VOLUME XXXII ISSUE 3 January/February 2007 (714) 638-7480
President Can “My SpaCe” Be a Danger for TeaCherS?
1st Vice President
Teachers have the same rights as other adult The people deciding whether a teacher’s conduct
citizens in our society. They can vote in our is “immoral or unprofessional” are the members
Cammy Devereux national and local elections, participate in our of the California Teachers’ Credentialing
2nd Vice President economy, and generally do what every one else Commission (CCTC). Generally, CCTC
is able to do. They definitely have the same members are older than beginning teachers and
“free speech” rights as all of our fellow somewhat predictably have a more restrictive
countrymen. idea of appropriate behavior for teachers.
Treasurer EXCEPT Education The most current example of
Code Section #44932, “free speech” meeting the
which enumerates the CCTC is “My Space.” Like
High School Segment grounds for dismissal of most young computer-savvy
permanent certificated people, new teachers are very
Sabrina Williams employees (teachers), attracted to this venue. They
Champ Clark contains a section that are very comfortable on the
can potentially cause web, like being able to have a
Debi Lindberg serious problems for “space of their own” and want
Marion Conte teachers–“Immoral or to “relate” to their students.
Tina Gurney unprofessional conduct.”
Jia Hamud Unfortunately, placing
Morality is a somewhat of personal information,
a moving target. Bare especially photographs on
ankles in the Victorian “My Space” opens up the
Age were considered to be exceedingly possibility of someone manipulating the
immoral, if you were female. Now, showing a information and combining it with relatively
This Issue’s Focus:
great deal more skin is totally acceptable. unsavory words and/or pictures which will give
My Space and Teachers the viewer the idea that the teacher is far less
President’s Message The norms for professional conduct for teachers than moral and does not behave professionally
Maternity Workshop have also evolved over the years. In the early at all.
NCLB years of this country, teachers were generally
State Council Report
women of marriageable age, who were not Until such time as the webmasters come up with
Elementary Segment married. They were not allowed to fraternize some new protective device, teachers are well
Too Much! with persons of the opposite sex without a advised to opt out of “My Space.” Otherwise,
Grievance: Collaboration chaperone. For them, fraternize meant “be they may be trying to explain to the CCTC why
OPEN HOUSE alone in the company of a male.” Now, it is not the picture of them embracing one of their
Title I Awards
uncommon to have persons of the opposite (or students is not a “real” picture.
same) sex sharing the same residence under a
variety of different circumstances.
From the President’s Corner
eSea: It’s time for a change!
For the past several months, I have is critical at this time. No one will be
been representing you and all California asked to walk a precinct or speak
teachers serving on the CTA ESEA- directly to their elected officials.
NCLB Reauthorization Task Force. However, everyone is capable of
This CTA Task Force was put together making a phone call, sending an email, Eric Padget
to develop a plan so that we, the or writing a letter. GGEA President
teachers, could positively impact the
upcoming congressional reauthorization You will be asked to make contacts – numbers, addresses and email
of the Elementary and Secondary that means telephone calls, emails, and addresses for your elected
Education Act. If Congress is to be letters – with the staff members in the Representatives. Your messages can be
convinced to make substantive changes offices of your Congressional sent with a simple click of a mouse –
in the provisions of this law, teachers Representatives. If you are not aware, no stamps needed.
across the country will have to send a the staffers always keep count of the
unified message to their elected “pro” and “con” calls or messages If you are concerned about the present
Representatives who have the ability to received by their office on each issue. state of public education and measuring
effect change. A phone call counts more than an email success based upon a single test each
or letter. A personal visit to the home year, you owe it yourself and your
CTA and NEA are leading the way by office of the Representative counts even students to take this request very
developing strategies to keep the viable more. Remember, these people want seriously. If your workload has long
portions of the legislation, while to get re-elected and will listen to their since passed your ability to cope, you
modifying the unreachable testing goals. constituents. need to step up and start taking action
The Task Force is in the process of now!
developing the particular messages, GGEA will personalize the messages
events, and actions required to convince from the CTA Task Force and provide Watch for our further communications
our Representatives to act. you with the information needed to so that you can be part of
communicate with your elected
While I understand that most of you do Representatives. Our GGEA website TeaM ggea.
not feel comfortable “getting involved already contains a link (in the lower right
in politics”, our involvement as teachers corner) that will lead you to telephone Together everyone
accomplishes More with ggea
Thank You to the schools who attended the January Rep Council!
elementary Intermediate high School
Allen Enders Monroe Peters 4-6 Warren Alamitos Garden Grove
Anthony Evans Morningside Post Woodbury Bell La Quinta
Barker Excelsior Murdy Riverdale Zeyen Doig Los Amigos
Brookhurst Faylane Newhope Rosita Irvine Pacifica
Bryant Garden Park Northcutt Russell Jordan Rancho Alamitos
Carrillo Heritage Paine Skylark Lake Santiago
Carver Lawrence Parkview Stanford McGarvin Chapman/Hettinga
Clinton Marshall Patton Stanley Ralston District Office
Crosby Mitchell Peters K-3 Violette Walton
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T he GGEA’s annual
Maternity Workshop was
held on January 30th at the
Garden Grove Community
Center. The attendees
“Moms” and “Dads.” The
applicable provisions of the
Contract, state law, insurance coverage and additional
programs sponsored by CTA were explained in detail. One
of the most difficult concepts to explain is the difference
between the pregnancy disability, maternity and family
care leaves. A “family care leave” is an optional leave of up to sixty (60)
work days, which may be utilized by a mother or father to
Ateacher is on “pregnancy disability leave” when her treating care for and bond with a newborn child. A teacher on this
physician indicates that she cannot work. A teacher on such leave will receive salary for the period of time equal to that
a leave will be paid full salary while utilizing accrued sick person’s accrued sick leave and family illness days.
leave. If the leave continues, the teacher will receive
differential pay, which is the difference between full salary A “maternity leave” is a voluntary leave of up to one year.
and the cost of a substitute, for a period of one hundred This leave is without pay. A teacher must submit a request
(100) work days. for a maternity leave to the Office of Personnel Services
twenty days prior to the commencement of the leave where
In addition to covering the three types of leaves available to
expecting mothers, the workshop provided information about
the use of Unum Provident Insurance, reinstatement rights,
job share contracts, the 125 Flexible Benefit plan for child
care and medical expenses and the Baby Wise Program.
JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2007 3
No Child Left Behind Act
CaLIfornIa TeaCherS CaLL for
MaJor ChangeS To The
eLeMenTary anD SeConDary eDUCaTIon aCT
on LaW’S 5Th annIVerSary
The California Teachers Association, along with the NEA, is calling for positive changes to the Elementary and
Secondary Act (ESEA), changes that will actually help students and schools, rather than punish them and label
them as failures.
ESEA is up for reauthorization this year, providing an opportunity for revisions that can provide genuine help to our
nation’s schools. “The current version of ESEA has not delivered on its promise,” said CTA President Barbara E. Kerr.
“It’s outrageously underfunded and is too often more about punishing schools that need help rather than giving them the
tools they need to succeed. The public, and certainly our students, deserve better.”
The current version of ESEA-the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)-is fundamentally flawed. It undermines existing state
and school district structures and authority, and shifts public dollars to the private sector through supplemental
educational services and takeovers of public schools by for-profit companies.
However, its stated goals – to improve student achievement and help close the achievement and skills gaps that exist in
our country – are important to CTA, NEA and our society. We want to retain the positive provisions of ESEA, both those
that existed prior to NCLB and those that were added by NCLB, in the 2007 reauthorization.
Congress must shift from the current focus that labels and punishes schools with a flawed one-size-fits-all accountability
system and severely underfunded mandates to one that includes common-sense flexibility and supports educators in
implementing programs that improve student learning, reward success, and provide meaningful assistance to schools
most in need of help.
CTa and nea have identified the following five areas that need immediate attention:
(1) accountability – The current system uses only standardized tests and has completely unrealistic
achievement goals. We need accountability based upon multiple measures that rewards success and
support educators to help students learn. A growth model needs to replace the ‘everyone at the same
place at the same time’ model that we are currently subject to. The assessment systems must be
appropriate, valid, and reliable for all groups of students, including students with disabilities and English
Language Learners, and provide flexibility for assessing these student subgroups.
(2) Class Size – All federal funding for class size reduction has been cut by the current administration,
despite research that shows that smaller class sizes improve student learning. Smaller class sizes are
needed to improve student achievement.
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(3) Quality Teachers – The recruitment and retention of highly qualified teachers must be a top
priority and professional development must be meaningful and adequately funded.
(4) parental Involvement – Programs that strengthen the link between families and schools must be
developed and parental participation in school activities must be more feasible. Student and schools
must be supported by active and engaged parents, families and communities. Provide programs and
resources to assist in making schools the hub of the community.
(5) full funding – Adequate resources to ensure a quality education for every student. In 2001 ESEA
was reauthorized with the promise of fully funding its many mandates on states and local school districts.
Instead, Congress has continuously cut funding for the program, leaving local districts obligated to
comply with the law without the means to pay for it. Cumulative funding shortfalls since the law’s
enactment now exceed $55 billion.
Our current U.S. Congress has an opportunity to do what’s best for students and teachers, which is to enact positive
changes to this deeply flawed law. The ESEA will be on the Congressional agenda for re-authorization in 2007. However,
it is the topic of discussion in several Congressional Committees right now. Substantive changes in the language come
under the purview of the Education Committee and the resulting costs affect the National Budget and will be handled by the
CTA is finalizing an action plan for its membership and will be asking members to contact their Congressional
Representatives over the next few months with a unified message. It is critical that our elected officials understand the
negative impact of this law as it is presently written. GGEA will be sending out special bulletins regarding action needed
from everyone on the ESEA/’NCLB’ reauthorization.
CTA’s concerns mirror those voiced by the National Education Association in their Positive Agenda for the ESEA
Reauthorization. For more information visit www.nea.org/esea/posagendaexecsum.html.
“Congress has an opportunity to get this thing right this time,” said Kerr. “CTA hopes they will take the concerns of
educators and parents seriously, do what’s best for students, and enact positive changes to this currently deeply
a great public school is a basic right of every child. Reg Weaver, NEA President
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Notes From the Nurse
Every spring the Orange County School Nurses Organization It is individuals like Dr. Melville Singer who continue to
(OCSNO) presents a “Halo” award to an individual who help the GGUSD serve the multiple needs of our students
has shown outstanding support for school nurses and school and their families. “Healthy Children Learn Better” is not
health services. This past May the award was presented to just a nice motto. It is a statement of truth. The school nurses
Dr. Melville Singer, a pediatric cardiologist who has overseen of the GGUSD would like to thank Dr. Singer for his
the operation of the GGUSD Child Health Clinic for many continuous support in helping keep the children of our
years. community strong and healthy, and for this we proudly
proclaim him our “angel.”
Dr. Singer came to Garden Grove in 1955, before it became
a city. His original contract with the GGUSD was to perform
sports physicals for athletes at RanchoAlamitos High School
ten years before the district would become unified. He
developed a program assisted by parent volunteers to detect
heart problems in children using a phonocardiogram. When
the nurse practitioner movement began, he served as a mentor
and preceptor for the nurses who serve our student
population. For the past twenty-eight years he has served as
the medical director/consultant for the GGUSD Child Health
Clinic, located on the grounds of the Assessment and
Registration Center (ARC), where students can schedule
physicals, receive immunizations and TB skin tests required
for school entry. He serves to resource our nurses who staff
the clinic regarding symptoms, diagnosis, lab work and other The Child Health Clinic at the Assessment and Registration
questions. He schedules clinic days 2-3 times a year to follow Center is available to students enrolled in the GGUSD.
up on student/patients identified with heart murmurs and Families can call (714) 663-6411 to make an appointment
provides follow up as needed. Dr. Singer’s involvement has with a nurse practitioner for school entry physicals.
enabled students to receive care not only for cardiac Immunizations are provided Monday through Friday from
problems but also for health issues involving orthopedic, 8:00-9:00 and from 1:30 to 2:30. No appointment is
dermatological and other specialties including referrals to necessary.
California Children’s Services in a timely manner. CCS is an
insurance subsidy program for children with specific health By Linda Pearce RN, CPNP
care needs. and Janine Caraballo RN, BSN
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The CTA Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship is
available to all ethnic minority CTA members and their
LookIng dependent children, who are pursuing degrees or credentials
for a for careers in public education. This scholarship is funded
by voluntary contributions from CTA members, chapters and
corporate donors.The application is available online at
www.mycta.org or call the CTA Human Rights Department
at (650) 552-5446.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICANTS IS MARCH 15, 2007.
CTA State Council Report
The CTA State Council has more than 650 CTA members from around our state. These members are elected by their local
associations to represent them at the state level and conduct the business of CTA. The CTA State Council conducts
business much in the same way that GGEA conducts the Rep Council each month. However, the CTA State Council meets
only four times per year. The last meeting was held in Los Angeles over the weekend of January 26-28, 2007. The five
GGEA members who represent you on the State Council are Eric Padget (GGEA), Kolleen Nolan (Paine), Champ Clark
(Lake), Chris Francis (Alamitos), and Michael Greer (Rancho). Below are some of the highlights from the meet-
ÿ David Sanchez was elected and is now President Elect. Dean Vogel was elected and is now Vice-President Elect.
They will both take office this summer and assume their new duties before the NEA/RA.
ÿ 2007-08 State Budget Principles were adopted-these principles help guide legislation that provides funding for
public education. CTA is the only major organization that consistently advocates for adequate funding for public
ÿ The proposed California 2007-08 budget includes a 4.04% Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for all
educational programs. Also included is the first $300 million installment of a $2.9 billion state obligation to public
education. However, it is still very early in the budget cycle to make final budget determinations.
ÿ CTA special dues assessment that was put in place to fight the Governor’s Propositions will be paid off as
scheduled at the end of the 2008 school year.
ÿ Discussion on STRS’s Board proposal for legislation to ensure the CalSTRS retirement fund becomes 100%
funded. More information on this was included in the STRS annual report that you received a couple months ago.
ÿ Since it is very early in the new legislation cycle in Sacramento, there wasn’t too much in the way of legislation to
bring back to the local at this time.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding CTA State Council, please contact any of the above members. All of them
will be sure to direct your concerns to the appropriate committee for action or answers.
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Elementary Segment News
On December 7, 2006 GGEA’s Elementary Segment The new “seven day” plan was discussed. The major
Directors (Marion Conte, Tina Gurney, Jia Hamud and change is the inclusion of the readers’/writers’ workshop
Debi Lindberg) met with Sherry Franklin, Assistant into each week’s schedule, rather than having one week
Superintendent of Elementary Education, and Sara devoted exclusively to teaching writing.
Wescott, Director of K-6 Instructional Services, to
clarify various issues that had been discussed at the New instructional guidelines pages will be prepared and
November Elementary Segment meeting and inform the curriculum handbooks will be updated again to reflect
them about the concerns of the Segment members. new material, pacing changes and corrections.
The Segment Directors were assured that the ARC would There was a general discussion about how many things are
be sending welcome letters to new students, as they misinterpreted due to miscommunications. Sara Wescott
have in the past. Apparently, they have experienced an stated that she is now preparing power point presentations
increase in the number of clients that they service and for the principals, so that they can use them at their
were unable to meet their former timelines. staff meetings. Hopefully, the messages disseminated
at each school site will be more consistent.
Secondly, they were informed that a daily substitute can
teach the Language! Program, but a long term substitute As they have in the past, the Segment Directors
cannot. According to the law, daily substitutes can be conveyed the concerns of the Segment regarding how
used if there are no qualified teachers available to teach Action Walks affect teacher workload; the large variance
the program and they are following the lesson plans of in class sizes during differentiated instruction periods;
the teacher. the relationship between the SST process and the SWIM
program; teachers concerns about “tracking”; and general
elementary workload issues.
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Too many changes, too much testing –
My head’s in a constant spin!
‘Til NCLB dies – or gets revised,
There’s really no way to win!
I often feel like a helpless hamster,
Who’s running on an endless wheel.
If only some sane and empowered leaders
Could feel the turmoil we feel.
You’re losing the “experienced” among us
Much sooner than you’d expected.
Wish we felt our knowledge and skills
Were more valued and respected.
The “newbies” arrive, full of data and hope –
Their young faces all aglow.
When teaching isn’t what they thought it’d be –
“Goodbye, adios” – off they go.
Anxiety, migraines, and chronic insomnia,
Hypertension, stomach spasms, depressions –
Insurance payments must be costing this district a mint
Treating so many stress-related conditions!
Stop all these changes for a time
And take a calm, careful look –
Instead of working so darn hard
On teaching “just by the book”.
I’ve heard the ominous dictum
That soon we’re all going to S.W.I.M.
Sadly, this highly touted program
Is also now looking quite grim.
Our kids can’t be expected to go “swimming”
With their teachers just barely afloat.
Most of us are simply trying to paddle
And hoping someone will send us a boat!
My colleagues all seem to agree:
We can’t teach much harder or longer.
This increasing workload is harming us
In ways too numerous to ponder. Marion Conte
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Association Files Grievance Regarding Collaboration
GGEA filed an Association Grievance regarding the implementation Subsequently, the Departments of K-6 and 7-12
of Collaboration on January 24th. During the negotiations process, the Instruction distributed a document entitled “Levels
Association and the District discussed collaboration at length and of collaboration Matrix” to the principals. The
ultimately agreed that the process should be “site based”. According to Matrix divided collaboration activities into four
the agreed upon Contract language, both the Collaboration plans and groups: Outstanding, Adequate, Weak and
the meeting agendas are to be jointly determined by the teachers and Unacceptable. Using the Matrix as a gauge, some
the principal at each site. Principals informed their teachers that joint lesson
planning and discussion of strategies were not
After the ratification of the Contract, GGEA prepared lists of allowed during collaboration. The Association
appropriate collaboration activities for elementary and secondary strongly objects to the characterizations in the
teachers. The lists were submitted to the District and approved. The Matrix. Most analysts of good teaching practices
lists include such things as grade level/subject lesson planning, include “discussion of instructional activities and
sharing successful teaching strategies, and sharing methods of strategies that promote increased student achieve-
differentiation. It also includes examination of student testing ment” as one of the hallmarks of collaboration.
data, scoring of writing samples, and developing appropriate after The Matrix calls this practice “weak”.
school intervention programs.
The Association and District held a Level I
Grievance meeting and agreed to settle the
Grievance on the following terms:
1. The District agrees to notify all site
administrators to discard the “Levels of
2. The District and the Association agree to
jointly publish the “Appropriate Collaboration
Activities for Elementary Teachers” and
“Appropriate Collaboration Activities for
Secondary Teachers” sheets; and
3. The District and the Association agree to
mutually develop a tool to monitor and improve
the collaboration process.
The Association thanks Grievance Committee
members, Heidi Brown (Patton), Marion Conte
(Newhope), Yolanda Gomez (Bryant), Michael
Greer (Rancho), and Kathleen Pyle (Rosita) for
their work on this grievance.
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ggea’s first annual
holiday open house
GGEA members enjoyed
sharing the spirit of the
holiday season at our
Holiday Open House
on December 12th.
There were plenty of
good conversations and
holiday treats for everyone
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Calendar of events TITLe I aCaDeMIC
3/13 elementary Segment –
Room B SChooLS
Intermediate Segment –
GGEA Office Alamitos Intermediate School
high School Segment – Bolsa Grande High School
Heritage Room Doig Intermediate School
3/14 IpD & human rights Excelsior Elementary School
GGEA Office – 3:30
Fitz Intermediate School
3/15 executive Board
GGEA Office – 3:30
Garden Grove High School
3/15 retirement Committee
Gilbert Elementary School
GGEA Office – 3:30 Irvine Intermediate School
3/20 Board of Directors – Jordan Intermediate School
GGEA Office - 3:30 La Quinta High School
3/21 Community action Lake Elementary School
Committee McGarvin Intermediate School
GGEA Office – 3:30 Marshall Elementary School
3/27 rep Council Mitchell Elementary School
Room A – 3:30 Stanford Elementary School
4/2 - 4/6 Spring Break
Sunnyside Elementary School
4/10 elementary Segment –
Intermediate Segment –
high School Segment –
4/17 Board of Directors –
GGEA Office - 3:30
ggea Welcomes new Members!
4/19 pre-retirement Workshp
Angela Albright Mary (Beth) Mahoney
4/24 rep Council Jennifer Balzer Jennette Nearhood
Room A – 3:30 Shannon Etson Christina Ogawa
4/26 Secretaries Tribute Suzanne Fauria Donna Page
Michael Frommeyer Sandra Patino-Ruiz
Marla Harrelson Justin Pickens
Damone Johnson Adriana Sanchez-Frank
Advocate Editorial Staff:
Gerri Brown (7-12 Instruction),
Andrea Jones Rachel Shulman
Eric Padget, Judy Harrison, Russell Jones Chau Tran
Susan Kaylor, Cheryl Escarro (GGEA) Christine Kimoto Phuong “Mai” Tran Duong
Linda Pearce (Nurse, Jordan) & Veronica Lam Jenna Walthall
Janine Caraballo (Nurse, La Quinta) Lisa Macafee
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