good morning to all of you who voted yesterday or before. good morning to all of the people who phonebanked, hustled, door knocked, lit dropped, stood at the polls, and drove people to the polls.
We are all on tenterhooks as we await all the election results but we can celebrate Governor Roy Cooper! Two things today:
- Come to the bull (CCB Plaza) this afternoon – Celebrate Democracy and Protect our Votes: DAE is co-sponsoring this event on Wednesday from 3-5pm. In the event that election results are unfairly challenged, or *someone* attempts to declare victory early, we need to show up big to protect our votes and show mass support for a fair election process.
if you haven’t gotten swept away in the wind, read this update!
CLICK HERE to register for DAE Listens – A Conversation about School Re-opening in Durham, at 4:00 pm on Monday, November 2nd.
We apologize for the short notice. Dr. Mubenga has shared with us that he intends to present a partial-reopening plan to the Board of Education on November 19th. DAE has been meeting with Dr. Mubenga and DPS leadership throughout this process. DAE has not endorsed the plan that Dr. Mubenga is proposing, but we have listened to it and asked many questions. Dr. Mubenga is asking us to help elevate the voices of educators so that we can make adjustments to his proposal that our staff feels strongly about. To do that well, we need to hear from each and every DPS employee so that we can share what we know about the contours of the proposed plan with you, and listen to your concerns.
- WHAT: DAE Listening Session regarding school reopening in Durham: http://bit.ly/DAEListens
- WHEN:4:00 pm, Monday, November 2nd
- WHY: Mubenga has asked DAE for feedback on the plan before he presents it. We need to hear from you — the educators and support staff that care for our students each day, in order to be clear with Dr. Mubenga and the Board of Education about what our staff needs to see in any such plans in order to feel safe and supported.
- WHERE: Via zoom – To register, go to http://bit.ly/DAEListens— please share this link with all DPS staff members, and encourage them to join.
It is important to note that Dr. Mubenga has been clear that this planning process is about developing a plan that could be used to re-open on the assumption that safety metrics related to COVID community spread show we can do so as safely as possible. We will be talking about a plan, but we also know that if there is a spike in COVID over the winter, those plans will have to be put on hold in the interest of public safety.
Please share widely with Durham Public Schools Staff – you do not need to be a DAE member to attend!
Also don’t forget that open enrollment closes tomorrow!!!!
happy friday to everyone who has already voted or has a plan to vote
happy friday to everyone who has already volunteered to phonebank or has signed up to phonebank in the next couple of weeks
to everyone else, there’s still time. not a lot…so…get on that.
good morning to everyone who has already signed the petition ❤
If you haven’t had a chance to sign the petition, you can still join the thousands (y’all…literally thousands) of public school workers, students, parents, and supporters who have signed on to the three tenets of a safe re-entry:
- Maintain at least 2019-20 levels of funding and staffing for the 2020-21 school year
- Fully fund the requirements for reopening of schools determined by the State Department of Health and Human Services as specified in the Strong Schools Public Health Toolkit.
- Direct appropriate decision-making bodies to meet with public school employees, convened by the North Carolina Association of Educators, for the purpose of co-creating conditions of re-entry that respect the concerns of our students, families, and staff (i.e. safety, healthcare, teaching and learning, racial and economic justice, etc.)
We know that the work doesn’t stop with our petition though. It requires escalating action. And we’re willing to take it.
But just like everything else we do as a union, we aren’t doing it alone! Join us for our Mass Meeting on August 5th at 5 PM to help us plan for continuing the petition and escalating actions! Already planning on coming? Bring 3 people. Already have 3 people? Bring your whole building.
While you’re at the stoplight during the car caravan, you can read the first book in the Anti-Racist PD Series hosted by Turquoise LeJeune Parker (just kidding, please don’t read while you’re driving… that is super dangerous – but you can listen to the audiobook though)Sign up HERE!
hello summertime loves
A couple of things coming at you:
- Durham Association of Educators’ Statement on School Re-Open Plan
- NCAE Petition on the Terms of Re-Entry
- DAE Mubenga Town Hall
- DAE Juntos en la lucha: Foro Comunitario Digital
Durham Association of Educators Statement on School Re-Open
The Durham Association of Educators is issuing the attached statement expressing our concerns that, so far, the State and Federal government have not provided public schools with the human or capital resources that we would need to ensure a safe and equitable return to in-person instruction in August.
Everyone is saying that these are unprecedented times. But the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic shutdown has exposed what we already knew: privatizers and their supporters in our legislature have been starving our schools to death. We’ve already been fighting for years to stop legislators from prioritizing corporate tax breaks over funding our futures. Now vultures are circling as politicians push us to choose between our children’s and our communities’ safety or our ability to make a living.
We say: There is another way. Public school workers have already facilitated a monumental transformation to ensure children continue to learn, schools and families stay connected, and the millions of urgent needs that we meet in our schools every day continue to be met in the middle of a global pandemic. The world has learned what we already knew: every public school worker is essential. Caregivers can’t go to work, businesses can’t run, our economy can’t function if our schools aren’t in operation.
By acting together, we have the power to determine the conditions in which we will return to in-person instruction. As front line workers who know how best to meet our children’s educational needs, we have the responsibility to ensure we do so safely.
Our Schools. Our Safety. Our Say
DAE Town Hall with Guest – Dr. Mubenga
Dr. Mubenga agreed to do a town hall with us to discuss Plan B for the reopening of schools and why it was chosen and voted on by the DPS school board. DAE leadership felt that it was extremely important for teachers and staff to be heard and listened to by district-level leadership. Please click this link to register. If there is a question you want to ask, please make sure you submit it when you register.
DAE Juntos en la lucha: Foro Comunitario Digital
DAE is holding a digital Town Hall in Spanish to discuss COVID-19 and the upcoming school year. We invite all Spanish-speaking DPS staff, parents, students and families to attend. Please help spread the word about the event by passing this invite on to Spanish speaking co-workers and families you know. Event info, registration form link, and Facebook event are below.
Hola a todos
La asociación de educadores de Durham presenta: un foro comunitario digital (las escuelas públicas y COVID-19) totalmente en español. Vamos a hablar sobre COVID-19 y el plan para el año escolar que viene. Sus voces son importantes y queremos saber sus preocupaciones, pensamientos y ideas. Por favor comparten el enlace para registrarse con su comunidad. Esperamos que muchos estudiantes, padres, trabajadores y miembros de la comunidad participen. Si necesitan ayuda con la registración puede mandar un texto a Ellen al 919-886-4214 o Mercedes al 919-351-5102.
Find some Anti-Racist Resources here and check back often for more!
If you didn’t join us for the Town Hall last week, you can still watch the event here!
We want to gather data on our collective priorities as we develop plans to get through this pandemic TOGETHER. So, we need all Durham students, educators, families, and community members to take a few minutes and fill out this survey.
A whole lotta things!
The candidates for NCAE Leadership endorsed by Durham Association of Educators WON! Congratulations to Tamika Walker Kelly and Bryan Proffitt. More congratulations to Turquoise LeJeune Parker who was elected to serve as our National Education Association Director!
Shout out to all of our Durham Association of Educator members who were elected as delegates to the National Association of Education Representative Assembly:
- Bryan Proffitt
- Turquoise LeJeune Parker
- Michelle Burton
- Symone Kiddoo
- Kristy Moore
For your Executive Board – you all have elected the following members to serve YOU!
- Vice President – Turquoise LeJeune Parker
- Secretary – Nicholas Graber-Grace
- High School Director – Lisa McCool-Grime
- Elementary Director (1 of 2) – Lisa Gerardi
- ESP Director – Deborrah Bailey
- Member At Large – Carlos Perez
The best announcement of all… WE HAD 59% OF OUR ELIGIBLE MEMBERS CAST A VOTE! Y’all. This is amazing!!! All due to your hard work of engaging your co-workers in this important democratic process for our union!
We will hold our Monthly Mass Meeting virtually on Tuesday, April 21st from 5 – 7pm. Michelle will send out an email with the zoom link and Lisa McCool-Grime has already sent the zoom link to building liaisons. If you have not received the link, please check in with your District Organizer. We will not post the zoom link on social media or on the website for safety reasons 🙂 you know, those pesky zoombombers.
Trying to stay up to date with the Covid Craziness? Visit our Covid-19 page for updates and resources. Have information to share? Email Symone Kiddoo at email@example.com
hi my fellow quarantinees.
I hope you are all taking all the precautions necessary to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. This is a difficult time for everyone from food insecurity, job insecurity, health insecurity, and anxiety about the virus.
The last communication received about days this week from the district (things are constantly in flux):
3/16 – 3/18:
- All certified staff: may come in to work; take leave; or work from home. If working from home, please alert your supervisor like you normally would for an absence (email, text, etc.) Complete “time recording for remote working” form if not physically at school.
- All classified staff (except IAs): treat this day as you would during your spring break. You may work or take leave. You may work from home if your supervisor approves this, and has a documented need for work. You must send an email request and receive an email confirmation back from your supervisor in order to work from home. This must be done on a daily basis. Complete “time recording for remote working” form if approved for working remotely. Instructional assistants (95%) are paid on a separate pay schedule that accounts for all workdays. They do NOT have to designate leave, because workdays are already accounted for in their pay schedule
3/19 & 3/20: Annual Leave
- 10-month certified staff: Annual leave day deducted as it normally would during spring break. Certain annual leave days are built into the calendar. No work from home option. Take a break and practice self-care.
- 10-month classified staff: Annual leave day deducted as it normally would during spring break. Annual leave days are built into the calendar.
- 11 or 12-month classified or certified staff: may either report to work; take leave; or work from home if your supervisor approves this, and has a documented need for work. You must send an email request and receive an email confirmation back from your supervisor in order to work from home. This must be done on a daily basis. Complete “time recording for remote working” form if approved for working remotely.
We know there are a lot of questions about food for students, work requirements, and how to support our communities. Organize 2020 is hosting a daily statewide call for, at least, the remainder of this week at 5pm. If you would like to participate, you can register here. They will share out their Shared Resources folder with links for kids and educators.
Please keep an eye out for an email from Michelle Burton regarding food for kids! We are also working on a page to host links to the resources in Durham soon.
In the meantime, be good to each other and be good to yourself.
Our monthly mass meeting is TONIGHT from 5 – 6:30. We will be working on our organizing plan to make sure people are ready to vote! If you’re like me and need to have all of your materials ready with extra #2 pencils, you can find a copy of the Internal NCAE Elections Workplan HERE or in Organizing Materials.
I hope everyone is well-rested after Primary week. Sad to see election work go? Well fret not my dears, internal elections are just around the corner! A room full of you beautiful people sat (or stood) in a room together in February, listened to candidates for NCAE positions, asked thoughtful questions, and decided to endorse Tamika Walker Kelly for NCAE President and Bryan Proffitt for NCAE Vice President. This was meaningful and important labor but just as meaningful is putting work behind those endorsements.
Our Mass Meeting (tomorrow!) will have time dedicated to setting your organizing plan to make sure people are able to vote and ready to vote for our endorsed candidates!
We are also holding a Classified Staff Mass Meeting (classified staff are still welcome to the mass meeting on the 10th as well, this is just a special one, just for y’all) on March 28th from 10:00 – 12:00. In order to better serve our classified staff, we are having a classified DAE meeting every other month to keep our classified members informed and to hear their issues and concerns that greatly impact them. Location coming soon!
Lastly, the Race, Power, & Our School Board Endorsements Workshop has been rescheduled for March 17th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Location TBD. If you have questions about the workshop, you are welcome to reach out to Michelle Burton directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-283-9071
RSVP for the workshop at: bit.ly/DAEsbe2020
We had an amazing member meeting on Tuesday!
If you missed it, fret not! Here is the link to the one-pager on our Internal Election Endorsement – NCAE President and NCAE Vice President! And here it is in Spanish 🙂 Hype about the leadership of our statewide union? Find out more here!
Here is the information on how to get connected to our External Election Endorsed Candidates for County Commission and School Board. Trying to remember who they are? Find it here in English and here in Spanish!
What is the Durham Association of Educators?
The Durham Association of Educators (DAE) is a local affiliate of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) and the National Education Association (NEA), the largest teachers’ union in the country. We are a member-led organization of educators and allies, committed to leading the fight to defend and transform public schools so that every young person can achieve their full potential and live happy and healthy lives. We believe that educators, in collaboration with parents, students, and community allies, have the knowledge, skills, and power to build the schools and communities that ALL Durham residents deserve.
What do we do?
DAE is committed to developing worker leadership within Durham Public Schools, organizing our school buildings and communities, and winning the schools that our students, parents, and educators deserve.
- Students at the Center
- We believe in our students and their ability to be happy and healthy, to achieve their fullest potential, and to transform the world. Their learning conditions are our working condition, and our futures are inseparable. Our work centers their lives.
- A Commitment to Racial and Social Justice
- Educators have a special responsibility to understand, and intentionally work to undermine, racism and other forms of injustice in our curricula, our classroom cultures, and our relationships with our students, our parents, and each other. Our collective future depends on it.
- Educators, organizing alongside our students and their parents, are the most potentially powerful force in the state of North Carolina. We accept the responsibility of rank and file educators to lead, and constantly develop and support new leaders, in a movement that unites the majority of the people in this state and wins the schools and communities our students deserve.
- Collective Care
- We are in this together and none of us will get what we need or deserve by acting alone. We are committed to caring for, and supporting one another, as a union family, through good times and challenges.
- We Fight to Win
- We believe that change happens when people act together in strategic ways, build broad alliances, critically reflect on their successes and the challenges of their work, and contend for power in a variety of ways. For our students, our co-workers, and ourselves, we take our work seriously and look to be as effective as possible.
- We do the most difficult job on the planet and it is hard to sustain ourselves amidst our challenges. We are committed to a culture that consistently recognizes and celebrates victories, big or small, and rejects hopelessness and fear.
How can you get involved?
To join the organization, please contact Bryan Proffitt at email@example.com or (919) 210-9256. You can also follow us on Facebook (Durham Association of Educators), Twitter (@DurhamEducators), or Instagram (@durhameducators).
You can also join now online by clicking here.