Santa Barbara Teachers Association

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Santa Barbara Teachers Association (SBTA) consists of over 700 plus members from elementary and secondary schools in the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD).  Our mission is to improve the working conditions for all teachers in Santa Barbara and to ensure that the contract is being upheld. SBTA is proud to maintain a collaborative relationship with Santa Barbara Unified School District, working together for improving the education of all of our students.

Through membership in SBTA, teachers have opportunities to attend workshops and conferences for professional development, and to increase their knowledge of the ever-changing social and political spheres that affect our jobs as educators and impact our students and their families.

Within our local SBTA chapter, we have an elected Executive Board made up of the various officers. The Executive Members meet once a month. The President’s position is full time release and is supported in the SBTA office by a part time office manager. Each school site has one or more elected Reps whose job it is to provide two way communication between certificated staff and union leadership about working conditions at school sites and about union events and opportunities.

SBTA’s Regional UniServ staff support person works out of the Santa Maria Regional Resource Center. The Service Center that serves SBTA is the Channel Islands Service Center in Ventura. SBTA is in District G and part of Region III in California. The Regional office is in Santa Fe Springs.

CTA headquarters is in Burlingame. Within NEA our Directorial District is District 5 (Channel Islands and Bay Valley). SBTA is part of NEA Pacific Region located in Burlingame and the NEA headquarters, is located in Washington D.C.