Cupertino Education Association
ELECTIONS – COMING
Teachers need representation
CEA can only represent you with help from the teachers who are in the trenches!
Will you help?
Positions open for the May election –
Vice President – 2 year term
Treasurer – 2 year term
Directors - TK – K
Communications – all 1 year terms.
State Council Delegates – 3 year term. 2 openings
Local Delegates to the National Education Association Representative Assembly – 1 full week. 6 openings
Elections will be held May 1st through May 21st.
You Must be a Member to Run for Office!
Serve as an assistant to the President in all duties of the President. Attend all meetings. (Usually twice a month)
Prepare a budget. Provide a report for each meeting. (Usually twice a month) Sign checks for all CEA expenses.
Be the contact person for the grade level you represent. Plan at least one meeting for your grade level(s) a year to discuss outstanding issues. Attend all Eboard and Rep Assembly meetings. Have a short meeting with grade level teachers at the beginning of each Rep Assembly meeting.
State Council Delegates:
Represent Cupertino at the State Level. Meetings in Los Angeles 4 times a year. All expenses paid. Some other local meetings.
Local Delegates NEA
Represent Cupertino at the National Level. One conference, 1 week, all expenses paid.
There is a stipend for all of the above.
Please see the By-Laws for complete information about the duties of each office.
Please contact the CEA office if you would like more information about these openings, or put your name in to run for one of these offices.
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone – 408 – 257-2122
CUSD Board of Education Endorsement
CEA will have an open forum for all Board Member candidates who are seeking our endorsement and who would like to get their message out to the CEA membership. If you are interested, please contact email@example.com.
We have placed links to important district forms on our CUSD Resources Page
Please take 5 seconds to fill out the membership form. This form will allow your site reps and CEA communications director to get in touch with you regarding updates and CEA news. A link to the form is below, or you can find the form if you scroll down on this page.
Please fill out the Member Information Form below (or at this link)
Filling this out gives you access to specific surveys and news. It will help CEA protect your rights, create greater equity, improve your working conditions, and ensure your voice is heard. CEA maintains privacy of your personal information.
2017 - 2018
CEA Supports Teachers!
CEA Supports Teachers!
Every year CEA supports some new teachers by paying for their expenses to either the New Teacher Conference (1st or 2nd year teachers) or the New Educator Weekend (2nd or 3rd year teachers) presented by CTA.
Here are some comments from the teachers who went to the conferences:
"I thoroughly enjoyed the Good Teaching Conferences held in San Jose. I liked the "Positive Engagement" workshop by Mary Paterson because she taught us so many ways to engage students' attention through art projects while integrating various content areas. The other workshop I enjoyed was "Read Aloud: Building Vocabulary and Critical Thinking" by Bailey Hernandez and Amanda Wade in which I learned different strategies to improve students’ vocabulary in a fun way."
"I liked the sessions about CTA/NEA member benefits and 403b retirement plans. Very helpful information as we plan for the future."
"There was a good session about how to continue teaching for the long haul at the New Educator Weekend (about stress, diet, exercise, etc.). It was helpful because every tip he gave was doable. "
"I really enjoyed the Good Teaching Conference. It was so nice to be with other teachers and see that we are all in the same boat. It reinvigorated me to finish the year strong! "
Thank you for your support of new teachers and the education system in Cupertino!
Kai K. Brown President Cupertino Education Association
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