And the votes are in...

The 2017-2018 Contract has been ratified. In addition, SEA voted in favor of the MOU for Early Release.

Congratulations to Kathy Friedmann (President), Michele Calton (2nd VP/Negotiations), Sara Miller (Treasurer), and Jennifer Andrade (State Council Representative)! We are so glad to have you on board for another 2 years!

Sylvan Educators Association Contract Ratification Results

March 21st,  2018

By Elections Chair: Deirdre Blocher

Ballot Counters: Michelle Bairos, Deirdre Blocher, Brian Coates, Dina MaAgma, and Juliet McDaniel

Contract Ratification

Sylvan Educators Association MOU PLC Results

March 21st,  2018

By Elections Chair: Deirdre Blocher

Ballot Counters: Michelle Bairos, Deirdre Blocher, Brian Coates, Dina MaAgma, and Juliet McDaniel


Thank you again to Deirdre Blocher, our elections chair; the negotiating team for their hard work; and the members who came out and voted! Thank you!

General Assembly Meeting

SEA members came to Savage this afternoon to hear about the tentative agreements between SEA and the district. Members are voting on the proposed changes to contract language, early release time on Wednesdays (PLC will continue, even if early release does not), and SEA positions for President, 2nd Vice President, and Treasurer. If you were unable to attend, voting will continue tomorrow as drive thru voting from 3:15-4:15 at Savage. Below are the documents presented at the meeting. Please come tomorrow to make your voice heard, every voice counts!

CTA Scholarships Now Open

Do you have a dependent who is enrolling in college for the 2018 summer or Fall term? Are you returning to school for additional coursework? CTA Scholarships for 2017-2018 are open. (Not to be confused with SEA's scholarships-those open in February). Dependent children and CTA members are eligible for scholarships of up to $5,000 through CTA. The deadline for applications is February 2. More information can be found at

Additionally, ethnic minority students are eligible to apply for the Martin Luther King Jr memorial scholarships when interested in becoming teachers, school nurses, or school counselors. Applications must be submitted by February 16.

*Detailed information can be found on CTA's website ( Scholarships are awarded based on a point system. The more complete the application, the more points awarded. For example, a generic letter of recommendation will bring in fewer points than one that follows the guidelines outlined in the brochure.

SEA representing at CTA leadership conference

SEA executive board members, bargaining team members, and elections team members are here in Reno with hundreds of other CTA members. We’re attending sessions on topics ranging from bargaining strategies, LCAP information, adult bullying, retirement, and many more. We’re building relationships with other locals and sharing our story. What a great opportunity for leadership development! #WeAreSEA #WeAreCTA

Tentative Agreement

2016-2017  Tentative Agreement



Article 6:  Leaves

  • Language was amended to comply with current FMLA/CFRA law and Military Leave.


Article 14: Wages

  • 14.1: Salary

    • 2016-2017 salary schedule increase of 2% over the 2015-2016 salary schedule, ongoing, effective retroactively to July 1, 2016.  In addition, a one-time, off-schedule payment of 1% of the 2015-2016 salary schedule for the 2016-2017 year.

    • Master’s Stipend shall increase to $2119.

    • A NEW Doctorate Stipend shall be added to the salary schedule valued at $2425.


  • 14.2 & 14.3 Stipends

    • Stipend hourly rate will be $34.54 retroactive to July 1, 2016.

    • New Stipends: (See attached for additional changes)

      • Middle School Safety Patrol

      • Elementary Leadership (maximum of 6 per site)

      • Addition of 1 Sixth Grade Department Chair per site


  • Professional Growth Units

    • Improved language on acceptance of coursework units towards column advancement on the salary schedule.

    • Development of a new pre-approval form.


Article 18: Job Share

  • New language added: See Attached


In addition to the Articles above, the following MOU’s have been signed for the 2017-2018 school year only.


  • Article 9: Hours of Employment

    • Revised 6th Grade Instructional Day:

      • 6th grade start and end times will align with the 7th/8th grade schedule.

      • 6th grade teachers will receive a daily prep period.


  • Two additional paid Professional Development days will be added to the 2017-2018 work calendar for a total of 184 days.


  • PLC Early Release

50 minute early dismissal each Wednesday for dedicated PLC Collaboration time.  Additional minutes will NOT be added to the work day.

Your Latest Update

If you missed the meeting yesterday…

Here is what SEA is looking for from negotiating this year.

·         6th grade would like to be on the same schedule as 7th and 8th grade. This would give them an extra 31 minutes of instruction time. It would also create a safer environment as there are many 6th graders who wait around school or in the nearby parks for7th/8th grade siblings or friends to be dismissed.

·         SEA clarified job share language to protect members who are in job shares. Job shares should be reviewed yearly. If a job share partner is unable to complete a school year, the other partner is to step in full time rather than having a sub for the absent partner.

·         SEA would like to have stronger language for professional growth units. Members should not be constrained to take classes that would only benefit their current assignment.

·         The District would like an additional 2 days added to our work calendar for professional development. One would be provided by Solution Tree for continued support of our PLC process and the other would possibly be related to the language arts adoption. It has not yet been determined what professional development would occur for members not teaching language arts. SEA asked that in return our work day be solely a work day, not additional meetings. This request was denied.

·         SEA would like the longevity steps to be moved from 5 years to 3 years. In return, we are willing to cap out at year 36 rather than year 40.

·         SEA was offered a 1% salary increase. We countered with a 5% increase. The District held at 1%. At this point, the team left the table and have no further dates scheduled.

What are our next steps? We need YOU (all 466 of us) to SHOW UP AT THE BOARD MEETING ON TUESDAY! We appreciate the members who came to the general assembly meeting but we need more of us at the board meeting. The study session begins at 5 and the board meeting starts at 7. Come wearing your black and be prepared to stay until 9.

Unity Week is next week. We are wearing black EVERY DAY! This is showing that we are united. We have great power when we stand together.

Members who attended the meeting received the board members email addresses.  Please email them and tell them your story before Tuesday. They need to know if you’ve been denied units, how your work load has increased, and in general what your working conditions are like. Please remain professional, but be honest!

Remember, WE are professionals. WE are educators. WE are SEA!



SEA Negotiations Update

February 28, 2017

Representatives from SEA and the District have met three times in an effort to negotiate the 2016-2017 contract.  Please note the following:

Article 9 Hours of Employment

·      SEA withdrew PLC Early Release

·      District proposed an increase to the 2017-2018 work calendar by 2 days (per diem rate).

·      Discussion for alignment of the 6th grade schedule will continue

Article 14 Wages

·      Discussion of change in Stipend allocations will continue.

·      Discussion for improved Professional Growth (Units) language will continue.

·      Salary: District offered a 1% raise, SEA counteroffered 5%. Discussion will continue.

Article 15 Health and Welfare Benefits

·      Discussion for an increase in the $125 benefit will continue

Article 18 Job Share Contracts

·      A tentative agreement has been reached addressing change of language.

Disability/Life Insurance Campaign with the Standard

Exciting news! Our campaign for disability and life insurance with the Standard runs now through February 15th. If you do not have disability insurance (or you have it through another company), please consider getting your disability through the Standard. If you enroll during our enrollment period, there are many benefits.

  • Enrolling during our campaign means you can enroll without a medical review (which means they take pre-existing conditions).
  • The Standard is designed by CTA for teachers. They have a 98% claims satisfaction rate.
  • The Standard's disability plan is an umbrella plan and will cover disabilities that occur on or off the job. This plan pays $25 per day while you exhaust your sick days, $35 if you are hospitalized, and 75% of your contracted rate after your sick days are exhausted. Checks are tax-free so you may receive close to what you currently bring home in your check.

What about Life Insurance?

  • During our enrollment period, members can get life insurance from $25,000-$400,000. During our campaign members can get coverage of up to $50,000 without a medical review (above the $50,000 requires answering medical questions).
  • If you already have life insurance with the Standard, you can increase your coverage to the next level also without answering medical questions.

The Standard will be coming to school sites to answer questions or to help you sign up. They are also planning 2 events where you can meet with our representative and ask questions and sign up. 

If you have any questions, feel free to email Michelle Bairos ( or our Representative Suzanne Reilly at

Enroll online at