June 7, 2020
NEWSETTE
Information is Power
Inside this Newsette:

  • Black Lives Matter in Prince George's County
  • Open Enrollment for Benefits
  • Opportunity to Learn Campaign
  • Scholarship Deadline Extended to June
  • Coronaviurs Updates
  • Tell Us Your Story
  • Join a committee
Black Lives Matter in Prince George's County
Dear PGCEA,

On, Monday evening, June 1, 2020 at the monthly Representative Assembly of the Prince George’s Dr. Monica Goldson visited and heard your concerns regarding school closure, summer plans, and reopening in the fall. There was much to be discussed and the answers were as clear as she could make because of the pandemic. She announced the days that members would be allowed in schools and she was clear that no one was mandated to go into school if their were not medically able. If you cannot retrieve your belongings, please alert your administrator. The full audio is on our COVID 19 page.

The Representative Assembly also passed the PGCEA budget for Fiscal year 2020-21 and also unanimously passed a motion to send $1,000 to the National Black Lives Matter Organization.
On Saturday June 6, 2020 over 200 PGCEA Members met at National Harbor for the #BLMinPG March and Rally. The rally began as a twitter post of a Mya Pierce Crossland High School graduate and now a junior at Clarke Atlanta. Kyndal McDonald a Spellman Junior along with seven other young ladies made a twitter post a reality. It grew to a rally at the Harbor, elected officials, labor leaders, and community members from the County. PGCEA was well represented and special thanks to Robin McNair who set up our table, Zena Whitworth who was the official shuttle driver, Kareem Bailey who decorated the van and loaded and unloaded supplies.  Members arrived at PGCEA and made signs and caravaned to the Harbor. There were approximately 2,000 people in attendance. There are lots of pictures on our Facebook Page.  

NEA SUMMER OF SOCIAL JUSTICE SERIES 
Given the changes to the 2020 Representative Assembly and pre-RA events and conferences, NEA will not be hosting the Conference on Racial and Social Justice this year. Rather than re-create the conference virtually, the Center for Social Justice will instead host the Summer of Justice Series, which will share racial and social justice content and engagement across the summer, grounded in the same goals of the conference. Please read more about the Summer of Justice Series by clicking here .

1. MSEA VIRTUAL SUMMER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
At SLC 2020 (July 14 & 15), we're takin' it new school, very new school - VIRTUAL! Our first virtual Summer Leadership Conference will explore our rich union history—the foundation of the exciting new union movement of the past several years. Each of this year’s SLC workshops will reflect on how school closures and the continuing coronavirus crisis impact public education and MSEA’s agenda. 

Through two T(Ed)Talks, core trainings, electives, and discussions attendees will discover the issues and skills that make the new union movement relevant and successful and, importantly, how we can respond with a united strategy, intelligence, and compassion to these difficult times.  

Click here to register, view updated course descriptions, and the agenda. Registration is open from now until June 26. Space is limited by course to ensure interactivity despite the virtual setting.

*Please note: There is NO cost for this conference.
  

In Solidarity,

Theresa Mitchell Dudley


CALL TO ACTION:
Demand That Every Student Has the
Opportunity to Learn

Greetings!
 
All children deserve the opportunity to learn. In the wake of COVID-19, schools nationwide have closed their doors abruptly in a desperate attempt to curb exposure. This was a necessary step in the interest of public health, but the unintended consequence is finally highlighting the divide between those who have and those who don’t among our students and educators. 
 
Online learning is only possible for children who have access to a safe and quiet space, a computer, and reliable internet. The same applies for educators who need to teach. Not all home environments are able to transform immediately into learning environments.
 
There is a simple step that would help get students back on track: Free access to the internet. 
 
And it’s within reach. Internet service providers are stepping up all over the country to help get our students and teachers back online and they should do the same in Prince George’s County. You can help us. 

As we enter Teacher Appreciation Week, we want you to know that we see you. Educators like you have gone to extraordinary lengths to adapt lessons and develop a curriculum based entirely in e-learning, but we lack a foundation that can only be provided through the support of government and private corporations; namely, no-cost reliable access to the internet. 
 
Sign our petition to the CEOs of Comcast and Verizon and to our state and federal legislators to immediately and publicly show your support. Demand free internet access to all of Prince George’s County students and educators because it is the right thing to do. If students have public education for free; they should also have internet access for free. 
 
Our voices together will get our kids learning again. We hope you will join us in this movement! 

Sincerely,

Theresa Mitchell Dudley
President
Prince George’s County Educators’ Association


Scholarship Application Deadline Extended To
June, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID 19) Updates
*PGCEA Offices will be closed March 16-TBD. Should you need help staff is available by phone 301-736-2700 and email at contacts@pgcea.org  


BLUEPRINT FOR EXCELLENCE VETOED BY GOVERNOR 
Please write your state legislators at this link. They must override this veto.  https://netdonor.net/page/60426/action/1?fbclid=IwAR1BqkSVa_0vb9thPYJ2Z7PGOAFBXQ6JC0UFwnso3-9TZFATrRZ471l3B1E


KARAOKE ZOOM HAPPY HOUR FRIDAY
We are all missing the comradery of Friday Happy Hours. After a successful Karaoke Happy Hour last Friday, we are going to do virtual Happy Hour every Friday at 4:30! If you are interested in singing pick a song and get ready. You can have others on with you. You can also ask questions during song breaks. It is best if you prepare ahead of time and pull up your song in advance so you can share it on screen.  

STAY HOME STAY SAFE 
After 8 weeks of being home, and four weeks of Distance Learning under our belts, we are seeing positive lessons and how we must be vigilant about working conditions. With Dr. Salmon’s closing schools May 6 for the remainder of the year, it raises more questions on the last day, end of distance learning, summer school, and access to retrieve belongings. Many concerns will not be answered until after the Board of Educations meeting on Thursday, May 14. The two most important things are first our negotiated agreement is still in place and two please refer to the Distance Learning Plan (DLP) to verify your responsibilities.
As this is an emergency, we are regularly meeting with the Administration to suggest improvements and to share successes. If you have a question please check our Fact Sheet on our COVID-19 page first and ask your administrator for clarification. 
If you still are unsure, please feel free to email  contacts@pgce.org  or call 301-736-2700 for clarification between 9 AM and 5 PM.

Tell Us Your Story
We have a request from Clinton Smith, Ed.D who Chairs, the NEA Caucus for Educators of Exceptional Children. Please provide your authentic stories.

NEA is trying to collect stories about what is happening on the ground in our school districts as distance/remote learning and IDEA procedural safeguards and timelines remain in place during the COVID19 pandemic. What problems have you had with IDEA flexibility and timelines? Are you able to adequately provide services to your students? What are your barriers? What are your successes? What type of assistance and relief is needed? What resources do you need?
Please go to this link and share your stories! Your stories will be incredibly helpful as NEA lobbies for education policy and funding requests at the federal level.

PGCEA Distance Learning FAQs

The following answers to frequently asked questions from PGCEA members are based on the current Negotiated Agreement, the PGCPS Teacher/School Staff Distance Learning Guide and responses to PGCEA from the CEO and other school system leaders. Due to the existing Covid-19 health emergency and a continually evolving situation this document may be updated as needed.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
All PGCEA Events are Canceled
Until Further Notice

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