“When Great Trees Fall”
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA
“When Great Trees Fall”
1. The RYSE Youth Center came to give us a presentation about their findings from their research campaign around student trauma. UTR will be partnering with RYSE this year to do a study around the impact student trauma has on educators, how we support students with trauma, what else our members might need to support ourselves and our students, and how it affects our students. They have asked anyone who is interested in participating to please email Kanwarpal Dhaliwal at email@example.com. The study will take the rest of the 2016/17 school year and we hope many of you will participate as it will help us measure what our members need and go through on a daily basis. Participants will be able to contribute through various ways like interviews, small group discussions, surveys, etc.
5. Executive Board will be creating a task force to review the UTR Standing Rules and BY Laws. This was started due to the fact that we don’t have consequences to the brake of UTR Code of Conduct but the task force will also review all rules and laws. If you would like to be part of this task force please let me know. The more the better.
|UTR Election instructions|
We had 79 illegal ballots that the elections committee found during the counting. Please make sure that you vote by following the instructions.
1. Sign into the roster
2. Grab your small envelop, large envelop, and ballot.
3. Vote in the ballot provided.
4. Place ballot inside small envelop.
5. Place sealed small envelop into large envelop.
6. Write your first and last name, sign, and write your site on the outside of the large envelop.
7. Give sealed large envelop to your rep.
8. Reps please bring all voting materials to the UTR office including all envelops AND signed Rosters by 5:00 on December 9th, 2016.
Run off election is between Jacob Gran and Kristyn Jones. If you would like to watch their forum videos please go to the links below.
If you have any questions please respond to this email or call the UTR office. To see the voting timeline please go HERE.
We have gotten a lot of positive feedback about our new communication and weekly updates. To continue increasing our member outreach, I will be sending every monday a 3 minute video with information. I know many people don’t have time to read the emails so I hope this will help our busy schedules. The first video with updates is below:
|UTR Updates 11.28.16|
1. REP Council Meeting this Wednesday, November 30th from 4:00 to 5:30 at Pinole Middle School.
2. Bargaining has began and the bargaining team has been meeting to discuss next steps. We have one re-opener this year and Executive Board after reviewing the membership survey that went out this fall, passed a motion for the re-opener to be salary. The Bargaining team is currently reviewing the direction of executive board and will give their recommendation to the board as well as creating another survey that will be going out to membership.
The bargaining chair and the UTR President to increase communication through bargaining will be blogging live every other Monday from 4:00 to 5:00 PM so that members are able to ask questions, make suggestions, or comments about the process or about what is happening. The link and more information will be going out soon.
3. UTR Elections are still happening. Congratulations to Robert Ellis for winning his seat for CTA State Council with over 50% of the votes. The run-off for the second seat has began and will be between Jacob Gran and Kristyn Jones. Campaigning will continue until December 4th, 2016. Sites will be voting starting Monday, December 5th and will continue until Thursday, December 8th. All ballots and rosters must be turned into the UTR office by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 9th.
4. The RYSE Youth Center is doing a series of workshops called “Love and Rage”. A panel discussion of implications for Trump’s first 100 days and calls to action followed by round table discussions with panelists and participants towards an ongoing series of assemblies to identify needs and responses as his presidency continues. To sign up please go HERE.
5. We recommend that our members get really involved in their SSC process at their sites. SSC and your principal should be currently reviewing the 2017/2018 site budget. If you want to get more information please reach out to your SSC representatives or ask your principal for a copy of the budget.
6. President Elect Trump has picked his choice for Secretary of Education. You may look at the article HERE. He has chosen a well known Charter School Advocate Betsy DeVos. You may read the reaction by our NEA President Eskelsen García HERE.
Happy short week, only 2.5 days until a very well deserved break! Please excuse the long email but there are a some highlights from UTR as well as from the School Board meeting this week that I would like to make you aware of. I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving Break.
1. We had our second REP Council training on Thursday and it went really well. Thank you to all the REPS that came. UTR has not had REP trainings in a long time and we have been able to provide two so far. We plan on providing one final training in the spring.
4. WCCUSD Voted Unanimously to approve the agreement with the Adult Education Program Teachers/AB1200. Adult School has been in conversation and negotiations with WCCUSD for a few months in order to make this contract occur. We celebrate with our brothers and sisters from Adult School for your approval. Congratulations.
Hello UTR members,
Attached is the CALRTA Joanna Sykes grant for teachers. Please take a look.
Hello UTR members,
There are two events coming up in the next week that UTR has been supporting to make happen. We hope to see you there.
Hello UTR Members,
We have an update on the UTR Elections. All elections are being monitored by CTA and everything has been reviewed and approved by the CTA governance committee and elections committee. If you have any questions please send them directly to the UTR Elections committee.
We have three candidates running for CTA State Council. The candidates are Meisha Gash, Jacob Gran, and Kristyn Jones. Yesterday we had our Candidate Forum at Richmond High School. We recorded the interviews and if you would like to watch the candidate statements please go below and click on each candidates name.
Candidates will have until Sunday November 13th to campaign (no campaigning is allowed during voting). All sites will be voting starting Monday, November 14th through Thursday, November 17th. All ballots must be turned into the UTR office by 5:00 PM Friday, November 18th. The elections committee will be meeting Friday, November 18th to count ballots. All candidates and members will be notified of the results on November 22nd.
Chair, UTR Elections Committee
You can find local results HERE.
Last day to turn in your declaration form for the CTA State Council position is today by 5:00 PM. Any late submissions will not be accepted.
This Wednesday at 4:00 PM we will have a candidate forum at Richmond High School theater. Anyone who would like to hear from the candidates, why they are running and seeking the CTA State Council position are welcomed! We will be posting the videos on our website by Thursday, November 10th.
Evaluation is a process sanctioned by CA EdCode and the UTR/WCCUSD Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Bargaining Unit Members (BUMS) with permanent status are familiar with the evaluation process and available options for evaluation. For temporary and probationary certificated employees, the process can seem daunting and at times confusing. Article 15 aka Evaluation of the CBA provides the process for evaluation. Two governing sections are provided.
Additionally, there are timelines that must be followed. For example, everyone identified to be evaluated should have met No later than the end of the 35th working day of the year in which evaluation is to take place, the evaluator and the permanent certificated employee with a Proficient, Distinguished or Meets Standard evaluation shall meet and discuss the Standards upon which evaluation is to be based.
These and other criteria for evaluation can be found in Article 15 of the CBA.
All members subject to evaluations in 2016/17 school year should have met by October 10th with their administrator evaluator to discuss the evaluation process. If this meeting did not take place then the evaluation process this school year may not take place.
If you already had your meeting but have not established a timeline for being observed prior to your final evaluation please meet with your principal to do so.
If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to your Site Representative, Area Director, or the UTR office.
– YES on Measure T
2. We are still phone banking and canvassing this week! This Wednesday from 3:30 to 6:00 PM we will be at the UTR office Phone Banking (700 Crestview Dr. Pinole CA). We will also be canvassing this Saturday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Everyone that comes phone banking gets a $20 dollar gift card and if you join us canvassing you get a $30 dollar gift card!
PHONE BANK TONIGHT! COME SUPPORT MEASURE T, PROP 55, Prop 58, and our school board candidates!
The real voice of a parent, a student, a librarian, a counselor, a teacher can do wonders for this campaign! Please join us Wednesday, October 26th, 3:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the UTR office 700 Crestview Drive Pinole, CA 94564. You’ll be trained and given a script to follow. Also, we are giving gift cards, prizes, and we’ll have food for volunteers! Sign up here, or just show up!
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REP Council Meeting today 4:00 to 5:00 PM at Pinole Middle School. 1575 Mann Dr, Pinole, CA 94564
President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA
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We ask that you please be sure to share this opportunity via your website. The deadline to apply is February 3rd, 2017.
Dear Community members,
Californians are facing decisions on 17 statewide ballot propositions. The Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College has produced an online “Video Voter” series to give voters an objective, easy-to-understand guide to these propositions. In brief 2-3 minute videos, we present each measure’s basic purpose, major supporters and opponents, and arguments pro and con. We hope these videos help you make informed voting decisions.
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Dear UTR members and community,
Please join us on the October 6th Walk In! Every school in WCCUSD will have teachers, administrators, staff, community members, and more standing outside of their schools 15 minutes prior to the work day! We will be spreading the word on Measure T, Proposition 55, and Proposition 58!!!
Leadership will be joining the staff at DeJean Middle School so if there are community organizations and leaders that would like to join us, please go there or come to your nearest community school.
United Teachers of Richmond endorses the SEIU 1021 strike by the Contra Costa County Social Workers and Eligibility Workers.
Phone Banking and Canvassing
Members, community leaders, and advocates, this November United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA are in full support of proposition 55, proposition 58, measure T, Mister Phillips for WCCUSD School Board, and Carlos Taboada for WCCUSD School Board. Please join us in our efforts to get these incredible individuals elected to the West Contra Costa School Board this November. We educators of WCCUSD, councilors, speech pathologist, nurses, and K-12 teachers believe that they will make the right choices and at times the hard choices for our students and for our community.
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All Phone Banking times are from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
All Canvassing times will be from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Phone Banking will take place at the UTR Office – 700 Crestview Drive, Pinole CA
Canvassing locations will change and will be announced on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/unitedteachersofrichmond
UTR, Alliance, and WCCUSD are partnering to host an event on September 17 to celebrate the fourteen schools who received Gold Ribbon Awards from the California Department of Education. Please join us!
Here is the flyer: gold-ribbon-flier-2
Directpackages.com has a teacher grant opportunity!
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You can find more information about the grant on this page: http://www.directpackages.com/teachers-grant/
This Wednesday, September 7th the WCCUSD School Board will be holding a close session at Lovonya DeJean Middle School (3400 Macdonald Ave., Multi-purpose room) at 4:45PM. They plan on voting on the sale of Adams Middle School to Caliber Beta Academy. Please join us by wearing your UTR shirt or wearing yellow to show that we are in opposition to the sale.
We will also be rallying at the School Board meeting with signs for Proposition 55. The school Board is voting on a resolution sent to them by UTR in support of the proposition. It is incredibly important that we come and show solidarity and put pressure on support for this measure on the ballot. As all of you know, proposition 55 is the extension of proposition 30, which gives WCCUSD approximately 10 million dollars for programs, salaries, and needs at our schools. We need to unite and pass this measure so that we don’t go back to the days where arts and sciences were cut, furloughs were established, and we got salary cuts. We will have signs for everyone in front of Lovonya DeJean. PLEASE spread the word and join us!
In order to keep everyone as updated as possible, we will be doing something new this year. We are starting our “School Board Watch” on Facebook. We will be putting the agenda, updating all members on what is happening, being voted, as well as adding results during and after every School Board meeting. Please like us on Facebook in order to follow.
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I would like to give United Teachers of Richmond’s opinion on the sale of Adams Middle School to Caliber Beta Academy.
About a month ago, an article portrayed UTR as “declaring war on Caliber.” UTR had not taken an official position, and we were incredibly disappointed that someone would accuse teachers of being against children’s education and parent choice.
We believe in the power of education, the power of teachers and the power of kids achieving their dreams. We are currently building partnerships in the community to make sure that, as a community, we are truly advocating for our children. There are so many resources and organizations that are creating important change in the lives of this community, and UTR is one of those organizations.
The article published about our opposition to the sale was a misinterpretation of what we stand for as an organization and the work we do as teachers. UTR does oppose the sale of Adams and the expansion of Caliber.
First of all, Adams Middle School is not an appropriate choice for any school to occupy, since it was closed due to safety factors. Teachers’ and students’ safety matters, regardless of school affiliation.
Secondly, there is no real basis to determine whether Caliber can successfully deliver upon promises or claims made to West Contra Costa Unified School District students and parents.
We do acknowledge that the school board of WCCUSD has legal requirements to provide Caliber with appropriate space. Their students and teachers should have a safe and adequate school but Caliber should be limited to the number of students it currently has enrolled until it shows a track record of success.
Caliber has had big turnover and administrative changes since it opened and has not delivered upon its academic promise. By selling Adams for $60,000, it allows Caliber to expand to up to 1,400 students. How does increasing the number of students without achieving academic goals support that focus if Caliber is just starting to build its vision?
The way Caliber was formed, it hurt our community. Ron Beller has offended many leaders and members of this community with his behavior suggesting that he knows what is best for Richmond without community members’ input.
How can our school board sell this property to an individual who has not shown full interest in the community his school serves?
The once united Mira Vista families were forced to argue about whether a school like Mira Vista was a good school or whether Caliber was a better choice. Mira Vista Elementary went through a series of traumas, losing students and families, being criticized for things that were not true. It had to re-create a culture of success.
Caliber being moved to Adams will once again break the community. By growing from 800 to possibly 1,400 students, Mira Vista and other community schools like Madera Elementary will be stripped of their culture and funding.
It is not a battle of public schools vs. charters, but a battle of finding sites that allow charters to help the surrounding communities without taking away from existing public schools and bulldozing their way into tight-knit communities.
Caliber’s staff, administration and students are doing wonderful things in the classroom, but until they can show success academically, Caliber should not be allowed to purchase a site that will allow expansion. Therefore, we urge our community to stand with UTR to find a site for Caliber that will be good for its students and limit its enrollment.
President of United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA.
United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA Endorsement Interviews
After watching the interviews and reading over the candidate questionnaires, please go to the link on the bottom to provide feedback for Executive Board. The link will be up from August 13th through August 21st. All responses will be collected and taken under consideration. If you have any questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Thank you
-Don Gosney: ’16 Don Gosney ~ United Teachers of Richmond CTA – candidate questionnaire
-Antonio Medrano: (Missing) Will be up Monday
-Tom Panas:United Teachers of Richmond CTA – candidate questionnaire – Responses by Tom Panas
-Mister Phillips:M Phillips UTR questionnaire
-Carlos Taboada: United Teachers of Richmond CTA – candidate questionnaire
-Stephanie Chavarria: UnitedTeachersofRichmondCTA-Steph
Link for Feedback: https://goo.gl/forms/XFieM3ZYAURJWG3w2
Tonight was the first school board meeting of August. UTR is starting something new this year and we will be doing a Board Watch Report on Facebook. We will post the agenda and highlight important resolutions or information that was discussed during the meeting during/after the meeting.
Here is the agenda: https://westcontracosta.agendaonline.net/public/
-Superintendent Report from Mr. Duffy. Discussed the progress of summer training with Principals and his first month in office.
-UTR’s report was given on supporting propositions 55, 52, and 58 as well as the endorsement process for BOE candidates this August. Look at report by the President here: http://invalid.invalid/
-The resolution to limit campaign contributions was discussed and the result was that the school board members asked for more information on this issue prior to voting on the item. The Governance Subcommittee will be getting more data for the board.
If you would like to watch future Board Meetings live please go to:
Presidents Report to School Board:
Good afternoon board members, superintendent, and community,
I am very excited to be in front of you today since it is my first Report as President of United Teachers of Richmond and Mr. Duffy’s first board meeting as well. Mr. Duffy visited the leadership of UTR during our retreat and we had really powerful conversation. Teachers felt listened to and hopeful about the future of WCCUSD so thank you Mr. Duffy for coming and we hope that you continue that tradition in the future.
I would also like to thank board member Enos and Board member Groves for their commitment to children in WCCUSD the last few years. I hope your leadership inspires others in the future. Since this November we will be having two open seats for the school board, UTR is having their interviews for our endorsement process this Friday. We are doing something new this year. We will be posting the videos of the interviews as well as questionnaires from the candidates for the community to see in our website. Members of UTR will be able to give feedback to the executive board on each candidate and executive board and rep council will choose one or two candidates to endorse this November.
I also want to advocate for three propositions that are in the ballot this November. UTR will be partnering with various community organizations to make sure these pass that will directly support our kids, teachers and families. The first proposition is proposition 55, which is an extension of proposition 30 and will give us funding for our schools. The second is proposition 52, which will provide funding for health care for children and seniors in low-income communities. The third proposition is proposition 58 which will remove some of the holds proposition 227 has on bilingual education and increase bilingualism in the state of California.
We hope that WCCUSD as well as members of the community will support our endeavors in getting these propositions passed this November.
Thank you for listening and I’m looking forward to working with all of you this year.
Dear UTR members,
We are having interviews for WCCUSD School Board candidates on August 12th, 2016. All interviews will be recorded and posted on our website and facebook page. Any UTR member that would like to give feedback on the interviews will have a link to provide their thoughts on the candidates. Executive Board will take this feedback into consideration and Rep Council will vote on our endorsements.
If you have questions that you would like us to ask candidates please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
WCCUSD school board is having a study session to discuss the sale of the Adams property to Caliber Beta on August 2nd at 6:00PM. There will be space for public comment at the end of the study session. You can look at the agenda and presentation in the link below:
Dear Union Members,
I hope that you have had a wonderful and restful summer break. Your new executive board and I started work July 1st and it has been an incredible and very productive month. There are many things that we have been working on that I would like to highlight below.
In the next few years, there are going to be a lot of challenges facing WCCUSD and our union. We will be taking a more involved approach to the LCAP process to advocate for the right programs and resources. We will be having a re-opener in our bargaining process. We will be facing the possibility of new charters coming into our district. There will be a very important election that will impact our school board, county school board, proposition 55, and our state that will affect teachers. We will face a teacher shortage as well as new leadership in WCCUSD. Through all these challenges please do not forget that “a house divided against itself cannot stand” we have to unite and face these challenges head on.
As your union leader, I will not rest until WCCUSD becomes a place where teachers feel supported. A place where teachers get the right materials and curriculum for their classes. A place where teachers want to stay and develop while being able to afford it. I will not rest until our union feels united again and we live our norms both in meetings and in our classrooms. I will not rest until our students and parents feel like they are getting the best education and therefore they stay in our neighborhood schools.
Your executive board and I will keep the district and school board accountable to their promise to provide students in WCCUSD the best education and to provide teachers with everything they need to support that vision. We will be doing a site visit and listening campaign of all our schools in WCCUSD so that we can measure the needs of teachers and sites and therefore advocate in your behalf. I hope that as we visit, you also decide to join our fight against inequality in WCCUSD and join one of our committees or become a rep at your school. Finally, we will be doing a survey from August to June for all our members to complete. We hope that you do it so that we can really understand everyone’s perspective on LCAP, Bargaining, Elections, needs, and support. We will also have a few great prices.
Please remember that we are here to support you. If you need anything please reach out and contact your school site rep, area director, school level director, or contact our office at : (510) 222-5112. Our website is currently under construction so please be patient as we try to change it.
United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA
UTR members! Come celebrate the end of the year with members of the outgoing executive board and incoming executive board. We will be at the Hilltop Chevy’s Friday, June 3rd from 4-6:30. UTR will provide appetizers. Cheers!
There will be a run-off election to determine the positions of President and CTA State Council Delegates. The run-off will be held the April 11-April 15, 2016. The ballot will be sent in the same way the last one was. You can also come into the office to vote during office hours (9-5). Please encourage your colleagues to vote!
The Board of Education is soliciting community input into the selection of the organization’s next chief executive.
Leadership Associates, the firm chosen to lead the search for the District’s next superintendent, will host community forums, hold focus groups for a variety of stakeholders, solicit feedback through an online survey, and take input by phone and email. Some of the forums will also be broadcast online.
Parents, students, employees, and community members will be asked to share their views on the strengths and challenges of the school district as well as the qualities and characteristics that are essential for the next superintendent.
Click here to access the survey. (It will be available until March 31st)
The candidates gave some great speeches this evening. If you weren’t able to make it to the Candidate Forum, you can view the speeches here. Any candidates without speeches recorded were not present at the forum, and did not have a representative present to read their speech.
You will be getting an e-mail tomorrow (3/10) from the United Teachers of Richmond that contains your link for voting. We want to encourage you to ask your neighbor teacher at your site if they got their e-mail and voted. If they say no, tell them first to check their junk folder, and then to call the office, 510-222-5112 or e-mail Rebecca, email@example.com, and tell her that you need the voting e-mail sent to you. You can vote from a computer or mobile device. We encourage you not to use district machines for voting.
If you would prefer to vote with a paper ballot, stop by the UTR office between 9 and 5 (closed for lunch 12:30-1:30) and vote. Voting will begin at 7 a.m. on Thursday, March 10th and conclude at 5 p.m. on Thursday March 17th. Results will be announced by March 18th.
Here you will find the Bargaining Update from 1/9/2016.
Here you will find the completed Completed January TA with Cover page and Salary Schedules.
Articles not included have no changes.
Voting will be at your sites next week, January 11-15th. You can also stop by the UTR office during business hours and vote. All ballots are due to the UTR office by 5 P.M. on Friday, January 15th.
There will be a TA Q and A Wednesday, January 13th @ 4:15. It will be held in the Richmond High Little Theater.
Here is the latest Bargaining Update 12.17.15.
Hey everyone! Here is our latest: Bargaining Update 12.10.15
Here are the downloadable proposals:
UTR Proposals (Not Tentative Agreements)
WCCUSD Counter Proposal (Signed)
You can find the most recent Bargaining Update here: Bargaining Update 11.25.15
You can find the full-length latest proposal from the district here:
Don’t forget to come to the December 9th School Board Rally @ DeJean (5:30).