For many of us at CAVA, we have come to view teaching as defined in the narrow scope of what we do in a blackboard board room, but our contract defines teaching as something greater than this and we should recognize and embrace the definition. Teaching encompasses all the things that we do to encourage the growth and success of our students. This can come in many different forms, such as calling families, providing substantial feedback on a paper or creating assignments that pique our student’s interest. At CAVA we have the unique opportunity to reach our students in ways that brick and mortar students do not experience. In October, think of all the things you do as a teacher outside the blackboard room to reach your students, and post them on our new Members Only Facebook group, CVEU Member Only, because teaching is more than just pushing students into live sessions.
CVEU Member Meetings Last Tuesday of the Month
The next CVEU member meeting will be held Tuesday, October 30th at 4 PM. Member meetings are held in blackboard. They are not recorded so we encourage all members to attend these meetings to stay informed.
2018-19 contract bargaining will begin November 14th. This year CVEU will be reopening the Compensation, Union Rights and Workday articles. We are hoping to start addressing a lot of concerns that have risen regarding these articles. Our amazing new bargaining team will include Janine Burns (CD), Alaina Jones (SPED), Kristin McCaffery (MS) and Brianna Carroll (HS).
Work Day Committees
Workday committees are well on their way. Teams in middle school, high school, elementary and Community Day are meeting to take a closer look at the new schedule and how it impacts student learning. The purpose of these meetings is to see how we can best support students and meet their needs in the live session format. It is CVEU’s hope that issues regarding scheduling will be resolved in this format so further grievance will not be required.
Facebook: Watercooler Closing
It has come to our attention that a CAVA teacher was addressed by admin regarding certain posts s/he posted in the Watercooler FB page. To secure teacher privacy we will be shutting down the Watercooler. All current teachers will need to request to join the New CVEU Members Only page ASAP. To join, search “CVEU Members Only” in Facebook and join-please make sure to answer the questions! Although only CAVA employees are admitted to the Watercooler, with high turnover, and other factors, it is difficult to monitor when teachers change their names, get promoted, or what members share with others. This new page will be kept updated from the start. That being said, please be mindful of what you post and as always do not share out information being shared in the Watercooler or in the new CVEU Members Only FB page. The Watercooler has been a great place to connect, share, and vent a bit. However, since cleaning it up would be quite the task, the time has come to create a new page for CVEU members and start fresh! Please request to join our new facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/449635598776355/
Justice for Stacey!
Good News! Some of you may remember back in 2014 one of our colleagues, Stacey Preach, was unjustly fired from CAVA. We believed that her termination was solely due to her involvement in leading the movement to unionize. After a long awaited appeal, we are happy to announce that The Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) ruled in favor of the union and found that CAVA unlawfully fired Stacey Preach for her involvement in the Union. CAVA is mandated to post that they will stop retaliating against employees for engaging in protected union activities, and they will no longer deny employee organizations the right to represent their members. Further, CAVA must offer Stacey her job back and pay her back wages from September 2014.
CAVA has thirty days in which they can decide to appeal this decision by the full PERB board to the courts. However, the decision in Stacey’s favor was complete and clear. An appeal would just be an effort to delay the inevitable and use resources that should go to the classroom on legal fees. If they were to delay, it would postpone some of the mandates associated with the PERB decision. We encourage each of you to read the full PERB decision found here: https://tinyurl.com/PreachDecision
CVEU is holding our fall semester membership drive October 8-24. This semester, we are reaching out to the large amount of new CAVA teachers to join CVEU. How can you help? If you are working with a new CAVA teacher, support them and encourage them to join CVEU. You can share our web page https://cveu.weebly.com/ and assist them in filling out the membership form, share the benefits of being a CVEU member, or tell them about all the awesome work that CVEU has done to make CAVA a better school. Stay tuned for more membership drive updates!
CTA NEW Educator Weekend
After two successful years of the CTA New Educator Weekend (NEW) conferences (sold out in a few weeks!), the conference is back with new workshops, updated program and additional locations.
This year we will have a NEW South and a NEW North. Both conferences are tailored for members in their first three years of teaching. NEW has everything that new educators need in the first years of teaching with sessions and electives concentrating on:
The New Educator Weekend (North) will be held at Hyatt SFO, March 8-10, 2019. Learn more at www.CTAGo.org.
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California Virtual Educators United
Brianna Carroll, President
Sheryl Carruth, VP
Amy Koller, Treasurer
Melissa Romero, Secretary
Michelle Thornburg, Rep Liaison
Stacey Mankoff, Membership
David Holtom, Insight Liaison