Insight Columns and Editorials

The opinions expressed in this section are those of the authors' and not necessarily those of JCEA. By definition columnists provide provocative perspective. They make us react, laugh and get angry, but mostly they are written to make us think! Responses are welcome as “Letters to the Editor” and will be published as per Insight policy.

  • Educating Hector

    Dec 11, 2013

    Check out Craig Gassen's monthly editorial comic.

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  • CASA Seeking Volunteers

    Dec 11, 2013

    Court Appointed Special Advocates of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties (CASA Jeffco/Gilpin) is steadily growing but there continues to be a strong need for dedicated community members to become a voice for abused or neglected children in court. CASA Jeffco/Gilpin needs your help and support to ensure that every child in our community has a safe, permanent home. You can be the difference by becoming a CASA volunteer.

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  • A Message from EAP

    Dec 11, 2013

    Today's world offers countless opportunities for worry. We can be worried about health issues, our children, job security, family, and a whole host of other concerns. The simple definition of worry is a state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems, or thinking about the unknown in a way that creates fear. Worrying is a natural response to many life circumstances. Unfortunately, constant worrying can negatively impact your health as well as your quality of life.

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  • I Miss the Days

    Dec 11, 2013

    Keeping pace with the ever changing and expanding demands of teaching probably keeps me young, it most certainly keeps me busy and sometimes I’ll admit it just plain makes me cranky. I find myself pining for simpler days.

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  • Excellence Fund Donation Made

    Dec 11, 2013

    JCEA Excellence Fund scholarship fund’s purpose is: To promote the teaching profession by providing academic scholarships to prospective teachers and opportunities for professional development and training for JCEA members.

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  • More and Better Learning Conference

    Dec 11, 2013

    On December 14 from 8:00 am to noon, the Southwest Teacher Union Reform Network (SW TURN) will have a workshop on more and better learning time (formerly known as extended learning time).

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  • Take the lead in your association – Many leadership opportunities available

    Dec 11, 2013

    Each year, there are numerous opportunities for members to participate in the democratic process of our organization. We encourage members to participate at a higher level and help shape the future direction of the organization

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  • Steps and Levels and the New School Board

    Dec 11, 2013

    Last week JCEA staff and leaders fanned out across the District to listen and talk to teachers. We had planned the “building blitz” before the election to recruit new members and talk to current members, but after the election it seemed even more important.

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  • New BOE Describes Its Vision

    Nov 23, 2013

    On November 21 Jeffco's new school board members were sworn in. They said their priorities are to increase choice for parents, move to a pay for performance system for teachers, and reduce fees to families

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  • Educating Hector

    Nov 12, 2013

    Check out Craig Gassen's monthly editorial cartoon.

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  • A Letter to Our New School Board Members

    Nov 12, 2013

    First of all, welcome. Congratulations on winning your seats on the school board by a decisive margin. While I didn’t vote for you, it’s clear the majority of this district is excited to see what reforms you will bring to Jefferson County.

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  • New Opportunities

    Nov 12, 2013

    With the election behind us, we must take a deep breath and take stock of where we are. It is important to stop and celebrate where we can; learn from the areas we fell short and to come away stronger as an association. So with that in mind, I want to say thank you so much to everyone who took the time to walk, call, write a postcard, attend a fundraiser, speak to your friends, and especially to vote for our recommended candidates and for Amendment 66. Now more than ever, we have to take the time to support and appreciate each other, because things are going to be challenging as we move forward.

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  • Welcome New Members

    Nov 12, 2013

    We welcome new members who are joining with their colleagues across the district and taking the lead to get real results for students.

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  • Educating Hector

    Oct 09, 2013

    Check out Craig Gassen's monthly editorial cartoon.

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  • Snapshots

    Oct 09, 2013

    The digital age has changed the nature of snapshots, I think. And I’m just talking about your average documentation of life; the proliferation of naughty shots is a subject for a whole different kind of column.

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  • More details on 50% student growth and Evaluation

    Oct 09, 2013

    Learn some more details about 50% growth and evaluation.

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  • K-8 Early Release Days

    Oct 09, 2013

    At bargaining last year, the District wanted to reduce the number of early release days due to parent concerns. We agreed, so long as the remaining days were “teacher directed.”

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  • Want Steps and Levels? Act Now!

    Oct 09, 2013

    At the JCEA office we frequently hear from members about the urgency of restoring steps and levels. Well, this may be the year where our collective desire to restore professional compensation could become a reality.

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  • Welcome New Members

    Oct 09, 2013

    We welcome new members who are joining with their colleagues across the district and taking the lead to get real results for students.

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  • Educating Hector

    Sep 11, 2013

    Check out JCEA member Craig Gassen's monthly editorial cartoon.

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