California Educator

February 2013

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TOP TWEET @EricHeins We can break their haughty power, gain our freedom when we learn: That the union makes us strong. MOST POPULAR FACEBOOK POST ONLINE WHAT���S NEW AT CTA.ORG January 3 2228 likes 16 comments 1975 shares ASSISTING SCHOOLS OF GREATEST NEED CTA���s Institute for Teaching is working with teachers, parents, principals and community members to improve schools. Read the latest newsletter. MORE TOP TWEETS @CATeachersAssoc Today @educationweek reported CA now ranks 49th in per-student funding, so it���s good to see #cabudget proposal that begins to turn the tide. @Gloria4Unions Interesting that the states Michelle Rhee scores highest actually score lowest on the NAEP tests. Hmmmmm. ICE RAIDS HARM STUDENTS FAVORITE COMMENTS Michelle Shipp-Schatz | Jan 22 30 kinders to 1 teacher in an extended day class. Fortunate to have parent volunteers in order to have some small group instruction. The increased class size has decreased instructional time and increased classroom management time. Most days I feel like I���m playing the arcade game Whac-a-Mole just trying to keep everyone on task. Class size makes a difference in student learning. Want to give me the resources to make me a better teacher? Give me fewer students!!! U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids are damaging to children and families and are counter to CTA���s mission to educate all students. FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH In 1867, CTA won public funding for schools that taught nonwhite students. See our resources page to help honor African Americans during Black History Month and year-round. Brynn Hofman | Jan 27 It sure is refreshing to hear that someone in politics thinks well of teachers. It���s been years. They have been using us for scapegoats for far too long. Kathi Cohen | Jan 26 We teachers basically shut down all learning to administer standardized testing for one to two weeks each year. With furloughs and shortened school years there simply isn���t enough time! VIRAL VIDEO Where the Wild Things Are: Actor Christopher Walken reads the beloved children���s book by Maurice Sendak and gives improvised descriptions of the pictures. February 2013 5

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