CEA Today – September 4, 2020

We’re back with our CEA Today newsletter for the 2020-2021 school year! You can expect these in your inbox weekly for this school year.

Here’s what is included in this week’s CEA Today:

  • Colorado Teacher of the Year Nominations Extended
  • Webinar Opportunities
  • Lunch Break with Amie & Kevin
  • Racial Justice Resources
  • Take Action: #DemandSafeSchools
  • Tell Your Story to CEA
  • A Safe Start to the School Year

Thank you for all that you do for Colorado students! Stay safe, and have a great Labor Day weekend!

Colorado Teacher of the Year Nominations Extended

The 2021 application for Colorado Teacher of the Year deadline has been extended. Applications are due on Friday, September 11, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.

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!

Webinar Opportunities

The NEA Center for Great Public Schools has a series of webinars designed to support professional excellence and student learning during the COVID-19 crisis.

You can access a list of upcoming and past webinars here.

Below are two upcoming virtual opportunities for next week hosted by NEA.

[Webinar] Back to School: Health and Safety First

On Wednesday, September 9 at 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT, join a conversation with NEA President-elect Becky Pringle and Dr. Nathaniel Beers, a pediatrician and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council of School Health.

The virtual event will cover:

  • what we know and don’t know about COVID-19,
  • the implications of the disease for children and adolescents,
  • the unique concerns of vulnerable populations including students of color and students with disabilities, and
  • what the science tells us about balancing the sometimes-contradictory requirements for fostering the overall health of children, adolescents, educators, staff, and communities.

Register for the virtual event here.

[Webinar] Wellness Skills for Self-care and Health for Educational Support Professionals

On September 10, at 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT, NEA is offering a training to share simple healing skills for self-care and for promoting health and wellbeing for Educational Support Professionals (ESPs).

This workshop will include opportunities to practice and apply various healing methods, and these methods can be used by all educators, families, and others in the community.

Register for the virtual training here.

Lunch Break with Amie & Kevin

As the school year begins, we’re back with our Lunch Break series for the 2020-21 school year!

In Episode 41, Amie and Kevin have a message for educators across the state: In these unprecedented times, it’s important that we stand together & take care of each other, so that we can do what’s best for our students, our communities, and ourselves.

Racial Justice Resources

Every child, whether Black, Brown, or white, deserves a quality education with well-prepared teachers who nurture a love of learning, meet mistakes with patience, and help them grow.
NEA has a number of great resources to support educators in the fight for racial, social and economic justice in public education.

Access these resources at www.neaedjustice.org.

Take Action: #DemandSafeSchools

Congress gave billions to corporations, but what about our public schools? We can’t afford any more cuts to our public schools. The livelihoods of our students and educators are at stake.

Take a moment to tell Congress to do their jobs and get us the funding we need to teach our students safely.

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 how members are doing as the school year begins.

Go to CEA’s Tell Your Story page and CEA Communications will get in touch with you or the member to highlight their accomplishments in the media, on CEA social media, and in the CEA Journal member magazine.

Spread the word so we can share your stories.

A Safe Start to the School Year

We’re facing challenging and unprecedented times as this new school year begins. If you experience any issues on the job — whether remotely or in the workplace, please refer to CEA’s COVID-19 resource page and reach out to your local association.



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