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In the Know CALENDAR August / September 2020 Hispanic Heritage Month I N C A L I F O R N I A , 39 percent of the population is Latinx; Latinx students make up about 55 percent of the state's 6 million-plus K-12 students. Educators can use Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15–Oct. 15, to celebrate the histo- ries, cultures and contributions of those whose ancestry traces back to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Trailblazing examples are numerous. Sonia Sotomayor, for one, is the first Hispanic and the third woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Her book Turning Pages: My Life Story is a current CTA California Reads pick for grades 3-5. In it, she tells young readers how books helped her to connect with her family in New York and in Puerto Rico, deal with a diabetes diagnosis at age 7, and dream of a future for herself in which anything was possible. "Reading was like lighting candles, each book a flame that lit up the world around me." (For more California Reads recommen- dations, see page 10.) Get additional resources and lesson plans, including primary sources, at for-teachers. Stacey Ilyse Photography Women's Equality Day: Are You Voting? T H E 19 T H A M E N D M E N T , certified Aug. 26, 1920, guarantees all American women the right to vote. Achieving passage of the amendment took decades of agitation and protest, starting in 1868. Make sure you've registered to vote in the November general election; check out CTA's ballot and candidate rec- ommendations at Celebrate Women's Equality Day on Aug. 26 and find resources to help grades K-12 learn about the suffrage movement at (search for "Women's Equality Day "). Honor Working People! L A B O R D A Y, S E P T . 7, honors the struggles and achievements of working people and celebrates their contributions. CTA has been at the forefront of the labor movement since its founding in 1863, fighting for educators' rights and a quality education for all students. Labor unions like CTA are working people who unite to advocate for better pay, safer working and learning conditions, and decent benefits. Teach students about labor unions; go to and follow the link for Labor Curriculum Resources. 8

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