8/19/2028 – TOMORROW! Kickoff for our Jeffco BOE election!

Jeffco Board of Education (BOE) election 2021

Although it may seem far off, our fall school board election is quickly taking shape. JCEA has officially endorsed two candidates: Paula Reed and Mary Parker and your fellow members on the SDC (Small Donor Committee) will be meeting with a third candidate, Danielle Varda next week.

Paula, Mary and Danielle will be running as a slate and their campaign kickoff is this Sunday! Join fellow JCEA members, Jeffco parents, students and community members to start the election season off strong!

Sign up early, sign up often for Election 2021

We have three seats up for election this fall on our school board and as usual it will take all of us volunteering to knock, walk and talk to hold onto a majority on the board who support educators and public education. If every member of JCEA volunteered just an hour or two this fall we will absolutely blow our previous engagement goals out of the ball park! (if everyone helps just a little, no one gets stuck carrying the heavy load alone) There are so many ways to get involved; there is a place for everyone AND we would be happy to get you (and your colleagues) set up to volunteer either in the neighborhood directly around your school, or your own neighborhood if you live in Jeffco.

Sign up to volunteer here!

BOE Vote on your contract September 2nd

We are hearing through the grapevine that there likely WILL NOT be a unanimous vote in support of your newly negotiated language and raises. We encourage every licensed Jeffco educator to watch their conversation and vote on the 2nd to better understand who’s voting against these improvements and why.

Keep an eye on your email as we get details about whether or not the meeting will be virtual or in person.

Fall bargaining: Secondary class size and caseload

We are gearing up for Fall bargaining!

Your JCEA bargaining team is currently pulling together small groups to tackle some of the unresolved issues from the last bargaining season. We wanted more time to do some deep dives into a few specific articles that will require some out of the box thinking and creative problem solving. Topics for this fall include: academic freedom, time management, class size/caseload, compensation, SPED and leaves.

We are reaching out to our article bargainers who signed up last season and are hoping to add new voices in this endeavor. You do not need to have any previous bargaining experience – your professional expertise, experience and ideas are what we need.

To that end, it’s time to take on Article 8 – Class Size, Caseloads and Time Management.

Specifically, this group will be discussing Class Sizes and Time Management at the Secondary level. There is a separate group looking at class sizes at the Elementary level.

We are going to look at the optimal class size at the secondary level as well as how secondary instructional days could be organized for the benefit of educators as well as students. This is a great opportunity for us to let management know how class size affects a teacher’s ability to provide quality instruction to our students and our students ability to learn. If you are interested, please click on the link below and fill out the google form. You can either share a story with us or request to join the small fall bargaining group. It will not be a large group (perhaps 3 members with 2-3 district personnel) so I will reach out about process, meeting times and composition of the group when I have more information.  Thanks for your consideration!

Dale Munholland, JCEA Vice President and bargaining team member

Sign up or share your story about secondary class size/caseload HERE.

Calling all JCEA ARs and AACs – August AR Council on the 24th

We’ve got a busy fall ahead and will be holding a special August council. As of today we are planning to meet in person at the JCEA office in Lakewood. Everyone attending is being asked to plan to bring and wear a mask regardless of your vaccination status. We are doing our best to slow the spread of COVID-19 to support students and each other.