TALB Members: Lift Up Your Voices – Write Three Emails!

Attention TALB Members and Supporters:
LIFT UP YOUR VOICES

What YOU Can Do To Help
Simple Organizing Activity :
Write Three Emails.

1st Email 

Please email the Board of Education Members and copy (cc) Executive Staff.
LIFT UP YOUR VOICES.

Tell your employer and elected officials who are in charge, “The Governing Board of Education”, how you are feeling, how you feel you are being treated and how in your professional opinion “Redirected Learning” could work for the success of students and parents. 

Lives are at stake!

Board of Education, LBUSD
Diana Craighead – President – dcraighead@lbschools.net
Megan Kerr – Vice President – mmkerr@lbschools.net
Dr. Felton Williams – Member – fwilliams@lbschools.net
Jon Meyer – Member – cjmeyer@lbschools.net
Dr. Juan Benitez – Member – jbenitez1@lbschools.net

Executive Staff  – LBUSD
Dr. Jill Baker, Superintendent – jbaker@lbschools.net
Dr. Tiffany Brown, Deputy Superintendent – tmbrown@lbschools.net
David Zaid, Assistant Superintendent, HRS, LBUSD – dzaid@lbschools.net
Dr. Jay Camerino, Assistant Superintendent, High Schools, jcamerino@lbschools.net
Dr. Christopher Lund, Assistant Superintendent, Middle Schools & K-8, clund@lbschools.netBrian Moskovitz, Assistant Superintendent, Early Learning & Elementary Schools, bmoskovitz@lbschools.net
Dr. Kristi Kahl, Assistant Superintendent, OCIPD, kkahl@lbschools.net
Chris Brown, Assistant Superintendent, Research & School Improvement Office, csbrown@lbschools.net
Dr. Erin Simon, Assistant Superintendent, Office of School Support Services, esimon@lbschools.net
Steve Rockenbach, Direct of Employee Relations & Ethicssrockenbach@lbschools.net

2nd Email 

Would you like your voice to be heard at the August 5th Board of Education meeting during public comments?

To send a comment in to be read by the Board of Education secretary, Leticia Rodriguez, at the next school board meeting. Type up a quick comment. Read it aloud and time yourself. Your comments must be under 3 minutes (and maybe under two minutes if they cut public comment time) – that’s all the time you’ll get – once the timer goes off, Leticia will stop reading it. 

Typically there are two opportunities to address the Board of Education.
1) You can make public comment on items listed on the agenda: Opening of Schools Update or Learning Management System (A.K.A. the web based learning platform: Canvas, Schoology, etc.)
2) You can make public comment on items that are not listed on the agenda = Safety, Sanitation, Budget priorities, Framework for Reconciliation in Long Beach Unified, Reopening of schools, promotions, etc.

If you want your comments to be read aloud during the public session of the Board of Education meeting, send an email to  open.session.agenda.comment@lbschools.net

If you want your comments to be read aloud during the closed session of the Board of Education meeting, send an email to closed.session.public.comment@lbschools.net

3rd Email 

There are NO agreements with Executive Staff on any aspect of returning to work on August 31st. There is NO agreement that ALL teachers should return to their empty classrooms to teach online learning. There are NO agreements to Executive Staff’s proposals for online learning.

Put simply, THERE ARE NO AGREEMENTS!

Our next Bargaining Session is August 7th. The TALB Bargaining Team NEEDS your support.

Please email Board of Education members and copy (cc) Executive Staff.

BARGAIN A FAIR AND EQUITABLE SETTLEMENT!

Board of Education, LBUSD

Diana Craighead – President – dcraighead@lbschools.net
Megan Kerr – Vice President – mmkerr@lbschools.net
Dr. Felton Williams – Member – fwilliams@lbschools.net
Jon Meyer – Member – cjmeyer@lbschools.net
Dr. Juan Benitez – Member – jbenitez1@lbschools.net

Executive Staff  – LBUSD
Dr. Jill Baker, Superintendent – jbaker@lbschools.net
Dr. Tiffany Brown, Deputy Superintendent – tmbrown@lbschools.net
David Zaid, Assistant Superintendent, HRS, LBUSD – dzaid@lbschools.net
Dr. Jay Camerino, Assistant Superintendent, High Schools, jcamerino@lbschools.net
Dr. Christopher Lund, Assistant Superintendent, Middle Schools & K-8, clund@lbschools.net
Brian Moskovitz, Assistant Superintendent, Early Learning & Elementary Schools, bmoskovitz@lbschools.net
Dr. Kristi Kahl, Assistant Superintendent, OCIPD, kkahl@lbschools.net
Chris Brown, Assistant Superintendent, Research & School Improvement Office, csbrown@lbschools.net
Dr. Erin Simon, Assistant Superintendent, Office of School Support Services, esimon@lbschools.net
Steve Rockenbach, Direct of Employee Relations & srockenbach@lbschools.net

Watch the LBUSD BOE Meeting Live on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 @ 5:00pm

 

Community Forum on Fall 2020: Watch the VIDEO on FB

Long Beach Schools Community Forum:
A Community Session on Fall 2020
Equitable Online Learning

Forum held Wednesday, July 29  6pm to 8pm

Watch Video at

  https://www.facebook.com/TALBteachers/

A collaboration between Black Lives Matter Long Beach, Long Beach Forward, Long Beach Immigrants Rights Coalition, Californians for Justice, Khmer Girls in Action, Children’s Defense Fund-CA, Teacher Association of Long Beach, Classified School Employees Association Local Chapter 2, LBUSD Board Membr Juan M. Benetiz, LBCC Board VP Uduak-Joe Ntuk, CA State Senator Lena Gonzalez, Councilmember Rex Richardson, Councilmember Jeannine Pearce. Facilitation by : Melissa Morgan. Interpretation by: New Voice Interpretation.

 

 

Aug 6,13 – Black Minds Matter Webinar Series

Black Minds Matter – Free Webinar Series has Launched – Sign up!

Dear Colleagues,

Black Minds Matter has launched and we are grateful to those who were able to attend. The next session is THIS THURSDAY (July 23rd). Our special guests will include Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Dr. Ivory Toldson, and Gwen Carr (the mother of Eric Garner). 

To attend, you can join us Thursday at 11am (Pacific Time) at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgcR8rR0NU8

You can also REGISTER to receive notices, however, this is optional. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

Other announcements are below.

#BLACKMINDSMATTER

RECORDING. Recording from the first session: BLACK MINDS MATTER SESSION 1 – Prof. Tyrone Howard and Shante Needham (sister of Sandra Bland)

FREE CEU’S. The Center for Organizational Responsibility and Advancement (CORA), is providing free CEU’s to those who participate in Black Minds Matter. CEU’s can be earned for participation in the series by attending each session and completing the readings identified within the public syllabus. Go here to register for CEU’s: https://coralearning.org/product/black-minds-matter/

SYLLABUS. We have put together a public course syllabus identifying the learning outcomes of the series along with recommended readings. Click here to retrieve the Public Syllabus.

RECOMMENDED BOOKS.

  • Wood, J. L. (2019) Black minds matter: Realizing the brilliance, dignity, and morality of Black boys and men. San Diego, CA: Lawndale Hill.  Go here to order paperback version or digital version
    • All proceeds from the book from this summer are being donated to the Alfred Olango Foundation. In addition, for every book purchased, the vendor bookshop.org is donating to local Black bookstore in the area of the purchaser’s home.
  • Ford, D. Y. (2013). Recruiting and retaining culturally different students in gifted education. Waco Tx: Prufock Press. (2014 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Literature). Go here to order.

LBUSD to Start School Year Online Only

LBUSD to Start 20-21 School Year Online Only

July 14, 2020

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When the new school year resumes on Sept. 1, classes in the Long Beach Unified School District will remain entirely online, at least through Oct. 5, due to the recent spike in coronavirus cases in Southern California. 

The school district continues to plan for in-person instruction and related safety measures for some point in the future. This week’s decision to start the school year online only was made after close consultation with local health officials, including Dr. Anissa Davis, health officer for Long Beach Health and Human Services, as well as Dr. Barbara Ferrer, health officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Health.

“The virus currently rages on in our community, and we’ll need to continue to do our best to protect our children, our teachers and the many important people who make school function and who educate our children,” Ferrer said during a news conference yesterday.

Though LBUSD had hoped to allow parents to choose from all online or a combination of online and in-person learning on Sept. 1, those plans are now on hold in favor of all online instruction for all students. For parents, this now means they no longer are required to select a learning option for their child, at least for the first weeks of school. During the campus closures, LBUSD will continue to offer childcare services as planned through its Child Development and Head Start centers, with all required precautions in place.

LBUSD continues to work with the teachers’ association and other employee groups, as well as with local health officials on the best ways to continue teaching and learning while ensuring that health and safety remain our top priorities. The school district will continue to communicate through various means in the coming days and weeks, including via the school district’s website at lbschools.net, individual school websites, email, text, phone messages and social media.

Visit lbschools.net/coronavirus for the latest updates.

 

CA DOE Issues ‘Stronger Together: Guidebook for Safe Reopening of CA Schools’

California Department of Education has published A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools.

This guidance was created through the statewide reopening schools task force that fostered a collaborative process for our educators and stakeholders to lend their important voices. Also informed by the technical assistance and advice of many health and safety organizations including the Centers for Disease Control, California Department of Public Health, California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, the intent of this document is to be a guide for the local discussion on safely reopening schools.

Available as a downloadable PDF or as a Web Version at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/strongertogether.asp

 

 

 

 

CTA Credentialing Updates for COVID 19

CTA Credentialing Updates for COVID 19

Commission on Teacher Credentialing Actions for Flexibility During COVID 19

Download a copy of the complete CTA document here

 

 

On April 23-24, 2020, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) approved several actions to provide flexibility for credential holders and current credential candidates who are facing barriers due to the emergency measures in place throughout California due to COVID 19. The CTC acted only within the statutory boundaries available to the Commission, while announcing that they are also pursuing further flexibility through an executive order and/or legislative action for situations that are outside the authority of the CTC to change. The changes approved by the CTC that affect most credential holders are summarized below; additional approved actions can be found on the CTC website. Because of the specific and numerous conditions that apply to each situation, CTA members and staff should read the detailed requirements applicable to each situation at https://www.ctc.ca.gov/commission/covid-19-commission-action-related-to-covid-19. There are seven CTC archived webinars that discuss each of the actions in detail with related FAQs available online at the site referenced above.

1. Extensions for Renewal of Credentials/CTC Documents

The CTC will extend any expiring credentials for one year even if none of the renewal requirements have been met [except for Provisional Intern Permits (PIP) and Short-Term Staff Permits (STSP). [See #2 below for more information]. The extension is available for preliminary teaching credentials, preliminary services credentials, emergency permits, child development permits, and intern credentials for teachers and administrators. These extensions will be granted for “good cause” and the CTC considers the health and safety conditions to meet that standard.

The CTC will approve the renewal of clear teaching or services credentials where the holder was unable to renew in a timely manner due to health and safety restrictions related to COVID 19. They can be renewed as of the expiration date of the credential with no lapse in validity.

2. Additional Actions by the CTC on Short Term Staff Permits (STSP) and Provisional Intern Permits (PIP)

Although not determined at the April CTC meeting, the CTC has since announced that teachers who have been authorized on a STSP or PIP in 2019-20 will be allowed to step-down to a Variable Term Waiver (VTW) for 2020-21 assuming the individual meets the qualifications for the waiver. This VTW had been in place previously but was not available for prior holders of STSPs and PIPs. This waiver should be distinguished from the PS VTW discussed below; the requirements and application process are different. For the webinar that discusses this change, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s61CVECGQHI&feature=youtu.be. The CTC should be issuing further detailed guidance on this process soon; until then the Variable Term Waiver guidebook can be found at https://www.ctc.ca.gov/docs/default-source/credentials/manuals-handbooks/waiverhandbook.pdf?sfvrsn=8a8b7d36_0.

3. Flexibility for Induction Programs (Teacher and Administrator Induction)

The CTC designated 2019-20 as a complete program year and induction participants do not need to participate in additional time to complete the year. Participants who were successfully completing their second year of induction prior to program shut-downs will be eligible to apply for a clear credential and participants who were successfully completing year one of induction will move on to their second year at the beginning of 2020-21 school year.

The CTC changed the requirement that a teacher or administrator entering induction must hold a preliminary credential. This will allow first year teachers in the 2020-21 school year to begin their induction program even if they are working under a Program Sponsor Variable Term Waiver (see more on the PS-VTW below). 

4. Flexibility for Current Credential Candidates  

Current credential candidates who were on track to complete their preliminary credential between March 19, 2020 and September 1, 2020 but were unable to do so because of the health and safety conditions of COVID 19 will be eligible to teach in the 2020-21 school year on a Program Sponsor Variable Term Waiver (PS VTW). This is a newly approved waiver that will be applied for by the credential preparation program and differs from existing variable term waivers. New teachers on a PS VTW will be the teacher of record and will complete any remaining requirements for the preliminary credential (e.g., the Teaching Performance Assessment/TPA requirement) as the content of their induction program. The unfinished requirements will be in lieu of, not in addition to, other induction work and will be specified in their Individual Induction Plan (IIP).

Because application for the PS VTW will be filed by the preparation program rather than by the employer, the cost for the waiver will likely fall on the candidate[1]. Teachers working on a PS VTW will be considered ineffective under ESSA reporting, and some locals have negotiated reduced salary for teachers who are on any type of credential that is not a preliminary or clear. In addition, the assumption is that the waiver will be considered a provisional credential under Ed Code Section 44911 and therefore the time spent teaching under the PS VTW will not be counted toward permanent status; CTA will be examining this issue in the coming weeks. While allowing new teachers to begin their careers, these negative consequences make the PS VTW a less-than-ideal solution and CTA will continue to advocate for further emergency executive or legislative action to remedy the situation.

The CTC approved credential preparation programs to determine that a candidate has sufficient clinical practice hours even if the candidate has not completed the existing 600 hour requirement and that the candidate has satisfied the ‘solo’ teaching requirement, even if less than the required minimum number of weeks.

The CTC approved credential preparation programs to determine that Education Specialist candidates have sufficient experience across grade levels and settings even if they were unable to practice in all disability areas and settings authorized by their credential.

5. Flexibility for Incoming Credential Candidates Entering Programs in 2020-21

The CTC has waived the provision that student teachers must have completed their subject matter requirement prior to daily whole class instruction. The candidate must now complete this requirement prior to recommendation for the preliminary credential.

The Basic Skills/CBEST requirement (BSR) will be deferred for up to one year for applicants or candidates using the CBEST examination route to meet this requirement. The BSR will not be required for program entry. The deferral will not be granted to candidates who have taken all parts of the CBEST previously and failed the examination.

[1] Information on fees charged by the CTC can be found at https://www.ctc.ca.gov/docs/default-source/leaflets/cl659.pdf?sfvrsn=48637d4b_4

Download a copy of the complete CTA document here