Participate in YCTA Inclusive Collaborative Process to Id Priorities for YCUSD

posted Feb 17, 2012, 3:06 PM by Yuba City Teachers Association   [ updated Apr 22, 2013, 6:18 PM ]

Priorities.  We all make decisions about the use of our limited resources.  What is important to us?  What do we value most?  Sometimes we are more systematic and deliberate in our decision making process and sometimes things just happen. Help us play a professional role in advocating for our highest priorities for education for our students.


YCTA has been asking our members –

                    what should be the highest priorities of our district?


We have gathered that input over the course of several Rep Council meetings and have prepared a draft document for your review. We have compiled the attached draft to reflect the viewpoints of our YCTA Membership.  I urge to further participate in this deliberation by commenting on the draft. Hard copies will be forthcoming in your mailboxes.  You will also find this document on    We welcome any additional feedback as we finalize the document for publication.  (Green half sheet stapled to multiple page document in your mailbox by Tuesday)


In August 2011, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson unveiled California Department of Education's  A Blueprint for Great Schools.  


The first step in reaching a goal is setting one. We've taken an honest look at where we are and where we want to be, and created a vision about how to get there - with a focus on 21st century learning, meeting the needs of the whole child, and building the ranks of California's teachers with resources and respect." California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson


As educators we have an opportunity to speak with one voice about the priorities for public education in our district.  We would like to a part of the honest and courageous discussion of public education in the 21st century; we shall begin locally here in YCUSD.  


Four themes emerged in all the input we received about the priorities for education – here at YCUSD. 


1.   Value Education PROFESSIONALS   Attract and retain the highest quality professionals. Hire great people and provide them the support they need to do great things.

2.     Value and Trust Educators’ Expertise   Build supportive, collaborative environments to maintain and cultivate the skills and expertise of the personnel. Allow teachers and teams of professionals to exercise professional judgment to address the needs of the students in their classrooms.

3.   Value Time as a Finite Resource    Recognize and support the contributions of educators by providing the time and resources to engage in their primary responsibilities. There is no substitute for time as a means of supporting best practices. Time is a limited resource, as is money, and it is often not treated as such. We need time devoted to those tasks that best serve our primary responsibility, which is providing the highest quality education to our students.  

4.     Value the Educational Environment   While the teacher may have the greatest immediate impact on the education of students, we must also recognize the importance of the classroom, school, and community environments.  Other school personnel and parents have a profound influence on our students as well.


"We are setting our sights high because our students deserve it," said Torlakson. "As our Blueprint for Great Schools shows, there's no substitute for investing in our children's education. But we owe our students much more than just money. We also owe them our leadership, our best thinking—and above all—our very best people."


We have the local experts and great people here at YCUSD.  Let each of play a role in moving education for Yuba City students forward towards the best possible educational opportunities for our next generation.  Ours is an inclusive organization looking towards building a better school district for all of us.  We believe that is best accomplished with open communication and a commitment to collaboration.  We look forward to your continued participation in our development of this vision.


I look forward to your feedback.

Have a wonderful three day weekend,


Dina Luetgens

YCTA President

United as Professionals

Yuba City Teachers Association,
Feb 17, 2012, 3:06 PM