A New Year Ahead – California Teachers Association
June is the start of a new year for much of what the ACC does. Our new board members take office June 1st, we have a planning session shortly after and look forward to ending the month with new goals, new direction and hopefully a new budget. of State. We have just completed our annual board planning session, and feedback from the board this year has been particularly insightful and has generated clear direction for ACC for the school year ahead.
The board is proud to have successfully brought back in-person conferences, and we are working to ensure that all levels of local leadership, whether president, treasurer, PAC chair, negotiator, grievances, equity team member, membership chair, or local director, have regular access to appropriate training at a community college. We are proud to have improved our communication efforts, including the new Monthly Scoop email, dedicated Zoom meetings for executives and an increase in social media. We are proud of our legislative efforts, particularly our continued efforts to support part-time faculty and our improved processes through which we make recommendations to the CTA State Council. However, the most cited element by the board when asked what made them proud was “service”.
Your ACC Board of Directors is proud to serve you as it works beyond the local level to build relationships, improve connections and make decisions that benefit every ACC member.
Like most organizations, the CCA faces challenges. The Board will need to devote more time to human rights training as we strive to improve CCA’s equity and diversity. We also need to go beyond the Board of Directors to bring more CCA members into positions where they are empowered and heard. With several long-serving leaders nearing retirement and the recent retirement of CTA staff, CCA has greater capacity than usual to consider new ideas and involve new people. Additionally, we need to expand our relationships with CTA and NEA leaders, introduce ourselves to a significant number of new state legislators, and establish a working relationship with whoever replaces Chancellor Oakley in Sacramento. .
Looking to the year ahead, the board’s changes to ACC’s goals foreshadow some of the actions you can anticipate seeing next year. While it has long been our goal to engage our members, we have now added that we will strengthen the support structures needed to keep our members engaged with their union. We will continue to strengthen our relationships at the state level, but we have also added work at the national level with NCHE and NEA. Although advocacy is one of the four verbs in our mission statement, it was only this year that “state and national level advocacy for our members” became a specific focus of the CCA. . Therefore, direct advocacy will become a bigger part of our efforts. Finally, we added the goal “[to] Communicate the relevance of CCA’s work by promoting the challenges, priorities and successes of its members.
Reading the rest of this issue of The Lawyer, I hope you get an idea of the work we do at the state level through the CCA and that you will be inspired to volunteer for one of the six CCA Board Committees. You can find information about these commissions at https://cca4us.org/about/committees and you can volunteer by emailing me at [email protected]. If you’re not quite ready for state-level work, please consider volunteering for an event or committee at your local chapter and mark your calendars for October 14-16, when the CCA will hold its fall conference in Northern California. You are invited!