How To Belong

Benefits of Belonging

By becoming a member of JCEA you join together with nearly 5,000 teachers, librarians, counselors and other licensed employees of the Jefferson County School district that are taking ownership of our profession so that we can provide real results for students. We believe that the only way we can achieve real results for students is ensuring that we have a quality teacher in every classroom, accountability for everyone and the ability to provide a 21st Century Education so that our students can compete in the global economy.

Through advocacy, bargaining and collective action members of JCEA are strengthening our schools, the teaching profession and our community by:

1. Ensuring that every student in Jefferson County is taught by a quality teacher. We advocate for::

  • Support for individual teachers throughout their careers. Effective professionals in law and medicine have access to strong preparatory education programs and on the job training. Effective teachers require similar opportunities.
  • Support for building schools that attract more quality teachers into the profession. Strong professionals gravitate to work in environments where they can have a chance to succeed.
  • A professional compensation system that has the best chance of attracting top college student candidates into the profession.

2. Collaborating with key stakeholders and policy makers to build a community where everyone is accountable for quality public schools.

 A quality public education system is a key factor in building strong communities, therefore all stakeholders including, parents, teachers, students, principals, business owners, elected officials and community members must play a role in ensuring students in Jeffco can achieve real results. JCEA works closely with all stakeholders to find creative ways to improve accountability at all levels. Recent examples include:

  • JCEA collaborated with the school district and the Jefferson County Administrators’ Association to secure a $32 million Teacher Incentive Fund grant. The project is being implemented in 20 elementary and middle schools this year. The pilot will study the impact of increased compensation, additional teacher support and planning time on student achievement.  Educators will be rewarded for meeting individual, team and school goals as well as receiving successful evaluations and taking on leadership roles.
  • Participating in the Governor’s Council on Educator Effectiveness – Former JCEA President Kerrie Dallman, was appointed to this council and has taken a leadership role in developing increased accountability systems for all educators in public schools.
  • Collaborating with the district to determine what systems and processes need to be in place to effectively implement SB-191 in a way that is in the best interest of our students and teachers.
  • Collaborating with community partners to make sure that we have pro-public education representatives in all levels of government so that our students’ interests will remain at the forefront.

3. Working with policymakers and education administrators to create an education system where teachers are able to provide a 21st Century Education so that our students can compete in the global economy.

 As educators we understand that schools need to be institutions of learning not institutions of testing. Unfortunately, we have been so overburdened with unfunded mandates that we struggle to find the time to teach the skills that students will need to compete. Belonging to our Association gives you a strong, unified voice with education policy makers.

  • We are working to create an environment where teachers have the flexibility to:
  • Build a well rounded public education experience that is multifaceted and multi-dimensional and one that integrates curriculum with practical career applications.
  • Teach problem solving, collaboration and analytical skills.
  • Utilize testing to inform instruction and measure growth, but realize that schools should be institutions of learning, not institutions of testing.

Resources for Members

Belonging to our Association gives you a strong, unified voice with education policy makers. You can count on our leadership to help you achieve your goals for public education and educators

  • Initiatives to increase education funding, reduce class sizes, and improve student achievement, including Believe in a Better Colorado
  • Strategies to attract and keep quality licensed teachers in every classroom and quality, skilled employees in every public education job
  • Full time lobbyists representing you and speaking up for your interests in the Legislature and Congress
  • Grassroots campaigns to elect Friends of Public Education to school boards, the Legislature, the State Board of Education, Congress, and the White House
  • Campaigns to build the public’s support for education and educators, and to advance our education agenda
  • Local Association activities to engage parents and community leaders in working with us to protect and improve public education

CEA and NEA Benefits of Belonging

Visit CEA's website to learn more about the benefits and opportunites when you become a member.

Visit NEA's Member Benefits website to learn more about exclusive discount programs and member benefits.



(Jobs with) Justice Delayed
The Board Room was filled to capacity and there was a line of people waiting in the hallway on the fifth floor of the Ed Center last night for the first time in months. It was clear from multiple public comments that the handful of Board Majority supporters have JCEA and contract negotiations as their target. It was also clear that the Board Majority had no interest in collecting the “Scrooge of the Year” award from Jobs with Justice or having a room full of parents, teachers, and students see the “Salsa Summit” photo projected on the big screen.

Suzanne McClung’s Public Comment
Suzanne McClung, science teacher at Lakewood High School, received the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence at last night’s BoE meeting. This is a national recognition that was given to only nine science teachers this year. Ms. McClung delivered the following public comment shortly after receiving her award:

Salsa Summit - The Power of Relational Organizing
There was a flurry of activity on facebook last night. A PTA member was dining at Jose O’Shea’s in Lakewood and Ken Witt was at the table next to them talking about the JeffCo contract with a group of men. After this information was posted on social media, several people in the area converged on the restaurant to investigate. This demonstrates the power of relational organizing and going public and is proof that the campaign to Stand Up For All Students is working.