8/28/2020 – Our fight for steps and levels continues! Save the next bargaining dates!

What feels powerful to you?

On September 3rd, JCEA is headed to the Jeffco school board with a petition asking that they commit to investing in educator compensation.

What message will we send when we get there?

So far about 1,400 Jeffco educators have signed on in support – we are off to a great start, but the reality is, it’s going to take a super majority of Jeffco educators supporting this work to compel district leadership to take action. If you haven’t already, it’s time to use all of your tools to outreach your colleagues – JCEA members and non-members to ask them to join us.

How would it feel to present thousands and thousands of signatures on September 3rd?

Text. Email. Share on social media. Host a virtual JCEA stand up meeting. Pick up the phone – we’ve done our part to make it easy to access and share, but we need your support to clearly illustrate that this issue is important. Important enough that people are willing to take action.


Remote learning and professional development

Elizabeth Morgan, chair of the JCEA professional practices team is making plans for additional remote learning PD for JCEA members. In addition to building a curated list of resources, she is also working with other JCEA members to develop workshops. If you are interested in supporting this work – sign up! If you have great resources to share – sign up!

We have brilliant members, if you have found something that has been helpful to you, chances are it will help someone else too!


CEA, your state wide local is offering remote PD too!

At CEA COpilot, we’re still offering you a buy one, get one half off sale! When you enroll in any COpilot class, you can take half off a second, one-credit class! To take advantage of this discount, simply type the coupon code BOGO into your cart to receive half off the one credit class you’ve selected. So, as you’re looking through the Fall 2020 Course Catalog, make sure to find at a one-credit class you want to take and pair it with any other class to get some serious savings! This offer ends on August 31, so don’t wait to find classes that will work for you.

Something important happened
in the Labor Movement this week.

A modern day strike for Black Lives.















The WNBA Made the NBA Strike Possible
The women players have long held the moral center of basketball. They still do.https://slate.com/culture/2020/08/wnba-activism-nba-strike-influence-jacob-blake.html

Leverage Is Everything
The striking NBA players have inherent power, but so do you.

The NBA Strike Is Jarring. That’s the Point.

September 3rd – Show your JCEA pride, let’s turn Jeffco into a sea of JCEA blue!

Celebrating one of our own
2020 Earth Science Teacher of the Year Awards

Two Colorado science teachers are recipients of the Earth Science Teacher of the Year Award given by The Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists (RMAG) and the RMAG Foundation. The awardees are Matt Thomas, science teacher at Alameda International High School in Lakewood and Merideth Sparks, science teacher at Craver Middle School in Colorado City.

Matt Thomas earned a Bachelor’s in General Science and Earth Science and a Master’s in Secondary Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education. He utilizes the excellent geology available in Colorado to get his students outside and learn about geology through experience was well as classroom studies augmented with web-based/digital experiences. He also exposes them to the next steps in their geology education and geology careers through the Mining for Talent program, a partnership between Jefferson County Public Schools and Colorado School of Mines. He has been teaching for 22 years.

Matt says: “Receiving this award is a great honor. Being my first ever teaching award, it feels amazing to be acknowledged by colleagues and industry professionals for something that I have been passionate about for the past 20 years. I am excited to see how many more doors open to help my students and myself with more experiential and hands-on learning in the geosciences at Alameda International.”

Andrea Sabadosh, assistant principal at Alameda High, said, “The Alameda International family is proud to have Matt Thomas as a member of our teaching community. His love of the Earth, the science that makes it thrive and teaching to develop that love in his students is evident in everything he does. He has a tremendous spirit, and it is infused in every lesson he teaches! We cannot think of a more deserving educator to receive this honor.”

MOU Covid-19 committee

One of our goals during MOU bargaining was to secure an ongoing committee if you are interested in being a part of this committee please apply. We will continue to provide details as we confirm them.

District Collaborative Monitoring Committee: COVID-19, School, and Learning
As Jeffco Public Schools begins the 2020-21 school year under the spectrum of COVID-19 in which learning conditions appear very differently, the District and interim superintendent will create a collaborative committee to monitor conditions in our community and schools. This committee will be tasked with making data-informed consensus recommendations to the interim superintendent for consideration of adjustment to the District’s educational delivery plans or working conditions.

The committee will include members of our invested partner associations, our community (parents and citizens), and district administrators. If you are interested, please read more on the application and complete by September 3, 2020.


Compensation bargaining – save these dates!

Thursday September 10th 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monday September 14th 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tell us how your class sizes are going?


Upcoming Dates to remember:

o   Jeffco board of education meeting: September  3rd  5:00 pm via live stream

o   JCEA ACTION DATES: Petition/Day of action September 3rd all day online and in person!

o  JCEA AR Council: Tuesday September 8th 5:00 pm via zoom

o   EMOAT (Ethnic Minority Outreach Action Team) Wednesday September 9th – additional information and listening tour dates to be announced soon!

o   BARGAINING DATES: September 10th & 14th 5:00 pm- 9:00 pm via live stream

o   AR 101 training for new ARs (and any AR who wants to join) September 16th

o   PPAT (Professional Practices Action Team) meeting September 17th 4:00 pm via zoom

o   AR KICK OFF for all ARs September 29th  5:00-7:00 pm via zoom

o   All Member Meeting: September 22nd 4:30 pm via zoom

o   COAT (Community Outreach Action Team) September 30th @ 4:30 pm via zoom