News Messenger 10-2-15

Special Education/Appendix D Committee

Work with District Begins Later This Month

Picking up with the important work we began at the end of the last school year, we are reactivating our Special Education/Appendix D committee.  Understanding and revising the District’s Special Education services certainly is an issue that is of great concern to educators throughout the District.

To get the process started, we are first holding a meeting for those SCTA-represented educators who are interested to prepare for our upcoming meeting with the District.  That planning meeting will be at the SCTA office (5300 Elvas Avenue) on Thursday, October 22, beginning at 4 p.m.

Our meeting with the District is scheduled for Wednesday, October 28th, at 4 p.m., with the location to be determined.

Your input and involvement is encouraged!

Appendix D Inclusion Forms

For Qualified Teachers, Deadline is October 15th
As part of our work regarding Appendix D, the District settled a grievance offering to pay $50 per month  plus a PN day to “all regular education teachers with students who should have qualified for support under Appendix D.”  According to Appendix D, the regular education teachers qualifies if one (or more) “special ed student classified as severely disabled (SD) is enrolled in a regular education class.”

If you or other teachers believe you qualify because this applied to you in the previous two school years, click here to view the Inclusion Form.    The deadline for completing the form is October 15th.

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Reminder: Tutorial Opportunities for Sac City Teachers.
NCLB Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Agreement Finalized
Our agreement with the District regarding the NCLB Supplemental Education Services (SES) Teacher Tutors is in place.  The agreement can be viewed here.

The program will pay participating teachers $70 per hour for twenty-nine (29) hours.  Unlike other SES programs, some of which have been less than optimal, this program–where the District is program provider–has the support of SCTA.

For a flyer that provides an oversight of the program, click here.

For more details on the expectations for participating teachers, click here.

If you are interesting in applying, you can click here.

Message from SCTA’s Human Rights Committee Chair   October is LGBT History Month!

There are so many incredible resources to include in your classroom.
Teaching Tolerance created their own list of rigorous texts in response to the Common Core Appendix B. Appendix D

pays explicit attention to lenses of race, ethnicity, language, gender, LGBT, class, immigration, religion, ability, age and place.  For more information, you can click here.
The Fair Education Act website is a one-stop place for lessons to make History and Social Studies a more Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful experience for all students. There are K-12 lesson plans that focus on bias and intolerance due to race, ability, sexual orientation, and gender expression.  For more information click here.
LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Icons. Each day in October, a new LGBT Icon is featured with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources.  For more information, click here.

GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) includes research and Social-Emotional Learning lessons for all grade levels.  For more information click here.
CTA is also hosting the 2015 GLBT Issues Conference in San Jose next month. CTA’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues Advisory Committee (GLBTIAC) is proud to present the seventh annual CTA conference addressing GLBT issues involving educators, students and community. For more information, click here.
What are you doing in your class to promote equity? Email me and share!
CTA Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Teachers at “High Impact Schools” May Be Eligible
Teachers working  in a “high impact school” who have Stafford and/or Perkins loans may be eligible for having a portion of their student loans forgiven.
Stafford Loans:
If you have a Stafford Loan, teach five consecutive years in a “high impact school”, and have not consolidated your loans, you may be eligible for $5,000 or $17,500 forgiven.
Perkins Loans:
If you have a Perkins Loan, teach a “shortage area content” in a “high impact school”, and have not consolidated your loans, you may be eligible for a percentage of your student loan forgiven.
PSLF Forgiveness:
You must make on-time monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan and working full-time at a qualifying public service organization.

For more information on this program visit our CTA Member Benefits website for additional information and helpful links, click here.
New (and Experienced) Teacher Orientation

At SCTA Office on October 14th beginning at 4 p.m.
We are hosting a new teacher orientation.  Every teacher, including those who have been around a while, are invited.  The orientation is a chance to learn about SCTA, our contract, and the teaching profession in general.  There will be also information on professional development opportunities and lots of tips to make your career a success.

Mark you calendar for Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in the SCTA office at 5300 Elvas Ave, Sacramento, CA 95819.  Hope to see you there!




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