February 24

NEA RA Delegate Nominations

This year, NEA’s Annual Meeting is in Orlando, Florida, July 1, 2015 through July 6, 2015.

The Representative Assembly (RA) meets July 3, 2015 through July 6, 2015.

BGEA is sponsoring four (4) individuals to be delegates to the RA.

BGEA will be paying for travel, accommodations (double occupancy), meals and incidentals.

You would need to arrive in Orlando on the 30th of June, and would fly home on the 7th of July.

You have a state-caucus on the 1st, have the 2nd off, and are on the RA floor the rest of the time.

 If interested in being a delegate, click HERE

Nominations will close at 5pm on Monday, March 2nd.

Voting will take place no later than March 13th.

January 30

EEA Diversity and Social Justice Conference


Closing the Achievement Gap

Diversity and Social Justice in SW Washington

March 21, 2015
9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Union High School
6201 NW Friberg-Strunk Street
Camas, WA 98607

Registration Form

Jeff Charbonneau, 2013 National Teacher of the Year, will deliver our keynote address on “Small Thoughts, Big Dreams“.  Our job as educators is to teach students of all backgrounds and of all abilities, to be successful, no matter the circumstances.  Period.  The question is how.  He will share how both strategies are utilized by Zillah High School (which has a 96% graduation rate) and those that he witnessed while traveling across the US as the 2013 National Teacher of the Year.

The day also features 20 break-out sessions. Topics include:  ~Working with Latino Families   ~Suicide Prevention   ~Bullying   ~Human Trafficking   ~Emergent Bilinguals  ~Math for social justice at both elementary and secondary levels   ~Family Resource Center  ~Closing the Achievement Gap through Biliteracy and Bilingualism   ~Cultural Agility: Responding to Student Voice (including content linked with TPEP / 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning)   ~A Closer Look at Educational, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity   ~And Many More….  A complete list of breakout sessions is included in the registration document, and can be found here.

We are also excited to have Dr. Paul Hernandez, our keynote speaker from 2013, who is returning to host two breakout sessions on “The Pedagogy of Real Talk”   

The event is FREE to EEA members (with a good faith deposit), $75 to WEA members, and $175 to other participants (Principals, Classified staff, student teachers, etc).  Six clock hours will be available and lunch will be provided.   This conference is presented by the EEA Minority Cadre. 

Don’t forget to mail your completed form and registration fees to the Evergreen Education Association as indicated on the form (in case you still need it, click here to get the registration forms).  Registration will be limited to 120 participants so get your forms in quickly!

January 30

Legislative Event

Let’s tell our legislators we hope toasdf KEEP THEM OUT OF JAIL

this session!

The legislature was ruled in contempt of court, as they have not abided by the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision.

McCleary established the legislature had violated the Washington Constitution by not upholding its paramount duty

to fully fund public education


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Columbia River HS Gymnasium

800 NW 99th St; Vancouver, Washington 98665

9:00 – 11:00 AM


Legislators from the 17th, 18th, and 49th Legislative Districts are invited to OUR Town Hall Meeting with teachers and school employees. All educators need to attend and WEAR RED for public education! We must send a message to the legislature – – a successful session MUST provide professional compensation, implement I-1351 class size reduction, and implement McCleary!


January 28


How Much are YOU Owed?!!!

Click HERE for an Excel Spreadsheet model that deals specifically with individual losses due to the COLA (I-732) freeze imposed by the legislature in the last several years.

The output of the model is a fake check that looks like this:



To use the model:

Click on the image of the check:

  1. Open the “Your Placement” tab and enter the district where you worked and your placement based on education and years of experience (note that you have to select the same district for all years, and the numbers will change if you switch from, say, Everett to Seattle because some districts are grandfathered and some are not);
  2. Now move to the “COLA Crush Check” tab to see the check that the legislature should cut based on the damage they’ve done (not including interest and pain and suffering) to the individual’s compensation in the last 7 years.
January 28

TPEP Training Opportunities

Your BGEA Exec Board has worked with WEA Riverside to provide two BGEA-Member-Only TPEP training events! These will be similar to the trainings offered last year through WEA Riverside.

TPEP: Evidence and Artifacts, Thursday, February 26th


TPEP: Student Growth Goals, Tuesday, April 14th


Both are limited in number to the first 80 folks that RSVP on the links provided above.

For more information, click on the links above.

Hope to see many of you there!

January 20

Carhartt @ Work

Use your BGSD name badge as proof of BGEA membership!

On behalf of your Carhartt Cascade Station store we would like to welcome you to Carhartt At Work!

 Since 1889, America’s working men and women have inspired every needle we thread at Carhartt. Beyond building some of the most darn-near-impossible-to-wear-out workwear ever triple stitched, what more could we do by way of thanks? Plenty as it turns out.

 We are happy to introduce to you our Carhartt At Work program. Your company has registered and been approved for membership in this exclusive benefits program.

 With your free membership, you and your employees will;

•             Earn 15% discounts on Carhartt clothing purchases (for all products other than FR)

•             Earn 10% discount on Flame Resistant (FR) workwear purchases

•             Receive dedicated, in store service

•             Get free price quotes on large orders

•             Benefit from flexible shipping to locations of your choice (cost varies)

•             Get access to exclusive Carhartt At Work events outside of regular store hours.

 You can earn your discount at your local Cascade Station Carhartt store. You can also receive benefits at any of our other Carhartt retail locations throughout the country. Go to Carhartt.com and click “Find a Retailer”, find “Visit our Carhartt Store Locations” and click “Go” to see our other stores.

 Exclusions: The Carhartt At Work Discount cannot be used in conjunction with other in store offers, sale prices, coupons, or gift card purchases. Discounts do not apply to purchases made online at carhartt.com, or to shipping costs.

 We are dedicated to getting you the items you need to get the job done so please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or comments!


 Carhartt: Cascade Station    



10243 NE Cascades Parkway, Portland, OR 97220

December 8

Nominations for WEA RA

Nominations for WEA Representative Assembly are now open. They will remain open until the January 28th BGEA Rep Council meeting.

When: April 23-25, 2015
Where: Bellevue–Meydenbauer Center

BGEA can have a total of 16 delegates attend (12 delegates and 4 successors).
I will be attending in my role as WEA Board Director for Riverside, and thus I am not figured into the count for BGEA.

BGEA will pay for the cost of lodging (double occupancy) as well as mileage (carpool is expected), meals and sub costs.

The WEA Representative Assembly is the body which directs the business of the state-wide organization for the next year. Members propose, debate and vote on new business items. Those attending represent the entire BGEA membership.

Anyone in good standing with the Association may be nominated. A ballot will be put forth the first week of February to determine delegates and successors.

As a rep to the RA, you are required to attend all business sessions and actively participate in the follow-up of the RA. It is important to consider that the actions done at the RA will impact us next year.

For example, the delegates to the 2014 WEA RA approved going ahead with getting I-1351 on the Ballot. It is expected that those who attend the RA also participate in follow-up activities.

If you would like to be nominated or have someone you’d like to nominate, please send me an e-mail with their name and school. You may self-nominate if you’d like.

~Ted Schelvan


December 4

TRS Plan 3 Changes!!!



In the interest of fair choice…  Please remember that there are many choices.   If you log into the BGSD Benefits site, you will get the attached approved vendor list.  This list is old (2009) so phone numbers may not be good.  The district HR department may have newer info.

The retirement plans link have forms like beneficiary change forms.  It is a good idea to check your accounts to see if things are organized as you wish them to be regarding beneficiaries, amount of contribution etc.  You can log in to see how your accounts are going.  There are also retirement calculators that help you plan.

If you want to know good investment advisors— ask your peers, family members etc.    You can interview advisors as well.

This choice you make this January is important.   BGEA wants you to know your choices.

To make this even easier, here is the third-party district website for benefits:


Password is:   BGSD

From the left hand menu, you can connect with many good resources.   Use the Retirement ones and the annuities and deferred compensation links to review  choices.

Don’t forget that credit unions, banks and newspapers have great retirement info resources as well!