TALB Update: Friday, October 29, 2021

TALB Update: Friday, October 29, 2021

TALB Update: Friday, October 29, 2021

Friday October 29, 2021

Too early to get excited?

The number of infections are lower now than they were a year ago. On October 29, 2020, there were 90,669 reported infections in our country. Today, there were 72,569 infections reported. That is exciting, but an awfully high rate of infection as we head into the fall and winter months. Holiday celebrations will bring travel and more possibilities for infections. Now is not the time to get complacent. Especially if we want to KEEP SCHOOLS OPEN for in-person instruction. We don’t know anybody who isn’t exhausted by this pandemic. It is hard to tell if the pandemic is still in front of us, in our side view mirror or in our rearview mirror, but make no bones about it, we are still in it.


Monday, October 25
TALB members rejected a District proposal to swap Admission’s Day from April 15 to November 12. The calendar will remain unchanged. Friday, November 12 is a duty day.


Tuesday, October 26
TALB Representative Council approved bargaining proposals and an organizing plan.
Bargaining Proposals 
Child Development Centers (CDC) – Head Start K-12

Article I – Agreement – Clean-up language – align/comport with current contract.
Update list of teachers in the Certificated K-12 unit.
Update language related to Temporary Contract Employees.
Create language that accurately reflects which employees should fall within the Temporary Contract category.

Article II – Recognition of Exclusive Representative – Clean-up language – align/comport with current contract. (Include Counselors & Psychologists)

Article III – Reserved Rights of the District– Clean-up language – align/comport with current contract.

Article IV – Association Rights­ – Clean-up language – align/comport with current contract. Association Business: Two Tuesdays each month shall be reserved for Association business (after school). President release time. Update phone policies.  Review and consult of forms.

Article V – Days and Hours of Employment – Clean-up language – align/comport with current contract. Update communication of teacher availability to parents and students.  Meetings and Adjunct Duties: Reduce the number of mandated meetings. Modify adjunct duty requirements in order to place more focus on student/classroom instructional duties. Add/clarify instructional minutes for TK-12. Update secondary schedule options to reflect current practices.  Add language for Teachers on Special Assignment.  Alignment of programs to teacher year.
Preparation: Preparation time duties to be determined by the teacher for purposes of preparing, instruction, working with their students and conferring with parents, support staff, other teachers, administrators.
Replacement Service: Eliminate.
Duty Day: Nurses, Librarians & Speech Pathologists.
Testing: During mandatory State Testing, teachers be given a conference period. Transitional Kindergarten: Negotiate impact of TK and Pre-K programs – Co-Collaborative Teaching (CCT) and “Push-In” programs TK-12. Add class size maximum for TK.
K-12 Substitution: Discuss and negotiate language regarding substitutes for librarians, nurses, Special Ed. related services; and substitute duties for classroom teachers.
Discuss and negotiate language regarding substitutes for librarians, nurses, Special Ed. related services; and substitute duties for classroom teachers. Provide replacement compensation for Pre-K and elementary service.
Assessment Preparation: The District shall provide one (1) substitute day per semester for grades Pre-K-12 for district mandated individualized testing assessment.
Assessment Materials: The District shall provide all necessary materials (e.g., hardcopy materials, pencils, paper, etc.) and or working technology compatible with the testing program required by each individual student for district required assessments.
Electronic Grading and Communication:  Grading periods will align with state notification requirements and be posted before the start of a school year.
Holidays:  Recognize the Jewish Holidays of Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and Passover by abstaining from site and district meetings or events on these days with exception to Moore League and CIF Sports Schedules.

Article VI – Compensation – Clean-up language – align/comport with current contract. Compensation: Negotiate an increase in salary and pay rates to reflect the quality teaching provided in the LBUSD and allows LBUSD to retain and recruit the highest quality staff and provide the best possible education for students.
Early Retirement: Investigate an early retirement incentive as a mechanism to mitigate overall payroll and benefits costs.
Salary Schedule S – review and amend for current and or added positions. Discuss Pathway leads conference periods and stipends.
Define each of the salary schedules
Mileage: Align mileage authorization with current expectations for travel and meetings.
Add language regarding LBUSD’s 457 in alignment with 403(b) language
Align Chiropractic language with current coverages.

Article VII – Leaves of Absence – Clean-up language – align/comport with current contract.
Personal Necessity: Review and modify to provide increased professional flexibility.

Article VIII – Transfers – Clean-up language – align/comport with current contract. Support with personnel who are either displaced or voluntarily transfer.
Specialty Postings: Narrow specialty postings and allow for greater transparency in process.
Reassignment: Agree to objective standards for school site reassignments Pre-K-12
Itinerant and Multi-Site Assignments: Revise language to provide a transfer system consistent with regular transfer process.
TOSA Duration: Discuss creation of a reasonable duration for all Teacher on Special Assignment positions.

Article IX – Safety Conditions of Employment– Clean-up language – align/comport with current contract. Prioritize employee parking when limited parking is available.  Where safe and secure employee parking is not available, expand umbrella insurance liability. Expand umbrella insurance liability for personal property damaged or stolen.
Nurse Staffing: Increase current staffing and create staffing ratio that protects student and staff health.
Classroom Learning Environment: Address support and interventions for severe classroom disruptions.

Article X – Class Size and Staffing Ratios– Clean-up language – align/comport with current contract. Class Size: Lowering the class size at every level/program and agree to work together whenever possible to identify and obtain sources of funding for such purposes. Equitable funding of FTE between schools.
Combination Classes: Agree to language regulating the creation and assignment of combination classes.  Stipend to reflect additional work associated with combination classes.
Multi-School Assignments: Limit number of school sites to which bargaining unit members can be assigned.
Preparations: Limit maximum number of preparations.
Reduce the allotted time to balance classes and further define student movement between classes.

Article XI – Peer Assistance and Review Program for Teachers– Clean-up language-align/comport with current contract.

Article XII – Evaluation Procedure– Clean-up language – align/comport with current contract.  Further define process for the 5-year cycle.  Add district and site goals to the notification process.

Article XIII – Grievance Procedure– Clean-up language – align/comport with current contract.  Add language for group grievance situations.

Article XIV – Concerted Activities– Clean-up language – align/comport with current contract.

Article XV – Effect of Agreement– Clean-up language – align/comport with current contract.

Article XVI – Savings Clause– Clean-up language – align/comport with current contract.

Article XVII – Completion of Meet and Negotiate Sessions– Clean-up language – align/comport with current contract.

Article XVIII – Term of Agreement– Clean-up language – align/comport with current contract.

Index

Appendix A – School Calendars- Clean-up language – align/comport with current contract.
Appendix B – Salaries- Clean-up language – align/comport with current contract.
Appendix C – MOU: Paperwork, Reporting Student Data, and Utilization of Technology- Clean-up language – align/comport with current contract.
Appendix D – MOU: National Board Certification- Clean-up language – align/comport with current contract.  Add due date for additional compensation plan.
Appendix E – MOU: Structured Leadership Roles- Clean-up language – align/comport with current contract with post-audit structure.
Appendix F – MOU: Sick Leave Donation Program- Clean-up language – align/comport with current contract.
Appendix G – MOU: District Internet and Electronic Mail Guidelines and Procedures – Clean-up language – align/comport with current contract.
Appendix H – Shared Decision Making- Clean-up language – align/comport with current contract.


 Organizing Plan

OVERVIEW & GOALS
The goal of the plan is as follows:

  • Organize our members to act in unity regarding “Public Schools Long Beach Students Deserve” and protect public schools from privatization – a.k.a. “vouchers”. This will result in improved teaching and learning conditions in Long Beach, Lakewood, Catalina and Signal Hill public schools.
  • Position TALB as a strong community based organization with influence that results in improved teaching and learning conditions in Long Beach, Lakewood, Catalina and Signal Hill public schools.
  • Protect Public Education from privatization, charter schools, vouchers, etc.
  • Reach a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that improves working conditions and provides enhanced compensation.

It is a focused plan; including specific goals and timelines to help us maintain progress towards our objectives. It is simple, allowing for easy planning of actions, and ongoing evaluation. It is a plan that should be flexible; encouraging new directions based on changes in the organizing landscape and the interests of our members.

OBJECTIVES, ACTIONS, & TIMELINES

The plan contains six (6) basic objectives. Each objective has associated actions and implementation timelines; is complementary of one another; and is equally important in serving the overall goal. In some cases, actions listed under one objective will also apply to other objectives. However, in order to maintain clarity, the action will only be listed one time. All of the objectives are intended to serve the broader goal of strengthening TALB (unity) and improving teaching and learning conditions in Long Beach.

Objective 1 — SCHOOL SITE BASED ORGANIZING:  Support each school/work site with the tools to effectively represent TALB members, organize around site and District wide issues, and participate in mobilizing efforts.

  1. Recruit and retain at least one active Association Representative at each school/work site. 
Timeline:  Ongoing with focus on effort in late spring, summer, and early fall.
Responsible Party:  E-Board, Organizing Team, Membership Engagement
  1. Provide ongoing training for Association Representatives (organizing, mobilizing, advocacy, policymaking).
Timeline: November, January, and Monthly Rep Council.
Responsible Party:  E-Board, Organizing Team, Membership Engagement, Staff (others as needed)
  1. Encourage attendance and participation at monthly Representative Council meetings.
Timeline:  Monthly via phone calls and school site visits, (Summer E-Board) reconsider organization of Rep Council meetings.
Responsible Party:  E-Board
Objective 2 — SCHOOL BOARD 2022:  Recruit as necessary, recommend, and elect school board members in Districts 1, District 3, and District 5 who will actively promote transparency, open discussion on key concerns, and improved classroom learning conditions. In addition, support the right and promote the ability of employees to organize/unionize.
  1. Meet with community leaders, elected officials, and others to surface interested candidates.
Timeline:  In progress – January 2022
Responsible Party:  President, Executive Director, others as requested.
  1. Meet with incumbents to assess intentions and viability.
Timeline:  In progress – January 2022
Responsible Party:  President, Executive Director, others as requested.
  1. Meet with Labor Alliances and possibly formalize mutual support agreements on recommendations (formal agreement subject to Rep Council approval).
Timeline:  Spring 2022
Responsible Party:  Executive Director
  1. Meeting with other interested unions to determine mutual interests and future collaboration.
Timeline:  In progress – January 2022.
Responsible Party:  Executive Director
  1. Interview and recommend candidates.   Consider possible early endorsement.
Timeline:  E-Board review November 2021. Early recommendations November 2021 – if possible.
Responsible Party:  E-Board, Rep. Council
  1. Support recommended candidate campaigns and possibly run additional independent campaign effort.
Timeline:  Recommendation date – June 2022.
Responsible Party:  Membership, E-Board, Organizing Team, Staff
Objective 3 — SCHOOL BOARD 2024: Recruit as necessary, recommend, and elect school board members in Districts 2 and District 4 who will actively promote transparency, open discussion on key concerns, and improved classroom learning conditions. In addition, support the right and promote the ability of employees to organize/unionize.
  1. Meet with community leaders, elected officials, and others to surface interested candidates.
Timeline:  In progress – October 2023
Responsible Party: President, Executive Director, others as requested.
  1. Meet with incumbents to assess intentions and viability.
Timeline:  In progress – October 2023
Responsible Party: President, Executive Director, others as requested.
  1. Meeting with other interested unions to determine mutual interests and future collaboration.
Timeline:  In progress – January 2024
Responsible Party: Executive Director
  1. Interview and recommend candidates. Consider possible early endorsement.
Timeline:  BOD review summer 2023. Early recommendations Sept/Oct. 2023.
Responsible Party: E-Board, Rep. Council
  1. Support recommended candidate campaigns and possibly run additional independent campaign effort.
Timeline:  Recommendation date – June 2024.
Responsible Party:  Membership, E-Board, Organizing Team
Objective 4 — CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS:  Bargain full contract that protects current teaching and learning conditions and improves areas as proposed by TALB.
  1. Bargaining Team meets with District in ongoing bargaining sessions.
Timeline:  Ongoing.
Responsible Party:  Bargaining Team
  1. Organizing Team executes bargaining support, as necessary, based on progress of negotiations.
Timeline:  Ongoing, as needed.
Responsible Party: Organizing Team, E-Board, Rep. Council & Rank and File Membership
  1. Executive Board and Organizing Team execute Objectives 1, 2, and 3, to support ongoing negotiations effort.
Timeline:  As per identified timelines.
Responsible Party:  As per plan.
Objective 5 — COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS & ORGANIZING:  Actively engage in the larger community by developing relationships and alliances with existing groups/individuals as part of an increasing TALB presence as a community based organization.
  1. Solidify Labor Alliances: Continue regular contact and seek opportunities for collaboration on mutual interests (community, political, social).
Timeline:  Ongoing
Responsible Party: President, Executive Director
  1. Subsequent to consolidation of Objective 5.b, explore further city-wide collaboration and coordination with other city wide unions (e.g., LiUNA!, Hotel Workers, IBEW, etc.)
Timeline:  Spring 2022
Responsible Party:  President, Executive Director
  1. Increase community group membership and participation (e.g., PTA, CFJ, Educ our State, ICO, Chamber, Playhouse, LB Coal for Good Jobs and Healthy Com., etc.).
Timeline:  Spring 2022
Responsible Party:  E-Board, Organizing Team, President, Executive Director
  1. Continue relations with individual City and School District actors. 
Timeline:  Ongoing
Responsible Party:  President, Executive Director
  1. Evaluate current structure and purpose of TALB events and make possible adjustments consistent with local organizing efforts.
Timeline:  Spring 2022
Responsible Party:  Organizing Team
  1. Explore publication of a community email publication focused on community actions/events and articles of interest relevant to parents and community members. 
Timeline:  Ongoing.
Responsible Party:  E-Board, President, Executive Director
Objective 6 – MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT: Active engage bargaining unit to increases member and secure membership commitments.
  1. Develop membership promotion.

Timeline: Ongoing
Responsible Party: Membership, Rep. Council, E-Board, TALB Staff


No, the Teachers are not OK

By Valerie Strauss, Reporter.      October 20, 2021 at 12:25 p.m. EDT

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden welcomed the 2020 and 2021 state Teachers of the Year to the White House this week, presenting a glass apple to the national winners for those years.
“Don’t underestimate what you do,” the president told the teachers at an outdoor ceremony on the White House grounds. “… You make a gigantic difference.”

The Teacher of the Year program — sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers — honors a teacher from each state as well as from the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories and the Department of Defense Education Activity. Each year, a national winner is chosen, and they are all brought to the nation’s capital for a week of celebration and learning. In 2020, there was no D.C. trip because of the pandemic.
The event at the White House came at a time of crisis in teaching — with many educators saying they are more pressured and disillusioned than ever. (Full Story)


So long, Facebook, this goodbye is forever

We are splitting over irreconcilable differences.

By Frank Christlieb
I’m quitting you, Facebook. And it’s all your fault.

Don’t bother trying to win me back, although with almost 3 billion other monthly users (actually, you’re using them) I know you won’t try to make up with me. You’ve had years to fix things, so why should I trust you now?

The social media behemoth, dreamed up by Mark Zuckerberg and his Harvard buddies, has been sucking up humans’ existence since 2004. If you think it’d blow your mind to see how much of your life you spend stuck in commuter traffic, try guesstimating your Facebook time (DataReportal puts it at 19.5 hours a month — seems a bit low to me).

Since joining in 2008, I’ve cherished the hours connecting with friends and family, sharing photos and developments about my life and loved ones while embracing the steady stream of updates, pics, opinions, emotions and even the sad news my list of connections that’s grown to almost 1,500 has posted in return.

Face it, fellow Facebookers: We’re addicted. It gives us pleasure, making us smile, laugh, cry and discover. It gives us a chance to show off, spout off and feel fulfilled when others react positively to what we’ve shared.

But for several years, I’ve wrestled with the truth that behind all the wonderful images, the moving, nostalgic and informative posts, the beautiful life moments that so many have let me be a part of, Facebook has been a debacle. For over a decade, the world’s largest social media network has been a constant target of criticism, shrouded in unending controversy. (Full Story)


The case against Mark Zuckerberg: Insiders say Facebook’s CEO chose growth over safety

The SEC has been asked to probe whether his iron-fisted management style, described in newly released documents and by insiders, led to disastrous outcomes.

By Elizabeth Dwoskin Tory Newmyer and Shibani Mahtani

Late last year, Mark Zuckerberg faced a choice: Comply with demands from Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party to censor anti-government dissidents or risk getting knocked offline in one of Facebook’s most lucrative Asian markets.

In America, the tech CEO is a champion of free speech, reluctant to remove even malicious and misleading content from the platform. But in Vietnam, upholding the free-speech rights of people who question government leaders could have come with a significant cost in a country where the social network earns more than $1 billion in annual revenue, according to a 2018 estimate by Amnesty International.

So Zuckerberg personally decided that Facebook would comply with Hanoi’s demands, according to three people familiar with the decision, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe internal company discussions. Ahead of Vietnam’s party congress in January, Facebook significantly increased censorship of “anti-state” posts, giving the government near-total control over the platform, according to local activists and free-speech advocates.

Zuckerberg’s rolein the Vietnam decision, which has not been previously reported, exemplifies his relentless determination to ensure Facebook’s dominance,sometimes at the expense of his stated values, according to interviews with more than a dozen former employees. That ethos has come under fire in a series of whistleblower complaints filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission by former Facebook product manager Frances Haugen.


‘HISTORY WILL NOT JUDGE US KINDLY’

Thousands of pages of internal documents offer the clearest picture yet of how Facebook endangers American democracy—and show that the company’s own employees know it.

By Adrienne LaFrance – About the author: Adrienne LaFrance is the executive editor of The Atlantic. She was previously a senior editor and staff writer at The Atlantic, and the editor of TheAtlantic.com.

Before i tell you what happened at exactly 2:28 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the White House—and how it elicited a very specific reaction, some 2,400 miles away, in Menlo Park, California—you need to remember the mayhem of that day, the exuberance of the mob as it gave itself over to violence, and how several things seemed to happen all at once.

At 2:10 p.m., a live microphone captured a Senate aide’s panicked warning that “protesters are in the building,” and both houses of Congress began evacuating.

At 2:13 p.m., Vice President Mike Pence was hurried off the Senate floor and out of the chamber.

At 2:15 p.m., thunderous chants were heard: “Hang Mike Pence! Hang Mike Pence!”

At the White House, President Donald Trump was watching the insurrection live on television. The spectacle excited him. Which brings us to 2:28 p.m., the moment when Trump shared a message he had just tweeted with his 35 million Facebook followers: “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution … USA demands the truth!”

Even for the Americans inured to the president’s thumbed outbursts, Trump’s attack against his own vice president—at a moment when Pence was being hunted by the mob Trump sent to the Capitol—was something else entirely. Horrified Facebook employees scrambled to enact “break the glass” measures, steps they could take to quell the further use of their platform for inciting violence. That evening, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and CEO, posted a message on Facebook’s internal chat platform, known as Workplace, under the heading “Employee FYI.”

“This is a dark moment in our nation’s history,” Zuckerberg wrote, “and I know many of you are frightened and concerned about what’s happening in Washington, DC. I’m personally saddened by this mob violence.”

Facebook staffers weren’t sad, though. They were angry, and they were very specifically angry at Facebook. Their message was clear: This is our fault.

Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer asked employees to “hang in there” as the company figured out its response. “We have been ‘hanging in there’ for years,” one person replied. “We must demand more action from our leaders. At this point, faith alone is not sufficient.”

“All due respect, but haven’t we had enough time to figure out how to manage discourse without enabling violence?” another staffer responded. “We’ve been fueling this fire for a long time and we shouldn’t be surprised it’s now out of control.”

“I’m tired of platitudes; I want action items,” another staffer wrote. “We’re not a neutral entity.”

“One of the darkest days in the history of democracy and self-governance,” yet another staffer wrote. “History will not judge us kindly.”

Facebook employees have long understood that their company undermines democratic norms and restraints in America and across the globe. Facebook’s hypocrisies, and its hunger for power and market domination, are not secret. Nor is the company’s conflation of free speech and algorithmic amplification. But the events of January 6 proved for many people—including many in Facebook’s workforce—to be a breaking point.

The Atlantic reviewed thousands of pages of documents from Facebook, including internal conversations and research conducted by the company, from 2017 to 2021. Frances Haugen, the whistleblower and former Facebook engineer who testified before Congress earlier this month, filed a series of disclosures about Facebook to the Securities and Exchange Commission and to Congress before her testimony. Redacted versions of those documents were obtained by a consortium of more than a dozen news organizations, including The Atlantic. The names of Facebook employees are mostly blacked out. (Full Story)


Opinion: My daughter was driven to suicide by social media. It’s time for Facebook to stop monetizing misery.

By Ian Russell.  October 25, 2021 at 12:45 p.m. EDT    Ian Russell is the founder of the Molly Rose Foundation.

The evening of Nov. 20, 2017, was perfectly ordinary: Our family sat watching reality TV and laughing together before heading to our bedrooms and saying our usual “see you tomorrow morning” to each other.

Later that night, alone in her room, my 14-year-old daughter Molly connected to the Internet one last time — including logging on to Instagram, where she’d been pushed into a rabbit hole of depressive content — and then took her own life.

Less than two weeks after we went public with Molly’s story, Instagram chief Adam Mosseri wrote an op-ed vowing “to do everything we can to keep the most vulnerable people who use our platform safe.”

Now more than ever, I can’t help but think of this promise he made. “We are committed to publicly sharing what we learn. We deeply want to get this right and we will do everything we can to make that happen.”

It brings me no joy to say, but it’s now clear that those words have proved to be hollow.

My daughter Molly’s story may not be familiar to many outside the U.K., but it helped inspire the Online Safety Bill. “Facebook whistleblower” Frances Haugen testified on Monday before the Parliamentary Joint Committee that drafted it.

Haugen and the documents she has shared have exposed how, even as Facebook, which owns Instagram, repeatedly touted its commitments to young people’s well-being, it has been covering up internal research about how toxic Instagram could be for them, especially teen girls having a hard time, like my beloved daughter Molly.

It was frankly difficult to read the internal presentations that demonstrated precisely how “aspects of Instagram exacerbate each other to create a perfect storm” that send struggling young users into a “downward spiral” in which “mental health outcomes … can be severe.” It all rang so harrowingly true.

To learn that Facebook knew its platforms caused unique trauma for teenage girls — and that it neither shared that data with policymakers nor acted on its own researchers’ recommendations to mitigate these grievous harms — just appalled me. “Facebook became a $1 trillion company by paying for its profits with our safety, including the safety of our children. And that is unacceptable,” Haugen has said.

She is right. It is time Facebook stopped monetizing misery. (Full Story)


MOU Update
There is agreement surrounding 2 of the 4 mandated meetings a month, continuing to be virtual (Zoom) until the semester ends, January 27. In your next ILT meeting please discuss which meetings will be in-person or online via Zoom, for the months of November, December and January.


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!


~ 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


~ Booster shots ~

All COVID-19 vaccines are now authorized and available for boosters shots; Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J. 

Clinic Locations:
Anaheim – 100 S. Anaheim Blvd, Suite 101, Anaheim, CA 92805
Costa Mesa – 722 Baker Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Santa Ana – 1212 W. 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
HB Beach – 17762 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
FV Brookhurst – 18035 Brookhurst Street, Suite 2100, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Irvine Barranca – 4050 Barranca Parkway, Suite 200, Irvine, CA 92604
Los Altos – 2110 N Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90815
Douglas Park – 3828 Schaufele Avenue, Suite 200, Long Beach, CA 90808
LB MFM-residency program – 450 East Spring Street, Suite 1, Long Beach, CA 90806
Torrance – 22719 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90505
San Juan Capistrano – 31001 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite 200, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Rancho Mission Viejo – 30492 Gateway Place, Rancho Mission Viejo, CA 92694



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

 


Did you get your booster?

More recently, on September 24, the FDA, CDC and state of California approved a booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for all people aged 65 years and older and for people between 18 and 64 who have a condition that puts them at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 or those that have an increased exposure risk due to their job (healthcare worker, teachers, etc.). This booster dose was only approved for people who were previously vaccinated with the two-dose Pfizer series at least 6 months earlier.

MemorialCare is supporting this effort by offering the Pfizer boosters noted above and will be making clinic spots available on a first-come, first-serve basis. We are happy to help prior Pfizer recipients get scheduled with us. Slots are available at the below MemorialCare Medical Group Clinics via MyChart or on the State’s MyTurn site in many locations across Southern California.

Clinic Locations:
Anaheim – 100 S. Anaheim Blvd, Suite 101, Anaheim, CA 92805
Costa Mesa – 722 Baker Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Santa Ana – 1212 W. 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
HB Beach – 17762 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
FV Brookhurst – 18035 Brookhurst Street, Suite 2100, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Irvine Barranca – 4050 Barranca Parkway, Suite 200, Irvine, CA 92604
Los Altos – 2110 N Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90815
Douglas Park – 3828 Schaufele Avenue, Suite 200, Long Beach, CA 90808
LB MFM-residency program – 450 East Spring Street, Suite 1, Long Beach, CA 90806
Torrance – 22719 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90505
San Juan Capistrano – 31001 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite 200, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Rancho Mission Viejo – 30492 Gateway Place, Rancho Mission Viejo, CA 92694

Please note that, if your first two doses of vaccine were Moderna, the only approved reason for a third dose is if you are immunocompromised (see first paragraph above).

If you received the J&J vaccine, additional doses have not been recommended or approved, either for a second dose of J&J or for a “booster” dose of either Moderna or Pfizer. MemorialCare commits to keeping you informed should things change and is proud to be a trusted resource for information on COVID-19 and any other healthcare issues.

 


Bargaining 2021-22
Today, the TALB Bargaining team drafted proposals for the TALB Executive Board to review. If approved, the proposals will be brought to the TALB Representative Council on October 26. Once the Rep. Council approves, the proposals will be sent to the superintendent of schools, Dr. Jill Baker. This is referred to as “sun-shining”. The proposals will then be placed in an upcoming Board of Education agenda for review. Since the proposals are placed in the public domain, they generally are worded with broad brush strokes. We’ll keep you updated as the process continues.

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

WATCH LIVE – BOE – Meeting 11/3/2021 @ 5:00 p.m. 

LBUSD Board & Exec Staff Contact Info

Long Beach Unified School District’s YouTube ChannelWatch Live on Wednesday, October 6 @ 5:00 p.m. LBUSD YouTube Channel


New Member Orientation
New to the District? – TALB Mixer – Zoom
10/27/2021 5:00-6:00 p.m. To register, email Veronica Castillo at vcastillo@talb.org

Know Your Contract – Virtual Academy – Zoom
11/4/2021 5:00-6:00 p.m. To register, email Veronica Castillo at vcastillo@talb.org

Evaluation Forum
12/2/2021 4:00-5:00 p.m. To register, email Veronica Castillo at vcastillo@talb.org

CTA Conferences & Grants

LGBTQ+ Issues Conference – October 29-31, 2021, Palm Springs
Application Cut-off extended to: September 12, 2021 at Midnight

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.


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.

 


 

 


NEW! COVID-19 Hotline – 562-204-6075 | See Something, Say Something

New! COVID-19 Hotline – (562) 204-6075
If you SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING.

On Monday, November 16th a COVID-19 hotline will be active. Cathy Coy, Long Beach Unified School District’s Emergency Preparedness Program Manager will be monitoring the hotline. Compliance to COVID-19 safety and sanitation protocols are not negotiable, they are to be followed religiously.

If you are aware of safety and sanitation procedures that are not being followed please call Cathy Coy at 562-204-6075.

If you see individuals disregarding mandatory health and safety measures please call Cathy Coy at 562-204-6075.

If you are fearful of retaliation, please call the TALB office at 562-426-6433 and we will convey the information to Cathy Coy.

Compliance to simple safety protocols will reduce the overall infection rates in our communities, allowing for schools to fully reopen. The current trajectory of infection rate casts many doubts on whether our schools will fully reopen.

Everyone has a responsibility to do their part.