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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Upcoming Teacher Transfer Survey

From:  Tim Brittell, President, Northshore Education Association and Jeff Sherwood, Executive Director of Human Resources

To:  All Certificated Staff

Re:  Upcoming Teacher Transfer Survey

This is in response to questions from teachers about the upcoming transfer survey, transfer to North Creek High School and use of the survey information, and reflects the agreement between the NSEA and the District.  This information will also be posted on the District website in the FAQ section related to teacher transfers.

Teachers who responded to the North Creek survey last year, but did not get an assignment to North Creek, are no longer under any obligation to transfer to North Creek, and the list will no longer be used to fill any further North Creek positions.  If they still wish to transfer to North Creek High School, they should reapply on the November survey this year.

The new survey will be used to transfer teachers at all levels (elementary, junior high, and high school) to middle school and high school, including North Creek High School, consistent with the Memorandum of Understanding between NSEA and the District on Grade Reconfiguration and Teacher Transfers.  After the initial round of transfers in February/March from the list generated from the November 2016 , teachers remaining on the list will be offered secondary vacancies in the subject(s) and at the location(s) in which they expressed interest through July 31, 2017 prior to the vacancies being posted for voluntary transfer consistent with the collective bargaining agreement.

Click here to see the MOU on Transfers for North Creek High School and Grade Reconfiguration.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Come to Our RETRO Party!

Let’s celebrate and wear RED on Wednesday, Nov. 2!

As a result of our unity, contract negotiations resulted in a substantial pay increase for ESPs.   Retroactive pay of about 7% of 2015-2016 earnings will be included in the October paycheck!

All ESP and Certificated members are invited to drop in at the NSEA office after school to celebrate the ESP raises and RETROactive pay.   Enjoy cake, bubbly beverages, toasts, Retro Trivia games, and other fun. Meet and thank your Bargaining Team, relax, and celebrate with us! 

Wednesday, November 2nd after school (starting around 3:00 p.m.) at the NSEA Office in downtown Bothell (18704 Bothell Way NE, Suite 101 Bothell).
Please click here to RSVP by Friday, October 28!
Note: overflow parking is available on the street or at Pop Keeney.

Also, on Wed., Nov 2, please wear your red “We Educate Northshore” t-shirt (or anything that is red!) to show your unity and union pride!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

New to Northshore? Join Us at McMenamin's!

Are you new to the Northshore School District (hired in the past three years)? If so, come join us on October 13th for drinks and snacks at McMenamin's Anderson School!

With a new contract, a new superintendent, a new high school opening soon, and district reconfiguration, there are a lot of positive changes happening in Northshore. We’re so glad you have chosen to work here and that you are now a member of the Northshore Education Association (NSEA). You are helping to shape Northshore’s future!

We want to get to know you and have you get to know us. Please join us Thursday, October 13th between 3:30 and 5:30 at McMenamin's Anderson School (Haynes Hall) in downtown Bothell to celebrate your new career in Northshore (directions are here). Have your questions answered about your new contract, learn about what NSEA does, get to know other new teachers, and meet Superintendent Reid. Snacks and your first drink are on us. Click here to RSVP

This will be the first of three events hosted by NSEA for new teachers this year. Our next receptions will be in February and June. 

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, October 13th! Click here to RSVP

Monday, September 19, 2016

Hours Saved on Evaluations

We made major progress on our bargaining goal to reduce unnecessary paperwork, meetings, and technological impediments so we can focus on instruction. Here’s what we achieved regarding our Danielson evaluation process. It’s in Addendum B-4: Classroom Teacher Evaluation of our new contract (not yet printed). Excerpts are below. The complete Addendum B-4 is available here

You don’t have to prove you are proficient. “The evaluation process presumes that teachers are proficient and evaluators are objective unless evidence suggests otherwise.” (Section 1) 

Evaluators cannot expect or require you to create any evidence you don’t already use in your teaching (except for documenting student growth) unless there is not enough evidence to achieve a proficient rating. “Except for student growth goals and student growth documentation, employees shall not be expected or required to submit any written documents (including responses to prompts, reflections, notes, self-assessments, or other documents) not otherwise used in the course of their typical instruction, unless there is insufficient evidence to achieve a proficient rating. Employees may utilize written prompts or personal notes if they wish, but these optional documents may not be required by their evaluator.” (Section 3.D.4) Note: Even if not formally required, it violates our contract if your evaluator expects you to submit this stuff.
Goal setting conferences: They are NOT about your growth. You cannot be required or expected to complete any prompts or other documents for it. 
  • Focused goal setting conferences are to establish a student growth goals and the teacher’s focus criterion. (Section 6: Goal Setting Conference). Note: You can choose an area of strength for your criterion; your focused rating will be the rating you received on your most recent comprehensive evaluation.
  • Comprehensive goal setting conferences are simply to establish student growth goals. (Section 5: Goal Setting Conference)

Student growth data does NOT have to be test scores or other numerical evidence. It is evidence between any two points in time. It does not need to be for the year or semester. A unit can also be used. (Section 7.B)

You don’t have to use the online eVal system, except to view observations and year end reports. “The use of the District’s online evaluation tool by teachers is optional beyond the establishment of an account, viewing of observation reports, and viewing year-end summary reports.” (Section 3.D.1)

Observations are reduced because they don’t have to be in the classroom. “Evidence of a teacher’s performance may be collected in a non-classroom setting where the teacher is leading or actively participating as a member of the team. These non-classroom activities may include but are not limited to: IEP meetings; leadership team meetings; PLC meetings; staff meetings; SIP visit; school assembly; parent-teacher conference; back to school night/curriculum night/open house;…” (Section 3.D.3)

Your Focused rating is the rating from your most recent Comprehensive evaluation, but it can go up from Proficient to Distinguished. (Section 6: Annual Written Evaluation)

Pre-Observation Conferences are reduced:
  • Comprehensive pre-observation conferences for continuing teachers (except those on probation) are only for their first observation, unless you want and request it for the second observation. (Section 5: Observations)
  • Focused pre-observation conferences may be waived by mutual agreement between the administration and the teacher. (Section 6: Observations)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Lead a Professional Practice Group This Year!

NSEA is seeking a lead for each of the following Professional Practice Groups (PPGs) for the 2016-2017 school year.  Leads will be responsible for facilitating regular group meetings throughout the school year, communication to and among group members and communicating with NSEA leadership.  Leads will receive an annual stipend of $300 from NSEA in June, 2017.

Professional Practice Groups
  • Pre-K and K
  • 1st Grade
  • 2nd Grade
  • 3rd Grade
  • 4th Grade
  • 5th Grade
  • 6th Grade
  • Elementary Special Ed
  • Secondary Special Ed
  • English/Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Math
  • Science
  • World Language
  • Business/CTE
  • Library
  • Music
  • Arts
  • PE
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • National Board
  • Pro-Teach
  • OT/PTs
  • SLPs
  • New Teachers
  • Lead colleagues in identifying and meeting professional needs 
  • Regular time for collaboration to discuss teaching and learning strategies, share what works, identify needs, share successes, and develop a deeper understanding around initiatives like Common Core, teacher evaluation, and curriculum changes as needed
  • Inform and advise NSEA of needs and successes
  • Attend two annual meetings with NSEA leadership after school
  • Facilitate at least 3 group meetings throughout the year
  • Communicate meeting logistics with group members and NSEA
  • Facilitate communication among group members outside of meetings
Selection Process
  • If interested, submit your name, the Professional Practice Group for which you would like to be considered as a lead, and the reason why you want to be a lead (500 words or less) to Lydia King ( by Wednesday, September 30, 2016.
  • Names will be submitted to the NSEA Exec Board meeting on October 3, 2016 for consideration. The Exec Board’s recommendations will be submitted to the NSEA Rep Council on October 10, 2016 for final approval.
  • Candidates will be told their status by October 14, 2016.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Contracts Ratified!

By votes of 98% respectively, NSEA's Certificated and Educational Support Professional (ESP) members ratified new contracts at our August 31, 2016 meeting.

Click here to read the tentative agreement overview provided at the meeting. The 2016-2017 school calendar (including the use of Early Release Days) is available here.

For the first time, NSEA bargained both Certificated and ESP contracts at the same table. Contract highlights include:

  • provisions for safer schools for students and staff 
  • more opportunities for full-time positions for ESPs 
  • assistance for large Kindergarten classrooms
  • increased support specifically for music, PE, libraries and special education. 
  • significantly more time for educators, fewer meetings, less paperwork and fewer unnecessary assessments so Northshore educators can focus on teaching students. 
Over the course of the contract, ESPs will get a salary increase of 19.3 percent plus the cost-of-living granted by the state Legislature over four years. Certificated staff will get 10 percent plus COLA over three years, bringing them both a bit closer to the market rate.

“I am very proud of our members’ unity to achieve these groundbreaking contracts. We are grateful for the leadership of Superintendent Reid in crafting an agreement with us that will benefit all of Northshore’s students,” NSEA President Tim Brittell said.

We could not have achieved this gains without your active involvements and commitment to each other. We educate Northshore and we are stronger together.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Be There: Contracts or Strike Vote Meeting

NSEA Contracts Vote Meeting
Wednesday, August 31
5:15 pm

This meeting is open to all certificated and ESP members only.
Certs and ESPs will vote on separate contracts if we have reached tentative agreements.