(Proposals must be submitted to the site administrator no later than March 1; teams will be notified by April 1)
If you are interested in working in an elementary partnership for 2016-17, the proposals for partnerships are due to the site administrator no later than March 1. If you are looking for a partner, we would love to help match you up!
Rather than use district email, which is frowned upon, please contact CUEA’s Office Manager to put your name on our list. We will be happy to put people in touch. You may either email email@example.com or call our office at (949) 900-2280.
Q. Who is eligible for a partnership?
A. Any teacher who has tenure (permanent status) and has had a history of satisfactory or above-average performance on past evaluations is eligible for partnership teaching. Partners must be able to provide coverage for each other when one partner is absent.
Q. What is the criteria a principal considers when determining whether to grant a partnership at his/her school?
A. Partners must have compatible teaching styles and educational philosophy. They need to embrace similar values in work ethic and commitment. Additionally, both partners need to have a commitment to, and compatibility with, the school’s educational plan.
Q. What does “provide coverage” really mean?
A. Partners must cover each others’ unanticipated absences on a day-to-day basis; in other words, partners help each other out by “swapping” days when one or the other is absent less than five consecutive days. If a partner is absent more than five consecutive days, the covering partner will receive per diem rate of pay. (Per diem rate of pay can be figured by dividing your gross salary by 185 – the number of contracted days in a school year.) Substitutes can be requested only in extraordinary circumstances
Q. What happens if my partner goes on maternity sick leave or a medical health leave?
A. If the absence extends beyond one semester, the partnership is dissolved and the other partner must teach full time for the remainder of the school year. (Even though elementary schools are on the trimester system, the contractual year is divided into two semesters: August – end of January; February through mid-June)
Q. What happens if a partnership is not renewed or is terminated prior to the end of the school year?
A. The teacher with the greater seniority in the District shall be entitled to the teaching position which the partners currently hold.
Q. What are the two partnership models?
A. The most common form of partnerships is a 50/50 model. One teacher teaches for three days a week, and the other partner teaches for 2 days for the first half of the year, and then they switch for the second half of the year.
In another model, both partners teach all year-long on two specified days of the week and then switch off the fifth day. For instance, partner A would teach Monday and Friday and partner B Tuesday and Thursday with Wednesday (ACE day) being the switch-off day.
Partners may also apply for a 40/40 model in which one partner teaches for three days and the other two days and keep those specified days all year long.
Q. Which school functions are both partners expected to attend?
A. Both partners are expected to attend Back-to-School and Open House Nights; first & last student days; pre-service days; and parent conference weeks. In unique situations, the site administrator may require the presence of both team members.
Q. How does the insurance work for partnership teaching?
A. Any teacher working 50% or more will receive health and welfare benefits on a pro-rated basis. (To get the actual dollar amount that you would be paying, email Marla Entwistle at firstname.lastname@example.org for an insurance premium chart.) Teachers working less than 50% will not be able to get health and welfare benefits.
Q. How do I get credit for my partnership teaching year on the salary schedule?
A. Partnership teachers are given one year of salary credit on the salary schedule for every two years worked in a partnership.
Q. Where do my partner and I get an application form?
A. See your office manager – forms should be available at the school site.
Q. What should the partnership plan include?
A. Specific dates on which teachers will be scheduled to work; teacher planning and communication system; description of how all adjunct duties will be covered and performed; and a description of how responsibilities will be met for covering parent conferences, Back-to-School Night, Open House, first/last days.
Q. How do partners handle ACE days?
A. Partners should address ACE days in their application plan paper.
- 50/50 partners might alternate the fifth day so that it would fall on ACE day
- 60/40 partners would have to explain how both partners could participate on ACE days; for instance, in the first semester the 60% partner teaches on ACE day; in the second semester the 40% partner teaches on ACE day.
Q. Is there a limit to the number of partnerships at any one school?
A. Yes, as per the CUEA/CUSD contract, a maximum of two partnerships per school may be approved, but a principal has the discretion to add one additional team. Although the majority of CUSD elementary schools currently allow partnerships, it is still up to the discretion of the principal as to whether any will be allowed.