American Education Week

American Education Week


The Gwinnett County Association of  Educators (GCAE)


All Our Teachers and Educational Support Professionals

An Awesome, Exhilarating, and Appreciated

American Education Week

~Because you are change –makers, you impact the future of our students and society as a whole.~

This week we will celebrate…



American Education Week History

The National Education Association was one of the creators and original sponsors of American Education Week.

Distressed that 25 percent of the country’s World War I draftees were illiterate and 9 percent were physically unfit, representatives of the NEA and the American Legion met in 1919 to seek ways to generate public support for education.


The conventions of both organizations subsequently adopted resolutions of support for a national effort to raise public awareness of the importance of education. In 1921, the NEA Representative Assembly in Des Moines, Iowa, called  for designation of one week each year to spotlight education. In its resolution, the NEA called for: “An educational week … observed in all communities annually for the purpose of informing the public of the accomplishments and needs of the public schools and to secure the cooperation and support of the public in meeting those needs.”


The first observance of American Education Week occurred December 4-10, 1921, with the NEA and American Legion as the cosponsors. A year later, the then U.S. Office of Education joined the effort as a cosponsor, and the PTA followed in 1938.



So, “Keep on Pushing” like the world is depending on YOU… Because they are!!!


Remember, through your daily efforts and caring perspectives, you have shown the world


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Thank you!

The Executive Officers of GCAE

Thank You ESPs!!

Thank You ESPs!!

ESPDayTO: All the Educational Support Professionals (ESP)

of the world…

FROM: The Gwinnett County Association of Educators (GCAE)

 Thank you!

Because of you, our students have a holistic learning experience… everyday! From the bus driver, to the cafeteria workers, to the clean classrooms and restrooms, and the clerical staff you make the difference!


In honor of November 18th being “National ESP Day”…..We honor you for your commitment and dedication to your work and the students you serve!


Thank you and we wish you continued Success in your area of engagement. No one can do it like you!

 Your GCAE Executive Officers

Fair on the Square= FUN on the Square!

Fair on the Square= FUN on the Square!

Click here for more information on the Fair on the Square

Fair on the Square

Want a great way to spend a few hours on a Saturday? Break the usual Saturday routine and  c’mon out to FAIR ON THE SQUARE (FOS)!!  This is a true GCAE experience where we meet residents and local businesses; as well as the students and families we service everyday!

FOS  is great opportunity for GCAE to inform the community of the benefits and advantages of being a member of GCAE, GAE and NEA. If you would like to learn more about us and/or share our economical, educational and political story with the community,  C’mon out!!! We will have plenty of giveaways and fun, prizes and games for children. Remember, GCAE is…notarized by the membership and families we serve!

Looking to see you there!
Please RSVP to Patricia Anderson (for a volunteer schedule) or contact Jeanette Kimber to RSVP your attendance(


Fair on the Square Highlights

New Executive Board Members Sworn In

New Executive Board Members Sworn In

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We had the pleasure of having our state president, Mr. Sid Chapman, swear in Carol Montgomery as the new Co-President, Jeanne Traylor as the new Vice  President and Breannia Stewart as the Secretary, at our August Board Meeting.

DCH Board Approves 2016 State Health Benefit Plan Options

DCH Board Approves 2016 State Health Benefit Plan Options

DCH Board Approves 2016 State Health Benefit Plan Options
The Board of Community Health today voted to approve the 2016 member contribution rates and plan designs for the Georgia Department of Community Health’s State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP), providing continuity and stability in plan options for members next year. The Board’s vote today establishes the general framework of the plan options for next year, including member premiums.
For 2016, the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) will continue to provide an array of vendors and plan options for our members, with new enhancements, such as increased access to telemedicine and wellness incentive credits rollover. The Board’s vote establishes member contribution rates and solidifies that the following options will be available to SHBP members for the 2016 Plan Year:
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGa) – statewide Gold, Silver, Bronze Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) (exclusively), statewide Health Maintenance Organization (HMO)
  • UnitedHealthcare (UHC) – statewide High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) (exclusively), statewide HMO, Medicare Advantage (MA) Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) standard and premium
  • Kaiser Permanente (KP) – fully-insured HMO for SHBP members who live or work in the 27-county metro Atlanta service area
The current Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) contract with Express Scripts Inc. and the current Wellness contract with Healthways Inc. will continue for the 2016 plan year, and will provide benefits to members who choose to enroll in either BCBSGa or UHC.
To educate members on the 2016 plan options, SHBP will conduct in-person and online member outreach on the plan options prior to and during the state’s Open Enrollment and Retiree Change Option Period. As information is developed, SHBP members can expect to receive details from their payroll location and online at:
Open Enrollment will be held October 19 – November 6, 2015, for the January 1, 2016, start date of the new plan year.


The Power of the NEA,GAE, and GCAE

The Power of the NEA,GAE, and GCAE



In order to provide us with the proper tools to do an effective job GCAE, GAE and NEA have worked very hard to ensure a quality teaching/educational experience for all Teachers and ESPs.  And, no place in the world  was this more evident than at the National Education Association’s Representative Assembly (NEA/RA). One week ago, in Orlando, Fl.  thousands of NEA members from across the nation came together with a sense of shared spirits/ concerns. This Assembly “ROCKED”, as it carried into late night hours, while passionately addressing issues that impact Teachers and ESPs from a local, state and national perspective. It was through the reviewing of proposed amendments to our Constitution, Bylaws and Standing Rules that some discussion reflected upon, i.e.

  • Decision making powers – by changing an NEA Constitutional Amendment (CA) that addressed full membership rights be given to Educational Support Professionals by ensuring that all NEA committees be comprised of at least 75% classroom teachers and accompanying Educational Support Professionals.
  • Financial – reviewing CAs regarding member dues assessments
  • Advocacy – changing the scope of the Great Public Schools (GPS) to include defending Public Schools from privatization
  • Accountability and Responsibility – Reviewing and discussing over 120 New Business Items. One of which specifically requested NEA to speak to a current urban concerns of institutional racism in schools and communities. This request provided that NEA address the momentous issues that shape the lives of the students in the communities we serve.
  • Socialization – To having NEA create A Comprehensive Immigration Reform Organizer’s Toolkit housing NEA branded literature, videos and resources regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This info would be house on the NEA website, helping organizers to engage, educate and empower members and DREAMERS in their local and state affiliates.
  • And much, much more…
Teacher of the Year and Retiring Recognition Dinner

Teacher of the Year and Retiring Recognition Dinner


This is the time of year when…

GCAE takes exceptional pride  in recognizing those members who have given not only their careers choice,  but life commitments to providing a quality educational learning experience,  to the students of Gwinnett County Public Schools. There are no words or dollar amounts  that can express the thanks we owe them.

 Therefore, we invite you to come out and help us celebrate the journey these members have chosen and  successfully completed; whether they are “Retiring” or whether they are the shining examples of ‘Teacher of  the Year”  (TOTY).

 The event will be held… Thursday, May, 7, 2015 The 1818  Club  6500 Sugarloaf Parkway  Duluth, Ga. 30097

  5:30-8:00 PM

        Attire: Dress or Cocktail

          Dinner will be served


And if you are a Retiree or TOTY recipient , please bring a guest with you to help celebrate.  We need you to RSVP to:  no later than May 4, 2015


Please include the yourself  in your RSVP for attendees.

We look forward to seeing you there—Don’t miss this one!!!


The GCAE Executive Board