Feb 20

CTA wants your input – it takes five minutes

Strategic Long-Term Planning The California Teachers Association has embarked upon a strategic planning process, at the direction of its State Council of Education, and under the guidance of the Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) at the University of Oregon. This strategic planning process—entitled “Your Voice. Our Union. Our Future.”—is about the future of CTA.

Please help us to make that happen by clicking this, and completing the survey.  It will take about five minutes and we want to hear what you have to say.

Thank you.

Feb 15

Upcoming March workshops

Check out  our upcoming March workshops.


The workshops:

  • Bullying interventions – Thursday, March 7th
  • Creating a Safe Space for GLBT Youth – Thursday, March 21st


Both of the classes will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at  Jepson Middle School.

Bullying remains a serious issue in our schools and community and has a big impact on school safety and student learning.  One out of four teens are bullied and nine out of ten GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender) Youth experience harassment at school and online.  On the playground, a child is bullied every seven minutes, with little peer or adult intervention (11% and 4% respectively).  The vast majority of instances of bullying receive no intervention (85%). SOURCE: Youth Violence Project, Curry School of Education

We invite you to explore how to make our schools and classes and lunchrooms and the wider community a safer place that respects all our students and adults.

Registration is open now.  All workshops will be held in the library at Willis Jepson Middle School.  Please email triciac@vacavilleusd.org to register for any of the workshops.

Professional Development Workshop Series Co-Chairs

Tricia Cowen, Women’s Issues Contact

Alyson Brauning, Human Rights Contact

Feb 15

Exec Board Agenda for February 26, 2013

Exec Board Agenda

February 26, 2013

Cooper School library 3:30 P.M



1)    – Approval of the minutes


2)    – Approval of the agenda


3)    – President’s Report


4)    -Treasurer’s Report


5)    -Chair Reports


Action (Corey Penrose)

Bargaining (Brenda Hensley)

Human Rights (Alyson Brauning)

Women’s Issues (Tricia Cowen)

Grievance (Sylvia Aquino)

PAC ( Dawn Kelly)

Special Ed ( Tammy Parker)

Membership ( Julie Timmerman)


6)    –Business

Early College High School update/discussion

Affordable Health Care Act update


7)  -Other


8)  -Adjournment

Feb 14

Are you interested in representing Vacaville teachers on the national level?

VTA Members,

Are you interested in representing Vacaville teachers on the national level? Would you like to see first hand how issues in education across the country are addressed through the democratic process of the National Education Association- Representative Assembly (NEA-RA)? Then get on the ballot to be a local delegate for the NEA-RA.

This year, it is in Atlanta, Georgia, July 2-6. VTA will reimburse you for all the upfront travel, lodging, food, and registration costs you will incur if you are selected and attend as a delegate. To get your name on the ballot, email Bob Blaine (Will C. Wood) with a 25 word candidate statement by Friday, March 1st. The election for NEA-RA local and the state delegates will be held at sites from March 5th – March 14th.

The links below have more details about the NEA-RA, or you can contact Alyson Brauning (Jepson) to learn more about the role/experience of a delegate.



Feb 13

Bargaining report

VTA will sunshine articles for the 13-14 contract on march 21st at the school board meeting. Your bargaining team is hard at work developing language to propose to the district.

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