BEA Rep Council Update

January 25th, 2016

Main Discussion Points at Current Meeting

Join the Professional Standards Commission


The IEA is encouraging members to apply to serve on the Professional Standards Commission (PSC). The PSC has the responsibility of recommending changes in certification to the State Board of Education. The commission also serves as the body that ensures fair practices for teachers. Therefore, it is critically important that the IEA recommend outstanding members of the teaching profession to serve on the PSC.


There will be four positions on the PSC that will expire in June 2016. These include two Secondary Classroom Teacher positions, one School Counselor position, and one Exceptional Child Education position. Only seven positions on the commission are filled by classroom teachers. In the years before Tom Luna, IEA members served in all seven of these positions. However, the IEA now only holds three of those seven positions. It is our hope that we can begin to rebuild IEA representation on the PSC.


Please consider applying to this state commission. Even if there is not currently an open position (ie. Elementary teacher), we encourage everyone to apply. The IEA keeps nominations on file for future openings.


REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY: Complete the form; write a letter of interest and qualifications; provide three references (no letters need to be written); send a completed resume with the attached form.


Click here for the Application

Nominations are due to the IEA by February 19th!

Google Professional Development

Thursday, Feb. 18th, 4:30-6:30pm

620 North 6th Street

Boise, ID

Come check out the Google Training that the BEA is providing this month. Either come to learn new things about Google Drive and GMAIL, or use it as a refresher course and Q&A on issues with Drive or GMAIL. Snacks will be provided. All employees welcome.

Please RSVP by February 11th by either calling or emailing Stephanie Myers at (208) 345-4450 or click here to sign up online.

Click here for the flyer.

Read Across America

Read Across America is just a month away. Celebrity readers will be joining teachers and students in classrooms across the district on March 2nd to read Dr. Seuss classics in celebration of his birthday. Click here to see the sign up form if you are interested in being a reader. Or if you know a teacher that is interested in signing up to have a celebrity come to their classroom, click here.

BEA Day at the Idaho Food Bank

The BEA had a great time at the Idaho Food Bank. Thirty volunteers boxed 5,000 pounds of food to send out to those in need.

TAXES!

If you have your dues come out of your paycheck, you can log into Employee Online and view your check stub to see your total paid dues for the year. Click here for detailed instructions. If you use Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT), please contact Stephanie directly for your total.

Want to Represent the BEA? Deadlines are close.

Applications for elections to the BEA Exec Board, Delegate Assembly and Representative Assembly are due February 12th! Elections will be held February 25th and 26th.

See the applications below:
RA Application 2016
Exec Board 2016
DA Application

Committee Reports

Children's Fund:

Government relations:
  • The Legislative Reception will be in February, check the website for the date.
  • Reminder that your dues cannot be used for any political action, so if you would like to donate to PACE, please contact Allison Bigham (chair) at allison.bigham@boiseschools.org.


Insurance:

  • Members of both the BEA and Joint Insurance teams will be at an all-day training on February 11th, where they will here from Dr. Aldana (Wellsteps), Aetna and several others.
  • Keep an eye out for a survey about insurance coming to members soon.
  • Delta Dental scheduled for 2 months of premium holidays in the spring.


ESP Steering:

  • Look for the ESP Spring newsletter in March before break. The Spotlight article will feature an interview with the longest employed classified BEA member.
  • School socials will begin again in April with a membership drive, so if you know a school that wants to increase the number of classified members, have them contact Gena Harris.


Public Relations: