California Educator

February 2013

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> OPINIONS Editor���s Note EDITOR IN CHIEF STAFF WRITER CTA WEB EDITOR CTA WEB EDITOR EDITORIAL ASSISTANT WEB ASSISTANT Cynthia Menzel Sherry Posnick-Goodwin Karyn Ferrera Donhoff Tiffany Hasker Craig Hamilton Gladdie Cabral CTA ELECTED OFFICERS PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT SECRETARY-TREASURER Dean E. Vogel Eric C. Heins Mikki Cichocki-Semo BOARD OF DIRECTORS By richard Crowson Jos�� Alcal��, Larry Allen, Gayle Bilek, E. Toby Boyd, Donald L. Bridge, Tyrone V. Cabell, Elana Davidson, Don Dawson, Dana Dillon, David Goldberg, Jim Groth, Terri Jackson, Leslie Littman, Marty G. Meeden, George Melendez, Theresa Monta��o, Mary Rose Ortega, Michael Stone, Kendall Vaught, KC Walsh, Curtis Washington ���Wow! You really ARE a gifted educator.��� ���Well, at least there���s ONE perk to higher class sizes!��� Mike Slater Scott Moe San Ramon Valley Education Association Lafayette Education Association Congratulations to Scott Moe and Mike Slater, who each won $50 in school supplies in the December/January caption contest. We appreciated all 235 entries received. Class size, grading schedules and administrator responses were the most popular topics. Read the top entries at Based on your e-mails, readers enjoy the new features like the caption contest that have appeared since we started a redesign process last year. I���m glad you enjoy the ���lifestyle��� features like the healthy eating and dressing on a budget articles. You did not like the fonts in sidebars a few months back and scolded me for some of the content. Your opinion matters, and I welcome your feedback as we continue to experiment. The ���new and improved��� Educator will be unveiled in a few months. We���re featuring the topics you���ve said are important. The Common Core article (page 20) will be the ���rst in a series. School safety is addressed in several articles in this magazine. Remember, we invite you to suggest topics, too. You and your colleagues do such amazing work in our schools. Enjoy reading about top teachers like I���Asha War���eld (page 14) and Jennifer Thomas (page 44). And see how Sgt. Jonathan Stamper���s time in Afghanistan impacts his teaching (page 42). Spend the day with a school nurse (page 10) and ���nd out how a pen pal program meets writing standards (page 30). And don���t forget about Read Across America (page 24). The poster is gorgeous ��� please display it with pride in your classroom or school site. Finally, please remember that you can read the Educator online at Be it online, on Facebook or in print, we���re doing our best to tell the amazing story of teaching and learning in California public schools ��� and your work to make it all happen. Cynthia Menzel Editor In Chief 4 California Educator February 2013 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ASSOCIATE EXEC. DIRECTOR COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER Carolyn Doggett Rebecca Zoglman Jonathan Goldman CONTRIBUTORS Scott Buschman, Len Feldman, Bill Guy, Stephen R. Harris III, Dina Martin, Mike Myslinski, Jay Ortiz, Frank Wells EDITORIAL INFORMATION California Educator is published for the information and edification of CTA members. The editorial philosophy is governed by the policies of CTA. Articles and advertising reflect that philosophy. Letters to the editor may be sent to Publication of advertising in the California Educator does not indicate CTA approval of the product or of the companies that purchase advertising. For advertising rates and information, contact WebSolutions Media 5666 Spruce Harbor Court, Las Vegas, NV 89122 (702) 838-3434, CTA/NEA membership dues for the fiscal year, Sept. 1���Aug. 31, are $827, including a $20 voluntary contribution. Up to $18.45 of CTA annual dues is designated for CTA/ABC political activities to support state and local candidates and/or initiatives and is not deductible for income tax purposes. Subscription to the California Educator is $10 per year, available to persons or institutions not eligible for CTA/NEA membership. California Educator (ISSN 1091-6148) is published monthly except January, July and August by: CALIFORNIA TEACHERS ASSOCIATION 1705 Murchison Dr., Burlingame, CA 94010-4583 (650) 697-1400; FAX (650) 552-5002, Postmaster: Send change of address to California Educator, P.O. Box 4178, Burlingame, CA 94011-4178. Periodicals Postage Paid at Burlingame, CA, and additional mailing offices.

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