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ODE is electing three (3) officers and fourteen (14) Category 1 delegates to attend the 2014 NEA RA. Each member is asked to vote for a person for each office and as many as fourteen (14) fellow members to represent the Organization as members of the GAE contingent.

Electronic voting will begin on March 3, 2014, concluding at 11:59pm EST on March 31, 2014. 

Please click the link,    ODE Online Voting   be directed to the secure voting site.

Once the 2014 NEA RA ODE delegate election is complete, each duly elected ODE delegate will be notified via email. Upon notification, each delegate shall review and sign an official delegate agreement form. The signed delegate agreement form verifies each 2014 NEA RA delegate’s commitment to attend the 2014 NEA RA.


Note: Your active ODE membership is verified before you are permitted to vote. Should you encounter any problem, you should contact the ODE office at 678-837-1170 for assistance.



Organization of DeKalb Educators
2014 Nomination Form
 Political Action Committee Positions

Official ODE 2014 Political Action Committee Nomination Form:

Candidates for ODE Political Action Committee Positions must use the Official ODE 2014 Political Action Committee Nomination Form. 

This form should accompany all biographies and photos (jpeg, passport size only) and must be emailed to odecredentialselections@gmail.com or delivered to the ODE Office (by hand or USPS) by 5:00pm on February 7, 2014.

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2014 Elections Procedures and Guidelines for Candidates

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Organization of DeKalb Educators
2014 Nomination Form
Executive Board Positions

Official ODE 2014 Nomination Form:

Candidates for ODE Executive Board positions must use the Official ODE 2014 Nomination Form. 

This form should accompany all biographies and photos (jpeg, passport size only) and must be emailed to odecredentialselections@gmail.com or delivered to the ODE Office (by hand or USPS) by 5:00pm on Friday, February 7, 2014.

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Levi A. Simon, III Scholarship Criteria

Scholarship applications are available for download at www.odegaenea.org and will be distributed to each DeKalb County high school counseling center.

Completed scholarship application packets must be received in the ODE Office by 5:00pm on Friday, March 28, 2014. Scholarship application packets received after March 28, 2014 will not be eligible to receive full credit.

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Application to attend the 2014 NEA ESP Conference

March 7-9, 2014

San Francisco, CA

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Applications must be received in the ODE office by Friday,
January 10, 2014 at 4:00pm.
Electronic submissions are encouraged.







The Voice of DeKalb Educators

An affiliate of the Georgia Association of Educators and
the National Education Association
Organization of DeKalb Educators

Levi A. Simon, III Scholarship Criteria

Scholarship applications will be distributed to each DeKalb County high school counseling center. Completed scholarship application packets must be received in the ODE Office by
5:00pm on Friday, March 22, 2013

Scholarship application packets received after
March 22, 2013
will not be eligible to receive full credit.

>> 2013 Simon Scholarship Criteria and Tips and Application <<






As you all know beginning in January 2012 all DCSS employees will be paid on a semi-monthly basis. Due to this change, the deduction amounts for members who were paid monthly will be altered. Certified and classified members will now pay $24.63 or $13.50 respectively per pay period.
We ask that you please share this information with members in your building. Should there be any questions regarding the aforementioned changes, please contact the ODE Office.





I am please to announce a 10% discount for ODE members at:
J & L Meat Market
3546 Panola Road
Lithonia, GA 30058

The business is owned and operated by June and Orin Lowell.
Show your GAE Access Card when placing your order.
David Schutten
President. ODE




Thanks to the Southest DeKalb PTA for this information!
Do you know any Black males who are seniors in high school who want to go to college out of state for 'FREE'? Several Black Colleges are looking for future black male teachers and will send them to universities/colleges for 4 years FREE.

The 'Call Me MISTER' program is an effort to address the critical shortage
of African American male teachers particularly among South Carolina 's
lowest performing public schools. Program participants are selected from
among under-served, socio-economically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities. The Call Me MISTER program combines the special strengths and resources of Clemson University with the individualized instructional programs offered by four historically black colleges in South Carolina: Benedict College, Claflin University, Morris College and South Carolina State University. To provide even greater opportunity and access, students have the option of first attending one of our two-year partner colleges before! transferring to one of the four-year institutions to complete their baccalaureate degree. In addition, the project has limited enrollment in the middle school Master of Art in Teaching program.

Please click on the participating schools on the menu to the left to learn more about these schools' programs.
Anderson University
< http://www.callmemister.clemson.edu/schools/anderson.html

Benedict College
< http://www.callmemister.clemson.edu/schools/benedict.html

Claflin University
< http://www.callmemister.clemson.edu/schools/claflin.html

Clemson University
< http://www.callmemister.clemson.edu/schools/clemson.html

College of Charleston
< http://www.callmemister.clemson.edu/schools/coc.html

Morris College
< http://www.callmemister.clemson.edu/schools/morris.html

South Carolina State University
< http://www.callmemister.clemson.edu/schools/southcarolinastate.html

Greenville Technical College
< http://www.callmemister.clemson.edu/schools/greenvilletech.html

Midlands Technical College
< http://www.callmemister.clemson.edu/schools/midlands.html

Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
< http://www.callmemister.clemson.edu/schools/orangeburgcalhountechhtml

Tri-County Technical College
< http://www.callmemister.clemson.edu/schools/tricountytech.html

Trident Technical College
< http://www.callmemister.clemson.edu/schools/tridenttech.html

The project provides: Tuition for admitted students pursuing approved
programs of study at participating colleges. An academic support system to help assure their success. A cohort system for social and cultural support.

Visit http://www.callmemister.clemson.edu/index.htm  for more information and online application
or call (800) 640-2657.


Subject: AJC Editorial page on teacher quality for 9/25, op-eds sought

Dear Mr. Schutten:
I got your name from my colleague, Jaime Sarrio. As the AJC begins an occasional series on teacher quality this Sunday, I’m planning my editorial page package for Sun., 9/25 around that subject. To that end, I’m seeking teachers from around the metro area who would be willing to write a short op-ed essay for us on the best, attainable and realistic ways to improve the skills/abilities of Georgia’s classroom teachers and, by inference, improve learning of our students. The essays are pretty short: 300 words max and I would need them in hand by close of business next Wednesday.

I would appreciate your help and insights in this matter. Feel free to post this query wherever you think it might elicit good responses.
Thanks for your help.
Andre Jackson
Editorial Editor
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and AJC.com









Urgent Call to Action!

After months of preparation and few questions, the DeKalb Board of Education voted Monday evening to delay approval of the 2011-2012 budget after Board Vice Chair Paul Womak raised vague questions and concerns.  Voting with Mr. Womak to delay adoption of the 2011-2012 budget were Nancy Jester, Don McChesney, Pam Speaks, and Sarah Copelin-Wood.
The Interim Superintendent's proposed 2011-2012 budget would restore furlough days to 10 and 11 month employees, keep the pre-K program for the full year, remove fingerprint fees for employees, fund crossing guards, among other critical needs.
The move to delay adoption of the budget was done at the 11th hour with no plausible explanation, and prior to Chief Financial Officer Marcus Turk's presentation of the budget. This action by the five BoE members serves to further erode confidence, trust and respect for the DeKalb Board of Education, further undermines their ability to find viable Superintendent candidates, and could serve as a major blow to the morale of DCSS employees, already reeling from years of scandal and budget challenges.  Why didn't Mr. Womak raise his questions and concerns at earlier meetings?  Why did Jester, McChesney, Speaks and Copelin-Wood go along with this blatant grand standing?  Is Mr. Womak trying to put the furlough days back in next year's budget?  Is there a hidden agenda here?  Have we now moved from the Keystone Cops Search for a Superintendent to the Keystone Cops Adopt a Budget? It is time we demand they explain their actions! 
Please contact the five Board members who voted to delay adoption of the budget, and urge them to pass the 2011-2012 DCSS Budget as presented by Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson and her staff.  Please ask your friends, family members, neighbors and church members to contact them as well.
Mr. Paul Womak                h_paul_womak@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us
Ms. Nancy Jester               nancy_jester@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us
Mr. Don McChesney           don_mcchesney@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us
Ms. Pam Speaks                 pam_speaks@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us
Ms. Sarah Copelin-Wood   sarah_copelin-wood@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us

This is an urgent call to action!
David Schutten







What You Need to Know About
What's Happening Right Now



Do You Need Help?

If you've been contacted by the PSC or law enforcement officials regarding alleged CRCT cheating, contact GAE Legal Service ASAP.
Call GAE at
678-837-1100 or 800-282-7142.

Talk to GAE before you talk to anyone else.


Talk to Your ODE/GAE
UniServ Director
Do you have other questions about this situation?
Do you need assistance?
Talk to your ODE/GAE UniServ Director (UD).
>> Find your UD here <<

Or call ODE at
(678) 837-1170


How You Can Help:
Keep us posted on what's happening at your school and with your colleagues.
Talk to ODE.


"While we do not condone cheating, we expect a fair process--and that our members' rights will be honored."
--David Schutten
ODE Presdident


ODE Members:

As many of you have heard by now, 24 DeKalb educators were removed from the classroom and administrative offices due to allegations of CRCT cheating. Currently, these employees have been temporarily reassigned while the state investigates their certification.
While, neither the Organization of DeKalb Educators (ODE) nor the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) condone cheating of any kind, we do stand committed to protecting the rights of all members.
Currently, there is no direct evidence of cheating. ODE is in the process of gathering information.
Rest assured, ODE and GAE will be there to defend, counsel, and assist any member who needs us. We'll be there. Remember this: As an ODE member, you never stand alone. Never.
Our ultimate goal is to get good teachers back in the classroom and good educators back to their schools.
I promise to keep you informed of the latest developments as we find out more. If, at any point, you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
David Schutten
ODE President
Email David


What ODE is doing to HELP
We stand by our members and for our members. That's always been our promise to you. That will always be our promise to you.
Here's what we're doing to help.
For any members affected by this situation, we're matching them with UniServ Directors skilled in member defense. ODE UniServ Directors are available to go with members to any meetings with the school system's internal investigators.
We will be there to make sure that our members are treated fairly, equally, and with the respect they deserve as professional educators.
While our UDs assist members, the GAE Legal Department is contacting the PSC to see what its next moves will be and how those moves will affect our members.





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