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Volume 10                                    September 2014                                         

A Year of Change

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! This year will usher in many changes to our district. Not only will we be welcoming our new Superintendent, Chris Hoffman, who will start on November 17th, but we will also have two new School Board members who will be elected on November 4th. We look forward to these new partnerships as we continue to refine our LCAP, expand professional development, and continue our commitment toward collaboration at all levels.

September Spotlight

Lee Ramaley

Lee Ramaley is a Special Education Teacher at Jessie Baker School. He has spent 21 years in EGUSD, although he has been teaching for 30 years. Lee currently serves as the EGEA Treasurer and Political Action Committee (PAC) Chair. In the past, Lee has also served as the EGEA Special Education Exec Board Rep as well as a Site Representative.

Recently the EGEA PAC met to interview School Board candidates for a possible EGEA endorsement for the November election. On September 16th, the Rep Council approved the endorsement of Crystal Martinez-Alire for Trustee Area 2.  

Learn more about Lee's leadership at EGEA and the process of how the EGEA PAC makes an endorsement HERE.

Members contribute $20 per year ($2 tenthly) to the EGEA PAC. These funds are used exclusively for EGUSD school board elections. If you would like to opt out of this contribution, you may file a reimbursement form along with proof of identification at the EGEA office, no later than the end of June 2015. Reimbursement checks are distributed at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

*Photo Above: Lee pictured with EGEA President Maggie Ellis.

Disability and Life Insurance       


Open Enrollment for The Standard Disability and Life Insurance has been extended until October 15th.  Ask your site rep for an app or e-mail and ask for a packet to be sent to your site.  

Who may participate in Open Enrollment?
  • All active members in EGEA.
Why should I buy disability insurance?
  1. No medical exam is required during Open Enrollment.
  2. Teachers have no other state disability fund.
  3. You never know what twists life may bring.
How do I know if I am already enrolled?
  • Disability and Life Insurance deductions are taken out of your paycheck tenthly. In the employee deductions section of your May or upcoming September pay warranty, disability insurance would be marked "STAINSCO" and life insurance would be marked "STANDLIFE" .
Where can I get more detailed information?
  • Use this LINK to the online copy of the booklet. Please bring your application to the EGEA office. EGEA keeps a back up copy in case any discrepancies arise.
Reminder: If you have been out on disability you must re-enroll within 30 days, or you will have to complete the medical information to re-enroll. (Example: Maternity leave.) If you missed the 30 day window and have re-enrolled upon your return to work, this open enrollment is a great time to reinstate.

For more information on Leaves of absence, please refer to the EGEA Website at: LEAVES  EGEA will also be hosting a training on Leaves at the EGEA Office on October 28 3:45-5pm. Details will be sent out via site reps for RSVP information.

Now Enrolling: P.A.R.

PAR (Peer Assistance and Review) is a program designed to support teachers with permanent contracts who are struggling with some aspect of their expected duties. Last spring, The Professional brought you information about the program. (Read HERE for more information.) Now is the time of year where the PAR panel begins to enroll individuals who would like some assistance and will match them with consulting teachers.

Why enroll in PAR?
  • Self-Referral: Teachers can self refer to this program if they have changes in: grade levels, curricular subjects or departments (including special ed), school site, calendars (traditional to year-round, etc.), for classroom management challenges, or other concerns.  A self-referral is for any teacher who feels he/she could benefit from peer assistance or coaching.  If the teacher enrolls in PAR as a self-referral, administration has no knowledge of their participation in the program unless the teacher chooses to share this information.
  • Administrative Referral: An administrator may refer an employee 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.
If you have additional general questions about PAR, e-mail  

If you would like to make a self-referral to PAR, e-mail Jodi Revis in CPL

"The Educators of the Elk Grove Unified School District."

EGEA Booth at the Giant Pumpkin Festival


The Giant Pumpkin Festival is a fantastic community outreach event for EGEA and our members. It is a family friendly event that gives us a chance to educate our community about issues in education, child health and wellness, and the upcoming November election. This will be an opportunity to meet the EGEA endorsed School Board candidate Crystal Martinez-Alire. Please use the link below to sign up for a shift or two.

Resource Corner

CTA has a great page of their website devoted to Common Core, everything from videos, links to other online resources, and talking points about the new standards.  
*Guide for talking to the community and parents about Common Core
Be cautious when using social media. Refer to these tips for some professional guidelines.

The Union Code of Conduct

Click the picture for a printable copy.
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