California Educator

August / September 2018

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62 Get One, Be One! CTA's Buddy Program pairs new teachers with vets to strengthen the profession A S M O S T E D U C A T O R S can attest, the first few years of teaching are the hardest. In fact, new teachers report that the first months of work are stress- ful, lonely and exhausting. CTA has developed a chapter-sponsored Buddy Program that can help move these members from "surviving" to "thriving." Buddies are veteran edu- cators who can be a supportive pal, mentor and sounding board – especially during new teachers' probationary period. T h e y p r o v i d e a n auth entic and rele- vant relationship that m ake s a di f feren c e by helping a newbie understand, navigate and embrace the pro- f e s si o n a n d a l l t h e riches it offers. T h e s e r e l a t i o n - s h i p s a l s o e x t e n d p a r t i c i p a n t s ' p r o - fessional n etw ork s, a n d c o n n e c t t h e m more closely to their site, district and local. (See story on pages 60-61.) Local leaders can take advantage of CTA resources to set up a buddy program now. And new teachers should check with their chapter about the program and how to get started. What EVERY BUDDY needs to know… Membership engagement for new members BUDDY PROGRAM BUDDY PROGRAM WHY BUDDY PROGRAM? Many NEW the first month stressful, lonely Buddies can move from "thriving!" CTA & You Many Choices, One Trust It's good to have options in life. It's even better when it comes to providing healthcare benefits for your Association. California's Valued Trust puts you in control and provides the flexibility to choose from a broad range of healthcare options. And, with CVT's value added services, you have a benefit package second to none. See how CVT can offer your Association more options. Contact us today. For more information, visit or call 800-288-9870

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