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The e-Professional

Volume 16                                    March 2015                                         

Transfer Interviews


Voluntary transfers are when a unit member seeks, and is then selected for a change from the current member's work location, to another district work location. Temporary contracted unit members or substitutes cannot participate in the Voluntary Transfer Process. Notification of available positions for the first Voluntary Transfer Round were e-mailed on March 17th, 2015. 

Transfer interviews will take place between March 26th and April 1st. Principals have a great deal of discretion in determining who to hire during the Voluntary Transfer Process (see contract language below.) It is important to remember the interview process is a formal and integral part of the Voluntary Transfer Process. You should assume there may be several applicants for any position. To put your best foot forward, consider these tips as you navigate through the process.
  • Dress professionally- Dressing professionally tells the interviewer that you care about this position and their school. Despite the fact that you are already an EGUSD employee, you are still applying for a new position within the district. Dressing professionally can help to make a good first impression.
  • Bring Letters of Recommendation- This may help to lend credibility to what you discuss in the interview. In addition, these letters demonstrate that you value input from others about your experience and professionalism.
  • Bring a lesson plan or a portfolio of work to show- While voluntary, this can be a good way to show off your best lessons or examples of student work. 
  • Be knowledgeable about the site prior to the interview- Research online and find the school report card or other websites that may give you an insight about the school to which you are applying. The EGUSD website has a link to most schools. Not only does knowledge about the site show interest, but this also gives you an opportunity to ask specific questions or to share relevant experiences.
  • Do NOT contact the administration of the site to which you are applying prior to the interview- Candidates seeking an advantage often end up harming their chances of getting the position by going outside of the agreed upon process. 
When you show up to the interview you can expect many of the same things you would expect at a traditional job interview. There may be several panel members present, including site administrators, and fellow educators. The following is a sampling of questions you may be asked to address during your interview.
  • What strengths do you bring to the team?
  • What courses or professional development have you participated in, as you transition to teach the Common Core State Standards?
  • What is your classroom management style/plan?
  • How do you integrate technology into your teaching?
  • Please share a sample lesson. What were the strengths of this lesson? How would you improve this lesson?
  • How do you differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students?
  • How do you use assessments to guide your instruction?
  • Do you have any questions for us?
The EGUSD/EGUSD Collective Bargaining Contract details the Voluntary Transfer Process as follows:

"11.307: Transfer Requests will be considered in terms of two criteria:
  1. Qualifications of the applicant for the vacancy in terms of credential(s), experience, competence, interest, commitment, bilingual certification, past evaluations and recommendations.
  2. When all other relevant criteria are equal, district-wide seniority.
11.308:  When a transfer or reassignment request does not result in a transfer, the employee shall, upon written request, be provided the reasons in writing.

11.309: No employee shall be overtly or covertly pressured to seek a transfer."

Please remember this is a very different process from downsizing. EGEA leadership wishes you the best of luck in securing your dream job.

Changed or Updated Your Credentials?

 
With the changes at the California Teaching Commission over the past few years, employees are no longer mailed a copy of their credential to bring to Human Resources. In the past, we have taken our credentials to HR to copy, update our information, and place the new credential in our file. The CTC does NOT directly notify HR of any credential changes.

As a result, you will need to notify HR of any Renewal, Supplemental or Added Authorization, or new credential. 

CTC now sends an email stating, “Congratulations! Your credential has been granted”. This email also shows the new expiration date. Please forward that email to Kathleen Flint at kflint@egusd.net to update your credential and place a copy in your file.

If you receive a Credential Renewal email from Human Resources, please do NOT ignore it!! If you have any difficulty navigating the new CTC online process for renewals, or to simply print your credential, please stop by HR in the district office, or contact them by phone, 686-7795.

Classroom Rewards and Fundraising


Texas Roadhouse offers lots of fundraising ideas and rewards for educators to use in their classroom, or at their school site.  

Rewards options include things like a Certificate of Achievement, Perfect Attendance Certificate, or Reading Reward Bookmark. (Pictured below.)
 

To learn more about fundraising opportunities or request the rewards above, contact Jessica Holliday at 707-628-3855 or TrhElkGroveLSM@gmail.com.
 
You can also refer to the Partners in Education Brochure Pamphlet HERE for more information.
"The Educators of the Elk Grove Unified School District."

State Mandated Testing:
CTA Legal Recommendations


With testing season approaching you may get parents asking about opting out of state mandated testing. What are your legal obligations when it comes to how to inform parents about their rights in this area? CTA has created some legal guidelines to help you know what you can and should not say about opting out of testing. Click HERE to read these recommendations.

Rewrite in Progress
No Child Left
Behind Act
(NCLB)


Both the House and Senate are now engaged in the most serious effort to rewrite the NCLB since it was passed in 2002. This reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is an opportunity to set the new vision of shared responsibility for a public education system that promotes opportunity, education, and excellence for all students. It is time to return ESEA towards a system of support where students and teachers can focus on learning over testing. To voice your concerns to your members of Congress, visit the egteachers.org home page for contact links. 

Don't Miss Your TB Test!!!


Be sure that your TB test is always in compliance. You can check your paystub to find out when you are due for your TB renewal. If your TB test is expired, you will be removed from the classroom until you are cleared. Two to three months prior to your TB clearance expiring, the District will send you a letter that can be taken to Kaiser for a free test. If you prefer to see your own provider, there may be a cost involved. Please bring in your TB renewals to HR, Attn: Tina. If you have any questions regarding TB clearance, you can e-mail Tina Vaunhefflyunn in HR.

Certificated Seniority List


Periodically everyone should check the Certificated Seniority List to ensure that your credential and hire date are accurate. Find the list on Outlook in Public Folders/all Public Folders/Human Resources/Other Resources. It was posted by Valerie English on November 7, 2014.  If you have a concern or question about this list, please e-mail Marnie Gangl in Human Resources.

Celebrate Nutrition



Kaiser has a new website called "Food for Health". You can find featured recipes, recipes according to season, or by categories such a baking or side dish. In addition, you can find articles about nutrition for reference in the Food for Thought section of the site.

The Union Code of Conduct

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Rep Council Minutes
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