WELCOME
BACK TO SCHOOL
Welcome back! 2019-20 will bring great changes due the historic victory with our bargaining for the Common Good negotiations and our new CEO. we are excited to continue to use our teacher voices for our students, their families, and the community. The activism that brought us the new contract, changes to the evaluation system, and a community schools’ policy must continue as we address key issues. Join us this Labor Day as we March in the Greenbelt labor Day Parade as we continue the Red for ED movement!

This year we are prepared to address the changes to our schools that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), The Blue Print for Excellence, and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Certification Standards recommendations will have on our profession. In 2015 Congress passed ESSA to replace the No Child Left behind Act. Over the past 4 years the Federal Department of Education and MSDE have been framing the guidelines for implementation. 

PGCEA and MSEA have been monitoring the implementation and are ready to now continue the work of how we implement changes beyond complying with guidelines to improve our schools for the next 20 years. Vigilance will be the key. Every school in PGCPS will be affected by the Blue Print for Excellence bill passed by the General Assembly this year. The bill establishes Community Schools funding, Cost of Living Increases, and much more. We are asking you to join us in our continued campaign to have the General Assembly fully fund the Kirwan Commission recommendations that have begun with the Blue Print.

Author Beatrice Berry says, “When you walk in purpose you collide with your destiny.” You are our children’s destiny in public education. If you need to reach PGCEA, via email contacts@pgcea.org, phone 240.492.3352, or stop by our office at 8008 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747. Let’s use our Educator Voices to transform our schools this year!

Keep Loving the Children,


Theresa Mitchell Dudley
President
NEA Convention Recap
CHECK OUT HOW PGCEA PARTICIPATED AT THE 2019 NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION CONVENTION!
PGCEA President Theresa Mitchell Dudley and members stood in support of our conditional teachers and the need to address alternative pathways to certification. NEA passed a new business item to survey all of the states to assess alternative programs. We will be back to address the needs once the survey is completed. 

MSEA DELEGATION to the NEA Representative Assembly in Houston
PGCEA DELEGATION to the NEA REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY! RED FOR ED! #TEAMPGCEA
UNION SUMMER
This summer many of our educators have been hard at work. They have been out knocking on doors, making phone calls and organizing educators to ensure that no one misses out on the benefits of being a member of PGCEA. Teachers have showed up to donate supplies for first year teachers and new the county educators. We are all excited to give them a warm PGCEA welcome and ensure that they have all the tools needed to serve our children.
President Theresa Mitchell Dudley speaks with educators about the importance of welcoming first year educators and being a resource for them.
Members are excited for the start of a new year with a new contract!
Union Summer
Educators prepare welcome packets for the new teacher orientation.
Your Union Update: Closing Out School Year 2018-19
Take a look at a short recap of some of our victories from last year. All of this work is only possible because of your commitment to fighting for great schools for all of our children.

CIVIC ACADEMY: Community Schools Roll Out
We partnered with the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools to hold a Civic Academy on the new community schools that will be coming to the district. Ensuring that teachers, parents, and community are prepared for changes to come.

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.
Teacher Tips and Tools
If you have set your personal and professional goals, take time to review what you want to accomplish or improve at the start of the school year.

Don’t forget to think about yourself; you matter so also take the time to reflect on your health and staying healthy or changing a habit or two to a healthier you.

Be prepared for the first day of school with students; organize your room and resources; remember you’re the professional educator in charge.

If you are new to the system, and still have some pressing concerns or questions ask; don’t stress.

Look for the PGCEA Building Representative at your school or contact the Association Office to speak to your UniServ Director.

" There is an old saying that the course of civilization is a race between catastrophe and education. In a democracy such as ours, we must make sure that education wins the race." --John F. Kennedy
Know Your Contract
We are excited to have a new contract, With salary increases many of you should begin to see the changes beginning July 1, 2019.
ARTICLE 6 - WORK YEAR/WORK DAY
a. 6.1 A: During the duration of this agreement two (2) full duty days preceding the first student day and one (1) duty day at the end of the school year shall be scheduled by the principal exclusively for Unit I members to work in their classrooms or other assigned work location independently to prepare for the opening and closing of the school year. If adjustments to the PGCPS Calendar result in only one non-instructional day remaining at the end of the year, that day will be scheduled for Unit I members to work in their classrooms while also completing the required checkout procedures for their school/work location.
PGCEA Health and Fitness
Reminder! Sick Leave Bank Open Enrollment is underway and will end on September 30 th . Click here to access the application.   Please submit your completed form to sickleavebank@pgcea.org .

Questions? Contact: Melissa Robinson, 240-492-3360
Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools
Protecting our public schools is our responsibility. As such, we have joined a coalition of individuals and organizations committed to improving our schools. To find out more about the nine uniting principles click below.
Need Supplies?
Imagine a classroom. What do you see? The walls are decorated to create a welcoming learning environment. The teacher is drawing on the board with chalk. Students are writing in notebooks with pencils, or using hands-on tools to understand math, or looking through magnifying glasses to learn science. here.
What is ESSA?
The Every Student Succeeds Act, also known as ESSA, is the new federal education law, signed by President Barack Obama in December 2015. For 14 long years, students and educators lived under the deeply flawed No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. ESSA returns decision-making to where it belongs: in the hands of local educators, parents, and communities.

Three members of PGCEA participated in the re-authorization of ESSA and are looking for educator leaders to serve on the school based committees to represent PGCEA.

If you are interested CLICK HERE .
Albert Barnes
Suzanne Windsor
WELCOME NEW BOARD MEMBERS!

This summer the union held elections and is bringing on two new board members. Join us in welcoming Albert Barnes, an eighth grade math teacher, and Susan Windsor, a teacher at DuVal High School.
Open House and Education Bazaar
Friday, August 23, 2019
3:00 PM
PGCEA Center
8008 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
Back 2 School Worship Experience: Educators and the Power of Your Purpose
Sunday,September 1, 2019
10:00 AM
Turner Memorial AME
555 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt, MD 20770
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Labor Day Parade and Cookout
Monday,September 2, 2019
8:00 AM
Buddy Attick Park
555 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt, MD 20770
Rep Training on New Contract
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
4:30 PM- 7:00 PM
PGCEA Center
8008 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
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Evaluation Work Session 1
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
4:30 PM- 7:00 PM
PGCEA Center
8008 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
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Get involved! Join a committee.
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