HCEA Collaboration with Families of HCPSS Students
The Howard County Education Association is opening a conversation and collaboration with you: the families of HCPSS students. An organized coalition of educators and families can make a huge difference in how well schools serve students and the entire community. We believe in the power of people to change their society for the better.
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ESP Negotiations Update for February and March 2014
The HCEA-ESP and BOE Negotiations Teams have scheduled numerous meetings. However, due to inclement weather, some sessions were cancelled. On February 19th and 24th, both Teams met and resumed negotiations. To view the latest updates click here.
BJs Promotion for HCEA Members
HCEA is offering new or renewing BJs members a special promotion until March 21, 2014. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity call the HCEA office at (410) 997-3440.
Teacher Bargaining Update
To view the 3rd bargaining update for the Teachers negotiations team click here.
Howard teachers call for better wages at budget hearing
About 500 educators attended the HCPSS Board of Education meeting on Jan. 29th as teacher after teacher criticized Superintendent Renee Foose's proposed $742 million operating budget request for fiscal year 2015. Click here to read an article from the Baltimore Sun about the meeting. Click here to read an article from Storify about the meeting.
Please take action on the proposed HCPSS budget
Click here to take action on the proposed HCPSS budget.
Howard School Board Cancels Negotiations With Educators
The Howard County Board of Education canceled open negotiations with HCEA after a court order to uphold the Public School Labor Relations Board’s ruling that the unions’ right to closed meetings is an enforceable and negotiable part of the Howard County Education Association’s contract. To read an article from the Baltimore Sun about the situation, click here.
HCPSS Proposal Summary
The following HCPSS proposals were received on November 25th & 26th by the union at ESP & teacher negotiations. Click here to view the proposal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.