California Educator

February / March 2019

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New work by our members Educators are a talented bunch, and often their creativity spills over into a book, album or other publication. We're happy to debut a new, recurring section that showcases their gifts. As an elementary school teacher for almost 30 years, ROSALIND HENDERSON, Inglewood Teachers Association, understands stress. Henderson is also a certified leadership trainer, and her book, The ABCs of an A+ Workplace: Self-Care to Avoid Teacher Burnout, shares research-based strategies, mindsets and tools that will help you control your work environ- ment so you can be a more powerful educator. Burnout is preventable, says Henderson, and she can show you how. California Faculty Association member K ATHLEEN CONTRER AS is a bilingual educa- tor and author of children's books, including the new picture book Harvesting Friends/ Cosechando Amigos (grades pre-K–3). In the book, young Lupe and Antonio learn that planting and tending a garden not only yield great veggies, but can grow community as well. A few simple recipes are included. South Tahoe Educators Association member BRIDEY THELEN HEIDEL met student Sameer Jha at Human Rights Campaign's 2017 Time to Thrive conference, which promotes safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ+ youth. Jha, who was severely bullied at middle and elementary school for being different, was 16 when he wrote Read This, Save Lives: A Teacher's Guide to Creating Safer Classrooms for LGBTQ+ Students in 2017. One chapter contains an interview with Heidel, who teaches English at South Tahoe High School and founded the school's Gender and Sexuality Alliance. Read an excerpt of the interview on page 25. FREE FOR MEMBERS ONLY: Jha, now a leading trans activist, is making his book available for free to Educator readers March 1-3. Download it at You'll find more than 100 actionable tips created with busy, resource-con- strained teachers in mind, as well as cutting-edge research, critical terminology, real-world case studies, and resources from some of the best LGBTQ+ rights organizations in the country. From Within Lit 58 CTA & You

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