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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

New Pay Schedules Ratified!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Contract Ratification meeting yesterday. I am pleased to announce that the new cert agreement passed unanimously and that the ESP agreement passed with 97%. Our new pay schedules keep Northshore competitive for both certs and ESPs.

Click here to see the new Cert and ESP pay schedules.

Here are some highlights of our new contract. If you were not able to make it last night, your Building Rep will have copies of our ratification packet available next week.

  • ESP Salary: 19.2% of the total cost of the 2017-2018 ESP salary schedule to the cost of the 2018-2019 ESP schedule. Uneven indexing was addressed with more even percentages across steps. Hourly rates of pay now increase by 3% between steps in years 1 to 6. From steps 6 to 10 and steps 10 to 15, hourly rates of pay now increase by 6%. 
  • ESP PSP and Stipends: 19.2% of the total cost of the 2017-2018 ESP PSP and Education Stipends was added to the 2018-2019 ESP PSP and Education Stipends Schedule.
  • Cert Salary: 19.2% of the total cost of the 2017-2018 universal certificated pay (base, TRI, and supplemental days) to the cost of the total 2018-2019 certificated salary schedule.

    For the 2018-19 school year, replace the base, supplemental days and TRI responsibility factor salary schedules in the current certificated CBA with base, professional learning and responsibility (PLR) schedules as shown below. The PLR stipend compensates employees for the five supplemental contract days in the current CBA, the TRI responsibilities in the current CBA, and additional self-directed professional learning. The number of school days and supplemental work days in the current CBA remain the same.

    Except for ESAs, employees shall be placed on the base and PLR salary schedules in accordance with the rules for education and experience applicable to the state's Salary Allocation Model in the 2017-18 school year as reflected in Chapter 392-121 Washington Administrative Code and OSPI's rules applicable to the submission of the S-275 report. Experience and education recognized by the District for salary schedule placement prior to the 2018-19 school year shall continue to be recognized for the duration of the current agreement.

    Employees placed in the BA+135 column of the 2017-18 salary schedule shall be placed in the MA+45 column of the 2018-19 salary schedules. Change 2.2% to 4.2% in Section 18.2.2. (Increase percentage of PLR funding used for staff to remain technologically current.)
  • Certificated PhD stipend: Certificated employees with a PhD will be paid an additional $2,000.
  • Additional improvements were made to ESA prior credit, certificated sub rates, certificated Athletic Directors, and Certificated Activity Directors.
Click here to see the new Cert and ESP pay schedules.

We were able to make these historic salary improvements thanks to our decade-long involvement with the McCleary lawsuit, our lobbying and political work, and our strong union membership.

While the salary increases are life-changing, the state legislature has yet to address other public education needs: Special Education costs, class sizes, mental health needs, and capital construction cost are among the challenges that lie ahead. Working together we can overcome these obstacles.

NSEA is back at the bargaining table in the Spring to address issues we didn't tackle in our salary negotiations. Look for NSEA surveys coming soon.

Again, thank you to everyone who attended last night's meeting and to all of you for staying committed to NSEA and to the Northshore School District.

United we bargain!

Tim Brittell, President

Monday, October 1, 2018

Help Elect Pro-Public Education Candidates!

Join us this October as we knock on doors to help get out the vote for Patty Kuderer, Bill Ramos and Lisa Callan. There are several key races in Washington State in the election this November, and these races in the 48th and 5th Legislative Districts are a few of them.
Please join other educators from 10:00am to 12:00pm on one or more of the dates and locations below to doorbell sympathetic voters to ask them to vote for Patty, Bill and Lisa. We'll pair up (feel free to bring your family, co-workers, and friends), get briefed on a few simple talking points, and head out to knock on some doors. It's easier than you think and actually a lot of fun! Voters listen to educators talking about education issues.

Fall Doorbelling Dates. Click here to sign up!

48th Legislative District - Patty Kuderer
  • Saturday, October 20th - 10:00am-12:00pm
    Patty Kuderer Campaign Office
    8151 164th Ave. NE
    Redmond, WA 98052
5th Legislative District - Lisa Callan and Bill Ramos

Help make a difference in this upcoming election by signing up to doorbell today! Click here.

For more information about these candidates visit their campaign websites:
Patty Kuderer for State Senate - 48th District www.pattykuderer.com
Lisa Callan for State Representative - 5th District www.lisacallan.org
Bill Ramos for State Representative - 5th District www.voteramos.org
For more information about these and other races throughout the state visit the WEA Our Voice website - www.washingtonea.org/ourvoice

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Professional Development Offerings

Registration is open for the following Cascade UniServ Council Professional Development offerings:
  • Pre-Retirement Seminars
  • Culturally Responsive Strategies
See below for details and links to register.

Pre-Retirement Seminars

Click here to register for a Pre-Retirement Seminar. 

It is never too early to start planning for retirement! WEA-Cascade UniServ Council is sponsoring retirement seminars for our members in 2018-2019. These seminars are designed for union members who are planning for retirement, and are presented by qualified WEA-Retired representatives. The cost of the seminar is $45.
Seminars are 11 hours long over two days, from 5:00pm-8:00pm on Friday and from 8:00am-4:00pm on Saturday. Meals will be provided. Seminars will be held at the WEA-Cascade UniServ Council Office in Bothell. Members can choose from one of the following dates:

  • Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27
  • Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19
  • Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2
  • Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2
Topics covered will include:   
  • Social Security
  • Medicare
  • Health Care
  • Long Term Care
  • VEBA
  • Financial Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Staff Retirement
  • And More! 
If you have any questions regarding the retirement seminars, please contact Chenoa Gray-Brewer at cgray@washingtonea.org.

**Please Note:  
  • No registrations will be accepted by phone or email. 
  • Due to limited space, spouses will not be able to attend 2018-2019 seminars. 
  • Enter your HOME email address during registration - NO school emails. All communications regarding this training will be sent to home emails only.
  
Culturally Responsive Strategies (CRS1 & CRS2)


This training is currently only open to educators of the WEA-Cascade UniServ Council in the Edmonds, Northshore, and Shoreline school districts.

Culturally Responsive Strategies (CRS1 & CRS2)
Saturday, November 3, 2018
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Shoreline Conference Center - Shoreline Room

This training is comprised of two three-hour sessions intended to help educators reflect on their practice as culturally responsive professionals to increase effectiveness across differences among their students and families. It is intended for any educator (including office staff, before and after school caregivers, ESP, Cert, etc.) interested in creating a new culture of equity and cultural responsiveness in their school community.

CRS1: Culturally Responsive Classroom Communities (3hrs)

This session will help educators develop their growth as culturally responsive educators, and increase their effectiveness to engage students from diverse backgrounds, social groups, and cultures through meaningful, caring adult relationships.

Objectives:
  • Integrate the cultural competency definition into educators' daily practice and classroom environment: "The will and skill to create authentic and effective relationships across difference". 
  • Understand the research and impact of resiliency in student growth by increasing relational strategies that focus on asset-based instruction, and developing student resiliency as a primary factor in closing the opportunity/achievement gap.
  • Use the cultural competency framework of awareness, understanding, skills, and advocacy to increase educator effectiveness with students from diverse populations including: socio-economic, language, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender, religion, age, and ability. 
  • Grow as a culturally responsive educator through reflective practice by increasing one's AWARENESS of self (biases, stereotypes, expectations) and KNOWLEDGE of other social group categories to which one does not belong.

CRS2: Culturally Responsive Classroom Management (3hrs)

The session supports educators by developing their culturally responsive management practice. Practitioners need to be cognizant of the characteristics of the students coming to school, appreciate and integrate their culture and family backgrounds, and be able to work with them in culturally appropriate ways. Providing educators support around CRCM practices will only help ensure that all students have access to a positive, consistent, safe, and equitable educational setting.

Objectives:
  • Educators will be introduced to some of the essential core practices for developing one's culturally responsive management practice.
  • Learn how to: build social relationships, communicate in culturally responsive ways, cultivate a safe and inclusive environment, and engage with families and communities.
  • Participants will reflect, discuss, and share their cultural assumptions, views, and prejudices to help begin to examine their own cultural histories and biases in working with students from culturally, linguistically, and socio-economically diverse backgrounds.
  • Educators will receive resources and materials to support their classrooms.
Click here to register.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

18-19 Collaborative Time Calendar

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Click here for the 18-19 calendar indicating the use of collaborative time every Wednesday. This calendar was sent to all members in April, 2018. It was agreed to through the collective bargaining process involving the Northshore School District and the Northshore Education Association.  

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Welcome Back!

Welcome back! I hope you've had a restful summer and that you're ready for another great school year. Summer has been busy for NSEA--our bargaining team met several times to prepare for salary negotiations. Last week, the Exec Board met to set our budget and goals. Yesterday, Building Reps joined us for a start of the year retreat so that we can hit the ground running.

As you know, districts across the state are bargaining for salary increases. We're seeing historic victories at the bargaining table in some districts (Shoreline, Edmonds, Bellevue, Lake Washington) while our colleagues in other districts (Seattle, Arlington, and many more) are taking strike votes. 

Here in Northshore, we'll be bargaining with the administration in late September. We have 4 sessions set between 9/20 and 9/28, and we'll ratify our new salary agreement soon after, in early October. The date of our ratification meeting has yet to be decided--stay tuned! We've heard your bargaining priorities loud and clear, and we look forward to negotiating new salary schedules that reflect these priorities to keep Northshore great. We're building our future together!

United we bargain, divided we beg!

In solidarity, 
Tim Brittell