United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA

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UTR Updates 1.9.17

Dear UTR members,

Please excuse not having a 3 minute video this week with a summary of updates but we ran into tech difficulties. Below are UTR highlights, information from the Board Meeting, and resources from the community. 

UTR Highlights

1. Elementary School Site visits will be starting soon. Last semester the President and Executive Director visited the High Schools and Middle Schools. We will be visiting elementary schools to talk to staffs about bargaining, needs, and UTR information. We will start on the week of the 23rd of January with Mira Vista, Stewart and Korematsu.

2. Executive Board this week gave its directive to the Bargaining team. As mentioned before, our Re-opener will be article 23 (Salary). Bargaining is in the beginning stages of research. The Bargaining team is looking at the WCCUSD Budget in order to negotiate for an increase in Salary.  Thank you everyone who took the bargaining survey.

3. We will be collaborating with WCCUSD in sponsoring between 10 and 20 UTR members to go to the “Good Teaching Conference North” in San Jose from February 3th through 5th. The CTA Good Teaching Conferences support excellent teaching and learning practices for classroom teachers via peer-to-peer instruction. Offering a variety of diverse workshops focused on curriculum content areas for K-12 teachers, the conferences provide opportunities for professional development and offer time to network and share ideas with colleagues and experts in the field of education. For more information please go HERE. If you are interested in attending please fill out the form HERE. Attendees will be chosen by January 20th. All expenses for the conference will be paid by UTR and WCCUSD.

4. The Human Rights Committee will be hosting a meeting tomorrow January 10th from 4:00 to 5:30 PM at the UTR office (700 Crestview Dr, Pinole). The meeting will have two goals. First goal is to have a conversation around how UTR will be organizing and responding to the inauguration of President-elect Trump and the 20th of January (an event, a walk, a demonstration, etc) as well as the appointment of Secretary of education elect DeVoz. Second goal is to review the resolution that went to the WCCUSD Board called “Resolution in matter of reaffirming our Values of Peace, Tolerance, and Respect”.

5. A few members have had issues with their department chair stipends. If you had an issue that has not yet been resolved please respond to this email with details so we may support you. 

WCCUSD School Board Meeting
January 4th, 2017 

1.The WCCUSD Board approved the salary increase for Substitute Teachers from $117 dollars to $135 a day.

2. The Board approved an increase in Dual Immersion programs including Spanish and Mandarin.

3. Richmond Charter Academy did their renewal presentation to the board. Decision to the renewal is February 1st, 2017. We will be giving more information in a few weeks.

Resources

1. WCCUSD is hiring for a coordinator of recruitment and retention. If you or anyone you know are interested please go HERE for the application and details.

2. Travis Credit Union and Contra Costa College are holding their annual Cal Grant presentation on a different college campus and share information about the FAFSA, the Cal Grant and the importance of higher education with students who attend. They provide busing, lunches and resource folders/ backpacks.  If you are interested in taking students or sharing this information you may download the flyer HERE.

3. The RYSE Youth Center is hosting a meeting for all educators on Thursday, January 12th from 5:00 to 7:30 PM. The purpose of the meeting is to plan in collaboration with RYSE, UTR, and the Mindful Life Project a series of actions for inauguration week. At the meeting RYSE will share updates on local and regional actions, discuss planning efforts in Richmond, and support educators with resources for the week. Flyer is HERE.

In solidarity,

Demetrio Gonzalez

President, United Teachers of Richmond CTA/NEA