CEA Today February 21, 2020

Can you believe we’re getting ready to start the final week in February? That means we’re ramping up for the CEA March on the Capitol (more on that below)! Here’s the latest from around our union:

The TLCC Survey window has been extended….make sure you take it!

State Education Commissioner Katy Anthes, this week, extended the Teaching and Learning Conditions Colorado (TLCC) Survey deadline to March 2nd. As of February 21st, we’re at 45% participation across the state but we need to be over 50% if we want to see the statewide data (or above 50% in your school to get that data). Go to CEA’s TLCC Page for more information or talk to your building Association Representative. The survey can be completed in 10-15 minutes and provides valuable educator voice to Colorado law and policy makers.

Find Your Next Teaching Job

Love teaching but maybe ready for a change of scenery? Colorado Mesa University’s Teacher Job Fair provides an opportunity for teachers and teacher candidates to learn about employment opportunities with school districts in the next school year. It’s happening Thursday, March 26th from 8am-5pm. At the fair, candidates can meet formally with school districts, learn about their hiring needs, and interview for open positions. Register now through Wednesday, February 26th; there is a $20 fee, but it’s free for CMU alumni. Contact Suzanne Bergen (sbergen@coloradomesa.edu) with any questions.

Explore the West with Colorado Kids Create

Encourage and empower artistic self-expression in your students through Colorado Kids Create. CKC’s annual drawing contest is open now through Sunday, March 1st for children inspired by Colorado’s rich, Western heritage. Learn more and help your students enter their works of art at this link. Contest prizes include $500 and $250 cash awards to the winning school’s art department.

Steer Your Students to Create Safe Driving Messages

Impact Teen Drivers and California Casualty are once again challenging students to develop artistic ideas to combat reckless and distracted driving. Your budding artist, musician, writer or filmmaker (ages 14-22) could have the creative solution to net a piece of $15,000 in educational grants available in the spring Create Real Impact Contest. Teachers and education support professionals are urged to motivate students to enter. Three schools with the most entries will receive a $1,000 educational grant. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 19th at 7pm.

Win a Jeep Compass from California Casualty

Multi-tasking is a way of life; however, doing so behind the wheel is the worst time to try to balance it all. Make the promise to stop distracted driving and you could drive home safely in a new 2020 Jeep Compass, compliments of California Casualty. A CEA member has won this car contest before; enter today and try to become our second lucky winner!

The March on the Capitol is less than a month away…have you RSVP’d?

Thousands of educators, parents, community members, and public education supporters descended on the Capitol over three days in April 2018 and we said, at the time, that our work was not done. It is time for us to, once again, stand for the Schools Our Students Deserve and advocate for the resources public education so richly deserves. Sign up to attend this crucial day of action and share the RSVP link (http://bit.ly/CEAMarchOnCapitol) with everyone you know who might be interested in attending and let them know why this is so important? March 19th isn’t the end of our action…it is only the beginning.

Join the Rockies on May 9th for Teacher Appreciation Night at Coors Field

Let’s hear it for our educators! The Colorado Rockies would like to thank our educators for all their hard work by inviting you out for a fun night at Coors Field! All teachers, support staff, and administrators are included for this appreciation game where the Rockies will be taking on the Cincinnati Reds.

CEA Journal

The February 2020 edition of the CEA Journal is out and should be in your mailbox very soon, if not already. If you can’t wait, the electronic version is also available to you (you have to have a member log-in to access this).

Lunch Break with Amie & Kevin

On this week’s Lunch Break, Amie & Kevin are at the Capitol talking about the March 19th March on the Capitol and the TLCC survey.

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