California Educator

June/July 2020

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In the Know CALENDAR June Is Pride Month Steve Johnson / Unsplash Watch "Understanding," a video from CTA's Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues Advisory Committee, at N O W I S A N excellent time to talk with students about LGBTQ+ people and their struggles for equal rights. To help build empathy and understanding, educators can introduce important LGBTQ+ people in history, read relevant literature, discuss homophobia/heterosexism, and explore its causes and solutions. The Anti-Defamation League ( offers lesson plans for grades 4-12 as well as book recommendations. GLSEN ( has lesson plans and extensive resource guides for educators. ADL, GLSEN and StoryCorps collaborated on this project, consisting of audio interviews and background of individuals who witnessed or helped shape LGBTQ+ history. June / July 2020 NEA Representative Assembly N E A ' S R A , July 2–3, is going virtual this year. The world's largest democratic deliberative body, with about 8,000 delegates, is where CTA members help set policy and chart the direction of NEA business. The program features the presentation of NEA's 2020 Human and Civil Rights Awards, including the President's Award to activist and political trailblazer Stacey Abrams, former Georgia representative and gubernatorial candidate. More info at 10

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