Our SURVEY is closing! Nominations open, Constitutional Amendment, VEBA, Immigration Status Training
2. Nominations open
3. Proposed FWEA Constitutional Amendment and Bylaws Amendment
4. VEBA- what is it?
1. Our BARGAINING SURVEY IS CLOSING TOMORROW! Please check your home email. We need your voice!
2. Another reminder that nominations are open for the FWEA Executive Board, and will close on March 20th. If you would like to nominate someone, please email Tiafwea@aol.com or ask your Association Rep to submit your name. Ballots will be sent to you next week.
The seats that are open for a two year team, except one fulfillment term. This means you will be the stewards of the 7th largest Education Association in the state and are a leader in our association.
The Executive Board meets once per month, and spends time on collective work and passion projects (like Meet-Ups!). As per our Constitution and Bylaws, the seats that are open are:
- Elementary Representative
- Elementary Representative (one year term)
- Middle School Representative
- Special Services and Itinerant Representative
- Special Education Representative
We also have nominations open for the NEA-RA (The National Education Association Representative Assembly.) Delegates travel on behalf of FWEA and WEA to represent our voice in important decisions are public education and association policy. This year's NEA-RA is in Boston, MA from June 30-July 5th.
3. As per our Constitution, any Constitutional amendment needs to be put forth to the membership 10 days prior to voting.
We have a proposed Constitutional amendment and subsequent identical Bylaws amendment that has been submitted on behalf of athletic coaches to create a seat on the Executive Board for an Athletic Coach who is a dues paying FWEA certificated or Education Support Professional member.
Please read this proposed amendment before voting next week. Our FWEA Executive Board recommends "do support".
4. VEBA: Every year FWEA members vote on VEBA, which is the Voluntary Employee Benefits Association. Here is what it means.
5. In these uncertain times, FWEA has partnered with a community organization for an Immigration training for educators on March 24th from 4-7. It's free, and we will have a light meal. Please sign up here
Annually, we hold elections for the FWEA Executive Board and to be a delegate to the National Education Association Representative Assembly. We strive to keep our President's Updates as brief as possible, however as we believe in an informed and empowered membership, this Update will share information about the role and responsibilities for both, and where possible, use excerpts of our Constitution and Bylaws language where these duties and protocols are outlined. You can check out the entire FWEA Constitution and Bylaws here.
All of these positions are exciting leadership opportunities to serve our students and membership. Being on the Board means creating the space for your passions to be supported and cultivated as we continue to build our strong an inclusive Association.
If you'd like to nominate yourself or another FWEA member to the FWEA Executive Board or as a delegate to the NEA-RA please email email@example.com. All nominations close on March 20th at 5pm. E-Ballots will be sent to home/personal emails soon thereafter.
Here you'll find roles and responsibilities for FWEA Executive Board and NEA-RA Delegate:
FWEA Executive Board
We are the 7th largest education association in the state, and we are honored to serve our 1760 ESP and Certificated members. As per our FWEA Constitution and Bylaws, some positions are elected in even-numbered year, some in odd-numbered years. As per our Standard Operating Procedures, these are 2 year terms.
Current FWEA Executive Board seats up for election:
1) Elementary Representative
2) Elementary Representative *one year term; special election
3) Middle School Representative
4) Itinerant and Special Services Representative (represents Nurses, PE Specialists, Itinerant Music Teachers, Librarians, Counselors, GATE and other itinerant educators)
5) Special Education Representative (represents PTs, OTs, Adaptive PE, Speech Therapists, Mobility and Vision Specialists, Psychologists, and Special Education educators)
As per Article VII of the Constitution:
Section 1: One elementary representative, one middle school representative, one itinerant & special services representative, and one special education representative elected in odd numbered years.
Section 2: The FWEA Executive Board shall be the body through which the general administrative and executive functions of the Association shall be carried out.
Section 5: Vacancies on the Executive Board shall be filled as follows: a) if six (6) months or more remain in the term, then by special election; b) if the special election is uncontested, the Representative Assembly shall be allowed to fill the vacancy by acclamation; and c) if less than six (6) months remains, then by appointment of the Executive Board.
Duties of the Executive Board:
The responsibilities of this leadership role are outlined below, as per our Bylaws. You should also know that we meet once per month, and communicate frequently through text/email/phone. Executive Board members are also required to attend and be part of leading the Association Representatives Meeting, which is once per month. There are many exciting
Article VI—Duties of the Executive Board
Section 1. Between meetings of the Association Representative Assembly, the Executive Board shall conduct and manage the affairs and business of the Association, including interpretation of the Constitution and Bylaws.
Section 2. The Executive Board shall see that the budget is prepared and submitted for approval by the Association Representative Assembly.
Section 3. The Executive Board shall implement motions and resolutions approved by the Membership and/or Association Representative Assembly and put into operation other measures consistent with the Constitution, Bylaws, and Standard 1Operating Procedures of the Association.
Section 4. The Executive Board shall approve the appointment and discharge of all standing and special committees.
Section 5. Authorize the execution of contracts and other agreements necessary to conduct the business of the Association.
Section 6. With the approval of the Association Representative Assembly, authorize 168 expenditures and/or transfer of funds for any purpose not contained in the budget or set forth in the Standard Operating Procedures.
Section 7. Arrange for the training of Association Representatives.
Section 8. Attend meetings of the Association Representative Assembly as non-voting members.
Section 9. Serve as liaison with designated school sites and Association Representatives.
National Education Association Representative Assembly
This exciting honor means you'll be participating in the largest democratic assembly in the world! Annually, thousands of educators from across the country come together to support our profession, our students, colleagues and public education. We set the policy agenda for the coming year.
It's hard work, but you'll be representing FWEA and Washington state. This year's NEA-RA is June 30-July 5th in Boston. More information can be found here.
Article VIII - Delegate Responsibilities
Section 2. As a duly elected delegate to the National Education Association’s Representative Assembly, delegates shall agree to the following:
a. Mandatory attendance at all WEA State Delegation meetings prior to the business sessions
b. Attend all business sessions for all of the days of the Representative Assembly. (If it becomes necessary to leave the floor, departures should be a brief [10 to 15 minutes] in length.)
c. If you are a first-time delegate, attend the New Delegate Orientation conducted prior to the first session.
d. Vote in all elections at the designated voting time for the Washington Delegation.
e. Delegates will receive a check to cover the cost of airfare, meals, lodging, 245 and incidentals. Rooms are based on double occupancy. Delegates are responsible for any costs that exceed that dollar amount.
f. Delegates unable to fulfill their obligation will be held liable for any and all costs already paid by the Federal Way Education Association including, but not limited to airfare, hotel, and stipends for meals and incidental expenses.
Here is a link to the Site Discipline Plan that we discussed last night. It was formed in collaboration with the district. As you'll read, you'll see that AR teams will be meeting with principals to work side by side to ensure the site discipline plans meet the expectations set fourth by the Collective Bargain Agreement. Please reach out for support if need be.
Here is the form.
We had such a fantastic ESP Meet-Up last week! We are grateful for the leadership of our ESP Representative Michelle Hayes, and the wisdom of Brenda Bales, Sandy Malarkey and Graciela Basilo. Here is follow up information from our meeting:
As a reminder (Principals have been reminded also), let's work together to ensure you are taking your break(s) and lunch. Your certificated members support you taking your break! Some ESPs recommended setting a rotation so that everyone can take their breaks at times that work for the building. Remember, if you are an 8 hour employee, you get two fifteen minute breaks and a lunch. Here is our contract language:
Section 9.3 - There shall be a thirty (30) minute uninterrupted lunch period on the employee's own time in every regularly scheduled shift of five (5) hours or more as near the middle of the shift as practicable. The employer shall permit employees to take a rest of fifteen (15) minutes for every four (4) hours worked as near the middle of the four (4) hour period as reasonable or as agreed to between the supervisor and the employee. A rest period will not be authorized for persons working less than three (3) hours. Authorized rest period time will be counted as time worked for which there will be no deduction in pay. Authorized rest periods that are not taken by the employee will be lost.
Section 9.4 - Employees required to work through their regular lunch period will be given time to eat at a time agreed upon by the employee and supervisor. In the event the District requires an employee to forego the lunch period, the employee shall be compensated for the lunch period given up at the employee's appropriate rate of pay.
January 1-31 is the period to submit job reclassification requests. The committee that hears these is half Association, half District, as per section 16.3 (below). Here are the forms you need:
Section 16.3 - Job Classification Committee. The parties agree to establish an ongoing Job Classification Committee for the purpose of rating new job descriptions and reviewing the appropriateness of existing ratings. This committee will also hear appeals regarding the appropriateness of the assignment of job descriptions. The classification tool used by this committee will be agreed upon by the parties and shall be reviewed and revised as needed. Revisions, however, shall be considered in light of the objective of providing a consistent and reliable rating tool. The committee shall be comprised of an equal number of District and Association members. Each year, the parties will attempt to maintain at least two-thirds (2/3) of the membership of this committee from the previous year.
1. Benchmark Listening Session
2. January Workload Relief Form
3. Member Grants
4. Rally For Student Civil Rights
5. Nominations for WEA-RA and NEA-RA
6. Event Updates
7. Mark Twain solidarity needed!
1) Benchmark Listening Session:
We appreciated your energy and effort to come to the Superintendent's first Benchmark Assessment listening session this week. Members spoke clearly and confidently, combined with our presence, which made for a powerful, unifying experience.
We look forward to seeing you this coming Wednesday, January 25th at ESC at the new time: 3:45-4:45.
2) January Workload Relief Form:
Remember, for certificated staff, in January we submit a form documenting 7.5 hours that we work (evenings and weekends, etc.). Remember, this was bargained to address workload. Here is the form. It must be submitted to your principal by February 3rd.
3) FWEA $75 Member Grants (certs and ESPs!):
You spend too much on your workplace to subsidize the basic essentials of public education! Remember, member grants are due February 13th. Please fill out this quick form and give to your AR or email to the office.
4) Rally for Student and Civil Rights:
We were thrilled approximately 130 FWEA, children and community members travelled down to Olympia on MLK Monday to participate in this massive rally for student civil rights. We joined the nearly 7000 people who came together for this important cause. Check out the great photos on our Facebook page! More information about next steps coming. Stay tuned!
The WEA-Representative Assembly is a chance to represent FWEA and join 1100 educator leaders from across the state to set the policy for the upcoming year for WEA. Nominations close on Monday, January 23 and you will receive a ballot sent to your email to vote shortly thereafter.
Nominations open for the NEA-Representative Assembly this year on January 23rd. This is where we participate in the largest democratic assembly in the world on behalf of our local and state.
Reminder of the Educators of Color network on Tuesday, and the New Member night and Financial Seminars which are coming up quickly! Sign-up on our homepage at http://www.federalwayea.org/
7) Solidarity for Mark Twain:
Sound Transit is planning on building light rail OVER Mark Twain's playground. This is unacceptable to us. Please call the CE0 at 206-398-5012 and tell them to avoid putting this distracting structure over our kids' playground!
In solidarity more than ever,
Happy New Year FWEA Members,
Here is an update with 5 things related to money. As always, we strive to keep our President's updates brief and imformative:
1) Workload relief day: There will also be a joint correspondence, however we wanted to remind you that in January there is a workload relief 7.5 hour day. (This is on page 53 of our CBA, if you want look.) This was bargained partly in recognition of the significant work around sememester break. On the simple district form that you will recieve, write the hours you work anytime during the month of January outside of the contracted day. You will need to submit this to your princiapal by February 3. We will post this form soon. Please ask your Association Reps if you have any questions.
2) FWEA $75 Member Grants! We know you spend so much money in your classrooms and workspaces. All FWEA members may apply for our $75 member grants, due back to FWEA (email is best) by February 13th. Here is the form!
3) FWEA Financial Seminars: We are so busy taking care of the students, but it's time to set ourselves up for the future too. Come for dinner, conversation, some contract tips and free financial advising from NEA Member Benefits.
- New Educators, come on February 2.
- Experienced Educators (thinking about retirement in the next 5ish years), February 8
4) FWEA Materials Reimbursement. You have until June, but send it to ESC whenever you're ready.
5) As all public servants, our salaries are political decisions. We encourage you to learn what you can about the legislative session. Did you know that Beginning teacher pay in the 2018-19 school year would be $54,587, up from the current allocation of $35,700? In addition, the allocation for those with 16 or more years of experience would increase to $84,883, up from current allocation of $67,228. The state allocation for classified staff average salaries rises from $33,989 in 2016-17 to $52,908 in the 2018-19 school year.
Please reach out to Shannon McCann firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more.
Welcome to the new year!
We have some important updates to share for FWEA members who are new to the district:
1) We have a new educator dinner on February 2nd! It's free for members. We will have a chance to just talk together, hear how your year is going (good, bad and the ugly) and then we will have a Financal Advisor come share free retirement and financial tips just for new educators: http://bit.ly/FWEAEarlyCareer
2) For Certificated members (not ESP): Please keep track of 7.5 hours that you work on your own time in January. As per our Collective Bargained Agreement, we have a workload relief day this month. It is not an actual calendar day, but it is 7.5 hours of pay that we recieve for work that we are probably doing on evenings and weekends. Your principal will have a form for you to complete. We will have this form posted next week also. But just a heads up that at the very least you should keep track of the 7.5 hours of work that you did any time in the month of January. You need to submit this by January 31.
From Page 58 of our CBA "The fifth day is a workload relief day to be worked in January each year. Staff will document what they did and turn the documentaion in to their Principal/Supervisor"
3) We know you've probably spent a lot of money on your classroom and workplace! FWEA Member Grants for things you need in your workplace (up to $75) are available and due back to the FWEA office (or email) by February 13. Here is the link to the form.
4) We love hearing from you! We are enjoying talking with many of you in our building visits. Please put May 4th in your calendar for our General Membership Meeting. This is the time you will hear the major themes that have emerged. Your Early Career voice, and those new to Federal Way are incredibly important.
5) There are many more events posted here, including our January 24th FWEA Educators of Color netrwork where we are proud to host two Commissioners from the Govenor's Comission on African American Affairs! http://www.federalwayea.org/
Facebook group: Federal Way Education Association
Public Facebook Page: Federal Way Education Association
Text Alerts: Text @fwea to 81010
I've uploaded a letter here regarding the benchmark assessments and our ongoing efforts.
1) NBCT Bonus requirement
2) Adding an Endorsement
1) Does your National Board Certificate show up in Employee Online? We need it to, so that you get the NBCT bonus next summer. It must appear on Employee Online so OSPI sees it as part of their new documentation system.
Steps for NBCTs: Please check Employee Online to confirm FWPS has your National Board certificate. If it is not showing on Employee Online, it means the district does not have it.
When sending a copy to Kelly Sherry email@example.com it needs to be clear enough for to read the certificate number, issue date and expiration date. You are also welcome to bring the certificate into HR to copy. Pro tip: a free app called 'iscanner' makes a PDF from your phone.
2) There is an opportunity for current teachers to apply for a scholarship with OSPI in order to add an endorsement to their certificate. This is especially useful for those teachers that are teaching out of endorsement. The scholarship covers up to $3,000 per endorsement add-on.
More information can be found at Professional Educator Standards Board, PESB.
Copied from the website:
Washington certified You must hold a current, regular Washington teaching certificate (i.e., residency or professional/continuing) – Not a limited certificate, i.e., conditional or emergency.
Candidates may apply when their program is underway or when their program will start in the near future, with the understanding that they need to complete their endorsement add-on within two years of the award payment date. We do not specify when programs need to start, but once the recipient is awarded their scholarship check, they need to complete within two years, or run the risk of repayment. Scholarships will not be awarded for endorsements that have already been completed.
There are three application deadlines each year:
Washington certified You must hold a current, regular Washington teaching certificate (i.e., residency or professional/continuing) – Not a limited certificate, i.e., conditional or emergency.
As a reminder from FWEA: Once you have an endorsement, it's nearly impossible to remove it, so please be mindful of this.