NEA grant to CEA expands Peer Assistance and Review program

Peer Assistance and Review (PAR), one of CEA’s most successful programs, is now expanding. The program will now serve second-year teachers in the Briggs and Linden-McKinley feeder patterns. PAR II will be facilitated by a PAR Consulting Teacher and the building principal.

Support for PAR II is being provided by CEA’s $1.25 million grant from the NEA Foundation. One of CEAs goals is to strengthen teacher preparation and build a stronger web of collaborative support.

PAR will provide two full years of mentoring, assistance and review for these teachers. The extended PAR program will focus on:

* Professional self-reflection assessment
* Identifying four goals for the year
* Building and maintaining a professional portfolio to track progress and goal completion

PAR is a national model. For more than 20 years, the district and the Association have worked together to sponsor and mentor new teachers and those who find later that they need assistance. PAR ensures that there is a high quality teacher in every classroom.

CEA President Johnson Welcomes 300 New Members

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CEA President Rhonda Johnson addresses 300 new CCS teachers.

CEA President Rhonda Johnson, Vice President Sally Oldham and other dignitaries from CCS welcomed 300 new teachers to the Columbus Education Association at the annual New Teacher Luncheon, held on August 20, 2009 at The Westin Columbus.

“I’m proud to say I’m a Columbus City Schools teacher,” said Johnson, “and proud to say that I am a member of CEA.”

The newly hired teachers are the latest educators to start the Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) Program, now in its 23rd year of implementation. Adapted from the Toledo Federation of Teachers and instituted in Columbus in 1986, PAR has proved to be an invaluable resource for rookie teachers in the district.

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