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Stay Interviews

KEA has heard concerns regarding the Stay Interview process.  At this time, it does not appear that the district is interested in hiring a third party to conduct the interviews. However, several members have voiced that they are not comfortable speaking with HR about job related issues. In response, KEA leadership will be having one-on-one  conversations with members who wish to give feedback regarding why they have chosen to stay in Kent. Members will also have the opportunity to share any other concerns they may have. This information will then be share with the district. Doing it this way, will ensure anonymity while providing an opportunity for your voice to be heard. 

We will begin school visits next month and continue throughout the school year. Building reps will be notified when we plan to visit your school. 
KEA Teachers Rock!
3rd Annual Leavenworth Day Trip

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Join your KEA Family for our 3rd Annual Leavenworth Day Trip!

Lot's of fun and festivities abound. Each year we have a great time and look forward to doing so again with you this year!

Saturday, December 15th @ 9 am
KEA Office- 10427 SE 244th Street Kent WA 98030

We will leave KEA at 9 am and head to Leavenworth on a Beeline Tour Bus. We plan to arrive in Leavenworth by noon and spend the day there. There will be a  Tree Lighting Event at 4:30. The bus will leave Leavenworth at 6 pm and head back to KEA. 

The cost is only $25 per seat. Each member can purchase up to 2 tickets. If space allows after the payment deadline of December 7th, you can purchase more tickets. Seats are only confirmed when payment is received. 

Professional Development Opportunity:
Understanding Implicit Bias & Ourselves 

This summer, WEA offered a "train the trainers" course on an Implicit Bias curriculum developed by the Diamond Law training staff. KEA is offering this course beginning with the introductory session which explores the science behind implicit bias; and how individuals carry this bias each day. This course builds on years of study and tests conducted by Harvard University's "Project Implicit." This first session will also explore how implicit bias and microaggressions impact those around us regardless of the intent. Follow up topics will be more specifically focused on issues of race, ability, gender, and LGBTQ status.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
KEA Office- 10427 SE 244th St. 

Whether you sign up for the session or not, please check out "Project Implicit" and take a few of the implicit bias assessments. 
This research-based course for educators explores issues of implicit bias based upon race, ethnicity and LGBTQ status through an analysis of "microaggressions" and "micro-insults."

Course Objectives:
  • Explore issues of implicit bias and microaggressions
  • Develop an understanding of [1] how our beliefs, values, and experiences inform one's implicit biases and [2] how our implicit biases and behaviors impact others (students, colleagues, families, etc.)
  • Learn about additional implicit bias resources for educators
Assault Protocols

The Human Resources Department has been forwarding the assault information to KEA daily. The data has been alarming. While we were aware that assaults were occurring, we had no idea to what degree and the frequency of such assaults. We are receiving information upwards from three to seven times a day. These reports show that teachers have been hit, punched, kicked, stabbed, or hit by objects repeatedly. KEA is addressing these issues with the district. It is KEA's stance that all students and staff should be in a safe environment while working at KSD.
California Casualty Wants You to Win! 

We've seen your remarkable dedication firsthand and we're proud to show our appreciation. So we'd like to help you transform your school lounge to extraordinary.

Create a cheerful, restful environment where you can collaborate with colleagues, nurture your creativity, or just plain catch your breath. 

Upcoming Events
November 27
PGP Training

November 28
WEA Financial Education Series

December 4
Implicit Bias Workshop

December 6
Executive Board Meeting

December 13
Rep Council Meeting

December 15
KEA Teachers Rock: Leavenworth Day Trip

December 19-Jan 1
Winter Break- Enjoy :)

KEA Office will be closed for Winter Break:
December 21-January 1

KEA Classifieds
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If you are interested in posting a listing here for FREE, please contact Regina Redmond. 

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