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Clearview Education Association represents the teachers of the Clearview Local School District, promoting public education and advocating for its members and the students they serve.

The association is 102 members strong, with every teacher in the district affiliated with the NEOEA, OEA, and NEA. Members take part in workshops, leadership training, and the Rep Assemblies at the district and state levels.

The CEA has received Public Image Mini-Grants, has had two members win a Positive Image Awards and is a four year winner of the NEOEA’s “5 Star Award” for Leadership.

Check here for CEA, OEA and NEA updates. Meeting minutes will also be available under a tab.

Email holly.miller@clearviewschools.org with any comments or suggestions.

 

Healthcare Updates

  • Healthcare Meeting Dates have been established:
    • December 11 at 4 P.M. in BOE conference room
    • March 10 at 4 P.M.
    • May 12 at 4 P.M.
  • In addition to committee members, observers are needed.

 

Enrollment forms for our new insurance plans will be due by November 25th (the Tuesday before Thanksgiving).

OEA welcomes the introduction of legislation to delay the use of high-stakes decisions based on student test scores

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The following post was taken from www.ohea.org in regards to OEA’s position on high stakes testing.

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COLUMBUS — October 21, 2014 — The Ohio Education Association (OEA) today applauded the introduction of House Bill 642 by Representative Teresa Fedor, D-Toledo. The bill calls for a 3-year suspension of high-stakes decisions based on student test scores in measuring student growth and evaluating teacher performance.

“As Senator Peggy Lehner, the chair of the Senate Education Committee, has noted – ‘we are over-testing our kids’,” said OEA President Becky Higgins. “We urge state lawmakers to hit the pause button and determine which tests are actually needed and which are also appropriate for the grade level at which they’re being administered.”

OEA believes that with the use of the new Common Core standards in Ohio schools and the prospect of even more tests being conducted, it is important to take more time to make sure the implementation of these standards goes well.

“We’ve seen what has happened in other states where the hasty implementation of Common Core and the related testing has led to a backlash among parents, students and educators,” continued OEA President Higgins. “We support Ohio’s New Learning Standards, but we want to make sure Ohio gets it right. That’s why we think taking the time to ‘test the tests’ would be a prudent course to follow.”

Last spring, OEA members voted unanimously at their Representative Assembly to support the 3-year delay in the use of high-stakes decisions based on student test results. OEA is pleased that 18 co-sponsors have already signed on in support of Representative Fedor‘s bill.

“We recognize the need for a comprehensive assessment of student growth. But student assessments should not be overly-dependent on the results of standardized tests, “said Higgins. “Students are spending too much time preparing for and taking tests. There needs to be a more balanced approach to identifying the strengths and needs of students.”

NEA’s “Survival Guide” to High-Stakes Testing

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This fall, NEA provides helpful information in the battle against high stakes testing. Follow this link to discover a simple “widget” in which you can easily contact your representative regarding reducing the federal role in testing. You are able to choose representative and senators and edit your message for either e-mail or a printed letter.

Because, despite our best efforts, we are still captive by high-stakes testing, NEA offers a humorous take on how to deal with these stresses. An excerpt from the “survival guide” is below, but you can read the entire article here.

Educator Scenario:

How to Survive Standardized Testing (Clearly Created by Alien Life Forms)

One teacher says on weekends she “wines” a little. She’s fond of Chardonnay. Another says she “protests.” She’s from Seattle. All teachers say they object. They’re from planet Earth, and they realize the standardized testing regime is unfair, unreasonable, and untenable. But until a better method for assessment is finally put into practice, educators have figured out some methods to thwart stress.

First, do not panic. Stress and tests don’t mix and you want your students to be comfortable, even if you aren’t.

Christopher Carey admits to finding testing more stressful than many of his students do. “How very unfortunate: They’re used to it,” he says.

For those who still struggle, help them relax.

“I help my students mellow out by playing games with them during testing weeks,” says Elisheva Creve. “Their brains need a break so they can think clearly.”

Michelle Drummond Mayo advises tapping into what called you to the profession. “Teach, teach, teach with all your heart, and when testing time comes, rev up your students and pack them full of enthusiasm and confidence,” she says. “I always tell my kids we’re going to show the people in Little Rock (our state capitol) what we can do!”

Christy Mansfield tries to model “standing up for what’s right” behavior by not teaching to the test, but around the tests.

According to The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, most UFO sightings are in rural areas, away from bright lights, and near military installations. Tests, on the other hand, are ubiquitous, and survival strategies must be developed by all educators, everywhere. UFO sightings occur most frequently during the summer months, around 9 p.m., with a secondary peak at around 3 a.m. Although testing occurs most frequently in spring, for several hours during consecutive weeks, test prep is perpetual. Vigilance is required.

FCPE

After leading the state in percentage of members(92%) contributing to FCPE two years ago we fell to second place last year with 88%(first place was 89%).  However, just a few years ago near 90% was unheard of across all of OEA.  Our high percentages in CEA the past few years have really driven other locals to step up their numbers as well.  Thank you to all who contribute!

FCPE is the Fund for Children and Public Education.  It is OEA’s PAC fund and goes to support legislators who support us in what we do everyday.

President’s Point

Well, one quarter is in the books. It has been a very interesting beginning to the year. I know I have had some ups and downs in the classroom and out.  Hopefully, you have been mostly on the ups! This year we need to make sure we are staying together and working together. With all the changes, being unified will be very helpful.

I want to remind everyone of a website that will be helpful to visit before you vote in the coming weeks. The site is ohioballot.com and will have all of the OEA endorsed candidates for this election season.  This year there are important races from the top of the ticket to the bottom. Starting with the governor’s race all the way down to the Ohio School Board. From FitzGerald to less know Kim Redfern(candidate for school board) this year’s elections will be very important.

Remember SB5 and vote your profession!

-Joel Gleason