This week your BCEA co-presidents, Maritt Wolfrom and Tryntje Van Slyke attended the IEA Local President’s meeting to collaborate with other locals & and learn about ways to support members in our locals.
Leaders across the state also shared their experiences with regards to negotiations of master agreements and salaries after the implementation of the Career Ladder Allocation legislation. Brian Smith, from Lake Pend Orielle presented a very creative and logical model for a way that school districts can transition their pay scales from a traditional steps and lanes model to a thirteen cell Career Ladder. BCEA Leadership would like to get negotiators lined up early this year to begin looking at this issue to see if it is a fit for Blaine County. Nothing in the law requires us to change but it is a conversation we should have as a local.
BCEA found the session on collecting evidence/artifacts of competency on the Charlotte Danielson Framework very useful. BCEA will be bringing retiree, Darlene Dyer back to conduct a couple of Charlotte Danielson Toolkit trainings for members. We are our own best advocates and we need to be proactive by collecting evidence of our AWESOMENESS (and our competency on the Framework) to present to our evaluators who are not able to be in our classrooms daily. We will bring this valuable training back to share with our members.
Finally, IEA presented a session how to build better relationships with our School Board. This topic resonated deeply with the BCEA Leadership given our current Board climate. Overall, we feel very supported by our Board. Recently several Board Members have reached out personally to BCEA leadership to listen to BCEA concerns. We believe that each member has the best interest of students at heart but, this may not always be the case. We need to show up in force to Board meetings in order to demonstrate to our Board that we are stakeholders. All BCEA members need to work to build relationships with Board members: personally invite Board members into your classroom, attend Board meetings, have a cup of coffee with a Board member, reach out by making a phone call, a public comment, or sending an email.