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Volume 9                                              May 2014                                         

Year End Wrap Up       


This issue of The Professional will wrap up our 2013-2014 EGEA newsletter series. We hope these publications have been helpful to you. We would appreciate your feedback about the content of these newsletters, as well as EGEA's other forms of communication. We want to provide information that is relevant and informative. Please take our Communications Survey to help us improve. It should only take 2-3 minutes, and you can win raffle prizes (gift cards) for your participation. Thank you again for a great year and we hope you enjoy your time off this summer. See you in the fall!

May Spotlight

Maggie Ellis

 


Maggie Ellis has been an educator in EGUSD since 1994. Currently, she teaches 5th grade at Carroll Elementary School, and serves as the EGEA President (2011-present). What you may not know is that Ms. Ellis is also an EGEA Representative to the CTA State Council and the Chair of the CTA Retirement Committee. Learn more about Maggie by reading the interview HERE.
 

Peer Assistance & Review


Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) is a program designed to support teachers with tenure contracts who are struggling with some aspect of their expected duties. PAR, which is part of our collective bargaining agreement, was created jointly by EGEA and EGUSD. While the district allocates the funding, all consulting teachers are EGEA unit members, who actively teach in the district. Consulting teachers (mentors) must go through a rigorous selection and training process.  Every effort is made to match consulting teachers and participating teachers by grade level or subject area.

 

Why would you enroll in PAR?

  • Administrative Referral: An administrator may refer an employee for PAR who has an evaluation with “improvements required” or “improvements recommended” depending on the work plan. Employees may always say NO to the PAR referral. Participants should carefully consider the benefits of PAR before declining to participate.

  • Self-Referral: Employees can self refer to this program if they have changed grade levels, changed curricular subjects or departments (including special ed), changed schools, changed calendar (traditional to year-round, etc.), have classroom management challenges, or for other concerns. A self-referral is for any teacher who feels he/she could benefit from peer assistance or coaching.  

 

What are the differences between a self and administrative referral to PAR?

  • Admin Referral: The administrator initiates a referral. There would be a joint meeting between the participating teacher (PT), the consulting teacher (CT), and the administrator to set up a work plan.

  • Self-Referral: If an employee self-refers, there is no required meeting with the administrator. Meetings are only held between the CT & PT.

 

What are the commitments for a participating teacher in PAR?

  • PTs can expect to meet regularly throughout the year with a CT. Meetings will be scheduled based on the referral situation, needs of the PT, and/or time of year the process begins. There are no specific hours requirements, but participating teachers should expect to meet throughout the year to document progress toward improvements or goals.  

  • Types of meetings vary depending on the need of the PT, which might include observations of the PT by the CT, observations by the PT of peers, and/or one-on-one mentoring sessions between the PT & CT.

  • The expected commitment of a participating teacher is for the school year.  

 

If you have additional general questions about PAR, e-mail egeakathleen@gmail.com.  

 

If you would like to make a self-referral to PAR, e-mail Jodi Revis in CPL jrevis@egusd.net.

A printable handout of this information can be found HERE.

EGUSD School Board Elections
and the EGEA PAC  
(Political Action Committee) 

 
In 2012, EGEA membership voted to begin contributions to a PAC that would support candidates endorsed by EGEA. Dues are $20 a year ($2 a month x 10 months). Members who wish to opt out of this political activity may do so by completing a "Dues Rebate Request" obtained at the EGEA office at 9297 Office Park Circle, Elk Grove, CA. 95758. This must be done annually, in person, to verify the identity of the member. The rebate is then mailed to the member at the end of the school year. The deadline to do so this year is June 30th, 2014.
 
School Board members serve a four (4) year term by area. Elections of board members are currently at-large, meaning all residents vote for all board members. 
 
The current cycle is: 

November 2014
  • Area 2-Jeanette J. Amavisca (Term: 11/02/2010 to 12/2014    
  • Area 4-Bobbie Singh-Allen (Term: Appointed 08/16/2012 to 12/2014    
  • Area 5-Priscilla S. Cox (Term: 11/02/2010 to 12/2014)
November 2016
  • Area 1-Tony Perez (Term: 11/06/2012 to 12/2016)
  • Area 3-Chet Madison, Sr. (Term: 11/06/2012 to 12/2016)
  • Area 6-Steve Ly (Term: 11/06/2012 to 12/2016) 
  • Area 7-Carmine S. Forcina (Term: 11/06/2012 to 12/2016)
For individuals interested in information about running as a school board candidate, go to the Sacramento County Campaign Services Site.

Important Election Timeline Dates: 
  • July 14, 2014-Nomination Papers/Declaration of Candidacy Commences 
  • August 8, 2014-Last Day to File Nomination Papers/Declaration of Candidacy
  • November 4, 2014-Election Day
"The Educators of the Elk Grove Unified School District."
In this issue...
Teacher Appreciation Week

Thanks to everyone who participated in Teacher Appreciation Week. In case you missed it, here is the video created by our Communications Team. It's about six minutes long, but worth it! (Click on the picture to watch the video.)


(If the page isn't viewable, you can watch the video on the EGEA homepage.)
Missed an issue?

If you missed an issue of The e-Professional, or would like to go back to refer to previous articles, handouts, or interviews, check out our newsletter archive.  

Some of the articles from this year include:

Social Media Guidelines
Weingarten Rights (Rights to representation)
EGBERT

Click HERE for the archive website.

Ideas?


Do you have an idea or suggestion for The e-Professional? We would love to hear it. We will work on incorporating the things you want to see in future newsletters and EGEA communications!

Send your ideas to egeaemily@gmail.com.  

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