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COLA for Guest Teachers 
Recent Letter of Agreement Reached: HEA/HSD recognize the value in ensuring that all employees are fairly compensated for the work they do each day with students. HEA/HSD believe that providing fair compensation applies to certificated guest educators in our classrooms. HEA/HSD recently authored a Letter of Agreement to apply the 3 percent COLA to the current rates of pay for our certificated substitutes. This increase will be retroactive to Sept. 1, 2015.

Teachers/Educators of Color Group
To improve support for all of our educators, HEA and HSD are excited about a newly created TOC group. HEA Members are working with HSD to develop a teacher-led group for our teachers and ESAs of color here in Highline. You may have received HSD information that the first meetings are scheduled for Dec. 14 and Jan. 5 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the South Classroom at ERAC. HSD administrators Bernard Koontz and Jacob Ellis as well as HEA President Sue McCabe will be present to welcome and support teachers interested in joining. Thanks to three teachers at Cedarhurst -- Juan Cordova, Jennifer Flores and Vesna Danh -- for initiating and leading this opportunity!

Paper Tigers -- Documentary Film
Saturday, Dec. 12, screening of "Paper Tigers," a film that focuses on an approach to school discipline that views misbehavior not as a personal attack but as fallout from traumatic experiences. The film highlights Lincoln High School in Walla Walla. HEA will provide tickets for any members interested in attending.
Date: Saturday, Dec. 12
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Foster High School, Tukwila
Contact Stephanie Steel at highlineeaasst@washingtonea.org or call 206-246-4340.

2016 WEA/NEA Representative Assemblies
HEA members are getting active at the state and national level. It is both an honor and a responsibility to represent HEA members at the WEA/NEA Representative Assemblies. Our Association is an extremely democratic organization. It is exciting to see new voices take on the responsibility of increasing educator voice! Make sure you vote in your buildings -- Jan. 11-15. Help your HEA building representative get out the vote!
2016 WEA RA Candidates:    
Amy Hepburn, Zanovia Clark, Sandy Hunt, Jenn Truong, Maile Valu, Anna Hawryluk, Tabitha Plotke, Delila Leber, James Boutin,Tracey Drum.
There are 9 delegate positions open for a two-year term.

2016 NEA RA Candidates:                                
Tracey Drum, James Boutin, Delila Leber, Amber Birge, Tabitha Plotke, Jennifer Walsh, Deborah Strayer, Joanne Glasgow, Tamasha Emedi.
There are 2 delegate positions open for a two-year term.

WEA RA: April 7-9 in Spokane, NEA RA: July 2-7 in Washington D.C.

WEA Board Candidates

Rainier UniServ Council members elect two members to represent us on the WEA Board. We are fortunate that two HEA members are submitting their candidacy for the WEA Board. Being on the board is a valuable way to bring educator voices forward to create quality schools for our students and better work environments for all WEA members. HEA members submitting their candidacy include: Tamasha Emedi, Bow Lake Elementary, and Sandy Hunt, Madrona Elementary.

WEA will send the ballot to your email in January. GOTV!

Many thanks to Debby Strayer, Mount Rainier High School, for years of service on the WEA Board representing Highline Education Association.

On-Demand Writing Assessments
In response to member concerns regarding the on demand writing assessments, we have sought information from educators to understand the impact of this new addition to your work. Because of educator feedback, HEA leaders have been meeting with HSD administrators to discuss the new post-unit Writing On-Demand exercises. Please continue to share your feedback to us and your HEA building representative. View information learned from our meetings.
HEA Leadership Organizing Building Visits
In a continued effort to reach out to HEA membership and listen to your in-building needs and identify member involvement, HEA Leadership is scheduling building visits. We have talked with members at Highline High School, Bow Lake Elementary, Cedarhurst Elementary, Beverly Park Elementary, Marvista Elementary. Buildings/Programs in the queue: Early Childhood Program, Hilltop Elementary and Puget Sound Skills Center. Visits include Sue McCabe, HEA president, and Elizabeth Beck, WEA UniServ representative. When possible, additional HEA Executive Board members will join as well. Please connect with your HEA Building Representative if you and your colleagues would like us to join in conversations with you.
Know Your Contract!
Send HEA the correct answer and your name will be entered into a drawing for a $10 gift card at a locally owned coffee shop.

Which of these statements about personal days is CORRECT?
A. HEA members have 6 personal days in addition to sick days.
B. HEA members must use 2 personal days each year.
C. HEA members may use up to 4 personal days every year.
D. HEA member's use of personal leave days are deducted from accrued illness leave.
E. If an HEA member does not use a personal day, it is lost.
F. HEA members may use 3 personal days immediately before/after Spring Break.

Send your answer to Stephanie Steel in the HEA office. All correct answers will be submitted for a drawing to win!
Dec. 10, 2015

In this Issue ... 
  • COLA for Guest Teachers
  • TOC Group
  • Paper Tigers Film
  • WEA/NEA Representative Assemblies
  • WEA Board Candidates
  • On-Demand Writing Assignments
  • HEA Building Visits
  • Know Your Contract Prizes


Q: Is Jan. 29 a work day?
A: For HEA members at elementary schools, Jan. 29 IS a work day. For HEA members at secondary schools, Jan. 29 IS NOT a work day.

Q: When are the next HSD PG&E trainings?
A: Topic: Evidence & Artifacts Collection on Jan. 7 at Marvista, Jan. 12 at Hazel Valley, Jan 14 at HHS. Time: 4:30- 6:30 p.m.

Q: How can we continue to show our HEA solidarity?
A: Your HEA Leadership would like to continue to build our solidarity. There are simple ways for us to do this. WEAR RED FOR PUBLIC ED on Wednesdays. You can wear your HEA T-shirt to work on Wednesdays!  

A second way to build solidarity: School Board Connections. Come to an HSD School Board Meeting. Learn what our board is deciding for your students, for you, for your colleagues.
Next School Board Meeting: Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. Grab a bite to eat at Azteca with other HEA members. Food provided by HEA at 4:45 p.m.

Your Contract

THE HEA/HSD Collective Bargaining Agreement will be available on the HEA website. There also will be a print copy in each school. More information is available on our  website.

Contact Us

Sue McCabe
HEA President
206-246-4340, Ext. 26

Stephanie Steel
Administrative Assistant
206-246-4340, Ext. 21

Elizabeth Beck
WEA UniServ Rep
206-246-4340, Ext. 25

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