CEA Today April 3, 2020

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.

Learn How to Talk about Initiative 271

Despite our current inability to gather signatures, Fair Tax Colorado is looking for 1,500 volunteers across the state to have one (or more) petitions mailed to them so signature gathering can begin as soon as it’s safe to do so. Need more info? Find out the basics of Initiative 271 and how to talk about a fair tax code to voters in your community by joining any of these Zoom meetings…

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 for Election 2020 so Colorado can raise $1 billion toward increasing pay for our teachers and education support professionals.

Census Day has come and gone but you still have time

Census Day was April 1st but if you haven’t completed your Census form, don’t fret…you can still do so! If you haven’t already received something in the mail from the U.S. Census Bureau, keep an eye out for it now. Every household should have received a mailing in March with a 12-digit Census ID number and instructions to complete the Census. You can also complete the census by telephone or mail. The Census matters because an accurate count is necessary to set federal funding levels and help educators address the needs of every child. We know you get lots of junk mail, but the census is not trash! Don’t throw it out – fill it out and be counted.

Protect Vulnerable Coloradans, Assist Healthcare Workers

Gov. Polis has launched Help CO Now: a coordinated statewide effort to make sure no one falls through the cracks during this crisis. Visit Help Colorado Now to get involved by volunteering time, giving blood, donating money or supplies and providing childcare to help those in need.

Quickly find what you need from CEA

CEA makes it easy to track down the latest news and information about coronavirus on our new resources page. Bookmark this page to find our media releases, frequently asked legal questions and the new Lunch Breaks with Amie & Kevin. Plus you can link directly from our page to the coronavirus resource pages established by the NEA, U.S. and Colorado Departments of Education, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Articles of Interest

NEA Today – What’s Included in the COVID-19 Stimulus Package?

Heifer International – Free Learning Resources for Home and School

NEA TodayDuring Pandemic, Unions Continue to Advocate for Educators and Students

NEA TodaySo, You Have to Move Your Classes Online. Now What?

NEA Today2020 ESP of the Year Offers Guidance, Advocacy During Crisis

NEA Education VotesCongress responds to educators’ calls for COVID stimulus package that helps students, educators

Denver PostVIDEO: Jeffco music teachers rickroll students with socially distanced jam session

CBS4Adams 12 Staff & Teachers Reach Out To Students: ‘We Are In This Together’

Colorado Sun Let’s strengthen families and school communities during this crisis by CEA President Amie Baca-Oehlert

Colorado Sun Colorado families are getting a taste of homeschool thanks to the coronavirus crisis.

Chalkbeat ColoradoNo school day minimums

Chalkbeat Colorado Why do so many Colorado students struggle to read? Flawed curriculum is part of the problem.

The JounralRemote learning begins in Montezuma County

The GazetteColorado Springs-area schools reopen with remote learning — and ‘a learning curve’

KUNC Look For The Helpers: Fort Collins Teacher Helps Parents Get To Head Of The Class

In the Public Interest COVID-19 is putting the value of public schools on display

Colorado PoliticsCoronavirus in Colorado: Experts begin sharing stark predictions

The Daily Social Distancing ShowDr. Fauci Answers Trevor’s Questions About Coronavirus

Colorado Symphony #PlayOn: Colorado Symphony’s Digital Ode to Joy

NatureSeven tips to manage your mental health and well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak

El SemanarioHow to Start a Union, When You Don’t Have the Right

Lunch Break with Amie & Kevin

In this week’s Lunch Break, Amie let’s CEA members know they are not alone in this strange and uncertain time.

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