In this issue….HEA Committees, WEA Westside Educators of Color Conference, CBA FAQs
HEA Committees - Many hands make light work
An important indicator of a strong union is an engaged and active membership. Committees of various kinds are critical to the health of our union in many ways. Click the links below in each section to see descriptions of the various committees that conduct substantive association work. If you are interested in being more involved in union work and participating in an HEA or Joint committee, please complete this online HEA Committee Interest Form.
HEA Committees are critical to advancing the voice, power, and professional advocacy of our members. These include:
- HEA Bargaining Team
- HEA Bargaining Support Team
- HEA Membership Committee
- HEA Community Coalitions Committee
- HEA Elections Committee
- HEA WEA PAC/Political Action Team
- HEA Governing Documents Review Committee
HEA-HSD Joint Committees are established through the bargaining process and meet several times each year to monitor and discuss aspects of our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). These groups frequently make recommendations to the Joint HEA-HSD Bargaining Teams and/or the HSD Board of Directors:
- HEA-HSD Dual Language Leadership Team
- HEA-HSD Kindergarten Assessment Work Group (WaKIDS Committee)
- HEA-HSD Joint Evaluation Team (JET)
- HEA-HSD Special Education Committee
- HEA-HSD Joint Assessment Team (HAT)
In addition, the HEA-HSD CBA mandates HEA member involvement in the adoption of curricula and other instructional materials. Therefore, HEA representation is needed on the following HSD Committees:
- Instructional Materials Committee (IMC) - mandated by law
- Curriculum Adoption Committees - short-term committees, dependent upon curricula under review
Again, if you are interested in being more involved in union work and participating in an HEA or Joint committee, please complete our Committee Interest Form. We will follow up with interested members via personal email or phone as committee openings arise. Thanks in advance for your interest and engagement!
Sandy Hunt, HEA President
WEA Educators of Color Conference
The 2019 WEA Westside Educators of Color Conference will provide an opportunity for WEA educators of color to elevate their skills and knowledge around building collaborative communities, empowering themselves, each other and their students to overcome shared challenges, to heal and co-exist, and to set goals for both teacher and student success in a safe and inclusive space. Choose from a wide range of workshop options. The conference takes place on September 28 in Lynnwood. More information and online registration can be found at this link.
The WEA member registration fee of $45 includes continental breakfast, lunch and six clock hours. HEA will reimburse this fee for HEA members upon verification of conference attendance. Members should purchase their own registration; reimbursement checks will be issued and mailed once HEA receives the attendance roster from the event. (If you have recently moved, make sure to email Portia Robinson, HEA Executive Admin. Assistant, with your new address, and update HSD Human Resources, also!)
CBA FAQs - Shared Leadership Team
Q - My school is setting up our Shared Leadership Team (SLT) for this school year. Where do I find the contract language around SLT?
A - Shared Leadership Teams are addressed in Section 4.12 of the CBA. It includes information about team composition, training/support, and issues that the team can and should discuss.