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…
- Tuesday, April 7th, 11:30-12:30 pm Register
- Wednesday, April 8th, 5:00-6:00 pm Register
- Thursday, April 9th, 9:00-10:00 am 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 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
Heifer International – Free Learning Resources for Home and School
Colorado Sun – Let’s strengthen families and school communities during this crisis by CEA President Amie Baca-Oehlert
Chalkbeat Colorado – No school day minimums
The Jounral – Remote learning begins in Montezuma County
In the Public Interest – COVID-19 is putting the value of public schools on display
Colorado Politics – Coronavirus in Colorado: Experts begin sharing stark predictions
The Daily Social Distancing Show – Dr. Fauci Answers Trevor’s Questions About Coronavirus
Colorado Symphony – #PlayOn: Colorado Symphony’s Digital Ode to Joy
El Semanario – How 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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