American Education Week – Substitute Educators Day

This is the final day of American Education Week, and it’s our day to specifically honor our substitute educators. We have always appreciated our amazing substitutes, but as it has in so many ways, COVID has made it crystal clear just how important they are to our students and our schools. To all of our substitute educators who have stepped up in such challenging times … thank you!

To show just how much we appreciate our substitute educators, CEA has sent chocolates and thank you notes to each site’s substitutes. Below are some of the responses we received when we let administrative assistants know about this … they agree that our substitutes are fantastic!

American Education Week – ESP Day

Today is Education Support Professional (ESP) Day, which is a great opportunity to thank our amazing ESP staff! From bus drivers to who get thousands of students safely to and from schools, to custodians who keep our schools clean and sanitized, to technicians who help support the use of technology, to so many others in between … it has never been more obvious how important our ESP staff members are to the success of our district. To all of our fantastic ESP staff members: thank you for everything you do!

American Education Week – Family Day

American Education Week continues today with Family Day. So many different family members play a critical role in our students’ education and in the success of our schools. Whether you’re a parent, guardian, grandparent, aunt/uncle, sibling, cousin, or even just a special adult in the life of a student … thank you for all that you do to help them excel in school!

One of our teachers asked their students to think of a favorite book that their family members have read to them … see the slide show below for some of their responses.

Happy American Education Week!

This week (November 16-20) is American Education Week, and it’s a great time to thank everyone in our education community for everything they do to help our students get the education they deserve. Parents, support staff, substitutes, classsroom educators, certified specialists, administrators … all of us are working harder than ever before to support our students in the most challenging circumstances our schools have faced in recent memory. We salute everyone for their work in making Chandler such a great place to work and learn!

We encourage our Site Representatives to check out these resources from NEA and think about how they can recognize members of their school community during American Education Week. CEA will have more to share this week, but we’d like to kick things off with a short video:

CEA Member Sara Wyffels Named AZ Teacher of the Year

After being named one of five finalists for the Arizona Educational Foundation’s 2021 Teacher of the Year, we are so proud to share that nationally board certified Chandler HS Spanish teacher (and CEA member) Sara Wyffels was named the 2021 Arizona Teacher of the Year! Congratulations, Sara!

In this role, Sara will travel across the state over the coming year to serve as an ambassador for the teaching profession, as well as travel to the White House (COVID restrictions permitting) to meet the President along with other Teachers of the Year from across the country. You can read more about Sara and this amazing honor at the Arizona Educational Foundation’s website. We are so proud of you, Sara!

CEA Reopening Task Force Document

Over the summer, CEA formed dozens of task forces that examining the challenges of reopening schools through the lenses of particular educators and students. Huge thanks to all of our members who worked over the summer to create a comprehensive document detailing challenges and recommendations that reflect the voices of our educators. You can now view the combined CEA Reopening Task Force Document online.

RIP, Coach

We’re heartbroken at the news that Chandler High School coach Kerry Croswhite passed way tonight from COVID-19. The entire CEA family sends its love to his wife, Laurie, the rest of his family, and everyone in the CHS Wolves community.

More School Reopening Resources

We received more information tonight from our CUSD Governing Board and Governor Ducey on what school reopening may look like (you can also watch tonight’s board meeting to view the discussion around our reopening). This is obviously a fluid, constantly changing situation, but your union has been busy putting together critical information to help us navigate it.

As mentioned earlier, CEA’s survey results have been shared with the Governing Board and with district administration (thanks to those of you who made your voice heard by responding to that survey). With input from members across the state (including some CEA members), AEA has also released their New Vision for Arizona Schools Task Force report, which contains a bold vision of what our schools can and should look like in a post-COVID world. Finally, NEA has released their All Hands on Deck: Initial Guidance Regarding Reopening School Buildings report, which includes science-based and health-focused guidelines for schools to reopen in a way that meets the needs of students and educators. You can also find many more resources regarding the impact of COVID-19 on our schools at NEA’s Educating Through Crisis website, as well as AEA’s COVID-19 update page.

We encourage you to read through these resources and discuss them with fellow CEA members (and non-members) at your site. Together, we will work to ensure a safe, quality learning and teaching experience for our community.

School Reopening Update

Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to our school reopening survey. You can now view a summary of the survey results (these results have been shared with Dr. Casteel this morning).

The CUSD reopening plans will be discussed at tonight’s Governing Board meeting. The study session starts at 4:30pm, followed by the regular meeting at 7:00pm. We encourage everyone in the CUSD community to study the agenda and supporting documents, as well as view the meeting live on YouTube.

We know this is a very difficult time right now, so please reach out to your Site Representative or Executive Board if you need anything. We also hope you’ll consider joining our reopening task force subcommittees to continue the conversation about what school will look like when we reopen.

CEA Anti-Racism Action Statement

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CEA stands in solidarity with students who are part of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities as they call out systems of oppression that directly impact marginalized students. For more information on how CEA is fighting systemic racism and how you can help, please visit our Anti-Racism Action Statement page at chandlerea.org/antiracism.