|Important Meeting TODAY! - Monday, December 09, 2013|
From the President's Desk
Everyone is busy in December. We are asking you to be part of a NATIONAL
Day of Action to Reclaim the promise of a public education promoted by AFT and
NEA. We have food, free T-shirts and a
bargaining update regarding your benefits, salaries, and information about
We are asking you to bring a parent, or community member
to Nova for our Community Conversation.
Parents, and community members have concerns about Common
Core, safety issues and school grades. We have major concerns about the
evaluations and lack of support in our public schools. TOGETHER....we are
louder and can work on mutual goals to Reclaim the Promise.
As a teacher, I always spoke up for the children we teach
because they didn't always have an advocate. Unfortunately, our teachers are
demoralized, bullied, exhausted and afraid to speak up. Our community and parent groups have reached
out to help after hearing your stories at the last school board meeting.
My colleagues, as we face this coming year....2014, we
can't do it alone. Our message must get out to our partners and the
stakeholders in public education. I am asking you to help me help teachers.
Child care is available by a certified elementary
teacher. Subway sandwiches and prizes.
Our panelist after our table conversations are:
Homer Hartage, former city commissioner, Rick Roach,
Current School Board member being featured in a documentary about high stakes
testing, Becky Smith, Parent, teacher and author on the demoralization of the
teaching profession, Representative Joe Saunders, from UCF area, Representative
Karen Castor-Dentel, parent, teacher, and policy maker.
Put down those red pens and get in your car at 4:00 and
head to Nova University at 4850 Millennia Blvd right off of I 4 south of
Millennia Mall, north of Gift for Teaching off of Oak Ridge Road.
This is VERY important for our upcoming Impasse next
week. See you tonight. Your CTA Board of
Directors will facilitate at the tables.
Sent from my I Phone.
Email me at Diana.Moore@floridaea.org
|New Information in the 'Membres Only' section. - Saturday, December 07, 2013|
To go the 'Members Only' section you must have a password from the CTA office.
|National Day of Action, December 9, 2013 - Saturday, December 07, 2013|
On Dec. 9, in dozens of cities from coast to coast, parents, educators and
more than 100 community groups are coming together for a National
Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education: Our Schools, Our
Solutions. These events mark the beginning of an important movement
taking hold in neighborhoods across the United States.
Despite the challenges posed by childhood poverty, budget cuts, larger class
sizes and excessive standardized testing, to name a few, we are coming together
to create great, joyful, engaging environments for all of our students. We
can do that by focusing on what we know works: early childhood education,
project-based learning, wraparound services, teacher autonomy, professional
development, parent voice, fair funding formulas and more.
Here's how you can help reclaim the promise of public education and make the
Day of Action a success:
this Thunderclap before Dec. 9, which will send all of our tweets
and Facebook posts at the same time on the Day of Action.
- Use Twitter on Dec. 9 to tell your followers about the
Day of Action. Here are some sample tweets:
This National Day of Action is only a start, and we still have mountains
we're determined to climb. For our students, our teachers, our parents and our
communities, we've got to keep climbing. Join us in the movement to reclaim
the promise of public education.
|Diane Ravitch Answers Bill Gates - Monday, December 02, 2013|
In a paean to Bill Gates,
Newsweek's Jonathan Alter calls Diane Ravitch the Microsoft founder's
It's the world's richest (or second richest) man vs. an education historian and
New York University research professor.
Gates, through his philanthropic foundation, has invested billions of dollars
in education experiments and now has a pivotal role in reform efforts. Ravitch,
the author of the bestselling The Death and Life of the Great American School
System, has become the most vocal opponent of the Obama administration's
education policy. She says Gates is backing the wrong initiatives...
read the whole article.
read more ...
|December 9th, National Day of Action - Monday, December 02, 2013|
Subject: December 9th-
National Day Of Action
Reclaim The Promise Of Public Education
For Our Children And Community On December 9th 5:00 P.M.
It’s time to
reclaim the promise of public education—not as it is today or as it was
in the past, but as it can be—to fulfill our collective obligation to
help all children succeed.
Reclaiming the promise is about fighting for neighborhood public schools that
are safe, welcoming places for teaching and learning.
Reclaiming the promise is about ensuring that teachers and school staff
are well-prepared, are supported, have manageable class sizes and have
time to collaborate so they can meet the individual needs of every child.
Reclaiming the promise is about making sure our children have an engaging
curriculum that focuses on teaching and learning, not testing, and
includes art, music and the sciences.
Reclaiming the promise is about ensuring that children and their families
have access to wraparound services to meet their social, emotional and
The promise is under attack.
By uniting our voices—parents, students, teachers, school staff and the
community—we can reclaim the promise.
Together, we will ensure that all children have the opportunity to dream
their dreams and achieve them. We will put the public back into public
education. We will help our public schools become centers of their
communities, secure a voice and respect for those closest to the
classroom, and fulfill public education’s purpose as a propeller of our
economy, an anchor of democracy and a gateway to racial, social and
|Meet In Front Of ELC For Public Hearing On Tuesday, November 12, 4:30. - Saturday, November 09, 2013|
WE Met IN FRONT OF ELC TUESDAY, November 12, 2013, 4:30
|NOVEMBER 12, 2013 We held our requested "public hearing" on the front steps of the ELC. You should bring signs and band aids across your lips or any other visual devise for the news media.
TEACHERS WERE DENIED A SPOT ON THE AGENDA SO WE WILL MEET IN FRONT OF ELC. It's time to tell the story of this county and Marzano's Evaluation System. Orange County School Board still believes that Performance Pay is being done fairly between schools. It's time to tell the public. Keep sending the stories to firstname.lastname@example.org. Leave Principal and School names out or we will.
You have written stories, and have told us about the Inconsistent Implementation of Marzano at the different schools in this county. Now, we take it to the public, media and read each others' letters in order to protect your identity (many fear retaliation in this county that we must scramble the letters). Examples such as:
-no observations allowed during advanced classes
-you must pick from these 6 domains for your "self-identified" deliberate practice
-Formal observations are due by Dec.
-you must do a Portfolio due in June
These statements are not true. We bargained an Evaluation manual and Article 10 in the contract. This is true information or YOUR CONTRACT. Who created these other statements? Should we all get the same "playbook" if we are to be evaluated by this system?
No excuses. We are here to help you show the public this system still needs to be fixed! Are family and friends tired of you missing events and family time? Some say that speaking up means your job or evaluations might be threatened with one "beginning" score on our evaluation. Lets show we cannot be silenced. In solidarity!
|Truth You Can Use Meeting - Saturday, June 22, 2013|
Truth You Can Use for CTA Members. Meeting Monday, June 24, 2013,
Here are some talking points that came out of the meeting listed above:
1) We should hold ALL of us accountable for student success-teachers, students, parents, and elected officials.
2) We need to invest in classroom priorities that build the foundation for student learning.
3) We should ensure that every student has a qualified, caring, and committed teacher.
Teachers are deeply committed to the success of every child and our education agenda puts students at the center of the reform.
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