California Educator

June/July 2020

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"I'M NOT ALONE" EMILY SMITH LINTS We are so isolated at home, and here I can see lots of other people going through the same frustrations. It's a great place to get resources, laughs and collegiality. Plus, it's a safe space to ask and answer questions. ERI CARRILLO JR. I love to see that I'M NOT ALONE. [I've] also been able to pick up pointers on how to make this "trip" bearable. MELODY CARDENAS I've learned that educators are not only resilient, but also extremely funny and creative. Most of what I have read has been positive and supportive. It reminds me that I am not in this alone. STAYING INFORMED REBECCA ANNE RECCO This is a way to connect with teachers and share ideas. Since we are in a "building the plane as we're flying it" situation, we're all really left to figure things out for ourselves. It's been cool to see what others are doing that works (or doesn't) when I'm stuck. LUCI NUNES This group helped me stay informed of what's happening with other schools and educators, how they're coping, etc. I have gained insights to share with my chapter's FB group as their Communications/Member Engagement Chairperson. COLLABORATION, MORAL SUPPORT PAT T Y LEMING I love the spirit of collaboration; teachers brainstorming ideas on how to conduct distance teaching and how to safely open schools for students and staff. The funny posts about teaching in these crazy times are a great distraction. It really does help to feel connected to other educators. LIANE ROBERTS I needed to be with people who understand and share my professional and emotional struggles! The support is amazing! The resources and knowledge I've gained is beyond words! We are a tribe like no other! NELIDA NENA RUBIO There is nothing more valuable than peer collaboration, and this platform has been the perfect venue for teachers teaching teachers. The group not only supports each other with academics, but also provides social- emotional support and union issues advice. RESOURCES, TIPS, TOOLS SAR AH COLOMER I've learned that teachers are resilient! This group has helped me to focus on what's important — students — and how best to serve them with the hand we've been dealt. Specifically, I've accessed many mini-professional development sessions on how to use Google Meet and Classroom. KIMBERLY NGUYEN This group [lets] me see how teachers are handling all aspects of distance learning, from digital platforms to parent communication, to district mandates, to wish lists for what we'd like to see before opening again. It has given me inspiration and confidence in my evolving craft. For more member comments and responses, see Join our Facebook group! Go to groups/ctacovid19, answer a few questions, then request to join. 15 J U N E / J U L Y 2 0 2 0 TELL US WHAT YOU WANT W E ' R E C O M M I T T E D to making this group useful for educators now and in the future. What would you like to see? Email or tell us in the group! Coming soon: • Better organization of posts and threads, new topics and categories. • FB chats and more "live" opportunities. • Opportunities for new educators to connect with veteran educators.

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