TALB Update: Saturday, December 11, 2021

TALB Update: Saturday, December 11, 2021

Saturday December 11, 2021

WEAR RED! On Thursday, The Bargaining Team appreciates your continued support!

TALB Bargaining Team
Corrin Hickey – Bargaining Chair, Lakewood HS
Gerry Morrison – McBride HS
John Kane – Jordan HS
Julie McCall – Nelson MS
John Solomon – MacArthur ES
Kevin Quinn – Los Cerritos ES
Maritza Summers – Mann ES
Sybil Baldwin – CDC
Maria Garcia – HS


Thursday, December 10
The LBUSD & TALB bargaining teams met all day last Thursday. In the morning TALB made proposals on Appendix B – clearly delineating hourly assignment rates. Appendix D – Clarity around National Board timelines. Appendix E – Information request for positions listed. Article IV – Association Rights – The use of phones on business/campus. Finally, a lengthy discussion was held on codifying “due process”, “just cause” and “progressive discipline”. The Board of Education recently approved an “equity policy”. Policies cannot just be words. Policies must have commitment and enforceability. The District made proposals which may impact counselors and psychologists. A meeting on Thursday, December 16 @ 6:00 p.m. will be held via zoom. Invites will be sent to District email addresses.

In the afternoon the TALB Bargaining Team pressed the District to address the great needs of our students. The theme for the start of the school year was “social emotional learning” (SEL) and “grace”. Yes, there are great needs and challenges in reorienting students to in-person instruction. Be that as it may, accountability and safety cannot go by the wayside. Children need boundaries. We hope to avoid the blame game and work collaboratively site by site to address this time of unprecedented student need. Concepts of a “hard reset” for the start of school on January 3, 2022 were discussed, particularly around student accountability, behavior and expectations. It is a long road to the last day for students, June 15, 2022.

WEAR RED! Bargaining Team Support
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Friday, February 4, 2022
Friday, February 25, 2022 (Tentative)
Friday, March 4, 2022

 


Tuesday, November 30 
TALB Representative Council Endorses Dr. Juan Benitez for LBUSD School Board 

Dr. Juan Benitez has proven that he has the experience and commitment to be the leader our students need. We are proud to endorse his campaign for LBUSD School Board because we know that he will always be a reliable advocate for our schools. From making sure our classrooms receive the right resources to ensuring the safety of our schools, Dr. Juan Benitez will always be a trusted champion for public education.



Surgeon General Warns of Youth Mental Health Crisis

The coronavirus pandemic intensified a rise in adolescent depression, anxiety and mental health distress that was underway before the spring of 2020.  By Matt Richtel

The United States surgeon general on Tuesday warned that young people are facing “devastating” mental health effects as a result of the challenges experienced by their generation, including the coronavirus pandemic.

The message came as part of a rare public advisory from the nation’s top physician, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, in a 53-page report noting that the pandemic intensified mental health issues that were already widespread by the spring of 2020.

The report cited significant increases in self-reports of depression and anxiety along with more emergency room visits for mental health issues. In the United States, emergency room visits for suicide attempts rose 51 percent for adolescent girls in early 2021 as compared to the same period in 2019. The figure rose 4 percent for boys.

Globally, symptoms of anxiety and depression doubled during the pandemic, the report noted. But mental health issues were already on the rise in the United States, with emergency room visits related to depression, anxiety and similar conditions up 28 percent between 2011 and 2015. (Full Story)

 


Globally, symptoms of anxiety and depression doubled during the pandemic, the report noted. But mental health issues were already on the rise in the United States, with emergency room visits related to depression, anxiety and similar conditions up 28 percent between 2011 and 2015. (Full Story)


Column: Leaked SoCal hospital records reveal huge, automated markups for healthcare
BY DAVID LAZARUSBUSINESS COLUMNIST
DEC. 10, 2021 6 AM PT

Ridiculous, seemingly arbitrary price markups are a defining characteristic of the $4-trillion U.S. healthcare system — and a key reason Americans pay more for treatment than anyone else in the world.

But to see price hikes of as much as 675% being imposed in real time, automatically, by a hospital’s computer system still takes your breath away.

I got to view this for myself after a former operating-room nurse at Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas shared with me screenshots of the facility’s electronic health record system.

The nurse asked that I not use her name because she’s now working at a different Southern California medical facility and worries that her job could be endangered. (Full Story)


New N.Y.C. Schools Chancellor Vows to Tackle Education Bureaucracy

Mayor-elect Eric Adams introduced David Banks, his first cabinet-level appointment, with stern warnings about the state of the nation’s largest school system.

By Eliza Shapiro

David C. Banks began his first morning as New York City’s schools chancellor-in-waiting with a warning to the city’s educational bureaucracy: The nation’s largest school system had betrayed too many of its students by paying the salaries of administrators who did not improve the lives of children, funded by a bloated budget that produced abysmal results for too many Black and Latino students.

Speaking at a packed, celebratory outdoor news conference at Public School 161, the elementary school he attended as a child in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Mr. Banks thundered: “I have a message for a lot of folks who are down at Tweed who think they know me,” referring to the Department of Education’s downtown headquarters.

To laughter and cheers, he issued a rhetorical question to administrators: “If you left, and your job disappeared tomorrow, would that change anything that’s going on in any of our schools?”

Mr. Banks, a longtime friend and adviser to Eric Adams, is the mayor-elect’s first commissioner-level appointment, and his remarks, along with Mr. Adams’s, were feisty opening salvos that signal their plans for major changes in the sprawling system. (Full Story)


Welcome Counselors & Psychologists to TALB!
If you are interested in becoming a member CLICK HERE

Process of membership, rights, benefits, etc.
Zoom Forum on Thursday, December 16 2021 @ 7:00 p.m. To RSVP send an email to vcastillo@talb.org


TALB SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM The benefits of membership!

The TALB Outstanding Student Scholarship Award recognizes outstanding student achievement in the areas of academics, leadership, and civic engagement. Recipients are well-rounded individuals that demonstrate a notable capacity for learning and service to others. Up to two recipients will be awarded $1,000 each and up to ten runners-up will be awarded $200 each.

The TALB Career Advancement Scholarship Award recognizes educators pursuing higher education in order to grow one’s capacity as an effective educator. Recipients are current members that demonstrate a notable desire to grow as a more effective educator. One recipient will be awarded $1,000 and up to two runners-up will be awarded $300 each.

The TALB Future Educators Scholarship Award recognizes the importance of new people entering the education profession. Recipients are college students or newly hired teachers that demonstrate a notable capacity for teaching. One recipient will be awarded $1,000 and up to two runners-up will be awarded $200 each.

Applications, instructions, and information about eligibility are now available at www.talb.org/scholarships. The deadline for each scholarship application is March 25, 2022 by 4:30PM.

 


Holiday / New Member Zoom Mixer
12/16/2021 5:00-6:00 p.m. To register, email Veronica Castillo at vcastillo@talb.org

Counselor & Psychologist TALB Membership Symposium
12/16/2021 @ 5:00 p.m.

Know Your Contract Forum
1/5/2022 5:00-6:00 p.m. To register, email Veronica Castillo at vcastillo@talb.org

CTA Conferences & Grants

Issues Conference – January 21-23, 2022, Las Vegas
Application Cut-0ff: November 8, 2021 at Midnight

Equity & Human Rights Conference – March 4-6, 2022, Location TBD
Application Cut-off: January 3, 2022, at Midnight

Good Teaching Conference South – March 18-20, 2022, Garden Grove
Application Cut-off: January 3, 2022 at Midnight

For full details and to apply for a grant, go to www.CTA.org/grants.


ANNOUNCEMENT OF TALB GENERAL ELECTIONS

The Teachers Association of Long Beach will be holding its general elections February 22nd, 2022, through March 4th, 2022, for the following offices:
TALB Officers:

  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

Nominations are open to all TALB members.
TALB Board Area Directors:

  • Cabrillo Elementary Area Director
  • Jordan Area Secondary Director
  • Poly Area Secondary Director
  • Wilson Area Secondary Director
  • Lakewood Area Elementary Director
  • Lakewood Area Secondary Director (Filling vacant position until June 6/19/2023.)
  • Millikan Area Elementary Director

Nominations are open to TALB members who work in each area.

  • Minority – At – Large Director

Nominations are open to all TALB members who are American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, African American or Hispanic.
The term for each TALB office is from June 20th, 2022, to June 17th, 2024.

  • 1 CTA State Council Representatives

Nominations are open to all TALB members.

The term for each CTA State Council Representative is 2022 – 2025.

  • 18 Delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly in Dallas, TX.

Nominations are open to all TALB members to serve a single term for 2022.

The term for each NEA Representative is July 2nd – July 6th.

 ***Election declaration forms and guidelines will be available on January 25, 2022.


EASE-Y ANSWERS
GET SUPPORT FOR DIFFICULT TIMES
A little known benefit we have as educational employees in Los Angeles County is the Employee Assistance Service for Education program. EASE is a leading regional service that provides district staff and their families with the opportunity to assess and resolve their difficulties with the assistance of a professional counselor through an assessment and brief counseling service. EASE offers high quality, confidential assistance in:

  • Personal and family problems
  • Job-related issues
  • Stress
  • Substance abuse
  • Grief, loss and traumatic incidents
  • Worksite and phone consultations
All calls and consultations with EASE are confidential and will not be reported to the district, your school, or the Association. There is no reason to suffer in silence. If you feel you need assistance, please take advantage of this very important benefit by calling (800) 882-1341. A confidential counselor will be available to take your call.  More information is available on-line at https://www.lacoe.edu/Home/EASE

Trauma Resources
Reorienting to campus life has been challenging for students and staff. The pandemic has left invisible wounds and scars. There are 144 school days left in the 2021-22 school year. Do something for yourself, take care of yourself. We have a long road ahead.

~ Resources ~
Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute Handouts
Behavior Change
Crisis Response Checklist
Cyberstalking/Cyberbullying Safety Tips
Health Habit Log
How To Be An Ally
Mindful Breathing Tips
Myths About Suicide
Suicide Warning Signs
Principles for “Trauma – Informed”
Recognizing Anxiety
Self-Esteem Inventory

Find Your Words
Depression & Suicide Support

Number Story
Resources on adverse childhood experiences (ACES), ideas for support, healing, etc.

Books
Conscious Connections – Maggie Kline
Brain Changing Strategies to Trauma Proof our Schools

Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators by Elena Aguilar
Onward Workbook: Daily Activities to Cultivate Emotional Resilience and Thrive

Trainings 
Kaiser Mental Health Awareness Video
30 minute asynchronous training
Kaiser Mental Health Training Materials
Slide deck, Notice-Engage-Support model, conversation starters, mental health resources
Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute
Free monthly webinar, online training, train-the -trainer, public workshops, etc.
Trevor Project CARE (Connect, Accept, Respond, Empower) Training
An interactive and intensive training that provides adults with an overview of suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) youth, and the different environmental stressors that contribute to their heightened risk for suicide.
Cultivating Resilient Communities During a Crisis
Bright Morning is an international education, coaching and consulting firm that exists to bring new learning practices to organizations that aspire to interrupt inequities, build resilient communities, and heal and transform the world. Our work transforms schools into equitable places of learning where every child gets whatever they need, every day, in order to be successful and to thrive. Process matters. The journey is the destination. Therefore, we lead processes of creation and transformation that honor and nurture all of those involved.

Thank You!
Grateful people are happy people and happy people are grateful people. It may sound hackneyed, but there is plenty to celebrate. We ARE pulling through the last throes of the pandemic and it certainly isn’t easy out there. Be that as it may, WE appreciate your hard work and tenacity. You may not hear it often enough, but WE LOVE OUR MEMBERS. Thank you for being you!

 


Financial Wellness Series Webinar / RSVP with Veronica Castillo at vcastillo@talb.org 

Estate Planning Basics Webinar | RSVP with Veronica Castillo at vcastillo@talb.org


Estate Planning Basics Webinar | RSVP with Veronica Castillo at vcastillo@talb.org


WATCH LIVE – BOE – Meeting 12/15/2021 @ 5:00 p.m. 

LBUSD Board & Exec Staff Contact Info

Long Beach Unified School District’s YouTube ChannelWatch Live on Wednesday, December 15 @ 5:00 p.m. LBUSD YouTube Channel


COVID Safety Protocols Not Being Followed?
If protocols are not being followed, please call the District’s COVID hotline at 562-204-6075 and or call the TALB office at 562-426-6433. The California Department of Public Health issued a requirement to School Leaders for universal masking for indoors, K-12 on August 23, 3021. It is a lengthy read, but non-compliance may have ramifications beyond the local employer – excerpt below:
Third, certificated individuals—including school administrators—may be subject to referral to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for disciplinary action for violating a mandatory legal duty to implement the masking requirement and knowingly exposing students to preventable harm. (See Educ. Code § 44421 [authorizing discipline for “refusal to obey . . . laws regulating the duties of persons serving in the public school system”].)


Update your Beneficiaries
The cycle of life. Every year we have a few members pass. Your TALB/CTA/NEA membership provides a survivor’s benefit up to $6,000.00. Sadly, every now and again, we have a member pass who did not update their beneficiaries. We can only issue the benefit to the individual(s) listed on your survivor’s benefit form. Life comes at you fast. Relationships change. If you have any questions about your survivor’s benefit please call the office at 562-426-6433.


Federal Funding to Enhance Facilities

What condition is the furniture in your classroom? LBUSD is planning on using Federal Funding to provide facility improvements.Learning and play spaces across the Long Beach Unified School District will soon see enhancements designed to move the needle on student learning and safety. Facilities upgrades are one of several infrastructure improvements outlined in the LBUSD’s Learning Acceleration and Support Plan, which aims to elevate the educational experience for all students and offer interventions to learners who need additional support.

Upgrades to areas outside of the classroom start this summer and will be completed before the 2022-23 school year.

Bottle filling stations will be installed at all 85 district schools, providing students access to cool, clean drinking water and the hydration needed for a full day of learning and activities. More than 200 stations will be installed by December. (More Information Here)


Public Schools Long Beach Students Deserve

With Long Beach Unified School District set to receive over $460,000,000.00 in State & Federal aid, it is high time we look at the services we provide to our students.

Class Sizes/Ratios
Counselors
Librarians
Nurses
Psychologists
Speech Pathologists

Please start the conversations now, we will need to organize before Executive Staff make all the decisions and allocate all the resources.