California Educator

August/September 2019

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Professional Development: CTA Has You Covered U S I N G T H E P R E V I O U S P A G E , you can mark your calendars with 2019-20 CTA conferences and workshops in best teaching practices, skills-building, early career guidance, social justice, LGBTQ+ issues, education support professional development, and more. In addition, CTA offers unique, high-caliber opportunities for professional development and leadership. Among them: • CTA's Institute for Teaching (IFT) awards Edu- cator Grants (up to $5,000) and Impact Grants (up to $20,000) to fund your dream projects and innovative ideas. Apply for the 2020-21 cycle at • CTA's Instructional Leadership Corps offers work- shops in your district or local led by trained educators. They model instructional shifts brought on by new state standards, and help with teaching approaches, lesson planning, etc. (CTA partners with Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and the National Board Resource Center at Stanford University.) Learn more at • CTA's Jump Start! is for educators interested in becom- ing National Board Certified Teachers. The three-day pre-candidacy seminar provides important information about the certification process in a supportive environ- ment, facilitated by experienced NBCTs. You leave with your own action plan for completion. To learn more, go to • Incentive grants to attend CTA conferences and scholarships to help fund your or your dependent's education are available. Learn more at and Classrooms Not Cages! Pledge to help end the incarceration and criminalization of immigrant children. Call Congress today. Go to for more. Attendance Awareness S E P T E M B E R I S Attendance Awareness Month. Improving stu- dent attendance is an essential, cost-effective strategy for encour- aging student success and reducing achievement gaps. Chronically absent students miss on average two or more days a month, or 10 percent or more of school days over the academic year. Chronic absence is a sign that students may be experiencing barriers getting to school or are disengaged because their school experience makes them feel unsafe and unsupported. For more information and ways to take action, go to #schooleveryday. 10 In the Know N E W S & N O T E S

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