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UESF Internal Election Now Underway

Ballots to Be Mailed April 27th – Candidates for Officer Positions Debate May 5th

Updated April 23, 2015

The UESF election for officers, members of the UESF Executive Board, and for the San Francisco Labor Council is now underway. Ballots will be mailed on April 27th to all active UESF members and must be returned to the UESF office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 18th.

A debate for contested officer positions will take place on Tuesday May 5th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria of Civic Center Secondary School. Please help spread the word. All members are welcome!

For more information, including links to candidate statements, important documents, and contact information for the UESF Elections Committee, please visit the UESF elections web page. Any changes or updates will also be sent via UESF email blast (sign up here) and posted on the UESF Twitter account.

Community Forum on SFUSD Accountability Plan

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8
3351 23rd St., SF
Doors open @ 10:45 a.m.
Program: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Free parking. Childcare & interpreters provided (request by April 20th)
Easily Accessible by public transit.

Join fellow educators, parents, students, and community activists, as we discuss how we can hold the SFUSD accountable in spending new resources through the state-mandated Local Control Accountability Plan, with a particular focus on fully supporting the Safe & Supportive Schools initiative.

SPONSORED BY THE CLOSE THE GAP COALITION: Alliance of Californians for Community Empower- ment, Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, Jobs with Justice, Service Employees International Union Local 1021, United Educators of San Francisco.

For more information, and to RSVP, go to www.CloseTheGapSF.org or email Gordon Mar at gordon [at] jwjsf [dot] org.

UESF Scholarships for Graduating High School Seniors

2015 Scholarships

The United Educators of San Francisco is pleased to offer several scholarships from $500-$1500 for SFUSD’s graduating High School seniors. Scholarship applications are due no later than Wednesday, April 29th at 5:00 p.m. Please follow the links below for scholarship applications and rules:

UESF Paraprofessional Leader Janet Eberhardt Named 2015 NEA ESP of the Year!

BY SARA ROBERTSON AND JOHN ROSALES
NEA Today
March 7, 2015

Among her peers, Janet Eberhardt has long been known as a fighter for student causes, defender of human rights, and champion of all things ESP (education support professionals). In her 29 years with the San Francisco United School District, Eberhardt has worked with students, parents, community support agencies, and local businesses.

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UESF Members Encouraged to Volunteer for Joint UESF/SFUSD Contract Committees

As part of our most recent contract settlement with the SFUSD, several joint committees were established to address important issues. UESF members interested serving on any of the committees (listed below) should send an email to UESF Executive Vice-President Susan Solomon at ssolomon [at] uesf [dot] org or call 956-8373. Note: The joint UESF/SFUSD Special Education Committee is already meeting.

4th/5th Grade Class Size Committee - To make recommendations for providing additional support for 4th, 5th, and 4th/5th grade classes when those classes go over class size goals.

Safe and Supportive Community Committee - To implement the Safe and Supportive Schools Policy resolution passed by the Board of Education.

Certificated Monthly Pay Warrants Committee - To research the feasibility of issuing monthly pay warrants on the last workday of each month.

Home Visits Committee - To make recommendations on establishing a program of Home Visits.

Student Libraries and Book Acquisition Committee – To explore outside funding to create program for development of student libraries and book acquisition for low-income students.

Clarification of Intent Committee - To address the contract language that limits newly-hired SLPs, behaviorists, and psychologists to four years credit for previous work experience, and to adjust the salary schedule accordingly.

UESF Safe & Supportive Schools Conference a Success


UESF members take part in the Black Lives Matter Libguide workshop at the UESF Safe & Supportive Schools conference on February 28th.

March 4, 2015

This past weekend, over 160 UESF members took part in our annual spring conference. This year’s theme was dedicated to Safe & Supportive Schools, and featured some great professional development as well as an important panel discussion on how best to support students and educators in the classroom.

Special thanks to the many UESF members who helped pull the conference together, including Anthony Arinwine and Vickie Sargent, who participated in on our panel discussion, and to all of the UESF members who presented at our workshops, including Vickie Sargent, Maureen Sullivan, Chalida Anusasananan, Betty Robinson-Harris, Art Concordia, Ken Tray, and Susan Solomon.

Thanks are also in order to Board of Education commissioners Matt Haney and Shamann Walton and for Coleman Advocates organizer Kevine Bogess for taking part in the panel discussion, and for School Board President Emily Murase for attending. Thanks also to Becki Cohen Vargas, Brooke Anderson, and Sean Mabey who also held workshops.

UESF members who attended the conference are encouraged to take what they learned from the workshops and the panel back to their sites for further discussion. Prop. A (QTEA) professional development can potentially be used for such discussion and further inquiry. For questions about Prop. A professional development, please click here.

Free Income Tax Workshop for UESF members – March 12, 2015

Income Tax Workshop

Thursday, March 12, 2015
4:30-5:45 p.m.
UESF office (2310 Mason St.)
Offered by Mosher Financial

Topics include:

  • How is your paycheck taxed? W‐4 and DE‐4
  • Tax Brackets, Exemptions and Deductions
  • Most Common Tax Forms
  • Reducing Your Income Taxes

To RSVP, or for more information call 415-681-2000 or email info [at] mosherfinancial [dot] com,

For a complete list of financial workshops this school year, click here.

Come to City College this Spring!

Resources at City College of San Francisco for SFUSD Para-professionals and Teachers!

By, Kathleen White
Dept. Chair, Child Development & Family Studies, City College of San Francisco
 
The Spring semester at CCSF may have begun on January 12, 2015, but there are still many short-term, late start and one unit courses that will directly benefit those working with children! UESF members can go to www.ccsf.edu and complete an online application to CCSF and then enroll in courses! Current costs are $46.00 / per unit and financial aid, BOGG waivers and reimbursements through a variety of child development support programs ( CDTC, SFSEED, ECEWPP) may be available, especially for staff working in early childhood and after-school classrooms!
 
City College of San Francisco provides a wide array of courses that can assist the ECE and K-12 workforce. In addition to foreign language classes that help meet CLAD requirements, LERN classes that support CBEST and CSET test prep and a range of general education content courses that support curriculum development, the Child Development & Family Studies Department offers a range of courses that can specifically enhance the skills of classroom teachers and staff.

One unit courses are between 16-18 hours in duration and are eligible for consideration for professional development funding (which is provided to SFUSD paraprofessionals as part of their contract).
 
Classes are available in the CDEV Dept. on a range of Special Education topics including: Continue reading