Jan 03

2020 NEA Representative Assembly- Delegates Wanted

Application for local delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly on the July 1-July 7, 2020. Please fill out the application attached and email to vallejoedassoc@gmail.com by Friday, January 31, 2020.

ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD FROM FEBURARY 18, 2020 TO FEBRAURY 27, 2020 Forms are available from your site rep and can also be found on the VEA website at myvea.org. You can also request an electronic copy sending an email to vallejoedassoc@gmail.com.

Include a 30-word Statement of Candidacy.

For the NEA/RA Delegates

  • Each Delegate is expected to attend all business meetings of the Representative Assembly, any speeches by prominent national figures, or any of the committee hearings, and to remain throughout the Convention.
  • Each Delegate will be expected to attend all caucuses of the California Delegation.  Normally, the caucus begins at 7:00 a.m. daily.  Delegates must be registered with the California Delegation to participate in the caucus.  Each Delegate is also expected to participate in all activities of the California Delegation.
  • Each local (Chapter) Delegate will be expected to sit with the Redwood Service Center Council on the R.A. floor.
  • Each Delegate should take into consideration the CTA State council and caucus policy when voting.

Jan 03

What is the 2020 NEA RA?

What is the NEA RA?

The NEA Representative Assembly is the largest democratic deliberative assembly in the world. California sends more than 1,000 delegates to the NEA RA each summer. During this annual meeting, CTA members help set policy and chart the direction of NEA business through participation on various committees, constituencies, caucuses, and leadership groups.  

You can represent VEA AT NEA’S 2020 Representative Asssembly in Atlanta Georgia.

The NEA Representative Assembly for 2020 will be held July 1 – July 7, in Atlanta Georgia, with the first caucus meeting set for July 2, 2020. Delegates will need to arrive on July 1, and depart on July 7, 2020. Deadline to submit the official Declaration of Candidacy form is January 31, 2020.

Jul 15

VEA Delegates Representing at the NEA RA Houston, Texas

The NEA RA Team!

Jul 15

2020 Presidential Hopefuls Addressing the NEA RA Houston, Texas

Mar 11

VEA Scholarships are available for the graduating high school seniors of our members!

Click the link below for more details on the 2018-2019 VEA Scholarship.

VEA Scholarship Application 18-19

Mar 11

Redwood Educators Conference

Click the link below for more details on the Redwood Educators Conference.

Redwood Educators Conference

Mar 11

VEA Retirement Dinner 2019

Follow the link below for more details on the retirement dinner.

VEA Retirement Dinner 2019

Aug 12

The Value of Membership

Aug 12

Vallejo Teachers Shop for Free

Free teacher supply store open at Vallejo High School

A few of the ‘pink shirt’ volunteers await teachers at the free Vallejo Teacher Supply Store on the campus of Vallejo High School. RACHEL RASKIN-ZRIHEN — TIMES-HERALD

By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen, Vallejo Times-Herald

 

Former school board member, Hazel Wilson, who helped found the Vallejo Teacher Supply Store and supervises the student volunteers, gives the Times-Herald a tour of the merchandise.RACHEL RASKIN-ZRIHEN — TIMES-HERALD

Many would agree that it’s hard enough to be a public school teacher without having to come out of pocket for classroom supplies. So, some Vallejo folks created a way to help.

With signs around the walls saying, “You are a VCUSD Superstar,” and “We celebrate VCUSD educators,” the 4-year-old Teacher Supply Store occupies two portables on the Vallejo High School campus. It stocks a wide range of donated school supplies and all Vallejo City Unified School District teachers are welcome to stop by and stock up, former school board member, store organizer and head volunteer Hazel Wilson said.

“The first year, we began as part of the Napa Teachers Resource Store,” but its organizers decided to exclude Vallejo teachers, so Wilson, along with teachers union president Sheila Gradwhol, started their own, she said. They took the best parts of what Napa had done, incorporated some things Wilson found online that other districts are doing, and the Vallejo Teacher Supply Store was born.

Now, the store gets support and volunteers from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Vallejo High School football and cheer teams and the Hospitality and Health and Fitness Academies, she said.

 

Nearly all the items available are donated from various sources, with the single largest donor being CC Sabathia and Amber Sabathia’s PitCCh In Foundation.

“Amber and CC have not forgotten this community; they have not forgotten the children of Vallejo, so I’ll volunteer for anything they come up with,” Wilson said.

Teachers from any Vallejo school can come in when the store is open — 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays in the weeks before school starts for the year, and then again in advance of the second semester in January — and shop for free pens, paper, binders, and more.

Jhon Charlie King, a 17-year-old Jesse Bethel High School Law Academy student and store volunteer said that special boxes reserved for every first and second-grader in the district this year contain a backpack with school supplies like pencils, folders, a binder and a notebook, as well as crayons, markers, a stapler, a pencil sharpener and other items.

Each year the entire student body of one school also gets a full backpack. This year, it’s Cooper Elementary School, Wilson said.

“We stuff the backpacks for a specific number of students per class and we hand them out before school starts,” Wilson said.

Teacher Supply Store teacher/shoppers will notice limit signs on most items — like, “take one” sharpie or “limit 5” pencils.

“But, if a teacher really needs more, they can usually have them,” Wilson said.

Besides the stacks of various types of paper, notebooks and folders, the store also stocks some seasonal decorations for Thanksgiving, Halloween, winter and spring, she said.

“And we keep a wish list, of things we don’t have that people have asked for, and when we get a gift card donated, we’ll try to get those,” Wilson said.

The volunteers, most Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority debutantes, learn a slew of things from the experience that will no-doubt be useful in their adult lives.

“They restock shelves, take inventory, do customer service,” Wilson said.

“I learned organization,” said Amaya Reynolds, 18, a recent Vallejo High School graduate and former store volunteer who plans to study public relations at San Jose State University this year. “I did the scheduling, too, and other things, so, I also learned management.”

Each year, the store project kicks off at Vallejo’s Juneteenth celebration, with a Pack the Bus event, Wilson said.

Word goes out city-wide, to churches, businesses and elsewhere, that donations are needed, and people come and fill up an actual school bus will supplies ranging from dry erase markers, paper, hand sanitizer and all manner of other items, she said.

The full bus then brings the items to fill the Teacher Supply Store shelves.

The store also maintains a stash of recycled plastic bags and one shopping cart, to help shoppers haul away their “purchases.”

Jesse Bethel Filipino language teacher Lucy Marte said she frequents the store every time it’s open. She said she spends about $1,000 annually out of her own pocket even with the help.

“I give a lot of it to my students. We do projects every year, and we use a lot of this stuff. It’s very helpful,” she said of the store. “I wish we have more places like this for the students.”

For more information or to make a donation, contact teachsupvjo@gmail.com.

May 20

VEA Officer Election Results 2018-2019 School Year

Here are the VEA Officer Election results as reported by VEA Elections Chair, Marie McPherson:

President – *Sheila Gradwohl – 346 votes
Treasure  – Write in – *Henry Sun – 38 votes
Adult School Director – Write in – *Effie Dudley – 15 votes
High School Director  – *Steve Quinlan – 173 votes
    –  Scott Heinecke – 142 votes
Elementary Director  – *Kelly Lawrence – 321 votes
Middle School Director – *Linda Holt  – 321 votes
Special Ed Director  – Write in – *Kathy Hellfeier – 9 votes
    – Write in – Anthony Woo – 3 votes

*Denotes winner

Total votes cast 365. No schools were disqualified.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Sheila Gradwohl
VEA President
707-552-8487

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