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CPR Certification Workshop

ACE & U.S. Grant Elementary


CPR Certification Workshop

This workshop is open to CJUSD Employees who would like to have CPR/ First Aid Certification.

 * This Class Meets BLS Requirements

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019

Time: 8:30am -12pm

Where: US Grant Multi-Purpose Room

Fee: $40 (Cash only please)

Contact: ACE Office, (909) 825-0332, register by

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Space is limited

Cash payment is due the day of the workshop

No children please

CPR Flyer

2019 CTA Conference Grants

Grants are available to attend the Equity & Human Rights Conference in San Jose and the Good Teaching Conference in Garden Grove.

Equity & Human Rights Conference
Application Deadline: January 7, 2019
Location: Fairmont Hotel, San Jose
Conference Date: March 1-3, 2019Good Teaching Conference – South
Application Deadline: January 7, 2019
Location: Hyatt Regency Orange County, Garden Grove
Conference Date: March 22-24, 2019

To apply for an incentive grant online visit

Available Grants

New Member Grants will be awarded to applicants who are within their first 5 years of CTA membership.

Minority Incentive Grants – Minority members are defined as belonging to one of the following racial-ethnic groups:  African American; American Indian/Alaska Native; Asian; Hispanic; Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander or Multi-ethnic.  These grants are offered to encourage minority leadership within the Association.

Small Chapter Incentive Grants will be awarded to small chapters with a unit size of 100 or fewer members or 200 or fewer members for Issues Conference.

Special Small Chapter Full Incentive Grants will be offered for Issues Conference participants from chapters with a unit size of 25 or fewer members.

Special Under-Represented Groups (White Male, and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender) Grants will be offered for Equity and Human Rights Conference participants.

Grants cover conference registration and transportation.

For full details and to apply for a grant, go to

Should you have any questions regarding the online application process for the incentive grants, please call the CTA Conference Coordination Center at 650-552-5355.


Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program is provided as an employee in California. They provide a host of services free of charge that range from counseling services to child care referrals. Click on the images below  for more information.



Employee Assistance Program – CAL HR

Live and Work Well – Optum

Sick Leave Bank Enrollment

Sick Leave Bank

According to Article 13 Section 13.13 of the current Agreement between the Association and the District, the open period to enroll in the Sick Leave Bank is May 1 through June 15th of each year.

This is your only opportunity to enroll in the Sick Leave Bank for the 2018-2019 year. You must have accumulated 20 days of personal sick leave as of June 30, 2018 to be eligible to enroll.

Once you enroll in the Sick Leave Bank, you do not have to enroll every year.

To enroll now, fill out the Sick Leave Bank enrollment form on the back and send to the ACE Office on or before June 15, 2018.

If you want more details on the Sick Leave Bank, please refer to Section 13.13 of your contract.  If you still have questions, see your ACE site rep. or call the ACE Office (825-0332).

2018-SickLeave-Enrollment-Form-1.doc (143 downloads)



Conference Reports – 2018

The following conferences were attended by members of ACE this academic year.  Below is a short description of each of the conferences followed by two PDF links at the bottom that contain reports from attendees. These as well as additional conferences are offered every academic year. Please inquire, through the ACE office, for more information.

CTA Issues Conference

January 26-28, 2018

Event Description: CTA Issues Conference offers sessions and keynote speakers to help attendees understand and embrace the challenges facing educators today in our local communities and statewide.

Session Highlights 

  • Adult on Adult Bullying at Schools: The Silent Epidemic
  • Ethnic Minority Leadership Development: Communication for Effective Leadership
  • Member Engagement – The Key to a Stronger Union
  • Next Level: Parent and Community Organizing
  • Rights and Responsibilities for ESP

New Educator Weekend Conference

February 23-25

Event Description: New Educator Weekend is a new type of conference for CTA members. Participants will be educators in their first three years in the profession. The New Educator Weekend has everything that new educators need in the first years of teaching with sessions and electives concentrating on:

  • Classroom Management – Creating a productive and inspiring learning environment
  • Navigating IEP’s and Special Education Areas
  • What I wish I knew my first years of teaching
  • Working with colleagues, administration and parents
  • Common Core, State Standards, Assessments and Pedagogy
  • Teaching is a Career
  • Resources and Programs available to members

Equity and Human Rights Conference

March 2-4, 2018

Event Description: This conference captures the essence in CTA’s Mission Statement: to ensure that the dignity and civil rights of all children and youth are protected and to secure a more equitable and democratic society.

This unique conference offers dynamic speakers and more than 40 workshops to provide all CTA members with a greater understanding of the issues of diversity, equity and social justice.

CTA Good Teaching Conference- South

March 16-18

Event Description: The CTA Good Teaching Conferences continue to support excellent teaching and learning practices for classroom teachers via peer-to-peer instruction. Offering a variety of diverse workshops focused on curriculum content areas for K-12 teachers, the conferences provide opportunities for professional development and offer time to network and share ideas with colleagues and experts in the field of education.

Here are just a few of the 80 different workshops scheduled offered:
– Positive Classroom Management Strategies
– NGSS and Engineering in the Elementary and Middle School Classroom
– Integrating Mindfulness in the Classroom
– Understanding Dyslexia
– Handling School Stress! Empowerment Tools for Teachers
– Student Loan Forgiveness
– Literacy in Secondary Science
– Inquiry Based Learning for Secondary Students

Click on the following links to read reports on the above conferences written by our fellow ACE Members

2017-18 Conference Reports #1

2017-18 Conference Reports #2

Description Source:

From the Table- April 26, 2018

Bargaining Update 

The District and ACE Bargaining Teams met to continue negotiations for the 2018-2019 school year. 

Previously the District proposed a bundled package of remaining Articles. Today, the Association responded to and countered the District’s bundled proposal with the intention to settle the entire 2018-2019 contract. The Association passed language on Articles 4, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 18, 23, and Appendix III, including a proposed salary increase under Article 7. Healthcare was discussed as well as stipends for some itinerant members.

The Association made two attempts to settle; however, the District refused to move on any issues, including salary.

Thank you so much for all of your support.

 Copy of the current contract is available on our website:

 ACE Team:

Chris Neiman (Wilson Elem), Rebekah Acord (THMS), Cristina Puraci (Jurapa Vista Elem), Sheila Comerford (GTHS), Judith Kim (PPS), Dan Bartlett (CTA)

District Team:

Ernesto Calles, James Western, John Conboy, Penny Almon, Jessica Hurst, Neera Kohli

ACE Scholarship 2018


2018 ACE Scholarship Requirements

  • Student shall be dependent of active ACE/CTA/NEA member.
  • Student shall be a graduating senior in any accredited high school.
  • Student shall have at least a 3.5 scholastic average.
  • Student shall enroll in an accredited college, advanced training school, or professional school.
  • Student’s involvement in other activities, such as sports, student governments, drama, music, will be considered by the committee when awarding the scholarship.
  • Student and ACE member will fill out application and return it by May 11, 2018 to the Scholarship Committee in care of the ACE Office, with an official transcript of the student’s academic record.



From the Table – April 12, 2018

FROM THE TABLE Contract negotiations 4-12-18

The District and ACE Bargaining Teams met to continue negotiations for the 2018-2019 school year.

 District passed Articles 8, 9, 10,18, 23, Appendix III

Article 8: Hours of Employment – The District is seeking to increase the number of afterschool meetings per month and agreed to limit the number of sites for RSP rovers.

Article 9: Class Size – The District is interested in adding language to the contract so inclusion students in elementary schools are not counted on teacher rolls if less than 1/2 day. Article 10: Evaluation Procedures – The District responded to ACE’s counter-proposal from the last session. (See below)

Article 18: Medical Coverage for Retirees– The District is proposing language about medical coverage plans that aligns to current practice for our membership and is applicable to those hired in the future. All current certificated employees retiree medical benefits are grandfathered.

Article 23Special Education— The District is proposing to align language in this article to their language in Article 9 above.

Appendix III – The District countered ACE’s proposal for an increase to Extra Duty Pay and Stipends with a small increase in Extra Duty Pay.

The Association responded to Articles 10 & 12

Article 12: Transfer Policy– ACE is proposing to include RSP and SDC teachers as a part of current contract language regarding transfers and reassignments, and ACE is proposing to clarify language regarding notification of teaching assignments for the following school year.

Article 10: Evaluation Procedures – TA’d!!! Both sides reached tentative agreement on language concerning timelines of formal observations and PAR including if the unit member is absent on day of scheduled conference.

ACE has Articles 8, 9,13, 18, 23, and Appendix III

The District has Articles 7 and 12

Thank you so much for all of your support.

From the Table – March 15, 2018

FROM THE TABLE Contract negotiations 3-15-18 (2)

The District and ACE Bargaining Teams met to continue negotiations for the 2018-2019 school year.

The Association responded to Articles 9, 10, 23, and Appendices I, III, and IV:

Article 9: Class Size – The Association continues to discuss language concerning physical education class sizes. caseloads for district nurses and school counselors.

Article 10: Evaluation Procedures – The Association and the District continued to discuss language related to the timelines of formal observations and evaluations.

Article 23: Special Education – The Association proposed status quo for this article.

Appendix I: The Association and the District tentatively agreed to maintain the current language for Appendix I.

Appendix III: The Association is proposing pay increases for the school psychologists and speech and language pathologists. The Association and the District continue to discuss pay for other unit members.

Appendix IV: The Association and District tentatively agreed to maintain current language for this appendix.

District passed Article 12

Article 12: Transfer Policy– The District is proposing to maintain current transfer and reassignment language for all unit members.

The District has Articles 9, 10, 13, 18, 23, and Appendix III

ACE has Articles 4. 12 and Appendix II

Thank you so much for all of your support.