California Educator

October/November 2019

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F O R T W O D E C A D E S , CTA has recognized educators and their students who demonstrate an understanding of the vision and guiding principles by which Cesar Chavez lived his life. The Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Edu- cation Awards honor the memory of the man and ensure his work lives on in California classrooms through stu- dent visual artwork and essays. This year is the 20th anniversary of the awards program, which is once again open to students and sponsoring CTA members at all grade levels (including undergraduates in higher education). The awards are in two categories (written essay and visual arts). Appli- cants must show how one or more of the principles Chavez upheld are evident in their lives and how their experiences correlate to Chavez's work. These include principles of nonviolence, human and civil rights issues, empowerment of the disenfranchised, and more. The 2019-20 entries and application materials must be postmarked by March 6, 2020. Winning students and their sponsor educators each receive up to $550. For more information, go to To view CTA's video on the program's 20th anniversary, go to On these pages are just a few examples of winning artwork through the years. CTA Awards Program Turns 20 Cesar Chavez Awards honor their namesake's legacy Artwork by Mia Martinez; teacher: John Robrock, San Benito Joint Union High School Teachers Association. 51 O C T O B E R / N O V E M B E R 2 019 CTA & You

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