SEA side with Chery 12-7-17

Have you ever wondered how you can get involved with the SEA without a big time commitment?  Can you count to 50? If you answered yes to both of those questions, we can use you to help count ballots on December 18th at 3:45 at the RAC.  It’s a fun and easy way to help out our organization and there will be free snacks.  If you’re available, click here ( to let us know you’re coming and we will forward out details as we get closer to counting day.  Thank you!

I wanted to take some time to remind all members how AESOP works when you enter an absence in AESOP.  First, your assignment will be visible to the subs on your preference list who are not already working that day. If no one accepts the position then the system will go to the building preference list, and then the general pool of substitutes to try and fill the absence.  In the event that your absence is created less than 24 hours before the start of the job, AESOP will make the assignment immediately visible to all qualified substitutes. With that being said, on occasions there are absences that are not picked up by a substitute.  In situations when there is a vacancy and no substitute to cover the assignment, the building administration reserves the right to reassign SEA, SEEO and substitute assignments to ensure there is sufficient coverage for all students.  This means, building administration can reassign a paraprofessional with a teaching license, pull resource staff (SST, Social Worker, Literacy Coach, Art, Music, PE, etc.), or reassign a substitute’s assignment to ensure students are attended to at all times. Anyone who covers for an absent teacher and misses their plan time or lunch will be compensated by completing an internal sub coverage timesheet which can be found in all main offices. The district is doing everything they can to recruit and employ substitutes with the skills necessary to do the job, but we all know there is no substitute for you! There is no perfect answer, so please also understand building administration will use their best judgement to fill the open spot. I know that this is concerning for some especially if you are the one that gets the call to cover another class. You will not be evaluated on your ability (or in my case lack thereof) to teach math if you are a music teacher. Every substitute’s first job is child safety and classroom management. As always, if you have questions, contact your building rep. I am always willing to listen and help problem solve with you, too.

Next Monday, your exec team is meeting. If you have concerns you want discussed, please let me know and I will make sure we respond to you.


Have a great Thursday, Keep warm!



PS – In the last century, the east coast of the United States has moved 8 feet further away from Europe! Interesting!

SEA side with Chery 11-30-17

Have you ever wondered how you can get involved with the SEA without a big time commitment?  Can you count to 50? If you answered yes to both of those questions, we can use you to help count ballots on December 18th at 3:45 at the RAC.  It’s a fun and easy way to help out our organization and there will be free snacks.  If you’re available, click here ( to let us know you’re coming and we will forward out details as we get closer to counting day.  Thank you!

If you ordered an SEA t-shirt they are being delivered this week.  We have about 15 extras available first come-first serve, sizes Medium through 2XL.  Send an email to Lori Mobley at if you are interested in purchasing one for $7.

Bargaining Planning Sessions are going well. Very soon we will open the password protected information page on our website. We will have at least one survey that will be coming out. I know you are busy but this is crucial for your team to get the best contract we can. Please respond to the surveys. We will keep them short and to the point.

Funderwear is coming to your building. The community closet is in need or personal items particularly underwear and diapers for all ages. The drive is moving to the following schools – next week your building reps will place a box in convenient place, please do your best to fill it!

Schools for December and January: Addams, Dooley, Campanelli, Einstein, Hanover and Fox.


That’s it for today. I hope MAP testing is going well.


PS – In 1980, the Wile E. Coyote finally caught the Road Runner. He then held up a placard and asked the audience “Now what do I do?” HA!!

SEA side with Chery 11-9-17

Good Morning – I hope everyone is doing well!

I also hope that your first trimester is coming to a successful close.

  1. Attached is the bargaining proposal form. If you have any suggestions they need to be to me before Thanksgiving. The team is already working on proposals. Send it to my personal email or through interoffice mail.
  2. If you are interested in professional development, keep reading J Please submit funding request form (found on if you would like to attend with Region funding for registration, lodging, and meals. Professional Development Conference (Springfield Dec. 1-2)

Session topics include special education, student engagement, classroom technology, retirement planning, classroom management, supporting trans and gender expansive students, ESSA, ACEs, STEM, mindfulness, cultural responsiveness, and many more!

  1. Sign up for the Illinois Educators Action Network – Are you interested in learning more about what is going on at the state level in regards to educators?  Are you interested in taking action on education issues?  Join the IEAN today!  A brief, online registration can be found at the link below.

Happy Veteran’s Day J


SEA side with Chery 10-26-17

It’s Fall and it feels like it.

*    Membership cards are late

Due to a delay in printing at the printing company, membership cards are late in being distributed this year. Please know that you can access your membership card digitally and download it to your mobile device by visiting the Members Only section of the IEA website. If you or your members need assistance doing this, please contact IEA Connect through the “Let’s Talk” button on the IEA website, at 844-IEA-1800 or at

* Nomination forms for our next election are due to Kelly O’Reilly at the RAC by November 20.  If you’re interested in running for Region council, or representing SEA as an association rep or an Ethnic Minority rep at the 2018 IEA Representative Assembly April 19-21.
*The Village Tavern is again offering all D54 members a 20% discount on their meal for the whole month of November in honor of American Education Week. Please show your ID when presented with your personal bill and the discount will be honored.
*Wellness Screenings are being offered again in district. Please take a look at the attached flyers if you are interested.
*Our bargaining proposal sheet is attached.  You may use this one or go to our website fill it out and it will go straight into the folder online – for only my eyes. You do not need to have all the information that is being asked on the form to fill it out.
Have a great weekend – keep warm and dry and if you celebrate Halloween – have a safe and fun Day J


PS – You guessed it, Halloween facts:

  • Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
  • Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday. (Samhain pronounced Sow-in – it’s Gaelic)
  • Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for unique monster carvings!
  • Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
  • Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.


SEA side with Chery 10-5-17

Good Morning. Happy Conferences!!

2 concerns came up at our Executive Board Meeting this past Monday that I wanted to highlight for you. They are as follows and may pertain to the elementary staff more than the jr high. These are direct answers from Dr. Knoll; she was, as always, very helpful and if anyone has questions she asked they please call her.

1 – Accessibility to Science Assessments:

  • The science assessments were originally on CD’s (we were so much lower tech when we made that textbook purchase) but we have added the software to the D54 Software Library so staff no longer needs the CD.  Below is a link to the software library and helpdesk directions to access.  Once logged in, folks can access science and all other software programs.


Software Library:




If anyone needs support with accessing and pulling questions from the software, the helpdesk folks can certainly support.  If anyone needs instructional support, Jim Vreeland could certainly support.

2-Changing PDF assessments into word documents so you may modify them:

  • We want teams to be able to modify the assessments to match the needs of their students so this is something we want to clear up.  Below are the directions we have found folks use to modify the PDF’s without taking a lot of time to modify into Word:
  1. Save the PDF from Benchmark to your desktop.
  2. Open Word
  3. In Word, select “open” and open the PDF from your desktop into Word. By doing so, Word will automatically prompt you to agree to convert.
  4. Enable editing and save the converted Word doc to your desired file location.
  5. Reformat (You do have to open Word though before opening the PDF or it won’t work.)


I (Dr. Knoll) will work with the helpdesk regarding the formatting once in Word so there isn’t a great deal of time wasted modifying.  Ideally, they would be able to cut and paste directly from the Word document.  Again, I’ll work with the helpdesk to make sure this is the case.  Keep you posted on what I find out.

1 – Degrees Not Debt Program – this is the information and work day at the Palatine Office – although I know some are waiting for Danielle Rovner to come to their buildings this training session will help you fill out paperwork and give you details Danielle might not have.

2 – SCORE grants – this is money for you to use with your classes or a club, etc. There needs to be a new employee involved in the grant writing – a new SEA or SEEO member – the NEW DEADLINE is November 3rd – please consider this – I can also get you contact info for someone from the Palatine Office to help you write the grant. They extended because they didn’t have enough applicants! It could be a way to help you get more books in your classroom, new supplies for a project, play equipment, etc. Please consider this!

3 – For those who are thinking about retirement, here is a list of local TRS meetings. You should attend one meeting close to your retirement date – it’s great information – I learned so much last year when I attended.

That’s it – you are the BEST EVER!!

Have GREAT conferences today and tomorrow. And enjoy your extended weekend.


PS – Are you getting your “Fun 15?” Are your students? More info on this later J


SEA side with Chery 9-21-17

Happy (almost) Fall! Not much like fall weather but we will get there I’m sure.

Not much today!

  • Confidentiality – taking a colleague instead of a building rep with you to a meeting with an administrator is not the best idea. Building reps are trained and have information that other members do not.
  • Your membership information is with your building reps. Please make sure you examine it carefully, make any changes necessary and initial that you have done so. If it is correct, you still need to initial by your info.
  • If you are interested in ordering an SEA shirt – your building reps have the info, please see them!

Enjoy the great weather.


PS – Netflix has invented a ‘Netflix and Chill’ button that can be programmed to automatically order food, dim the lights, silence your phone, and put Netflix on the TV. That’s my kind of button!!

SEA-side with Chery 9-14-17

Hello! I hope everyone is having a great morning!

Short SEAside today J

  • On Thursday, Sept 21st, the district is holding a Committee of the Whole @ 5:45 at the PLC. I would love to see some members attend, if possible. The Committee of the Whole is an overview of the district plans for the next few years; construction plans, Chromebook plans, and the state of our finances (which are good). If you truly want to be in the know, this is a great meeting to attend.
  • Our first SEA building rep meeting in Monday. I have 2 requests – if you have concerns that have not yet been expressed, please pass them on to your building rep and if you have an SEA t-shirt, please wear it on Monday to support our association!
  • Lastly,  is the bargaining proposal sheet and electronic submission form (it is also posted on our webpage along with the current contract). Your bargaining team will be meeting very soon to begin the process of creating new proposed language for our contract negotiations. Please take the time to send this to your home computer, fill it out and send it to my personal email so we may use your suggestions/concerns to get the contract we need to continue to be great educators! We cannot do this without your input!!

Thanks for all that you every day ALL DAY – I know how hard you are working to be the best that you can be for your students and parents. You are all SO WONDERFUL!!!

Looks like we are going to have great weather this weekend so I truly wish that you all can get out and enjoy as much of it as possible.



PS – The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket. If only he would have had a marshmallow and some graham crackers with him! YUM!!

SEA side with Chery 9-7-17

Happy September! More MAP this week and I am hoping it is going very well.

  • I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome to Crystal Bush, our new UniServ director. Crystal comes to us from Harper College where she was teaching law. Crystal has a teaching background (high school history) and was an attorney. She has interest in our ACES program and is looking forward to helping us negotiate the best contract we can this year. Welcome, Crystal J
  • On Thursday, Sept 21st, the district is holding a Committee of the Whole @ 5:45 at the PLC. I would love to see some members attend, if possible. The Committee of the Whole is an overview of the district plans for the next few years; construction plans, Chromebook plans, and the state of our finances (which are good). If you truly want to be in the know, this is a great meeting to attend.
  • Below is the chart of the THIS deduction for the current year. If you pay into TRS, you  have this deduction.

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

SEA-side with Chery 8-24-17

It’s a terrific Thursday! I hope you all agree!!

Attachment for today:

  • Unique work days calendar – this calendar shows you the days that we should not be taking off without a written excuse according to our contract. If you have questions, please contact your building rep.

News for today:

  • We can all agree that there is no “substitute” for you in your classroom. Please keep in mind that it is possible that your plans, as excellent and concise as I know they are, might not be completed by your substitute when you are absent. You are the expert, our subs are in a different classroom each day and sometimes two in one day. Many of them are not teachers nor do they have any teaching experience. The district is doing the best they can to get qualified people in but there is a shortage of substitutes all around the country! Our sub pay is comparable with other districts around us.
  • ISBE updated – if you change names, home emails or other significant personal data please let ISBE/ELIS know – if they do not have the correct information they cannot contact you when you are due for renewal – our district is not responsible to renew your license even though HR does inform us when we are up for renewal (which other districts do not do).
  • You should know by now if you are being evaluated this year and who is evaluating you. A director can evaluate you w/o a type 75 license if they passed the evaluation certification which all our district directors have done. If you have questions about your evaluator, please contact me.


Enjoy this beautiful weather! If you need me, my contact info is below.

Check out our webpage and like us on FACEBOOK – Schaumburg Education Association


PS – Listening to music while working helps to create a positive mood, and helps you to become more productive.



Chery Anderson

SEA President

Schaumburg School District 54

Schaumburg IL