Keeping UP

There is a LOT of information out there, and it can be quite a task to sift through all of it.  It comes down to what is important to YOU.

We are Educators, and our jobs have changed so much in the last few years that we have so much more on our plate than ever before!  Besides dealing with new state requirements for evaluation, attempting to implement common core, we are also encouraged to incorporate as much technology as possible into our lessons!

To keep up with what is happening in our profession – your first stop should be the OEA website — it’s all there, Common Core, Evaluation, Legislative update.  Our leaders have put together a comprehensive site and it allow us to make informed decisions, and to know what issues need our immediate attention.

 

I will keep posting information on this website to help you with the ChromeBook rollout! Check out the Google & Chrome Training Page.  Once you have started implementing some technology – send me information about what is working for you, and NOT working – by accessing the “What are YOU doing …” page   and filling out the form

Fraternally yours – Sierra Polsinelli, Webmaster

 

Resource Submission

Have you found a great resource on the Web to help integrate Chromebooks into the Classroom? Have you found a great training resource to help get everyone up to speed -- send me the info!
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We Are Ohio Rally in Medina

The following content is from the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association Website — it says it all! Come to the Rally!

 

The REAL State of the State: Brought to you by Ohio workers

Governor Kasich’s “Ohio Miracle” is turning into an “Ohio nightmare” for many working families, especially those in public service.  That’s why OCSEA and other labor, faith and community organizations are rallying in Medina to show Governor Kasich the REAL State of Ohio.

Please join us before the Governor gives his State of the State. Help send the message that we’re NOT better off than we were four years ago thanks to this administration’s policies that are downsizing state government and privatizing our services.

Governor Kasich said his first priority was jobs. Well, our jobs are jobs, too. Not only was Ohio 45th in job creation last year, but under this administration more state jobs have been lost than under any administration in 30 years!!

Just in the last three years a prison was sold outright to a private vendor for the first time in history; dozens of local tax and ODJFS offices closed; 80 Gallipolis Developmental Center employees were laid off; Youth facilities shuttered, locking many out of jobs and Corrections food service was privatized displacing 500 state workers!

Come help us tell the Governor: Enough is enough. We need an economy that works for everyone and public services that can sustain Ohio’s economic recovery.

WHAT: Rally for the REAL State of Ohio
WHEN: Feb. 24 from 5-7 p.m.
WHERE: outside the Medina Performing Arts Center, 851 Weymouth Road, Medina, OH 44256.

 

The Real State of the State FLYER

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February Update #2

Members~

Several things to update you on since our contract is now in full effect…

 

  1. Payroll (Deb Armbruster) is working on printing revised salary contracts, including those teachers who earned continuing contract or additional course credit and will move a “column” on the new salary schedule. She is also working on updating Supplemental Salary contracts and has a partial list ready for BOE approval. I’ve attached the lists that the BOE is expected to approve at their Monday, Feb. 24 meeting. The remaining Supplemental Salary contracts will be revised in the coming weeks, hopefully in time for March 7 payroll.
  2.  GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING – Wed, March 5 @ 4p in LGIR – for the purpose of additional contract articles that need presented & voted (if ratified, they will become part of this bargaining agreement), CEA Constitution/Bylaws discussion, Election Nominations, Ohio legislative items.

 

After much discussion with Administration, Spring OAAs will be administered in Chardon beginning April 28 to allow time for teachers and students to return from spring break and prep. Thank you for being a part of the dialogue in making this happen!

 

Mrs. Tammy Segulin

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February Update

Members~
Some items to update you on…
  1. BOE Meeting – Monday, Feb 10, they will be voting on our tentative agreement as well as Classified’s. Other items on the agenda include an extensive list of updated board policies like open enrollment and health privacy, among others.
  2.  February is Kindness Month at CHS. Gently worn and new shoes and jeans are being collected, culminating with our service day on 2/27.  All events honoring Demetrius, Danny and Russell.
  3.  CEA Exec Mtg - Tues, Feb 11 at CHS Rm 204. If there are any concerns or comments to share, please let your CEA building rep(s) know for their report.  Coming Up:  CEA officers & building rep elections, scholarship selection, Friend of Education selection, Recognition Dinner.  Also be thinking if you’d like to continue or become part of our many committees for next year!
  4.  School calendars for 2014-15 and 15-16 are being finalized with input from Association and Administration. The BOE is expected to vote either later this month or next.
Your unified membership in OEA, NEA and NEOEA give you access to special group discounts at area events like Cavs games, Home & Garden Show, Indians games, etc.  Make the most out of your dues:  www.NEOEA.org
Mrs. Tammy Segulin
CHS Mathematics Department
CEA President
FMP Co-Coordinator
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September Update

Members~
A few items to update you on…
See your CEA Building Rep if you still need a copy of the new Article 11 Teacher Evaluation System and 5.06 Reduction in Force that was ratified last week.  Seniority List(Article 5.06.5) – Early October, you will be asked to review your employment stats on the Seniority list. If there are any discrepancies, you are expected to resolve the issue(s) with the Board. A mutually-agreed upon list will be published by October 31, and will serve as our guide through any reduction in force procedures.

Important deadlines are approaching:
Advancement on the Salary Schedule (Article 6.03.2) – even though there is currently a current freeze of compensation, you are still encouraged to submit official college transcripts taken after your BA/MA degree of courses taken either undergrad/graduate credit. “Official transcripts indicating an increase in hours for advancement on the salary schedule must be received by the Superintendent no later than September 30 for advancement effective first semeester and no later than January 30 for advancement second semester.”
Earning Teacher Continuing Contracts (Article 5.04.2) – “In order to be eligible for recommendation for a continuing contract, a teacher must utilize the following process: A. Provide written notification to the Superintendent of intent to obtain continuing contract status. The notification must be received by September 15 of the year the teacher wishes to be evaluated for continuing contract consideration; B. Provide a copy of the teacher’s professional educator license or eight-year professional certificate [obsolete] by September 1 of the school year immediately subsequent to Board action on the continuing contract; C. Show evidence, by September 1 of the year immediately subsequent to the Board action on the continuing contract, of thirty (30) semester hours or forty-five (45) quarter hours in the field of licensure or an area related to the teaching field in third or fourth year undergraduate or graduate course work since the issuance of the initial Ohio professional license or provisional certificate or if the teacher held a master’s degree at issuance of the initial certificate/license, evidence of six (6) additional semester hours of graduate course work in the field of licensure or an area related to the teaching field. D. Satisfactorily complete a three year probationary period (one year if continuing contract status has already been obtained in another Ohio public school district) as a teacher in the Chardon Local School District.”
Negotiations continued last evening and we have another session slated for next Friday. The new Student Growth Measures Committee has begun their training on the review and approval process for teacher’s SLOs. They will produce a timeline for submission, review, approval, re-submission.
Mrs. Tammy Segulin
CHS Mathematics Department
CEA President
FMP Co-Coordinator
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August Update

Members~
August is full of activity and preparation for the new school year. A few items to update you on…
1]  The Levy Committee (Citizens for Chardon Schools) will have numerous ways for us to be involved in the upcoming levy campaign. Separate communications forthcoming. Visit their Facebook page at Support Chardon Schools. The BOE has voted to place a 5.9 mil levy on the November 2013 ballot. The district 5-year forecast has been distributed over the summer at every board meeting and levy committee meetings.  It is imperative the community learn of the sacrifices we’ve made through the last 7 years, both financially and academically (e.g., eliminating programs, reducing to state minimums, etc.). Take advantage of every opportunity to educate our voters, and be aware of how our actions speak loudly.
2]  Negotiations are underway and the teams will meet face-to-face Aug. 7-8. Our current bargaining agreement has expired and we are now operating under the same terms and conditions. There are significant changes expected in this next agreement. When the teams reach a tentative agreement, the CEA members will arrange to meet in private and vote by secret ballot, per our Elections procedures. We will do our best to make the meeting as convenient as possible to all members, as there are no proxy votes.
3]  The CEA Executive Committee will meet on Thurs, Aug 22 @ 9-11 AM in CHS Rm 204. Invited are elected officers, all building reps, OEA/NEOEA reps, committee chairpersons. A separate letter will be mailed to these individuals.
4]  There are 4 planned professional development days (i.e., waiver days). A committee of teachers and administrators will help guide the structure and agendas of these days.
5]  PLEASE PLEASE double check the status of your FBI criminal background check. Every 5 years this must be done. A page of FAQ about BCI/FBI from the state:
Some of us may overlook this language from the above link:
 
How often do I need to complete background checks for Ohio educator licensure?

Ohio law requires that all individuals must have a baseline BCI and FBI criminal background check at the time they apply for their first Ohio educator license, certificate or permit, and those BCI and FBI background checks must be no older than one year (365 days) at the time they are used for initial licensure.
If an individual then resides continuously in Ohio, he or she does not need to update the BCI background check, but must obtain an updated FBI check once every five years.
If an individual lives outside Ohio at any time during the five years after obtaining a BCI check, then both background checks will need to be updated.
This applies to all individuals holding a state of Ohio educator license, certificate or permit, including a non-tax certificate (no expiration date), a permanent certificate (no expiration date) and an 8-year professional certificate.
It is the responsibility of educators holding ODE licenses, certificates or permits, as well as their employers, to ensure that the law is followed with regard to obtaining required updated background checks within the five year timeframe prescribed by law, even if the expiration of a background check does not always coincide with the expiration of the license.
It is anticipated that, over time, the expiration of licenses and background checks would align, but in cases where they are not aligned, it is still the educator’s responsibility to meet the five year background check requirement in law, regardless of when the educator’s license is actually due to expire. Educators should not allow required criminal background checks to become expired (beyond five years) just because their license is not yet due for renewal.
Folks can check on their status using the below:  
Put in your demographic info then search, click the link, left side BCI/FBI  
This is not inside of LPDC’s purview…I’m just trying to help out.
Dwight Goss, LPDC Chairperson
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