California Educator

October/November 2019

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Voluntary dues contribution NOV. 1 O p t- O u t D e a d l i n e Voluntary annual contributions by members support CTA Foundation's grants/scholarships and CTA's advocacy efforts. New members are automatically enrolled in the default contribution of $10 for the CTA Foundation and $10 for advocacy. Members may change their allocation or opt out. New members have 30 days from the date of enrollment; previously enrolled members have a window from Aug. 1 to Nov. 1. American Education Week NOV. 18–22 E v e n t American Education Week is celebrated the week prior to Thanksgiving week and includes special days to honor parents, education support professionals and substitute teachers. New Educator Weekend South DEC. 6–8 C o n f e r e n c e Sheraton San Diego. New Educator Weekend (NEW) South is for educators in their first three years in the profession. NEW has everything that you need to be suc- cessful in your first years of teaching, including sessions on classroom management, special education, Common Core and state standards, assessments, pedagogy, and more. Hotel cut-off: Nov. 21. LGBTQ+ Issues Conference DEC. 13–15 C o n f e r e n c e Hilton San Francisco Financial District. The LGBTQ+ Issues Conference is open to all CTA members and provides a venue to discuss a variety of issues affecting educators, students and the community. Hotel cut-off: Nov. 18. Mix It Up at Lunch W H I L E O C T . 2 2 is the official day, many educators mix it up at lunch every day by opening their class- rooms to students. Encourage all students to sit next to someone new in the cafeteria or yard instead of with their same group of friends. Positive interactions with other people can help reduce the prejudices that grow with separation — and that can lead to bullying. Speaking of which, October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Educators should under- stand what bullying is, what their school's policies and rules are, and how to enforce the rules. Go to for information and resources. A B O U T O N E I N E I G H T women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it's found and treated early, and a mammogram — the screening test for breast can- cer — can help. Fight back! Know the symptoms (go to and spread the word to colleagues, friends and family about the impor- tance of mammograms. Teaching Tolerance Sarah Cervantes o c t o b e r i s Breast Cancer Awareness Month Southern California — Don't Miss! 9 O C T O B E R / N O V E M B E R 2 019 RA Reminder The declaration of candidacy form for state delegates to the 2020 NEA Representative Assembly in Atlanta, Georgia, will appear in the December/January Educator. *

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