TALB Update: Friday, May 13, 2022 – Tentative Agreement Ratified by Member Vote

TALB Update: Friday, May 13, 2022 – Tentative Agreement Ratified by Member Vote

TALB Update: Friday, May 13, 2022

Friday, May 13, 2022

Tentative Agreement Voting Results

CDC | HS : 109 (96.5%) Yes     No 4 (3.5%)       (Ratified)
K-12         1362 (64.6%) Yes     No 746 (35.4%)  (Ratified)


TALB Retirement Celebration | Luau Unity Celebration

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Retirement Workshop – In-Person @ TALB – May 26   4:30 to 6:30PM

May 26, 2022 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. TALB will be hosting a retirement seminar. This in-person workshop is limited to 60 members. Please RSVP with Veronica Castillo at vcastillo@talb.org

Can’t make the seminar?
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. 


Zoom | Virtual Site Visits
  • A Virtual Site Visit invitation will be sent to individual members. Check your personal email for Zoom invitations.
  • Franklin MS Virtual Site Visit 5/17 | 5:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Nurses Virtual Forum 5/19 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Twain E.S. Virtual Site Visit 5/23 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Wilson H.S. Virtual Site Visit 5/25 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Speech Language Pathologist Virtual Forum 6/2 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Beer Club
Friday, May 27 @ 4:00 p.m.
Syncopated Brewing
3671 Industry Ave unit C1, Lakewood, CA 90712
RSVP with John Solomon at jsolomon@talb.org


Next BOE Meeting is Wednesday, May 18.  School board meetings are typically livestreamed on the LBUSD YouTube Channel.

2022 Upcoming Scheduled Meetings:

  • May 18
  • June 1
  • June 22

LBUSD Board & Exec Staff Contact Info


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.


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


 


TALB Update: Friday, May 6, 2022 – Tentative Agreement FAQ Answers

TALB Update: Friday, May 6, 2022 – Tentative Agreement FAQ Answers

TALB Update: Friday, May 6, 2022

Friday, May 6, 2022

Tentative Agreement – Additional FAQ’s

What is ADA?
ADA refers to Average Daily Attendance. Schools are funded based on attendance, students showing up, butts in seats. The District receives funding based on this attendance = ADA. Snapshots of ADA are reported to the state throughout the school year. Then the state distributes funding to the district based on the Average Daily Attendance. Pre-pandemic LUBSD was around 97% ADA, now, for a variety of reasons, we are experiencing less than 90% attendance. In simple terms, we are not getting the full funding of a COLA – Cost Of Living Adjustment, more like 90% of it. Bargaining the wages and benefits for our members is a challenge because most districts treat the art of budgeting as though it were a science, it is not. Districts typically present budget data as objective criteria, which in turn creates two distinct challenges. First, Districts have virtually no control over the revenue side of the budget but must live within whatever means provided by local, state and federal agencies. Second, budgeting, by necessity, involves conjecture. There is no way to predict revenue, accurately, two to three years out. A major portion of the revenue the state receives is based on progressive taxation. The rich, as they should, pay higher rates of tax on income and on capital gains. If the stock market is doing well, the coffers of the state will do well. Given the volatility of the markets, the war in Europe, costs of fuel and accelerating declining enrollment, it is anyone’s guess what revenue will “consistently” look like. The Association can and should agree we have a common interest with the district regarding finance and our joint fiduciary responsibility. 

What are a district’s “reserves”?
State law requires districts to keep a certain percent of money in a savings, dedicated for economic uncertainty. A District this size is required to have at least 2% of their budget saved. Bare in mind, 2% would not cover one payroll period for the District. Over the years the reserves have increased due to several factors. First, the hope that lessons learned, history will not repeat itself. The District was not prepared for the financial crash of 2008. There was not a sufficient reserve/savings to weather the “Great Recession”. Such hubris, we did not even have a seniority list and had to create one from scratch. The District will never be able to save enough money to avoid a layoff if we face a radical cut in school funding, but it can mitigate the number of layoffs by having sufficient reserves/savings. Last year, the state gave economic incentives for school districts to reopen for in-person instruction in spring. These incentives were delivered as “one time” money. There were infusions of “one-time” money from the state and federal government with the expectation that schools would remain open for in-person instruction 2021-22 and programs would be established to mitigate “unfinished learning”. The lion’s share of school funding comes from the state. The state budget runs from July 1 through June 30. The revenue and the budget that we are now living with was made back in June of 2021, long before the pressure of inflation started heating up. The amount of new money the District could receive for 2021-22 was a little more than 5% for COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment). Bare in mind COLA does not represent the true cost of all consumables, nor does it accurately reflect inflation. If the students do not report to class, the District does not receive the revenue. The rationale for the current “on-schedule” settlement was based on revenue the District received – (COLA X ADA). Yes, we are keenly aware that a 4.5% ongoing salary increase does not cover the costs of inflation. Last year’s state budget did not anticipate these inflationary pressures, we are bargaining with the revenue that was promised to schools for the fiscal year 2021-22 and receiving about 90%. Reserves are “one time” money. Some of the reserve is “restricted” – it can only be spent on specific programs (hiring certificated and classified personnel, tutoring, infrastructure, etc.). Some of the reserve is earmarked to settle negotiations with other employee groups – CSEA has not had a salary settlement since 2018-19. Some of the reserve is “unrestricted” – it can be used for compensation, which typically comes in “one time” off schedule payments, hence the 2.5% off schedule. Similar to moving a portion of your savings to your discretionary spending account. The key to understanding “one time” money is that it is “one time”. Our brothers and sisters in CSEA tried to make the argument during “mediation” and “fact finding” that reserves could be used for ongoing expenses, like an on schedule raise. CSEA had proposed a 7% ongoing raise for 2019-20 based on the District’s reserves. The “fact finder” did not agree and CSEA ended up settling on the exact same raises we negotiated for 2019-20. (Link for CSEA Fact Finding Report)

Will the state address inflation in the upcoming state budget effective July 1, 2022?
State legislators are currently developing a budget. Governor Newsom will discuss a May revise – a projection of state revenues and proposed spending by mid May. Proposals in the Department of Education are being debated right now to offset inflation and provide more funds for schools, 2022-23, that ideally addresses inflation. In early June, the bargaining process will begin again for compensation and contract language for the 2022-23 school year. The current tentative compensation package is for the year we’ve practically finished, 2021-22.

Why does the district want full day Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten? 
LBUSD has been interested in full day TK and full day K for a long time. There have been numerous pilot programs; extended day, full day, modified day, etc. The vast majority of surrounding school districts have full day TK & K, to the extent we are losing enrollment to other school districts. In negotiations we had lengthy conversations about these programs to the degree there are two different MOU’s to provide support for the implementation of these programs. This will be a dramatic shift. A revision of Kindergarten from what has historically been the “Long Beach Way”. If you are experiencing anxiety and have concerns, you may want to consider discussing the matter with your site administrator and propose a change of grade level assignment for 2022-23. In theory, Kindergarten will look different in 2023-24 after the Transitional Kindergarten students have had a full year of full day instruction. If you are interested in being on the committee that will work to address problems as they arise for 2022-23, please email Dr. Christine Kelly, TALB President at ckelly@talb.org Everyone wants full day TK & K to be a success, the District wants direct feedback during its maiden voyage. In addition, the District continues to explore the feasibility of opportunities to support this transition; adjusting schedules for the first few weeks to allow for assessments, augmenting staff support – given personnel availability, release time to visit full day classrooms, forums to discuss classroom management and effective use of new classroom furniture. 

How does the Tentative Agreement process work?
When the Bargaining Team feels it has reached the best possible agreement, the tentative agreement is sent to the Executive Board for approval for a general membership vote. It has been a long time since we’ve reached an agreement so late in the year. In order to get members remunerated as quickly as possible, there are compressed timelines. After every tentative agreement is reached and the Executive Board approves the TA, we hold a General Membership meeting before the voting begins. Before the pandemic, we would meet annually at Longfellow E.S. to discuss and answer questions the general membership may have about any of the agreements. If the tentative agreement passes by a majority vote (more than half), the Board of Education can approve the agreement on May 18 and the process for getting paid the 4.5% retroactive to July 1, 2021 can begin. 

WHO IS ON THE TALB BARGAINING TEAM?
Bargaining Chair: Corrin Hickey – Lakewood H.S., Bargaining Members: Julie McCall – Nelson M.S., John Kane – Jordan H.S., Gerry Morrison – McBride HS, Maritza Summers – Mann E.S., Kevin Quinn – Edison E.S., John Solomon – MacArthur E.S., Sybil Baldwin – CDC, Maria Garcia – Head Start & Chris Callopy – TALB Staff
 
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF THE TALB MEMBERSHIP REJECTS THE TENTATIVE AGREEMENT?
The terms of the Tentative Agreement won’t take effect and we will return to the bargaining table and continue negotiations. The potential prospect of going through mediation and fact finding would further delay compensation until the fall or later. 
 
SHOULD I VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE TENTATIVE AGREEMENT?
Each TALB member must make their own assessment on how to vote, but we strongly encourage every member to vote. The Bargaining Team recommends a YES vote on the agreement. The TALB Executive Board recommends a YES vote on the agreement.

Click on the following links for full details:

  1. Co-Collaborative Teaching MOU
  2. Transitional Kindergarten MOU
  3. Kindergarten MOU
  4. CDC | HS – Compensation & Contract Language
  5. K-12 Compensation & Contract Language

Calendar for Ratification
 
General Membership Meetings to discuss the Tentative Agreement – Question & Answer with your bargaining team and TALB leadership at:
Longfellow E.S. on May 10, 2022 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Longfellow E.S. 3800 Olive Ave, Long Beach 90807 – Auditorium

Voting on the Tentative Agreement Begins Wednesday May 11 through Friday May 13 @ 4:30 p.m. (Electronic Voting through Simply Voting) Voting results will be posted in the electronic newsletter on Friday, May 13

Do we have your personal e-mail? This is where your ballot to vote will be sent.
CDC – Head Start members will vote for changes in their contract.
K-12 members will vote for changes in their contract.
 
Next Steps –

  1. Tentative Agreement General Membership Meeting Q & A – Tuesday, May 10 from 4:30-5:30 (CONFIRMED @ Longfellow E.S. Auditorium)
  2. Membership Vote – Wednesday, May 11 – Friday, May 13 @ 4:30 p.m.
  3. Voting results will be released with the E-Update on Friday, May 13 (evening)

RSVP with Veronica Castillo vcastillo@talb.org for our
Member Appreciation Day


RSVP with Veronica Castillo vcastillo@talb.org for our
Member Appreciation Day


 


Retirement Workshop – In-Person @ TALB – May 26   4:30 to 6:30PM

May 26, 2022 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. TALB will be hosting a retirement seminar. This in-person workshop is limited to 60 members. Please RSVP with Veronica Castillo at vcastillo@talb.org

Can’t make the seminar?
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. 


Zoom | Virtual Site Visits
  • A Virtual Site Visit invitation will be sent to individual members. Check your personal email for Zoom invitations.
  • Muir K-8 Virtual Site Visit 5/11 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Counselors Forum 5/12 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Membership Appreciation Day 5/13 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Beer Club
Friday, June 3 @ 4:00 p.m.
O’Connor’s Pub
4130 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood 90712
RSVP with John Solomon at jsolomon@talb.org


Next BOE Meeting is Wednesday, May 4.  School board meetings are typically livestreamed on the LBUSD YouTube Channel.

2022 Upcoming Scheduled Meetings:

  • May 18
  • June 1
  • June 22

LBUSD Board & Exec Staff Contact Info


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.


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


 


TALB Bargaining Update: Tuesday, May 3, 2022 – Tentative Agreement Details

TALB Bargaining Update: Tuesday, May 3, 2022 – Tentative Agreement Details

TALB Update: Tuesday, May 3, 2022

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

Tuesday – May 03, 2022
Good Morning. The TALB Executive Board approved the Tentative Agreement (TA) last night. Click on the following links for full details:

  1. Co-Collaborative Teaching MOU
  2. Transitional Kindergarten MOU
  3. Kindergarten MOU
  4. CDC | HS – Compensation & Contract Language
  5. K-12 Compensation & Contract Language
Next Steps
  • General Membership Meeting Tuesday, May 10 from 4:30-5:30 @ Longfellow E.S. Auditorium 
  • Membership Vote – Wednesday, May 11 – Friday, May 13 @ 4:30 p.m.
  • Voting results will be released with the E-Update on Friday, May 13 (updated).

 


Retirement Workshop – In-Person @ TALB – May 26   4:30 to 6:30PM

May 26, 2022 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. TALB will be hosting a retirement seminar. This in-person workshop is limited to 60 members. Please RSVP with Veronica Castillo at vcastillo@talb.org

Can’t make the seminar?
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. 


Zoom | Virtual Site Visits
  • A Virtual Site Visit invitation will be sent to individual members. Check your personal email for Zoom invitations.
  • Stephen M.S. Virtual Site Visit 5/2 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Lindbergh M.S. Virtual Site Visit 5/3 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Lafayette E.S. Virtual Site Visit 5/4 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Birney E.S. Virtual Site Visit 5/5 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Psychologists Forum 5/5 | 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Beer Club
Friday, May 27 @ 4:00 p.m.
Syncopated Brewing
3671 Industry Ave unit C1, Lakewood, CA 90712
RSVP with John Solomon at jsolomon@talb.org


Next BOE Meeting is Wednesday, May 4.  School board meetings are typically livestreamed on the LBUSD YouTube Channel.

2022 Upcoming Scheduled Meetings:

  • May 4
  • May 18
  • June 1
  • June 22

LBUSD Board & Exec Staff Contact Info


Membership Appreciation – Tacos with TALB – May 13  3:00-6:00pm


Tacos with TALB!
Thank you teachers, counselors, speech pathologists, librarians, nurses and psychologists! You make LBUSD work! Come join us for a fun afternoon of tacos, beverages and ice cream provided free by our wonderful sponsors. On Friday, May 13 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. PLEASE RSVP with Veronica Castillo vcastillo@talb.org TALB is located on 4362 Atlantic Ave. 90807.

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.


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


 


TALB Update: Saturday, April 30, 2022

TALB Update: Saturday, April 30, 2022

TALB Update: Saturday, April 30, 2022

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

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Good Afternoon. Yesterday, the TALB & LBUSD Bargaining Teams reached a tentative agreement on contract language and compensation for the 2021-22 school year. Next steps – 

  1. The TALB Executive Board will review the proposed contract language and compensation package with the bargaining chair, Corrin Hickey, on Monday, May 2 @ 5:00 p.m. Then the TALB Executive Board will deliberate and hold an up or down vote to approve the tentative agreement (TA).
If the TALB Executive Board approves the tentative agreement.
  • Tuesday, May 3, the full tentative agreement will be sent to members. *Only Members can vote on ratification.
  • General Membership Meeting Q & A – Tuesday, May 10 from 4:30-5:30 (Tentatively @ Longfellow E.S. Auditorium)
  • Membership Vote – Wednesday, May 11 – Friday, May 13 @ 4:30 p.m.
  • Voting results will be released with the E-Update on Saturday, May 14

The team has held dozens of meetings and spent countless hours working on our contract and compensation package. Thank you!

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


Retirement Workshop – In-Person @ TALB – May 26   4:30 to 6:30PM

May 26, 2022 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. TALB will be hosting a retirement seminar. This in-person workshop is limited to 60 members. Please RSVP with Veronica Castillo at vcastillo@talb.org

Can’t make the seminar?
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. 


Zoom | Virtual Site Visits
  • A Virtual Site Visit invitation will be sent to individual members. Check your personal email for Zoom invitations.
  • Stephen M.S. Virtual Site Visit 5/2 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Lindbergh M.S. Virtual Site Visit 5/3 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Lafayette E.S. Virtual Site Visit 5/4 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Birney E.S. Virtual Site Visit 5/5 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Psychologists Forum 5/5 | 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Beer Club
Friday, May 27 @ 4:00 p.m.
Syncopated Brewing
3671 Industry Ave unit C1, Lakewood, CA 90712
RSVP with John Solomon at jsolomon@talb.org


Next BOE Meeting is Wednesday, May 4.  School board meetings are typically livestreamed on the LBUSD YouTube Channel.

2022 Upcoming Scheduled Meetings:

  • May 4
  • May 18
  • June 1
  • June 22

LBUSD Board & Exec Staff Contact Info


Membership Appreciation – Tacos with TALB – May 13  3:00-6:00pm


Tacos with TALB!
Thank you teachers, counselors, speech pathologists, librarians, nurses and psychologists! You make LBUSD work! Come join us for a fun afternoon of tacos, beverages and ice cream provided free by our wonderful sponsors. On Friday, May 13 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. PLEASE RSVP with Veronica Castillo vcastillo@talb.org TALB is located on 4362 Atlantic Ave. 90807.

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.


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


 


TALB Update: Saturday, April 16, 2022

TALB Update: Saturday, April 16, 2022

TALB Update: Saturday, April 16, 2022

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

Saturday, April 16, 2022
Many thanks to all of you who attended the rally at the Board of Education meeting last Wednesday, April 13. The Organizing Committee are working on next steps if we are unable to reach a settlement on Friday, April 29. Your activism will make the difference. Please take this time off to rest up and rejuvenate. 


Tentative Bargaining Dates Calendared! Wear Red on Friday, April 29, Tuesday, May 3 and Thursday, May 5. 
The team appreciates your continued support!

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

Taking “Wear Red for Ed” photos? Please send us your pictures. vcastillo@talb.org


Zoom | Virtual Site Visits
  • A Virtual Site Visit invitation will be sent to individual members. Check your personal email for Zoom invitations.
  • Bryant E.S. Virtual Site Visit 4/25 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Bixby E.S. Virtual Site Visit 4/27 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Burcham E.S. Virtual Site Visit 4/28 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Stephen M.S. Virtual Site Visit 5/2 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Lindbergh M.S. Virtual Site Visit 5/3 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Lindbergh M.S. Virtual Site Visit 5/3 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Beer Club
Friday, April 29 @ 4:00 p.m.
Beachwood Brewing
210 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802
RSVP with John Solomon at jsolomon@talb.org


Next BOE Meeting is Wednesday, May 4.  School board meetings are typically livestreamed on the LBUSD YouTube Channel.

2022 Upcoming Scheduled Meetings:

  • May 4
  • May 18
  • June 1
  • June 22

LBUSD Board & Exec Staff Contact Info


REAC Newsletter –
Erin Mendez – Minority At Large Director
Envision Equity Grants
https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/envision-equity-grants/
Learning and Leadership Grants
https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/learning-and-leadership-grants/
Student Success Grants
https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/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.


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


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


TALB Update: Friday, April 8, 2022

TALB Update: Friday, April 8, 2022

TALB Update: Friday, April 8, 2022

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

Friday – April 8, 2022
Thank you for joining our sign making parties! YOU are TALB!

 


TALB Members! On Monday, 4/11 & Tuesday, 4/12 stop by TALB from 2:00-5:00 p.m. – Pick up a shirt and take a poster to go….

Unite for a Fair Contract Rally!
April, 13, 2022
Rally 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Board of Education Building
1515 Hughes Way
April, 13, 2022

 

If you are making a sign at home, send us a picture! Send to Veronica Castillo at vcastillo@talb.org

Unite for a Fair Contract Rally!
April, 13, 2022
Rally 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Board of Education Building
1515 Hughes Way
April, 13, 2022

Tentative Bargaining Dates Calendared! Wear Red on Friday, April 29, Tuesday, May 3 and Thursday, May 5. 
The team appreciates your continued support!

*** Rally / Protest @ next Board of Education meeting, Wednesday, April 13 @ 5:00 p.m. ***

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

Taking “Wear Red for Ed” photos? Please send us your pictures. vcastillo@talb.org


Next BOE Meeting is Wednesday, April 13.  School board meetings are typically livestreamed on the LBUSD YouTube Channel.

2022 Scheduled Meetings:

  • April 13
  • May 4
  • May 18
  • June 1
  • June 22

LBUSD Board & Exec Staff Contact Info


REAC Newsletter –
Erin Mendez – Minority At Large Director
Envision Equity Grants
https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/envision-equity-grants/
Learning and Leadership Grants
https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/learning-and-leadership-grants/
Student Success Grants
https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/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.


Zoom | Virtual Site Visits
  • Virtual Site Visit invitation will be sent to individual members. Check your personal email for Zoom invitations.
  • Starr King E.S. Virtual Site Visit 4/4 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Hughes M.S. Virtual Site Visit 4/5 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Rogers M.S. Virtual Site Visit 4/6 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Roosevelt E.S. Virtual Site Visit 4/7 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.

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

Beer Club
Friday, April 29 @ 4:00 p.m.
Beachwood Brewing
210 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802
RSVP with John Solomon at jsolomon@talb.org


CTA Conferences & Grants

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


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


TALB Update: Saturday, April 2, 2022

TALB Update: Saturday, April 2, 2022

TALB Update: Saturday, April 2, 2022

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

Saturday, April 2, 2022

TALB Members! Stop on by TALB from 2:00-5:00 p.m. – Pick up a shirt and take a poster to go
OR
RSVP for our sign making party!
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. @ the TALB office | Tuesday 4/5 & Wednesday 4/6
4362 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach

We’ll have pizza @ 5:00 and soft drinks.

RSVP with Veronica Castillo – vcastillo@talb.org

If you are making a sign at home, send us a picture! Send to Veronica Castillo at vcastillo@talb.org

Bargaining Date Calendared! Wear Red on Friday, April 8!
The lead negotiators for TALB & LBUSD will meet to discuss next steps. Hopefully, whole team sessions will be planned for after Spring Break. The team appreciates your continued support!

*** Rally / Protest @ next Board of Education meeting, Wednesday, April 13 @ 5:00 p.m. ***

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

Taking “Wear Red for Ed” photos? Please send us your pictures. vcastillo@talb.org


California teacher pay is not keeping up with inflation. 

Inflation and rising home prices are biting into teacher pay in California. Average teacher pay in California public schools rose to $85,856 in the 2020-21 school year, an increase of 1.6% from 2019-20, new state data show. By comparison, inflation rose by about 5% from May 2020 to May 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, meaning that California teachers typically saw their real wages drop. Over the same period, typical home values in California rose by about 15% to $657,000, according to Zillow. Teacher pay was highest in Silicon Valley’s Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, where teachers earned, on average, about $145,200. A quick way to adjust pay for cost of living is to calculate the difference between average teacher salary and the cost of the typically priced home. A teacher making $145,200 in Mountain View would have a hard time buying the median-valued home in Santa Clara County, which cost about $1,560,000 at the end of 2021, according to tracking firm Zillow.com. By that metric, the best-off teachers are in the small community of Tulelake in Modoc County, where average pay last year was $75,027 and the typically valued home cost about $163,000. The toughest place to be — by that metric — is the Ravenswood City Elementary district in San Mateo County, where the average pay is $74,400 but the typically priced home cost about $1.67 million. (Full Story)


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
Envision Equity Grants
https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/envision-equity-grants/
Learning and Leadership Grants
https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/learning-and-leadership-grants/
Student Success Grants
https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/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.


Zoom | Virtual Site Visits
  • Virtual Site Visit invitation will be sent to individual members. Check your personal email for Zoom invitations.
  • Starr King E.S. Virtual Site Visit 4/4 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Hughes M.S. Virtual Site Visit 4/5 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Rogers M.S. Virtual Site Visit 4/6 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Roosevelt E.S. Virtual Site Visit 4/7 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.

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

Beer Club
Friday, April 29 @ 4:00 p.m.
Beachwood Brewing
210 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802
RSVP with John Solomon at jsolomon@talb.org


CTA Conferences & Grants

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


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


TALB Update: Saturday, March 26, 2022

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

BY COLLEEN SHALBY,
TERESA WATANABE
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)
https://www.nea.org/professional-excellence/leadership-development/national-summit
Envision Equity Grants
https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/envision-equity-grants/
Learning and Leadership Grants
https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/learning-and-leadership-grants/
Student Success Grants
https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/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.


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


TALB Update: Friday, March 18, 2022

TALB Update: Friday, March 18, 2022

TALB Update: Friday, March 18, 2022

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

Friday, March 18, 2022
Did you take the Bargaining / School Climate / Administrator Survey?
On Monday, March 14, you should have received a survey in your personal email. The deadline to fill out this survey is next Friday, March 25 @ 4:30


TALB SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM The benefits of membership! 
Deadline next Friday, March 25 @ 4:30
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.

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.On Monday, March 14, students and staff will have the option of wearing masks. Masking is still “highly recommended” but not “required”. We hope that EVERYONE can be respectful of an individual’s decision to choose.


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.


Summer School / SEAL
Applications – CLICK HERE – Deadline – April 11, 2022
Human Resource Services will issue notifications of placements by May 27, 2022.
Summer SEAL and Summer School rate of pay is Schedule P.

Program Level                                  Dates                                    Paid Hours
High School Summer School        June 27 – July 29               5.5 hours/day including planning and supervision
Middle School SEAL                     June 27 – July 22               5 hours/day including planning and supervision
Elementary SEAL                         June 27 – July 22               5 hours/day including planning and supervision

OCIPD will also be providing up to an additional eight hours of required paid training for SEAL participants at the Conference Stipend Rate (flat rate is $35.89 an hour).  Dates to be determined.


Thank you for your attending the school board meeting and watching on YouTube!

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


The Bargaining Team appreciates your support! Thank you for sending in your pictures! Our next, hopefully last, bargaining session is Thursday, March 24. 
Wear RED for ED and support our bargaining team, Thursday, March 24!

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


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)
https://www.nea.org/professional-excellence/leadership-development/national-summit
Envision Equity Grants
https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/envision-equity-grants/
Learning and Leadership Grants
https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/learning-and-leadership-grants/
Student Success Grants
https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/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 March 2, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m. Watch it LIVE!

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

We are slowly venturing into outdoor spaces and in-person activities. Back by popular demand!
Beer Club
Friday, March 18 @ 4:00 p.m.
Trademark Brewing Company
233 E. Anaheim, Long Beach


CTA Conferences & Grants

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


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


WATCH LIVE – BOE – Meeting 2/16/2022 @ 5:00 p.m.

LBUSD Board & Exec Staff Contact Info

Long Beach Unified School District’s YouTube ChannelWatch Live on Wednesday, January 19 @ 5:00 p.m. LBUSD YouTube Channel

 


 

 


TALB Update: Saturday, March 12, 2022

TALB Update: Saturday, March 12, 2022

TALB Update: Saturday, March 12, 2022

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

Saturday, March 12, 2022

On Monday, March 14, students and staff will have the option of wearing masks. Masking is still “highly recommended” but not “required”. We hope that EVERYONE can be respectful of an individual’s decision to choose.

Guidance for Staff and Students
Based on the latest information from the state and local levels, here are the current guidelines:

  • Existing masking requirements for those who are returning after COVID isolation still apply if they return with a negative test between day 6 and day 10.
  • Students who develop COVID like symptoms at school should be given a mask to wear while they wait to be picked up.

It is important that students and staff understand that masks will be strongly recommended but not required, staff who want additional protection in classrooms or departments may request an N95 mask.

COVID Protocols and Practices Still in Place

  • Based on the current legal requirements, all unvaccinated employees will continue to undergo weekly testing as a condition to reporting to work.
  • All of the COVID protocols related to reporting, contact tracing, and quarantine are still in place for students and staff who may be COVID-19 positive.

Staff and students who are sick, exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, cough, difficulty breathing, or other COVID-19 symptoms) must stay home.

Site Posters and Communication
Signage requiring masks on campus will be removed on March 14. The posters regarding COVID symptoms and self-checks should remain in place.


Organizing to support OUR Bargaining Team
On Wednesday, March 9 an email went out to all TALB Site Representatives. Hopefully you’ve all been invited to a 10 minute meeting at your school site.
The ask…

  1. Write an email to the Board of Education, explaining your trials and tribulations in this past year with your profession. A fair and rational settlement should be a priority.
  2. Take the Bargaining / Administrator / Site Climate Survey – should be going to your personal email address on Monday, March 14. If you don’t receive the survey, reach out to Ingrid Perez at ingrid@talb.org
  3. Watch the Board of Education meeting via YouTube on Wednesday, March 16 @ 5:00 p.m. TALB Leadership will be speaking during the public comment portion of the meeting.
  4. Feeling adventurous? If you are comfortable, consider attending (being a presence) at the Board of Education meeting in-person. 1515 Hughes Way, L.B. Wednesday, March 16 @ 5:00 p.m.

The Bargaining Team appreciates your support! Thank you for sending in your pictures! 

Our next, hopefully last, bargaining session is Thursday, March 24. 

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

The Board of Education needs to hear from all of us. We’ve ALL (certificated & classified) been through an enormous amount of challenges for the past two years, a fair and equitable contract settlement is warranted. 

Senate Bill 328 – Later School Start Times 

Will your E.S. or M.S. start at 8:00 a.m.?
Background
Approved by the Governor on October 13, 2019. Senate Bill 328 (Portantino) enacted Education Code Section 46148, mandating specific earliest start times for middle and high schools, including those operating as charter schools. The provisions of SB 328 outlined below become effective July 1, 2022 = next school year 2022-23.
Start Times
SB 328 sets the following start times for the school day:
Middle schools or charter schools operating as a middle school may start no earlier than 8:00 a.m. High schools or charter schools operating as a high school may start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. The definition of “school day” for this use is the same as defined by the school district or charter school for purposes of calculating average daily attendance (ADA) in order to compute any apportionment of state funding = revenue for the District.
SB 328 does not prohibit schools from offering classes or activities prior to the school day to a limited number of students if those classes/activities do not generate ADA for purposes of computing any apportionments of state funding. These classes are commonly referred to as “zero periods,” and typically include music, athletic, and other elective type classes, although some sites also offer additional support/core classes.
It should be noted that SB 328 does not apply to “rural” school districts and that, currently, the California Department of Education provides no explicit or consistent definition of a rural school district.
Summary
Transportation of students has been a major driver of school start times in public schools. The District is researching how the required later high school start time would impact student transportation. To be clear this is not a local decision. This legislation is from Sacramento. Governor Brown had vetoed similar legislation in the past. There are two options being discussed right now.

  1. In order to accommodate student transportation, move all late start (9:00 a.m.) elementary and middle schools to an 8:00 a.m. start.
  2. Contract and hire more transportation – costly and may be unavailable for 2022-23. 

Contact your CA Legislature
We can certainly agree students need to be rested before attending school, but there is this Pollyannaish belief that if school starts later, students will get more rest. In actuality, students will probably just stay up later and not get more rest. The legislature should allow for “local control”, what works best for each school district. The District has not indicated how it intends to comply with Senate Bill 328. 


March Mindfulness Community classes
– Open to all
Kaiser Permanente is still sponsoring live Mindfulness classes in both English (weekly) and Spanish (March 8).  Learn more by clicking on this link:
https://thrive.kaiserpermanente.org/care-near-you/southern-california/mental-wellness/

March is Nutrition Month
Take this opportunity to learn how to eat more nutritious meals and take action to improve your health.

Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Healthy Living has information for both KP members and non-members.  Check-out the discount program for fruit and vegetables, learn how to create a healthy plate and read a food label and see the programs that KP offers members to lose weight.  Scroll through the tiles and see what interests you:
Here is a flyer providing three tips to plan mindful meals. Check out these cooking demonstrations on making healthy meals.
Links:
Center for Healthy Living: https://centerforhealthyliving-southern-california.kaiserpermanente.org/health-wellness/nutrition/
Flyer: https://business.kaiserpermanente.org/thrive/monthly-health-topics/nutrition
Cooking Demonstration: https://positivechoice.org/nutrition-and-fitness/plant-based-cooking-videos/

STAFF WELL-BEING WEBINAR SERIES
Continues Thursday, March 17

Resilient Practices for Educators, Staff Members, Administrators and Teams

Join Alliance for a Healthier Generation for a professional learning series on staff well-being, including stress management, holistic well-being, and positive work culture.

https://kp.showpad.com/share/9m9poRKVI1G3ETQ9y4KqQ

In partnership with the CA Department of Education.

Click here for Kaiser Permanente and COVID-19 information


Wellness Checks

Since the pandemic struck, many people have put off routine exams to screen for a variety of diseases. We understand that some of these exams may be invasive and are not particularly fun, but the payoff of catching a disease early can be the difference between a polyp and an invasive cancer. Health care providers are urging everyone who postponed their screenings to schedule soon. Our ability to keep under the District Annual Maximum (DAM) is largely dependent on the amount of claims. Diseases that are further along are more complicated and therefore more expensive to treat.


Transfers
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.


Summer School / SEAL
Applications – CLICK HERE – Deadline – April 11, 2022
Human Resource Services will issue notifications of placements by May 27, 2022.


LBUSD – HRS’s COVID Leave Portal is Up – Click HERE
If you have had to use leave for any of the 3 situations described below. Use the portal to reclaim your sick leave.

  1. Supplemental COVID-19 Sick Leave – January 1, 2022 through September 20, 2022. 80 hours or 10 days of additional sick leave to recover from COVID-19, care for a sick family member, attend a vaccination appointment, recover from immunization or take care of a child who cannot attend school because of virus-related closures or quarantines. A big shout out to our State affiliate CTA (California Teachers Association) for working so hard to get this legislation passed.
  2. Exclusionary Pay – An employee who was excluded from work because of a workplace COVID-19 exposure. If you were sent home from work for exposure or told to quarantine from October 1, 2021 going forward, you may now recoup those sick days.
  3. Worker’s Compensation Pay – An employee who became ill with COVID-19 and can reasonably attribute their work location as the nexus of exposure and infection from October 1, 2021 going forward, may now recoup those sick days. How to document you were infected at work? A staff general notification of exposure, administrative communique of exposure, parent/student contact notification of COVID-19 positive.

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)
https://www.nea.org/professional-excellence/leadership-development/national-summit
Envision Equity Grants
https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/envision-equity-grants/
Learning and Leadership Grants
https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/learning-and-leadership-grants/
Student Success Grants
https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/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!


Deadline Approaching: 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.

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.


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 March 2, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m. Watch it LIVE!

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

We are slowly venturing into outdoor spaces and in-person activities. Back by popular demand!
Beer Club
Friday, March 18 @ 4:00 p.m.
Trademark Brewing Company
233 E. Anaheim, Long Beach


CTA Conferences & Grants

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


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


WATCH LIVE – BOE – Meeting 2/16/2022 @ 5:00 p.m.

LBUSD Board & Exec Staff Contact Info

Long Beach Unified School District’s YouTube ChannelWatch Live on Wednesday, January 19 @ 5:00 p.m. LBUSD YouTube Channel