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Advocating for Effective Assessments in MCPS

The High School Council on Teaching & Learning recently surveyed all MCEA members at comprehensive high schools regarding their opinions on the current Board of Education proposal to eliminate final exams and alter assessment practices. 67.28% of those MCEA members surveyed responded, clearly indicating how strongly teachers feel about the importance of authentic, meaningful assessment

Benefits Open Enrollment – October 12 – November 6

The insurance benefits open enrollment period is now open and runs through November 6.  This year, the open enrollment process will be conducted entirely online. You can find more details on all aspects of your benefits, including medical and dependent care Flexible Spending Accounts and more here. You will also find a list of the benefits

Restorative Practices Training: A Student Engagement & Positive Discipline Method

Montgomery County Education Association is pleased to offer a two-day workshop entitled Introduction to Restorative Practices and Restorative Practices Circles. The training is led by MCEA members certified by the International Institute for Restorative Practices. The program is being offered three times this fall: Section 1: Monday Sept. 21st, Wednesday Sept. 23rd, Monday Sept. 28th & Friday Oct. 2nd 5:00

Statement on the proposed changes to final exams

As some of you have heard, the press has shared information regarding possible changes to the MCPS high school exam schedule. It is important to note that no change has yet been made to the grading policy (Policy IKA).  At this point, the Board of Education has accepted the recommendations of the Superintendent, including the

Save Money on Your Health Insurance Premiums

Want to save money on your health insurance premiums? Make sure you participate in the MCPS Wellness Initiatives. You can save money by completing your Biometric Health Screenings and your insurance provider’s Health Risk Assessment. It’s quick, easy and will save money on your on your premiums. Screenings must be completed by October 9, 2015

New Career Lattice Eligible Schools Announced

Last week fourteen schools were added to the list of schools where teachers who achieve “Lead Teacher” status will be eligible for Career Lattice project funds and stipends. This makes 60 schools where Career Lattice projects and funds are now available. The newly added schools are: * Cannon Road ES * Whetstone ES * Montgomery Knolls

Special Election! Run For a Seat on the MCEA Board of Directors

This September, three seats on the MCEA Board of Directors will be up for election. Due to the results of the spring elections, there is a one year term on an At-Large seat and a one year term on an Elementary School seat that must be filled for the terms ending June 30, 2016. There is also a vacant

MCEA supports Working Matters and the fight for paid sick leave

MCEA is proud to join nearly 150  organizations in supporting paid sick and safe leave at work for all employees in Montgomery County. The coalition known as the Maryland Campaign for Paid Sick Days, is working to pass Montgomery County Council Bill 60-14 – Earned Sick and Safe Leave. MCEA recognizes the urgent need for

The Councils on Teaching and Learning Elections are Underway!

Elections for the MCEA Councils on Teaching and Learning are underway. The CTL’s were established by MCEA to represent teachers by grade level and subject discipline on issues of curriculum, assessment and instruction. Members should have received  an email with a link to the ballot and campaign biographical statements from the candidates that have been nominated