning, the NEA Foundation is offering three new grant opportunities. Grant guidelines for a COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant, including the criteria and timelines, can be found at the NEA Foundation website.

CEA Teaching & Learning Instructional Practice Support Office Hours

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!

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!

Articles of Interest

The latest education articles you may enjoy reading and sharing…

NEA TodaySchool Nurses Join Fight Against Coronavirus

NEA TodaySocial-Emotional Learning Should Be Priority During COVID-19 Crisis

NEA Education VotesAs states adjust elections, educators continue advocacy for public schools

NEA Education VotesSix things Congress must still do to protect students, families during COVID crisis

NEA Ed JusticeCOVID-19 & Immigrant Communities: Your Questions Answered

Colorado Public Radio Some Undocumented Families Don’t Feel Safe Applying For Free Internet, Making Remote Learning Even More Difficult with DCTA Pres. Tiffany Choi

Colorado Public Radio Coronavirus Cares Not For Tradition, So Class Of 2020 Must Say Goodbye With No Goodbyes, Proms Or Graduations

Colorado Sun As Colorado kids with disabilities study remotely, some are lacking critical support services with Canon City EA member Teresa Manfredo

Colorado Sun Opinion: The coronavirus is magnifying the equity gaps between Colorado students

Chalkbeat Colorado Planning for coronavirus closures, this Colorado teacher made conferences a crash course for parents with Aspen EA member Kay Erickson

Chalkbeat ColoradoThis Aurora school held a virtual pep rally to keep its school culture alive

Chalkbeat ColoradoFacing ‘dire’ budget shortfall, Denver school board may consider pay freezes, school mergers

Chalkbeat ColoradoEmotional needs, instructional support top concerns for Colorado school districts doing remote learning

The Denver Post From wealthy students to impoverished refugees, Denver Public Schools’ focus on equity plays out in remote learning

Denver7Will Colorado schools reopen in the fall or will remote learning continue?

United Food & Commercial WorkersUFCW, JBS Announce Increased Pay, Enhanced Protective Equipment for Meatpacking Workers on Frontlines of Coronavirus

Chalkbeat Students will go back to school eventually. Here are 5 concrete ideas for helping them catch up, readjust

New York Times (free access to coronavirus articles but requires registration)Schools Transform Into ‘Relief’ Kitchens, but Federal Aid Fails to Keep Up

New York Times Reese Witherspoon’s Fashion Line Offered Free Dresses to Teachers. They Didn’t Mean Every Teacher.

Education NextIn School Response to Coronavirus, States Lead the Way

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.

Lunch Break with Amie & Kevin

On this week’s Lunch Break, Kevin talks about the looming school finance situation in Colorado.



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