A Recent Update from the National Council of Urban Education Associations

To:        NCUEA Members
From:    Brent McKim, President, National Council of Urban Education Association
Date:     March 27, 2020
Re:        COVID-19 Update and Associations Information

 

We hope that this e-mail finds you and your family in good health and good spirits. As we are all practicing appropriate social distancing and complying with CDC guidelines to prevent community spread of the coronavirus, we wanted to reach out to the NCUEA family to update folks on what NCUEA and NEA are doing to address the needs of our members, students, and families during these challenging times.  

Keeping NCUEA Members Updated  

We want to keep our member informed! NCUEA is joining all state executive director and state president calls with Kim Anderson, NEA’s Executive Director, to make sure we’re in the know. We will be keeping our members regularly updated with information and resources moving forward.  

NEA Coronavirus Website 

NEA launched a novel coronavirus-related website that can be found here. This website aggregates useful information ranging from educators’ rights during school closures, tips on purchasing technology and conducting remote teaching, and on the status of NEA conferences and meetings.  

NCUEA Local Survey: We Want to Learn More About What NCUEA Members Need.  

The consequences of the coronavirus for our members, students, and communities are severe and evolving. We have received many concerns from our membership about how COVID-19 is affecting their school districts and local associations. 

 

·         Please help us by completing a needs assessment of the current situation by completing this survey 

 

Listen to NCUEA’s COVID-19 Webinar with Northshore Education Association (WA) 

On Thursday, March 26, NCUEA hosted a timely conversation highlighting a response to one of the first known COVID-19 outbreaks in the US. The webinar featured Tim Brittell, President,  Northshore Education Association and Michelle Reid, Superintendent, Northshore School District. Resources from the webinar can found here

You can listen to the webinar in entirety by clicking here.  

ESP COVID-19 Issues Webinar  

In partnership with the Center for Organizing, ESP Quality, and Collective Bargaining & Member Advocacy (CBMA) department, we are hosting a webinar focused on issues that education support professionals may be facing during this pandemic. We will be sending out information on the ESP webinar’s date and time shortly. 

NCUEA 2020 Summer Meeting: June 26 –29 Atlanta, GA  

We know that it’s hard to imagine life after quarantine right now – with kids at home, trying to work remotely, and taking care of neighbors and loved ones from afar. We’re hoping that coming together this summer will reinvigorate ourselves and our locals. Below is a summary of our 2020 Summer Meeting. To learn more, click here.  

Defending Democracy: Educators Take Action  

As we prepare to mobilize en mass for the 2020 presidential elections, this conference sharpens our focus on fundamental challenges to our democracy that may be less visible than electoral politics. These issues include the current Administrations’ appointment of conservative justices to the federal judiciary. The laws that they collectively shape will govern our body politic and could have devastating consequences for public education, for women’s rights, and for marginalized and racialized communities.

The 2020 Summer Meeting will bring into focus some of the challenges to our democracy and prepare educators to take action to defend it. 

Share Member Stories  

It’s an uncertain time, and we know you have a lot to handle. Our priority is highlighting the ways educators are stepping up for our students and our communities – whether that’s neighborhood driving parades or distributing packed lunches. That’s where we’d like your help. 

NEA Center for Communications has developed a portal for locals to submit stories on how members have come together to uplift one another and show up for their students. We know it can be isolating to be physically separate from one another – let’s combat that by sharing stories of how we’re building solidarity with one another and our students.  

The next few weeks and months will not be easy, but by keeping ourselves connected to one another – our students, our families, our communities, and our union – and taking decisive, collective action, when needed, we will make it through this crisis stronger.  

In Solidarity, 

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Brent McKim 

President, NCUEA