California Educator

April / May 2019

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KIMBERLY BOYD Oceanside Teachers Association Ursula Unger, Obviously introduces readers to the exhausting and brilliant mind of a young girl with high-functioning autism. While the story's insights are geared toward 9-to-12-year-olds, educators will recognize the frustrations of Mrs. B as she tries to teach the "unteachable" (but marvelously creative) Ursula. In the second book in the series, Ursula Unger, In Deep, Ursula's fascination with Smilodon fossils has resulted in an enormous hole in her backyard. She recruits classmates to help her. Kimberly Boyd, who has been teaching special education students for 20 years, has a third book in the works. Get them on Amazon. Educators are a talented bunch, and often their creativity spills over into a book, album or other publication. We're happy to bring you our new recurring section that showcases their gifts. Work, Work, Work Do you have or know of works by CTA members that can be highlighted on this page? Let us know! Send details to, with "Lit From Within" in the subject line. We lean toward work that can be used in the classroom. (Member letters, opinion pieces and essays are welcome; send inquiries to DAWN B. MABALON California Faculty Association Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong, by Dawn B. Mabalon with Gayle Romasanta and illustrated by Andre Sibayan, tells the story of labor leader Itliong, who organized a walk- out of Filipino farmworkers in Delano in 1965 (Cesar Chavez and Mexican farmworkers joined two weeks later) and whose work led to the launch of the United Farm Workers union. The book was intended to be the first in a series for young readers on Filipi- no-American history. Sadly, Mabalon, associate professor of history at San Francisco State University, died unexpectedly in August. Available at From Within Lit 67 A P R I L / M AY 2 019 C

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