HCEA Negotiations Updates for Teachers and ESPs
To view the latest negotiations updates for teachers and ESPs click the links below
2015 Teacher and ESP Contract Proposals
To view the 2015 contract proposals from HCEA and HCPSS for Teachers and ESP click the links below:
MSEA ESP Reception
The MSEA ESP Reception was held on November 20th at the MSEA headquarters in Annapolis. The event was in celebration of National ESP Day and American Education Week. At the reception, HCEA Association Reps Wanda Muir-Oliver and Bonnie Young each won a tablet.
BJs Discount Membership Available Until December 13th
Renew or join and save! It doesn't matter if its time to renew. Renew for next year and 15 months will be added to your current membership at the discounted rate! Offer available December 2nd-13th. For an application and instructions contact Janet Bloom at the HCEA Office at (410) 997-3440.
Professional Development Request Form for ESPs
To download the Professional Development Request form to attend professional meetings and conferences under the terms of article 12.2 of the negotiated agreement for ESPs click here.
Join the HCEA Government Relations Committee at the Annual Legislative Reception on Tuesday, December 10th from 5-7pm ath the Homewood Center in Ellicott City. HCEA members are invited to be a part of our discussion with Legislators, County Council and Board of Education members. To RSVP contact Jessica at HCEA at (410) 997-3440 or at email@example.com. For more information click here.
HCEA to Begin Candidate Recommendation Process
The Howard County Education Association is beginning its Candidate Recommendation Process for the 2014 elections. Any resident considering running for a seat in the Maryland General Assembly from Legislative Districts 9, 12 or 13 who has not yet officially filed with the Board of Elections is urged to contact HCEA to make sure you are included in the process. For more information click here.
Evaluation of Classified Employees
There are two evaluations for classifîed employees. The first is an evaluation prior to the completion of the probationary period. The second evaluation is the end-of-year evaluation. Evaluations must be completed in accordance with Board of Education policy and the appropriate negotiated agreement for each employee group. For more information click here.
Tentative Agreement Information
Agreement language details and salary scales are available for the 2013-14 agreement:
ESP of the Year Donna Schulze Speaks at NEA’s Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly
Donna Schulze, ESP of the Year, delivered a speech at NEA’s Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly in Atlanta on Thursday, July 4th. Donna, a paraeducator at Phelps Luck Elementary, is a member of the HCEA Board of Directors and past Vice President. As ESP of the Year, Schulze will promote the values and concerns of NEA’s approximately 500,000 ESP members. In this capacity, she will travel to national, state and regional conferences in an ambassadorial role. To read about Donna's speech click here.
2013 Retiree Happy Hour
On Monday, June 10th, HCEA held a happy hour reception for retiring members. The event was a chance to celebrate the years of service retiring HCEA members have given to students and the community. HCEA President Paul Lemle thanked retiring members for being a member of the HCEA family.
From left: HCEA members enjoy happy hour at Houlihans.
MSEA UniServ Director Cheryl McLeod and HCEA President Paul Lemle address the crowd.
Brian Frosh- Candidate for Attorney General Meets with HCEA Members
On Thursday, May 30th, State Senator Brian Frosh, a candidate for Maryland Attorney General in 2014 met with members at the HCEA office to discuss his campaign and answer questions about education. Below are photos from the event.
From left: State Senator Brian Frosh
HCEA Director Doug Lea, HCEA Director and Government Relations Committee member Stephanie Livesay and State Senator Brian Frosh
Professional Development Wiki
Are you looking for technology resources, ideas to support Universal Design for Learning, or ideas for available grants? Look no further.
Introducing the HCEA Professional Development Committee Wiki! Here you will find a large selection of resources to support your transition to the Common Core, implementation of effective STE(A)M lessons, knowledge and understanding of new standards and evaluation methods, and much, much more!
Many resources have been compiled into one location. Help us continue growing this resource. If you have visited sites or have resources that you think others could use, send them.
Visit us at: hceapd.wikispaces.com
And send us your resources here.
HCEA Job Satisfaction Survey Results for 2012-2013
To view the overall rankings and comparisons click here.
Lobby Night in Annapolis
On Monday nights throughout the legislative session HCEA members traveled to Annapolis to participate in Lobby Night, meeting with legislators to discuss topics affecting Howard County educators.
Below are photos from the Lobby Night on Monday, February 25th.
Photo on left, from left: Laura Mynaugh (Triadelphia Ridge teacher and HCEA Director and HCEA Government Relations Chair) Bonnie Bricker (Bollman Bridge ES teacher), Valerie Brasswell Jones (Elkridge ES teacher and HCEA Director), and Linda Firman (Cradlerock ES paraeducator).
Photo on right, from left: Laura Mynaugh, Paul Lemle (HCEA President), Bonnie Bricker, Valerie Brasswell Jones, and Matthew Vaughn-Smith (Bollman Bridge ES teacher and HCEA Government Relations Chair).
Donna Schulze Named NEA 2013 ESP of Year
Donna Schulze, a Paraeducator at Phelps Luck Elementary was named NEA 2013 ESP of the Year at the 2013 NEA Education Support Professionals (ESP) Conference in Louisville, Kentucky this past weekend. Donna is a member of the HCEA Board of Directors and previously served as Vice President from 2005-2011. As ESP of the Year, Schulze will promote the values and concerns of NEA’s approximately 484,000 ESP members. In this capacity, she will travel to national, state and regional conferences in an ambassadorial role. Schulze is also invited to deliver a keynote speech to almost 9,000 NEA delegates during the Representative Assembly. Click here to read an article about Donna and the award.
2013 Legislative Breakfast
HCEA held the annual Legislative Breakfast on Saturday, January 26th at the Homewood Center. At the breakfast, HCEA members and elected official met to discuss issues of mutual concern. HCEA Government Relations Chairs Matthew Vaughn Smith and Laura Mynaugh welcomed guests and led the discussions. Topics such as teacher evaluations and public education funding were discussed.To view photos from the event click here.
Election 2012 Recap
HCEA members across the county became involved in this year’s school board election. From contributing to our Political Action Fund to phoning members to doing lit drops to working the polling sites, HCEA was there. Hundreds of members played a part in the election, many for the first time. Thank you to everyone who was involved. Click here for more information and photos from the election.
Pictured from left, HCEA President Paul Lemle and Matthew Vaughn-Smith, Co Chair of the HCEA Government Relations Committee and teacher at Bollman Bridge Elementary.
HCEA Member Activist Program
HCEA’s Government Relations Committee kicked of an ambitious member activist program at the RA on August 30th. Building reps were given materials to conduct a 10 minute meeting at their worksite to explain to members why we need each and every one of them to donate a few hours to the election effort this fall and a few dollars a pay to our Political Action Committee (PAC). To learn how you can be involved contact UniServ Director Mary Jo Neville at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2012 New Teacher Orientation
HCEA hosted an information table at the Howard County Public Schools New Teacher Orientation. HCEA representatives signed up new members, answered questions about the association and hosted a lunch for new teachers. Click here to view more photos from the event.
NEA Pet Insurance Program
NEA Member Benefits is now offering one of the nation’s premier pet insurance products to NEA members— Pets Best Insurance. If you have a pet, you know it can be expensive to care for your furry friend. The good news is pet insurance can help cover certain procedures and illnesses.
NEA Member Benefits
As an NEA Member, you can take advantage of exclusive programs, services, and discounts that save time and money. NEA’s large membership combined with innovative thinking allow us to secure quality products at super discounts to help you and your family financially and professionally. Click here to discover what’s actually yours...your NEA “Member Benefits.”
MSEA Leaders Ask Members to Activate!
Click here to view a video featuring MSEA leaders asking members to educate, activate and organize. The video features HCEA President Paul Lemle and HCEA Director Anna Gannon.
Check out HCEA on Facebook
Check out the HCEA page on Facebook. Find us on Facebook by searching for HCEA or Howard County Education Association. Show your support by becoming our "fan"!
Social networking spaces like MySpace and Facebook may be a good way to keep in touch with friends but teachers and other education personnel should be careful in terms of creating personal profiles, communicating with students, and sharing sensitive information. For tips on your profile and to read a recent Washington Post article click here.