May 2015 Volume 10 Issue 1
Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!
There is no profession more important, yet under appreciated, than teaching. Take time this week to reflect on why you entered this profession, what keeps you going (besides having 2, 5, 10 years to go before retirement), what have you learned from your students and what have they learned from you? Theodore Roosevelt said that "Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." I know how hard all of you work and I believe that the work we do with our students every day is worth doing. Additionally, I have to believe that for the most part, our administrators and the Board of Education know the hard work you do every day as well. The Michigan legislature....well, that's for another time. Take extra time this week to applaud yourself for jobs well done, recognize your colleagues for the good work that they do and know that every day you are working at something worth doing (even when you have just repeated the same direction three times to your class :-) )
Laura Mikesell, M.Ed.
P.S. Please direct thanks to Chris Fenton's office for supplying bagels and cream cheese to all of our GPEA members on Tuesday. Also, thanks to the AR's for delivering them to each school.
Dr. Gary Niehaus, Superintendent Grosse Pointe Public Schools
He brings great experience to Grosse Pointe.
See his resume here: http://gpschools.schoolwires.net/Page/16435
Please welcome him to the Grosse Pointe Public Schools when you see him.
MEA SPRING RA
If you would like to be a part of the voting constituency of the MEA you must be a member in good standing and be voted in by the GPEA membership. Please consider running next year for an RA position.
RA Representatives for Grosse Pointe from left to right:
Rob McIntyre (Parcells), Laura Mikesell (Barnes), Mary Casinelli (GP Support Staff), Jackie Shelson (South)
The Importance of Your Preparatory Time
This week set aside time to read this letter written by a young Wisconsin teacher. It will reinforce the reason why standing together as one is important. Fragmented unions help no one except the other side of the bargaining table.
Teacher Recertification Workshop - Tuesday 5/12
FAQ from the GPEA
Yes, there is a full rollover into your Individual Roll Bank of any days you have not used this year. For example if you have 7 days left this year from the 12 you were given - those 7 days will "roll over" into your Individual Roll Bank. There is no delineation between personal days and individual leave days. They are all part of the 12 total you received from the district. Remember - it is imperative that you continue to accrue days for any emergency that may arise. The GPEA recommends a minimum 24 Individual Roll Bank days or more.
What is a "Prohibited Subject of Bargaining?" Is that why there are sections written in italics in our contract?
Yes, everything in italics in our contract is a prohibited subject of bargaining. The year 2011 in Michigan was the year of reforms for our profession. The list of prohibited school employee union bargaining subjects under the state's Public Employment Relations Act include but are not limited to teacher evaluation, teacher placement, decisions on which teachers to lay off first, classroom observations, employee discipline and discharge, merit pay programs and notification to parents about teacher performance. Find our contract here:
What is National Board Certification? Can the MEA help me pursue this?
National Board Certification is the newest hallmark of accomplished teaching. It is built upon National Board Standards and Five Core Propositions. The Five Core Propositions purport to set forth the profession's vision for accomplished teaching and underscore the accomplished teacher’s commitment to advancing student achievement. Together, they form the basis of all National Board Standards and the foundation for National Board Certification.
If you are a member in good standing, the MEA is providing help and mentorship to teachers who want to pursue a National Board Certification. Click on the link below to help you get started.
Fall GPEA Positions
If you have not set up a Mi-account with ORS - please consider doing that. It is a good idea to check to make sure your years and pay are being recorded accurately each year. There are multiple resources on the ORS site that you may find helpful.