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Members can register in MLP as a course in the Teacher Institute Seminar Series (TISS). Teachers obtaining 15 hours of qualified TISS training are eligible to request Advanced Academy CEU (AdvACEU). Teachers can earn one AdvA CEU per school year for salary advancement and by DEED for recertification.
The AEA Bargaining Team has reached a Tentative Agreement (TA) with the Anchorage School District for the 2017-18 school year. Below is a summary of the significant negotiated contract language changes and the actual TA.
The team has signed the TA, and the AEA Board of Directors last night voted to recommend ratification, but it is our members who ultimately decide whether to accept these terms or not. Here is the timeline for that process:
* Please take the time to read the summary and TA fully. Thank you for your critical analysis and thoughtful consideration of the TA in its entirety.
* We invite you to attend one of the four all-member meetings, currently being scheduled, in order to meet with the Bargaining Team and ask questions on November 20, 21, 27, & 28, 2017, from 4:30-6:30pm, (locations TBA, pending facility availability, but will likely be held in high school auditoriums).
* An on-line vote will be conducted from 12:01am, Monday, November 27th, through 5pm on Wednesday, November 29th.
* The result of the vote will be released the following day, 11/30.
* If membership votes not to ratify, bargaining will continue with mediation.
* If membership ratifies the TA, it will be forwarded to the ASD School Board for approval. It will first appear on the Non-Action Agenda at their December 4th meeting and then voted on as an Action Item at their December 18th meeting.
* Assuming School Board approval, we would be able to start the new semester off fresh under the terms of the new contract and bargaining would resume in April 2018.
Fresh Flowers Arranged by Students
With proper care and water, this arrangement (17”H x 14”W) will hold its color and petals
throughout the Thanksgiving holiday and 2-3 weeks beyond.
$35 - $45 depending on delivery options
Order for yourself or a friend online at 907bobcats.com
The 5/6 class in the Bowman Elementary Open Optional Program received a $1000 start-up grant from Real World Scholars, an organization that promotes entrepreneurship in schools across the nation.
The students are doing hands-on learning about economics. They decided on their business name, 907-Bobcats, after research and surveys. The manufacturing team took a Saturday flower arranging class to learn how to make the first product, a Thanksgiving centerpiece of fresh flowers. After a product survey, they bought enough fresh flowers to make 80 floral arrangements. They’ve already sold 64! They will be creating the arrangements at Alaska Wholesale Flower Market. Delivery options are available.
The students also are working in collaboration with the kindergarten class to make Handprint Turkey Art Cards, sharing the proceeds with the kindergarteners.
New products will be on the site after Thanksgiving, as this business will continue throughout the year.. The proceeds from all sales will be used to cover costs, for class field trips in the spring, and to donate to charities as part of their community service philosophy.
All their products are available from their on-line store 907Bobcats.com
We need members from the schools listed below to take your turn and try to either show up, or write a letter!
- High Schools: Chugiak & Eagle River
- Middle Schools: Begich & Gruening
- Elementary Schools: Alpenglow, Baxter, Chester Valley, Chugiak, College Gate, Fire Lake, Homestead, Lake Hood, Lake Otis, North Star, Nunaka Valley, Ravenwood, Rogers Park, Turnagain & Willow Crest
- Alternate / Charter: Aquarian, Birchwood ABC, Boniface Education Center, Eagle Academy, Eagle River, Northwood ABC, Stellar, Susitna & Winterberry
Itinerants: Attend with your assigned "home" school
The AEA Bargaining Team met with the District this past Monday. The good news is that progress is still being made. Finances still seem to be the major sticking points, but we are hopeful that creative solutions can be found which address the needs of both the District and our Members. They are scheduled to meet again next Friday, October 27th.
Please click below to read the following current contract negotiations documents-
Your bargaining team has spent countless volunteer hours of their evening, weekend, and summer time to accomplish this herculean task on your behalf.
It is VITAL that each one of our members - aka, YOU - support them when called upon to engage in the public process if we are going to have a contract which attracts and retains the high quality educators that Anchorage students deserve!
Come to the School Board meeting this Monday, October, 23rd, at 7pm, and #WEARPURPLE to show the District that you'd like a contract NOW!
Join us in congratulating AEA's own, Ben Walker as Alaska's 2018 Teacher of the Year. I was honored to join the assembly celebration at Romig this morning where Ben teaches science to his lucky students. Ben graciously accepted the award , acknowledging all the educators at Romig, whom he said share in this honor.