United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA

August 12 & 13 Professional Development days – Important UTR Update‏

United Teachers of Richmond, CTA/NEA
July 29, 2014
Dear Colleagues,
Thank you for taking a moment away from your well-deserved summer adventures to read this email. Your time is valuable and we are grateful for your dedicated hard work and service on behalf of our students and families!

 

CCSS Professional Development, August 12th & 13th
As part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreed to last year, the district will provide teachers with two days of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) professional development. As detailed in an email from Superintendent Harter,we will meet at 8:15 AM in the Richmond Auditorium on Tuesday, August 12th and “…have a chance to renew friendships from across the district, celebrate some successes, get an overview of where our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is taking us, and better understand the K-12 impact of the CCSS.” We’ll have an early lunch, then spend the afternoon and the following day at our individual school sites.
 
NOTE: These two professional development days are not mandatory. We will be paid at our per diem rate for our participation. The 2014-2015 WCCUSD Academic Calendar for teachers remains 184 days. Our first contractual day back is Thursday, August 14th.
We’re very much looking forward to all of us coming together at the beginning of the school year to build collaboration at both a district and school site level. We encourage everyone to attend!
We look forward to meeting each of you and, with your help, strengthening our union. We share a vision of a union that is student-centered and an advocate for social justice.
Sincerely,
Robert Mann, President
Amanda Henderson, Vice President
Eric Swabeck, Secretary
Amalia Ojeda, Treasurer
Terri Jackson, CTA Board Director

Read Last Friday’s CC Times’ Article on the Chevron/Richmond Deal

RICHMOND Students promised full ride to college

Chevron program guarantees tuition for public school grads

By Rick Radin

Correspondent

RICHMOND — City leaders, school officials and students are celebrating a $35 million, 10year program that will guarantee that every Richmond public school student who graduates from high school will receive full tuition to attend college.

The program is part of a package of $90 million in community grants from Chevron Corp. as part of its recent agreement with the city on the terms of a $1 billion upgrade to its Richmond oil refinery.

The program’s objectives go beyond paying for college to transforming Richmond students’ visions of their futures, said Councilman Jim Rogers at a news conference to announce the program Thursday on the Kennedy High School campus.

“This is not just about giving checks to kids; it’s about getting kids to want to go to college,” Rogers said.

The money will also be an incentive and morale booster for Richmond teachers, said West Contra Costa school district board member Randy Enos.

“Teachers do better when they understand that what they’re doing means something,” said Enos, a retired district teacher and administrator.

The program, known as Richmond Promise, was the idea of first-term Councilman Jael Myrick and is based on similar promise programs in other cities nationwide.

Councilman Tom Butt cited the results of a $50 million program in Arkansas, El Dorado Promise, which was funded by a local oil company.

Butt said that before El Dorado Promise began, the city of El Dorado was losing jobs and population, and the number of high school graduates going on to college was about the state average of 53 percent.

Seven years later, things have turned around. The population of El Dorado is increasing, and about 90 percent of graduating seniors are attending college, Butt said.

See RICHMOND, Page 3

“Our smartest students won’t need this because they get a boatload of (scholarship) money anyway. But this can raise the expectations of someone who might have been a C student to become an A or B student.”

— TomButt, Richmond councilman