This Week at MCEA

Jun 10, 2024

June 10, 2024   

  1. Act NOW: March to Support Students and Educators TODAY
  2. Stop MCPS Staff Cuts
  3. RSVP: President Martin Retirement Celebration, June 14
  4. New Educator Supplies Store Announcement
  5. National Board Interest Sessions: Registration Now Open!
  6. MSEA Casting Calls
  7. Upcoming Events from MSEA
  8. NEA Survey on Excessive Heat in Education Settings 


 1. March to Support Students and Educators TODAY 

Join us for an urgent rally and march as we demand the Board of Education and County Council stop the cuts to our classrooms. Increased class sizes, involuntary transfers, and cuts to vital programs have far-reaching negative impacts on our students and our schools. Together we can hold elected leadership accountable and ensure we have a world-class quality school system. 

  • What: March to support teachers (bring your signs in support of educators and students!) 
  • When: TODAY, June 10, 4:30 pm -6:30 pm 
  • Where: Downtown Silver Spring Veterans Plaza (1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910) 

RSVP at bit.ly/Rally_6_10 


2. Stop MCPS Cuts 

Chronic underfunding and gross mismanagement of MCPS have brought our schools to a breaking point. We call upon the community to fight back for our kids. The County should be champions for our children. We urge county leaders to take the following actions: 

  1. Issue a $10 million special budget appropriation to prevent increases in class size, involuntary transfers, and cancellation of signed new hire contracts.
  2. Use their executive power to call for an independent investigation into MCPS to ensure transparency and accountability in their use of public funds. 

Write to Montgomery County elected leaders NOW! 


3. RSVP: President Martin Retirement Celebration, June 14 

Join MCEA as we honor, and say farewell, to MCEA President Jennifer Martin. 

The celebration will take place this Friday, June 14, 2024, from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at MCEA Headquarters, 12 Taft Court, Rockville. 

RSVP here. 


4. New Educator Supplies Store Announcement

MCEA’s New Educator Action Team (NEAT) is excited to announce that we are opening our free New Educator Supplies Store during Pre-Service week 2024. We are only accepting drop-offs this year at the MCEA office at 12 Taft Court in Rockville. Please fill out the form below if your school plans to donate supplies and drop them off at MCEA. Please indicate on the form the date/time of when you will drop off the supplies, and an MCEA staff person will be there to assist you. 

See a list of needed and unneeded items here. 

Sign up at bit.ly/NEATStore24 

All materials must be in good condition and neatly placed in a covered box. We reserve the right to refuse materials that do not meet the above criteria. 


5. National Board Interest Sessions: Registration Now Open! 

 Are you a reflective teacher and ready to go on a journey of professional growth to achieve National Board Certification (NBC)? Eligible teachers who hold NBC receive a yearly $10,000 salary supplement and those who teach in low-performing schools receive an additional $7,000 stacked on top of the $10K. If you are at least in your third year of teaching right now and curious about beginning the NBC process in the Fall of 2024, please be sure to attend an NBC information session. Visit the flyer for more information and to register. 


6. MSEA Casting Calls 

MSEA is looking for student performing groups to potentially showcase their talent at future Fall RAs, including choirs, bands, dancing troupes, and other public school-based performance groups. If any such groups in your schools come to mind, please share information about them with Noreth Marquez Rico, [email protected]. 


 7. Upcoming Events from MSEA 

2024 Summer Leadership Conference (July 23)—One Union, One Voice: We’re All in This Together—learn more about this event and register here. The deadline to register is June 24, 2024, additional information is here. 

MSEA Day at Camden Yards (July 28): see event description here. 


8. NEA Survey on Excessive Heat in Education Settings 

NEA is running a survey on the impact of excessive heat in education settings. The resulting information will be used to advocate for legislative and regulatory improvements. Educators who may have personal experiences related to excessive heat in classrooms, on buses, and in other school settings are invited to complete the survey to support this effort: nea.org/survey-excessive-heat-schools. 

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