One of Our Own in the News!

RIVERSIDE: Fellowship helps teacher travel for passion, education by Melanie C. Johnson, Contributing Writer – The Press-Enterprise – May 2, 2015 Rancho Verde High School teacher preps for a trip to the Galapagos Islands as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship awardee. For Mike Presser, the key to understanding cultures and connecting with people and places is […]

MMS Site Visit and Lunch

I had a great time visiting March Middle School on Wednesday with the cabinet and then talking with the staff at lunch. There are many great things going on there with very dedicated teachers. ~AT

Duncans opinion on the common core push back.

Arne Duncan: ‘White suburban moms’ upset that Common Core shows their kids aren’t ‘brilliant’ “Their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were,” he said, referring to lowered scores on tests aligned to the Common Core Standards. More info @ Automated post from Val Verde Teachers Association – April 23, 2015 at […]

For those of you that have student loans you are still paying off for yourself, here are some ways you may be able to get some of them forgiven. ~AT

Student Loan Cancellation/Deferment Options for Teachers | NEA Member Benefits If you’re an educator serving in a low-income or subject-matter shortage area, it might be possible for you to cancel or defer your student loans. More info @ Automated post from Val Verde Teachers Association – April 20, 2015 at 06:06PM

We have a new Superintendent

Congratulations to Mr. McCormick.  We look forward to working with you to continue our open channels of communications and transparent working relationships.   Let’s continue our endeavor on creating communities of educational excellence by building leadership to develop the schools our students and teachers deserve. ~AT

STEM Advisory Committee

Just left a committee meeting at UCR.  We may have a new STEM certificate created for a possibility of focused PD and the ability to go over on the pay scale. AT

The search for a new Superintendent is on!

On Tuesday night our School Board got together to decide how we would search for our new Super.  After about an hour of open and honest deliberation and comments from visitors, the Board decided 3-2 that the best way to hire our new Superintendent would be to interview all of the internal candidates and then […]

May Ranch Site Visit!

Wow, what a great walk-through at  May Ranch.  I saw many classrooms using technology and a couple of them using coding for story telling.  I am always amazed at what our teachers can do.  Thanks for letting me come by and see the great teaching you do every day.  Remember that your union is here […]

General Membership Meeting on January 28th, 2015

VVTA Members, we are having our annual winter membership meeting this January 28th. VVTA Presents:  “Get Your Wings On” General Membership Meeting Come for current information on the Governor’s Budget and Negotiations. Come for the chance to Q & A your Exec Board. Come for the prizes!  Chromebook; Laptop; $100, $50, $25, $10, $5 giftcards; […]

New Changes to Laws May Affect You!

A slew of new laws affecting students’ physical, emotional and behavioral well-being will change how schools operate this year, in ways large and small. The laws regulate basic needs grants for truant students, pesticide use and expulsions for “willfully defiant” behavior, among other issues.  Below is the link to the rest of the article explaining […]

Hemet Unified is Heading Toward Fact Finding

Hemet Unified goes to fact finding on January 26th and depending on how that goes with that, they could be striking mid February. I am glad that we have brought back true Interest Based Bargaining and have worked hard to build a collaborative model that has supported our students and teachers. If they do strike, […]