Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Join Together!

Join NSEA members and doorbell for Manka Dhingra in the 45th LD (Woodinville, Redmond, and Kirkland). Help us De-Trump our State Senate's one vote Republican majority.

Saturday, October 21, 2017
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
8151 164th Ave NE in Redmond 
(near the Bella Botega Shopping Center)
Bring friends, family, and co-workers.



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Welcome Back!


Here's to a great school year. Some resources that may be of use:

Contact NSEA at 425-486-7101:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Day of Action

TUESDAY, JUNE 20
NSEA DAY OF ACTION

As this school year draws to a close, we need to let our united voices be heard regarding full funding for our schools. With the McCleary Decision yet to be finalized by the next state budget and Supreme Court, we need to keep up the pressure. We are planning a Day of Action to share our message with the community. On Tuesday, June 20th, we are asking all NSEA members to wear their "We Educate Northshore" shirts, or any other shirt or top that is red, to school for the day. Then at the end of day we will hold informational picketing in three central locations in the district to share our message with the citizens in our school district. Picketing will run from 3:30-5:30. Come by for an hour and add your voice to the chorus. Parents, students, and administrators will be invited and encouraged to join us in this action. Our commitment to each other and our students is strong, so come and join us. Our actions on Tuesday, June 20th are: 
  • WEAR RED: Your "We Educate Northshore" t-shirt or any red shirt all day. Building Reps will organize school photos!
  • SIGN WAVE WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES TO ENCOURAGE THE PUBLIC TO CONTACT THE LEGISLATURE! 3:30 TO 5:30 PM: Come for 1 hour or what you can. There are three locations and schools will be assigned a location, or you can choose a location more convenient to your home or commute. Please carpool for parking:  
    • Bothell: Canyon Park intersection of 228th and Bothell Everett Hwy.
    • Kenmore: On Hwy 522 at 68th
    • Woodinville: Entry to downtown-corner of 131st and 175th , next to Woodinville Fields)
  • ONE THOUSAND CALLS TO THE LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE (1.800.562.6000) DURING YOUR DUTY-FREE LUNCH, FROM YOUR CELLPHONE. Tell your legislator to, "Reject the Senate Republican budget. Support local control and collective bargaining."
What's at stake?   
Your future, and the future of our schools
 
Class sizes. Increases in state funding for pay. Our bargaining rights. The ability of Northshore and other districts to meet local needs. National Board bonuses. Future COLAs. More counselors and support staff. Future privatization, if public support declines as local control is lost?
 
What's next, in August?
 
Our NSEA Building Reps voted unanimously on Monday to schedule a meeting at the end of August, "...to determine what actions we will take if the Washington Legislature has not passed a state budget that amply funds public schools as required by the Supreme Court's McCleary decision and/or if the Legislature restricts our right to collectively bargain with our school district". Please hold Wednesday, August 30 after school, as we arrange a location for our meeting. A strike is one possibility.
 
Thank you for your continued commitment to each other as we fight for full funding of public education. We will succeed together!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Congratulations!

The ESP Scholarship Committee is happy to announce the ESP Teaching Certification Scholarship awards. The following four ESP members will be the recipients of the scholarship for the 2016-2017 school year:

  • Missy Giacomi – East Ridge Elementary, Para-educator             
  • Shelly McLarin - Northshore Network, Para-educator
  • Linda Mismas – Woodin Elementary, LAP Para-educator 
  • Karen Tarr – Inglemoor Elementary, Para-educator

Congratulations to these dedicated ESP members! We wish them the best of luck as they continue to pursue their education goals.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Scholarships Available For ESPs Pursuing Teaching Certificate

The Washington Education Association is offering five scholarships of $1,500 each this year to educational support professionals who are pursuing a teaching career. The Warren G. Magnuson Educational Support Professional (ESP) Scholarship is designed to assist WEA ESP employees active members) in their pursuit of certification in the teaching profession. Two of the five grants are designated for a minority ESP member. Applications are now available. 
Criteria
1. Five scholarship grants of $1,500 each are available to active WEA ESP members.
2. The grants will be awarded only once per person.
3. The educational scholarship is for course work related to obtaining an initial teaching certificate.

Applicants for an education grant must include:
  • One (or more) page plan for obtaining an initial teaching certificate.
  • One (or more) page letter describing their passion for becoming a teacher.
  • Evidence of activities and/or leadership in their local, state or national Association, work history, training experienced or given, and their volunteerism and/or community service (no page limit).
  • Applicants must submit two letters of reference. One letter of reference must come from a local leader such as a building representative, local or council president or vice president.  The second letter can be from a colleague, student, parent or community connection. Reference letters should include examples of success as an educational employee, i.e. work, training, volunteerism and/or community services.
The application is available for download here. Completed applications must be postmarked no later than June 16, 2017.
Mail to:
Washington Education Association
P.O. Box 9100
Federal Way, WA 98063-9100
Attention: Jill Dahlen
Email to:
jdahlen@washingtonea.org
If you have any questions please contact Jill Dahlen at 253-765-7088 or 800-622-3393, ext. 007088.

Monday, May 22, 2017

NSEA Building-Based Meetings

This is a busy time for all of us. There is a lot happening. Right now, we are facing unprecedented challenges and opportunities.  

Our public schools and the middle class are under attack. OUR COMMITMENT TO EACH OTHER IS THE RESISTANCE TO THESE ATTACKS.  

During the next several weeks, every NSEA member will be attending a special NSEA MEETING at their school, instead of a big meeting at the end of May as previously planned. It’s essential that you be at this NSEA meeting at your school, with a special presentation by Tim Brittell and Kraig Peck.  

We cancelled the big meeting at North Creek HS because a district-wide vote turned out to be unnecessary. Instead, we’re making it easier for you to attend an NSEA meeting at your school. It will last 30 minutes. Though it will surely be an inconvenience for some, please note that it will be far more than a mere inconvenience if we allow our local schools to be ruined (so they can be privatized) and our union weakened. This is happening throughout the nation right now, and we are facing these real threats here in Washington. Come to the meeting to learn more.

It’s ironic that as this is happening, we also face the possibility of securing a major increase in compensation and school funding because of our McCleary victory.  

Click here for the schedule of our school meetings. If you can’t make it to your school’s meeting, come to the NSEA meeting at another school on another day. Your commitment to your colleagues is the key to creating the kind of future you want.  

Thank you, and see you soon!    

Tim Brittell, NSEA President
Kraig Peck, WEA Staffperson
Lydia King, Executive Assistant

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Training and Resources for ESPs

There will be two, paid, para-educator training opportunities available this spring covering small-group and whole-group instructional teaching strategies. Please register in PD Place for one of these two paid para-educator trainings:

Elementary Para-Educator Training
Wednesday, 5/24, 4:00-5:30
Admin Board Room 
Inservice 9183

Secondary Para-Educator Training
Wednesday, 6/7, 3:00-4:30
Admin Board Room 

Inservice 9184

Have you heard the news?!

The ESP Quality Department in the Center for Great Public Schools is proud to announce a new webpage promoting Professional Development for Education Support Professionals through regular live webinars. Certificates of participation and materials are available for download to all participants at the end of each session. Best of all, these live, interactive trainings are free of charge!

Stay up-to-date on upcoming webinars [ http://www.nea.org/home/70454.htm ] and access recorded webinars [ http://www.nea.org/home/70358.htm ] from past sessions