CEA Today February 28, 2020

February’s last gasp. Daylight savings quickly approaching. March 19th Day of Action soon after. There’s a lot going on around our union:

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.

Final weekend of the TLCC Survey 

This is the final weekend of the Teaching and Learning Conditions Colorado (TLCC) Survey. The deadline is close of business, Monday, March 2nd. Make sure you make your educator voice heard, so that lawmakers, policymakers, and we have the data to help inform our decisions around public education in the future. 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.

Super Tuesday is upon us and we have information

Ballots for Super Tuesday are due by 7pm on Tuesday, March 3rd. It is TOO LATE TO MAIL YOUR BALLOT. Go to Just Vote Colorado to find out where your ballot drop-off location or polling place is. If you’re undecided on your Super Tuesday vote, NEA’s Strong Public Schools website gives you a comparison tool to see exactly where each of the presidential candidates stand on core public education issues. Try it out today – click here to start comparing the candidates.

ESP Lobby Day at the Capitol, March 5

Every Thursday is Lobby Day for CEA members and locals at the Capitol and Thursday, March 5th is CEA’s Lobby Day for Education Support Professionals. Come tell your legislator what you need, as a bus driver, food service worker, paraprofessional, etc., in your district to make your job easier and better for your students. Contact ESP representative on the CEA Board of Directors Jennifer Latham, CEA Lobbyist Nate Golich, or your local association leaders for more information on how you can participate.

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; there is a $20 fee, but it’s free for CMU alumni. Contact Suzanne Bergen (sbergen@coloradomesa.edu) with any questions.

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!

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.

Lunch Break with Amie & Kevin

On this week’s Lunch Break, Amie and Kevin talk about one of the reasons WHY educators are going to March on the Capitol on March 19th.

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