“A good teacher can inspire the mind, ignite the imagination,
and instill a love of learning.” ~Brad Henry
Happy American Education Week! Thank you for all that you do to for the students and families in District 54. We all know day-to-day challenges we face as an educator and we may not always hear those two small words that mean the world to us when we hear them…THANK YOU! As a special thank you to all of our SEA and SEEO members, a basket of extra breakfast treats will arriving in your lounges one morning this week.
NEA’s 98th Annual American Education Week 2019
November 18: Kickoff Day – Time for schools across America to kick a week celebrating excellence in education. This year’s theme is “Reach. Educate. Inspire.” The theme represents the National Education Association’s vision of calling upon all Americans to do their part in making public schools great for every child so they can grow and achieve in the 21st century.
We know every student deserves a great public education, but what exactly does that mean? The NEA wants to hear it in your words! Share your thoughts on social media to celebrate American Ed Week by filling in the blank to one or both of the following:
A great public education is ____________.
This is what a great public education looks like… [insert your photo].
Use the hashtag #AEW2019
November 19: Parents Day – This day is meant to raise awareness about the importance of parent involvement in a child’s education. Research consistently shows that the more parents are involved, the more their children succeed in school. Think about a way you can engage your students’ families and guardians in a meaningful activity or discussion this evening. Consider posting a gratitude on social media to your students’ families/guardians and once again use the hashtag #AEW2019.
November 20: Education Support Professionals Day – What would our schools and classrooms be like without the support of our ESPs? This day honors all of our paraprofessionals and ESPs for their invaluable services they provide to our schools. Think of a Peak Moment you might be able to provide to any of the ESPs your work with today! Share a gratitude using the hashtag #WeLoveOurESPs
November 21: Educator for a Day – Is there are community leader or guest you can invite into your classroom to serve as an educator by working with a small group of students or doing a class read-aloud? Today is a day for others to get a glimpse of a day in the life of an educator.
November 22: Substitute Educators Day – Here’s another example of a group of educators we couldn’t live without…our amazing substitute teachers. We want to thank them for being ready to replace us in a moment’s notice. Next time you need a sub, consider noting an extra thank you to them for the work they do in District 54!
At today’s SEA Building Representative Meeting, the building reps will be receiving the #RedForEd T-shirts you pre-ordered last month. The NEA asks members to wear #RedForEd every Wednesday. So, let’s make this Wednesday, November 20 SEA’s first official #RedForEd day sporting our new shirts. Check out NEA’s Red For Ed Movement page for more information. If your school does their school spirit shirts, Wednesday, then go for Thursday! As a reminder, any member is always welcome to join us at today’s building representative meeting from 3:30 – 5:00 PM in the Board Room.
SEA Member Outing on Wednesday
This Wednesday, November 20, is our first Member Outing of the year. Come meet with members of the SEA leadership, hangout out with members from the across the district, and celebrate American Education Week with us. We will be at the Fox and Hound located at 1416 N. Roselle Road in Schaumburg. Light appetizers will be provided. Please RSVP to me by Wednesday at 12 PM so I can reserve the right amount of space for us.
ISBE – New Professional Development Page
I received an email from HR and Diana Peters wanted me to inform you ISBE rolled out a new Professional Development page last week in ELIS. It is not working and you are not able to enter any professional development. Please hold off entering any PD for a few weeks until it gets fixed.
Important Dates in November
November 18: SEA Building Representative Meeting 3:30 – 5 PM, Board Room
November 18-22: American Education Week
November 20: SEA Member Outing after Staff Development at Fox & Hound à Please RSVP (but if you forget, join us anyways!)
December 9: Feed My Starving Children (6-7:30 PM) – Join Code NM631G
January 13: Addams Community Closet (6 – 8 PM)
May 4: Addams Community Closet (6 – 8 PM)
This Week in History
On November 21, 1877, American inventor Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, a way to record and play back sound; however, he set this invention aside to work on another great invention of his…the light bulb. Edison resumed his work on the phonograph in 1887…but didn’t debut until 1912.
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