November 24, 2019
PGCEA NEWSETTE
Information is Power
New Video On Changes Coming To Your School

 Prince George’s County Six Pillars of Community Schools 
Prince George's County Community Schools:
A community school is a community hub — both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Community schools offer a personalized curriculum that emphasizes real-world learning and community problem-solving. Schools become centers of the community and are open to everyone — all day, every day, evenings and weekends.



Looking Back at The Think Pink Wellness Fair

Members came together to celebrate cancer survivors and those currently fighting. The event promoted health and wellness and reminded those currently fighting and those who have fought and won, exactly how strong and resilient they are.

The 1 st Submission Tuition Reimbursement”
Submission for PGCEA only
 
Pursuant to the PGCEA Negotiated Agreement, PGCEA employees that have completed qualified coursework are eligible to apply for tuition reimbursement. Applications and payments will be processed online in the order in which they are received until all funds are depleted.
 
You may submit your request through the online tuition reimbursement platform beginning at 5:00 a.m. on Monday, December 2 through Friday, December 6, 2019, at 11:59 p.m., by clicking here . The electronic submission reimbursement forms can also be found on the staff portal under the “Applications” tab by clicking on “Tuition Reimbursement Requests (PGCEA, ASASP, Local 2250)”.
 
Only courses that were taken between
July 1, 2019 - October 31, 2019
 are eligible for reimbursement.
 
Eligible employees must submit a complete application via electronic submission to the
online tuition reimbursement platform no later than Friday, December 6, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. 
(hand-delivered, faxed or emailed documents will not be accepted).
 
In preparation for electronic submission, secure the following required documentation in PDF format:
·          Copy of Official transcript(s);and
·          Proof of payment for each college credit/course indicating payment type; and
·          Proof of the exact date the course ended.
 
Frequently Asked Questions can be found by clicking here .
 
A Quick Guide to the online submission process can be found by clicking here
Become a Tutor for the PRAXIS
 
MSEA’S PRAXIS CORE PREP THE MPCP TUTOR PROGRAM

A more diverse profession has a positive impact on graduation rates, college readiness, exclusionary discipline referrals, and much more. As Maryland’s student population grows increasingly diverse, research has shown that it’s more important than ever for students to have teachers who reflect that diversity. MSEA is committed to improving the numbers of educators of color in Maryland’s schools. Over the next three years, MSEA’s Praxis Core Prep program will train and help hundreds of future educators of color to succeed on the Praxis Core, including Aspiring Educators in MSEA’s college-based membership program, education support professionals, and conditionally certificated teachers. We’re currently looking for tutors! Let us know you’re interested at bit.ly/praxispreptutor .

Praxis Core Prep—Frequently Asked Questions: How does MSEA train the MPCP tutors? Are tutors compensated? MSEA provides trainings on the updated Praxis Core as well as available resources to focus on the needs of the MPCP participants. The program offers compensation for time and mileage. For more information, visit bit.ly/praxispreptutor . What does an MPCP tutor do?

* Provides overviews of the Praxis Core in group sessions

* Provides 1:1 tutoring in the reading, writing, math Praxis Core sections

* Provides ongoing support for future teachers

You can join the growing movement in Maryland working to support future educators of color and diversify the teaching profession! Visit bit.ly/praxispreptutor for more information and to sign up. MSEA’S PRAXIS CORE PREP THE MPCP TUTOR PROGRAM diversify the teaching profession! Visit bit.ly/praxispreptutor for more information and to sign up.
Rep Council Meeting
WHEN: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2019

WHERE: PGCEA CENTER
8008 MARLBORO PIKE
FORESTVILLE, MD

TIME: 4:30 PM
Self Care 101

PGCEA Center
WHEN:  TUESDAY,  DECEMBER 3 , 2019
WHERE:  8008 MARLBORO PIKE
FORESTVILLE, MD 20747
TIME:    5:00 PM
Trauma Informed Workshop
WHEN: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2019

WHERE: PGCEA CENTER
8008 MARLBORO PIKE
FORESTVILLE, MD

TIME: 4:45 PM
Bylaws Committee Meeting

Bylaws Committee meeting. Date December 2, 2019 @4:30 pm at the PGCEA Center


Social Committee Meeting

Social Committee meeting will be Wednesday December 4, 2019 @4:30 pm at the PGCEA Center

email jharris@pgcea.org to RSVP


Are you in PTA or PTO?
Help us to identify people who are involved in Parent Teacher Associations and Organizations. Complete this brief form .
 


DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION & ESSAY CONTEST
WHAT: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

WHERE: Kingsford Elementary School
1401 Enterprise Rd, Woodmore, MD 20721

WHEN: Thursday, January 17th 
4:30 PM
On Thursday, January 17th at 4:30 pm at Kingsford Elementary School in Woodmore, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay and Poster contest winners will celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The contest is open to all Prince George’s County Public School students in grades three through twelve (3rd-12th). 

The contestants will write their essays on the following topic:

Essay: How would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lead a civil rights movement to humanize the Immigration crisis in the United States of America.
Art: Choose a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. Speeches and bring it to life. (The quote must be written on the poster) Applications need to go out by October 15, 2019. Deadline is December 15th 2019.
Venue: Kingsford Elementary School Time:6:30 pm
Prizes will be for 1st, 2nd , 3rd places.




What to do if you are accused of abusing a student?
Here is a document for your reference should you or a colleague be accused of abusing a student.

Here is a second document that explains what being placed on administrative leave means.
 


Assault Leave
What is Assault Leave:
PGCEA/Unit I Members “may be entitled to receive paid leave time for employees for an assault occurring within the scope of employment. Employees of the Board of Education of Prince George’s County whose absence is due to a physical disability resulting from an unprovoked assault occurring within the scope of their employment, may be entitled to full pay status, instead of sick leave or Sick Leave Bank participation, provided they comply with all of the procedures cited hereafter.”
https://www.pgcps.org/risk-management/cards/Disability-and-Assault-Leave-(For-Employees)/ 

If you are assaulted while working by a student, parent, etc., you can apply for Assault Leave. In addition to contacting your principal or immediate supervisor immediately, please be certain to do the following:

• File a Workers Compensation Claim by contacting the Injured Employee Hotline / 1-800-774-2447 prior to seeking medical attention (if possible). Be certain to obtain a Workers Comp Claim Number.
• Seek medical attention within twenty-four (24) hours of the incident. Be certain to report it as a Workers Comp Injury and provide the Workers Comp Claim Number during intake.
• Complete a Security Incident Report Form (available at your school).
• Complete the Request for Assault Leave Form (available at your school). You have the option of stating “See Security Incident Report Form” in the fields that ask for duplicate information.
• Ensure the initial report of injury or physician’s statement has been sent to Risk Management/Workers Compensation (this will be done when you provide the Workers Comp Claim number when seeking medical attention).

When complete, submit the forms to your school for processing. The Assault Leave Administrative Procedure has changed, and it is no longer required to contact a law enforcement agency and file a complaint or warrant against the accused. If you have questions after completing these steps, please feel free to contact PGCEA and ask for a UniServ Director, and someone will provide assistance.


GET INVOLVED
JOIN A COMMITTEE

This school year will be great for educators, students and communities but only with your support. The union is only great when you are involved. Take a moment to let us know what committees you are potentially interested in joining or share this quick survey with a colleague.



Prince George’s County Six Pillars of Community Schools 
Prince George's County Community Schools:
A community school is a community hub — both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Community schools offer a personalized curriculum that emphasizes real-world learning and community problem-solving. Schools become centers of the community and are open to everyone — all day, every day, evenings and weekends.
Educator Tips and Tools

In a prior article I noted that the holiday season with one flowing into the other can be a stressful time for students and adults  

Being mindful that there are triggers that can bring positive and negative response; particularly as regards behavior/reactions; this is true for both students and adults.

Repeat:  Emotions predicated on past or present situations ( trauma) can cause behavior of students to manifest in some cases to shut-down/deep introvert actions to full on physical aggression; we must be mindful in how we can be constructive in our dialogue and engagement

Our emotional triggers just as values can be honed early in the life passage and what can surface them and cause reaction can sometimes surprise.

For some there are holiday sights, sounds and smells that cause fond memories and stir us to activity and festivities for others these same things have less fond or positive connotation and stir trauma, recoil, or hostility even unto aggression.


“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”– Oprah Winfrey




Know Your Contract

We are excited to have a new contract, be sure that you know what the contract says:

Article 17.E1. – Authorized Leaves With Pay
Bereavement Leave: Unit 1 member shall be allowed four (4) work days of absence from school without loss of salary for those immediate family members or anyone who has lived regularly in the household of the unit member. One of the four (4) days must be the day of the observance, except when it is held on a weekend or a holiday. On the death of an aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew, Unit I members shall be allowed two work days of absence from work without loss of salary. Proof of death and/or relationship may be required if, in the opinion of the immediate supervisor, the Unit I member has abused the privilege
Get involved! Join a committee.