SEA-side with Chery 8-31-17

Happy Thursday – I hope Map testing is going well for all.


  • A number of you have contacted me regarding the middle school endorsement that pops up when you enter your CPDUs in ELIS on the ISBE website (that enough acronyms in a sentence for ya?) We are in compliance here is D54. The only reason you would need to worry is if you were considering changing grade levels and you do not hold a license that covers all levels (if you only have a K-6 and want to change to 7th grade you could not do that until you received an endorsement). The good news is that ISBE is offering cohort classes for middle school endorsement. Watch for details coming from soon from the district.
  • I attached the unique days calendar – changes in Sept 20th is a ½ day – Dec 20th was highlighted incorrectly.  All Mondays/Fridays after spring break are considered unique work days and should not be taken off. If you need to take a personal day, do it – you will need a letter with a BRIEF explanation as to why you need a personal day for those days – no letter for a sick day unless it is your 4th day in a row! HR is looking at patterns not the occasional day requested.
  • New Bylaw Language – please review and contact me if you have any questions about adding the committee to our Bylaws. We are not accepting names for training at this time J
  1. Special Committees (page 9)


  1. Special Committees/Chairs may be established, as needed, by the Executive Board, subject to approval by the Representative Assembly. These committees shall be appointed to serve any purpose as needed by the Association and shall be responsible for reporting directly to the Executive Board and the Representative Assembly.  The President shall appoint each chair.


  1. The Trauma Informed Schools Committee Chair shall be responsible for bringing the message of trauma-informed education to our school buildings.  The Chair will also bring emerging best practices to confront childhood trauma and toxic stress to our school buildings.  The Chair may seek out committee members to support these tasks.  The committee shall assist with research and the planning of presentations.  The Chair and the committee shall be supported by the Executive Board, IEA-NEA resources, and the UniServ Director.


  • Finally – A number of us attended the NEA-RA (the National Education Association Convention) in Boston in July where Illinois was honored for their work with the ACES program, Trauma Informed Schools and Paper Tigers. The Trauma Informed Schools Committee run through your union, will be training all schools in the trauma informed methods in November. Below is the link of the celebration at the NEA-RA when it was announced that Illinois won this award. Ctrl + click to watch the short presentation (it’s 4 minutes long)


Have a great rest of the week and enjoy the long weekend – you deserve it!!


PS Some Labor Day trivia –

We’ve all heard about the old-school etiquette rule about not wearing white after Labor Day. So where the heck did it come from? It’s hard to say, but Time magazine article posts that it had to do with the well-heeled wearing white during their summer vacations and then changing back to dark colors for when they returned to their sooty, dusty city, wherever it was. What I say: Wear whatever you want!

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The New York Tribune reported that, “The windows and roofs and even the lamp posts and awning frames were occupied by persons anxious to get a good view of the first parade in New York of workingmen of all trades united in one organization.”

The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year, four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska and Pennsylvania had followed suit.

Who founded Labor Day? Well, that’s a bit of a dispute. Some records point to a union guy named Peter J. McGuire, who was general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and co-founder of the American Federation of Labor. He reportedly wanted a day to “honor those who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.” In other words, the American worker. But recent research points to Matthew Maguire, a machinist and secretary of a local International Association of Machinists in New Jersey, proposing the holiday in 1882. A picnic and demonstration was reportedly planned to celebrate.

After the first eight states created their own Labor Day holidays, by 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

(By Rosie Purdy (Patch Staff) – Updated August 22, 2017 Across America Patch Post)



Chery Anderson

SEA President

Schaumburg School District 54

Schaumburg IL

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