TALB Update: Saturday, March 26, 2022

TALB Update: Saturday, March 26, 2022

City of Long Beach COVID-19 data. Click Here
California COVID-19 data. Click Here
National COVID-19 data. Click Here

Saturday, March 16, 2022

Starting on Tuesday, March 28 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. – Depending on the weather…
Good Afternoon,
If the weather forecast is accurate, Monday will be a rainy day. However, Tuesday – Friday looks good. Come by TALB and create your own poster for the protest/rally scheduled for April 13, 2022 at the Board of Education meeting. We will have easy-up tents to collect poster board and markers. You can stay in the shade, make your own poster or take some back to your colleagues to make. We’ll also have our TALB shirts available to pick up (limited sizes). We are researching options to purchase more shirts and different colors. In solidarity we move forward. 

The Bargaining Team appreciates your support! Please send us your pictures from today. vcastillo@talb.org

TALB Bargaining Team
Corrin Hickey – Bargaining Chair, Lakewood HS Good Afternoon, 
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










CSU officially drops SAT and ACT from admissions process in major move

MARCH 23, 2022 UPDATED 8:05 PM PT

Trustees of California State University, the largest four-year university system in the nation, agreed Wednesday to permanently drop the SAT and ACT standardized tests in its admissions process, solidifying the state’s national role in eliminating the high-stakes exams because of equity concerns.

The move comes after the University of California system led the way, making the bold decision in 2020 to drop the exams, triggering a national debate over whether the tests unfairly discriminate against disadvantaged students or provide a useful tool to evaluate college applicants.

The dual actions by California’s public university systems, which collectively educate 772,000 students, are likely to accelerate the national movement to reshape the college admissions process and craft more equitable ways to assess student readiness for higher education. (Full Story)

Transfers – Application Deadline is March 31, 2022
The window to apply for transfer to another site is open. The District has an online application – link here. We are working with the District on assessing the dynamics of “transfer & assignment”. Many of our members have challenges transferring and with our counselors and psychologists now being represented by TALB, a streamlined, transparent approach to the transfer process would help members understand the transfer process. We will keep you updated as things evolve.

Next BOE Meeting is Wednesday, April 14.  School board meetings are typically livestreamed on the LBUSD YouTube Channel.

LBUSD Board & Exec Staff Contact Info

REAC Newsletter –
Erin Mendez – Minority At Large Director
REAC Spotlight – Terence Booth – Counselor – TALB BOE Interview Committee Member
Terence Booth is a Counselor at Millikan High School and has worked with many grade levels for LBUSD throughout his career. He first got involved with our union to make sure the voices of counselors would be heard. He also wanted to be able to better share the needs counselors have on a larger scale throughout the district. Mr. Booth feels having the union behind counselors will support them and fight for them when changes need to be made. Mr. Booth’s wife was an integral part of him learning about union work and shared her many insights about union work with him. Mr. Booth hopes to be able to advocate for his peers and be a person they can come to for support. He is dedicated, hard-working and tries to push for what he feels is the best interest for all involved. Mr. Booth also feels strongly about getting more counselors involved in union work and hopes to use our collective strength to push for beneficial changes for counselors in LBUSD. With the support of TALB, Mr. Booth hopes that counselors will get more representation and feel more supported when issues arise. Sharing the additional union members benefits with other counselors so they will gain a better understanding of the many union benefits available to them is also an important part of his hopes for counselors in the future.
REAC Resources
NEA National Leadership Summit- March 11th-13th (In-person/Virtual)
Envision Equity Grants
Learning and Leadership Grants
Student Success Grants

Thinking of hanging up your saddle? 

There are many things to consider when retiring. Your first step is CalSTRS. Go to calstrs.com and create an account. The website has different tools to give a ball park estimate on your pension benefits. For more accurate data you need to make a “one on one” with a CalSTRS counselor.

Individual Benefits Planning Session

Explore your CalSTRS benefits and services with the help of a CalSTRS benefits specialist in a confidential, one-on-one setting.

  • Your personalized CalSTRS benefit estimates.
  • Beneficiary options and how to leave a lifetime benefit to your loved ones.
  • How to purchase service credit and what happens to your unused sick leave.
  • Concurrent retirement—retiring from more than one California public retirement system.
  • Considerations pertaining to health benefits, Medicare and Social Security.

For available session dates and times, simply call 800-228-5453 and select option 3.

When should I let the District know I’m going to retire?
Ideally, as soon as possible. We know that making the decision to retire can be hard and very personal. Some folks want to retire and go quietly in the night, with little or no fanfare. Others want to shout their retirement from their rooftops and dance! You can submit your retirement paperwork electronically to the District and not have it be publicly disclosed until after school is out for the summer. This helps the District plan for your replacement, but more importantly, it may help one of your colleagues avoid the unnecessary anxiety and stress of potentially being displaced/transferred from your school site. 

COVID-19 Testing

Welcome Counselors & Psychologists to TALB!
You are not automatically a member. You must sign up.
If you are interested in becoming a member CLICK HERE
Representation, The Value of Membership, Leadership, and more!

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.

LBUSD Board of Education Meeting | Wednesday April 14, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m. Watch it LIVE!

Virtual Site Visits will be sent to individual members. Check your personal email for Zoom invitations

CTA Conferences & Grants

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

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.

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

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.
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