Oct 11

Election 2018: The Race for SPI

27 days till Election Day 2018! CTA’s ballot recommendations are available here

Teachers are one of the most trusted sources in our communities. Folks are looking to you, especially for guidance on races that impact education! Here’s some tools to help public education champion Tony Thurmond be our next State Superintendent of Public Instruction:

Check out the #EducatorsForTony Digital Toolkit. This toolkit is full of resources for how to tweet for Tony, text for Tony, and more!

Oct 10

September Educator of the week Anwar Honore!

Why are you an educator?

I am an educator because when I was a child, I had difficulty reading because most of my elementary teachers didn’t make reading enjoyable or engaging.  So, I decided that when I have my own classroom I will make sure that I show my students that reading is not only essential to their whole academic career, it can be fun as well.

What do you enjoy most about your career?

What I enjoy most about my career is seeing that “Ah-Ha!” moment my students have using all the math strategies that I taught them this year.  I enjoy showing my students that anyone with drive and determination can master any math skill.

What do you do in your spare/free time?

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my wife and almost 2 year old son, watching football games GO EAGLES!, and reading.

What does being a member of the Vacaville Teachers Association mean to you?

For me, being a member of the VTA means that I am a part of a group that has my best interests and celebrates teachers in a very unique and special way.

Oct 08

VTA is sending at least 5 members to the CTA New Educator Conference!

Details and application at:   https://goo.gl/forms/iq2XYA4ln3EP2KjS2

Oct 08

VTA and VUSD are teaming up to send 20 VTA members to the CTA Good Teaching Conference!

Details and application at:  https://goo.gl/forms/4wQTqTG1aUnpm0eo2

Oct 08

Know Your Contract: Personal leave and Personal Option Leave:

6.2.1 Personal Leave (PL) A unit member may use his/her accumulated personal leave for the following reasons:  Illness Death, accident involving person or property, or illness in a unit member’s family. This may include, but is not limited to: spouse; children; parents; sibling; grandparents; grandchildren; mother-in-law or father- in-law; daughter-in-law or son-in-law; or any relative or dependent residing in the unit member’s immediate household. Appearance in court as a litigant. Observance of religious holidays. The unit member shall not be required to secure advance permission for use of personal leave.

  1. 6.2.2  Personal Option Leave (POL)

    1.  Unit members may use up to three (3) days per year of Personal Leave accumulated under Article 6.1 as Personal Option Leave. Unit members who have exhausted their balance of Personal Leave granted under Article 6.1 are not eligible for Personal Option Leave. Personal Option Leave days may not be accumulated and/or carried over from year to year.

    2.  Person Option Leave may be used for personal necessities including family related matters that occur during the workday or professional growth to attend conferences, travel/study programs, or other professional activities. Personal Option Leave may not be used for other employment, withholding of services or activities normally considered to be related to recreation or vacation.

    3.  A fourth and fifth day of Personal Option Leave may be taken annually from accumulated Personal Leave and must be utilized for the purpose of participation in professional development activities that are directly related to the unit member’s current or future assignment(s), credential(s) and/or degree(s). A unit member must provide notice to, but not have to get approval from, his/her administrator for the use of these two (2) Personal Option Leave days. 

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