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Important Resources for TALB Members
  1. Get a Layoff Notice? Go to the Layoff Survival Kit page

  2. Most recent UPDATE newsletter: 09.09.14

  3. Archived UPDATE newsletters

  4. Salary Schedules in Effect for 2013-14

  5. K-12 Contract

  6. CDC/Head Start Contract

  7. Current Layoff Seniority List

  8. Info on Health Benefits

  9. School Calendars 




Applicants Needed for CTA's Instructional Leadership Team

Are you an accomplished or experienced educator who wants to take a leadership role in your profession, especially as it relates to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards? Then, apply for the Instructional Leadership Corps.

CTA, the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE), and the National Board Resource Center (NBRC) have received a collaborative grant to create an Instructional Leadership Corps (ILC) of classroom teachers, site leaders, administrators and higher education professionals. The ILC will provide expertise for the instructional shifts needed to implement the CCSS in ELA and Math, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Those selected will support the design and implementation of school-based professional learning around instructional practice, and create and lead regional professional development.

This is a three-year project involving a minimum of five release days each year. The commitment for Project Year 1 is for each ILC member to provide four (4) one-day professional development sessions with another member of the ILC team and to attend two project meetings during the 2014-15 school year.

Each ILC member will receive a stipend of $2,000 for Project Year 1.

To apply, go to: cta.org/leadershipcorps Deadline for applications is September 28, 2014.

Have questions? Email Marlene Fong at mfong@cta.org.


TALB Bargaining Chair Barry Welsch presented both TALB’s and the District’s sunshined bargaining proposals at the August 23rd Rep. Training/ Council meeting. He has worked with the Bargaining Advisory Committee to take all of the input provided in the Spring membership surveys. Welsch has also briefed the Board of Directors and the Representative Council on the Contract changes from last year’s negotiations and the results of the bargaining survey. Future bargaining dates are tentatively scheduled for September 25th and October 10th.


Please take a moment and take the brief calendar survey for 2015-16. Your input is vital for helping the Calendar Committee negotiate calendar changes for the 2015-16 school year. Click here to complete the survey.


We're starting the new school year with anticipation and excitement. In addition to maintaining a high priority on teacher advocacy, we are also committed to cultivating positive relationships in the community while also engaging members in a fresh way. We are joining CTA's efforts to build partnerships and friends in the community both locally and statewide so that we can elevate the value of education professions within the community at-large.

TALB is planning ways to help you feel more engaged with each other, our Association, and the community. You'll be able to connect with colleagues to develop on a professional level and you'll also be able to build friendships through social activities. You'll also have opportunities to volunteer with community partners as well as participating in organized advocacy efforts. Together, we can raise the profile of what it means to be a TALB member!

Please tell us the kind of activities you would participate in if we organized them. Complete the TALB Member Connections Survey by clicking here.

Watch a video of the fun we had here at the TALB office on First Fridays:


TALB staff will be visiting the following sites:

  • Beach H.S. on 9/11
  • Signal Hill E.S. on 9/16
  • Powell K-8 on 9/18
  • Fremont E.S. on 9/19
  • Stevenson E.S. on 9/24
  • Naples E.S. on 9/25
  • Hughes M.S. on 9/26
  • Cabrillo H.S. on 10/1


In August, TALB hired Scott Miller as our new Assistant Executive Director. Scott is a former Hawthorne Unified teacher with 23 years of teaching experience. As a teacher activist with the Hawthorne Educators & Teachers Association, he served as a bargaining chair, CTA State Councilman & a representative to the NEA-RA.


As members of TALB, CTA, and NEA, you have several automatic benefits including:

  • Exclusive Representative for Teachers, Nurses & Librarians
  • Educators Employment Liability (ELL)
  • Death & Dismemberment Plan
  • Scholarships

In addition, you have access to the following voluntary benefits:

  • Well-Baby Program
  • Group Voluntary Life Insurance
  • CTA Auto and Home & Renters Insurance
  • Financial Services
  • Travel, Entertainment and Purchasing Discounts
  • Rental Car Program
  • NEA Click & Save
  • Long Term Care Program
  • Wireless Communication
  • Professional Development & Learning Opportunities
  • NEA Bookstore

To read more about your benefits and for contact info, click here.

CalSTRS Contribution Rates AB1469/SB864

Meeting its constitutional obligation, the State legislature passed the 2014-15 State Budget on June 15, 2014. As was stated in the May revision, the 2014-15 State Budget contains provisions to address the CalSTRS unfunded liability in Assembly Bill 1469 that was signed into law by the Governor on June 24, 2014. The final legislation differs in several ways from what was proposed in the May revision. The overview of the changes include:

  1. a lower initial employer contribution to reflect the concerns expressed by management groups;
  2. a periodic review of the CalSTRS Defined Benefit funding status on or before July 1, 2019, and every 5 years moving forward;
  3. an ability for the CalSTRS Board to increase or decrease the employer and State contribution (click here to see details).

The 2014-15 State Budget provides a plan to fully fund the CalSTRS Defined Benefit Program by July 1, 2046, that is based on shared responsibility among all parties with increased contributions from the State, the employers, and the employees.

TALB Elections

There are two vacancies on the TALB Board of Directors; the Poly Elementary Area Director and Wilson Secondary Area Director. The Elections Committee will be meeting soon to develop candidacy forms, procedures and timelines for this election. At the September 30th Representative Council meeting all forms will be available and online at the Elections page here.

New TALB Executive Director

After the retirement of Joe Boyd, the TALB Board of Directors voted on Monday, July 14, 2014, to fill the vacant Executive Director position. Effective Tuesday, July 15, 2014, Chris Callopy was hired as our new Executive Director. Chris has served in the Assistant Executive Director’s role for the past 6 years. It is with excitement and anticipation that we look forward to the upcoming school year.

New Salary Schedules for 2014-15

The district has released the new salary schedules effective July 1, 2014.

Click here to see the salary schedules.

Administrative Changes/Promotions

The district released a list of administrative changes and promotions on July 21, 2014.

Click here to see the list.

New LBUSD Admin Assignments

The district released a list of new administrative assignments for the 2014-15 school year.

Click here to see the list.

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