2023-2024 RA Meetings

MTA Meeting:
You are not required to be a Site Representative to attend a meeting.

You are not required to be a Site Representative to attend a RA meeting.

  • Wed., August 9th (@Downey; Room 1)
  • Wed., September 6th
  • Wed., October 4th
  • Wed., November 1st
  • Wed., December 6th
  • Wed., January 10th
  • Wed., February 7th
  • Wed., March 6th
  • Wed., April 3rd
  • Wed., May 1st

Teacher Assignments

Teachers can challenge an unwanted assignment by submitting a written request to their supervisor within three working days. Assignments, including specific subject, grade, and class, are made in accordance with collective bargaining agreements or local policies. Staff participation is encouraged in planning assignments. A previous method of promoting participation was distributing memos requesting employees’ choice of assignments.

What recourse may a teacher pursue with a class assignment he/she does not wish to accept?

Should you wish to object to your assignment, submit a written request to your supervisor within three (3) working days of receipt of your assignment. The supervisor will then provide a written explanation within three (3) working days. The correspondence would best be emailed with a carbon copy (CC) sent to mta-cta@comcast.net

How should a teacher be assigned to a position?

Assignments, as referred to in this policy, are defined as specific subject, grade, and class. Teachers may be assigned to any school within the district in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement or [Modesto City Schools BP4113].

The Superintendent or designee shall assign teachers based on the grade level and subject matter authorized by their credentials.

The junior and senior high school site administrators shall provide an opportunity for staff involvement in planning teaching assignments.

The TK-6 site administrators shall provide an opportunity to involve teaching staff in developing class lists. Prior to the end of the school year, effort is to be made to provide assignment of continuing elementary students to teachers for the next year.

The local site administrator is responsible for class lists and teaching assignments within a building. It is the District’s intention to obtain meaningful participation and involvement of staff in the fulfillment of this responsibility.

How is meaningful participation obtained to fulfill this responsibility?

Past practice has been to send a memo with teaching assignments based upon initial projected staffing needs for the next school year. At the elementary level, a memo may request you to indicate your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice of the grade level assignment for the next year. Similarly, grades 7-12 submit three (3) class preferences within a discipline.

No adverse action shall be taken against an employee who files a notice of misassignment {EC 44258.9}.


May classroom trend data in walkthroughs during a teacher’s non-evaluative year be used in the District’s adopted employees’ evaluation procedures?

No. The process of discussing or collecting trend data from one or more teachers, such as walk-throughs, is not considered to be evaluative (Article II.E).

Moreover, final evaluation comments must relate to administrative observations and/or written communications to individual employees during the formal observation period. Informal observations shall not count towards a certificated employee’s evaluation (Article VIII.C.3).

Unfortunately, the practice of walkthroughs has become corrupted in many ways by confounding it with supervision and evaluation of teachers.

Robert J. Marzano, Setting the Record Straight; 2009

“Principals are being urged to devote more time to being instructional leaders by observing teachers in classrooms so they can supervise and evaluate teachers into better instructional practices. There is, however, overwhelming evidence that this strategy has little impact on either teacher practice or student achievement” (DuFour, Rich, and Robert Eaker, 2016, p. 146-147)

A three year study of more than one hundred principals concludes, “We find no relationship between [a principal’s] overall time spent on instructional activities and either school effectiveness or improvement” (Grissom, Loeb, & Master, 2013, p.15).

Can a member evaluate another member?

No bargaining unit member can evaluate another bargaining unit member, or direct other bargaining unit members to change their teaching method or implementation of the curriculum (Article II.E).

Evaluation/Supervision MCS BP 4115

The Superintendent or designee shall assess the performance of certificated instructional staff as it reasonably relates to the following criteria: {EC 44662}

  1. Students’ progress toward meeting district standards of expected achievement for their grade level in each area of study and, if applicable, towards the state-adopted content standards as measured by state-adopted criterion-referenced assessments.
  2. The performance of non-instructional duties and responsibilities, including supervisory and advisory duties.
  3. The employee’s adherence to curricular objectives.
  4. The establishment and maintenance of a suitable learning environment within the scope of the employee’s responsibilities.
  5. The instructional techniques and strategies used by the employee.