California Educator

April/May 2020

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C A L I F O R N I A ' S S C H O O L S C L O S E D this month to combat the COVID-19 outbreak and may not reopen until fall. e education of students, however, is still ongoing — although radically different. Educators are now relying on technology to teach remotely from their homes as they shelter in place. Some school districts have made the transition easily, while others are still in flux. To better understand the challenges for teachers and students engaging in online learning, Gov. Gavin Newsom and first partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom held an online meeting April 1 via the Zoom app with four CTA members: Reagan Duncan, a first and second grade teacher at Maryland Ele- mentary School in Vista Unified, who is the bargaining chair of Vista Teachers Association; Roberta Kreitz, special education teacher at Wells Middle School and Dublin Teachers Association co-pres- ident; Kyna Collins, an English teacher at El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills and United Teachers Los Angeles member who chairs the Negotiations Committee at State Council; and Olivia Udovic, an Oakland Education Association member, site rep and kindergarten teacher at Manzanita Seed, a dual immersion school. Was the meeting successful? Did teachers feel their voices were heard? To learn more, the Califor- nia Educator held a remote roundtable discussion to follow up with them. 'Zoom'-ing In on the Issues Educators, governor discuss the promise and challenges of distance learning By Sherry Posnick-Goodwin From top left: CTA members Olivia Udovic, Roberta Kreitz, Reagan Duncan and Kyna Collins speak with Gov. Gavin Newsom and first partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom. "If there was ever any doubt about how extraordinarily valuable in society our teachers are, I hope we disabuse anyone of that doubt." Watch a video snippet of Gov. Newsom speaking about his conversation with these four CTA educators, at californiateachers. 18 special report

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