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MCEA Rep Assembly
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Make your voice heard on student discipline regulations
November 8, 2013
In response to intensive pressure from MSEA and other education groups, the State Board of Education has postponed action on proposed new discipline regulations and has extended the public comment period. This is a significant victory for those concerned about the unintended consequences of the proposed regulations.
Improving student discipline issues should be a top priority, but educators’ voices need to be heard to make sure that any changes truly help students and are feasible for school systems and do not take away from local decision making. Make sure the State Board hears from you—click here to email them now.
Become a social justice advocate!
November 7, 2013
MCEA will be hosting this MSEA Minority Leadership Training program December 6-7, which will include professional development and guest speakers! Click here for the flyer and be sure to share it with your colleagues.
Please donate to the MCPS Union Community Partnership Fund
October 23 2013
When making your decision on your charitable donations this year, don’t forget the MCPS Union Community Partnership Fund. The MCPS Union Community Partnership Fund is a charitable giving campaign whose mission is “Charity in Pursuit of Social and Economic Justice.” The Fund is run by a Board of representatives of the three MCPS employee organizations. Through the fund, we seek to support programs that involve advocacy and empowerment, along with service. Based on the belief that increasing the voice of the growing Latino and immigrant population in our community will benefit our students, projects have recently been funded to help educate and empower Latino and immigrant parents of Montgomery County Public School students. Materials will be in your buildings soon and you can even make your donation online by clicking http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/info/charitycampaign/charity.aspx. The campaign runs from October 21 through November 22.
Health Benefits Open Enrollment Period until November 8th
UHC Changes to Cigna on 1/1/2014
October 21 2013
The benefits open enrollment period began October 14, for changes to your MCPS health benefits and for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). Click here for more details.
MCEA Statement on Bell Times Report
October 1, 2013
Earlier today, the Superintendent announced his interest in exploring some of the options presented in The Report of the 2013 Bell Times Work Group. As educators who are committed to improving the quality of teaching and learning – we welcome the discussion. Click here to read the statement released by the Montgomery County Education Association.
Visit MCEA at upcoming community festivals
September 30, 2013
This fall, MCEA will be out at various events in the community. We’ve already been in Poolesville and Burtonsville and we’ll be all over the county in the next few weeks too! You can find us at:
Germantown Oktoberfest – Saturday, Oct. 5 (10am-5pm)
Takoma Park Street Festival – Sunday, Oct. 6 (10am-5pm)
Oktoberfest at the Kentlands – Sunday, Oct. 13 (12-5pm)
Olney Night Out/Taste of Olney – Monday, Nov. 4 (5-8:30pm)
Come help us hand out free apples fresh from local orchards, as we work to build public support for educators and public education. If you’re interested in volunteering at one or more of these events, contact Joia Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Joint Work Group on Elementary School Planning Time Issues Report
September 23, 2013
An MCEA/MCPS work group has been working during the last year to help inform the bargaining teams for the upcoming contract negotiations. The report looks at the difficulties faced in scheduling elementary school planning time, creative ways schools have coped, and options for schools to consider when facing a problem. You can click here to read the report.
Argyle MS STEM team racking up the wins
September 17, 2013
MCEA Treasurer, Betsy Johnson is a computer science teacher at Argyle Magnet Middle School. She has been extremely successful making major achievements over the years in the area of STEM. Recently, Betsy and her students have achieved success in the two STEM competitions. Her students are the current NATIONAL STEM FUSE WINNERS. The team has previously tasted victory at the Johns Hopkins Robotics Competition. Betsy knows that this experience impacts her students beyond the classroom, “We have all the future leaders here in MCPS. All we have to do is open up their minds and let their creative juices flow. We have to teach our children to employ their critical thinking skill and problem solving skills.” Congratulations to the Argyle Magnet Team!
Nominees sought for two vacant Board of Directors seats
September 4, 2013
Click here for information on the two vacancies on the MCEA Board of Directors and how you can run.
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