September 12, 2019
In this issue….Transforming Our Schools - Resources & Opportunities, HEA Socials & HPS School Board Meetings, Clock Hours & Your Salary
Transforming Our Schools – Resources & Opportunities
From HEA to WEA to NEA, union members are transforming public schools to create learning spaces that are just and equitable for all of our students. Members are contributing to this movement through professional growth and personal commitment. Our local, state and national associations are here to support you in this important work. Listed below are just few sources of support and opportunities for your involvement.
Delbert Richardson’s “American History Travel Museum: The Unspoken Truths.” HEA brought this amazing experience to the HPS Equity Symposium. Union leaders are working on how to bring his program to schools across the district starting this school year.
Review of HPS Equity Policies. Tuesday, September 17, 4-7pm at Azteca, Burien. We invite all interested members to read, discuss and make implementation recommendations on HPS equity policy drafts. Buffet dinner and time to read the policies will be provided 4-5pm. Discussions of the documents will start at 5:00pm. Please email Portia Robinson to register and receive a packet for the event. Tiara Staley, Cascade Middle School, is co-chairing this work.
Conferences and Professional Collaborations:
• Educators of Color Conference sponsored by WEA. Attend and HEA will reimburse your tuition. Details in the August 29 eFocus Newsletter.
• Rainier Educators of Color Network (RECN) is hosting a series of events this year beginning on Monday, September 23rd, 4:30-6:00 PM at the Rainier UniServ Council office. See flyer for details.
• Highline Anti-Racist White Educators (HARWE) will hold its 2019-20 planning meeting also on Sept. 23 at Mount View Elementary School (4:30-5:45). For more information please email Sandy Hunt or Delilia Leber.
National Education Association Web Resources: Don’t forget to check out Social Justice resources gathered by the National Education Association, including much of what you need to implement inclusive lessons in your classroom and the wider community.
HEA Socials & HPS School Board Meetings
October 2nd and October 23rd are both HSD School Board Meetings. Consider organizing to come as a school and enjoy free appetizers at Azteca at 5 PM hosted by HEA. Find all events on the HEA website Events page.
CBA FAQs - Clock Hours & Your Salary
Q - How can clock hours help me raise my salary?
A - Continued education is needed for educators to renew their professional certification. In addition, Highline EA and Highline SD recognize the importance of professional learning/development (PD) and have negotiated a salary schedule that reflects this. Members with credits, clock hours and degrees earned by September 15, 2019 have until November 1, 2019 to submit official documentation of their coursework toward placement on the salary schedule. Each movement "to the right" increases your salary.
To submit clock hours for salary schedule movement, email your name, school/site and position along with your PD documentation to Human Resources OR drop off and date stamp your materials with Veronica Lua at the front desk at ERAC between 8:00-4:30, M-F.
Any backpay necessary to reflect an updated salary schedule placement will be retroactively credited to September 1 and will show up no later than your November or December pay warrant. Your “typical” monthly salary rate of pay for this year may not show up until your January 31 paycheck, so you should be sure to check your paycheck closely that month.
HEA Leadership and Highline HR both request that you wait to email HR regarding any clock hour/credit status, previous education/work experience (for new hires), and related salary schedule placement questions until after November 10. This will allow Human Resources staff to dedicate time to the work of reviewing documentation and placing people appropriately, rather than answering queries prior to this date.