MCEA is an organization of over 13,000 members. Actively engaged members are essential to a strong organization. Below are a few of the ways to become involved. We welcome the participation of members at all stages of their career. Stay informed and get involved!
YOUR FEEDBACK IS NEEDED - MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
Dear fellow MCEA member:
We hope your year is off to a great start. It may be hard to believe, but MCPS has already begun to plan for the 2019-2020 school year – and they need to hear from you on a couple of critical issues.
First, the School Board is considering two scenarios for next year’s school calendar:
Scenario 1: Would include a 10-day spring break, with early release days for professional grading and planning time for teachers at the end of each quarter.
Scenario 2: Would include a 6-day spring break, with full non-instructional days at the end of each quarter for grading and planning.
MCPS has asked for our feedback! Please click here to review the two options and submit your thoughts prior to November 13, 2018.
Second, as the system works to develop the superintendent’s recommended fiscal year 2020 operating budget, it is essential that MCEA members provide input on our priorities and concerns. As professional educators, we know what works in the classroom – and what doesn't. We are passionate about what we do, and we have ideas about new initiatives and programs that could improve outcomes for our students.
MCPS has created a feedback form that can be accessed here to collect this information.
MCEA BUILDING REP
MCEA Union Reps are the heart and soul of the association. They are our grassroots leaders, selected by colleagues, to represent them in the creation of an effective organization that advances the interests of educators and public education. MCEA Reps are leaders, organizers, and problem-solvers. Each school/worksite is entitled to at least one MCEA Rep, and additional Reps on the basis of 1 for every 15 MCEA members (or major fraction thereof). If you would like to become an MCEA Rep, talk with the UniServ Director assigned to your school or worksite. Rep training and support are available.
The primary responsibility as a Rep is to provide union leadership for MCEA members at the school or worksite by:
- helping them solve problems arising from their work as educators in their school/worksite
- advocating for and representing their collective interests and needs as education employees
- mobilizing collective action when necessary, and
- getting other members involved in the work of the union
ELECTED FACULTY REP (EFR)
The EFR position was established by the 2004 contract negotiations between MCEA and the Board of Education. It is an outgrowth of many years of work by MCEA and the Board to improve labor-management relations within local schools and provide for greater faculty involvement in school-level decision-making. “As a full member of the school’s leadership team (the core leadership group involved in local school decision-making), the Faculty Representative works with other leadership team members collaborating with school administrators. In this role, the Faculty Representative, along with other leadership team members, serves as a communicator and liaison with the school’s faculty. The Faculty Representative helps to facilitate and solve problems through the leadership team”.
In addition, the EFR shares responsibility for ensuring effective communication between the administration and the faculty and for increasing faculty involvement in, and ownership of, local school improvement. EFRs are elected in June to represent their colleagues the following school year. They receive a yearly salary supplement of $1,500 and three summer days at their per diem rate so they may attend leadership team meetings during the summer.
There are three Councils; one each for elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. Council Representatives are elected by their 'constituency group' (i.e. all third grade teachers, or all high school science teachers). Members are notified when CTL elections are held. Council members meet regularly with district administration to provide feedback from teachers and to work together to improve the implementation of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Council members are responsible for regular communication with their constituency groups. Click here to download the CTL Charge .
The Board of Directors consists of the President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President (who having been the President, shall serve for one term only), Secretary, Treasurer, nine Directors elected to designated constituency seats, and three Directors-at-Large elected to undesignated seats. The nine designated constituency seats on the Board are: 4 - Early Childhood/Elementary Schools, 2 - Middle Schools, 2 - High Schools and 1- Non-school based members (including Psychologists, PPWs, Staff Development specialists, consulting teachers, itinerant special educators, other office based specialists, substitute/HHT teachers, etc..) There is also one Director-at-large nominated from retired members. Terms are two years, and elections are held each year for half of the Board members. For more information on running for the Board, contact the C&E Committee at http://email@example.com
The Board of Directors is responsible for the management of the Association. The Board meets at least once a month during the school year and at such other times as needed. This governing body report its actions to the Representative Assembly and to the membership, proposes policies and policy changes for consideration by the Representative Assembly; develops a proposed budget, advises the President, advises each committee of its duties upon appointment, appoints all staff members and contracts for their services, approves the appointment of negotiators to represent the Association in the bargaining process, hears reports from, consult with, and advise representatives of the Councils on Teaching and Learning with regard to MCEA positions, policies and practices concerning curriculum, assessment, and instruction, and reviews MCEA positions, practices and policies with regard to curriculum.
MCEA MEMBER COMMITTEES
- Political Action and Legislative Support (PALS) Committee - is always seeking member involvement. The PALS Committee implements the political action activities of MCEA. It conducts one of the most thorough candidate screening processes of any organization in the county. Click here for details on the process and the criteria used by MCEA in evaluating candidates for public office. Members of this committee work year round to hold elected officials accountable and involve MCEA members ion political action year round. During the Maryland legislative session, the committee organizes lobby trips to Annapolis. Contact Nikki Woodward (Anzer_Woodward@mcpsmd.org )for more information.
- Membership Committee - The committee works to involve more members in the union. Current projects include: SPARKS (a leadership development program for new educators), coaching new MCEA reps.
- Instruction and Professional Development Committee. The committee is charged with overseeing MCEA’s professional development programming as well as networking with colleagues across the state on professional development issues.
- Human and Civil Rights Committee - The committee is charged with developing recommendations for, and implementing, the union’s work on issues of social and economic justice. This year the focus is on school connectedness and reducing the dropout rate. The committee welcomes new members.
- Minority Affairs Committee - is chaired by Dionna Ricks, Dionna_D_Ricks@mcpsmd.org. The committee is charged with promoting minority member participation in MCEA activities, clarifying district policies and gathering data on practices regarding recruitment/retention of minorities, developing skills that increase access to leadership positions for minority teachers and providing opportunities for interaction and dialogue among minority members.