Early Career Educators Happy Hour
All early career educators are invited to join our growing happy hour group! It's a great opportunity to connect informally and find support through this most interesting and challenging of years!
Thursday, Feb. 4
5:30 on Zoom
Meeting ID: 218 844 2938
Negotiated Agreement Update
With 448 members voting in total, and with 439 votes in favor, the tentative agreement has been ratified. Seven days of voting closed on December 23, 2020. The WCBOE will take up the matter at their January 19, 2021 public meeting (6pm). Many thanks to all the WCTA members who participated.
Support the WCTA Scholarship Fund!
Membership in the WCTA Scholarship Program's annual "Restaurant of the Month" club is now open for 2021. Download this form and return it, and your $15, to Jamie Barrett to get your name in monthly drawing. Thanks!
WCTA Fall Survey 2020: Report to the BOE
The WCTA Fall Survey 2020 Report was delivered to the Washington County Board of Education at its regular meeting on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. To watch this portion of the meeting, go to the recording and begin at one hour and 23 minutes in.
What We Believe
WCTA is commited to public education, and we've been working as an Association since 1921 to ensure that educators and students receive the support they need to succeed. We hope you will join us in our commitment and take the pledge to show your support. Follow the link to find out more.
WCTA News & Updates
The 2020-2021 academic year is underway, and WCTA continues it work to advocate on behalf of our members and the entire WCPS community. Please see our "Return to Learn" page for WCTA member updates and information.
In July, WCTA completed a member/community survey seeking input/comments regarding how best to open for the 2020-2021 academic year. The results of the survey were shared with WCPS officials in August. To see the report, including all the comments provided, click here.
On August 17 and 18, 2020, WCTA welcomed new teachers to WCPS at the New Teacher Academy. We offered them congratulations and support as we embark together on this challenging year that in many ways puts many of us back into the "new teacher" mind-set as we work to engage students in online learning in new ways. Many new teachers have already commited to joining our Association, and we invite all teachers, counselors, specialists, and therapists who are considered "Unit 1" employees to join us if they have not already become part of the WCTA family.
Two WCPS early career educators are featured on the MSEA website. Check out their comments about coping with the changing landscape of education in this new era of public education, and when you see them, congratulate them on this statewide recognition of their good work: Tabita Jermyn, school counselor, and Giovanna Papa, third grade teacher.
If you are interested in the chronology of WCTA updates from the March 13 Covid-19 School Closure to mid-August, please see the WCTA Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Member Updates page.
Additional information is available from MSEA via the "Learn More at Four" series on the MSEA Facebook page and from their resources for safe and healthy schools page which also includes links to additional NEA resources as well.
Salary Scale for 2019-2020
Thanks to local funds and a state Kirwan grant, teachers received a solid increase for the 2019-2020 year.
Salary Step Crosswalk is available here to explain the increase and changes to the salary scale.
Medical benefits premium increases were held to just 2% thanks to member advocacy and changes in usage. And we were able to get some additions/improvements to the coverage for both medical and dental.
If you have questions or concerns, call WCTA! We're here to support our teachers and students!
Interested in joining WCTA? Have a question you would like to ask us? Ideas? Feedback? Please fill out and submit the form below, and you will be contacted. Thanks!
This Fund-Raiser is for everyone - WCTA members, non-members, co-workers, family and friends. Download the pdf here. At the bottom of the paper is a coupon to be filled out and returned along with your club dues of $15.00 (Checks should be made payable to WCTA Scholarship Fund). Drawings are held monthly during the WCTA Rep Council meeting. One lucky winner will be awarded a gift certificate to that month's corresponding restaurant. If you win one month, you are still eligible for each of the subsequent monthly drawings. Multiple entries are welcome. You may join at any time, late entries will not be eligible for months already drawn. Each entry remains active for the 12 drawings listed on the paper.
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE WCTA SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Do you have questions about your healthcare bill? Contact one of the following:
- WCPS Benefits Office - 301-766-2810
- Tricia Riley, WCPS Benefits Specialist: email
- Contact Cigna - 800-244-6224 - If you have Medicare as your primary insurance please contact them first.
Be sure to log into your My Cigna page or app. Check out items available under the My Health tab. There are Discount Programs and Resources available that may save you additional money.
BE A 5 MINUTE ACTIVIST
MSEA continues to keep standing strong to protect our public schools from cuts and privatization in the days ahead. Get the last action alerts and breaking news on state education issues by signing up for their text alerts.
Text MSEA to 84693 and you'll be kept in the loop.
*Blackout hours - won't be alerted at night.
*Won't be bombarded, only most important news.
Special News & Updates from NEA and MSEA: Updated May 31, 2020
“My heart and soul are heavy as we grieve yet another Black person killed senselessly by a white police officer. We grieve with the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Freddie Gray, and the countless others who died for being Black in America. Grieving and condemning these actions are not enough. We must recognize and take a stand against institutional racism and white privilege that exists throughout our state and country. This must include an end to the murder of Black men, women, and children at the hands of police officers who are sworn to protect us all or at the hands of white supremacists.
“I fear for our Black and Brown students and can’t imagine the fear their parents and families must feel each time they step outside. Nobody, no matter their race, deserves to live in fear. MSEA calls for policies to be put in place in Maryland and throughout the country to protect Black and Brown lives and erase the structural and institutional racism and inequities that have been built into the fabric of our country. We will work with our local associations and allies for however long it takes to ensure this happens," Bost wrote. “We must all support educators, families, and students who are impacted and traumatized by these recent, but not unique, racist murders and actions. Students and educators will need time, space, and support services to process this trauma, so we will call on and work with our school system leaders to provide for the needs of our educators and students in this time of such deadly racist acts."
“No more excuses. No more denial. No more it’s not my problem.”
NEA Statement and Resources
Click here to read the NEA’s statement about the killing of George Floyd.
Click here for a range of resources from NEA and allied organizations on how to deal with acts of racism and hate; white supremacy; talking about race in the classroom; helping children cope with a traumatic event; and teaching tolerance and acceptance.
Click here for NEA EdJustice resources on Black Lives Matter at School, Talking about Race, Implicit Bias, and more.
You can also find resources and links to local organizations and action steps from Education Minnesota at this link.