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In this issue: Money, Tech Levy, Your Committee Interests/Application, CBA FAQs: Displacements, Pro Tips from U, NEA Benefits & WEA Workshops 

October 9, 2020

Dear HEA Members,

As you are well aware, so much is going on around the world, the nation, the state and our own district.  At the forefront of many discussions this week has been money.  The district released its current budget outlook and, with enrollments down, the forecast for dipping further into reserves is up. Several Central Office classified or non-represented staff have been laid off.  No full time HEA members were laid off in the spring, and the district has tried to minimize reductions in other staffing groups. 

With the October 1 count date already past, it was positive to see the teacher displacement rate managed more economically than in the past.  Still, it was heartbreaking to learn that principals at five elementary schools had to ask for volunteers to move to different schools where teachers are in overload.  While this is always a difficult process, the pandemic has amplified the pain this year.  Educators, parents, and principals have rallied to find an alternative. HEA has advocated to Central Office, asking that teachers be retained at their current schools at least until we move into hybrid when adjustments would need to be made anyway. However, there are several schools with teachers and students working in overloaded classrooms who need relief. School board members have asked Dr. Enfield to report out on the decisions being made and calculate the cost of maintaining teachers where they are and hiring additional teachers vs. making staffing adjustments.  Please be supportive of your colleagues at this time. 

Budget issues will continue to impact us based on myriad local, state, and federal issues. This is an important moment to be advocating for our students and that takes many forms. Supporting the Highline tech levy and promoting pro-public education candidates like Representative Zack Hudgins and SPI Chris Reykdal are critical actions right now. And as we all know, the presidential race will determine whether Betsy DeVos will continue to inflict harm upon public education.  Please do whatever you can this election season to support candidates who will support our public schools, our families, and our students.

In solidarity,

Sandy


Prop 1-Tech Levy Needs U. Donations of time and money are still needed.  Please sign up HERE to support our students, paras, and educators with new technology and get the levy over the finish line.  A sunset levy means voting yes will not increase your current tax rate and residents should experience a decrease in taxes.You can also digitally organize anytime by following the campaign on Facebook and Twitter @YesforHighline and like/share posts to your networks.

HEA Leadership on Teams and Committees. https://www.highlineea.org/membership/committees/  An important indicator of a strong union is an engaged and active membership. Committees of various kinds are important to the health of our union in many ways. If you are interested, please complete the following interest survey. An Executive Board member will follow up with you before the end of the month.  
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 Committee
  • HEA Governing Documents Review Committee
  • HEA Equity Team (new)
  • HEA Budget & Finance Committee (new)
  • HEA Building Based Health & Safety Team (new)

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).HEA members on these teams work with district representatives to make recommendations to the Joint HEA-HSD Bargaining Teams and/or the HSD Board of Directors on changes to the CBA and/or district policy:

  • 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)

New Joint Committees.  Two committees were established in our recent negotiations to address needs identified through labor management meetings and bargaining surveys:

HEA-HSD Equity and Anti-Racism Team (HEART).  In collaboration with the student Behavior Support Team and HSD Teaching & Learning, recommend anti-racist professional learning from the lens of historically marginalized groups. 

  • Work with the Instructional Materials Committee (IMC) to recommend intentional selection and inclusion of teachings in content area classes of important cultural/historical events for historically marginalized communities.
  • Develop guidelines for the structure, tasks/charges, and support for School/Site-Based Equity Teams (SBETs) for implementation in 2021-22. The District will provide $25,000 district-wide to support SBETs in 2021-22.
  • Select/create a framework or tool for School/Site-Based Equity Teams to use to conduct an equity analysis and an anti-racist analysis at their worksites.
  • Plan an annual meeting for district-wide training and collaboration amongst and between School/Site Based Equity Teams.
  • Develop ongoing charges for the HEART to be recommended for inclusion in CBA language.

HEA-HSD Student Behavior Support Team:  Please read page 12 of the recently ratified tentative agreement languag for a full description of this committee and it’s charges and tasks for the upcoming two years.

Other Options.  HEA-HSD CBA mandates HEA member involvement in facilities planning, the adoption of curricula, and other instructional materials so watch for those applications on the Staff Hub at the beginning of the school year.

Again, if you are interested in being more involved in any of this work by participating on a team or committee, please complete the following interest survey


More Pro tips.  Here’s a few suggestions from your friends and colleagues.  If you have an idea that has worked for you, your team, or your school, please take a moment to share.Thanks to those who submitted for this week.

  • Dual Monitors. Dig out that old monitor from district storage and set up dual monitors. Once screen holds the Gallery View, Participants, and Chat, while the other holds your Screen Share. This allows you to visually watch and interact to the students responses. (Video on or Reaction Emojis)
  • SeeSaw Planning.  Align your zoom and seesaw lessons so students experience content across contexts….avoid double planning. Repetition, repetition!
  • Use the Polling feature and/or Padlet.  This engages students who choose to have their cameras off. We know not all students participate in the same way.

CBA FAQ: Displacement Process

Q: Are there changes to the displacement language affecting how displacements for under-enrolled schools are happening in the fall and projected enrollments in the spring?

A:  Yes, a two-year pilot program is in place for this contract with the goal of not moving provisional educators from their buildings if at all possible and developing an early volunteer transfer process teachers more predictability over placement when a teacher volunteers to be displaced.  This provision was developed to address the need for support and stability expressed by teachers and principals as we work hard to attract and retain educators of color in schools to which they were specifically recruited to work.


NEA Benefits & WEA Workshops 

Financial Essentials Workshop NEA Benefits is pleased to present a FREE workshop to help you better plan for and enjoy your retirement. 

  • Date & Time:  Tuesday, October 13, 2020 (4:30pm-5:30pm) 
  • Location:  via Zoom 
  • Presented by:  Bryan Alsbury

COMPLETE 2 STEP PROCESS 

1.) RSVP

2.) Complete PD NETWORK registration link. This will assist us with follow up questions, documents, etc.

Navigating Your Student Debt Workshop: Please join us to learn the facts about the current federal loan forgiveness programs (including some of the changes currently becoming effective as part of new stimulus bill) and to gain access to the NEA Member Benefits Loan Forgiveness Navigation tool 

  • Date & Time:  Tuesday, October 20, 2020 (4:30pm-5:30pm) 
  • Location:  via Zoom 
  • Register here

NEA STUDENT DEBT NAVIGATOR TOOL  As referenced above, this tool is an additional feature to the workshop. This tool, normally a $30 annual fee, is now free for the first year!  Kick back and view these YouTube videos on how to get started or visit their site at your leisure.  


New Trainings to Support Educators with Distance Learning WEA is proud to announce a series of trainings to helps educators who are serving students through remote, distance, and hybrid learning environments.  Our feedback from educators is that they need practical “quick bursts” of trainings to support the current distance learning reality.  As a result, between September 30 and December 2, WEA will offer 90-minute Zoom trainings focused on these kinds of supports.  Please see the attached flyer for additional information. 
Some offerings include:
  • Providing accommodations and scaffolds in remote learning environments
  • Facilitating quality practice in virtual classrooms.
  • How to successfully use Screencastify in virtual environments

 Register early as we only have space for the first 500 participants. Once a course has reached capacity, it will no longer appear in the dropdown menu. IMPORTANT: Registration is a TWO Step Process

  • Register for each course using the link on the flyer
  • Use the registration link in your confirmation email to complete the Zoom registration
  • You will immediately be directed to the course Zoom information page, including the link to access the course. SAVE this information. You can also add the event information to your calendar from this page.

If you have questions, please contact Annie Lamberto, or Rosy Wokabi.