Recently, Teachers United reorganized into a volunteer organization based in the South Sound region.
Tacoma School Board Candidate Forum
Part of TU's goal is be a voice in the policies that surround our profession. That's why we're excited and proud to co-host, with the Tacoma NAACP, a School Board Candidate Forum for the November 3rd Election for the Tacoma School District! You will get to hear from Will Jenkins, Sr and Catherine Ushka vying for Position 2 and Andrea Cobb and Alisa Regala O'Hanlon vying for Position 4. Join us in making sure that local elections matter, and don't forget to vote in the November 3rd election!
The event will be held at King's Books in Tacoma on September 15 at 6:00PM. King's Book can be found at 218 St Helen Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402.
On May 19, TU discussed and voted on our three focus issues for the coming year: Professional Development Implementation, Compensation, and Early Career Teacher/Admin Support. Over the summer months, we will be accepting research suggestions for these policy teams to consider when they convene in the fall. We are always looking for interested parties to be involved in our research, recommendation, and implementation of our policy work.
Professional Development Implementation: This past legislative session saw the introduction of House Bill 1345, which saw support in both the House and the Senate. Ultimately, the bill did not pass as originally written. So, now we begin to consider how can we still see our recommendations come to fruition and what will that work look like in our schools, district, and state government?
Compensation: Listening to the dialogue in state government and around our districts, we see that compensation is an important issue for our teachers to research, understand, and have a voice in decisions. The team is currently gathering research to help inform our policy recommendation.
Early Career Teacher/Admin Support: Supporting early career teachers grew out of our research on teacher retention and overwhelming support from our TU253 members. At our May 19th meeting, we also discussed the need to involve new admin in the research and policy recommendation as they play a key role in mentoring new teachers and creating a building climate. The team is currently gathering research to help inform our policy recommendation.
Join us this summer in reading Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath. We'll be talking abut the text at the October Happy Hour on October 21, 2015 (aka Back to the Future Day) at 4PM at the Parkway in Tacoma!