Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Register for NEA MB & Check Out Our August Savings

Thanks to all of you who continue to support the profession with your membership and involvement.  Now that some of our opening dash has slowed down a little bit, it's time for us to help you start saving money using your membership.

So, let's get you signed up if you're not already signed up.  You'll have to click the "READ MORE" tab right below this and follow these steps:

LCEA Works for Me Tips for Teachers by Teachers August 31, 2010


Smack It!

"Here's a fun way to review vocabulary. Write a variety of vocabulary words all over the board. Divide the class into two teams and choose one representative from each team to come up to the board. Give them a fly swatter with which they are to 'smack' the correct vocabulary word upon the teacher's prompting. Whoever smacks first wins a point for their team. Prompts may be English translations, complete the sentence, opposites, synonyms or any other creative question the teacher can make up. This game gets the kids moving! In the event the 'smackers' don't know the answer, the other students (who have been paying close attention) have an opportunity to answer it for the point!"

Monday, August 30, 2010

Nominate an LCEA Teacher for the Excellence in Education Award!

Each year, the Iowa State Education Association in partnership with the Iowa Farm Bureau, WHO News Radio, KDSM FOX 17, and STAPLES, awards one winning educator and four runners-up with our Excellence in Education award. Awardees are honored for their outstanding contributions and going the extra mile to make a difference in the lives of their students each and every day. This year’s banquet will be held on Thursday, November 18 in Des Moines. We are asking for your help in nominating a special educator for the Excellence in Education Award, or by passing the nomination form along to someone else who would like to nominate a special educator who has helped their child. Deadline for submission of nomination forms is October 8th.

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Lewis Central Education Association Welcomes Our New Colleagues to Lewis Central

Originally post July 25, 2010

The Lewis Central Education Association is excited to welcome our 15 new colleagues to LC.  We know that you will do your best to help them in their transition and know that you will do whatever you can to make their transition to LC a pleasant and uneventful one.  We have contacted our new teammates and look forward to them joining "Team LCEA."

  • Nicole Baker, Special Education;
  • Jim Duggan, Head High School Football Coach;
  • Sally Dunn, Vocal Music;
  • Gerald Kreber, Special Education;
  • Daniel Pantoja, Half-Time High School Spanish;
  • Sharon Phelps, Spanish;
  • Andrea Werger, Math.
    • Jim Duggan, Physical Education/Head Football;
  • Kayla Hendrix, Science;
  • Daniel Huntley, Special Education;
  • Marisha Lenz, Literacy & Language Arts;
  • David Pantoja, Half-Time Middle School Spanish.
    • Tressa Cooper, Fifth Grade;
    • Jami Devine, Fifth Grade;
    • Carrie Arnett, Special Education;
    • Natalie Hearn, Vocal Music.
    • Tanya Massey, Special Education.

    Thursday, August 12, 2010

    LCEA Minutes--May 13, 2010

    LCEA March Meeting Minutes
    Date: 5/13/2010
    Place: High School
    Time: Meeting 2 for 2010-2011--4:55 PM

    Officers: Barb Motes, Jennifer Doorlag, Tom McLaughlin, Angie Tucker
    HS Reps: Dave Bergman, Allison Towne, Ruth Kreger (absent) , Kim McLaughlin, Sharon Crawley
    MS Reps: Margot Argotsinger, Beth Frank, Al Lorenz, Dot Sillau
    TH Reps: Lisa Scieszinski (absent), Joanna Stenlund, Kathy Dorsey, Farah Guetter
    Kreft Reps: LoriAnn Brougham, Lee Dwyer

    RACE TO THE TOP: The deadline to sign on as “partners” with the LCCS is Friday, May 14, 2010. There was substantial discussion on whether or not our group’s signature would endorse one of the four options for persistently low-achieving schools. That provision is not part of the second phase of Race to the Top. Phase II has vague language that at the end of the phase, those districts that take the money have to report student growth & that their pay is based on those numbers.
    Concerns about tying pay to student performance was discussed. If we sign on are we saying ok to pay for performance. Although that’s not what the language says, some feel that that “is” what it says. ISEA state representatives on the different state committees for RTTT represent our members well, and there is confidence in the group in the people that represent us at the state level (T. McLaughlin). We need to send the message that we want to be involved, politically. What message do we send if we “refuse" to sit at the table after punitive measures are gone? We should make it clear that we sign on as “partners” with the board.

    Bergman moves that the LCEA sign the Round II Race to the Top application, Sillau seconds. MOTION PASSES.

    ISEA NEWS: ISEA argued last Friday in Polk County District Court that TSS/TQC funds that were stripped should be reinstated retroactively. The Polk County District Court Judge is giving ISEA/IASB and others until June 1st to file additional briefs in support of their respective arguments. A ruling is pending.
    NEW TEACHER T-SHIRTS: Giving new teachers shirts on opening day was discussed. There was discussion about a “disconnect” with the Booster Club. There was a suggestion that LCEA work with the PTA on this (Stenlund).

    Dorsey moves that LCEA give shirts to new teachers, Frank seconds. MOTION PASSES
    LCEA SHIRTS: Shirts will be ordered by many of the LCEA Board members for 2010-2011. The plan for shirts is to make white cotton T-Shirts with the ISEA/LCEA logs on the upper left hand breast pocket. We hope to have these by our August AR Training.

    2010-2011 LCEA MEMBER BENEFITS PROGRAM: Mary Grace Lee of NEA MB has been contacted and will assist us in our LCEA Member Benefits program each month. Some materials will be electronic; others will be in “paper” form. The plan starts in August runs through May. Building representatives will be in charge of distributing materials on specific calendar dates.

    Bill Haigh, NEA Member Benefits/Valuebuilder/Annuities visited with the Board about assisting us in reaching financial goals. A packet was distributed that addresses different strategies to build a strong and healthy retirement. (pink packet)

    LOCAL PROGRAM DIAGNOSIS: A checklist of effective local characteristics was passed out to the LCEA Board to consider as we plan program for next year. As time was late, the Executive Board will look through it on their own time and consider how we might improve program. A survey will be distributed to members and the response of the board and our members will prompt what we do at beginning of next year.

    LCEA CONSTITUTION, BYLAWS & POLICIES: Our current Constitution, Bylaws and Policies do not reflect current practices. These must be revised as these documents govern the Association. The Constitution and Bylaws Committee will review these in small sections to that they review our current practices and more. The committee will be made up of T. McLaughlin-Ex-Officio, Brougham & Tucker--Kreft, Guetter—Titan Hill. We would like another representative from the Middle School.

    2010/2011 PROGRAM: ISEA & NEA have many resources in unit offices and on the website to direct us in developing local program. There are several “to do” lists and packets of information on the NEA, ISEA website and in the offices to help local leaders make local decisions. ISEA also produces a monthly “Super Rep” packet that is sends out electronically. Several expressed concerns that the list arrives “too late” to use meaningfully. We will work to compile these in advance of next year. We are encouraged to “identify” one or two emerging leaders to assist us in active committee work for the upcoming year. We must begin building our future leaders.
    NEW COMMITTEE: Barb Motes and Margie Argotsinger will head up our “Monthly Do-Dads Committee.” The committee will be take on the responsibility of providing members a “monthly” and “visible” LCEA thank you and visibility piece.
    SUMMER CONTACT: Please provide Tom with your contact information and check your email.

    SUMMER CONFERENCE: Will be held in Storm Lake, Iowa on August 3-5, 2010. Stenlund, T. McLaughlin & K McLaughlin will attend. SWUU Scholarships are still available. Let us know if you’d like to participate.

    COMMITTEE & EXECUTIVE BOARD VACA3NCIES: We have two vacancies on the Teacher Quality Committee. Although we appoint members, we will seek self-nominations from the membership. We will use the vacancies to make the Teacher Quality a little more balanced in terms of building and grade level representation. Building Representatives are encouraged to send out email to general members to gauge interest. Questions on criteria to make our appointments was discussed. This was tabeled pending volunteers. We also need a new chair for Teacher Quality Committee.
    Jennifer Doorlag’s LCEA Treasurer office is vacant next year as she has taken another position. Bylaws indicate that we need to hold a special election. Beth Frank volunteered to serve as interim LCEA Treasurer.

    Mary Bleth has also taken another position. The board will approve an appointed replacement.

    Titan Hill: There were several concerns voiced about the process of moving teachers around for next year. Each person needs to fill out a “LCEA Incident” form to share concerns about concerns, professional behavior and to document complaints. If there is no response at the lowest possible level of intervention, we will move forward to next step. LCEA must follow the chain of command if we expect the administration to respect the same process. Teachers need to document specific behaviors.
    LoriAnn Brougham will check into our issue about payment for professional development and curriculum writing outside of the contract year.

    ISEA offers free membership now until August 31st for all people who are not non-members. See sample message on the handout (orange sheet). Please forward to potential members in each building with the sample language or a short note.
    FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS: None were submitted.

    MATERIALS TO DISTRIBUTE IN EACH BUILDING WASD DISTRIBUTED: ISEA cards, stuff to put on lunch tables, folders…Penalties for Public Service folder.
    Motion to Adjourn: Motion—Bergman moved adjournment, Brougham seconded. Motion passed.

    Submitted respectfully,
    Angie Tucker

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010


    GREAT NEWS!  We won!  I just received an email from Dennis Van Roekel and the Jobs Bill passed.  Thanks to everyone of you who helped us win for students, teachers, schools and our country.  Here's the scoop from Dennis.

    Dear Delegates,

    You did it! Just moments ago, the U.S. House of Representatives passed $10 billion in education jobs funding that the U.S. Department of Education estimates will save 161,000 jobs in public schools across the country.

    This funding, which was approved by the Senate last week, will be signed into law by Pres. Obama, and will help many schools throughout the country decrease class sizes and restore critical programs our students need to be successful.

    Thursday, August 5, 2010

    Celebrating the Accomplishments & Benefits of Your LCEA Membership

    Although our most important work is in the classroom, it is only a part of our job.  Advocating for our students, programs in our schools and our schools is also hugely important.  As long as local, state and national policy-makers impact our students and our classrooms, we must be at the table and be the voice for education.  As NEA President Dennis Van Roekel recently said, "if you're not at the table, you're on the menu."  We are thankful that you have taken the responsibility to be a professional in your membership.  Together we can!

    Advocating for you and your career

    We're in the business of advocating for you and your career. When you join the National Education Association, the Iowa State Education Association and the Lewis Central Education Association, you'll immediately have access to advocates and programs to help you reach your professional and financial goals. You'll automatically be protected with professional liability insurance. But that's just the beginning. Take a look at the multitude of other valuable programs and services that membership will bring you.

    Promoting excellence in education through:
    * Professional advice, training and other assistance related to current issues of instructional quality such as teacher evaluation, teacher mentoring and benchmark tests and high school qualifying exams
    * For Education Support Professionals (ESPs), professional advice, training and other assistance related to current issues such as evaluations and job descriptions, combating privatization, contracting out, pay equity and inclusion of special needs students
    * Employee-determined career development and training opportunities

    The Senate has passed legislation to save over 138,000 education jobs!

    LCEA POLITICAL INSIDER--August 5, 2010

    We did it! The Senate has passed legislation to save over 138,000 education jobs! For Iowa this will mean more that 90 million dollars that will save over 1400 education jobs that impact the learning of Iowa's students.

    On August 5, the Senate passed the bill by a vote of 61-39. This victory for educators, students, and our nation was a direct result of your calls, letters, e-mails and personal visits to Senators. Thank you for your incredible efforts!

    LCEA Member Benefits August Featured Benefits: Complimentary Life Insurance & Auto/Home Insurance

    Register to use the NEA Member Benefits website  If you haven't been on the site since August 14, 2009, you will need to re-register to re-access the site.  You can also retrieve lost usernames and passwords here too.

    The NEA Member Benefits Web Site is designed exclusively for NEA Members. Sign on often to take advantage of frequent updates, including new services and giveaways! To make your visits easier and more productive, the Web Site provides program information, a search feature, financial calculators, and easy navigation. In addition to getting the information you need, you can even use the Web Site to request free materials and apply for NEA MB products.

    Suggestions for a Worry Free Year


    As a new school year is about to begin, there are a number of things that our members should review. Whether a first year teacher or a seasoned veteran, these suggestions are intended to help make your school year worry free. Here, in no particular order of importance, are some items to stop and think about.

    Wednesday, August 4, 2010

    Governor Culver Seeks Four Percent Increase In Education Spending In 2012.

    Staci Hupp posts at the Des Moines (IA) Register (8/4) "Iowa Politics Insider" blog that Iowa Gov. Chet Culver (D) announced Wednesday that he wants to increase school spending in 2012 by four percent. The increase "could add up to more than $100 million." Culver also "repeated his plan to expand public preschool to every Iowa 4-year-old whose family wants it."

    The Quad-City (IA) Times (8/5, Boshart) reports that in a speech to the Iowa State Education Association and others Wednesday, Culver "also pledged support for...raising graduation rates for minority students, eliminating the so-called 'achievement gap' by improving curriculum, programs and instruction, boosting professional development, and emphasizing money management for Iowa students." He also noted that the four percent "in 'allowable growth' funding for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2011" would have a price tag ranging "between $300 million and $400 million." The Mason City (IA) Globe (8/5, Boshart) also covers the story.

    Monday, August 2, 2010

    LCEA Megavote--August 2, 2010

    Recent Senate Votes

    Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act - Vote Rejected (57-41, 2 Not Voting)

    The Senate rejected ending debate on this campaign finance disclosure legislation. The bill will likely not return to the Senate floor until September.

    Sen. Charles Grassley voted NO......send e-mail or see bio
    Sen. Tom Harkin voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

    Sunday, August 1, 2010

    Iowa Teaching Standard 1: Student Achievement

    Demonstrates ability to enhance academic performance and support for implmentation of the school district's student achievement goals.


    •Provides evidence of student learning to students, families and staff.
    •Implements strategies supporting student, building, and district goals.

    Iowa Teaching Standard 2: Content Knowledge

    Demonstrates competence in content knowledge appropriate to the teaching position.d


    •Understands and uses key concepts, underlying themes, relationships, and different perspectives related to the content area.
    •Uses knowledge of student development to make learning experiences in the content area meaningful and accessible for every student.

    Iowa Teaching Standard 3: Planning & Preparation

    Demonstrates competence in planning and preparing for instruction.


    •Uses student achievement data, local standards, and the district curriculum in planning for instruction.
    •Sets and communicates high expectations for social, behavioral, and academic success of all students.

    Iowa Teaching Standard 4: Instruction

    Uses strategies to deliver instruction that meets the multiple learning needs of students.


    •Aligns classroom instruction with local standards and district curriculum.
    •Uses research-based instructional strategies that address the full range of cognitive levels.

    Iowa Teaching Standard 5: Assessment

    Uses a variety of methods to monitor student learning.


    •Aligns classroom assessment with instruction.
    •Communicates assessment criteria and standards to all students and parents.

    Iowa Teaching Standard 6: Classroom Management

    Demonstrates competence in classroom management.

    •Creates a learning community that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement, and self-regulation for every student.
    •Establishes, communicates, models, and maintains standards of responsible student behavior.

    Iowa Teaching Standard 7: Professional Development

    Engages in professional growth.


    •Demonstrates habits and skills of continuous inquiry and learning.
    •Works collaboratively to improve professional practice and student learning.

    Iowa Teaching Standard 8: Professional Responsibilities & Ethics

    Fulfills professional responsibilities established by the school district.


    •Adheres to board policies, district procedures, and contractual obligations.
    •Demonstrates professional and ethical conduct as defined by state law and district policy.