Feb 7th – Region One School Counselors Joined IEA Q&A on Workplace Issues
Nine school counselors attended a Q&A session with IEA’s Region One President Kelli Aiken and IEA General Council Shane Reichert Tuesday night to discuss issues specific to their workplace challenges. Topics discussed during the gathering at the IEA Region One Headquarters in Hayden included job protection issues, social-emotional learning, and how to effectively work with parents, administrators, and school board members.
IEA members interested in participating in similar informational sessions about issues related to the workplace, legal questions or community-building events, among others, should contact their regional director.
Register for Region 1 & 2 SPARKS on March 4-6 *Note DATE CORRECTION*
North Idaho IEA members with less than eight years of classroom experience can still register for SPARKS at Lutherhaven Camp in Coeur d’Alene from March 4-6th.
SPARKS is an all-expenses-paid retreat especially tailored for new teachers to discuss top-of-mind issues. Topics can be anything from professional development to planning for retirement. Facilitated by peers, this gathering gives participants to come together to share, learn, have fun, and build a learning community.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Working For You Archive
- In Region 1 (now you all know that is far North Idaho) there is another Building Representative training scheduled for the West Bonner EA on January 6, 2022. This training will focus on the basics of the Building Rep role, including things like member mapping, building a community, conversing with potential members, career advancement for members, and how to plan compelling social events. If you are in Region 1 and are interested in scheduling a Building Rep training for your local, contact Region 1, Director Denise Cobden, at email@example.com.
National ESP Day Honors Our Amazing Classified Staff – November 26, 2021
- Several local associations put together tokens of appreciation for their classified staff as recognition of National ESP Day. In Region 1, NIEARC (North Idaho Education Association Retired Council) spearheaded Operation Cookie Drop and stuffed 500 cookie packets for classified staff in Coeur d’Alene elementary schools.
The Kootenai EA has now finalized their first Master Agreement in seven years! After 225 days of bargaining, the members and the district both ratified the deal last week. This is such an inspirational accomplishment and evidence of what locals, even smaller ones, can achieve through organizing and unifying. Congratulations especially to Kootenai EA President Michael Stroh and negotiations team member Shelley Bresnan, who (with able assistance from Region 1 Director Denise Cobden) were able to bargain for Master Agreement that includes:
- A defined workday and additional compensation for non-teaching duties.
- Daily prep time with reimbursement for lost prep time.
- Additional advancement on the salary schedule for education credits and/or a master’s degree.
- Thirty days notice for a mandatory teaching reassignment.
- Agreement on a grievance procedure.
Kudos to the Kootenai EA for their perseverance in moving toward their first bargained master agreement in seven years. At a recent bargaining session, the local came to a verbal agreement with the district, with plans to solidify matters through a signed tentative agreement.