CEA Today May 8, 2020

Send an Email to the Joint Budget Committee Telling Them:  No More Cuts

Since 2008, public education funding in Colorado has been underfunded by $8 billion; $572 million this year alone. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted and proven how critical K-12 Public Education is for our society and any further cuts to an already disastrously underfunded system will have extremely detrimental consequences.

Join us in sending members of the Colorado Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee an email telling them to fill the budget gap somewhere else.

NEA Tele-Town Hall: Actions to Help Our Public Schools and Communities Recover from COVID-19

Join a national tele-town hall on, Thursday, May 14th from 5:00-6:00pm, about the work we need to do together to repair the economic damage done by the coronavirus. NEA will discuss what Congress needs to do to stabilize education funding, build bridges to opportunity for students and communities, and support the safety, health, and well-being of students and educators both now and when we school buildings re-open. You will learn what you can do to demand that Congress support our students, parents, and educators so that our communities and local economies can thrive.

Fairtax Colorado Information Webinars

Fair Tax Colorado will be hosting Initiative 271 information webinars on Tuesday, May 12th at 9:00am and Wednesday, May 13th at 5:00pm. Learn about what Initiative 271 can do for 95% of taxpayers in Colorado and how public education and other services could get more than $2 billion in funding as a result of this new (and fair) tax code. You can also learn about volunteer opportunities like carrying a petition so that we can get Initiative 271 on the ballot this fall. 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 so Colorado voters can approve raising $1 billion toward increasing pay for our teachers and education support professionals.

After attending the webinars (or even before) you can do your own video, telling your story about how the potential of losing funding because of the COVID-19 crisis could affect your classroom and students and what an additional $1 billion in funding would do for public education. Check out the Storyvine app HERE to tell your story!

Apply for CEA Ambassador Fellowship

CEA is taking applications now for the 2020-21 Ambassador Fellowship from prospective teachers and education support professionals who wish to amplify educator voice and expand their ability to influence educational policy and professional practice. Fellows must commit to attend all face-to-face and online meetings and will earn a $2,000 stipend at the completion of their term. Complete the fellow application by Thursday, May 28th. The Fellowship also needs mentors to facilitate the program and provide content learning and coaching for up to six assigned fellows throughout the year. Mentors will earn a $2,500 stipend at the completion of their term. Complete the mentor application also by May 28th. Reach out to Cassie Harrelson with any questions.

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.

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.

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 TodayCoronavirus Brings ‘Homework Gap’ to the Forefront

NEA TodayHow Black Student Debt Affects the Teacher Pipeline

NEA Ed JusticeIn Response to COVID-19: A Checklist to Support LGBTQ Students During Distance Learning

NEA Ed JusticeNative Communities Disproportionately Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic

Denver Channel 7 – Already hurting, Colorado school districts fear additional cuts coming due to coronavirus with CEA Pres. Amie Baca-Oehlert

Colorado Times Recorder Protesters Call for Improved Conditions for Essential Workers Now and When Pandemic Ends

Colorado.gov COVID-19 Updates, Safer at Home

Denver Voice DCTA forms housing committee to tackle affordable housing with DCTA member Anna DeWitt & Jessica Dominguez

Chalkbeat Colorado Wi-Fi holdup: Social Security question still a barrier, Colorado teachers say with DCTA Pres. Tiffany Choi

Chalkbeat ColoradoColorado begins education cuts: teacher loan forgiveness, mentor grants, scholarships

Chalkbeat Colorado The pandemic has been hard on students like me. It’s time to boost mental health support in schools.

Colorado Public Radio Low-Income Families Have More Time To Apply For Free Internet, But Some Who Are Undocumented Still Fear Doing So with DCTA Pres. Tiffany Choi

Colorado Public Radio Between Coronavirus Pandemic And Looming Supreme Court Decision, DACA Recipients On Edge

Colorado Public Radio ‘We’re Not Heroes; We’re Sacrificial.’ Workers Carry The Burden Of Colorado’s Food Supply Chain

Colorado Sun Colorado’s coronavirus budget crunch is putting Democratic accomplishments at risk

Colorado Sun With no in-person class time during coronavirus, we’re losing much more than student achievement

Colorado Sun Coronavirus is triggering a range of emotions in Colorado kids with Colorado Springs EA’s Timothy Garland

The Denver Post Denver-metro student lunch program reshaped by coronavirus shutdown of schools

Colorado Politics Bennet proposes more robust SNAP benefits during economic downturns

ColoradoanCentennial High School shakes up its already atypical graduation tradition with Poudre EA’s Katie Jaskowiak & Jacquelyn Walz

CBS4Littleton Teachers Making Intubation Boxes To Help Colorado Health Care Workers with Littleton EA’s Marc Finer & David McMullen

Aurora Sentinel Metro special needs students facing special challenges with online learning at home

Denver Channel 7 – Certain schools, students face bigger challenges with remote learning

Denver Channel 7 – ‘We made her proud’: Donations clear lunch debt for all Englewood students

Colorado ParentHelping Kids Cope with Missed Milestones

In the Public Interest Why we should be raising (not cutting) taxes on the richest Americans right now

Chalkbeat Voluntary or mandatory? Remote or in person? Districts grapple with summer school logistics, equity questions

Associated Press via Ed Week‘I Just Can’t Do This’: Frustrated Parents Forgo Home School

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

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week from the CEA Executive Committee! This week, Amie and Kevin are joined by Denver Classroom Teachers Association member and CEA Secretary-Treasurer Amber Wilson and NEA Directors Jefferson County Education Association member Ami Prichard and Mesa Valley Education Association member Kevin LaDuke to give their thanks to and show their appreciation for Colorado Teachers.

As always, if you have content ideas, or if you have a colleague who goes above and beyond and needs a shout out or if you have ideas on how we can improve the CEA Today, please drop us a line at ceatoday@coloradoea.org.