Friday, April 29, 2016

Website Maintenance

FYI: some links on this site may not be functional at this time due to website maintenance. If you are unable to access something you need immediately, please contact Lydia King at lking@washingtonea.org.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

What Are We Seeking for in Negotiations?

Here is what we are seeking in these negotiations. Help us make it possible.

With your active participation in our contract negotiation efforts, we intend to make progress on the following:

  • Safe schools, with students focused on learning.
  • Appropriate staffing levels, class sizes, and composition to meet our students’ needs.
  • Real District support to enable us to meet the needs of our students.
  • Adequate support from trained and appropriately compensated Educational Support Professionals so we can meet the needs of our students all day and every day.
  • Qualified substitutes for our schools when needed, so our students are not short-changed.
  • Compensation that reflects our education, responsibilities, and the complexity of our work, so that we can choose to live in our community, pay off our student loans, fairly contribute to our families’ budgets, and attract and retain the best educators for our students.
  • Minimize non-instructional requirements and use of our time (paperwork, unnecessary meetings, technological impediments, etc.) so we can focus on teaching our students.
  • Minimize District-required testing, so we can focus on student instruction.
  • A respected voice in shaping our instruction, schools, District, and profession.


We Educate Northshore! One Union and One Family!

Northshore’s 1,300 Certificated staff and 500 Educational Support Professionals (ESPs) are now part of NSEA!  On Monday, April 18th, NSEA’s Building Reps voted unanimously to formalize the merger by approving the new NSEA Bylaws. On Tuesday, NESPA’s Board did the same. Certificated staff had voted earlier on the merger framework by a vote of 90%, and ESPs with 98%. 

We are all now members of one union, to serve our students and shape our schools and work together.

We Educate Northshore!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Save the Date!

NSEA Contact Vote or Action Meeting
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
4:15 pm

Please plan to carpool!

More details coming soon. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Revisions to NSEA Bylaws

In February, the NSEA membership voted 90%, and the NESPA membership voted 98% to approve the Merger Framework that had been recommended by our NSEA Building Reps and Executive Board, and the NESPA Board.

Now, using this approved Framework as our guide, we have drafted revised NSEA Bylaws, the governing document that defines how our union works in the broadest terms.  The existing NSEA Bylaws were reviewed and revised by NSEA members Amy Dussault (Northshore JH) and Barbara Stratton (Inglemoor HS), NESPA members Robbi Reed (Woodmoor Elem) and Mark Eaton (Canyon Park JH), NSEA President Tim Brittell, WEA Staffperson Kraig Peck, and NSEA Executive Assistant Lydia King. These were presented to our NSEA Executive Board on March 7th, and our Executive Board has recommended them for approval by our NSEA Rep Council (Building Reps—BRs).  

Under the NSEA Bylaws, our elected Building Reps modify and approve any Bylaws changes. This requires two meetings—a first reading and discussion, and a second meeting to discuss and vote. Thus, our BRs reviewed the Revised Bylaws on Monday, March 21st, and will vote to approve on them on Monday, April 18th.

An email was sent to all NSEA members this morning summarizing the changes to the Bylaws. If you did not receive the email, contact the NSEA Office.  Be sure to attend your school’s 10-minute NSEA meeting this month and share any thoughts on the proposed Bylaws revisions with your BRs. Each school has several hard copies of the revised Bylaws available for you to review. You can also see it here

Our strength is in our unity and the revised Bylaws express our commitment to each other. NSEA and NESPA members work together to help students learn and grow. Our newly merged organization will allow us to work smarter and more efficiently to meet our mutual needs in Northshore. Thank you for taking the time to attend your 10-minute NSEA meeting.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Teacher Certification Workshop

If you have a Residency Certificate, you have an important decision to make: National Boards or ProTeach. Come learn about your options. Do not let your Residency Certificate expire, or you may not be able to continue to teach.

Teacher Licensure 101: NSEA Teacher Certification Workshop
Tuesday, April 5 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm at the NSEA Office in downtown Bothell

Space is extremely limited and registration is open to NSEA members only. Register today by emailing Lydia King at lking@washingtonea.org. Deadline for registration is Friday, April 1. 

Clock hours and pizza provided.

Educator Certification Issues
Do you have questions about Washington state teacher certification and continuing education requirements, state policy updates, or support options? Come learn more at the NSEA Teacher Certification Workshop.

What will we be covering in our workshop?

  • Learn about recent policy changes affecting teacher certification 
  • Learn about the new National Board process 
  • Get an overview of ProTeach 
  • Explore new certification renewal requirements, including Professional Growth Plans and STEM professional development 
  • How to move from a residency to a professional certificate, or renew a continuing certificate
  • How can bargaining support educators through their certification process?
  • What support does NSEA and WEA provide along the way?

Bring your laptop or device to take a look at Washington State's new E-Certification system for renewing your certificate, checking expiration, or adding endorsements.

Where and When?
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
4:30 to 7:30 pm
(Pizza dinner and registration start at 4:15 pm)
NSEA Office
18704 Bothell Way NE, Suite 101 Bothell, WA 98011
(Downtown Bothell--across the street from McMenamin's)
Breakfast and three clock hours provided.

NOTE: This is the same workshop we held in February at Inglemoor HS.
To register: Contact NSEA Executive Assistant Lydia King at lking@washingtonea.org by Friday, April 1.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Be an NSEA Leader!

Nominations for the following NSEA leadership positions are now open. If you are interested in filling any of these positions, please fill out a nomination form and send it to the NSEA Office by Thursday, March 31. Nominations will be taken from the floor of the April 18th Rep Council meeting and elections will be in May.

NSEA Officers (2 year term starting July 1, 2016)
Secretary/Treasurer

NSEA Exec Board (2 year term starting July 1, 2016)
Intermediate Elementary
High School
Special Ed
At-Large

Contract Maintenance Committee (3 year term starting July 1, 2016)
Primary Elementary
High School
Specialists

If you have any questions about the open positions or the nomination process, contact Lydia King at lking@washingtonea.org.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

NSEA and NESPA Merger Information

NSEA’s Building Reps (BRs) voted as a group on Monday to recommend to you a “YES” vote on the Merger Framework between NSEA and NESPA. Last week, NSEA’s Executive Board also unanimously voted to recommend to you a “YES” vote. This is a positive development that will make us more effective in improving our work and schools! The next step, if membership approves this merger framework, will be to form a group to rewrite our bylaws creating this new merged organization. The vote to approve those bylaws, and thus create a new NSEA, is under the power of the NSEA Representative Council. You will see those bylaws changes a month ahead of the final vote on a change. During that time building reps will hold meetings to seek your input on those changes.

The Merger Framework you will be voting on in early February is included in the Northshore News, our (paper) newsletter you will shortly receive from your BR. This month’s newsletter is packed with info about this and other matters. We hope you’ll read it and get informed. 

The short Merger Framework recommended by our Building Reps is also included below, for your ease of access. BRs will be holding Ten Minute Meetings at schools, and will try to answer any questions you may have.  
If you have questions your BR cannot answer with certainty, or if you prefer to get an answer from NSEA, please send them to us via this form (http://goo.gl/forms/hkfn7ef0c8).  Each week on Monday, we’ll send you answers to the questions we receive. We will also have all of this information on our website.  

See below my signature to read the Merger Framework.   It includes the rationale, and how things would change or not.

We are making a difference together!


Conceptual Merger Agreement
“Together, we can improve our schools and work lives!”

Background: 
Our members work together, side by side, every day at school. We serve the same students. We face many of the same issues, and have the same desire to create effective schools and be recognized as professionals. By being in separate organizations, we are less effective. We will be far more effective together by speaking with one voice to improve our work, schools, and our lives.

In Seattle, Spokane, and other districts where the certificated and educational support professional (ESP) groups are united, they are more successful in shaping their futures together. In Northshore, we have been more effective when we have worked closely together, but being in separate organizations has made this cumbersome.  

At the request of the NESPA (Northshore Educational Support Professionals Association, WEA) Board, the NSEA (Northshore Education Association, WEA) Rep Council (teacher Building Reps) authorized merger discussions earlier this school year. Leaders from both organizations met and drafted the following conceptual framework for your vote February 2 through 4 using a Survey Monkey link that will be sent to your school email. NESPA and NSEA are conducting separate votes of our respective memberships.

Recommendation: Vote “YES” to merge NESPA and NSEA into one organization that will be more effective at creating better schools and work.

What Won’t Change
  • The merged organization will be called NSEA (Northshore Education Association).
  • NSEA’s education support professionals (ESPs, formerly NESPA) and NSEA’s certificated staff members will continue to negotiate separate contracts with the NSD administration, as required by law. Contracts will continue to be voted on separately by the staff covered by their contract, as required by law. 
  • Dues will not change for either certificated or ESP members as a result of the merger.
Organization
  • NSEA’s 1,300 members will increase by 480 NESPA members, resulting in a local of nearly 1,800 members consisting of all educational staff in Northshore.
  • All members of the merged organization will eventually vote for the NSEA President and Secretary/Treasurer. Any member, certificated or educational support professionals (ESP), can hold these positions (though the predominance of certificated members means that the President is likely to be a certificated member).  
  • Certificated members will vote for the NSEA Certificated Vice President.
  • Educational support professionals will vote for the NSEA ESP Vice President.
  • NSEA’s certificated staff members will continue to elect ten representatives to the NSEA Executive Board.
  • NSEA’s educational support professionals will elect Executive Board members in proportion to their membership in the merged organization: approximately 3-4 members at present.  
  • The NSEA Representative Council will continue to consist of one Building Rep (BR) for every 15 members, and will now include the added ESP members to each school’s count. BRs are elected by their school and could be certificated or ESP. Building Reps will continue to receive the same annual stipend for their work, and ESP staff elected as BRs will also get this stipend.
  • There will continue to be monthly meetings of the NSEA Executive Board and Representative Council. 
  • Certificated leadership and ESP leadership will also continue to meet periodically in their respective groups.
  • School-based Union Support (US) Teams will consist of certificated and ESP members.
Finances
  • There will be one operating budget with combined organizational resources.
  • Dues will not change for either certificated or ESP members as a result of the merger.
For More Information

Next Steps
  • Questions will be answered weekly. 
  • Updates will be sent via email and posted to this page.
  • NSEA members will vote via SurveyMonkey from February 2 through February 4.
  • If members vote YES, a group of NSEA and NESPA members will meet to review and make changes to the NSEA Bylaws. Bylaws amendments will be presented to the Rep Council (2 readings), distributed to membership, and voted on by Building Reps.