This Week at MCEA

Mar 04, 2024
  1. All-Member Survey on COVID Leave and Tech Changes
  2. RSVP for the IN-PERSON March 6 Representative Assembly (RA)
  3. Urgent Call for Action: Tell the County Executive and Council that our Students Deserve More!
  4. Elect our next bosses! Be part of the process.
  5. Food, Fun, & Fellowship: NEAT Happy Hour March 8
  6. Summer Opportunities at MCEA
  7. MCEA Members: Making Our Voices Heard at our worksites!
  8. MCEA’s Educator’s Non-Teacher National Certification Reimbursement Funds Exhausted
  9. Attention Conditionally Certified Members: FREE Live Praxis Support Available
  10. MSEA IPD Conference Opportunity


1. All-Member Survey on COVID Leave and Tech Changes

As members continue to organize and advocate to address systemwide concerns, MCEA is releasing a brief survey to collect feedback on COVID Leave and Technology Changes. Please read and respond to the survey by or before 5pm on Wednesday, March 6 here.

 2. RSVP for the IN-PERSON March 6 Representative Assembly (RA)

Building reps will gather IN-PERSON to make recommendations for MCEA’s Apple Ballot endorsements, discuss the MCEA FY2025 budget proposal, and other union business.

  • 4:15pm – Doors open with refreshments available
  • 4:45pm – Meeting begins

RSVP to attend this IN-PERSON RA here.


3. Urgent Call for Action: Tell the County Executive and Council that our Students Deserve More!

Once again, the board of education disappointed us by proposing a budget to the county that will not address all our students’ vital needs. It is now in the hands of County Executive Elrich and the county council to make up where the board of education has fallen short. We must speak up to our elected officials and tell them to save our school system by fully investing in our staff and students.  

Click the link to send an email to the Montgomery County Executive and the County Council. We must urge them to honor the board of education’s FY25 budget request so that our wages and benefits are funded. They must also work to bring additional investment in students back to pre-recession levels. Our students and communities deserve the investment.   

Write to the County Executive and council now!


4. Elect our next bosses! Be part of the process. 

Did you know that we can elect our bosses? MCEA members have a special role in recommending and electing pro-public education candidates who value students, educators, and the communities we serve.  

  • Learn more about the candidates running for the three open Board of Education seats here. 
  • Take action to get our Apple Ballot-recommended candidates elected! Early voting starts May 2, 2024, and runs through Thursday, May 9, 2024. There are early morning, morning, mid-day, afternoon, and evening shifts available at multiple locations throughout the county. Sign up for your Apple Ballot shift here! 

For more information, please contact Alicenne Passavanti at [email protected] 


5. Food, Fun, & Fellowship: NEAT Happy HourMarch 8

RSVP Here! 

 6. Summer Opportunities at MCEA: Save the Dates 

Union Summer Program 

MCEA’s Union Summer program is an exciting opportunity for MCEA members to improve their organizing skills by doing outreach to new educators, non-members, and members about critical issues we face in our schools.  

MCEA’s Union Summer Program will be held from July 8 – August 16, 2024. Stay tuned for the program announcement and application in April.  


New Educator Orientation (NEO) 

New Educator Orientation is an inspiring time of year when we welcome new colleagues to MCPS and new members to our union. This critical event is one of the first opportunities we have to build relationships with new educators. New Educator Orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 13 and Wednesday, August 14, 2024.  

For more information or to volunteer at orientation contact the MCEA Help Desk at [email protected]. 

New Educator Action Team (NEAT) Store 

The New Educator Action Team is excited to host the New Educator Supplies Store at MCEA on Thursday, August 15 during NEO, and again during Pre-Service week, Monday, August 19 – August 23, 2024. 

The New Educator Supplies Store will accept your gently used classroom supplies at the end of the school year. Stay tuned for dates and times. If you have any questions, contact the MCEA Help Desk at [email protected].


7. MCEA Members: Making our voices heard at our worksites! 

 Since December 6, 2023, over 25 schools and worksites have taken action to address climate concerns. Through our organizing efforts, we are making bold demands to MCPS administration, imploring them to work with us to improve working conditions and students’ learning conditions at the foundational levels of the system, our worksites. We will continue amplifying our collective voice and make bold demands. To get involved and join other worksites in our climate campaign, reach out to your MCEA Building Representatives, your assigned MCEA Uniserv Director, and/or learn more about how to take action at 

Rocky Hill MS wears Red for Ed! 

We celebrate Red for Ed every Wednesday! Don’t forget to wear your red this week, Wednesday, March 6, to build union solidarity and awareness at your school or worksite. We love to share our actions with each other, so please email [email protected] with pictures or videos of you and your colleaguetaking action!


8. MCEA’s Educator’s Non-Teacher National Certification Reimbursement Funds Exhausted

Reimbursement funds allocated for this program have been exhausted for the 2023-24 school year. This form will reopen on September 1, 2024, for the 2024-25 school year.


9. Attention Conditionally Certified Members: FREE Live Praxis Support Available

Are you looking for support to help you with certification? Do you want to schedule your Praxis test but would like some help studying? Praxis Live Support Programming from MSEA is back! From sessions on dealing with testing anxiety to a variety of content and level-specific classes, MSEA has tailored this season’s courses to meet your individual needs. 

To see the full list of courses or to sign up, click here. For additional questions, please email [email protected].


10. MSEA IPD Conference Opportunity 

Come inspire and empower fellow educators at MSEA’s IPD Conference! The IPD Committee, led by member experts, develops strands of workshops designed to meet the professional needs of MSEA members. The theme for the 2024 conference is Collaborate, Celebrate, Connect: Making a Difference Together. From keeping up with the demands of an increasingly challenging education environment to meeting the needs of a diverse range of students, the IPD Conference will prepare members to deliver the best possible outcomes for students. Participants will come away with strategies that can be employed right away. You may also win door prizes and a raffle for an IPEVO! (Must be present to win.) Free to members. Registration is required. Learn more and register here. 

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