CEA Today May 1, 2020

A Teacher Appreciation Week Message from the president of NEA

Next week, May 4th through 8th, is Colorado Teacher Appreciation Week  – coinciding with National Teacher Appreciation Week. We will be ramping up the festivities online beginning Monday but we’re starting off with a video from NEA President Lily Eskelsen García.

Save Now on Summer COpilot

Enrollment in COpilot summer classes is heating up! Educators all over Colorado are signing up for some of the best professional development around, and they’re doing so at a reduced price. Don’t wait to take advantage of the 25% off sale we’re running on all COpilot classes. The coupon code is Summertime and the promotion ends on May 3. Take a look through COpilot’s Summer 2020 Course Catalog to peruse the 130 class sections offered, with many satisfying the English Learner Professional Development license requirement. If haven’t taken your free ELPD class this year, take advantage this summer.

Scholastic Offering COVID-19 Resources

You may know Scholastic as a school vendor for hardcover books, but the company is responding to COVID-19 by offering Scholastic Learn at Home. This site has “day-to-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing” sorted by grade level. You’ll also find lists of resources for both families and educators.

Sign Up to Volunteer for CEA-recommended State Board of Education Candidate Lisa Escarcega

Do you live in Colorado Congressional District 1? Lifelong educator Lisa Escarcega is running for the CD 1 seat on the State Board of Education. Lisa is pro-public education and was recommended by CEA in February. CEA arrived at recommending Lisa through a committee of CEA members who reviewed candidate questionnaires and conducted face-to-face interviews. Lisa was one of two candidates who clearly came out on top as the best candidates to stand with students, educators and parents. You can sign up to volunteer for her campaign HERE.

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.

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. Proposed projects must address educational inequity and educational opportunity gaps. There are three rounds of applications that end May 14th, May 28th and June 11th.

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 TodayHow Teachers Are Integrating COVID-19 Crisis Into Their Lessons

NEA TodayCOVID-19 and the Impact on Communities of Color

NEA Education Votes7 ways DeVos has failed students and educators during the COVID-19 pandemic

Chalkbeat Colorado Amid extended school closure, Colorado to allow small-group instruction in some districts with CEA Pres. Amie Baca-Oehlert

Chalkbeat ColoradoCOVID Diaries Colorado: Education under coronavirus

Chalkbeat Colorado With virtual school, this Colorado school psychologist witnessed a student’s transformation with Aurora EA’s Brittany Greiert

Colorado Politics Especially now, school districts must stand by their education support professionals with Jeffco ESPA member Monte Hollander

Colorado Public Radio As An Unprecedented School Year Comes To An End, The Summer And Fall Ahead Don’t Have Clearer Answers Either

The Denver Post The differences between the haves and have-nots: Hispanic students disproportionately lack internet access

Colorado Sun What happens to school-based health care in Colorado when schools close because of coronavirus?

Colorado Sun Colorado lawmakers are looking at how to close a $3 billion budget shortfall. Here’s the roadmap.

La Junta Tribune DemocratCEA supports decision to keep schools closed with CEA Pres. Amie Baca-Oehlert

The Gazette Uncertainty for school professionals with Academy EA’s Becky Thomas (2nd letter in opinion list)

The Gazette Pandemic’s distance-learning in Colorado exposing education gaps

Aspen Public Radio Three Roaring Fork School District Teachers’ Hopes And Fears For Online Learning with Roaring Fork Community EA members

Vail DailyJune Creek Elementary School could close due to shrinking enrollment with Eagle County EA Pres. Karen Kolibaba.

ColoradoanPolaris teacher finds creative way to teach coronavirus to students, even remotely with Poudre EA’s Nichol Wolverton

Chalkbeat Schools need a big influx of federal money — with strings attached, union think tank argues

Chalkbeat 12 ways the last recession changed America’s schools — and what that means for the years ahead

CBS4High Schoolers Hold Remote Student Announcements Amid Coronavirus with DCTA’s Grant Laman

9News – Parents start local Adopt a High School Senior groups

Upworthy Kindergarten teacher predicts what school attendance will be like in 2026 and it’s so dang funny

Haymarket Books (panel discussion video) – Remaking Schools in the Time of Cornonavirus

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

In this week’s Lunch Break, Amie talks about school funding and how further cuts to an already severely underfunded public education system would be disastrous.


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