4/10/2020 – Knock knock, Who’s There? DFER?

Wednesday evening your JCEA Bargaining team returned to the table and DFER made a cameo appearance.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the live stream! If you weren’t able to join us, the link for the session can be found HERE.

We strongly encourage all of our members to participate and we have found some silver lining in that it is easier now that ever before to join us.

The Bargaining Organizing Action Team (JCEA BOAT) is streaming to Facebook live where our members can ask questions and interact in real time with negotiations. Grab a cozy blanket, a beverage of your choice and join us each week as your team continues to advocate for your contract, your profession and our students.

Follow the JCEA BOAT on Facebook HERE.

Like our JCEA Facebook page HERE.

Save the date for the upcoming April bargaining sessions!

April 15th at 5:00 pm – Facebook Event HERE.
April 22nd at 5:00 pm – Facebook Event HERE.
April 29th at 5:00 pm – Facebook Event HERE.

If you don’t use Facebook you can always access the live stream through the district’s website HERE. Sadly there will not be an interactive chat available when viewing through the district’s link.

How does bargaining work?

Interest Based Bulletin #1

Nuts and Bolts of Interest Based Bargaining (IBB)

Interest based bargaining is a problem solving approach to conflict that focuses on needs, desires, concerns and fears rather than positions. IBB often leads to win-win outcomes where each team gets their needs and desires met or their concerns and fears addressed. Problems are identified through stories and teams present their interests in solving the problems and finally, options are considered and worked through until consensus is reached. It is our intent to help all of our members learn about this process and follow along as we work to do what is best for our profession and our students.  

In our new series of Interest Based Bulletins, we want our members to understand what goes on during negotiations with the district. JCEA has used some version of IBB and shifted from the traditional-positional bargaining a number of years ago. This year we are abridging it more in an online environment by providing the District’s team actual contract language instead of brainstorming options.

All bargaining, especially IBB can be boring—until it isn’t!

Sometimes it can look like nothing is really moving. However, there is a lot of strategizing going on behind the scenes with your bargaining team as they listen to the district’s presentations. Members of the bargaining team practice how to respond at the table and are trained to be disciplined in their responses. Discipline revolves around using appropriate IBB language and not reacting emotionally (even when a comment makes us mad!)

 

Save the date for the upcoming April bargaining sessions!

April 15th at 5:00 pm – Facebook Event HERE.
April 22nd at 5:00 pm – Facebook Event HERE.
April 29th at 5:00 pm – Facebook Event HERE.

If you don’t use Facebook you can always access the live stream through the district’s website HERE. Sadly there will not be an interactive chat available when viewing through the district’s link.

How does bargaining work?

Interest Based Bulletin #1

Nuts and Bolts of Interest Based Bargaining (IBB)

Interest based bargaining is a problem solving approach to conflict that focuses on needs, desires, concerns and fears rather than positions. IBB often leads to win-win outcomes where each team gets their needs and desires met or their concerns and fears addressed. Problems are identified through stories and teams present their interests in solving the problems and finally, options are considered and worked through until consensus is reached. It is our intent to help all of our members learn about this process and follow along as we work to do what is best for our profession and our students.

In our new series of Interest Based Bulletins, we want our members to understand what goes on during negotiations with the district. JCEA has used some version of IBB and shifted from the traditional-positional bargaining a number of years ago. This year we are abridging it more in an online environment by providing the District’s team actual contract language instead of brainstorming options.

All bargaining, especially IBB can be boring—until it isn’t!

Sometimes it can look like nothing is really moving. However, there is a lot of strategizing going on behind the scenes with your bargaining team as they listen to the district’s presentations. Members of the bargaining team practice how to respond at the table and are trained to be disciplined in their responses. Discipline revolves around using appropriate IBB language and not reacting emotionally (even when a comment makes us mad!)

JCEA’s First Issue:

Wednesday night, JCEA presented our first issue (problem to be solved)—Student Discipline and Educator Protection. Next week we will introduce language around Professional Behavior and Educator Discipline. Finally we will introduce language revising Article 19, the appeals (or grievance) process.

As we further discuss student discipline next week, it would be helpful to have information from you about your experiences. If you have been injured by a student  or have other stories to tell us about problems with student discipline, please email your thoughts to lelliott@coloradoea.org.

For example: Have you ever been hurt by a student? What was the response of your building administrator? Of the school district? Are you familiar with District policies and procedures regarding a student making an accusation against you, as a teacher?

There has been a distinct uptick in members outreaching JCEA concerned about the safety of their students, themselves and their colleagues – this is a clear priority for your team this year and will be again next year when the entire contract is up for bargaining.

The District’s First Problem: “Innovation”

The district presented its first problem on Wednesday as well; it was “Innovation” school language. “Innovation” language of some form legally needs to be entered into the contract because the District allowed a charter school (Free Horizon Montessori) to become a District “option” school with “innovation”status.

This “Innovation” decision was made without collaboration or consultation with JCEA members. JCEA provided the district with draft “Innovation” language last summer but did not receive a response until bargaining began in February.

Remember when “School Choice” became the hottest term in education?

“Innovation” language may prove to be the same kind of bait and switch.

The “Innovation” Law was proposed and championed by DFER’s (Democrats for Education Reform) a number of years ago to provide a work around to negotiate agreements. DPS has used and abused this law for years. We are working to preserve Association and teacher rights so that in the future, if a school wants to pursue “innovation” status, educators will have the facts about the “innovation” law and not give up their rights unknowingly.  

“Innovation” is an important issue to watch and we will continue to offer further readings on how and why it can be so problematic.

Static test scores at many Colorado innovation schools have state, Denver officials questioning format’s effectiveness –
https://www.denverpost.com/2019/11/24/colorado-innovation-schools-education/

Johnathan Rodrigues: When segregation is the Innovation –
https://medium.com/@jonathanrodrigues_76969/when-segregation-is-the-innovation-73351bbb9b71

Diane Ravitch’s top line of Rodrigues’s article can be found here:
https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/01/jonathan-rodrigues-when-segregation-is-the-innovation/