President's Post

Good morning! Happy Tuesday morning!  I hope you had a wonderful long weekend! 


Please join us this Thursday from 4:30-5:30 p.m (CVTA office...address at the bottom of this email) to share thoughts/ideas/concerns regarding behavior support at your site. School Board member Yolanda Corona will be there to listen.


We want your input on Professional Development to offer

CVTA, along with DSTA and PSTA, offers professional development as often as we can, and it is always our goal to make it as relevant to our members as possible. We just held "The ABC's of Inclusion and Mainstreaming" in October at the Palm Desert CTA Office.  We'd like to know what else you would like to see offered! Please complete the attached survey to share your ideas. The survey closes on Friday.

CTA Scholarships

Click here to get all the information about scholarships offered by CTA for those of you with college-aged children (or yourself if you want to go back to school).


Update on the missed days

The District has filed for a waiver in order to not have to make up the days missed.  As soon as we know the outcome, we will share that with you.


Workers Compensation Information

Just a reminder that CVTA is not able to handle your claims for you. Please make sure if you have received an official denial, in writing from Keenan and Associates, our suggestion is to appeal.  If you email me, I will provide you with the information for the attorney to whom I spoke, if you are considering hiring an attorney to help with your claim.


PBIS Resources

Don't forget about this great website... You can literally search for strategies to use for particular classroom behaviors, and there are tiered intervention suggestions and data tracking forms available.  Take the time to check it's very helpful!


Contractual Issues Happening Right Now

Find the contract here. Here are the things we are working on:

  • Grievances need to start at the informal level.  This means that you have a conversation with your immediate supervisor, whether face to face or via email, in order to give them the opportunity to remedy the situation.  It is important that you actually state, "This is my informal grievance."  This will begin the timeline, and will ensure your administrator understands that there is a timeline to follow.  Sample grievance forms can be found on our website at under Documents.  The Uniform Complaint Form can be found there as well.

  • Williams Complaint Form - This form could be an option when a grievance isn't the appropriate path to deal with a situation at your site.

Here are some important dates to keep in mind: 

  • November 13th - Elementary Conferences 2:20-6:45 p.m.

  • November 14th - Elementary Conferences 1:20-4:00 p.m.

  • November 14th - Meet with a Board Member - CVTA Office, 4:30-5:30 (topic: behavior concerns at sites)

  • November 20th - CVTA Exec Board meeting 4:00 @ CVTA office

  • November 25th-29th - Thanksgiving Break, no school

  • December 11th - CVTA Rep Council, 4:30 p.m. CDA Library

  • December 12th - CVUSD School Board Mtg, 5:30 p.m. @ DO

  • December 18th - 1st Year Probationary Meeting Deadline

  • December 19th - First day of Winter Break (back on January 6th)


Click here to find an archive of our weekly emails.


Carissa Carrera

CVTA President

"You can't do it unless you organize."








Important Announcement

CVTA Enrollment Drive starts early 9/1 for those who would like to enroll now… Official start is 9/15….


DON’T DELAY…. NOW’s your chance and this opportunity is only available every 2 years.


Brought to you by the Coachella Valley Teachers Association


Click on APPLY NOW!!!


Limited Time Only!!! Take Advantage of this OPPORTUNITY to Apply  or Switch Providers & get your Disability coverage through the ONLY CTA endorsed carrier, The Standard….  


Benefits Include:

·       The Only Disability & Life  Plan Endorsed by the CTA (California Teachers Association)

·       Competitive Pricing- Pricing found on the link below or attached brochure


Coverage Includes:

  •   Injury & Illness

  •  Pregnancy / Child Birth- Includes coverage up to-4weeks before/6 weeks after (Normal Delivery) 8 weeks after (C-section) can extend if medically necessary

  • On & Off the Job Coverage (Most Plans only cover OFF the Job) Minimum daily benefit on Top of Workers Comp for on the job Coverage

  • Replaces up to 75% of your Daily Income

  • 50K of AD&D Insurance

  • And More…


*New Benefits at no additional cost:

  •  If you have an active student loan and have a qualified disability claim, the CTA will give you up to $200 per month (Max of 5 months) for each month you are out to help with student loan costs.

  •  If you have a qualified cancer disability claim, the CTA will give you up to $200 per month (Max of 5 months) for each month you are out to help with ancillary costs.


CVTA has a goal of getting 5% of eligible members to apply. Once this goal is reached, all members who apply will be approved without having to answer medical questions!!  Meaning if you have a condition in which you would normally not qualify, you can get coverage!


Eligible members can also get guaranteed issue 50k of Life Insurance. If you already have coverage with The Standard, you can increase your existing coverage to the next level (up to $200,000). Either way, you won’t have to answer any health questions. As long as you select at least 50K of life coverage for yourself, your spouse/domestic partner will qualify for 25k and qualified dependents will qualify for 5k all with no health questions.


Click the link below to enroll:


 CTA Cost Calculator for Disability and Life


Please see your site rep for more information about the date for your site visit. Thank you!!


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